Why not make airplane tires spin, before landing?! – I’ve often wondered this

Having seen and/or smelled the smoke of tires hitting the runway thousands of times while working at ANC, I often thought about a solution — not motorized wheels, as suggested in this video, but fins on the side of the wheels to get the wheels spinning.

This non-motorized solution is discussed in the comments. I post some of the most interesting comments beneath this video.

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DEPARTURES | Opening Title Sequence

It took me awhile to come to understand these guys, but now that I have, I’m really enjoying this series, broadcast on the Outside TV channel currently.

Departures is an award-winning and inspiring 42 x 1 hour television travel series. From epic landscapes and unforgettable culture, to the often trying times that come with international travel, Departures chronicles the unforgettable friendships, personal successes and sometimes crushing disappointments that befall travellers Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach on their journey. Departures is as much about the journey as it is the destination.

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(vid) David Lanz & Paul Speer: ‘Eagle’s Path’ – Desert Vision Film & Live 1993!

Wonderful song and video, despite the low image quality! Imagine flying like an eagle!

Paul writes about the image quality in two comments:

This album and Natural States were both shot on 16mm film and transferred to 1″ videotape for editing. Those masters have disappeared into the void and would provide a better image than what I have posted here as I transferred them from laserdisc and preserved the quality the best I could.

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Dr. Berg: The 7 Benefits of a Cold Shower

I’ve been taking cold showers for about a year, and sometimes baths, after discovering Wim Hof. Our tap water temperature in Anchorage, Alaska is ideal:

  • Winter: 41º Fahrenheit (5º Celsius)
  • Summer: 46º Fahrenheit (8º Celsius)

Dr. Berg recommends 20 minutes, but that’s probably for water that’s not as cold. Wim Hof says at least 3 minutes.

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(vid) Landscape Photographer Destroys “Flat Earth!” • It is in fact the moon blocking the sun during eclipse – craters and seas shown • High clouds get dark from the bottom up as the sun dips below the horizon • More…

This is GREAT! Serious landscape photographer destroys “flat earth!”

• It is in fact the moon blocking the sun during eclipse. Craters and seas shown.
• The moon does not emanate its own light.
• 15 High clouds get dark from the bottom up as the sun dips below the horizon
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The Best Times To Drink Apple Cider Vinegar For Healing & Losing Weight – Dr Alan Mandell, DC

Excellent advice!

Pyrex straws can be used to minimize contact with tooth enamel too:

Teenie Greenie Wide Straight Glass Straws Smoothie Milkshake 9 in x 12 mm Clear Color Tip 4 Pack, Shatter Resistant Pyrex-Glass + 2 Cleaning Brushes, No BPA, Non-Toxic, Reusable, Eco-Friendly

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Joe Rogan #1368: Edward Snowden — “The world gets worse every day that we don’t do something about it” • “All you have to do is lay down one brick so others can lay their brick on top of that, or beside – and *together* we build the foundation of something better” • “If you’re trying to eliminate all risks from your life, what you lost is freedom. You’ve lost the ability to act because you’re afraid. And that’s what got us into this mess”

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(music video) David Lanz & Paul Speer: ‘Natural States’ — One of my favorite albums of all time! Every song takes us somewhere special!

I wrote a sincere thanks to Paul Speer on his Facebook page:

One of my favorite albums of all time. Thank you, Paul Speer! You and David Lanz did something very special here. The entire album is awesome!

Also, I have the Natural States VHS video that I absolutely loved, and was hoping for it to come out as a DVD. Paul Speer writes back regarding the quality of the video currently:

All were shot on 16mm film so they pale compared to hi def today. The first videos I uploaded were 11 years ago and youtube had restrictions on file size so the quality isn’t very good on those.

NS and DV were released on DVD but again, because of the source material, the quality isn’t so good. Unfortunately, we don’t know what happened to the original film or first transfer to video otherwise it would be possible to create a much better version in hi def.

