Hypertextherohttps://hypertexthero.com/Writing and links on videogames, flight, art, music, nature and the rest of the cosmos by Simon Griffeeen-usMon, 22 Jul 2019 03:19:21 +0200Sequel to Top Gun: Maverickhttp://hypertexthero.com/sequel-top-gun/<p>Making <a href="https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/products/planes/hornet/">Eagle Dynamics</a>, <a href="https://store.heatblur.com/products/test-product">Heatblur</a>, the <span class="caps">U.S.</span> Navy, and Tom Cruise, volleyball, and fast mover fans&nbsp;happy. </p> <p>Not expecting much from the plot writing, but if the flight cinematography is as good as in the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Gun" title="And music.">first film</a> I will be&nbsp;satisfied.</p>Mon, 22 Jul 2019 03:19:21 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/sequel-top-gun/Real Pilot’s Instructions on Flying a Virtual Spitfirehttp://hypertexthero.com/real-pilots-instructions-flying-virtual-spitfire/<p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/RequiemBoS/about">Requiem</a>, responding to a comment on his video about takeoff and landing in a Spitfire <span class="caps">MK</span>.<span class="caps">IX</span> in <a href="/il2-flight-joy/" title="The joy of flight in IL-2 Sturmovik."><span class="caps">IL</span>-2 Sturmovik</a>: </p> <blockquote> <p>Colin Delaney thank you very much! To answer your question yes I fly professionally and am incredibly lucky to do so. It’s quite a story how I went from a flight simmer to real life pilot. Previously I was a flight instructor for single engine, multi engine, and instrument training but currently I’m an airline pilot flying the <span class="caps">CRJ</span>-900 in the <span class="caps">USA</span>. I try to approach these videos with my flight instructor and gamer hat on to make them as understandable as possible, plus I have them peer reviewed by other real life pilots (with airline / fighter jet experience) before releasing them too. If its good enough to make it past that review then I’m happy for you guys to see it&nbsp;:-)</p> </blockquote> <p><del>Would love to hear that story</del> <a href="https://requiemstraining.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/">Here it is</a> — a wonderful story of human kindness — thank you for the link, Requiem! See Requiem’s <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfz3KH-APVw">video on common landing errors and how to fix them</a> (this time flying a <a href="https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/products/mustang/" title="Digital Combat Simulator.">P-51 in <span class="caps">DCS</span></a>), one of a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/RequiemBoS/">series of succinct, informative virtual flight lessons</a>.</p>Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:51:41 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/real-pilots-instructions-flying-virtual-spitfire/The Daring Spirithttp://hypertexthero.com/daring-spirit/<figure> <img src="/static/img/as11-37-5533.jpg" width="600"> <figcaption style="max-width:600px;">Edwin Aldrin Jr. inside the Lunar Module after <span class="caps">EVA</span>. Apollo 11 Mission image <a href="https://catalog.archives.gov/id/16683677"><span class="caps">AS11</span>-37-5533</a>. The image is uncredited, though given the time and location it must have been taken by Neil Armstrong, unless Buzz was taking a selfie!</figcaption> </figure> <p>50 years ago two members of the human species <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/50-years-ago-one-small-step-one-giant-leap" title="NASA - One small step, one giant leap.">stepped on another world for the first time</a>, an extraordinary achievement, displaying the ability of human beings to work together to overcome our natural&nbsp;limits.</p> <p>Flight, a thing of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icarus" title="Icarus.">myth</a>, dreamed of <a href="https://airandspace.si.edu/stories/editorial/leonardo-da-vinci-and-flight" title="Leonardo da Vinci and flight.">for centuries</a>, and <a href="https://www.nps.gov/wrbr/learn/historyculture/thefirstflight.htm" title="The Wright Flyer.">achieved for the first time</a> a mere 66 years before the giant leap to the moon, is, to me, along with our time-travelling ability of written language, one of the defining achievements of our <a href="https://sites.tufts.edu/willemzookenglish186/2017/05/04/2001-a-space-odyssey/" title="2001: A Space Odyssey – A Study of Human Nature">band of wanderers</a>.</p> <p>We need <a href="/linked/2019/07/20/jfk-moon-speech/" title="Like John F. Kennedy.">better leaders</a> to help us achieve our potential, while keeping our ambitions, this daring spirit, <a href="/linked/2015/09/18/balance-love/">balanced</a> with the need to keep our <a href="https://imgtlk.com/12/" title="Pale Blue Dot.">home</a> in the <a href="/cosmos/" title="Cosmos.">cosmos</a>, the only one we have at this moment, from becoming <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9WItoTOiyM" title="Heaven and Hell - Cosmos.">uninhabitable</a> to&nbsp;us.