Feb 01

Jan 2013 – Weight Loss – Down -8.4 lbs

By David Scifres Diet Comments Off on Jan 2013 – Weight Loss – Down -8.4 lbs

Weight - January 2013

Last year by Feb 1st I was weighing in at about 194. So because I started lighter this year I am 7 lbs further along than last year by this same time. I’d like to be 180 again by Feb 28th. That’s totally possible. Leaving the last 5 lbs for March. Great start this year.

End Weight: 187.8
Previous Weight: 196.2
Month 1 Loss: -8.4 lbs
Net Loss: -8.4 lbs
BMI: 24.1
Percent of Goal (175 lbs.): 39.62% Complete

Aug 12

Posters and Prints Ready

By David Scifres Family, Fun, Photography, Photos Comments Off on Posters and Prints Ready

We finally have the prints and posters ready to share digitally. Because we only had 1920 x 1080 pixels to work with on our prints, we had to take a collage approach for the 20″ x 30″ and 24″ x 36″ sizes. To tie it all together, we used the new NASA Blue Marble shot as the background for the posters and included prints from our mission on top. We think they came out really great!

Depending on the poster size and style there are between 8 and 12 shots from the mission on the posters. All posters and prints are autographed. We are giving you links to 3 different kinds of posters and 3 sizes of prints (2 different pictures). The team selected the poster with the film strips as our favorite. We ordered samples of all print sizes this week and they should be in this coming week or the following at the latest.

Below is the team’s favorite poster.

There is also this version.

And this version

Here is the 5″ x 7″ Version A

And 5″ x 7″ version B

Below is a link to all sizes and versions of the prints and posters. You can download them from this photo set by clicking on the image you like and then “Actions” directly above the picture on the top left, then drop down to “View All Sizes” – pick “original” size to download the highest resolution.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/scifres/sets/72157631099147290/

We really hope you like these.

Aug 05

Results & Time Lapse of Launch

By David Scifres Family, Fun, Life, Photography Comments Off on Results & Time Lapse of Launch

The time lapse below covers the launch of the Terra Incognita weather balloon compressing a 2 hour and 15 minute time frame to just over 3 minutes. We added some footage from 120,000 feet (just seconds before the balloon burst) to the front of the time lapse just so you can see what it looked like. We will be making another video over the course of the next few weeks covering the entire project that will have more aerial footage.

We are very pleased to share the results of our first mission to the stratosphere with these amazing pictures captured on our journey to the edge of space and back. The images below start with the release of the balloon all the way to landing in the trees. Our flight began just outside Bowling Green, Kentucky (11:45 A.M.) and touched down in the woods behind Amazing Grace Community Church in Lafayette, Tennessee (2:02 P.M.) over an hour away. The flight lasted about 2:17 minutes – about 1:17 up and 1:00 down. We arrived on site around 2:50 P.M. and had the payload in our possession by 3:50 PM. Click on the thumbnail images below to load each image individually.

To download the entire set as one zip file please click here.

The zip file is 34 MB so it might take a few minutes to download depending on the speed of your internet connection. The pictures print out very nicely at 8 1/2″ x 11″ or smaller. I recommend printing them to fit the page and then trimming off the white margins on the top and bottom. I also recommend using glossy photo paper for the best results.

To see a slide show of the best in flight pictures go here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scifres/sets/72157630916547034/show/

If you want to see a photo set of all the pictures from the entire project go here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scifres/sets/72157629572874258/show/

Jul 29

WE DID IT!! Pictures from the edge of space.

By David Scifres Family, Fun, Photography Comments Off on WE DID IT!! Pictures from the edge of space.

Well, we took a risk and launched today even though the weather pattern was pushing us further south and east than we wanted. The risk was that it would end up in a forested area in a tree . . . . and it did. But somehow we found it, without cell signal to power our GPS even. What an AMAZING journey and we owe a special thanks to all our backers at kickstarter.com for helping make this dream come true – words can’t express how we all feel right now.

