Mon. Oct. 14, 2019 – it’s a bit chilly for my taste

Cool this morning, after a cool evening. Hoping for sunny and clear.

Plane was a 777. That’s the first big plane for me in years. I slept most of the flight though.

Better get started.

Wake later today, then maybe dinner.

n

38 thoughts on “Mon. Oct. 14, 2019 – it’s a bit chilly for my taste”

  1. Plane was a 777.

    “A big plane like a ‘52. Vroom! Jet exhaust frying chickens in the barnyard.”

    I don’t worship the movie as great art, but it is a fun flick just for names alone. Jack D. Ripper. Buck Turgidson. And I lived next to a few Colonel Bat Guano types … even if that wasn’t their real names. 🙂

    Here’s something to take your mind off the reason you’re there — count the C220/A220s on the tarmac at O’Scare. Looks like a 737 which was left in the dryer a bit too long.

    That should scare the h*ll out of Boeing. Four a month roll out of the factory in Mobile while the 737X remains grounded.

    Yeah, leaving Airbus with an large, idle building in a city with quality labor, low cost of living, and right-to-work laws was a really good idea. Yes, Boeing, gotta keep those 40 year old airplane designs rolling out of Renton to keep the union happy … and mouths shut.

  2. Currently 43F here in the western suburbs. I *think* I changed the setting on the Nest thermostat correctly. Usually no one is here during the day.

    I slept late and my back is killing me, especially with the cold.

    Beats being dead.

    N

  3. Drywall guys here today to fix the ceiling in the master bedroom. It’s amazing how much damage a little water does.

  4. That should scare the h*ll out of Boeing. Four a month roll out of the factory in Mobile while the 737X remains grounded.

    You mean the Max, but yes.

    I’m surprised it’s taking so long. The military equivalent of the 737Max didn’t have the same flaws, it had dual pitot inputs etc.

    I watched a Matt Guthmiller vid on yt over the weekend. They are flying from Canada to Greenland in a Cessna and the pitot tube freezes briefly. Both of the avionics displays stopped working completely due to loss of the pitot. Scary. They had tablets with GPS also. The pitot thawed eventually but the avionics computers required a power cycle.


  5. The pitot thawed eventually but the avionics computers required a power cycle.

    Un-fing-believable. What were they thinking?

  6. Taking four days at Lake Tahoe in between gigs in Williams, CA. Staying at the Grand Marriot and lounging, eating steaks and sight seeing.

  7. I’m surprised it’s taking so long. The military equivalent of the 737Max didn’t have the same flaws, it had dual pitot inputs etc.

    I watched a Matt Guthmiller vid on yt over the weekend. They are flying from Canada to Greenland in a Cessna and the pitot tube freezes briefly. Both of the avionics displays stopped working completely due to loss of the pitot. Scary. They had tablets with GPS also. The pitot thawed eventually but the avionics computers required a power cycle.

    So the civilian 737MAX has the same level of instruments as a Cessna ? Not good.

    BTW, I am still thinking that the 737MAX will never carry passengers again, at least not without extensive modifications.

  8. From Arthur T. Bradley, ( https://disasterpreparer.com/ ):

    “I had a free afternoon, so I decided to test the shielding effectiveness of a conex shipping container. Below is a link to the video, sped up to 20x to keep it to around a minute.”

    https://youtu.be/1Dx73tSSoNs

    “The results are presented in the last 15 seconds. The bottom line is that shipping containers of this type offer modest levels of shielding. I plan to conduct a subsequent test showing how they can be improved to better protect from an EMP.”

  9. Before I’d certify it, I’d ask, ” if you cut corners here, where else did you do it?” I’d have to look at every decision to feel confident.

    Chilly Willy here. Sunny, clear blue sky. Beautiful. But chilly.

    Yesterday the yard was clear, today there is an even carpet of leaves.

    Decided not to be at the wake for the full five hours. In my mind, I keep feeling like I’m going to see my friend, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing her. Then I remember that she won’t really be there and I don’t know most of the people that will. Sucks.

    We’re losing a whole generation, and I suppose we always are, but this is the last one to know total war, the Holocaust, the Great Depression, the transition from rural to urban, the development of flight, electronics, and the US as a super power. Pretty soon there won’t be anyone left who was an eye witness to those things.

    Given the way those things are already forgotten or distorted, they will end up unrecognizable caricatures of what really happened. And that isn’t good.

