May 26, 2016
Of Male Bonding And Friendship
November 15, 2015
The Burning Man Of Ice Fishing
July 12, 2015
Tour de France GoPro Highlights, Stages 1-7
A little bit of everything, a couple of crashes, time trial, pavé, rain, lunch; all too fast to appreciate the rhythms of the Tour itself, but this is all about the GoPro.
May 31, 2015
April 20, 2015
Old Video From The Nude Bowl
I'm pointing out this video shot at the Nude Bowl mostly for the quality of the videography. This was shot before the pool was filled in (which was before I moved here in 2003) and, judging from the video quality, it had to be shot with a professional quality videotape camera. If there was digital video of this quality way back then, it would have been cutting edge expensive stuff that you probably wouldn't haul out to the desert. But I could be wrong about some part of that.
Anyway, good quality video:
April 17, 2015
Forty-four skydivers jump and assemble themselves into an, uh, assemblage and then break apart, all in less than a minute and 40 seconds. The first question you should be asking yourself is how do you get 44 people up there and able to jump simultaneously without using a large commercial or military aircraft.
February 26, 2015
CV Link Route Identification Workshop #1
Tonight was the first of two community meetings in Desert Hot Springs to discuss the route and other aspects of the proposed CV Link as it may extend to Desert Hot Springs. The second meeting will be Monday, March 2, 6 PM, Carl May Center.
I'll just share the audio with you without comment:
The discussion wandered across many subjects not directly relevant to the CV Link, including access to Joshua Tree National Park. I want to share this map with you to give you an idea of the location of major landmarks north of the city, since these seem to be pretty slippery in the minds of many.
The locations drawn on the map are rough approximations. The blue squiggles from left to right are Big Morongo Canyon, Little Morongo Canyon, Long Canyon. The thin green line represents an approximation of the western boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park. The yellow spot is Black Rock Campground. The pink areas are what are labeled as Lower and Upper Covington on the National Geographic map of Joshua Tree National Park.
But if one is considering access from Desert Hot Springs into the park, one must be aware of the wilderness areas in the park:
The darker areas are designated as wilderness. The red lines are the paved roads. As you can see, the wilderness areas butt up against the entire western boundary of the park. The first break in wilderness as you travel along Dillon away from Desert Hot Springs is at Berdoo Canyon, where you can see they've carved that road out of the wilderness areas. At its narrowest, the Berdoo Canyon gap is more than half a mile wide.
What is wilderness, you may ask. The National Park Service explains it to you here.
Designated wilderness is the highest level of conservation protection for federal lands. Only Congress may designate wilderness or change the status of wilderness areas. Wilderness areas are designated within existing federal public land. Congress has directed four federal land management agencies—U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service—to manage wilderness areas so as to preserve and, where possible, to restore their wilderness character.
The Wilderness Act prohibits permanent roads and commercial enterprises, except commercial services that may provide for recreational or other purposes of the Wilderness Act. Wilderness areas generally do not allow motorized equipment, motor vehicles, mechanical transport, temporary roads, permanent structures or installations (with exceptions in Alaska).
People can recreate in wilderness, though in most places individuals do so without mechanical transport. Visitors may hike, fish, camp, watch wildlife, photograph, or hunt (where legally authorized).
Those wilderness areas will remain a permanent challenge to connecting DHS to JTNP in the big way that I think some people envision. Can we get Congress to carve a chunk out the wilderness to foster the economic development of Desert Hot Springs? How persuasive do we think Congressman Ruiz is? As it stands now, Desert Hot Springs could be the stepping off point for hiking trails into the park, but that's about it.
December 19, 2014
With a GoPro camera mounted on the coxswain, we are able to watch Michigan rowing in the 2014 Head Of The Charles Regatta. It's a nice tour of the Charles River and we get to hear how a coxswain talks. I see they are doing some major work on the Anderson bridge that connects the business school to the main campus...of Harvard, do I need to say Harvard?
