Michael Doornbos

Let's void some warranties

Michael is the founder of Evadot.com, PR Coordinator at Part Time Scientists and Product Designer at SimplyHome. A security consultant, speaker, and podcaster, Michael helps companies find their true role on the fast-changing internet.

Detecting and predicting loss of control in flight

I'm currently working on detecting loss of control (LOC) on an overshoot of base to final. Using data models in X-Plane which depending on the aircraft model is known to be pretty accurate (there's a certified commercial version suitable for flight training). Not practical to do this in an actual airplane for obvious reasons like crashing and fireballs.

Anyway, here's a screenshot of data gathering. I'm collecting about 50 data points 10 times per second. I'm feeding this into a learning algorithm to teach it to predict the actions which may lead to an accelerated stall and/or spin. 

 

Next step is to move the pitot/AOA probe to the other wing and see what difference this makes.

So about Star Wars...

I'm jumping off of the Star Wars bandwagon.

I don't want to see 28 other story lines in this universe. I don't want Han Solo's back story movies. I don't need explanations of how the force works, or why the Rogue squadron was so important.


I do understand that I may have to turn in my geek card but that's a consequence I'm willing to bear.


I'm in the camp that there are 3 Star Wars movies. Two really really great ones, and one that lost it's way trying to sell toys. They have not been edited from the theatrical versions.

For me the franchise ended in 1983.

Pulling the wool over my eyes now.

A case of the mondays

I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something
— Steve Jobs

Feeling this one today.

I must have all of the maps

I am a somewhat reluctant weekend companion for Julie when it comes to antique and old stuff stores.

I dragged my feet for much of the morning doing my normal "don't poke the bear routine" (why she puts up with me is anyone's guess). Then we got to "Scavengers" which is a new place for us.

The first room was the usual, dressers with potential, desks that need to be stripped and sanded. You know, fun stuff. Just fun stuff for people who aren't me.

Then I turn the corner and step into the very old warehouse. There are rows and rows of these drawers with names of states on the front of them. Okay, these are cool, they'd make cool storage. I wonder how much they are and open one.

Each drawer had at least two inches of US Geological Survey maps Ranging from 1965 to 1991 in many of the states in the Union.

Okay, this is more my thing. I set out on a search through the pretty disorganized collection. A quick query to the owner and he says that they bought the whole collection and they don't print these on paper any more.

Now I have a mission.


Meanwhile, Julie is watching me run around looking for ladders, sweating a lot (crap it was hot in there), and rummaging through stacks of old paper.


Then I found what I was looking for.


Hartford Michigan (from 1981) and Coloma Michigan (from 1970).


This is a really long story to point out that THESE PLACES SOMETIMES HAVE MAPS..


I really like maps.


THESE MAPS ARE NOW MINE.


The end.

More chip pile measuring

Working outside with flying robots. Yes please.

Retirement for an EA-6B

Attended a retirement for a Marine Prowler today. She'll be permanently on display at Hickory Airport. Was great to share some memories with friends and family and hear the roar of a pair of J-52s one last time. Love love love this airplane.

Measuring chip piles with Unmanned Vehicles

A local paper mill has three large piles of wood chips that get replenished by 20 to 30 trucks every day. They have a requirement that these piles get measured monthly. This task is typically done by two surveyors, one of whom has to actually climb to the top of these piles which is a little bit like trying to walk through waist deep snow. It takes the better part of two days.

Using our 3D Robotics Solo platform we were able to gather the data to measure these piles in about 20 minutes. 

The next step to compare the data gathered from the aerial platform with the surveyors data. As the computers finish crunching all of the high resolution data we will know how accurate the solution is. If it works reasonably well there is a good case for the paper mill to start using it regularly since it's somewhere in the vicinity of $1000 per day cheaper.

Ideas are mostly worthless on their own

Ideas are pretty useless in and of themselves. Everyone has ideas! I have to repress a cringe whenever someone says to an author, “I have a great idea for a book—say, maybe you could write it!” as though writing the book were a formality, and what was really needed was someone to come in and supervise with great Ideas.
— David W Brown

 

 

Confession Time

One of my biggest personal problems is sitting back when it gets easy. I've never ever ever experienced anything good because of this personal habit. Just a reminder to myself as we start a new month to never be content. 

There's more to do than can EVER be done and I can't think of anything MORE exciting than that.

Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.
— Louis L’Amour US novelist of westerns (1908 – 1988)

The luxury of being ordinary

Enriched by a singular event that is larger than life, I no longer have the luxury of being ordinary. To stand on the lunar surface and look back at our Earth creates such a personal sense of awe that even Alan Shepard wept at the view. Trying to exist within the paradox of being in this world after visiting another may be why some Moon voyagers tend to be reclusive.
— Eugene Cernan

Don't be comfortable

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. The went out and happened to things
— Leonardo Da Vinci

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. The went out and happened to things" -Leonardo Da Vinci  

Copyright 2016 by Michael Doornbos