PassageMaker versus Aviation Week

Should be a no brainer.  AW was my old life; PM my new one.  I love reading about boats, cruising in boats, living on boats and of course, crossing oceans on small boats.

From the Deceember 4th, issue
From the Deceember 4th, issue

Now, this article in PM about another Kadey Krogen 42 is a great story.

This boat, in the above article, was the boat built just before Dauntless and they have made many of the same modifications that we have done on Dauntless.  Hopefully in two years, we will be able to spend some time with them cruising the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

But the problem has been that while this is a great article, I find myself spending less and less time reading PM. Why, simply put, the magazine seems not as interesting to me as before.

Now whether that is a function of me having increased my knowledge base over the last few years or the magazine is simply not as interesting remains to be seen.  Though I suspect it is the latter.  PM seems to have more fluff pieces, with positivity, but with no real critical questions or thinking. I think in the past year; I have not spent more than 30 minutes reading any particular issue.

Aviation Week on the other hand, after all these years, still seems the place to get news viewed with a critical eye. I can spend an hour or two on a whole range of things from commercial or military production to airlines and load factors.

Look at all these luscious headlines in the current issue:

Who wouldn’t want to read about: New Space Pioneers, new turbofan engine technology, new aircraft accident information, Russian deployment of anti-aircraft system to Syria, etc.

A cornucopia of interesting things.  I think I will subscribe to print version also.  I like leafing thru the pages, looking at the pictures, the headlines and sub headers at a glance.

But for me, Science News is still number one.  Always interesting, a thin 25-page issue still captivates me for hours.  It used to be a weekly, but is now every other week.  Always a treat that covers the broad topic of science and scientific studies ranging from nutrition to plate tectonics and everything in between and out of this world.

And Lastly, hot off the press, from the 28 Nov Issue:

  • “Anti-protons behave just like protons and can be strongly binded together by the strong nuclear force”
  • “A rare reptile holds clue to penis evolution- even though it doesn’t have one”

Now, this is actually news you can use.