march engineering

HiJack March Madness 2017
Round 1, Battle 2: Team Android!Jack/Engineer!Hiccup

my contribution for round two.
Hiccup creating a special series of androids, the G-Series with Jack being the No.5.
You can guess who the other 4 are.
They all have a special chip that, compared to other androids, gives them something you can consider a free will and a personalety. Who knows what problems this can cause?
And what happend with the prototype model No.0 that escaped because of a malfunction?

A lot of room for fanfictions XD


     No cockpit demands as much intense focus as an SR-71 Blackbird’s, and in frustrating irony, no cockpit offers a better view. There was no time to look out the window. The plane knew when your eyes started to wander to the spectacle of earth from 85,000 feet; that’s when something would go wrong. There was much to monitor. The many “steam gauge” instruments reflect a bygone era, giving the pilot information ranging from heading to compressor inlet temperature, each dial representing a critically important system.

      Even though this cockpit was operated through 2,854 flight hours, it looks brand new. That’s because it was only ever flown using the gloved hands of a crew member wearing the essential high altitude pressure suit. Every control is large enough to be adjusted with those bulky pressure suit gloves. 

     You sit atop your throne, the SR-1 ejection seat, which carries a rare 100% success rate. To operate the circuit breakers, you must reach beside and behind your seat, outside your field of view through the pressure suit helmet. To make sure you actuate the correct breaker, you count down the rows and columns by feel.

     March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California, is kind enough to display SR-71A 17975 with her cockpit open. This gives us a rare peek inside the world of the Blackbird, allowing us to look inside something that was formerly top secret and reserved only for a privileged few crew members. These photos were captured using a camera extended into the cockpit via monopod. At no point did I or my equipment come in contact with the artifact.

March Madness Round Two

Android!Jack/Engineer!Hiccup vs. “I imagined that differently, but thanks”

I did an angsty version because I feel the AU is normally done in a very straightforward way and I wanted to mix it up, so here have some evil Hiccup throwing all morals overboard to create a perfect but very damaged mannequin Jack Frost.

Just don’t let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do, what you can or cannot achive. Just don’t allow it. It’s wrong. It’s so wrong. Be whatever you want to be. The amazing thing about social media is that wherever you live in the world, in whatever condition, whatever the people around you may think, you can access a whole community of people who think differently and want to support you. You know, that was a crazy moment for me, I was not really thinking, I just responded immediately to this girl who texted, ‘My dad says girls can’t be engineers’, and I just said “Well, go and be an engineer, go and prove them all, you can do it”. And then within, you know, a couple of hours, three or four different engineers academies fellowships had contacted her and said “Women can definitely be engineers, and we’d love to help you do that!” And that’s amazing. That’s the amazing things about what social media can do; they connect people in the world to a community that they might not be able to access directly around them, and helps them think bigger.
—  Emma Watson, HeForShe Conversation on International Women’s Day 2015

As much as I really love science, and think science funding, science education and increased scientific literacy are incredibly important things, I’m also very against the idea that objective facts are the only truths in the world. Also that objective facts are anything but an unreachable goal.

Science is full of bias. The way studies are designed, what is chosen to be researched, what is chosen to be published - all of these things can influence the resulting facts, and that’s not to mention how the facts are contextualised. Science does pretty well at eliminating a lot of bias, and is still in my opinion one of the best ways of doing that, but it’s not perfect. And if you’re not perfect in eliminating bias, pretending you are is perhaps the worst sort of bias. 

There’s also an awful lot about our world that can’t be quantified, and that isn’t useful to quantify. That doesn’t mean it can’t be understood, and that scientific methods can’t help with that, but the idea that if you can’t measure something objectively then it’s not important is downright dangerous. 

We also should forget that when lambasting people about believing in “alternative facts”, it’s important to remember that scientific communication is a hugely important and overlooked part of science, and that shouting facts at people =/= communication. I don’t have all the answers to this, but it’s a question I think about almost every day, and is definitely where I intend to direct my career. 

As a start though, understanding where people are coming from, in both opinion and prior knowledge, is essential to the narrative framing of science in a way that they can understand and also accurately contextualises our communal knowledge. Only through that will people be able to form informed opinions on everything from vaccines to climate change to autonomous vehicles. The exact strategies depend on the topic, the context, and the the person you’re communicating with. It’s not an easy task, but it’s important. 

Republic P-43

was initially fitted with a large prop spinner and a tight-fitting engine cowling, as a testbed to evaluate means of improving the aerodynamics of radial-engined fighters, following similar experiments with the first production P-35. The AP-4’s big spinner was later removed and a new tight cowling fitted. Unsurprisingly, these measures led to overheating problems. On 22 March 1939, the engine caught fire in flight, the pilot had to bail out, and the AP-4 was lost. Despite the loss of the prototype, the USAAC liked the turbo-supercharged AP-4 demonstrator enough to order 13 more in May 1939, designating them YP-43.