Hmmn, not so sure how relevant this is to anything but here goes.
I've had a few years lately that have been a little bit... rubbish, shall we say? I've also reached middle-age (pushing 40 now) and all of the things I've completed and done so far have, well, fallen flat. I had a bit of an epiphany a couple of nights ago, have spent the last few days filling in forms and making pleading visits to the local art college where I used to work, and now it looks like I'm finally going to get myself an edjumecation just for me. That's right - no more care work, no more teaching (except for volunteering at the local mosque and European kids on their summer holidays); I've applied for a BA in commercial photography.
I'm pretty hopeful I'll get in - 4 years working at the college I've applied to, 2 of them with students on the lens based media courses, a solid portfolio* and the admission tutor being my old lodger should all help - so with a bit of luck I'll be an impoverished, indebted student this time next month.
*Only stumbling block is my portfolio. I'm confidant that it's good for an amateur/semi pro like me, but I'm also nervous it's not good enough. Like I said, I've worked with the lecturers and shared a house with one of them: that also means I know how high their standards are.
To add to my excitement I've just got back from my favourite pub where I met a couple of other guys who're doing the same degree I hope to do (I'll find out early next week if I've got on it) and they're exactly the kind of people I want to study with; also in their 30's, got kids like me, one is a very pretty single woman...
So. After quite a break from RC I'm feeling the need to get back into it. What's taking my fancy now is the realisation I live on the coast, there's more onshore-breezes and cliffs/beaches/wild, wild moors near me than almost anywhere else in the world, and I love the idea of using the wind to power a plane the same way I used it when I was a kid and raced my Mirror dingy.
In other words, I'm into gliders now; and especially designing them. First own-design wing built was... very solid, 40g for 1m span uncovered. Could chop a tree down with it, but it's too heavy and I can do better - either lose the weight and keep the strength or keep the weight and gain control surfaces and have it as a two part wing for example.
My next step is to experiment with different construction techniques to figure out how close I can get to having my cake and eating it. I think I've come up with a way of rapidly making test structures good enough to stress-test repeatably enough whilst still being able to form a good aerofoil.
I'm expecting this to be an on-going project over many years, hopefully leading to me having a better (some would be nice) knowledge of the principles of aeronautic design and some models I've designed myself to share back with the community after all of the plans I've downloaded and built over the years. Most of all though I'm expecting this to be fun.
Finally decided to add something to my blog. This is a list of sites that I find useful and others might as well, though I am largely writing it for myself so I don't have to carry on searching for things I've found before... I'll add to it as and when.