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Air Travel

Genius Uses One First Class Airplane Ticket To Eat Free For A Year

I’ll just work here until dinner From Gizmodo: Genius man used one first class airplane ticket to eat free for a year American comedic actor, director and writer Harold Ramis, who recently died, made a career out of understanding the appeal when … Continue reading

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A Plane Flight So Long They Added A Compartment For Corpse Storage

Are we there yet? Like most experienced travellers, The Gentleman Economist occasionally gets wistful recalling really long flights, suppressing painful memories of so many hours yearning to simply be home in one’s own bed. The war stories include: Shanghai     … Continue reading

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The Skies Belong To Us

Not in it for the mojitos The Skies Belong to Us, Brendar Koerner’s rollicking adventure tale of skyjacking in a different era, is a lot of fun. How different was air travel in the U.S. in 1972 compared to now? … Continue reading

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Making The Price Of Failure Too High: Dubai Edition

From Messy Nessy Chic: So in Dubai, the number of Abandoned Luxury Cars lying around is kind of a Problem What this airport needs is more really long term parking When designing a civil society, one of the knobs you … Continue reading

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The Memorial to UTA Flight 772

From a photo album on imgur.com: So we sailed away from there, sad at heart, happy to have avoided being destroyed, although some dear companions had been killed. – The Odyssey Who could forget Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington … Continue reading

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Why San Francisco Is Special For Start-ups

From Inc. Magazine:  San Francisco’s Real Start-up Secret Sauce I hope our stock price climbs this quickly It seems everybody’s economic development boosters want their place to be the next “Silicon (something)”.  There’s even a Wikipedia page listing the more … Continue reading

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What Makes For a Good Airport?

From Marginal Revolution: Which are the world’s best airports? An economist would rank airports on the basis of combined consumer plus producer surplus. Which way to the Starbucks? This study provides its own rankings, and their criteria seem valid.  I’ve traveled … Continue reading

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The TSA Runs Into The First Amendment

It’s taken ten years, but maybe the U.S. is getting tired of being afraid.

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A Love Letter to London

From The Economist:  London: A Precarious Brilliance In praise of the world’s most international city.  I’ve always had a certain fondness for London for several reasons: London has the world’s best cab drivers bar none. London’s population is incredibly diverse. … Continue reading

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