It was another very good week. :) I am down 3 lbs for a total of 151 lbs since surgery, 7 months ago and 181 below my highest weight!
Exercise was good. My running is shifting to fewer, longer runs. I am at 93 miles MTD and should hit my 100-mile goal during my long run on Saturday.I have a very challenging 10k scheduled for next week. It is known for its grueling hills. My first ½ is scheduled 8 weeks from now. I am feeling confident.
I got my bloodwork in this week and everything looked very good. The only thing I need to work on is vitamin D. I am increasing my supplementation and spending more time outside, so that should be fine.
Next week is going to be weird. I only work 2 days, it is my BD week and we have lots of family things going on like camp, dance recital and summer school. It is going to make getting exercise in a bit of a challenge but I have a plan.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the ending of Memnoch the Devil lately. More specifically, about how I’ve seen people dismiss Armand’s attempted suicide along with the rest of the book, as it being too out of character or too far into the realm of “later canon” to be worthy of much attention.
But the thing is, the young me that read MtD for the first time and had no access to the internet wasn’t able to do ~research~ and obsess over what Anne might have intended with this thing or the other, which meant that I was completely free to interpret everything I read in any way that I wanted.
So when I read about Armand running into the sun after hearing Lestat’s story, my mind went straight to that quote from Queen of the Damned: “’I’ll tell you what I fear,’ Armand had said, intense as any young student. ‘That it’s chaos after you die, that it’s a dream from which you can’t wake. Imagine drifting half in and out of consciousness, trying vainly to remember who you are or what you were. Imagine straining forever for the lost clarity of the living.’“
And so I saw Armand as someone who had lost the will to live centuries ago, and was simply going on out of fear that there was nothing after death. And I saw Lestat’s “revelation” that there was as the push that finally gave him the courage to end it. I still can’t completely shake off that interpretation and it still breaks my heart.
The NF-15B ACTIVE is the most
maneuverable of any F-15 variant, but she didn’t start out that way.
This airframe, originally designated the TF-15B (USAF serial number
71-0290), looked much like a typical F-15. She took her first flight
on July 7, 1973, as the first two-seat F-15 in history and the sixth
F-15 to roll off the assembly line.
On September 7, 1988, she would
have her “second first flight” following major modifications as
the STOL/MTD (Short Takeoff and Landing/Maneuver Technology
Demonstrator). Modified F-18 stabilators were put in place forward of
the wing as canards. Thrust vectoring in the pitch axis was also
implemented, allowing takeoff rotation at only 39 knots and drastically
shorter landing distances.
In 1991, the STOL/MTD test program
ended, and the USAF loaned the airframe to NASA, who modified it into
the NF-15B ACTIVE (Advanced Control Technology for Integrated
Vehicles). The pitch thrust vectoring was traded for nozzles that
could be vectored in pitch and yaw. This allowed for
incredible maneuverability. The bird could perform yawing maneuvers
while flying at 30 degrees angle of attack.
Although never implemented, there
were plans to further modify this airframe by removing the vertical
tail planes, allowing thrust vectoring to be wholly responsible for
yawing maneuvers. This would have been called the F-15 MANX, named
after the naturally tailless cat.
After decades of serving NASA
Dryden Flight Research Center (now NASA Armstrong) as a successful
experimental testbed for many different test programs, the NF-15
ACTIVE took its final flight in January 2009. On this last flight,
she was the oldest still flying F-15. In July of 2015, she was put on static display at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force