On Top of the World

Carpenter Mountain Lookout Tower

 

While we’ve been sweltering here in Virginia, daughter Emily sends this, her view this evening.

She works for the Forest Service between Bend and Eugene, Oregon. On her days off, she now has a part time gig as relief staff for the Carpenter Mountain Fire Lookout Tower.

The view is amazing. Click on the link to see it full screen.


Carpenter Mountain (5349’/1630m) summit [1]

 

To get the full effect, here’s a Youtube link to some drone footage that really gives a sense of place and scale.

The full time ranger is up there 10 days on and 4 days off, April through October. It takes a crew of rangers to backpack enough water to last him 6 weeks.

I’m so jealous.

 

Drone Racing

 

direct youtube link

Instead of watching the Super Bowl, went to a brewery and watched miniature drones racing. First person video flying. Pretty cool technology.

A local club races a couple of times a week: cvillefpv.com

 

 

Data Recovery

Data Recovery 🙂 from EyeInHand on Vimeo.

 

One RAID and 2 terabytes of data transferred. Second RAID and 4 more terabytes to go . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the small one. Running the big boys now. So far, only part of one directory lost . . .

🙂

 

Update five hours later: Out of all the drives, including the Mac itself, looks like I’ve only lost one file, a single photo taken ten years ago. Amazing.

 

Age of Sail

AGE OF SAIL / Theatrical Version from Chromosphere on Vimeo.

 

A lovely piece of animation and story-telling recently shared on the WoodenBoat Forum Facebook page.

Just painting and drawing boats realistically is a challenge – perspective is so wonky with all the curves. To animate that in a way that feels right, with a sense of mass and inertia, is really hard.

The people who did this clearly understand and appreciate old style sailboats.

 

 

Autumn Paddling with T

 

Another one to save for the dark and cold of winter.

Paddling on a late fall day, just before all the leaves drop and the trees are bare. Becoming an annual must do. Fixes so many things.

 

 

 

St. Michaels ~ video

John England in his Chesapeake Spritsail skiff

 

Finally getting back to the video from Saint Michaels. Kinda nice to have, now that the boats are put away. Wood stove season has arrived and leaves are falling off the trees.

Some of the sailing clips include Dave Gentry in his Chautaqua sailing canoe, Steve Earley in his Pathfinder Spartina, Jim Drake in his Coquina Molly Malone. I had a lovely long glide along John England in his sprit skiff as he ghosted all the way around Yankee Point and the lighthouse – a long unbroken clip,  a piece of which appears above.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum staff were working on several restorations, steam bending mast hoops and splicing steel rigging.

The race on Saturday was a real nail-biter. Almost no wind, so the boats drifted in close quarters all the way to the finish line in slow motion. Captains and crews throughout were close enough to lob creative disparagements from boat to boat, along with a few cold beers.

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I’ve been asked about the music. Back before the internet was really big, there were these things called bulletin boards and chat rooms organized by interest. Very low tech, and very non-commercial, homespun affairs. There were some good ones put together by amateur musicians, who shared self-made recordings for supportive critiques, tips and tricks, etc.. The music was shared freely without reservation. Some really good stuff by really talented people.  I still have some of those recordings I’ve saved all these years, and still play them.

All the music in this video comes from Tom Atwood. He’s now a professional photographer, and looks like he’s still making music. You can find him online here:

http://www.tomatwood.net/music

 

 

 

 

 

Salient Saline ~ video

 

direct youtube link

 

Some video from sailing with Steve near Gwynn’s Island, with a snip from the night before as he was motoring off to anchor under a full moon for the night.