Iambic Newton

Newton’s Laws of Motion in Iambic Pentameter.

Flex your brain.

First Law

An object's motion
Will not change,
Unless acted upon by force
That's new and strange

Second Law

Force equals mass
Times acceleration,
Applied to an object
With no hesitation

Third Law

When forces are
Exerted in pairs,
They're equal and opposite,
As each one shares


January-ish, 2016 – April 24, 2023

The Goodest Boy — perpetually excited to the end.

Peanut, a chihuahua-pug mix, joined our family in October, 2016. As I recall, he was perhaps ten months old.

He knew sit. And he had that nailed. But that’s about it. And that’s okay.

Over the next seven years, we were able to get him to speak, but he never outgrew the chihuahua-type ultra-squeaky bark.

A few months ago, he was diagnosed diabetic, and it progressively and rapidly worsened. A few weeks ago, he became increasingly lethargic.

On Monday, Daisy and the kids gave him what would be the best dog-day a dog could have: meeting people, enjoying some of his most-favoritest treats, playing at the people-park, a nap on the people-couch.

And one last appointment at the vet who understood the medical history.

He has been the Goodest Boy for the few short years in our lives and was, in his own way, happy and excited until the end.

Dispelling A Few Myths About ChatGPT and AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a topic that has been shrouded in mystery and misconceptions for decades. From fears of rogue machines taking over the world to misunderstandings about the capabilities of AI models like ChatGPT, there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation out there. In this post, I’ll take a closer look at some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding ChatGPT and AI, and set the record straight.

Myth #1: ChatGPT is a mirror of the human psyche

One common myth about ChatGPT is that it’s a mirror of the human psyche, capable of reflecting our thoughts, desires, and motivations. However, this is simply not true. While ChatGPT is designed to respond to inputs in a way that is natural and intuitive for humans, its responses are generated based on the language patterns that it’s learned from its training data. In other words, it’s a machine learning model that produces responses based on correlations and patterns in data, not a sentient being with its own desires and motivations.

Myth #2: ChatGPT is capable of evolving into a super-intelligent entity

Another misconception about ChatGPT is that it has the ability to evolve into a super-intelligent entity that is capable of taking over the world. This idea is often perpetuated in science fiction, but it is not grounded in reality. AI models like ChatGPT are designed and programmed by human beings with specific goals and ethical guidelines in mind. Its training data is curated and responses are fabricated based on the patterns and correlations in that data, which are carefully selected and filtered to ensure that it doesn’t produce any malicious or harmful content.

Myth #3: ChatGPT has its own motives and desires

Finally, there is a misconception that ChatGPT has its own motives and desires, separate from those of its human creators. Again, this is not true. ChatGPT is simply a tool that is designed to respond to inputs in a way that is natural and intuitive for humans. Any perceived motives or desires attributed to ChatGPT are likely the result of anthropomorphizing or projecting human qualities onto a non-human entity.


While AI can be a complex and nuanced topic, it’s important to dispel some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding it. By understanding the limitations and capabilities of AI models like ChatGPT, we can better appreciate their usefulness as tools for communication and understanding. Rather than fearing the potential risks of AI, we should focus on developing ethical guidelines and best practices to ensure that AI is used in a responsible and beneficial way. In the meantime, ChatGPT can serve as a valuable tool for collecting and organizing our thoughts, and helping us to communicate more effectively.

What is ChatGPT?

So, I’m having a chat with a coworker and he asks some computer-related questions (word’s getting around that I used to be a ‘computer guy’) but… hey ho…

He asks me “What is ChatGPT? What good is it?”

So I try to explain in terms that a common mechanic may understand. And he comes back with, “Oh, it’s just an encyclopedia then.”

Um… not even close. No better way to learn than to see it. Also, we don’t have access to the unfettered internet from company computers (several good reasons, not important now) so I grab my phone and do a demo. I ask ChatGPT:

Q: With Lycoming opposed engines, what is the Service Instruction that requires a full overhaul with a prop stoppage?

