Gawain

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  1. Gawain

    Sled Driver - Flying the World's Fastest Jet

    Question 1: "Will you please re-print the book and/or would you please release an e-book edition?" Question 2: (ask question 1 again until he says yes) Ditto Asked and answered off the air..."No." Also, he is willing to sign your copy, PM me if you want me to make the arrangements. He is still working on his gallery and we agreed to link up again soon and stay in touch. I will ask him again when I see him. Resold used books makes that man no money. I want to give him my money to read his book. I am not alone. Why is this so hard? I will advise him of that. So I try and I scream and I beg and I sigh Just to prove I'm alive, and it's alright 'Cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life Make light!
  2. Gawain

    Sled Driver - Flying the World's Fastest Jet

    Question 1: "Will you please re-print the book and/or would you please release an e-book edition?" Question 2: (ask question 1 again until he says yes) Ditto Asked and answered off the air..."No." Also, he is willing to sign your copy, PM me if you want me to make the arrangements. He is still working on his gallery and we agreed to link up again soon and stay in touch. I will ask him again when I see him. So I try and I scream and I beg and I sigh Just to prove I'm alive, and it's alright 'Cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life Make light!
  3. Gawain

    Sled Driver - Flying the World's Fastest Jet

    We'll be on the air in about 2 hours. If you want me to ask any specific questions, please post them here and we'll work them into the conversation (we'll try anyway, it's only a one hour program). So I try and I scream and I beg and I sigh Just to prove I'm alive, and it's alright 'Cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life Make light!
  4. Gawain

    Sled Driver - Flying the World's Fastest Jet

    Sorry man, didn't see this post till late last night. He has a gallery not far from here and I expect to link up with him at a future time after the show. I am sure I could get him to sign it then. Interested? For years, I wanted to own a copy, but copies, even used ones have been out of reach. I found an outstanding, near new quality Third Edition at a Goodwill store of all places. Amazing. So I try and I scream and I beg and I sigh Just to prove I'm alive, and it's alright 'Cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life Make light!
  5. Gawain

    Sled Driver - Flying the World's Fastest Jet

    Hey guys, haven't popped in for a while and thought I would pass along an update about things. Business and school have been tangling up my time sufficiently that I've been grounded for about two years, not the end of the world, I've been grounded for longer and made it back in the sky, so I am confident I will make that happen again. Since then, with my primary business slowing down, I started a new venture here in Sacramento with a one-hour veteran radio show, "Veteran Radio." The program discusses the myriad of issues veterans from different generations face. The show has been running weekly since late March. This Saturday, at 11:00am pacific, I will have Maj. Brian Shul as a guest for the whole hour. Maj. Shul is the author of the collectible and highly sought after book, "Sled Driver: Flying the World's Fastest Jet." I recall many times here in the forums people sharing the story about "Aspen 20" asking for a ground speed check from ATC to show the rest of the "mortal" aircraft what true speed was, so I am sure there are fans who wish they could afford his book (some copies go for thousands of dollars). I also know that there are a lot of pilots that roam around here, and as skydivers we too have a bit of an aviator's ear and are pilots under canopy. Well, I don't have the book, but I'll have the book's author and we'll talk about Vietnam, his work on the A-10 and obviously his time flying the Blackbird. For those that aren't in range of 1380 AM in Sacramento, you can stream it live on www.KTKZ.com at 11:00am pacific this Saturday, October 6th. Maj. Shul will be live in the studio and if the conversation permits, we will take listener calls. So that's what's up! So I try and I scream and I beg and I sigh Just to prove I'm alive, and it's alright 'Cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life Make light!
  6. Does it look like what I've attached? If so, it should work in some markets overseas, but not guaranteed. There were two versions of this built, supporting different frequency bands (850/1800/1900 and 900/1800/1900). Once you have a local SIM it won't be an issue. There are cheap rentals or purchase handsets, etc. So I try and I scream and I beg and I sigh Just to prove I'm alive, and it's alright 'Cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life Make light!
  7. What Ski said, what is the brand/model of the phone you're thinking of using? So I try and I scream and I beg and I sigh Just to prove I'm alive, and it's alright 'Cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life Make light!
  8. Gawain

    I-Phone, Blackberry or Android?

    So, what did y'all get? So I try and I scream and I beg and I sigh Just to prove I'm alive, and it's alright 'Cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life Make light!
  9. Gawain

    I-Phone, Blackberry or Android?

