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About JoeEllwood

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  • Birthday 01/01/1970
  1. I'm still around Unfortunately don't do much simming anymore - which is a pity, as I've moved onto much more expensive and silly hobbies Good to see the 'ol Hangar going strong though!
  2. Happy Birthday Dave - and g'day everyone!
  3. Have you got a copy of Vista yet? Why use it at all? I still use XP Pro SP3 on my gaming rig an have never considered upgrading. I'll probably skip it and get Windows 7 once it's a stable OS (with a decent SP and mature drivers) and get myself an i7 system. EDIT: Just re-read your post. Hmm. I still think you should do away with Vista unless you really want it. Sure, XP may not look as pretty but whatever gets the job done right?
  4. JoeEllwood

    Civil War!

    Damn. Hope your immediate neck of the woods is safe. Take care buddy.
  5. Damn, that must be horrible. I may be out of sport for a while, but once I'm back I'll have a stronger knee than everyone else, plus a much reduced chance of osteoarthritis when I'm older. It's a long tough road though, as I'm sure he'd know. Lucky my physiotherapist is a good sort (plus she went to Beijing with the Aussie paralympic team so must be alright!) so it isn't all bad. Thanks! I'll be getting back into the simming once my PSU arrives, so I plan to hang around!
  6. Yep, got X-Plane too. Fun for a bit of pocket flying, but gets boring once the 'cool' factor wears off. iTunes Link
  7. Thanks guys, good to be back. Mut, in all honestly it's been a long time since I've had a lesson. I haven't had any plans to get my PPL for a while now, bit sad really - definitely not as passionate about flying as I once was - but I want to get back into simming. But of a shame I guess.
  8. I've got 4 1/2 pages of apps on my Touch It might be kinda expensive, but check out Crash Bandicoot Kart Racing. My favourite app for sure. iTunes Link
  9. JoeEllwood

    Oh Hai guyz!

    Hey fellas, How are we all? Been a while since I've been here - tis a shame cos this is one of my favourite places on the net to hang out! I've had a pretty crazy year, did my knee playing soccer in August and had a knee reconstruction in October - still having regular physio and won't be able to run for another 6 months Apart from that, I'm done with school for the year and just starting to enjoy the holidays. No cricket for me this summer I guess! My PC took a crap a few weeks ago and needs a new PSU, waiting for a replacement now - I bought myself a new MacBook for school so it's getting a fair bit of use ATM. Also got myself a blog a few days ago, still a WIP but I'm just working on finishing my whole experience of my bloody knee up till now. Then I'll just find random crap to yarn about. Take a look if you are in the mood for a long, long boring read! http://gonemissed.blogspot.com/ Take care fellas.
  10. Just got out of a Crysis playing online, in the middle of the game my team was defending the proto factory and someone threw a smoke grenade which created a nice effect. If only the HUD and writing was gone it'd make a nice wallpaper. -->>Full Size--<<
  11. JoeEllwood

    Skydiving vid

    Hey fellas, Finally got the skydiving video uploaded - had some problems with my encoding software but got it sorted. Up on YouTube now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJMC-Du-i_Q It's funny too, they have about 10 tunes which they edit onto the videos and it seems one of my favourite songs ("Scar Tissue" - Chili Peppers) was put onto the video at the start - that and the instructors name was Archie, the same name as my dog! How about that for irony!
  12. Looks a little suss to me also. Look at the nearest hailstone and it's shadow over the taxi line...
  13. I'm afraid that sort of stuff is already happening mate, I've heard of much worse stuff than that unfortunately. :neutral:
  14. JoeEllwood

    Back!

    Thanks Mut! Here are a few pics from the handicam. I am getting the video sorted now and will upload it later tonight. The instructor and pilot. My instructor (Archie) seems eager for the jump...or scared! This was probably just a few seconds after we jumped out, judging by my expression and we weren't horizontal yet I like this one. Gives a good sensation of height. Those clouds don't look too good tho! Beautiful views of Surfers Paradise. Chute is out now and it looks like I'm turning it here. Rainy day but always beautiful. Gotta love the Gold Coast. A few metres above terra firma. The little white thing is their dog who they brought in the van. I honestly thought we would land on top of him, little thing was right under us about half a second before we landed!
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    Back!

