Issue #48 seemed like just yesterday, didn’t it?
I mean, it really could have been just the other day. Time flies when you’re having fun, so there’s really a great reason why I haven’t posted the thing I said I would in that issue. It’s a great reason. I haven’t quite been able to articulate it yet, but I’m sure it’ll come to me.
So in that great and very recent issue, we had a skydiver expansion pack for the game Cards Against Humanity. [If you haven’t played yet, go to www.CardsAgainstHumanity.com and buy a pack ($25) or download it (free!).]
From their own mouths: “Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.”
Here, in digital format, finally, is the official Blue Skies Mag Skydiver Expansion Pack. Cut out and laminate if you like, and add them to your deck for even more totally wrong fun. There are blank cards to add your own cards, too. Click each image for a printable pdf.
Post your best hands or custom cards here in the comments, or email them to me at email@example.com!
Blue Skies Mag’s expansion pack – black cards – for Cards Against Humanity.
Cards Against Humanity, Skydiver Expansion Pack – white cards
My first job in the skydiving manufacturing industry was in customer service/marketing for Alti-2, so I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the good ol’ altimeter.
John Hawke, the new Alti-2 GM, has written a nice synopsis on dropzone.com, “Digital or Analog Altimeter.” It only uses Altimaster products as reference, but you can substitute any digital/analog product.
A while back, Nils Kløcker Predstrup at Skydive Voss in Norway conducted a study testing the use of digital altimeters for students: “Digital Altimeters for Students.” Larsen & Brusgaard (L&B) altimeters are referenced here but again, you can extrapolate the study to any altimeter.
There’s a difference between the mechanism and the display, so here is a (hopefully) helpful chart of the most popular visual altimeters, to tell what’s what:
||Larsen & Brusgaard
||Larsen & Brusgaard
Note: Audible-only altimeters are not listed here. That’s another discussion altogether!
This month’s reader question (select answers to which will be printed in the August issue of Blue Skies Mag, get it while it’s hot) is for the old-timers:
How can you tell a newbie is in the sport to stay?
We’re not saying it’s bad to be a “tourist,” or someone who jumps for just a few years and goes on to do other things. We just wonder if there are common characteristics, questions, personalities or motivations that might point to a new jumper becoming an old jumper.
Comment here or email your answers to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, under the name you want printed with your response. We will edit for grammar and/or space only.
Big news, y’all. Douggs, of Douggs fame, has started a BASE jumping school in Europe: learntobasejump.com!
He and Lisa Hutchins are running the school, and they say, “Our courses will be the most comprehensive courses in the world to date with even more options for coaching after the courses.”
You can’t get much more universally respected than Douggs. The opportunity to have him as your mentor is like Tiger Woods teaching you how to golf in 2007 (or how to be a douche in 2009), or Michael Jordan giving you dunking tips in ’91. Rafael Nadal giving you clay tips, Pelé doing whatever they do in soccer, Muhammad Ali butterfly floating, Mary Lou Retton vaulting. I could go on. If you want to learn BASE jumping, learn from Douggs.
Melanie Curtis Grillet, Highcomms.com, and Jorge Alonso started it with one at Skydive Carolina. As if there’s any other way for these things to start.
… by Carolina Skydiving* …
… by GO Skydive …
… and by Nouvel Air …
… Chicagoland Skydiving Center …
… Jumptown …
… Verona Skydiving Center …
… YOU? …
2 July 2014 update! * Carolina Skydiving was the first to respond, and the only one I left out of the original post!
2 July: Skydive New England not only accepts the Drop Zone Dance Off challenge but asks, “Can you touch this?”
5 July: A 4th of July accepted challenge from Sky’s the Limit:
8 July: Team Control Tower, while not *technically* a drop zone, accepts the challenge with Control Tower Drop Zone Dance Off: Swooper Edition! Filmed at Parachutisme Nouvel Air.:
10 July: Skydive Arizona and their pool:
16 July: Performance Designs accepts:
21 July: Skydive Fargo, home of the mustache ride, accepts: