Posts Tagged ‘November 12th’

A Remarkable Safety Record: No Passengers Have Died in an American Jetliner Crash the Past Ten Years – We Made It

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Well we made it. We’ve gone ten years without a passenger dying on a commercial jetliner flying above America, or coming to America or leaving from America. (Now that doesn’t include regional jets – I’m talking about jet airliners, narrow-body or wide-body, made by Airbus, Boeing,  Lockheed, or McDonnell Douglas.)

The last day passengers died was November 12th, 2001 on American Airlines Flight 587.

Of course, we’ve had some close calls since then, like with that shoe bomber guy or with Sully Sullenberger and his famous water landing.

Military flights, well that’s a different story. Capt. Christopher Stricklin punches out (and lives to tell the tale) 200 feet above Idaho:

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(And this no-deaths record doesn’t include smaller aircraft like regional jets or turboprops or private airplanes.)

Needless to say, this streak of good luck hasn’t happened before. Back in the day, back in the 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s, people would die on big jets all the time.

But not anymore.


Norway Comes to SoMA – Come See Norwegian Instant Art Tomorrow Night, 11-12-09

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Well, øh my! If you have any interest in Norway and/or art, you ought to mark your calendar for 6:00 PM tomorrow, November 12th, 2009, cause that’s when you can see Norwegian Instant Art at Dow Place, aka the little alley off of Second Street between Folsom and Harrison across the street from Maya. I hear they’ll have some vin there, plus the Honorable Consul General – he’ll be there, plus maybe you can buy some art. Check it:

“Norwegian artists painting in the streets of San Francisco. Four female Norwegian artists are exploring the local art scene in an on-site art project entitled Norwegian Instant Art.  Their goal is to develop and present Norwegian contemporary art in San Francisco, and to fuel future cultural exchange by donating sales proceeds to the Norwegian American Cultural Foundation.”

Presenting, straight outta Oslo, artists Kristin Romberg, Ingrid A. TronstadPippip Ferner and Kristine Maudal. Do you think they’re having fun in the 415? Anyway, they were painting up a storm yesterday afternoon:


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Everybody loves Norway, right? See you there!

Nov. 2-11: EXPLORE San Francisco and the Bay Area, and TRANSFORM impressions into art. Place:  In and outside 77 Dow Place

Nov. 12: PERFORM by presenting the project and artwork to the public in an exhibition at  Anodyne Designs premises

November 12, 2009,  Anodyne Designs, 77 Dow Place, Suite 100  
6:00 pm    Mingling            
6:30 pm    Welcome/Official opening by the Norwegian Consul, Geir Tønnessen
7:00 pm    Artists’ presentation  and walk through exhibition. Enjoy the art/food/drinks/good friends
10:00 pm  The end

Proceeds will be donated to the Norwegian American Cultural Foundation.


  • NHF Cultural Grants, Norwegian House Foundation
  • Norwegian American Cultural Foundation
  • Norwegian Consulate
  • H&H Partners
  • ABB Norway
  • Moods of Norway
  • Jensen & Scheele bil as
  • Ferner Jacobsen
  • Kunst for Alle
  • GreatVibes Frogner
  • Shoelounge
  • These four contemporary artists, Ingrid A. Tronstad, Kristine Maudal, Pippip Ferner and Kristin Romberg, are all based in the Oslo area. They explain their project as starting on blank sheets of paper with four open minds. They do not really know what the actual outcome will be. The project thus is as much about exploring the process as it is about creating a result. 

    These are all well established artists withinteresting backgrounds – both educational and projectwise, with several solo/project exhibitions and group exhibitis. Their permanent installations in public or corporate spaces range from Kristine Maudal’s piece in the Cave Bar in Barcelona to Kristin Romberg’s works in the Norwegian Embassy in Riga (Latvia).

    This is the third issue of the Instant Art project series.  For ten days the artists will explore San Francisco and the Bay area and instantly transform their impressions into art.  There will be a project exhibition on November 12, hosted by the Norwegian Consulate, and opened by the Norwegian Consul Geir Tønnesen.  The event will take place at Anodyne Designs premises on 77 Dow Place at 6pm-10pm.

    To the general public, this project is unique in that it offers a chance to meet four individually different Norwegian artists in one show.  Also, people are invited to participate in the creative process from start to finish, either through the project blog or by dropping in while they work.
    The project is sponsored locally by
    Norway House Foundation and the Norwegian Consulate in addition to commercial investors H&H partners.