    Hey fellas, Just got back in Canberra a few hours ago after two days long driving. We decided to try a new way home thru NSW and it turned out to be a bad one, lost a few hours so it was nice to find somewhere to stay for the night. We had a little unit right on Surfers Paradise, across the road was the beach and we had some pretty amazing views. Our first night there was Australia Day and there was a fireworks display literally right in front of us on the beach. Was really amazing. As the fireworks started thousands of people came running out of all the restaurants to watch the display, it was pretty funny to see how they all appeared out of nowhere! I went skydiving on Thursday, and that was the most amazing experience. Decided to fork out a little extra and jump from 14,000ft instead of the standard 10,000. It was a rainy and stormy day and as we arrived at the airport it was raining and I thought there was no way we would be going anywhere. Eventually after bumming around in the hangar and chatting the weather was good enough to go. Aircraft was a 206 (didn't catch the rego, had other things on my mind!) and she was pretty noisy on taxi with the side door open. We took off and began our climb and were soon climbing thru some pretty grey clouds. There was only another guy jumping, plus his instructor so it was a little roomier than usual apparently. The other bloke looked really nervous during the flight, I only got butterflies when the door was open. We probably spent about a minute flying thru the last layer of clouds, and when we leveled all you could see was white fluffy clouds and blue sky, no ground at all. It's a pretty surreal feeling knowing you're going to jump out! The other bloke and his instructor went first, they simply sat on the edge of the plane and fell out. It all went crazy then, we leant forward and all of a sudden I'm sitting on the edge of a plane 14,000 feet in the sky. I was only holding onto my harness and sitting on the instructors lap and the andrenaline and fear went nuts. Once I had my head back, feet tucked back under the 206 we went. One second you feel the plane under your ass then one minute...you don't. As we fell out the instructor turned us so I could see the plane flying away (pretty scary). It is a lot more violent than I expected, you are falling at 200 kmph (around 125 mph) and it is loud! Freefalling is the most fun yet scary experience. I could yell at the top of my lungs and only hear the air assaulting my ears. Breathing takes a few seconds to get used to also. The first ten seconds are scary as hell then you get over shock and you take it in. All of a sudden you feel a big jolt and you are set vertical as the chute comes out. Instantly everything is quiet and peaceful. No words can describe the views of the Gold Coast and the feeling of it all. It is like being a bird up there and you are on top of the world. I was blown away by the views of the Gold Coast and being up there. I have flown airplanes before but it is not the same. Nothing to distort the feeling of being free up there. As we were gliding down, I was talking to the instructor (all you can hear is a soft breeze of the air hitting the chute) and he told me it costs $60,000 to become a skydiving instructor. Well worth it I think. Would be an incredible job doing that a few times a day. Due to the recent rain on the coast, they had only done 20 jumps since Christmas, and they expect 7 a day. They hadn't been up for a while and I could tell they were excited to go up again also. I got to fly the chute on the way down, which again was pretty crazy. You pull the cord and you start turning slowly, then it builds speed. It's like a giant spiral all the way down. You look down and all you can see is your feet and everything happening below. We were a little high on landing so a couple of turns did the trick and we made a soft landing at some footy oval at Kirra. It is crazy once you have landed, I was speechless. We usually go up to the Gold Coast every year and I plan to go jumping with those guys again. The guys there were great, really friendly and funny characters and made you feel right at home and comfortable with the whole thing. I have the whole thing on a 7 minute DVD, thanks to a little handicam stapped to my instructors hand. I will upload some photos later and may post the video on YouTube later if anyone is interested. It shows some spectacular views of the Gold Coast from the air and the clouds on the flight up. Anyway, long post so I will sign off here. Unfortunately I have one day to recover tomorrow then I start yet another year of school the next day...fun. Hope you blokes are doing good!
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