By Rp3 on Jun 16, 2009 | In MotorSports (Nascar, F1, Bikes..)
First off, great race, it was a bit LOOOOONG in the middle as there were not any cautions or wrecks but ended fantastic.
Congrats to the Old Man Mark Martin. WAY TO GO D00d!
My thoughts on the race and weekend activities...
Truck and Nationwide race
Ahh too bad Kyle, wanna cry, at least you picked the place you would finish in the Nationwide race, awesome job. He just couldn't let Joey have it, I thought he would complain about something or the way he passed him, etc... But alas he did not. Ahhh, he was sad, so sad he didn't win... It's too bad for him.
Congrats to Colin Braun, his first Nascar win! Great job man.
Michigan Sprint Cup Race
Jeff Gordon - Starts 43rd and ends up 2nd, should have had 4th, but thanks for the bad luck of Greg Biflator and Jimmy Johnson, he ends up 2nd. They made great adjustments all day and steadily improved. Like they say, years from now it will be a 2nd place finish and thats whats in the record books. Great Job Jeff.
Jimmy Johnson - All I can say is he is going to be hard to beat this year for his 4th championship in a row. This team is on fire, you take away the last two weeks gas mileage issues, and we might be talking about him winning 2 in a row. Mark my words, he is going to be hard to beat.
Dale Jr - Well his MO for the last couple years has been to have a decent car at the start, to improve on it thru the middle of the race, then falter at the end. This week was the first week Lance McGrew had the full race weekend (rain at Pocono) to work with Jr. It showed for sure, he had a 10-15th place car all day and when he usually drops off he didn't, he sustained! Great Job Dale, I think you and Lance are on the road to recovery, and I bet he wins a race before the end of the year. I don't think he will make the chase though, he is just too far back.
Mark Martin - WOW, I am not sure what you can say, this guy is just beating the kids to the punch, he was never up front until the end. He did his typical Mark race, save his stuff, gas, etc... Then at the end he started to make up spots. He even mentioned on the Radio he would just run for points (before race he was 13th, on the outside looking in on the chase) and boy did he. He put himself in posistion to take the win by slowly but surely making his way to the front. When the first two guys ran out of gas he just motored by. Typical Mark Martin, great job Old Man!
TNT - Too many commercials, I don't like the new Wallys world now. I liked it when he would take people out on the track and scare the shit out of them, that is classic tv. I like Kyle Petty in the booth. He has some funny lines, multiple times he was talking when the radio chatter was going. When he was told, he says "hey I used to drive a race car, I can't hear anything". Classic. But we have a ways to go with this crew, we shall see. At least they don't have the same love fest for KB as Fox did, that is a good thing!
Funniest tv show on right now = Wipeout on ABC, I can't get over how funny it is, tears stream down my face when I watch. It's on tomorrow night make sure to try to watch it.
Till next time...
Ps. Sorry for the previous reference to more info on Pocono, just didn't feel it...
By Rp3 on Jul 8, 2009 | In MotorSports (Nascar, F1, Bikes..)
Congrats to Tony again for his victory at Daytona, he had one of the best cars all night long, so congrats to Tony and HIS team. To be honest he has way surpassed my expectations for what he would accomplish this year. He has already won 2 races, he leads the points (by a substantial margin) and is well, driving like the Tony of old. He has also mellowed a bit from his Bad Tony days. His interview after the race discussing KB and the wreck was the new Tony to a T. Again congrats to him.
Jimmy Johnson - yet another top 5, at the track he hasn't done well at in quite some time. How can anyone doubt they are well on their way to a another championship. Chad has got that team rolling yet again and I don't see much in the way to stop them. It will be hard fought for sure, but they just don't make mistakes, and when they do they recover BIG time.
Jeff Gordon - just didn't catch a break, when that wreck happened I noticed and hoped he got through it, then they showed the replay with a wider view and I knew it was over. Big damage to right front, no way to recover from that, I was happy they continued and stayed on the lead lap. Points racing at it's best. Better luck next time JG.
Denny Hamlin - Another Car that was good all day, but the breaks just didn't fall his way this time. His comments after the race kind of explained it, he just didn't know who to follow and had no idea how it was going to turn out. Again this is restrictor plate racing, it is what it is.
