7.31.19 - Goat Milking
“You can spend a lot to detect a fire, but it all goes down the drain when you don’t move on it.” -- Glenn Corbett, an associate professor of fire science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, discussing the fire at Notre-Dame
You have to check out this story by the New York Times, which takes you behind-the-scenes of the devastating fire at Notre-Dame earlier this year. It’s jam-packed with crisp visuals, and they give you tons of details about what went right -- and wrong -- after the blaze broke out.
Did you know security called the fire department 30 minutes after the fire started because they responded to the wrong building at first (and thought everything seemed fine)? I’m sure you can imagine what kind of disadvantage rescuers were facing at that point. They had to race up 300 steps only to realize it was so dangerous; they’d have to retreat. And after it was clear the attic was a lost cause, a small team went in to save the towers, not knowing if they’d have an escape route at their disposal. Wow! We’re in serious awe of those of you who put your lives on the line every day.
So clear 20 minutes on your schedule and go dive into this story. Don’t worry; there are a few lines in there about the drones they used during their response, too!
Read more: Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than people knew. This is how it was saved.
How cool is this new wildfire monitoring drone?! It’s a VTOL hybrid -- so that means it has a vertical takeoff and landing (like a multirotor) and then transforms into a fixed-wing aircraft (which is better for endurance). Some other cool features we liked: It can fly over 15 hours and 50 nautical miles, has daylight imagery as well as long and short wave infrared imaging (which helps you see through smoke). Combine all that with some powerful fire analysis software, and you’ve got yourself a pretty sweet setup that allows mission planners to manage massive wildfires and help to predict a fire’s behavior.
Read more: World’s most advanced aerial firefighting surveillance tool
PleaseWhen are people going to learn?! Using drones to fly contraband into prisons is a terrible idea. A guy in Georgia just allegedly tried flying more than half a pound of the pot into a medium-security prison. Want to guess how police ended up busting him? He was blocking traffic… doh! And when they searched his vehicle, they found the drone and two plastic bags packed with pot. He’s now facing up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. And in case you’re wondering, no he wasn’t legal to fly either (even without the pot)!
Read more: Guy tried to fly pot into Georgia prison using a drone.
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Well, look who we spotted in the news last week! It’s our good buddy Eric Funkhouser, Chief of the Bargersville IN Fire Department at the business end of a goat! And you’ll never guess what impressive honor he snagged at the local Agricultural Fair. That’s right folks, you’re looking at the winner of the fourth annual celebrity goat milking contest! Bet you didn’t even know there was such a thing! Competitors were given a goat, a bucket, and seven minutes to see what they could get. And Chief Funkhouser -- a first-timer when it comes to milking goats, mind you -- managed to squeeze out three pounds. Way to go, Chief! We’re proud to call you friend!
See more pictures here:Milking goats and throwing shade.