石斑魚們的新活路

石斑魚們的新活路

現在這種天氣,我暗時都要起床巡兩遍,看水溫、水質有沒有變化,所以都在這睡。」戴著斗笠遮蔽午後豔陽的林松欉,將機車停在一棟被石斑魚塭環繞的平房前,開門介紹他約十坪大的漁舍。一進門像是倉庫的空間裡,堆著亞麻袋裝的魚飼料,牆上掛滿「養殖狀元」這類政府機關頒發的匾額;相形之下,只擺了一張雙人床墊的臥室更顯陽春。 「辛苦?不會啦,幾十年來早習慣了,要靠這片土地生活就該這麼做,大家都同款。」走出戶外,林松欉隨手拉過幾張塑膠椅,和我們一起在陰影處坐定後,順勢伸出曬得黝黑的手臂,指向正前方:「我三個孩子都成家立業了,他們讀書、結婚、買房子,都是我靠這塊魚塭賺的錢,來給他們栽培,怎麼會怕辛苦⋯⋯,不過這次,打擊可能滿大的。」 高雄永安一向有「石斑魚故鄉」美名,六十七歲的林松欉,則是當地頗有名望的養殖業者,他擔任班長的產銷十二班得獎無數,本人也因此獲選全國模範漁民。養石斑魚二十五年來,除了莫拉克颱風、「霸王寒流」等嚴重天災之外,他很少像今年這麼煩惱,「就拿眼前這池來講,成本差不多兩百萬,現在準備可以抓了,但中國說停就停,不知道怎麼處理。」他的語氣滿是無奈。…

Comment: From Russia to Ukraine

Comment: From Russia to Ukraine

President Trump and his allies nearly succeeded in consigning the Mueller report to oblivion. William Barr, Trump’s compliant Attorney General, got a jump on the process when he preëmpted the public release of the report by providing a misleading summary, which minimized the special counsel’s findings on Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. Trump compounded Barr’s distortions by falsely and endlessly repeating that the report found “no collusion, no obstruction.” Congressional Democrats did little for the cause of clarity by using the report as an occasion to debate the semantics of what constitutes an impeachment investigation. And Robert Mueller himself invited a certain measure of confusion by telling his story in dense, legalistic prose. Barely six months after he delivered the report, it had already faded into the mists of…

13位追夢者的人生紀實、條讓願望實現的關鍵法則 做個行動派夢想家

13位追夢者的人生紀實、條讓願望實現的關鍵法則 做個行動派夢想家

一九八九年華特迪士尼改編的《小美人魚》動畫裡,美人魚愛麗兒沒有雙腳,但夢想著雙腳,最後她擊敗了章魚魔女烏蘇拉,得到了雙腿,和王子過著幸福快樂的人生。 但一八三七年安徒生版本裡的美人魚,雖然得到了雙腿,最後自己卻化身為泡沫,在晨光中逝去……。兩個版本,同樣的夢想,哪一個跟現實比較接近呢?胸部以下全癱 投身「健力」逾23年 四十五歲的林亞璇,用愛麗兒高歌的圖片當做LINE的背景,她笑笑地指著自己的雙腿,腿已經萎縮了,兩隻腳掌向外張,「這是不是好像魚鰭?」三歲時,她從家裡五金行五樓的卸貨區摔到一樓,從此,這個女孩的胸部以下全部癱瘓了。 「我要像小美人魚一樣,為喜歡的事情奮不顧身!」林亞璇坐在和美實驗學校的健力訓練場裡,訓練場很破舊了,但她眼睛炯炯有神。她是台灣現在已經很稀有的身障健力國手,另一位金牌女將林資惠就坐在旁邊的輪椅上。 林亞璇在「健力」這塊已投注二十三年光陰,六度代表台灣出賽帕運,從沒奪牌,最好的成績是第六名。她和林資惠對望一笑,「資惠負責奪牌,我則是那個走最久的人,金馬獎都會頒終生成就獎,我告訴自己,堅持下去也是很了不起的事!」 Profile 林亞璇 出生:1976年…

聽經濟起飛

台灣人因疫情宅在家,Podcast 成為父母的救星!這個推出近20 年的聲音媒體,去年在台掀起遲來熱潮,素人到企業紛紛投入,以往搶眼球注意力,現在則要攻佔耳朵。 蘋果用AirPods 和軟體服務,搭建出軟硬並濟的聲音宇宙;台灣多元的創作能量+無線耳機供應鏈,也撐起潛力無窮的產業新商機。獨家「2021 聽經濟大調查」,為你全方位解碼耳朵新戰場! 五月十五日,雙北防疫正式升級至三級。四天後,全台籠罩三級警戒。 街道空了,辦公室人少了。但Podcaster「維多叔叔」鄭哲偉,卻忙碌起來。 他主持的Podcast節目《維多叔叔的故事歡樂車》,在疫情急轉直下隔日十六號,上檔「冠狀將軍與疫苗軍師」。應景的兒童原創故事節目,在Apple Podcast排行瞬間從五十名外,直線暴衝入前十名;日訂閱數從一天二十人以下,狂增到八十人。 「父母焦慮感上升,小朋友在家,需要把時間塞滿的產品,Podcast最容易取得,」鄭哲偉頓時成了許多父母的救星。反映在排行榜前十名,這類兒童學習類節目,就佔據五名。 禁不住家長們敦促,鄭哲偉原本週末才更新節目,現在考慮一週更新兩到三次。…

聽經濟起飛

HOW TO BECOME A MASTER AT TALKING TO STRANGERS

A couple of years ago, I started to talk to strangers. That’s not to say that, because I had. I’m the son and brother of highly social small-business owners, and I’m a journalist, so talking to strangers has been both a way of life and a livelihood for me. And yet, a few years ago I noticed I wasn’t doing it much anymore—if at all. Between balancing a demanding job and a really demanding small child, I was often tired, distracted, and overscheduled. The prospect of striking up conversations with random strangers in coffee shops, or bars, or on the bus started to feel daunting. Eventually, I just stopped doing it. This was a coping strategy, of course. I was overwhelmed, so something had to go. And talking to strangers can,…

HOW TO BECOME A MASTER AT TALKING TO STRANGERS
Claw back

Claw back

The broad consensus… was that floor and associated aerodynamic changes amounted to a loss of a second per lap at the Bahrain circuit. Tyre loss was estimated at 0.3 seconds per lap, meaning teams faced a deficit of 1.3 seconds. Some put it at 1.5 seconds Formula 1’s pre-season testing conundrum – how best to recover approximately 1.5 seconds lost due to aerodynamic restrictions and tyre sidewall construction changes – has its roots in decisions taken by the sport’s collective executive exactly a year apart, in June 2019 and June 2020. The earlier decision, an agreement by simple majority to carry over that year’s tyres into what would have been Formula 1’s final season under the prevailing formula, in turn had a knock-on effect after the sport elected to roll over the…

Mad 4 it

Mad 4 it

BMW has launched the M4 GT3, a car the Bavarian manufacturer hopes will win major endurance races in customer hands. The all-new challenger is the first to be built under a new rules package created by the FIA to allow for greater freedom of design. However, as the new regulations require BMW to sell 20 of the cars in the first two years in order to retain its homologation, it has been circumspect with the design. The car replaces the outgoing M6 that was introduced in 2016 and which won the Spa 24 Hours in its first season, and again in 2018. That car had shortcomings, particularly in terms of tyre wear, and it is this feature BMW’s development team has worked particularly hard on in order to prepare the M4…

Family Meal

PUT SOME RESPECT on radicchio. Despite the visual similarity, this red wine–hued roughage isn’t actually a cousin of cabbage, but rather a member of the chicory family. Radicchio is sturdier and more bitter than other leafy veggies and has long been lauded for its antioxidant benefits—Pliny the Elder celebrated radicchio as a “blood purifier” in his A.D. 77 tome, Naturalis Historia. Use it raw to bring a balancing bitterness to citrusy salads (like the white bean salad on p. 18), or sear it on the stovetop or braise to mellow out its bite. Radicchio, Bean, and Feta Salad A gently infused olive oil and lemon mixture does double duty as a marinade for the white beans and a dressing for the salad RECIPE BY KENDRA VACULIN 4 SERVINGS 1 lemon4 garlic cloves, smashed¼ tsp. crushed…

Family Meal
THE OHTANI RULES

THE OHTANI RULES

“THE FROG IN THE WELL KNOWS NOTHING OF THE SEA.”—Japanese proverb“GREATEST SHOHEI ON EARTH.”—American T-shirt THE PHONE of Ippei Mizuhara, friend and translator to Shohei Ohtani, buzzed with a text from Angels manager Joe Maddon late on the night of Aug. 18. This is what passes for the determinative daily diagnostics of whether Ohtani can physically withstand the rigors of pitching and hitting in the same season unlike anyone before him. “How does he feel?” Maddon texted. This diagnostic check carried more than the usual curiosity about whether Ohtani could DH the next day or required a day off. Ohtani had just played the most Ohtani game of all Ohtani games: eight innings of pitching with eight strikeouts while hitting his 40th home run in a 3–1 road win over the Tigers. Ohtani hit…

THE GLORIOUS ORDEAL OF PITCHERS HITTING IS NEARING ITS END, SO LET’S REMEMBER THE SPORT’S FEARLESS ‘ SLUGGERS’

THE GLORIOUS ORDEAL OF PITCHERS HITTING IS NEARING ITS END, SO LET’S REMEMBER THE SPORT’S FEARLESS ‘ SLUGGERS’

In the grillroom of McArthur Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., this winter, two retired pitchers were talking baseball. Jim Kaat pitched 25 seasons in the big leagues, in four decades, for six teams, while one-time Phillies prospect Bill Parcells topped out as a teenager in New Jersey, only to become a football coach of some renown. Still, both men fondly recalled the oversize sweats—some were feed bags fashioned into baseball pants—they wore to practice sliding in the 1950s should they ever have to leg out a double. “We wanted to be baseball players, not pitchers,” says Kaat, 82. “We wanted to learn to bunt, slide, run the bases and help ourselves out with the bat.” BASEBALL PREVIEW Major league pitchers have been batting for 150 years now. Their walk-up music, in…

