gyrocopter and continued wrong ravings

Cute, but not life enhancing.

Rob of Nine, may he find a level of hell to make hotter, has introduced my family to a ridiculous card game called Munchkin. The game attempts to provide the ‘Dungeon Experience’ (ie, Dungeons and Dragons, not the ‘nails and lashes’ type) in card game format. It includes such things as the Boots of Butt Kicking and the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment in the Armoury, and The Potted Plant as an enemy. I lost all my cards in the first hand and came in, as you might say, a distant fourth. Paul, despite being the most cursed individual in Munchkin history, still managed to win.

Katie at Dax’s – responded with horror when I told her I was coming to get her at noon. Dax not answering my email about spending the night over here for a change.

Paul and John, having finally obtained the Holy Grail of the right ****ing part for the Beemer, are about to strap the thing back together, not that the riding weather this day will be much good.

Read the airplane accident reports in COPA magazine this morning, and there is something so unintentionally amusing in there that I am going to copy it, and since it’s a government report, I will mention that the copyright does belong to Transport Canada, Transportation Safety Board. Data is preliminary and subject to change. I have made small edits for brevity.

An RAF 2000 amateur built gyroplane left Medicine Hat AB on a pleasure flight. Following a normal climb to approximately 250 feet above ground, the gyroplane began to lose altitude. The pilot confirmed that the airspeed, engine rpm and rotor rpm indications were normal for a climb configuration; however, the gyroplane continued to descend, and a forced landing was performed on 10th Avenue in the southwest corner of the city. (Editor’s note. Oops.)

There was no damage to the gyroplane and the pilot and passenger were uninjured. The winds were reported as north at 15 to 25 knots and the temperature was approximately 15 degrees Celsius. The take-off had been accomplished towards the South Saskatchewan River valley, located about one mile to the north, and the anticipated rate of climb was 200 to 250 feet per minute. The wind and terrain conditions were such that the gyroplane may have entered the downdraft side of a wave of air flowing over the south bank of the river valley, which exceeded the climb capability of the aircraft. (Editor’s note; Paul, an experienced glider pilot, made a face when he heard this. “May have?” But the best is yet to come….)

The pilot taxied the gyroplane back to the airport, with a police escort, following the incident.

And that’s when I cracked up. I woulda paid money to see that.

Paul has his game face on. Must go clean things.

The news….
2005-03-19— Posted by: allegra

The balloon has gone up.

There has been a presentation on Peak Oil in Congress.