KSFF

Donned my riding apparel and took a quick spin through the city. Well, more like a relaxed ride through the city.

Stopped by Felts Field. Just because.

Clearly, it’s branded “Spokane Airport”.

This is a TLDR. Have a read over the wiki page containing a more complete history of KSFF.

Originally established in 1913 on the south shore of the Spokane River, just East of the City of Spokane. It was named Parkwater Airstrip.

In 1920, it was listed by the Spokane Chamber of Commerce as a municipal flying field.

In 1926, the US Department of Commerce recognized Parkwater as one of the earliest airports in the West.

It was renamed to Felts Field (KSFF) in 1927 in honor of James Felts of the Washington Air National Guard, who was killed in a crash in May, 1927.

Commercial traffic shifted from Felts/Parkwater over to Geiger Field (KGEG), about 10 miles to the West from Felts. Geiger is now called Spokane International Airport.

Today, Felts Field is still used for general aviation and hosts active education and training facilities.

Something’s Changed – I’m Not the Same

One of the most difficult things for me to accept was an offhand remark from, I think it was my occupational therapist about two months after my injury: the person you were is gone.

I suppose I became rather defensive.

I think my response was something along the lines of, “I have all of the memories of self from a full lifetime, how can he be gone?! I’m right effing here!”

Now, looking back after two and a half years, I don’t think that she or any of the other therapists, nurses, neurologists, or physicians were quite as clear about how true and profound that statement was.

Yes, it hurt emotionally to hear it as if she was speaking of me as if I were dead. But thinking back, it was, for me, exactly what I needed to hear.

It should have been repeated.

Hidden Files on Mac?

The short-short version, thankfully:

⌘+⬆+.

Command + Shift + Period

You’re welcome.

Shows hidden files. Then the same thing to hide them again.

Only throwing it out here because I keep forgetting.

Why Hidden Files?

One of the questions might be: why do I have hidden files all over? Well, we know that they’re there, but extremely rarely need them to contribute to the visual clutter that inhibits the usability of the interface itself.

In some cases, certain things are important for your own local account to function properly. So, we simply hide them from view. The difference between Unix and Windows is that in Unix, it was decided long ago that you could simply hide an object by starting its name with a period.

In Windows? If I recall, it was a matter of going to the file’s Properties dialog, then ticking Hide. Oh, and then clicking OK.

Some real-world examples that you probably have on your own system now are things like .bashrc, .bash_profile (or .zprofile in the current age), maybe a directory called .ssh. There’s might also be a .Trash folder, which, as the name may suggest, is part of your user account’s Trash (wastebasket, Trash can, Recycle Bin, etc).

There could certainly be many, many more.

In several cases, mucking about with them can have unexpected consequences. So, leave them be unless you clearly understand what you’re doing — and have a back-up plan for when the unexpected occurs.

Presently, I need to go tweak a few configurations and would rather have visibility to them through the Finder instead of typing things into the Terminal.

Historic Methods

It’s far-easier with three-key trigram shortcut than it used to be!

Older OS X Versions

In previous versions of OS X, it could have been as “simple” as digging into the View Options pane of Finder (not Preferences!) then enabling the Show Hidden Files selector.

Legacy OS X

Or even much worse: pasting some guru-level commands into the terminal window:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

Then updating the running Finder process:

killall Finder

And an equally-complex process to disable it:

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

And don’t forget to restart Finder:

killall Finder

Dark times, they were.

God, I miss the screaming.

Mainstream Academia?

The position that many in the mainstream tend to have is a belief that the Missoula Floods were a series of events that occurred over a period of millions of years.

The story goes something like this:

  • during an ice-age
  • the Northern ice cap on the planet — about a mile or two thick
  • part of the glacier melted
  • the meltwater was restrained by the same glacier
  • sufficient water was released to wear-away basalt
  • 150 coulees were washed out of the basalt bedrock
  • So the glacier was warmed enough to melt

Actually, from the current incarnation of the wiki article on the topic:

After each ice dam rupture, the waters of the lake would rush down the Clark Fork and the Columbia River, flooding much of eastern Washington and the Willamette Valley in western Oregon. After the rupture, the ice would reform, creating Glacial Lake Missoula again

No argument from me about the very broad time-frame; during the ice age. And, there’s no argument about the concept of ice melting… but that’s very much the limit of plausible.

Because “physics”.

How so?

How does a glacier exist in both a solid and liquid state? …for sufficient time for that much water to accumulate? …without re-freezing? …without the glacier itself simply melting away beneath it?

How would that much water exist in a state of thermal equilibrium for water to exist as both a liquid (in a reservoir) and solid (forming an ice-dam) simultaneously?

How much water would be needed to wear away basalt? That would most certainly need to be liquid. I get that, but it would be surrounded by ice?

The concept of the “Missoula Floods” would also tend to suggest that all of the coulees tended to originate from a single point (okay, an area) in the Northern Rocky Mountain range — through which all of the water passed.

I do wonder, what proxies have we collected that may corroborate the Missoula Floods hypothesis?

Srand Prix?

Haven’t seen this movie in about forty-two years. And I never noticed this back then, but, I gotta ask: what the heck is a “Srand Prix”?

“No! It says ‘Grand Prix’! Duh!”

It’s presented in Fraktur script, which was incredibly common in Germany until it was verboten by the Nazi party in 1941.

Anyway, that first letter that you may readily and quite erroneously interpret as a G is really an S.

In printed (not hand-script) Fraktur, for reference, here are the letters E-F-G-H-I:

And Q-R-S-T-U:

Context matters, of course. Yes, it’s just a movie. Yes, it’s just a musical. And, yes, it’s just entertainment.

Honestly, people readily understood what was intended.

And that’s what matters.