WORLD OF FORBES

BULGARIA Ivan Dimov was a successful investment banker turned startup exec in New York when a chance encounter with a runaway gay Bulgarian teen convinced him to return to his home country and focus on offering help and resources to the LGBTQ community. EGYPT Having raised $23.5 million, the three cofounders of Halan front the 50 Most-Funded Startups list from Forbes Middle East. Halan, a Cairo-based ride-hailing app with 895,000 active users, specializes in motorbikes in both villages and densely populated cities. CHINA Two days before the listing, regulators paused highly anticipated plans for history’s biggest IPO. Ant Group, the fintech arm of billionaire Jack Ma’s Alibaba, was set to raise at least $34.4 billion on the Hong Kong and Shanghai exchanges in early November. FRANCE Parisian meal-delivery service Nestor is launching an “immersive” category to simulate…

WORLD OF FORBES
Tracking and Analyzing Digital Transmissions of Aircraft

Tracking and Analyzing Digital Transmissions of Aircraft

It never ceases to amaze how amateur radio operators use a diversity of existing communications systems to keep mentally active during periods of low sunspot cycles and especially during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Take for example, a number of Ham Cam International1 ham radio operators located on the Isle of Man and in England who decided to build and run their own ADS-B ground stations that can be installed anywhere and receive real-time data directly from airplanes on their computers. By doing so, they join tens of thousands of individuals, some hams, some not, who track aircraft by detecting and analyzing their digital transmissions as they fly within receiving range of their location. This data is also distributed throughout the aviation industry by the “FlightAware” organization as an elaborate information tool. There…

The OJØC 6-Meter DXpedition to Market Reef

The OJØC 6-Meter DXpedition to Market Reef

This month, I am turning the keyboard over to Adrian Ciuperca, KO8SCA, who will be giving us a wonderful inside look at operating from Market Reef during the recent activation of OJØC with a special emphasis on 6 meters. This magical little place has always been a place that has intrigued me. I hope you enjoy the visit.–De N2OO Motto: To begin is half the work. If half still remains, begin again. Soon you will have finished–Ausonius (Roman Poet) My love for DXpeditions and pileups brought me in 2021 to the land of Santa Claus. I had the joy of seeing some incredible landscapes and of getting to meet many wonderful people, inhabitants of the happiest place on earth: Finland! During the period of June/July 2021, I had the chance to operate as…

「1小時到貨」啟動市場生存賽快商務開戰!

打開手機、點選App,你今天的晚餐、周末準備下廚的食材,甚至是突然需要一條USB傳輸線,都能在1小時 內送 到家門口。 你是否已經習慣這樣的生活?快速、效率,已成為所有業者有志一同的發展方向。要在速度上達標,整個供應鏈流程、行銷環節,都不能慢下來。 這一波「快商務」風潮,各 產業無不繃緊神 經,全面備戰中。 對於嚮往的事物,即刻獲得滿足,是人的基本欲望之一;而許多人幻想擁有哆啦A夢的百寶袋,便是達到心想事成境界的工具。 隨著科技和商業的持續創新,人們對於「想購物到商品入手」的時間,耐性日漸減少。曾經,電商和實體店的關鍵差異之一,就是在網路上購物要自行輸入結帳資訊、等上幾天商品才會到家,但到實體店消費可以直接付款帶回家;如今,這段時差不斷在縮小。長期以來,巷口就有的便利商店或超市,是便利快捷的象徵;到現在,你連這段距離也嫌遠、懶得走了。 只要打開手機,點選某個App,你的食衣住行無數需求,幾乎1小時內就能出現眼前,這就是近年在全球掀起的「快商務」(Quick Commerce)趨勢。…

「1小時到貨」啟動市場生存賽快商務開戰!

台灣成全球半導體核心 投資首選中游

半導體聽起來好像很高科技,其實我們每天都用得到,還會愈用愈多!以正在快速起飛的電動車產業為例,預估到2030年,年銷量可達3,110萬輛,是2020年的10倍! 投資路上,看得遠,才能夠領先掌握趨勢。這幾年來,從智慧型手機崛起、3G、4G、5G的通訊技術進化,再到電動車產業浪潮,這些巨變的背後,不變的共通性就是,都需要愈來愈多的晶片(詳見圖1)。而晶片從研發設計、生產到測試確認成品無誤,這個過程就是整個半導體產業。 光以5G來說,安聯台灣科技基金經理人廖哲宏表示,相關零組件的晶圓消耗量會增加50%以上,包括應用處理器、電源管理晶片、無線射頻相關等。 想親眼看看神奇的晶片嗎?你可以試著打開家裡的電腦,會看到一塊板子(也就是印刷電路版),是用來固定電子元件與IC的,上方一顆長了很多像蜈蚣腳的黑色方塊就是IC(詳見圖2)。將黑色外殼剝開的話,就可以看到晶片,黑色外殼剝開的話,就可以看到晶片, 中游晶圓代工快速擴張未來2年年複合成長率高達10% 從5G、電動車到物聯網,多項科技進展加速,加大對半導體的需求,使半導體產業正進入超級循環!…

台灣成全球半導體核心 投資首選中游
CURRENTS

CURRENTS

THE WORKS AND DAYS (OF TAYOKO SHIOJIRI IN THE SHIOTANI BASIN) C.W. WINTER AND ANDERS EDSTRÖM ELEVEN YEARS AFTER their modest, award-winning feature debut The Anchorage, C.W. Winter and Anders Edström return with an opus several times more ambitious. In The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin), the two filmmakers depict the life of a farmer and his family in a remote valley in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture. Shot over a period of 14 months, the film adopts the form of an eight-hour workday, complete with three intermissions (one 45-minute break, bookended by a pair of 15-minute interludes) meant to replicate a typical schedule. But where such daunting length might suggest something tedious or one-note, The Works and Days is constantly shape-shifting, mixing ravishing landscape imagery and scenes of…

王志鴻副院長和他的心臟內科團隊救心

二十年前,我到花蓮慈濟醫院服務時,王志鴻副院長在東台灣搶救冠狀動脈疾病患者已超過十載。甚至一開始有許多年,他是這裡唯一會做心導管檢查及治療的心臟內科醫師。 王副院長到花蓮服務之前,花東地區患有急性心肌梗塞的病人,即使幸運靠著溶解血栓的藥物,打通阻塞,血管再通率往往只剩六、七成。無論是到高雄或者到台北就醫,交通時間需五、六小時,往往只能聽天由命。我們都知道這也是證嚴上人發願在花蓮興建醫院的主要原因。 我是神經外科醫師,在某個層面是非常了解王副院長,他在跟死神「搶」病人的活路上,是非常拚的,即使廢寢忘食,也在所不惜。因此,能在離開三軍總醫院之後到花蓮服務,對我來說,除了擁有相同的人生導師證嚴上人,最振奮的就是和一群志同道合的團隊在東台灣發揮良能,救腦、救心又救命。 回想花蓮慈院啟業後的第一個十年,恪守在東部的醫師,是非常不容易的。一九九三年,醫院耗資五千萬元自美國購入最先進的心導管設備,設置心導管室,從整體規畫,檢查室闢建、機器安裝、試車到啟用,王副院長都是親自監督施工,因為這不只是救命的儀器,更是匯聚證嚴上人的悲願與眾人的愛心。…

王志鴻副院長和他的心臟內科團隊救心

JUST SAFETY

I always thought the term “public housing” was an ill-fitting one. It sets up all kinds of flawed divisions and misconceptions—that public housing belongs to and is open to the public like public space (it’s not), that it is free (residents pay rent), and that public housing (and by extension its residents) is a distinct category separate from everyone else. Over the first few months of this year, we’ve published two articles on the redesign of public housing. In February, “From the Outside In” by Brian Barth looked at the massive public housing redevelopment effort in San Francisco that is being held up as a model for responsive, integrated, community-based design. Although the article was focused on Hunters View, an ASLA award-winning project by Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, it was Gary Strang,…

JUST SAFETY

Adena Friedman

THIS EDITED Q&A HAS BEEN CONDENSED FOR SPACE AND CLARITY. “Online trading changed everything about the industry… Today we’re in a new wave of accessibility and democratization.” THE EVOLUTION OF AN EXCHANGE You first joined Nasdaq in 1993 as an intern. How does Nasdaq today compare to the company you joined then? FRIEDMAN: Nasdaq was a for-profit subsidiary of the not-for-profit National Association of Securities Dealers, now FINRA. And it was just a stock exchange. When we separated from FINRA and turned ourselves into a shareholder-owned organization in 2000, that shaped what Nasdaq has become. Today, we’re global, we’re a technology company, and we’re a public company. In your time away from Nasdaq, you took the Carlyle Group public. 1 What did that experience teach you about how to serve the companies debuting on Nasdaq…

Adena Friedman

The world this week

Politics After Germany’s general election the Social Democrats (SPD) emerged as the largest party, overtaking the Christian Democrats and their Bavarian allies who currently lead the ruling “grand coalition”. But forming a new government will probably take many weeks, as it will almost certainly involve a three-party coalition. Olaf Scholz, the SPD’s candidate for chancellor, is the most probable successor to Angela Merkel, at the head of a “traffic-light” coalition including the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats, though this is by no means guaranteed. Armin Laschet, who led the Christian Democrats to their worst-ever defeat, is facing pressure to resign, but insists he still has a chance to construct his own coalition. Iceland fell short of having Europe’s first parliament where women hold most of the seats, following a recount after…

The world this week

THE HIGHLANDERS

SNOW IS FALLING ON Jaszczurówka Chapel, which sits alone on a hill road a little way outside the resort town of Zakopane. Fat flakes bank on the wooden roof and refill a flight of steps just recently swept by the caretaker. The boughs of surrounding coniferous trees grow heavy with snow and occasionally, with a soft ‘wumph’, add a contribution to the seven or so inches already piled on the ground. Visitors flock to Podhale, Poland’s southernmost region, for this snow - but this turn-of-the-20th-century chapel is full of reminders that, historically, locals couldn’t wait to see the back of it. Decorations hinting at a longing for winter’s end include rays of sunlight carved above a doorway and a recurring motif of crocuses and violets; for when these flowers bloom,…

