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Welcome to Omnibits for Thursday, 22 October (Day 1)
0700Looks like it's going to be a beautiful day!
mentioned yesterday ... MFS registration closes at 10am this morning,
competitor briefing at 11am. VFS follows same schedule plus 6 hours.
morning I'll be setting up the YouTube streams, so stay tuned for the
URLs. Since only one judging panel will be operating with MFS, expect
to see both channels carrying the same feed.
NE1 recommend an alternative to KompoZer? KZ does a pretty decent job
but its adhoc assignment of fonts and styles drives me nuts. That's why
you see these pages in random styles. Grrr.
Anyway ... the live events are up on YouTube!!! Hopefully they'll stay that way for 9 more days.
channels will stream live judging from two of the three judging systems
set up in the "fishbowl" in the main hangar. Note that at any given
point in the competition, not all three systems will be active; in
fact, most of the time only one or two will be creating scores. For
example, only one system will be used for MFS today, adding a second
for VFS tomorrow.
- Channel One
- Channel Two
When only one system is being used, both
YouTube channels will be tuned to that system, so if you see the same
image on both channels, you'll know why.
The video streams are created from instances of the OSHD JukeBox application. The JukBox app will switch to replay
mode if there is a break in the live judging. Look for the labels
REPLAY or LIVE JUDGING in the upper right corner of the video -- this
will tell you whether the video you're seeing is a live judging
Note that until the JukeBox apps have some actual
videos to work with this afternoon, all they will do is show you the
competition splash screen. Once there are scores you will see replays
as well as standings.
Also be sure to visit SkydiveTV
for their always excellent coverage of these Nationals. SkydiveTV will
also be streaming live (URL TBD). When 4-Way is starts on Monday and we
have all three systems kicking out scores, SkydiveTV will stream the
third scoring system.
On the "to do" list for us here is figure
out a way to get programming notes to YouTube viewers. It would sure be
nice if you knew what was coming up in the next hour. We're working on
for the crappy photo quality ... I forgot to pack my Nikon (despite
being on both my packing lists!) so until I find something better I
have to use my dumbphone.
Sammy interviews USPA Competition Director Jim Hayhurst for SkydiveTV.
Iva at the SkydiveTV controls during the live interview
Arizona improves their judging "fishbowl" every year, set up in the
center of the main hangar. OS!HD copy stations ready for action out
Susie Taylor, Skydive Arizona's Chief Pilot, flying manifest this morning.
fish in the fishbowl preparing for this afternoon's action. Note that
OmniSkore!HD is now running on laptops. Yay, finally!!!
A big TV for each of the three judging panels, Mark I analog announcement conveyer system underneath.
OSHD JukeBox #2 stands ready in the hangar.
Skydive Arizona ever done a number on their landing area!!! It has more
than quadrupled in size since the drop zone first relocated to Eloy 25
years ago, and the grass has never looked better.
"T2" here - been practicing judging this morning. At one point someone
came in the fish-bowl and put down some stacks of paper. I asked what
they were for and someone said "scratch paper." I said in a failed
humorous voice "whoever needs scatch paper using OmniSkore is an
idiot." A voice behind said "I use scratch paper." I turned around and
it was the Chief Judge Deanne. Still trying to remove foot from
has completed two rounds and (knocking on wood) everything is running
smoothly here under gorgeous skies. Very pleased to see some pretty
good activity on the YouTube channels!
VFS will be briefing shortly ...
1800... VFS briefly done shortly ago.
you happen to catch Skydive-TV.com's interview with me at 5pm? What I
found fun about it was the location. The hangar's video closet. This is
where LiveSkore!, OmniSkore!HD's
great great great great grandfather, had its debut 22 years ago at the
1993 FAI World Meet here. I sat in that closet with my MS-DOS 6.22
computer -- which had a graphics overlay card added to it at great
expense, and three months of crash software development (pun inteneded)
-- and tapped the space bar . On the other side of the closed
door, roughly two hundred compspectators watched the three large
(tube!) TVs hanging from the ceiling. I'll never forget the eruptions
of hoots, hollars and applause at the end of many a working time. What
a great meet that was.
done for the day. The YouTube channels will continue with replays until
live judging resumes in the morning, both MFS and VFS. See you there!