Category Archives: Engineering

Close to Earth: Flying from LAX to Prescott

In September, I drove to Prescott, Arizona and tried two different routes. More recently, I decided to try the newly minted service offered by Great Lakes Airlines: flying from LAX to Prescott on their Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, a twin-turboprop commuter airliner. It boasts … Continue reading

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Risk Analysis: Choosing My Next Writing Project

Any writer will tell you that they have more ideas than time. Choosing the next project then becomes a challenge.  From several decades as an engineer, I do a quick-and-dirty risk assessment to choose which of my current candidate projects … Continue reading

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An Experimental Mutiny against Excess: The Pirate’s Version

BACKGROUND This past week I finished Jen Hatmaker’s funny, poignant, and life-changing book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. Let me make it clear at the start: I did not pirate the book. On the contrary, I bought it, then bought … Continue reading

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And Yarn Ran Through It…

As I prepare my Sinking Ships‘ first marketing report one week after its release, I feel heartened. Sales are doing well, and the reviews have been lovely. Here’s the first customer review posted: Wow! What a fascinating set of characters! … Continue reading

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Gravity’s Afterburn

Seeing the movie Gravity brought back a flood of memories of my work on the space program.  Here’s a glimpse… When the Challenger exploded January 28, 1986, I was working through lunch.  Tom stopped by my office.  “They lost the … Continue reading

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Eating Elephants in 20 Hours

Some years ago, I learned how to accomplish any task.  While hiking in northern England, I stayed at a youth hostel that required guests to do one job before departure.  Each job took ten minutes, and the sprawling hostel was … Continue reading

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An Indelible Mark

Jacaranda trees are blooming in Southern California, a harbinger of summer that carpets sidewalks, lawns and streets with their sticky purple trumpet-shaped flowers.  Signs appear on doors reading “Please remove shoes before entering.”  The stains left by those sweet smelling flowers cannot … Continue reading

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