Well, Sure, Why Not?
There are two things that I know that most of my readers will like: ukulele music or hawt anime chix0rz. "But Wonderduck," I hear you cry, "why ukuleles?" Why, indeed? Well, sez I, it's my blog and this is what I want to post tonight.
Kaiser Chiefs and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain "Ruby"
And if that wasn't enough? Hawt anime chix0r:
-Amagami SS, ep08 Don't say I never gave you nuthin'.
UPDATE: Because I realized that this band is horribly unrepresented here at The Pond, allow me to introduce you to a group that you've never heard of. Lady and Gentlemen, for your listening entertainment, Moxy Fruvous:
Steven, as far as I know the guys in Moxy write their own stuff. If they lifted the melody of KoS from someplace, I don't know about it.
Moxy is a strange little band. They aren't an acapella group at all, though they do fantastic acapella (their cover of the Bee Gee's Gotta Get A Message To You is simply amazing); they're not a rock band, though they can rock with the best of them (Splatter Splatter, for example); if anything I'd call them a folk group, but that's hardly broad enough for their repertoire.
Unfortunately, I never got to see them live. The Librarian introduced me to Moxy just as they were releasing their last album and breaking up. Fortunately, I discovered a whole raft of band-approved live concert recordings that were put up at the Internet Archive. Those got me through the Ga-Rei Zero series of posts...
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 01, 2010 05:53 PM (blg68)
Oh No, Not Again As you may remember, a couple weeks back I had a tooth pulled. I'm pleased to report that it has healed very well, and other than a bit of soreness for the first couple of days the extraction site has troubled me not at all.
A week ago, I woke up with an intense pain in my mouth... on the side of my jaw opposite the extracted tooth. A visit to the dentist and a X-ray later, a massive cavity was discovered. Turns out this one went in from between two teeth, which explains why it didn't bother me until it hurt like the dickens. Dr Tooth gave me two options: a $4000 root canal that didn't have the greatest chances of succeeding, or another extraction.
I get the tooth out on Friday. Sunuvabeechmartin.
At least it doesn't hurt all the time. Just when, y'know, something hot or cold hits it. I should be able to make it that long.
When I was in Air Force intel school, they gave us a mnemonic for a method of IDing ships. Similar to the WEFT method for aircraft recognition (wings-engine-fuselage-tail), it gave you the main features to look for and compare when trying to ID the target.
I'm pretty sure that the ship mnemonic was MAST. However, I'm damned if I can remember what all the letters stood for... Main hull-Armament-Superstructure and T____? I haven't been able to find the MAST method on the internet either.
Like Steven, I first checked the escort carriers, but that overhang at the stern and the size/shape of the island didn't match. I then checked the US light carriers; these looked similar in overall size, but again the shape of the stern was wrong.
Then I checked the aircraft on the aft flight deck. Those sure looked like roundels on the wings, and the US Navy started painting the bottoms of their carrier planes dark blue fairly soon after Midway, as I recall. That led me to the Brits.
Posted by: Siergen at August 29, 2010 01:26 AM (WLKpA)
Damn Siergen beat me to it, I recognised HMS Unicorn straight away. She was built as a maintenance carrier but ended up being the inspiration for the colossus and majestic class light carriers, some of which were still in use in the 90's
Posted by: Andy Janes at August 29, 2010 02:50 PM (vdxg1)
Pocky Ninjas! Flushed with the excitement of a successful hunt, the Pocky Ninjas pose with their latest victory. Many had fallen to their stealthy ways, and many more would fall in the future, but this one was their greatest conquest.
To be sure, the Pocky Ninjas always believed their most recent triumph to be their greatest, for they had great respect for their prey. They were aware that there were those that thought their views to be anachronistic in these modern days. Many rivals scoffed at them behind their backs they knew, but they paid the nattering no mind: none save the infamous Yam-Yam Pirates could boast a string of victories nearly as long as theirs, and the Pirates still had quite a ways to go before they could be considered "equals."
If you wonder, late at night, where all your tasty cream-covered biscuit sticks have gone to, it's a sure bet that the Pocky Ninjas have paid you a visit. You will never notice until it's too late, and there's nothing you can do to stop them.
Like the USS Hammann, there was nothing particular special about the USS Shaw (DD-373). Just one destroyer in a fleet with dozens similar to her, really.
Laid down in 1934 as the tenth of the Mahan-class of destroyers, she weighed in around 1500 tons. Armed with five 5"/38 guns and a whopping 12 torpedo tubes, there was no question that she was quite able to fight other ships her size, and with a top speed of 35kts she could outrun many of the ships she couldn't stand toe-to-toe with. None of these numbers, however, made her different than any other destroyer in the US Navy. She joined the Pacific fleet in 1940 after her shakedown cruise, training and overhaul. In November of 1941, she found herself at Pearl Harbor, in a floating drydock for the sort of repairs that any ship needs after a while.
