Tuesday, December 29, 2009

46,336 miles in the air in 2009


2009 Travel
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Well, I'm no Chris Freeland, but still had a pretty active flying year!

You can see the full stats at OpenFlight.org.

Airports
Ronald Reagan Washington (DCA)
18
Washington Dulles In (IAD)
6
Denver Intl (DEN)
6
San Francisco Intl (SFO)
4
Narita Intl (NRT)
4
General Edward Lawre (BOS)
4
Minneapolis St Paul (MSP)
4
Lambert St Louis Int (STL)
4
Vancouver Intl (YVR)
2
Salt Lake City Intl (SLC)
2


Distance
Total flown
46336 mi
Around the world
1.86x
To the Moon
0.194x
To Mars
0.0013x

Airlines
United Airlines
10
American Airlines
8
Northwest Airlines
5
Frontier Airlines
5
Alaska Airlines
2
Virgin America
2

AA 4432: BOS to DCA

Getting ready to board the last flight for 2009 ... first for 2010 scheduled for January ... back to BOS

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

TSA to require all passengers to be under general anesthesia for flights


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WASHINGTON, DC - From its headquarters today, TSA officials announced that effective January 1, 2010, all passengers flying over US airspace will be required to be under general anesthesia. Flight attendants will be trained to administer the anesthesia after boarding. Some airlines have announced that in addition to an IV option, gas will be available for an additional fee (credit cards only please).

As a frequent flyer, I'm  concerned about air safety, however, some of the proposed new rules are going a bit too far - and some of the rumored rules are even worse!

One of the new rules, not allowing pilots to point out cities and landmarks as they fly over them, is just silly.  Having just flown to Boston from Washington, my pilot pointed out Trenton, NJ. I hope that Trentonites will feel safer from now on.

The above is a joke of course, but may not be that farfetched.  Uniform application of current precautions, proper screenings, and targeting the most likely threats will make for safer travel.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

President Obama stymied by SnowOMG!

Interesting news following the "Capital Crippler", "Snowmageddon", "Snowpocolpyse" "SnowOMG"  ...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE. - President Obama, returning from the climate  summit in Denmark was forced to abandon his usual Marine One helicopter trip back to the White House because of the massive snowstorm that  blanketed the Mid-Atlantic.

Secret Service and military security officials huddled into the early hours of Sunday morning to attempt to find a solution to the problem of guiding the presidential helicopter during heavy snowstorms. Rumors that other leaders in snow bound areas have secret "flying device guidance tools" are being investigated.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ack! what if I need coffee?

Whiteouta

Snowapalooza? snowmageddon? snowomg? snow

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Quote of the Day: "It is disheartening work to labour with zeal ..."


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It is disheartening work to labour with zeal & not even know whether I am going the right road

Such a great statement ... I feel that way nearly every day!

From: 
Charles Darwin to W.D. Fox, Letter 223, 25 Oct 1833
Summary

Writes of his ride from Rio Negro to Bahia Blanca and Buenos Aires, which he undertook in order to learn the geology of the land, so full of bones of large extinct quadrupeds.

You can also follow Darwin on Twitter!

Reports of "Bumble" sightings increase

Bumbles? Hmmm ...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
WHITEHORSE, YUKON TERRITORY. - The residents of Whitehorse, a sleepy town closer to Alaska than the rest of Canada, reports an increase in sightings of the legendary "Bumble" also known as the "Yeti" or "Abominable Snowman."


Reports come out of the area of large, white-furred hominids prowling the area following after a company of small caribou and dentists. Experts contacted at the Smithsonian Institute's Natural Science Museum scoffed at reporters' questions noting that the last reputable sighting of the creature was in 1964.


When pressed about possible dangers to U.S. citizens, scientists said if anyone was truly afraid, they should stock up on dental instruments.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Strange twist in U.S. healthcare debate, polar dental plans?

Another entry in the curious doings up north ...

Strange twist in U.S. healthcare debate, polar dental plans?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC. - The U.S. healthcare debate took a strange twist today as reports from north of Canada come in of a dramatic new development in the area of dental care.

