Who knew how open source air traffic control data had become – now you can track any flight in real time as its journey progresses, or indeed track what’s heading into and out of any airport. The map below shows EGLL – that’s Heathrow to you and me – about 2 minutes ago. Via FlightAware.com.
Finally, the Evening Standard says what needs to be said:
By and large, bloggers remain writers who have not been able to find more rewarding outlets for their work and are therefore pre-packed with resentment, whatever subject they address.
How true this is! Writing for Global Dashboard will never be enough. I lie awake at night, green with envy, brooding over those privileged to pen their thoughts for a newspaper given away free to tired commuters on their way home from work.
The pain of exclusion – it really is too much to bear.
… but I think I have just discovered the greatest quotation of all time.
It is 1987. Mike Tyson is harrassing a little-known model called Naomi Campbell at a swanky drinks party in New York. Seeing a damsel in distress, who should ride to her rescue but… AJ Ayer!
Now read on:
TYSON: Do you know who the fuck I am? I’m the heavyweight champion of the world.
AYER: And I am the former Wykeham Professor of Logic. We are both pre-eminent in our field. I suggest that we talk about this like rational men.
ChinaDialogue’s Isabel Hilton on how to make a critical situation desperate:
Step 1: Take the most ambitious and important world summit ever, invite the press, global civil society, advisors, security men and women, activists, nuns, monks, philosophers and scientists, put them in a conference centre that can only accommodate one-third of them
Step 2: Tell the NGOs that only three out of their list of up to 50 registered participants will be able to get in, and that to do so they need not one, but two passes. Make several thousand of them re-register. Then close the registration over the busiest weekend on Saturday afternoon; take the whole of Sunday off, so none of the new arrivals can register.
Step 3: If you have followed steps 1 and 2 above, you should have a situation of maximum confusion and enormous queues by early Monday morning. If, however, insufficient chaos has been caused, try this: restrict access to the site to one narrow gate through which everyone – registered, unregistered and those requiring re-registration need to pass. Ensure they are thoroughly mixed up, so that even those with valid passes cannot get in because they cannot reach the gate.
That works. At least it worked so well this morning that everyone, from Rajendra Pachauri to a contingent of Turkish negotiators were stranded along with everyone else.
Though in fairness to the Danes, not sure how many conference centres there are can easily hold 40,000 people. Now if they used a stadium, on the other hand… presto! Every NGO can be in the plenary!