A long time ago at a Human Factors lab on an Air Force base in Texas, a group of human factors space scientists and Air Force pilots were sitting in the O Club and got to talking about cats and zero gravity. How would a cat orient in micro gravity? Visually? They always land on their feet. But what if they couldn’t feel which way was down?
A few drinks later we realized that one of the pilots wasn’t having a drink because he had to do a proficiency flight later that afternoon. And we already had a camera rigged in the cockpit of a T Bird, and if a couple of us certified this as a human factors experiment it wouldn’t cost the government anything it wasn’t going to spend on the proficiency flight, and it would be an interesting experiment, and — Well, it seemed like a great idea at the time, and the captain who’d be flying thought it would be a good idea.
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17:41 < shortcircuit> Today is a real Monday.
17:41 < shortcircuit> In every negative sense I know of.
17:52 < tyrok> Well, at least if it’s an even number of negatives, it still comes out okay. It’s those days with odd numbers of negatives that are trouble.
17:54 < shortcircuit> It’s more complex than that. 🙂
18:01 < brousch> you should make it ‘metallica monday’ like i did. it makes the day livable
18:02 < tyrok> shortcircuit: Oh, so now you’re taking square roots of your day outcomes? Really, I’d have thought you could ignore the imaginary part for our purposes. 🙂
18:02 < shortcircuit> Hey, I need to get to the root of my problems, don’t I?
18:03 < tyrok> Not in any real sense. 🙂
18:03 < brousch> the groans per minute in here is getting out of hand
17:52 < shortcircuit> Oh boy, I think I’m in for it.
17:52 < shortcircuit> My sense of humor is just awful today.
17:52 < slestak> and this is different *how*?
17:53 < slestak> 🙂
17:53 < shortcircuit> Well, day got pissed this time.
17:53 < slestak> oops
17:53 < shortcircuit> “awful today” -> “awful to day”
17:54 < slestak> pure offal
17:54 < shortcircuit> As in, being mean to an entity named ‘day’.
17:54 < shortcircuit> It’s that kind of weird 2-3 step mutation that my humor’s settled on.
17:54 < shortcircuit> Hopefully something else comes along and provides evidence of a prior land claim.
17:55 < slestak> could be a centuries long holy war
17:55 < shortcircuit> My humor needs to convert or die.
17:57 < slestak> the Spanglish Inquisition
17:57 < shortcircuit> …I didn’t expect that.
20:30 < brousch> i am a fan of ubuntu server
20:33 < shortcircuit> brousch keeps it cool.
20:34 < tyrok_laptop> Aargh.
20:36 < brousch> groan
20:36 < brousch> it took me 3 minutes to get that one