BBC News News - Health has a posting:
3 December 2013 Last updated at 08:45 ET
Men and women's brains are 'wired differently'
The following excerpts are from that posting.
But experts have questioned whether it can be that simple, arguing it is a huge
leap to extrapolate from anatomical differences to try to explain behavioural
variation between the sexes. Also, brain connections are not set and can change
Prof Heidi Johansen-Berg, a UK expert in neuroscience at the University of Oxford, said the brain was too complex an organ to be able to make broad generalisations.
"We know that there is no such thing as 'hard wiring' when it comes to brain connections. Connections can change throughout life, in response to experience and learning.
Dr Michael Bloomfield, Clinical Research Fellow at the Medical Research Council
Clinical Sciences Centre in London....[extended quote - leading paragraphs omitted]
"One thing that remains unknown is what is driving these differences between the sexes. An obvious possibility is that that male hormones like testosterone and female hormones like oestrogren have different affects on the brain.
"A more subtle possibility is that bringing a child up in a particular gender could affect how our brains are wired."
If I only recalled where I first found this video, I would certainly give credit. Unfortunately, I don't! This video is a peppy five-minute way to start my day. What talent is shown by the dancers and by the person who synchronized the various segments to the music! I can't stop grinning while it plays!
This posting is in response to Bogie's (of Bogieblog) comment that, "You are such darn airplane and airtraffic geek - LOL!"
Stolen from Phoenix East's blog are some test questions to determine ones avgeek status - [with my answers] which show that I'm not much of an avgeek.
We had a delicious Thanksgiving day feast hosted by Dudette and WichiDude yesterday afternoon - six adults and two tots. Lively! Pretty much a traditionalist, Dudette's theory is to not mess with success; thus, she served turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy [at which time Hunky Husband noted that I did not take gravy - where has he been for the past 25 years?], dressing, two kinds of cranberry sauce (jellied and lumpy), black olives, her Grandmother S's crescent rolls & butter, green bean casserole, and two kinds of pie (chocolate cream and pecan). There wasn't anything served that did not come up to her high standards. She did remark that she had the "S" genes and, thus, enjoys cooking. (I hasten to add that the "S" genes come from her dad's side of the family, of course!)
I just took a couple of photos off of the SD card in my Nikon camera that show visitors to our back yard during the week. Obviously, the bluebird nesting box is a great attraction!
For anyone who cares about birds: Although I had been lamenting to HH about the lack of cedar waxwings so far this season, I saw three (scattered among three trees) down the street several houses, on my way back from my walk a few minutes ago. I've not really started feeding birds, yet, this season; but, waxwings don't come to the feeders of course. They do hang out with robins and we normally have a flock of waxwings numbering in the 20s during the winter season.
Airfields in the Wichita area:
Today's The Wichita Eagle newspaper has an article about the plethora of airfields in the Wichita vicinity - and, further, in Kansas.
By Molly McMillin
Excerpts from the article:
Kansas has lots of options for pilots. It’s in the top 10 in the country for the number of public-use airports in a state, with about 140. [Not counting "grass strips, heliports, glider ports and private airports around ... the state".]
As of 2012, Kansas had 7,174 pilots, including 1,410 flight instructors, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
In 2012, Rooks County opened the Rooks County Regional Airport near Stockton and Plainville north of Hays. It was the only new airport opened in the nation last year....
Jabara Airport serves as a general aviation reliever airport for Mid-Continent. It’s home to 104 planes, which are based on the field, and averages 105 airplane operations a day, according to AirNav.com. Mid-Continent is operated by the Wichita Airport Authority.
I have been unable to find data on the number of pilots in foreign countries.
As most of my blog friends know, 1) I no longer belong to Facebook because I became concerned about their privacy policies a couple of years ago, and 2) I'm not in the business of promoting goods and services. That said, I was led by Slashdot.org to do a little (and I do mean little) checking on a service that is similar to Facebook. The service, out of Canada, is Syme.
Here is a link to, followed by excerpst from, one of the articles that I found on Syme - from PC World's website:
Nov 28, 2013 9:49 PM
It may be the just the right time for Syme, which is now open to all after an invite-only beta trial. The technology industry, shaken by former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden’s revelations of large-scale surveillance efforts by the U.S. and U.K., is looking for better ways to shield user data from prying eyes.
Law enforcement agencies around the world are also increasingly filing requests for data to companies such as Facebook and Twitter, who are compelled by law to turn over data, sometimes without informing users.
Appropriate for a privacy-centered service, “Syme” is named after a character in 1984, George Orwell’s chilling novel describing total state control. In the book, Syme was “vaporized” for being a free-thinking individual.