It wasn't until December 7th, 1941 that she became famous, thanks to one picture. The Shaw, hit by three bombs probably meant for the USS Nevada,
was set ablaze. While the crew attempted to extinguish the fires, it
was quickly realized that the attempt was doomed to failure and abandon
ship was called at 0925. Five minutes later, her forward magazines exploded.
After seeing this photograph, one could be excused for thinking that the Shaw was destroyed, in much the same way as the USS Arizona. Indeed, for some 30 years I just assumed that was the case. In fact, it wasn't.
The explosion severed the Shaw's bow completely and to be honest, fairly neatly... at least as far as that sort of thing goes. It also sank the floating drydock she was in (YFD-2, in case you were wondering), which went a long way towards extinguishing her fires.
If you'll direct your attention towards the top of this picture, you'll see just how dramatically she was truncated... as if an axe amputated everything forward of her bridge structure. If you look at the bottom of the picture, you'll see the Cassin and the Downes just forward of the battleship Pennsylvania. In fact, the sole Pearl Harbor survivor I've met served on the Downes. But I digress.
Someone had the bright idea that the Shaw, bifurcated though she was, could be repaired. Refloated, fitted with a wooden bow and fixed up enough to be able to sail on her own, she steamed off to San Francisco. There, she was "placed under the anchor" and refit with a replacement bow.
By the end of August, 1942, 68 years ago, the USS Shaw returned to Pearl Harbor, a ship whole again. She served through the rest of the war in the Pacific, making her presence felt at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Saipan, and Luzon. She was decommissioned on October 2nd, 1945 and stricken from the Navy List two days later. She was scrapped in 1946, ending what could only be called an eventful life.
USS Shaw, 1945
Again, congrats to flatdarkmars for being the first to guess the Shaw's identity. Per his request, there will be another mystery coming soon!
The US probably also still had the drydock capacity to do the installation and repairs at that time. In 1944, US drydocks would have been crowded to capacity both with American and Allied ships needing overhaul and repairs.
Of course, we are talking about a US that in 1941, before it entered the war, laid down 85 destroyers, taking an average of 6 months to complete each one (And depending on which yard you are talking about, a destroyer would be completed in 4 months.). That is slightly under half the destroyers built by Japan between 1921 and 1945.
What really mystifies me is why Cassin and Downes had their machinery reused in new hulls. I can understand reusing the reduction gears, but the rest of the engineering plant would not have been identical to what the likely hulls would have been designed for.
Posted by: cxt217 at August 25, 2010 10:57 AM (f834w)
>"I know it's got to happen, but it's always sad to see pictures of great old fighting ships being prepared for salvage."
Very true, although in this particular picture she's actually preparing for re-construction after being grievously wounded at Pearl.
It took me a while to get this one; I couldn't figure out what *type* of ship it was supposed to be, but I kept thinking it looks sort of like a destroyer but with a strange, crude bow and no forward superstructure. It took me a while to convince myself that the simplest explanation was actually the correct one. Based on the shape of the funnels, I started looking for records of Mahan-class destroyers that had been severely damaged (at first I was thinking rammed or torpedoed), and that's how I came across the Shaw. In hindsight, I remember having read about the Shaw's destruction, but had not realized the extent of the efforts made to salvage her. So I enjoyed this challenge because I learned something new in the process of figuring out the answer.
Posted by: flatdarkmars at August 24, 2010 10:37 AM (zxqxC)
The life of a destroyer is never a glamorous one. Big enough to be a target but small enough to easily die, the destroyer's main job is to protect bigger, more important, ships from those that would attempt to harm them.
The USS Hammann (DD-412) was the fourth of the Sims-class of destroyers, commissioned in 1939. 2200 tons at full load, her twin screws could push her 348 foot length through the water at 35kts. She was armed with four 5"/38 guns and eight torpedo tubes, a common enough armament for a pre-war destroyer. She also carried a few .50cal machineguns. In comparison to what DDs would carry just a few years later, that seems a light load of weapons, but nobody really knew the threat aircraft posed at the time.
The Hammann was to be blessed (or cursed) with an active, but short, life. She was assigned to Task Force 17 and served as the plane guard destroyer for the USS Lexington at the Battle of the Coral Sea. She also collected many of her crew when the time came to evacuate the carrier.
The Hammann backs away, decks crowded with Lexington crew.
