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Long time, no post. Life continues to happen at an astounding pace. Over the last several weeks, I've responded with my fire company (RBVFC) to almost a half-dozen accidents involving mopeds vs vehicles. None have been good... but one in particular hit a nerve, which...
86 Pump Testing
https://vimeo.com/414023897 Quick video and stills from our annual pump testing done on Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company Engines 86-3 & 86-9.
Lighthouse Restaurant in Dewey Beach Fire Damage
Last night around 10pm RBVFC was dispatched to a working structure fire at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Dewey Beach, 124 Dickinson Ave. I was on the second engine to arrive on-scene (86-3) and manned a 2 1/2 inch line from the south side of the hotel/restaurant,...
Haven’t written for a while. Hope all my fellow hairless apes are washing your goddamn hands and enjoying all the hysteria surrounding 2019-nCoV.
Rehoboth Bay MHP
A quick little video for KBHDelaware.com showcasing Rehoboth Beach Delaware’s only bayfront mobile home community.
Cape May-Lewes Ferry on a Windy November Afternoon
Practicing some orbit moves and fly-bys around the Cape May-Lewes Ferry in some relatively stiff winds. The Inspire 2 handled it like it a pro and had enough punch to power through some gusty conditions.
D-log Fall Leaves Test
I don’t normally shoot in log… that’ll be changing. Editing these files takes a bit longer, but the payoff is worth it.
Airline Travel with a Drone
Recently flew from Baltimore (BWI) to Las Vegas (LAS) via Southwest Airlines for a week of vacation in southern Utah and northern Arizona. You bet your ass I wanted to bring a drone along so I’m writing this down before I forget the details.
The Reho Strip at Dusk with the P4P
A short clip testing out some low light proxy edited H.265 footage from the DJI Phantom 4 Pro during civil twilight
My Mavic Has A Lens Issue
I didn’t want to believe it when I first found it, but there it was… running up the left hand side of every image I’ve taken with my new Mavic Pro.
Peak Fall Foliage
It’s that time of year again. Wanted to capture some of the peak foliage with the Inspire 1 – enjoy!
One week with the DJI Mavic Pro
And lo, the brown box gods decided to shine favorably upon me… last Friday my Mavic Pro “Fly More Combo” was delivered early. It wasn’t scheduled to get here until Monday (Halloween) but for some bizarre reason the FedEx guy…
OA-5 Antares Launch
Rode down to see my first “close-up” launch from Wallops Island, VA. Mind. Blown.
Flooding and Beach Erosion at Fenwick Island & Bethany Beach
Putting the drone to some good use: surveying storm damage. Was concerned about the wind being too strong to fly this soon after the storm passed, but it wasn’t bad
Blizzard of 2016
The snow came. The snow went. Roads were closed, streets were flooded and there was some wind damage, but overall it wasn’t “apocalyptic” out in western Sussex county.
One week with the iPad Pro and Pencil
I’ve been incredibly excited about the iPad Pro ever since it was announced at the Apple keynote in September. Many people have asked me why.
Nor’easter: 3 October 2015
A quick and dirty compilation of some footage I captured during the Nor’easter that nailed Delaware on October 3rd.
Blood moon, supermoon, eclipse…
Right. Whatever you want to call it, last night there was a lunar eclipse that was cool to see. Earlier in the evening clouds were spotty and it was super bright outside – you definitely didn’t need a flashlight to walk around.
Eight minutes of beach
This will be the most boring video you’ve ever seen – unless you like sitting on the beach. Shot a bunch of footage on one of my days off, a beautiful September afternoon with nobody around.
Bridgeville Rifle & Pistol IDPA Club Match
Had a great morning at the range on Saturday! Our UPS driver at work (Dave) is a member of the Bridgeville Rifle & Pistol Club and he’s seen me bring my drone to and from the office. So… he invited me to the range to get some aerial shots and check the place out.
How I Repaired My Corrupt Lightroom Catalog
Your mileage may vary, but this process just saved my hide. I’m writing this as a quick reminder in case I ever need to do this again. Running OSX Yosemite on a Mac Pro, using OSX’s default/included sqlite3 binary (SQLite version 3.8.5).
Nvidia Shield Tablet Recall
Earlier today I caught word that Nvidia is recalling Shield tablets because the batteries are exploding [Awesome… ] and after a quick check at the link below it turns out mine is one of the thousands of affected units.
Inspire 1: Cleared for Takeoff
Yesterday afternoon the FedEx guy dropped off my repaired Inspire 1 – and just as luck would have it, southern Delaware got smacked by a couple of potent late-day thunderstorms. So I had to wait until today to take her out for a test flight.
Inspire 1: Expedited RMA
Ah, the saga continues. Remember that scene in Fight Club where they make the “recruits” wait on the porch?
Inspire 1: Still Grounded
After 8 weeks of downtime my Inspire 1 finally returned home last week. Imagine my surprise when I took it out of the (slightly damaged) storage case and fired it up – only to find that the exact same issue I was having before is still happening.
Inspire 1: Grounded
The short version: My Inspire 1 is bricked. The strange thing is that the problems started AFTER I updated the firmware and AFTER a full-blown live test flight… not during the update process.
Emax 250 Test Flights
After watching a video of some French dudes blasting around a forest “podrace-style”, I decided I had to pick up a little 250 size “racing drone” kit and give it a shot.
DJI Inspire 1 Notes & Tips
This post will serve as a running “captain’s log” – a centralized place for me to keep notes, links and tips I’ve learned along the way about my Inspire 1.
Anyone who knows me knows I love bad weather. It comes as no surprise then, that I was really looking forward to the first night of my end-of-summer vacation due to the weather forecast.
Rise Fitness + Adventure: Open House
I’ve never been fond of gyms. The repetitive, boring nature of gym based exercise is what makes me never want to do it. Running in place and shoving metal shit around just isn’t a way I’m going to choose to spend my time, even if it does make you a healthier individual.
Weekend Walk: Gordons Pond Trail
I’m still overly impressed by the new parking lot at Herring Point more than anything. It puts you literally just a few steps from the gravel trailhead in one direction, and a short walk from the beach in the other.
There’s no doubt it’s nice to unplug and have a break from the “connected world” from time to time. In recent years however, I’ve found those “device free” breaks are happening fewer and farther in between for me.
It’s flat here. Damn flat. There are no elevated vistas, no majestic mountains. In most places it’s a struggle to find a clean view of the horizon without trees or buildings in the way.