Odds and Ends: Mystery Photo #7; Ipad father; SPEEA ups strike prep; end of the world

This is the start of Christmas weekend (none of this “Happy Holidays” stuff) and we don’t expect much news between now and the first of the year. But we’re around and may post if so inspired.

Here’s Mystery Photo #7: What is the artist rendering of this flying machine?

Mystery #7

IPad Father: And since it is Christmas and some of us old poops might be getting some newfangled toys, this video is instructive.

SPEEA Ups Strike Prep: And a Happy New Year to you, Boeing: SPEEA is increasing its preparations for a strike beginning Feb. 1. See this story. We hope somehow cooler heads prevail on both sides.

The end of the World: Today, of course, is the end of the world, according to the Mayan calendar–or so some proclaim. CNN Travel has these suggestions in keeping with this spirit. And y’all think we have a warped sense of things.

And here was the forecast for today: