Why Aerospace Engineering?

A few people have asked me why I decided to study aerospace engineering.

A few things.

When I was a kid, my interests were racing cars and space ships. Of course. What else is there? At about 6 y.o., I used to draw space ships a lot. Almost exclusively. Then I would make space ships with my Torro. Lots of them. I made one almost a metre long. But that interest became almost completely forgotten as other life stuff happened. One really good exception was “Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 A.D.

I did a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering, starting with the purpose to design cars. I had a plan all worked out, ending with me working for Lamborghini, of course. But over the course of the degree, that purpose became lost, contributed by the growing realisation that there were few mechanical engineering jobs in New Zealand, and more so on completion and I couldn’t get an engineering job. A friend recently commented that he, a civil engineer, knew that the were no mechanical engineering jobs in N.Z.

I’ve done racing, in real life, and on simulators, and successfully. Here are some links to demonstrate:

But I never did much with space ships. I lost that purpose some time ago.

I got made redundant from my last job in 2020 October, so got thinking. I’ve been building a software business for ages, because I love software development; but that wasn’t enough to satisfy me, my ambitions.

So space-ward ho!

I was of course, quite aware of Rocket Lab and their success. And they were advertising lots of jobs. Lots of aerospace engineering jobs. So I had a look to see if there was such a thing as an aerospace engineering degree. Yup! The University of Auckland has a post-graduate masters degree in aerospace engineering. Awesome! Sign me up! That was around 2021 late June or early July. I started at the end of July. Super fortunate for me, I was able to start mid-year; the order of the papers done didn’t make any difference.

From the time I applied, I was thinking about aerospace almost exclusively. And one thing I realised is that I’ve spent most of my life in space, not on planets, and I wanted to get back out there. Space – especially empty space – is havingness for me. And freedom.

It’s time to get off this rock and back into space, cruising around in X-Wings and Millennium Falcons, etc.

Plus, I’m quite creative, I like building stuff. So let’s build some space ships! And having worked on the X-Wing project in the early days contributes a lot, of course.

I’m reaching for the stars… literally.

It’s my ticket outta here.

Aerospace and scn both mean freedom for me.

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X-Wing Evolution.


References to current lore:

Snippets of memories from two lifetimes working as an engineer on the X-wing project, around 1.3M years ago.

The X-Wing had several evolutions, from the Mark 1 through to the Mark 7, which is the version we see in “Star Wars, A New Hope” (etc.), with the variable geometry split rear wings.

According to the extended universe, the X-wing was made by Incom Corporation.

Note that the “Aggressive ReConnaissance-170 Starfighter,” while also made by Incom Corporation (according to current lore), this was not an early version of the X-wing, nor was the X-wing a direct derivative of it.

Mark 1, see sketch, below.

Strike ship, small bomber, interceptor, strafer, around 10 to 12m long, a bit like that shown in Stewart Cowley’s “Spacecraft 2000 to 2100 A.D.”, www.flickr.com/photos/erice/5212947958.

Front mounted cockpit. Roughly circular section fuselage and normal single wing. Navigation Sensor Array Pod on wing tips. Laser cannon near wing tips, size as shown. Ion drive.

Mark 2, see sketch.

Significantly larger, enough to include a sleep cocoon (about the size of a small capsule in a Japanese capsule hotel, https://airportsandhotelsblog.wordpress.com/2021/05/14/capsule-hotel-in-narita-airport), laser cannons near the wing tips, and a small bomb hangar.

Fatter fuselage. Longer laser cannon.

Mark 3, see sketch.

Introduced the split wing, for improved manoeuvrability. Longer laser cannon.

Mark 4.

Design never completed. Significant design was made, but then the intention for the craft was altered by management.

Mark 5, see sketch.

Length increased to ~ 35m. much larger living and sleep space, enough room for 2 crew.

Engines moved to split wings for improved manoeuvrability due to placement of thrust, despite compromise with increased rotational inertia. Navigation Sensor Array Pod moved to nose and fuselage; replace by laser cannons near the wing tips.

The evolution from the mark 1 to the mark 5 had added lots of equipment, and so had become quite heavy and less manoeuvrable. The mark 6, the “X-Wing” as it had become known, was a smaller, lighter, quicker ship, which was more manoeuvrable. It only just managed to retain the hyper-drive.

After the Mark 5, one proposal for the mark 6 replacement had a length of ~ 40m, which was deemed to be too big, and the move was made towards smaller.

Mark 6, see sketch.

Engines moved back closer to the longitudinal centre line to reduce rotational inertia. Wings larger.

These are my original notes, made in 2005. The lines are jagged because I was on a coach bus from Sydney to Canberra.

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Name on Mars.

Hopefully this will work:


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Economics and Finance Review; Number 8, 2014 August 31.

Economics and Finance Review.

Your windmill on the economic climate.

Number 8, 2014 August 31.


World Economy.



I think the official term that covers this is “We is F#$%^d.” What we need (for a start) is for the governments to rescind the mandates that gave the “central” banks their power, and take back their governance of currency. Of course, the governments are infiltrated by the Rothschilds (directly or indirectly), so that’s not going to happen anytime soon.

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Economics and Finance Review; Number 7, 2012 April 26.

Economics and Finance Review.

Your windmill on the economic climate.

Number 7, 2012 April 26.



  1. In economics and finance, some business is large business, and some is small to medium. Also, some business is business to individual (“B2I”), and some is business to business (“B2B”). these four form a grid:
Small business. Large business.
Business to individual. Business to business.

Any country economy will be a floating point, somewhere in this grid. Un-employment is due to an imbalance between these four factors, that is, the position of the floating point not being at it’s ideal point of equilibrium. A government’s efforts to handle un-employment should be to fully understand the current equilibrium, and correct the imbalance.

  1. The following chart shows the distribution of employees per major industry sector (source: Statistics New Zealand) for 2012:

Similarly, there needs to be a balance between surplus of staff, and demand for, each sector, in order to minimise en-employment. A government’s efforts to handle un-employment, should thus also be in encouraging staffing and education in areas of high staffing demand.

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Your Site’s Traffic Has Plummeted Since Google’s Farmer/Panda Update. Now What?

Your Site’s Traffic Has Plummeted Since Google’s Farmer/Panda Update. Now What? http://searchengineland.com/your-sites-traffic-has-plummeted-since-googles-fa…
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If you were an SEO of a large company, what would you include in your 2011 strategy?

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LivingInfo Systems recommends Microsoft Security Essentials.

LivingInfo Systems recommends Microsoft Security Essentials, www.microsoft.com/security_essentials.

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Melbourne Ideal Organisation Opening.

So here I am again writing the story of another road trip. This one the trip Melbourne to Sydney return, to see the opening of the Melbourne Ideal Org., tonight.

Today started at 5 a.m. with last preparation and catching a bus to Aosh Anzo, the meet-up point. Since we’re due to return Sunday around dinner time, this time I made the thinking-forward step of bringing my gaming gear with me.

While waiting for the car to arrive, I spotted Geoff MacClement, and we chatted for a few minutes. He told me a little of what he’s been doing recently, and I was telling him some of the recent jobs I’ve been doing as a roady; Muse, Linkin Park, and Big Day Out Tuesday and Thursday; and the odd small job on Wednesday (Australia Day), after which I went to Aosh to relax a little over a drink, and I’d hoped to find Geoff to talk to again. He commented that I was wearing my LivingInfo Systems cap and Hauraki t-shirt, and he liked that.

Wayne Byrne is driving, behind me is Phil, and we’re on the way to pick up a lady at Dundas base. I’m still debating whether to have a coffee or not, and try to sleep some. Somehow I can’t see the sleeping happening, so I’ll vote for the coffee option as soon as possible.

Now we’re at Dundas Base, picking up the lady, Pat, a staff member from Pretoria in South Africa, here doing her Class XI Internship.

Now we’re on the motorway and listening to some Fleetwood Mac. I’m answering girlfriend emails and handling my phone notes. That may not sound very exciting, but it’s good for me, as I’m completing cycles of action.

Half-way through and the countryside is very flat and very dry. The plants are mostly brown, not green, even the trees. The grass is like tussock, with a few patches of green grass or more likely brush. It gives a feel much Africa. The land is very flat, and I can see hills on my right (northish), and even further off to my left, low mountains. This is my first expedition this deep into Australian countryside, and it’s even more dry and wild that the countryside between Sydney and Canberra.

Well not very exciting here really. Lots of grey road, lots of brown grass, a little green bush, shrub or tree. The occasional service centre. We’re listening to Ron Hubbard’s “State of Mind.”

We arrived into the outskirts of Melbourne around 4 p.m., and after some tiki-touring around, made it to the motel where we changed into good clothes, then arrived to the org. about 5 p.m. That was nine hours on the road, and 12 hours since waking.

