ChasingBlueSky

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  1. ChasingBlueSky

    Why did the X games drop skysurfing?

    The skydiving segments were always done offsite, away from crowds. The entire thing was put together in post production and in the last year they try to choose a more scenic landing area as well. Even the play by play was dubbed in after the fact. Xgames wanted crowds. They could create a better brand that way, make more money, make new x-sport icons, and have it last longer. It didn't make much sense to skydivers when it happened, but seeing what the Xgames have become, it makes more sense now. _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....
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    Before it Became Wreck.Skydive . . .

    When I first found the wreck in 99, Mike wasn't the only one going off about the USPA....he was just one of the more um, vocal ones. _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....
  3. ChasingBlueSky

    Ganja Rodriguez AKA Scott Weed

    Damn, just saw this thread now. I met Scott very early on as he sold me one of his canopies and was eventually one of my Rodriguez parents (we were the first initiation jump off the first C130 jump at the WFFC and it was great having someone that was comfortable at my freefall speed). Getting a chance to party with him each year at WFFC was always one of my hightlights and I have some great pictures stored on my laptop from some of those nights. He always pushed for me to come jump with him at his home DZ and now I'm kicking myself for passing up on that standing invite and for losing touch with him over the last year. Blue ones Scott, you will be missed brother. Hey up there, MAKE ROOM FOR GANJA RODRIGUEZ. _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....
  4. ChasingBlueSky

    New BSR: Who Gets to Land Closest?

    I remember once being at a DZ that just had a death due to a canopy collision......I suggested afterwards that maybe the 2nd field should be used for the swooping/HP landing area and I showed some reasons why with prevailing winds and overlapping patterns. I was told at the end of the conversation "do you really think xxx and xxx jumper will walk that far back to the hanger...how could they do back to backs anymore?" I suggested a DZ truck to pick them up thus getting them back even quicker....but that idea was overruled for other reasons. So yes, I think a lot of it comes down to how far someone wants to walk back...at least that it what it used to be when I was a full time jumper, but I doubt much has changed. _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....
  5. This could have an impact as well down the line http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/07/07/12/1425226.shtml "Google is the target of another lawsuit — this time over whether or not they are responsible for the content that advertisers put up on their site. The case involves an instance where Google displayed ads for two automotive dealerships in Australia, yet the links led users to the site of a commercial rival. The company that placed the ads in 2005 avoided a lawsuit by settling with Australian regulators, who are now going after Google for not policing the ads. If this suit holds up it will set a precedent for very heavy ad monitoring responsibility on the part of all search engines, not just Google _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....
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    Jimmy Tribbett - Team FAF

    Damn, just found out. Blue Skies bud _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....
  7. ChasingBlueSky

    Bryan Burke - SDAZ 270 Policy notes

    I think this is where the gut reaction from the swoopers comes in to defend themselves. If the terms were broader to include all jumpers (who are all at fault in this), it may go over better. It's a semantic issue, but saying that "aggressive and unpredictable turns, patterns and maneuvers in trafic" are the issue, more people may spend their time listening instead of defending their style of flying. The sad thing is that none of this information is new to anyone that has ever attended at least one first jump class. As far as no hop-n-pops at Eloy? I don't think he said that, he said it won't happen that often nor would they be a priority. Since they know what it takes to pay the bills for that playground, they get to make the rules. If that means you choose to go to a DZ that has less traffic or enough real estate to allow for low passes, so be it. It most likely would be better off for everyone. The economics will play out in the long run. Will losing the small amount of swoopers that traditionally make more jumps a month than non-swoopers be an impact? Will the lack of spectators that come out to watch them have an impact on first-jumps, less/more casual jumpers and additional spending done around the DZ? Guess we will find out. Bottom line: It's better to have pissed-off skydivers than dead skydivers. Raise your hand if you would prefer to still have a friend around bitching every weekend about what DZ he can't go to instead of sharing memories of his/her life around the bonfire because they died in a canopy collision. **Raises Hand** _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....
  8. ChasingBlueSky

    Whats the deal?

    Canopy related deaths have been on the rise for years. Collision related deaths were there as well. None of this is new. Sometimes you will get a rash of deaths, esp at the start of a season when people are rusty....some years you get lucky. None of that changes the problem that has been growing since HP canopies became the norm and safety complacency has been allowed to breed from the top down. New BSRs won't change a thing if the canopy pilot isn't going to listen and think "but I always do this....I know what I am doing..." etc. Lack of training killed alot of lower jump number pilots over the last few years. What's happening now is that luck is running out for those that had the skill to avoid past incidents. The first jump you get complacent on WILL kill you. Your skill, jump numbers, infamy or sponsorships will not protect you. Your training, EPs and constant due diligence to safety will always give you a better chance of living for another jump. The question you should be asking is: "What am I going to do to make sure I am not next to die in this sport?" Followed closely by: "What can I learn from past mistakes?" And never, ever claim "That couldn't happen to me." _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....
  9. ChasingBlueSky

    GDI & JPG vunerability

    exactly what I get Mark.....check to see if it happens when you pull up a thread that Gawain has posted in _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....
  10. ChasingBlueSky

    GDI & JPG vunerability

    nope _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....
  11. ChasingBlueSky

    What can we do about Skyride?

    I'm not a lawyer, but I do know that what you just posted was the court overturning an earlier decision. The State of Arizona does have jurisdiction and Ben/Cary are legally/financially accountable in that State. From my understanding this means that SDAZ can pursue them personally as well as Skyride. With this legal precedent I wonder if any other dropzones around the country will pick up from here and file similar lawsuits. _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....
  12. ChasingBlueSky

    GDI & JPG vunerability

    After a process of elimination I've found the culprit to be Gawain's avatar. I'm not sure I understand the impact of this as he has used that picture for some time. The question I have, is this an issue with the picture that is stored on the DZ.com servers or is it related to the version of IE they are running on our thin clients (its locked down, so I can't update it). _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....
  13. ChasingBlueSky

    What can we do about Skyride?

    Just an FYI, Google has made some recent changes to prevent google bombing, it also impacts this sort of SEO. _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....
  14. ChasingBlueSky

    Spaceball anyone?

    Hehe, I remember those days. Alot of it was because freeflying was somewhat new and you could name off each of the good headdown guys around world in just a few seconds. Another reason was that one certain person associated with games that take place in space :p wanted full control over that area of the sport to capitilize on it. Then Snuff would ramble on about youn'ins _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....
  15. ChasingBlueSky

    Baglock (video)

    Doesn't one get a massive slammer if it opens when you clear the baglock? I think I would have done the same what he did btw, try and clear it. I can't access youtube from work, so I haven't seen the video yet. But the canopy should still have a staged deployment once it comes out of the bag. It might be a little rough due to line twists, but in theory it shouldn't open any harder. _________________________________________ you can burn the land and boil the sea, but you can't take the sky from me.... I WILL fly again.....