1956 Cessna 180A
Sun-N-Fun, Lakeland, Florida
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
I have been teaching myself video basics lately with a new GoPro. I have purchased Video Pad editing software. Excellent and very reasonably priced.
It is much different work editing video than still photography. Learning every day.
Here is a 3-minute video I posted. What do you think? (see it in hi-res in YouTube for best quality)
Monday, April 21, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Got an invite to fly a Nanchang CJ-6 out of Kendall-Tamiami (KTMB). Lots of fun over the Everglades.
We did two barrel rolls. Took lots of photos. Still processing the aerials (nice pics of the Everglades an the islands at the tip of Florida). We even buzzed a boat at close to 100 ft!
The set is at my website.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Morgan Housel, a wonderful writer and one of my favorites at The Motley Fool has a great column this week titled "The Wrong Way to Pay for Financial Advice".
I am always interested in investing issues and am fully invested in the market, to improve my chances of a comfortable retirement. Most people I talk to about investments tell me they delegate that to a professional advisor and they usually pay 1% a year for this "service".
I, on the other hand, follow the Motley Fools, which have a subscription service for a fixed price a year. I am free to take their advice, or not. I then do my own investments, based on what I learn, They do the heavy lifting (reading the financial statements and doing the professional analysis), which most people do not have the time for and are generally not qualified to do (myself included).
Morgan correctly criticizes the current - and widespread - model of charging a percentage. That is ridiculous! It does not matter the size of your investment portfolio. It does not matter if they perform well, or poorly. They get paid the same. Does it cost them 2 times more to manage a $500,000 portfolio than a $1,000,000 one? Of course not. It's a racket and most people do not even realize they have fallen for it year after year.
I asked a friend not long ago about this (he is paying 1%), and asked how did he do last year. "Very well", he answered, close to 30% up, and he was all smiles!
Wait! He is telling me that in a year when the market went up by over 32% (S&P 500), his expensive professional " expert" did not even beat the market? He could have just invested all his client's money in a passive index fund and gone to the beach the rest of the year and do better than that!
I actively manage my own account, with the excellent advice of the Fool and made over 36% in 2013. That means I beat the market by 4%. For a fixed price for the advice. That's what I am talking about.
Here's Morgan Housel's excellent article again. Go read it.
I recently bought a GoPro camera to start playing with video.
I am primarily a still photographer, but thought it would be fun to film my flight lessons.
In order to learn how to film and edit video, I posted a couple of very short videos in my channel. This way I learn editing, adding sound tracks, overlayed text, and simple effects like transitions. I also added some of my still photography to it.
What do you think?
(short video of a Grummand Mallard at Sun-N-Fun in Lakeland, Florida)
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Fat Albert @ Sun-N-Fun
I just returned from a few days at Sun-N-Fun, the second biggest airshow in the USA. It is held every year in Lakeland, Florida
I have a lot of pictures to process, so you will be seeing a few new ones here and there, and as always, they are all in my website.