    It really depends on your priorities. My list isn't short, but it's simple. Here's my take (and yes, I've used them all to one extent or another): ***BlackBerry Pros: Decent battery life, very reliable messaging/email, BlackBerry Messenger, plenty of applications, well built hardware, stable OS, easy multitasking, outstanding notifications, highly secure, if your business uses BlackBerry Enterprise Server you'll never have to backup your device ***BlackBerry Cons: The hardware is sometimes not able to efficiently handle the OS demands, emails are sometimes truncated, HTML is not rendered very well, the web-browser is web-kit based but it sucks, PIM integration is average, Facebook app is so-so ***Android Pros: Highly customizable (even if you don't "root" it), if you have Gmail the email is excellent, tons of apps, built-in voice recognition is amazing, the browser is very good, native apps perform well, very good PIM integration, Facebook app is excellent ***Android Cons: Horrific battery life, multitasking not intuitive, OS is not always stable, if you don't use Gmail expect issues with email, Exchange Active Sync is hit-or-miss, security issues ***Apple iOS Pros: Highly stable, simple interface, tons of apps, decent multitasking, decent battery life (people like to knock on Apple/iPhone, but their sh!t works), Facebook app is excellent ***Apple iOS Cons: Not easily customizable, jailbreaking can cause as many problems as it fixes, notifications are below average ***WindowsPhone 7 Pros: Clean interface, intuitive, decent number of apps, redefines the segment of interfacing with the "cloud" for social and PIM integration ***WindowsPhone 7 Cons: No IM client, no tethering, hotspot ability, or USB drive ability, limited multitasking, no customization ability If reliable email is your priority, or a comfortable physical qwerty keyboard for messaging, nothing - nothing will beat a BlackBerry 9900/9930 series. When it comes to cameras, et al, it really depends on the manufacturer. The Apple camera is excellent, as are the cameras in HTC devices (whether Android or WP7). BlackBerry cameras are not as good. If you're interested in Android, I strongly suggest you wait for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I don't know who your carrier is, but Verizon is tops in my book. You'll pay more, but you get what you pay for in my opinion. AT&T and Sprint simply do not invest in their network the way VZW does. If you get a 4G/LTE device (whether on VZW or AT&T), then expect less than average battery life. The 4G speeds are awesome, but they like to drink power from the battery. In case I was too technical: Some of my lingo... PIM - Personal Information Management (address books, social networking, etc). 4G is in reference to the newest network generation being rolled out. Notifications - meaning how you are notified about emails, texts, instant messaging etc. By "rooting" or "jailbreaking" I am referring to a semi-common practice of gaining access to all of a device's operating system capabilities. The procedures are fairly simple and it doesn't necessarily ruin the device. Expect to spend between $200-$300 per device no matter what. One thing you'll notice is that none of these will provide the battery life of your "dumb" phones. Expect to charge them daily, or have a vehicle charger if you find yourself using them a lot. If you're on Verizon check out these models: BlackBerry Bold 9930 Apple iPhone 4S Samsung Galaxy Nexus (not out yet, maybe next week) HTC Trophy Those are the "benchmarks" for each OS. I had a new Motorola Droid RAZR for about 3 days and returned it. I didn't like how it refused to fully sync with my Exchange servers, and the haptics were very weak (haptic feedback meaning how it would quickly vibrate to acknowledge a keystroke or selection). If you don't want the latest and greatest, also check out the HTC ThunderBolt or Samsung Charge (VZW). It's different strokes for different folks. YMMV, but worth playing with them all if you're in the market. Go to the store for sure, and look at them all before you let a rep make a decision for you. edit to add: knowing what I know, for a "new" user, I'd probably look at the iPhone or Android Galaxy. If you want something truly "integrated" (does movies, music, everything at once) and makes it easy to get all that content from one source, then Apple with iTunes and Windows Phone 7 with the Zune Marketplace are the two to watch. So I try and I scream and I beg and I sigh Just to prove I'm alive, and it's alright 'Cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life Make light!
  10. Gawain

    Princess Bride...Chick Flick or Not?

    This. Ski...just come on out now. It's okay. The movie is hilarious. So I try and I scream and I beg and I sigh Just to prove I'm alive, and it's alright 'Cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life Make light!
  11. Gawain

    I Don't Have Enough Acreage

    Or funds, but I would make the investment just for these two: http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/mediacentre/newsreleases/pr11lilyandmaddisonblindgreatdaneguidedog.aspx http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3886615/Do-you-have-a-blind-spot-br-for-pooch-with-guide-dog.html I've seen the story pop up in various social media circles and we always seem to be kind to our animal friends here. I hope they find a home together. So I try and I scream and I beg and I sigh Just to prove I'm alive, and it's alright 'Cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life Make light!
  12. Gawain

    life on the US west coast

    You might want to consider Las Vegas as well, housing prices are very, very attractive. I wouldn't rule out CA 100%, but it can be the most expensive option. I lived in Portland, OR and loved it. Skydive Oregon is only 40 minutes south too. Given the territory you'll be managing, if you need to travel, Las Vegas, California (Sacramento/Davis/East Bay area/San Diego...anywhere), Portland, Oregon may be the best in terms of direct, convenient flights to the other major metro areas, etc. as well....my $.02. Congratulations on the new job. So I try and I scream and I beg and I sigh Just to prove I'm alive, and it's alright 'Cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life Make light!
  13. Gawain

    I Phone 4s or EVO HTC?

    If you're considering an iPhone, also consider Windows Phone. It's very stable and for the time I was using it, I was quite surprised. Works very well. I'm still a fan of BlackBerry though. The new hardware is solid. The new Bold 9900/9930 has a heavenly keyboard too. No complaints with it (I'm also on BES too, so I have the best of all worlds). If you're considering Android, I would probably wait, there's going to be a whole new wave of new devices coming out soon with much fresher Android OS versions. So I try and I scream and I beg and I sigh Just to prove I'm alive, and it's alright 'Cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life Make light!
  14. Gawain

    Skydive Elsinore and Skydive Arizona

    If you men Mel Curtis she is no longer at Elsinore
  15. Gawain

    Skydive Elsinore and Skydive Arizona

    Contact Melanie at Skydive Elsinore. She could probably help you get folks organized from Elsinore and Perris. She's the pinnacle of awesomeness. Even if she can't help you directly, she knows all the right players to make that happen. "Locks for Love" is a really good cause. So I try and I scream and I beg and I sigh Just to prove I'm alive, and it's alright 'Cause tonight there's a way I'll make light of my treacherous life Make light!