THE HIGHLANDERS
ALONG FOR THE DETOUR

ALONG FOR THE DETOUR

Sun breaks through misty rain, illuminating forested hilltops and contoured fields, ripe with crops awaiting harvest. The last glacier stopped just east of this area in Wisconsin 18,000 years ago, between the rock outcrops of the Baraboo Hills and the Mississippi River, depositing a ridge of boulders, sands, and clay—known as drift—along the melted glacier’s edge. It left the southwest portion of this landscape driftless. The ancestral homeland of the Ho-Chunk Nation, the land has experienced waves of European and Euro-American settlers. Today, small farms, many practicing organic agriculture, dot a hilly landscape that prohibits large-scale mechanized agriculture. The Driftless region’s beauty has attracted artists, musicians, writers, and other experimenters who visit and often decide to stay. The conservationist Aldo Leopold’s worn-out farmstead, where he conducted ecological restoration experiments and was…

A JOURNEY’S LESSONS

A JOURNEY’S LESSONS

TREAD LIGHTLY upon the Earth. SHARE what you can. But most of all, REMEMBER. NO ONE KNOWS PRECISELY WHY, AFTER KNOCKING ABOUT AFRICA FOR ROUGHLY 240,000 YEARS, ANATOMICALLY MODERN HUMANS BEGAN WALKING IN EARNEST OUT OF THE MATERNAL CONTINENT AND CONQUERED THE WORLD. Our dominion was hardly fated. After all, as everyone knows, life is mostly accidental. This question preoccupies me because for nearly nine years as part of a storytelling project, I’ve been trekking along our ancestors’ Stone Age trails of dispersal out of Africa. I’ve reached Southeast Asia. Eventually, the plan is to slog to the tip of South America, where Homo sapiens ran out of continental horizon. My aim has been simple: to foot-brake my life, to slow down my thinking, my work, my hours. Unfortunately, the world has had other ideas.…

Mel Wilburn ‘MEET OUR LI’L DARLIN’

Mel Wilburn ‘MEET OUR LI’L DARLIN’

From the moment she first set eyes on her gorgeous baby girl, Travel Guides Australia’s lovable, laugh-a-minute, sweary country cowgirl star Mel Wilburn knew her life would never be the same again. Gazing down at her chubby-cheeked, button-nosed beauty, the 32-year-old self-confessed chatterbox – who along with her twin sister Stacey, aka Stack, has won the hearts of viewers with their round-the-world TV adventures – is quite simply lost for words. “I can’t get over how tiny she is,” the proud mum tells Woman’s Day. “She’s so delicate and beautiful. Perfect, actually.” Mel and her partner, Victorian farmer and stock agent Tim Donald, 32, are thrilled to be parents to Savannah Lynne Donald, born on the 24th of February. “It’s crazy – I’d never even held a newborn in my life and now here…

Save Big on a Great New Printer

THE LATEST RATINGS FROM OUR LABS IT’S EASY TO see why you might want a printer at home, even in the digital age. They’re great for seeing your work on paper, for homework, and for art projects. Certain official documents may need handwritten signatures. Or you might want to print a recipe, letter, or shipping label. But buying a printer can be oddly complicated. You’ll have to decide which basic type you want—laser or inkjet—and which features you need. And if you’ve been burned by high ink prices before, you know how important it is to find one that won’t waste your money. To streamline the decision process, start by asking yourself a few simple questions. Then refer to our ratings starting on page 22 to see the top models in…

Save Big on a Great New Printer

Inbox

Building the Dream Being a reader of Flying for more years than I care to remember—about 50 years—I will state that I truly care about Sam Weigel’s well-being. Sam and his wife seem to be unstoppable. My letter to the editor, the month after Sam’s first published article in Flying, pertained to thanking Flying for adding Mr. Weigel to the magazine. My letter was thankfully published. I was a pilot years ago, and aviation and airplane love is what sells Flying. By the way, Sam was very gracious in writing me back about yet another letter to the editor in the past. Anyway, I am just trying to make things clear that what is next for Sam Weigel is what is next for us readers too. There is no one else…

CANCER’S BEST MEDICINE

Why do we get cancer, and how do we survive it? Ask the American Cancer Society, and they will point to genes or environmental factors, like smoking or Teflon, booze or red meat, being too fat or being exposed to plutonium, even too much sun. But when it comes to emotional issues, stress or even diet, it’s a firm thumbs down. “Your personality and emotions cannot cause cancer and will not affect the outcome of your cancer,”says the ACS website. And: “At this time, there is no clear evidence that a person’s stress level affects their risk of getting cancer.” As for sugar—which Nobel prize winner Dr Otto Warburg discovered was food for cancer’s deranged cell metabolism as far back as the 1920s: “Sugar intake has not been shown to increase the…

CANCER’S BEST MEDICINE
STARTING OUT IN HIKE-AND-FLY

STARTING OUT IN HIKE-AND-FLY

Aimilios Apostolopoulos is a Greek paraglider pilot with a love for hike-and-fly that almost rivals his passion for cross-country. An IT professional, he lives, hikes and flies in the mountains of Greece. In June he self-published a book, The Beginner’s Guide to Hike & Fly. In this extract he explains how as pilots we should approach hiking and moving in the mountains. One of the most important and often overlooked aspects of a hike is time management. We want to be at take-off during the launchable window, with spare time to evaluate the conditions and prepare the equipment without any rush. We must also consider the possibility of abandoning the launch due to dangerous conditions and hiking down instead, preferably before sundown. Time management If we ask a group of 10 hikers how…

MY FIVE BIG FLYING TAKEWAYS

I returned home to Sun Valley, Idaho on 2 April after a month of X-Alps training in sunny southern California and was greeted with a package I’d been anticipating for months. My first book, Advanced Paragliding had arrived! I felt like I’d just reached goal in the X-Alps! After sharing the achievement with my wife and daughter (Fallon immediately plopped it on the ground and rifled through all the photos, shouting whenever she’d found someone she knew: “Here’s Matt, Dad!” “Dad, here’s Honza!”) I sat down with a fair bit of trepidation and started at the beginning. As we put this book together I must have read the copy over a hundred times. But as I read Bill Belcourt’s poetic foreword and started reading the real thing, the actual book, I started…

MY FIVE BIG FLYING TAKEWAYS

THE BASICS BRUCE GOLDSMITH ICARISTICS HITS 60!

Yes, it’s a shock to me also! I hit the big six-oh earlier this year. I am still test flying every flyable day so I am 100% flying fit, both physically and mentally, but it is not exactly the same as before. I find myself starting to fly a little more safely and taking bigger margins. What I could get away with before all the time I am no longer confident that I will continue to get away with in the same way. Where I fly at Gourdon in France we have two top-landings. One small and surrounded by rocks and the other large and flat but a 100m walk away. I always used to top-land on the small one, every day for the last 20 years. Now I mostly land in…

THE BASICS BRUCE GOLDSMITH ICARISTICS HITS 60!
HOW TO SEE AND BE SEEN

HOW TO SEE AND BE SEEN

“Sorry mate, I didn’t see you…” It’s been a promising day but you’ve been struggling. The clouds looked fantastic overhead but finding that first climb was difficult. But find it you did and eventually, in that sweet spot of tension climb, you corkscrewed your way all the way to cloudbase. Now you’re looking at that cloud street ahead. Time to catch up with others on the way to the first turnpoint in your fun XC competition. As you put your hands up, feel for the speed bar and start to push suddenly there’s a noise like a giant lightsaber whipping past you. What?! You’re startled and confused, you look all around to find out what it was and then you see it. It’s a sailplane disappearing off into the distance at 150km/h…

LE GRAND TOUR DU LAC

LE GRAND TOUR DU LAC

Located in the Northern Alps, Lake Annecy is one of the most famous flying areas in France. Away from the main chain of the Alps, the north of the lake is bordered by a rolling plain that extends north to the Jura while the Bornes massif rises to the east and the Bauges massif to the west. The main Annecy valley stretches for about 30km in a south-easterly direction towards the Beaufortain and the high massifs. This geography allows cross-country pilots to fly routes in many directions to suit the conditions of the day. Over the years a large free-flight infrastructure has developed, particularly the main take-off at Col de la Forclaz and the landing in the town of Doussard. Paragliding is an important part of the economic fabric of the…

UNTAPPED POTENTIAL

With all the big flights that went down in Europe in spring and the general tendency for just the sheer number of flights in the Alps to hog all the bandwidth on XContest, you might have missed some pretty interesting flights that have been happening on the other side of the pond in the western US and Canada. And it’s not just this year. The momentum, collective hunger and desire to go big has been growing, and there are dozens of pilots relatively new to the game from New Mexico to Alaska who are putting down some terrifically inspired and committing lines. The vaunted 300km FAI remains elusive (but definitely doable!) in these parts because of our terrain, but when you combine an early start, ear-popping climbs that double anything I’ve…

UNTAPPED POTENTIAL

ADVANCED FLYING BRUCE GOLDSMITH HOW TO PUMP

Flying techniques need to evolve as paraglider designs develop, and a quick pump on the brakes is becoming an increasingly important tool for advanced pilots. Pumping on the brakes is not a new thing, but has a bit of a shady past. Top-landing Originally, pumping the brakes (also known as flapping) was a questionable technique used to reduce performance for top landing. Pilots are often advised against it as the possibility of accidental stall made the technique a little risky. More experienced pilots continue to use it though, as it is effective. It is relatively easy to avoid the stall for good pilots and the technique remains useful. SIV More recently, pumps are used as a useful recovery technique during SIV. Deep brake is particularly useful for getting out cravats, and holding a lot…

ADVANCED FLYING BRUCE GOLDSMITH HOW TO PUMP
BRAZIL WINS PAN-AMS 2020

BRAZIL WINS PAN-AMS 2020

The fourth FAI Pan-American Paragliding Championships took place 7-14 March in Baixo Guandú, Brazil. Despite the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, the virus hadn’t hit the American continent that badly at the time, so 105 pilots from the Americas as well as Europe and Asia met in this beautiful site in the state of Espirito Santo to fly. Heavy rain meant no flying for those who got there early, and the training task and first day got cancelled. The first two tasks pilots flew in light conditions, avoiding scattered showers, with very few pilots in goal. Task 3 however saw great conditions and the first decent distance of the week at 65km, as well as nearly half of the field in goal. The next day, when almost all pilots were in the air,…

