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Posted by Quicker | Dec 09, 2009 @ 01:48 PM | 6,814 Views
10 inches of snow, 30 mph winds 7 degrees before wind chill, 4 foot drifts 20 feet wide between my neighbor's drive and my drive. 2 1/2 hours of snow blowing, 2 tanks of gas.

I hate winter in Nebraska.

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Posted by Quicker | Dec 01, 2009 @ 10:06 AM | 6,606 Views
Some covers suck, some rock.

"Love Is All Around Me"

The original by the Troggs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EXRPxC-5bE

Cover by R.E.M.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k3mG6CBE9I

The unplugged R.E.M. version is pretty cool, but I'm a child of the 80's. My other love is 60's music, espcially the Zombies, Turtles, Byrds, etc.

What's your favorite cover?

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Posted by Quicker | Nov 30, 2009 @ 02:53 PM | 6,847 Views
Frigging Ubuntu 9.10 and it's busted Intel video drivers. Looks like it's back down to 9.04 for now. My Dell x300 locks up in closing the lid and all searching via Google goes back to the Intel driver.

Too bad. My verizon PCCard work out of the box. Just popped it in and it recognized it and I was online right away. Not being able to close the lid kinda makes the laptop useless, though

Wine worked great with turboCAD, Ace GCode converter and Mach 3. I was able to use Mach 3 without the parallel port driver to debug and work on my gcode for the new foam planes I'm working on.

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Posted by Quicker | Oct 11, 2009 @ 07:22 AM | 7,290 Views
Wow, I'm so sick of Tebow. I was watching the Tim Tebow channel (formerly known as ESPN) this morning trying to get a recap of all the games I missed yesterday and it was 90% Tebow news, even slow motion replays of him getting tackled. "Watch this, his head does hit the ground, but he's OK". Nothing against Tebow, just getting REALLY sick of ESPN.

I've started watching more alternative sports channels like NFL, MLB, Fox and "GASP" BTN (Big Ten Network). Even on the radio I'd rather listen to Fox and Sporting News Radio. I really like 810 WHB out of KC. Listen to them a lot. Lots of good Big 12 news and I can join in the misery of the Royals and the Chiefs. GO PACKERS!!!!!

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Posted by Quicker | Oct 10, 2009 @ 07:59 PM | 7,448 Views
Forgot to post this last week. Saw Christmas commercials last weekend already, carols and all. Drives me nuts. The freaking 1st week of October and Christmas commercials are trumping Halloween stuff.

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Posted by Quicker | Oct 10, 2009 @ 08:11 AM | 7,738 Views
Wow. October 10th and we ave 4 inches and it's still coming down. Crazy for Omaha Nebraska.

Crops are still in the fields, but it's supposed to hit 68 by Wednesday.

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Posted by Quicker | Aug 21, 2009 @ 06:07 AM | 8,354 Views
I'm a Linux/AIX admin at my day job. I've been running Linux since I downloaded Slackware on floppies years and years ago. I have a nice big dual 24" widescreen Ubuntu desktop. Even have CAD on that thing. CAD on a dial screen workstation is super sweet.

I hated Vista. What a POS. Well, I downloaded Win 7 RC1 and was shocked. It was fast. Even made a little old Dell x300 latop I have fast and usable again. It was a dog on XP. I've been carrying that little x300 around a lot lately wit Win7 on it. It's as small as the current net books, but actually has more power. I just put the full release of Windows 7 Pro on it.

I'm shocked. MS did something right for a change.

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Posted by Quicker | Jun 24, 2009 @ 12:03 PM | 9,088 Views
Yep, Christmas. Already planning for it trying to get Skeeter 30 kits in and boxed ready to go. I got slammed last year and had a very hard time keeping up. I guess that's what I get when I start my Christmas sale At Halloween

Wow what a summer already.....

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Posted by Quicker | May 30, 2009 @ 07:19 AM | 9,591 Views
Right now my favorite plane is one that I did not even bring into production. It's on my website, but you can't buy it. I'm working out production issues on it. Mainly, I want to cut them all myself and my CNC router is not yet running.

