NerdGuy Fridays (Factoids Unraveled)

Meet our 2024 authors: Peter J. Hayes

In the mid 1960s my family lived in the suburbs of Paris, France. One day, as my mother was driving my older sister and I home from school, we were...

Meet our 2024 authors: Peter J. Hayes

In the mid 1960s my family lived in the suburbs of Paris, France. One day, as my mother was driving my older sister and I home from school, we were...

NerdGuy Friday #42: ISASI

ISASI - International Society of Air Safety InvestigatorsTo say that Miranda must be a member would be an understatement. So why did it take until novel #14 to mention them...

NerdGuy Friday #42: ISASI

ISASI - International Society of Air Safety InvestigatorsTo say that Miranda must be a member would be an understatement. So why did it take until novel #14 to mention them...

NerdGuy Friday #41: Fast-change Planes

In our society it seems that we want everything so fast. Well, it turns out that some of the things work better if we find a way to do them fast.

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NerdGuy Friday #41: Fast-change Planes

In our society it seems that we want everything so fast. Well, it turns out that some of the things work better if we find a way to do them fast.

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NerdGuy Friday #40: it's all about the heat

So, the next Miranda Chase novel, Gryphon, came back from the proofreader a couple days ago. And she made one tiny edit that got me thinking, and that's the subject of today's...

NerdGuy Friday #40: it's all about the heat

So, the next Miranda Chase novel, Gryphon, came back from the proofreader a couple days ago. And she made one tiny edit that got me thinking, and that's the subject of today's...

NerdGuy #39: Osprey (Cover #2) - Menwith Hill

This week I thought I'd nerd out a bit on those white "golf ball" radomes (radar domes) on the cover of Miranda's latest book: Osprey. They are transparent to radio waves but...

NerdGuy #39: Osprey (Cover #2) - Menwith Hill

This week I thought I'd nerd out a bit on those white "golf ball" radomes (radar domes) on the cover of Miranda's latest book: Osprey. They are transparent to radio waves but...

NerdGuy #38: Osprey (Cover #1)

Miranda Chase #13, Osprey, arrives Sept 26th. There are two great Nerd-outs in a single cover! Here's the first. THE MV-22 OSPREYOne look at the cover and you can see...

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NerdGuy #38: Osprey (Cover #1)

Miranda Chase #13, Osprey, arrives Sept 26th. There are two great Nerd-outs in a single cover! Here's the first. THE MV-22 OSPREYOne look at the cover and you can see...

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NerdGuy #37: Prigozhin's plane

I had such a fascinating (and non-political) experience regarding the downing of his plane that I thought I'd share it just for the fun of it.

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NerdGuy #37: Prigozhin's plane

I had such a fascinating (and non-political) experience regarding the downing of his plane that I thought I'd share it just for the fun of it.

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NerdGuy #36 - Talking to the Depths

Talk Is Cheap Shockingly cheap! I remember the first time my father called me when he was on an overseas business trip in the early 1970s.

NerdGuy #36 - Talking to the Depths

Talk Is Cheap Shockingly cheap! I remember the first time my father called me when he was on an overseas business trip in the early 1970s.

NerdGuy #35 - Doomsday Planes

The E-4B Nightwatch featured in Miranda Chase #12 was NOT the only Doomsday Plane lofted by the US military. There is a long history that is actually rather interesting.

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NerdGuy #35 - Doomsday Planes

The E-4B Nightwatch featured in Miranda Chase #12 was NOT the only Doomsday Plane lofted by the US military. There is a long history that is actually rather interesting.

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NerdGuy #34: Watching the Little Guys

The Neodenticula seminae It is one of my wife's favorite plankton. She said it looks like lovely glass blocks under the microscope. 

NerdGuy #34: Watching the Little Guys

The Neodenticula seminae It is one of my wife's favorite plankton. She said it looks like lovely glass blocks under the microscope. 

NerdGuy #33: Making Choices

#MeToo - Before we go on todays' main topic (autism and sexuality), I'd like to take a moment to discuss this briefly due to its relevance to what comes below.

NerdGuy #33: Making Choices

#MeToo - Before we go on todays' main topic (autism and sexuality), I'd like to take a moment to discuss this briefly due to its relevance to what comes below.

NerdGuy Friday #32: Airliner Oxygen Masks

In creating my latest novel, I spent a lot of time learning about emergency air generation systems. And they are both fascinatingly complex and relievingly simple. As to why their...

NerdGuy Friday #32: Airliner Oxygen Masks

In creating my latest novel, I spent a lot of time learning about emergency air generation systems. And they are both fascinatingly complex and relievingly simple. As to why their...

NerdGuy #31: Behind, rather...above the scenes

One of Nerdguy's many peculiar pasts was working in theater. In high school, I joined and ultimately ran the theater for two years. After college, I worked another three years...

NerdGuy #31: Behind, rather...above the scenes

One of Nerdguy's many peculiar pasts was working in theater. In high school, I joined and ultimately ran the theater for two years. After college, I worked another three years...

