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Animal Management

I would want to understand the threshold of noise an animal accepts before altering behavior to avoid it. It do be like drones be loud. I saw a bald eagle roost between a stadium and a coalie railroad track, a really noisy place. When I filmed its home with a drone, I stayed as far from it as possible, just close enough to visually ID the bird in its nest, from about 150 feet away. The nest was the size of a Smart Car. that bird lived in a noisy place. Hawks are moving downtown. Coyotes are moving into suburban spaces. They can deal. Animals whose habitats have been ruined or destroyed have to go somewhere. What if you could buzz deer to corral them through greenways to cut automobile damage and road casualties? What if you could track manatee and drop bait to lure them from waterways used by redneck boat enthusiasts?

I am going to reach out to a couple of universities to ask staff about animals and noise pollution. You should test for pressure and intensity, the loudness and the intensity of the sound. It matters. When creating masking or audio filters, the frequency response of the listener matters.

You can herd animals with drones, but you need people on the ground to handle real problems of ensuring the animals are managed in this human-dominated world. Speaking of ‘heard’, noise will remain the consistent complaint against BVLOS delivery. There could be issues with interruption of local wireless networks. This problem falls under the purview of NextGen ATC, another topic altogether. Something that makes it easy will be relative quiet. When cars go electric, all the noise will be overhead.

Based on tests I found online using a DJI drone a few years ago, I determined a drone 200 feet in the air would not prove to be much of a bother to humans, but I feel the test was fairly weak.

Japan Goes BVLOS Downtown

Rando Round Up

Artemis Update

Figure 1: Orion inbound after gravity assist from Moon

Thermal Camera Update No One Needed

MicroSD card for thermal camera project recovered, 64 Gb of happy. I have a device without an operating system yet. I can load Linux into it. Notice the cheap ways. I am unable to supply extraneous projects with more capital at this point. I am sort of hesitant in working with things that use components from unknown sources, too. I am overly cautious. I study the hardware. That’s useful. So, I will try to load software onto it and hope it accidentally become something useful through normalized trade agreements that support industry and labor at scale and sustainably valuable in lowering carbon footprints. Also, that could always be a cybersecurity problem later. It depends on the shifting sands of Global Corporate Feudalism.

The Job Search Job

I am more than likely going into a teacher certification program again, not exactly kicking and screaming, but more or less wondering why every time I get another college degree I have a harder time finding gainful employment. Yesterday someone offered me an engineering technologist position for less than the entry-level rate of a local grocery clerk. How would I feel about it? That was a good one. Teaching would allow me to care for my disabled son in my old age, in my 70s. That matters more to me than anything else.

My argument is that stakeholders want to squeeze the staff. they cut old people. The process starts with value, but the company becomes cannibalized to the legal degree that we eventually find ourselves on the Boat of Theseus. Young people are easier to control, to manipulate, to demoralize and subvert. They must grovel and writhe on the spit of marginal gains. An increasingly shrinking pool of candidates feeds a system of exclusion. Colleges must push increasingly bizarre and exclusionary outcomes. Automation replaces tasks over time. So, you have people with very little in the way of adult experiences rising meteorically to control the fates of millions, based on their malleability for the ends determined by plutocrats and billionaires. The art of failing up becomes imperative. One needs academic, scientific expertise, but the deciders lack ethics. You get a corporate culture that resembles a freakish brand of adolescent performance. Proving things to strangers. Disrupting. Getting cosmetic surgery for the sake of corporate culture. Cryptobros who ruined FTX did not track their accounts, shucks.

You have adolescents making decisions for people with grandkids based on how old grampa is. FTX didn’t keep books. The CEO doesn’t read books. What on Earth are people thinking?Someone will, and I’m glad it’s not me, someone will figure out how to stop corporate America from appealing to the worst impulses of teenage knuckleheads.

I am always running into the hungover 22- or 24-year-old young professional technology recruiter who calls me 10 minutes later than scheduled, asks myopic questions, says “awesome” a lot, then offering me less money than what the position advertises, and trends downward if I counter the offer. That person will be replaced by someone else with the same habits. Or its someone on a bad connection, someone from India somehow always routing through the same zip code 700 miles away, someone with two Anglican first names who assures me I can work for $100 an hour, no problem. Magic recruiters! Just send a Word copy of the resume.

EDIT: Recruiter sent SMS two hours late for appointment to apologize she was running late. “Truth is the stranger fiction” – El-P.

