Ever since getting my pilot's certificate in June, I wanted to go on a long cross country flight to visit my mom near Portland Oregon. My company shuts down the office in Mountain View for two weeks around Christmas and New Years. I took this as the perfect opportunity to take several days to go to Oregon. The flight should only take on average about 5 hours each way if the wind remains the same both ways. For this particular trip since the winds were from the north, I knew it would take longer to get there than to get back. So we planned accordingly.
TL;DR - 11 months, 67.3 hours, 5 CFIs, 4 C-172s I took and Passed my PPL ASEL checkride today.
So I've always wanted to be a pilot as long as I can remember, when I was a kid, I would say I want to be a pilot when I grow up. I enlisted in the USAF with the intention of working airplanes, but I got a computer job instead. In 1993 I took my first flight in a Cessna 172, it was supposed to be a sight seeing flight with my girlfriend. I had every intention of starting training but it didn't work out. Whenever a friend or colleague mentioned they were a pilot, they would recommend having all the required money up front before beginning training so as to not delay the training, since I couldn't come up with all the money at once, I never started.
A lightening storm last night at my house, was able to capture a number of strikes with the camera.
If you have been following my website, which you probably haven't since I don't update often enough to keep it interesting, but anyway; I started to go back to school to get my Bachelors of Science degree in 2011. When I started I knew that the B.S. should only be the beginning, after all, I had been in the technology industry and career field for 18 years. So my intent was to complete the B.S. and go directly into an advanced degree. When I completed the first degree 17 months later in 2013, I wasn't sure which direction to go.
Recently, a colleague of mine asked me:
Whats your take on the Sony hack and who would you turn to for security products?
Below is my thoughts and response:
I haven't been following it closely, but there are a few things to take from it.
Working on some reload work today, in this weather, seems the lighter load is more consistent. Would have been .6MOA .6" if not for 1 straggler opening it up to 1.5"
I'm not sure if my scale is holding zero correctly either, I let it sit for a minute while seating a bullet and it gained .2 grain while empty. may need to change out my florecent lights for LED, more them away or something.
Barometric Pressure: 29.75" Hg
winds breezy about 3-4mph from 12° towards
We just got back from our anniversary trip to Las Vegas. We had fun and we didn't lose all our our money so it was a good trip. On Saturday on our way out of town we decided to go hiking and exploring the Red Rock Canyon west of Las Vegas. Here are some pictures from the trip.
This weekend is the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, and it is also just waxing from a new moon, so it's not high in the sky. A perfect combination to see meteor showers. For the past two nights, I have gone out and attempted to capture one with my camera. On the first night I was not successful in capturing any, but last night I was able to capture two.
This is the better of them, the other one has the meteor crossing high tention powerlines, which I could not see with my bare eyes, even though I knew they were there, I still pointed my camera at them.
This image was captured with a Canon 7d and the Canon 18-200mm set at it's widest, most open settings 18mm, f3/5 and focal distance set to infinity and exposed for 30 seconds at ISO 1600 speed.