Trivial Posts #4: Premium Economy, Drunken Master, and the Moulin Rouge

A quiet week over the Christmas holidays on my blog, but lots of trivial things to post to in the weekly look at what I’ve found online.

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Scotia, Air Scotia, You’re the airline that’s for me.

My frequent-flying US friends are not happy at JetBlue, as the airline brings back regular seating and nickel-and-dime charing for luggage, prime seats, and all the other bits and pieces the modern airline seems to use. Once more, the economics of airlines seem designed to upset people. The New Yorker argues exactly that: “Basic service, without fees, must be sufficiently degraded in order to make people want to pay to escape it. And that’s where the suffering begins.

Airlines Want You To Suffer.

See also the US Department of Transport’s report on five years worth of consumer complaints in The Unfriendly Skies (PDF link).

Scotland’s dancer in the Moulin Rouge

Scottish dancer Sarah Heron is approaching the peak of her career, with respect and recognition both inside the industry and with the public. The Daily Record might call it a ‘creaky red windmill’ but it’s more than that. Heron is one of three principal dancers at The Moulin Rouge, and this is her story. If only The Record did more articles like this than shameless click bait headlines and deciding only two football teams count.

The Tough Routine In Paris

It’s something we did, now we should do something else

GQ’s Jeanne Marie Laskas interviews Buzz Aldrin, America’s sixth Astronaut to walk in space. That was over forty years ago, and his life, dreams, and drive, didn’t finish with Gemini 12 (or Apollo 11 come to that). What did Buzz do next, and what does he want the world to do now?

The Dark Side Of The Moon.

I never move my camera, always wide-angle

Tony Zhou is rapidly becoming one of my favourite ‘lets look at the movies’ creator. His videos (under the banner ‘Every Frame A Painting’) are not only immediate must-watch videos, but are improving as he explores the world of filmmaking. On the surface his latest analysis of Jackie Chan is superb, but the subtext underneath – that every Hollywood Action Director is getting it wrong – is not only argued, but proven in meticulous detail.

Every Frame A Painting: Jackie Chan, How To Do Action Comedy.

Wingtip to Wingtip

I picked this link out at the start of the week, and after the news of the Air Asia crash it might seem a bit out-of-place, but 2014 has actually been the year with the lowest recorded number of crashes in the modern era. A few of the crashes that have happened have pulled in huge media interest and kept the stories alive.

So here are five Airbus A350’s in close formation, pulling off some Airshow manoeuvres with 1.5 billion euros-worth of aircraft.

Airbus’ Mad Stunt.

Ten years of fighting podcasting

Podcasting is still hard, and while it’s getting a little easier, many of the lessons of the last ten years are not easily transferred to the next generation. We keep reinventing a not-very good wheel for the listener. Matt Haughey looks back on ten years of delayed audio delivery over the internet.

Fighting Human Nature.

…and there’s Lynette Young’s reply to this piece as a follow-up.

This Week’s Long Read

Less of a long read, more of a read and think a lot about it.

Christian Tippe looks at the current mess in Europe and wonders aloud  what it would take to set off another war. There are far too many combinations on one side, and not enough posturing from the other.

Thinking the Unthinkable.

What have I been up to?

Two highlights from my keyboard this week. The first is my review of the Christmas episode of Doctor Who. To be fair it’s less a review of ‘Last Christmas‘, and more a look at the underlying clash of horror and comedy that is asking the audience what sort of ‘Doctor Who’ they would like to see. Secondly, now that Microsoft owns Nokia’s former devices and services division, the Lumia 535 is a Microsoft mobile, not a Nokia, but it’s still a lot of smartphone in a budget packet. It does come up a bit short, and I go into the reasons in my long-term review of the Lumia 535.

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