</p>Sat, 20 Jul 2019 18:06:44 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/daring-spirit/JFK’s Moon Speechhttp://hypertexthero.com/jfk-moon-speech/<p>Paul Burka, on John F. Kennedy’s speech 1962 speech announcing the goal to land on the moon before the end of the&nbsp;decade:</p> <blockquote> <p>It is a great speech, one that encapsulates all of recorded history and seeks to set it in the history of our own time. Unlike today’s politicians, Kennedy spoke to our best impulses as a nation, not our&nbsp;worst.</p> </blockquote>Sat, 20 Jul 2019 16:13:30 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/jfk-moon-speech/Compass Rose With Back Azimuthhttp://hypertexthero.com/compass-rose-back-azimuth/<p><img src="/static/img/compass/compass_rose-with-back_azimuth-hypertexthero.svg" alt="Compass rose with back azimuth by Simon Griffee."></p> <p>I made this <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compass_rose">compass rose</a> to be able to quickly see the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearing_(navigation)">bearing</a> directly opposite a given bearing, in other words, the <a href="http://chrisechterling.com/blog/2009/08/17/back-azimuth-%E2%80%93-how-to-calculate-and-why-you-need-to-know/">back azimuth</a> (the small <small style="color:#ef4438;">red</small> numbers). Useful to head back the way you came, or to tell someone you see in the distance roughly where to head to meet you, in both real and virtual&nbsp;worlds.</p> <p><a href="/static/img/compass/compass_rose-with-back_azimuth-hypertexthero.pdf" title="Around 92KB.">Download <span class="caps">PDF</span></a> <small class="quiet">~<span class="caps">92KB</span></small></p>Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:01:16 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/compass-rose-back-azimuth/Kerbal Space Program On Salehttp://hypertexthero.com/kerbal-space-program-sale/<p>The game that helped the author of <a href="https://xkcd.com/" title="A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language">xkcd</a> and <a href="https://store.xkcd.com/pages/thing-explainer-book">Thing Explainer</a> understand <a href="https://xkcd.com/1356/">orbital mechanics</a> can be bought for $10, until July&nbsp;24.</p>Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:53:00 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/kerbal-space-program-sale/Holy mackerel, nothing went wrong!http://hypertexthero.com/holy-mackerel-nothing-went-wrong/<p>Michael Collins, the astronaut who orbited the moon aboard Apollo 11 command module Columbia while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the lunar&nbsp;surface:</p> <blockquote> <p>That&#8217;s unusual; all those little bits and pieces — pieces of machinery here, that little bit of it up over there — all the things that could have gone wrong. The flight to the moon and back is a long and fragile daisy chain. Any tiny break in the chain and and the whole venture is&nbsp;screwed…</p> <p>…I just couldn&#8217;t believe that our equipment, down to the last little nut and bolt, that there wasn&#8217;t something, somewhere in it that had been overlooked, something that was going to malfunction and when it went wrong, something we might or might not be able to cope&nbsp;with.</p> <p>So I salute the designers, engineers, the mechanics and the maintenance people, all of them who made that equipment so&nbsp;reliable.</p> </blockquote>Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:12:37 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/holy-mackerel-nothing-went-wrong/Neil Armstrong’s Photo Legacyhttp://hypertexthero.com/neil-armstrongs-photo-legacy/<blockquote> <p>There is only one photograph of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, and in it, he has his back to the&nbsp;camera.</p> </blockquote> <p>But there is also a <em><a href="http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-082712c.html#028">high definition scan</a></em> from Apollo 11’s on-board motion picture (film) footage, showing Neil’s face while on the lunar surface, made for Andrew Chaikin and Victoria Kohl’s wonderful <a href="http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-060909a.html">book</a>, <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6082046-voices-from-the-moon">Voices From The Moon: Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences</a>.</p>Wed, 17 Jul 2019 16:48:21 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/neil-armstrongs-photo-legacy/Apollo 11 in Real Timehttp://hypertexthero.com/apollo-11-real-time/<p>Follow a replay of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission in real time. The launch, 50 years ago, is in just over t-minus 10&nbsp;minutes.