Thursday, September 29, 2016
review of the latest offering from the drone king DJI - the Mavic Pro. (GoPro has also just come out with their own drone.) Since I never really paid much attention to all the drone hype, I never realized their capabilities. It is not just about getting great shots from high up. After all, how many aerial shots can you get before the novelty wears off? The new offering from DJI like its' predecessor the Phantom 4 can get great shots and track subjects in a variety of ways from any altitude along any kind of terrain. What is really impressive about the Mavic Pro is that for about the same price, it has the same battery time (about 27 minutes) but they have extended the range to 4.3 miles, can go up to 40 mph, and can handle winds up to 27 mph. It also has additional sensors so it can find its' way around even indoors where it can't pick up a GPS signal. And unlike the Phantom 4, it folds up and almost fits in your pocket instead of a small suitcase. As temped as I am, I think I will wait to see if I can actually fly again with my camera before I pull the trigger on a remote controlled flying camera. Who knows how much further the technology will advance if I wait a year? 76,81,63,0,B
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Came across this video a couple of days ago and it really took me back. I particularly like BULLET VIII - ALWAYS BE KNOLLING (something I have always done but never knew it had a proper name...not to be confused with OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder). During my NYC days I had the opportunity to work in a number of different photo studios. Working for a photographer (or any "artist" for that matter) is a lot different than working for a regular company. Rather than having to adhere to an overall "company policy", a studio assistant is subject to very specific ideals (and quirks) of a single creative mind...often a long list of dos and don'ts. There were quite a few quirks that I had to deal with in my experience but I had it pretty easy compared to some of my friends who worked for absolute tyrants. By the time I moved on to running my own studio (a set and prop building business), there were only 3 BULLETS: 1. If you screw something up, don't draw my attention to it right away by saying Oh shit! out loud. 2. Clean up the work space and put all tools away at the end of the day. 3. And finally - my studio motto in the form of a question and answer which I had to drill into every assistant that worked for me. "What is the easiest part of any job? Showing up on time." 80,83,56,0,C
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Well...thanks to the recent precipitation, I got a chance to see that the rain gauge in my new weather station works. It is not really quite as sophisticated as you might think. Although the information is recorded digitally and transmitted wirelessly to a base station then uploaded to the internet through my DSL line - it actually works mechanically by what is called "the tipping bucket method" that was invented in 1662 by Sir Christopher Wren - a highly acclaimed English architect.
There is a tiny tipping two sided "bucket" inside that rocks back and fourth like a seesaw. When one side fills up, it tips and drains out then the other side fills up then tips and drains out. Each time this happens, it is the back and forth tipping movement (not the actual water collected) that triggers a counter that is calibrated to record the amount of water for each tipping motion of the seesaw (my new weather station records .01" per tip). My old weather station had one of these and it always read exactly the same as my National Weather Service rain gauge that works the old fashioned way - just filling up a tube that I have to check with a measuring stick...just like the cheap hardware store ones that are a clear tube but with the markings on the side. A nice extra with the tipping method is it also continuously updates and records the "rate" of rainfall in inches per hour - not just the overall total once the storm has passed. It does this by recording how fast the seesaw tips back and fourth.
The cheap hardware store version by the way was originally called a Cheugugi and was invented in Korea in 1441. Although it was the first standardized rain gauge, more primitive methods have been used to record rainfall as far back as 500 BC by the ancient Greeks.
and now you know...the rest of the story. 62,54,63, .21",B
Sunday, September 25, 2016
The test of your faith is not when God’s presence is real, when you see God at work in your life. The real test of your faith is when God seems distant. Do you seek Him then? If you seek Him, you will find Him, but if you turn to the world or look for a quick fix for your problems without seeking God, you won’t find Him. Seek God especially when He seems distant.