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Trial By Fire

Throughout the day at Los Alamos the skies darkened – as if the rain that has been forecast on a nearly continuous daily schedule would actually arrive. But there were little to no clouds...

Lost my shirt today…1st solo

I suppose with the nice weather these days there are more of us making the big leap. I made mine this morning around 1400Z. The weather was amazingly calm for this time of year...

Sunny Side Up

From a 2002 New Yorker article: “When people talk about the need to modernize the American air-traffic-control system, this is, in large part, what they are referring to. Whenever a plane takes off, the...

A Phone Play, Scene: My Office

Does anyone ever pay attention to the first 10 seconds of a phone conversation? Today’s phone drama gives weight to my theory that people do not. Me: This is david. Dude: Yeah, uh, Mr....

I’m Alright

I was at the University of Chicago to attend a colloquium recently. In case you’ve never been there, UofC is a lovely campus – just shy of being quaint and pastoral by it’s proximity...