Posts tagged “airports”

  • Flight Control
    June 10th, 2009 @ 8:48 am PST

    The absolute best iPhone app on the market right now has got to be Firemint’s FlightControl. You are an air-traffic controller tasked with routing planes (and helicopters) to the correct landing strip at one of three different airports. It sounds simple — and it is easy to learn and play — but after you’ve gotten […]

  • Around the World
    November 18th, 2006 @ 12:40 am PST

    Tonight I’m in Phoenix, AZ at the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains. My dad is here for a business convention and I am quite happy to be his golf partner for the weekend. (Apparently the UCLA Bruins football team is staying at this hotel as well, which is odd because we’re not very close to […]

  • False Authority Syndrome
    October 25th, 2006 @ 9:21 pm PST

    Once again I found myself in trouble at the Los Angeles International Airport, and once again it was (arguably) my own damn fault. Last Thursday I flew Southwest to Providence, Rhode Island to testify in court on behalf of my dad, who was in the midst of a textbook “frivolous lawsuit”. I detest being late […]

  • How To Fly Without ID
    September 14th, 2006 @ 8:28 am PST

    I happen to be one of the (apparently very few) people in this country that has not only read the Constitution of the United States, but also understands it and — by gosh! — thinks it’s a pretty good way to run a country. So I tend to get really, really upset when presented with […]

  • Virgin Potty Talk
    March 17th, 2004 @ 2:20 pm PST

    Even though they allow for high-volume servicing and back-in-a-flash trips to the john, the point-and-shoot-a-stinky-deodorizer-cake oddity known as the men’s restroom urinal has been, for women, a constant enigma. But nothing will prepare you for the men’s room in the newly-designed Virgin Airways Clubhouse in New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, terminal 4: Urinals shaped […]

  • Airport Security
    April 12th, 2002 @ 10:24 am PST

    I can’t remember where I found this one, but Checking Out the Checkpoints – The curious irrationality of airport security is a great editorial.

  • Little Pieces of Paper
    March 25th, 2002 @ 12:08 pm PST

    from a review of “The Social Life of Paper” On a busy day, a typical air-traffic controller might be in charge of as many as twenty-five airplanes at a time – some ascending, some descending, each at a different altitude and travelling at a different speed. He peers at a large, monochromatic radar console, tracking […]

  • Miami, Part II
    July 27th, 2001 @ 4:20 am PST

    Grrr … and, even though I can access GreyMatter to post, for some reason the folks at AT&T have determined that is a porn site or something. The Public Phone 2000i won’t let me view my own page. So. I guess I’ll go read Rolling Stone. The paper, handheld, old-fashioned version. In a chair. […]

  • Miami
    July 27th, 2001 @ 4:15 am PST

    I am standing at an AT&T Public Phone 2000i in the Miami International Airport. I’ve got several hours to kill here and I thought I’d check my eMail. Unfortunately, although I love the redesign at, I can’t figure out how to retrieve my POP mail. It’s very frustrating. I doubt I have any interesting […]

  • Camarillo Airport
    March 7th, 2001 @ 2:53 pm PST

    So. Here is the plane in which I flew to Camarillo and back for lunch today. The tri-tip steak sandwich at the Camarillo Airport is delicious.