A Rough Guide To Helium Hotspot Placement

This is writ­ten for folks curi­ous about opti­miz­ing a Heli­um Hotspot placement. 

Most start with their anten­na, which is (almost com­plete­ly) the wrong approach for max­i­miz­ing earn­ings. The only way you could make a less effi­cient improve­ment at the start is to focus on what cables to buy. 

There are four fun­da­men­tal aspects of an opti­mal Heli­um hotspot place­ment; anten­nas and cables are at the bot­tom of the list for importance.

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From Normal to Exceptional

Look, I’m a nor­mal guy try­ing to do dif­fi­cult things.

The idea is in reac­tion to the “that guy’s got hol­low bones” com­ment that paraglid­ers will say when they see a real­ly good pilot, espe­cial­ly one doing bet­ter than them*.  It’s the same kind of thing you’ll hear with climbers talk­ing about Honnold’s amyg­dala, or race car dri­vers talk­ing about [fill in the blank]’s reflexes.

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Fear & Recovery, Part II

I hit the ground (again) the oth­er day fly­ing, took a 50% col­lapse (half the wing just fad­ed away) about 75 feet above ground.  Man­aged it well enough to land with­out injury, but it def­i­nite­ly wasn’t a planned land­ing and cer­tain­ly could have been much worse.  The 2 oth­er guys who were on site at the time seemed more shak­en than I was at the time. Appar­ent­ly it looked pret­ty dramatic.

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Pre-Interview Prep

In the vein of con­tin­u­al­ly get­ting bet­ter, I just start­ed send­ing out a “pre-inter­view” request for the Paleo Treats pod­cast.  This one went out to Gavin McClurg, a paraglid­er.  They’ll prob­a­bly change as I go along, but I thought you’d enjoy it.

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Building a business

Man stands in an emp­ty ball field at home plate. It’s night, half a moon, maybe less. A few clouds scud across the sky. A dull glow on the hori­zon, some dis­tant city. Enough light to see, but bare­ly. The wind moans through the bat­ting cages. Lonely.

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