You may remember Bulls**t Bingo or Buzzword Bingo from the late 1990's. That was a Bingo card with phrases you were likely to hear in the dot com era like "Omnichannel" and "B2B" and "Portal." Well, this is my take on an updated Bingo card for Video Call Bingo!
You're on a video conference call. You just finished a brilliant defense of your position. The other attendees are stunned into silence at your eloquence. Just before you take a virtual bow, you hear:
The flip-side to this is, of course: "Could everyone please mute? We are getting a lot of background noise." which, of course, really means, "Who is taking a different phone call during this video call and could you please at least be subtle about it?"
Two of the three people above are philosophers. The third is not. I'll tell you who is who, in a bit, if you don't recognize them, but that is not my point. My point is that you can't judge people by what they look like. Although the 5 foot 3 inch tall person is unlikely to be a varsity basketball player if you are looking at college students, that same person, if in grade school, could be posting up at center as an absolute dominating monster in the paint! And, to overplay my analogy, not every six foot six inch tall person LIKES basketball, and you are probably more likely to find a musician than you are a starting power forward.
I wrote an app called FlyOrDelay™ (it's in the Apple App Store) which reports on airport delays. It doesn't report on individual flight delays, but on delays at airports. For the last 3+ months, it has had nothing interesting to report. Why is that? Simply put, the scheduled arrival and departures at all the US airports was below even the bad weather capacity of the airports.
The chart above shows the number of commercial flights on March 2, April 20, and May 20. In the April 20 trough, the number of flights was down 75% and the 7-day moving average down about the same at 73%. As of yesterday, there are two ways to look at the data:
The above data is from flightradar24.com. If you have never looked at that site, it tracks air traffic through a network of individual devices which read the transponders of aircraft. I run a tracking site on a Raspberry Pi, just for fun, so I have access to the data.
That is a screen shot of it up on the left. You may need to click on it to see it more clearly. You may also want to follow the link to see what's happening now. (That is not to be confused with the Church of What's Happening now from the Flip Wilson Show.)
I knew it reminded me of something, and I figured it out. "Norad" a game for the Apple ][ by Western MicroData Enterprises Ltd. c.1981. I went looking for more information on Western MicroData Enterprises Ltd. to give appropriate props, and I couldn't find anything else. Use the comments if you want to flash back with me 40 years to the "good old days" when all we were worried about were nuclear weapons coming over the pole.
I have an app in the Apple App Store called Fly Or Delay. It shows airport delays based on the FAA's data. It doesn't show individual flight delays, but you can generally get a sense of what is going to happen to your flight if you see there is a ground stop at your departing airport, for example. I admit that I spend a fair amount of time looking at the app, not just because I wrote it, but because it is interesting.
It turns out that if you operate an airport at one-half capacity, the airport runs smoothly. Individual flights may be delayed for weather or by waiting on flight crews or for mechanical reasons, but, generally, things run smoothly.