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March 30, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Doggone wild for droning

Stumped by Trump du jour.

Droning on and on by the high and mighty has people turning eyes north. To Canada. Chill and be chilled.

There’s shelter there, outside Quebec.

 Phantom 4 drone perched on snow. DJI/YouTube

Drone on, and we’ll just fly away. (Phantom 4 drone. DJI/YouTube)

Oh, not speaking French won’t be the biggest obstacle.

It’s the narrow residency requirements: must be wolf, deer, bison, or enthusiastic never-cold sled dog. (With Husky-style curly tail, Molly Malamute points out).

Fit the criteria and it’s refuge for life at Ferme 5 étoiles animal rescue in the wilds of Sacré-Coeur – carefully watched over by a caring director utilizing the latest technology.

Dogs looking wild for droning. People, too.

But exactly what is a drone and what isn’t?

An article in Scientific American clears that up here.

While droning opens a new world for photographers, it’s easy to understand why Park Rangers hate them.

Solid reasons: “…the devices could crash into sensitive landmarks, disturb wildlife, and present safety risks and general disturbance to visitors.” (High Country News/Tetons/Yellowstone)

deer at animal rescue in Quebec. (DJI/You Tube)

“A bit more to the right. Ahhh, that’s it. Deer thanks.”(DJI/You Tube)

FAA already has its’ eyes full around airports with the bird flocks and lasers. Sure. Add some drones. Why not?

If it’s not one hazard, it’s another.

A recent study from Europe indicates the closer you live to an airport, the faster the brain declines as you age.

Great. If the security scanners don’t fry you, or if landings and take offs don’t give you tinnitus, the constant airport noise will eat your brain.

Wait. Maybe that’s the explanation for these vaudeville politicos.

Look at the Final 4 – candidates, not hoops. Some of them didn’t sound so confused, petty, or illogical when they first started. But the more they fly around from primary to primary and fund-raiser to fund-raiser, the more goofy and disconnected from reality they sound.

It’s got to be the airports!

Ground all politicians immediately. Before it’s too late. For their own good…and ours.

Quick, run for it while they are distracted. Pass the road map.

Buzz off.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Director and sled dogs of Quebec's Sacre-Coeur. (You Tube.DJI)

Molly dreams of reuniting with her litter mates. Obviously her crate made the wrong turn at the airport terminal. (Director and sled dogs of Quebec’s Sacre-Coeur.You Tube/DJI)








  1. easyweimaraner / Mar 30 2016 7:25 am

    I first liked the idea to take fabulous photos via drone… but now with all the scary things around me I fear them… they can be used for evil things too, so I’m with easy and put an ack ack gun on my wishlist…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 30 2016 1:58 pm

      It must be a people thing, Easy – this species seems able to take anything and bend it malevolently. Either a powerful sling shot (and lots of big rocks), a trained hawk, or an ack-ack for every yard. Who needs all that noise and peeking where they shouldn’t anyway? Thanks for barking right up!


  2. Kate Crimmins / Mar 30 2016 7:47 am

    Poor Molly doesn’t get to pull a sled through the snow? Awww!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 30 2016 2:00 pm

      We have considered getting her a pony cart to pull (RC Cat points where a nice basket for her could be seated) or an engine block…she has lots of energy and enjoys a challenge. Thanks for supporting her bid for a cool vacation spot!

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  3. shoreacres / Mar 30 2016 7:54 am

    I met the future one evening when I heard a strange little buzzing outside my third story window. Lo and behold, there was a little blue and white drone hovering outside. In that case, it turned out to be a kid with a new toy, and there wasn’t a camera attached.

    On the other hand, I did show up on youtube, thanks to a drone flyer (droneist?) at the Presidio. I’m the one in coral. At the end, you can see me taking photos of the drone that was taking pictures of me. I found the youtube quite by accident. Who knows what’s out there?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 30 2016 2:06 pm

      So far the step father next door desperately trying to win over the kid has realized he’s too prone to crashing the Christmas drone into houses. They take it somewhere open.
      You bring up a good point. There’s a lot of You Tube videos being made with drones – some are realtors around here and the island development. Ran into one over the weekend while walking Molly. It used to be there had to be model releases if you showed a person. Now it’s all “No expectation of privacy in a public place” – but what about no expectations/wish of ever showing on You Tube or the others? Guess you don’t even own the rights to yourself anymore.
      I saw that you taking pictures of you! Got a chuckle over that. (Maybe we should start training hawks for drone downers…we could start a company and hire out…not so much of a joke?)
      Thanks for cruising by with a comment


  4. Carrie Rubin / Mar 30 2016 11:02 am

    The issues with drones are just the tip of the iceberg now, aren’t they? So much still needs to be hammered out about their use, licensure, etc. As always, technology moves faster than our means of dealing with it.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 30 2016 2:10 pm

      That CNET article had some good lines and thoughts on that lag between new technology and “what do we do now”.
      Hey, how about starting classes for drone downings by sling shot? If merchants/restaurants start drone deliveries of items, will drone-jackers become as common as car jackers? So many possibilities…and people seem to find the misuses faster than the positive uses. Still, I’d rather not encounter drones while hiking – or walking the dog. Thanks for dropping in a comment

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  5. The Coastal Crone / Mar 30 2016 3:06 pm

    Drones seem more of a novelty but I can see where they would have their place in certain situations. Still who wants one hovering over your backyard with a package from Amazon! The FFA has their hands full with keeping us safe in planes. I am glad that I don’t live near an airport. Oh, I do but it is a small one. Canada is too cold for me even though I would like to visit. Cheers!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 30 2016 6:51 pm

      Can you see kids getting organized and having drone wars – like lazer tag in the sky? What will Amazon do if their delivery drone gets hijacked and you stuff never shows up. The sky is buzzy enough – please don’t run the birds off- we need all the mosquito nibblers we can get…unless drones can vacuum up those…but then there’s the problem of over vacuuming and catching butterflies, bees…Things can get all too complicated with drones fleets.
      But Canada…is it too cold for mosquitoes? If so, I’m headed that way. HA HA Thanks for flying in with a comment


  6. Paul / Mar 31 2016 5:28 pm

    Tabernac! Great clip Phil. There are a lot of issues around drones and many have taken to shooting them down on sight. YeeeHaw!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 1 2016 7:29 am

      Hola, wait that should be ‎Bonjour or something….or is there a casual equivalent to Que tal/whatzhappenin? Just curious, while French isn’t mandated in most of Canada, how much is it used. Molly said if I learned French she might be able to sneak me in as her Service Human when she visits her cousins there….can’t keep a good sled do off Trip Advisor.
      Maybe we should start a leisure class at the community college of legal means of discouraging drones over your property and in line of sight of your property? (Save guns and bullets for important things like tin can targets HA HA)
      Thanks for skiing in to leave a comment

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  7. Ally Bean / Apr 1 2016 7:49 am

    If it’s not one hazard, it’s another.

    So true. In a way drones remind me of when those toy remote-controlled cars first became available. Kids in our neighborhood would be playing in the street, lose control of the car, and suddenly I’d be tripping over one of the cars as I walked to my mailbox. I suspect that the troubles with drones are going to be more problematic and dangerous than those dumb little cars. Not looking forward to it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 1 2016 7:54 am

      I think your analysis is probably on target. (I had forgotten those annoying little cars….kids used to use them to ferry coke cans back and fourth as well as notes when their mom said they had to stay in their yard) Our trying hard new step dad next door kept crashing his kid’s into all the houses Christmas morning – but the non-toy use is more of a concern (Stalkers can ruin anything). Thanks for flying that comment by

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