greeted us with a light, steady drizzle, but the forecast
is for clearing skies and a sunny weekend. Good, time to
do some “bits” of work.
|Today's e-mail of the
“Doing a great job
“I am not a
skydiver, my son Dave is, I was in the Air Force 5
years and never had to jump as a Navigator. The web
page you produce is phenomenal and you have the time
to compete too! I would be a nervous wreck.
“We live in
Michigan and being able to see the teams on the
computer during the last two Nationals has been
fantastic. The only complaint I have is the names of
the people under the pictures of the team never
correspond with their positions in the pic, but the
pictures are great this year, you can really tell
who it is--got up close.
“My wife and I have
been to Eloy a couple times to see Dave's team
compete, so we have been there first hand to see the
“Good luck and keep
up the good work!!
Thank you, Tom N.”
Tom, it is feedback like this that
keeps this web site going. Thank you! I want to let
everyone know that all the team photos are being
taken by my father, Roy Wagner, who is thankfully
now retired and able to spend time helping T1 and T2
cover these events. Every time we do a meet he
raises the bar on the team photos. Roy also wrote
the spreadsheets that drive the results tables and
helps keep the web site updated.
A note to all the friends and family of teams out
there: If you would like a high resolution .jpg original
of the team photo, just send
me an e-mail with the team number requested and I'll
send you the picture.
Breakfast time. Competition coming soon. Round 7 is a
fun skydive, four randoms and a block.
At 0830, it's still drizzling and it will probably be
several hours before we see any action.
The competitors have been released until noon while
the drizzle fizzles.
For those of you wondering what's wrong with Perris
Energy 8, well they have been screwing around on their
jumps and not being serious for reasons obscure.
has stopped raining, but the clouds are still solid. Still
Check this out: Paul Quade just stepped in with an
electronic de-hummer, and the nasty banding problem that
has been plaguing DZTV and it's sister on the Perris
Webcam is now history! Thanks Paul!
FYI the DZTV images you see on the Perris Webcam is
video from the last few days, that's why it still looks
wavy. The images will be much better from now on.
Competitors have been released until 3 PM. We'll see what
happens then. Hopefully, there will be some skydiving
Still gray and holding.
A couple of days ago, I suggested to a few of our
readers an alternative to IE or Netscape for viewing our
web site. Several people went to http://www.operasoftware.com/
and downloaded it and the reviews have been very positive.
Opera is a very fast and compact browser that is full of
features. What you will appreciate most is its speed; it
renders pages noticeably faster than any browser out
there. It's not free, but a lot of people find it to be
well worth the money. Opera has T2's highest praises. You
can download a free trial version and see for yourself.
Send me your reviews!
And now, today's word of the day:
Multioquence characterized by
consummate interfusion of circumlocution or periphrasis,
inscrutability, incognizability, and other familiar
manifestations of abstruse expatiation commonly used for
promulgations implementing procrustean determinations by
- Milton A. Smith, Counsel,
United States Chamber of Commerce
Now THAT'S what weather holds are for, okay among other
The NJ Debate: The Webmaster's Position
As we have seen, the NJ (or 'J' on the scoring
summaries, for “not judgeable”) is applied to
scoring formations where the judges cannot see a
correct formation or inter because of the video
angle or video framing. This is most common on
exits, but can happen at any point during a skydive.
My position is this: the J is a legitimate
description for why a formation or inter is
incorrect, but it should apply the same penalty as a
bust. Many people will argue that this is an unfair
penalty on the teams, but I hold that it is not. To
find out why, read on.
The rules state that the teams must clearly
demonstrate the correct formations and inters to the
judges. Suppose this team has an inter between the
first and second scoring formations where the judges
cannot see simultaneous separation. That's a bust,
right? The video angle is good, but not perfect, so
two judges hit the penalty button (the team didn't
show it to me) and one judge hits the NJ button (the
camera was a little flat). This results in the
collation seen in the table below (second scoring
formation). Despite the fact that three out of five
judges didn't like the inter, the team still gets
credit for it. This illustrates the conundrum: at
what point does a judge determine that the fault
lies with the camera flyer or with the team? Should
the camera flyer's performance and the team's
performance be considered one and the same, or
should they be regarded separately?
I, of course, hold for the former. If teams want
the exit to be part of the skydive, then they have
to include the camera in that equation.
My position is that the "J" should be
eliminated from the scoring process; it only serves
to hinder the integrity of the final results.
Introducing the vagaries and inconsistencies of
camera performance as a separate ingredient of the
judging process is a disservice to those teams that
are working hard to win a championship. Kill it,
before it kills a winner.
When I earned gold medals at the 1993 and 1995
world meets, I'd like to think it was because my
camera work was part of a team effort. I worked hard
to make sure my team's performance was shown clearly
to the judges. If I failed to perform, it would
have, should have, reflected on them as well.
And a little side note to USPA and the IPC: Want
to guarantee an exciting meet right up to the end of
the final round? Make the final round an all random
skydive and you'll see sparks fly until the “fat
lady sings.” That would be cool.
Send your feedback to the webmaster
and I'll post it right here.
I agree. The camera flyer is as much a part of
the team as any of the competitors and his/her
performance should impact team accordingly. That
being said, just as if a competitor misses a grip
and the team is penalized, if the camera flyer
does not capture the point, the same should apply.
When I was part of the Gold Medal 10 way team
at last years nationals, I had to make sure that I
captured when the last grip was taken and if I did
not capture that grip, when it happened, the team
could be penalized. *My team* could be penalized.
All of the participants are part of the team,
not just those on the far end of the lens. It's a
group effort and everyone's performance should be
Aerial Dynamics, Inc.
Well said, Mike!
The meet director has called it for the day and all
teams must be ready for a 0800 start tomorrow. See you