I spent a few minutes flipping through channels to find something interesting, but didn't have luck sticking with anything. Wrong time of hour, and it's impossible to get good stuff during the day anyway. Still, a few cool things popped up. I saw the tail end of something involving Mesaba Airlines (a regional Northwest carrier) and MSP airport. Apparently that was some press related to the deployment of TAMDAR sensors on 64 aircraft in the fleet. Pretty cool that they could fit sensors and a satellite transmitter into a 1.5 pound (⅔ kg) package. They use them to create a flying network of observation stations (figuring out weather anywhere above ground is often a challenge, simply because there hasn't been anything there). Here's a TAMDAR press release. Hmm. I guess they call it the "Great Lakes Fleet Experiment."
The other thing I came across was the last five minutes of Patrick Stewart's appearance on Saturday Night Live. Honestly, if it wasn't for SNL, I'm sure I'd have dropped E! from my TV's channel lineup by now. I don't watch very often, especially since 89.3 launched, but it's still a good show from time to time. Eventually I'll have to see that episode, and I think Bob Dole's appearance was a pretty notable one too. I wonder if anyone keeps a ranking of some of the best SNL episodes somewhere. There are too many episodes to watch all of them, and besides they're often not that great—The Daily Show ranks a lot higher on my laugh meter most of the time.Posted by mike at March 14, 2005 12:22 PM | News , TV | TrackBack