Personal

Hey, thanks for stopping by. The name is Ron Amundson

the game is, well, a whole lot of different things. Check out some of my stuff below.

My Interests

Pretty much everything but the kitchen sink, although….

Aviation

I’ve held a flight instructor certificate since 1991. I mostly write on issues related to the educational side of instruction as contrasted with the mechanics of flying. One of my most popular entries was on aviation weather, specifically shallow fog known as MIFG.


Music

Hey, I play bass, sometimes play saxophone, occasionally teach, and often cross over into electronics. Busking for charity is awesome, but playing sax outside when its -10F is not for the faint of heart!

My first band had a EMC Gemini PA system with 2 column speakers. Over the years, they got swapped with a homemade version of the Peavey SP3 and really rocked for smaller venues. One of the coolest bits of the EMC company was their lifetime guarantee. Sadly, they went out of business in 1983, so not much was online…  I wrote about this back in 2011. Its amazing what I’ve picked up on since then. Alas, I do need to write an updated article based upon literature I’ve gathered over the years.


My Flickr

I did a lot of newspaper photography years ago,and then my interests went sideways up until 1999 when I picked up a Sony FD91 digital camera for a small fortune.  As time passed it became obsolete of course, and I couldn’t justify upgrading to something newer. Alas, I finally bit the bullet, and have been having a blast with a Canon 60D, which although not perfect is still pretty impressive. The bottom photo won 2nd place photo of the year in the local photo club, even made it into the newspaper.


Faith

My faith is very much a part of who I am. I see no conflict between faith and science, albeit my views on both are a bit different than the norm.

Science can have a tendency to become an idol in and of itself, leaving lots of things to be taken as a matter of faith (which is totally screwey, as such is not the definition held by most scientists)… but pragmatically, there are some really big problems in the replication and peer review arena. First, far too many papers are written which do not provide enough information for a person skilled in the art to replicate the research. Secondly, far too many peer reviewers seem to miss glaringly huge errors, like numerical data or charts being at odds with the stated claims in the paper. And yet, when academic research is commercialized, the scientific method eventually wins, when the resulting product or process succeeds or fails on its merits!

Alas, faith can go off the rails too, when enthusiastic believers try to force fit things into places where they probably ought not to go. I mean, its crazy making to think we need to fit 2000 year old patriarchal belief systems into contemporary culture. In a similar vein to cast out or at least bend what we can see and observe in a petri dish, or in excavations of relics to fit to a form of scriptural interpretation, that in many cases didn’t exist until a couple hundred years ago. Faith provides for a path for which the human mind is likely incapable of traveling, or certainly incapable of traveling without intense corruption. I means, consider the words of Jesus, with the first will be last, and the last will be first….who would buy into that on face value.

I see the scriptures similar to the late Rich Mullins. “The Bible is not a book for the faint of heart — it is a book full of all the greed and glory and violence and tenderness and sex and betrayal that benefits mankind. It is not the collection of pretty little anecdotes mouthed by pious little church mice — it does not so much nibble at our shoe leather as it cuts to the heart and splits the marrow from the bone. It does not give us answers fitted to our small-minded questions, but truth that goes beyond what we even know to ask.”


Politics

I can aggravate liberals and conservative in alternating
sentences as I’m too liberal and too conservative for both! I was a pretty hard core Republican in my younger days, and remain a huge fan of president Reagan. In many ways, the US has moved so far to the right, I don’t think he would be welcome in the GOP, and might well be consider too left for many in the DNC, at least from an economics, immigration, and concern for the most vulnerable in society. And yet from a moral values point of view, I can also see how he could remain a near saint in the eyes of some on the right. Its tricky thing to navigate for sure. One of my post popular postings was on liberal and conservative values in defense spending.


Youtube

In my younger days, I did a lot of video work. Recently I took up the camera again, and am freelancing for a local tv station. I also have an a very infrequently used youtube channel.


Projects for Home and Friends

I work with metals as well as  dead tree carcasses from time to time.  I probably have a few hundred cad drawings in sketchup, everything from an outhouse to a track saw to an engine support bar.

A huge challenge for this is that just because you can draw it up in cad, doesn’t mean you can build it… and being most of my projects are one time deals, I make the drawing, and then tweak things out as I build, but rarely document the potential tricky areas or the revisions needed for success. As such, I’m a bit leery of just dumping my plans to the sketchup public library. On the other hand, I’ve been blogging ideas and projects since 2004… One of my most popular posts concerned DIY flash dryers for screen printing.

 

 


My late wifes web page

As its been a few years since she passed, it didn’t make sense to maintain her website anymore, so I archived it here under a subdomain. We had an awesome 21 years together!

 


My Dad and some buddies, a near perfect post for facebook, albeit this was back in 1955!


Cars

I was also into cars, even had a website with S12 and Z31 repair info as well as some F1 telemetry and a talk I gave at MSC01. Sadly, this was before I got wise and kept current with software updates and the like… so eventually it was crashed by security vulnerabilities… and while I have backups, its a real pain to get it to run on different versions of Apache and php.

Alas, a photo of the most expensive cars I ever worked on… the M193, albeit I liked the M192 and its Lamborghini V12 even more. The sound of that awesome engine I will always remember, to say nothing of traveling the globe with Minardi Team.

Because analog is cool!