I tried

I tried to give “FBI” on CBS one more chance……but I hadda stop watching.

THis one was about Nuclear Power plants….and the errors to make the plot work were….huge.

Plus, I think the intelligence level of the target audience is about 85…with a 9th grade education.

(and, the writing sucked and the acting was….marginal)

As an engineer with some small level of technical training (but a broad, if not deep, level of knowledge), I find shows like this…. poorly written and (obviously) done without a technical consultant of any kind….to be painful to watch. 

But, seriously, if this “New! Hit! Series!!” is aimed at a mainstream audience (or, God help us, a new Millennial audience) then we, as a nation, are circling the rim.

I think I’m gonna have to change my routine and find something else to do on Tuesday nights..,

Short field practice:

Spozed to be winds of less than 10 knots for when I had scheduled the airplane.

and they were….but the occasional (mostly not too “Occasional” though) gusts to 24 made me rethink that.  On the other hand, it ain’t like I will never encounter gusty wind conditions…But I didn’t wanna waste my money and not learn anything.

However, in the end, I went up with an instructor and (mostly) hit my marks…. Crosswind shortfield landings in gusty conditions are a challenge though.


Buying a used airplane is kinda like shopping for used car….in craigslist/want ads….only a LOT more expensive and with even more deceptive advertising and creatively done photographs. The dealers are just as much liars as the private individuals…

It might well be worth going through a broker and paying him/her a fee to find what I am looking for.

Gotta wonder:

So I was watching TV Tuesday evening, and happened to catch the opening scenes of the “New Hit Series!” on CBS….”FBI”.

The scene was about a shooter. A sniper. In NYC.

And the character’s speculations about the gun used tell me that they believe that most of their audience has never held a rifle and has never read a gun magazine.

Are the majority of Americans that truly ignorant of rifles in general?

Or is it just writing by east coast urbanites trying to explain the plot details to themselves?

I hate Emoji’s

and I think they are one of the stupidest things the cell phone industry has come up with. They are a poor and childish embellishment to a basic communication.

I am only slightly less derisive of those who use them regularly in their conversations via text.

Most of us aren’t 7th grade girls, we shouldn’t act like it.

Time to Grow Up. Act your age, 


I really hate folks who falsely advertise products on the web.

It’s not like I’m not gonna see those flaws when I come to buy it.

Waste of my time, and theirs.

The Cherokees don’t care

But Lizzy Warren keeps pushing it, cause she knows we all know she was lying about her connection to the indian nations just to get special treatment at the university… a

She did (finally) take a DNA test…which was, as we expected, inconclusive anyway..
(ETA: Apparently she is less indian than the average white American citizen)

And the Cherokee nation stated:

“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America. Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is prove. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”

– Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr.