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Conceptual Kite Driven Watercraft

Posted by direwolff on June 8, 2008

A friend just pointed me to this new concept watercraft…

You can check out more pictures of this kite driven watercraft here.

After looking at all the pictures and understanding more or less how it works, I’m in a bit of a quandary trying to figure out where the fun part is.  OK, so the kite is pulling me at speed, say 15-25 kts and I dive the watercraft below the surface which then automatically resurfaces.  All this while sitting on it like a high speed motorcycle.  It’s clear that I’m missing something because I just don’t get it.  I’d rather be kiting.  If getting submerged is the fun part, that’s pretty easy to pull off with a body drag.  Buying what will surely be an expensive toy to get the sensation I can get without that just doesn’t seem to make sense to me.  Oh well.  My bigger question is how does the kite get relaunched if it falls from the sky?  That should be interesting.

This seems like a craft better left in the conceptual stage.


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Super Cool Astronaut & Endeavor Images

Posted by direwolff on May 17, 2008

These are super high quality pics that really blew me away and provides us a small glimpse of what it must be like to be out there.  Here’s an example:

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The geek in me couldn't resist…

Posted by direwolff on April 16, 2008

…trying out Six Apart’s new BLOG IT Facebook app which lets me post to my SEND IT WordPress blog from Facebook while also then posting it into my news feed. Pretty cool if it works and sure is a nice effort saver.

Gotta love the level of constant innovation taking place in this space :)

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Indoor Skydiving…Cool!

Posted by direwolff on June 30, 2007

I was just over on Tribe, perusing some of the tribes I belong to and seeing if I was missing out on any worthwhile discussions when in the kitesurfing tribe I found the following post:

Hello I’m new to the tribe and very new to owning my own business. Prior Biz Dev Mgr at HP in Silicon Valley now gone
wind tunnel owner…
It’s a totally cool, safe and INCREDIBLE business to experience human flight WITHOUT the danger of skydiving! Check us out at: We fly everyone 3yrs to 93yrs!

Here’s the question…how do I promote it in the internet space? MySpace? Google Ad’s, Yahoo postings? Mass emails?

I am working on a limited budget (like everyone I know…) planning printed ads, news events for the launch, VIP tours, etc but am really not sure about what the “best practices” are for internet publicity?

Any ideas?

Thank you, Kent Sessions

Well, it looks like they’re opening one of these facilities in the East Bay (it’s somewhere between 92 (San Mateo Bridge) and 84 (Dumbarton Bridge)). It didn’t take long to read through the site and figure out that my adrenalin junkie body would regale in the opportunity to fly around a chamber and enjoy that free-fall feeling. It also didn’t take long for me to pony up for two pre-opening bonus priced introductory flight sessions for me and Lil’ Pinot. They’re supposed to be opening some time this summer and now I can’t wait. You know what they say, “there’s one born every minute”…an adrenalin junkie that is ;). I’ll definitely report back and hopefully post the video from the DVD they make of us (comes with the introductory flight session) so every one can live vicariously through our experience.

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The Best Birthday Party Invite…EVER!!!

Posted by direwolff on June 26, 2007

My dear friend Carolyn, just sent out a video birthday invitation that her friend “Mr. Dinner” created for her. It’s up on YouTube and totally rocks…gotta get Mr. Dinner to make one for me next year :) Check it out…

Carolyn’s boyfriend and also a good friend of mine, Smelley Kelly will be part of the entertainment with his band, the new and improved Plain High Drifters.

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Erin Loscocco Photography & Kitesurfing

Posted by direwolff on April 4, 2007

While kitesurfing yesterday later afternoon out on Crissy, I noticed some guy taking photos of us having a blast out there. Well, it turned out that it was another kiteboarder, Erin Loscocco, himself a kitesurfing addict. When I got out of the water he mentioned having gotten some shots of me and suggested I check them on his site. Well, another buddy just happen to beat me to the punch and sent me a link to the pictures which sure prove that I’m enjoying riding my new surfboard…

Erin managed to get a couple of action shots of me and some of the other local riders just enjoying the ride. With the winds gusting fairly strongly on the inside, it wasn’t a day to get too crazy, but for surf riding the swells were really sweet and I got a nice workout on my new ride.

In checking out Erin’s site though, he’s got some really cool pics. For an amateur photographer, it sure looks like he could go pro if he wanted. If you want to see some real nice scenic shots, check out his Photos page which shows the diversity of his work. Really impressive stuff. You can tell he has a real passion for photography as he captures some great moods and colors in every shot. Anyway, it’s definitely worth your time checking out his site.

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FUD by any other name is still Fear Uncertainty & Doubt

Posted by direwolff on March 23, 2007

When wondering who we really have to fear, I’m beginning to come to the conclusion that it’s our very own Department of Homeland Security (boy, just using the word “homeland” gives me the heebie jeebies). Remember when we got the recommendation that in the event of an Anthrax or other biological attack, we should cover our windows with plastic and duct tape. Well in the vein of “more of the same advice your parents never gave you”, here’s a doozie from on Bruce Schneier’s blog about a recent FBI Bulletin on on terrorist bus drivers, or as South Park’s Officer Barbrady might say, “move along, nothing to see here”. Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing has a nice follow-up here.

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“Stench in NYC traced to NJ, officials say” — Home News Tribune

Posted by direwolff on January 9, 2007

I just about fell out of my chair laughing this morning when I read this headline off my Google News page. While this may be mildly humorous to most (if at all), having grown-up in Manhattan, we always tended to have a low opinion of New Jersey. Mind you, with little justification as I’ve grown to appreciate many of New Jersey’s splendor. But because of the chemical plants that sit right on the other side of the tunnels and bridges (yes, New Jersey is considered “Bridge & Tunnel” ;) from New York, and those near the Philadelphia/Delaware border again on the New Jersey side, there’s always been a stench that I’ve associated with New Jersey. So you can imagine that seeing such a headline begs the question, “what took them so long to figure this one out?…heck, I’ve know about that since I was 16”, which was the first time I’d ever laid foot in New Jersey though I had already travelled to Europe, the Caribbean, Connecticut & Maine.

While attending college in Pittsburgh and driving home to New York on holidays, I was guaranteed a whif of these unpleasant odors right past Newark before crossing over to the city. I recall several trips with friends where we all looked at each other to see if any one was going to claim the fart. Well, looks like my senses have been vindicated and now it’s made the headlines.

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Got tagged again :)

Posted by direwolff on January 2, 2007

Steve Goldstein from Alacra just tagged me, so I’ll just refer to my previous tag post so as to keep the chain moving through. It sure has been interesting to learn so much from the various folks who have been tagged.

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Jet-man!!! How cool is this?!

Posted by direwolff on December 30, 2006

Just happened to catch a slide show on the Reuters site that included these pictures of Jet-man, Yves Rossy:

You gotta check out this video (updated with video below) to really appreciate how truly inspiring this is. Totally ROCKS!!! These francophiles just don’t know when to quit. First it was kitesurfing, then it was speed-riding (parasailing on skis), and now we have Jet-man, all invented and brought to us by the French and the Swiss-French. Now where can I get me one of them Jet-man wing packs?! :)




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