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Monday, November 9, 2015

Jetpacks Over Dubai

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There seem to be a lot of aerial stunts going on around Dubai these days. Scroll down for the video.

jetpacks Dubai

Well, here is another one.  This time, it is two guys wearing jetpacks flying with an airliner. Dubai is quite scenic, and they can fly very near populated areas with great scenery without actually endangering anyone aside from the people involved.

jetpacks Dubai

They call themselves "Jetman Dubai" Here, they fly with an Emirates A380.

jetpacks Dubai

Below is the Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai skyline. The A380, incidentally, is the world’s largest passenger aircraft.

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The Jetman Dubai pilots are Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet.

There was a lot of planning involved. Wing turbulence is a major issue, so the jetpackers couldn't actually land on the wings or anything like that. But they could get close enough to the plane to make for some great footage.

jetpacks Dubai

There is a "making of" video below if you have the time and interest, but it actually doesn't tell you whole lot. If you're wondering, the plane's stalling speed is just about the maximum speed of the jetpacks. So, this is possible and it was not faked. The airspeeds apparently were in the 110 - 130 knot range, give or take. The jetpacks can reach about 115 knots in level flight, 140 in a dive, and the plane stalls at about 110 knots. In other words, everything has to be timed to absolute perfection. The jetpacks only have 8 gallons of fuel that can keep them up for about 10 minutes, so these are quickie flybys, and then the jetpackers parachuted down.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Lunar Eclipse: Blood Moon

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I took some video of the Lunar eclipse on 27 October 2015. Since there won't be another one for a while - 18 years I hear, but who's counting - I figured I'd post the video here for posterity and whoever wants a peek. Please be forewarned - it's over an hour of footage. I broke it up into five-minute chunks, you may want just a manageable taste.

First, here is an hour-long version. The moon is tiny, just a red dot that slowly turns white, no photo-lens on this one. Still, it has a certain serenity to it.

After the first one, they are in consecutive order.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Da da da da da da da da da da Ghost-busters!

Living in New York gets you all sorts of perks! Among many other things, it is a huge film location. You are always stumbling over Jack Nicholson or Adam Sandler or Kate Hudson or Robert Deniro (all of whom I have seen personally) or whoever you can think of filming this or that project that will hit the theaters in some coming month. There are no announcements, they are just there when you least expect it, with life flowing around the "set." They often are just part of the crowd, and most New Yorkers (like me) are sophisticated enough to give them their space and treat them like anyone else.

Here are some shots from the set of the new Ghostbusters film, or at least of the Ghostbusters car. They are filming down near Washington Square Park on lower Fifth Avenue in Manhattan today (15 September 2015). These exclusive shots which you won't see anywhere else actually were taken on a side street nearby. Directed by Paul Feig, the film stars Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones, among others. If they are filming now, they likely will be out with the film next summer. Incidentally, they are telling everyone that the film is "Flapjack," an obvious code name. They like to film without drawing too much attention in order to ease crowd control problems and keep everything looking "normal."

Yes, it is Ghostbusters.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

9/11/2015 Drone Footage of the WTC

A friend of mine had the wherewithal to take this spectacular footage and nice stills of the World Trade Center lit up on 9/11/2015. As anyone familiar with NYC will easily see, the footage was shot from Battery Park late at night, looking north. This is some of the best night-time footage of New York City that I can recall seeing, it really is a spectacular place when filmed and photographed properly.

Anyway, I'm really impressed by this. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Guy Advice: Meaning of "I'm Fine"

This is just another in my series of helpful decodings of cryptic phrases often uttered in seemingly benign circumstances by those of the female persuasion. In this edition, we address the infamous "I'm fine." This dismissive little all-purpose phrase is often uttered in a seemingly innocuous manner, perhaps imbued with a hint of joviality, accompanied by a brave little smile. But that, dear friends, is all part of the carefully plotted snare. Oblivious to the danger, you then go about your daily chores, convinced that the world is your doggie bone and you are in good hands.

Yes, all is well, bud.

Lulled into a false sense of security, the male of the species often "steps in it" without realizing that "it" is waiting to be "stepped in." Of course, the true meaning does become clear later when he comes home and is greeted with his clothes, guitar and entire vintage cd collection strewn about in the back alley. One imagines that Megyn Kelly, upon entering her abode after moderating that debate with The Donald, was quite quick on the draw with "I'm fine."

Science has not yet found a perfect response to "I'm fine." Unfortunately, something that you said reminded the subject of that incident in 10th grade when she wore her shorts backwards in gym class and the coach sent her back to change, or her first date ended with that flat tire. Taking immediate action is seen as instrusive, and taking no action is interpreted as utter-f'ing-indifference. The best reaction is to pay a visit to that Sports Bar you saw on the way home from work and watch the Knicks get beat again, just to prepare yourself for what awaits.