UNDERSTANDING WEATHER MODELS

A relatively new pilot asked me, “What’s a weather model?” Unless you fly or do another outdoor activity that involves being obsessed by the weather, it is easy simply to take the weather forecast as gospel – it’s just there, written in stone. When it doesn’t match up with what happens on the day, then you shrug and move on. But understanding how a weather forecast is made can help you understand how accurate it might be, and how much trust you can put in it. Today, weather forecasters use some of the biggest supercomputers in the world to predict the weather worldwide up to 14 days in advance. International, national and regional forecasting all has a part to play. Collecting the data Meteorological information is collected by satellites, ground observation stations, aircraft,…

UNDERSTANDING WEATHER MODELS
選對好公司 安心賺長線

選對好公司 安心賺長線

從二○一四年啟動的公司治理評鑑,已成為台灣證券市場的年度大事;在歷經連續八屆評鑑後,公司治理議題日益受到重視,治理觀念也從企業擴大至環境與社會的領域。這種從被動轉為主動的治理思維改變,也讓台灣在亞洲的公司治理排名於二○年躍升至第四名,而二一年十一月公布的道瓊永續指數(DJSI)評選,台灣企業已有三十家入選,較二○年又增加四家。 品牌大廠帶頭衝 台灣企業 愈來愈重視永續發展議題 全球科技巨擘蘋果的環境、政策暨社會事務副總裁傑克森(Lisa Jackson)曾說:「我們做每件事都會考慮對地球的影響,我們不斷自問,如何透過我們的種種努力,為世界帶來一股更強大的力量。」這句話似乎也指引出全球企業未來在追求營運成長過程中,應該具備更宏觀的思維。…

親人變仇人

翁婿之爭戰火延燒! 五月初,南京東路金寶大樓旁的樓房,掛起一張大型廣告看板,影射許勝雄的兒子許介立,掛名領取員工認股高達六千多張股票,這場翁婿之戰,像八點檔一樣,週週上演新劇碼…… 大江東去,浪淘盡,千古風流人物⋯⋯」 金仁寶集團董事長許勝雄,最喜歡他辦公室門外鑲嵌在牆上的蘇軾《念奴嬌.赤壁懷古》。 他最愛這詞,是因為它總會提醒他:「歷史上不管多偉大的人,兩腿一伸,帶不走任何一片雲彩。」「只要想通了,到底有什麼好爭的,沒有啊!」 這理念,讓他成就台灣筆電半壁江山,沒有金寶,就沒有之後的仁寶與廣達。 由金寶開枝散葉的人才如陳瑞聰、林百里、溫世仁,讓台灣吃下全球八成筆記型電腦占有率。 他,也成為政商界人脈最廣的企業家,他是總統府資政、海基會代理董事長,曾任工業總會、電電公會等多個公協會理事長,所有人都是喚他一聲「理事長」。 但不爭的他,從商五十年之後卻出現傷自己最深的敵人—他的前女婿:金寶前總經理沈軾榮。 這場仗,沒有經營權的問題只有毀滅戰的問題! 今年三月下旬,許勝雄前女婿沈軾榮,無預警提出十席董事名單,宣告他要參與今年金寶股東會改選,爆發台灣第一宗躍上檯面、翁婿對決的經營權爭奪戰火。…

СВОЯ ЛИНИЯ

«АТМОСФЕРА ПОКОЯ И ТЕПЛА ВИТАЕТ В ВОЗДУХЕ. ВРЕМЯ ЗДЕСЬ СЛОВНО ОСТАНАВЛИВАЕТСЯ, А ВСЕ ПРОБЛЕМЫ ИСЧЕЗАЮТ» Писательница и велнес-предприни-мательница Мари-Кассандра Бюльтхил живет между Францией и Великобританией. В Лондоне она хотела иметь pied-à-terre — тайное убежище от городской суеты, где могла бы спокойно работать, медитировать и принимать друзей. Выбор пал на дом в стиле классицизма в Челси. Это была любовь с первого взгляда: двухуровневые апартаменты площадью 80 квадратных метров обладали огромным потенциалом, раскрыть который Мари попросила дизайнера Ольгу Эшби. «Пятиметровые потолки, красивый изгиб антресоли, ряд изящных окон — все намекало на блестящую перспективу, но в целом пространство было лишено гармонии, которая так важна для Мари, — вспоминает дизайнер. — В доме обнаружилось всего четыре прямые стены, темная узкая лестница и полное отсутствие мест хранения. А хозяйка просила их сделать внушительными, но незаметными глазу.…

СВОЯ ЛИНИЯ
Long in the tooth?

Long in the tooth?

Q l wonder if you’d like to comment on leading and trailing arms on Citroëns, Volkswagens, old Fords and others? When a leading or trailing arm that slopes down toward the rear hits a bump, the rearward component of the force exerted on the arm tends to pull the chassis down, cancelling some or all of the upward force. So big Citroëns, with their long arms, have an awesome ride, and Beetles are great on rough roads. A friend had a ’48 Lincoln V12 coupe that had a great ride and cornered pretty flat without big anti-roll bars because of its high front and rear roll centres, and it just hit me, 70 years later, that that old, despised Ford suspension had long leading and trailing arms slanting down toward the…

The critical speed

The critical speed

What makes the Indy 500 unique in the racing environment is speed. The best-qualified car in 2020 reached an average lap speed of more than 230mph. Clearly, the honour of being the fastest race in the world comes with the burden of many additional and bigger safety issues. The cars are always at the limit of every component’s design range, while the drivers see everything happening at twice the average speed of a normal track. Moreover, doubling the speed increases kinetic energy by four times, so any impact with the barriers, or with flying debris, may potentially be a much more dangerous one. From the aero side as well, such a condition brings further safety concerns. When travelling at 230mph, the car is subject to almost 3000lb of aerodynamic load, almost twice…

What Happens When You Use Plastic For Weed

What Happens When You Use Plastic For Weed

The McDonald’s in Great Barrington, Mass., had hired extra employees to keep up with the flow of hungry customers from a marijuana shop nearby. What its managers didn’t realize, on a Saturday afternoon in December, was that the payment processing technology at the dispensary was misidentifying a purchase of pear-flavored THC chews as a withdrawal from an ATM—at the burger joint’s address. The dispensary, Theory Wellness, didn’t know about the wrong address either. But why did the purchase show up as a cash withdrawal? Theory’s payment machine, which looked to a customer a lot like a card reader at a coffee shop, was in fact running a so-called cashless ATM. Instead of spitting out $20 bills, the machines work with software that programs them to send signals down debit rails, where…

No More Play Money

Anyone checking their investment accounts at the moment will presumably recoil in shock—and then think about putting more money to work. After all, history reveals periods of intense Wall Street fear are ultimately good buying opportunities, a pattern that’s duly nurtured a generation of investors primed to “buy the dip” during major equity and credit market routs. One of the most memorable, short-lived dips in asset prices was the pandemic low of early 2020, and that’s a good starting point for investors trying to make sense of what ails markets today. The culprit stirring up market volatility and punishing asset prices isn’t hard to spot. A soothing tide of fiscal and monetary stimulus that started in 2020 is now retreating as central banks try to counteract the highest pace of inflation in…

No More Play Money
L.A. CHANGED THE GAMES

L.A. CHANGED THE GAMES

SUMMER OF ’84 It had to be the least compelling competition in the history of the Olympic movement. The bid to host the Games often becomes a pitched battle, pitting one world capital against another world capital—often with significant capital changing hands. But the derby to host the 1984 Summer Games came down to two disparate municipalities: Los Angeles and…Tehran. Los Angeles was desperate to host, having submitted bids for the Summer Games in 1948, ’52, ’56, ’76 and ’80. When each of those was unsuccessful, L.A. still volunteered to serve as a “standby” if any scheduled host had to cancel unexpectedly. As for the Iranian bid, it was made when the Shah was still in power. When he was overthrown in ’79, triggering great civil unrest, the bid was withdrawn. So…

QUICK PITCH

QUICK PITCH

POSTSEASON PREDICTIONS AL WILD CARD TWINS over BLUE JAYS AL DIVISION SERIES WHITE SOX over ANGELS YANKEES over TWINS AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES YANKEES over WHITE SOX NL WILD CARD METS over PADRES NL DIVISION SERIES BRAVES over CARDINALS DODGERS over METS NL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES BRAVES over DODGERS WORLD SERIES BRAVES Over YANKEES HOW THEY’LL FINISH MVP PREDICTIONS MIKE TROUT | ANGELS | As chalk as chalk gets. In his “worst” season last year, Trout posted an OPS+ of 168, giving him nine straight qualified seasons at 168 or better. Only Ty Cobb has had a run like that. RONALD ACUÑA JR. | BRAVES | Before his 23rd birthday last December, Acuña already had 81 homers, 61 stolen bases and two Silver Sluggers. Trout is the only other player to reach those marks. CY YOUNG PREDICTIONS GERRIT COLE | YANKEES | Over the past six years Cole ranks third in wins, fourth…

By DESIGN

IN JUST THREE SHORT YEARS, Bessie Afnaim Corral and Oliver Corral had achieved what many young designers only dream of. By February 2020, their label, Arjé, known and beloved for its trophy-status shearling jackets and coats, was being carried by every major retailer, from Net-A-Porter to Selfridges. Then the first wave of Covid-19 lockdowns hit. No one was shopping for clothes, let alone a $3,000 shearling; everyone was stuck at home. As retailers started canceling orders, the Corrals, who met as co–head designers of Donna Karan’s Urban Zen (and are now married), made a radical decision: They would pivot to selling homewares and ultimately liquidate their clothing archives. Despite having no formal interior-design training, the Corrals channeled their creative energies into gut renovating the Manhattan one-bedroom duplex that previously served as…

By DESIGN

Celebrating Our Youth Operators!