The Lex explodes. The Hammann's bow is to the left, the arrow points to the USS Yorktown.
After the Coral Sea, the Hammann escorted the damaged USS Yorktown in her dash back to Pearl Harbor. While the Yorktown underwent a crash repair program, Hammann replenished in preparation for the Battle of Midway.
We all know what happened there. The hastily repaired Yorktown took three bombs and two torpedoes and ended up dead in the water. Again the Hammann rescued survivors from an abandoned carrier, this time transferring them to a larger ship. On June 6th, 1942, the destroyer pulled alongside the Yorktown to provide power, hoses and pumping for firefighting efforts. While alongside, the Japanese submarine I-168, taking advantage of lousy acoustic conditions, slipped inside the destroyer screen surrounding the crippled carrier and loosed four torpedoes at her. One missed. Two went beneath the destroyer, striking the carrier. And one slammed into the side of the Hammann. Her back broken, the Hammann jackknifed and sank in four minutes.
The Hammann's stern portion goes down
Most of her crew ended up in the water, surprised but alive. The destroyer, however, seemed to have other plans for her men. Shortly after she went down, a massive underwater explosion occurred when her depth charges detonated. This is somewhat odd, as the man in charge of them says that they had been safed. Some have said that her boilers exploded. Either way, the concussion from the explosion snuffed out the lives of 80 of her 192 crew.
There was nothing particularly special about the USS Hammann. Just another destroyer in a fleet that had dozens... hundreds... of them. But circumstances put her alongside the first two American carriers lost during WWII, and nothing but horrible luck made her the first American loss at the Battle of Midway. She earned two battle stars for her service, and her captain, Commander Arnold True, was awarded the Navy Cross for his work at Midway.
As you, the intelligent, erudite, well-spoken and cultured reader of The Pond, are aware, I had a small portion of my skeletal system yanked out of my head yesterday. With the appointment at three in the afternoon, I had plenty of time to become jittery as is my wont.
So in an attempt to sooth my fears, I decided to take some photos of Wanderduck, the rubber duckie that goes to interesting places with me, and is, in fact, the duck that appeared in the post just previous to this one.
Alas, it turned out that my nerves ruined both my sense of composition and my muscle control, for only one picture turned out to be good AND not blurred.
I'm not sure how or when Wanderduck joined the flock; certainly he's been around for quite some time. He went with me when I had a tooth removed back in March of 2008, he made the trip to New Mexico (though I fear those pictures are lost), visited Courtesy Aircraft, so on and so forth. It's only been just recently that I've begun calling him Wanderduck, though.
Anyway, this post is about all that I have the mental energy for today. Sooner or later, there will be actual content here.
I'm currently at the Old Home Pond, totally clear-headed as they didn't put me under general anesthetic to yank the offending tooth. Instead, they used Nitrous Oxide gas. It worked, I didn't particularly care what was going on while they dug around, but whoo-doggie I do not think I like Nitrous all that much. It was unpleasantly like being drunk... and if you don't think that's an unpleasant feeling, ask a glass of water.*
So, yeah, I'm drooling and bleeding all over the place but for now, all is well. So far. I think.
*Joke blatantly stolen from one of them-there Douglas Adams novels.
Oh yes, yes they used a local. Two shots, one on the outside of the gums, one on the inside, after the whole gumline was hit with a spread-on topical. To be honest, the stick on the outside was the most painful part of the whole thing. The pain followed a distinct path from the upper-left bicuspid to the outside point of my left eye, then straight up to my hairline. Dr A apologized, saying that he "must have hit the nerve." My response, rendered nearly unintelligible by the bite-block holding my jaws open, still managed to burn off the wallpaper opposite me.
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 16, 2010 09:06 PM (iJfPN)
Nitrous oxide is the most wonderful thing to have when you're getting dental work done. It makes you not care about anything. The dentist could use Semtex to blast the tooth out and you'd be too busy admiring the way the wallpaper (the unburned part) seems to move even to care about it.
*BLAM* "WTF was that? Who cares? I'm tripping balls!!!"
Glad the yanking went okay. Follow his post-procedure advice; believe me you don't want to get the condition known as "dry socket". That sucks almost as bad as having the tooth still there....
Posted by: Ed Hering at August 16, 2010 09:41 PM (gLbEB)
I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better, but I must admit to being a bit confused. You said that you went to a dentist, but since when do ducks have teeth?
Posted by: Siergen at August 16, 2010 10:55 PM (jMQcx)
I've never had the 'pleasure' of Nitrous, but it's been ages since I had to endure that kind of work in the dentist chair, after one unpleasant experience with a root canal some years ago I've been very very good about brushing, flossing, etc. And most of my teeth that are hard to get to are now ceramic anyways...
