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- Mayday should be always use carefully though, it has to be used only in case of life threat. As a sailor myself, i never had to use it (thanks god!) but here is the official procedure when you make a MADAY CALL onboard : Select channel 16 on your VHF radio and transmit: "MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY - (always 3 times)- This is (name of boat three times, call letters once)."Repeat once more, "MAYDAY" and your boat's name. Report your location (latitude, longitude, anything who could help to locate you). Report the nature of your emergency (fire, mast broken, pirates etc). Report the kind of assistance needed. Report the number of people onboard and condition of any injured. Describe the boat and its seaworthiness. Then wait for a response. If there is none, repeat the message.
- Here is an example of a tragic Mayday call of a fishing boat in Alaska in 2010. Crew was rescued.
- If you always had to repeat Mayday 3 times, this is to avoid misheard calls being taken as emergencies and also so that calls discussing a mayday signal can say the word mayday without fear of being taken for a real emergency.
- When it comes to plane, you use Mayday also for life threat OR if you have less gaz than the limit of 30 minutes. Here is an example : « MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY, this is OO-ABC on 121.5, to any aircraft or control in my vicinity, my position is 6 miles north east of EBLG, 5000 feet, 90 knots, Sqwak 7700 engine fire, engine down, no oil pressure, requesting medical and fire assistance when crash landing completed in my vicinity »
- Otherwise, you can also use PAN PAN (comes from the french word PANNE which means breakdown) when the security of a ship of any nature is threat OR the life of someone onboard (someone sick, who falled at sea etc). The nature of the distress call is alike of the Mayday one.
- Otherwise, more infos about distress call here
- Here is a documentary about the PARIS SYNDROME which touch japonese people in Paris (hopefully not because of our Tchin-Tchin!). In one word, they go mad and have to be repatriate in emergency. My brother did a documentary about it in french and told me that the japonese psychiatric he met in Paris told him that the notion/profession of Psychiatry doesnt exist in Japan, even the word doesn't exist itself.
- Somehow, same problem occurs in India with the french people. I only found one documentary about it and it's in french (sorry!). So if you speak in the langage of Moliere, you can watch it over here
- The video of the Monty Python about Spam
- Profile of Grace Hooper, the godmother of computers, an amazing geeky woman actually (she created COBOL for example or described how fast light can travel in a nanosecond) Here she took the picture of the first computer bug haha. To be precise, the bug found was a moth, which got attracted to a light in a punch-card machine - punch card readers used lights to shine through holes in the cards.
- Profile of the Bikini's creator, Louis Reard (an other crazy french dude). At the time, any models would dare to wear his new creation!
- Some pictures of the Bikini's atoll and a video about the nuclear test over there. Here you can read about Castle Bravo, the bomb launched on Bikini Atoll and its effect, which lead to a serious international debate.
- And you never knew about the 'Bikini-state'? me neither, i was quite amused.
After i posted this cartoon, my geeky friend Mark from Australia posted to me this about our geeky girl Grace Hooper :'She was a brillant lady and was famous for more. For instance, she was asked why Satelite communications took so long so she cut lengths of wire just over a foot long and started handing them out. She said that the length of the wire is how fast light travels in one nanosecond in a vacuum. In reality, it is shorter - she also made a point about making people aware of that because we live in air, not a vacuum. Grace Hooper is A LEGEND!