Monday, December 22, 2014

How Hitting a Deer Leads to Patagonia

Some days are just like this--the intent was to post a video of a cyclist hitting a deer on Facebook for a cycling friend (as you can see here):

Clearly this would have been a simple two minute task which was interrupted by someone who had a visual representation of all air traffic in the world during a day. As you watch this you'll see that there are aircraft outliers that are flying to remote parts of the world that should pique anyone's curiosity.

Pay attention to South America in this visual - you can see some aircraft heading deep into and leaving Patagonia near its southern tip, but not to the Falkland Islands:

Aircraft flying into Patagonia

Is there much down there? Zooming into Google Maps reveals this:

Map of South America and Patagonia

You can see there is one city - Rio Gallegos that has an airport large enough for these flights. Patagonia is mostly arid and flat - so let's drive west out of Rio Gallegos on Ruta Nacional 3 and see:

Ruta Nacional 3 in Patagonia

Nice road - no one there - whatever you do, don't get stranded in that you might meet this two-headed creature;

or, wear loose clothing since Wikipedia reports "It is one of the windiest cities on earth, with winds above 50 kilometres per hour (31 mph) being commonplace, and over 100 km/h (62 mph) not exceptional."

Update 9 hours later! About an hour after posting this while eating lunch I went to a meeting in which a woman put on a grey Patagonia sweater top near the end - needless to say I was a bit taken aback.

Another update: Here is travel between Rio Gallegos and Ushuaia on Route 3 (Argentina) and Routes 257 and Y9 (Chile). Ferry outlet, 110 km of gravel road on the Chilean side of the Big Island and snow in the mountains Route 3 stretch before arriving at Ushuaia.


Heuristic: Natural (Avoidance of strangely evolved creatures)
Friday, October 11, 2013

Don't Let a Philosopher Be Your Marketer

Ludwig Wittgenstein, when writing the predecessor to Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, spent two years in isolated in a Norwegian town of Skjolden. In fact, he really lived outside the town in a small cabin. Obviously, that time plus his time spent on the front lines in WWI created one of the greatest works in philosophy of the 20th century.

However, if you need Ludwig to write your company's slogan - I think I would hire a summer intern to help. Ok, take a good look at this company's home page and tell me what you think:

"Engineering is Man's Mind Reflected in His Civilization. MiTi's Standard is its Reflection in That Mirror".  I have to admit I've spent too much time reading that slogan over and over with no enlightenment. I keep wondering if the deep philosophical think tanks at Princeton or the University of Chicago had sabbaticals to work on this. Their other discussions during that time on the meaning of advanced foil bearings in relationship to the progression of a priori truths took most of the semester I'm sure. (Can you measure that with a tribometer?)

Heuristic: Natural (Language as Therapy)