So, Orson asked the DOD to perform a flyover at his son's first birthday party. I'm not going to weigh in on the merits of the flyover, but there are some key learning points we can all take from his somewhat flawed request. I deal with this shit at work, and need to let it out. Also might help Hoover over at NROTC get some solid flyovers next Fall.
1. Flexibility is key.
Here, Orson has some positives and negatives. On the plus side, he's willing to accept any of the military's prominent demonstration teams. However, you'll notice in block 2 that he specifically requests only F-22 Raptors. They aren't based near Atlanta, Orson's hometown, thus requiring added logistical support. Accepting an AC-130 from Hurlburt or JSF from relatively nearby Eglin AFB might make his request more supportable. Perhaps even a T-34C Turbomentor from Pensacola.
Kids, the military wants to help, help us help you and give us some flexibility.
Other negatives here: the request must be in at least 30 days prior. Planning is important.
2. Don't obviously lie.
Believe it or not, the people who approve flyovers are familiar with this form. Air Traffic Control approval is needed to fly in Atlanta's airspace--it's got one of the busiest airfields in the country. Honesty matters, regardless of what Jim Carey thought in Liar, Liar.
NOT A CLASSIC!
3. Okay, a little lying is okay.
Blocks 11-15, while seemingly innocuous, probably all need to be answered yes to be approved. Check that, the various public relations orders say they MUST be answered "YES."
Block 11. Does the local government approve? It approves by not actively disapproving.
Block 12. YouTube counts. After all, that's how this feedback was obtained:
Those guys aren't pilots anymore--probably.
Block 13. We know it's in the South, but seriously.
Block 14. See Block 13
Block 15. You aren't putting the Monty Burns' sun blocker up, right?
These are creative answers kids. Except 13 and 14. Don't be racist. Seriously.
4. I think everyone is getting the point, but I've got one final thing to remind you of:
1:35 to a military pilot means either a) 0135 (1:35 am) or b) 0135 zulu (6:35 am on the east coast). Either would be a terrifying surprise.
Kids, anyone can get a flyover for their ridiculous public event. Just remember to fill out the form, give everyone 30 days notice, know someone important in the military aviation rank structure, and give some creative answers to very important questions. Work the system well enough, and you might just get this:
Get into the Air Force Academy and you might even get to see a flyover wearing those stupid hats.
Heavy hand of the Man is at it again.... one of my favorite streaming sports sites, channelsurfing.net has been seized by the Feds as part of the new crackdown on unauthorized content distribution on the web. You can go to the website (www.channelsurfing.net) to see what a seized website looks like. thing is, channelsurfing.net didn't stream the broadcasts themselves, they were more an aggregator of links to different streaming broadcasts on many different sites. Guessing other us-based sites will soon be shut down as well. Might be well for Brian or mods to watch links regarding streaming broadcasts from being posted, lest some overzealous Columbia grad working for the federal prosecutors in NY who didn't get into Michigan Law decides to take some revenge.
So apparently this has been suggested to the mayor of Detroit?
and I don't know how I feel about the comparison to Rocky
I stumbled upon this link to rename the Austin garbage dept. - http://austin.uservoice.com/forums/95799-new-department-name-solid-waste...
There are 17 pages of creative and funny user submitted ideas for the new name.
A few of my favs ares: FLOATER - The Dept of Filth Litter Outreach Abatement Trimmings Education & Recycling
Solid Waste Service Dept 2 - Electric-Boogaloo
Austin Dept. of Are You Gonna Eat That?
Bea Arthur says "Who put that there?"
2-Girls-1 Treatment Plant
The Imperial Dump
I'm so wasted!
Given that we have several MGoBloggers located in the Austin, TX area I figured maybe we could help them rename their garbage dept. by coming up with some good Buckeye offerings.
I have already submitted and awaiting approval on:
Together, we can help out the fine residents of Austin by "Trashing" some Buckeyes...
This comes up at ATDHE.NET now.
US agents have sidelined 10 websites they said were linking viewers to pirated telecasts of live sporting events including professional basketball, hockey, wrestling, and other sports.
Federal officers armed with court-issued warrants seized the online domains of Atdhe.net, Channelsurfing.net, HQ-streams.com, HQstreams.net, Firstrow.net, Ilemi.com, Iilemi.com, Iilemii.com, Rojadirecta.org, and Rojadirecta.com.
Visitors to any of the websites were being redirected on Thursday to a notice stating that the particular domain had been seized because of criminal copyright violations punishable by prison time and fines.
Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) teamed with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New York to execute the warrants.
Happy hunting for new sites.