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It’s pretty amazing that aerial adventure footage is now within the grasp of non-professionals. Are you itching get some amazing follow shots of your truck on the trail? Here’s a brief look at some of the systems on (or coming to) the market.

Find a video about the Inspire One after the jump.

Inspire One drone, $3000
18 minute flight time, fully gimbaled, 360-degree camera

Airdog drone, $1295
10–20 minute flight time, auto-follow enabled

Hexo+ drone, $1199, attach your own GoPro
15 minute flight time, auto-follow enabled

Zano, $265
10–15 minute flight time, auto-follow enabled

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This film from the 1960s shows the then popular sport of motorcycle scrambling, which eventually would turn into enduro. It’s a fun little film.

In May of 2011 the State of California announced a plan to close 25% of its 278 state parks. Shortly thereafter a group of film makers sprung into action, set off on a 3,000-mile journey to visit the 70 parks slated to close, and made the film, The First 70, the trailer of which appears above.

Last year agreements were put into place to keep the parks open. However, according to a recent San Francisco Chronicle article, all of those agreements will expire, many in June of 2014. The article also cites a report by the Little Hoover Commission, an independent state agency that focuses on finding efficiencies in state operations, which recommends California divest itself of some of its state park holdings.

What all this means is that no long-term solution exists to fund California’s State Parks.

This trailer is difficult for me to watch. I don’t like to think that the toothpaste cap I threw away five years ago is now choking a poor South Pacific sea bird. But millions of tons of the plastic I, and everyone else on the planet, throw away end up in the ocean every year.

The problem is that the very things that make plastic appealing to us, also make it a fiendishly good marine-life killer: its low cost ensures that it’s plentiful, and its relative durability means it sticks around. Plastic never biodegrades but instead breaks into smaller and smaller pieces when exposed to sunlight, thereby effecting animals further and further down the food chain. Even tiny zooplankton die by ingesting plastics.

It’s crazy when you think about it. We take three-hundred-million-old oil out of the ground, make it into plastic, use it for a few minutes, or a week, or a year, and then put it out into the environment for 500–1,000 years.

The film, Midway, by Chris Jordan, shows the effects of plastic trash on sea birds at Midway Island. It comes out this year.

If you like to learn more about plastic pollution and what you can do, here are some links. Read the rest of this entry »

This video, Overview, documents the idea that seeing an overview of the earth from space has been a consciousness-shifting event for the astronauts that experienced it and, one hopes, for humanity itself. Seeing the fragility of the earth from space really brings home the understanding that we’re all in this together.

Here’s a good video demo video from Bridgestone Australia for their latest Dueler light truck tire. It’s got some nice off-road footage and some basic driving suggestions.


Continuing on the Grand Wagoneer theme, here’s a dealer commercial for the 1973 Grand Wagoneer. The narrator enthusiastically states that the rear seat is standard, not an optional extra.

It’s funny to look back at the history of the SUV. On this full-time 4-wheel-drive system, the lock-out for the center differential was in the glove box!

Independent filmmaker Andrew Miller shot this footage while riding along with AEV in Iceland this year. This gorgeous stuff.

If you can get past the pomp and circumstance, here’s some nice footage of 1930s-era, high-speed rail in action. The film shows The Coronation Scot, an English steam train, reaching 114mph on a test run between the stations of Crewe and Euston.

Put into service in honor of the coronation of King George VI (hence all of the pomp and circumstance) it offered regular service between London and Glasgow, a 400-mile run which it made in 6.5 hours.

Today’s trains make the journey 4.5 hours albeit with less style.

I like a good bigfoot documentary now and again. Here’s one from the mid-90s hosted by Leonard Nimoy.

Keep an eye out for these guys when you’re out on the trail. 😉