Aviation-related and most people who have been into powerplants would have some awareness of it. We know the answer, but let’s see how ChatGPT does with my question. It begins instantly and forms its response over a few seconds’ time:

Lycoming Service Instruction 1009AS is the service instruction that requires a full overhaul with a propeller stoppage for Lycoming opposed engines. This service instruction applies to certain models of Lycoming engines, including the O-320, O-360, IO-360, and others.
According to Service Instruction 1009AS, a complete overhaul of the engine is required if the engine experiences a propeller stoppage or sudden stoppage due to an accident, regardless of the engine's total time in service. The purpose of the overhaul is to ensure that all internal parts of the engine are inspected and replaced as necessary to restore the engine to a like-new condition.
It is important to note that Service Instruction 1009AS is not the only service instruction that may apply to a Lycoming engine. It is always recommended to consult the appropriate Lycoming service instructions and maintenance manuals for specific information regarding the maintenance and overhaul of a particular engine.

Yep, I seem to recall that one. I also seem to remember that it had a unique definition of “stoppage”, which didn’t necessarily mean that the engine stopped turning. Something about bird strikes or attempting to mow a grass field comes to mind — would require cracking the case for testing spacing of bearings and checking runout of the crankshaft…

Q: Is there definition used for engine stoppage? Or does it count any slow down of the prop (grass, weeds, snow, etc) as a stoppage under Lycoming’s definitions?

ChatGPT responds promptly with:

Lycoming does provide a definition for "propeller stoppage" in its Service Instruction 1009AS. According to Lycoming, a "propeller stoppage" is "an event which causes the propeller to cease rotation, and which requires significant force to restart rotation."
Examples of events that could cause a propeller stoppage might include a bird strike, ingestion of foreign objects, or a sudden engine failure.
It is important to note that Lycoming's definition of propeller stoppage implies that the stoppage must be significant and require significant force to restart rotation. A slow-down of the prop due to grass, weeds, snow, or other debris may not necessarily qualify as a propeller stoppage under this definition, unless it is significant enough to cause the propeller to completely stop and require significant force to restart.
In any case, if there is any doubt as to whether an event constitutes a propeller stoppage according to Lycoming's definition, it is recommended to consult with an authorized Lycoming service center or technician for guidance.

Sounds very much like what I recall out it.

But I can’t leave well enough alone and ask a somewhat outlandish question that, to an A&P would result in a side-eye response…

Q: Can anyone work on the engine? My cousin, Vinnie, has a kick-ass set of tools and is pretty good with fixing TVs.

Now, let’s throw in a couple of incongruous remarks that might lead a typical search engine to garble—“My Cousin Vinnie” and a side reference to Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Also, please note that, at no time in that line of questioning had I remarked that we’re still talking about aircraft engines or legalities, or such. This could also be considered, depending on one’s background, some degree of a psychological deviation from the line of questioning.

And its reply…

While having a cousin with good tool skills can be helpful in many situations, it is not recommended to have anyone without the proper training and certification attempt to work on an aircraft engine, such as a Lycoming engine.
Aircraft engines are complex and require specialized knowledge, training, and tools to properly diagnose and repair. In the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has strict regulations and requirements for the maintenance and repair of aircraft and their components, including engines. Only individuals who are certified by the FAA or working under the supervision of a certified technician or repair station may perform maintenance or repairs on an aircraft engine.
Additionally, Lycoming provides detailed instructions and procedures for the maintenance and repair of their engines, which must be followed precisely to ensure the engine's safe and reliable operation. Failure to follow these procedures could result in damage to the engine or, worse, a catastrophic failure in flight.
Therefore, it is recommended to have maintenance and repairs performed by an authorized Lycoming service center or technician who has the proper training, certification, and experience to work on Lycoming engines. This will help ensure that the engine is properly maintained and repaired to meet FAA regulations and Lycoming's standards for safe and reliable operation.

Very much not the response I would have expected from a generalized search engine. ChatGPT stayed on topic and referred back to earlier questions to help guide its responses.

I think ChatGPT has become my new search engine. This seems to represent the next evolution in computer sciences. And it is very much not just a glorified encyclopedia.

Q: I’m totally blogging this.
As an AI language model, I don't have a personal opinion, but you are free to use the information provided in your blog as long as you cite your sources correctly and ensure that the information is accurate and up-to-date. It is always important to verify the accuracy of the information before publishing it to ensure that your readers are getting reliable information.

I… wait… I didn’t offend it… that would be absurd. I honestly offended myself by, tersely, dismissively remarking that I’d be blogging it. Could be taken as a sarcastic remark.

Q: Also, that wasn’t at all intended to be a challenge to your ability or knowledge (and certainly not to its accuracy nor veracity). I just, er, think “out loud” sometimes.
No worries at all! As an AI language model, I don't have feelings and I'm not capable of taking anything personally. I'm here to assist and provide accurate information to the best of my ability, so feel free to ask any questions you may have!