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not a problem.  i'd be happy just to say "anonymous contribution" or something, or nothing at all.  some people who have contributed materials to the site have commercial ventures that i want to promote if i can, but i fully understand if you'd be uncomfortable having your name slathered all over a website.  this hasn't come up, mind you, but i could understand if it did. of course, if you have a ride business or some similar ballooning-related site you would like linked to your name, just let me know!getting paid to review products

getting paid to review products
aha - an incisive question, and one i'm prepared to answer.  obviously, if i'm to be trusted with people's treasured, irreplaceable items, my reputation is pretty important.  therefore, i explicitly ask that anyone who feels i haven't been above-board with them post a detailed e-mail to the international aeronauts league mailing list.  for those who don't know, the ial runs an e-mail list with hundreds of subscribers from around the world.  to subscribe, visit http://interaeroleague.com/phpbb2/index.php, click "register," and follow the instructions.  i highly recommend the ial anyway, because where else do you find banter, flight reports, safety information and just plain silliness from dozens of active posters from around the world - from occasional sport pilots to pros to famous ballooning luminaries (balloominaries?), all in a manageable quantity of e-mail?  a bad word about me there would be a strong deterrent, and i would not invite that sort of criticism if i didn't intend to make it unnecessary through honesty and reliability.getting paid to review products

getting paid to review products
yes, please!  i really do!!   i suspect this has happened.  i've been offered materials that never arrived, and i fear that's because my responses have seemed (inaccurately) like i was uninterested.  this is because i've felt it necessary to try and convey that no one owes me anything, and if hardship intervenes, there'll be no hard feelings if someone who has offered a contribution ends up being unable to deliver.  due to my poor communication skills, though, i think what's come across has been, "yeah, if you feel like sending it, whatever, but no big deal."  please rest assured that i am always very excited to receive contributions to the site - i just want to be very clear that i acknowledge contributions, whether loans, e-mails or stuff-to-keep, as favors, not anything to which i'm entitled.  from now on, i'm omitting that proviso in my responses to offers, but please know that i'm grateful, and if you're unable to send something you've offered, i won't hold it against you.getting paid to review products

getting paid to review products
or, perhaps, "why are they so small?"  either way, the answer is that a webmaster has to make a choice, with each image on a site, between a good-sized, clear picture, and a manageable file size. having been, for the longest time, one of those unfortunates who accessed the internet with a dial-up modem, i have a pretty good idea how frustrating it can be to load a huge image (or, worse, a huge page full of overlarge thumbnail images).  at the same time, i'm also a balloon nut, and i find it just as frustrating, or more so, when i run across a great, detailed shot of a classic balloon on the web, that's so small you can't actually discern any of the detail.  so i shoot for linked images not much more than 100-150kb, and set a fairly arbitrary image size limit of 1024 pixels horizontally, and 768 pixels vertically.  if you know a better way, or have any suggestions, let me know!  also, i have bigger versions of many of the images on the site.  if you'd like a larger version of a particular image (say, for printing), let me know, and i'll be happy to get one to you, where available.getting paid to review products

getting paid to review products
this is due to a personal preference of mine, and if people actually start asking this question, i may just change it.  i prefer to open links in new windows (or tabs, which most browsers these days use), so they can load in the background while i continue reading the window that has the links (this originated when i was on a dialup connection, and had to have something to do while pages loaded!).  otherwise, i would keep getting sidetracked, and never finish viewing a page.  in a few places on the site, links open in the same window, based on assumptions on my part regarding when that is and is not desirable.  as always, i actively solicit your feedback - if the consensus is that all these windows are irritating, i'll make everything re-use the same windows, and those of us who want things in new windows can just right-click and bear it.getting paid to review products

getting paid to review products
i've actually seen this criticism of the site on the internet.  let me say up front that i have no desire to under-represent the involvement of the rest of the world in the sport of ballooning.   in addition, i'm a dyed-in-the-wool anglophile, having visited england twice in my youth, and having been a fan of thunder and thunder & colt balloons above all others for as long as i can remember.  having said all that, the reason my raven page is more detailed than my thunder page is simply that there just seems to be more information out there on american balloons.  the way to cure this, of course, is simply for those who have information or images i lack to help out the site by e-mailing or loaning it to me, to repair any holes in the site's content!getting paid to review products

getting paid to review products
i almost wish you hadn't asked that, but it's a valid issue that's never far from my mind.  for starters, i'd like to point out that i've addressed this issue in some detail on my "fair use" page. the short answer is that no, i am not paying royalties for these images, nor can i afford to.  for a time, i attempted to track down publishers of books from which i'd scanned some pictures, but didn't have much luck making contact.  however, american copyright law allows anyone to use a copyrighted work, provided the use is limited, and meets certain other tests.  in addition, i repeatedly state on here that anyone wishing me to remove any content for copyright reasons need only notify me, and i'll gladly comply.  i also try to use discretion.  for example, i could scan several dozen images from dick wirth's ballooning: the complete guide to riding the winds, all of which would make this a better site.  i choose not to do so, because it would just feel like i was taking too much.  as for how much is "too much," i rely on my own gut reaction, considering factors like how old a work is, and how likely it is to have continuing commercial value.  i hope that anyone concerned about copyright issues would look around the site, find it a good-faith educational effort, and an appropriate place for their images, but i'm prepared to remove material in case anyone feels otherwise.getting paid to review products

