15 July 2014

On trying to save two kittens stuck in a pipe

  • Me: Should I vacuum them out? Or use a blower? But i don't know where to get a high-power blower. Also, that would mean going up the roof.
  • I.V.: This is not a Looney Tunes plan.
4 July 2014
26 June 2014

(Source: hellabaka)

30 April 2014

The power of IFTTT, now on Android



We are delighted to introduce IFTTT for Android. What’s available in the Play Store today is only the beginning.

Download the app for your phone or tablet and unlock six new Android Channels, including the Device and SMS Channels.

IFTTT Recipe: Automatically set your latest Instagram as your wallpaper connects instagram to android-device

IFTTT Recipe: Turn on your lights when you're near home connects android-location to philips-hue

IFTTT Recipe: Rain tomorrow? Get an Android Notification connects weather to android-notifications

IFTTT Recipe: If you miss you mom's call, email her to let her know you'll call her back connects android-phone-call to gmail

IFTTT Recipe: Upload your screenshots to Dropbox connects android-photos to dropbox

IFTTT Recipe: Sorry, I don't do voicemail (missed calls get an SMS) connects android-phone-call to android-sms

29 April 2014


This Blackbird was covered in a previous post. Click here to view.

     SR-71A #17958 was the first Blackbird delivered to the Air Force, excluding test and trainer aircraft. Her first flight was on December 15, 1965. She logged 2288.9 hours total, before her final landing on February, 23, 1990 at Warner Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. She was then towed down the street to the nearby Museum of Aviation where she rests today.

     When I was a young child, my parents took me to visit this museum. I remember at that point, the aircraft was resting on the hangar floor. On April 5 and 6, 2013, she was raised atop three pedestals by Warner Robins AFB maintenance squadrons, tilting her back to a takeoff configuration. 

     When I photographed the aircraft on April 5, 2014, a year to the day after they lifted it on it’s pedestals, I found something incredible. When the plane was tilted up, residual fuel resting in the tanks moved aft and started leaking from the aircraft (shown in final picture in the photo set). The leaks still continue today, a year after the plane was tilted, and 24 years after the plane was last fueled. 

     When the Blackbird family of aircraft flew at Mach 3+, the friction of the ram air pressure heated the skin of the aircraft to temperatures in excess of 600 degrees Fahrenheit. This heating caused the whole aircraft to lengthen five inches from tip to tail during high speed flight, and contract again as it descended and bled off speed. This constant expansion and contraction caused the sealant in the fuel tanks to fail, creating leaks. These leaks were monitored and measured in drips per minute (DPI). Each area of the aircraft had a built in tolerance for maximum DPI. Once a certain area surpassed it’s maximum DPI, maintenance would have to re-seal the inside of the fuel tank, which was described as a nightmarish process.

     As I walked underneath the aircraft, my shoes stuck to the fuel residue on the hangar floor. This had happened to me a thousand times during my years working on the flight line. But this time was different. This time, the fuel came from an SR-71. This time, the fuel on the floor was JP-7 a proprietary fuel that no other aircraft used. For me, this was an emotional experience. I don’t believe many people have experienced this since the Blackbirds stopped flying in 1999, and even fewer folks will experience this in the future once these elegant crafts contain no more fuel to weep. 

     Major Brian Shul, SR-71 Pilot and author of the book Sled Driver wrote, “After flying a number of sorties in the airplane, most pilots couldn’t help thinking the airplane had a heart and spirit of its own.” So many people look at these museum pieces as dormant, dead shells of what they once were. That day, #17958 rewarded me by showing that she still had life left in her. This was a connection between man and machine that I do not take for granted.

25 February 2014
17 December 2013

Why I have a hard time dealing with the spirit of giving in Christmas (and the concept of pasalubong).

4 December 2013

So I Heard Anne Curtis Was Buying...


So I know you guys heard about the incident involving Anne Curtis and others in Prive. I figure I can maybe try to make some money out of this. Here’s my open-project-proposal to Anne Curtis, right after her lovely picture.


Dear Ms. Curtis,

Hello, I am Red Ollero, a comedian,…

11 November 2013

Juan-a-Day: Collated info on HOW YOU CAN HELP #YolandaPH #ReliefPH #BangonPH


Dear Friends,

The Philippines in a collective state of shock and sorrow. But we are all getting together in our efforts to help our fellow Filipinos in any way we can. Information is so vital these days. Fortunately, information from devastated areas are coming in. Now, it’s our responsibility…

6 October 2013
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