Bhigdog

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  1. Art must elicit an emotion in the observer to even be considered art. Ergo, what is art to one may not be art to another. There are some basic forms and formulas that many consider basic to "art" but for the most part they can be disregarded and still be "art". Many look at the Mona Lisa and see true art. Others may look at Her and see an illustration. You look an Eames chair and see in it's lines and form art. Others see a piece of furniture (wildly over priced at that). So your original question has no correct answer. If a drawing of a car elicits a primal emotion I would say it's "art" to that person at that time and place. If not it's merely a drawing and maybe not a very good one at that. As to the question of whether it's "fine art" or just plain old "art": Like beauty it's all in the eye of the beholder and some curator, critic, or elite taste maker has no say in the matter no matter what they may think................... Bob
  2. Hmmm.......... I wonder what the implication of that would be....................Bob
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    Replace window glass with what?

    Any good glass shop can cut and edge grind flat safety glass especially if you have an intact pattern. It's not that difficult or expensive. The glass is scored and broken like plain glass. A line of alcohol is poured along the break and ignited, after few seconds the clear plastic lamination is soft enough to let the glass be pulled apart. At least that's how my guy does it. Easy Peasy. If your glass has a date code or safety glass marking some shops can duplicate it for an extra upcharge. .....................Bob
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    Spam 🥧?

    Yo Willie. Don't sugar coat it. How do you really feel?....................Bob
  5. You make some fair and good points. That said, I still have to think ego and one up mans ship plays a measurable part in the equation. Likely more for some than others................Bob
  6. And wish to display that fact loud and clear. Or perhaps I mis -judged. Maybe they are shelling out $150 K for it's avant garde styling, it's superior coach work, it's luxurious appointments and cloud like ride. A truly superior marque in every sense of the word............NAH!..................Bob
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    57 caballero project brakes

    Do the easy stuff first by swapping things one at a time, side to side, to see if the problem follows then proceed accordingly..........Bob
  8. Oh yeah. Repro a ho hum "so what" product and charge stupid money for it. Where do i get in line?....NOT! The reason people cough up big bucks for esoteric stuff is so they can dazzle their friends. I,m guessing few folks will be dazzled with a fake Bronco ..bob.
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    Merry Christmas from Spain

