I have a friend who I would consider in the top 2% of programmers. But for a few changes he could have been another Steve Wozniak of Apple – having worked for Xerox about the same time as The Woz worked for HP – and trying to convince Xerox to make a small microprocessor-based computer. Like the Woz at HP (at the time) his efforts met with a similar fate, with the Woz and Steve Jobs going on to found Apple.
Anyway, your truly, having refused to subscribe to a cable network for 20 years (not wanting to subsidize a bunch of little-viewed programs just to get 3-5 that I want) – finally took the first step with streaming.
And with Netflix, I have discovered a whole new universe. Not only do have the choice of some of the best series from the 50s (The Twilight Zone) to the 90s (Frazier), but I can watch the entire series starting with episode 1. I’ve told Larry that I am always on the bleeding edge of technology.
I’ve always admired bush pilots. They don’t fly the fastest planes, or the biggest, but they are always challenged – to the extreme – by weather, weight and balance, and landing conditions.
In one episode of Flying Alaska the pilot is being chased by a gale force storm, and to maximize his payload, he left 30 minutes of fuel in the plane after the destination – accounting for the weather. Talk about pressure. The payload – whether food for villages or people, pays the costs and fuel doesn’t.
I have flown as a passenger with these pilots in New Zealand and Alaska, and whether landing through a canyon, with trees 40′ from each side of the wings, or alongside a 4,000′ rock cliff along McKinley, their skills are – to me – razor sharp.
Since any Pilot’s Operating Handbook will – in the crosswind landing area – say “maximum demonstrated crosswind – xxx knots “- – all the test pilots could find during the time of certification- I’m sure these pilots in Alaska have on a regular basis found much higher winds.
And in rural Alaska with weather there are usually no alternates.
Anyway I just saw this segment.