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Eunoia, who is a grumpy, overeducated, facetious, multilingual naturalised German, blatantly opinionated, old (1944-vintage), amateur cryptologist, computer consultant, atheist, flying instructor, bulldog-lover, Porsche-driver, textbook-writer and blogger living in the foothills south of the northern German plains. Not too shy to reveal his true name or even whereabouts, he blogs his opinions, and humour and rants irregularly. Stubbornly he clings to his beliefs, e.g. that Faith does not give answers, it only prevents you doing any goddamn questioning. You are as atheist as he is. When you understand why you don't believe in all the other gods, you will know why he does not believe in yours.

Oh, and after the death of his old bulldog, Kosmo, he also has a new bulldog, Clara, since September 2018 :-)

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Monday, May 27

Friend Hubert turns 60

Biker friend Hubert has a bucket list. For his 60th birthday he made a present to himself by going to see the Niagara Falls, a place he had never been before. So he and our mutual friend Frank drove at 4 a.m. to Frankfurt, Germany, took a transatlantic plane last sunday to JFK, spent the rest of that day sightseeing in NY (Central Park, Wall Street, Ground Zero, Statue of Liberty etc) then flew up to Buffalo. Next day they took a tourist helicopter to see the Falls from the air (see photo below), walked across a pedestrian bridge into Canada to see from that side too, then took that little electric boat from the USA into the spray to see it from below. When I was there many decades ago the diesel boat was called Maid of the Mist too. Next day back via Buffalo, JFK, and Frankfurt. Four days for a crazily short vacation; too expensive for me. But now I have seen all his photos, all taken in excellent weather, I must admit to being envious.

Click here to see the photo in its original size.

Happy birthday, Hubert! Sounds like you had the fun you wanted.

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Friday, May 24

Slaughtering the pig ;-)

Ever since childhood I have owned and used a piggy bank. Granny told me to empty my pockets of coins every evening so that there would be less wear of the pockets' cloth. So, coins were collected daily in my piggy bank and whenever it was full, we would "slaughter the pig" and pay the coins into my bank account.

And I did this again yesterday and was surprised at how much the new, larger, black-ceramic piggy bank weighed. Several kilos; I needed both hands to lift it, and after "slaughtering the pig", even more surprised at how much money was inside, 258+ Euros, all in coins.

This is the receipt from the coin-counting machine at the village bank.

The histogram shows that the 20 cent coins were most frequent, 101 of them. The 1 cent coins were the least frequent, just 51 of those. The coins were all change from me paying in paper money, so does this suggest that shops are rounding up prices to the next 20c? Some countries such as Switzerland and Scandinavia do this, so never giving change in 1c and 2c and 5c coins. What applies in your country, dear readers? Yes, I do know that this small sample is not enough to let me draw a valid conclusion, but I thought I'd show you anyway.

Pergelator wrote " I have a jar for loose change. Used to be it would fill up and I would take it to the bank and they would feed it to their change counting machine. As time passed, it got filled up less and less often and the bank changed to a self service counting machine. Now a days I hardly use cash for anything, me and most businesses have adapted to using credit cards. I can't remember the last time the jar got filled up. I don't think the bank even has a coin counting machine anymore. We had a garage sale last weekend and garage sales are all cash, so we pulled out my jar and counted out a number of coins to use for making change. The sale was a success, my wife got rid of a bunch of stuff and got some cash in return. We dutifully counted the coins and replaced what we had taken from my jar." Small businesses here prefer cash to cards because the card companies scrape off a percentage of their profits. I can understand that, damn sycophants.
Carol (UK) asks " Are those all the coins you have over there?" We also have larger collectors' coins: 5€, 10€, 20€, 25€ and new is the 11€ coin made for the EU soccer championship. Like in the UK you can get a Brittania ? But the coin-counting machine rejects them as it does foreign coins.
Billions of Versions... wrote " I collected coins as a kid. Something that's almost impossible now considering what's in circulation. All the silver coins have been pulled out of circulation for their silver value. " The collector coins here are silver and/or gold.
Cop Car wrote " You threw me with your 20 cent piece. I never had a piggy bank, but Hunky Husband still does. Since HH rarely carries money or pays for stuff, himself, it will be a few years before I empty his last, small stash. (As a person with dementia, it is hard for HH to keep track of things that he carries.) Many places now give discounts for cash. For small, local businesses, I have long had a habit of paying in cash, so now I get those discounts. I recall when credit cards were newish that there was a surcharge for using them – which, in some places, became outlawed. Around and around we go." Perhaps I should have written Eurocents?
Doug (Canada) wrote " In Canada "production of the penny ceased in May 2012, and the Royal Canadian Mint ceased distribution of them as of February 4, 2013. However, the coin remains legal tender. Nevertheless, once distribution of the coin ceased, vendors were no longer expected to return pennies as change for cash purchases and were encouraged to round purchases to the nearest five cents. Goods can still be priced in one-cent increments, with non-cash transactions like credit cards being paid to the exact cent." For coins in circulation, we have the $0.05 nickel, $0.10 dime, $0.25 quarter, the rarely used $0.50 half dollar, $1.0 Loonie, and the $2.0 Toonie." I an told that it costs our government more than 1 cent to make a 1 cent coin. Cannot verify that.
Gwen (UK) notes "So that was 564 coins in your piggy bank, averaging 45,76 cents. But you don't have a 45,76c coin obviously." That would be the mean, personally I would use the medial 50 cent, which we do have. There were 63 of those in the pig, fwiw. But yes, I do pay in coins if I can, even getting smaller coin change. Off topic, for you and Liz, both religious persons, this is what one of the 30 pieces of silver looked like.
Cop Car later wrote " Re comment by Billions: About the only thing I recall from the econ course that I took in 1955 was that bad money drives out good. Re Eurocents: I immediately knew that my “Huh?” on first reading was due to my USA-centric brain. Sadly, I have rarely been exposed to currencies from other countries." There was one country, I forget which, that also had oblong copper coins.