A minor hijack: I spent this weekend in Monterey for the Rolex Historic Motorsports Reunion. One of the race groups was 1966-1983 Formula One cars. I took a video of the group making it's first hot pass through the corkscrew which you can see here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10vF_-e20mE Hope that helps you feel better!
I have literally thousands of pictures and other videos of the event which I'd be happy to share with you, let me know.
Posted by: David at August 16, 2010 11:39 PM (rlE2m)
Ever been bitten by a duck, Siergen? No? Then don't assume there are no teeth.
David, I'm a firm believer that the Historic Motorsports events are populated by lunatics... imagine taking a 40year old car out and racing it against other 40 year old cars! Then say that there are only five of your type of car EVER MADE.
Yeah, I'd be nervous.
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 17, 2010 12:21 AM (iJfPN)
OMGosh! I take a duck to my dentist (and doctor) also because I am a big baby when it comes to that stuff. My dentist actually has a couple of rubber ducks in his office. He told me if I ever forget mine he would let me use one of his. Heehee. Hope you are feeling better
Posted by: digicolleen at August 19, 2010 12:49 PM (DUCCO)
Some Housekeeping and More Music Meme
Okay, so I'm probably not going to be around for a couple of days. I'm having a tooth pulled Monday afternoon, under general anesthetic. I'm sure that Monday night I'll be either too drugged or in too much pain to blog. Hopefully sometime Tuesday I'll be functional enough to update here.
I've had too many bad experiences with dentists to be awake for this. Hell, I went into shock during a teeth-cleaning once. It's not the pain, that's nothing... it's the tugging and the pulling and the sounds. I punched a dentist in the groinacological region once, but that was because he didn't wait long enough for the Novocaine to kick in before he poked at a cavity. The stabbing pain just caused my right arm to jerk spasmodically; I really didn't mean to. Heck, until then he was a friend of mine. We played racquetball the weekend before, for heaven's sake (he won).
So, yeah, with any luck I'll be back Tuesday.
More Music Meme featuring the letter "P":
I couldn't believe I forgot these two songs, so I had to do another post to include them.
Bonus 1): Pump Up The Volume, M/A/R/R/S
This may have been the first real hit to have been created out of nothing but samples. It's also not the song I remember (or have in my collection), but it turns out there's a reason for that. For example, at 2:14, the lyrics in the video above go "Automatic pushbutton remote control / synthetic genetic command your soul". The version I remember from my youth, and have on 45rpm single, is "Automatic systematic remote control...". There's also no samples from Wolfman Jack or James Brown on it. Turns out the video above is actually the original version of the tune, which was released in the UK. The version I'm remembering is the US version, which pulled the samples for legal reasons. Huh, who knew? Pump Up The Volume was nominated for a Grammy award in 1989 in the Best Pop Instrumental Performance category, and was M/A/R/R/S' only release.
Bonus 2): Politics of Dancing, Re-Flex
I often feel like I'm the only person in the world who remembers this band and their only (legitimately) released album. It's too bad, really, for Re-Flex should have been a lot bigger than they were. This 1983 album (of the same name as the single) is chock full of great beats, blistering hooks, clever lyrics, everything you'd want from an '80s New Wave group. It peaked at #53 here in the US, #23 in the UK, and the rumored second album never appeared.
Until 2002, that is, when the keyboardist for the band, Paul Fishman, unofficially released Humanication, and announced that a 6-CD boxset, called Re-Fuse, was going to be coming out sometime in 2010. I'm hoping it's true.
It's Music Meme Time Again
So over at Greyduck's place, it seems that he was tagged by another blogger with the following situation:
1. If youâ€™d like to play along, reply to this post and Iâ€™ll assign you a letter. 2. You then list (and upload or link to the video, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter. 3. Then, as Iâ€™m doing here, youâ€™ll post the list to your journal with the instructions.
Of course, GD came through with flying colors. Also of course, I couldn't resist a challenge of that sort so I requested a letter of my own. Grey gave me "P". Below, please find my five songs... and enjoy, won't you?
I love the Foo's, def think Dave Grohl was the most talented one in Nirvana and deserves the sucess he's had (I just got the Them Crooked Vultures CD- a collaboration between Grohl and Josh Homme from QOSTA).
I have the Andrew WK song somewhere on CD too, was wondering what happend to him so just did a quick search- apparently has done a album of J-pop covers and Gundam songs!
Oh, I'll play too!
