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About raimius

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  1. Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors is some pretty intense WWII history.
  2. As a career option, I'd say going in as an officer is a better deal. That said, realize officers are generally the management/leadership component, not the operators. So, if you want "hands-on" type jobs, maybe going enlisted or Warrant would be better.
  3. It certainly adds a lot of time commitments to one's schedule. I'm trying to pace myself by only taking one course at a time, but also never taking a semester off (which is tempting). It's doable for a Master's, but I can't see doing an undergrad degree like that, since there are more required courses to take.
  4. I'm a helicopter pilot in the AF. Generally, I like my job a lot. God willing, I'll continue flying helicopters for a good long time. The AF is really good at some things, but also suffers all the worst aspects of a large bureaucracy. I work with a lot of good people. I'd trust most of my coworkers in a wide variety of situations. There are some outliers though. My little segment of the AF is generally reasonably relaxed and focused on the mission and taking care of people. Yet, there are plenty of times I say "We've been doing this for 50 years. How has no one come up with a decent way to do this?!" I haven't run into many "Do this because I want it" situations. There are plenty of situations where I disagree with the reasons behind things, but that's the way bureaucracy works.
  5. I just started rewachin that series. Man that used to be my avorie show as a kid.

  6. Depending on the stress, I will tend to go into a "base mode" where I focus almost exclusively on solving whatever problems I can, or figure out how to avoid the stress. In "base mode," I usually push away anything I consider distracting or less-important. This can be really useful for solving severe, but short-term problems. Basically, I keep asking myself "what can I do next?" As a metaphor, this would be "climbing a ladder." Every action I take should be at least one step up. Anything that doesn't push me toward the goal gets cast aside (at least temporarily). The other common way I take is to avoid or space out the stressor. I'll take frequent breaks from the problem to reduce the self-induced stress and/or clear my own mind. This works decently for longer-term issues or exceedingly painful ones that don't need to be resolved quickly.
  7. Would you want to do something aviation related? I would think something in the safety field might be doable.
  8. If one group of people pursues education with vigor, I would expect them to succeed. If 90% of the engineering department happens to be Asian, so be it. If they were the best qualified, they should get the position.
  9. I can handle the weekend by myself pretty easily. After more than a couple days, I start to crave interaction.
  10. It depends on the relationship. I tend to space things out a bit. Usually a couple relatively private emotional times, and I'll get a little sad when they are brought up in conversation or I'm otherwise reminded of them. Outside the private times, I'm usually able to function just fine. I guess you could call that grieving in small doses.
  11. "Play stupid games, win stupid prizes." If you don't take firearms safety seriously, don't be surprised when something bad happens. Statistically speaking, with several tens of millions of firearms owners, a few of them will be idiots. Cooper's Four Rules of firearms safety really should be memorized and practiced with near-religious devotion.
  12. Have you considered taking a flying lesson? Flying a light aircraft is a bit different than taking a trip on an airliner, but it is quite fun. Facing your irrational fears is usually a good way to minimize them. Some fear will likely remain, but you'll be better able to deal with it. Climbing a 10ft ladder still makes me a little uncomfortable, but I can lean out of a helicopter at 100ft and be fine.
  13. You can always help people in your spare time.

  14. I tried to figure out what really satisfied me. I'm pretty sure that's helping and protecting people, so I set out to become a rescue pilot. It's still a work in progress, as my current assignment doesn't focus on that, but there's a chance I'll get some rescues at some point. If not, I might switch to the civilian side later on.
  15. Fear has certain utility, but love tends to be a more positively motivating thing. A certain kind of fear can be useful. That is more on the "respect for power" side than terror. I don't feel terror at the sight of a police officer, but (aside from any morality/legalities) I know not to mess with them. Similarly, you don't start throwing insults at the boss's face, even if you don't particularly like them. (Assuming you want/need your job!) This kind of respect for power/fear tends to limit negatives rather than build on positives. It can maintain order, but rarely improves things. Love on the other hand, tends to build things. If you love your job, you will probably work to improve things and do it better. If you like your boss, you will try to help them succeed (vs. simply trying not to fail and get punished). Instead of simply not fighting the police, you are trying to be nice to them and/or help them stop/solve crimes. etc. etc.