Guilty until proven innocent?

Seems we’re back to the bad old days, when the pilots were readily blamed for the plane crash simply because they were the last to touch it. We see the media clamouring like looters in London to blame a dead pilot, with no concrete, irrefutable evidence. And once again, pilots worldwide laugh at the ignorance and stupidity of the world’s media. At least we would if this wasn’t so serious and tragic for the families involved.

Interesting that Airbus is French – mainly – and the French investigators released their conclusion – with no blame to Airbus – based solely on a CVR, which records only sound? So their evidence is, that because the lad was on his own and was still breathing, he is a murderer? That’s their whole case? Now they’re tramping through his history looking for facts to fit their opinion.

Get this clear so there’s no doubt – the majority of pilots have, or have had at some point and are now coping, clinical depression. Including me. It’s part of the job; caused by stress. By the way, I also have type 2 diabetes. It’s part of the job; caused by stress. I also have chronic back pain. It’s part of the job; caused by stress. 

Why is this so? Well, have you ever complained about the cost of your ticket? Or have you ever exclaimed “Yippee! I’ve just scored two tickets to the back of beyond for only a tenner!”

There’s your answer right there.

Fact: the aircraft descended.

Question: why did it descend?

Answer: we don’t know. The FDR hasn’t been found yet.

That’s it folks. That’s all we know. As far as I’m concerned, they’ll have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that this lad did this deliberately. Otherwise, for me, he’ll forever be innocent.

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Pesky Programmers…

…never getting coding quite right. Take this wordpress app; last week, I spent 50 minutes doing an entry. The phone rang. It was Mrs Linn wanting to talk. Whilst talking, I tried to save the draft. There’s a two button dialog box; “save draft” and “discard”, like this… 

My question to the pesky programmers is: why do pages jump sometimes? Usually just when you’re a nanosecond to touching a button! This page jumped just as I was touching Save Draft. I got Discard instead. 50 minutes wasted because of jumpy programming. Why isn’t there an option to undo, like in Pages or Numbers? Or  just don’t put critical buttons close together – make them a jumpsworth apart. It’s not just this app; most web pages which can be used by an iPad – which means touching rather than mousing – do this jumping thing. And don’t get me started on ITV or Channel 4 OD…

On the other hand, a couple of years ago none of this existed. What an explosion of options! Apps for everything. Whole libraries – including video – on a rediculously small device. Thanks Pesky Programmers. Yup, still pesky though.

Here’s a noisy beast… 

24 inches by 18 inches of Punch in the Balls. Thunder on Demand. A pigeon once flew past the front and disintegrated. No really, folks; this is the loudest drum ever made. Period.

A bit dirty and showing wear and tear… 

…and has enjoyed some tenants over the years… 

After dismantling, the yellowing is greatest on this drum…  

All the large parts ready for polishing… 

And the small parts after cleaning… 

I kept them all in separate groups related to the parts from whence they came. During polishing of the hooks, I discovered some damage… 

The hook on the left has a crack and has bent. Here’s a close up… 

This one was the worst. There was a couple of others which weren’t as bad. I’m not sure if it’s going to be a problem. I’ll make sure they’re on the front skin; less tension and impact.

Hooks, tension rods and hoops after polishing… 

    

Tension lugs before… 

…and after polishing…

Remember the snare drum hoop rust? 

That rust remover didn’t touch it. I had to resort to brute force. I started with 40 grit paper initially… 

…then worked up to 2500 grit. Not the best of finishes… 

 …but the skin contact area is smooth, which is the important thing. The outside of the hoops looks nice tho’… 

That’s all four drums done. They’re all up in the bedroom/studio acclimatising nicely. Next will be hardwear, then we can get back to building stuff…