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Entries from January 2009

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January 27th, 2009 · 22 Comments

Does anyone (besides my wife) use the rss feed to view this website? Let me know if you do. EDIT: Okay. Thanks.

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Interesting Passages V…

January 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

More Robert A. Heinlein goodness. I can’t seem to get enough of him lately. Most of these quotes are from his character Jubal Harshaw, who many believe is truly the main character (rather than Valentine Michael Smith) in Heinlein’s book Stranger In A Strange Land. I haven’t read all of Heinlein’s work, but his Jubal […]

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Tags: Literature

The Lens You Can’t Do Without…

January 22nd, 2009 · 3 Comments

A lot of people are into photography. With the price point of good digital SLR cameras coming down in recent years, there is a definite move towards these cameras over point-and-shoot types by people who want a little more “do-more-ability.” When people find out that I’m a photographer, I get a lot of technical questions […]

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Tags: Gear · Lenses · Photography · Tech/Geek

Procrastination…

January 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment

Free pizza and beer to anyone who shows up here within the next two hours to help me clean out my garage. I need some help getting motivated!

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A Reinforcements Haiku…

January 18th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Round white office goods Reinforcing my Jepp charts Thanks, paper bungholes!

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Tags: Publications

Waterfowl and Weather Radar…

January 14th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Here’s one for Mythbusters! As we waited by runway 16L in Sacramento, CA yesterday morning, we were informed by the tower controller that there was a large flock of migratory waterfowl approaching the airport from the East. It appeared to him that they were traveling west-southwest and would cross over the departure end of the […]

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Tags: Aviation Safety

Phony Old Stuff…

January 7th, 2009 · No Comments

I got an advertisement card in the mail recently from Guitar Center (yeah I play…not well, but whatever) advertising Fender’s new line of guitars. They aren’t anything new or different at all in terms of guitar design. In fact, they’re pretty much identical to what Fender has been building steadily for the last fifty years. […]

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Tags: Instruments

Old Stuff…

January 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I’ve got a thing for old stuff. Old books, for instance. I’ve got a small collection of first-edition hardbounds to prove it. I find it fun to sit and leaf through the books, wondering who’s hands they’ve been in…how the little scratch got onto the back cover…what brand of tobacco was smoked by a man […]

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Tags: Gear

Autothrottles…

January 7th, 2009 · 4 Comments

My company is in the process of developing a program that will revolutionize the way we navigate our aircraft from one point to another. We are transitioning to a “performance-based” navigation program, which will allow us to further automate the following of our planned flight path in all phases of flight. Essentially, we pilots will […]

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Tags: Airliners

So Long, 2008!!

January 2nd, 2009 · 5 Comments

A crazy year behind me now. My block time in the 737 for 2007 was 843 hours and 05 minutes. Slacking, clearly. That’s 24 hours less than last year (essentially one whole four-day trip less this year than last), and cleary shy of the 1,000 hour FAA maximum. Yes, every year there are a few […]

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