Rant: Every Radio Controlled Aircraft is Not a Drone

Screenshot 2015-03-20 at 8.44.45 AMDrone: An autonomous pilotless aircraft or missile; Unmanned Aviation Vehicle (UAV)

Drones are used in military exercises to fly reconnaissance missions or deliver ordnance. They may fly a pre-programmed course with limited “decision making” ability of their own or be remotely controlled.

Hobbyists have been flying radio controlled airplanes and helicopters for decades. Due to improved designed and new lightweight materials, today’s aircraft look very different from what your father or grandfather might have flown back in the 70’s or 80’s. But unless you belong to a paramilitary organization (militia or a terrorist cell) then you do not have a drone. We have adopted that word into our lexicon from military use and hear it on the news every day used incorrectly.

I know it’s too late. Just like ATM Machine and PIN Number the word drone is part of the American vernacular and people are going to keep saying it. I just want to say once for the record: Those people are wrong.

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No News is Good News

Llamas on the Lam – YouTube videos and social media updates that go viral are nothing new, but every now and then a story garners so much attention the legitimate news media notice. While some people lament the runaway llama story and ugly white and gold dress nonsense being the “top stories” of the week I suggest it’s actually a good thing.

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Back in the day the local news got 30 minutes of airtime followed by a half hour national network broadcast. Today’s 24 hour news cycle, on several different competing networks, means that something must be news all the time. When the black & blue/ white & gold debate is the focus of our collective attention, and every newscast opens with a llama chase scene, that means bigger more important stories are not taking place. ISIS has not beheaded another Christian, a passenger airliner has not disappeared into the south Pacific, there was no threat to the president’s life and so forth. No news, as the saying goes, is good news.

Live Long and Prosper – In what might be considered real news, Leonard Nimoy has passed at the age of 83. Westboro Baptist will purportedly protest his funeral but I will try to avoid launching into that rant at this time. Below is one of my favorite things ever. It features Old Spock, Young Spock, the Ballad of Bilbo Baggins and other good, old fashioned nerd humor.

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Do You Want to Build a Snowman?  This entire post is really nothing but images and wordy discussions that don’t work in the current Happy Monday format, so here is a pic of Johannah and the snowman we made last week. Spring training the same day; don’t worry, he’ll melt long before the Braves choke in the postseason.

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Free Coffee? The Entire Month of February? YES PLEASE!

This video was accidently left out of yesterday’s Happy Monday:

I’m sitting at a Chick-fil-A in Marietta, GA enjoying my first free cup right now. I average Chick-fil-A breakfast about twice a week as it is so the free coffee didn’t draw me in but it is a nice perk. They recently switched to a new coffee supplier, Thrive Farmers Coffee, and this promotion is meant to introduce it to a wider audience. If you haven’t been to Chick-fil-A for breakfast recently they also have some new menu items, such as breakfast burritos, chicken minis, oatmeal with or without fruit, and a yogurt parfait.

It’s cold outside. Have a hot cup of Joe on the Cathy’s, all February long.

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Come Back to McDonald’s, but Don’t Stay Too Long

McDonald’s is aware that they are loosing business to other chains. They are in the process of simplifying their menu and focusing their advertising on the “I’m Loving It” theme to attract customers to return. They have responded to concerns about what their food products actually contain in a hope to regain the public’s trust. But just this morning I noticed this sign in a McD’s dining room:

Photo2005I’ve seen signage in Chick-fil-A inviting customers to stay as long as they like but reserve full size tables for larger groups. They even politely suggest during peak times of the day you might come back later. I arrived at one location a little early for lunch and was going to do my surfing first and then order. The manager came by and ask if I would like anything, perhaps a glass of water. I don’t like using a restaurant’s wifi or a gas station bathroom without making a purchase. I once ordered a Diet Coke at a Krystal and the cashier said “It’s just a drink, don’t worry about it.” So then I had free wifi and a free beverage. Not what I was looking for but very hospitable.

McDonald’s wants you to come back, just don’t overstay your welcome.

 

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Time Capsule Opened

A time capsule buried in 1795 by Sam Adams and his cohorts was opened today in Boston Mass. I imagine we’re all thinking the same thing.

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Asleep at the Wheel

(not me)

(not me)

It wasn’t the first time I had taken a nap in a car. It’s been a few years since I spent an entire night, but I am definitely not one of those people that require absolute silence, total darkness or for that matter, a bed. I had already walked two laps around the half mile walking track at Tolleson park and read several chapters of a book. It was that time of day, an hour or two after lunch, that gets to me everyday. So with another hour to kill before my next appointment I gave in to the drowsiness and reclined the seat for a little shut eye.

Studies have shown that a short nap in the middle of the day can actually increase productivity. Sleeping for even 10 minutes can be enough to reset the brain and make you feel awake and refreshed. The effects of caffeine, say one cup of coffee or tea, take 20 minutes to be fully realized. An article I read just recently suggests drinking that caffeinated beverage then napping for 15 minutes to capitalize on the combined effect of both. Some large office spaces, in addition to workout rooms and in house yoga classes, offer a place to catch 40 winks hoping to cash in on increased worker productivity long into the afternoon.

I hope I have sold you on the notion that a short nap at the right time can be a good idea. Be warned, however, there is a certain social stigma about people that sleep in cars and if you are found sleeping in yours the police might have a few questions.

 

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2014 Was a Great Year

Screenshot 2014-12-30 at 9.06.50 PMI don’t always post a year-end review but have just got to say that 2014 was a banner year for our family. After a decade of on-again, off-again writing (and starting from scratch each time) I finally published a book in May. After doing a little of this and that, and giving serious consideration to a career in the HVAC trades, I was called to pastor a small SBC church in September. Here’s a few pics from the past year. Praise God from whom all blessings flow, looking forward to 2015.

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Snow Day: We don’t always get snow in Georgia but this year had a couple of doozies.

Screenshot 2014-12-24 at 8.11.26 AMEpic man beard selfie: I let No-Shave-November run through December and January.

Screenshot 2014-12-24 at 8.10.01 AMValentine’s Day: There’s a perspective thing going on here; I’m closer to the camera than Teresa, my head’s not really that big.

 

Screenshot 2014-04-20 at 5.56.07 PMEaster Sunday

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God is Near, His Promise to His People: Published May 16, 2014 by OutSkirts Press. Click here for more.

UBC

Unity Baptist Church in Plainville, GA:  Established in 1849 it is literally do or die time for this small SBC church. Please pray for us every chance you get.

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We thank God for his many blessings and prayfully ask that he continue to touch, use and bless. Work on the parsonage will be wrapping up soon and we are about to get serious about moving to Plainville. I would like to start working on another book soon, so look for it in bookstores in about 10 years! Looking forward to 2015, goodnight and God bless.

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