Archive for March, 2008

Realizing why driving race cars is so effing awesome!

March 5, 2008

So driving this morning, I finally realized why I LOVE driving race cars so much. It’s the challenge and exhilaration of being on the edge but not over it. When I was a kid, I was the little turn who would poke someone just 1 time less than what it’d take to completely send them over the edge and, all the while, keeping me (somewhat) endearing. Yesterday, on the way home, I got my little car to solidly rotate into a turn (whoops happened to be on a public street) and it kinda just hit me. I had a smaller revelation the first time I got a racing car to rotate at Mid-Ohio, but this time it was different. The time it happened at Mid-O (and every time after), came from a tense ‘oh shit please keep me hooked up so I don’t die’ approach to a corner. This time, it was much more under control…and surprisingly…much smoother and quicker feeling. Guess it’s a tactile thing.

As I’ve read books like the Speed Secrets series and Skip Barber’s Going Faster, instructors and coaches always talk about being on the edge. But it wasn’t until this morning’s childhood regression that I finally connected the dots.

As we all (racing drivers that is) are trying to find ‘that thing’ that makes us faster. This is one barrier, I’m REALLY excited to have identified and broken through the was it feels like it should be.

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Lufthansa Pilots Have THE BIGGEST JUEVOS! German plane almost crashes in Hamburg.

March 3, 2008

This was just on my.Yahoo. A Lufthansa Airbus A320 traveling to Hamgurb from Munich and trying to land in 155 MPH winds. Scrapes BOTH wings in the touch-and-go and then gets all 131 passengers safely landed on the second try. 2 words with all the emph-as-sis possible….HOLY CRAP!

The Illiterate States of America?!?!?!

March 2, 2008

Friday night, for the first time in a long time, I watched television. Since we don’t have it at home, it was a nice change to see moving pictures to go along with current events.  As I flipped through the never-ending, and nonetheless unsatifsying 1,000s of Dish channels, something really struck me like a brick wall. For the last several months I’ve been getting this feeling as I’ve interacted with people in California.  At first I felt and dismissed it in LA, now it’s hit me again.  What the HELL is happening to people today. Are people in the United States getting dumber on the whole, or are people becoming so consumed with Orange County Choppers, Jesse James and the crap that’s taken over MTV that the notion of basic grammar and enunciation has eluded them???  I mean I’m no genius.  I’m probably just slightly higher than the average person’s intelligence with a keen ability to know how to use an em-dash, an en-dash and a couple other cool pieces of punctutation.  However, I DO open my mouth and speak clearly when I talk.  I make a ‘t’ sound like ‘tee’ and not like a ‘d’ with a mouthful of potato chips. It’s really not that hard.

Now I’m not asking us to, as a country, become smarter.  That would take electing better people than we have choices for presently, overhauling the educational system in the US completely and throwing away at least one-to-two generations as ‘whoopsies’  (that’s also an altogether exponentially-longer thread).  I am, however, saying that if you think your opinions are worth being heard, make them worth hearing.

Holy HOT MacBook Pro Batman! At 185˚F let’s just effing fry an egg on my Mac already!

March 2, 2008
In my every-strengthening efforts to bend my MacBook Pro’s will to do my Python bidding, the little titanium-clad lass decided today to get all hot and bothered with me….more specifically up to 185˚F.
Which is pretty friggin hot.
Consider this…
Egg white coagulates between 144 and 149°F, egg yolk coagulates between 149 and 158°F and whole eggs between 144 and 158°F.” – Egg Nutrition Center
I’m seriously considering getting a cool pack or something for this little sucker!
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Photo Credit: http://www.hackszine.com/blog/archive/2007/02/powerbook_fever.html