As many of you are aware due to the media coverage, two days ago Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur and about 50 minutes later the Boeing 777-200 went missing. Now they are searching for the wreckage, unsuccessfully, to find the black boxes so they can figure out what happened.
I’ve posted previously about my frustrations with air travel and the way it really has not improved or changed much since the 70s. We mostly fly in planes designed then and at speeds even slower to maintain fuel efficiency. (I won’t even get into my rant about how we should be flying faster, at least at concord speeds, by now). Lately, there have been a few improvements… we can now watch satellite TV and surf the internet. I’m not trying to discount these awesome upgrades in entertainment and productivity options, but this accident or disappearance reminds me again of how the air travel industry just refuses to change with the times.
Why are we relying on these black boxes that are so hard to recover when planes mysteriously crash or disappear? We have the technology and ability to communicate with the airplanes, get them internet and satellite TV. Why is the aircraft flight data not being uploaded real time onto remote servers? Doesn’t that seem like a better way to figure out what happened, considering we can’t find the plane? I suppose some would say that some flights lose communication before crashing. Sure, but we could still have data up until communication is lost. And a remote upload system could be redundant with an on board black box system…
Just a late night rant addressing an issue I feel could be better handled. Is it just me?
Hold on. Angry rant incoming. Is there some ridiculous conspiracy going on to make this city impossible to drive through? I can’t get anywhere without sitting in a ridiculous amount of traffic. During the day, the various rush hours make driving unbearable. Ok, fine, so the goal is to avoid rush hour right? Drive later, after rush hour is over? NO. Because every night they close down all the freeways to 1-2 lanes and bring everything to crushing stand still. Oh, you want to take the 405? Half the lanes are closed and you probably cant find an open on ramp anyway. The 110? No, the section through the tunnels is narrowed to 1 lane so it will take you forever to get through. The 134? Forget it, they narrow it to 2 lanes while they… OK, I’ve never actually even seen anyone working, but they are definitely diligently practicing their cone placement and removal every night. I now hate the color red because it signifies brake lights and the color of the freeway on google traffic maps. Additionally, all this sitting around with my car running on the freeway means I need to get gas all the time since my MPGs are worthless. And every time I fill gas I get angry… Oh it’s $3.839 per gallon. Wait… 9? This has annoyed me since I was a kid. I can’t pay in thousandths of pennies. None of us can… Why are they allowed to post prices in decimal levels that we can’t pay in? Can I bill my clients that way? Are they keeping track of the extra pennies I give them every day because of that fraction that I can’t pay in? Do the extra pennies roll over and am I getting credits? Am I going to get a free stick of gum one day? Please post your prices in amounts that currency exists in. Oh and surprise, they closed my exit to work this morning. Let’s enjoy the convenient detour. End Rant.
(Reproduced from my Facebook page from a few days ago. Easily my longest rant ever.)
Musical interlude aside, seriously, it has been a while since I have been on here. I just redid the theme, should look a bit more updated!
Also, have a set of posts planned and coming up. Should be amusing to say the least. Hope you guys enjoy.
Hi guys. I had a lot of spam users register on the site, so I went through and deleted a lot of the users registered here that I didn’t recognize. I’m sorry if you are a legitimate user and I deleted your username. Please reregister.
Today, April 24th, is a day of remembrance for the 1.5 million lives lost during the Armenian Genocide, which took place beginning April 24, 1915. Please take a moment to remember…
Previously, I wrote a series of posts on the topic that you can see here:
For additional information on the Armenian Genocide check out these sites:
- The Armenian National Institute – The Armenian Genocide
- Armenian Genocide Information and Recognition
Thank you for taking a moment to remember.
I’ve been neglecting the blog for many months now, but to start things up again, I’d like to start with a new theme. Keep an eye out.
I’m always hearing from people about how cruise lines are very good about accommodating food allergies. What about food allergies which require consumption of organic foods, such as those people who cannot have the compounds in preservatives and pesticides? Well, turns out the cruise lines will not accommodate these people. I contacted Carnival, Royal Carribean (RCCL), Disney Cruise lines, and a couple others and got the same answer, “we cannot accommodate organic foods.”
So, not only are they irresponsible in terms of caring for those with particular food allergies, but in addition these cruise lines are clearly very much not on board with the organic movement.
They’ve lost my business, have they lost yours?
I think for the first time in years I have no actual Halloween related plans this Halloween weekend. Pretty odd. I will, however, be intently watching the USC v. Stanford game.
In more professional related news, I’m keeping an eye on the VS Tech v. Twitter case. Wondering how it will impact Twitter, it at all… (read more about it here).
Well I might just consider this
If you don’t let me down
If you can keep me happy
Well you can stick around
Now I don’t care for sycofants
They drive me round the bend
But if you can’t control yourself
Then let’s just keep good friends
Recovering from a wordpress update error – “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.”
I just experienced my first WordPress update error. I have to say, I was a little freaked out.
I tried to auto update 5 of my plugins. The update page came back and said there was an error, when I tried to navigate to the updates page to try it again the page went blank and I got this lovely message:
“Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.”
This message appeared on any page associated with the admin/dashboard area. I believe some refer to this as the website being stuck in maintenance mode. Luckily the front end of my blog/website was still running fine.
Here is how I fixed it:
- Logged into my blogs root folder via ftp
- Opened my wp-content folder which houses the plugins folder.
- Renamed plugins to plugins.old
- Made a new folder called plugin
Tada! Everything works again. Now you can either reinstall all your plugins or do what I did. I deleted the plugins directory, renamed plugins.old to plugins and tried that. I was able to get back into my admin area and just had to manually update those plugins that were not updated and probably caused the error to begin with.