WordPress 2.0 and site changes

I’ve updated the blog software to WordPress 2.0 and things seem to be moving along fine.  Over the course of the next few days I hope to be using more of the new features it offers.

This may mean some broken or strange looking pages. Bear with me while I figure it all out and get things back to normal, or at least a general state of working-ness.

The snow trip that wasn't

Yesterday I got up before dawn, staggered around the house, and gathered up all of my skiing possessions in the hope of a day of snow induced bliss.  This sadly did not happen.

Quite the opposite happened, actually.

After it was all finished, the people going spent about 9 hours in transit to-and-from Tahoe only to be taught a recurring lesson: Ski resorts lie about their weather conditions.  It was raining and windy, and 50 F at the mountains, completely unsuitable for skiing.

I will wait for the weather situation to improve before trying to travel up to Tahoe again, that is for sure.

Back in Town and Driving Around

I really do need to find a way to keep these updates, well, er, updated on a regular basis

After a long dry spell with no postings, here’s an update. I’ve just gotten back from two full weeks of travel plus another two days on the road inside California. Due to all of this I’m spending the Christmas and New Year’s holidays here at home. This is the first time in nearly two months where I’ll have a stretch of time to sit down and just be at home.

Of course, I can’t sit around and do nothing (besides watch movies and Tivo) so I got brave and zipped out in the rain with the new car. It was a big step for me, as I’ve been very protective of it, and kept it out of the water as much as possible. As the pictures I’ll post in the gallery will attest, I think it was worth it.

Chalk this one up to being one of the reasons its good to live in California.

Home at last

Time for some sleep

I pushed on through and drove direct from San Diego to San Jose tonight (or today). It took longer than I had hoped, starting at around 7pm or so, and ending at 12:45am. The car is finally in a home garage again, extremely wet, and slightly dinged, but in pretty good shape all things considered.

It was 4 days and 2000 miles of driving, but I’m glad to finally be home. Next time I will definitely take the plane. When I wake up sometime today I’ll try to post some new pictures of the ride in the gallery area.

California Drivers are the Weakest Link

Having now completed 3/4 of my drive home, I can say safely the Californians are the worst drivers this side of the Mississippi River

I had always believed that Californians were poorer drivers than the rest of the country since moving here 10 years ago. However, I now have definitive proof that they are the worst. Take this sampling of data, for instance:

  • States travelled through: 5 (OK, TX, NM, AZ, CA)
  • Worst roads encountered: New Mexico (washboard consistency)
  • Fastest speed limits: Arizona (75 MPH most freeways)
  • Least traffic encountered: New Mexico (desolate in most places)
  • Dead wildlife leader: Texas (nearly every 10 miles something was toast)
  • Most stop and go traffic: California (starts at the border near Interstate -8)
  • Most police on road: California (from mile 3 onward)
  • Largest percentage of slow left lane drivers: California (if people pass you on the right its time to move over a lane)
  • Greatest speed drop in short distance: California (one stretch went from 70 to 45 in less than 10 miles)
  • The only site where I used brakes/downshifted on the highway: California (if traffic is moving too fast for you, or you really must see that abandoned vehicle, get in the right lane)

This is but a small sampling of the frustration happening near the end of this trip. I’m only to San Diego and I’m tired of the driving here. If I don’t find a route around LA I may have to revise this post and add all the pain of sitting in traffic for hours and hours going nowhere.

My First Craigslist sale

It was mostly painless and I picked up a little cash in the deal: selling via Craigslist for fun and profit.

I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out, but I sold my first item via Craigslist: the component rack. I got $49 for it, even though I posted the ad at $60. In the end, it was something I wasn’t using so I’m glad to be free of it.

I’ll consider this money towards the new equipment and car, although the scale is off by a little bit.

The C6 Arrives

After years of procrastination, the sports car is nearly home.

I’ve been putting off this purchase for a while, but this year I finally gave in and got a sports car again. It’s not in my hands for another few weeks, but you can see it the same way I did, in pictures.

Take a look.

HDTV Arrives

It’s been a while in coming, but HDTV is finally in my house. The joy is overwhelming.

It took me a while to finally decide to jump into the high quality content pool and get an HDTV display. It’s a big one (50″), supports CableCard, HDMI inputs, and it goes all the way up to 1080P. High def programs look fantastic on it. DVDs look pretty good. Standard TV? Not so good, I’m afraid. It eats up a good chunk of the wall, but wow is it cool.

If you want more information on this monster, you can find it here: KDSR50XBR1

The end of the world

It’s always good to know that the earth is still here, and now I found the link to correct that oversight…

The evil genius in me often finds a way out into public view, exposing the secret plans I harbor for world change. In that mode of thought, as of today I have yet to find a more thoroughly researched and documented method for ending the world than this next link:

How to destroy the Earth

It really doesn’t get much more straightforward than that. If you ever wondered what it would take, wonder no longer. Go on, have a look.

Don't Tempt Fate

Sometimes when that little voice inside your head says “go on, try that again” you shouldn’t listen to it. Unless, that is, you like disasters.

Today I had one of those moments that I try so hard to avoid, the one where the rational brain and impulsive brain are fighting it out for control. Let me give you the rundown:

  • I had two good flights on my largest R/C airplane
  • There was no real damage, save for some gear scraping, making it a good day
  • The wind was just starting to pick up, so it would had been good to pack it in
  • No one around was pushing me to fly again

So with all of this known, my rational brain told me to call it a day and go home. My impulsive brain said “wait, you can squeeze in one more flight on your own.” So armed with this information I took the plane up again. The takeoff roll was good, the circuits around the field are fine, even the wind buffeting isn’t a big deal.

And then I land. Or I should say I hit the runway.

Now I have a broken rudder, a crunched wing, and a lot of work ahead of me (or someone who fixes things for me) before its flight-worthy again. Sometimes fate is a cruel master, and this time it reminded me that its not always smart to listen to the impulsive thoughts in my head. Doh.