It’s a large building, my guess is something over 1000m2. The outside is nice if not spectacular, however the inside definitely is, as I have detailed below. We were ushered into the car park which filled with maybe 2000 people, and with the building surrounding us. I recognised literally hundreds of faces. I talked to the dozens of folks I know or have known, however some of them I took some time to remember the names of. Significant names are Oliver Shead and family, Stuart Holbrook, Lara Meany, Rachael Jacomb (from Folo, when she was Rachael Litson), Boyd Morati, G. and T. N., Juliette Parker, Juliette Ryland, (twin), Greg Peart, Mark Ellis, Dana Lee, Carol McMahan, Lika Kikuchi, Jason and Linda Zani.

The event started at sun-down, 18:30, signified by the Chairman of the Board joining the crowd and sitting down the front, out of sight to me. The festivities proper started with an aboriginal blessing and song with a small choir, quickly followed by a performance by Kate Ceberano. Melbourne Executive Director Cheryl Wickens was master of ceremonies and opened the section of the various speakers. There were four local speakers, including the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, and aboriginal leader Uncle Bob. Then of course the Chairman of the Board. Whom I can’t find a superlative for, and whom I’ve wanted to see live for years. He has presence. He commanded the space. He has projection; even without the public address system, he could have easily made his communication reach the whole crowd, all the way to the back. He touched on the history of the building, of scientology in Melbourne and Australia, and pointed out that what the new building is about is not what has been built, but what will be built.

Cheryl then asked the previous speakers to return to the stage, Chairman of the Board passed on the rope to the speakers, gave a short count, and they all pulled the rope to officially open the building. Cheryl then repeated the same in words, welcoming everyone in, so people did just that and started to make their way in. Most went to the front door, however many went for the closest door they could find, around the car park.

The furniture, fixtures and fittings are what make the place. And of course the people make the organisation. Each and all of the spaces are very well decorated, with cream walls and main feature and high-light colour of a browny copper colour. Just past Reception, the main Public Division space is very spacious, and leads to the public displays area and a café on the right, and a courtyard with another café on the left. Past the internal café is the chapel, large enough to fit probably 400 people easily, and featuring a computer controlled audio-visual sound system, and ten surrounding and two in-fill Meyer speakers. Each of the delivery spaces are large and comfortable. The tr’s spaces include padding on the walls. Auditing rooms number twenty seven. Layouts are good and logical such as reception leading to the Public Division; and off to the left, to Registry then Treasury, then the Technical Division delivery spaces, and Qualifications next to that. The only thing that I’d change would be that the spaces are labelled on their doors, so that when the door is open, I couldn’t see what it was easily. The labels should have been on the walls beside the doors.

One of the significant points of all of the spaces, large, small and the working spaces, is that they all very comfortable to be in. The furniture and fittings are all very tasteful and have an aesthetic element. This is a major point of what makes an ideal organisation; as Ron wrote in his directive, “The Ideal Organisation,” “Public judge us by our mest.” And now with lots of staff, new public and scientologists alike can be handled well and serviced well.

We left around 22:00 to find some dinner, and made it to an Italian restaurant around 22:30. Wayne and Pat shared a pizza and I had ravioli bolognaise with a tiny glass of very nice port. Then back to the motel and crash.

Sunday morning my alarm woke us at 8:00. We went back to the organisation for around 15 minutes for Pat to see the Qualifications division. I got a coffee and talked to Stuart Holbrook for a bit, and had a look at the chapel.

We hit the road probably a bit after 9:00, with a short stop for breakfast.

For part of the trip we travelled with a very new and very nice red Audi S5. Now we’re back to lots of long straight grey roads, lots of brown foliage and some conversation, including lots of texts to girlfriend and back.

We listened to “Hymn of Asia,” and are now listening to “State of Mind” again. A few times I’ve tried playing some music, the “Tron” sound-track, but I keep getting over-ridden.

We stopped in Goulburn for ice-cream and coffee. Wayne had a lime thick-shake, Pat a choc-berry Sunday, Phil a tea, and I had a Roman coffee (with Galliano), and a scoop of ice-cream. I asked for chocolate, but received strawberry gelato. I haven’t had anything like it ages so I scoffed it, and enjoyed it. The coffee was quite something; it had a good kick to it!

That will do, since the most interesting thing that happened after that was getting out of the small box that we were in for probably ten hours!

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LivingInfo Systems just used TeamViewer to connect to a client’s computer remotely, and debug a problem on it.

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