Vintage Wings of Canada: Reports

Vintage Wings of Canada – an outstanding not-for-profit foundation created by Michael Potter (of Cognos fame)  “to acquire, maintain and operate vintage aircraft of significant historical importance to Canada and the world.”  They have a hanger in Gatineau, Quebec filled with Potter’s collection of old planes. But don’t call it a “museum”. The planes are flown regularly (by Potter or a coterie of professional volunteers).
The Vintage Wings website is beautiful.  I encourage you to check it out.  Here’s a starting point – a collection of “pilot reports” about the planes in the VW collection. Each is authored by one of the VW volunteers who has flown the plane(s) in the VW collection.  Some are long, some are short.  All are interesting.

Vintage Wings of Canada > Stories > Pilot Reports.

Nuissance Squirrels

The squirrels are taking over the garage and shed in my back yard.  I’m afraid to go in there because they jump around overhead in the rafters and hiss at me. They chew up everything made of paper and they’ve tried to get into my seasonal storage duffel bags.  Enough is enough.
I found this stuff  Critter Ridder  It’s a spray-on liquid composed of three different kinds of hot peppers. Unlike bear spray, you don’t have to hit the animal with the spray; you’re suppose to spray it where they hang around.  But it lasts only 30 days before you have to reapply it.

If it doesn’t work, I think I’ll get a pet wolverine and keep him in the shed.  Wolverines like small mammals; goodness knows I’ve got enough of those.
If I have any left-over Critter Ridder I might use it as a spritzer on chicken wings or a nice taco salad.  Wish me luck.

One or two hotbeds of insider trading might be an anomaly, but three’s a trend

This humorous article ends with a cautionary note.  Inside trading is more common than we think.

There’s inside traders and then there’s bad inside traders.  This guy, Dimitry Braverman, was bad at inside trading.

“This is the worst way to insider trade:

  1. Work in the information technology department of a big law firm that advises on lots of mergers.
  2. Find out about a pending deal from your work computer systems.
  3. Buy stock in one of the parties to the deal in your law firm 401(k) account.
  4. Realize that that’s dumb, your law firm might notice that sort of thing.
  5. Sell the stock out of your 401(k) account at a tiny ($90) profit.
  6. Then buy short-dated out-of-the-money call options on the same company in your personal account.
  7. Panic when, completely coincidentally, a lawyer at your firm is arrested for insider trading a week later.
  8. Immediately sell all of your call options, at a loss.
  9. Talk to your brother constantly on the phone during all of this, and make sure that he trades after each phone call.”

The article ends on a serious note: this pathetically bad inside trader worked at the same M&A law firm as Mr. Mathew Kluger, who has been in the news – he got the longest jail term in the history of insider trading.   Coincidence?  Probably.  The coincidence is that they both got caught while inside traders at other firms go undetected.

via Insider Trader Mostly Unfazed by Co-Worker’s Insider Trading Arrest – Bloomberg View.

Canada’s oil sands: The steam from below | The Economist

Please, in the Science and Technology section of The Economist, better science and less use of industry press releases.
The most glaring examples of poor journalism in the puff peace, to my mind:
Bad science:
“Germany’s Siemens is developing a system that floods a thick copper cable with an electrical current to create an alternating magnetic field to melt bitumen.”
Industry press releases:
The electricity required to run such a process might come from small nuclear reactors, says Jerry Hopwood of Candu Energy, a nuclear-technology company.

Canada’s oil sands: The steam from below | The Economist.

Obama orders U.S. air strikes in Syria against Islamic State | Reuters

I was watching the Blue Jays hammer the Cubs while the C-in-C was addressing the nation, so I missed the details of his speech but this item from the Reuters summary caught my eye:

In a significant move that could help rally Gulf Arab states behind the U.S.-led coalition, key ally Saudi Arabia will host inside its territory a U.S. training effort for Syrian rebels, senior U.S. officials said. The effort is dependent on the U.S. Congress approving $500 million to train and arm the rebels.

$500 million to train the rebels?  Where’s he going to train them?  Harvard?  MIT?

I think many of the wannabe rebels are already going to schools here.  I wonder if the proposed training includes airfare.

But it’s academic.  Congress will never approve the expenditure.

Color me surprised. Both houses approved the expenditure.  It wasn’t even close.

via Obama orders U.S. air strikes in Syria against Islamic State | Reuters.