Posted by: Andy Janes at August 14, 2010 12:53 PM (hyMZ3)
Don, since you're a member of the Order of the Honorary Duck, I give you "H", for "honorary." Enjoy!
Shawn (but not lowercase shawn), thanks for delurking! In appreciation for your efforts, you get "D".
Andy, my non-F1-fan friend, you get tapped with "L" for Lotus, the team you saw unveil their car in a shopping mall in Malaysia. In your case, though, I give you one additional rule: the first word in your titles cannot be "Love". That'd be too easy.
I look forward to everybody's efforts!
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 14, 2010 06:42 PM (iJfPN)
Oh, Andy? Andrew WK is also hosting a show called Destroy Build Destroy that shows on the Cartoon Network over here. His acting style could (charitably) be called "over the top."
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 14, 2010 06:45 PM (iJfPN)
Two (Er... THREE!) More Texan Pics
Since I find myself at a loss for things to expound about, I figured I'd throw up another couple of pictures from my trip to Courtesy Aircraft. Like this one:
It's almost like the manufacturers knew that, one day, someone would come along and want a place to put a rubber duck on the side of their plane. Oh sure, they may say it's for entering or exiting the cockpit, but I think we know better...
Another picture of radial sculpture. I have to admit though... I'm somewhat confused about why there's a penny wired into the engine:
I'm sure it's not a coincidence that the hole in the nut is exactly the right size for a penny. It's also not just a one-off, since the engine on the other Texan had the same arrangement. I just can't, for the life of me, figure out why it's there. Not that I'm an engine mechanic or anything, because I'm not. Ah well, perhaps we'll never find out. Lends an air of mystery to the whole thing.
Wonderduck Pays Courtesy A Call
You may remember back about a week or so ago, I mentioned in a comment to reader Will that the Duckford Airport was home to a warbird restoration shop. It turns out that isn't quite the case, as I got the "restoration" part incorrect. Instead, Courtesy Aircraft is a seller of classic warbirds and modern planes as well... and I was exchanging e-mails with them. After three back-and-forths, I was told I could stop in any time during business hours to look around. How cool is that?
It was a sunny afternoon as I pulled into the small parking lot next to Courtesy's hangar at the Airport. I met Darcy, Courtesy's Marketing Director, and learned what I had feared: they were actually quite busy. Turns out they had a few customers in town after their appearance at EAA AirVenture, which is good! It did mean, however, that they couldn't spare anybody to escort me around the flightline. I could stick around the hangar, I just couldn't go onto the taxiway... security, y'know. I knew, and approved, even though it meant I couldn't get any closer than this to some juicy-looking aircraft:
Two T-6 Texans, just ahead of a pair of T-28 Trojans. I gather that the high-visibility yellow-painted T-6 won a restoration award at Oshkosh sometime recently, in fact. Still, the limitation didn't mean that there wasn't anything I could get close to...
I've read a lot of stories about pilots who saw a new model plane, and said something to the effect of "If it looks fast, it'll be fast." That ain't necessarily true; the Brewster Buffalo actually had clean lines, but it wasn't a good aircraft.
Anyway, though, when I see a DC-3, I can't help but admirre the clean shape of the fusilage. Or the way the engine cowlings merge into the wing. I do think the DC-3 is one of the prettiest planes of that era, not to mention being the best single aircraft design of all time. (Them's my opinion.)
Is there any other aircraft that's been in operational use for 80 years? (well, the B-52 is getting close to that...)
It is nice to see a DC-3 that runs, and likely runs on a semi-regular basis, as well as being in such good shape.
The Henry Ford Museum has a DC-3 (it was right next to Lindbergh's <i>Spirit of St. Louis</i>, last time I visited...more than a decade ago). But that one likely hasn't left the ground (under its own power) in years.
Posted by: karrde at August 08, 2010 07:45 AM (Ujx+u)
That question intrigued me, so I went looking for an answer.
The Boeing 727 is nearing 50 years in operation, and the Piper Cherokee is past that. The Beechcraft Bonanza began to be built in 1947 and is still being made today. Cessna began construction of the 172 in 1956.
The Bonanza, by virtue of the fact that it has already gone 63 years in production, will probably hit 80 years easy. The other two civilian planes, too. The 727 probably won't, at least as far as fleet service goes (there'll always be some third-world airline that has a frankenplane 727 running somewhere).
But that's about all I could find: rare company indeed.
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 08, 2010 07:58 AM (iJfPN)
Best I can come up with is the AN-2, which has been in production since '48 (now under license to the PRC); on the civilian side there's the Beech Staggerwing (in production between '33 and '49), though that's probably stretching what you meant. The B-52, A-4, T-38 and C-130 are all mid- to late- 50s vintage designs still in service (though the A-4 was retired from US service in '03).
