Any idiot can drive fast in a straight line

Friday, October 24, 2003

My apartment complex is comprised of four seperate buildings that share a single underground parking garage. When Russell and I moved in, we took two of the last parking spots available. They were over by building B while we lived in building A but it is just a short 30 meter walk across the garage. Last night after working out, I followed another car into the garage. They parked over by building A while I parked by building B. We crossed paths as we went to the opposing building. I didn't think anything of it, but she called out to me just as I was about to enter the building. We traded contact info and decided that we should trade parking spots.

She was quite attractive as well; maybe that is why I didn't say anything in the first place.

I no longer like investing. MSFT posts improved earnings and profits, beats the street estimate by a cent and our stock goes DOWN $2 the next day. Sigh.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Hmm, factoring in employer contribution, my 401k currently has a return of 57.02% and my stock currently has a return of 32.03%. I like investing!

As of today, Windows Mobile powered Smartphones are available in the US! AT&T Wireless is carrying the Motorola MPx200. This is a monumental leap forward for my department. We have been working on the Smartphone platform for years and we are now in the US market! The AT&T site is selling the phone for $299, but until 10/28/2003, Amazon has the phone for $149.99 (after $150 mail-in rebate).

It is difficult to explain just how powerful these phones are in words. First off, it's a great phone. Reception is rarely an issue, audio quality is fantastic and all the features of a regular phone are there. Combine that with a full-fledged PIM (calendar, contacts, tasks, email), MP3 and video player, Internet Explorer, MSN Messenger, and more! An additional feature that not many people know about is you can use most of these phones as a wireless modem as well! Anywhere you go with your laptop, just connect your phone with the provided USB cable and now you are on the internet!

The longer I am in this department, the more I love the products.

Monday, October 20, 2003

BBC Top Gear: "I'm told that on a track, any track, the [Focus] RS is faster than a Subaru Impreza. Better looking too, but that's not hard." Haha, I'm starting to agree with all the reports about the looks of the Impreza. Sorry, Jeff and Joe, it really doesn't look all that hot. Then again, I almost bought this and even I know it looks like crap.

Sunday, October 19, 2003

My god, look at the travel on this suspension! The wheels have to be a good 8-10 inches away from their default height. The expansion pressure on those shocks must be enormous.

Seems like fall in Seattle (taken from my balcony).

Oh, yesterday's flag football game? We lost, 52-7.

So last night was the big go-karting event at Champs Karting. Racers: Katherine, Russ, Jeff, Jeff's sister, Jeff's sister's boyfriend, Lee, Mark, Andy, Kevin, Joel, Dennis, Rob and another Jeff. It's a shame that Champs online results system is broken because then I could give actual speed numbers. At Champs, each race is 18 laps and because of the staggered start, the winner is whomever has the fastest single lap. I raced with Katherine, Mark and Lee. Mark set the fastest lap of the night (for our group) with a 20.00 flat. Lee was second with a very close 20.03 and I was third with 20.30.

The track was fairly small but I didn't fully figure it out until about half way through. As you can see on this map, there are a few hairpin turns. The worst was turn 3. No matter what I did, I couldn't seem to get enough exit velocity. If it was a real car, I would have changed the gear ratios for faster low-end acceleration. I figured out how to gain some serious velocity through turns 1 and 2, but 3 was my down fall. I'm sure another go at it and I would improve by at least .3 seconds a lap.

Overall, I think everyone had a good time. Jeff and crew had to leave early since they had just gotten in from across the country that morning. His sister honestly looked like she pulled two all nighters. You know that glazed, watery look? She had a textbook case. Jeff will probably drag me back there, no worries.

Afterward, Katherine, Russ, Lee and I went to Belltown Billiards. We were supposed to meet up with Lee's friend Craig, but he never showed. Everytime I go to the bar, I can never think of a cool mixed drink to order. I need to work on a list.