Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dung right

Came across this recently:


From WikiName

Its source is a Chinese expression meaning Correct. Also means brave, heroic in Vietnamese.

So for once the ever-flailing, often-failing far-far-right lunatic fringe got one right when they hung that moniker on me.

Fighting the dangerous sociopaths that haunt Longmont and cyberstalk its citizens is the 'correct' thing to do. Considering the hateful people involved in the endless smears on me, it does take  a certain amount of bravery - far more than the asshole running who continues to hide behind a mask. Maybe if he'd grow a pair and grow up a little people might accord him a little credibility. Till then he's just another sad avatar of a raging narcissist in desperate need of medication.

From rubber bands to AA batteries...

Spotted this on the Photoblog:

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This photo provided by EADS shows an unidentified pilot aboard The Cri-Cri, the first four-engine all-electric plane during its maiden flight, Thursday Sept.2, 2010 in Le Bourget, north of Paris. The Cri-Cri is the latest effort to develop a battery-powered aircraft with performance comparable to light, piston-engine airplanes. The Cri-Cri's lithium batteries give it 30 minutes of autonomous flight at 66 mph (110 kph).

Plug-in plane

I figured that battery weight would make electric planes unworkable - looks like I had it wrong. More about this plane here and possible uses for electric planes here.

Gee. An airplane you can plug in. Guess that's an improvement over the rubber band.

A whole 30 minutes of fly time! Golly. At a whole 66 mph.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Flat heads, flat hat

Merriam-Webster provides some interesting perspective:

The Word of the Day for August 30 is:

flat-hat   \FLAT-hat\   verb
: to fly low in an airplane in a reckless manner : hedgehop

Example sentence:
Unable to resist the temptation to show off, the young pilot decreased altitude and flat-hatted over the county fairground.

Did you know?
Legend has it that the term "flat-hat" originated with an incident back in the days of barnstormers in which a pedestrian's hat was crushed by a low-flying airplane. According to one version of the tale, the reckless pilot was subsequently required to purchase a new hat for the hapless pedestrian. It seems unlikely that such an event actually took place, but we can well imagine how fear of having one's hat smashed flat by a passing airplane might have given rise to such a vivid verb. "Flat-hat" first appeared in English in 1940; another word for flying low to the ground, "hedgehop," debuted 14 years earlier.

So reckless antics in aircraft have been around since the days of the barnstormers - the '20s. Barnstorming itself based on super-cheap government surplus planes ($5000 planes being sold off for as little as $200). Yep. Subsidies and handouts are great - when it's going to 'the right people.'

So, after dodging the draft, rich playboys bought the aircraft that brave young men risked their lives in and played with them... and they haven't changed since.