August 11th, 2010

#2215: "Take this job and shove it!"

I don't blame the guy who popped an emergency door and went down the escape slide.

The story's all over the place, of the flight attendant who got fed up dealing with unruly and rude passengers and quit with style. He got a visit from a SWAT team for his trouble, because you never know about those people who get fed up after 28 years of dealing with bullshit day in and day out; they might have wired their houses with 420 tons of Semtex and bought 95 shotguns, loaded them with nails, and lay in wait, eagerly anticipating ventilating everyone in a quarter-mile radius.

One could agree it's a bit extreme to exit a commercial airliner via the emergency slide, thus disabling a multi-million dollar aircraft for several days and costing his former employer literal millions of dollars--not just because of repair fees but because of the loss of revenue from that aircraft. That might excuse the SWAT team. Or may not.

He's not getting that job back; count on it. And no one else will want to hire him as a flight attendant.

This is obviously an action taken without much thought, though. Better revenge would have been to report the unruly passenger to TSA, because that passenger did violate at least one federal law. "Oh, you're in a hurry? Sorry, but TSA wants to talk to you...." But although the guy would have been in the right, everyone would have regarded him as a douchebag.

I'm not a frequent flier, so perhaps I have the wrong perspective, but I think it's stupid when everyone jumps up from their seats and starts cramming into the aisles the instant the seat belt sign goes off. It's going to take a certain amount of time for the airplane to reach the terminal and it'll take more time to line up the jetway and get the doors open; and all that time you are just standing there, accomplishing nothing but taking up space. You certainly don't get out of the airplane any damn faster than you would if you just waited in your seat for the door to open.

That's what I do; I stay in my seat until it's obvious that the plane is emptying. And I get out just as quickly as the douchenozzle next to me who jumped out of his seat and started digging in the overhead compartment as soon as the plane hit the taxiway.

Then again, I don't bring a shitton of luggage aboard the airplane. Usually I bring things I want to keep close to me, like my laptop (if it's traveling with me) and I'll have a knapsack for books and snacks and things. Wallet, keys, cellphone, etc, will be in my sporran, which remains strapped to my person at all times. The laptop will usually go under the seat and the knapsack between my feet, or vice-versa, depending on how paranoid I feel.

It's not easy to have a job where you deal with the public day in and day out. Oh, some people eat that shit up, but not me; people are too damn stupid. Infuriatingly so. That's why, I think, the guy in this story snapped; the passenger in question was being a total retard: staying in his seat until the seat belt sign went off would not have slowed him down one iota yet the moron could not be arsed to sit down and wait a few more minutes to get his carryon luggage.

It'd be nice if the denouement to this story talked about how so-and-so was arrested and charged with violations of the such-and-such law, etc. In other words, if the passenger who prompted all this had some consequences fall on his head.

#2216: Dang robots. They took my luggage!

Og posts an interesting piece about machine vision.

My fame is now growing. Soon the world shall be mine!

...wait, did I just say that out loud? Oops.

(Thanks for the link and the kind words, Og.)

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Anyway, I've got a ton of auto-related stupidity from Jalopnik to talk about, I've got to cut the grass, and I haven't even touched the real news yet. Why so late with the start to the day?

Of late my nocturnal tendencies have reasserted themselves. It's too damned hot and humid to do anything outside; all my auto-related notions are on hold until we get some kind of break from this. It reminds me of Manila. Jesus.

The road rash will take care of the skin cancer, I guess. Sure, ride your motorcycle without bothering with a shirt or pants. But hey! ...he's wearing a helmet! So he's all good!

Oh, and that "riding without hands on the handlebars" thing? That's cool and edgy when you're seven, douchebag. Not when you're supposed to be a responsible adult.

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This story is made of fail. There's enough fail to go around: not just the 19-year-old douchebag, but his douchebag parents for buying him a 500 HP douchemobile.

I'm going to post a PSA right now:

Whatever you're thinking of doing, if your main reason for doing it approximates "Because it'll be cool," DON'T DO IT. Chances are you and your friends are the only ones who think it'll be cool, and the only reason you think so is that you're too young and stupid to know better. Everyone else will think you're stupid and no one will be impressed save, possibly, a few girls who are as young and stupid as you.