Hello from Peru – OA4CBU/OA4O! Hi! I am Emilio, OA4CBU, and am 15 years old, having just received my ham radio license in May 2021. I’ve recently started to get interested in amateur radio contests and finally had the opportunity to participate in 2021 the CQWW SSB contest. Joining the Radio Club Peruano (RCP) team, I was able to quickly learn more about this wonderful contesting activity as well as ham radio overall and its possibilities. My first experience in a major contest was very interesting, operating from the headquarters of the Radio Club Peruano. From the first moment I called CQ, I experienced some difficulties such as the constant “pile up” or high levels of QRM. However, for me it has been a very rewarding and fun. I expect to participate…

Celebrating Our Youth Operators!

Sir David Tang once told me the point of money was that it bought freedom.

I assumed he was referring to a life of constant travel, copious philanthropy and the extravagant entertainment of the rich, famous, distinguished and occasionally disgraced, whom he corralled – organising dinners, charity auctions, holidays and spectacular cultural trips known as Tang Tours. Highlights included lunch on the Great Wall Of China served by waiters in white gloves; closing Madison Avenue for the New York launch of his fashion emporium, Shanghai Tang; lavish shooting weekends on the grandest estates in Britain; three private audiences with the Pope; and regular visits to Cuba with parties of English aristocrats and other luminaries to meet Fidel Castro, a fervent Anglophile, who had given Tang distribution rights of Cuban cigars to all the countries on the Pacific Rim and made him Cuba’s honorary consul in…

Sir David Tang once told me the point of money was that it bought freedom.
零碳新賽局

零碳新賽局

30年後, 我們還能在地球上繼續生存嗎? 森林大火、乾旱、缺電輪番考驗人類生存,對抗氣候變遷,全球力拚2050年達到溫室氣體「淨零排放」,現在起,無論是跨國做生意、爭取大廠訂單、職場發展,都要遵守「降低碳排放」的新遊戲規則。 未來誰能做好減碳、找到技術創新突破點,誰就能在這場淨零賽局下拔得頭籌。 2015年底,全球為了對抗氣候變遷,聯合國195個成員國決議達成《巴黎協定》,承諾在21世紀末(2100年),全球氣溫上升幅度不超過攝氏2度,並「努力」控制在1.5度內。 然而,各國的減碳行動明顯不足,協定簽訂後不到3年,國際權威氣候科學組織「聯合國政府間氣候變遷專門委員會」(IPCC)在2018年發出預警,最晚在2052年,地球升溫就要突破1.5度。為了減緩全球平均氣溫的攀升速度,各國必須在2050年達到淨零排放(Net zero emission),也就是人為製造的所有溫室氣體(包括二氧化碳、甲烷等)排放量,必需等於移除的量。 作為全球對抗氣候變遷的領頭羊,歐盟率先在2019年承諾:2030年溫室氣體減量55%,以及2050年達到淨零排放。…

用葛林布雷公式 挖低價好股

用葛林布雷公式 挖低價好股

選股會是你的困擾嗎?獲利成長的好公司,當你發現時,股價是不是都已經漲到買不下手了?你是不是在想,如果能找到獲利成長,股價又很便宜的公司該有多好?《投資家日報》總監孫慶龍表示,投資大師喬伊.葛林布雷(Joel Greenblt)有一個平均年賺40%的神奇公式,套用在台股也可以讓你找到,平均年賺40%的標的。 葛林布雷是誰?他是美國哥倫比亞商學院的教授,同時也是戈坦資本投資(GothamCapital)的創辦人,該公司成立於1985年,之後的20年間,每年平均報酬率達40%,竟然比股神巴菲特(WarrenBuffett)的績效還高! 孫慶龍 出生:1977年 學歷: 成功大學中國文學系、英國艾克斯特(Exeter)大學財務管理研究所 經歷:致理科技大學財金系講師 現職:《投資家日報》總監 以稅前淨利為計算基礎更能貼近公司營運狀況 葛林布雷著作有3本暢銷書籍,《你也可以成為股市天才(You Can Be a Stock MarketGenius)》、《超越大盤的獲利公式(The Little Book That Beats the Market)》,以及《不買飆股,年均獲利40%(The…

Naked AMBITION KAWASAKI’S Z900 RACER

Naked AMBITION KAWASAKI’S Z900 RACER

Evolve or die. It’s a reality that’s shaped our world and our ways since day dot – and it’s also shaped our racing. You could say that trends come and go, along with the bikes that best suit them, but the question is what to do when manufacturers start binning core products from their line-ups? A decade ago, every brand and their dog were stacking the showrooms high with 600cc sportsbikes, but that’s no longer the case. As of today, the only real option for racing inclined supersport riders is to opt for Yamaha’s ‘track only’ R6 model. Or you could beg a mate in faraway lands to send you over one of Honda’s equivalently orientated CBR600RRs (it’s best not to think about the shipping costs). It’s a shocking state of…

ALL TOGETHER NOW

ALL TOGETHER NOW

When school officials and community members in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden studied the old two-storey brick building on Willem Sprengerstraat, they didn’t see a lot to love. Originally built in 1929 and occupied by the Prins Constantijn primary school and Sinne daycare centre, it had been cut up and reconfigured so many times over the decades that its original appeal had been obscured by a series of cramped, disjointed spaces. As the need for an expansion became clear, many advocated for total demolition. City planners, however, hesitated. So when authorities organized a design competition, five teams of architects were instructed to develop two concepts each — one based on razing what was there and starting fresh; the other based on adding onto the old building. It didn’t take long for the…

STATE OF THE WORLD

LAST OCTOBER, TIME’S SIMON SHUSTER reached out to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with an interview request. It had been 10 months since Navalny’s voluntary return to Russia and imprisonment, and more than a year since he had been nearly killed by a chemical weapon. Simon has interviewed Navalny a half dozen times since he first emerged as a political force a decade ago, and the response suggested Putin’s public enemy No. 1 was happy to hear from him. In the town of Pokrov, where Navalny’s prison is located, “there is probably just one subscriber to TIME magazine,” he wrote back to Simon. “And that’s me.” His lawyers had just brought him a recent issue that morning, which included an article Simon wrote about a Holocaust memorial in Ukraine. “I read…

STATE OF THE WORLD
Laggard Doesn’t (Always) Mean Loser

Laggard Doesn’t (Always) Mean Loser

The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has given drugmakers the kind of brand-name shorthand usually reserved for more mundane consumer products: People talk about getting Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, or Astra much as they might reach for a Kleenex or a Popsicle. And those companies have contracts to provide billions of doses, appearing to leave little room for other entrants. So why are dozens of hopefuls still working on shots? The answer is that while early leaders stand to book immense profits, the problem is big enough—and the continuing challenges daunting enough—to leave room for at least a few more companies. The offerings of two that got to the market quickly, AstraZeneca Plc and Johnson & Johnson, have been linked to rare blood clots, slowing their rollout. The handling requirements and high cost of…

China’s new reality

XI JINPING IS waging a campaign to purge China of capitalist excesses. China’s president sees surging debt as the poisonous fruit of financial speculation and billionaires as a mockery of Marxism. Businesses must heed state guidance. The party must permeate every area of national life. Whether Mr Xi can impose his new reality will shape China’s future, as well as the ideological battle between democracy and dictatorship. His campaign is remarkable for its scope and ambition. It started to rumble in 2020, when officials blocked the initial public offering of Ant Group, an affiliate of Alibaba, a tech giant. It is thundering onward, having so far destroyed perhaps $2trn of wealth. Didi, a ride-hailing outfit, has been punished for listing its shares in America. Evergrande, an indebted property developer, is being…

China’s new reality
CRAVE

CRAVE

1 Muse S $279.99 From choosemuse.com The Muse S is billed as a “digital sleeping pill,” but you wouldn’t want to swallow one. Instead, it’s a smart headband that offers meditations, sleep tracking, and some fancy neuroscience that, it claims, will help you fall asleep more easily. Once paired with your wireless headphones, the Muse S helps you relax through guided meditations and sleep preparation exercises. That alone could help you get a more restful night’s sleep. But beyond that, the band also tracks your brain activity using a built–in EEG. Not only does this give you a breakdown of how you slept when you wake up the next morning, but the device will detect restless periods during the night and automatically start playing relaxing audio snippets to guide you back to a restful…

Cruising with an Open 60 Mind

Cruising with an Open 60 Mind

An ex-Vendée Globe racer is an unusual choice as a world cruiser, so why was it ours? Although we already both owned a pair of production boats, my partner, Timo, and I were searching for something to spice up our cruising life. We toyed with the idea of a classic schooner, but weren’t sure we could handle all the varnishing. Another option was to maybe find some kind of an old raceboat. That would certainly make for some exciting sailing! In the end location—or was it destiny?—played as big a role in our final destination as anything else, as we found ourselves anchored just a few boats away from just such a vessel, the Open 60 NV, in Opua, New Zealand. After doing a little digging, we were fascinated and humbled…

A Brecit champion again rattles Britain

POSTCARD The Godfather of Brexit returns to rile up the U.K. WHEN THE SUN SHINES ON CLACTON-ON-SEA on the east coast of England, the town comes alive with sunbathers, kids playing arcade machines and shopkeepers hawking beach balls on the sand-swept promenade. But the sky on a recent spring morning was overcast, and it hung over a different sort of crowd. Hundreds gathered at Clacton’s pier on April 23, many bearing pro-Brexit placards and wearing Union Jack pins. As the man they had come to see, Nigel Farage, stepped up to speak, a local politician hailed him by a nickname: the Godfather of Brexit. Farage’s lobbying was indeed instrumental to the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union in the referendum of June 2016, especially his vociferous anti-migrant sentiment. But days after the result,…

A Brecit champion again rattles Britain
BUDGET MIRRORLESS LENSES

BUDGET MIRRORLESS LENSES

You might well have treated yourself to a new mirrorless camera recently. There are certainly plenty to choose from, with almost every camera manufacturer offering some tempting treats. However, with all of the other seasonal spending and inflationary pressures taking their toll, chances are there’s not much left in the kitty for additional lenses. The good news is that there are some splendid budget prime lenses on the market, which deliver excellent image quality without a premium price tag. We’ve picked out some of the best money-saving optics, in a wide range of mount options. These budget lenses typically have a compact, lightweight build, entirely in keeping with the ‘compact’ system camera ethos. And, apart from the manual Samyang lens on test, each features a fast and deadly-accurate autofocus system. LENS MOUNT CANON…

