Birds Nest in Dryer Vent

It’s not something you see every day, but a Robin built a complete birds nest in my dryer vent…  it can be dangerous so I removed the nest relatively intact and attempted to set it up in a nearby tree

Who’s a Better Software Programmer?

Jesus and the devil were arguing over which one of them was the better software programmer. “I am!” Jesus shouted. “No, I am!” the devil countered. “I am!” “I am!” “Me!” “No, me!” “EEEEEEENOUGH!” God bellowed, and the whole universe

Tennis Rackets and Airplanes

You may be asking yourself “what do tennis rackets and airplanes have in common?” …  Well, my carbon-composite Head tennis racket and the 787 fuselage use similar materials and manufacturing techniques (often known in the industry as ‘rags and glue’). It’s

Latest Visit to the USAF Museum

With the nasty weather this weekend, I decided to take a quick trip to National Museum of the US Air Force (you can’t beat the admission price)… It’s interesting that they’ve already hung an MQ-9 Reaper in the gallery of

Revolutionary Tires

From my buddy, Joe K… They have been testing these for several years now. A company called Resilient Tech was developing them for the military application. Yes, those are ‘spoke-like’ connections to the inner part of the tire from the

Great Quotes about Flying

From StrangeCosmos… “Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers.” “Progress in airline flying: now a flight attendant can get a pilot pregnant.” “Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.” “Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept

The Making of Star Wars

For those of you interested in the making of the original Star Wars feature movie… [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vW38mY5RHQ[/youtube] As a fan of science fiction back in the 1970s (Star Trek, Lost in Space, and the other low-brow stuff on TV), I recall