Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Good Dry Fire Training Product - Ring's Blue Magazines

Just got an excellent product for more dry fire practice.

They're Rings Blue Gun Training Magazine for the HK P30.

Fit and finish of the blue magazines is quite good. They fit the P30 perfectly and match real magazines in fit and feel, and they insert and drop free just like the functional magazines.

The rear of the blue mag even has the molding of the round count markings in the right spot as well as the zipper weld seen on the actual HK magazines, which is a nice touch.

They're good as using blue mags for dry fire practice reloads reduces wear on the rather expensive HK P30 magazines from hitting the floor.

They're also good as they're yet another safety tool in preventing the risk of a live magazine being inadvertently inserted during dry fire practice. Any steps that reduce the chance of unwanted holes in things is always a good thing. Rings also makes blue magazines for quite a few other pistols and they're well worth looking into.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Using The Internet To Shop For Illegal Substances Is Not A Good Idea

Apparently one fellow's bright idea to get drugs is to order a synthetic opiod from China on the "dark web".

He then takes some and promptly dies.

When your street-side pharmacist is now located a few thousand miles away, there's not much opportunity to complain about the product nor to check on the reputation of the provider.

The Detroit Free Press: White Lake man, 19, dies from injecting 'dark web' opioids

“Labs in Asia make this stuff and sell it,” McNulty said. “People have no idea what they’re actually getting and shooting up; there’s a lot of this synthetic stuff around and it's very dangerous.”

No kidding. The buyer had no idea about the reputability of the manufacturer, the product is being bought clandestinely, and there is no guarantee as to what is even in the powder you're about to place in your body or if it is even what you think it is.

What could possibly go wrong with that plan?

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Dumb Clowns Getting Closer

The Detroit News: Armed clown allegedly chases teen in West Bloomfield

A panicked 17-year-old thought he was being chased by an armed clown in West Bloomfield Township when he banged on a stranger’s door to ask for help, police said.

. . .

“He said he was running from a clown that was chasing after him with a knife,” Lawson said.

The teen told investigators he was jogging along Pontiac Trail when he heard someone run through the woods toward him.

Pontiac Trail is getting a little too close for comfort, considering I've walked along there myself and often drive over there as there's a very nice nature trial good for walking the dog and enjoying a long walk outdoors.

Apparently that's the 4th clown incident in West Bloomfield.

Monday’s incident was the fourth clown encounter in the township in about two weeks, Lawson said.

“Although it appears most of these incidents are pranks, there’s a potential that there’s going to be a negative outcome and someone is going to feel threatened and feel the need to defend themselves,” Lawson said. “That’s our biggest concern right now.”

No kidding. Nothing good is going to come out of masked clowns threatening people with knives, whether the knives are real or not.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Surveys Say That Most Great Whites Prefer Free Range Organic

But some won't mind a caged snack every now and then.

The Guardian: Great white smashes through shark cage during diving trip – video

That's one of the great things about diving the Great Lakes - no Great White sharks.

Flying Lesson #82 - Flying Like A Teepee and A Wigwam

Beautiful day, only a minor 5 knot direct crosswind.

Ray is out of town so I decided to take a lesson with Henry, another instructor at the flight school.

I did the preflight and then talked with Henry for a bit and went over short field procedures and his approach is different from Ray's.

Of course, Henry doesn't know where I am flying wise so we departed to the Northeast after taxiing out.

Once out, we went over some basic stick and rudder skills and I felt all over the damn place and didn't quite get what he was getting at originally. But with some practice I started doing ok and improved somewhat.

Then we came in and did a landing which again was kinda flat and it wasn't the best pattern I've done. We taxi'd off the runway and I thought we were done and had told the tower we would be heading back to the flight school, but he called and said we'd be taxiing again.

So we did and took off and went around the pattern, and were almost directed into another Cessna by the controller which was pretty messed up if I say so myself. He had the other Cessna do a 360 and then cancelled it and had us do an extended downwind so as we came downwind the other Cessna was coming out of his cancelled 360 into the downwind head on which was not a good thing. When you can see their prop and the pilot's face you're a bit too close for comfort. We got outta the way and then after the downwind got directed to turn base so it was a long final approach.

Then a good on glidepath essentially short field descent and amazingly landed so perfectly the plane went from flying to rolling on the ground, no squeak, no bump nothing. I didn't even know we had landed it was so subtle.

I did it but I was so tight on the controls I sure wasn't enjoying it and didn't even notice we had touched down yet, and that was the lesson.

