Here are some questions to help break the ice:
**How and when did you discover Tomnod? What was your first campaign?**
Saw an article online re the hunt for MH370, I can see I’m not alone in that. That was my first Tomnod campaign… but the first crowdsource search was probably the one for Steve Fawcett.
Was that a precursor to all this. It was a new idea for sure.
**What is your favorite campaign to-date?**
Not sure I have any favourite… I suppose anything that has a benefit of some sort, even if it is just a good effort by people to help. Far to many variables involved in choosing.
**Do you have any special insight, skills or experience that could help other Nodders?**
I have a wide background, but no more special than anyone I think. I know about physics from school, photography is a hobby, I was an optician in family business, a commercial diver in my choice.
After that I got into computers and the Aerospace field… after a head injury on my bicycle, I had a bit of a moratorium while I got my memory back, mostly. I got the idea of upgrading my skills for what I had been doing at the Aerospace company and took a course in 2 and 3d animation, which covered a lot of image processing stuff… helps a lot looking at images and enhancing them a bit… but that is a path approached with caution in this environment. Over the years I also got a pilots licence for power and glider, became a skydiving instructor and rigger, like climbing and similar pastimes in the outdoors… and have been an active SAR team member in several groups over the years. Just retired recently from that again… In fact I came here hoping there had been a request for a missing plane last seen at our Cranbrook airport… but I understand that it is a very tough piece of ground… Hard enough to get to let alone photo from space and then search… now the live search has been stood down for now. We’ll see. At least the search area would be fairly small, just really complex and still snow covered, but melting fast. As for hints to Nodders… MH370 often seemed to break down into long discussions on ‘what is this’, which at that time was a valid thing since few people knew much about what they were asked to look at or what they were looking for. I just searched tiles, even to the point of planning my own sequences… could cover more tiles that way by moving in blocks in patterns… was it what was planned for us? I used some of my own training to do that, but remember how many blocks of photos came up and newer areas and even better quality ones of the stuff already done. I gladly started with the plan but found it was a time waster for me… To be honest this polygon search chafes a bit, but at least I think I know what is going on with the idea… but I happily bang away at the questions… as presented. I only reward my aging eyes with minor wanderings around the images to relax my eyes… only so much cloud and waves at a time… but I do blocks of 200 questions per session. Rest and mind clearing is important if you ask me… fresh eyes always see better. That is why it’s a 10x coverage not a single viewing right? But when I do explore, sometimes you find things and I just want to see what they are… Just today I found a blurry object in almost dark, and it turned out to be a small ship and I marked it as such… there are lots in the area to boot… and smaller boats, just not what we look for. Do you know what a Union 36 looks like… if not find out… it’s online… cruise Google earth coasts of islands etc… deep open water shows on a few of them… know what an iceberg looks like… look at wave pa,tterns where large waves intersect…and break up.
It takes a few minutes, but is very useful to do… and free. Oh yes… whales, we saw lots in 370, and a few here.
**What is your favorite food**
Like music choices… I like GOOD!