A beautiful airplane lamp, spotted at Metropolitan Home in Vancouver.
Seek and Ye Shall Find
Vintage International Jet Trash
Alexis Stoymenoff brings us the YVR survival guide. It’s very Vancouver to describe sushi as “typical airport food”.
I personally find YVR a bit boring, but it’s quite beautiful. I mean, it has its own aquarium. You cannot hate that.
Deplaning and making your way to through International Arrivals is real treat.
After reading fellow Vancouver Observer writer Barry Saxifrage’s article, I argued with myself for quite a while.
Upon reading “Is jet-setting compatible with a safe climate?“, you’ll probably go through something similar. If you end up dismissing the piece, is it because you think Barry is wrong, or because you think he’s right?
Jet travel gave me a burden of complicity in our climate crisis that I didn’t enjoy. Below I present the charts and facts that led me to take action. Hopefully these will enable you to decide for yourself how big a problem it is and what should be done about it.
I would also argue that the price of fuel gives airline industry a tremendous incentive to change, whether or not it realizes such a thing. Imagine how much the industry could reduce emissions by using hybrid engines to taxi (or use hybrid vehicles to tow them). I remember hearing Richard Branson discuss hybrid jet engines somewhere, but there’s been no real movement.
The concept of slow- and ultra-local travel is a separate idea from the bulk of the article, but is worth exploring on its own. How many of us have been to distant shores, but not 200 miles up the coast?
Sit down, shut up, press play, and take this on board.
Sensible people everywhere.
“Then I’m groped an’ fondled
from SF to JFK–
No one but my girlfriend
should touch me that way.”
Nice work, Johnathan.
If you want to contribute to the public-comment phase on the TSA’s continued use of those silly full-body scanners, you can do so via the atrociously-designed regulations.gov website.
(via Boing Boing)
Deep down, this is the headline you always knew you’d eventually read.
Will Mally the capuchin monkey adjust to a new life in Germany, no longer surrounded by yes-men and paparazzi? Or will Mally grow sullen and reclusive, lost in the glittery yet ever-fading past?
“If he doesnt present the papers, Mally will be taken to a good animal shelter that has experience rearing groups of young capuchin monkeys and can ensure disoriented Mally becomes a healthy little capuchin,” the shelter currently caring for the monkey said.
In exploring how we can reclaim the abandoned industrial space in our cities, architect Antonio Scarponi and artist Roberto de Luca struck upon an odd and oddly brilliant idea: a BYO hotel room.
Hotello is a colorful wheeled trunk which opens to reveal the components of a transient private space: the curtain-wall reminds me of a hospital ward, or the camp tents in Moonrise Kingdom; but the lamp is pretty snazzy. Besides, I’ve lived in smaller bedrooms.
Hotello is a portable space, packed into a trunk. Hotello contains all the necessary elements needed to work and rest. It consists of a metal structure that supports a translucent and sound absorbant curtain. Hotello can be combined and aggregated in different configurations.
De Luca and Scarponi will be presenting Hotello, designed for daskonzept, at Fuori Salone 2013 in Milan from April 9-14. They won’t have to book accommodation.
A great trick from Condé Nast Traveler, via Jeffrey Morgenthaler: pack sample-sized bottles of booze in your toiletries bag. TSA-legal, as long as you’re over the drinking age in the countries of departure and arrival.
Note that American law prohibits you from bringing your own booze aboard an American commercial flight. Silly but true. Review your local laws when trying this, and consider how likely ( or unlikely) you are to get caught.
Of course, you could bring it through security, then drink it before boarding. Please do so in moderation, as flight attendants shouldn’t have to deal with your drunk ass at 8am.
Those little sample-sized bottles of gin and whisky aren’t really cost-effective in Canada, where I currently live. However, you can just as easily repurpose one (or use a similarly-sized container) to carry a sample of the booze currently sitting on your counter.
Until airlines end their silly War on Moisture and we can once again bring hip-flasks on board, this will just have to do.
Despite its size and the amount of traffic it gets, JFK Airport is much crappier than you’d expect. Services are sparse and the overall vibe is bland. However, echoes of a grand past remain in the JFK’s architecture: particularly the TWA Flight Center and the Pan Am Worldport.
Unfortunately, plans are afoot to demolish the Pan Am Worldport:
Although the Worldport is iconic, its current tenant, Delta Airlines, is planning to dismantle the structure, now known as Terminal 3, in 2015 to make way for a $1.2 billion expansion of neighboring Terminal 4. The original Worldport space will eventually be used as a parking lot for aircraft.
If you love architecture? Do you pine for the days when air travel was romantic, exotic, and exciting? Are you horrified that sweats and Uggs have become de rigueur in Coach Class?
Don’t let air travel continue its descent into soul-crushing mediocrity! Take a stand!
Save the Worldport needs your help.
My contribution to the petition reads, “The Worldport reminds us of the romance and adventure of air travel, elements that we’ve since thrown away. New York City is perhaps the greatest city in the world, and it deserves the best airport. As an American abroad, I pass through JFK several times a year, always looking forward to catching a glimpse of aviation history on the way to Howard Beach Station.”
Personally, I do not take Delta CEO Richard Anderson at his word that the Worldport is beyond repair. My experience with Delta over the years has left the impression of a company that specializes in Minimum Viable Product. In the case of the Worldport, I think Delta is looking to take the easiest possible path. That path, though, is to the detriment of your JFK experience.
Buzzfeed took a swing at some packing tips, as you can see in the video below. Good effort, guys an’ gals, but some of those tips aren’t too useful. (Besides, you just recycled your own article, there, didn’t ya?)
Check out some Jet Trash packing tips below the video player, and you’ll be on your way with style and ease.