Space and tennis collide in Roland Garros

30 years ago, on May 28, 1983, in the middle of a tennis match between John McEnroe and Drew Gitlin, the public suddenly started to applaud with no apparent reason. The first US space shuttle, Enterprise, was flying over the Roland Garros stadium during an in-flight demonstration for the Bourget air show. Even McEnroe did… Read More

A Great Sword is better than cosplay

Sometimes in cosplay (costumed play), you will use a beautiful two-handed sword. Butit will most probably be built from light and soft material in order to limit the risk of useless accidents. Forget all that and move to real middle-aged battle league: Use a two-handed Great Sword made of true good steel. To be sure… Read More

1 year ago, BP should have had this computer

As a matter of fact, many years ago, Texas Instruments was proud of the computation power of its portable calculators explaining how easy it was to check whether or not there was a risk of explosion from over-pressure in an oil rig. Precisely one year ago, BP should have followed this excellent advice and checked… Read More

Naked body scanners in airports: They don’t work

The debate rages, for a few weeks now, after the attempted bombing of the Amsterdam-Detroit flight in which a terrorist tried to ignite an explosive device hidden in his underpants. Shouldn’t we install this wonder technology that allows to strip naked search the passengers and to see anything they transport under their clothes? “Long live… Read More

The evolution of technology

Darwin did not see this. Darwin was too shy when he published his major work “the origin of species” on November 24, 1859. The evolution is also for machines and technology and the struggle for life has a meaning. YouTube link The evolution of technology, beginning in the early stone age and evolving to the… Read More

Corporate jets fight back

After several months when we all heard that corporate jets were the mark of the truly immoral bank or corporate CEOs, it seems that private jet companies are starting to take notice: All this bad press is putting more pressure on them than they would like to in difficult times like ours. Hawker Beechcraft and… Read More