August 16th, 2005

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I wonder what it will be like when...

With the internet being the bastion of free speach and radical self expression that keeps world leaders awake at night, I wonder what will happen as the bandwidth grows and it becomes a video transimission medium to replace cable?

Image getting station/site listing via RSS and both both live and on-demand replays. Think of the variety, especially since the internet would not be under the same restriction as broadcast tv.

Then again, that technological and cultural leap might just cause the FCC to jump and and enforce limits on content. Though given the international nature of the internet, that might be difficult.

It will be an interesting time.
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So, last week it is guessed that the plane in Greece lost cabin pressure, the people pasted out, froze, and crashed. Today and engine failed in Venezuela and the plane crashed with little hope for survivors.

Why do I suspect poor airplane mantence is a great threat to passengers than terrorists?

Further, how long until FX or Fox makes this in to a game show. "Survivor: The Lost Plane", where contestants compete for the one parachute while the plane falls to the Earth. Let's make the prize $1,000,000,000. Let's get 10 contestants, so there is a 10% chance of survival. For 1 billon dollars I bet you that such a show would have no problem finding people to volunteer to compete.

Anyway, as I fly the rickety plane from Lima to Cuzco (oh no!!!), what are my survival odds?*

Poll #553292 Will Adam die in a plane crash?

What is the percentage chance I will die in a plane crash on my trip?

Mean: 24.00 Median: 10 Std. Dev 36.11
0
4(40.0%)
10
3(30.0%)
20
1(10.0%)
30
0(0.0%)
40
0(0.0%)
50
0(0.0%)
60
0(0.0%)
70
0(0.0%)
80
0(0.0%)
90
1(10.0%)
100
1(10.0%)


*Actually, last time it scarred the piss out of me. These planes are ancient, and you know how in the movies where they show people flying with their chickens and pigs? It's true!!!


Bonus points!!! What will I say on the way down? Discuss in the comments.


All my bags are packed
I’m ready to go
I’m standin’ here outside your door
I hate to wake you up to say goodbye
But the dawn is breakin’
It’s early morn
The taxi’s waitin’
He’s blowin’ his horn
Already I’m so lonesome
I could die

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

There’s so many times I’ve let you down
So many times I’ve played around
I tell you now, they don’t mean a thing
Every place I go, I’ll think of you
Every song I sing, I’ll sing for you
When I come back, I’ll bring your wedding ring

So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

Now the time has come to leave you
One more time
Let me kiss you
Then close your eyes
I’ll be on my way
Dream about the days to come
When I won’t have to leave alone
About the times, I won’t have to say

Oh, kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you’ll wait for me
Hold me like you’ll never let me go
cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go

But, I’m leavin’ on a jet plane
Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Oh babe, I hate to go