Plane crashes, probability, and fear

Boeing_777-200ER_Malaysia_AL_(MAS)_9M-MRO_-_MSN_28420_404_(9272090094)Let’s start with the most recent downed commercial flights first: on July 24th, an Air Algerie flight out of Burkina Faso bound for Algiers crashed during a rainstorm, killing 116 passengers and crew. On July 22nd, the crash of a TransAsia flight in Taiwan killed 48 people. On July 17th a Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down over Ukraine, killing 298 people.[More….]

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Dandy

Sir_Isaac_Newton_(1643-1727)After our first night sleeping in our own little old house, these, with no preamble, were Ninja’s first words to me while he gave me a morning hug: “Well that’s just dandy. It was actually Newton’s third law–every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”[More….]

The sincerest form of flattery

IMG_20140702_162619A couple of days after crossing our latest continent, Limonada, Loquita, Ninja and I spent some time visiting el Guapo’s parents in Leeds, but not the one in West Yorkshire, England, home to almost 800,000 people. El Guapo’s pater and mater are currently residents of Leeds, Utah, home to a thousand times fewer people (well, nearly: population stats from 2012 say 837). Many of them were probably at the recent 4th of July pot luck picnic.[More….]