speed flying – video series 1

I work my way through a lot of videos about canopy sports, from all form of paragliding to typical wing suit videos. Watching one of my favorite speedflying videos today I got a cool idea to create a series of posts sharing my favorite videos from each category of canopy sports. On that note lets kick off the series with the video that sparked the whole idea! The pilots in this video have unimaginable skills and really show what speedflying can be if you have what it takes.

Who inspires me?

It is very important to look toward people, see what they are doing, take inspiration from them, and learn from them. Most of those who fit this bill in my world are canopy sports athletes. Rob who gave me my first wing, Matt my instructorPál Takáts, Jeb Corliss, and so on…

They are people I aspire to be like, not only because they can and have done amazing things, but because I see how they are ambitiously pursuing life and taking it for all its worth. This is something that only comes with great determination, forethought, and the right mindset. The conditions in which they live day-to-day serves to be a true testament that they have what it takes, not only to get through the day but so see many more. It is not without great consideration they fly. It is not with out great consideration they make any choices.

Recently I have found yet another face to look toward; in my blogs infancy I was excited to get a few followers and likes, most of which I discovered were only looking for web site traffic (which I can understand and respect). One like however brought me to a blog that really struck me. The content was very genuine, Continue reading

A few videos were just shared with me; they were interviewing Richard Saul Wurman, the creator of Ted Talk. I loved what this man had to say.

That the key to creating/designing great things is to first design your life.

I touched on this in a post on simplifying your life, the concept rings very true. Think about how conducive a well fitted lifestyle is to success, it almost goes without saying. However, you often have to take a step back and look at the simple things to get oriented. It’s all too easy to cloud your judgment and draw faulty correlation’s as to why you are struggling with something.

Have you taken a step back and looked at your life lately?

Are you interested in web development?

For any one thats looking at getting  into web development I have some advice. In watching a video today I saw this in the comments…

i want to be a website desinger i am 19 turning 20 this year, i really wanna be a website designer,my brother advised me to go take classes, is it worth it?

I had been in this exact position before, so I left the following response.  I shared with him what I wish others would have shared with me as I stepped into coding.

Yes! Way worth it! I have some great insight give your situation. Im turning 20 this next month.

I was going through the standard 4 year business degree process, and not really liking it. I took an HTLM class (just because I was interested) and I am so happy about it. You should really do it!

Don’t be intimidated by everything, its not only easy to learn but also a very accessible field! You can get a start by doing one simple thing; learn HTML.

I would recommend taking a good class if possible of course. On top of that there we have a great you can get help from. Continue reading

My approach to blogging (and life)

Sometimes you don’t know where you are going with things, in general. One things for sure though, there is somewhere you aspire to be. Maybe you cant put your finger on it or wouldn’t even know where to start. The best approach I see is to embrace this concept…

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?

 

Embracing the things you love to do, or just trying something.  Just keep moving… you will find yourself on the right path.

Doing something over nothing is (I would argue) just important as knowing what your doing it for, or how it gets you there for that matter.

 

I ran across this quote today and just have to share it.

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.

It was said by Henry Ford, and rings very true.  He has many good quotes that are well worth your time to look over.

I love hearing a good quote; nothing as better than a short statement that is both inspiring and thick with knowledge.

Tracking again

I keep telling myself that I’m going to fill out a dream journal every morning… but the hell I will! That very fact has held me back for too long, so I’m just going to enter stuff in when I can and avoid making something so simple into such an ordeal. This approach inspired by Rocket Surgery Made Easy!

On with the dream! I have many reoccurring dreams, as does any one else but I am fortunate enough to have a really cool one! In many of my dreams I do this thing called tracking, its something you do in free fall to propel yourself forward. It can be seen in many BASE jumping videos; with your legs spread, hands to your side, body arched with your head looking down, and some serious skill you can actually fly your body. Though I think wingsuiting is cool, tracking is way cooler! Nothing is more profound than flying with your body like that! In some videos skilled trackers can almost match the glide of wingsuiters! In my dreams I am often a tracking bad ass… If I were to  trip on a steep mountain slope. No prob! I’ll just do some proximity tracking until I land in a lake down below.   Very dream like, but very cool. My dream last night was a hoot, first lets set the scene. I was coming out of my high school(which was ran by my current college staff of course) to get something from my car. As a paraglider pilot(in real life)I am always monitoring the environment and seeing how air is acting, I’m looking for lift mostly. I realized in my dream that the parking lot was freaking on right then and with no hesitation dove into it assuming the position to track. It worked and I has so much fun! It was of course silly but none the less I felt like I was coring thermals with just my body and the feeling was warm and magical. I hope to track again tonight when I fall asleep!