Nerdguy #30: HMX-1 (Marine One)

"White Top" is a common phrase to describe the helicopters used to transport the President, also called Marine One.  It is properly only called Marine One when the President is aboard, Marine...

Nerdguy #30: HMX-1 (Marine One)

"White Top" is a common phrase to describe the helicopters used to transport the President, also called Marine One.  It is properly only called Marine One when the President is aboard, Marine...

NerdGuy Friday #29: Wreaking Havoc: Part II-gun...

A fan noted that I missed a chance to compare spacecraft evolution and sent me a thought-provoking image. Which led me to thinking about gunships.

NerdGuy Friday #29: Wreaking Havoc: Part II-gun...

A fan noted that I missed a chance to compare spacecraft evolution and sent me a thought-provoking image. Which led me to thinking about gunships.

Nerdguy Friday #28: Wreaking Havoc: Part I-cock...

As fans of NerdGuy know, Miranda Chase #7, Havoc, is coming out on April 27th. And I take the task of capturing the techno of my technothrillerishness very seriously. Never more...

Nerdguy Friday #28: Wreaking Havoc: Part I-cock...

As fans of NerdGuy know, Miranda Chase #7, Havoc, is coming out on April 27th. And I take the task of capturing the techno of my technothrillerishness very seriously. Never more...

NerdGuy Friday #27: Most Computers Are Wide, no...

In my upcoming novel, Raider (releases on Tuesday), there is a background thread of just how fast computers are. The bad guys have one size machine, and the good guys...well, that's part...

NerdGuy Friday #27: Most Computers Are Wide, no...

In my upcoming novel, Raider (releases on Tuesday), there is a background thread of just how fast computers are. The bad guys have one size machine, and the good guys...well, that's part...

NerdGuy Friday #26: The Fastest Helicopter in t...

Helicopter n. (1) Ten thousand parts rotating rapidly around an oil leak waiting for metal fatigue to set in. 

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NerdGuy Friday #26: The Fastest Helicopter in t...

Helicopter n. (1) Ten thousand parts rotating rapidly around an oil leak waiting for metal fatigue to set in. 

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NerdGuy Fridays #25: Super-cool Private Jet

In my recent Christmas story, Island Christmas, a character arrives on Miranda's island flying a Cirrus Vision SF50. As you can see on the story's cover, it's quite cute.I try to make...

NerdGuy Fridays #25: Super-cool Private Jet

In my recent Christmas story, Island Christmas, a character arrives on Miranda's island flying a Cirrus Vision SF50. As you can see on the story's cover, it's quite cute.I try to make...

NerdGuy #24: Air America

I thought I'd nerd out a bit about this month's short story, Survive Until the Final Scene.Here's the opening for those who missed it or don't remember: Up until this...

NerdGuy #24: Air America

I thought I'd nerd out a bit about this month's short story, Survive Until the Final Scene.Here's the opening for those who missed it or don't remember: Up until this...

NerdGuy #23: Holes Under Seattle

The "Holes Under Seattle" that I describe in my upcoming novel At the Clearest Sensation (Shadowforce: Psi #4) are all real.There really are watermains 6' high. A lacework of steam pipes...

NerdGuy #23: Holes Under Seattle

The "Holes Under Seattle" that I describe in my upcoming novel At the Clearest Sensation (Shadowforce: Psi #4) are all real.There really are watermains 6' high. A lacework of steam pipes...

NerdGuy #22: Dragons

No, not the cool fire-breathing kind. Sorry.[caption id="attachment_24642" align="aligncenter" width="483"] A Russian Dragon racing on Lake Como, Italy. © VYGOcommand|Wikimedia[/caption]Okay, is it utterly ridiculous for me to whimper at this...

NerdGuy #22: Dragons

No, not the cool fire-breathing kind. Sorry.[caption id="attachment_24642" align="aligncenter" width="483"] A Russian Dragon racing on Lake Como, Italy. © VYGOcommand|Wikimedia[/caption]Okay, is it utterly ridiculous for me to whimper at this...

NerdGuy #21: Submarine cables

You use them every day...perhaps 100s of times.Did you glance at the BBC news? Send a message to a friend traveling in Thailand? Look at a webcam of a wildfire...

NerdGuy #21: Submarine cables

You use them every day...perhaps 100s of times.Did you glance at the BBC news? Send a message to a friend traveling in Thailand? Look at a webcam of a wildfire...

NerdGuy Friday #20: A bit of PSI

No, I'm not talking about atmospheric pressure (pounds per square inch), the Planetary Science Institute, or even the Italian Socialist Party (Partito Socialista Italiano). I'm going to briefly nerd out on...

NerdGuy Friday #20: A bit of PSI

No, I'm not talking about atmospheric pressure (pounds per square inch), the Planetary Science Institute, or even the Italian Socialist Party (Partito Socialista Italiano). I'm going to briefly nerd out on...

NerdGuy Friday #19: My First Flight

Well, if you've read Emily's First Flight (see the post above), then this posting will make much more sense because, for this story, I reached back into my own flying experience.DreamsAll through...