The curvature of the earth in the shot below is exaggerated somewhat due to the wide angle of the lens. We will try and fix that (but not all of it) after we research how to correct lens distortion in Photoshop.

Below is the predicted flight path. We got started 2 hours late due to the lengthy fill time of the balloon and the winds were much stronger because of the delay pushing us off the original prediction. You should plan 2 hours to fill it if you ever try and do this yourself. We used http://habhub.org/predict/ for the model. Click the image below to enlarge it and then click the back arrow to come back to this page.

Here is a shot of us filling the balloon. It reached 118,000 feet before bursting and falling back to earth. Had a lot of help from the parents of Anna’s friends. Mini’s dad help me a bunch with the balloon and spent the day with us on the chase. Lexi’s grand father helped us get the remaining helium we needed without which we could not have launched.

We launched at 11:45 Central time. The balloon was moving too fast for the SPOT meter to get a lock to send a GPS location the entire flight. I hadn’t counted on that. It was a very helpless feeling but we remained confident and were rewarded with a location at 2:02 P.M. within 13 minutes of our total flight time of 2:30. The bad news was, as we learned it was farther away and in the woods. We headed out and got to the location at about 2:50 P.M.

The bad news was that from about 30 minutes from the landing site, we had no cell coverage. So all we had was a rough area to work from behind a church in the woods. We went about 100 yards into the woods and started searching and Mini spotted the parachute about 100 yards from that location. What luck (for the location) and keen eyesight.

It appeared to be about 20-30 feet in the air from where we stood. But after three of us hacked our way further though the woods, it turned out to be on a ridge opposite our ridge and within hand reach. We were able to simply grab it and pull it down enough to cut it loose from the parachute making lots of young ladies and their families very happy. We had some amazing luck help us along today.

The team was holding the payload by 3:50 this afternoon. Upon inspecting the payload everything appeared to be just fine and we headed home.

Everything went perfect with this flight except one thing, the high res digital camera didn’t take pictures. It sounded like it was taking pictures and you can even hear it in the video every 5.5 seconds. But, it had no SD card in it. So the pictures we have are still shots pulled from the HD footage. These are fine for 8×10 photos and even up to 16×20 but might not reproduce well above that. I take full credit for the mistake, in my prep I cleaned the SD cards of all the cameras and forgot to put the last one back in. I check the camera and it fired just fine when the shutter was pressed . . . . no indication of the lack of SD card.

Here are a couple more shots from about 118,000 feet. I’ve pulled almost 100 shots tonight but have only had time to color correct a few. Click the image below to enlarge it and then click the back arrow to come back to this page.

I’ll be producing a video of the entire project. I’ll post here once it is complete.

David

May 12

Anna and Friends Launch KickStarter Project

By David Scifres Family, Life, Video Comments Off on Anna and Friends Launch KickStarter Project

Project Terra Incognita – High resolution video and photography from near orbit. This is a both a science and photography project being conducted by a group of six 6th grade girls in Bowling Green, Kentucky. They are requesting donations for a seemingly impossible but absolutely achievable project. Their goal is to send a payload into near-space, take measurements as well as high resolution pictures and video and re-acquire the payload after coming back to earth. The team humbly submits our project for your consideration knowing the only way we can accomplish our goal is with your help!

Go here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scifres/the-edge-and-back

The objective of the project is to:

  • Place an object into the stratosphere (around 20 miles above the earth’s surface) via a weather balloon and return it safely back to earth without damaging any of the equipment from the fall or extreme temperatures and wind speed.
  • Take both HD video and high resolution still photographs of the curvature of the earth and black of space from near orbit.
  • Collect data measurements about the speed of ascent/descent and air temperature of near orbit.
  • Exhibit the final photographic and video imagery of the teams work.
  • Inspire others to challenge the idea that some things are impossible.

