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In my travels, I like to read the safety instructions for airplanes..

During my last round trip flights, I flew on four different aircraft:

I have taken the time to photograph part of the safety instructions!
Please excuse the color balance / graininess / lack of focus
I used my cell phone to take these pictures.  I neglected to use my phone’s macro mode, and the auto white balance wasn’t working well, especially with the phone’s built in light.

Anyway, there are three things to be aware of when opening the emergency exit doors. This seems to vary by plane. I assume this has to do with the smaller planes have their exits over the wing, so the doors should be above the water line in the extremely unlikely event of the pilot properly ditching the plane.

De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8-300 Safety Instructions
The De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8-300 suggests the passenger to be aware of: water, fire, and what appears to be an iceberg.

Embraer EMB E90 Jet Safety Instructions
The Embraer EMB E90 Jet suggests the passenger to be aware of: smoke, red kelp? (possible underwater landing?), and Yellow Fire. Note, there is nothing mentioned about looking out for water.

Boeing 737-500 Safety Instructions
The Boeing 737-500 suggests the passenger to be aware of: fire, pointy smoke, and water.

Saab SF340A/B Safety Instructions
The Saab SF340A/B suggests the passenger to be aware of: Smoke, Fire, and Debris.

They make sure to write it out in English and Spanish, so that 99% of the people in the United States can understand it. This is a small plane, and probably won’t fly internationally, except to Canada, which does have French speakers, and they didn’t put it in French on there. I’m sure most Francophones can understand the word debris, as it is a French word anyway, and fir and fire are close enough, smoke might cause a problem with the completely monolingual. Also, Quebec/Canada has some weird laws about what is required to be in French, so it may not be legal.

The people who created the book for the Saab SF340A/B had the right idea. They included words to describe the pictures. Apparently the unidentifiable object was debris. Meaning that it is probably not pointy smoke, or an iceberg. Kind of disappointing really! I’m not sure why the Embraer EMB E90 has yellow debris. The plane wasn’t yellow on the outside. I also don’t know why the fire looked a lot like red kelp. It may be a plot to intentionally confuse the passengers?

My conclusion (since I need one) is that, while a picture may be worth a thousand words, one word still may be more effective. This should be a well known fact, as the popular game Pictionary seems to be based on this principle.

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I know everyone LOVES politics, right?

First off, today isn’t JUST Super Tuesday, it’s also IHOP’S “National Pancake Day“…  as well as Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shove Tuesday, Fasnacht Day, and other holidays of excess.  After unsuccessfully requesting a few states to move their primaries (unreliable source), IHOP has been so nice to move their pancake day to 2/12/08.

Back to Political thought.. Who’s going to win the election?

I used some awesome methods to determine who’s the most popular candidate, and have a result for the public!

Google Trends!

This pretty much just ranks searches.  I have used it to compare the 5 most searched for candidates for the 2008 election.  Apologies to Mike Gravel,  Mike Huckabee, and Alan Keyes, the Google search crowd has not been kind to you! I’ve only looked up results in the USA, because people who are using Google in the US are more likely to be eligible to vote in the US. You can click around if you are interested in other results.

My Awesome Google Trends Search!!

First thing that you’ll notice is Ron Paul.  He really is quite the internet sensation!  He may be the Snakes on a Plane of candidates, but will he fail to perform just like Snakes on a Plane?  Maybe?

It should be noted that when you do the search using campaign names, rather than full names, the results are quite different.  I doubt anyone expects to get decent results on Ron Paul by using just “Ron” or “Paul”.  It’s also interesting to note that using “Obama” vs “Hillary” (Hillary seems to be using her first name as her campaign name) will give you a strong Obama preference.. Where “Clinton” vs “Obama” has strikingly different results.

It’s also interesting that McCain and Romney seem to have a small percentage of the overall  search results.  Although they seem more competitive against Ron Paul when using their campaign names (Ron Paul seems to be using his full name for previously mentioned reasons).  Google Trends Republican Campaign names.

I also would like to note the detail that Google goes into with its trends.  They split it up by state, and even city.  It shouldn’t be too shocking that Ron Paul is popular in Austin, TX, and McCain is still holding onto Arizona, although Arkansas seems to like him more.  Huckabee is still holding onto Arkansas’ internet searches.

