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Uncanny Cycles of Life

Many things in life are cyclical. Sometimes, you just have to take a long enough view to see the cycle. And sometimes, cycles synchronize with one another. This phenomenon can been seen in female dormitories on college campuses. Or so they tell me.
I think I have found another one of those cycles that synchronizes – men’s haircuts. All it takes is one guy to say “I gotta get my haircut tonight” and then the others start realizing that in fact they also need to get a haircut. Within a week or so, they will all have haircuts.
Yeah – I know, that’s a pretty weak observation.

Not Everyone Can Be a Victim

These tv newsreaders are getting on my nerves. This morning’s story? There was a home invasion over night. The owner of the home started shooting at the invaders. The “VICTIM” was taken to the hospital. Victim? No, the CRIMINAL was taken to the hospital after the victim shot him.
Who watches the tv news any more? We have it on while we’re getting dressed just to know whether to take the umbrella. And they’re even wrong about that. I’d love to see the marketing research to know who their customers are and exactly what it is they’re wanting out of tv news.

Hmmm – VISTA, let’s see

I think I would’ve chosen a different name. But since their people apparently drive by a company already providing business software services called Vista, I can see how the name got stuck in their head. Good luck on that one, Bill.

Google-ize Your Name

You have no doubt seen people with their name or logo in a Google-like font. If you want to join the fun, check out this site. I couldn’t resist.

Note that the site mentioned above may generate a different look every time. So if you don’t like the way the first try went, just go back and hit submit again.

Statistically Improbable

Gary Potter (the Sabre Geek) points us to a company involved in making systems to improve air passenger safety. I enjoy reading his blog to keep up with trends in the airline industry, but today’s offering loses me in the statistical improbability of the company’s argument, rather than its product offering. The company in question cites the need to speed up the roll out of one of its products, Trusted Traveler, by indicating that more than 1 billion people fly every day worldwide. That’s 1 out of every 6 people. I’m a bit skeptical of that number and I’m guess Potter was, too. His entry quickly runs through the math of what it would take to sustain a daily worldwide passenger count of 1 billion passengers.
I did a little research on the two largest countries to see how many people were flying around each day. In India, the Union Civil Aviation Minister, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, quotes a figure of around 40,000 passengers each day out of their 1 Billion citizens. That figure was given two years ago, but I think even if that number tripled (imagine the infrastructure build out it would take to triple) that would still only be 120,000 passengers out of 1 billion citizens. Statistically speaking, India with its population that represents 18% of the world is only contributing .004% toward Symbol’s assertion of 1 billion passengers a day.
Let’s look at China. China has between 1.3 and 1.5 billion citizens. How many of them fly each day? SARS has probably skewed the numbers that past couple of years, but the fact of the matter is when people need to fly, they do. Last year saw a total of 103.8 million passengers flying in China, of which 100 million were a result of tourism. That puts the Chinese market at around 300,000 passengers a day. According to this article that I found these numbers in, out of the 1.3 billion citizens, flying is only affordable for 100 million of them.
I have no idea where Symbol got their figure of 1 billion passengers flying every day. The number of passengers out of 2.5 billion citizens is so small, that it makes it such that 1 out of every 4 people would have to fly each day in order to be accurate. That’s just not happening (my money would be pouring into the transportation sector if it were). Maybe 1 billion pieces of mail fly every day – that would be a more reasonable number. But in terms of passengers, I would guess the number of people flying somewhere on our planet each day would be in the range of 1 to 5 million. Anyone know of a concrete number?