Kevin Good thought there was an 80 percent chance he could successfully deliver his brother’s wedding rings with a tiny drone. “The other 20 percent is that it could go crashing into the bride’s mother’s face,” the Bethesda, Md., cinematographer somewhat jokingly told his brother. His brother was OK with those odds, so he signed off. A few weeks ago, sitting in the back row at the ceremony near San Francisco, Good steered the drone to the altar, delivering the payload in front of 100 or so astonished guests. His brother grabbed the rings, then watched as Good buzzed the
at this year´s NAB for me the two hits of the show were "8K video" (think HD on massive steroids and you have "2K Video" which is what a lot of "film" production is currently being done with "Red cameras" then there is "4K video" which is the "next . big . thing" (like "3D" was last year) and after that the "8K video with 3D sound" (22 speakers, think you have a problem with the spouse and the surround sound system?)
and the other was the number of "multi rotor camera platforms" ranging from simple models like the one in the article to "octo & hex rotor" and above with independently positionable camera cradle
still trying to sneak one of those in the "gadget budget" since I can´t seem to find any ammo...
does anyone remember "Elephant Parts"? there was on skit on "Neighborhood Nuclear Superiority"?
(lets see now, a few Estes "C" engined ballistic rockets, what kind of warhead could I come up with and still have reasonable flight?..)
WASHINGTON — In a case that could narrow legal protections against police searches, a majority of Supreme Court justices sounded ready Wednesday to reject an appeal from an imprisoned Los Angeles gang member who contended that after he objected to a search and was then taken away under arrest, police unconstitutionally entered his apartment. Justices appeared to agree with attorneys for the Los Angeles Police Department, who defended the search as legal because the gang member, Walter Fernandez, was not present and his girlfriend gave police permission to enter their home. Fernandez´s attorney, Stanford law professor Jeffrey Fisher, said the
In Illinois, 1,370 individuals selected an insurance plan in the first month of open enrollment in President Barack Obama’s health care law, the federal government said Wednesday. Nationwide, a total of 106,185 individuals enrolled in a plan under the Affordable Care Act, a fraction of the nearly 500,000 initial signups that federal officials had projected a month before the trouble-plagued website launched on Oct. 1. Those numbers, collected between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2, include people who may or may not have already paid a premium, the Department of Health and Human Services said. That makes it difficult to determine
Gleaming with "quiet dignity" on a bright November morning, 978-foot-high 4 World Trade Center opened its doors Wednesday, the first skyscraper to open on the original site of the iconic Twin Towers since their destruction 12 years ago. It was a symbolic moment for New York’s “ground zero” after more than a decade of painstaking construction that reshaped Manhattan’s southern tip – and perhaps its psyche, too.The opening of 4 World Trade – a reflective, glass-encased structure with lines so subtle its 72 stories almost seem to disappear into the sky – comes just a day after its neighbor, 1
Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) has introduced an Articles of Impeachment resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder for his role in Operation Fast and Furious and other scandals of President Barack Obama’s administration. Seven congressman have signed onto the resolution thus far in addition to Olson. They are Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Phil Roe (R-TN), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Roger Williams (R-TX), Ted Yoho (R-FL), and Randy Weber (R-TX). The Articles of Impeachment has four different sections. The first calls for Holder’s official removal because of his failure to comply with congressional subpoenas relating to Operation Fast and Furious.
