Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
" HELLO LAMA " - 40 BELOW at STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR
This is the turn out off U.S. 40 we were using for an L.Z.
That's me standing on the skids of a Bell Jet Ranger III, it's the first week of January 1979. At 40 below, it was too cold to work. About 1,000 ft above my head it was 16 above. We always worked until it got to 35 below at the drill. I'm really glad I have this picture, about 25 yds. to my left I would nearly be killed about a week after this shot was taken.
I've have a pretty interesting life, at least some parts were interesting . For nearly four years I was a , " Helicopter-Portable-Seismic-Shot-Hole-Driller ". Then when I knew my luck with helicopters was all played out, I switched to truck-drills.
There's something great about a job that everyday when you put on your boots, you know you can get killed.
Now about these helicopters.
The Jet Ranger was at the time the most widely used ship in the world. We've all seen these things over the years. Seismic crews use them to fly the surveyors around, and to move the " Juggies " crap and people. I took my first helicopter safety lesson at the Lost Canyon Reservoir Utah, roughly about 75 miles north and a little west of this spot in the picture. There were three of us that day, so the whole crew sat in on it. My friend Lewis, whom I had pestered to get the job, leaned over and pointed at a Jet Ranger, and whispered, " That's a Death Ranger III." I whispered back, " Why is it called that ?" " Because they tend to burn, when they crash."
This is the L.Z. at Afton Wyoming, and that is an Aerospatiale
One will note that is all engine and no body. In fact, here's it's record,June 21, 1972 :
A Lama reaches major height for an helicopter: (12.442 m ~ 41,000 ft)
This is the machine the drill crew used . For a small ship it is extremely powerful .
Now, back to that safety lesson at Lost Canyon . I've been tryin' to remember that pilot's name, and it just won't pop out of the grey matter. But I remember his words, which is one reason I'm still here. He patted the nose of his ship, and said the following : " This is a helicopter, it is not a whirly-bird, it is not a chopper, it is not an eggbeater. You may call it a ship, a helo, or a helicopter. Do not walk up hill from the ship. Do not walk down hill to the ship. Do not walk back of the doors when the rotors are turning." There was some other stuff ... wear your seat belt. Don't track dirt into the cabin. Be careful with the doors. Here's the air vents. A laundry list of things about the ship . That was a pretty big contract .... we had nearly 40 people in that parking lot that morning. So it wasn't long before the 2 Lamas, a Hughes 500 D, and that Death Ranger were flyin' people out to the field. The three of us squirrels were the on the last load to the field. That's what we called new people squirrels .... flying squirrels. I got the best seat possible for my low station that day .... in the middle of the back seat, looking right out the front with all that plexiglass around me.
This is a shot out of the back seat of the Lama, looking down the tail boom to the tail rotor. Those are the mountains near Park City. We're probably at about 11,000 ft.
That pilot knew exactly who he had on board that day .... and he didn't hold back . First he did a classic move , we came straight up from the parking lot to a hover of about 50 ft. And then he rotated the the ship 90 degrees, like it was sitting on a lazy susan, tilled that nose down, and boom .... we were going 75 mph out across that lake. 5 seconds after that move, we were 6 ft. above the water , headed straight for the far shore which had a small ridge along it , covered with 100 ft. spruce trees ... and just when we all thought we were gonna make matches out of those trees. He popped that thing up, and we just cleared the tops.
I was hooked.
Then the ride started. Because as we cleared the ridge, a canyon opened up, and we went down that thing at a 100 mph standing one one edge of the main rotor and then the other. Going around curves in the canyon, first the right side of the ship was "down" then the left side. By this point the guys on either side of me were white as sheets. I had a great big ole' grin on my face.
Those two never finished out the week .... But I was hooked.
