Something you don't want to see looking out of the plane window

Ummm… that’s Ted Cruz… he’s many things, but not a Democratic Socialist.

(It’s not a great 'shop.)


Not as such a Corona problem but an extended downtime problem. I have witnessed this often when starting up a process or system that has not been used for a while, you almost always run into weird issues.

Why? Imagine a complex system with many dependencies and redundancies. Like, one hopes, an aircraft engine. In normal use any minor problem will not have any serious effect (redundancies…) and will be noticed and repaired well in time. Downtime of a used system is expensive so it will be done quickly too.

But in rest things will still deteriorate but nobody notices them and they pile up. Normal inspection and maintenance often assumes use, while a resting system deteriorates different from a used system. When finally somebody starts up…boom.

This is worse, much worse!!! with humans who lose skills and ability extremely fast. Any process that involves human skills that has not been in action for a while is vulnerable.




I was reading the pilot’s discussion (link further downthread), and they mentioned that, even with the fuel cutoff, there would be some residual fuel, oil and hydraulic fluid left to burn. Toward the end of the video, you can see the flames dying down.

And he wants to talk to you about health insurance!


I sure wouldn’t want to see William Shatner looking out the plane window, even if I was dressed in some fursonna.

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That’s true, but the rate of burn suggests that there’s more aflame than residual fluids.

The flames themselves would naturally abate to a less frenetic state as the rate of airflow decreased, such as going from ~300mph to zero. Compare to the relative rates of wildfire spread under calm and high wind conditions.

Thank you!

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FTFY. Skulls are thin and the goop inside doesn’t have much structural integrity.

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