Quotes: Communication

(striving to entertain, to inform, and to stimulate thinking)

communicate (kuh MYOO ni kayt") (verb), communicates; communicated; communicating
1. To give or to interchange thoughts, feelings, information, or the like, by writing, speaking, etc.: Please plan to communicate with Sam via his cellphone while he is on his holidays.
2. To express thoughts, feelings, or information easily or effectively: The doctor was able to communicate the significant medical information to his patient.
communication (s) (noun), communications (pl)
1. The imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs: The communication of the president’s speech was done with a fax machine.
2. The process or act of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or to exchange information or to express one's ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc. to another person or to people: There was a well planned schedule for the communication of sensitive data to the new officials.
3. Etymology: from Latin communicare, "to share, to divide out"; literally "to make common".
communications (adjective), more communications, most communications
1. A reference to the discipline that studies the principles of transmitting information and the methods by which it is delivered: In Tom's communications class, students studied the science and technology of providing information; especially, by electronic means; such as, print, computer, radio, television, etc.
2. Related to the academic study of the various forms or means of transmitting data and information to others; such as, with print or broadcasting or any of the various professions involved with the transmission of information; including, advertising, broadcasting, or journalism: The communications professor at the university helped his students to improve their abilities to share data with various agencies.
3. Pertaining to the employment in science and technology of information that is collected from an originating source, then transformed into electric currents or fields, transmitted over electrical networks or space to another point, and reconverted into a form suitable for interpretation by human receivers: In the present day, communications sources in electronics is the primary method for the transferring important data that is to be interpreted by human viewers and readers.

Significant financial investments in the communications industry are being made around the world.


“Do you want my honest opinion?”
People ask. I say, “Yes,” for I’m curious.
So they give me their honest opinion;
And I—well, I’m always furious.
—Richard Armour in The Wall Street Journal

Airline Mechanical Problems

After every flight, Qantas Airlines pilots complete complaint sheets that report problems to the mechanics about situations encountered with their aircraft during the flight which are considered in need of repairs or corrections. The forms are pieces of paper that the pilots complete and then the mechanics read and make corrections. They then respond in writing on the lower halves of the forms indicating any remedial actions that were taken and the pilots review the sheets before the next flights.

Never let it be said that ground crews and engineers lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual logged maintenance complaints and problems as submitted by Qantas pilots and the solutions recorded by maintenance engineers.

Pilot = The problem logged by the pilot.
Solution = The solution and action taken by the engineers.

Pilot: Left inside main tyre almost needs replacement.
Solution: Almost replaced left inside main tyre.

Pilot: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
Solution: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

Pilot: Something loose in cockpit.
Solution: Something tightened in cockpit.

Pilot: Dead bugs on windshield.
Solution: Live bugs on back-order.

Pilot: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
Solution: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

Pilot: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
Solution: Evidence removed.

Pilot: DME volume unbelievably loud.
Solution: DME volume set to more believable level.

Pilot: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
Solution: That’s what they’re there for.

Pilot: IFF inoperative.
Solution: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

Pilot: Suspected crack in windshield.
Solution: Suspect you’re right.

Pilot: Number three engine missing.
Solution: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

Pilot: Aircraft handles funny.
Solution: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

Pilot: Target radar hums.
Solution: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

Pilot: Mouse in cockpit.
Solution: Cat installed.

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The trouble with those who have nothing to say is that you have to listen too long to find out.

Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up.
—G. K. Chesterton

Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.
—Elizabeth Drew

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