Lamas at the Afton Wyoming airport fall of 79'
Next time the drills.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
|Last night at C&L someone linked the You Tube clip of Johnny Winter at Woodstock ... Well that jogged my memory. I was working in the light show at the Vulcan Gas Co. on lower Congress Ave, in the spring of 69'. I was there the night the Atlantic record people came to see Johnny play. Here's one of his best from later on ..... Johnny Guitar :|
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
SOAP BOX TIME
As the media's obsession with grinding the smallest of the most trivial of human endeavors to dust. Let us consider the following :
The World Wildlife Fund reports that we will need TWO EARTHS every year to support the modern world by the year 2050
U.N.: Ocean 'dead zones' increasing fast.Experts estimate 200 worldwide, up from 149 just two years ago
"We've just come off a second summer in Canada in which we've had next to no whales show up,""We know that the Bering Sea has taken a beating over the last ten years, and that productivity has plummeted there, forcing the whales into new habitat,"
Hippos in Africa reserve being wiped outConservationists estimate rebels slaughtered 400 in last two weeks
Antarctic waters see fishing pressureFirst, there is a growing demand for krill, which can be used as feed for farmed salmon, and second, the latest technology for catching krill, with ships that continuously vacuum them up, could deplete their numbers.
Scientists: World's coral reefs in danger
Now, we can all get back to chattering about Tom Cruise's wedding.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Friday, October 20, 2006
Electric Buffalo Skull #1
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
This Is What I Want My Funeral To Look Like :
Clip from redhaio
GOOD NEWS !!! ICELAND RESUMES WHALE HUNTING
|Ever since Crosby, Stills, and Nash wrote "Wind on the Water ", those whales have been getting away with far too much ! I hear it's because they've been quietly getting funding from George Sorros under the table. I'm glad to see that the sons of the Vikings are taking this bold step. I mean we nearly had those liberal creatures wiped out in the last century, and we let a ragged few slip through our harpoons. I have word that it was Bill Clinton's fault this happened.|
I also have it on good authority that whales are promiscuous, and have been seen rubbing each other's genetialia, and they're for same sex marriage.
So I'm all for these sneaky liberal animals chased to the brink again, it's just sound management if you ask me. These animals are far more valuable as Kroners or Rubles or what ever those Icelanders use for dollars. So I say hunt em' down and convert their flesh to money. Then we'll have a way to measure their true worth.
And if these brave son's of the Vikings get out there and find these " Cunning Minkes " are gone, because the water temperatures are just too high for whales to survive, I say great ! The boys in the pits at the New York Merc need a raise .... they're only making $300,000 a year .
The BBC story : Iceland begins commercial whaling
The BBC guide to : Endangered Whales
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Good Bye Little Friends
Last spring, the first reports came out on what was happening in the Cloud Forests in Costa Rica . If you or I walked into them we wouldn't know anything was amiss. But subtle changes have already wiped out dozens of it's residents. This post is prompted by this weeks Newsweek story :
Why the Frogs Are Dying
Climate change is no longer merely a matter of numbers from a computer model. With startling swiftness, it is reordering the natural world.
From the story ....... A study by 75 scientists published earlier this year in the journal Nature estimated that two thirds of the 110 known species of harlequins throughout Central and South America have vanished. And that may be just the beginning.
Like I said ... Good Bye Little Friends
Sunday, October 15, 2006
It's Sunday, Need to smile ? Here's a site that's just people playing with their Photoshop. This is the link to the Propaganda page ..... There's more : Worth 1000
Saturday, October 14, 2006
From airforceone.net via Prof. Smartass
Bush & Rove dance
Thursday, October 12, 2006
From Joe Galloway to Tom Lasseter
|Joe Galloway 1965 |
"I looked over and saw Joe Galloway sitting with his back against a small tree, camera in his lap, rifle across his knees. I knew why I was there. I'm a professional military man and it's my job. But what the hell was HE doing there? Turned out he was doing his job too."
