It’s been 3 weeks again since my last post. I have a hard time keeping up with the times. Lots of work, lots of changes leave me too tired and uninspired to write after work. Even though there are plenty of topics I would love to rant and rave about, if I only had the time and inspiration. Here are just a few of the things I’d write about.
For example, every time I fly in an airplane it irks me to no end that when you use the restroom, you have to make a fool of yourself attempting to get both hands under the faucet WHILE the water flows. Why, oh why? Which idiot thought this is great design solution, moreover which band of idiots approved it with flying colors?
Next, I would also like to write about the complete lack of planning ability of the people who run the public tram networks here in the other city of angels – Bangkok. The MRT – the underground system – have it pretty much figured out and should be a shining beacon of competence for the BTS and the Airport Link. Conceptually, the BTS and the Airport Link are pretty excellent. The BTS is so well accepted, that they appear to run at any given time at maximum capacity. Recently, one of the planning geniuses figured that a four car train could transport about 33% more passenger than a three car train – which is still chok-full, think press fit. The train platforms are long enough to accommodate a six car train – a whopping 100% capacity increase. I feel like 1955 Dr. Emmett Brown when he repeats:”1.21Gigawatts!!” when I see the potential to double train transport capacity at rush hour times. But no can not – oooh mai dai.
Then there is the Airport Link. Designed and build from the start to be below required capacity – at least that’s what it appears to me. Of course, one might argue:”Use the Express Train”, because that one is usually empty or in engineering parlance under-utilized. But it’s also three-times the price. So this is the engineer in me arguing:”Why not sit down and determine the optimum price point for both Airport Link trains to maximize utilization and occupancy of both AND maximize profitability as well. The opportunities are endless. This would be a great Masters project for a dedicated operations student or any engineer with a shred of professional honor.
And finally, if I only had the time and felt inspired enough, I would like to write about the lousy-ass distraction that the bru-haha over the prank names of the four Asiana staff has become. (That is a convoluted sentence, forgive me for that)
Anyway: Som Ting Wong, Wi Too Low, Bang Ding Ow and Ho Lee Fuk. First, it is funny, even if you can only admit it to yourself. Secondly, no native speaker could figure that one out before it was broadcast, really….are you serious? The television station was just ultra eager to go on air completely turning the BS detector off. Now they blame it on some poor intern at the NTSB. While at the same time Asiana is all indignant. You crashed a plane and it took you 90 secs to figure out how to evacuate it – I’d be quiet. I hope everyone is aware that due to the proximity to the Bart Simpson crank calls this lawsuit will likely get way more attention instead of quietly going by the wayside, which cannot be in the interest of the airline. I have never heard of the old Scotsman Hugginkiss family or the Czech family of the Coholics complain that their honorable name be besmirched by a TV show.
One last example of a topic I would just L.O.V.E. to write about are the Bangkok taxi drivers. When one is a taxi driver, one drives a taxi for a living. This means one picks up passengers and drives them from their present location
To a desired future destination, regardless of whether is is night or day, rain or shine – just get the passenger in, turn the meter on and ask where to. NO!, F%#k absolutely NO! not in Bangkok anymore. For reasons inexplicable you will have a hard time getting to your destination with the first cab you hail. Instead, odds are he will refuse to go there without any further explanation. And it’s not that cabbies here charge an arm and a leg, so they make money hand over fist. No, in fact I wonder how they can break even. So, instead they rather sit in the car, chugging a beer, with the engine running, playing the radio, driving their operating costs up, while not generating any revenue – that’s a crazy world.
Well, as I said, I would like to write about all these important topics, if I only had the time and inspiration.
Until I have that again, stay sharp and Sayonara.