I’d mentioned I’d been in a metro council run. That ended last night with a third place positioning behind a former councilman and a radio personality. Can’t win them all. Ah well, we’ll see how the runoffs go but unless something insane happens I’m out of politics and will not be reentering.
School’s starting for my 6yo on Monday, it’ll be first grade, and my routines will ease back into the normal which should mean some fresh content. I’ve got so many things I wanted to write about the past couple of months but evidently going door to door and knocking at houses is the most important thing you can possibly do as a candidate. Was told that over and over.
What I encountered was people who wondered if I was going to kill them on a regular basis, or younger voters who looked at me like “yeah, I know who you are and am voting for you, they actually want you to go and bother people at their houses?” to which I agreed.
Anyway, that’s done… I’ll write up the whole experience after the runoff elections, as what happened along the way I think would have a massively divisive effect on the neighborhood during election season, and I’ve seen about enough of that.
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¿Por Qué Maslow? (Spanish Edition)
Una de las muchas cosas interesantes que Maslow notó mientras trabajaba con monos al principio de su carrera fue que algunas necesidades tienen prioridad sobre otras. Por ejemplo, si tiene hambre y sed, tenderá a tratar de cuidar la sed primero. Después de todo, puede prescindir de alimentos durante semanas, ¡pero solo puede prescindir de agua durante un par de días! La sed es una necesidad “más fuerte” que el hambre. De la misma manera, si tienes mucha sed, pero alguien te ha agarrado y no puedes respirar, ¿qué es más importante? La necesidad de respirar, por supuesto. Por otro lado, el sexo es menos poderoso que cualquiera de estos. Enfrentémoslo, ¡no morirás si no lo consigues!.
Teoria de la Jerarquia de las Necesidades de Abraham Maslow
La jerarquía de necesidades de Maslow es una teoría motivacional en psicología que comprende un modelo de cinco niveles de necesidades humanas, a menudo descritas como niveles jerárquicos dentro de una pirámide.
La Teoria de Maslow y la Pobreza
En 2005, el 20% más rico del mundo representaba el 76.6% del consumo privado total. El quinto más pobre, solo el 1,5%. Si los gobiernos en asociación con líderes / propietarios de la industria administran la riqueza y los recursos naturales en todo el mundo, ¿quién es el responsable de mantener al 80% de la población muriendo de hambre y enfermedades en las dos etapas básicas de La Pirámide de Necesidades de Maslow?. El autor en su investigación intenta hacer un enfoque interpretativo de las Políticas de los Estados y las Grandes Corporaciones, empleadas para mantener a la mayor parte de la Población del Planeta en los dos Estados más primitivos de la Pirámida de Maslow
NOTA: Las ganancias de este libro (si existen), seran destinadas a ayudar a personas sufriendo en mi pais, dandoles las herramientas primordiales para sobrevivir y tratar de superarse, en medio de la crisis humanitaria que vive Venezuela en el siglo XXI creada por humanos decididos a permanecer en el gobierno sin importar la muerte y dolor de otros, mediante la destruccion del medio ambiente para vender petroleo y minerales y garantizar asi el poder para siempre…
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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has rereleased its drones app, this time with useful information on where you can and can’t fly your drone in the national airspace system (NAS). The B4UFLY mobile app is free in the Apple App Store and Google Play store as of Wednesday.
The app now has a clear status indicator of whether it’s safe to fly your recreational drone, or whether you’re in a, a or even . Maps are “informative [and] interactive,” the FAA said, with people able to move a location pin to search any areas they wish to fly in.
“As we continue our efforts to safely integrate drones into the NAS, working with our industry partners to provide innovative technology is critical,” said FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell.
The FAA’s app also includes maps that can be filtered; info about controlled or special use airspace; and data on critical infrastructure, airports, national parks, military training routes and temporary restrictions.
There’s also a link to the FAA’s Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, where you can ask for permission to fly in controlled airspaces.
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A drone delivery program in Switzerland has been suspended indefinitely after one of the vehicles crashed just 50 yards away from a group of children. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports (via IEEE Spectrum) that the 10-kg (22-pound) drone, capable of carrying up to 2-kg of cargo, encountered an issue during a flight in Zurich in May. Although the drone was equipped with an emergency parachute, it managed to cut the connecting cord during its emergency landing, resulting in an uncontrolled crash. Nobody was injured.
The incident comes as multiple regulators are easing flight restrictions to allow commercial drone deliveries. Google’s Wing has been granted regulatory approval to make deliveries in the US and Australia, and in the US the FAA is considering new rules that would allow drones to fly over crowds and at night.
This is the second crash suffered by the Swiss drone delivery program this year. Back in January one of the drones, which is operated by US drone startup Matternet in collaboration with Swiss Post, suffered an issue with its GPS system, causing it to make an emergency landing. However, in that case the drone’s parachute successfully deployed, and the landing was controlled. The delivery program was suspended until April.
It’s currently unclear what exactly caused the May crash or if the drone was carrying cargo at the time. Swiss Post’s preliminary investigation suggests that wind may have been to blame. Despite the crash’s close proximity to children, TechCrunch notes that the incident occurred over a forest, rather than a populated area or a school.