台股之狼

四月一日愚人節,對上萬名康友投資人來說,這是痛苦的一天。因為曾貴為台股股后、生技股王、總市值逾五百億元的康友-KY下市了。 證券投資人及期貨交易人保護中心(簡稱投保中心)正式為登記的四千多名投資人提出求償四十七.五億元的民事訴訟,連外資挪威中央銀行也成受害者;康友自救會裡的兩千多人,也將提出不低於投保中心的求償,總求償金額或逾百億元。 災情不斷延燒到其他同屬KY(見左頁小辭典)的上市公司。康友事件去年八月爆發至今,地雷仍一個個引爆中,淘帝-KY、英瑞-KY、VHQKY、凱羿-KY相繼爆出財報難產、財務困難、財務表現差異巨大等事件,股價也紛紛暴跌,讓投資人慘賠。 為避免演變成系統性風暴,三月二十二日,證交所一口氣將二十家KY公司列入警示,宣誓要加強KY公司的監理。 但一位所長級的資深會計師說,這已是系統性問題,出問題的絕對不只四家。 康友坑殺投資人、黑吃黑、股權移轉不明、財報不實,揭開這個黑幕,看它為何最終釀成五百億市值蒸發的大悲劇。而面對一連串股市陷阱,台灣投資人該如何自保? 角色1:被騙上鉤的小散戶 出事後只能偷哭,不敢讓家人知道…

台股之狼
Ask About ’Em

Ask About ’Em

“ Seeing the fans wear them, that’s one of the best feelings ever.” Twenty years ago when Allen Iverson entered the NBA, no one really knew what to expect. He was supremely talented, but he was undersized. He was gifted, but some said he had a bad attitude. No one really knew what to expect—except Reebok. It’s hard to call signing the No. 1 pick in the Draft a risky or bold move, but given the media stigma still attached to a young, brash AI, Reebok had to make sure they packaged his first sneaker just right. And oh did they succeed. The Reebok Question, designed by Scott Hewett, was built to be flashy, to look fast, and to be recognizable all the way up in the rafters. Sure, Iverson could have played…

OUTDOOR DECORATING TRENDS: NATURAL, COZY, SUSTAINABLE

OUTDOOR DECORATING TRENDS: NATURAL, COZY, SUSTAINABLE

Home, as we know, has become more central to many of us during the pandemic, and that means outdoors as well as in. This holiday season, designers and retailers have suggestions for updating window, door and yard decorations. Trends include sustainability, naturalness and coziness. NATURE SHOW New York interior designer John Douglas Eason appreciates a season where “over the top” is often just what’s needed. “But that said, I like subtle holiday design, incorporating nature and keeping it tonal. I love monochromatic gourds with a gnarly tree branch tossed in for interest and fresh greens,” he says. Eason suggests luminarias to light walkways, “and I’ve been playing around with the idea of connecting them with thick garlands and woodland elements. “I really think a more natural holiday design is absolutely on point this season.” When the…

New Products

CHILI 5 The Chili 5 is Skywalk’s latest EN-B wing, designed for comfortable and relaxed XC flights. Skywalk say it’s intuitive and easy to fly with precise feedback. It is their first intermediate B-wing to have a rear-riser steering system. It is made from a mix of TX-Light and Dominico 30 DMF fabrics making it, they say, 10% lighter than its predecessor but with the same robustness and durability. It has Skywalk’s trademark Jet Flaps to improve climbing ability and stall behaviour, and is available in sizes XXS (55-85kg) to L (105-135kg), weighing 4.5kg to 5.6 kg across the five sizes. skywalk.info FIRESTARTER The Firestarter is a lightweight EN-C cross-country wing from S.E.A Paragliders, who are based in the Ukraine. They say it has good pitch stability, light speed-bar pressure, balanced brake response…

New Products
SKY KUDOS 2

SKY KUDOS 2

Sky brought the Kudos 2 out last summer, three years after the original. It’s a low-B, suitable as a first wing after training and with safety and comfort top of the priorities list. Sky intend it to be a glider pilots will be able to grow with and do their first XCs on, so its performance and handling are honed for that. They explain that their philosophy is not to squeeze the last drop of performance out of a wing, but to make a glider that is right for the target pilot, and that feels good. To this end, they say they’ve calmed the original down a little, and made it more stable in both pitch and roll to increase the comfort for new pilots who have enough to think about…

SUPERFLY GUY

SUPERFLY GUY

It’s 4.40am. I’ve woken before the scheduled alarm at 5am and am reviewing our options. Our camp is ideally placed for Damien to cross this damn pass on foot and then be able to glide. I turn to Solène, who is still sleeping. Oh gosh, my boyfriend has taken her place! Plus, I am not in a “two-seconds” tent but in my bedroom. I still believe I’m at the Dolomiti Superfly 2020. It’s been a week since the race ended, but each night I’m back there again. Let’s just say the competition was intense! Here’s my look back at what was an extraordinary experience. The pilot When Damien Lacaze asked me to be his assistant for the 2020 Dolomiti SuperFly, I was taken aback. Was it thanks to my organisational skills or my…

WHEN THE WIND BLOWS

WHEN THE WIND BLOWS

When I arrive early on a flyable Sunday morning at Wijk aan Zee on the Dutch coast the regular crowd is already there. Pilots are playing around, flying the low dunes with very small mini wings, so it must be windy. I start the day groundhandling a 10m2 Little Cloud prototype borrowed from local legend Max Morriën. Later the wind calms down and I switch to a medium-sized Little Cloud Kagoo 2, a 16m2. That’s better! Not nearly as nervous and perfect for hours of fun. By the end of the day at least 50 of us are floating around quietly under ‘big’ wings, regular XC and competition gliders, as the wind drops to almost below soaring level. Some fly the 15km or so to Egmond to soar the apartment buildings,…

Fun and Games

While 2020’s Summer Games were a year late, the 2022 Winter Games are right on schedule. But not missing a beat means surprises—especially for the athletes. (Surprise number one: Their events are already complicated by politics, with the U.S. staging a diplomatic boycott—athletes will still attend; dignitaries will not—in protest of China’s human rights record.) Ski slopes that are being groomed at this moment on Xiaohaituo Mountain, in Yanqing National Park, about 60 miles north of Beijing, were originally scheduled to host a 2021 trial run. That was canceled, due to the pandemic. This month, skiers will be meeting the mountain for the first time. “None of us know it,” says Mikaela Shiffrin, 26, the alpine ski racer who has won two Olympic golds, “but what I’ve seen from the videos,…

Fun and Games

大戶教我的投資本事

台股市場交投熱絡,去年新開戶人數創下近年來新高,三十歲以下占比更是突破四成,而隨著大盤一路向上,指數奔向萬七,股民們不分年資長幼,進出操作多半也是順風順水……。這一切,對台股億元大戶、技術派名家蕭明道來說,真的就像是歷史重演。 那是在上個世紀的八○年代後期,台股迎來史上第一波激情狂潮,當時還不到三十歲的蕭明道,很快就在股市賺到億元身價。只不過,當股市狂潮退去,他又很快地賠光財富,不只來去一場空,甚至因為先前快速致富的經驗讓他對市場失去戒心,反倒負債千萬。 或許就是這段歷程的烙印太深刻,如今,面對前來求教的年輕學生,蕭明道給出的修煉功課絕不輕鬆,他認為,所有的操作,都要有嚴謹、扎實、系統性的訓練為基礎,在基礎之上,賺錢,才知道為何能賺;賠錢,也才知道如何修正再進化。…

大戶教我的投資本事
FOR JOHANSSON FANS, ‘BLACK WIDOW’ IS A DECADE IN THE MAKING

FOR JOHANSSON FANS, ‘BLACK WIDOW’ IS A DECADE IN THE MAKING

Scarlett Johansson has had quite a bit of time to think about a “ Black Widow ” movie. After all, she’s played the character in seven movies spanning 10 years. Yet unlike many of her fellow Avengers who got grand introductions in movies and sequels bearing their names on the marquee, she built the enigmatic Natasha Romanoff as a sideline scene stealer beginning with her introduction in 2010’s “Iron Man 2” through her exit in “Avengers: Endgame.” By the time her name was called for a coveted standalone, she knew that, above all, she wanted Black Widow’s film to be unexpected. And as the first lead actor to serve as a producer on a Marvel film, she actually had a say. The character, introduced in the comics in 1964, is inextricably tied…

Tackling Poverty Through Play

Tackling Poverty Through Play

The Dadisi Crew is an eclectic bunch. Dre is athletic and passionate about astronomy, Maya is adventurous and loves to code, and Amara is a budding environmental scientist who encourages her friends to recycle. A couple of things bind the group together: Each member is fascinated with a cutting-edge discipline, and they’re all Black characters. The fictional clique and their circle of friends are the creation of Terri-Nichelle Bradley, a Black mom of four who’s determined to inspire Black kids to pursue well-paying careers in STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. The characters are at the heart of her company, Brown Toy Box, which makes educational play kits featuring fields such as chemistry, museum arts, and robotics. “My dream is for a child to walk up to me 10 years from now,…

Viva the Revolution

Viva the Revolution

Motorsport has a reputation for innovation across its ranks, from karting through to Formula 1, and everything in between. The competitive nature of the sport forces high-speed development, quite unlike any other industry, and the engineering solutions that arise see some of the most advanced and technically sound solutions to vehicle performance and safety that might otherwise never be explored. Revolution Racecars is the perfect example of just such an engineering-based revolution, as Phil Abbott and his partner companies aim to create a successor to one of the motorsport world’s most popular Sportscars, the Radical SR3. In the late 1970s, through to the mid-’80s, Abbott worked as a welder for Spyder Engineering, a company manufacturing replacement chassis for Lotus cars. In that time, the business made some 2500 spaceframe chassis, and so their…

