Flying and its discontents


In Full Upright and Locked Position: The Insider's Guide to Air Travel, Mark Gerchick, former chief counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration, demystifies the airline industry -- from uncomfortable seats and chinese menus of add-ons and fees to the real dangers of air travel. This is a fact-packed, engaging, user-­friendly, nuts-and-bolts survey of contemporary commercial air travel. Not for reading on the plane.

“Illuminating… The insights provided will make the turbulence a little easier to bear.”  -- Publishers Weekly

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Between every two pines
is a doorway to a new world.

                         -- John Muir

Tarde de perros

In Mexico City, it seems like pretty much everybody has a dog, and dog walking -- it looks more like dog sitting -- is an important job.

On The Road: America's oldest restaurants


Talk about a roadtrip!

The Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in Boston and the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the U.S. The doors have always been open to diners since 1826.



These eateries are local legends; some are national treasures: The Oldest Restaurant In Every State by Hannah Doolin (Delish)

da da da dum

Beethoven's 5th Symphony premiered in Vienna on Dec. 22, 1808.

Budget tips

Bikes in Los Angeles' Griffith Park cost only $1 for an hour of use, compared for example to the walk-up fee for the Metro or Santa Monica bike-share systems, which each charge about $7 to use a bike for an hour.

Rental bikes now available in Griffith Park — and they're a steal by Meghan McCarty Carino (KPCC)
(photo: John Gabree)

Annual Being Human Festival returns to the UK



This year’s festival is taking place nationally 17 – 25 November 2017. "Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is a national forum for public engagement with humanities research. The festival highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world." In this its 4th year, Being Human will host over 300 events in 54 towns and cities across the UK, engaging the public with big questions, big debates and innovative activities focused around the theme of "hope and fear."

https://beinghumanfestival.org/us/

Does this headset come with Dramamine?

Self-driving shuttles? Drinks that know where you are? VR dining? If this goes much further, you won't need to take a trip at all.



The future of ocean cruises will require even less effort from you.: Royal Caribbean's high-tech ship lets you be lazier than ever by Roger Cheng (CNet)

Smell that fresh sea air? Maybe not.

"Thinking of going on a cruise for the fresh ocean air? Think again. A recent undercover investigation on P&O Cruises' ship Oceana revealed ultra-fine particles in the air emitted from burning fuel. On deck, downwind of the smokestacks, the investigative team measured 84,000 particulates per cubic cm. Closer to the smokestacks, the numbers rocketed to 144,000. Sometimes even peaking at 226,000. According to Dr. Matthew Loxham, a research fellow in respiratory biology and air pollution toxicology in University of Southampton, 'These are levels that you would expect to see in the most polluted cities.'"



An undercover investigation reveals air quality on a cruise ship deck could be worse than the world’s most polluted cities by Nathaniel Lee (Business Insider)

Make a "city symphony" of your own.

DIY: Soundcities is an open online database of thousands of urban sounds from around the world. On the site, you can visit various cities and create soundmaps of your own. Cool.

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