In response to the crash, Swiss Post has asked Matternet to make several changes to the safety features of its drones. It wants each drone to be connected to its parachute by two ropes rather than one, it wants the ropes to be reinforced with metal braiding, and it wants the drone’s existing emergency landing whistle to be louder. Swiss Post said that it is establishing a board of experts to advise the postal service on the safety aspects of drone delivery services.
Matternet provided a statement to Spectrum IEEE in which it said that it had never seen a failure like the one that its drone experienced in May and that the drone’s parachute system had never failed before. “A failure of the parachute system is a clear failure of our safety mechanisms and we are taking all the appropriate measures to address it,” the company said, adding that it intends to restart operations once Matternet, Swiss Post, the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation, and the company’s hospital customers in Switzerland are satisfied that the “appropriate mitigations” have been applied.
The Swiss delivery program has been running in Switzerland since 2017 where it delivers lab samples such as blood tests flown between hospital facilities, clinics, and labs. IEEE Spectrum notes that the service was operating in three Swiss cities until its suspension, and had made around 3,000 successful flights as of January.
Matternet doesn’t just operate in Switzerland. In the US, UPS partnered with the drone startup to deliver medical supplies earlier this year in North Carolina.
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DJI is making a fairly bold move into the world of first-person view (FPV) and racing drones with a new equipment kit announced today. The kit is mainly comprised of new FPV goggles and a small, high-definition camera and “air unit” (or transmitter) that can be attached to pretty much whatever you like. DJI’s promise for the new kit is the ability to basically “FPV anything,” from racing drones to remote-controlled cars or boats.
The focus is obviously on the drones, though, and what DJI is selling here could offer big benefits in resolution, frame rate, and flexibility. The company will sell two different versions of the kit starting today. The $819 “FPV Experience” combo doesn’t include a controller, but it comes with the goggles and two air units and cameras. DJI will sell a $929 “Fly More” version that includes a Phantom-style controller with new internals built to handle the low-latency transmission, the goggles, and just one air unit and camera. Both kits include all the “necessary wires and antennas.”
The big difference-maker here is that DJI’s using digital transmission technology, not the analog tech that a lot of other FPV cameras and goggles rely on. This means pilots can stream 720p footage (at either 120 or 60 frames per second) from a drone to the goggles with a latency of 28 milliseconds from up to 2.5 miles away. The air unit can simultaneously record the live feed as 1080p / 60 fps or 720p / 120 fps footage onto a microSD card. The goggles can also record the live feed to a microSD card (though only at 720p / 60 fps). In the event of a crash, the on-goggle recording allows for quick playback that can help a pilot determine where their drone went down and ensure they walk away with some footage in the event of a loss of the microSD card on the drone.
The faster frame rates and the increase in resolution mean pilots will be able to see obstacles that can get obscured by standard-definition FPV footage, like power lines or tree branches. Higher-definition footage and faster frame rates could also make drone racing more compelling to watch since pilots and viewers will be able to better make out competitors passing in front of (or being chased by) the live feed coming off a drone. (That said, drone racing leagues would have to adopt DJI’s tech as a standard for any of this to matter.)
The returns of those improvements were made clear during a short demo that DJI offered the press on Tuesday. I was able to make out the details of nearby trees as well as another nearby drone when using the new FPV goggles in “audience mode” (with a more capable pilot at the sticks). The live footage was crisp and clear, and I didn’t notice any stutters or loss of signal, though the drone never flew more than a few hundred feet away.
DJI also strapped the air unit and FPV camera to a few remote-controlled trucks, and as I drove one around the grass, I saw a bumblebee fly in front of the camera — a detail I probably would have missed with a standard-definition transmission at a lower frame rate.
DJI released an FPV headset back in 2017 that was compatible with a number of the company’s own drones, but the new goggles are far less bulky and cumbersome, with a squishy layer of foam to help reduce red marks. There’s a small joystick and a back button above the right eye of the goggles for moving through menus as well as a record button for quick access to capturing footage.
All this new equipment isn’t just for people interested in racing drones, though. Footage shot by lighter, more highly maneuverable FPV drones has started to show up in sports broadcasts, commercials, and other places where aerial photography has become mainstream. With that in mind, DJI’s new FPV camera can capture and transmit footage in a more cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio (some racers prefer 4:3 for a full view of their surroundings), and there are different color profiles to mess around with as well.
Drone racing and FPV piloting are both niches within a niche, and so it’s not surprising that DJI isn’t making a dedicated off-the-shelf, all-in-one product for these categories. Instead, the Chinese company has found what seems to be a clever way to enter these two sections of the market by solving existing pain points for drone racers and FPV cinematographers. If those customers latch on to what DJI is selling, maybe the company will go beyond what it announced today and offer an even fuller solution.
The technology involved in this new kit seems attractive enough to change how some people who are already involved in this slice of the drone market think about what they’re going to buy next. It might also make the idea of flying FPV drones easier and more compelling, which would add a little more fuel to the steadily burning fire of the consumer drone market.
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