But if you want a shorter video with dramatic music, here's Bucknell.
November 17, 2014
Harvard Beats Yale
Maybe the title should be "Social Advice For Those Who Refuse To Watch The NFL."
If you are one of those people who can't stand watching NFL football, but have been socially ensnared into a group of friends that do that and you don't have the spine or cojones to abandon your friends, then my suggestion may be for you. Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 is a movie about football (and Vietnam and the Ivy League and "Doonesbury" and Meryl Streep as a college girl and even Tommy Lee Jones) but it is not about the NFL. Not at all. Maybe the NFL gets mentioned once.
It's a documentary with a lot of talking heads. But they are Harvard and Yale graduates who are the talking heads, so they know how to complete sentences and synthesize abstract comparisons and otherwise display their skill in using multiple brain cells simultaneously. Like I said, it's not about the NFL.
But in addition to the talking heads they've got good film of the game. The game where Harvard and Yale played to a 29-29 tie, that is. The Wikipedia article for the film says that the game footage "was a color kinescope of the WHDH telecast." I would guess that the kinescope was made at the time the game was broadcast, or shortly thereafter and the kinescope was recorded on Kodachrome film, because the colors are very good. The film includes instant replays and they appear to be genuine, so either WHDH used videotape or the producers of the film faked them up very well. Then there is the play-by-play dubbed over by Don Gillis, an actual sportscaster who was with Boston's WHDH (and WCVB) from 1962 to 1983 - and after that he continued to host their candlepin program through 1996. In case it needs explaining, "candlepins" is not a different New England name for bowling. It's actually a slightly different game. I never played it, so all I know is that the pins are a lot skinnier than bowling pins.
The setup is this: Harvard and Yale have their "crosstown rivalry" going in New England. It's 1968, the Tet offensive was earlier in the year, Harvard and Yale are both undefeated. The Yale quarterback Brian Dowling, incidentally, had not played in a single losing game since he was in 7th grade. This is the last game of the season. Harvard had a weak coach and a mostly inexperienced team, having lost many of its experienced players to either graduation or the war. The Harvard quarterback that actually brought them to the tie, Frank Champi, was 25 years old and had already served in Vietnam.
Everybody knows how the game turned out because it's right there in the title, but it's how they got there and people's reactions to it (then and still today!) that make the film. I hope it's not a spoiler to tell you that with 42 seconds remaining in the last quarter Yale was ahead with a score of 29-13.
What makes the film work for me is that when they show game footage, all you see is football. There's grass (grass!), two teams, the crowds on the sidelines and the crowds in the stadiums. There are no commercial signs anywhere. Nothing at all is sponsored by Coca-Cola or Marlboro or Chevrolet. There is not even an ad for Narragansett lager. There is no jumbotron. No electronic markings appear magically on the field. There is no ticker running at the bottom of the screen. The fans do not do "the wave." There are no stupid announcers. Just one knowledgable announcer. It's like, you know, watching football. All that and what seems to have been a genuine, life altering, spiritual transformation that affected both teams and still affects them now.
Some info for those who did not walk the earth with the dinosaurs: there was a time when football games could end in a tie, and in 1968 college football did have the two-point conversion after touchdown.
If your friends insist that you have to watch football with them, you can get yourself off the hook by showing them this film. They might even thank you.
Addendum: 1968 was the "good old days" for some people, and that may mean less commercialism and more sportsmanlike behavior. But the other aspects to the "good old days" are clear in this film too. Both teams are all white, as far as I can tell, and both schools were still men only. Yale went coed the next year, 1969, but Harvard didn't go coed until 1977.
November 14, 2014
Bungee Jumping Without A Bridge
If you prefer wetter photography, here is a hydroplane race with multiple GoPros - but not 4K.
August 7, 2014
Pedicures For Athletes
There are a few brief shots from a GoPro, but no action shots.