getting paid to review products
this question is the result of another difficult editorial decision i've had to make.  it has nothing to do with my esteem for tracy barnes' dacron dreamboats, which is quite high.  it actually goes back to the purpose of the site.  i'm mainly trying to show how things have changed in the world of ballooning, and modern firefly / tbw balloons just aren't that different (at least visually) from barnes balloons of the '70s.  i would gladly load down my barnes page with dozens of images, if only i could find shots of early (pre-triangular) barnes burners, baskets not resembling what firefly makes today, etc.  i just haven't had much luck, thus far, in tracking down those sorts of images. similarly, my piccard page is embarrassingly skimpy, considering the brand's importance to the history of the sport. but i just don't have many really instructive photos to show the balloon's construction (i am mollified to some extent by the fact that don piccard himself has an excellent page about his own balloons).getting paid to review products

getting paid to review products
this is another question that's largely answered with "because that's what i have."  i've had some luck getting folks to send me pictures, and some have sent anecdotes and facts as well, but i haven't exactly been deluged with either.  i'm doing my best to work in plenty of materials other than photos, but, again, i just don't have a whole lot of substantive knowledge i can present as fact.  any written materials, such as, for example, the history of cameron balloons ltd., will always be welcome on these pages.getting paid to review products

getting paid to review products
no!!  much as i like the idea of making a mountain of money writing a ballooning site, i will getting paid to review products make this into a commercial venture.  for one thing, people have contributed things to this site on the understanding that it is a personal, private, non-profit-related entity.  i would be betraying their trust to turn around and make money off their contributions that would, in retrospect, have been solicited under false pretenses.  i also have no desire to be beholden to some corporate entity, which could then insist that, if i want to keep my revenue stream, i have to sanitize my comments on its early "guillotine burners," or make somesuch other concessions.  finally, i would seriously undermine my argument that my use of copyrighted images is a "fair use," if i were to make money off the site (and would end up, in all likelihood, paying out any profits for royalties).getting paid to review products

getting paid to review products
there are several reasons why that could be.  sometimes i'm not sure whether something has been sent for use on the site, or just for my edification.  i try to ask, in those situations when it's not clear, but sometimes either forget, or an e-mail error intervenes without my knowledge (see next question).  also, sometimes people send me pictures of balloons made later than the time period on which this site focuses (generally the 1960s and '70s).  finally, it could be simply that i'm intending to add your contribution to the site, and just haven't got to it yet.  i should probably say, in this context, that i can never guarantee i'll put a given contribution on the site.  i have to make editorial decisions, and sometimes they're not going to be the same decisions a given visitor would make.  i always welcome input, questions, reminders, etc., though, so if you're wondering what i've done with something you've contributed, please feel free to let me know.getting paid to review products

getting paid to review products
well, that's not really a question, but it's a valid concern.  i don't know for sure that this has happened, but i suspect that there have been occasions on which i have sent e-mail that never reached its recipient, or that it did reach its recipient, and i never received a response.  this site is hosted on a web server where i rent space, as is the e-mail account i use for the site.  the server is fast, and more than fairly priced, but it's not entirely free of errors. it's possible that there's an error in the server somewhere that gives me these difficulties.  if you think you might have been on the (non-)receiving end of one such error, i'd be most obliged if you'd drop me a line.  i respond to getting paid to review products e-mail i receive about this site, so if you believe i've ignored an e-mail from you, i assure you it was an error outside my control. i have also finally removed my email address from the site, and replaced it with a "contact" page, which sends me an email without revealing the address to spammers, so i hope that now, legitimate emails will not be buried under a tide of unwanted solicitations.getting paid to review products

getting paid to review products
i suppose i've brought that question on myself by saying repeatedly how little time i have to do this or that.  let me assure you, though, that i will always have time to respond to every message about the site.  i like everything about this site, but by getting paid to review products the most rewarding aspect of this undertaking has been the chance to communicate with ballooning fans from around the world.  i do not exactly get inundated with e-mail, so please don't think what you have to say/ask will somehow distract me from more "important" things.  there is no more important business relating to this site than reading and replying to your questions and comments.getting paid to review products

getting paid to review products
one way i try to keep this site from getting completely out of control, both in terms of workload to maintain it, and in terms of making sense, is to keep the focus narrow.  i just don't have the time to do a high-quality site on all things related to the fact that hot air rises, as do certain early entries in the periodic table of elements.  that's why i've at least tried to limit the focus to the '60s and '70s, and it's also why, at least for now, there are no airships here.  i might change that someday, because hot-air airships are a legitimate outgrowth of ballooning in the '70s, but for now, i have no such plans.  similarly, i'm loath to commit to the time necessary to go deep into other aspects of ballooning like pins, chase vehicles or balloon mail.  i can't say this site will never encompass such topics, but as of this writing, i barely have the time and energy to maintain the site with the narrow focus it has.getting paid to review products

getting paid to review products
well...yes.  i apologize if it's sometimes difficult to derive much meaning from the sea of words i tend to deluge upon this site.  my curse is that i love words, and so tend to employ them in possibly excessive numbers.  to the extent to which an apology is necessary, i hereby offer one.getting paid to review products




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