September, 2012

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Like a track day, but without having to wait for point-bys

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Okay, so I spun and flat spotted it, but WTF Kumho?

Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Okay, so I spun and flat spotted it, but WTF Kumho?

Why MacGyvered auxiliary oil catch can? Because race car!

Saturday, September 29th, 2012
Why MacGyvered auxiliary oil catch can? Because race car!

Evo day 1 report:

Friday, September 28th, 2012
Practice session went all right except for an embarrassing out-lap spin out of T3. Cold tires and damp track plus a lagged truckload of torque = surprise, you're swapping ends!
After that I settled down and started putting the car through its paces. The amount of power is frightening and STU being mixed in with Group 5 this weekend meant I was seeing closing speeds of 30+ mph. I was surprised at how fast I would catch up to cars that seemed distantly I front and that resulted in a few tense moments when I ran up on a car in a turn rather coming out of it as I expected. Need to recalibrate.
The car itself felt… numb. Whereas I feel "connected" to the Miata the Evo just felt remote and unpredictable… I didn't get a good feel for how hard I could brake or how aggressively I could corner and whenever the rear stepped out I felt like I was reacting rather than anticipating. I'm hoping this is mainly because I'm not used to it.
The car's potential is huge. The one clean lap I got, tip-toeing gingerly through the turns I still turned a 1:42, the fastest lap of the session and 4 seconds faster than my previous best in this car. I didn't do any alignment other than straightening the toe (which, annoyingly, was off-center in the front) so there's a lot of setup work to be done.
When I came back in from Practice I suddenly heard and felt a "clank" from the front driveline, as if some piece of metal had gotten stuck on another, and then suddenly broke loose. This seemed to get worse with more steering. Looking from the outside I saw that whenever this would happen–both front axles would visibly move a bit. I spent most of the rest of the day–missing the day's Qualifying and Race sessions–pulling the front axles and inspecting the front CV joints. They were fine and I resigned myself to the likelihood that the front diff had gone bad. On a whim I drove up and down a few rows in paddock, ignoring the noise, and suddenly it went away and the car drove normally again. I went out for a "hardship lap" and the car seemed to behave normally, so it's "game on!" for tomorrow.
A couple other issues arose: I was advised my muffler delete pipe had registered 102dB on the sound meter, too high even for am SCCA race group where the limit is 101dB. Luckily I brought my Works axle-back exhaust (muffler) with me and after swapping it on my car read 88dB on my hardship lap.
Finally, I came in to the paddock to find the engine bay around the intake manifold coated in oil, centered around the oil catch can. So it looks like a recurrence of the problem I was struggling with all those years ago… Will run a hose from the catch can filter outlet to another improvised catch can tomorrow to confirm if that's the source of the oil.
All in all a challenging, tiring day but hopefully things will come together tomorrow.

This is finally happening.

Friday, September 28th, 2012
1. Don't crash.
2. Don't break.
3. Finish.
#oppo+

Wow

Thursday, September 27th, 2012
Wow. An amazingly beautiful, moving and powerful ad.

Perfect for my next vacation/road trip!

Thursday, September 27th, 2012
Perfect for my next vacation/road trip!

Field Trip
Field Trip is your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you. Field Trip runs in the background on your phone. When you get close to something interesting, it pops up a card…

Best SciAm headline ever? You read that right, that's Scientific American, not…

Thursday, September 27th, 2012
Best SciAm headline ever? You read that right, that's Scientific American, not the National Enquirer. Read on…

Buddhist “Iron Man” Found by Nazis Is from Space: Scientific American
Known as the “iron man,” a 24-centimeter-high sculpture was likely created from a piece of the Chinga meteorite that was strewn across the border region between Russia and Mongolia between 10,000 and …

Trunk lid no longer held closed solely by gravity FTW! #BecauseRaceCar

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Trunk lid no longer held closed solely by gravity FTW! #BecauseRaceCar

Here's a screenshot of Tasks, one of the apps on sale for $0.25 on the Google…

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Here's a screenshot of Tasks, one of the apps on sale for $0.25 on the Google Play Apps store today to celebrate Google Play's 25-billion-download milestone. Syncs up with the Google Tasks feature I'm sure most Gmail users don't even know they have.
http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2012/09/google-play-hits-25-billion-downloads.html