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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Rain and Naivity

I saw the CV-22 fly for the first time a few days ago. That is an ungangly beast! See the bottom aircraft. I have flown the simulator for it. To be honest I was hoping for something inspiring and graceful, but it turn out it is just really cool.

In other more green news. It has rained here for the last 6 days strait. I had never seen it rain here before at all... now I can practially watch the plants grow. What was dirt a week ago is now almost golf course green. I really like rain!

On doomsday predictions... hmm... it turns out that 2012 looks like a good number doesn't it.

As naive as it may sound, I think if people took the time to get to know each other, we would all get along. There are a bunch of exchange pilots here in my dorm. They come from all over to learn the secrets of effective and safe aviation. Apart from always making wierd smelling food, they are pretty cool guys. Everybody sits around smoking and telling stories about shitty co-pilots that almost killed them, thier own mistakes and how to ovoid them, how dumb regulations are, and chasing women. (Even the guys from Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, and others that one wouldn't expect here,) Person to person, we all seem to like each other. If on the smallest level we seem to get along, how the hell do we end up in mortal combat against each other?

3 comments:

amateur.sophist said...

after tallying up ground crew, spectators and pilots, i thought there were more fuckers dead than alive that had seen this things in person?

Chestocrates said...

This one is fairly instructive:
Demonic Males - Apes and the Origins of Human Violence, by Dale Peterson

Your exchange buddies became part of your tribe. However biologically useful in group/out group thinking was before, it sort of becomes madness with 7 billion people. Too many people. Not enough space.

Notorious said...

I hadn't thought about it that way... I guess I am lucky to be alive! I will close my eyes next time I see one! Hopefully it isn't in the pattern.

Is there 7 Billion people already.. it seemed like only a year or two ago it was only 6 billion.