Monday, November 5, 2012

The acronyms were flying

YAAP (yet another acronym post).

This morning I posted an item in my Empoprise-MU music blog about the U2 song "Beautiful Day." You may recall that the video for that song featured scenes shot at Charles de Gaulle airport, outside of Paris.

After the item posted, I was doing some related reading and found this thread, written in September 2000 after the video came out.

The thread was on an civil aviation forum. So, as you can imagine, the conversation in the thread didn't discuss the Edge's guitar playing techniques.

A few samples:

Anyone seen this particular music video? As far as I could tell, it was filmed exclusively at CDG!

A/c featured were an EVA Air 744, taxying past the flyover (that part of the taxiway at CDG which crosses over the highway), an Air France A320, and a MEA A310, plus numerous shots of other a/c flying over the group’s head....

Notice they edited out the titles on the EVA 744 but not the MEA A310. There was also a NG737 (SAS 736?)....

Thanks, A343E....

In a related thread, one of the participants asked if Bono was "one of us." Not if he doesn't know all of those acronyms, he isn't.

Yet another example of how acronyms can both assist practitioners in a particular discipline, and (either intentionally or unintentionally) exclude non-practitioners from the discussion. Of all of the acronyms listed above, the only one that I knew was "CDG."
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