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The speed limit is an upper limit, douchebag. Cops generally won't ticket for anything less than about five over; 12 over is pushing it. You knew what the speed limit was and exceeded it, on purpose; suck it up and take it like a man, you pansy.

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Oh, this is news: "Australians among world's worst abusers of alcohol". *sigh*

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I'm pissed off at my health insurance company right now.

Renewal date: July 28, 2010 WEDNESDAY
Date I got the bill: July 31, 2010 SATURDAY
Date I got the threat of cancellation: August 4, 2010 WEDNESDAY
Date I paid the bill: August 2, 2010 MONDAY

Assholes, if you had bothered to send me the bill in a timely manner I would have paid the damn thing early, or at least on time.

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Who the hell cares what Europe thinks? Oh wait, I forgot: the so called "cultural elites" do, and so we're all supposed to give a rat's ass.

Well, I don't. Europe can go scratch.

I just want to ask one question of the "cultural elites": Wasn't electing Obama supposed to fix this kind of thing?

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Gee, a Democrat wishing death on a prominent Republican. That has never happened before!

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At first I thought this story about a zombiesat meant another satellite in geosynchronous orbit had failed, but apparently it's just the one from April making trouble for a functioning satellite.

I can't find the link from around then about the zombiesat. Dang it.

Anyway, it's a formerly-known zombiesat making trouble up there, not a new one.

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Ann Coulter delivers some grade-A snark about Democrat politicians in California.

...I want one of those jobs which pays $700,000 per year with 28 weeks of vacation.

No! I'll sacrifice a lot to get the job! You can pay me $350,000 and give me only 14 weeks of vacation! See? I'm killing myself here!

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WeerdBeard emphasizes what gunnies all over America already know: that gun laws are there to discourage lawful ownership of guns, not to actually keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals.

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PDB reminds us that we're broke. Pity our politicians can't seem to grasp that.

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With the exception of weight this is what my cat, Luna, looks like. She's a skinny kitty, unlike the one in the picture there.

BTW black cats aren't evil. Knock it off with the "basement cat" nonsense. It's not funny. "Ceiling cat" was funny, the first time. The "basement cat" stuff got old really fast.

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Well, at 7 PM I went outside to cut the grass. It's got to get done, and I just wanted to wait until the heat of the day had broken. Well, it broke, and it was reasonable outside, so I cut the grass. So there's about a 70-minute gap in posting.

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Midwest Chick learns that liberal notions of "fairness" are anything but.

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(I suspect that she knew all along, actually.)

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Recall, if you will, that NOAA told us that 2009 was hotter than ever, and that 2010 was on track to be hotter still? Turns out there's something fishy about their data.

...yeah, I'm really, really shocked and surprised by this news, too.
Global warming data apparently cooked by U.S. government-funded body shows astounding temperature fraud with increases averaging 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

The tax-payer funded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has become mired in fresh global warming data scandal involving numbers for the Great Lakes region that substantially ramp up averages.
Yeah, that's right: the same people who are telling us that every year is hotter than the last is cooking the books to support their claim:
Together the two institutions show temperature maps for northern Lake Michigan registering an absurd 430 degrees Fahrenheit -yes, you read it right –that’s four hundred and thirty degrees-and this is by no means the highest temperature recorded on the charts.

In the heated debate about Earth’s ever-changing climate you certainly don’t need to be scientist to figure out that the Great Lakes would have boiled away at a mere 212 degrees so something has seriously gone awry inside this well-funded program.
I had no idea there was superheating of this nature going on. How the hell can the water temperature at Lake Michigan's beaches be 70° when there are places that the water is steam?

It is possible to superheat water and have it remain liquid above its boiling point. We do it all the time with an arcane device known as the pressure cooker. The entire reason a pressure cooker works is that as the pressure surrounding a given mass of water increases, the boiling point of that mass of water rises.

So for parts of Lake Michigan to be at 430°F without immediately flashing to steam, all we need to do is raise the air pressure over that part of the lake to...um...400 PSI!

So you show me the meterological data for that date demonstrating that the air pressure over that part of Lake Michigan was some 405,000 millibars and we're good. (Typical atmospheric pressure is around 3,000 millibars, BTW.)

(Via. And I hope Mr. Caruba is right.)

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Heh. I think I see Og's point about me being "a grade-a wiseass"....