Goodbye Cruiserface, Hello Happyface: The (old) Long and (new) Short Of It All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by popscycle, Apr 24, 2014.

  1. popscycle

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    Things I Took Pictures Of: Some frosty cold winter water.

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    Beautiful! Where is this?
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    It's a beautiful spot on an old mill pond that's now part of a land trust. The pic was taken at or close to coordinates 42.460868, -72.164283. just off Rt 122 in Petersham, MA.
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    Rare Train Fix: Trains do not pass through the small town of Erving (MA) towards Boston all that often and when they do, chances are you'll be somewhere else. Some years back, though, I happened to be riding in that direction on the Mohawk Trail when such a train was spotted heading east. I fired up the burners a bit more and beat it east to the small station in Erving to get pictures of the train rumbling into town. The result was a series of pics, another (previously not converted from RAW) of which is shown below. I caught that PAS (Pam Am Southern) consist rumbling past the decaying Erving water tower. The picture was taken from what was once the station platform at coordinates 42.599382, -72.400321.

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    With the temporary gloom and doom of the past several days (i.e., crap weather and other "shit happens" events, I needed a train fix, so I went digging through the archives. Trains, like planes/cars/motorcycles/bridges/old mills and mill ponds/beautiful scenery/tools/machines/good people/good books/etc. can cheer us up and be a reminder that spring is coming.
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    Naked Aviation Porn 1: There are several aviation threads in this site and even one called "Aviation Porn". Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these planes in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The first of these is the Yokosuka Ohka suicide bomb trainer,

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    My father, who went thru the entire Pacific Theater in WWII, including occupation, used to have some remarks about these and other aspects of war with Japan.
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    Naked Aviation Porn 2: There are several aviation threads in this site and even one called "Aviation Porn". Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these planes in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The second of these is the McDonnell F101B Voodoo, which was SOTA in the 1950s.

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    The F101B was also the AF's first supersonic reconnaissance plane and was used to recon Cuba during the missile crisis in the early 1960s
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    Railroad Yard Ride-By: As is usual, absolutely nothing was moving in the Pan Am yard yesterday when I rode by. It does look they're getting ready to replace some ties, though. The picture below shows only one of several big piles of new railroad ties.

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    When you look at some of their trackage, you can understand why some have called this carrier the "North Korea of Railroads." Seeing the relatively new Harsco tamper amid all those ties was a happy thing - maybe we'll see some movement once warmer weather comes. Under all that snow was pure, slick, January ice.
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    Heads Up: For reasons I won't go into (other than to say it was not due to any accident or my doing), I had the choice of either putting out in excess of $6K to repair body damage on the CX-5 (which was otherwise mint) or shell out $12K and the old car for a new 2019 model with all of the goodies. I chose the latter.

    Noting that I don't really need things like a heated steering wheel or butt air conditioning, there was one new feature I really like - the HUD (heads up display) shown below.

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    What can show up in the display are:
    • Speed
    • Car ahead indicator, as determined by active cruise car length setting
    • Active cruise car length (e.g., 0 to 5 car lengths for distance between you and car in front when cruise set)
    • Navigation information
    • Blind spot car warning indicators
    • Lane indicators, if detected, and lane keeping assist and warning indicators
    • Traffic signs (e.g. stop, speed signs), if detected.
    • Active cruise speed setting and status (active or inactive) indicator.
    • Smart brake support
    The information projects onto the windshield itself and not some intermediate screen. I wondered if this would be a distraction. It isn't. The HUD does, IMHO, add to a positive driving experience by bringing added safety indicators into your line of sight without being a distraction thereto. Even Lynne, who is normally initially adverse to tech things (e.g., computers, smart phones, smart devices) warmed up to the HUD right away. When will see this feature on motorcycles? You know its coming and I would welcome it if still around.
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    Naked Aviation Porn 3: Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The third of these is the North American F-100F Super Sabre, which was another 1950s-era jet. The F-100 was the first U.S. fighter that could go supersonic in level flight.

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    Just like rear-facing (backup) cameras are standard equipment now, I have a good feeling HUD displays will become standard in the next few years, including abbreviated Turn-By-Turn directions.
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    Loving the background removals on these latest images, and the one for the Redhead. Would like to know if you'd be able to put a tutorial on how you're getting them so clean.
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    I think you're right. When folks find out how good they are, it will become a demand feature, IMHO. Vehicles without it won't sell very well.

    Thank you for letting me know. Will send you a PM on how its done later today or tomorrow.
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    I believe this technology is already available in helmets for motorcycles.
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    I am only aware of the NUVIZ device that attaches to your helmet. I'd be looking for something that gave me increased situational awareness (e.g., speed, cruise setting, traffic information, rear proximity alerts (e.g., vehicles coming up behind too fast), blind spot alerts, bike info (i.e., engine, suspension tire info), GPS routing info, etc. Such would probably necessitate an electronics package in the bike (e.g., cameras, radar, computer, etc.) to drive some sort of helmet display.
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    I was thinking of the Skulley helmet from a few years ago...looks like it never made it to market despite some potential buyers putting down big money.
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    Naked Aviation Porn 4: Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The fourth of these is the North American F-86 Sabre, which was another 1950s-era jet and the country's first swept-wing fighter.

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    Train Pic du Jour: Taken the other day at the yard where, as always, nothing was moving. I did note that PA still has at least one GP (i.e., MEC 351) laying around.

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    I was thinking of this thread last weekend - I flew into Boston and drove out to Pittsfield for a wedding. The back roads/bridges/old mills in Central MA are so picturesque.
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    Thanks ...nice shot and great to see this plane...one of a few my friend John flew in Viet Nam..
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    Naked Aviation Porn 5: Having taken so many plane pics on various rides, I thought it might be interesting to show some of these in their 'naked state' - that is, with surrounding and background clutter removed so the plane or part of the plane becomes the sole object of attention. The fifth of these is the Mikoyan-Gurevich MIG-29, which was first began production in 1982 as the Russian counter to the U.S. F-15 and F-16.

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