They did warn us. You get a message from a friend: “Hey, didn´t know you were using those adult diapers! Great choice!” It turns out your picture is attached to an ad going out to thousands of people—and you didn´t know a thing about it. You´re mortified to discover that Google + simply culled your likeness and tied it to the ad. It´s part of what´s called “Shared Endorsements.” Google has done something similar in the past with its “+1” program but now it has expanded the program, adding pictures and quotes from you to an ad even if all
Al-Qaeda terrorists held a massive military rally just a few miles from the U.S. State Department compound in Benghazi, Libya during the summer of 2012 and called for the murder of U.S. diplomats, it was revealed today. And the U.S. government knew about it by August, a full month before the attack that left the American ambassador and three others dead, official papers state. Black al-Qaeda flags were out in full force at the June 7-8 event, a two-day rally including 300 armed men gathered in Benghazi´s Al-Tahrir Square. Just days later on June 11, bombers targeted the Benghazi U.S. mission,
Two worlds are colliding, perhaps creating the perfect storm of political prowess. Jim Messina, an Obama insider who ran the president’s campaign last year, and John Podesta, a longtime advisor to Bill Clinton are joining forces. But what for? To join the board of Priorities USA, the PAC that supported President Obama in the last election. The PAC that brought in millions of dollars is now looking into how they can re-launch the PAC, but behind a Hillary Clinton run in 2016. According to their plans, the PAC would act as the centralized pro-Clinton advertising wing. What’s interesting to see,
You can´t always tell a book by its cover, but you can occasionally tell a politician by his or her book. Former House member and samurai Allen West is coming out with a book next April that sets a new gold standard for book covers. The "American Ronin´s" book comes complete with a screeching bald eagle bike decal and the kind of bombastic title that we´ve come to expect from our political class. The full cover is here: [Photo] West is far from the first to try and make a splash with a cover. Here are some recent highlights. Media personality,
WASHINGTON— With most of its 137 million objects kept behind the scenes or in a faraway museum, the Smithsonian Institution is launching a new 3D scanning and printing initiative to make more of its massive collection accessible to schools, researchers and the public worldwide. A small team has begun creating 3D models of some key objects representing the breadth of the collection at the world´s largest museum complex. Some of the first 3D scans include the Wright brothers´ first airplane, Amelia Earhart´s flight suit, casts of President Abraham Lincoln´s face during the Civil War and a Revolutionary War gunboat. Less
WASHINGTON— The Defense Department said Wednesday it is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that has supplied Syrian President Bashar Assad´s military forces with arms and ammunition. The additional 15 Russian-built Mi-17 helicopters were to be purchased next year at a cost of $345 million and then delivered to Afghanistan´s national security forces. Bipartisan opposition to the Mi-17 acquisition grew as the violence in Syria escalated and U.S. relations with Russia deteriorated. A growing number of lawmakers from both political parties objected to acquiring military gear from Rosoboronexport, which has provided Assad´s regime
Four Marines were killed Wednesday in a training accident at Camp Pendleton in Southern California, base officials said. The accident happened at 11 a.m. during a range maintenance operation at the San Diego County coastal base. Officials were investigating the cause and provided no further details on the training or the accident. The identities of the dead were being withheld pending notification of relatives. "We offer our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the families of the Marines lost today in this tragic accident," said Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard, commanding general of Marine Corps Installations West at Marine Corps Base
While speaking on a conference call to Catholic clergy members on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden inexplicably uttered unsuitable language while referring to a US Congressman. Reacting to the assertion that Steve King (R-Iowa) made regarding illegal immigrants carrying drugs across the US southern border, Biden condescended, “He may be a good Christian, but his comments sure the hell aren’t, excuse my language.” Prone to making these types of faux pas (remember "This is a big f------ deal"), the Vice President’s comments seem even more inappropriate given his audience. Additionally, Biden fears that immigration reform may be defeated as was
President Barack Obama´s approval ratings have dipped to a record low in another poll — this time from Quinnipiac University. According to the poll, respondents disapprove of Obama´s job performance by a 54-39 margin. His approval rating of 39% is worse than his previous all-time low of 41% in the Quinnipiac survey, which came after a bruising fight over raising the nation´s debt ceiling in 2011. And for the first time ever, most people (52%) say that Obama is not honest and trustworthy. Only 44% say that he is honest and trustworthy. The only individual issue on which Obama scores
Washington: A woman, who claims to have been a classmate of Barack Obama, said that the president was gay and used cocaine in school. In a bizarre interview, Mia Marie Pope told right-wing preacher James David Manning that she believes Obama was not only active within the gay community, but also a heavy cocaine user during his years in Hawaii. Pope said that Obama always portrayed himself as a foreign student, adding that girls were never anything that he ever was interested in, but he would get along with older white gay men. She added that Obama at that time was also
