Bike Ride across Beijing

Folding bike at the Olympic Park

Folding bike at the Olympic Park

I spent last Saturday riding 32 miles across Beijing. A video of some of the highlights is below. Or, to see selected excerpts, click on the yellow icons on the map below.

Arriving in Beijing

Two weeks ago, I landed in China to start work on a clean energy and urban design research studio. This project involves a new tool to model neighborhood units’ energy performance — operational, embodied, and transportation energy use, as well as the potential for on-site clean energy production — in the context of rapidly urbanizing Chinese cities. Flying the approach into Beijing Capital International Airport gave me the first taste of the scale of the problem we’re considering…

Practice Landings at Laconia, NH

Enjoying a calm Saturday morning:

Night Flying

Air Traffic Control Chatter – Gear Disagree Emergency

Minor excitement on my way home from TRB – go around on short final because of a gear disagree.

Air Traffic Control Chatter – KBED Tower, Oct. 3

Some real characters were on/in the air last Thursday.

Warrior 6 November Delta (N276ND), formerly registered to the University of North Dakota, inbound to Hanscom from Fitchburg, is shown in red in the video below. It works around jet traffic including a Challenger taking off and turning behind it, a Hawker and Gulfstream taking off before it lands, a 787 from Tokyo flying over in the Logan Class B airspace, and various other pilots with questionable radio behavior.

Andean Skiing Attempt

After being in Chile for a third winter, I finally made a ski trip. The scenery, including great clouds and a view through the smog to Santiago down below, made the trip well worth it, even if my attempts at skiing didn’t. Though somehow, video footage of my numerous wipeouts mysteriously disappeared.

Santiago Timelapse

Above is a timelapse compilation of Santiago I put together from my last trip there.

It doesn’t reach the aesthetic quality of one of my favorite parts of (the otherwise rather crass) movie, Que Pena tu Vida, below. But maybe it still gets across a small glimpse of Santiago’s beauty.
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