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    Tampere, Finland
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    Computer stuff, Aviation and bad movies, I guess
  1. Nestorix

    Episode 181 - Freejack: LIVE!

    I found it funny that in the elevator, Furlong pressed just about every other button except "STOP", he even skips that row. Maybe the futuristic user interface of the elevator was too confusing for our man from the past. Not that would have mattered, as the elevator was on a ghost in the machine autopilot, but at least I would have started with that button. "You drive your typewriter, I'll drive my car ", "Alex, IT'S A COMPUTER "
  2. The town carnival in Transylvania was to "celebrate full moon". Are they really saying that they throw this elaborate carnival every four weeks or was this a special occasion?
  3. Something was really bugging me about an early scene where Stefan reveals the existence of werewolves to the bimbo couple. There was something really familiar about the set. This was haunting me for couple of days before it hit me. The very distinctive decorative tiling that is used everywhere in the room resembles the tiling used in one of my all time favorite movies, Blade Runner (1982). It is the tiling used in Deckard's apartment Howling 2: It turns out that the scene seems to have been filmed in Ennis House, a famous building in Los Feliz: https://en.wikipedia...ki/Ennis_House. The house was included as one of the top ten houses of all time in Los Angeles Times, in a survey of experts in December 2008. It has been used in many film productions, commercials and music videos, for example Blade Runner, Karate Kid part 3 and Twin Peaks. It has inspired sets used on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Predator 2 and there even was a cartoon representation in South Park as the base of a Chinese gang, satirizing the popular association of the Ennis House with criminal and/or Asian characters in films. The tiles used in Deckard's apartment were created by the famous concept artist Syd Mead (Aliens, Tron and even Time Cop). For the construction of the apartment a mould was taken by the production team from the blocks of the actual Ennis House. None of the interior apartment shots were filmed at the real house, the only location filming at the Ennis House was of the exterior, seen on screen as Deckard drives up the tunnel and pulls into the drive. More information here: http://www.thepropga...-apartment-tile The same type of tile was also used in other productions, such as Rocketeer and Mulholland Drive. It is such a small thing from the disaster that is Howling 2, but for me it was really interesting.
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    Episode 168.5 - Minisode 168.5

    Aww.. no mention of my Correction submission about the airplane maintenance, I thought my post in the Episode thread how the plane checkup by the pilots done by correct procedure was reasonable. It was even allured by Paul in the beginning of this podcast and in the episode description. I guess it was too wordy, wierd or something or just not plain funny, or perhaps cut for time.
  5. As ridiculous as the movie is, from my perspective as a former small plane pilot at least they got some of the flying parts right. It looks like they actually had a real pilot consulting the actors on set. For example, someone in the episode made fun of how one of the pilots was moving the flaps (actually they are the ailerons) up and down like she does not know what she is doing, but this procedure is actually a part of the real pre-flight check list of the Cessna 172P Skyhawk used in the movie. The free movement of the ailerons needs to be checked out to see that there are no obstructions. She even correctly seems to quickly check out the leading edge of the wing for dirt or other imperfections. In the background of the same scene the other pilot is following the checklist by checking out the engine oil level and just a few seconds later they even check the fuel system for water or other contaminants (when they drain some fuel from the wing to a cup and then pour it on the ground). These procedures are shown in this educational aviation video at timestamps 6:00, 6:45 and 7:25. The oil check at 10:14 is a bit different because the oil dipstick is in a different place on the older model Cessna used in the movie. They dangerously seem to skip most of the checklist, though. For example they do not check the condition of the propeller, elevator, rudder, landing gear or the important operation of the actual flaps, that are used to generate more lift during landing and takeoff and are powered by an electric motor. Maybe they checked them earlier? The checklist should be run in one session though. Other observations: - Is that little Cessna 172 the only cargo plane of the company? No other pilots or planes with the company markings are seen. Most of the crates in that warehouse would not fit on that plane at all, the snake crate barely fits through the luggage door. The actual cargo capacity of a Cessna in that configuration with passengers and full fuel is only about 100-200 pounds, depending on the weight and balance calculations. That would maybe be just enough for the camping gear and the huge snake that they can barely lift: "This thing weighs a ton!". It is a not a plane that would be used by a profitable flight cargo company. - They are shown flicking imaginary overhead switches and unnecessarily adjusting the outside temperature gauge before the takeoff to make it seem more dramatic than it is. - They leave their radios on when they leave the plane. This means that they have left the main power on. This would drain the small Cessna battery rather quickly as many of the electrical systems are also left operating. If there is no power left for the starter motor, they would then need to start the engine manually by turning the prop, which is a unnecessarily difficult, slow and dangerous procedure. The language used in radio transmissions is real enough though. - Also, there is no point to leave the radios on, as it would be likely that they would not operate very well. They may theoretically be in the VHF radio range with the base, but in practice, aviation radios need a line of sight at altitude to operate over distances. The plane antenna is small, low powered and the curvature of the earth, trees, buildings, hills etc. limit the range to just a few miles when on the ground. - Someone earlier asked about landing on a golf course. It is not generally allowed without a permission from the land owner, but a soft field landing and takeoff is a normal operation for a Cessna, needing a little more distance for takeoffs and landings compared to a paved runway. - Edit: Out of curiosity I tracked down the plane used in the film: Looks like it was sold to a flight school in Australia in 1994. It was involved in a heavy landing by a flight student in 1997 and suffered heavy damage. It seems to have been repaired though, latest photo of the plane that can be found is from 2012. Sorry for my English, I am not a native speaker. Greetings from Finland, loving the show!