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Everything posted by Calvin19

  1. Clearly the man is a genius. He ought to get together with Moller and make a "Sky Car" with the technology. It's obvious he's read Moller's book.
  2. hahaha... It's playing in the background of my work screen right now. Well spent $9.99 for the HD file. Rockhound: "I know you guys think I'm crazy right now, but I would really like this responsibility"
  3. itunes rent it or find a way to watch it (armageddon). -Ultra- cheese. Lower your expectations. It takes 'unlikely hero' to a new level. It's the family mascot. At least between me and my cousins(I have a lot of cousins). "I don't think this thing likes us" "that's 'cause it knows we're here to kill it" Rockhound: We're in segment 202, lateral grid 9, site 15H32 - give or take a few yards. Captain American here blew the landing by 26 miles! Colonel William Sharp: How the hell do you know that? Rockhound: Because I'm a genius.
  4. I love the smell of Napalm in the morning.
  5. You seem like a person who, like me, thinks that 'Armageddon' is the best film ever made. We might be friends.
  6. No argument there. When I was a little kid, my old man had control-line models, and I was always drafted to hold the screaming, stinking things while he got the control-lines stretched out and ready to fly. I have never flown a control line model. My dad and his boss had one and I was brought out to help them fly it. I think I was 6. I'm glad I had an unhealthy obsession with flying stuff and went straight to RC. One cool thing I did discover through that weird CL model was the awesome .049 engine. That thing is sweet. I had some free-flight fun with those when I had a surplus of crashed model parts and glue. That engine is easy to start and survives crashes VERY well. -SPACE-
  7. Gas, or electric? I flew gas RC since I was about 10 years old. Last nitro flight I did was probably around 8 years ago. Now all I have are RTF or BNF helicopters and planes. And thank god. Nitro fuel is terrible, smelly, sticky, and loud.
  8. Perini Navi. Good god those boats are amazing. I was never a fan of the Ketch, I prefer a single tall mast. Maybe with a cutter. I still own a 1/3 share in this old girl, the 40' cutter rigged sloop "Argonauta". (first picture). Many good weeks at sea, not being able to see the land is something I miss. I haven't seen her in years, she is being taken care of by a Mexican family in Cabo. Good deal for them. Second picture is a Perini Navi in Santa Barbara, CA. The owners gave us a tour and even let us ride the mast lift. 170' length and 188' main mast if I remember right. Retractable keels. So cool. -SPACE-
  9. Whoa... I have a feeling your comment might get ripped apart. FYI. Not my intent here at all. Victim blame is pretty nasty, and if it is not part of the problem it is absolutely slowing down a solution. The accessibility of early warning products for date rape drugs is vital in fighting a genuine problem. Forget that that some people can't handle their alcohol, or wear what some would call 'suggestive' attire while out on the town. The problem is not young people having a good time. The problem is creepy, sexually aggressive fuckweeds that take advantage of a person who is not functioning at 100% mental capacity. The appearance of date rape drug identification products might scare a rapists out of using that avenue to lock down a victim. That possibility alone makes the product awesome. I hope it gets popular enough that at least one asshat decides NOT to drug a potential victim in fear that they will be caught before they can get off.
  10. I love it there! A good friend (girl) of mine went to college there so me and the boys had a crash pad in St. Thomas for whenever and as long as we wanted. Made a couple of trips down there and moved there for 6 weeks back in 2008. Her mom rented Siren Song on the west tip for a week at her graduation. It was magical. Best graduation party week ever.
