French inventor successfully crosses the English Channel on a hoverboard – The Verge

Franky Zapata Attempts To Cross The English Channel On His Flyboard

After a failed attempt at the end of July, French inventor Franky Zapata successfully crossed the English Channel early Sunday morning on his Flyboard Air, a jet-powered hoverboard.

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How European sailors learned celestial navigation | Aeon Essays

How did the sailors of early modern Europe learn to traverse the world’s seas? By going to school and doing maths problems

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Rplate Pro Digital License Plate | Uncrate

Apparently California and Arizona now allow digital license plates.

Rplate Pro Digital License Plate

Cars have changed a lot of the last 100+ years. Their plates haven’t. The Rplate Pro replaces those antiquated pieces of stamped metal with a…

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Camp Adventure Park

Camp Adventure Park

“Camp Adventure Park is a new and unique experience destination. A 900 meter treetop walk connected to a 45 meter tall observation tower creates a unique opportunity to take a walk above the treetops and experience the stunning nature of the preserved forest from another perspective. The tower and treetop walk is as a seamless continuous ramp that makes the forest accessible to all – regardless of their physical condition…”

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Just a spoonful of sugar.

Just a spoonful of sugar.

Souvenir from Garfunkel’s, a restaurant in London’s Piccadilly Circus. I wanted to have it sitting on an image of Mary Poppins, but couldn’t get the lighting right.

I ate at Garfunkel’s right after an apparent bomb threat in Piccadilly Circus in August 1998, and perhaps during it. I had just been taking a photo of one of the square’s statues and when I looked around I found I was in the middle of a taped-off area. For some reason the police didn’t notice me there in plain sight. Troops were marching into the square and I quickly got on the good side of the tape. Police were pushing everyone further and further back from the area, and when I asked an officer how far we should go, he said, “It depends on how much you want to live.” They stopped pushing just before Garfunkel’s, and it was supper time, so I supped there. The staff told me bomb threats were a common occurrence and everyone had a sheet of questions to ask anyone calling in with a threat. I couldn’t find anything in the news about the incident afterward.

I was in London for the Babylon 5 Wrap Party. Harlan Ellison served me black pudding in his pajamas there, and I got to put a tipsy James White to bed one night.

The statue photo was the last one on the roll and didn’t turn out, of course.