Hello and Welcome!
an overview of myself and this blog

My name is John O’Leary, although everyone calls me Jack.((I also go by Jules Altis in online communities (such as live streams or planning Microsoft Flight Sim fly-ins).)) Nice to meet you!

I am a private pilot in the Bay Area, training to be a certified flight instructor (CFI). I’m currently working on my Instrument Rating.

My (smart, beautiful, and supportive) wife suggested setting the goals for this blog in the first post. She’s usually right, so let’s do that.

This blog is meant to cover my passions: learning, teaching, and flying.

I’ll try to make sure each post:

  • is self-contained, in that you don’t need to read other posts to understand the current one
  • has a subtitle summary of the topic, so you can decide if you’d like to read it
  • includes at least one plausibly useful idea that you could turn around and apply
  • connects to other ideas or domains where possible((I strongly believe in Charlie Munger’s Latticework of Mental Models, and that fitting ideas into a broader framework makes knowledge more useful.))
  • iteratively improves over previous posts — whether in writing, formatting, content, or something else((To that end, please reach out through a comment below or a message through the Contact page if you have suggestions!))

For this post’s plausibly useful idea: learning, teaching, and flying is an example of the rule of three:

a writing principle that suggests that a trio of events or characters is more humorous, satisfying, or effective than other numbers. The audience of this form of text is also thereby more likely to remember the information conveyed because having three entities combines both brevity and rhythm with having the smallest amount of information to create a pattern.

– Wikipedia, Rule of three (writing)

Until next time!

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