  11. It seems like this discussion has become very complex, stemming out into tangents and even semantics. Not that these discussions ever amount to anything but two equally smug and polarized sides losing steam or creativity in diversifying a discussion that has nowhere to go in the first place. I'm a Sagan agnostic, meaning I understand that there is no evidence for a creator, nor is there any reason to suspect there could be evidence. In the nature of science, there is 'no data either way', and with a lack of testable evidence, the denial of god is not a scientific one. That is where the agnostic part comes from. If there is a place for science in a god argument, it is a psychological and cultural anomaly, a mass delusion on a global scale. Of course, the evidence for this theory is abundant. Convergent evolution of compensation from curiosity, creativity, and fear. In college a girl I knew and I spent a lot of time with called herself christian in her Facebook profile. This caused a slight hesitation in a call back, but curiosity along with a few other emotions brought me around. I found that she didn't go to church, or really behave in any way whatsoever that one would think even a slightly god fearing person would. Only after long philosophical pillow discussions did I learn that she had been battling anorexia for years, and the Facebook options for 'religion' only had so many choices. Some of her support groups had been religious in nature, but even that wasn't the reason she picked that instead of atheist or agnostic in the profile settings. 'Do you believe in a god'? I asked her. 'No' was the slightly hesitant response. She told me that her parents had been religious before she came along but had never really taught her about it or ever brought her to church. She told me that god was in the love for each other, family, life, the world. God was a way to describe the appreciation and motivation for interpersonal relationships to have meaning and was the best word to describe the parts of love and friendship that we can't understand. It was a beautiful discussion, and I think about it a lot to this day. 'Still', I told her. 'You should change your Facebook setting'.
  12. You're ATC? that's pretty cool. Those guys(Tbirds) were really awesome. Very friendly and excited to talk about what they do. I hadn't been to an airshow in probably 10 years, but it all came back to me watching the Thunderbirds. I always love the hat trick. Announcer calls out the down-runway approaching formation then out of nowhere #2(or whoever) burns over from behind the crowd at what sounds like mach and scares the living hell out of everyone. So much fun. So worth the hearing loss. I brought my baby sister's new husband, Alexy to the airshow too. She met him on a 2 year clean water supply project/aid trip to Ecuador in 2011-13. Until immigrating May this year he had never been on an airplane, he had never seen CARPET. Needless to say he liked the show a lot. My Spanish is very limited, been a long time. But it's getting better. (He does not speak english) -SPACE-
  13. 100% agree. To initiate and/or get dragged into participation in the argument of the actual existence of a self-reinforcing delusion is in itself a fallacy.
  14. Congrats! Keep going! Don't slow down. It only gets better. -SPACE-
  15. Perfect cover shot for the next girls gone wild DVD.
  16. EAA 2014 OshKosh I happened to run into the thunderbird crew, we were staying at the same hotel. Had breakfast, talked about how I was next in the lineup to fly #1, then #7 gave me pass to the areas where only family is allowed. Pass got me Front row/center closed seating, Got an incredible show! catered drinks and food from USAF support volunteers, tent protection from the most insane storm I have seen in years, then got to check out the birds and talk with the crew and flirt with #3, Jensen. Friend of a friend. GF was not jealous. [Inline 10300876_780940374101_2897252666353349412_n.jpg] [Inline 10397811_780940324201_428001101185134927_n.jpg] [Inline 10599121_780940239371_893513221917511264_n.jpg] [Inline 10609439_780940194461_8559513470587819591_n.jpg] [Inline 10628532_780940249351_8498481704702361327_n.jpg]
  17. I cannot fucking stand agreeing with you on anything. But yeah, there it is.
  18. Absolutely. I have had many dealing with the FAA, field and office. Not all of them I initiated. I know how it works better than most, for better or worse. I'm one of them. Most of my jumps are at a drop zone, some are demos, a handful are just me and my friends who also have airplanes and parachutes. And we always follows the FARs. I'm sure everyone and every DZ jumper on this forum also does. I do not know. I never finished my tandem rating and the initial training was a long time ago. I would GUESS that you would need to comply with Manufacturer requirements and ratings, but not a USPA rating. But I honestly do not know that for sure, it's not what I do. A guess.
