How “Groundbreaking” number crunching found path of Flight 370

Via CNN — Monday’s announcement by Malaysia’s Prime Minister acknowledging that missing Flight 370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean opens the door to a big question: How did new number crunching confirm the Boeing 777’s path?

Now we know for sure “there’s no way it went north,” said Inmarsat Senior Vice President Chris McLaughlin.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday that the plane was last tracked over the middle of the Indian Ocean, west of Perth, Australia. Malaysian Airlines has informed passengers’ relatives that “all lives are lost,” a relative told CNN.

Monday’s announcement brings new questions about the mystery that has captivated the planet for more than two weeks. It also provoked a call that all airliners be constantly tracked.

The mathematics-based process used by Inmarsat and the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) to reveal the definitive path was described by McLaughlin as “groundbreaking.”

"We’ve done something new," he said.

Here’s how the process works in a nutshell: Inmarsat officials and engineers were able to determine whether the plane was flying away or toward the satellite’s location by expansion or compression of the satellite’s signal.

What does expansion or compression mean? You may have heard about something called the Doppler effect.

"If you sit at a train station and you listen to the train whistle — the pitch of the whistle changes as it moves past. That’s exactly what we have," explained CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers,who has studied Doppler technology. "It’s the Doppler effect that they’re using on this ping or handshake back from the airplane. They know by nanoseconds whether that signal was compressed a little — or expanded — by whether the plane was moving closer or away from 64.5 degrees — which is the latitude of the orbiting satellite."

Each ping was analyzed for its direction of travel, Myers said. The new calculations, McLaughlin said, underwent a peer review process with space agency experts and contributions by Boeing.

It’s possible to use this analysis to determine more specifically the area where the plane went down, Myers said. “Using trigonometry, engineers are capable of finding angles of flight.”

UK based AAIB use “Doppler” effect and number crunching to work out the final flight path of MH370. Ingenious.

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Goals + Motivation ≠ Success

When individuals fail to meet their goals, they often attribute it to not being motivated enough to see things through. However, in my experience goals plus motivation seldom equate to success.

Consider this common scenario:

  • A goal or desired outcome is conceived, usually as a result of some external influence, and motivation to move toward that goal is high.
  • For a few weeks, concrete progress is made toward the goal and you start to see results.
  • Then, just as everything appears to be going well, life gets in the way: Work gets busy. Events come-up. You travel. Friends and family vie for your attention. Chores need to be done. You get injured. You’re not sleeping well. The list goes on…
  • Slowly but surely, motivation wanes and progress slows to a crawl or even stops completely.

So why is it then that, despite having concrete goals and good amount of motivation, you don’t accomplish your aim?

First, you have to recognize that motivation is an emotional energy reserve, and as such, it is both situational and exhaustible.

What do I mean by that?

I describe motivation as emotional because motivation is quite literally the desire to do something; the drive or energy that you bring to an activity. Think of motivation this way: you act after you FEEL, i.e. motivation is reactive based on circumstances. Taken literally, if you are relying solely on motivation, it often means that you’ll only take action when you feel like it.

Think again about the scenario I described above. Imagine you want to lose some weight and you attend a fitness seminar. You are surrounded by people that share your goal and motivation is literally off the charts! Yet, within a couple of days of returning home to work, family and friends, motivation can quickly wane — the situation has changed, and so has your emotional state. And even if you were able to sustain (or even feed) a high level of motivation for some time, you will eventually and consistently exhaust your emotional reserves.

Bottom line, if you expect yourself to be motivated at all times, I’m afraid you are setting yourself up for disappointment.

So what’s the missing ingredient? What can we substitute or supplement motivation with to achieve success?


Discipline is the ability to do something while ignoring short-term discomfort, allowing you to focus on long-term goals and persevere through hard times.

The self-disciplined person works toward achieving their goals without being derailed by the many dis­tractions we face each day. Moreover, self-discipline trumps simple motivation be­cause it enables you to push yourself to achieve your goals without external stimulus and irrespective of your emotional state.

Said differently, discipline serves you most when motivation says do otherwise!

For example, when it’s raining or cold outside and you need to go and run your 8 miles, it’s seldom motivation that will get you out of bed — it’s discipline. Or that time when you just didn’t feel like [exercising| painting | writing | working | cleaning], in steps discipline, kicking butts and taking names while motivation skulks in the corner.

Another advantage of discipline over simple motivation is that it can be trained and practiced. It’s also habit forming, and good habits drive good outcomes.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not suggesting that we simply rewrite the formula as Goals + Discipline = Success (although you could!).

Motivation certainly has its part to play and often brings a heightened sense of enjoyment and satisfaction to the activities we pursue. But without discipline, success is harder if not impossible to achieve.


Monday, you say… Monday! Let me at it!

Image credit to Regine Heuser


Swordfish for dinner!


Lunch is served.


Stunning, creative photography of Imperial Stormtroopers doing cool things!


The ONLY time it’s ever OK to wear your pants halfway down your butt!

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Fresh coconuts at work! Nectar!


What does your dog do when you’re not home? 

Thing’s I love about this video:

  1. It’s awesome
  2. Add “Benny Hill” theme music (Yakety Sax) to anything and it is INSTANTLY funnier. 
  3. What happens in this video is clearly a “normal” experience; the cat has seen it all.