Even the worst day flying…

…is better than the best day at work.

Today wasn’t the worst day I’ve had flying, but it sure wasn’t the best. I didn’t have a plan or a destination, I was just going for the sake of going – it was a sunny warm day (if a bit breezy) and I was relishing the thought of flying without having to shovel snow, pre-heat the engine, and all that stuff. I took along my film camera with the thought of taking some scenic pictures.
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Fun with composite pictures

I’ve been having some fun making composite pictures. I saw a composite picture at a friend’s house, and I was struck by how good it looked, not because it was seamless, but because it wasn’t seamless. The seams gave the picture character and interest. I decided I wanted to try to do the same thing. I may be no Claude Samton, but I can at least steal his ideas.
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Man I hate this

Every winter, it seems, I get this cold that never goes away. This one is mostly low level sniffles and a bit of a cough. I can control it mostly with cold medicine and cough syrup now, but so far it’s mostly ruined the last three weekends, and it’s looking like it’s going to ruin this one.

The worst thing is that I really want to finish my checkout in the club Lance. I don’t want to be in a plane if I’m stuffed up – the pressure changes can cause extreme sinus pain if the congestion prevents the pressure from equalizing. And even if I don’t have sinus blockage, I’ve found that flying with a cold can leave me “thinking behind the plane” – not anticipating what needs to happen next, not being ready when something unexpected happens.

As part (or maybe all) of my checkout, I need 6 approaches and holding in order to regain my instrument proficiency. Oh, and my club checkout is due in a few weeks, so maybe I can combine it all into one big thing. I hope I can do it this weekend.

Take that you bastards!

The comment spammers have been having a field day with Maddy’s blog and her memorial. Dammit, I know spammers are the lowest form of life, but spamming the dead is beyond the pale.

Anyway, I just finished installing MT-Blacklist, a plugin that should stop a lot of the more egregious comment spam. I installed it and ran the “scan the list 25 comments” mode, and it found two comment spams. Then I tried posting a spam with a url containing a couple of spammish words in it, and it refused to allow it. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed.