Comic Tora Tora Tokyo #5 - War of the Worlds

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SoulKat

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Now that Ron's back from his cons, we can continue with Tora Tora Tokyo!

This is a special one for me. Because it kind of relies on this post to explain what the heck Tina and Tiggs are doing. Ron decided to bring along a drone for taking the coolest vacation pictures imaginable!

Wanna see them? Ron uploaded it all to youtube!


And, if you liked that one, have one of Ron getting some killer fireworks shots!


Man, how do I follow that one, huh?

I'll do my best!

This was our first launch site...

The setup...

Liftoff!

We took this drone all over Japan, but here are some of the highlights from Tokyo.

We went to see the massive Gundam statue in Odaiba. Even got lucky and showed up for its little light show, when it blows smoke from its engines and turns its head around!

The massive Odaiba Ferris Wheel was fun to look at. Japan seems to like giant rides like this. Because they were all over.

And oh man... the Tokyo Big Sight was such a... big... sight... to behold! It's a convention center that looks like it was designed by people who had upside-down blueprints and decided to roll with it.

And, of course, Tokyo Tower. Despite wanting to go inside initially, the huge ass line discouraged us. Then, with a smirk, Ron looks over and says "We can do better than that." And we go to launch the drone a second time, filming it from the air. It was magnificent.

Many times, we sat back and watched Tokyo sprawl out beneath us in all directions and I couldn't help but wonder about what happens when this becomes common. We naturally decided to joke about SAM sites taking them out, but I feel there's a lot more to it than that.

Many, many times, we were approached by people who wanted to talk about the drone. Passerbys, TV Crews, you name it. But I was starting to notice a pattern. When no one knew who was using the drone, they were angry. They would say things like it has to be spying. Someone should definitely outlaw those things!

But the instant it landed near us and they saw we were just a couple of guys in the park, oh man... They flip. They come over and want to know every single thing about it. And most of all, what brand it is, how much it costs, how far it flies, and where can they get one. It gave me a lot of time to reflect on why this was happening and it feel it must be an issue of personal freedoms.

When people believed the drone was outside their control, they hated it. But the moment they found out it could be an extension of their freedom, they wanted one. I personally can't wait until they are a more integral part of our lives, delivering our packages and chasing Gordon Freeman through desolate sewer systems.

Until next time! But honestly, I don't think I'm going to be able to top this post with more static images. This drone had to be the highlight of the whole trip.

 
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Nekonny

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But its a good one!
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Yeah, taking that thing was a ton of fun, and I'm thankful to SK for being patient with me as I flew it practically everyday. It's too bad that towards the end it was behaving a bit erratically, turning on it's own (later found out that one of the engines was coming loose). Still though, it exceeded my expectations. The hardest part was editing the hours of footage down to something watchable; there were so many good shots. I even used it as a steady cam in some places.
 
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Nekonny

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But its a good one!
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Out of curiosity, how much power does it need to fly and run everything?
1.21 gigawats... can be in the form of plutonium, a lightning strike or a Mr fusion home reactor (available November 2015).

For it to run everything you need the Skynet chip upgrade and to hook it up to our national defense systems. It's fully automated AI will handle things from there.
 

MrAMP

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Too much TMI...Too much TMI!!!
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*Tina and Tiggs’s reactions after the explosion.*
:amazeTiggs: :amazeTina: :amazeNekoNekonny: !!!
:heartTiggs: :heartTina: OOOWWWWW!!! Pretty colors!!!
:cryNekoNekonny: That cost me $2,000!

But man oh man. I pretty much fell out of my chair after seeing that missile guided torrent system appear from atop that one building. This does bring up an interesting question though. Are drones allowed to be flown around there like that? Were there other drones in the sky?

Stellar job with all the videos and awesome photos.

1.21 gigawats... can be in the form of plutonium, a lightning strike or a Mr fusion home reactor (available November 2015).

For it to run everything you need the Skynet chip upgrade and to hook it up to our national defense systems. It's fully automated AI will handle things from there.
*What Mr. AMP thought it would look like...*
Manhack.jpg
 
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Nekonny

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Now that's pretty cool Ron. Although I have to ask how do you get permission to fly that thing in some of those places?
I get this question way too often. I mean; from everyone. Simple answer is; you don't ask for permission. We are still in an era where there is either no legislation concerning drones or it is a very grey area. So instead of looking for someone to tell you 'no' (just because they feel uncomfortable with letting a stranger fly around a location they are responsible for). So you look for a discrete location for takeoff, fly safe, and use common sense. Once the drone is in the air and away, nobody is even going to notice it, much less know where it took off from.

It might very well be in the future that private drones become prohibited in a lot of places; I want to get as much flying done before that becomes a sad reality.
 

Rock-Scar

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*a moment of silence for the Tora Tora Drone, we will never forget the 4 panels of joy you brought before your premature kaboom*

And holy smokes, those videos and photos are breathtaking! Thanks for sharing these with us SK & Nekonny!!!

Yeah, taking that thing was a ton of fun, and I'm thankful to SK for being patient with me as I flew it practically everyday. It's too bad that towards the end it was behaving a bit erratically, turning on it's own (later found out that one of the engines was coming loose). Still though, it exceeded my expectations. The hardest part was editing the hours of footage down to something watchable; there were so many good shots. I even used it as a steady cam in some places.
After reading this, I was getting ready to type a Skynet joke...
1.21 gigawats... can be in the form of plutonium, a lightning strike or a Mr fusion home reactor (available November 2015).

For it to run everything you need the Skynet chip upgrade and to hook it up to our national defense systems. It's fully automated AI will handle things from there.
...but you got it covered. I tip my hat to you sir! :happySnowman:
 

Nekonny

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But its a good one!
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Important to note that less than one month after our visit, there was an incident where a person decided to use a drone in an act of protest by landing it on the prime ministers residence.

As a result, several ordinances have been passed effectively banning drones in urban areas in Tokyo and Osaka.

I consider this both a disproportionate and ineffective response to say the least, as the original offender knew what he was doing was wrong, and it wouldn't have been a simple ordinance that would have stopped him from flying in the first place. Everyone suffers loss of a freedom because of the acts of a single person.

So do enjoy the video, because it's probably the last "Legal" one you will see for some time.