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"COMPUTER FEELINGS"
It is a few minutes after midnight and I need some sleep to normally
do some personal chores tomorrow, but I just had to write. If I don't,
these thoughts could easily slip away from my memory. I can put off
the chores for some other time.
 
The subject is very important especially and particularly to those who
will be involved in Computerized Operations (automation) in the future.
Experts who have relevant experience(s) may already posses knowledge 
on the subject.
 
Remember the 1968 MGM fiction movie, "2001: A Space Odyssey"? In one
of the plots, i.e., during their mission to Jupiter, the two astronauts were
asked if HAL had feelings (HAL was the computer onboard the space ship
which controlled all aspects of operations). The astronauts replied "... but
if he really has feelings, no one can truthfully tell ...".
 
To those who have no knowledge or notion in computerized operations,
the question asked of the two astronauts may seem ridiculously impossible,
even "funny". But no, it is not. Experts can incorporate "feelings" such as
those of human beings, into the systems design and subsequent program-
ming of computers, particularly those used in control operations.
 
A simulation software is one good medium in which "COMPUTER FEELINGS"
can be experienced.
 
In a flight simulation, for example, when you do not listen and eventually
ignore what the "Flight Instructor" (computer) is talking about or instructs
you to do, he (the computer) will say something like, "... this is not going
well. I suggest you go back to lesson ... dah ... dah ... dah ..."  and then
the flight simulation  is cut right off.
 
Another example is, in a simulated landing, when your approach, final
and flight path are perfect the "Flight Instructor" (computer) very
obviously gets jealous. He becomes quiet and says, "... this is not
going well. I suggest you go back to lesson ... dah ... dah ... dah ..."  
and then the simulated landing is cut right off.  You will never see your 
perfect, soft  "touch down".
 
There are many other examples in simulation where "COMPUTER FEELINGS"
are manifested.
 
Personally, I thank Microsoft Corporation for divulging to the public this
human-like traits of computers. It is important, because if human traits
are in compu ters, computerized controls (automation) installed in vehicles
such as jet aircrafts, air planes, ships, trains, etc. are in peril along with
innocent operators and people onboard. The perils are unprecedented.
 
Yet another important example is, in one of my simulated flights at 6,000 ft
over flat terrain at almost sea level, I lost patience in the bull-headed adjust-
ments for the Auto Pilot. I became rough and wild on the throttle and the
ailerons but kept the pitch one notch up. The computer knew what I was
doing. The aircraft did not lose altitude, stall or spin ... nothing ... The com-
puter just crashed it on the ground as it were a heap of garbage !!!  It was
intolerant, stringent, unforgiving. Very similar scenarios could happen in any
actual computerized operation, particularly in a jet aircraft.
 
I am not aware of any checks-and-balances and/or safeguards or quality assur-
ances against incorporating "COMPUTER FEELINGS" in the design and manufac-
ture of computerized controls ... too dreadful to ignore. I strongly and urgently
believe there must be.
 
 
23Sep2014rbm111743
 
 
Red Tide
'Ever heard of "Red Tide"?
 
It's my first time!
 
NO, it is nothing whatsoever like "Red Dawn", a 1984 UA fiction film about the beginning
of WWIII in Midwestern USA in which heavily armed Russian, Cuban and Nicaraguan 
paratroopers landed and invaded a Colorado country town and were repelled by a bunch 
of rebellious high school teen agers who formed a guerilla group (Wolverines) equipped only
with one or two hunting rifles and bows and arrows at the start. Those who are familiar
with this movie know only two of the Wolverines remained alive in their desperate guerilla
warfare.
 
Red Tide is a "blob" of red algae (Karenia belvis) currently invading some 60x100 sq. mi.
of water in the Gulf of Mexico, approx. 15 mi. offshore from St. Petersburg, FL. Their toxic
secretion adheres on sea weeds and grass which when eaten by aquatic and marine life
(fish, turtles, manatees, etc.) that feed on them paralyzes their central nervous system
and kill them.  Corral reefs are also destroyed by the toxin which also causes foul odor
on beaches and when inhaled from the breeze is harmful to people particularly with respira-
tory ailments, not to mention that the algae is a frightening eerie sight of red "boil up"
in the wash of propellers of ocean-going vessels.
 
The "blob" of this algae has been observed to appear yearly in nearby Gulf areas off the
coast of FL  in varying sizes. They seem to collect into "blooms" with the ocean current
Where and how they collect is under research which includes satellite tracking as well as
oceanographic models, purpose of which is to attempt to prevent formation of "blooms"
which grow into "blobs".
 
There is nothing that can abate the growth of and destroy this menacing, pestering algae
at the present time.
 
Open the link below in New Window or New Tab to see complete AP Report:
 
 
 
17Sep2014rbm111743
 
A Short Extraordinary Story Of Flight
I almost forgot ...
 
Something extraordinary happened last night (09Sep2014).
 
Just before sunlight faded into darkness, I heard a loud THUD(!) 
on the  panoramic window of my little living room. Surprised what
the THUD was, it wasn't easy but I found a pigeon, with familiar
gray/black feathers,  on the brick window sill at the south corner 
of the middle panel. It looked haggard and disoriented.  
 
Obviously, the bird had crashed (slammed) against the glass pane,
got badly hurt, but managed to land on the brick window sill. Appar-
ently it could not continue to fly home. It was already too dark
for a bird and I knew such a bird could only be sick.
 
Avoiding to scare it, I kept distance and especially moved very slowly
in the living room. Funny but I talked to it, saying, "You came to the
right place, my friend. You can stay here safely as long as you need.
Nobody will disturb you. I wish I could help but if I did, I'm afraid you
would fly away and do a lot worse to your self."
 
Very strangely, as I spoke to it, the bird kept looking up at the ceiling
(tilting its head, the way a bird would look up).
 
Then all of a sudden there were lightnings, thunders and stormy wind,
but no rain. Rain! It would devastate this unfortunate creature! A stiff,
dead pigeon would be the worst scenario!
 
I implored: Dear Lord God, would You not spare this little creature?
 
It did not rain. Only fierce lightnings, thunders and gusty winds.
 
And I told the bird, "Stay here for the night. You will fly again and find
your home in the morning."
 
I woke up at about 5:30 AM yesterday (10Sep2014) and the pigeon
was gone.
 
The bird left droppings on the brick window sill. It was indigested fine
green grass. Chemical sprays on the grass must have temporarily poi-
soned the bird, causing it to lose its sense of direction and balance,
and most probably nausea.
 
I'm grateful indeed and happy an almost dying bird flew again and
surely found its home.
 
 
11Sep2014rbm111743
 
 
War-torn ME Vibrations
U.S. Combat Officer briefing a combat battalion: "In answer to your question:
'Who is the enemy out there in the dessert?' ... Anything that throws a stone
at you. Aim, fire and find out who it was later".
 
A Militant adviser in the ISIS: "Capture all Americans in the area. News reporters
and Hollywood movie stars preferred. We chop off their heads for effective exhib-
ition and advertising in the U.S.A."
 
A U.S. Commander briefing fighter and bomber pilots of a Strike Force in the Middle
East: " ... just be damned sure you strike the target accurately and precisely.
We cannot afford to miss ... even if the target is a pile of junks. It's not your fault."
 
Lt. Cmmdr. of a U.S. Air Relief & Rescue Detachment to his pilots in the Middle East:
"None of us has the means and capability to detect rebel elements among the
refugees you carry in your relief missions. If your aircraft lands in one piece, then
we'll know there was no rebel onboard your plane."
 
 
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