Brandon's Notepad

September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014: Invisible Plane, Canoe, Ubuntu Hotel, Stormtrooper Life

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Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane
I don’t remember exactly how our conversation got to this point, but a coworker and I were discussing comics yesterday, and he mentioned how Wonder Woman has been given the ability to fly. Neither of us remember this being the case, but we both recall that she flew an invisible plane. (Supposedly, the Greek gods gave her the gift of flight, and the plane was originally a flying horse.) He’s a few years older than I am, so he remembers the live-action plane (originally a prop plane?) first and foremost, whereas the jet from the cartoon came to my mind. This conversation would have been forgotten completely, had another coworker not mentioned Wonder Woman’s plane in a completely independent context. This led to a Google search, of course, and that’s when I found this custom toy (2010). I really didn’t need the Destro figurine and COBRA hanger in the backdrop to identify the shape of this plane. It’s the Firebat! I had the original version that came with the Terror Dome (1986), but it appears that it was sold separately in two separate releases (1988 & 2008).

Transparent Canoe
While looking up information on Wonder Woman’s plane, I found this: a transparent polycarbonate canoe! This pictures are impressive, but they were taken in very clear waters. Not so sure this would be worth the money for use on Texas lakes.

Ubuntu and the Hospitality Industry
Ever think about running a hotel on Ubuntu? No, this has nothing to do with the popular Linux distribution. It has everything to do with the holistic African philosophy regarding human dignity and connectedness. If you are not familiar with this concept, then Ubuntu: The Art of Connecting with Guests on an Emotional Level by Holly Stiel is definitely worth a read.

A Day In The Life Of A Stormtrooper
Artist Zahir Batin has used Star Wars figures to stage scenes in this awesome photography series. The shallow depth of field is what makes these photos work. Check out his gallery at deviantART.

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