Great pictures, Wonderduck.
Posted by: JP Gibb at August 08, 2010 08:27 AM (S3r8/)
Very cool; I really do need to visit the aircraft museum right next to my work...
Posted by: GreyDuck at August 08, 2010 09:50 AM (7lMXI)
En-Vee, amigo. I trust you'll visit again when they aren't so busy and bring a report of that visit also...
Posted by: The Old Man at August 10, 2010 07:46 AM (+LRPE)
I worked at the Atlanta airport in the mid 70's loading cargo for Kennworthy air. They had a mixed bag of DC-3,DC-6 and C-46s they loaded for other freight services. The most unusual was the Carvair a converted DC-4 for passengers and or cars,it looked like a small 747 with props. Another rather interesting aircraft was the CL-44,a large and somewhat slick turboprop. The one aircraft I most wanted to see up close was the Connie but one never arrive when I was there.
Posted by: bouff at August 11, 2010 11:28 PM (f3+Qa)
Ah, that brings back memories.... My dad and I used to camp out at the Oshkosh fly-in each summer. The warbirds were one of my favorite parts of the show, and eventually I could tell the difference between a T-6 and an SNJ just by the sound.
It's been years since I last went to a fly-in. Maybe next year...
Posted by: Siergen at August 06, 2010 08:47 PM (jMQcx)
Curiouser And Curiouser (Updated: YAY!)
So this morning I woke up, turned on my computer and wanted to check something on my external hard drive... and got a message saying that the link I had on my desktop was null and void because it led nowhere. Hm. Well, I rebooted and when everything came back up, there wasn't a problem: there was the external HD. That'll happen.
This evening, I got home from work, turned on my computer and had the same thing occur. Hm. Reboot, and there was the HD... until suddenly, it disappeared. Wazzuh-huh? Reboot, and this time, no external hard drive at all. Oh, carp. I plugged in a flashdrive, and Chiyo-chan recognized it, no problem.
I played with the cables, checking to make sure everything was plugged in firmly, and still nothing. I tried unplugging the power brick for the HD, then plugging it back in. Nothing... except a few minutes later, it came back... for three minutes, 34 seconds. At that point in a song, it disappeared again, with this error balloon popping up:
So I ran over to the Olde Home Pond, taking the hard drive with me, and plugged it into Ph.Duck's laptop, just to make sure that it's not Chiyo-chan having a problem. No sign of life at all, just that stupid error balloon popping up repeatedly. At this point, I'm into damage control mode. Nothing irreplaceable on the drive, just 300GB of anime, six or seven seasons worth of Top Gear, and a lot of music. The music is what I'm most concerned about, because while I have a good chunk of it backed up, there's some anime OSTs that I've glommed recently... and my BakaBT ratio is low enough as it is.
So after a couple of hours chatting with Ph.Duck, I drove back to Pond Central. Once I got back home, I decided to try again. I put the HD in its normal place, plugged in the USB cable and...
...verrrrrrrrry innerestink. Very innerestink indeed. You'll note that I said I plugged in the USB cable. While, indeed, I had done so, it wasn't plugged into the hard drive. It appears that I'm getting an error message because of the cable!
Has anybody else ever had this happen to them?
UPDATE, NEXT DAY: My external HD is back! All it took was a new USB A-to-Mini B cable. I'm still a little nervous about it, but all in all I'm optimistic. And a big "Pbpbpbpbpbpbththhhhhhh" to the Geek Squad member who told me that it's "when things like (this) happen, it's never the cable." Much happy here.
I've never heard of a cable doing that. But if there's a short in the cable, connecting to two active lines together, or hooking one to the power or the ground, it would make the bus act funny and might well result in the USB chip flagging the OS with an error.
XP, newest service pack, everything but IE updated.
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 04, 2010 11:01 PM (iJfPN)
I had this happen to me quite recently. Ironically, the cable seems to work fine under ordinary circumstances - it only pops that bubble up when it's plugged into the PC but not into any device. (We do a lot of exports to USB drives which are then placed in FedEx, so it makes sense to leave the thing hooked up all the time...)
Also running XP here.
Tried it with another cable?
Posted by: Avatar at August 04, 2010 11:51 PM (pWQz4)
Av, did another cable make it not happen in your case?
I haven't yet tried a different cable... of course it's a type that doesn't match anything else in my arsenal. I'll be getting one on my way home.
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 05, 2010 07:07 AM (iJfPN)
I'm still using the same cable. I just reach down and unplug it when I'm not using it.
