Venezuela is a messed up place, and it always amazes me what ordinary people can do.
Most US time zones follow state lines, but exceptions do exist. For example, Couer d'Alene Idaho, and Spokane Washington share a time zone. My dad explained to me when I was a child that this is because they are so close, and not much else is. I think this is fundamentally the same thing this article is getting at.
I am not a car guy, but I understand where this guy is coming from. Not everything you can do to a car is worthy of praise, and you can never get really good at something without competition and challenge.
I flipped through this book, and it really brought me back. So much of the appeal of Atari 2600 games came from the manual and box art.
Greg's recommendations are always good, and he likes Tim Powers too!
The Far Side as a formative influence on me, and I have the collection sitting on my shelf.
I would love if this were true, but I remain very skeptical. That being said, I think that a better way to prove the critics wrong would be to make something that unambiguously thrusts in space.