Back in the saddle

‘We want to design and build a car down to the last component’Antonello Coletta, head of Ferrari Attivita Sportive GT Ferrari has confirmed it will return to Le Mans for the first time since 1973 with a full factory team, aiming to add to its total of nine overall wins at the French endurance classic. It was in 1965 that the marque last won at Le Mans, Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt taking the chequered flag in their Ferrari 275LM, and it is half a century since the 312PB was entered by the factory. The scene is set for an unforgettable period in endurance racing historyFrederic Lequien, CEO of the FIA WEC Since then, Ferrari has remained in endurance racing competition, more recently with the Dallara-built Ferrari 333SP, which was also in contention for…

Back in the saddle

How to Keep Stirring

IT WAS MY JOB to trim the ruffled edges off the boiled lasagna sheets. My mother—a cook so particular she once remade the chicken at a friend’s dinner party because it looked “too pale”—does not abide by anything but straightedged pasta. “It’s the only way to get an even texture,” she’d say, and that was important when it came to lasagna de carne, the centerpiece of our family’s annual New Year’s Eve feast. From a young age I considered cooking to be Mami’s domain, and hers alone. Oh, I’d chop beets for the ensalada rusa and grate carrots for the macaroni salad, but I was just following orders until she turned her back and I could return to my novels and video games. Every New Year’s Eve my father would buy almonds…

How to Keep Stirring

TWO MONTHS, ZERO LOSSES

IN THE summer of 1971—in the offseason before they would make history with the longest winning streak by a team in one of the four major men’s sports, a mark that remains unsurpassed 50 years later—the Lakers had a lot going on. First there was the issue of who was in charge. Six weeks after losing to the Bucks 4–1 in the Western Conference finals, Los Angeles canned coach Joe Mullaney. “I am shocked,” said point guard Jerry West, who was, at the time, ranked fourth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list—and third among the Lakers. The two ahead of him, Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor, were nearing the end of their careers and struggling with injuries. The 37-year-old Baylor had played only two games in 1970–71, and Chamberlain, 35, had…

TWO MONTHS, ZERO LOSSES

DIMES AND PEARLS

SUMMER OF ’84 YOU CAN keep your ticker-tape parades, your detours for Vegas debauchery, your drunken laterals of the Lombardi Trophy. If there were championships awarded for celebrating championships, the Minnesota Lynx wouldn’t just win—they’d retire the trophy. In the fall of 2015, the Lynx played in the WNBA Finals for the fourth time in five years, with the decisive Game 5 against the Indiana Fever at Minneapolis’s Target Center, before 18,933 fans. Among them: a prominent local man, then 57, who used his considerable pipes to cheer vocally. This particular superfan had been attending Lynx games for years, sometimes sitting courtside, other times seated inconspicuously in the crowd. But there was something about the cohesion and synchronicity of this particular squad—“the ladies move the ball,” he enthused to a friend—that held…

DIMES AND PEARLS
PATRICK MAHOMES HAS NEXT

PATRICK MAHOMES HAS NEXT

PATRICK MAHOMES II doesn’t need to train right now. But at this exact moment, more than anything, he wants to. It’s 7:03 in the morning on July 7, 2020, and he’s nearly alone in the cavernous Athlete Performance Enhancement Center (APEC) in Fort Worth, Texas. He’s less than 24 hours removed from signing his ten-year, $503 million pact with the Kansas City Chiefs. But in his mind, his standing as the face of the NFL and the owner of the richest contract in U. S. pro-sports history is already irrelevant. Two days prior, when he was summoned to KC for the physical exam and presser that come with every historic contract, he planned this very workout. And he texted Bobby Stroupe, his trainer since childhood, a promise: “I’ll be back…

PY2GN: Brazil’s First Public WebSDR Station

PY2GN: Brazil’s First Public WebSDR Station

Radio transmissions have been with us for a long time. In the case of Brazil, since September 7, 1922. The golden age of radio was responsible for the launch of many artists and changed the behavior of society. Along with commercial radio broadcasts, Brazilian amateur radio also played a large role, with high-level technicians who were also hams bringing communication to isolated corners of a giant country with continental distances such as Brazil. But times have changed and other communication technologies have been developed. But amateur radio has integrated many of those changes, such as WebSDR, or software-defined radio accessible via the web. One of the most complete WebSDR servers in the world (Photo A) is located in the city of Pardinho in São Paulo, Brazil. But before I start with this…

NEWS BYTES

What do you call a 16-year-old who’s already a junior in college, has operated ham radio from three continents, has had two articles (so far) published in CQ and has been an ARES net control during three different hurricanes? You call her the 2021 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year, of course! Meet Faith Hannah Lea, KD3Z, of Palm Coast, Florida. A member of an all-ham family, Faith Hannah is the daughter of James, WX4TV, and Michelle, N8ZQZ, Lea. Her brother and two sisters are also hams. Earning her Technician license at age 10, Faith Hannah upgraded to General two weeks later and to Extra two months after that. Less than a yearand-a-half later, she was invited to join the 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX team operating PJ6 from…

NEWS BYTES
Naim Uniti Atom

Naim Uniti Atom

View online review whf.cm/UnitiAtom While we often tend to prefer a unit that blends into the room, there’s no averting our gaze from the Uniti Atom – nor do we wish to be averted; it is truly a triumph of design. From the coffee-coaster volume dial on the roof to its full-colour LCD front-panel display exhibiting album art as it plays, Naim has nailed the crossover between lifestyle product and premium hi-fi. The onboard amplifier is Class A/B, and Naim claims 40 watts per channel into 8 ohms. If that means little to you, suffice to say it powers our ATC SCM50 reference speakers with headroom to spare. So with a more likely pairing (such as the KEF LS50 Meta or Dali Oberon 5, say) – it proves ample. Moving on to connections,…

WHATEVER IT TAKES

Arguably the most exciting young talent in Formula One today, Max Verstappen electrifies the Red Bull Racing garage every time he slides into his Hondapowered RB16B racecar. In only his first race for Red Bull, the then-18-year-old took the checkered flag in first place, quickly becoming the youngest—not to mention Holland’s first and only—driver to ever win a Formula One Grand Prix. Five seasons later it’s become clear that only the G.O.A.T. Lewis Hamilton blocks Verstappen from notching his first F1 Championship. The pressure—and glory—all rest on his shoulders. Of course the F1 field is flooded with young, hungry talent nipping at the heels of Red Bull’s premier driver, so Verstappen’s got his work cut out. But all signs point to great potential in 2021: the young Dutchman finished last season’s…

WHATEVER IT TAKES
Ammo

Ammo

01 Winchester .22 LR Silvertip Olin/Winchester’s latest offering is the .22 LR Silvertip hollow-point. This new round features a plated bullet for corrosion resistance and to promote reliable feeding in semi-autos. The segmenting hollow-point bullet achieves devastating energy transfer by splitting into four pieces upon impact, while the bullet base still achieves deep penetration. The powder is tailored for common personal defense firearms to deliver the velocity required to initiate segmentation upon impact. Initial testing shows a lot of promise for this round in the realms of personal defense and small-game hunting. MSRP: $9.99 02 Speer Gold Dot G2 147-grain JHP 9mm The newest generation of self-protection ammunition is Speer’s Gold Dot G2. Previously only offered to law enforcement, Speer Gold Dot G2 offers the ultimate performance for self-defense thanks to an exclusive nose…

PASSION FOR PROPERTY

PASSION FOR PROPERTY

It was a desire to find an income and financial freedom outside her nine to five accounting job that led Monica Chen to sign on for a privately-run property course. It was one of the earliest seminars encouraging and teaching the technical side of buying property to build a portfolio for passive income. Since those early first steps and buying her first house a year later, Chen’s career path has been all things property. She is steeped in the residential sector as a buyer, investor and property manager. “It is all I know,” she says. She arrived in Auckland in 2004 after studying accounting and commercial law at Wellington’s Victoria University for the previous four years as an overseas student from Shanghai, China. After obtaining a job she gained residency and was…

LANDSCAPES OF PREINDUSTRIAL URBANISM

In recent decades, Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Garden and Landscape Studies program has played a leading role in shaping landscape research and discourse. Its annual symposium, focused on a particular theme and held in spring when the institution’s Beatrix Farrand-designed garden is at its finest, is anticipated by scholars globally. Under the director-ship of John Beardsley, recently retired, and now Thaïsa Way, FASLA, these symposia have departed from the earlier humanistic focus on designed landscapes and gardens. Since 2014, this shift to an expanded interpretation of landscape has been recently underwritten by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which allowed Dumbarton Oaks to launch an interdisciplinary urban landscape studies program. Over the years, the proceedings of these symposia have generated an impressive body of scholarly reflections that augment our understanding of what…

LANDSCAPES OF PREINDUSTRIAL URBANISM

The Majority Minority

Silicon Valley executives sometimes seem to believe they are proprietors of a post-racial paradise. The industry’s corporate campuses abound with immigrants, its investors say they like to bet on underdogs, and its biggest companies preach the gospel of workplace inclusivity. “Diversity is a foundational value for us,” Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc., said last year. “We probably have more resources invested in diversity now than at any point in our history as a company.” The demographics of Alphabet and its peers, of course, tell a different story: Big tech companies employ few Black or Hispanic workers, and almost none in technical or executive roles. On the other hand, there’s some basis to see Silicon Valley as a beacon of progress in the representation of Asian Americans, who account…

The Majority Minority

Sub-prime minister

In Kishida Fumio, Japan’s old guard opts for the status quo KISHIDA FUMIO, Japan’s new prime minister-in-waiting, likes to jot down voters’ views in little notebooks. After being elected president of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on September 29th, he called his special skill the ability “to listen well to others” and warned that the growing distance between politicians and the public amounts to a “crisis of democracy” in Japan. Mr Kishida, however, was hardly the people’s choice. Instead, his election reflects the enduring strength of the LDP’s old guard and its disregard for broader public opinion. Kono Taro, another former foreign minister, was the favourite in polls of the general public and among the party’s rank-and-file. Many younger lawmakers backed him, too, pitching the campaign as a generational contest. Yet…

Sub-prime minister
On her CEO’s secret service

On her CEO’s secret service

FOR ESPIONAGE of the cloak-and-dagger variety, it is hard to beat John le Carré or Ian Fleming. But the world of corporate spying has plenty of drama, too. Take the alleged skulduggery in a recent court case involving two American software firms. In May a jury awarded Appian, based in Virginia, $2bn in damages after it had accused Pegasystems, from Massachusetts, of illegally snooping on it to gain a competitive edge. The trial revealed that Pegasystems executives had referred to a contractor hired to obtain ingredients of Appian’s secret sauce as “our spy” in internal documents, and had dubbed the overall effort “Project Crush”. Pegasystems, whose share price slumped after the ruling, and which is set to face a barrage of class-action suits from disgruntled investors, has vowed to appeal…

