Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Human beings are wired for telling stories. It is an ancient art that dates back tens of thousands of years. This oral tradition set by the camp fire was kept alive from generation to generation, until recently when technology made it so that we no longer need to remember details. Just google it. 

Here Carmine Gallo breaks it down in

"The Storytellers Secret" 

Most stories basically follow the same formula...
A well-crafted story-telling ability can help you take your everyday experiences and turn them into an opportunity to win an argument, sell a product, or simply entertain people. A good rule for story-telling, according to Carmine Gallo, is that 65% would fall under what Aristotle called pathos (emotional) story telling. Watch the following clip from 10:32...

or this clip featuring Quinones...
In addition to emotional story-telling, 25% would be logos (data) for support...

And the last 10% would fall under the category of ethos (establishing credibility)...

In addition, my experience as a tour guide has taught me jokes come in handy when talking to groups and can happily make up 20% of a talk...

The art of long joke telling can be challenging yet rewarding if done right. Here's George A. Hambach telling one of his signature jokes...

Get practicing.

The Principles of Learning


Countries like China, Singapore, and Japan routinely rank number one in both math and science, while America often ranks in the middle or last among industrialized nations. Despite reform efforts, America's antiquated assembly-line style education system continually churns out rudderless adults, ill-prepared workers, and in general people who view education as a formality to 'get ahead'. Quite simply, American education kills the idea of auto-didactic learning in the heads of our youth, ties the hands of instructors who spend 30% of the year teaching towards multiple-guess standardized testing, and relies more on lecture than on a tactile learning approach. High schools in our great country have been transformed largely into Maximum Security Day-Care Centers. 

So what's the solution? Should we adopt the Asian model; the model of rote memorization, longer school days, and a stronger study ethic? Work more, study harder, and live less?  Or is there a different option; perhaps an option of quality over quantity? The answer is yes. Try Finland's model. A model based on no standardized testing, shorter school days, starting school at an older age, starting school at a later hour, making the basics a priority, less homework, cooperation over competition, free nutritious lunch, fostering a more relaxed atmosphere, and providing professional options past a traditional college degree.

As Dr. Ryzhkov states, "What education's really about is encouraging natural curiosity and critical thinking, developing emotional intelligence, and learning how to be a decent human being."


Forces Acting on An Airplane
There are four forces acting on the airplane all the time during airplane is flying.The four forces are
(1) Lift, (2) Gravity force or Weight, (3) Thrust, and (4) Drag.
Lift and Drag are considered aerodynamics forces because they exist due to the movement of the Airplane through the Air.
four forces
Lift: is produced by a lower pressure created on the upper surface of an airplane's wings compared to the pressure on the wing's lower surfaces,causing the wing to be LIFTED upward. The special shape of the airplane wing (airfoil) is designed so that air flowing over it will have to travel a greater distance and faster resulting in a lower pressure area (see illustration) thus lifting the wing upward. Lift is that force which opposes the force of gravity (or weight).
Lift depends upon (1) shape of the airfoil (2) the angle of attack (3) the area of the surface exposed to the airstream (4) the square of the air speed (5) the air density.
lift equation
Weight: The weight acts vertically downward from the center of gravity (CG) of the airplane.
Thrust: is defined as the forward direction pushing or pulling force developed by aircraft engine . This includes reciprocating engines , turbojet engines, turboprop engines.
thrust equation
Drag: is the force which opposes the forward motion of airplane. specifically, drag is a retarding force acting upon a body in motion through a fluid, parallel to the direction of motion of a body. It is the friction of the air as it meets and passes over an airplane and its components. Drag is created by air impact force, skin friction, and displacement of the air.
drag equation
Aircraft Flight Control
An airplane is equipped with certain fixed and movable surfaces or airfoil which provide for stability and control during flight. These are illustrated in the picture.
Flight Control

Each of the named of the airfoil is designed to perform a specific function in the flight of the airplane. The fixed airfoils are the wings, the vertical stabilizer, and the horizontal stabilizer. The movable airfiols called control surfaces, are the ailerons, elevators, rudders and flaps.The ailerons, elevators, and rudders are used to "steer" the airplane in flight to make it go where the pilot wishes it to go. The flaps are normally used only during landings and extends some during takeoff.
Aileron: may be defined as a movable control surface attached to the trailing edge of a wing to control an airplane in the roll, that is , rotation about the longitudinal axis.
Elevator: is defined as a horizontal control surface, usually attached to the trailing edge of horizontal stabilizer of an airplane, designed to apply a pitching movement to the airplane. A pitching movement is a force tending to rotate the airplane about the lateral axis,that is nose up or nose down.
Rudder: is a vertical control surface usually hinged to the tail post aft of the vertical stabilizer and designed to apply yawing movement to the airplane, that is to make it turn to the right or left about the vertical axis.
Wing Flaps: are hinged or sliding surfaces mounted at the trailing edge of wings and designed to increase the camber of the wings. The effect is to increase the lift of the wings.


