nathaniel

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  1. nathaniel

    Back-flying

    You could follow in Medusa's footsteps. YMMV, let us know if it works for you. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?
  2. nathaniel

    A few questions from a soon to be Birdie

    Some people combine them but as a newcomer you can expect to spin up and chop a lot. Is that worth $500 to you? That's how much you can find a beat-up old square for. You might end up spending a fair amount on reserve repacks anyway. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?
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    Testing of new SUPER XS= astonishing results

    Yeah I emailed Jeff and this is what he showed me. You can tell they moved the bottom surface forward of the knee, and the leading edge above the shoulder. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?
  4. nathaniel

    whale power

    http://www.technologyreview.com/Energy/20379/ How long till we see these on wingsuits? My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?
  5. nathaniel

    How many are we?

    What support? All you need is a sewing machine and website. Or a laser cutter and a printing apparatus adapted from an existing clothing line Oh yeah, I forgot about the IT/HR/legal/marketing/customer support departments. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?
  6. nathaniel

    How many are we?

    Puts a spin on the Deaths and Wingsuits thread from a while ago. was alluded to in that thread even My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?
  7. nathaniel

    Islander Stall

    By "geek the camera" do you mean the hand waving? I took that to be encouraging the floaters to release as it seemed to be at the same time that the plane was stalling and rolling. A little hard to tell since all you can see is a little bit of horizon. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?
  8. nathaniel

    Hoemade Jet engines for feet to go fast

    Why do you suppose jet man et al aren't using turboprops? Seems like a prop would be more efficient, even if tremendously dangerous. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?
  9. I think there'd be a real challenge if we were to have statistics about the risk in skydiving. We might find, for instance, that the risk of serious injury or death goes up by a factor of 5 on a per jump basis for someone over the USPA's WL advisory chart. But that might mean on an annual basis that someone with more experience yet who makes five times as many jumps in a year (someone with only 100 jumps can't have made more than 100 in a year) may be at greater overall risk of serious injury / death, even if they are at a much lower risk on each jump. Pretending we could calculate a person's risk of injury/death per jump, would it be ethical to limit them to X number of jumps per year on the basis of their marginal propensity to get hurt? What should the threshold be? 0.1% per annum? My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?
  10. How can you be so certain of a quantity, yet be unable to quantify it? It cuts at the very classification of "expert". Surely they are able to swoop enormous distances and execute precise maneuvers in the sky, but that does not grant a person infinite wisdom over the laws of probability and their manifestations on the DZ -- experts from all human endeavors are prone to misunderstand probability. Sometimes frighteningly so. Any professed expert should see the futility of pissing contests. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?
  11. They've got the causality twisted...but on DZ.com downsizing is the sine qua non of risk tolerance and a byword for the same. What they're saying is they don't like you because you are risk tolerant, and they fear that your appetite for risk reflects on them (and it does, imo). There's several factors at play...more than anything I think it's a case of projection / diversion. "I'm not so much at risk, he's at greater risk!" Even though the posts are littered with trifles like "you could do anything right and still die", it's still comforting to gawk at other people making decisions they wouldn't. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?
  12. nathaniel

    measuring proximity

    Here's an idea for a wingsuit competition: 4 way competition, base + 3 wingmen -- could be any number but let's start with 4-way for sake of argument. Mount the base with 3 distance sensors: left thigh, right thigh, tail wing and mount corresponding units on the hands and / or helmets of the wingmen. Score by any of 1- tightest formation held for at least 15 seconds 1a - tightest formation while performing a maneuver 2- least deviation / most rigid formation over 60 seconds 2b - least deviation while performing a maneuver 3- use the sensors to key points within a maximum range for no-contact formations Technically, could we do it? What would you use as a distance sensor? What technology would work reliably and precisely over distances of 10 to 0.1 meters despite temperature, pressure & shock / shaking concerns? Would it make good video? Is it worthwhile? My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?
  13. nathaniel

    proximity flying (without a wingsuit)

    Someone needs to introduce this guy to Jet Man. Add some turbines and open up on the autobahn :) Just watch for potholes / gravel. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?
  14. Why myths persist ... My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?
  15. Of course the USPA is a federal agency. It is not tightly affiliated with the United States government, however the USPA's structure is as federal as they come. Federal as in centralized; governing with authority over participating member institutions. BSRs are legislation by their nature. Compare with the NASD. Secondary meaning and all, but I think it's a perfectly cromulent description. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski?