More Crosswinds than I bargained for

I had a plane all booked for Saturday to go up with an instructor. We were going to go to a field that is oriented roughly North-South so as to guarantee crosswinds for practice.

As luck would have it, it was just a little windy. Things were OK in the early morning but the wind had picked up, so that by the time my reservation came around the steady wind was already at the maximum demonstrated crosswind limit of my plane. Gusts were another 50 percent greater than that (winds were at 30 Knots, gusts at 45 at about 40 degrees off of my home runway heading).

Today was perfect, but I already had plans and couldn’t take advantage of the clear, moderately breezy weather! Ah well, that’s the way of all things that depend on the weather!

Posted under Aviation

This post was written by Marc
on April 3, 2005 at 8:07 pm

Poll – Guys (and Gals) office shirts

Continuing the examination of “Affluenza” in North America, a comment in the last poll from Rose-Marie about ladies’ shoes got me thinking about mens’ shirts.

Office Shirts

Office Shirts

I’m curious how many shirts the guys out there have. To narrow it down I’m only talking about shirts that you would wear to work in a business-casual office environment. So, of course, this should exclude t-shirts. But it should include even old and obsolete shirts that you have worn to the office in the past. The rule is, “if it’s not in the trash can right now, it counts”. Feel free to chuck some of those old shirts to skew your shirt count! 🙂

To try to compare apples to apples, for the ladies there are a lot of garments that can be warn in lieu of a shirt (dresses for example). So the challenge would include basically anything that would take the role of a shirt.

To my utter amazement and chagrin, I counted an even 80 (!) shirts in my closet. Considering that I haven’t bought myself a new shirt in well over a decade I can only assume that there is a plot afoot to quietly bury me under a mountain of clothing…

If you had asked me before I counted how many shirts I have I would have said maybe 20 or so.

Posted under Affluenza, General

This post was written by Marc
on April 3, 2005 at 5:32 pm

G’day World Podcast

G'day worldHot on the heels of the SlashdotReview podcast, I started listening to the "G’day World podcast" featuring Cameron Reilly and Mick Stanic. These two Aussies live far enough apart that they maybe get to see each other about once a month, but through the wonders of technology (read "Skype") they pull together this podcast on a pretty regular basis.

Both have extensive backgrounds working in tech-related fields and they come to the "podcast table" with a wealth of insight and connections that they employ to great effect in both retaining interesting guests and offering commentary on current trends both within the blogosphere and in the tech world at large.

Beware, this is one of the longer podcasts. Typically each one is about an hour, but I enjoy them from beginning to end.

The presentation is very much as you’d expect (hope!) an Australian production to be. I’ve enjoyed the Aussie perspective and flavor ever since I visited Australia back in 1999 and G’day World doesn’t disappoint on this front.

They originally began the podcast with this site but, entrepreneurs that they are, they have since formed "The Podcast Network" and have plugged their podcast into a growing infrastructure of podcasts. As of this writing there are about 15 podcasts offered at the podcast network. I am listening to one other one so far – “The Tablet PC Show" – which I will discuss at a later time.


Posted under General, Podcasting

This post was written by Marc
on April 3, 2005 at 4:00 pm