Tidbits (Timbits + Tedbits)
Wednesday, October 20 -
Going to be a long slow day. It is official arrival day and practice
for all the delegations, and in the meantime we will be trying to get
our grubby mitts on a video mixer or two and finish setting up all this
So check in every now and then, I may have some pictures up here
later, but there won't be any real action until tomorrow.
The Mexican delegation
that they won't make this meet!
Maybe next time amigos!
To the person who suggested a clock of sorts on the front page, I
would like to put a Java applet there where people can see what the
local time is, so if someone wants to do me a favor and send me the
applet while I go scrounge up all the team info I would sure appreciate
it. Or at least send me a URL to go take a look. I'm at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of competitors have been asking "Where is the live
air-to-ground video?" What a great many competitors and spectators
don't understand about doing live air-to-ground is what a tremendous
drain of resources it is on a host. In addition to an array of
additional equipment to set up, it requires at least two more full time
bodies to run it properly, and then there is the gargantuan task of
coordinating pilots, manifest and two teams of judges with a live video
signal. It is neither cheap nor easy, and it requires the luck of good
weather to boot. So if you spend all the money to get live
air-to-ground, you are banking on good weather as well.
This is a photo collage
taken from the DZ entrance. Not much to see from this angle; our
DZ-TV and judges' setup is in the building to the far left,
manifest is straight ahead, and the main tents are off to the
right. Lots and lots of tents and RVs thrown in everywhere.
Word has it that our video mixers are on the way...and hey, we got a
real coffee pot in here now! Life is looking up indeed!
Well, for the lack of skydiving competition we're having some
measure of fun watching the Mets toy with the Braves in the NLCS on the
Internet...kind of strange watching a Tuesday night game live on
The weather has been clear, breezy and very cool the last couple of
days. It is spring time down under, they say it's going to get quite
warm in the summer, and if we don't like the flies now just wait a few
months! No thanks, I'm looking forward to the Arizona desert again, home
My ride back to the B&B
tonight. Unleaded only, please!
Praise the skygods, they just delivered a Panasonic WJ-AVE55 video mixer
to the DZ-TV room. Crunch time is approaching, it's time to track down
all the team info from registration and have a long session at the
...meanwhile, France and USA tied the official 4-way practice jump at 26
points each; the jump was spinner, sidebody donut > sideflake donut,
sidebody, phalanx.. Methinks a terrific battle is coming up betwixt
those two teams!
HOT LINK DEPARTMENT - Have you seen the new link on the HOME page of
this coverage? You can go to http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com/,
type in a URL, and have the web page translated to French, German,
Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish. I'm dying to know how accurate it is,
so someone check it out and drop me a line! Thanks JG for the hot tip!
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