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Why you cant work at work

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Jason Fried writes about why you can’t work at work. Read here. Is this your workplace?

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June 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm

The Sully Landing and the Buffalo Crash – A Pilot’s Word

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I always knew that the now famous Sully water landing couldn’t have been that extra-ordinary. Finally, a pilot’s word to back me up!  True, Sully saved a few hundred lives from an imminent tragedy but equally as important as his text book water landing, as pilot Patrick Smith adequately points out in this article for Salon, was the fact that Capt. Sully had luck on his side.

Turns out that Patrick Smith regularly authors a column titled “Ask the pilot” where he talks about the nuances of flying an airplane, offers some insight into some of the airline standard operating procedures and helps answer many a question that people have about airplane travel in general.

What scares me a bit though is a statement he makes regarding pulling back an article because he wasn’t sure about its aerodynamic correctness. You’d think that, if anybody, the pilots have a thorough understanding of the aerodynamic behavior of  airplanes. That a pilot, withdrew an article because he wasn’t sure of its aerodynamic correctness freaks me out, somehow.

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May 4, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Of Missing Cosmonauts, the Russian Space Programme and Radio Interception

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April 26, 2009 at 11:09 am