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Situational Awareness

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25 Lessons in the art of practical situational awareness.

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Situational Awareness

  1. 1. Situational Awareness A Primer for the Oblivious
  2. 2. Definition and OriginsSituational awareness (SA) involves being awareof what is happening in the vicinity, in order tounderstand how information, events, and onesown actions will impact goals and objectives,both immediately and in the near future.One with an adept sense of situationalawareness generally has a high degree ofknowledge with respect to inputs and outputs,i.e. an innate "feel" for situations, people, andevents that play out due to variables the subjectcan control.The concept has roots in the history of militarytheory—it is recognizable in Sun Tzus The Art Source: Wikipediaof War, for instance. The term itself, can betraced also to World War I, where it wasrecognized as a crucial component for crews inmilitary aircraft (Press, 1986).
  3. 3. But That’s Not Why You’re Here
  4. 4. 25 LessonsHow To Avoid this Face
  5. 5. Lesson 1There Are Others on this Planet.
  6. 6. Lesson 2Inside Voice, Dumbass.
  7. 7. Lesson 3I Am Uninterested in Your Cell Phone Conversation
  8. 8. Lesson 4 If You Are Wearing Sweatpants at the Airport,You’d Better Be a Goddamned Athlete
  9. 9. Lesson 5 McDonald’s Is anInappropriate Place To Have a Family Fight.
  10. 10. Lesson 6As a Matter of Fact, Yes, We Can Smell Your Farts.
  11. 11. Lesson 7Children Do Not Need To HearYour Sexually Explicit Insults.
  12. 12. Lesson 8Stopping Abruptly in Heavy Pedestrian Traffic for No Reason Causes Cancer.
  13. 13. Lesson 9Driving: You Should ProbablyTravel Above Walking Speed.
  14. 14. Lesson 10Driving: But Below Warp Speed.
  15. 15. Lesson 11Mouthwash, Motherf*$!er.
  16. 16. Lesson 12 Personal Space & You: WhyStanding So Close that We Are Touching Is Rude. (And Creepy.)
  17. 17. Lesson 13 Yes, Your Religion Is Just AsWeird As That Other Nonsense.
  18. 18. Lesson 14Since You Assumed I Go To a Church, I Hope You Won’t Mind Me Asking Which Mosque You Attend.
  19. 19. Lesson 15It’s a Thin Line Between Self- Promotion and Shrieking Narcissism.
  20. 20. Lesson 16I’ve Declined Your Offer Seven Times. Perhaps It’s Time ToRealize I Am Not Ever Going To Accept.
  21. 21. Lesson 17 Your BrokenChildhood/Marriage Is Not My Business, Here, Across the Restaurant.
  22. 22. Lesson 18 Saying That a Movie/TV Remake “Rapes Your Childhood” - Yes, Victims ofSexual Abuse Might Find that Insensitive.
  23. 23. Lesson 19 Pick a Lane. Pick a Goddamned Lane.
  24. 24. Lesson 19bNO, Do NOT Try To Turn Right from that Lane.
  25. 25. Lesson 20 Ask Yourself: Twenty Yearsfrom Now, Do You Want that To Still Be on the Internet?
  26. 26. Lesson 21 No, I Don’t Need To KnowWhat You Had for Breakfast.
  27. 27. Lesson 21bUnless We Are Married, that Goes Twice as True forWhatever Random Shit You Dreamed Last Night.
  28. 28. Lesson 21cAnd Speaking of Shit...
  29. 29. Lesson 22 We Board by Zones. It’s Printed on Your Ticket. You May Want To Look at thatbefore You Crowd To the Front, Mr. Zone 5.
  30. 30. Lesson 23It Is Not the Service Industry Employee’s Fault that You Failed at a Basic Task.
  31. 31. Lesson 23bOr Failed To Listen To Basic Instructions
  32. 32. Lesson 24 No More Stoplight Bone-Rattling Bass for Me, Thanks.
  33. 33. Lesson 25 That iPod Came withEarphones for a Reason.
  34. 34. Situational Awareness A Primer for the Oblivious

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