Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Prep for World Air Games

Preparation for competition continues. Over the last couple days, I've managed to get in a couple practice sessions. So has Stan Kasica who nailed 10 out of 10 spot landings.

My results have been mixed although the excuses are pretty good. I wonder if we'll score any points for innovative excuses? Probably not.

About 8 runs of the cloverleaf went well enough but two had some sizable burbles that added several seconds.

The ribbon toss was successful about 7 out of 10 tries.

Picking up the ball went very well, missing only one time out of at least 10 attempts.

Given the lousiness of our weather here in Chicagoland, that may be my last practice. I'm glad I stayed home to do it.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Blogging Begins

Now here's a surprise: my first entry is about, what? powered paragliding?
As if I don't write enough stuff on FootFlyer.com and elsewhere, now here's this. Not that I expect anything to go here frequently but it's an interesting forum in how it's automatically connected to other sites.
Powered paragliding is consuming me but in a different way. Although I'm still flying a lot, my focus is more on this video project, Master Powered Paragliding. It's what I wish I had after learning the basics of launch, flying and landing. Thankfully I had pilots like Eric Dufour to reset my "what's possible" level. But still it would be nice to have that stuff broken down into more digestible chunks which is exactly what Master PPG sets out to do.
A big chunk of life has gone into learning 3d animation but oh how worth it that is. After 300 hours of clawing my way up the very steep learning curve, I'm now able to produce useful animations in a day. I'm just now starting to put it all together on a Premier CS4 editor timeline. I'll try not to let this sort of writing distract me too much.
That's all for now, keep the open cells forward!