Paul says everything was filmed in Washington state except for the second video, filmed on the California coast. I asked Paul how he and David created this masterpiece.

We’ve been interviewed many times about the project. The visuals were shot first by Jan C. Nickman and he did a rough cut of each piece that we started to compose to. Once we had the song structures, Jan would update the visuals so they were tighter with the music. After we finished recording, Jan did the final edits to blend seamlessly with the music. It was a time consuming back and forth process but well worth it, IMO. Of course, as we worked we had no idea if it would be a hit or a dud. We just did the best we could with what was available.

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This first video should cycle through the entire playlist automatically.

Otherwise, the rest of the videos are below this one.

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The Keith Green Story: Your Love Broke Through (1 hour)

Keith Green had a big impact on my life. He was only four years older than me, and actually became a Christian about the same time I did, ’74-75. He died at only age-28. It’s absolutely incredible what he, his wife Melody and their friends were able to in just seven or eight years! Melody says in the film they were in Woodland Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles.

Praise God they were able to attend Ken Gulliksen’s rich, Holy Spirit anointed meetings right away, which was the start of the Vineyard movement. I didn’t find a church I could relate to until 1981, when I moved to Alaska and found Abbott Loop.

I listened to all of Keith’s music, and still have all of their “Last Days Ministries Newsletter” issues.

His legacy was so big, the vision and momentum, that something was seriously lost when he died in 1982. Christianity moved forward for awhile, but then floundered. The Vineyard movement fizzled out in about 1991. [Our church was autocratic, and the founder never did fully repent or reconcile. Anyone who said something was considered anathema. We were like the church of Sardis in Rev. 3:1-6, having a “‘reputation’ for being alive, but….”]

Keith wouldn’t have put up with the world taking over the church like it has. Hardly anyone today seems to have his passion for doing whatever God wants no matter what — “no compromise.”

This story is wonderfully told by Melody, their friends, and the great people who once were Sparrow records, which was later bought out by a secular label. Christian music was wonderful in the ’70s and ’80s! It’s so spiritually dead now. Keith would have never put up with that, and he ended up giving his music away for donations of any amount. He wanted to make sure the world didn’t compromise him through the love of money, and fame too.

I wonder what the world would be like now had Keith not died so early. He showed the impact that one sold-out man for Christ with great friends can do.

Today’s ‘Christian’ radio stations in America like K-LOVE won’t even play even one of his songs. That’s how sad and pathetic ‘Christian’ music has become — deadsville. This needs to radically change. Instead of “no compromise,” their message is “go to sleep;” “Jesus loves you no matter how much you willfully sin and don’t repent or reconcile.” That’s ‘Christian’ music today, and what is preached from most pulpits today too. Churches have almost no holiness, no presence of God, no passion. We have fake churches right now almost everywhere. Keith Green would freak! Imagine how Jesus feels right now with almost everybody doing their own thing, and acting like it’s okay.

Quite a story here! We need to get serious. We need to live no compromised — which is just normal Christianity, the way it’s always supposed to be.

ABOUT THE FILM

This film was apparently released in 2002. This version is the best quality I could find online, and ends at 1:02:25, where it repeats part of it again, strangely. So it really is only an hour long.

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(BETTER GET READY FOR WHAT’S COMING music vid!) Tiesto – Adagio For Strings – 93 million views!

Tiesto – Adagio For Strings (Radio Edit)


Longer version. Starts at 1:25 > builds > takes off at 2:40 > BEST PART begins at 4:22 > stratosphere at 5:20!

DJ Tiesto – Adagio For Strings

92,889,232 views

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Nick Carver: The *film* photography community tends to be supportive, not super competitive like…

4:00 “Thanks to everyone who chimed in [and offered advice]. That’s one of the main things I love about the *film* photography community. It tends to be supportive. People want to help each other, explain things to each other, make them better. It’s not super competitive like other parts of the photography community. So I love that. Thanks to everyone who chimed in.” Continue reading “Nick Carver: The *film* photography community tends to be supportive, not super competitive like…”

Giant flock of geese getting ready to migrate south flew over my head in surround sound!

