Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tech Tip: FlightAware let's you see your plane's flight path real time

So your sitting in the airport being told your flight is delayed ... but you really want to know where this plane is at and what time it's going to arrive? If you have the flight number, you can use web sites like FlightAware that allow you to view and track any flight!

Some cool features...
  1. The location of the plane.
  2. Waypoints.
  3. Altitude/speed.
  4. Weather/storms.
  5. Scheduled and 'actual' departure/arrival time.
  6. Airport traffic/list of planes coming in and out.
FlightAware's probably one of the best sites I've viewed as it brings those six components into a nice user friendly interface. So next time you need to know where a plane is at, or in my case, trying to make sure my family arrives on time, use an online flight tracking tool! Also, some planes have wireless Internet access --- I once was able to view my own flight plan, its progress, weather radar, and other items at 30,000 feet! Cool (and scary) to have such information so freely available!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Jose Rizal's remains in Intramuros - Manila's Hidden Hero, a Canon 7D short film

Manila's Hidden Hero

Jos̩ Rizal (June 19, 1861 РDecember 30, 1896), was a Filipino polymath, nationalist and the most prominent advocate for reforms in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era. He is considered the Philippines' national hero and the anniversary of Rizal's death is commemorated as a Philippine holiday called Rizal Day. Rizal's 1896 military trial and execution made him a martyr of the Philippine Revolution.

When I toured Intramuros in Manila, the city's oldest district, I was surprised to find out that this was where he was killed and where some of his remains are stored.

This video I originally wanted to simply show what the old city district looked like, but changed it to highlight his struggles, sacrifice, and commemorate his achievements that put the Philippines to the path of independence and democracy.

Shot in high definition on Canon's EOS 7D camera.

See it on YouTube here:

Manila's Hidden Hero: Jose Rizal