User Input

User Input: Idiotic Mythology

We had Snowpocalypse 2013 here in Edmonton yesterday. After a few days of nice clear weather, it seems far too many people completely forgot how to drive for conditions, and posted an all-new record for most accidents in a single day. […]

Airborne Awesomosity

NASA-Toothed GRIN

NASA, federally funded behemoth that they are, has been kind enough to share a GRIN–the Great Images In NASA library. It is an extensive collection of images, from the pre-NASA days as NACA, and on. Most are copyright free, with NASA just requesting to be credited.

I wanted to start off this occasional series exploring these image archives on a high note, so today we are going to look at crash photos! Some are intentional, some not so much; some are impressive, some not so much. In all cases no test pilots were harmed killed in the capturing of these images. So put a GRIN on your face and hit the jump!

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Cause and Effect

Quit Hitting Yourself

Did you ever wonder to yourself, “If jet fighters can fly faster than a speeding bullet, and they shoot bullets, what’s to stop them from flying into their own bullets??” The answer may astound and amaze you! Not only is it possible to shoot yourself down, it has actually been done! Once seems to have been enough, and the military evolved its flying combat tactics so that it wouldn’t happen again.

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Startup

Startup: All For The Want of a Horseshoe Nail

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Small bits of metal are easy to overlook as being “technology” – they’ve been around for so long that we don’t think of things like the above pictured cotter pin (or split pin in the UK) as being technology. They’re easy to ignore, until you need one that is. Like the parable of the missing horseshoe nail, a missing cotter pin can be disastrous. Just ask BC Ferries about the Queen of Oak Bay, one of their largest vessels that crashed while entering the Horseshoe Bay terminal in 2005. The cotter pin on the bolt that connects the engine speed control to the fuel rack went MIA, causing the bridge to lost control over the engine speed. The captain made the decision to steer the ferry away from the terminal itself (and the people on it) and instead plowed into 24 privately owned boats in the neighboring marina. Video after the jump.

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