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June 14, 2009

Overnight Open Thread (genghis)

Here’s a couple of nuggets to help you waste the last few precious hours of freedom you have this weekend. Then it’s off to bed so you can wake up bright and early to trudge off to your soul-crushing job for the next five days.

Item #1: Of course, some people actually have interesting jobs (again, not you) and get to pilot very large and complicated aircraft. Instead of sitting in the middle of a cube farm somewhere filling out TPS reports, their office is the cockpit. Of course nearly all of the switches and controls in the 747, for example, are actually inactive, much like the thermostat at your office. But it provides at least the illusion to the pilots that they actually have some kind of control over the aircraft. Again, much like your office thermostat.

Thanks to Pocono Joe, who reminds us that the word “cockpit” may also have some secondary meanings. I can’t imagine what those might be. He’s kind of twisted like that.

Item #2: In other aviation news, ABC (Australia) brings us the tale of an Air India flight from Mumbai to Frankfurt that had to return to Mumbai following a cockpit warning about a fire in the cargo hold. The culprit? The escape of particles from a bag containing two to three kilograms of curry powder. All of which means nothing except that some tandoor chicken sounds really good about right now.

Item #3: Let’s end on an automotive note. Iowahawk’s posted outtakes and a script for his most recently failed project, a reality show called D.C. Garage. This being Iowahawk, there’s absolutely no possible way the post could be funny, but you could always stop by and read it out of a sense of pity.

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