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to Omnibits for Friday, 29 August (Day 5)
Clear blue skies this morning and the turbines are spinning up for
Off to swap the computers doing JukeBox and DZTV in the tent. More when
I get back ...
4-Way is launching Round 4, but the USA still hasn't jumped Round 5 of
8-Way, the only team not to do so.
The Artistics judges worked late, but still left a lot of work on the
table -- an entire round of Freefly is still in their inbox.
Freefly results are up through Round 3 and Freestyle all but two jumps
in Round 4.
Inside omniball .. as I've mentioned previously I'm using a new tool in
the omnibox for "DZ TV", and I've been reminded this week that
computers that don't operate in dual channel memory mode cannot handle
playing more than one AVCHD video at a time. (There's a test on this
later.) The JukeBox only plays one video at a time, but the "DZ TV"
server (which is actually the JukeBox application running in a special
mode), being connected to two large flat screens, runs two instances,
one each for FS and AE.
Anyway I learned yesterday that the "DZ TV" server was not running in
dual channel memory mode, so the video playback was stuttering when
both FS and AE were active. So this morning I swapped those two
computers, and hopefully the live judging "DZ TV" performance will be a
A snapshot of my health
& status "message broker".
DALE is the AE judging system, OMAR scores FS, SHERRY is standing in as
an actual JukeBox in the packing tent, while JUKEBOX1 and JUKEBOX2 are
the two "DZ TV" servers, one for the terrace screens and one for the
packing tent. VTADS3 and 4 are of course the copy stations, also in the
packing tent. BRENDA is the laptop I'm working on and posts real-time
results to the world wide interweb. VTADS2 is pulling duty as
the database host, so also runs the app you see above, which tells me
which computer is doing what.
I've never been happy to hear about a protest, but I was pleased to
hear this one this morning: the USA is protesting their 8-Way Round 4
What happened yesterday is their point man lost his foothold during the
count. Apparently the carpet between his foot and the aircraft came
loose, and this aircraft inconsistency is the basis of the protest. It
cost the US Team a legitimate shot at a world record. It would be nice
to see them have another shot at it. Kurt Gaebel is gathering what
information he can, so look at his web site (which you're doing already
because you want real
competition coverage) for details.
I wish I could remember his name, but last night I met a freefall
photographer -- not American -- who did a jump with Airspeed here and
got some spectacular
photos. I'm going to try to share them here (he said he'd find me). He
used a 50mm lens that provided unbelievable depth of focus, and a shot
of them landing as a team from above that is magazine cover material.
I've had several emails asking about videos on the web page. Look at me
(yes both of you) (and this is a standard answer for all FAI
competitions): I cannot upload videos to omniskore.com until the FAI
have uploaded all
of them to theirs. Normally this isn't until a week or so after the
competition. So it may not be until I'm settled down in Chicago before
they get uploaded.
Does anyone know how to get asyncronous notifications of JET database
table modifications in Win32?
The FS judges are cruising through Round 4 of 4-Way. Will ne1 be able
to catch up to Belgium? Looks like a 23 for France. Going to step
outside and watch the last three under the sun.
Canada. 4-Way. Impressive jumping but wtf is your videographer doing,
swimming all over the sky like that. I need Dramamine after watching
that. The judges are taking a record amount of time trying to confirm
the results and I'm not surprised. In the end they
bust a 24 down to a 22 (and lucky it's not worse than that).
For the US and Belgium, US 4-Way missed the 25th point by about an
inch, but Belgium easily got that one in.
Just like that, judging of Ladies 4-Way Round 4 is now into the top
teams. France was beautiful out the door and flew fast but busted a 21
down to a 20 with an incomplete unipod. Some video issues knocked
Canada's 17 down to a 15 (though that's not official yet).
The US ladies also suffered a bust on the last point, but
taking 21 for a 1-point lead after 4 rounds.
Haven't seen anything official but word out in the VIP lounge is the US
8-Way team's protest got declined.
We've lost power again. I have no life.
Of course you won't see this until about 10 minutes after the power is
First the building power went out, but caused no problems for me or the
judges, 'cause all our stuff is on the generator. But a few minutes
later, the generator went out as well.
The local crew is working frantically to get it restored.
Scotty!!!! Need ... more ... power!!!!
Well after a very frustrating couple of hours we finally have both
power and Internet. Knocking on wood!
At one point when the building power was up and the generator down, and
all the judging switched over to the building power, I had to retrieve
the copy stations from the packing tent and network them in my office
so the scoring systems could pull the videos. Now everything is back on
the generator and Martin assures me it will be completely reliable from
now on. Or at least more reliable than the building power!
