On Materialism

or anything attaching money in any way to happiness is incorrect– in my opinion, it is illogical to correlate them even with a positive or negative statement. Really, you can buy excitement (that adrenaline of a card-swipe and the crinkle of a plastic bag as you walk out of a store) and via excitement you have nostalgia (holding that same item, months later, wondering why it was used only three times), and somewhere in between the two you have willfull ignorance.

via On Materialism.


Very accurate reconstruction of the crash of Asiana flight 214 at San Francisco Airport on July 6, 2013.


This is a very accurate reconstruction of the crash of Asiana flight 214 at San Francisco Airport on July 6, 2013 with the exception of the post impact fire. It is now reported that the fire did not break out until 90 seconds after the aircraft came to rest. That adjustment will be made and re-posted this evening.

All times, speeds, distances and scaling contained are accurate to the data available as of July 10, 2013. There is also included in the segment a blue transparent exemplar aircraft programmed to follow the correct 3 degree glide slope to the intended touchdown point 1,000 ft down the marked runway. This is the path and altitude the Asiana flight should have been flying during the approach. Please note that the blue exemplar aircraft is not programmed to fly at the correct approach speed, only the correct altitude. If it were programmed to fly the correct approach speed it would very quickly pass the Asiana aircraft and disappear off screen. The reconstruction also contains the actual SFO tower communications with flight 214 although the actual timing of the communications may not be absolutely synchronized to the animation since the data necessary to precisely synch won’t be available until it is released by the FAA or NTSB in the coming weeks.