NerdGuy Friday #19: My First Flight

Well, if you've read Emily's First Flight (see the post above), then this posting will make much more sense because, for this story, I reached back into my own flying experience.DreamsAll through...

NerdGuy #18: Bad Guys Need Good Weapons

The HEL-A laser.Nope, not a Hell-uv-a laser, though it is one. Rather a High-energy Laser (Airborne). A weapon that I unleashed in my latest novel, Ghostrider. (I couldn't be sure that...

NerdGuy #18: Bad Guys Need Good Weapons

The HEL-A laser.Nope, not a Hell-uv-a laser, though it is one. Rather a High-energy Laser (Airborne). A weapon that I unleashed in my latest novel, Ghostrider. (I couldn't be sure that...

NerdGuy #17: Messing With Places

Next week on June 23rd, Miranda Chase #4, Ghostrider, will be officially released. (Due to a few quirks of indie publishing the print is already available, and due to a promotion, Apple...

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NerdGuy #17: Messing With Places

Next week on June 23rd, Miranda Chase #4, Ghostrider, will be officially released. (Due to a few quirks of indie publishing the print is already available, and due to a promotion, Apple...

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NerdGuy #16: Mama Espinoza's

Sometimes it is the simplest things that bring a character to life. This time, it brought the antagonist character of Colonel Vicki Cortez to life and made her central to...

NerdGuy #16: Mama Espinoza's

Sometimes it is the simplest things that bring a character to life. This time, it brought the antagonist character of Colonel Vicki Cortez to life and made her central to...

NerdGuy #15: Childhood songs into Gunships

Puff and Ghostrider - origins (for me)"Puff, the Magic Dragon was a Peter, Paul, and Mary song I grew up singing along with. It was probably the first song I...

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NerdGuy #15: Childhood songs into Gunships

Puff and Ghostrider - origins (for me)"Puff, the Magic Dragon was a Peter, Paul, and Mary song I grew up singing along with. It was probably the first song I...

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NerdGuy #14: Poles of Inaccessibility

Where We AreHumans tend to gather along the coast of continents. According to this Columbia University study, 40% of the human population lives within 100 kilometers of the coast. That's...

NerdGuy #14: Poles of Inaccessibility

Where We AreHumans tend to gather along the coast of continents. According to this Columbia University study, 40% of the human population lives within 100 kilometers of the coast. That's...

NerdGuy Fridays #13: Speed of Sound

LightningMost of us were taught as kids to count seconds after a lightning flash until we heard thunder. Five seconds per mile. This is an okay estimate (5 seconds is...

NerdGuy Fridays #13: Speed of Sound

LightningMost of us were taught as kids to count seconds after a lightning flash until we heard thunder. Five seconds per mile. This is an okay estimate (5 seconds is...

NerdGuy Fridays #12: NerdGuy on the Rocks

A Question of RocksI recently had the need to look into rock slides for the opening of Miranda Chase #4, Ghostrider. As usual, two simple lines led to a whole...

NerdGuy Fridays #12: NerdGuy on the Rocks

A Question of RocksI recently had the need to look into rock slides for the opening of Miranda Chase #4, Ghostrider. As usual, two simple lines led to a whole...

NerdGuy Fridays #11: 3 Twilights

3 Twilights - which do you care about?It's 6:30 a.m. You roll over and glance out the window. (Okay, you morning people who've been up and writing for an hour...

NerdGuy Fridays #11: 3 Twilights

3 Twilights - which do you care about?It's 6:30 a.m. You roll over and glance out the window. (Okay, you morning people who've been up and writing for an hour...

Nerdguy Friday #10: Condor-Syrniki Pancakes

Plaguing my proofreaderI've previously mentioned my utterly awesome proofreader, Colleen. She does, however, consistently lodge three complaints against me: my abuses of the English language (though she does admit to...

Nerdguy Friday #10: Condor-Syrniki Pancakes

Plaguing my proofreaderI've previously mentioned my utterly awesome proofreader, Colleen. She does, however, consistently lodge three complaints against me: my abuses of the English language (though she does admit to...

NerdGuy Friday #9: 20,000 Crows

Lots and Lots of CrowsIn February, my wife and I went out with the Massachusetts Audubon Society to two lovely spots: Incinerator Road and the Wastewater Treatment Plant in the,...

NerdGuy Friday #9: 20,000 Crows

Lots and Lots of CrowsIn February, my wife and I went out with the Massachusetts Audubon Society to two lovely spots: Incinerator Road and the Wastewater Treatment Plant in the,...

NerdGuy Friday #8: Flying on the Level

English vs. MetricBefore we talk flight levels, we need to talk about one of the great peculiarities of flying. This is true worldwide and for a couple of bizarre reasons.As...

NerdGuy Friday #8: Flying on the Level

English vs. MetricBefore we talk flight levels, we need to talk about one of the great peculiarities of flying. This is true worldwide and for a couple of bizarre reasons.As...