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    Rev B-Pro, Shook mesh Rev
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  1. dragonfish


    Color names don't always seem to be well defined for the purples. Some seem to have multiple common names. I took a picture of Eliot's color sample sheet for purple/pink when I visited to have a reference for deciding the colors for my mesh. There are some with scribbled out names and another name next to it. I'm not going to post it because I don't know if he wants it on the internet. According to this sheet, the dark one is plum and the light one is grape (has lavender scratched out, but I feel it's commonly referred to as lavender anyway). The one that's a bit more red looks more like berry to me, but there's also a color called wine, so it could be that. I'm not sure what the two purples with rectangular grids are; Eliot's sheet doesn't have rectangular grids. Also, the two look the same to me over the computer, and seem pretty close to the current color called purple. Plum is pretty dark, but you can definitely tell it's not black without being backlit. The 3 purples in my Revs (and probably most Revs with a purple fade) are plum, purple, and grape. I can't wait to see what riffclown comes up with too.
  2. dragonfish

    Prism Micron Blue - Karma 5/17/18

    Alright, I'm in. C'mon everyone, let's get this ball rolling. @SHBKF you know you want in. That blue one in the back is looking pretty lonely.
  3. dragonfish

    Can't decide what kite to get

    Well, I just found out that the field we use at Martinez is currently or soon to be under construction. Leaving this info here so you don't waste your time trying to go there in the near future. Not sure when it will reopen.
  4. dragonfish

    Need repair advice

    Thanks @DavidB. Hopefully I won't need it, but always good to have a backup plan.
  5. dragonfish

    Need repair advice

    @happysuperbutton Cool. Haven't seen you in a while. Be aware parking is metered even on Saturday. Nice try @makatakam, but I'm keeping this one. It's a B-Pro custom colors and part of a matched set. Unobtanium.
  6. dragonfish

    Can't decide what kite to get

    Yea, Berkeley vs inland is going to be quite a difference. Unfortunately I'm not too familiar with your area to give you flying location recommendations. I will say the Bay Area Sport Kite League is having an event at the Martinez Marina on June 16. We use the field adjacent to and north of the softball fields. Don't know if that's the field you tried. Don't remember seeing dog poop everywhere on that field, but the winds are not great. We will also be at Crissy Field this Saturday if you feel like making the trek all the way to SF. There should be several dual line fliers you can talk to to get ideas on what kite you might want to get.
  7. dragonfish

    Can't decide what kite to get

    Welcome to Kitelife. It will be hard to get one kite that satisfies all wind conditions. That is why we end up with multiple. The good news is we are moving in to the windier part of the year in the bay area, so inland should have some wind, unless you are trying to fly in some city park surrounded by trees/houses. Then it will be hard. (Or if you're talking really inland east bay, then I don't know) I'm afraid I don't have any additional suggestions besides what you've already received (I saw your other thread too). The Kymera sounds like a good deal. Shipping probably won't be Amazon prime fast, but I can't imagine it taking terribly long. What part of the bay area are you in? Do you primarily fly at Berkeley? Do you know about the kite flying area at Shoreline in Mountain View?
  8. dragonfish

    Need repair advice

    Thanks all, and thanks JB and Breezin for the affirmation. Before I saw your two posts, I was starting to feel bad about asking for advice and then deciding to ignore it, since I had decided in the mean time to use the super glue method. I've done it before on a small what looked more like a cut than a tear. Didn't think it would work on larger tears until I found some posts on some kiteboarding forums where they used that method too. Yes, this tear is really clean, so I think it will work. Worst case, it comes apart and I'm back to where I am now. Then I will try the tape. Oh, and the super glue method has one more advantage in that I can get it fixed before an event this weekend, whereas I probably wouldn't be able to acquire repair tape in time.
  9. dragonfish

    Need repair advice

    I got a significant tear in my Rev over the weekend. Need some advice on how to approach fixing it. I'm not even sure how it happened. I had left it flat on the sand in the pit area of the demo "field" at a festival and hadn't gotten a chance to put it away after the wind picked up. Here's a pic: (you probably have to click on it and make it big to see the tear) The tear is in both vertical and horizontal directions. The vertical one goes all the way to the LE screen seam. Given the location and nature of the tear, would there be repair methods that are better or should be avoided? Thanks.
  10. dragonfish

    Loving the Quantum

    Awesome! Sounds like a success. Lines will stretch, especially at first. 2 feet might be on the high side. However, if you discovered the 2' difference at the end of winding up, it might not actually be that bad. As you wind, it is easy to not get exactly the same amount of line from each line in each wind. Or you may possibly have accidentally dropped one wind on one line. That will make a big difference. So, check the line lengths again after you have unwound the line before your next flight. And when you do that, it's best to have the two loops on the far end of the lines placed together on a stake, a helper's finger, or something similar instead of being attached to the kite. Good luck.
  11. dragonfish

    Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    Awesome! BASKL fun fly at Shoreline on April 14. Hope to see you there. This is also an open invite for anyone else who may be in the area.
  12. dragonfish