    N

  10. @Rick, one issue with the “go to top” button, and commenting from a phone, about 90 percent of the time it sits on top of the input cursor, which is always in the bottom right once you put enough text in the comment box. It means trying to edit accidentally send s me to the top, usually more than once in a longer comment.

    Not worth changing as it probably only affects me, and then only when I’m travelling. Just mentioned as a FWIW…

    N

  11. Oh, and my phone browser adds a go to top button, so for me it’s redundant anyway.Really just mentioned as a cautionary tale about the difficulty of cross platform development.

    N

  12. I have the same issue with that Go To Top button on my phone, which is my device of choice most of the time. Touch screens are a necessary evil on small devices.

    On a desktop computer, I use the keyboard almost exclusively, and the Page Up and Page Down keys are much more handy.

  13. Channel 14-x vanished over the weekend. No clue why.

    From memory it seems that when 36 and 42 in Austin were replacing their antenna (insert choice of the plural) I could still tune the stations. There just wasn’t anything there.
    14? The TV would not tune in at all. I did a re-scan today and all it well.

    Well, the TV will be 10 at the end of November. I hope for another 10 but you never know.


  14. So the civilian 737MAX has the same level of instruments as a Cessna ? Not good.

    A frozen pitot should not cause avionics to fail. A “glass” cockpit display will tell you your pitot appears out and these instruments won’t respond correctly. An airliner will have radar altimeter and GPS to keep navigating. Dumber aircraft, it is on the pilot to recognize a frozen pitot tube. We were thoroughly trained on this in flight school.


  15. We were thoroughly trained on this in flight school.

    One might suggest that this is the case in the US and other first-world nations but not in, shall we say, nations whose populations were incapable of developing aircraft, electronics, or the internal combustion engine. But that would be rayciss or something, so it’s purely the fault of the eeevil US corporations.

  16. Headed out to the wake soon. Same funeral home as my dad’s memorial. Small town USA, even in the shadow of Chicago.

    N

  17. We were thoroughly trained on this in flight school.

    One might suggest that this is the case in the US and other first-world nations but not in, shall we say, nations whose populations were incapable of developing aircraft, electronics, or the internal combustion engine. But that would be rayciss or something, so it’s purely the fault of the eeevil US corporations.

    I know a guy who used to be 737MAX captain. Still would be except his airline shut all their planes down. Every time he took off, he had the copilot put his hand on the MCAS computer fuse. Any sign of trouble, he had the copilot pull the fuse. You can’t teach that.


  18. ut his hand on the MCAS computer fuse

    Fuse or circuit breaker? I did not think any modern aircraft used fuses in the cockpit. The need to reset at least once for a failed critical circuit is well advised. A fuse would make that difficult.

  19. @Rick

    I was goimg to say the pages are still too long to PageUp and PageDown on my ancient Kindle, but then I thought to check the layout in Portrait mode where it behaves properly.

    I don’t use the GoToTop widget since you implemented the calendar at the bottom.


  20. Disabled the go-to-top arrow. Whatcha think, desktop and phone users?

    Ahhh, a thousand thanks, oh savvy web guru! Seriously, if enough peeps want it back, I would not object… whazzat comment about the CONTENT being king? That’s it.

    I lurked a long time here before first posting, and so have been around a while. I think it was Chuck Waggoner (miss him greatly!) who provoked that first post. Anyway, a friend once mentioned that the quality of thoughts and of people here exceeded every other place he had seen. He gets around, so coming from him that is a high compliment. I have never forgotten that, and agree. Sometimes we don’t know how good something is until someone points out the obvious.


  21. You can’t teach that.

    This type of “teaching” is prevalent at the unit/user level. It’s not at the school level. Pilots with 1,000’s of hours pass it on to the pups. I think it has always been that way. In many disciplines.


  22. A frozen pitot should not cause avionics to fail.

    You would think. Aspen units IIRC.

    Boeing didn’t think either.

  23. ut his hand on the MCAS computer fuse

    Fuse or circuit breaker?

    I have no idea. Probably circuit breaker but, I have no idea.

  24. I am sad tonight. My old girl slipped or broke one of her timing chains tonight when I was leaving Home Depot. A horrendous knock, a noxious oily smell from the tailpipe, and a very long starting period before she catches.

    I drove her home to the new used house and parked her in the driveway. 209,546 miles on her, a 2005 Ford Expedition that I bought new in 2005 for $32K plus TTL.

