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    Goz reacted to .Joel for a blog entry, My Latest Mystery Box!   
    There's been some amazing prices on second hand gear in Australia, and indeed globally the past year.  Last August I managed to pickup a pristine condition Peter Lynn nGen here in Australia that had been flown less than 6 times since its original purchase.  So this has continued to me nearly finishing my complete set of Flexifoil Blade MK1's, and the Flexifoil Blade 4.9 in every edition from MK1 to MK5  
    So continuing this nostalgic trend, a few weeks back a Blade MK1 7.2M appeared on a local classifieds site, as part of a collection of old kites.  Sensing that the individual selling the gear didn't want to separate as they were cheap already I sent a message saying I would take the lot, despite only really wanting the Flexfoil Blade MK1.  I paid for the kites, he dropped them off to @Jason at BrisKites for me who bundled them up and shipped them to me here in Melbourne, Australia.  What can I say, he's a nice bloke that runs that kite shop despite the shit I give him on the forum 
    So the mystery box of kites arrived, and here's what was in it... if you have any idea what years each kite was released feel free to throw that in the comment below 
    Flexifoil Blade MK1, the kite I originally was chasing from the collection.

     
    Peter Lynn Waterfoil 3.6M

     
    Peter Lynn Arc 1120

     
    Peter Lynn Guerilla II 15M Arc

     
    The next time @nigel and I get out for a photo day I'll take some photos of them all flying  
     
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    Goz reacted to .Joel for a blog entry, World Records on Extreme Kites   
    Today, Extreme Kites releases a World Kite Records section that allows us to look at the past whilst stepping in to the future. 
    The new World Kiting Records section is fully uniform with drag & drop uploads for your GPS images and optional GPS data. It's fully searchable with a set of filters allowing you to really drill down in to the information that has set each record.  You can filter to find out whom the fastest pilots in your country are, perhaps you want to know what the top speed set on a GT-Race buggy is?  Even better, what about finding out the top speed set on Discs with a Peter Lynn Vapor?  All of this and more is either possible today, or within the next month as more information gets added to the database.
    Previously we've all been limited to records being maintained in Wiki's, Forum Threads and Personal Blogs.  The one thing that all of these inherited was that they are all up to an individual to maintain whether it was here in our Community or elsewhere.  Instead we've built a system so that there's a whole team from today and forever in to the future maintaining a database of peoples' personal achievements.  
    This is just the beginning, last year we went through a whole site redevelopment explaining after years we had to finally take two steps back to be able to move forwards and bring you the type of online experience we wanted.  We did this by launching the new website, then following on with sections like Blogs, Reviews etc.  The Kite Buggy Speed section is just the first, over the coming weeks we'll include more sections along with other kiting disciplines like Landboarding, Kiteboarding, Kite Skates and Snowkiting.  We aim over time, as a team to build the most comprehensive, searchable database of World Kiting Records available.
    Kind Regards,

    Joel T
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    Goz got a reaction from Chook for a blog entry, Another failed haircut   
    Another bad haircut day for me today

     
    Had a fair sized benign tumor removed from the base of my skull / top of my neck yesterday under a local anesthetic. Bit of a strange and slightly unpleasant experience talking and joking with the doctors and the medical student while they cut and burnt it out from the back of my head while I was face down on the operating table. 
    It was suppose to be a quick 30min cyst removal but when they went in they found out it was a bit of a bigger job than they thought so ended up taking about 1.5 hours and a bit more digging than expected. At least the medical student got a good lesson in how a simple job can change into a much bigger and complex one when you least expect it, along with a few pop quizzes along the way from the surgeons.
    At least the bad headaches shold back off now and my helmet should be a bit more comfortable to wear once the wound heals up.
    I guess the morale of the story is to get any suspicious lumps and bumps seen to sooner rather than later it might be a bigger issue than you or your doctor think.
    Barber is going to freak out when I ask him to fix up this haircut though
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    Goz got a reaction from Chook for a blog entry, Another failed haircut   
    Another bad haircut day for me today

     
    Had a fair sized benign tumor removed from the base of my skull / top of my neck yesterday under a local anesthetic. Bit of a strange and slightly unpleasant experience talking and joking with the doctors and the medical student while they cut and burnt it out from the back of my head while I was face down on the operating table. 
    It was suppose to be a quick 30min cyst removal but when they went in they found out it was a bit of a bigger job than they thought so ended up taking about 1.5 hours and a bit more digging than expected. At least the medical student got a good lesson in how a simple job can change into a much bigger and complex one when you least expect it, along with a few pop quizzes along the way from the surgeons.
    At least the bad headaches shold back off now and my helmet should be a bit more comfortable to wear once the wound heals up.
    I guess the morale of the story is to get any suspicious lumps and bumps seen to sooner rather than later it might be a bigger issue than you or your doctor think.
    Barber is going to freak out when I ask him to fix up this haircut though
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    Goz got a reaction from Chook for a blog entry, Another failed haircut   
    Another bad haircut day for me today

