Even though the flight data recorder carried on all military and commercial planes is called a "black box" it is, in fact, bright orange. It wouldn't make senswe to pain the box black, as it would only make it harder to find after a plane wreck.
Author and general good egg Kage Baker has been fighting cancer for a while, and it looks like the cancer is winning. From her sister and caregiver Kathleen Bartholomew, as posted to Green Man Review:
Kage's doctor has informed us she has reached the end of useful treatment. The cancer has slowed, but not stopped. It has continued to spread at an unnatural speed through her brain, her lungs and - now - reappeared in her abdomen. It is probably a matter of a few weeks, at most.
Kage has fought very hard, but this is just too aggressive and mean. She's very, very tired now, and ready for her Long Sleep. She's not afraid.
We've been in a motel the last week or so, in order to complete her therapy.I'll have her home in her own bedroom by the weekend, though, so end of life care can take place in more comfortable surroundings.