Archive for July 2004

Projeti Coolness

I took her out today. It’s really a blast. My favorite from today was taking off at 3/4 throttle, taking a moment to verify stability and then giving her full throttle. She pulled out at an 80 degree angle until I told her to stop… about 400 feet. I’d have her go higher but I can’t see her any further away!I lost my 10 cell NiMH :-( I was practicing hammerheads (and getting moderately good, I might add!) when the battery fell out. I foolishly watched the big yellow plane fall all the way to the ground instead of following the tiny little battery. I looked for about 30 minutes but no luck. Well, I guess I’ll be getting a new matched set of NiMHs.

Wow, Cheapbatterypacks.com can build me a 10 cell generic 1050 mah pack with Dean connectors for $20/pack. That’s like 1/2 the price of my local hobby shop, with -exactly- what I’m looking for instead of whatever happens to be in stock.

I’ll wait to put together the Trick 1000 and see how it flies with the LiPoly pack. Then I’ll probably get a double set of batteries.

Goings on..

I’m finally pretty good at flying the Projeti. It still scares me on take off but it’s such a beautiful thing once it’s off the ground. My fav: take off at 3/4 throttle. Gain enough speed to fly stable. Quickly verify trim. Full throttle. Climb out at 80 degree angle up to 400 ft, like a frigging spaceship!

New plane has arrived. I haven’t gotten to assembling it yet.

I was planning on replacing the defective hard drive in my Tivo with another myself but I just don’t have the time to spare. So I bought a pre-configured drive from PTV Upgrade. It works wonderfully. The new drive is whisper quiet, 160 gig (Tivo can only use 137 gig for a total of 140 hrs on Basic mode) and it installed in 10 minutes. I’m quite happy so far!

I have health insurance for the first time in about 1 1/2 years. Of course, the $2,500 deductible makes me frown though.

My aunt is asking me to help her start a new community newsletter like The Panther. That’ll be good.

I went on a date with someone from Match.com. It went really well. We’ll see…

Cool Neon Order Placed

I wonder how I’m going to get all this stuff on the plane!

Item

Qty

Description

Options

Price

Total

DBB 1 Big Boy Driver- Will power 50- 165 feet of Cool Neon wire.
 
$13.50 $13.50
ACPPC-W 5 Plug & Play Connectors- Wire Side
 
$0.45 $2.25
DF1 1 Fish Driver+ 1- Will power 5- 45 feet of Cool Neon wire. Cut the white wire to stop blink mode.
 
$5.25 $5.25
ACPPC-D 4 Plug & Play Connectors- Driver Side
 
$0.35 $1.40
DPS 1 Lights 4- 20 feet of Cool Neon wire.
Pipsqueak Driver: Original, smaller- add $2
$5.00 $5.00
WHBL_100 15 High Bright Longer- Life wire: 100-199 Feet
High Bright Colors: Purple
$1.20 $18.00
WHBL_100 35 High Bright Longer- Life wire: 100-199 Feet
High Bright Colors: Yellow
$1.20 $42.00
WHBL_100 27 High Bright Longer- Life wire: 100-199 Feet
High Bright Colors: Lime
$1.20 $32.40
WHBL_100 10 High Bright Longer- Life wire: 100-199 Feet
High Bright Colors: White
$1.20 $12.00
WHBL_100 13 High Bright Longer- Life wire: 100-199 Feet
High Bright Colors: Red
$1.20 $15.60
Tax 0.00
Total $147.40
 

(Actually, that’s 2 planes, a bike and some extra neon to round the order up to 100 feet.)

Poopy on the Potty

Julia is a big girl now. She goes poopy on the potty.

Listen.

I’m so proud!

Mountain Bike

The bike for Burning Man is sweet. It’s in my back seat right now. From the ad:

MOUNTAIN BIKE, 7 spd Trek, Antelope 820, used 3 times $99.

(It’s actually a 21 speed, but that’s ok) And it was exactly as advertised.

Modeling

I went into the city to pick up the final artistic results of a modeling session I did with PPG a few months ago. The show is going to open in Buenos Aries in August. It’s quite a stunning piece. I’m happy and honored to be a part of it.