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Thu, 23 Oct 2014

Video: Scenic Hop 5: UC Lick Observatory

I posted a video "Scenic Hop 5: UC Lick Observatory ". This video is an aerial view of Mount Hamilton and the University of California James Lick Observatory. It was taken at sunset, which enhances the colors on the scenery and the sky. The video shows the whole flight as if I took you along for the ride.

It's set to the music of "Astronomer" by Mars Lasar. The video is sped up 6x to fit the music. The speed exaggerates movement of the plane. So even though it isn't a handheld "shakycam", some appearance of shaking is inevitable in this form of art.

[Scenic Hop 5: UC Lick Observatory]

Mon, 15 Sep 2014

Slides from my "Black Rock Desert Impact Theory" presentation

Here are the slides from my presentation "Black Rock Desert Impact Theory" at the California Meteorite Club meeting in Escondido CA on Sept 14, 2014. (You can also download the PDF slides (2.4MB).)


Sun, 01 Jun 2014

Video: Scenic Hop 4 Part 2: Lake Almanor to Delta

I posted a video "Scenic Hop 4 Part 2: Lake Almanor to Delta". This return flight from the Mount Lassen trip. Starting from the Chester Airport, it includes scenery such as Lake Almanor, the Feather River Canyon, Lake Oroville, and landmarks in California's Central Valley such as Beale AFB and Sacramento Int'l Airport. It concludes just after the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta at the limit of the camera batteries.

It's set to the music of "Midnight Magic" by Kenny G. The video is sped up 18x to fit the music. The speed exaggerates movement of the plane. So even though it isn't a handheld "shakycam", some appearance of shaking is inevitable in this form of art.

[Scenic Hop 4 Part 2: Lake Almanor to Delta]

Sat, 31 May 2014

Video: Scenic Hop 4 Part 1: Mount Lassen

I posted a new video "Scenic Hop 4 Part 1: Mount Lassen". This flight to Mount Lassen marks 100 years since its eruption began in 1914. It has nice views of the now-dormant 10,457' volcano.

It's set to the music of "In the House of Stone and Light" by Martin Page. The video is sped up 18x to fit the music. (Though it's only 2x on the views circling the peak.) The speed exaggerates movement of the plane. So even though it isn't a handheld "shakycam", some appearance of shaking is inevitable in this form of art.

[Scenic Hop 4 Part 1: Mount Lassen]

Mon, 24 Feb 2014

Video: Scenic Hop 3: Monterey Bay

I posted a new video "Scenic Hop 3: Monterey Bay". This was another a quick test trying to improve on my previous aerial videos with the GoPro camera. But when these turn out well, I share them like this.

It's set to the music of Seal's "Fly Like an Eagle". The video is sped up 16x to fit the music. The speed exaggerates movement of the plane. So even though it isn't a handheld "shakycam", some appearance of shaking is inevitable in this form of art.

[Scenic Hop 3: Monterey Bay]

Thu, 03 Oct 2013

Video: Scenic Hop to the Coast, Take 2: Blue Sky and Sea

I posted the 2nd take of my "Scenic Hop to the Coast" flying video. Though it's flying the same course, it's improved by getting the sun out of the view and using anti-fogging inserts in the camera.

It's set to the music of Enya's "Dreams are more precious". The video is sped up 15x to fit the music. The speed exaggerates movement of the plane making it seem shaky - just consider that as part of this form of art.

My friend Owen DeLong came along and brought a second camera, which provided the downward-facing views shown over some landmarks.

[Scenic Hop to the Coast, Take 2: Blue Sky and Sea]

Sun, 29 Sep 2013

Photos: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 test launch at Vandenberg AFB, Sept 29, 2013

I posted my photos of the SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 initial test launch at Vandenberg AFB on Sept 29, 2013.

Mon, 16 Sep 2013

Video: Scenic Hop 2: To the Coast, Take 1 - camera gets too much sun

Continuing my experimentation with aerial video, I posted a first attempt at a coastal route video which I call "Scenic Hop to the Coast". I'll have to do this again since the sun got in the view for the first part. It was still worth posting for those who want to follow my experiments, or just enjoy the view.

Making fun of the error, this is put to the music of Maroon 5's "The Sun". It's sped up 17x, which exaggerates the movements of the aircraft. So it isn't a shaky-cam, even though it has some of that appearance. That's just how this form of art works.