Herbie D. Elf, an employee of North Pole Industries, LLC., has announced that new dentistry services will be offered by NPI as staff are re-aligned from traditional work in the toy industry to fill gaps in the  areas of dentistry, dental surgery, and orthodontics.Mr. Elf promises that services from his vast staff of diminutive dental staff will change the face of dentistry. "Our dentists may be half the size, or even only a quarter, of what you're used to, but we provide 100% off the services you expect,": continued Elf.

The American Dental Association has not issued a statement on these developments, however, a member, speaking on condition of anonymity, has said, "This whole thing smells fishy. Canadian colleagues have noted that Elf has connections with the noted con-man, "Yukon Cornelius" and the questionable leader of the Island of Misfit Toys.

The President and Congressional leaders note that any options that will cut healthcare costs need to be carefully reviewed.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Cliff Lynch ...

Starts hi address at CNI in DC.

Canadian Con Man, “Yukon Cornelius” At Large

The plot thickens ...

Canadian Con Man, “Yukon Cornelius” At Large

Monday, December 14, 2006

WAWA, ONTARIO – Canadian officials have reported that notorious flim-flam artist Larry Mann, also known as “Yukon Cornelius” has escaped from a minimum security facility in Ontario and was reported traveling by sled in a northerly direction.

Mann, who first came to the public's attention with a scam involving a peppermint mine, was declared mentally competent even though a number of psychiatrists claimed otherwise. Authorities believe that Mann is not dangerous, but if sighted, law enforcement officials should be notified immediately.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Moonracer Alleges “Espionage”

And here's another story ...

Moonracer Alleges “Espionage”

Sunday, December 13, 2006

NEW YORK, NY – King Moonracer of the Island of Misfits toys has filed a formal complaint against the U.S. with the United Nations about alleged “espionage” on the island. Moonracer succeeded his father, Moondancer, in 1955 during a bloodless coup backed by the CIA. The Island of Misfit Toys has been a frequent target of U.S. concern since the Carter Administration when the Consumer Product Safety Commission expressed “concern” over the immigration from the island to the U.S. The Administration officially denies any spying on the Island of Misfit Toys. However, a high ranking official who declined to be named commented that “there’d be no tears at the White House if Moonracer took a long ride on a train with square wheels”.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

State Department Official Raises Questions about Santa’s Village

Ran across this today ...

State Department Official Raises Questions about Santa’s Village

Saturday, December 12, 2006

WASHINGON, DC – A State Department official speaking on the condition of anonymity commented that the United States if “very concerned” about transnational activity taking place in and around the North Pole. The primary habitation, “Santa’s Village”, has been placed on a government “watch list” for suspicious activity. The Attorney General’s office had no comment on the story and referred reporters to the State Department.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Adaptation is not an option ...


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... in the case of rapid evolution in the biological sphere. In the world of technology, especially those professions hit directly by the information technology wave that has been engulfing the world for the past "n" years (I was going to say 20, going back to around 1990, but you can pick your own time frame) adaptation is the only alternative to irrelevance.

Take the following statement:
Whether we’re librarians, teachers, administrators, or professors – or newspaper journalists, television producers, radio broadcasters, or magazine publishers – or travel agents, stockbrokers, medical professionals, or postal service workers, I think we need to be more uneasy. We need to be less complacent, less certain. We need to be more proactive and forward-thinking rather than self-congratulatory and self-satisfied. [emphasis added].
The above quote is from "The (un)certainty of professional persistence" by Scott McLeod (a noted thinker in K-12 eduction) in his blog, Dangerously Irrelevant. I found it a very sobering statement.

However, I remain generally hopeful for my own profession, but only if most of us stay wary, stay uneasy, stay edgy about the future. Stay willing to adapt and to maybe not afraid to cut losses and throw out many of our most cherished ideas of what is a "collection"; what is "service"; what is a "library" or "librarian."

If we continue to define our profession by what we do and where we do it, we're on our way to joining the iceman, the farrier, lamplighter, pardoner, summoner, and the canon's yeoman.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Holiday balls ...

Arie at the Smithsonians Natural History museum

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Sun (newspaper) strikes back at new media!

Excellent defense against new media by the Sun newspaper (London), but still a losing proposition in the long term!