For the fellow allergic people living in Luxembourg, I just noticed that the Luxembourgish Health Ministry has started to publish the pollen readings from the station in Luxembourg city. Accessible via the site www.pollen.lu
Just got back from skiing in Switzerland. It was just great
For a great laugh
One of Apple’s second round of iPhone ads has apparently been raising hackles from a somewhat unexpected source: professional airline dispatchers. The spot in question deals with an airline pilot who reputedly used his iPhone to check the weather during a flight delay.
One apocryphal tale deals with a passenger who, annoyed at a delay, supposedly checked the weather at their destination and, finding it clear, notified a flight attendant.
“Some guy with an iPhone says the weather is good,” the flight attendant says, “and wants to know what the real reason is for the delay. Is something wrong with the plane?”
Reportedly, the captain responded with a public address announcement that was sharp enough to elicit audible laughter from the cabin.
“If the passenger with the iPhone would be kind enough,” he began, “to use it to check the weather at our alternate airport, then calculate our revised fuel burn due to being rerouted, then call our dispatcher to arrange our amended release, then make a call to the nearest traffic control center to arrange a new slot time (among all the other aircraft carrying passengers with iPhones), we’ll then be more than happy to depart. Please ring your call button to advise the flight attendant and your fellow passengers when you deem it ready and responsible for this multimillion-dollar aircraft and its 84 passengers to safely leave.”While the story may not be true, let’s face it: we’ve all been on flights with people annoying passengers like this, right? Of course the situation is a lot more complicated than the ad suggests it is, and I’d hope that most iPhone users realize that fact. Also, remember that airline dispatchers and flight crews are probably the last people you want to tick off. Well, right after your health care professional.
[via The Consumerist]
Just signed up for the celebration run over the bridge. It will take place the 31 may 2008 to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the bridge. I can’t believe it has been 10 year already! Anyway, it seems like they prefer to have Danes running. The web site is only in Danish Signing up only costs around 50 EUR, so why not grab one of the remaining 2975 spots (at this very moment!) . A great party is planned afterwards!
Eric Paulos of Intel Research has launched an SMS system for mobile phone users in the US to learn about the quality of the air around them. Called Ergo, the system uses data from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s airnow.gov site and Weatherbug.com.
I would like to see something similar in Europe. Even more interesting would be something to pick up the pollen levels etc…