A wise man once said – “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin

For instance, when teaching the principles of flight, one can give a Powerpoint presentation followed up by a quiz, or students can acquire the knowledge through a hands on approach. 

Bernoulli is credited with coming up with the principles that were later applied to flight. In fluid dynamics, Bernoulli's principle states that an increase in the speed of a fluid occurs simultaneously with a decrease in pressure or a decrease in the fluid's potential energy. The principle is named after Daniel Bernoulli who published it in his book Hydrodynamica in 1738. 

In 1901 Gustave Whitehead built a crude plane and performed the first flight, however for various reasons the Wright Brothers were given the recognition for their test flight in 1903.

Here two teams built prototypes based on these pioneers.

Gustave Whitehead's plane design won the competition :)

 Happy flying! 

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Just Flat Wrong

Flat Earth vs. Round Globe

We have been systematically lied to on a daily basis and told that we are living on a ball spinning at over 1,000 miles an hour, in an orbit around the sun traveling 67,000 miles an hour. Yet we feel none of this supposed movement. Do you feel like your moving 1,000 miles an hour? No, of course not. And all we are shown of this 'round' world are pictures that have been heavily photoshopped. 

On numerous occasions, science has been wrong. From the idea of aether permeating the atmosphere to the idea of 'bad air' causing disease, science has had to be revised. Think of the Big Bang. The belief that all of this sprang into existence in a moment from nothing for no good reason. All of science is predicated on this absurd notion. Basically, science is saying give us one free miracle and we'll explain the rest. Another head-scratcher is evolution. The theory of evolution posits that there are two machines at work in nature; mutation and natural selection. Yet can these two processes explain the immense and largely unnecessary transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly? Or is this transformation more poetic than evolutionary? As Marshall McLuhan suggested, perhaps rather than events being pushed from the past, instead they are pulled by an attractor in the future.

Eric Dubays has come up with '200 Proofs Earth is Not a Spinning Ball'. His 200 proofs can be boiled down to 34 points:

1) Horizon flat and distance not compatible with globe
2) Horizon rises as altitude is gained
3) Rivers, Railways and the curve of the earth
4) Airplane pilots don’t adjust course for the curve
5) Scientific experiments prove flat earth
6) Stars prove flat earth
7) Can’t detect movement of earth
8) Magic Gravity
9) NASA Faking Space proves flat earth?
10) Globe not taken into account for navigation
11) Distances in Southern Hemisphere prove flat earth
12) Non-existent Southern Hemisphere flights prove flat earth
13) Differences between North and South Hemispheres prove flat earth
15) No Midnight Sun in Antarctica proves flat earth
16) Seasonal variations would be impossible on a globe earth
17) Polestar proves flat earth
18) No South Pole on Flat Earth
19) Circumnavigation on a flat earth
20) On globe clocks would have to flip every six months
21) People upside down on other side of globe…
22) Planets are fake
23) Earth and sun are same size and close on a flat earth
24) We believe the earth is a globe because government tells us
25) Sun and moon reflection on water prove flat earth
26) The Moon according to flat earth
27) Eclipses and flat earth
28) Earth is flat proves flat earth?
29) Observed curvature caused by fisheye wide-angle lenses
30) Satellites don’t exist
31) East – west flight times would be different on a spinning globe
32) Religious books and ancient cultures accept flat earth
33) Globe earth is Freemason conspiracy
34) The earth doesn’t appear to be a globe 

Much of this evidence is based on common sense. When you look out on the horizon, what do you see? Do you see any curvature? You're probably thinking, no, because people can't see that far. Well, in 2015 Joshua Novicki took a picture of the Chicago skyline from almost 60 miles away. The problem is, because of the curvature of the earth, even when extremely clear, this should not be visible. Status-quo apologists labeled it a super-mirage.

Some will say that ships disappearing over the horizon is proof that the world is round; however, with a powerful zoom lens this is not the case. Using the theorem of Pythagoras a2 = 39632 + 12 = 15705370 and thus a = 3963.000126 miles. Thus your position is 3963.000126 - 3963 = 0.000126 miles above the surface of the earth. 0.000126 miles = 12*5280*0.000126 = 7.98 inches. Hence the earth's surface curves approximately 8 inches in one mile. This ship should not be visible.

Another clue to the earth being flat we get from flight paths. On a globe earth, a flight from Johannesburg, South Africa to Perth, Australia should be a straight shot over the Indian Ocean with convenient re-fueling possibilities on Mauritius or Madagascar. In actual practice, most Johannesburg to Perth flights curiously stopover either in Dubai, Hong Kong, Malaysia all of which make no sense on a ball, but are completely understandable when mapped on a flat earth. Similar situations occur with flight from South America to Australia and South America to Africa.

