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Just Finished Reading “The Big Yin” #books

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I was standing in a secondhand book store with my father, and we wandered round browsing when I spotted Jonathan Margolis’ The Big Yin, he told me I should get it and read it.

The Big Yin is the biography of Billy Connolly, a Scots comedian, musician, presenter and actor. The book is almost as funny as Billy, and tells the story of a boy who followed his dream to be a musician, and discovered he was better at talking in between the songs. A man accused of selling out, but following his dream to Hollywood fame.

Billy’s story is also a sad one, a battered and neglected child. Alienated from his mother, unable to sustain a relationship. Battling with alcoholism and workaholism. The only thing Billy can truly be accused of selling out to is a life many of his accusers can only dream of

A great book about an inspiring man.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

March 30, 2010 at 11:05 am

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Musing: Why can I fly solo?

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After seeing a program about a lifecoach trying to find the time to get his pilot’s license I was struck by an in escapable fact: Aspiring pilots can flight solo without a license based on the opinion of their flight instructor. In fact it is a requirement that an aspiring pilot have experience flying alone before being able to get a pilot’s license.

This is naturally unthinkable when it comes to driving a car, yet an aspiring pilot without a license can. As I was musing on this I created a risk matrix.

vehicle max. kills[1] kills/2009[2]
car >60 1.2 million
airplane 2988 1103

1. Airplane Accidents
2. Car Accident (Epidemiology)

What I see as one of the main reasons that a aspiring pilot would be allowed to fly solo is simply: Aviation accidents cause less collatoral damage. And there is less chance of another pilot causing an accident.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

January 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm

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The Register: Too Quick In Writing Things Off

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Again The Register writes off technologies that are still functioning. In OpenSocial, OpenID, and Google Gears: Three technologies for history’s dustbin they proudly pronounce the death of Google’s OpenSocial – even though there are 16 sites using it including LinkedIn, Plaxo, Hi5 and MySpace – Google’s Gears and OpenID.

I guess if I can end-of-life something on a whim, anybody can.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

September 22, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Corporate Airport Hangar for Sale #funny

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I got a message offering me a corporate airport hangar at Dulles International Airport, I know I’m subscribed to some weird stuff, but this is just too much. I don’t even have one plane. It’s 74,169 square foot with 4.44 acres of land with immediate access to one of Dulles’ major runways.

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August 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm

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South Park – Imaginationland #movie

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August 1, 2008 at 12:48 am

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It’s funny, laugh! #humour

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July 26, 2008 at 1:18 pm

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Proctologist

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July 22, 2008 at 4:25 pm

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