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Catch-up

At this point everyone knows about the plane crash in NYC and that Cory Lidle of the New York Yankees was killed in the crash. There is nothing I can add to this other than my sympathies to his family, friends, teammates, and my praise for the firefighters and police for a quick response.

I ended up having to reschedule my training session with Bernard today. He asked to do it later, and because I am going to L.A. tomorrow and have errands to run this evening, we just rescheduled for next Thursday. This has been a lazy week for me with respect to workouts.

For computer science geeks, chapter 10 of Donald Knuth’s book, Literate Programming is a good one. I read through it this morning because it related to some documentation work that I am doing on software that I have been working on for the last month and a half. It is a kind of history of the development of TEX and the debugging thereof. Most people who read this blog (with the possible exception of kevnyc) will have no idea what TEX is.

Speaking of kevnyc, I did a video chat with Kevin last night. I was at home in my office and he was on the beach in Monterey, California, right around sunset. He even managed to capture a pretty cool screenshot of this while it was happening.


Lots of stuff to do before I head to L.A. tomorrow evening. I noticed that Zeke has been scratching quite a bit and I think I noticed a flea, which is weird since he gets regular monthly flea medicine. I’m out of the medicine this month so I’m stopping at the vet on the way home tonight to get some more for him. I’ve got to clean up, do laundry and some other chores, and of course, pack for my trip. I also need to squeeze in time for new episodes of Smallville and Gray’s Anatomy.

Conair flight 5191

As a pilot, I am both saddened and confused by news of the crash of Conair fligth 5191 from Lexington Blue Grass airport this morning. The lastest news reports seem to indicate that the airplane took off from the wrong runway, the short, 3,500 ft runway instead of the 7,500 ft runway.

This is what confuses me. Air traffic controllers will tell a commercial aircraft which runway they should use. Controllers know the types of aircrafts and their capabilities. For a controller to make an error like this is very, very unusual. Even so, the pilot has the right to decline any instructions that he or she deems unsafe. The type of aircraft taking off, anywhere between 4,500 – 5,000 ft of runway would have been required if the aircraft was as full weight. For the pilot not to decline the instruction to take off on the short runway is even more confusing. Finally, unlike the small airplanes that I flew, most commercial planes also have a co-pilot. Even if the controller and the pilot missed the error, there was a third person who could have stepped in to stop it.

This was an early flight, so perhaps the tower was not yet operational. Still, the decision to use the short runway was a bad one. Perhaps the winds were not favorable to using the longer runway. At worst there would have been a direct crosswind, but it shouldn’t have mattered. If weather was a factor, the flight should have remained on the ground until it was safe.

Most of the facts are not yet in, and so I suspend judgement for now. However, all pilots are taught “ADM”: aeronautical decision-making. Taking off an a runway clearly too short for the aircraft is a bad decision. I feel terrible for the families who lost loved ones on the flight. From the initial reports, it looks as though better decision-making could have prevented it. But we’ll have to wait and see.

Microsoft sucks!

This is no revelation. But we M$ products at work, and one which I use quite a bit is Microsoft Visual Studio 2003 and Visual Source Safe. This morning, after compiling an application successfully, Visual Studio went bye-bye silently. No application exception, nothing in the event log. Nada. A reboot didn’t seem to fix the problem. I’ve narrowed down the problem to projects that are checked into Visual Source Safe. I can’t seem to open those projects, but projects that are not checked into revision control are accessible.

And yes, I checked the VSS server and I can get into that just fine.

This sucks becuase I was about to finish something up and get it published and check it off my list and move on to the next task. Now I’ve got to spend time I don’t have trying to figure out what the heck is going on!


UPDATE: It’s all working now, although it took a threat of setting my computer out to sea and praying for a hurricane to get it to cooperate. Incidentally, after I clicked the “Save Post” button on the initial post (when, in fact, I felt like screaming!), Tears For Fears, “Shout” came onto my iPod:

Shout, shout,
Let it all out.
These are the things
I can do without
Come on; I’m talking to you
Come on.

What a coincidence, eh?