Duty now for the future

A couple of hilarious visions of the future (or the present, depending on how you look at it).

First, via MeFi, the engineering triumph of the modern age. Ladies and Gentleman, I give you the Alameda-Weehauken Burrito Tunnel.



More practical, and preferable in my book, would be a NYC-Portsmouth (NH) Bánh mì tunnel. All silliness aside, I’m hoping to spend time visiting Babylon-on-the-Hudson in the near future (more than once, I hope) – on the gustatory agenda will be Bánh mì, Korean-style fried chicken and (mythical?) Cuban-Chinese food.

Those of you who have been reading the blog for a while know that Gerry Anderson’s Supermarionation played a big part in my childhood. From Coop via BoingBoing we get this Peter Cook/Dudley Moore sendup of the whole genre: Superthunderstingcar.


The underlying question remains unanswered – where’s my dang flying car (I’d settle for a jet-pack)?

5 thoughts on “Duty now for the future

  1. Certainly I can’t be the only one who thinks Death Star when I see that burrito tunnel…

    If you are or were ever a Futurama fan, that Superthunderstingcar’s got some heavy competition from the Thundercougarfalconbird.

    Thanks for adding me to your blogroll. I’ll make a blogroll for my blog, although I can’t guarantee it’ll do any good, since hardly anyone reads mine to begin with. On that note, any tips for attracting readers? Viral marketing? Obnoxious banners? Business cards?

  2. I had forgotten that car – I think it’s time to rent the Futurama DVDs again (big fan).

    I’m not sure I’d trust any tips from a blogger as far back in the tall weeds as I am, but what’s driven my (modest, but high quality!) growth in readers:
    – commenting/participating on other blogs. Folks will often back-trace to see what’s behind a comment/POV.
    – linking. I can see (w/in WordPress/via Technorati/server logs) where traffic is coming from. If someone likes my stuff enough to link to it, their blog is worth checking out, maybe blogrolling, maybe linking to when they post good stuff. I think it works the same way for a lot of folks – if they see inbound traffic from you, they’ll take a look.
    – if you belong to any forums (fora?), include the blog address in your sig. Same idea as point 1.
    Don’t sweat it too much – it’ll happen organically. You’ve picked up at least 1 new reader…

  3. One more question, actually, not really related to anything. I’m liking the new theme I got, only it seems to not put spaces between paragraphs anymore, which makes the whole thing a lot harder to read. You wouldn’t happen to know which file of a given theme contains the paragraph spacing or kerning or whatever the heck controls that sort of thing, would you?

    I looked in the stylesheet for the theme, but didn’t really find anything under any of the various paragraph or body parameters for spacing, and I’m not horribly familiar with php or css to begin with, so that doesn’t help things.

    Thanks for the advice. I do belong to forums (hah, fora), and I do have my site in my signature, but no one seems to click! Here’s hoping being in your blogroll counts for something. ;D

    I haven’t tried this, so no warranty, expressed or implied! But, as best I can tell (I’m a CSS/PHP noob too) you should be looking for:

    p {
    margin: 0 0 1em;
    padding: 0;
    line-height: 1.5em;

    in the style.css file. I think ‘p’ defines how to treat paragraphs. If I’m guessing correctly, the line height is the variable you want to tweak.

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