-Lt. Gen. (ret.) Hal Moore-
I never read Joe Galloway's reports from Vietnam, but I do read him now ...... Joe Galloway War Reporter He's a columnist for McClatchy newspapers.
I also read Tom Lasseter ..... Iraqi civil war has already begun, U.S. troops say..He's a 28 year-old reporter for the same chain.
Someday the compliment that was paid to Joe by -Lt. Gen. (ret.) Hal Moore- will be paid to Tom. Things are a lot different in these two wars. I'm sure Tom isn't carrying a rifle, and he sure isn't wearing a uniform. But he's been in the field with our troops since the 101st Airborne landed in Iraq, and his reports have always been from the ground with direct style of what he sees. Joe would be proud.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
The Lubbock, Cemetery
I FOUND SOMEONE TO BOOKMARK :
If you want to see which poll breaks which way over the long run ...... Visit : PROFESSOR POLLKATZ's
POOL OF POLLS
I Think, Therefore I Countdown
TGos | | 10.09.06 - 1:47 pm | #
Monday, October 09, 2006
WANT TO SEE A NUKE TEST ON THE SEISMOGRAPH ?
Note the Depth of this event as recorded by the USGS :
Magnitude 4.2 - NORTH KOREA
4.2 earthquakes don't occur at zero depth boys and girls.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
THIS IS NOT GOOD
Saturday, October 07, 2006
EMAILING MY UNCLE
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
From The Age :
Andrew Darby, Hobart
October 4, 2006
The break-up of a giant Antarctic iceberg has been linked to an Alaskan storm in a finding that raises new concern over climate change's effect on floating ice.
On a calm day in October last year, the world's largest free-floating iceberg, known as B15A, split into giant shards off Cape Adare at the entrance to the Ross Sea.
What was an 11,655-square-kilometre iceberg in 2000 was reduced to a tenth of its size.......Alaska storm hits Antarctic iceberg
The birth of B-15, and it's off spring, B-15A and B-15B were one of the first things I really began to follow on the internet. I stumbled across this picture back in 2000 ....... And I say stumbled. Remember, in 2000 you couldn't "google" B-15. Oh, there were search engines, but entering B-15 in their search boxes would've given you vitamins, not chunks of ice the size of Delaware.
I kept an eye on B-15A for the last 6 years. Kinda like a nephew growing up in another town. Now it's gone, broken into smaller pieces ....... Smaller pieces, some of them are the size of the county I'm sitting in.
But the death of B-15A points to something else I've been following that first grew out of my interest in this far of chunk of ice. The break-up of this berg may be another one of Dr. Hasen's "Monsters Behind the Door" .....
This from the article on the B-15A :
"One of the things we're debating in the world right now is whether global warming might increase the storminess in the oceans," he said.
"The question we then pose is: could global storminess have an influence on the Antarctic ice sheet that we had never thought of?"
B15A broke off the 520,000-square-kilometre Ross Ice Shelf. An ice shelf's melting does not alter the water level, but it holds back much of the Antarctic ice cap, which would raise the sea level if it melted.
Already the spectacular break-up of the Antarctic Peninsula's Larsen B ice shelf, which featured in Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth, has unleashed onshore glaciers behind it, which are surging down to the sea eight times faster than before.
From :" Sweet Jesus I Hate Bill O'Reilly "
Well, if the rumors are true, there's going to be a sequel to the popular
O'Reilly Factor For Kids this spring. Bill O'Reilly and one of his favorite
fellow culture warriors are teaming up for a comprehensive guide for
teens, written from the perspective of a couple of creepy old guys.
According to insiders, O'Reilly gives valuable dating advice for young
boys in chapters such as "Helping Her Relax… by feeding her wine
But this book doesn't play it safe. The authors, who both profess to be
"looking out for kids," tackle the tough issues. And while masturbation
techniques are often considered taboo topics for mainstream
authors, these two traditionalists grab the subject by the balls.
From O'Reilly's story of his vibrator that's.............