It's the 45" Katana that I made last year. This is not your dad's big foamy. IT has a true airfoiled wing that is skinned with mylar. The fuse and tail are 9mil Depron. I'm running 3S 1800-2100 packs on it and have 4 HS81-MG servos with a 35amp ESC and an EMAX 2810/12 motor.

I'm not really happy with the motor, but the plane rocks. It will fly FAST, then kick full elevator and go right into a wall. You don't need to treat it like a foamy, you just fly it like a regular plane.

My slide into foam is continuing. I just love it as a material for planes.

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Posted by Quicker | Apr 13, 2009 @ 11:48 AM | 10,134 Views
I said in a previous post that I find racing to be a good motivation and inspiration. I saw a very cool movie over the weekend: "Truth in 24". It was available for free download on iTunes this weekend and it looked interesting so I downloaded it and watched it on my iPod. I now want to watch it on my bigscreen. Very cool stuff on the technology, people and innovation that goes into the event. They focus on team Audi and the diesel they developed and that has dominated for 3 years now. Team Peugeot developed a diesel for 2008 and was faster, so Audi had to regroup since they were planning on running the 3 year old cars again.

Anyway, extremely cool. I find this stuff very inspirational. Go to iTunes and download it. It's worth it!

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Posted by Quicker | Apr 08, 2009 @ 10:07 AM | 10,053 Views
Every now and then I sit back and think about what keeps me going in this “hobby”. I used to think it was the flying, but I really don't get out to fly as much as some people think.

Technology. It's the technology that drives me. I've always been a techno geek and have been extremely interested in the physical link between high tech and the real world. Robotics, machine control, automation, etc. Then, add in my extreme interest in manufacturing ans factories. The R/C hobby incorporates all of this.

The flying is fun but it's not the primary passion. It's the technology. The level of technology that goes into the vehicle, whether it be an airplane, helicopter or car/truck. It really does not matter what the vehicle is. I do airplanes right now because frankly they are the simplest R/C vehicle. Helicopters and ground vehicles are extremely technical and frankly beyond my time limitations right now.

Sometimes I find I lose way on the path, the journey. I need to find new sources of information and knowledge. Some of this comes from the R/C world, but in reality this world is pretty small. The vast majority of my innovation comes from the outside world. New building techniques and materials can be found in all sorts of manufacturing segments. I listen to a lot of podcasts and video casts on NASCAR, F1 and other forms of racing. You want to get motivated and have great ideas? These guys just simply “get it done”.

Really, it's the constant push of...Continue Reading
Posted by Quicker | Feb 27, 2009 @ 10:46 AM | 10,487 Views
Took my wife to Celine Dion last night in Omaha. I gave her the tickets as a birthday present.

Hmm.....should have snuck my iPod in The concert was good, my wife was happy, just not my style of music. I spent most of the time watching the stage work and musicians. The stage was setup very cool and they used 4 big main video screens that were about 75 feet, and then 4 smaller screens that were a mesh for a cool effect. The stage had 4 sections that would drop down below the stage and rise up to stage level. The sections had the main drummer and bass, then another section had the 2nd percussionist and the other 2 had keyboards/singers, etc. Pretty cool work.

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Posted by Quicker | Feb 25, 2009 @ 02:57 PM | 13,537 Views
Been building a lot lately. Here's the KX2. Span is 45". Should be in the 45-50oz range RTF.

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Posted by Quicker | Feb 02, 2009 @ 02:00 PM | 10,808 Views
Sweeeet!!!! Lone Star is back in business
http://www.lonestar-balsa.com/

Up until the fire I bought all of my wood from them and life was good. Once they burnt down it made it tougher to get wood in a timely manner. I'm excited to see them back up and running.

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Posted by Quicker | Jan 13, 2009 @ 03:29 PM | 11,224 Views
I've been working on a new logo. I love Art Deco style, and while googling around looking at 1930's aircraft and the companies I found a cool poster with an Art Deco wing. I worked off that and got this new logo.

I made some shirts last year with my big "K" logo and people actually bought them. This is way cooler. I'm having it converted for embroidery and I'll have embroidered baseball caps made in a stone color. The logo will be embroidered black on the cap.