Oh a teepee and a wigwam you're asking? I'm flying too damn tense.

1.2 and 2 landings.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

UNESCO Beclowns Itself

On the day after Yom Kippur, in a decision akin to announcing today that the earth is flat or that the Titanic is unsinkable, UNESCO has decided to declare that the Temple Mount and Western Wall have no connection to Judaism.

The Jerusalem Post: UNESCO votes: No connection between Temple Mount and Judaism

Denying 3,000 years of history to push an anti-Semitic, pro-palestinian agenda is hardly going to lead to a just result. Instead reinforces the truth that the UN is not an honest broker for peace, and it further reveals that the Arabs and their supporters in the UN still are pushing not for peaceful co-existence, but for denying historical and archaeological facts and advocating, supporting and moving for the elimination of Jews and Judaism from the Land of Israel and Jerusalem in particular.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Flying Lesson #81 - Crosswind Practice

It was a beautiful day with clear skies.

N73455 was in the shop for the brake problem from Saturday so it was time to fly N757MK.

Winds should have been 8 knots out of 135, meaning we would use Runway 9L.

Initial takeoff was fine, but it was soon apparent that the winds were going to blown stronger than 8 knots and shift around to make life more interesting.

Adding to the fun, the Attitude indicator decided to go on the fritz and was rolling around like a bobble-head. You don't need it for VFR flight, but it is handy when you're getting blown all over the place and helps to keep your turns at the proper amount of degrees. So horizon and turn coordinator it was.

We decided to get some crosswind practice done in the pattern.

Overall, while I was landing a bit flat, it wasn't too bad. Ray thinks I'm just getting ahead of myself procedures-wise and just need to slow down a bit. He figures it should all click for me eventually.

The wind continued to not only pickup but produce some really annoying rollers that kept trying to roll the plane over, and lots of pushes from the wind were experienced. It wasn't that it was a crazy strong crosswind, but it would gust at inopportune times and rollers kept coming out of nowhere to make it not very pleasant in the pattern and rather hard to fly a proper pattern.

After a few landings, Ray called it as it was getting kinda nasty out and not conducive to practice.

That's .9 and 7 landings.

Play Stupid Clown Games, Win Stupid Prizes

Sure enough, some clowns have been getting their comeuppance recently.

I had predicted (which was rather obvious) that wearing a mask and going around scaring people wouldn't end well for the masked idiots. Thanks to reader JoeMama, we have a report that one clown has indeed experienced such a comeuppance. The Daily Mail: Creepy clown gets beat up with a baseball bat when he tries to scare a group of friends hanging out in their car

Scaring strangers by putting on a clown mask and approaching them generally isn't the smartest idea. Basically, scaring strangers in an uncontrolled environment is never a good idea as you don't know how they will react.

It also can lead to criminal charges:

Two eighteen year olds in Michigan wearing clown masks and carrying a bat who chased some 14 year old teenagers and were caught, arrested and appropriately charged with disorderly conduct.

While the current creepy clown craze may be mainly overplayed hysteria, idiots like these aren't helping, and this isn't "reality" television where the scares are either safely conducted or dramatized for TV in a controlled situation.

While scaring your friends may be all well and good, scaring strangers who aren't in on the joke can lead to some pretty bad results.

One day some stupid clown prankster is going to have a weapon in hand and try and scare a stranger and the stranger will have a response that will be something like this:

That's not going to end well for the clown.

It's also not going to be pleasant for the person who ends up shooting in the reasonable belief that their life is being threatened by a masked person advancing on them with a weapon. While it will likely be legally justifiable, having to shoot someone even justifiably is a majorly traumatic situation, and the clown idiots will have forced a normal person to shoot them with all the trauma that involves over their attempted attack/scare game/bad joke.

The people the clowns are scaring aren't in on the joke, (assuming it is a joke and not an attempted at armed robbery or other criminal conduct under the guise of a joke), and the clowns are causing them to have a reasonable and justifiable belief that they're about to be threatened with deadly force. What could possibly go wrong?

Sunday, October 09, 2016

No Flying This Weekend

Saturday I showed up at the airport. Winds were gusting nicely but it promised a good lesson with some challenging crosswinds, especially so when watching the aircraft coming in for landing hitting a roller on final.

Unfortunately, it was not to be.

First the plane was put of fuel and even though Ray had called for fuel before I got there, it took over an hour from his call for the fuel truck to show up.

Then after engine start and then arriving at the runup area we found the right brake was practically non-existent.

So no flying for me, ah well.