  19. Legally, No. Anyone with a legal aircraft, legal pilot, and legal equipment in legal airspace can make a parachute jump. Industry regulation keeps the sport in check. FAR Parts 91 and 105 ARE regulations if you're in the USA, and they apply to all civilian jumps. Pretty sure I didn't stutter. but yeah, if you're not doing anything stupid like throwing debris onto the highway or landing in a stadium (the 'legal airspace' stipulation should cover those anyway) then anyone, literally anyone, licensed or not, can make a parachute jump. Maybe I forgot 'landowner permission', but I assumed the airspace thing would deal with that. " Anyone with a legal aircraft, legal pilot, and legal equipment in legal airspace can make a parachute jump. " I think that covers 91 ad 105 -SPACE-
  20. Well, not quite. Technology has given us GPS, so the idiots don't have to learn to navigate, clothes that allow us to survive in practically any temperature, and TV and the internet to show us how cool it is to do dangerous stuff. So you get people who have no real experience or skill putting themselves into situations that anyone with any knowledge would know to avoid. Then they push the "Emergency" button on their GPS tracker (sometimes just because they are tired) and the rescue guys have to put their lives at risk to get the idiots home. And when they are out rescuing the idiots from situations and circumstances that they had no business being in, others who didn't make those same stupid mistakes have no rescue help available. I don't have a specific solution, but I wouldn't have any issues with a certain experience level needed before being allowed to attempt certain climbs. Emergency Beacon Misuse: I have been part of several back country rescues from skiing and BASE jumping, and after talks with rescue pilots and rescue crew about the 'yuppie 911' I learned that they are worried about it. Just like that article said, it is an issue of people with no training or experience going out into the shit knowing/assuming that they will be quickly rescued if they push the button on their SPOT or similar device. When I go out into the mountains for skiing or jumping, we always have radios, cell phones, or Sat phones so we can discuss the situation with rescue personnel if something does go wrong. On one incident a friend crashed on a BASE jump injuring his back. He pushed his "save me!" button on his SPOT. Our ground crew was able to call 911, discuss the location in depth and then put us in contact with helicopters and ground crew, coordinating the best and safest response. Myself and the other jumper were able to climb the 1800' ridge to get to our injured friend, stabilize him, then wait for and assist the heli long line EMT in the pluck. After he was airlifted out (by 4 blackhawks from the Army Guard who had been on a practice mission in the area) the civilian rescue coordinator wanted to send two more birds in to pick us up, assuming we were ignorant and couldn't navigate back to the LZ. I told him to fuck off, and in later talks with the heli crew they thanked me for that and all of us for a preparedness and knowledge of what to do in that kind of situation. Of course, we were all insured for backcountry rescue as EVERYONE should be that puts themselves in a situation where it might be needed. Heli rescues are not cheap.
  21. Legally, No. Anyone with a legal aircraft, legal pilot, and legal equipment in legal airspace can make a parachute jump. Industry regulation keeps the sport in check. Doesn't 'legal' = regulated? The context of the question was about the parachutist' themselves, who are not regulated by laws. DZOs and USPA rules are not laws. I have done many parachute jumps including teaching friends to skydive(who later received licenses) or just prep them for BASE jumping without an established DZ and without USPA. At the time I had no USPA instructional ratings and the students held no USPA licenses or USPA insurance. These were all 100% legal jumps. No, you can't just show up to a DZ and jump without a "license", but the FAA does not regulate this. Parachutists and parachute instructors are self regulated by the USPA. From a practical standpoint any "unlicensed" person with a legal pilot, aircraft and parachute in legal airspace can go skydiving. The skydiving infrastructure is in place to make it easy and safe for people to learn to skydive and continue to skydive, but an established drop zone is not a legal requirement to go skydiving, it just makes it convenient.
  22. Legally, No. Anyone with a legal aircraft, legal pilot, and legal equipment in legal airspace can make a parachute jump. Industry regulation keeps the sport in check.
  23. GF is very smart. They are paying hurt to get a masters in paracitology. I need a sugar mama. The cat is literally developmentally disabled. poops in her box and eats her food, but that's about it. Needs help cleaning herself and doing cat things. Sickly kitten, limited o2 to the brain, etc. She had my fighter jet cat to take care of her for 4 years. We will see if she can survive alone. I have faith that she will. Seems to be acclimating ok. -SPACE-