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a small but loud beeper, which reacts to, and is set off by near yet
safe proximity to, the chaotic electrical currents normally found
The 'Thunderbleeper' is small and lightweight, and can be safely
attached to your paraglider without hindering it, so that when you
are gliding under low-hanging thunderclouds you can know when
drop altitude to prevent being sucked up into the cloud and
about by the electrical storm within, saving you a lot of possible
bone breakage, and even your life.
In memory of Bruce, the bronze-sculptor who died by cloudsuck a
few years back in the KwazuluNatal midlands.
(This could also have a digital application. A loud beeper attached
to your online device, to tell you when you are about to become
too absorbed in the internet to extricate yourself in time to
answer the doorbell/take a pot off the stove/feed the puppy/stop
the baby eating things out of the dog's bowl, go to the toilet, get
to work on time...etc
Of course, this could be achieved using a simple timer device. But
perhaps an app could be designed to record one's online
wordcount, and when it reaches a suitable maximum, say of 250
words, the timer could go off with a song, like You Talk Too much
by...ooops! there goes my alarm...)
||yay i got a croissant for my tea!
||Bun from me for finding a term that is a real
phenomenon in two completely different usages.
||I never knew storms could suck so hard...
||A multiband AM receiver with quadrature antennae could do this.
||Fitting the antennae at the "four corners" of the glider would give improved accuracy.
||The system could therefore give a vector and an approximate range.
||However, flying anything smaller than a C-130 in the vicinity of Cu-Nim is Not Recommended and even then the instructions for cloud penetration basically read "Don't".
||The alarm for getting too close to a thundercloud could
consist of a bright flash of light followed by a loud bang. A
further enhancement would be reducing the interval
between the flashing light and the noise as you get closer
and closer to the danger zone.
||I think it would be more effective to have a 4m parabolic
dish mounted on the glider backpack, preferably on an arm
so that it can be pointed upwards. Then you want a valve-
based heterodyning detector/amplifier running off a battery
- a standard car battery would be fine, and preferably a
backup as well. That would pretty much ensure you never
||tongue tied and twisted, just an earthbound misfit, I.
||//tongue tied and twisted//