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Cream of the Cool

Awwwwwwww yeaaaah. It's that time of year again. The time when we separate the hard from the soft. The myths from the legends. The tin...from the IRON.

Presenting, the ninth annual edition of...


Many hundreds have tried. Mere tens have succeeded. Do you think you have what it takes to enter the hallowed HALL OF THE IRON?

Actually, when you think about it, it's not even that…

"Any day where you get things wet, it's a good day."

-My seaplane instructor

So I wish I hadn't waited until this late in the season, as it's chilly and the wind is messing with my scheduling. But since I need a biennial flight review anyway, and since any new training requiring an FAA checkride counts, why not learn something new? Today and tomorrow, I was scheduled to learn to fly the Aviat A-1C Husky amphibious aircraft, towards my…



Inertia is not quiet

it has a soundtrack

traffic, with racing of engines, squealing of brakes


Gravity is not really invisible

trains lean to and fro, but stay on their tracks (usually) 

Buildings sway, but do not fall (mostly)


So we,  also governed by physics

move ahead each and every day

Caitlín R. Kiernan’s The Red Tree is a dizzying weird gothic novel that chronicles the final months of a writer named Sarah Crowe as she grieves for her dead girlfriend, wrestles with writer's block and tries to unravel the dark mysteries behind the legends surrounding an ancient oak tree growing near the farmhouse she’s rented for the summer.…