Another thing... when you have your videos edited don't be upset when they don't come close to the quality of the official gopro promo videos. They have an entire department just to edit media for their advertising. I swear they spend more on snazzy videos than they do on r&d. They go to events with 50+ cameras and every possible rig/mount you can imagine to get footage. They have well established workflow procedures for editing.
I have yet to use the remote for anything other than testing, as i found it unreliable in turning the camera on or off. And the battery life on the remote itself just plain sucks. You'd expect something to hold a full charge for a few weeks while turned off. Mine barely lasts days.
The gopro editing software is pretty much worthless. Has almost no features. I don't even think it does non linear edits. Grab a copy of sony vegas or adobe premiere.
Don't use sandisk sd cards. Despite gopro writing firmware specifically for sandisk, they don't work right. Gopro blames sandisk. So instead of redoing the firmware to fix the issue, gopro reduces thruput to sandisk sd cards. Use lexar instead.
I have 64 gb cards, good for 6.5 hours of video at 1080p30. Fresh battery AND the battery backpac don't net me an hour of recording. Buy extra batteries. A lot of them. Real world battery life is dismal. You'll easily spend as much on accessories as you will on the camera. I am into mine for over a grand and overall i am disappointed with the performance.
Quite enjoyed neal stephenson's zodiac, and snowcrash. Zodiac about pollution in boston harbor, and snowcrash, about a drug that works both in real life and online.
One of my all time favourites is the giants series, by james p hogan. The 5 books are about the origins of man as an experimental mistake by aliens, banished to earth, and our history shaped and controlled by the aliens.