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From jimvanpelt: AOL News: WWII Fighter Plane Discovered on Beach
As the disabled P-38 could not be flown off the beach, "American officers had the guns removed, and the records say the aircraft was salvaged, but it wasn't," Gillespie said. "It was gradually covered with sand, and there it sat for 65 years. With censorship in force and British beaches closed to the public during the war, nobody knew it was there."

The Smart Set: Here's to the Death of the 'Death Of' Article
Okay, we get it, elders and betters, yes, duly noted, caveat lector. But many younger writers just feel differently about all this stuff. We no longer view our computers with universal suspicion, as HAL 9000s in waiting that will turn on us one day or another. Many of us type instead of writing and browse as much as we read, especially for ephemera like news and commentary. Unlike our parents or older brothers and sisters, we were raised up on Atari and IntelliVision, we learned BASIC at school and played Frogger down at the arcade. We’re actually fond of this junk. Those of us born in the 1970s are a straddling generation who knew life Before and After the digitization of everything. We’re straddlers of centuries and millennia as well, of the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the post-September 11 era.

-The Gneech

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shockwave77598
Nov. 15th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
I think Spider Robinson said it best. "Being a grandmaster of my field enables me to make just enough money to afford a one bedroom apartment in the bad part of town, and a 10 year old used car." The new internet age can enable us writers to ditch the publishers and the production costs completely, and get us closer to our readers. But there is still a problem in getting paid for doing it. Every model has its strength and weakness. Me, I've always just put my stuff on a webpage and not worried about it, but I'm not trying to make a living off of it either. I doubt I'd be as cavalier if I paid my mortgage with the income from my stories ( to date, 75$ over 10 years.)

It would be nice to get paid for my work. But hey, I should write more first. Heheh.
rhanlav
Nov. 15th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Sweet! I love P-38s. Those were such beautiful planes. Its cool to hear about this little relic just hanging out, with no one realizing it was there. Thats cool. I hope they manage to salvage it and repair it.
torakiyoshi
Nov. 15th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
That latter statement is quite an amazing summation of our generation. I'm deeply impressed.

Have the best

-=Kiyoshi
jamesbarrett
Nov. 15th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
yeah, I remember when we first got HBO. it was cable. either you had or you didn't. now there are 7-9 HBO's, fer crying out loud. -Frisk
laurie_robey
Nov. 15th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
The last paragraph of the Smart Set article is extremely well-put (along with the penultimate one you quoted).
hossblacksilver
Nov. 16th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
That's a really cool story about the Lightening, thanks for sharing. n_n
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