Equally as odd, in direct sunlight a thermometer will read higher than another thermometer placed in the shade, but in full, direct moonlight a thermometer will read lower than another placed in the shade. Proving the moon provides its own light. While this experiment may require a bunch of materials, here's a simple experiment you can try right now; try jumping up in the air. Now where did you land? Same spot? Why didn't you land in another place if the earth is actually traveling 1,000 miles per hour?

These so-called 'scientists' are also unsure of their own fake model. First, they said the earth was a sphere. Then they claimed it was an ellipsoid/oblate spheroid, bulging in the middle, roughly 30 km wider around the Equator than going from pole to pole. This is partially due to the pull of the moon on the Earth and the rotation of the Earth. Finally, the programmers of science settled on an egg-shaped/pear-shaped/ovoid for the earth. What's next? A banana-shaped model of our world?

But there's the big question; why? Why would the powers-that-be perpetrate such an elaborate hoax? What do they have to gain? Did you know that NASA gets $52 million a day? If you were getting that type of money what wouldn't you fake? Why does the American flag appear to wave when there is no wind on the moon? Why are there multiple sources of light?  Why did the United Nations make Antartica off limits in 1959 just as technology would have made it possible to cross? Isn't it rather peculiar that Pythagoras, Copernicus, Newton, Arthur C. Clark, and John Glenn were all Freemasons? What else are they hiding?

Flat Earth is truth. Do not be fooled by false prophets such as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

One of Flat Earth's main opponents is Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who himself has said that there is a 50/50 chance that we are living in a simulation.

So what does the real earth look like? The real earth is a flat stationary disc covered by a dome. Our reality is a controlled illusion, much like the Truman Show...

What would it mean if the world was flat and the center of the universe? It would mean we matter, that we are not a mistake or a fluke. And we can finally stop pretending that we hurtling through space, on an insignificant rock, around just another sun, one of billions, in an uncaring universe. In actuality, we are important, for who else except an imaginative species like us could have come up with this fish tale.

Flat earth must be true. I've invested a lot in this thing. All my friends are flat earthers... I mean...It's... It's either that, or the world is being carried on the backs of four elephants who themselves stand on the back of a giant turtle ;) Such a story was believed thousands of years ago by multiple cultures in different parts of the world that had no direct contact with each other.

We better figure it out folks or we could all go the way of the dinosaurs...

J.B.S. Haldane really said: "I have no doubt that in reality the future will be vastly more surprising than anything I can imagine. Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not onlyqueerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose."

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Freak Power in Milwaukee

    "Huh. Get this. According to Wikipedia, Milwaukee has a population of half a million people," I said to John Cantu.
    He gave a glance and slickly retorted, "then where is everybody?"
    We surveyed the bleak concrete landscape devoid of human life and came to the conclusion that perhaps we were in the midst of the Rapture. Maybe laying witness to the tail end of some grand earthly exodus. Seeking refuge in a tavern, we ordered brats and swilled beer worthy of a master craftsman, and tried to ascertain the reasoning behind this apparent ghost town, doubling as the 5th largest city in the Midwest.

Hanging with a Clint Eastwood sound-alike
   Ska legend The Specials might as well have been talking about Milwaukee in their song Ghost Town:

"This town is coming like a ghost town
All the clubs have been closed down
This place is coming like a ghost town
Bands won't play no more
Too much fighting on the dance floor

Do you remember the good old days before the ghost town?"

   Despite the rug having been pulled out from underneath Midwest manufacturing, the beer industry proudly marches on. And as good Americans we were apt to support Milwaukee brew. To get creamed in Cream City. Our plan was bold, a plan to bar hop all over the northside neighborhood of Bay View, but we didn't make it far past a '$1 beer' sign. Inside the dive bar we met a whole host of colorful characters.  
No way it was a lone gunman. Weldon's a lousy shot.

   Before we left on the trip we printed pictures of Gavin McGroggan and John Weldon so they could be with us in spirit. On the drive, Cantu recounted the story of the time Weldon pulled up to Cantu's art gallery unannounced carrying a baguette. As Weldon waddled over to say hello Cantu snapped into action, relieved Weldon of his big loaf of bread,  and chased him around the car, beating him with it. Classic Ego Art Gallery Hijinks.

   After the bar we wobbled up the street and sputtered out orders for cheese fries. Next thing we knew we were in a taxi, ostensibly heading to our hotel while our cabbie was attempting to give us an impromptu tour of the whole city.  In the morning we found the car and began our journey back to Chicago.                                                

God Bless.
   The trip was a sort of farewell tour for Cantu before he made the big jump to Tokyo, where he is now. I miss my friend and have been threatening to visit him in Japan for some time now. Of course life and the prospect of decent teaching work has hindered this intended bounce, yet I hope that in some parallel universe I'm there, in Tokyo, laughing with my friend Cantu, taking the piss out of Weldon, and raising a cheer with fine Japanese beer. Steady on, Cantu. Steady on, lad.