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Last week I asked for questions as birthday presents and got some great ones so thank you! fbhjr asked: Are you going to start your own YouTube channel for aviation videos?

Oh heavens no. That would be weird. First, I'm probably not allowed to, because it'd be too hard to draw the line around "oh spacefem just happens to know this" and "oh spacefem knows this because we paid her for it and now she's on youtube about it?" When you join a company you usually sign something that the ideas you come up with using company resources belong to Them, not You. I don't know what I signed 19 years ago but that had to be in there.

But even with permission, I wouldn't do it. I have now learned the venues my company uses to spread the word on topics, and I love participating/contributing to those platforms. Some of it is really public, some of it is less public like conferences and articles, but it's all goodness. If I made videos on my own, I'd have to get my own airplane to take apart, hire my own videographer, find volunteers to check my scripts for technical accuracy. That's no way to do it.

The older I get the more I see the value in supporting somebody else's idea. "Yes, and!" like an improv comedy troupe. I have no urge to start my own makerspace or engineering society. I even asked my women's finance group if I could blog for their webpage, since a few members asked if I'd make some of my bigger posts shareable or published out someplace. They said no thanks, and I don't even care.

There are only so many hours in the day. I am paid to do airplane stuff 40 hours a week, if communicating ideas and presenting explanations is part of that, then I have no need to do it on my own time.

I'm very much a "within the system" person. I mean seriously guys, I'm still a republican. I clearly do not go rogue on stuff very often. Starting from scratch is just too much dang work.


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May. 30th, 2021 02:33 pm (UTC)
Off-topic, but since you brought it up... what does being a republican mean to you?
May. 30th, 2021 03:34 pm (UTC)
Biggest thing it means is that I can vote in Kansas primaries.
May. 30th, 2021 07:36 pm (UTC)
That's a pragmatic answer, and a good reason to be a formal member of a party!

What was in my mind was, what are your political values, and how do you see them relating to the Republican party? If you're willing to share that, of course.
Jun. 4th, 2021 12:22 pm (UTC)
This made me laugh. I'm also a registered Republican, but very much with the idea of "small government" and centered without a lot of emotional attachment to the extreme things the supposed noisome base likes to shout about.
May. 30th, 2021 02:47 pm (UTC)
A very understandable answer, thank you!
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May. 30th, 2021 03:48 pm (UTC)
yeah. this is also why I like throwing ayn rand books out the damn window.

The older I get the more I appreciate systems. I like working 40 hours a week. I have proven that I can work 60 or 100. But one thing I can never do is outwork 10 people, working 40 hours a week. Even if they're half as smart as me, I can't outwork them. Getting an organization on the right track will outpace the maverick, every time.

Edited at 2021-05-30 03:50 pm (UTC)
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