Posts Tagged ‘cowboy’

Clint Eastwood, 94117: L’Uomo Senza Nome Skateboards Down McAllister to the Delight of the Airbnbers

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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Cowboy Pilots, Air Safety and the Metric System: A Modest Defense of Fox News on AirAsia Flight QZ8501

Monday, December 29th, 2014

So cue the outrage here.

I don’t watch the cable TV news myself, but here are a few points:

1. American-style measurements are all over the aviation industry, like measurement of speed (in nautical miles per hour) and altitude (in feet). Pilot confusion with differing measurement systems has killed passengers and crew IRL.

2. And yes, international travel isn’t as safe as domestic travel, for a host of reasons. American pilots have better training, on average, and they have an easier job of it, not having to deal with the Intertropical Convergence Zone and Russian paramilitaries, for starters. Not a single passenger has died due to a crash on a domestic flight on a large (we’re talking about something bigger than a private jet or a regional airliner) jet since 9/11. And if you want to talk about international flight on 100+ seat jets either going to or coming from America, we’ve lost a total of three passengers (on an Asiana flight at SFO) since 2001, that horrible year.

3. And the thing about cowboys – that’s a reference to the Boeing / American approach to automation vs. the Airbus / international approach. So a “cowboy” pilot has greater power to do something stupid, but also a greater ability to get out of trouble. A “cowboy” is more likely to have military experience. A cowboy is the opposite of a “college boy.” Oddly enough, the computer-assisted cowboy and cowgirl pilots are doing better, on average, than the auto pilot-reliant college boys and girls.

The job of these hosts is to be appealing (by looking good in a suit or a fuchsia(?) minidress(?), to look somber (due to the tragedy) and to goad the invited expert into saying what s/he knows in an interesting way. Seems as if they were getting that job done.

So yeah, asking about the metric system sounds like a stupid question, I’ll agree. But everything the hosts were talking about comes from real life, it comes from someplace. It’s not just Fox News waving the flag.


So laugh at Fox if you want, but they’re doing their job better than Jezebel / Isha Aran is doing its job of debunking Fox News. And, bonus, Fox News consulted an expert and Jezebel, which doesn’t know much about aviation, did not.

So, Fox News 1, Jezebel 0.

The Police Horses of Mid-Market – Mounted SFPD iPhone Theft Patrol, 7th and Market Streets

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

You know, I think a cowboy from 150 years ago would totally get this scene. You have a constable with a hat and a gun and a pair of boots, mounted on a horsey, looking for thieves on Market Street near a set or train tracks:

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The Least Politically Correct Sculpture in San Francisco Has Got To Be This One, On Display at Civic Center

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

It’s called Early Times, or something.

A friar lays his Jesus trip down on a native Californian, back in the day:

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Oh well…

Toshio Hirano, the Yodeling Cowboy Troubador, Plays the Rite Spot Cafe

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Famous Toshio Hirano, sharing a drink and talking about music with some fans last night during Earth Hour 2009 before his regular appearance (last Saturday of the month at 9:00 PM, admission free) at the Rite Spot Cafe on 2099 Folsom near 17th Street.

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See a video of him playing here.

Wouldn’t Every Walk in the Park be Better on a Segway Human Transporter?

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Don’t you just hate walking on the grass when you visit Golden Gate Park? Wouldn’t a stroll be so much better on a Segway Human Transporter? Of course.

This guy has it right – his “4WD” version of the Segway has big tires. All the better for riding on turf.

He’s a regular Segway Cowboy Outlaw:

Ballad of the Segway Cowboy Outlaw 

Its all the same, only the names will change
Everyday it seems were wasting away
Another place where the faces are so cold
I’d Segway all night just to get back home

Im a cowboy, on a Segway I ride
Im wanted dead or alive
Wanted dead or alive

Sometimes I charge, sometimes its not for days
And the people I meet always go their separate ways
Sometimes you tell the day by the bottle that you drink
And times when youre all alone all you do is think

I roll these streets, a loaded NiCad on my rack
I play for keeps, cause I might not make it back
I’ve rolled everywhere, still Im standing tall
I’ve seen a million faces smack into the wall

Im a cowboy, on a Segway I ride
Im wanted dead or alive
Im a cowboy, I got the night on my side
Im wanted dead or alive
Wanted dead or alive