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Monday, May 20

Pentecostal Post ;-)

Here are two Pentecostal memes, the first for my Jewish and Christian friends, in which I quote Samuel Langhorne Clemens :-

The second is for my fellow-Atheist friends, in which I quote the Lord ;-)

Petra (A) sent this atheist meme addition

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Wednesday, May 15

Pre-WW2 Lufthansa routes from 1937

While I was in the Quax Hangar on the previous weekend I noticed they had a nice old poster on the wall of a corridor. It is a Lufthansa poster from 1937 and it shows the routes they were flying that year. So I took this photo:-

Too small to be readable, so I have attached a much larger, zoomable, version here if you care to inspect that too. Integrated timetable and some price lists too. Beware, it is a 2+ megabyte file so may take a while to load. Note some obscure airports too.

Oh, and Ed (USA) asked for a cockpit photo, since I seem to have forgotten any this year at Quax. So here is a MiG 31 cockpit at dusk. No glass cockpits in use back then.
The MiG 31 could reach 83,000 feet service ceiling and Mach 3.2 if needed.

Billions of Versions... wrote " Thanks for the test. The map downloaded in less than a second. Cool cockpit picture. And I assume you've heard of motorcycle airbag vests. They are really pushing them right now over here." But you still have states that let you ride without a helmet? WTF?
Billions of Versions... replied " WTF indeed. There was a big push years ago to require helmets and most states passed helmet laws. Now the "you can't take my freedom to die away" riders are getting the laws rescinded. Missouri is one of those states that rescinded the helmet law that had been passed 10? 15? years ago. So what I see now is about 75/25 with helmet/no helmet."
Cop Car commenting on states (in the USA) that do not require helmet wearing for motorcyclists, wrote " Perhaps those states are big believers in Darwin’s work. I think I told you, Stu, about the film clip shown to us US Navy Reservists in the 1980s. It touted the safety/survivability of wearing a seat belt while motorcycling. (It convinced me, but as you well know I do not ride.)" Yes. I am under the impression that Bogie is the only motorcyclist in your family. Is that right?
Cop Car replied "Current count is zero. In the past, there were three: Bogie, her Wonderful Spouse, and WichiDude. Bogie gave up her two-wheeled transport a couple of years ago when her visual problems demanded. Her Wonderful Spouse is no longer her spouse so no longer in the family. I haven’t known what he was up to for about 13 years. WichiDude gave up his two-wheeled transport after laying it down hard enough to instill great concern in his spouse, Dudette. I have been aboard two motorcycles and actually was taken for a ride of a few feet when I was in my 30s. I stuck to parachuting – lol." Love that last sentence ;-)
Cop Car then sent this link

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Monday, May 13


Not often we get to see them this far south (51.6°N).

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Thursday, May 9

Quax Hangar open day photos

The Quax hangar at EDLP is a club for owners of historic airplanes; a collective of people who share the same workshop, staffed by expert mechanics for vintage aircraft technologies. Most of the old planes are trainers; ex-mil planes have had their weapons removed in compliance with German law for civil aircraft. These are my photos of the planes on display this year. For comparison here is my blog entry for the 2022 Quax day.

