Archive for May, 2004

2004 Indianapolis 500

Monday, May 31st, 2004

My cousin and I got to my Uncle’s camping area about 9am and hung around for a bit, hoping it wasn’t going to rain, but not wanting to sit in our seats for several hours during a rain delay. Then it started raining. My Uncle cooked us some breakfast in his little camper dealio on the back of his truck. Around noon we decided to head in to the track because we had heard that they’d be starting the race around 1.

Got there and our seats were amazing. Every other time I’ve been, probably 13 races, we’ve been just off of turn 4. This time we’re RIGHT by the start/finish line, the yard of bricks. We can see all the action in the pits, the cars coming off the fourth turn, all the way down the front straight, and in to the first turn. The seats were also under cover, so if it started raining, we’d stay dry.

Around lap 23 they brought out the caution flag, and then red flagged the race at lap 27 due to the rain. Bah. 2+ hr rain delay and things got going again. Couple wrecks and such, nothing too bad. Worst was a three car wreck that ended up with the cars sliding down pit road and a safety worker getting hurt. Lap 175 it starts to rain again with Buddy Rice in the lead. Race is called at lap 180, and he takes the yellow / checkered flag. Bah. It was around 6:30 at that time, and we really wanted to see the race go the distance. Oh well.

As we were leaving the track, it really started raining. Got to my Uncle’s camping spot and it started raining even harder! Instead of waiting for the rain to pass, my cousin and I decided to just go on to his Jeep. Got freakin soaked.. thunder, lightning, tornado sirens going off. Then it seemed like the storm just followed us all the way home, making for a miserable drive.

sitting down pulling off borg warner trophy

All of my pictures.

Still more cleaning on mom’s car

Friday, May 28th, 2004

Decided to apply the wax today. May the paint that much slicker, and seemed to make it look a little wetter. Definite difference. And it only took about 20 minutes or so.

Cleaned the leather too. That Mr. Clean Eraser kicks all kinds of ass. I could really tell where I had and had not cleaned as it got rid of all the dirt. Just did the eraser on the driver’s seat and the plastics around the driver — that one bar is pretty much shot. The driver’s floormat had never been really cleaned before, just some vacumming and a little shampoo. Decided to go after it w/ the hose.. YECH! So much stuff came out, and even more as I was brushing out some of the water.

I did have my camera with me. But I left the battery at my apartment in the charger. DOH!

Mostly done w/ mom’s car

Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

I finished the outside of mom’s car today. Pretty impressed with the results, which should speak for themselves.

I ended up using Meguiar’s #83 DACP, S100 Shine Enhancing Cleanser, and Poorboy’s EX-P, after the wash and clay. Wheels were washed, clayed, and waxed with Meguiar’s Gold Class liquid wax. Dressed with Turtle Wax Tire Wax.

Here’s a couple of my favorite pictures:

Shine shine 2 lighthouse

Still need to do the interior and do some wetsanding on the headlights. I may throw a coat of S100 wax on it if I get bored.

Washing Mom’s Car

Saturday, May 22nd, 2004

I owe mom a car detailing for mother’s day. She was never home much when she was in town, so now that she’s on vacation, I have all the time I need. Just got started with my little process today. I washed the car with Protect All Quick N Easy Wash and a microfiber wash mitt. Dried off using a 100% cotton terry cloth towel and waffle weave microfiber towel. Then I clayed the car using Clay Magic detailing clay. Here are a couple pictures I took, I’ll keep taking pictures as I go along, hopefully I’ll be able to see some difference. The car is tan, so stuff really doesn’t show up all that well. Total time to do those two steps was just over 2 hours.

Next on my list is Meguiar’s #83 DACP and #82 SFP, then S100 SEPC, Poorbooy’s EX-P, and S100 wax. I’m also going to clean the headlights by wetsanding and using Mother’s chrome polish, clean the wheels using S100 Wheel Cleaner, and dress the tires using Turtle Wax Emerald Series Tire Wax. Leather inside will be conditioned and cleaned with Lexol products, plastic will be dressed (not sure what I’ll use right now), carpet vacummed and shampooed if necessary. Lots of stuff to do!

The EX-P and some Meguiar’s Final Detail are actually in the mail right now.. Scheduled for delivery on Wednesday. So I’ll probably do the DACP, SFP, and SEPC on Monday, interior and wheels on Tuesday, then finish up on Wednesday. At least, that’s my plan for now. We’ll see how the weather holds up and such.

Cleaned it up

Monday, May 17th, 2004

I cleaned up my stylesheets and index file a little bit. To make things look like the old movabletype site I hadn’t really followed the WordPress CSS sheet and I had screwed around with the index.php quite a bit. Following some examples I was able to modify a WordPress CSS sheet to make things look the way I want (I actually started with this theme and did a fair amount of changing). Only slight modifications to the index.php file were necessary. Also managed to validate as XHTML 1.0, and the CSS validates with the exception of the elements that make the curved borders. Yay.

Previously, the site was on a couple of MovableType-specific webrings.. since I don’t run MT anymore I can’t be on them, but I can’t figure out how to get off of them. Hopefully their little robots will scan the site. If not, oh well. Sorry.

Of course, just like any other website, it’s a work in progress 🙂

No more MovableType

Monday, May 17th, 2004

Due to recent changes in MovableType’s licensing, I’ve switched software to WordPress. Moving was pretty easy, I just followed along with these instructions and did a little of digging around on the WordPress forums. I even got most of the “look” from the MovableType site transitioned over. Still a little tweaking to do, but for the most part, I’m happy.

SixApart can do all the explaining they want, but the simple matter is that the software is no longer free. I’ll use GPL’d software so that I know what I’m using is free.

Just for old time’s sake, here is what the site looked like under MT.

Google’s image ads

Friday, May 14th, 2004

Hmmm.. One reason I never minded the Google ads was because they were all text based. Now that they can do images, I’m not so sure I like em. One thing I like about the regular text ads is that it seems some webmasters are able to customize the display of the ads so that they fit in with the page design. With random images popping up, that just isn’t possible. The image ads will stand out and be pretty damn obvious, while the text ads fit right in with the design.

Oh well. Google’s going public. I guess they gotta find ways of keeping shareholders happy.

Breaking Vegas

Saturday, May 8th, 2004

Slashdot had a story a couple years ago about MIT students counting cards at Las Vegas blackjack tables. On Sunday, May 9th at 9PM ET/PT, The History Channel will air a show called Breaking Vegas about the students. The show will feature an interview with the author of the book Bringing Down the House, which the Wired article, in the Slashdot story, was based on.

Hope I remember to watch it!

Hope you have a fast computer

Wednesday, May 5th, 2004

Preliminary system requirements for Microsoft’s next OS, Longhorn, have apparently been leaked. The “average” computer should have something along the lines of a dual-core 4GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, up to a terabyte of storage, and a graphics card that runs 3x as fast as the ones on the market today. Wow. And that’s just average. I guess that MS expecting that Longhorn will take a while to come out, or that technology is going to keep advancing at a rapid pace.