Holy hell. California has just upped the ante when it comes to street race punishment: they will crush your car!

Wash: NXT

Clay: Sonus w/ Poorboy’s Spray & Gloss

Wash: NXT

Medium polish: Poorboy’s Super Swirl Remover 2.5 applied with a Lake Country yellow Cutting pad on a Porter Cable 7336 (same as 7424 with a 6″ counterweight)

Light polish: Menzerna Final Polish II with a LC white polishing pad

Paint cleanser: P21S Gloss-Enhancing Paintwork Cleanser applied with microfiber pad

Wax: S100

What do you think?

The SVT has hit 15k miles so I had a few inspections done. I had an oil analysis done by Blackstone Labs and they said my wear levels were “perfect”. So, the engine is just fine. The full inspection from the dealer came back clean except that my rear brake pads are moderately worn. After 15k miles and 16 months, it is probably time to bleed the brakes as well. I haven’t had much trouble changing the oil, changing the cabin air filter, installing horns and flashing the ECU, but I’m not so sure I want to mess with the brakes! If I mess up the ECU, it just won’t start or will run a bit rough. If I mess up the brakes, I could fold the car around a pole or rumble down the hills leading from the townhome. Anyway, here are some of the parts I’m thinking about:

Having to park my car outside has finally taken an observable toll. Since it’s outside, whatever protection (sealant, wax, etc) is on there is diminished rapidly and since it’s exposed to the elements, I find myself having to wash it at least once a week. Because of this, I guess I didn’t protect the paint well enough as I have a ton of micromarring. Here’s a picture showing a nice selection of spider web scratches and the daps of tree sap I get to deal with:

I just ordered some strong polish so I can remove all those fun scratches, but I decided to add a little protective layer in the mean time:

While that didn’t remove any of the scratches…

…it will keep the paint from getting worse and it did add a little depth:


Sweet, I just upgraded my home server to Apache 2.0.39 and PHP 4.0.3 to Apache 2.0.54 and PHP 5.0.4 without a single snag. Supposedly, PHP 5 is much faster than 4 and additionally, I’m now interfacing Apache and PHP using SAPI instead of CGI which is also supposed to be faster. Sadly, none of that will matter since you’re still bottlenecked by my breakneck 25 KBPS max upload! Thanks, Comcast.

Motorola Moto Q

Yes! They have finally announced it! This was code-name Franklin, but Moto is going to market it as the “Q”. Not sure if I approve of the name, but they didn’t ask me to name it, just help design the interface for it!

This is why I will (probably) never have another Chipotle burrito:

Serving Size: Burrito (16oz)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 1024

Calories from Fat 392

% Daily Value

Total Fat 44.8g 69%

Saturated Fat 12g 62%

Cholesterol 126mg 42%

Sodium 2948mg 125%

Total Carbohydrate 103.8g 35%

Dietary Fiber 3.8g 16%

Sugars 4g

Protein 51g

Vitamin A 77%

Vitamin C 74%

Calcium 44%

Iron 24%

** Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Chicken, Burrito, Rice, Peppers, Onions, Green Salsa, Cheese

Testosterone Nation – 7 Habits of Highly Effective Nutritional Programs:

“1. Eat every 2-3 hours, no matter what. You should eat between 5-8 meals per day.

2. Eat complete (containing all the essential amino acids), lean protein with each meal.

3. Eat fruits and/or vegetables with each food meal.

4. Ensure that your carbohydrate intake comes from fruits and vegetables. Exception: workout and post-workout drinks and meals.

5. Ensure that 25-35% of your energy intake comes from fat, with your fat intake split equally between saturates (e.g. animal fat), monounsaturates (e.g., olive oil), and polyunsaturates (e.g. flax oil, salmon oil).

6. Drink only non-calorie containing beverages, the best choices being water and green tea.

7. Eat mostly whole foods (except workout and post-workout drinks).”

God, I’m never going to get in shape.