California Dreamin’

A Funny Thing Happens to Solar Power when it Snows

by carbonboy on December 10, 2017

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Yesterday it was overcast and snowing all day – first time ever my solar panels produce zero energy. They were covered in three inches of wet snow, and I wasn’t about to climb up on the roof to remedy the condition. Today it was sunny, but it took near all day for the snow to […]

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The Return of Winter

by carbonboy on November 10, 2017

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  Oh, this is going to be tough – substituting a mild Southern California winter for a moderate one in Southern Maryland. I am not ready, but thankfully 10 days of mid-fifties sunny days lie ahead after this first winter blast from the artic. I so miss California!

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Leaving the Suburban Wasteland

by carbonboy on September 5, 2017

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I can’t imagine why Eastvale, CA was voted the best city to live in California. There’s no community here – no kids in the streets, and the only time you talk to your neighbors is if, by chance, you are taking out your three (garbage, yard & recyclable) waste bins out for Friday pickup. I’d […]

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Mooney-Uber Deal Dead

by carbonboy on August 21, 2017

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The Chinese investors have halted all work on the M10, and the Mooney-Uber deal appears dead in the water. There is no one left at the Chino Airport to work on it. So I am going home to Piney Point, Maryland to restart Carbon-Fiber-Design! Woo-hoo!

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Where is This?

by carbonboy on August 13, 2017

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OK – I am going through old hard drives tonight, and this photo was taken in 2012. What city?

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Post image for Back to Basics – Calibrating the BCN 3D Printer & Basic R&D on the VARTM Process

My client’s Chinese investors decided on a clean slate simplified M10 aircraft for the emerging Chinese market, and fired the CEO for his grandiose vision of a super sports plane. That complicates life for me, as I now can expect travels to Texas, Tel Aviv and Zhengzhou, China – but not, thankfully, for a time. […]

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California Sky (View from My Infinity Chair)

by carbonboy on June 4, 2017

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Some days, especially after a journey, best be spent doing much of nothing, and a bit of something, so as to make the nothing part justifiable. I did spend some time in the garden to cover that. In retrospect, I wonder if leaving LA in 1992 to head north to Davis, CA was a mistake? […]

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Summer – Bring it On!

by carbonboy on May 22, 2017

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Finally got the backyard ready for summer. The structures team liked the cookout so much, it will be a monthly event!

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House in Order

by carbonboy on April 17, 2017

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Finally have the California house in order for weekday BBQs with the stress and structures guys, strategic meetings with partners and, when ready, wining & dining investors.

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Bye Bye Moo Cows

by carbonboy on March 20, 2017

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For decades, the area surrounding the Chino Airport had a bigger population of dairy cattle than people. These were not your idyllic dairy farms that I recall in Wisconsin, with rolling green pastures, sparsely populated with contented roaming Guernseys. Here in Chino, they are more like feedlots from hell. If you are a cow destined […]

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Green California!

by carbonboy on March 12, 2017

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The hills are alive with the sound of . . . green color. Best time in Southern California – a few weeks of green. Likely the best time in Death Valley as the desert flowers are in bloom. Road trip to the Inn at Furnace Creek seems in order. But when?

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Checking out the Competition

by carbonboy on March 5, 2017

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But for $800,000, I’d opt for an ocean sloop, fully crewed, with provisions for six months. But who am I to judge?

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Finally Invested in Great Coffee Every Morning

by carbonboy on February 22, 2017

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 If you have to ask what it cost, you can’t afford it (I didn’t ask).

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Prepping for Spring

by carbonboy on February 12, 2017

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No I am not gloating – I spent the last five Januarys in Maryland, Nebraska, Nebraska, West Virginia and Maryland. Never again. Prepping for my first grilling event with the entire structural design team. Theme – Brats, Burgers, Breasts (chicken) and Beer. Stress, no one comprehends stress better than those developing a new aircraft.

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I work with a brilliant group of aerospace design and stress engineers from China, Italy, Israel, India, Spain, Iran, Czech Republic, Romania, Nepal and even the Republic of Texas (and a few native Californians of course). This is the best team I have ever worked with. We all get along just fine (although technical debates […]

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Strange Days

by carbonboy on January 3, 2017

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The nuclear clouds have descended around the San Bernardino Mountains. The dawn of dystopia is arriving. Just kidding – LA rainy season is upon us.

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Gallup, New Mexico to Los Angeles

by carbonboy on January 2, 2017

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I don’t grasp the gritty intrigue that I have had over the decades of Gallup, New Mexico – but the railroad line running parallel to the main drag, smack dap in Native American culture may have something to do with it. I want this place, someday, to be home base for a month or two […]

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The 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show

by carbonboy on November 20, 2016

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LA= Cars! We had the first real rain here in LA today, which made for a good excuse to head to the convention center to catch an early glimpse of all the new shiny vehicles at the LA Auto Show. Although the exotics did a no-show (unlike New York), there was plenty to see, granted […]

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The Santa Anna Winds

by carbonboy on September 26, 2016

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The Santa Anna winds are back – brewing up brown clouds from the yet-to-be-developed over-priced suburban wastelands; 100 F today but no word of fires – yet, thank god. After sunset, the warm dry winds are so therapeutic – sitting outside in the backyard watching, and again amazed, by the never ending flight paths of […]

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I got this massive 4 bedroom house rental in California simply because it’s three minutes away from my client’s site at the Chino Airport, and it was only a few hundred dollars more than the damn “luxury” apartments nearby (which are plagued by break-ins and affluent drug users). Needless to say, it’s pretty empty, but […]

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