The Games People Play…
In Air Force flight school, the days are long and the stress is high. On any given day, any student is just three bad days from being washed out of the program. Fail three tests, and you’re out. Fail three simulators and you’re out. Fail three daily flights, and you’re out. Fail a check ride, you get a re-check. Fail the re-check and you’re on an elimination flight. If you go to a re-check and pass, that bridge has been forever burned. Fail a second check ride and you’re off to the elimination flight. It is a high stress marathon where the goal quickly becomes to pass everything for that day.
In that environment, survival is the key. Every morning, the students collectively called a flight, had to endure the morning briefing. Every day, two students would be called upon to stand in front of the instructors and talk their way through an emergency situation. If a student messed it up, they were removed from the day’s events, if they passed they continued on. When the lead instructor was satisfied with the first student’s performance, they were told to take a seat and another student was called to finish the discussion thru to the landing. One of the keys to surviving the program is to find fun where it exists. One of the games the students played was to try to word in the word of the day into their discussion. It was a random word that never had anything to do with aviation.
An example would be umbilical cord. The answer might be, “Is my oxygen mask still connected like an umbilical cord?” Of course, I first learned of this game after I had finished flight school, so I never got to play. But it is always fun to think about.
Over the weekend, we have been warned by the Department of Homeland Security that there is an increased chatter of a terrorist attack. Serious stuff of course, and I assure no one wants the threat to be thwarted more than I. But I ran across a game suggestion from another blogger. You can read their site here. http://piperbayard.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/the-dhs-trigger-word-challenge/#comment-19885
Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes co-write fiction under Piper’s name. She is a writer while Mr. Holmes describes himself as a former defender of freedom in the days of the Cold War. Is he really a James Bond type with a license to kill? I don’t know, he is probably more like me with a license to chill. Anyway, today the topic of the post is code words that are sure to attract the attention of the NSA. The source document is found here. Click at your own risk. http://www.scribd.com/doc/82701103/Analyst-Desktop-Binder-REDACTED
Pages 20-23 list some of the words that the NSA computer searches for in all electronic communications. I am sure this included, e-mails, texts, web sites, web chats, library computer use, telephone conversations, word documents, smoke signals and yes blog posts. When you clicked onto this post, you probably popped onto the NSA radar. Sorry about your luck.
Piper’s game is to take a smaller list of words that she culled from the master list and posted on her blog.
Piper wrote. “From the Department of Homeland Security National Operations Center Media Monitoring Capability Desktop Reference Binder:
Interstate Authorities Initiative Facility
Southwest Worm 2600 Cloud
Drill Cancelled Leak Smart
Exercise Help Burst Trojan
Cops Recovery Crash Twister
Police Recall Agriculture Sick
Exposure Flu Wave Swine
Tamiflu Vaccine Strain Airport
Watch Closure Metro Power
Subway Electric Failure Dock
Relief Delays Mexico Drug
Marijuana Border Twister Snow
Ice Bust Pirates Plot
and my personal favorite . . . Social media”
The goal is to create a sentence using as many words as possible. Her final suggestion is to add the word bacon in the sentence to confirm to the 20 year old NSA contractor analyst that you are really a law abiding citizen. My question to y’all is this. Anyone want to pop onto the NSA radar with me? Don’t be scared, because they know everything about you anyway.
Until next time, keep on rockin!
Here is my sentence formed from Piper’s list.
“Watch the interstate for the Trojan sized twister armed with electric snow, alert the southwest social media for Tamiflu worms leaking flu agriculture driving thru the Mexico plot eating bacon.”
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