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Eunoia, who is a grumpy, overeducated, facetious, multilingual ex-pat Scot, blatantly opinionated, old (1944-vintage), amateur cryptologist, computer consultant, atheist, flying instructor, bulldog-lover, Beetle-driver, textbook-writer, long-distance biker, geocacher and blogger living in the foothills south of the northern German plains. Not too shy to reveal his true name or even whereabouts, he blogs his opinions, and humour and rants irregularly. Stubbornly he clings to his beliefs, e.g. that Faith does not give answers, it only prevents you doing any goddamn questioning. You are as atheist as he is. When you understand why you don't believe in all the other gods, you will know why he does not believe in yours.

Oh, and after the death of his old dog, Kosmo, he also has a new bulldog puppy, Clara, since September 2018 :-)

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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Career plans ruined :-(

One of the side effects of the Corona Pandemic is that there is much less travel. In particular air travel. So there is a glut of airline personnel. So much so that e.g. Lufthansa has about 1000 pilots too many (my guess). Lufthansa also shut down the schooling of new trainee pilots (ca. 700?). So there are 25-30 year olds who have invested €40K - €100K of their own/borrowed money to get an ATPL (airline transport pilot's licence) and several years of their lives on training (which they now cannot finish) to get a career as an airline pilot. And can earn no money to repay any debts incurred :-(

As the pandemic recedes and air travel takes off (groan!) again, first the 1000 superfluous pilots in this example will gradually get back on the line. However, some of their ratings may have expired too, so they need retraining. Only after this phase will the schooling of trainee pilots be restarted, some of whom may have given up and taken on jobs elsewhere. I know of some who have become e.g. engine drivers for the national railway here, giving up their aviation dreams :-(

In the longer term there may be a dip in pilot employment again (due to the Corona now) and airlines will be screaming for more pilots. As it happens, I am rated as a flying instructor, (before I retired) so maybe I need to restart, to help retrain these young guys/gals :-) That's a joke of course, I'd need to rehone my own skills. For example, look at the photo above ; you have six seconds to tell what's wrong lest you and your passengers die.

Let's hope the airlines make long-term planning for personnel, lest trainee pilots start reading books about alternate careers.

What would you do as an unemployed ex-trainee pilot whose career appears to have gone tits-up ??

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Respect : Sophie Scholl @ 100

Sophie Scholl would have been 100 today if the Nazis hadn't executed her (and others) for treason on Febuary 22nd 1943. She was very active in the White Rose movement against Hitler. Sophie Scholl, her brother Hans, as well as Christoph Probst were executed by guillotine four days after their arrest. During their farcical trial, Sophie interrupted the judge multiple times because no defendants were given any opportunity to speak. In all, they had distributed 6 different flyers in about 15000 copies, that's all.

The photo shows (l2r) Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Wolf in our woods :-(

Scary! There are now wolves in the woods nearby. Don't know who was more surprised, him or me. So I shan't be walking the dog near there (Kleinenberg) anytime soon, even in broad daylight :-(

Monday, May 3, 2021

Another old friend gone :-(

Sadly, I report the death last week of yet another old friend, Prof.Dr.H.G.Monissen. Hans-Georg was seven years my senior, if I remember correctly. We met in 69/70 in Constance where we were both members of the shooting club there. He was a pistol/revolver man; I was better with rifles although I also had a TOZ-35 free pistol. At the time, Hans-Georg was teaching economics at the university of Constance. He went on to become professor of Economics at Würzburg university, where he wrote quite a few papers and several books on monetary theory. Mostly over my head, as suggested in this famous cartoon by french artist Plantu (now retired).

In friendly rivalry, he probably wrote as many books as I have, so now I have a chance to overtake ;-) His wife Bettina and son Stephan wrote too. I remember that Bettina and Hans-Georg were good friends with the 1986 Nobel Prize winner James M. Buchanan, whom I sadly never got to meet.

We last met several years ago at one of my decade-birthday parties. Later, I dropped by their house on one of my motorcycle trips through Bavaria, but there was no-one home, probably out at a shooting competition?

Hans-Georg is survived by his wife Bettina and adult children Nicola and Stephan, my condolences to all three. RIP, H-G. Another good man gone :-(

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FWIW, 153 is a triangular number, meaning that you can arrange 153 items into an equilateral triangle (with 17 items on a side). It is also one of the six known truncated triangular numbers, because 1 and 15 are triangular numbers as well. It is a hexagonal number, meaning that you can distribute 153 points evenly at the corners and along the sides of a hexagon. It is the smallest 3-narcissistic number. This means it?s the sum of the cubes of its digits. It is the sum of the first five positive factorials. Yup, this is a 153-type blog. QED ;-)
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