The project will take place over the summer months of 2012, and we expect to be able to fulfill rewards of donation contributions in August. The team believes they will need roughly $3,600 to purchase necessary equipment and supplies to accomplish this project, fulfill the rewards for donations and produce exhibit materials.

To follow their progress go to the project website at:

edgeandback.com

Apr 29

Week 18 – 178.4 lbs. down (-2.2)

By David Scifres Diet Comments Off on Week 18 – 178.4 lbs. down (-2.2)

Okay, ya got me. I know its been 4 weeks since my last weight loss post. That is due in large part to a vacation and the large quantities of, oh so delicious, food I ingested and the associated weight gain. I couldn’t report that! I mean, you have to have a little fun every now and then right? It took me a week and a half to be back to 180 lbs. and I finally had to start exercising to break the 180 lb. barrier. It is really hard for me to get down below that level.

3.4 lbs. to go!!! So close. I’m going to make it. It might take me another 30 days but I will get to 175 lbs.

End Weight: 178.4
Previous Weight: 180.6
4 Week Loss: -2.2 lbs
Net Loss: -29.6 lbs
BMI: 22.9
Percent of Goal (175 lbs.): 89.70% Complete

Apr 01

Week 14 – 180.6 lbs. down (-.6)

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Well, at least I didn’t gain. I’ve got to dig in this week and really buckle down if I am going to go under 180. So close, yet so far away.

End Weight: 180.6
Previous Weight: 181.2
Week 13 Loss: -.6 lbs
Net Loss: -27.4 lbs
BMI: 23.26
Percent of Goal (175 lbs.): 83.03% Complete

Mar 25

Week 13 – 181.2 lbs. down (-1.2)

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End Weight: 181.2
Previous Weight: 182.4
Week 13 Loss: -1.2 lbs
Net Loss: -26.8 lbs
BMI: 23.26
Percent of Goal (175 lbs.): 81.21% Complete

Mar 18

Week 12 – 182.4 lbs. down (-4.0)

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Well, nothing like a sinus infection or the flu to take some weight off. Fortunately it wasn’t anything some heavy duty antibiotics couldn’t fix thankfully.

End Weight: 182.4
Previous Weight: 186.4
Week 12 Loss: -4.0 lbs
Net Loss: -25.6 lbs
BMI: 23.42
Percent of Goal (175 lbs.): 77.58% Complete

Mar 11

Week 11 – 186.4 lbs. down (-1.6)

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End Weight: 186.4
Previous Weight: 188.0
Week 5 Loss: -1.6 lbs
Net Loss: -21.6 lbs
BMI: 23.93
Percent of Goal (175 lbs.): 65.54% Complete

Mar 04

Week 10 – 188.0 lbs. down (-1.2)

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End Weight: 188.0
Previous Weight: 189.2
Week 5 Loss: -1.2 lbs
Net Loss: -20.0 lbs
BMI: 24.14
Percent of Goal (175 lbs.): 60.61% Complete

Feb 28

Week 9 – 189.2 lbs. down (-.8)

By David Scifres Diet Comments Off on Week 9 – 189.2 lbs. down (-.8)

Finally, under 190 for the first time in a while. This was actually my weight Monday and not Sunday. Had to celebrate getting under 190.

End Weight: 189.2
Previous Weight: 190.0
Week 5 Loss: -.8 lbs
Net Loss: -18.8 lbs
BMI: 24.29
Percent of Goal (175 lbs.): 56.97% Complete

Feb 20

2011 Adventure Book

By David Scifres Books, Family, Fun, Life, Photography Comments Off on 2011 Adventure Book

The 2011 Adventure Book is complete and ordered. It wasn’t done until April last year so much more timely this year. This year’s version is slightly smaller than last year at 320 pages and 619 photos. Now, on to taxes, ugh.