    Newbie Bay Area friends and Rev learning tips

    If you use SparkieRob's method of doubling back, you would be wise to do one line at a time. I tried to double back and lay out all 4 lines before cutting, on a set of 120's no less. It seemed smart at the time to do all 4 together to get equal tension when stretching the line. Plus my (dad's) super long tape measure only went to 100'. A large, blunt tapestry needle works well as a sleeving tool too. Saturday was pretty nice for flying. I was at Shoreline for a couple hours. Now it's cold again.
  13. dragonfish

    Software to Diagram Team Routines

    @Russ Wilson, no problem. I was (and still am) kind of thinking out loud, but thought you guys might be interested in my thoughts. Was just trying to get a sense for what Synfig studios could do, since I haven't gotten a chance to play with it myself. As for maneuvers for a team of 3 vs say a team of 4, I think those would generally need to be separate items in a library (if we were to work on creating one) because kites would need to be in different positions and moving at different angles. Take a ball and burst for example. A team of 3 would have one facing straight up, and the others facing 120 degrees downward (clockwise and counterclockwise). A team of 4 would have two kites facing 45 degrees up and two facing 45 degrees down. If it were possible to create a shareable, reuseable library of maneuvers, I don't think it would be too painful to create an item for each number of teammates (e.g. 3 vs 4) for each maneuver (e.g. burst, flythrough), if those maneuvers can then be strung together and timescaled to fit into a routine. Although...it just occurred to me the starting location of the kites for the second maneuver will need to match the ending location of the kites for the first maneuver, which can easily not be the case. It's easy to make things bigger or smaller, or fly something higher or lower when working with real kites, but sounds like it might not be with Synfig. Hmmmmm....I like this idea of creating a library of reuseable components, but execution might turn out much easier said than done. Seems like I need to find some time to play with Synfig Studios to see if it might be sufficient for what we are trying to do. P.S. The routines I've written so far are each for a specific number of kites. So, the routine written for 4 kites would never be flown with 3 or 5. In that particular routine, for example, there are things that happen in sequence, one kite per beat. The music is based on 4 beat measures. Therefore, that choreography would not work with 3 or 5 kites (plus blenders don't work with 3 or 5 kites either). So, from my point of view, it would not be necessary to be able to easily change number of kites from 3 to 4 or whatever once a routine is written. Here's the routine if you're curious:
  14. dragonfish

    Software to Diagram Team Routines

    Sorry I did not chime in on this earlier. Yes, I would be interested in software to animate routines and/or maneuvers. I also do not have a good solution for it yet, although I haven't been actively choreographing lately, so I am not current on what tools are available. @frob, are you thinking about writing open source software for animating routines, maybe in javascript or something that can easily be run on browsers? I'd be willing to give feedback and toss some ideas around (although, I don't really have any good ideas for implementation right now). I just went to the SynFig Studios website and viewed their promo video. Looks interesting, but I haven't tried it yet. @Russ Wilson, is there a convenient way to share reusable building block maneuvers made with SynFig Studios? Would it be possible to then time scale the building blocks to speed up or slow down if one were to use them to create a routine set to music? If you're interested in my past experiences with choreographing routines, read on. None of these things I tried are ideal. A few years ago, when I started flying pairs and team, I was looking for a way to document routines. I needed a way to communicate what was in my head to my teammates, and to "write it down" so I wouldn't forget myself. When flying individually, it is easy to improvise if something is forgotten. When flying with others, especially with music, it's hard to improvise and quickly communicate it before the kites need something to do (unless you're as skilled as JB). I knew that some teams drew their routines on paper, but I didn't want to be manually editing, tweaking, or rewriting the routine over and over again, which I knew would be inevitable as we polished the routine(s). I knew this would take forever given that I can get a bit OCD sometimes, and I would be erasing a lot if I tried to do this by hand. I ended up trying to draw using powerpoint instead. I could copy/paste the kites from slide to slide, and draw lines to indicate flight paths with a pen tablet. And hit undo instead of erasing if I was OCD about how a line looked. It kind of worked, but it still took time, and it was not animated. The one routine I started this way, I never finished editing/drawing it, because it still took a lot of time and effort to do, and I kind of gave up. Plus, it had no indication of when the moves happened in relation to the music. Another routine I have documented is written mostly in words. This one was a quad line 4 person team routine, and the majority of the moves were common ones that have names. So, I was able to write a time cue to indicate where in the music something would happen, and then the name of the move. There were a few moves that I made up for that particular routine, so I either had to give it a name or just tried to describe it. Those things we had to remember, but otherwise, this routine is fairly well documented. But, it is also one that is easy to communicate with existing terminology. The more custom moves there are, the harder it becomes to communicate, and the more benefit an animated routine would give. None of my individual routines are documented, because I don't have a good solution for documentation. These don't really need to be documented, since I am the only one who needs to know them. I just hope that I don't forget them. I have seen some animations of routines. I do not know what software was used to create them. To me, an important part of animating a routine is to be able to have moves synced to music. In a drawn diagram, it is hard to describe when in the music a move happens. But, that is very important when choreographing a routine set to music. It is also difficult to describe musical cues in words, just as it's difficult to describe what kites should be doing if it's not a move with an established name. So, in my opinion, a useful tool for animating routines will need to not only be able to control the movement of the kite images, but also to sync them to music.
  15. dragonfish

    Quad Count (they all count)

    2-D flying (kite stays at end of lines with tension) should be safer. 3-D flying is questionable. I've managed to launch the YFO at myself trying to do slack line stuff.