Friday, April 10, 2015
1. The nightmarish story of
the only man known to have parachuted through a thunderstorm and
survived is nevertheless about as captivating as it is
No human before or since Bill Rankin is known to have parachuted through a cumulonimbus tower and lived to tell about it. Lt Col William Henry Rankin passed away on 06 July 2009, almost exactly 50 years after his harrowing and history-making ride on the storm.Rankin's journey took forty minutes from when he ejected from his failing aircraft to his entanglement in a tree, and being a professional, he was well aware of the many dangers he escaped.
2. This one vies with another bug I blogged -- a file that could jam a printer -- for apparent implausibility:
An odd feature of our campus network at the time was that it was 100% switched. An outgoing packet wouldn't incur a router delay until hitting the POP and reaching a router on the far side. So time to connect to a lightly-loaded remote host on a nearby network would actually largely be governed by the speed of light distance to the destination rather than by incidental router delays.As a result of this bug, some email users were unable to reach anyone more than about 500 miles away.
3. "The Ten 'Commandments' of Sushi" is quite lengthy, but there is a method to the mandates, issuing as they do from a man who loves his craft.
"For me," says Yajima, "this isn't a job. It's a hobby I get to do all day, every day. It's something I love. I'll never retire from being a sushi man."And I thought I liked sushi before I read this...
4. Here is a comment that perfectly summarizes my own experience with Emacs:
The truth about Emacs: Everything seems way too hard at first, then you use it for a while, then you can't live without it. [format edit]Amusingly, I recently learned by accident that I finally fulfilled an