Today’s Links of Interest feature videos that give you some amazing first person perspectives on flying. While each is spectacular in its own right, together this set takes you through an increasingly exhilarating exploration of man’s quest to soar through the heavens. Get a pilot’s eye view of what it’s like to fly a corporate jet, strap on a carbon-fiber jet wing and fly in formation with two jets, and base jump off of a mountain wearing only a “wing suit” and parachute:
1) A Day in the Life of a Corporate Pilot
Ryan Roth is married to one of my favorite business colleagues. He’s also a corporate pilot. Using a GoPro camera mounted on his forehead, Ryan gives us an up close look at his work day as he delivers a Pilatus PC-12 to a maintenance facility for its annual inspection.
2) Jetman Flies in Formation With Actual Jets
Swiss pilot Yves “Jetman” Rossy was featured on the cover of National Geographic in September of this year. He has designed his own carbon-fiber wing fitted with jet engines which he uses to race through the sky at speeds up to 184-189mph. In this video, he flys in formation with two jets. (HT: WIRED.com)
3) Sense of Flying
Espen Fadnes has been dubbed “The World’s Fastest Flying Human Being”. This video takes us to the top of a high peak in Norway to watch as Espen jumps off a cliff for a 155mph controlled descent to the alpine lake far below. Using multiple camera angles and top-quality production, I was absolutely floored as I watched his flight unfold. As soon as I finished watching it, I immediately watched it again. If you are going to watch one video in this set, this one is it.
As we prepare for adding an addition to our home, new home technologies have caught my eye. In this Links of Interest, I highlight two home technologies which promise to help you save money and a social network designed specifically for your neighborhood.
Nest | The Learning Thermostat – One might wonder how a thermostat can be updated to the 21st century. Check out the Nest thermostat to find your answer. A team of former Apple engineers have created a consumer friendly “smart” thermostat. It learns your patterns of life, adjusting the temperature accordingly, all the while saving you money.
SWITCH Light Bulbs – SWITCH is looking to re-write the book on energy efficient light bulbs. Rather than using fluorescent bulbs, their bulbs use LEDs which emit a natural light, last longer and don’t cause a home environmental hazard if you break them.
Nextdoor | Your Neighborhood Social Network – Nextdoor is a neighborhood social network which may actually help facilitate what has become a rare occurrence in our modern world: real-world interaction with your neighbors. Just yesterday, I signed up to create a Nextdoor site for my neighborhood. I look forward to reporting my findings here on this blog. Until then, check out Nextdoor. Watch their 90 second video to quickly get a sense of how it works.
Like many people, I’ve been fascinated by Steve Jobs impact upon our world. With his passing last week, I’ve come across many good reads offering different perspectives on one of the greatest innovators of our time:
Most of my writing during the past couple of weeks has been about my new WordPress theme, Pictography. Today, I’m taking a turn writing about other things, highlighting some Links of Interest for you to enjoy:
TaskRabbit – Neighbors Helping Neighbors to get Tasks, Errands and Small Jobs Done – I read about this site in this month’s WIRED magazine. People posts tasks that they’ll pay for other people to complete (e.g. delivering groceries, assembling IKEA furniture, etc). Other persons bid themselves out to complete those jobs. The WIRED article reported that one of the best task runners makes around $5000/month. Currently this service is only available in Boston,San Francisco, LA and Orange County.
Last week we put our house up for sale. Now it feels like we’re living in a “Show Home”. Everything is in place and ready for visitors. It makes us enjoy our house that much more. Here’s a rundown of this week’s Links of Interest:
HDHomeRun – This device will turn your Mac into a DVR. What’s more, you can download an app for your iOS devices which will allow you to watch recorded shows on your iPhone or iPad.
True to form with my two posts from earlier this week, today’s Links of Interest are related to the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. The following are best suited for your favorite longform reading app:
And finally, if you’re tired of reading about Osama bin Laden, here are a couple of other good reads I’ve found this week:
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom – Guernica – “Each year at Disney World, thousands of interns earn academic credit for flipping burgers or parking cars. Ross Perlin learns about vague assignments, long hours, and the meaning of the phrase ‘protein spill.’”
With the announcement late last night that Osama bin Laden had been killed, today reminds me of one aspect of how I felt immediately after 9/11. Much as it was in the days following 9/11, just about all of us have a shared consciousness of a global news event. All of us at least know the topic that we’ve all thought about sometime during the past twelve or so hours. The news is so big that it’s like we can read a small part of each other’s minds.
I imagine this will be one of those “Where were you?” moments with each of us remembering where we were and how we heard about the news. In addition, much has been made of the role that Facebook and Twitter have had in spreading the news of Bin Laden’s death. Here’s a roundup of some posts I’ve seen so far today:
In the meantime, I’ve been compiling a list of big news events each month this year. The Middle East revolutions, the earthquake in Japan and last week’s storms in the American South are just a few of the stories that have stood out. This story will obviously be added to my list. I look forward to publishing it at the end of this year.