Amazing stuff via Mediaite. The “Keep Your Plan Act” is Fred Upton’s bill, which Jay Carney spent a few minutes attacking at today’s press briefing because it would make canceled plans available to all consumers, not just the ones who’d been enrolled in those plans before. That would be a disaster for the insurance industry. Healthy people would flee the new, more expensive plans for the resurrected cheaper ones, leaving no one in the new risk pool except sick people with very expensive treatments. That means either heavy losses for insurers, steep premium hikes next year to make up the
WASHINGTON — While the country is immersed in Obamacare headlines and a congressional tussle over delays and mandates, the Obama administration is stealthily moving toward unprecedented control over private property under a massive expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act authority. The proposed rule, obtained by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in advance of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s testimony at a Thursday oversight hearing, widely broadens the definition of waterways over which the federal government has jurisdiction to as little as a water ditch in a backyard. The Clean Water Act redefinition of “waters of the United States”
Swampscott, Massachusetts Selectman Barry Greenfield is pushing a measure to give police the authority to conduct home searches to check proper storage of firearms. Greenfield said "state law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable." There are "600 registered gun owners in [Swampscott]," and the selectman wants police to be able to drop in unannounced, enter the homes of each gun owner, and verify compliance. According to the Swampscott Patch, Greenfield has spoken with Swampscott Police Chief Ron Madigan about this issue, and has spoken with other selectmen. At least one of the selectmen-
Those sophisticates at Time magazine made a funny. They put Chris Christie on their cover with the headline, "The Elephant in the Room." Get it? Elephant. Christie. Time magazine did a junior high fat joke right there on its cover. Time´s executive editor Michael Duffy explained the cheap shot this way: "Well, he´s obviously a big guy. He´s obviously a big Republican. But he´s also done a really huge thing here this week." The "huge thing" wasn´t only winning re-election as New Jersey´s governor, but doing it by appealing to a broad range of voters in a very blue state
Fourteen years ago, I was asked to be a keynote speaker at the Richmond County Women´s Republican Club annual dinner. I had started my column at the Staten Island Advance the year before, and as an Hispanic who had grown up in Spanish Harlem, many Republicans were surprised that I was a conservative. It was my first speaking engagement and one I accepted reluctantly, but I felt that it was an opportunity to offer some advice to the Republican Party about winning over the voters in the barrios and the inner city.
Last week, the media went apoplectic after a 60 Minutes report on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, turned out to be mistaken. Much of the report was based on the testimony of one Dylan Davies, a security contractor who said that he had climbed over the wall of the consulate in Benghazi and seen the body of Ambassador Chris Stevens. It turned out that Davies was lying, and 60 Minutes was fooled. Media Matters, which uncovered the lie, promptly declared victory in its war on behalf of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with founder David
Protesting and getting arrested for civil disobedience wasn’t enough to move the needle on immigration, so activists announced Tuesday they are beginning a hunger fast to try to pressure Congress to pass a bill legalizing illegal immigrants. Saying they’ve done all they can to try to shift the political debate, the activists said the only option left is to pray and fast. “It is being blocked, and the political commentators will tell you it would be a miracle — that’s what they say — a miracle for immigration reform to pass. Sometimes you can organize and struggle and march as hard as
Naderev "Yeb" Sano, representative for the Philippines at the UN Climate Change talks, broke down in tears as he addressed delegates in Warsaw. Mr Sano, whose family is from Tacloban--one of the worst hit areas--announced that he was going on hunger strike until "a meaningful outcome is in sight". Representatives from 190 nations have gathered in Poland to try and thrash out a new pact to fight global warming. "What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. "We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now, right here," Mr Sano
President Barack Obama issued a statement yesterday congratulating Hawaii for legalizing same-sex marriage, a move he said "exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation." "I want to congratulate the Hawaii State Legislature on passing legislation in support of marriage equality," said Obama. "With today’s vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law. Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the
First Lady Michelle Obama attended two of America’s finest schools - Princeton University and Harvard Law School. But on Tuesday she told a group of underprivileged Washington, DC high schoolers - many of whom are hoping to be the first in their families to go to college — that she once faced many of the same challenges and doubts as they do. “I was willing to do whatever it took for me to go to college,” Mrs. Obama said. “Get this - some of my teachers straight up told me that I was setting my sights too high. They told me I