Podrunner: Intervals

February 14th, 2009

For the past several weeks I’ve been running & walking to the podcasts at Podrunner, more specifically, the First day to 5k series. It’s provided me with a semi-disciplined way of exercising. Today I finished up week 5 of the series which had me running 20 minutes straight — I haven’t done that in probably 10 years! I was pretty tired at the end but I managed to complete the run. Now I need to ice my knees.

DJ Beatsmith asks everyone to tell a friend, so, friend, I’m telling you!


2007 Indianapolis 500

May 29th, 2007

I’ve managed to get my pictures from the 91st Running of the Indianapolis 500 uploaded to my gallery. Rather disappointing race due to it being cut off at 166 laps due to the 3 third rain shower of the day. I’m sure Dario Franchitti wasn’t disappointed though.

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And here are the rest. There’s a couple movies in there as well. New Gallery software for me too. Or, at least an upgrade to Gallery2.

All the pictures were taken with my new Canon S3 IS. Pretty nice camera.

Microsoft says to reformat

April 5th, 2006

This article at eWeek quotes a security manager from Microsoft who essentially says that saving a Windows install from a bad malware infection is becoming near impossible. He mentions malware that self repairs — you remove it then refresh the directory and it is back again. He recommended using Spybot to help keep systems clean and has urged businesses to come up with quick, efficient ways of backing up data and reinstalling a system.

That’s great.. businesses can afford a dedicated staff to keep their computers running, but what about home users? They’re pretty well screwed when they get an infection.. The standard advice of running Spybot and Ad-Aware may no longer be enough.. “Hope you kept backups, because you need to reformat,” may become the advice of the day.

Sure am glad I use Gentoo, but maybe mom will be getting a Mac next..

Webhost upgrade

June 30th, 2005

The webhost FINALLY got around to upgrading the webserver from a single P3-1GHZ to a dual Opteron 246. Bout damn time. Only a month and a half from when I initially complained (and I had been having problems before that) to when they finally upgrade the server. Hopefully things will run smoothly now, and I can actually use my site that I’ve been paying for.

USGP failure

June 19th, 2005

The F1 race today in Indianapolis, the US Grand Prix, was a complete failure – on many levels.

Michelin failed to make a tire that is capabale of racing more than 10 laps without putting the driver in danger.

The FIA failed to figure out some sort of resolution to the problem.

The teams failed to push Michelin to give them another option.

The fans failed to be good fans. Boo, curse, and make all that rude gestures you want. But do not throw debris on to the track that endangers the lives of the drivers that did race and the lives of the track workers that have to clean up your mess.

FIA press releases / memo releases indicate that they knew about the problem late Saturday or early Sunday morning. Michelin could have gone to extraordinary measures to get safe tires for their cars. Rules could have been broken and drivers penalized – but there would have been a race!

Some of the teams have raised with us the possibility of running a tyre which was not used in qualifying. We have told them this would be a breach of the rules to be considered by the stewards. We believe the penalty would not be exclusion but would have to be heavy enough to ensure that no team was tempted to use qualifying tyres in the future.

The show must go on!

Give Bridgestone and Ferrari all of the points because they deserve it. They’ve done a better job this weekend, but once they give them all of the points, let’s go and put on a show. It doesn’t have to be an absolute wheel-to-wheel battle because WWF survives quite well out here with an element of show business involved. But what you have here is a joke.

What happened today was a damn joke. It just pisses me off. Nevermind who is really at fault. The 150,000 people that paid to see a race will not come back next year. That is going to be bad for Indianapolis, bad for Indiana, and bad for F1 racing in the US, and bad for F1 racing around the world. I hope the FIA comes down hard on those jokers somehow. They’ve embarassed the entire sport today, caused damage that is not going to be soon forgotten, and basically made a mockery of the entire sport.

Indy 500 Today

May 29th, 2005

Back from the Indy 500. What a race. Too many lead changes to count!