     
    Had a fair sized benign tumor removed from the base of my skull / top of my neck yesterday under a local anesthetic. Bit of a strange and slightly unpleasant experience talking and joking with the doctors and the medical student while they cut and burnt it out from the back of my head while I was face down on the operating table. 
    It was suppose to be a quick 30min cyst removal but when they went in they found out it was a bit of a bigger job than they thought so ended up taking about 1.5 hours and a bit more digging than expected. At least the medical student got a good lesson in how a simple job can change into a much bigger and complex one when you least expect it, along with a few pop quizzes along the way from the surgeons.
    At least the bad headaches shold back off now and my helmet should be a bit more comfortable to wear once the wound heals up.
    I guess the morale of the story is to get any suspicious lumps and bumps seen to sooner rather than later it might be a bigger issue than you or your doctor think.
    Barber is going to freak out when I ask him to fix up this haircut though
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    Goz reacted to BigE for a blog entry, Phase 3 - Complete!!!!   
    One complete kite, hot off the machine:

    Time for a little sewing machine rest.  
    Now for a bit a trigonometry, the software package I've been using doesn't cater for the modification I've done to the wing tips, so I need to recalculate the 4 wing tip lines with additional brake to a 5 line cascade no brake.  It's something I did on my 12 and 7m after flying but by trial and error, this time I want to calculate it prior.
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    Goz got a reaction from andy666 for a blog entry, Back to Work   
    After 3 weeks of home detention due to not being able to drive, I have been given the all clear to go back to work. Added Bonus I have been given the OK to be able to lift 3kg in each hand now provided it's not above the shoulder.  Time to start doing wall push ups and start trying to build the muscles up again so I can go kiting in a couple of months time. Need to be able to pull the bar in with one hand on the Speed 3 12m when it's fully powered up.
     
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    Goz got a reaction from andy666 for a blog entry, Back to Work   
    After 3 weeks of home detention due to not being able to drive, I have been given the all clear to go back to work. Added Bonus I have been given the OK to be able to lift 3kg in each hand now provided it's not above the shoulder.  Time to start doing wall push ups and start trying to build the muscles up again so I can go kiting in a couple of months time. Need to be able to pull the bar in with one hand on the Speed 3 12m when it's fully powered up.
     
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    Goz got a reaction from andy666 for a blog entry, Back to Work   
    After 3 weeks of home detention due to not being able to drive, I have been given the all clear to go back to work. Added Bonus I have been given the OK to be able to lift 3kg in each hand now provided it's not above the shoulder.  Time to start doing wall push ups and start trying to build the muscles up again so I can go kiting in a couple of months time. Need to be able to pull the bar in with one hand on the Speed 3 12m when it's fully powered up.
     
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    Goz reacted to Bill for a blog entry, More claypan goodness   
    A couple of really good days on the claypan with quite a few turning out for the fun.  Chook rigged his pole dancer up and proceeded to hurtle past us and pull in front spraying us (well me, anyway) with gypsum or whatever the claypan is made out of.  You sure you haven't been talking to Mik333, Chook?  Joel gave his Phantom 3 quad a spin with very, very impressive results.  He's kindly given me the files so I can put some aerial footage into my vid. 
    A quiet day today with just myself and Tiger37 out on the pan for a brief run during the only part of the day the wind blew.  Alexander had his birthday party on the foreshore in front of the caravan park this morning with some light wind stunt kite flying included.  There's only been very brief westerly winds this year making the beach pretty much a non starter.  Thank goodness for the claypan which has really saved our bacon. (And half cooked it on occasion). 
    Looks like good wind for the claypan tomorrow but also a little bit of rain likely with Thursday looking very light at this stage. 
    If you're wondering why I'm signing in as Bill it's because I can't add a blog entry as 'admin' - it's set for 'members'.  Outsmarted myself yet again!
    The poultry assassin.....


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    Goz got a reaction from andy666 for a blog entry, Music to tap my painkiller button to.   
    My anaesthesiologist has thoughtfully provided me with a large bag of Fentanyl and push button to give me a top up as required. I don't sleep well in hospital,  so I'm lying here with my mp3 player full of music in one hand and the giggle button in the other listening to Pink Floyd - Comfortably Number struck me as being a suitable track. 
    Anyone got any suggestions for other appropriate tracks would also go well with healthy doses of painkillers? 
     
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    Goz reacted to .Joel for a blog entry, Because History Matters   
    Extreme Kites has been around for more than a decade, that's more than 3650 days, 87,600 hours, 5,256,000 minutes, 315,360,000 seconds.  Somewhere along that vast timeline many people have contributed knowledge to the community, they have increased the wealth of information we all share and reference.  This is what makes communities like Extreme Kites amazing places to contribute.  
    I see content and knowledge shared as part of the journey of this community. Reflecting on this, something that has been bothering me recently is small holes appearing at times in very old content, here is one example.  This was a great post back in 2008 and it could of been useful to one of our members recently, unfortunately the images are no longer part of the post as a "remote image" service was used to host the files.
    From today, because history matters I've implemented a new solution on Extreme Kites.  When a member decides to use a "remote" file or image in their post our system will automatically create a local copy of it and treat it as an attachment.  This enables us to better preserve useful contributions so the community can continue to experience, read and enjoy those contributions in their entirety for many years to come.  
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