A Technology Priority: Black Boxes In The Cloud

October 31, 2018

I was reading reports about the ghastly crash of a new Boeing 737 Max 8 bringing sudden death to 189 people off Indonesia yesterday. It was reported today that divers had recovered the black box needed for disaster analysis.


It occurred to me to wonder why we are still collecting such vital data by mechanical means that need to be recovered from the crash site. no matter how inaccessible. Why is the data not being streamed automatically to a cloud storage, immediately available and open for analysis when needed?  It makes no sense, especially for a new plane like this one.

There are free apps available that allow me, virtually in real time, to track every ship in every ocean, to follow every flight across the globe, even to watch the London Tube in real time.  The amount of data already being received from our modes of transportation is immense. Why then, cannot the technical details currently being transmitted to the black box in every plane in operation be sent securely, reliably, and continuously to one or more cloud-based storage facilities?  The data would then be available immediately for analysis in the event of an incident.

If there is some technological reason why this work, then we need to figure out what will work and implement it. The savings in time, treasure, and danger to search crews will make the research and development worth it.


Image: Lines & Shadows

October 31, 2018

Dinner Tonight #51

October 30, 2018


Tonight, for the first time, I made a clam chowder.  It was great!

Night Music: Watching The Wheels

October 30, 2018

Important Date For Calendar: Condon On The Broadway Corridor

October 30, 2018

The next monthly Grandview Woodland Area Council (GWAC) meeting is on Monday 5th November at 7:00pm, in the Learning Resources Centre under Britannia Public Library on Napier Street.  (Note that the GWAC email says 6:00p,m, but this is an error and will be corrected, I understand.)

PATRICK CONDON — whom many would have chosen as first choice for Vancouver’s Mayor had he not had to withdraw for medical reasons — will be speaking on The Broadway Corridor: Transit Options and Affordable Housing.

Professor Condon has written and talked extensively on this subject. His knowledgeable urban planning insights go against the Vision Vancouver plan for Broadway and, I believe, against the new Mayor’s ideas too.

For the moment I am sticking to my anti-subway stance and I am hoping he provides even more evidence to support that position.

This will be too good to miss and I wonder if the space will be big enough for the anticipated audience.  Everyone is welcome!

Image: Self Sequence

October 29, 2018

Poem: As The World Turns

October 29, 2018


As our world winds

through the stars,

do we leave sparks

in our wake?

Do we leave others guessing

what voices we use,

and what good

friends we’d make?

Are we more than

a falling garnet or

just a crashing bore

for heaven’s sake?