Martin Jetpack–finally for sale $100,000

The long-awaited Martin Jetpack has finally been made available for civilian purchase.  The ducted fan “backpack” has a running time of 30 minutes, and can reach heights of 5,000 feet.  They also have an unmanned version for $180,000 which is useful for search and rescue applications among other things. Click picture below for full story:

The Martin Jetpack, developed with UAE institutions, at Idex yesterday. It can travel at 100kph and reach heights of 1,500 metres. Sammy Dallal / The National

Trending – completely inane, even in windows 8

Trend is a noun.  It means “A general direction in which something is developing or changing”.  You can’t add “ing” to the end of a noun and pretend it’s a verb.  So the non-word “trending” is just that; a non-word.  Now Microsoft is computering this in Windows 8, with a “trending” tile on the start screen (see how stupid it is adding “ing” to a noun?)

Rudy Lopez on Christopher Dorner

On ABC news, I ran across this quote from Rudy Lopez, of the Los Angeles police department:

"[This is an] extremely tense situation," Lopez said. "We call this a manhunt. We approach it cautiously because of the propensity of what has already happened."

Propensity?  Really, Rudy? Propensity?  In the words of Inigo Montoya: “I don’t think that word means what you think it means” – LMAO!