A magnificent flock of about 150 geese just flew over our yard, just above tree level. I heard them coming, talking to one another and maybe us, so I got in position to see the amazing spectacle as they approached, completely surrounding me with clusters of less than 20, flowing together in one large group, led by one? Or do the leaders take turns? I wonder if their software has been updated lately so they can make the long journey south soon, without a glitch. It snowed yesterday, with white now becoming leaves and green grass again. Continue reading “Giant flock of geese getting ready to migrate south flew over my head in surround sound!”

iPhone 11 Pro Afghan Hound Wind Tunnel Ad

Apple uses a gorgeous Afghan dog to show off the new “ultra wide” lens!

“Ultra wide” really is amazingly superwide at 13mm (35mm equivalent), but the “telephoto” lens is a misnomer. It’s only a standard focal length lens at 52mm. It’s twice the focal length of the “wide” lens, which is 26mm.

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(vid) DPReview TV: iPhone 11 Pro – What Photographers Might Have Missed

I don’t use a cellphone, but if I did…. This is actually the first cellphone that I find interesting as a camera, because it has the superwide 13mm (equiv.) lens, which no compact camera is capable of.

Key points from this video:

Standard lens and selfie camera have 1/2.5 inch sensors.

“Tele” and ultrawide have smaller 1/3.6 sensors.

Pro has a high contrast OLED screen.

Night mode works by taking a long exposure, which the competition doesn’t do, and is shown to often work better. Night mode is only available on the standard lens.

I’ve learned elsewhere that the ultrawide lens also does not have image stabilization or RAW, which the other two lenses do.

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(vid) Civilization – Cityscape Timelapse Hyperlapse 4K — ‘My favorite cityscape timelapses’ in 5 minutes – Michael Shainblum

City timelapses and hyperlapses from around the world. This is a collection of my favorite cityscape timelapses from over the years. The video is a mix of static shots, motion controlled timelapses and manual hyperlapse shots. I really hope you all enjoy the video and thanks so much for watching!

Places featured in the video:

Dubai UAE

New York City, New York

Los Angeles, California

San Francisco, California

Doha, Qatar

Singapore,

Shanghai, China

Hong Kong,

Venice, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

Seattle, Washington

and a castle in Scotland.

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(vid) Nick Carver: Photography On Location – New55 Film

I love watching Nick Carver’s videos; though, I’m not currently shooting film (or even digital much right now — though that should change).

This is about trying something new, and gracefully dealing with $15 mistakes. I posted this comment about the bee invasion:

Really enjoyable to watch your experience! Maybe the bees were attracted to the selenium in the chemicals, which is an essential trace mineral that many people are low in. Not sure, but I think it’s the fixer in dark room chemicals that is high in selenium.

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(vid) Inside Boeing 747-8F – longest non-military cargo freighter

I used to work inside 747-200F freighters that were built decades ago. I don’t see a lot of operational differences in this brand new model, and opening the aft cargo door sounds the same. Carpet covers much of the operational area of the floors for this open house, so most of the main deck rollers and locks are not shown. Our main deck ceilings weren’t finished like these are. The nose still opens for front loading.


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Anchorage’s 2 year airport runway project now finished — silence at last!

We made it! Our house will be more peaceful now. Finally! This 6-month long construction period wasn’t as bothersome as last summer’s though. Aircraft were allowed to veer left, northward, after taking off to the east. Of course, enough veered to the right, right over our house too. And plenty still flew straight ahead. We’re just one-half of a mile from the flight path if the planes fly straight.

I decided to set my mind to consider the positive aspects, to minimize these twelve months of repeat audio interruptions. It turned out to be much easier than I thought.

And now we have a brand new and wider north-south runway in which the largest commercial planes can now use.

Overall, I think it was a good experience; though, I’m glad it’s over.

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