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  1. storm1977

    Aghhh Tenants

    I happen to rent too, I sometimes wonder if the headaches are worth $$$$ ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  2. storm1977

    New Google homepage (Customize it)

    http://money.cnn.com/2005/05/19/technology/google.reut/index.htm you can set it up at : http://labs.google.com ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  3. storm1977

    editting software

    I dunno.... that "FREE" download is a bit rich for my blood Thanks quade.. I'll check it out. ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  4. storm1977

    editting software

    I am new to videoing, and I just picked up a Sony PC-109. It comes with some edit software, but i was wondering if there was anything better out there. I am not looking to spend a lot of money!! If you wouldn't mind could you list programs (pros and Cons) as well as approx price? Chris ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  5. storm1977

    Tsunami surfer

    BS BS BS.... Iknow, because the debis and the trees and the buildings wouldn't have posed any danger and wouldn't have knocked him off!!!!!!!!!! In open water a tsunami travels at 400-500mph. Near shore they travel between 70-150mph. First I want to know how he catches the wave and then how he rides it dodging all of the debris and tress and buildings goin 70-150mph!!!!!!! ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  6. storm1977

    Freefalling Bullets

    Not neccesarily. If a fired bullet doesn't hit anything hard it will maintain it's original shape. The only "disfiguration" of a fired bullet while in-flight would be the shallow channels impressed into the sides of the bullet by the rifling as the bullet squished itself from the firearm's chamber into the barrel. Thus, it substantially retains it's original shape, until it hits something hard. When considering the size and balanced shape of a bullet, would it be same to assume the rifled scratches on it would help cause it to rotate in FF? Also, if you could fire rounds into water with out damage it would rifle the bullet and then you could retry the experiment... Just for shits and giggles!!! ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  7. storm1977

    Electric toothbrush - yay or nay?

    I never used to floss..... Then I had to get a "DEEP CLEANING" that sucked!!!! I started flossing just a couple times a week, and my hygenist noticed. She asked if I had been flossing because I had almost no plaque and my gums looked great!!! I would recommend flossing at least a couple times a week. Or like hookkit said, get a brush that works the gums too. ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  8. Typically a root cannal is needed when the tooth has died, and become infected, or when a break or chip has exposed the nerve or root. If you need one, chances are you will know it, because it is quite painfull. Of my 6 root cannals, the one I had monday was the worst. My jaw still hurts!!! It took almost 2hrs of my dentist filing ... he couldn't get all of the nerve because the cannal spiraled down into the root. He finally managed to get it all, but not before I was practically in tears. THe pain was getting bad again, so he put the needle directly into the canal and injected novacain onto the nerve.... Son OF A BITCH that hurt... But with in seconds the pain was gone. THe day after was the worst. I would recommend just taking pain meds every 4 hours for 24hrs to prevent the pain from ever kicking in. After a day it will be fine!!!! Good luck! ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  9. storm1977

    Electric toothbrush - yay or nay?

    I have that tooth brush and I LOVE it!!!! I went on a trip for new years and brought a normal brush... hadn't used one in like 2yrs... It felt weird and didn't work as well. My teeth feel soooo clean after brushing with my sonicare. ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  10. storm1977

    Sat images of Sri Lanka

    You wouldn't have time to get to higher ground, but you might have time to get into a hotel and climb the stairs to the 3rd or fourth floor if there was a hotel nearby.... The nearest high ground in these pictures was about a mile inland.... atleast a 5 minute run!!!! There are accounts of people running into hotels and ontop of houses roofs though. ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  11. I have 6 crowns all required root cannal... In fact got a root cannal on monday. My rear left molar.... not a fun one. If it is just a crown, it is no biggie.... if you need the root cannal... hahaha... have fun No.. with novacain it isn't too bad. ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  12. storm1977

    Freefalling Bullets

    The simple fact is, "Space" bullets do and have killed people. There are documented cases. In physics, the laws say that an object fired into the air will come down with the SAME force as it was lanched with in perfect conditions. FLAWS: First off, it is almost never the case that a bullet is fired straight up into the air. It is more likely on a high arc. Therefore, the bullet never looses full motion and rifling of the bullet should continue, thus allowing greater speed than what you experienced. I don't think this is a valid experiment. But sounds like a shitload of fun anyway!!!! ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  13. storm1977

    Sat images of Sri Lanka

    Sorry if a repost. Here are 2 images of Sri Lanka. One is what the beach there looks like normally, and the other is how far the ocean receeded just before the Tidal Wave impact. Note the receeding one is zoomed out, so you can not directly compare the two. The water actually pulls out 1500 feet from the coast. Normal http://www.globexplorer.com/disasterimages/srilanka_kalutara_beforeflood_jan1_2004_dg.jpg Right Before http://www.globexplorer.com/disasterimages/srilanka_kalutara_beach_dec26_2004_dg.jpg ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  14. storm1977

    Students watching Videos of Low turns

    Ally, That is not always the case. If you read the incidents forum you will see recently a student at the ranch was killed under a manta 280. I learned on the same equipment. In hindsight, they are very big very slow chutes, however, still Lethal if you try to land in a turn. This student did do a 450 degree turn, but there is noting to suggest a 90 low bank wouldn't have done him in. This was not an attempt to downsize or swoop, simply either loss of alti awareness (Doubtful he was in his patern) or something scared him, maybe trees or runway.... It is always better to hit the trees or go downwind than to bank it into the ground. Onething I will say, I was NEVER taught what a FLAT TURN was as a student.... I think more emphasis should be put on them!!! Chris ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  15. storm1977

