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  1. I do not know how the universe came to be. I really don't know, and I'm OK with that. What I can say is that hypotheses which have zero explanatory power should not only be ignored, but actively discouraged.
  2. Or just maybe they just don't buy into this god gibberish. For me, god is a meaningless concept. It's not defined, it's not coherent and it's not consistent. There's nothing to believe in.
  3. No, you need 2. A pro track and another audible, both in your helmet. For competition, the organisers supply two pro-tracks for your harness. For qualification jumps, they use the 1 pro-track in your helmet, so you can use that for training as well, unless you're rich. Not all Jump-Track software, L&B discontinued it in later versions.
  4. This ^. You can't look at a wrist alti during a speed jump without either going unstable or losing a hell of a lot of speed. You absolutely need an audible, you need two audibles. I use an Optima and a Pro Dytter (which I find the most reliable). For training, one Pro-Track in your helmet would do fine, that's the set up often used for qualification jumps anyway. It won't tell you if your out of bounds of course, but getting the speed wobbles will likely tell you that anyway. The older Jump Track software has speed skydiving functionality built in, the newer versions don't (unless L&B changed it again). I just use the replay function on my Viso to get an idea of how fast I'm going. Speed skydiving is scary shit. Going unstable at 250+mph can pop your shoulders out so keep those arms clamped to your side till you slow down (you'll only make that mistake once), and pulling out of the dive into a track will pull more G's than anything else you can do in free-fall. It still gives me the heebie-jeebies busting 5k at full tilt. Pro-tracks can be a few feet out on altitude so to to get the best average you don't slow down till you're well past the bottom gates at ~5500ft. For training, I still tend to pull out at 5.5k or higher.
  5. Other than the ending, which I know offends your delicate sensibilities, please point out the mumbo jumbo. You have my complete attention. Otherwise you are just flapping in the wind. ... You can start by looking up what an observation is in QM. The single biggest reoccurring problem with people who try to learn physics from youtube is they think they understand when in actual fact, they've got the whole thing so arse about tit that attempting to explain why they are mistaken is such a mammoth task, it is virtually impossible to do short of teaching them a full undergraduate physics course. If you want to learn QM you need to do QM, calculus and all. It absolutely cannot be done any other way. Start with this: http://www.amazon.com/Quantum-Physics-Mircea-S-Rogalski/dp/905699185X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407443788&sr=8-1&keywords=quantum+physics+rogalski+palmer But first, you will need to make sure you are comfortable with the contents of this: http://www.amazon.com/Mathematical-Methods-Physical-Sciences-Mary/dp/0471198269/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407443858&sr=8-1&keywords=mathematics+for+physicists+boas Or if you must watch videos, watch these: http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/physics/8-04-quantum-physics-i-spring-2013/other/
  6. I very often have to climb out and around the door onto the camera step and I didn't fancy snagging a D handle on the airframe dumping my reserve over the tail of the aircraft, so I opted for a pillow.
  7. That's pretty much where I'm at. Not interested in hanging out at the DZ, and sick of losing friends so I've virtually quit. I still have my gear (can't quite bring myself to sell it, yet) and occasionally do a jump or two if the mood hits me, but I've got more interesting things to do these days.
  8. Of the places I've jumped, most pilots will put the flaps down but a few like to run in a little faster. But then I've also been in a Twin Beech trying to stay with a slow flying Caravan on jump run when the Beech stalled with half a dozen 200# gorillas hanging on the outside of it. Of the two scenarios, I'd rather take the fast run in.
  9. I say if someone buys a brand new $7k rig, they should get an assembled and inspected rig, not a bag of bits.
  10. Since there are no photos of it disconnecting during deployment, you have no way of knowing that. Guess all you like, means nothing.
  11. Nah, that was a skyhook deployment. 3 consecutive frames pic 1: RSL shackle pic 2: RSL being pulled pic 3: skyhook pulling reserve bridle Blink and you miss it.
  12. Then whoever was spotting needs to get their shit sorted. You aren't spotting for yourself, you're spotting for the entire load. Then you bit off more than you could chew and need to re-evaluate your abilities That would have to be a significant change, but OK. Low turns are probably the largest single factor contributing to fatalities in skydiving today. An occasional out landing is inevitable but if you land out so frequently that you get a history of it, then I reckon that should be an indicator that you're doing something wrong. Apparently you think landing out in random places at regular intervals is fun. Good for you.
  13. One could argue that having a history of making out landings and low turns is a good argument that you shouldn't be jumping until you have a good long think about why you so frequently fuck up your flight plan and/or spot.
  14. Bear in mind that it is quite likely that your harness and reserve also have the same maximum weight limit. But like everyone else has already said, a wing loading of 1.6 at 80 jumps is the bigger safety issue.