Posted by: Avatar at August 05, 2010 01:14 PM (pWQz4)
Sadly the cretin from Geek Squad is far from alone. I see similar problems in bug reports at work all the time, and it often takes a significant effort to persuade the reporter to get new cables (in Linux there's a famous message "error -71" which basically means "replace cables").
AirFest 2010: Thunderbirds, Run 'Em Up!(continued from the first post)
Even though I knew I was in a great position, I didn't realize until just a few minutes ago really how good it was. Here, take a look at this:
Obviously the duck isn't to scale, but that really does clear up where I was located: just over a half-mile from the end of the runway. About 100 people and myself were lined up on the east side of 251, down to about where that farm area starts. I couldn't have planned it better if I had tried... and the best part is, I DIDN'T plan it, it just worked out that way. Should have brought some sunscreen, but such is the price of spontaneity.
When I arrived, there were some acrobatic planes doing their thing. Then they finished up, and we waited for the main event to begin. And waited. And waited. I figure that the big dark cloud moving NW to SE over the airport had something to do with the delay As we were waiting, an older man and his wife pulled in. They'd driven up from Peoria, nearly four hours, to catch the show. "Your timing is great, they should be starting any minute!" No sooner had I said that when a roar came from airfield; not one of high-performance engines, but of thousands of people cheering. THEN came the loud whistling scream of six Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engines, followed closely by a cloud of white smoke and...
...The Diamond roared by. Actually, this isn't quite The Diamond yet, as #4 is still getting into position, but it soon would be. While I, and everybody else, were agog watching The Diamond fly overhead, the two Solos, #5 and #6, took off and went dead vertical, gone from view in an instant. Meanwhile, the four planes of The Diamond changed shape...
...and went by in the "Close Follow" formation, which transitioned back to The Diamond over the airfield. As soon as they cleared, #6 whipped by over my head for a knife-edge pass of the crowd. Alas, that picture is nothing but a faintly Falcon-shaped blur as he went by too fast for my camera to adjust focus. However, the lead solo, #5, was coming right towards us in a level slow roll, followed by a rapid climb-out to his right, smoke streaming all the way.
Around here, I lost track of what maneuver is which... and I don't really care. Onwards for the really cool pictures!
A profound thanks go out to the Thunderbirds for their performance...
more than a few times I simply geeked out and watched instead of taking
pictures. If you get a chance to see them, or the Blue Angels, or the
Red Arrows, or the Snowbirds, or Blue Impulse, or any other flight team,
take the time to do so.
A few years ago I drove up to Seattle with the family to check out the Boeing Museum of Flight. We were totally unaware that the Blue Angels were scheduled to do a show in Seattle that weekend, and they were using the Boeing runway as their staging point. So after a wonderful few hours in the museum we come out to find the parking lot adjoining the runway overflowing with people, and the Blue Angels just taxing out for takeoff, maybe 200 feet away from us. Needless to say, we did not hop into our car and drive off.
The show itself was centered on the water a mile or so off, with a hill blocking our view, so we didn't get to see the most spectacular stuff, but the activity on and around the runway was more than interesting enough. In particular, six hornets thundering down the runway on afterburner right in front of us where we could feel the roar and see the shockwaves forming in their exhaust was pretty thrilling. Unfortunately they did not do the JATO takeoff of the C-130 for some reason.
The famous picture of a Blue Angel Hornet flying low to the water, with the shockwave reaching to the surface as it passes nearby boats was taken at this performance, we could just BARELY see that portion of the show and we could see the spray but not the aircraft at that point.
Posted by: David at August 03, 2010 11:23 AM (oyblT)
In 2002 Ukrainians killed more than Italians in Rammstein (85 vs 67).
Posted by: Ed Hering at August 03, 2010 04:36 PM (gLbEB)
David, the reason you didn't see Fat Albert do a JATO takeoff is because the US military has been running out of JATO units for a while. In fact, the last use of them was a 2009 Blue Angels show... after that, they were all used up.
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 03, 2010 05:07 PM (iJfPN)
Here's a link about JATO's end: http://www.codeonemagazine.com/article.html?item_id=9
Good info, but that probably wasn't the reason in my case, as it was in either 2006 or 2007 that we saw things, and certainly everyone in the crowd around seemed to expect it. I suspect that they either had some last minute issue, or simply decided that since the show proper was out over the water and the crowd around the airfield was more or less impromptu that it wasn't part of the schedule for that particular show.
