Monday, August 20, 2012

Moving Pictures

Last month I did a post about seeing NASA's Super Guppy plane at the Museum of Flight. During that visit my wife decided to try out the video feature on our camera to film the Super Guppy crew as they opened up the forward fuselage.

I didn't notice that she had taken the video vertically (she takes a lot of vertical photos of plants and since the Super Guppy is so tall, it seemed like a good idea). When we got home we realized that our photo editing software didn't have the ability to rotate the video, so the video sat on the hard drive until I could find a way to rotate.

Finding (free) software to rotate the video wasn't a high priority for me (you probably guessed that since it has been over a month since we took the video). I finally got around to finding some software and below is the video. The video is a little more than one minute long and doesn't really have any sound, so don't worry about turning up your volume.

After figuring out that is isn't a good idea to take vertical videos, we were shown this video by one of our nieces.

Speaking of the Museum of Flight, the NHMGS Game Day at the museum is set for November 3, 2012. I'll post more information about the event as it gets closer, but I wanted to get some game related information into this post.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

August Update

During the last week of July/beginning of August my nephew from Iowa, Connor, came out to Seattle for a visit. It was a good week for a visit since it was SeaFair Week in the Seattle area, which meant there was a lot going on, including a port call by a number of U.S. Navy ships and performances by the Blue Angels.
Navy tugs push USS Halsey (DDG-97) up to the pier in downtown Seattle.
I won't cover all the stuff we did with Connor, but I will touch on a few things we did that might be of interest to those of you that read the blog. With the Blue Angels in town, we decided to take a trip to the Museum of Flight. We arrived as the team was landing after a practice run and didn't get any good photos of their F-18s. But we did get a good shot of the Blue Angels "Fat Albert" C-130 as it was moving along the taxiway and an Air Force A-10 was landing.
'Fat Albert' taxis while an A-10 lands
I also got a few shots of the new Indian Navy P-8I maritime patrol aircraft as it was coming back from some test flights. This was pretty much a bonus, since the P-8 wasn't part of the air show. This was the first time I've seen the P-8 up close and it was fun to see the test Harpoon missiles mounted under the wings.
An Indian Navy P-8 taxis by (note the Harpoon missiles under the wing)
A good profile view of the P-8 (although that guy in the pick-up truck is in the way)
A good view of the insignia and Sanskrit writing (the other side of the plane says Indian Navy in English)
We also went over to Bremerton to tour the old destroyer Turner Joy (DD-951).
Connor and I on the gangway to see Turner Joy
The group running the museum has kept the ship in pretty good shape. You can tour a lot of the ship, including a gun turret, one of the engine rooms, the bridge and a peek into the CiC.

Overall we had a good time with Connor and I even got him to play some boardgames with us. He really liked the old Ace of Aces dogfighting books and I gave him a copy of the Powerhouse series. So, I might turn one of my nephews into a gamer.

As summer winds down, I'm hoping to get back into painting and gaming.