Thursday 23 October
Tap tap...hello...is this thing on? 15 minute call for 8-way? Where's my coffee, let's go see what's in the inbox....hey, if you're a tidbits junkie looking for another kind of fix, you should be checking out Kurt's NSL web site http://www.skyleague.com/ he has the usual good stuff going on every day...
...last night, Missy Nelson brought me some more tidbits for her 22 October page, and somehow I forgot to hit the save button when I pasted them in so they just now showed up. Sorry about that! Missy is writing some great stuff for us, please be sure to send her a thank you, thank you!
Over the last few days we have received a number of emails that go pretty much like this:
We want you all to know that we really truly appreciate it, and it's that kind of feedback that keeps us going and going. Please don't stop!
Yes, I am still working on getting some AE streaming videos posted. I am waiting for the right firewire cable so I can get the best quality. Meanwhile, 8-way round 7 is now being judged, and we just updated the AE scores...
...I could use a little help here...I have one watcher, an AOL customer, who cannot get the 8-way Intermediate results page to load. Is anyone else having that problem?
While we're waiting for some scores, let's go back to the inbox:
Wolny my friend, great to hear from you! No problem, I'll be glad to help. All you have to do is deliver a bottle of fine Zimbabwe wine to the DZTV room and we'll have those million$ freed up in no time!
I am pleased to announce we have a new contributor to the tidbits pages, Adam Bradbury of the Air Force Academy will be writing some tidbits for the Style & Accuracy disciplines. You can find his installment from yesterday here. Welcome Adam, and thank you!
Airspeed 8 round 7 just got scored a 19 on a beautiful jump, they had a couple of accordion > stairsteps that just took my breath away. The Knights followed up with a 17 on their jump. Airspeed 8 is starting to run away with it, a 9 point lead with three jumps left. How does that commercial go? These guys are good...
....speaking of good, I see that Freefly team Alchemy is continuing to rewrite the laws of physics in freefall. If it can't be done, those guys can do it! Yes, I'm still working on that steaming video...okay, I just got Amy & Curtis Freestyle round 3 uploaded! Freefly and Skysurf coming soon, I promise!
Let's go to the inbox:
Well there's that thar rule book thing over at http://www.uspa.org/ that I think says you have to have 3/4 of the original team intact. I think. Something like that. Maybe someone can look it up for us.
A "guest" team is a team that has one or more members who do not meet the eligibility requirements. Again, this is all spelled out of course over in that thar rule book thing at USPA. They've recently changed the exact requirements and I'm not sure what they are, but you can't be from Jupiter (the planet, not the Florida town) or Setti Alpha VI. T1 says you can find it here: SCM 1-1.4.
Well, if you enjoy and appreciate our coverage, then you are SOMEBODY from SOMEWHERE and we do it for YOU!
Okay, Airspeed is up for round 9 now...damn these guys (and gal) are fast...looks like a 25, possibly a bust on a box...hard to believe those 7 guys can keep up with that girl...yep, they busted that box and get a 23...I can't wait to see what they do on round 10!
ALERT ALERT ALERT Missy just walked in with today's AE Tidbits, now posted for your enjoyment. Please do take the time to thank her if you can!
WOW...Optik has made up 10 points on their last two jumps to overtake Deguello by 4 points heading into the final round...
...Missy has been bringing me Freefly footage so I'll have some of those jumps made into steaming video later on...
-Way Round 10 - Knights up first - fast but a bit sloppy, 23 points in time but I think they probably popped themselves on a pod or two...OUCH they busted three times down to a 17, they got real sloppy right in the middle...let's see what Airspeed does now...did I say these guys are good? It's a 25 if it's clean...or a 26 if it's clean and they get that point on the freeze frame...yes, there it is, a 26 and Airspeed wins another 8-way Nationals gold!
Now, if I'm not mistaken -- and that sure wouldn't be a first -- I think Eliana is the first female to win a 8-way gold medal at a U.S. Nationals. Does anyone know otherwise?
But first, this is funny, from the old inbox:
I stand corrected. You win the OmniMetal for attention to detail. Thanks!