This first photo is of a Casa 131, a pre-WW2 licence copy of an aerobatic Buecker Jungemann biplane, like the one co-owned by Cop Car. When we brought one back from Spain, later registered as D-EOMM, it had over a dozen coats of battleship-gray paint, because the Spanish air force had not stripped the old paint off first, but just slapped another layer on top :-(

This white beauty is a Beechcraft Bonanza with characteristic V-tail. Six-seater, 300 hp, retractable undercarriage, and fast. Too expensive for me.

Next up, a Siai Marchetti 205. I have flown the SF260 fighter-trainer version, with tip-tanks. Fast and aerobatic. Very agile.

Then there was the tiny Boelkow 208, a two-seater only, usable for aerobatic training too. Side-by-side seating, so cramped.

Next up, the classic British trainer, a De Havilland Chipmunk,with tandem seating again. Mildly aerobatic, a delight to fly. The silencer is a later addition.

This one was imported from Brazil, where it had been used for ground attack training. I didn't make a note of the model or manufacturer. Never flown one.

The L39 Albatros was the standard first jet trainer for the Soviet block. At 400 knots, kinda slow for a jet fighter, and rather thirsty; but seen in Reno too.

This cranked-wing 4 seater is a Robin Regent; I learned to tow gliders and banners in one of these. Docile, about 180hp afaik, excellent visibility.

Now this is a one-off. Yes it is a Mooney, but experimentally equipped with a geared Porsche car engine. I have flown Mooneys; I like them for their speed, but I have never flown this particular one-off, so no feedback for you.

Next up, a Magister , a twin engine first jet trainer, with NO ejection seats, built by the French. Slow. I have never flown one, so no feedback.

One of the Quax members has an older helicopter painted and equipped as a MASH air ambulance from the Korean War (known there as the American war, as in Vietnam too). Patients in MASH units had a lower mortality rate compared to others, as the transportation time by helicopter to hospitals was shorter, resulting in fewer patients dying within the first hour after an injury was first sustained, so a successful strategy. The US disbanded their MASH units in 2006 afaik.

Static displays aside, there was this PA18 Piper Super Cub offering 10-minute laps around the field, so visitors could get their first flying experience :-)

Inside the workshop hanger there was a STOL Fieseler Storch being restored but not much else.

The workshop was kept tidy, each plane having its own box of spare parts.

Comments (4)
Cop Car sent these Comments on Historic Aircraft : "Casa 131: On such a small aircraft, the weight penalty of multiple coats of paint is not great, but every pound counts. OTOH: In the hands of less skilled or ignorant paint crew (or as we were known in the US Navy, corrosion prevention crew), real damage can be done in the name of removing paint. Cessna’s bizjet Service Center had to address the damage caused by a crew’s using rotary blades to remove paint from the “seam” between sections of fuselage on several aircraft while I was there. Not only was the paint removed, but the skin in the pressure vessel was cut through or close to it in places. At times, the only reasonable fix was to apply an external patch several feet long.
Beechcraft Bonanza with characteristic V-tail: As I’m sure Stu is aware, this aircraft is sometimes referred to as a Fork-Tailed Doctor Killer in the USA (and maybe other places about which I am ignorant)."
I didn't know that, I assume people who had only flown e.g. a Cessna 140 before had not bought adequate training for a much more advanced plane? Same reason the Cessna 310 killed a lot of people when it was released? I took 6 hours of extra training on an Aerostar as I only owned a PA28-140 myself.
Ed (USA) asks "What does STOL mean?" Short Take-Off and Landing, like with this ultralight ( see this short video).
Jenny (Ibiza) scowls " That is far too subtle, Stu, even for you; blogging about aeroplanes on the public holiday called Ascension (into heaven)!" You credit me too much, Jenny. The hangar open day was last saturday, it was pure coincidence that I got around to blogging about it finally on thursday.
Carol (UK) asks "So show us your own PA28-140 please." Here we are :-

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Tuesday, May 7

Titanic humour :-(

S cratch marks discovered (below the waterline) on the rusty hull of the sunken Titanic ???

This photo shows a gentleman in the Titanic gym, ironically, practicing rowing.

Comments (1)
Keith (UK) wrote "So now you are telling unintelligable jokes in Morse code? What does it mean?" Yes, that rusty bar does contain Morse code . It means : Cut along the dotted line. Macabre, huh?

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