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  we harmonize because we

agree how the tune goes

in spirit if not in detail

- A. Greig, "Found at Sea"

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demure  ·  67 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Shackleton's Endurance has been found at a depth of 3000m

    The team worked from the South African polar research and logistics vessel, S.A. Agulhas II, owned by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment and under Master, Capt. Knowledge Bengu, using Saab’s Sabertooth hybrid underwater search vehicles.

Capt. Knowledge Bengu. What a cool name!

demure  ·  73 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 2, 2022

card-carrying carillonneur of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America :)

demure  ·  74 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 2, 2022

I have no words for the horror that Ukrainians are living through right now. threw this together the other night

demure  ·  79 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Russia attacks Ukraine as Putin vows to ‘demilitarise’ neighbor
demure  ·  80 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Russia attacks Ukraine as Putin vows to ‘demilitarise’ neighbor

WSJ article on the first attacks, de-paywalled

    The Russian leader railed against the eastward expansion of NATO in the decades since the 1991 collapse, saying Moscow had been faced with “deceit and attempts at pressure and blackmail.” He issued a pointed warning against any attempt to stop Russia’s move into Ukraine, saying Russia was “one of the most powerful nuclear powers in the world.”
demure  ·  91 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Subaru Brat

Simone is a gem. Her Truckla project is awesome.

Would much rather this than a door wedge.

demure  ·  95 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 9, 2022

lol, no way. Recruiters are persistent dudes, I'll tell you that. But they use email now.

    I am emailing you because you are a competitive candidate for the United States Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Officer Program.

I'm glad there was no plutonium.

demure  ·  95 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Stuck in KUOW purgatory: Seattle Mazda drivers can't change the radio dial

(to be clear, I love NPR. but I couldn't resist the wordplay)

demure  ·  95 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Stuck in KUOW purgatory: Seattle Mazda drivers can't change the radio dial

NPuRgatory

demure  ·  104 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Indiana life insurance CEO says deaths are up 40% among people ages 18-64
demure  ·  110 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Orbital Insertion Burn a Success, Webb Arrives at L2

is this hubski's "commenting to save"?

demure  ·  110 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: SpinLaunch conducts first test of suborbital accelerator at Spaceport America

...as a service

demure  ·  122 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 12, 2022

see my new comment :)

demure  ·  122 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 12, 2022  ·  

I've been learning to fly tailwheel airplanes for the past 6 months, flying roughly once a week. Now I've got 42.3 hours of flight time, with 0.5 hours of that now being PIC--pilot in command!

Frankly, flying solo was not as nerve-wracking as I expected it to be. I've been learning new things each lesson with my instructor, but I haven't had to be corrected on stick-and-rudder pure flying technique in a while, so I didn't feel the absence of my instructor's remarks. We flew a couple laps in the pattern (takeoffs and landings in loops, in the airport vicinity) and then he got out, took his stuff out of the plane, and sent me off! I did three landings (and one go-around), and that was that! I did get the feeling of "hey, I'm flying an airplane--by myself. sweet!"

This is the type of plane I fly, a Bellanca Citabria. Many of them are around 50 years old. Fabric wings and fuselage! Roughly 110 horsepower! a 4-cylinder engine with a carburetor! Two seats, in tandem (rather than side-by-side)

As you can see, the little wheel is in the back ('tailwheel')--it's a more traditional gear setup (most modern planes have a nosewheel) and is harder to fly (takeoffs and landings). The word on the street is that tailwheel pilots generally have better "stick and rudder" skills (i.e. flying technique). I can't really be the judge of that, but it's kind of the equivalent of learning to drive a manual/standard transmission car.

Because it's fairly straightforward for a tailwheel pilot to transition to nosewheel aircraft, and not the other way around, you must have a "tailwheel endorsement" on your license to fly tailwheel airplanes. I had to earn that endorsement (even though my license is a student license) to fly solo--so yes, I can do wheel landings. I've also gotten very proficient at performing slips, because there are no flaps on this model.

Here's what I see inside. Notice that there isn't even an attitude indicator (also called an artificial horizon)! (Yes, I've had to do my simulated instrument training "partial panel" by default, learning to fly the plane without looking outside and without an attitude indicator)

I've got a few things left to do to earn my private pilot certificate-- get 10 hours total solo time, get 5 hours total solo cross-country flight time, do my long cross-country solo, do 3 hours of night flight, and prep for (and pass) the oral exam and checkride (flight exam)!

I can't wait for electric airplanes to become more common (https://www.diamondaircraft.com/en/service/electric-aircraft/ !!), but in the meantime I buy carbon offsets because the one thing that really makes me ambivalent about pursuing this as a hobby are its carbon emissions...

demure  ·  123 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 12, 2022

Flew a plane solo for the first time today!

demure  ·  128 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Signal cryptocurrency payment integration invites regulator scrutiny into encryption

you're all good, I didn't take it as a critique!