Every week, a blog called “1 Week Star Guide” covers what’s happening around the world this week. This week, they’re covering helicopter rides.
Helicopters work by making air spin really fast. The air spins the helicopter upwards and it flies. Helicopters can go really fast and can fly very high, but are hard to make and expensive to control! The most expensive helicopter in the world is over $50 million dollars! It has two cockpits, so you can drive it with a friend!
If you ever get a chance to ride in a helicopter, you should take it!
This week, the star is 1 Week Star Guide. This blog covers what’s happening around the world this week. It’s a travel guide that comes out every Tuesday. You should subscribe to it if you like to know what’s going on in different parts of the world.
1 Week Star Guide is a no-nonsense blog. The author doesn’t care about storytelling, and she doesn’t try to make her readers fall in love with her. Instead, she tells us what we should do this week. She has good taste in things, so we don’t have to worry about whether it’s worth our time.
The author also summarizes each event in one or two sentences, so we don’t have to read too much. Unlike other blogs where you get bored after reading 10 posts, this blog feels fresh every time you open it up. I’ve been reading it for years, and I’m still excited by most of the events that she writes about!
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Trip to the Moon: Love Takes Flight
For those hopeless romantics, no trip is more romantic than a trip to the moon. For your trip, you want to make sure that you book a private shuttle so you can be alone with your significant other. After all, what’s more romantic than that? Plus, this way you’ll have plenty of legroom and privacy if you decide to get frisky during your trip. You’ll also have plenty of time to take in the beautiful scenery as it passes by. And one last thing: don’t forget to bring a camera for snapshots!
Astronaut on the Moon
5 days, intermediate difficulty (1-5): 2
Transportation: private shuttle
Dress Code: space suit (optional)
Many cities offer helicopter sightseeing tours. These are generally expensive, but they’re a great way to see a city from the air. Helicopter flights in cities with lots of tall buildings like New York and Chicago also let you get close to skyscrapers that would otherwise be hard to appreciate.
Helicopter rides are one of the few tourist activities that are actually better on weekends, when there’s more traffic on the ground. On weekdays the best views from a helicopter—down the canyons of Manhattan, for example—are often obstructed by other helicopters, but on weekends there tend to be fewer helicopters in the air.
The best time to do things is before you’re ready.
If you wait until you’re ready, you’ll wait forever.
As I’ve written elsewhere, the best advice I ever got was from a friend who told me: “Just start writing.” He meant writing for the web, which is what I wanted to do at the time. But it’s true of anything. If you want to write a book, just sit down and start writing it. Don’t worry about whether it’s any good or where it’s going or what people will think of it. Just start writing.
Other people will tell you not to undertake something unless you know it will work out in advance. That’s really good advice if your goal is to avoid embarrassment at all costs. But if your goal is to learn something, then don’t wait until you know what’s going to happen next. Jump right in and find out!
One advantage of starting before you’re ready is that it forces you to learn on the fly. When we have time to plan things in detail, we’re often tempted to spend that time planning instead of working. It’s a form of procrastination: when we are confronted with something hard, we put off doing it by doing something easy instead –
When people ask me how to become a hacker, I usually for a variety of reasons recommend starting with Python. But I always tell them that if they want to get really good at it, they should try Lisp or Scheme.
Why? Because programming languages differ in power, and the really powerful ones are less common, which means that using one puts you in the top 1% of programmers. And even though much of my own programming is done in Python these days, I still think of myself as a Lisp programmer at heart.
So when I’m trying to explain why Lisp is worth learning, and what makes it so great, I almost always end up putting aside my rational arguments and just saying: “Try it; you’ll like it.” But that doesn’t work so well if you’re just starting out as a programmer. In fact this applies to any powerful tool; eg the first time someone shows you how to use grep or sed or CVS they may say: “Trust me; this will save you lots of time,” but unless you already know the problem domain very well that’s not likely to be convincing.
I think part of the problem is that there are so many different things about Lisp that make it great, and they’re not all obvious from just