Reggie Miller was the starter of the race. He climbed up the flag stand about 45 minutes before the start of the race and the crowd just loved him! “REGGIE REGGIE REGGIE REGGIE”. I heard them in the background during the ABC pre-race stuff during the rebroadcast of the race.

Danica Patrick put on quite the show as well. 23 year old rookie. She actually led for something like 20 laps the crowd just loved that. We were all on our feet for the last 25 laps or so watching her in the lead. She unfortunately finished 4th.

Dan Wheldon managed to take the win under a yellow / checker finish. He was my Uncle’s pick and his pit was right across from our seats at the start / finish line, so it was fun to watch him move through the field.

After the miserable time we had last year, I wasn’t really looking forward to this year’s race, but now I can’t wait for next year. It was a blast!

Didn’t take the camera this year.. it just doesn’t do well taking pictures of cars going 225 MPH. Or maybe it’s me. Or both.

Ducklings This Year

May 10th, 2005

Here are some pictures of the ducklings that are behind mom’s house this year. The mama duck was one that I saw 2 years ago.. Or at least there was another female duckling 2 years ago with a small white stripe on the back of her neck. We also saw her last year. And this year she has 11 little ducklings to keep track of! Pretty neat to see her grow up like that 🙂


April 28th, 2005

When I upgraded to WordPress 1.5 a couple months ago, I broke my Permalink structure and didn’t realize it. That caused all the category links, comment links, archive links, etc to be broken! No wonder all the spamming stopped!

After fighting with it for a while, I realized that my structure was set to webmasterp.com/archives/blahblah. I kept getting 404 errors and couldn’t figure out why! Then I was looking through the latest visitors and saw someone linking to a picture at webmasterp.com/archives and it dawned on me. /archives existed! So I changed the structure to webmasterp.com/arch/blahblah and it works again! Yay!

Now to track down a good anti-spam plugin since I’m sure the spamming will begin momentarily..

Another show

September 25th, 2004

I forgot to post about the Auburn Cord Dusenberg festival and Kruse car auction from the beginning of the month.

Again, too many cool cars to pick out just a couple favorites… So here are the pictures!

Ducktail Run

September 25th, 2004

Mom & I went up to the Ducktail Run in Gas City, Indiana today.. There were over 1200 cars preregistered and they were expecting plenty more to show up. It was a really festive atmosphere and people were just hanging out having a good ole time.

I’m too lazy to link my favorite thumbnails, besides, there are too many favorites. So here’s the pictures. Enjoy!

One brake rotor for sale

August 28th, 2004

Slightly used, only 30,000 miles. Single owner. Minor body damage. No reasonable offer refused!


Took two of us swinging with 2lb hammers to finally break the thing loose!

I ordered the new stuff this past Tuesday afternoon. The Tire Rack had it to me by Wednesday afternoon. I was blown away! EBC Greenstuff pads and Brembo flat faced rotors.

Used a dual action polisher

August 22nd, 2004

I bought a Porter Cable 7336SP this past week at Lowes and gave it a whirl on my hood today. This thing is MUCH more powerful than my little Craftsman buffer! It really worked the Meguiar’s polishes (#83 and #82) in and made them dust up (or become clear) just like they are supposed to do. However, I think it isn’t even strong enough to work on my paint. It’s just too far gone. Lots of etching and marring from acid rain and bird droppings from the car being outside for 8 years. It’s really obvious when I pull it out in the sun and take pictures. No swirls, but lots of tiny little marks. Maybe if I spent more time and/or used a more abrasive foam pad (used a Lake Country polishing pad) I’d have better luck, but I doubt it.

I took some pictures trying to show my work, but they didn’t really come out all that great. I guess I need a tripod so that I can take pictures from the exact same angle to show the differences better. Slightly changing the angle makes it so I can’t really directly compare my work from step to step. Oh well.

I do like the machine though. It made applying S100 Shine Enhancing Paint Cleanser go really quickly and I got a nice even coat. Same with Poorboy’s EX-P. Just a breeze. I applied them both with finishing pads.