Happy New Year 2019 / by Joseph Phillips

2019 Is Going to Be Epic

Just wanted to say Happy New Year and mention new developments.

Graduated with a BS in Multidisciplinary Technical Studies

from California University of Pennsylvania. I am a Vulcan! I am really excited about getting back into the workforce full-time and building some drones. I had the time of my life writing my thesis. Cal U is awesome and I will miss the people I met there.

I had the opportunity to study some things at Cal U to improve design for drones. As soon as I get a job, I’ll build a drone and fly again. My DJI Phantom 3 Pro blew an ESC in August, finally, and it’s not worth repairing. Honestly, I could build a drone for the same price as it costs to fix it. A problem with the P#P is in it’s “non-repairable” MO. All of the avionics is on one board. The camera gimbals are on another board, it seems, but the point is the flight controller and all the ESCs are SMDs on a big flat board, and I don’t feel comfortable disassembling and reassembling the brittle shell of the DJI because it is a load-bearing shell. The motors are just mounted to the shell. Boo.

The Word of the Day Is J.O.B.

So, cash flow is crucial, especially right now, before Spring. I will take the drone out for a flight in a few days. We have had a record year for rainfall in Pennsylvania.

I am applying for jobs around the Pittsburgh area, but I can relocate this summer. I could move now, but it would require a thick dime because it takes two incomes to provide for our family, and right now, there’s only one and it’s pretty lean in the green. Kids just went back to school today after.

I bought some new canvases with Christmas money, and promised myself I will begin painting on Friday and carry something through the weekend. I am still working with oils. I know acrylic is less hazardous, and dries faster, but I can’t get the same light out of the composition I get with oil. Oil, mixed with clear mediums, is a luminous treasure. If I ever lose my legs, at least i could expect to have the chance to sit and paint the rest of my life. That’s not bad at all. However, I have strong legs, so I am using them for work, soon, hopefully.

I took my pains and created a spectrum array from colors in March. So, I have violet, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and magenta in different small containers just waiting for life.

Painting is a luxury I do not allow myself until I apply to a few more companies on my list. I am ready to work! To boost my skills, I am going to learn how to become a radio operator and build my own shortwave radio to broadcast tunes locally, and I will record the “podcasts” and create an RSS feed on this website or something, or maybe upload them to a website.

Getting in Gear

Between job-hunting, researching grants for small businesses, studying to run a HAM radio broadcast, and itching to paint, I am very busy - but not to busy to get back into shape - I ran 10 miles one fine Monday a couple of weeks ago. Yes, it hurt. For a week. I will run again tomorrow, but only a 5K. By June, I should be ready for Highlands Sky 40 Mile trail race on Father’s Day weekend. This will be my 6th running. The last time I ran it was 2014. It’s about the WVMTR folks. I have been “out of the loop” for a while and look forward to slinking back into the slow stragglers, a little grey in my whiskers, a little less worried about a PR, and definitely going to sleep in a tent the night before.

Looking for collaborators in Pittsburgh

If anyone happens to read this and needs a VO, I would be happy to assist you on your commercial flights. I still have my current AKT stamp and I will retake it in April. So, for the next three months, I will be studying FARs, METARS, weather phenomena and good flying practices to ensure I can maintain my commercial license, even if I don’t have a flying drone at the moment. I will soon. That’s how I see it. In the meantime, at least I have an Ibanez.

phillips2438@gmail.com

I live 26 miles outside of Pittsburgh, on the southside. Drop me a line. Buy my paintings so I can get new drone parts.. You can also use the contact form linked to the front page.

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