In any case, this is only based on internet searches, and is probably more closely aligned to which candidate is most interesting, and not which candidate is likely to win.  It does seem apparent that more Google users are interested in the Democratic Candidates than the Republican Candidates.

I guess we will see tonight how things turn out!  Luckily for me, I can’t vote until April 22, so I have plenty of time to decide.  If you’re in PA, and you still haven’t registered as Democrat or Republican, you have until March 24th to do it!  If you need more info, Rock the Vote seems to have compiled the information in a somewhat meaningful way.

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Kelly wanted to hear more of my random ramblings… So thank her for this post!

Today has been a great day of sorts.

I discovered this website:

It’s run by comcast, so it’s fast, legal, and free.. and rather low quality

but I did get my Weird Science fill.. I remember watching that show before Duckman, back in whatever day that was!

I’ve been trying to get more into concert photography. I am hoping to get my dSLR into some shows and eventually upgrade lenses… This will be a topic later, so keep posted! I’m planning on seeing Big D at the TLA on Saturday, I’m going to try to get my Nikon Coolpix 5200 in and get some photos! If anyone has suggestions on who to talk to at the TLA or in the bands to get a camera in, please get back to me!

I’ve created a very good Vegan Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon Cookie recipe, and have made about 50 cookies. The first batch includes Jones Cream Soda, as well as a good amount of Ginger flavoring. The second batch has much less sugar, and less ginger, but more banana. I used Cripps Pink apples, which was definitely a good choice. I could go into my specifics for making the recipe, as they are probably interesting to some people, but the recipe will stay secret, at least until I debut the cookies! I plan on using these delicious treats at two parties.. The first party includes pirogies from a Russian Orthodox church, the second party is held for the benefit of my good friend Kelly, who is also the reason why I am posting again!

Kelly will be on TV Friday at 9 and 11pm, and again on Saturday at some point. She was involved in the TV show “What Not To Wear”.. her Facebook note can be read (by some) here:

For this airing, I plan to be there, and bring my cookies!

I’ve also been getting more into whiskey as of recently. I’ve long been a fan of Johnny Walker black, as you may have read from previous posts. I have been doing some research, and have figured out that my favorite flavor in whiskey comes from the oak barrels, specifically Vanillin and quercus lactone. Which kind of tastes coconutty.. In any case, I decided to get some Jim Beam Black, I like wasting $20 / bottle on crap I’m not sure I’ll like.. I don’t know if I like the Bourbon taste as much as the milder Scotch taste, but I do notice a much stronger oak flavor, which I really like. I’m beginning to think I like whiskey for the same reason I like tea, because it brings out the subtle esters found in plants that are very unique and well rounded.

Also, I’ve been torn on what my song of the day should be.. I’ve been getting into the new(ish) InSoc CD, and I’ve been trying to get into the Arcade Fire CD with some success. I love some of the songs off the new New Pornographers CD which I’d love to showcase, but the more I listen to the Editors, the more I like their debut single “Munich” it came out in 2005, and I didn’t think much of it, but for various reasons it has come up in my playlist a few times, and I’ve really come to love the song.

(the band doesn’t want people embedding their video, so you’ll have to deal with a link)

Sadly, I am not planning on attending the YRock on XPN Freezetival, which will have the editors and Hot Hot Heat, two bands that I really like. This is mostly because I just don’t like Electric Factory shows that much, and also, it is conflicting with an XPN show of Marshall Crenshaw, another artist I really like. Why must XPN do this to me, and offer two great shows on the same night! I am a proud XPN supporter, and member, and suggest you do the same, cause they do a heck of a lot for the music of Philadelphia. I’m looking forward to the English Beat show at the Troc, although it’s on a Thursday and I probably won’t be able to go, I see Robert Drake is somehow on the lineup as a DJ, and he has excellent taste in music. Maybe I will make it out next Friday.. TIME WILL TELL!!!

I’m also excited for Friday night, because I am planning on going to the M-room featuring DJ Deejay presents: Friday I’m in Love. If you know me at all you’ll know my favorite bands include Depeche Mode (and Vince Clark bands Erasure, Yaz), New Order & Joy Division, The Smith & Morrissey, and that whole Genre.. and this M-room thing sound like it’s amazingly up my want to be a goth alley! I’ve very excited!!!!

the band