    A wonderful and healthy Christmas to you from the U S A...............Bob
  10. Don't be so sure. In many ways a "self driving" aircraft is a lot easier to accomplish with a straight line A to B path devoid of intersections and unanticipated occurrences. In fact the aircraft would not require forward vision except perhaps to taxi. Almost any of todays transport category aircraft are capable of flying from shortly after take off to actually landing at it's destination with minimal input from the human in the left seat. The dark side of cockpit automation, fly by wire, and decision making by on board computers is that in some cases those systems have contributed to incidents and actual crashes. The latest appears to be Lion Air's 737 MAX where the crew apparently was not even aware their aircraft had the capability to over ride their control inputs. It's been an on going debate between system engineers and pilots about who knows best in an abnormal or emergency situation, the pilot or the computer and who should actually be flying the damn plane. Another dark side of cockpit automation is that the more the aircraft and it's systems are automated the further the pilot is removed from understanding and actually feeling how his aircraft behaves absent those systems. Some recent accidents and incidents have occurred because when the computer lost control of their aircraft or misled the crew the pilots simply didn't know how to actually FLY it. The Asiana crash is a classic example. I've lost count of how many times in the cock pit I've heard a crew member utter:..... "Why is it doing that"?. I'm thinking it will be a long time before the flying public will ever be comfortable getting on an airplane with out a crew in the cock pit. Perhaps the pilot will evolve into an inflatable "Otto pilot" from the movie Airplane. Judging from some of the recent accidents/incidents we may almost be there now. Once again, sorry for the hijack......................Bob
  11. At the risk of hijacking the thread. The original premise of the question was "where does the chauffeur stay?" Meaning where does the employee, the dedicated driver of the cars owner stay when out of town with his employer. That morphed into where does an employer's "jet pilot" stay? Again, the inference being his faithful dedicated driver. You seem to have confused FAA part 135 charter operations with FAA part 91 operations, which most corporate flight depts. operate under, with flight crews who are dedicated to flying (driving) for their employer who may not accept renumeration for providing that service. The operations with which you seem most familiar are for profit charter operations. They rent their aircraft and crews out usually on a per trip or hourly basis. In essence they are the Ubers of aviation. As such they control every financial aspect of the operation, often including where the crews stay and what they may spend per diem. This does not, in any way diminish the integrity or professionalism of the flight crews. In many ways they are more proficient than FAA part 121 (airline) crews. However, the thrust of the comparison was between vintage professional chauffeurs and modern chauffeurs driving not a Packard but a Gulfstream. As a modern "chauffer" driving a variety of corporate jets for my employer, over 31 years, I can state with confidence that in the many flight depts. of which I was familiar the flight crews were most certainly not required to crash at some rented weekend pad but were free to choose the Four Seasons or Regency. We often did. The point of all this flapping of gums was prompted by the generalization and anecdotal evidence that all "jet pilots" fit your description of work hours, pay scale, and life style. Nothing could be further from the truth. The jobs performed by, conditions worked under, and pay received by part 135 and 91 flight crews are as varied as were the conditions likely endured by the Packard and Roll's drivers of yore. As an aside, I said "comparable accommodations" not "same accommodations". Even though the crew is a valuable part of the team there will always be that unstated yet very real separation between the employer and hired help. Staying at the same hotel could provide the opportunity for the crew to see something best not seen or visa versa. Again, at the risk of high jacking the thread let me give you an example. Back in the 90's Allentown was buried under 20" of snow and I had to divert to Chicago. We were stuck there for 2 days while the East coast dug out. I had the president and vice chairman aboard and got them in the closest hotel. After we got the aircraft secured we also got in the same hotel. Any port in a storm. When we checked in there was only one room left. I swear to God, a two floor suite with a spiral staircase. My passengers, the president and vice chairman, had plain old rooms. Over the course of the 2 days I had several phone conversations with them about flight options etc. Finally I heard a knock on the door and there they were to plan options with me. You should have seen the look on their faces when they walked into my suite with the spiral stair case. In the end we laughed about it all but it was very embarrassing. That's why we stay in separate but equal. There's a lot more to being a dedicated employee than just punching a clock...............Bob
  12. Making sweeping generalizations about the "life of a small jet pilot" is as non sensensical as making them about the "life of domestic help of days gone by". While I can't with authority comment on the lot of the chauffeur I can about the modern corporate pilot. Having been a corporate pilot for 31 years, the last 16 as chief pilot, I will say our flight crews were always treated with the upmost respect. As part of the team assuring our executives the ability to accomplish their goals we were expected to stay in comparable lodgings. And we did. While we were very careful to limit alcohol consumption I can assure you the lobster, filet, and shrimp on our expense reports were never questioned. Safety being the utmost consideration crew duty times and adequate rest was observed. We covered our aircraft 24/7 but rotating crew coverage assured everyone got most Sundays and holidays off or only being on standby. While there are smaller charter companies that may treat their crews as chattel that is not the norm. I would say our operation and the way it was (is) run is the norm. Flying a sophisticated multi million dollar aircraft in an often hostile and rapidly changing environment is not easy but a competent crew always makes it look that way. Any occupation performed day in and day out soon loses it's "glamour". Being a pilot is not the exception................Bob
  13. That is truly sad on so many levels..........bob
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    Autronic Eye

    Nice find but they were kind of dumb. I had one in a 56 Caddy. It would react to reflected high beams and switch to low beams whereupon the reflected light would diminish so it would switch to high beams etc etc etc..........bob
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    Pilot bearing lubrication

    A film of lube won't hurt. Too much and it could migrate to the face of the flywheel. The only time the input shaft spins in the bushing is when the clutch is depressed so not lube critical...............Bob