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Friday June 17 2011

One of the symptoms of an infrequent flyer such as me is that we IFs like to look at the view, and in my case, if it looks nice, photo it.  I’ll never top this, but in the meantime, yesterday, this looked good:

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But what was it?  With much messing about (on a foreign computer ("ordinateur") using a foreign keyboard) which is a serious pain in the behind (every time I type an a without thinking I get a q - just as a for instance, there being lots of other things in wrong places besides thqt) I eventually identified the above as the tip of the ... and now fucking Yahoo who should go to hell for ever have fucking inserted a “canyon link” that I can’t fucking remove but which means it fucking removes the thing I’m fucking trying to put.  I have no idea how to point you at any sort of map, so you’ll just have to take my (now non-) word for it that it is what fucking Yahoo now fucking prevents me from putting, but I can tell you that the grey smudge in the middle is not a big town but rather an Usine de Retraitement.  I now want Ya fucking hoo to be thrown into this Usine to be well and truly Retraited themselves.

My original point was going to be that a frequent flyer wouldn’t care about what he happened to see out of the window.  And I now add that a frequent flyer would bring his own computer with him and connect it to his own stuff and his own internet.  I did do the former but have yet to accomplish the latter.

The tip of the Cherbourg Penninsular is what I was trying to say.  I finally managed to actually say that by getting out of (and I will never return to) Firefox (now owned by fucking Yahoo?) and into Google Chrome.

Are you trying to say that’s a photo of a facility where certain rare and heavy metals are recovered from the waste of a particular type of power station; and the computer you are on won’t allow you to relay that fact?

Posted by Friday Night Smoke on 18 June 2011

It’s actually quite strange that Yahoo’s nanny filter won’t allow references to this place http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/COGEMA_La_Hague_site
..but will allow liberal swearing. Possibly it’s more of a ‘cag-handed terrorist censor’? :)

Posted by Friday Night Smoke on 18 June 2011

Already answered.  No.

My mistake was to try to stick stuff up here about the Cherbourg Penninsular, using those words, while simultaneously searching on Yahoo for “Cherbourg Penninsular”.  This triggered Yahoo’s interference with the uploading process.  Whenever it saw those words it turned them blue and chopped them out.  Insane.

But nothing to do with what you said.  Usine de Retraitment is all that I know about that place.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 18 June 2011

Until, that is, you added your second comment.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 18 June 2011

I believe it’s spelt peninsula.

Posted by Patrick Crozier on 18 June 2011

Hi Brian. Glad you are having a good time.

My original point was going to be that a frequent flyer wouldn’t care about what he happened to see out of the window.  And I now add that a frequent flyer would bring his own computer with him and connect it to his own stuff and his own internet. 

From my experience as a frequent flier, you are right one out of two. I always bring my own laptop, although bringing my own internet is often problematic. On the other hand, I still care plenty about what I see out of the window. On the other hand, I still travel largely for the wonder of it, which is not true of all frequent fliers.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 18 June 2011

I now want Ya fucking hoo to be thrown into this Usine to be well and truly Retraited themselves.

It would probably have been a good think if Yahoo had been acquired by Microsoft, I agree.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 18 June 2011

Re spelling of Penninsula(r?) spell checking is another thing that goes haywire on a foreign keyboard.  Every word is wrong because not a French word.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 18 June 2011

Looking out of an aeroplane window and seeing both sides of the English Channel or seeing how the Pyrennees must have been formed impressed me enormously. So I guess that makes me a very, very infrequent flyer. About once every two years, something like that.

Posted by Mark Wadsworth on 18 June 2011

Yes, by frequent I have in mind something like about once every week

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 18 June 2011

I can just feel your horizons widening, Brian!
Imagine how enormously wide they will be when you finally dare to step outside of the European puddle and into the New World!

Or into Asia. You could see this ad in Kuala-Lumpur, f.i.

Posted by Tatyana on 18 June 2011

Flying from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu a week or so ago, I saw a magnificent view of Mount Kinabalu, which I had largely missed when I had actually climbed the mountain a few days previously, as the weather had been cloudy that day.

My camera was in the overhead locker though. That might be a frequent flier thing.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 19 June 2011
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