Somebody on the internet has provided this formula to calculate the speed one has to be moving in order to ski barefoot: "general rule of thumb for solid stability barefoot is divide your weight by 20 and then add 20-25mph to that number." So, a 200-pound person needs to be moving at 30-35 MPH. There's probably an assumption about average foot size in that formula. IOW, if you have really big feet, you might be able to go slower.
Some have pointed out that this is one sport that cannot be enjoyed nude. Ask me privately why, if you must. You will regret it.
July 28, 2014
What We've Missed On TV
Kyle Kingsbury at his weigh-in. The video is better. From his Wikipedia page: "Kingsbury faced Patrick Cummins on July 26, 2014 at UFC on Fox 12. He lost the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-24) and subsequently announced his retirement from MMA."
July 26, 2014
As If I Had Heard Of Ike Taylor Before Now
That's Ike Taylor arriving for training camp wearing and shooting with both a GoPro and Google Glass. Shots from the GoPro video are included.
I just want to say that somebody could make some money by redesigning the GoPro Chesty mount using a Hawaiian shirt print on the straps. Other fun designs might also bring a designer a couple of million bucks. Go wild.
June 20, 2014
A Score Of Complaints
Barry Petchesky obtained copies of every complaint filed with the FCC about Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend on ESPN. There were twenty of them, so the research must have tied him up for a whole couple of hours or so. Here's a PDF with scans of the complete complaint forms. There were a couple of especially bogus complaints. For example, a viewer in Chatham, Illinois, objected to the Miami Dolphins "excusing" Don Jones for re-education because he tweeted "'OMG' and 'Horrible'." The complainant said "This is tyranny like in Communist countries! In America, the 1st Amendment guarantees free speech EVEN WHEN THE THOUGHT POLICE & the PC crowd don't like it."
Many of the complaints mention children seeing the kiss, but none describe any signs of malaise in those children - no screaming, no crying, no seizures, no sudden redecorating.
June 12, 2014
G.H.W. Bush Jumps Again
For his 90th birthday George H.W. Bush did another parachute jump. Naturally, the top question in everyone's mind was whether a GoPro camera was involved.
The answer is "Of course there was!" But I wouldn't have thought regular lace-up shoes would be acceptable for parachuting.
May 29, 2014
Do you suppose...
...that Donald Sterling is bothered to learn that his L.A. Clippers, which have been in existence since 1970, is worth only two-thirds as much as Dr. Dre's Beats Music which has been around since January?
May 18, 2014
San Francisco Tech Slips Just A Teensy
Two news sources are reporting that at today's Bay To Breaker's footrace in San Francisco, a naked man got into the bison paddock and was attempting to harass the unflappable beasts. SFist posted a story at 2:50 PM. KTVU posted their story at 5:50 PM. And below is confirmation from "SFPD RichmondStation" at 1:10 PM. BTW, "RichmondStation" refers to the Richmond Police station on 6th Avenue near Golden Gate Park.
Officers just arrested a naked man in the bison paddock in GG Park. The bison seemed unimpressed— sfpd richmondstation (@sfpdrichmond) May 18, 2014
The reason I am pointing out the times of these posts, is that as I write this all of the interwebs seem to have NO photos of the naked guy harassing the bison. In San Francisco! There are supposed to be over 100,000 participants in that race, so that means at least 150,000 phones in the area in addition to all the other information gathering apparatuses that would be floating around. Including drones. There must've been drones. But no pictures of "the bison incident."
How long must we wait?
UPDATE: Here we go. Two hours ago the San Francisco Chronicle shared this video. The perp was not really naked, but appears to have been wearing a fairly generous serape.
April 25, 2014
Although this looks like a satire on overprotective parenting, it's probably pretty good exercise and training for travel to our future home: Mars.
Put lights inside these and you could have a great soccer match in the middle of the night...at Burning Man.
April 9, 2014
Ski Cliff Jump
Did you find yourself thinking something like "That nutjob should have been wearing a GoPro"?
March 23, 2014
Barbie Jeeps and GoPros. What could top this?