Syme’s user interface is refreshingly free of clutter. A bell icon, which shows the number of unread notifications, and a cog icon, to adjust settings, are both very similar to Google Plus. It has a “Like” button, just like Facebook
People register Syme accounts using an email address, and Syme can see which users have communicated with each other. It also knows when posts were written, when someone connected to Syme and the size of transferred files or photos. Hershon cautions that Syme is undergoing peer review and should not relied on for the transmission of super-sensitive messages
Before I got too excited, I found that, "So far, Syme has built an extension for Google Chrome with ones for the Firefox and Safari browsers in the works, as well as mobile applications for iOS and Android...." Note that it does not now support IE8, which is what I use.
Syme's website is here.
I'm concerned that the infrared beam which triggers public toilets to flush might cause cancer.
I'm considering getting a Twitter account so I can have a way to express my innermost thoughts to strangers.
I'm confused as to why a poorly designed web site means affordable health care is a bad idea.
I'm thinking of writing a children's story about a leaf on a tree who arrogantly insists he's a self-made, independent leaf. Then one day a fierce wind blows him off his branch and to the ground below. As his life slowly ebbs away, he looks up at the magnificent old tree that had been his home and realizes that he had never been on his own. His entire life he had been part of something bigger and more beautiful than anything he could have imagined. In a blinding flash, he awakens from the delusion of self. Then an arrogant, self-centered kid rakes him up and bags him.
I'm wondering if maybe I should stop writing these freakin' vanity cards.
1st Aired: 21 Nov 2013
It seems that "hero" is applied to far too many people thses days.* However, this guy gets my vote as an authentic hero. From Slashdot.org:
In the comments section of this morning's The Wichita Eagle appear a few nuggets concerning the errant landing of the Dreamlifter, Thursday.
In their Excerpts from our Blog column, a couple of Tweets from Thursday's "Jabara Dreamlifter" Twitter account:
"Help, I've landed and I can't take off!"
"If this isn't an air force base, then why is it named after a colonel?"
Anonymous entries in the Opinion Line column:
A huge cargo plane landed at the wrong airport in Wichita. Was their Garmin broke [sic]? As much as mine chews my tail for a wrong turn, I can't even imagine what theirs had to say. Maybe "Recalculating, you're getting a new job."
I would like to thank the wayward pilots for landing at our little airport safely. They did not end up on [highway] K-96 [at the departure end of the runway]. From now on, Jabara will be known as the "little airport that could" -- handle a 747. Great job, guys. Visit again soon.
As to the naming of the Colonel James Jabara Airport:
Colonel James Jabara Airport (ICAO: KAAO, FAA LID: AAO) is a public airport located nine miles (14 km) northeast of the central business district of Wichita, a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States. It is named in honor of World War II and Korean War flying ace James Jabara, an American of Lebanese descent who has the distinction of being the first American jet ace.
Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Colonel James Jabara Airport is assigned AAO by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA (which assigned AAO to Anaco, Venezuela). The airport's ICAO identifier is KAAO.  
The Dreamlifter incident intruded, so I did not get these photos of a deer in our back yard posted. Unusually, the deer appeared as I was eating lunch. They, of course, usually come at dusk or dawn. The deer was alone; but, as I noted no antlers, I assumed it to be female. Imagine my surprise when I downloaded and enlarged the photos to find small antlers. (I wasn't looking for them but saw no genitalia.) Unfortunately, the photos in other "poses" were blurred.
I love the headline of the article in this morning's local newspaper:
Please follow the link to read the (to me) interesting, well-written article and see some videos, one of which is the above-embedded video that includes the audio of the exchange between McConnell tower and the Dreamlifter pilot. (Let me know if you have troubles with the link. As a subscriber to the paper, I may have access that you do not.) For anyone who is puzzled: Wichita is the Air Capital of the world - or - used to be when all of our aircraft plants were in full production!
An aside: I spent yesterday afternoon at the Sedgwick County Emergency Operations Center (SC EOC) for a meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (which I usually attend six times/year). When I arrived, I logged into the online log (notification to all that I was in the SC EOC). I noted that the previous entry was official notification that the Dreamliner had safely left Jabara and that SC EOC was standing down from partial activation.
This is the "public" log entry from SC Emergency Management:
|11-21-2013 13:17:31||EOC||SCEM 303||
The jet has lifted without incident. All roadways have been re-opened. The EOC is standing down.
Addition of four hours later:
Here are a couple of approach plates that may be of interest. The first is the approach that the Dreamliner pilot was supposedly following. I should previously have explained to the bewildered (more bewildered?) that RNAV is "Area Navigation" which, until GPS, relied upon radio receivers that could identify position relative to radio omni-directional beacons. Certain intersections of signals from two radio omni-directional beacons are chosen as points (fixes) in airspace at which a pilot/navigator may identify their positions in talking with the air space controllers. Presumeably, GPS replaces the actual receipt of the radio omni-directional beacons with GPS-determined latitude/longitude values that correspond to the fix(es) of interest. (Feel free to correct me on this. It's been a while since I've used RNAV, and I've never used GPS.)
Here is the analogous approach into Jabara.