You may have heard of drone racing, but people keep coming up with new ways to enjoy these flying machines.

One of the latest twists on drone sports comes from Latvia.

A company called Aerones has developed a drone to use for droneboarding, a new sport that’s just what it sounds like — a snowboarder being pulled through the snow by a powerful drone.

When the company first tried droneboarding last year, as a way to test the strength of its drones, the sport didn’t even have its name. “We didn’t call it like that in the beginning, but somebody, somewhere said droneboarding, and that’s how it took off,” Aerones CEO Janis Putrams says.

Recipe For New Sports? Just Add A Drone

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This is Mark Gatiss talking about the drone they used for the patience grenade and I’M.JUST.SCREAMING?!

Adding to list oevidence John maybe losing one of his eyes?

@wellthengameover, @just-sort-of-happened, @the-7-percent-solution, @welovethebeekeeper, @marcespot, @jenna221b,@inevitably-johnlocked and everyone else, thoughts? 


Chinese navy seizes US naval drone in South China Sea

  • Reuters is reporting that the Chinese navy has seized a United States unmanned underwater drone in the South China Sea.
  • Citing an anonymous U.S. defense official, Reuters reports the seizure took place on Dec. 15 just before the U.S. Navy was about to retrieve the vehicle.
  • The incident triggered a formal demarche from the U.S., which is demanding the drone’s return.
  • The event is the first of its kind in recent memory 
  • Two weeks ago, Donald Trump sparked concern from the Chinese when he spoke on the phone with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. Read more
Roman Music Reconstructed/Reimagined - YouTube
What music of the Roman Empire might have sounded like back in the day and what it could have sounded like, had it lasted into later eras. Contains a mix of film scores, video game soundtracks, modern reconstructions, and pieces inspired by Ancient Rome, as well as Ancient Greece and Byzantium.

a playlist assiduously curated by yours truly for your listening pleasure.

runtime: 3 hours, 50 minutes.
China's Navy seizes American underwater drone in South China Sea
A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal demarche from the United States and a demand for its return, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday.

The incident – the first of its kind in recent memory – took place on Dec. 15 northwest of Subic Bay just as the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic survey ship, was about to retrieve the unmanned, underwater vehicle (UUV), the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

i don’t think anyones rly talked about one of my favorite klance things from season 2 yet?? theres that scene everyone loves where lance and keith are controlling their little drone things and start making them bang into each other and fighting over staying in their own zones and whatnot. and then theres the elevator scene with them working together to make it out that everyone also loves. but no one!!! is talking abt the scene after that!!! when the castle is attacked again and they start using the drones again! they’re helping each other and working in sync so well and its a nice little sprinkle of relationship development where they’re becoming more of a team and u can see that they are capable of working together, and when they do they work really well!! that made me so happy! overall even tho there was so little klance this season there were some good spots that showed the “rivalry” becoming more playful and lance admitting that he does admire keith and seeming like he doesnt resent him quite as much anymore. and also teamwork!! helping each other! i just loved that parallel of the first time they used the drones vs the time after working together in the elevator. lovin that sweet sweet bonding 👌🏼

tea time for @erwinsalive. her prompt: hipster

the summer humidity sticks to them, makes their shirts damp, and their faces slick and shiny. levi kicks his feet out as they walk in an attempt to exercise the muscles he hasn’t used in almost three hours. 

they had droned on like bees through the hottest time of the day, buzzing but not producing any honey. tall men in long coats, hands folded on expensive wood found outside of wall sina–a place that has been closed off for over a year since shinganshina fell. 

a charade. a game. all of which erwin is an expert. he uses his drones. he makes the honey.  

they praise levi, call him “humanity’s strongest”. mention his kill count as if it’s accurate at all–as if it matters at all. the titan’s kill count is higher. much higher. 

 “i recognized it first.” erwin says. it sounds protective, stern, all while being so incredibly matter-of-fact. levi can smell the pomade in his hair, sweet like sap but tangled in his intoxicating musk. levi walks along side erwin’s right side, close enough that their arms are touching. “your potential.” erwin answers the unasked question. “i’m glad they’re noticing it now too.” they exit the building into the courtyard, their carriage waiting to bring them back to headquarters. “makes my job easier." 

levi isn’t sure why he’s saying all this. he knows it all, has had it implied through actions. lance corporal is a title never held by another. no other solider drinks the black tea that he does. erwin finds him special. 

 “i’m proud of you." 

levi’s lips twitch into a frown. his cheeks flush against the heat of the outdoors, the sun radiating against his dark hair, cooking his scalp, reddening his neck and cheeks and nose. he sighs out softly, almost inaudibly. finds he can’t find the words to respond, so chooses not to all.

clinton facilitated the economic context that lead to this rise of white fascism. obama facilitated the development of a more robust surveillance state while expanding detainment camps and the use of drone warfare.

both of them, along w/ the democratic party’s elite are significantly responsible for the situation we are currently in. white fascism is taking over a political machine developed by democrats. 

in other words, the 2 party system will never be a road to liberation. neither of them are for marginalized communities. 

Barack Obama was an incredible disappointment as a president, and will be regarded well by history primarily for killing Osama and for the administrations he came in between. He failed on removing the power of the banks, he failed on reversing Bush-era policies on security and deportation (indeed, he expanded them!), he failed at closing Guantanamo, he failed at healthcare reform (rather than pushing for single-payer, he wimped out and gave us a shiny toy gift-wrapped for the insurance industry, and even that’s about to be rolled back because he and his allies failed to entrench it), he vastly expanded the use of drones, made no effort to curb US imperialism, and revealed himself as a bog-standard New Democrat every step of the way.

Don’t cling to him. Reach for the future.

Tech would use drones and insect biobots to map disaster areas

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a combination of software and hardware that will allow them to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and insect cyborgs, or biobots, to map large, unfamiliar areas – such as collapsed buildings after a disaster.

“The idea would be to release a swarm of sensor-equipped biobots – such as remotely controlled cockroaches – into a collapsed building or other dangerous, unmapped area,” says Edgar Lobaton, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State and co-author of two papers describing the work.

“Using remote-control technology, we would restrict the movement of the biobots to a defined area,” Lobaton says. “That area would be defined by proximity to a beacon on a UAV. For example, the biobots may be prevented from going more than 20 meters from the UAV.”

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