3.19.2008

Heebie Jeebies

Em and I are flying to Texas tonight for a long Easter weekend with relatives down there.

So, naturally, the first news story I hear when I begin my usual commuting-with-NPR drive this morning is .... all about how the FAA has been "too cozy" with the airlines it regulates. And how 4" fuselage cracks were recently discovered on some of Southwest's Boeing fleet.

Now, we're flying American on a McDonnell Douglass, but still ... heebie jeebies, man! Not the news story you want to start your day with.

In other news, I'm mourning the loss of Sir Arthur C. Clarke, may he rest in peace. Some of my favorite Clarke quotes include:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. (Clarke's third law)
The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible. (Clarke's second law)

... and finally ...

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. (Clarke's first law)

--End--

2 comments:

Kristin said...

have a safe trip tonight.

Joe said...

Arg, I hate flying too. And I torture myself regularly by watching "Mayday" on Discovery lol

Well, if I've learned one thing from that show, is that it takes a heck of a lot to take a plane down :D haha Thought I'd throw in some encouragements :)

Have a nice Easter weekend!!!