Use Tab Groups in Safari

Use Tab Groups in Safari

REQUIRES Safari 15 or later, macOS Big Sur or Monterey YOU WILL LEARN How to add, rename and manage tab groups in Safari IT WILL TAKE 10 minutes IF YOU’RE ANYTHING like us, you probably have a ton of tabs open in Safari, all completely disorganized and disjointed. Every time a new project comes to mind, more tabs get opened, adding to the ever–growing mess. There is a better way. With the arrival of Safari 15 for macOS Big Sur and Monterey, you can now organize your tabs into Tab Groups — and even sync those Tab Groups across your other devices, as long as you’re logged in with the same Apple ID. You can easily create as many Tab Groups as you wish, making it easy to separate your most commonly used work and home tabs, or…

Comfortable Passagemaking

Comfortable Passagemaking

A weather forecast—like an old-school dead-reckoning plot—will decrease in certainty with the passage of time. Over the past five years of arranging off shore charters aboard our Swan 48, Isbjørn, and our Swan 59, Icebear, we’ve tempted the gods by consistently breaking the cardinal rule of cruising—sailing to a schedule. However, thanks to a fundamental understanding of big-picture weather patterns and a willingness to be flexible once underway, we’ve learned that even the toughest passages can be made comfortably. In this article, we’ll look at how we plan our passage calendar and the tools we use to forecast the weather. We’ll also analyze three difficult passages—Iceland to Ireland; a Bermuda-Azores Atlantic crossing; and a southbound migration from the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Caribbean—to see how these things all work…

How the trade war will be fought

TRADE The real trade war: Whose rules will reign? RAY GAESSER, A SOYBEAN FARMER IN CORNING, Iowa, is on the front lines of the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. Last fall, he was optimistic that the world’s two largest economies would seal a deal that would keep his crops moving to market in China. But as tit-for-tat tariffs have made his soybeans less competitive, Gaesser, 66, says it will be hard for many growers to turn a profit this year. “Farmers’ patience is growing thin,” he tells TIME. The question that really scares him: “Are we going to be in this for a long, long time?” The answer almost certainly is yes. President Donald Trump’s efforts to force China to buy more U.S. agricultural products, open up to foreign business…

How the trade war will be fought
Griddle pans

Griddle pans

WHICH GRIDDLE PAN SHOULD I BUY? First, choose a pan that’s the right size for the number of people you usually feed. If you can’t find one large enough to feed a family of five in one go, remember that meat needs resting – you can cook in batches and rest it as you go. Weight is more or less a personal preference, but heavy-duty griddle pans tend to be more durable than those with a thinner base, as repeated use can cause metal to buckle. Plus, big cast iron pans will usually withstand more knocks, bumps and scrapes. TOP TIPS FOR GRIDDLING The golden rule of griddling is to oil the food, not the pan. If you oil the pan, it will simply drain away between the ridges. To clean a non-stick griddle…

Thought Experiment

THE DEVICE FIRST appeared on March 9 in an Andrew Bosworth tweet. Bosworth, the head of Facebook’s augmented and virtual-reality research labs, had just shared a blog post outlining his group’s vision for the future of human-computer interaction. Then he tweeted a photo of a wearable—something that looks like an iPod Mini mounted on a thick wristband. Facebook already owns our social experience and some of the world’s most popular messaging apps. So anytime the company dips into hardware, whether that’s a VR headset or a video-chat device with a camera that follows you around the room, it inevitably sparks questions about Facebook’s intentions. In this case, the questions are less about the hardware and more about whether the interactions the wearable is designed to enable will only deepen our ties…

Thought Experiment

23 FLAVORS

1 “BRED” MICHAEL SAID THEY reminded him of the Devil. Black and red sneakers? It was too new, too much to process. But underneath the surface, underneath the mainstream’s frightened reaction, underneath the NBA’s (supposed) banning, the “Bred” Air Jordan I had a new generation of kids prepared to start a revolution. A cultural uprising was about to take flight. Most sneakers were made with white bases in the ’80s. There would be pops of colors here and there, maybe a green or a blue or a red. Black was the most common companion for the white uppers. Originality was seriously lacking. The OG AJI flipped that normalcy on its head. The “Breds” were a physical announcement, a loud representation of being different. It was time to stand out, just like the kid…

23 FLAVORS
LESSONS FROM THE X-ALPS

LESSONS FROM THE X-ALPS

It’s no secret that the Red Bull X-Alps is the toughest adventure race in the world. I lived it first hand and I can confirm it! In this column I will not speak about how to do well or how to win, because I have absolutely no idea how you can do that. Rather I’ll focus on my own experience: and it was rocky, full of ups and downs. Here’s what not to do if you compete in your very first Red Bull X-Alps (based on my own mistakes, obviously)! 1. First, try not to injure yourself seriously the day you are selected for the race. Because when you break seven bones in your body with less than eight months to go your preparation is seriously more complicated. There are much better…

‘IT JUST CAME OUT OF NOWHERE’

Have you seen the video showing a pilot doing badly-timed wingovers on the cliffs in a sea breeze? The air is smooth and all appears well, until he has a massive asymmetric collapse. This happened because during the wingover the airflow became negative in one part of the wing. This example neatly demonstrates how a collapse can be caused directly by the actions of the pilot. Collapses don’t simply come out of nowhere. What causes a collapse? When the air flows downwards onto the top of a glider over a significant part of the wing the lines will go slack and the sail will deform, leading to a collapse. This is because the lines cannot take any compression, so as soon as there is a downward force on them, they go slack and…

‘IT JUST CAME OUT OF NOWHERE’

FINDING NIRVANA

A silver ribbon threads its way through a wide emerald valley. Each bend accompanied by an oxbow lake, shimmering in lush pastureland. I look back up and to the east, the High Country sits under towering cauliflower clouds about to release more moisture into this already saturated system. Australia is different this season. The drought has broken, the fires are quenched and green growth abounds. The human world has also undergone profound changes this summer. The river below marks the state boundary and for much of the past year crossing the river was a torturous process of internet declarations, border passes and traffic jams at checkpoints. Now Australia has begun to open up and I’ve traversed the eastern seaboard, heading south to fly – the west remains in desert seclusion. Hang gliders…

FINDING NIRVANA
INSIDER’S GUIDE: BORDAIRRACE 2021

INSIDER’S GUIDE: BORDAIRRACE 2021

The concept of the Bordairrace in Austria is simple: travel out-and-back as far as you can by foot and paraglider in 33 hours. There are three weekend events scheduled for this year, April, June and July. Simon Oberrauner has won the overall season three times in the event’s 14-year history. Simon, how many times have you done the Bordairrace now? The Bordairrace was my gateway into hike-and-fly comps. I did it in 2013, after flying about two years. I just gave it a try with a normal wing and way too much gear – I wasn’t ready for hike-and-fly races! I guess I’ve done it about 15 to 20 times now. How was the first time? I didn’t prepare physically so much, although I did a lot of research. But I didn’t have a…

THE PERFECT PLATFORM

THE PERFECT PLATFORM

The paramotor, with its ability to fly low, slow, and without constant input from a pilot’s hands, gained interest from aerial photographers from the outset of its invention. For a brief period it was the best aerial photography platform for many uses, with National Geographic sponsoring paramotor expeditions to Africa and the Middle East and paramotor photographers such as George Steinmetz becoming world famous. The drone has since surpassed the paramotor in professional photography for most purposes. However, the paramotor continues to enjoy several advantages, especially for non-pros. The following tips will help you to maximise these advantages and get the most out of your paramotor photography. Note that in some countries you need a licence to practise commercial aerial photography. 1. Do your research The best aerial photography compositions are tiny gems…

FLYING IN THE LEE

As you start building more experience with your mountain flying you’ll find that flying in the lee is commonplace. It’s a great skill to have in your toolbox, but if you’re new to it there are a few things you should consider before diving in. Turbulent air As soon as we embark on our cross-country careers all we do is fly in turbulence. In fact we actively seek it out: thermals cause turbulence and on an active day turbulence is everywhere. What you should learn to discern as a pilot is what level of turbulence you are comfortable with and what level matches your active piloting skills. For example, if you are happy in a 3m/s thermal then you will probably be happy with the leeside turbulence you find from up to 10km/h…

FLYING IN THE LEE

DOWNWIND DRIFTERS

“THE VIEW IS SENSATIONAL. THE CORAL SEA AHEAD, RAIN FOREST MOUNTAINS NORTH AND EMERALD CANE PADDOCKS BELOW” I blink and peer down at the instruments to read the numbers. Less than two-and-a-half thousand feet. Can’t be right. Resisting the temptation to tap the screen on my trusty old Flymaster, I look around at the warm soft cloudscape. Late autumn in the north. Thirty degrees celsius, abundant cumuli but only a hand’s width between the greenfield chequerboard and base. Numbers at odds with the feeling of space I’m getting from flying a flatter earth. I’m displaced to the north, searching my old turf for travel adventures in a Covid-locked world. Into the wispies, then I turn tail and head off over the back towards the highway and the hope of the next…

DOWNWIND DRIFTERS

MENTAL COACHING ANTTI JOENSUU PREPARATION PAYS

Whether you are allowed to fly at the moment or not, all pilots look forward to the new season whatever they fly: hang gliders, paragliders or paramotors. Regardless of ambitions – competitions, XC, or just evening flying locally – a polished preparation routine will help you get the most out of getting back into the air. 1. Have a mission Write down your mission as a pilot and set goals for the season ahead, and for every flight. Writing down your long-term mission statement and then sticking rigorously to it sets boundaries for your risk tolerance. If your mission is to, “Push as hard as you can, no matter what it takes” you are likely to fly a hot wing over unlandable terrain, completely exhausted. Wise or not, the risk is calculated. My own…

MENTAL COACHING ANTTI JOENSUU PREPARATION PAYS