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The Grapes are starting to move….

I cant remember the grapes starting to get leaves this early in the season.  The wierd weather must be confusing them. With California in the grips of severe drought and with the Santa Clara Valley Water Nazis demanding a 20% reduction in use or sanctions,  It looks bad for wine and good for raisins.  On…

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Lakeshore Hall

One of the coolest places Gina and I have ever lived was the Northwestern Dental School dormitory know by us as Lakeshore Hall.  Northwestern purchased the old Lake Shore Athletic Club in 1977.  The Lake Shore Athletic Club was designed by Jarvis Hunt and gained national attention when it hosted the 1928 Olympic swimming trials.…

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A weekend at Seascape

Our good friends Delene and Duane invited us to Seascape this weekend.  The Girls spent the rainy weekend scrap-booking while Duane and I caught up with some movies. The rain paused shortly and we got a chance to walk the beach . I had a chance to experiment with the Lumix GX7  with the Lumix…

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Time to Fly over Water…

Yet another rainy windy weekend at home with no fishing has not gone wasted.  I finally think I have an amphibious landing gear design for the Phantom Vision that fulfills all my requirements.   Instead of mounting the custom landing gear I scored from Shapeways thanks to “Simonsays”, on the fuselage,  I mounted them below…

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3d Printing without owning a 3D Printer.

Every so often I find a web site that is a game changer for me.  For example in the last couple years,  sites like Kickstarter.com,  Fasttech.com and  Cheesycam.com have inspired me to build things that have enhanced my flyfishing,  photography and dental professional skills. Kickstarter is a wonderful mall of a site to explore some…

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Floaty Sky Cam part 2

Since I intend to use my newly acquired DJI Phantom 2 Vision over water to do fishing videos, Im getting paranoid about water landings. It seems that most people who use the Phantom in aquatic environments have strapped bottles, and foam to at least keep the thing floating in the event of a crash. Not…

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SKY CAM Part one

I picked up a nice camera last month and its attached to 4 propellers and can fly 1000 feet and hover with the aid of GPS.  Here are the features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision..  After looking at these drone cameras for over a year,  I finally feel like the bugs have been worked…

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$250 GoPro digital two axis steadycam gimbal

To the bump up the quality of my video camera work for my fishing videos,  Ive been looking at steadycams for a long time.  Most of the gravity rigs were expensive and heavy.  They were not really practical to carry when traveling.  But since HQ video cameras are now the size of a GoPro or…

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The 13th Man…

I called it last week. The Refs, in an obvious way, screwed the Niners out of the Superbowl. Unbelievable. When one play in the last 20 seconds of a game determines the winner, every bad call is momentum changing.  Upon replay, there was no doubt whatsoever that the calls were wrong!   Gene Steratore and…

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A Wild Wild Card Win….

Congratulations to the Niners for pulling off the spectacular win over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in the Freezing Cold. The more I watch football, the more I realize how it is actually a game of inches and not yards…. As I watched Phil Dawsons’s last second field goal barely clear the right…

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New Years Eve on the Lake

  I thought by today I would have been on the lake at least a couple times this week but the swine flue knocked me down over the Christmas Break.   I managed to make it to the lake today and I renewed my California State Parks “Golden Poppy”  Vehicle Day Use and Launch Annual Pass>…

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