In any operation – military, commercial, governmental – there is a limit to how long personnel can be expected to perform tasks productively. In many businesses, there are actually regulations in place that state exactly how long and how often a person can be on duty in a given period of time. Take commercial pilots [...]
Date: June 21st, 2010
Dopey oil spill news story: The Mississipi River flows as much as the oil spill so far in just 38 seconds.
Uhhh… ok. A little mathematical context to the spill size can put the environmental catastrophe in perspective. Viewing it through some lenses, it isn’t that huge. The Mississippi River pours as much water into the Gulf of Mexico in 38 seconds as the BP oil leak has done in two months. Yeah, and the sun [...]
The headline for this story was a bit irritating. My immediate thought was something to the effect of “I really don’t give a damn that it’s cost you $2B so far – plug the leak” but I went ahead and read the story anyway. There’s some good information in there about the work to drill [...]