What do you guys think?

http://www.zazzle.com/qcoldir

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Posted by Quicker | Nov 18, 2008 @ 08:09 AM | 11,965 Views
Went and saw the movie last night. I loved it. I think this is one of the best Bond movies ever. I have not really watched many of the new Bond films. I know all of the older 60's - 80s films well, but with younger kids I just have not had time to get into the newer one. By chance we had a bit of time away from the kids so we caught the film.

Anybody else see it yet

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Posted by Quicker | Oct 17, 2008 @ 06:02 AM | 12,359 Views
Well, it's finally nearly done for 2008. I've been coaching this year since March. Baseball started in March and ran through July then I had 2 weeks off and started in on flag football.

This was my 1st time coaching flag football. My middle son is 8, so we got a group of his friends together and joined the YMCA league. This league pretty much follows NFL flag rules. Our first game was rough since me and my 2 assistants didn't know what we were doing, but the pure athletic ability of the kids kept us in the game and we only lost 6-0. That taught me a lot about offense, and the guy running defense learned a lot. Next game we won something like 21-0. The next game was not even close. I lost track of the score since I was trying to get the ball in the hands of every kid to spread it around. We won something like 45-12. Next game we lost roughly 35-21. We had a few more blowouts in the mix and going into our last game we only have 2 losses on the season. Everybody has been running back and about half the team has been QB and I think everybody has caught at least one pass. That's what it's about!

I'm not a basketball fan, so I won't be coaching that. Maybe I can actually get some indoor flying in this winter!

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Posted by Quicker | Sep 18, 2008 @ 07:52 AM | 13,077 Views
I share plans for a lot of my planes, and I'm excited to say I'm working on a free version of the Skeeter 24. I'll add them tothe Skeeter 24 thread, and to my website.

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It's sad to me to see the decline of the kit builder and the scratch builder. I know that time is short for most of us, but this is an area of the hobby that I think is extremely important.

This brings a recent event to mind. If this offends anybody, sorry.

I was at one of the local clubs recently when a guy pulled up in a pickup truck. This field is setup so that you can park right at the pit area, so most back the cars, trucks and trailers. He backed in and opened the truck hatch. Inside was the Top flight 50cc P-51 ARF. This guy was very proud of the plane, grinning ear-to-ear. he did not pull the plane out, he just left the truck gate open and walked around for almost an hour, sometimes walking back to the truck to stand and admire the plane.

Eventually he started pulling the plane out and setting it up, which was mostly just attaching the wing. This process took a few hours. During this time he also setup a lawn chair. Once the wing was on he started polishing and cleaning the plane, then sat and admired it for most of the day, grinning from ear-to-ear. Like I said, this lasted most of the day...hours and hours. During this time he did walk around offering advice to everybody on the proper way to start and break in a gas engine. He's had the plane for a long time...Continue Reading
Posted by Quicker | Sep 04, 2008 @ 09:45 PM | 13,159 Views
The next foamy is just about ready for release. I love these things. With the CNC cut airfoil wing they fly like my balsa planes, but they offer the simplicity of foamies.

Katana 36
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Length: 36
Span: 35.5
RTF Weight: 13oz-16oz

Motor:
Emax 2215
Torque 20T/1030
AXI 2212/26
Hacker 20-20L

Battery:
1000-1320 3cell LiPo

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Posted by Quicker | Aug 20, 2008 @ 09:56 AM | 13,343 Views
Here's the 1st. Will be on my website soon.

This is the SU26. I have a Katana drawn up also that has a longer tail moment and thinner airfoil. The SU 26 is based on the Skeeter dimensions.

The featured item on these is the CNC cut airfoil wing. This wing is skinned with 1.5 mil mylar to give it the strength to handle crashes but it also is light. The skinned wing only weighs 96 grams.

Span: 36"
Length: 36"
Projected RTF weight: 12-16oz depending on the power system used.

The bare airframe ready for gear is 6.5oz. You can use everything from a Skeeter 30 sized setup to a Skeeter 36 sized setup. I will start with a Skeeter 30 sized motor and battery.

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