</p>Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:21:17 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/apollo-11-real-time/Don’t Always Listen to the So-Called Expertshttp://hypertexthero.com/margaret-hamilton-mit-apollo-software/<p><a href="/linked/2015/04/17/hamilton-during-apollo-program/">Margaret Hamilton</a>, who led the team that created the <a href="https://github.com/chrislgarry/Apollo-11">onboard flight software</a> for the Apollo missions, including Apollo&nbsp;11:</p> <blockquote> <p>Often in the evening or at weekends I would bring my young daughter, Lauren, into work with me. One day, she was with me when I was doing a simulation of a mission to the moon. She liked to imitate me – playing astronaut. She started hitting keys and all of a sudden, the simulation started. Then she pressed other keys and the simulation crashed. She had selected a program which was supposed to be run prior to launch – when she was already “on the way” to the moon. The computer had so little space, it had wiped the navigation data taking her to the moon. I thought: my God – this could inadvertently happen in a real mission. I suggested a program change to prevent a prelaunch program being selected during flight. But the higher-ups at <span class="caps">MIT</span> and Nasa said the astronauts were too well trained to make such a mistake. Midcourse on the very next mission – Apollo 8 – one of the astronauts on board accidentally did exactly what Lauren had done. The Lauren bug! It created much havoc and required the mission to be reconfigured. After that, they let me put the program change in, all&nbsp;right.</p> </blockquote>Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:59:28 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/margaret-hamilton-mit-apollo-software/Instruments of Change: 2. Khaen / Violin Duo #6http://hypertexthero.com/instruments-change-2-khaen-violin-duo-6/<p><a href="http://www.jaronlanier.com/">Jaron Lanier</a> <span class="amp">&amp;</span> <a href="https://barbarahigbie.com/">Barbara Higbie</a>, from Lanier’s <a href="https://open.spotify.com/album/2E4m0Uy7w5873OUGVowJfu">Instruments of Change</a> album. <a href="https://www.simongriffee.com/what/music/">Music</a>, like an airplane, is an instrument of change. Both can transport you to a different&nbsp;place.</p>Mon, 15 Jul 2019 18:26:01 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/instruments-change-2-khaen-violin-duo-6/Life Lessons Learned in Mission Controlhttp://hypertexthero.com/life-lessons-learned-mission-control/<p><span class="caps">NASA</span> Flight Director Gene&nbsp;Kranz:</p> <blockquote> <p>You&#8217;ve got the skills. You&#8217;ve got the knowledge. You&#8217;ve got the love, and you&#8217;re capable of moving forward and making a great life for&nbsp;yourself.</p> </blockquote>Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:47:55 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/life-lessons-learned-mission-control/Project Apollo Archivehttp://hypertexthero.com/project-apollo-archive/<p>High-resolution Apollo imagery scanned by <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/"><span class="caps">NASA</span></a>&#8216;s <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/home/index.html">Johnson Space Center</a>.</p>Sun, 14 Jul 2019 23:32:31 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/project-apollo-archive/Rockawayshttp://hypertexthero.com/rockaways/<p><img src="/static/img/GRS-20190713-182654.jpg" alt="Rockaways, New York, July 2019. Photograph by Simon Griffee."></p> <p>Moon, man, sea, sand, bird. The <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/projectapolloarchive/albums">Apollo 11</a> <a href="https://simongriffee.com/what/moon/" title="I, like I imagine, most humans, have always been attracted to the moon.">moon</a> landing</a>’s 50th anniversary, an endeavour <a href="https://simongriffee.com/notebook/galileo-observation-drawings-science-enlightenment/">built upon</a> the best traits of our species, is less than a week away — a perfect occasion — along with <a href="/il2-flight-joy/">flying flight simulators</a> with friends — to revive <a href="/">Hypertexthero</a> as a flight-focused blog, from the old school, outside the wall. (<a href="https://www.simongriffee.com/notebook/GRS-20190713-182654/">Cross-posted</a> to mark this&nbsp;occasion).</p>Sun, 14 Jul 2019 23:21:11 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/rockaways/Spitfire Suprise Low Passhttp://hypertexthero.com/spitfire-suprise-low-pass/<p>I have always loved the flying and camera work in this video, pulling away from the speaker slowly, to reveal the approaching airplane, flying so low it is still hidden in camouflage with the English landscape, and given away by a bit of dust it kicks up from the ground that makes you realize its frighteningly low altitude and high speed as the plane comes straight at the viewer and camera crew, from behind the speaker, who shares our&nbsp;reaction!</p> <p>The Spitfire in the video was flown by <span class="caps">RAF</span> pilot and Red Arrows aerobatics display team founding member <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Hanna" title="He also founded the Old Flying Machine Company, based in Duxford">Ray Hannah</a>.</p>Sun, 14 Jul 2019 17:38:40 +0200http://hypertexthero.com/spitfire-suprise-low-pass/