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Considering I haven’t posted on my blog in almost two months, this video has to be pretty awesome….and it is.  The funniest thing about my taking a blog-hiatus is that in my absence I’ve actually managed to see an increase in views from when I actually was posting…maybe that says something about my blogging abilities (or maybe it says something about the people reading it).  I’m not really sure. Regardless, I’ll take my 100,000+ hits* a day whichever way I can.

Moving on, the following video is called “SF to Paris in Two Minutes” and is a time-lapse video put together by someone who took a picture out the window about every two minutes for the entirety of the 11-hour flight from San Francisco to Paris.  The results are stunning and, without ruining it, just make sure you see what he captures around the 1:09 mark; it’s amazing:

 

Here’s a little bit more on how he made the video, from the photographer’s blog:

Shot a photo roughly every two miles between take-off in San Francisco and landing in Paris CDG to make this airplane time lapse. Made with a 5d2, a time-lapse controller, and a 16mm – 35mm, mixed with some iPhone shots. The music is a modified demo track “Gain” by DETUNE ltd. denkitribe on the Korg iMS20 iPad App. I’m pretty sure the track is copyrighted but it’s My First Synthesizer score so I’m hoping denkitribe is cool with it. Edits and pans in After Effects CS5 and iMovie.

The photos during take-off and landing are all computer models and totally rendered because I would never use an electronic device during times which the FAA prohibits them. I did get lucky and have a whole row to myself to setup the tripod and gear.

 

[via BeepShow Vimeo]

* By “100,000″ I, obviously, mean “100″


Featuring the greatest hero in modern history (pictured above in working garb) in what is easily the greatest news event of our time, the incident involves a flight attendant getting on the PA system and telling the passengers to “fuck off,” activating the inflatable emergency slide that no one actually thinks exists aside from in those cartoon pictures  located in the seatback in front of you, grabbing two beers from the bar, sliding down said slide and then escaping by running across the tarmac and into the terminal:

A jetBlue flight attendant upset because a passenger refused to apologize after accidentally striking him with luggage, allegedly spewed obscenities over the PA system, then activated and slid down a plane’s emergency chute before disappearing into a terminal at John F. Kennedy airport Monday, an airport official said.

JetBlue Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh had taxied to a stop at Terminal 5, Gate C around noon Monday when flight attendant Steven Slater, 38, was struck in the head with luggage that a passenger was trying to unload from an overhead compartment, according to an airport official with knowledge of the incident.

Slater demanded an apology from the passenger, the official said, but the passenger refused. The two argued before the passenger told Slater to  “f— off”, the official said. The official said that Slater then got on the plane’s PA system and directed that same obscenity at all the passengers and added that he especially meant it for the man who refused to apologize.

Slater is alleged to have then activated the plane’s inflatable emergency slide, grabbed two beers from the galley, then slid down the chute, the official said.

Our Hero Illustrated

UPDATE: Check out my hero’s MySpace Page (where many of these fantastic photos are from):

The Daily News’s charicature of the events are, as always, pitch perfect:

The plane had just landed, but he was ready to take off.

A JetBlue flight attendant blew his top, grabbed some beer and bolted out an emergency slide at Kennedy Airport Monday – then headed home to have sex with his boyfriend.

After he was bonked in the head by a bag, Steven Slater stunned passengers by spewing profanity and ranting about quitting as the flight from Pittsburgh pulled up to the gate about noon.

“To the f—–g a–hole who told me to f–k off, it’s been a good 28 years,” Slater, 38, purred, cops said. “I’ve had it. That’s it,” he added, a passenger said.

The mad-as-hell steward grabbed a couple of brewskis and popped one open before activating the emergency exit, witnesses told airport employees.

After tossing his two carry-on bags on the slide, he followed them to the tarmac.

Cops found him in bed with his boyfriend when they arrived to arrest him at a beachfront home in the Rockaways with a porch overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, sources said.

He boasted to skeptical cops that he really did escape by chute with his carry-on luggage. “Oh, yes, I did! I threw them down first and I went down after,” he told cops, sources said.

He was grinning as police walked him in handcuffs to a squad car. “He left with a big smile on his face,” said neighbor Curt Karkowski.

Cityroom’s take:

The contretemps unfolded as JetBlue Flight 1052 from Pittsburgh landed at Kennedy around noon — on time — with a full load of 100 passengers and pulled up to the gate, said the law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing but offered the following account:

One passenger stood up to fetch belongings from the overhead compartment before the crew had given permission. Mr. Slater instructed the person to remain seated. The passenger defied him. Mr. Slater approached and reached the passenger just as the person pulled down the luggage, which struck Mr. Slater in the head.

Mr. Slater asked for an apology. The passenger instead cursed at him. Mr. Slater got on the plane’s public address system and cursed out the passenger. Then he activated the inflatable evacuation slide at service exit R1; launched himself off the plane, an Embraer 190; ran to the employee parking lot; and left the airport in a car he had parked there.

Finally, Gawker has some ultimately sad news for our hero, who, it seems, might be paying a steep price for being the coolest person ever:

In his own little way, Steven Slater is a hero, too, for doing that which everyone who has traveled by airplane dreams. Unfortunately, his heroism may result in criminal mischief and trespassing charges. NBC New York reports he could be in jail for up to seven years.

[via WSJ & Gawker & DailyNews & Cityroom]

A gutted 747 is being transformed into “Jumbohostel,” a hotel complete with 25 rooms, 85 beds and a deluxe cockpit suite to be permanently parked at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport. From the Swedish company’s poorly-translated website:

Welcome to one of the world’s coolest hostels! Here you can spend the night onboard a real jumbo jet – in the ground! Choose between sparkling three-bed rooms with shared shower and best toilet in the corridor or the luxury suite in the converted cockpit with its panoramic view of the airport. At Jumbo Hostel you´re guaranteed a unique and outstanding experience at a good price.

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