Archive for December, 2006

This is a sweet use of my NLP Tagger!

December 31, 2006

I came across NodeBox tonight. It’s a sweet 2D visualizer (for the Mac) that’s using my Python POS tagger.

Similar in approach to an early versions of one of my lexical energy packages, these guys have fused WordNet with a (my) POS tagger to produce a very cool and seems-to-be easily implemented/mashed-up semantic analysis package.

Check out some of the other features within not only their Linguistics library, but some of the other libraries as well.

Excellent Python libraries!

NodeBox application S-U-C-K-S SUCKS!

December 31, 2006

This is the second time I’ve tried to use to buy tickets. Last time I tried to get tix for Casino Royale when it came out and now Rocky Balboa. The site says the transaction failed, yet my account shows the charge pending. Eventually the funds are released, but HEY, don’t you think that’s a major part of functionality that should work?!?!?!?!?!

Fandango has no problem ALL of the time.

Hey…thanks for nothin!

UPDATE: Just got back from Rocky Balboa…good flick. Definitely delivered on expectations. Saw a spot for They ALWAYS work too when I’ve used them! But DOH…maybe they should take a better gander at their marketing.

Practice – Blackhawk Oct2006

December 30, 2006

A number of people have been asking for the link to the over-the-shoulder cam footage from Blackhawk.

The car is Thomson Racing’s RF02 F2000 Zetec in Cooper Series trim. We ran it in the Formula Atlantic class. This was the practice day for the SCCA Regionals in wet/drying-conditions. Great Track!

Racing seats…SUCH the right tool for the job!

December 30, 2006

In preparation for the 07 season (a season which will definitely top all those before for me), I began the videogame-side of training about a month ago. It works into the daily workout at 3 parts, once for an hour after fatiguing my body with my trainer and running 5 miles; once for an hour mid-day at lunchtime when I’m recovered from the morning workout; and once for a half-hour before I go to sleep and am not so alert.

This week my back started hurting pretty hardcore as I kept finding myself hunched over the wheel and definitely didn’t have the right ergo setup to mimic my body position in the car. Then, this past Wednesday was when I clinched needing a definite change. While at the gym, something went out of whack in my mid-back while doing crunches of all things. What the hell is that about?!?!?!?!

Today, with the assistance of a great eBayer, I picked up a Playseat Evolution chair. While the ergos are still not exactly what I’ll have in the F2000 car this year (the seat is 8 degrees shallow on the back angle instead of the 30 degrees commonly found open wheelers), it is WAY BETTER than hanging on my retro chairs and coffee table.

If you’re race training and you’re including a console/gaming component to your program, pick one up.

I did also see BobEarl’s chair after picking up mine (looks like it may be close to open wheel specs) and it may be a good one to try as well. Links are below for both.

You never realize how complicated it is…

December 15, 2006

Growing up, my father had a fully-decked out machine shop with a lathe, 2 breaks, a spot welder, a table saw, a drill press and the assorted s.h.i.t.t.o.n of detail tools like taps etc for working with metal. I recently started working on a project involving metal fab again and have had to call around to find this piece of metal and that tool, etc. Point being…I made fun of my Pops on more than one occasion on how that shop was taking up so much space. But DOH! Now that I need it (and had to sell it a couple years ago to pay of that damn loan), I wish I had it again. There’s always a right tool for the right job, and if you’re keen (or lucky) enough to know what that tool is AND can’t put your hands on it in double-quick fashion…well…then…it’s agony.