I have not had a good experience with a recruiter yet, private or subsidized by the government. The company gets you to expose your intellectual property, and then it gives you the boot, all while you technically work for the staffing company. Hopefully they can just glean from your “projects list” what they can scoop from your head and ghost you before you ever get benefits.

Weekly Gallery

Rerun from before flu season. I am enjoying the first twelve hours without an inhaler I’ve had in a month.

Fly Your Ideas

Drone Cinematography Classes!

So, everyone who attempted the test passed and earned an FAA TRUST certificate. We tested through a site administered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University because I support their UAV technology courses.

The three days I participated as a volunteer instructor at Verticals were as follows: April 28th, May 5th and May 12th, 2022. I guided students through the process of learning how to safely fly drones in uncontrolled airspace. Two students flew my professional drone over the nearby Monongahela River, by an old truss bridge. One landed the professional drone, wow! On the first day! We planned a video with storyboards and a huddle on production elements. They brainstormed, scheduled shots, got gear, and produced the footage. One the last day, students edited and shared footage.

I basically hustled parts, minor repairs, battery charging, and network connections to and from supply to the production locations. I answered questions. One team was outside the building, another inside. I invited students to explore their own styles. They had fun. The teams erupted with creativity and effort. I had hoped to use the course module in a creative writing lesson or a programming lesson. The presentation that I use sort of serves as a class rubric, but I supply the students with worksheets to plan their productions step-by-step.

I learned some crucial limitations and opportunities for the next session. The most valuable thing is to have a report formatted to assign communication channels, teams, roles, and work schedules. Safety issues were routinely handled successfully. All craft and pilots, tablets and other parts of the Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) made it back in the box, so to speak. All inventory recovered, repairs and orders made, all data shared in the cloud, students back in their districts, rooms ready for the next class.

Verticals Plug

  • How to fly recreational drones with basic and advanced maneuvers.
  • How to plan flights for capturing media.
  • Get the soon-to-be mandatory – and EASILY OBTAINED – TRUST flyer certificate from the FAA, online for free.
  • How to film, edit, and share a video you make with drone footage and apps.
  • How to fly a drone with Scratch Python block code.
  • Provide information about industrial drone applications and jobs.

Local Resource in Action

Community groups will have some authority to determine the nature of its flight operations in local airspace come this fall 2022. As long as a responsible pilot is connected to the group, the area can develop flight operations that best suits the needs of the group. A FRIA is basically an area supported by a Part 107 drone pilot or more qualified pilots. The FAA determines the location and quality of FRIAs.

I can see a drone academy being a part of an 21st-century community, so I am studying what we need to do to qualify to become a FRIA. I have a break from school in a month, and I like to read legislation. One of the problems is that it’s not 1986 anymore. These rules were written before the Internet absolutely debased the concept of community. It used to involve, at the very least, physical mail for remote correspondence, on land lines, even. Brick and mortar have given way to ones and zeros. The architecture is in an electric field instead of a dirt lot. “Model aviation” was a concept that existed before FPV, before streaming, before smart phones, before laptops. Ridiculous changes continue to occur and need to occur more quickly because of climate change.

  • (1) is described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;
  • (2) is exempt from tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;
  • (3) the mission of which is demonstrably the furtherance of model aviation;
  • (4) provides a comprehensive set of safety guidelines for all aspects of model aviation addressing the assembly and operation of model aircraft and that emphasize safe aeromodelling operations within the national airspace system and the protection and safety of individuals and property on the ground, and may provide a comprehensive set of safety rules and programming for the operation of unmanned aircraft that have the advanced flight capabilities enabling active, sustained, and controlled navigation of the aircraft beyond visual line of sight of the operator;
  • (5) provides programming and support for any local charter organizations, affiliates, or clubs; and
  • (6) provides assistance and support in the development and operation of locally designated model aircraft flying sites.

Time to learn

Topics in the Verticals Youth Empowerment program include artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, drones, digital fabrication, coding, media production, design studio, blockchain, and crypto. Courses in the topics are presented alongside fitness and wellness resources. The center director is retired NFL pro-football player William James, who stepped off the gridiron and into a new life arena. William has an amazing base of supporters, collaborators, volunteers, and stakeholders who help make this happen. Very grateful.

Verticals Youth Empowerment Center is designed to stimulate young minds, give parents an inclusive environment in which to socialize, and to offer youth a sense of pride in themselves and their community. There are other facilities in the works.

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