Posted by: David at August 04, 2010 05:35 PM (oyblT)
See, Pond Central is right at the edge of their performance cylinder, about two miles or so from the airport, so when they extend out from the runway they tend to fly right over my living room... literally. However, they're usually the only performers who get that close, so on AirFest weekend I make a small change to my routine. Instead of going to my usual grocery store, I head to a smaller, dingier place that has the advantage of being about a half-mile from the airport. I've not usually gotten good pictures of the "supporting acts" from this location, but there's always a first time, right? When I get to the store, there's no sound at all coming from the skies, so I head inside and do my shopping. $70 later (and I forgot to get batteries, darnit!) I emerge from the Hilander and push my cart back to the DuckMobile. As I unlock the Official Car of The Pond, I hear a strange, almost spooky, howling moan coming from the direction of the airport and getting louder. Just as I look up, one hand unlocking the car door and the other frantically trying to dig my camera out of my pocket, the first of the jet performers, the F-15E of the US Air Force's Strike Eagle Demo Team screamed right overhead and low, rolled hard left and dashed away for what I assume was to be a high-speed "sneak" pass of the runway. I quickly threw my comestibles into the back seat, moved my car about 100 feet west (no cars parking there), and waited for the moaning howl to come back. And then it did.
He played around for a little bit, including one absolutely brilliant zoom for the skies that I couldn't get a picture of because the sun was too bright, then disappeared. Content that I got at least one good picture, I got back into the DuckMobile... and then scrambled out again, because I heard a rumbling roar coming from behind me.
I've never seen a F-4 Phantom II in the flesh before! This one is from the Air Force's Air Combat Command "Heritage Flight". A triumph of thrust over aerodynamics, the Phantom was called a number of derogatory names over the years, such as "Double Ugly", "Flying Brick" and "Iron Sled." The Luftwaffe gave it the best nicknames, though: Luftverteidigungsdiesel ("Air Defense Diesel") and Eisenschwein ("Iron Pig"). Strangely though, I found it to be much more graceful in flight than the Strike Eagle.
Sounds like you had a good show!
Do you mean you've never seen a flying F-4 or never seen an F-4 at all? I thought they were pretty common in aviation museums.
The only time I've heard a sonic boom from an aircraft in the flesh was when I watched one of the shuttles come in for a landing at KSC. They've got a distinctive double boom without any engine sounds... The old IMAX movie featuring the shuttle (just looked it up: The Dream Is Alive) has a good recording of it, though you'll need the monstrous subwoofers of a real IMAX theatre to reproduce them well, but still recognizable on my laserdisc edition.
Posted by: Kayle at August 01, 2010 03:37 AM (q0jjs)
Kayle, I've never seen a Phantom II in the flesh, period. They are common at aviation museums, but the few that I've been to didn't have one.
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 01, 2010 08:51 AM (iJfPN)
I LOVE the Heritage Flights, one of the best PR ideas the USAF has had. I had the distinct pleasure of seeing two shows in '08: Wings Over Pittsburgh had an F-16 and an F-22 (it was supposed to be a P-47 and the Raptor, but bad weather delayed the Jug), but Oceana was a bit better...
And this year we're (supposed to be) getting the FA.2 Harrier!
Posted by: JP Gibb at August 01, 2010 10:41 AM (S3r8/)
We regularly get Hornets, Super Hornets, and Harriers flying in and out of Mesa-Gateway about a mile from my house. My parents live under the southeast end of the runway and every once in a while the Harrier jocks get frisky at treetop level after takeoff.
Now that I think about it, we regularly get C-17s, F-5s in aggressor paint, KC-135s doing touch-and-goes, and the occasional A-4 (there's some kind of commercial training outfit that uses them at the airport). There's are a F-104 and T-33 parked in a hangar as well. I've seen the 104 rolled out like they were checking the engine, but that's about it. I'd love to see it fly overhead one of these days.
Posted by: Will at August 01, 2010 10:35 PM (+tm6w)
Will, not to play one-upsmanship with you, but O'Hare airport in Chicago has an ANG base on the premises. Of course, it's very hard to train in the airspace of Chicago, so there's an auxiliary base here in Duckford. It's a common sight to see KC-135s and Hercs milling around the airspace of the city.
What isn't common, but does happen every now and again, is the sight of a MiG-17. Turns out that there's a well-respected warbird restoration shop here in town on the far side of the airport from Pond Central, and one of the things they did recently (I assume for a collector) was a MiG-17. They appear to have taken their aircraft to Oshkosh this year, though.
Posted by: Wonderduck at August 01, 2010 11:57 PM (iJfPN)
Nice pics, havent done any airshows this year, too damn busy most weekends (last sunday was the war and peace show too)
Posted by: Andy Janes at August 02, 2010 01:16 PM (uHTeu)