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Jeff Donlan

I wonder where this sensibility comes from--the all-in-one, self-sufficient aircraft--and I thought of Noah's Ark and even more of a pirate ship sailing free over the seas. It seems to be one manifestation of the wish for almost magical freedom and yet at the same time it is
imagined in a way that is curiously bound by earthly constraints. But that's the magical part, I guess--the quarter-mile wide sphere going 100 mph. The ability to fly is dream-like; the sources of power supernatural. It all seems to express desire rather than a proposal. It's much more Howl's Moving Castle than Leonardo's sketches of flying machines. (Aah! Battery's low. Must go.)

John F. Ptak

Very interesting idea, Jeff: *you* should've written this post. Noah probably went too far, taking everything (and then 2x that in some cases). I guess travel with everything would've been limited to ships, as you said--and then to monstrous airships, which in the second case here would've been a floating thing that was about as big as anything humans had ever made, and certainly the largest movable thing. And then it flew, fast.

I like the freedom-but-not-so-much-of-it-that-I-could-afford-to-leave-so-much-behind pathos.

John F. Ptak

Oh yes--then there's the Going-on-a-trip-with-all-your-importnat-stuff, but DEAD, category. Too bad the folks in the Monster Balloon weren't revealed as being dead at the end of the script.

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