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Spin Zone / Re: Denver to Pay Pilot $300k
« on: August 22, 2023, 10:56:56 AM »
For a time Mrs. Steingar had a pet Cockatiel. One day the thing shook itself, and this giant cloud of feathers emerged and spread all over the place.  I of course said in my best Southern accent "I  keep all my feathers numbered in case of such an emergency".  It was funny.

Pilot Zone / Re: What I Am Doing on my Summer Vacation
« on: August 10, 2023, 05:34:15 AM »
So my mom died on July 28th, the Friday of AirVenture. She was with my sister in Bethesda and passed away peacefully after a long illness. She was 89 so lots of things were failing.

Her funeral is tomorrow in Illinois. I never realized how relatively smooth the process could be with someone dying across the country and getting shipped. Still, it’s quite a process.

I think I need another summer vacation.

I am so very sorry for your loss. 

I can't imagine trying to teach a bunch of kids origami. Trying to show them the precise folds to get the figure just right. Do you have some sort of camera / projector so they can see what you're doing?  I tried to teach my niece to make a paper airplane.  It did not turn out well.  She must have been a very bad student   ;D

I carefully pick the models, my success rate is very high.  Also, I make certain there are parents with the very little ones.  One of my favorite classes this year was when a family of four sat down and wanted to do an Origami.  I decided to make a great little bracelet, mom and the kids mad the pieces, which were really simple.  Dad assembled the bracelets.  Everyone had fun, and the kids got a pari of nice origami bracelets.

Pilot Zone / Re: What I Am Doing on my Summer Vacation
« on: July 31, 2023, 01:46:17 PM »
Less chance of getting shot on 294.

What kind of plane?
If the stars align an RV12.

Pilot Zone / Re: What I Am Doing on my Summer Vacation
« on: July 31, 2023, 01:06:42 PM »
At Osh:

I taught Origami to more folks than I know.  Apparently one of them was Lucifer, can't recall teaching any crusty old guys.  Set up and struck the tent, too.

I had to dress down a couple guys after they left their really young daughters in the tent with no supervision sans yours truly.

I scrambled 70 dozen eggs at the Camp Scholler breakfast, run by the EAA chapters.

And I think I found a new airplane to fly.  I think.

And that tip about 294 around Chicago turned bad.  I hit more traffic on 294 than there was going through Chicago, way more.

Pilot Zone / Re: What I Am Doing on my Summer Vacation
« on: July 20, 2023, 05:49:11 AM »
Driving to the show tomorrow.  First time driving ever.  I'll be in the craft tent teaching Origami all week.

Spin Zone / Re: Climate change
« on: July 10, 2023, 06:16:33 AM »
I asked a simple question.   What is the baseline, and how are we measuring just how much impact man is contributing to climate change?

It doesn't matter what the answer is, you won't believe it.  All you'll do is insult whoever gives it and try and bully them if they persist.

Spin Zone / Re: Why do we age?
« on: May 07, 2023, 07:01:29 PM »
This is a very complex question that involves genetics, physiology, and evolution.  Most species have a lifespan more or less delimited by their size, larger animals require more time to make sufficient cells to create the adult animal, hence they reproduce later and live longer.  Smaller animals tend to reproduce more quickly and live shorter lives.

Some might point to telomeres, the repeat sequences that form the end caps of our DNA.  In humans these are put on embryonically, your cells don't make the requisite proteins or nucleic acids to reinforce them, hence they shorten as you age.  Then again, mice do express the proteins and nucleic acids to make telomeres, yet they peter out after just a few years.  There's more to it than that.

We could point to the build up of mutations as the driving force behind aging, and there is some evidence to back it up.  Animals with long life spans relative to size, like tortoises and psittacines have insanely good DNA repair, but still there's more to it.

Almost 20 years ago the Japanese scientist Yamanaka discovered a method to turn boring old somatic cells into exciting pluripotent stem cells.  Further research has shown that not only are these cells pluripotent, but they're also young.  Yamanaka found a veritable fountain of youth.  Aging is complex.  That said, there are only two certain things in life, death and taxes.

Spin Zone / Re: Trump arrested
« on: March 27, 2023, 07:44:19 AM »
  I replied to you and asked a direct question.  No insults, just a direct question.  You have no answer, so you threw it back and accused "insult!".   This is pretty much in line with the leftist, when they are questioned their favorite reply is "racist!" or even "Nazi!", which of course is their way of avoiding a discussion.

