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After The Flood: Nashville's Rebuilt Gaylord Opryland Hotel

After The Flood: Nashville's Rebuilt Gaylord Opryland Hotel Aug 23rd, 2011 at 10:00AM: A few days after I explored vibrant post-flood New Orleans, reborn and bustling in the wake of the storm nobody's forgotten, I found myself in the lobby of the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, the largest non-casino hotel in the country. It's home to the famed Grand Ole Opry, the shrine of country music, and sits along the Cumberland River, which poured over its banks last year,...

Katrina exhibit opens in New Orleans

Katrina exhibit opens in New Orleans Oct 31st, 2010 at 11:00AM: It was the most catastrophic event in New Orleans history. Hurricane Katrina destroyed large swathes of the city and left hundreds of thousands homeless. Now the Louisiana State Museum has opened an exhibit chronicling the natural disasters that have visited New Orleans, culminating in the most recent and worst. Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond, a 6,700 square-foot multimedia...

Survival guide app

Survival guide app Jul 8th, 2010 at 1:00PM: No one likes to think of the bad things that could happen on a trip. But what would you do if you survived a plane crash, were caught in a terrorist attack, or encountered a tsunami while on vacation? Well wonder no more iphone users. The SAS Survival Guide has been around in book form for over twenty years but now there's an app. John "Lofty" Wiseman spent years as a soldier and instructor for...

How safe is your in-flight entertainment? Possibly, not very.

How safe is your in-flight entertainment? Possibly, not very. Mar 25th, 2009 at 3:30PM: There you are on your international flight flipping through the channels of your in-flight offerings. A movie? Music? TV? games? Movie then music? Music than movie? Parts of different movies? It's remote heaven. The problem with all that bounty is the power that allows it to happen. All those electronics generate enough heat to make an armrest reach 100 to 115 degrees--even when the in-flight...

Breaking: Yet another plane crash. This time near Amsterdam

Breaking: Yet another plane crash. This time near Amsterdam Feb 25th, 2009 at 6:00PM: I have to say, as much as flying does not bother me, it's a bit unnerving to click on The New York Times to see if any thing new has happened in the past few hours to find out that the new thing that has happened is another plane crash. This time the crash was just outside Amsterdam, but in a soft field instead of on a house near Buffalo, New York, on snow near Nome, Alaska or on the Hudson...

Plane crashes and traffic accidents

Plane crashes and traffic accidents Feb 13th, 2009 at 8:05AM: The first thing I read this morning was the news about the plane crash of Flight 3047, a stark contrast to the landing of Flight 1549 into the Hudson. Perhaps, this is why Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III has down played his role as a hero. One different step and the outcome could have been the terrible version. The version that makes someone's heart stop for a second and think, "There but for...

When political gets personal. Reactions to Mumbai

When political gets personal. Reactions to Mumbai Nov 28th, 2008 at 12:30PM: Ever since the news came out about the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, I've been reading about people's personal experiences and reactions. They remind me of one reason why the World Trade Center made such an impact when the towers came crashing down, as well as why travel to distant places makes the world, and what happens in it, seem so much more relevant. When the towers were attacked and the...

Just how bad was Myanmar flooded?

Just how bad was Myanmar flooded? May 30th, 2008 at 2:00PM: Google just updated their map servers with imagery from before and after Cyclone Nargis that struck earlier this month. The resulting data are pretty shocking. Click on the Google map to see a regular layout of the country's coast. You can see the cyclone's path and what areas were flooded by checking the "Show Path and Flooding" link, where you'll see all of the red areas that were affected. You...

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