Archive for January, 2004

The AP photo

Saturday, January 31st, 2004

I don’t know Wesley Clark, Democratic hopeful, but I do know the other two guys (Leonard Richardson and Dave Mason) in a "top story" photo from the Associated Press.

Small world, huh?

Plane crazy

Friday, January 30th, 2004

Pictured above is the plane in which we were passengers, snapshotted shortly after it nearly crashed while landing (with us in it).

Smart bird

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

BBC News has a nice little story about a smart parrot. It sound almost like a movie plot.

Public service announcement on spam

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004


"Iím begging you, before I have to delete another thousand (yes, thousand) bogus emails ó please either update your antivirus and Windows systems, or stop running Windows, or get off the internet. For the good of the internet, before we have to change email so much that it doesnít work anymore, please fix this now. There is no technological solution; the only solution is for you to take charge of your internet connection and computer as an individual. I already told you how; itís not hard."

I could simply restate everything Charles Sebold said in his public service announcement post, but he put it so well that I’m simply linking to it.

Slip and slide, airline edition

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004

Brent, Tammy, and I flew back Monday after two previous flight cancellations. The flight was plagued with turbulence most of the way back, especially once we were nearing Raleigh. We also couldn’t see anything for much of the duration in the air as we were traveling in clouds most of the way.

Our landing, however, was the big deal. We were barely over the runway when visibility returned. Everyone was staring out the windows to see what was below. Underneath us was the landing strip, but directly above the runway was a thick layer of solid ice.

People were panicking — there were a few screams and a several people’s hearts raced as we made our approach. The aircraft touched down to the start of a bumpy landing, only to be followed up by a long slide as the plane lost control and began rotating towards the left as we slid down the icy runway. After it started sliding sideways, it began to roll to the left as well. People were panicking even more.

Thankfully, the pilots were able to regain control of the plane and set it upright and straight, but in stopping, we continued to skid with loss of control.

It was very a very stupid thing for American Airlines to fly (and land) in those conditions. Our plane almost crashed thanks to the airline’s irresponsible decision to fly in such severe weather.

I’m glad we all were fine after such an event. I know for a fact that several people on that plane were earnestly praying, and I’m glad that our prayers were answered with a lucky landing (we were very close to a crash).

Flight or frightful weather?

Monday, January 26th, 2004

We were rebooked for the 1:30 pm plane leaving today. It was also canceled. We have rescheduled for a later plane, but it looks as though there’s a strong likelihood that it too will be canceled as well, which would mean that we would have to be here another night. There is a chance that this later plan may not be canceled, but the weather conditions in RDU look frightful.

For what it’s worth, AccuWeather’s map of flight delays is interesting… I wonder how accurate it is, however.

Stuck in New York

Sunday, January 25th, 2004

A large ice storm moved in to the Raleigh area, so the airport is closed until further notice. This leaves a few of us who planned on leaving tonight (Sunday) stranded in New York city. The weather is supposed to continue for the next couple days and move up here to New York. When it is done in North Carolina, the snow is supposed to fall here. We may not be home until Thursday.

Of course, things may work out somehow where we could be flying home tomorrow. We shall see.