  So with that, you're right in line, no surprise.

I have no desire for social intercourse with a bully.  None.  I had far too much interaction with your type in high school.  You really can go fuck yourself up the ass with a Lucille.

Spin Zone / Re: Where is everyone?
« on: April 12, 2022, 11:54:37 AM »
You guys chased off everyone who wasn't part your groupthink, now all you have is your echo chamber.  Enjoy.

Spin Zone / Re: sorryantivaxxer
« on: November 30, 2021, 09:36:51 AM »
And the perfesser does yet another drive by posting then flees.  Same shit, different day.

If I post all the time you guys bitch that I'm destroying your little echo chamber.  I lay one on now and again you bitch about drive by.  Make up your microscopic little excuse for a mind.

I'm of two minds on this.  I don't like losing my secret identity, on the other hand Luciferase did me a pretty big solid by advertising my books and has my thanks.  The first two were published by a small firm in Northern California, Stationery Flight was the better seller by far, which is a pity.  I feel On Folded Wings is a far better book for a lot of reasons.  These weren't best sellers, but the publishers were really happy with Stationery Flight.  It sold enough for a couple years expenses on the airplane, and someone even made a kit from it.

My newest is a big disappointment.  It isn't selling at all, despite my efforts at publicizing it.  I was working on a sequel, but my efforts have diminished.  Writing a book isn't difficult at all, getting someone to take on all the risk of publishing it is. I thought self publishing on Amazon would be the ticket, but obviously my publishers were doing something I didn't see, since they sold way more books than I.  I don't even make any more money than when I published with them.

My departmental CV doesn't list all my scientific publications.  If you look on my author page on Amazon it does though, at least for now. I just pasted my CV there because I didn't feel like writing anything at the time, perhaps I will.

Pilot Zone / Re: What if pilots have bad vaccine reactions while flying?
« on: October 21, 2021, 10:48:56 AM »
Acyclovir and valcyclovir work really great against viral cold sores. My understanding is they somehow interfere with the virus’s ability to reproduce but I’ve no idea exactly how. Do either of you know anything about that or whether they could work against covid?  Maybe famcyclovir is in that same category?

They're a class of drugs called base analogs.  Acycloguanosine, or acyclovir, is converted by a viral enzyme called thymidine kinase to a form that can bind the viral DNA polymerase.  It can't be put into a DNA molecule, so it gums up the DNA polymerase and like Peter said, terminates DNA synthesis preventing the virus from replicating itself.  Thymidine Kinase is only found in Herpes viruses, so the drugs only work for Herpes virus infections.  Thymidine Kinase is a frequent target of drug interactions, Fialouracil (FIAU), gancyclovir and their derivatives all target the thymidine kinase gene.

Forgive my ignorance, does it only interfere in viral DNA only or does it interfere in all one’s other DNA trying to replicate?

Because of the involvement of the thymidine kinase enzyme the action of these drugs is specific to the herpesvirus infected cells.

Accident Review/Never Again (I hope..) / Re: 177RG Lake Havasu
« on: October 11, 2021, 06:47:29 AM »
That engine had experienced a lot of recent work, and probably wasn't developing full power. Ive read he took the whole runway for takeoff and wasn't climbing.  How long do you wait when things aren't looking right?

Pilot Zone / Re: Air Wagner - he’s back
« on: October 06, 2021, 10:24:22 AM »
That must have been one hell of a bounce!

It was a really hard one.  I think it was assisted by the uneven nature of the airstrip, but I honestly at this point can't really say what I did or what caused it. I have to one advantage that no matter how badly I land I can say it wasn't my worst one.

Truth be told I have a much better intuitive feel for the aircraft these days, can usually tell when it's going to go the way I want and when not.  Haven't bounced at all in a couple years.

Pilot Zone / Re: Air Wagner - he’s back
« on: October 05, 2021, 06:08:09 AM »
If you're too shitty of a pilot to put your own gear down, maybe you shouldn't be starting threads calling other people's errors out. Pot calling the kettle black and all.
A buddy mine geared up his Mooney, destroyed it.  He didn't forget jack squat, some mechanic "fixed" his gear so it didn't work right.  He broke off the Johnson bar trying to lower the gear.

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