Justin Hall-Tipping, believe it or not, formerly was Managing Director and Partner of SG Capital in New York. He isn't the "greedy hawk"-type known from Wallstreet & Co. Instead he is CEO and Founder of NanoHoldings, a venture fund that specializes in forming and building nano-energy start-ups with leading scientists and universities worldwide. Oh nice, you say, somebody funding research on universities, but what's the spin-off for all of us in our society? Look here. So, no science-fiction but practical and innovative solutions for the 21st century. I wonder however how the outdated "system", full of sectarian make-belief, that rules our planet, deals with true innovations. It is collapsing, but too slowly. Introduction of "zero-grid energy" for instance would turn our world upside down. Until that time I'll have to pay 5% more for electricity due to "austerity" in Spain, and probably a new "green" tax for breathing air and a higher added value tax on food because eating causes more CO² and likewise total nonsense to keep a bankcorrupt 'system' going. We have the technology to change the world, but not the guts to make the necessary changes ourselves.
How to survive a helicopter crash? Pilot Greg Gribble miraculously walked away from such an accident, which happened as he was erecting the Telecom Christmas tree on Auckland's waterfront last year. Although I had seen various videos of this crash it remained unclear to me how a cable from the tower could have gotten entangled in the rotor. Until I found an account in Auckland Now, which described quite convincingly what actually caused this disaster. An assistant jumped up to grab the line hanging from the helo to the top of the tower and by doing so pulling the line into the rotorblades. This caused heavy vibrations that tore the aircraft apart in just a split second. It must have been a devastating experience for the pilot, completely surprised by the force of his desintegrating machine. He almost was thrown out of his helicopter, yet could later, still numbed, walk away.
Lots to tell. The Shadows always were an example for me playing the guitar. I am currently busy finalizing a 6 weeks test-run of Kubuntu 12.04 in my production environment. Strange things happened, about which I'll report soon.
Some urgent family affairs keep me busy these days. Too many things happen in Spain and in Europe that require attention. Too hot weather prevents me from working in my office after 16:00 hrs. To relax I watch some of these movies, reminding me of times when I was piloting. This New Zealand movie shows incredible crosswind landings from brave light aircraft pilots. Full flaps wind-vaning, flaps to take-off position, power up and go around again. See them work their way down, hitting rudder at the right time and keeping the wing level. I found this an amazing clip. Yes, those trees nearby cause tons of turbulence.
Link: http://youtu.be/s2eZzyit3mgFinally an analysis that pays attention to the patchwork of old-fashioned nation-states that Europe is. The Euro-Crisis regarding spending and overspending a single currency is deepening and widening still. Leaders and politicians appear not to have learned from the Great Depression 1929, repeating nearly the same errors and continuing the path to a "Germanification" of the euro-zone by austerity. The "bail-out" of Spain, using a still non-existent European Stability Mechanism, where Spain and Italy (also in crisis) are a.o. with Germany the largest contributors of money for the ESM (!), remind me of the irrationality of political decisions. It appears now that the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, is trying to float by pulling his own suspenders... From the European Central Bank, manipulated by Germany and France (also in crisis), no uplifting initiative. We are for a 5th year spiraling downward into an evermore dangerous deflation. Who said: l'histoire se répète? Yes, it does - in Europe these days.
It may sound weird at first. But according to my own experiences it works...! Put your bare feet in the grass, or on the street, ground your bed and you might feel better. There is a caveat not dealt with in this movie! Don't go out in the open on bare feet when there is a thunderstorm. That could be a truly 'shocking' experience instead... There is a potential, an electric differential, between both legs when there is lightning hitting the surface.