Archive for the 'Blogging' Category


Just a Test to see if I can bring this blog back from the dead

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Here’s a nice picture:



I’m about to upgrade WordPress

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

I hope my blog survives this process.

Comments still broken. What’s this ‘security code’ thing?

update: Comments might be working. Maybe.


I’m Back from the dead!

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Problems after an upgrade to WordPress shut down this blog for the last ten days or so.

Thanks to the staff at Powweb I’m back on line. Right now comments are moderated disabled until I can get my Captcha working again. Captcha is working again! I got a ton of comment span after just a few hours without it.

At this moment I’m enjoying a Saturday in beautiful Rockport Texas. Regular posting will resume shortly.


Now with WordPress 2.2!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

I’ve upgraded to WordPress 2.2 from version 1.5.

How do I look?


Another Navigator Blog

Thursday, August 17th, 2006


I found a good blog, with the bonus that it is written by another former F-4 navigator and current computer geek. 

He has done some great original reporting on the recent pro-terror marches in Washington DC, complete with many pictures.

Don’t walk, run to Conservative Propaganda.


Wasted away in Margaritaville

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Wasted away in Margaritaville

Originally uploaded by Terry_Lea.

Terry Lea from Flickr listed me as contact. I was very flattered, she has some fairly unique pictures on her Flickr page. I liked this one a lot.


An Instructor Pilot’s Blog

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Here’s a blog that is going to be very popular if the author keeps it up: ChicPilot . She’s a brand new Air Force Pilot training instructor, having just spit out of the pipeline and in to her very first ‘real job’ in the service. She is certainly entering one of the most interesting and exciting periods of her life. She’s probably a little disappointed to be a “First Assignment IP” since she came out of the fighter track in undergraduate pilot training. I’m sure she’ll overcome that disappointment and become an effective instructor. She will have a great deal of responsiblity very early in her career compared to her friends who went to fighters. Hat tip to Dennis at hangar view for the link.

I’m of two minds when I see a journal like this one. Its a pleasure to read about the experiences of the fine young people who are in the today’s military. Its very interesting to read about life in today’s Air Force.

On the other hand, I worry that one of the ass-kissing, back-stabbing bean counters who infest the Air Force will see her blog as opportunity to gain brownie points by causing the author trouble.

I hope Chic Pilot has a chance to talk to Hacker, who I think is also at Columbus in the AT-38s, about the time his journal caused the OSI to kick down his door early one morning.



Friday, July 14th, 2006

I’ve added a few new blogs and podcasts to my routine lately:

InstaPinch is an interesting blog. The author is a former F-14 naval flight officer, currently serving in the Naval Reserves. He’s a right wing Wacko like me, and he links to a lot sites that I’d miss otherwise. He also writes a bit about his time in the cockpit. His job in the F-14 was somewhat similar to mine in the F-4 and F-111, but not as glorious.

Pinch leads me to Neptunus Rex, another squid blog. Rex is I think older than average for a blogger, almost as old as me I suspect. He’s still on active duty and I think he may be an O-6 (Navy Captain). He’s a very eloquent writer, he reminds a bit of Admiral Dan Gallery‘s style.

Desert Odyssey is a blog by an Air Force Major, I think he is a pilot training instructor now. His blog started as a more or less traditional ‘MilBlog’, but its a bit more personal now. He’s another excellent writer.

I’ve gone ahead and linked to M1EK’s Bake-Sale of Bile. I’ve been following M1ek’s blog for a while now. I am 100% certain that if I’ll like M1ek if ever I met him in person. I often disagree with him, and have argued with him in his comments from time to time. His posts are often insightful, and even if you disagree you have to give him credit for presenting nuggets of useful insight, even though the nuggets often float in a bowl of bile.

You have to give M1ek a lot of credit for blog truth-in-titling. He really is running a Bake Sale of Bile. His blog persona is in permanent state of outrage. He is forever upset about one thing or the other, usually having to do with the way Austin manages its land use and transportation. I have a theory about the root cause of his bile problem.

M1ek suffers from what I have come to think of as “Hillary’s Frustration Syndrome”. You know how when you see pictures of Hillary! that she’s always looks disgruntled. When she smiles it looks forced, and if she’s not doing the talking she’s probably scowling at the speaker. I think this is because Hillary! is continually frustrated that she isn’t running the world. In her heart of hearts she knows that if she were queen then all the trains would run on time, so why don’t these stupid people just step aside and defer to her superior intelligence?

M1ke doesn’t suffer to the same degree as Hillary!, but he’s got at least a mild case of this pathology. He is a big believer in top down command planning of the local economy in the form of rules, strict zoning, huge capital projects, and winner-picking. We have a lot of that in Austin, at least by Texas standards. M1ke’s frustration comes I think from the fact that Austin’s Command Authority isn’t M1ke. He gets frustrated when their commands differ from the True Path as defined by M1ke. He’s never forgiven Austin for not running an underground monorail from his front door to the University of Texas Main Building. And if you don’t live in sight of the UT tower or the Capital, then in his world you just don’t deserve to live.

Despite the bile, if you live in Austin to ought to read M1ke. He’s fun in his own grumpy way.

In the course of my recent thinking about cars and energy I’ve stumbled on theWatt, a blog and podcast from Canada about energy issues. It’s kind of a lefty site, but the guys who run it are not crazy. I’m not sure of their backgrounds, but I’m pretty sure they have some engineering background because they use a lot of numbers. I don’t think they like President Bush much, but they do not suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome. It is in fact a pleasure to listen to left wing people who are not hate crazed, who have a grasp of science, and offer positive suggestions for improvement. Recommended.


I’m not a podfadder!

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

I’m not a pod fadder. It’s been a long time since my last podcast, but I have an excuse.

I’ve had recorder malfunctions twice now. In the first one I pluged the patch cord into the earphone jack. And then last night I recorded a very nice podcast while flying solo to regain my night landing currency. The only problem was that for some reason the recorder recorded only the radio, not my commentary. I can only assume that the audio panel may have been in the ‘pilot isolate’ position. But I swear I heard myself speaking to myself.

In any case, I haven’t podfadded, and there will be more podcasts Real Soon Now.


Recording Setup

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

My Aircraft Intercom Recording Setup

I’ve had several people ask me how I record aircraft audio for my podcasts.

Here is my setup. I use a Video Recorder Adapter Cable (#JB-22) from Arizona Aviation Supplies. I plug the male plug on this adapter into the headset socket on the aircraft. I plug the mini-plug on the adapter into my IRiver T30 input jack.

My aircraft headset jack (not shown) plugs into the 1/4″ female socket on the adapter cable.

This setup will record all the aircraft intercom audio coming out of the aircraft headset jack. It only records when the intercomm is operating.

The T30 has a line input setting which works well. At the default ‘medium’ quality seting the device will record 5 1/2 hours of audio.

The downside to the T30 is that its user interface isn’t entirely obvious. A user interface geek would say that it lacks ‘affordance’. It took me a while to figure out to get it into record mode, its easy to get it wrong.

I use the open source Audacity software to edit my podcasts.

Speaking of podcasts, I’ll have another one up real soon now.