    I guess that I will sell her to one of the parts places over in Pasadena. She does have 18 months warranty left on her Ford remanufactured transmission. Maybe I will throw her on Craigslist.

    I took four boxes of tools, parts, flooring options, etc, etc, etc into the new used house. And a case of water. I was carrying a lot of stuff in her, maybe 300 lbs.

  25. You can’t teach that.

    This type of “teaching” is prevalent at the unit/user level. It’s not at the school level. Pilots with 1,000’s of hours pass it on to the pups. I think it has always been that way. In many disciplines.

    Yup, you are correct. I should have said “You can’t teach that in school, that kind of learning comes in school of hard knocks”.

  26. @Lynn, jeez it was only a week or two ago that you mentioned the immanent need for timing chain! That didn’t take long….

    Home from the wake. Saw my friend’s kids for the first time in 30 years. He had changed quite a bit, she I recognized as soon as she smiled.

    This is the second funeral where the deceased was almost unrecognizable because she was missing her smile. Both ladies were so full of life, and their smiles were their defining features. If they weren’t smiling, it was only to better set up the smile that came later. Rest in peace ladies.

    N

  27. @Rick, it’s much easier to comment and edit without the button on my phone. At home I usually grab the scroll handle, click and hold at the top of the scroll bar, or click and hold the scroll wheel to get to the top of the page anyway.

    I remember when people asked for it, and it solved a problem, but I think you solved that problem with the redesign. If not, people should chime in…

    And more I’m off to bed. Really long day tomorrow.

    N

  28. “Given the way those things are already forgotten or distorted, they will end up unrecognizable caricatures of what really happened.”

    I’ve come to realize that’s how it always is. History is not only written by the winners, it is later re-written by everyone with an agenda. I remember experiencing the change during my schooling, regarding Native Americans (whom we then called “American Indians”: over the course of a few years, all of the school books started guilt-tripping all of us descendents of the Europeans who destroyed the tribes.

    In reality, conquering weaker populations was simply the normal course of business in that time. Just as it remains so today in many parts of the world. Meanwhile, the Native Americans had typical, brutal tribal cultures, and spent a lot of their time slaughtering each other. That part of history didn’t fit the new agenda, and was erased from the schools.

    The US made incredible strides from the end of WW2 through roughly the end of the 1960s. Just think, though: that was only about 2-1/2 decades. The greatest generation really was. Afterwards, in the 1970s and 1980s, the US was really just coasting on previous accomplishments. The present decline arguably began in the 1990s.

    So: 2-1/2 decades. That’s an eyeblink in the course of history. A blip, a footnote in future history books. The British Empire had a far longer reign. Currently, it looks like China is set to take over the world stage in the next few decades. After China implodes (inevitable, as tyrannies always descend into corruption), then…who?

    Cynical today. Feeling stressed out…

  29. The US made incredible strides from the end of WW2 through roughly the end of the 1960s. Just think, though: that was only about 2-1/2 decades. The greatest generation really was. Afterwards, in the 1970s and 1980s, the US was really just coasting on previous accomplishments. The present decline arguably began in the 1990s.

    I would put the decline’s beginning at the start of the endless wars after 9/11. The financial antics necessary to cover the asinine Federal spending have led us to our present state where even a revision to historically low mortgage rates would crater the stock and housing markets.

    Things were still fixable up until the crisis hit 10 years ago. The Porkulus package permanently distorted baseline budgeting, and that was pretty much the end for fiscal controls absent a Fed Chair doing a Volker.

  30. @RickH, don’t miss the “to the top arrow”. I use my laptop 99.9% of the time to read the DNJ and when I want to get back to the top, which is seldom, I use that “trick” called Ctrl-Home. 😀

    Now, how about some emojis?

    Edit/add: what do you know, the colon grin colon worked

  31. Avatars enabled: check!

    Using the retro avatar setting; avatar is supposedly based on your email address.. Here’s how someone else described the process:

    The way gravatar works is that it creates an MD5 of the email address and passes that to gravatar.com. If an avatar exists for that hashed email address, then it gets returned.

    If not, then it generates a random one based on the data in the hash. Essentially, it’s arbitrary. There’s code in there that basically says “if character 3 is A, use this color” and so forth. This means that the same email generates the same avatar every time, but still makes it randomish.

    More info and examples: http://blog.gravatar.com/2008/04/22/identicons-monsterids-and-wavatars-oh-my/

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