During all that the judges were able to get at least some work done,
and judging of Ladies 4-Way is finishing Round 5. In 4-Way (open)
Belgium padded their lead by two in Round 5 and now lead by a total of
Wow the France ladies spanked Round 5, beating the USA by 4 points, and
now have a 3 point lead.
Freestyle is judged all the way through Round 5 with France 1 and
France 2 easily ahead of the rest of the pack; Finland and Russia 1
scratching for third. Half of Round 5 is completed (judging wise) in
Whatever the French 4-Way Ladies had for breakfast, give me some of
that! In just two rounds they've picked up 7 points on the US.
Yes, you Freefly fans in the packing tent, you were absolutely correct
to accuse me of prioritizing the FS when I shut down the DZTV in the
middle of a Freefly jump. Had I instead done that during the Belgium FS
jump in progress a minute earlier I would have been lynched!
But now that I got the software upgrade task done, the automatic replay
feature will just give you the Artistic jumps during judging breaks
instead of mixing in the FS. You're welcome :)
I want to address some of the chatter I'm seeing in the ether wrt OSHD
posting of competition videos. Really what I want everyone to
understand is (1) I have the ability to have the videos generated and
posted the same day, and (2) I am prohibited from doing so at FAI
competitions. Now, I don't like (2) at all, not one bit, but facts is
what they is, and one of them is that the videos are property of the
FAI and they let me use them to create and upload my own versions on
the condition that I do not do so until they have uploaded everything
at their web site. I am going to be grateful for that much and of
course respectful of their wishes.
Keep in mind that when you see a competition video on the web somewhere
that is not an FAI web, it is because someone on the competition site
violated the competition rules. If violations of this rule become
commonplace, the FAI may begin enforcement actions. I have no idea what
they would be, but I'd hate to see it come to that.
Look for Speed Skydiving to be integrated into OSHD's online results --
if not in the next few days (with the results of the
event [oops! thanks Elisabet] World Cup here),
then in Dubai.
500 km/hour, are you kidding me?! I hope they carry fire extinguishers!
This photo is
ridiculously zoomed in, but the big smile holding the flag spotted me
from a mile away.
USA VFS 4-Way team
Craig Girard of
Team UAE spies the camera again.
Clocking the time
between saved score and appearance on the smart phone through many
miles of ether and a satellite or two. Got one at ten seconds.
The FUN Flag rests
peacefully when and where it can during a World Meet.
entertainment for everyone here!
These look like a
The OSHD Juke Box
has been busy the last two days.
The terrace at the
end of The Building. Great spot to hang, drink beer, watch some
Heard something about the competition being extended an hour ... trying
to learn if that was a reference to today's schedule or tomorrow's.
Since tomorrow's forecast is looking a bit iffy, my bet's on today's.
1815They finally got in USA 8-Way's Round 5, a 23 properly demoted to 22.
a bit surprised to see VFS still only done at Round 4. Sure enjoy
watching that stuff. Superhuman flying. The Artistic events offer some
amazing aerial skills, but the combination of aerobility and
teamwork required to be successful in VFS is quite a challenge.
Unfortunately the event hasn't been receiving much participation.
Perhaps the FAI should consider a 2-Way VFS event, like they did with
CF, which seems to be quite popular -- quite a bit easier to get a
2-Way team than 4.
Spread the word: the France Ladies 4-Way
Round 8 score should be ignored. They jumped through rain and will be
receiving a rejump. I don't know why the judges recorded a score (I
guess they're required to with current rules, given a video), look for
a completely different one within the hour.
is down to the final 4 jumps, looks like the top two spots are settled
with France 1 2.2 points ahead of France 2 (that's a lot, in AE), but
Russia 1 and Finland are separated by just 0.2 points for 3rd place.
1900VFS Round 5 and 8-Way Round 7 judging in progress.
Published schedule for tomorrow:
Ladies 4-Way rejump for Round 8 is being judged right now ... a 17.
Solid 10 point lead for France with just two rounds to go.
- 6:45 Standby 8-way, VFS, Speed
- 07:30 Standby FF, 4-Way Female
- 08:30 Standby 4-Way (Open)
- 15:00 End of competition jumps
- 15:30 Everybody transport to the hotels
- 17:30 Transport to the closing ceremony and banquet in the Tennis Club Hotel
- 19:00 Awards ceremony and closing banquet
- 00:00 Transport to the hotels in Prerov
- 00:30 Transport to the hotels in Olomouc
And that's it for me tonight ... thanks for tuning in ... don't forget to visit our sponsors ... ciao!!!
~ted / t1 / omniguy