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    Sunset stack

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    Sunset 10-way

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    Breakoff shenanigans

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    8-way Round over Eloy

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    Backing up my files on mac

    Just look up hard drive docking stations. If you have an eSATA port, I'd recommend using that, but there are USB versions too. I used one until i bought a drobo recently (another great option). I think mine is a thermaltake brand docking station. Works great. Dave
  14. But for goodness sakes don't pay any attention to recommendations from other places because they don't apply at all! Right? Can you tell me what part of the USPA SIM's recommendations regarding camera jumping that you don't agree with? I mean specifically, not just the 200 jumps part. Local rules aren't always the best sources of information. Skydivers have a tendency to only learn from what they see with their own eyes. After a Vigil misfire at my DZ, they became extremely unpopular. At least one jumper actually switched to a cypres just for the peace of mind. Reading about it on the internet doesn't have quite the same effect. Seatbelts on jump planes is a lesson learned many times in the US. It's rare to find a DZ in the US that's lenient about seatbelt usage. But cross the border and the lesson didn't transfer. Too far from the source? Aside from the fact that you guys fall in the wrong direction, the physics of skydiving is the same everywhere. You don't have to follow rules that don't apply to your location, but don't you think it's important to know they exist? Like "have fun, but just realize what you're doing wouldn't be allowed in ____." I think we'll start seeing more of that when it comes to canopy types and sizes, since the US has no rules on that either. Dave
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    what's next?

    Yup, that's the next step! Well, there are a few different ways to learn to skydive, but taking the AFF course is one of them. Your height may be an issue. Go to your local DZ and chat with the instructors. They'll probably have you try on a rig and see if it can be adjusted to fit. We had to get shorter risers and different toggles installed on one student rig and for a short student because she couldn't reach the toggles with normal risers... and she was quite a bit taller than you. If you are very light, your fallrate might also be an issue for your instructors to deal with. Dave
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    fair price?

    I recently sold an XTi with 18-55 lens (and nothing else other than a spare batter and memory card) for $250 after looking at some prices on ebay. I had 3 people ready to buy and more came asking after it was sold, so I'd say you should be able to do better than that. Dave
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    hanging harness

    I'm sure I'll get in trouble for posting such a beautiful picture, but here's one that gives the basic concept of how it's built. Dave
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    Photo Printers

    Love my Epson R1800. The R1900 should be even better. I know the 2400 was better for B&W when I bought mine... not sure what the latest in that line is. Unfortunately I seem to have nearly killed it recently, printing on business card paper. Guessing I have a paper jam somewhere... but nothing I can see. Won't properly feed paper anymore. But for the last 4 years or so, it's worked basically flawlessly. I don't use it too often, but even after sitting for a while I've never had any issues with clogging. And the pigment inks don't fade. Dave
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    Safire 1 vs Safire 2

    A couple hundred more jumps on the 149 would be a great idea. Even at low wingloading, a 129 is a high performance canopy. Learn to fly the one you have really well before you downsize. You're not ready yet. And your current canopy is NOT too big. Going smaller will not give you better landings, better accuracy, or more control. Dave
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    glasses, full faced, fog....

    I don't have a mamba but i have a Z1, which is like a cheap copy of the mamba that came out first. My glasses do fog more than the visor itself. They'll fog if i close the visor too early in the plane, or after opening. Generally not in freefall. Just don't close it until you're about to exit, and then as your canopy opens you can pay attention to your breathing and make sure you're breathing through the vents. After opening, I just crack mine open a little and everything clears right up if it fogged at all. The biggest problem with visor or glasses fogging can be in the winter, when the fog freezes. Preventing the fogging is the key, because getting rid of it might not be so easy once it starts. Haven't used anything on mine for anti-fogging. Dave
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    how to pull webbing fast, fast

    300 fps is over 200 MPH. What kinda test you doing, and what kinda car ya got??? Dave
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    Phoenix-Fly Coach Course

    That's so adorable! Just like a real rating! Just curious... years ago birdman instructors jumped with "students" and phoenix fly instructors only taught on the ground and sent the student up for a solo. When did they change their mind? Dave
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    "CoolMax" lining in Bev Suits

    Had it on my previous suit, don't have it on my current suit. I don't notice any difference. The coolmax lining ripped on my old suit... kept getting worse and worse when I'd catch a foot on the rip. I don't personally think it's worth the cost. Dave
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    Post Your Demo Pictures!

    Here's pics from one jump a couple years ago... into the start of a motocross race. Dave
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    Swoop cord in Freak N Suit jacket

    My freaknsuits camera jacket has swoop cords. Dave