[Scenic Hop 2: To the Coast, Take 1 - camera gets too much sun]

Sun, 25 Aug 2013

Video: Scenic Hop 1: Silicon Valley to Central Valley, and back again

I posted a video "Silicon Valley to Central Valley, and back again". This was from a test of aerial video with a GoPro camera. I flew from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose to the New Jerusalem Airport, a practice strip in the Central Valley farmlands near Tracy. Then I flew back to Reid-Hillview.

This video is set to the music of Coldplay's "High Speed". It's sped up 16x to fit the music, which makes the flight look like it's about Mach 2-3, hence the choice of music. The sped-up video exaggerates the movements of the plane. Just take that as how this form of art works.

[Scenic Hop 1: Silicon Valley to Central Valley, and back again]

Sat, 01 Jun 2013

Photos: All Nippon Airways Dreamliner service to Tokyo resumes at San Jose

I posted my photos of the return of All Nippon Airways (ANA) 787 Dreamliner service to San Jose.

Sat, 29 Dec 2012

Video: Time-lapse drive from Carson City to Mammoth Lakes in a few minutes

I posted a time-lapse video taken on a drive from Carson City NV to Mammoth Lakes CA. It was a portion of a 7-hour drive from Reno NV to Mojave CA. It covers about 4 hours of driving in a few minutes. It's just an experiment with time-lapse animation using a GoPro camera in a vehicle.

It's set to the music of The Wallflowers' "Back to California".

[Time-lapse drive from Carson City to Mammoth Lakes in a few minutes]

Fri, 12 Oct 2012

Video: Endeavour passing over Mojave Air and Space Port

With permission I posted a video shot by co-worker Brandon Litt of the Space Shuttle Endeavour fly-by at Mojave on Sept 21, 2012.


Fri, 21 Sep 2012

Photos: Space Shuttle Endeavour fly-by at Mojave, Sept 21, 2012

I posted my photos of the historic fly-by of Space Shuttle Endeavour on the Shuttle Carrier 747 on Sept 21, 2012. We were fortunate that it made a low pass over Runway 26 right in front of us. In all the photos and videos I saw, only people at the landing at LAX were as close as we were to it.

Mon, 24 Oct 2011

NBC11 Interview of Ron Meadows and me about CNSP-10 balloon record

See the video of the Bay Area NBC11 interview of Ron Meadows and me about the CNSP-10 balloon altitude record.


Sun, 23 Oct 2011

Stratofox recovers record-breaking CNSP-10 balloon

Stratofox teams (including me) recovered the CNSP-10 balloon payload after its flight to 136,545', breaking Cornell University's altitude record for balloon flights confirmed by Amateur Radio APRS telemetry.

Fri, 20 May 2011

Photos from STS-134 Endeavour launch

I posted my photos of the launch of STS-134, the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour on May 16, 2011. There were two trips to see this launch because the first launch attempt on April 29 was scrubbed for technical problems.

Thu, 07 Apr 2011

Notes from Space Access '11

I'm posting notes from Space Access '11 during the conference on April 7-9.

Fri, 04 Mar 2011

Slides from my presentation "Geographic Computation in Perl" at SVPerl

I posted slides from my presentation "Geographic Computation in Perl" at SVPerl on March 3, 2011.

Tue, 25 Jan 2011

Masten Space Systems rocket engine static test, Jan 25, 2011

I posted pictures from Masten Space Systems' January 25, 2011 static test of a rocket engine.

Sun, 16 Jan 2011

"State of the Research 2011"

I posted the article "State of the Research 2011" summarizing the current progress and plans for my project to research a suspected impact crater at Nevada's Black Rock Desert.

Mon, 10 Jan 2011

Practice approaches at Stockton

I posted my pictures from a flight with Dave Goodin to Stockton for practice instrument approaches.

Thu, 06 Jan 2011

Pictures from SVPerl meeting - January 6, 2011

I posted pictures from the SVPerl meeting on January 6, 2011 at Ixia in Santa Clara.

Thu, 30 Dec 2010

Pictures from Mojave Air & Space Port

See my pictures from a quick stop at the Mojave Air & Space Port on December 30, 2010, including NASA's X-34s and a line of retired airliners.

Tue, 28 Dec 2010

Pictures from Arches National Park

See my pictures from Arches National Park, Utah on December 28, 2010.

Mon, 27 Dec 2010

Pictures of Upheaval Dome

See my pictures from Upheaval Dome impact structure in Canyonlands National Park, Utah on December 27, 2010.


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