Feb 19

Week 8 – 190.0 lbs. down (-.6)

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I’ve definitely hit the tough lbs. to drop. 15 lbs to go.

End Weight: 190
Previous Weight: 190.6
Week 5 Loss: -.6 lbs
Net Loss: -18 lbs
BMI: 24.34
Percent of Goal (175 lbs.): 54.54% Complete

Feb 13

Week 7 – 190.6 lbs. down (-1.6)

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End Weight: 190.6
Previous Weight: 192.2
Week 5 Loss: -1.6 lbs
Net Loss: -17.4 lbs
BMI: 24.47
Percent of Goal (175 lbs.): 52.72% Complete

Feb 05

Week 6 – 192.2 lbs down (-1.8 lbs)

By David Scifres Diet Comments Off on Week 6 – 192.2 lbs down (-1.8 lbs)

Not bad this week. I’m REALLY looking forward to getting down under 190 lbs. My metabolism is starting to push back a little so watching what I eat calorie wise continues to be very important. Losing a pound a week over the next month will be a achievable. My appetite has become more accustom to smaller portions so I fill up faster. That makes resisting larger portions that much easier. I’ve found it’s best to just not put too much on your plate to start with.

Today is cheat day and Caroline and I both hit our first milestone so we will be celebrating with a cheese and chocolate fondue meal – Yummy!

End Weight: 192.2
Previous Weight: 194
Week 5 Loss: -1.8 lbs
Net Loss: -15.8 lbs
BMI: 24.67
Percent of Goal (175 lbs.): 47.88% Complete

Jan 29

Week 5 – 194 lbs down (-1.4 lbs)

By David Scifres Diet Comments Off on Week 5 – 194 lbs down (-1.4 lbs)

I knew it was going to get harder sooner or later. It appears this is the week the pounds get stubborn. I’m really looking forward to getting under 190 again. At 190 the majority of pants should start to fit again! Think of the alteration fees I can avoid!

End Weight: 194
Previous Weight: 195.4
Week 5 Loss: -1.4 lbs
Net Loss: -14.0 lbs
BMI: 24.91
Percent of Goal (175 lbs.): 42.42% Complete

Jan 22

Grilled Chicken Teriyaki with Lo Mein Noodles

By David Scifres Cooking, Diet Comments Off on Grilled Chicken Teriyaki with Lo Mein Noodles

P.F. Chang’s frozen meals are fantastic. I’ve had several of them previously with no regard to calorie content. Anyway, now dieting, I thought to check them out for their appropriateness for my diet. The problem with most of the meals is that you want to serve them with rice and that really drives the calories through the roof. But with the noodles, the calories stay relatively low at 350 per serving.

Bottom line, you can’t beat the taste for calorie ratio of this dish. I did add small handful of peanuts right at the end and allowed it simmer the final minute.  Yummy!!

Jan 22

Week 4 – 195.4 lbs. – Down (-3.4)

By David Scifres Diet Comments Off on Week 4 – 195.4 lbs. – Down (-3.4)

I’ve continued to make steady progress this week. Yogurt for breakfast and salads for lunch most days. I’ve discovered a pretty good lunch at Panera consisting of 1/2 a Smoked Turkey sandwich on wheat and a cup of Chicken Noodle soup. You can have them give you an apple instead of the baguette. Total of 280 calories. We have also been enjoying some tasty Talapia dinners. I’ll post that recipe sometime this week.

End Weight: 195.4
Previous Weight: 198.8
Loss: -3.4 lbs
Net Loss: -12.6 lbs
BMI: 25.09
Percent of Goal (175 lbs.): 38.18% Complete

Jan 21

Day 21 – Dragons, Monsters and Beasts, Oh My!

By David Scifres Family, Fun, Photography Comments Off on Day 21 – Dragons, Monsters and Beasts, Oh My!

Leah and her friend Sailor enjoy a pop-up book together during a sleepover tonight. The book is Dragons & Mosters by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda.

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