    Students watching Videos of Low turns

    Simply stated if you turn your chute in a typical one toggle turn your forward speed increases dramatically. This is no big deal at altitudes above 1000 Ft. Depending on your canopy and weight, and several other factors, there is a recovery time between stopping the turn and your canopy flying straight again. Turning too low can cause you to strike the ground at a high rate of speed. The bigger the chute the more forgiving, however, almost any chute can kill you if you turn too low. Often it is taught that you can give a full toggle input above 1000ft. Between 1000 and 500 you can give a half toggle input, and below that a 1/4 toggle input. Speak to your Instructor they can tell you everything you need to know. Low turns are important for beginners to understand, and ways of avoiding them are just as important. ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
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    Students watching Videos of Low turns

    Yes, what Skyhigh said. Hey my instructors were great, I listened and wasn't stupid most of the time, but again seeing it happen had much more of an effect on me than the instuctors telling me. Plus, I may not have been your "typical" student. In my progression I saw some students do stupid things even though the same instructors I had told them the same things. Chris ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  17. storm1977

    Students watching Videos of Low turns

    I am not sure if it has been brought up before, but I was wondering what everyone's take on this was. I was a student a few short years ago, and I am still a low timer. I remember in my training being warned of "Low Turns" and what they can do. I was trained at the Ranch by Nikki, and Guy Wright, 2 great teachers that I learned a lot from. However, hearing about a low turn, and seeing one are two very different things. I was always paranoid about turning low, but it wasn't until I had about 30 jumps, when I saw someone's parachute beat them to the ground. (Some how they lived...) Watching that with my own eyes had a profound effect on the way I approach landing. I feel it has made me a great deal more aware and conscience of what CAN happen if I panic. Recently a student died at the ranch from an apparent panic turn or loss of awareness. We hear about it all the time. I was wondering what people's opinions of showing videos of low turns (burn-ins) to students would be. By students I mean anyone past Tandem, and going through a program. Maybe it would work like a "Scared Straight" type show. Obviously we don't want to scare people away from skydiving, but maybe we can bring the realities of this sport to the attention of newbies to instill on them some sort of awareness of the danger of Low Turns. Thoughts comments??? Chris ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  18. storm1977

    Reality TV Show Death?

    I heard about a guy that died during the Subaru Challange... It is like an Eco-Challenge adventure race.... Yes, I believe he was crushed by a rock! Chris ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  19. storm1977

    Horny Guerilla on Non-Freefly gear

    I am a newbie, and I wouldn't do freefly activity of any kind without equipment which is safe for that activity. If you really want to play around, maybe the DZ would rent you FreeFly friendly gear ... Just a thought. ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  20. storm1977

    Wave lift visible in clouds ?

    I am a meteorologist... Nice pics!!!! I have never heard the term wave lift before, but I will explain what it appears to be. It does appear to be a small scale gravity wave affecting the LCF (lifted condensation level). This is quite common when there is an inversion in the atmoshpere. Consider the top of the inversion like the surface of water. It will "wave" as these pictures suggest any time there is a disturbance in the stable layer below the inversion. Typically you will see this happen in the winter, but on occassions turbulence enduced convection (Cumulis clouds) may cause waves in the stable layer. It is fairly rare however, because it is difficult for convection to occur in a stable atmosphere. There must have been some VERY cold air aloft above the stable layer inorder to cause the Cum clouds to form. I have seen this before, but like I said it is not very common except in mountainous areas where orographic lifting forces leewaves/gravity waves. Chris ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  21. storm1977

    How you got your DZ.com name ??

    I am a meteorologist. ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  22. storm1977

    Close Call VIDEOS here!

    I can't get the origional one to open either!!! ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  23. storm1977

    How'd you spend your time since TB was gone?

    I too spent most of my time actually getting work done!!!! No seriously... I went through incidents mostly to catch up on some old threads I never finished reading... spent time lurking in Gear and Rig as well as Gen Skydiving :-) Chris ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty
  24. storm1977

    How many can actually pack?

    I only have about 45 jumps... Got my own gear at #29 and have packed about half of those jumps. I have no problem paying a packer.... If I plan on doing several jumps that day sometimes it is worth it to pay someone to do all that physical work for me. Maybe it is because I smoke too much, but packing is a lot of work and it is very tiring if you aren't used to doing it everyday. So, I will usually pack my first jump of the day, then pay for the repack, then maybe pack the next one... I don't think it matters if someone pays for it or packs themselves. I think I am helping someone make an extra buck on the DZ by having them pack it. I have been told that packing chutes on the DZ is one of the most lucrative under the table jobs out there :-) $5/pack 30-40 packs on a big DZ a day, 5 days a week = a lot of free jumps or $750-$1000 per week in a perfect world. More realistically though it is real busy on the weekends and one can plan on making $250- $500 if they only work weekends .... Just what I have heard. ----------------------------------------------------- Sometimes it is more important to protect LIFE than Liberty