Carl Edwards - Talk about showing up at the end, of course the wreck helped, but you never saw or was he even mentioned much on the broadcast. Just like usual, he is slowly but surely creeping up the standings. I do like Cousin Carl, but he just drives for the wrong team ...
Kurt Busch - Damaged car and all and he gets a top-5 out of the deal. This is a great race team led by a motor sports legend, they will be around during the chase don't think otherwise.
Marcos Ambrose - Awesome finish, his best at a plate race for sure. I used to watch him when he drove the V8 SuperCars in Aussie land, now that was exciting racing. Glad to see him doing well, I just love to hear him talk. He is always very happy, and excited to just be in cup racing. Again great job Marcos!
Mark Martin/Dale Jr - Wrong place wrong time, I think they both had cars that could have been up there at the end, but again caught up in someone else's wreck cost them a great day. Dale Jr is out of the chase for this year, I suggest they start working on next years cars NOW. Mark is still in it, and I think the next couple races will be good for him, he needs to do well so he gets back in the top 12! GO MARK!
TNT - I am starting to like the broadcasts more and more, and I have to tell you Kyle Petty twittering during the race is just neat. I also enjoy their balance in the booth. Good job TNT, keep it up.
Can't wait for this weekends race at Chicagoland speedway, too bad I am not in Chicago this week, or I might just have stayed to see the race. Good luck HMS!!
Until next time...
Oh and I finally got my Palm Pre, I will comment on it later this week in a seperate post, but I like it so far...
By Rp3 on Jun 8, 2009 | In MotorSports (Nascar, F1, Bikes..)
This past weekend I spent at a buddies house up in Denton, Texas. We have been Season Ticket holders to TMS (Texas Motor Speedway) since it's inception. This weekend was no different than all the others, a few less people of course, but it simply is this. I drive to Dallas Friday, we go to the truck race, get up early Sat eat breakfast, play golf, get back to his house, watch Belmont, eat dinner, load up cooler, head to TMS for IRL race get home about Midnight, wake up at 7AM, shower and head home.
That's it in a nutshell, now for some details and my thoughts on all the above.
It was a decent race, there were few cautions and as always with the trucks when there are not a lot of yellows to keep them bunched up, they really spread out. TMS is a 1.5 mile tri-oval so when you get the top truck running 180 or so and the back markers running 160 or so it doesn't take long for things to get real confusing. You pay more attention to the Scoring Pod (that tall thing with numbers on it) and listening to the PRN race broadcast than you do watching since your not really sure where the leaders are and then the 2nd, 3rd, and so on. It was nice to have Todd Bodine win in the Copart truck. Todd is a part champion who has struggled with sponsorship this year. Nice to see him with some writing on the quarter panel, and also to see him win for his new sponsor.
Now talking about Sponsorship woes, it was sad to see that today Johnny Benson, last years Champion, lost his ride. As Red Horse Racing was not able to find sponsorship for him and has to close the doors. I think they are going to keep the #11 TJ Bell team running, but I don't think they have 100% sponsor there either. These tough economic times suck for sure.
I simply played beyond my ability (as I haven't played in months at least) and shot a 84 and beat my buddy by 2. Needless to say, he wasn't happy. He lives on a golf course, we walked to the club house, and practices at least 3 times a week. While he is a good player I seem to on fire. I had 3 birdies, numerous pars, and plenty of bogeys, doubles, and maybe a triple in there too. All in all a great time, again i can't believe how well I played, makes me want to start playing again. Of course today my foot is killing me, but hey life goes on...
First off I am no Horse race person, but my buddy is so I always watch a couple races a year, this one and the Kentucky of course. Well the favored horse/jockey didn't win, and the one I picked didn't win. Of course SummerBird won with the Jockey from last year who pulled up the horse that should have won. It was nice to see him win for that reason alone, as he got pummeled in the press, etc.. Kent Des....something... Also interesting to see the pre-race stories, the one about the jockey who was on the horse that was supposed to win was neat. Grew up only wanting to do one thing in the backwater swamps of LA. Ride horses, so he did, almost to the point of not being in school and being able to read or write... Amazing..
Ok enough for now, my take on the IRL race and Nascar race later this week...
Let me start by saying that it has been years since I watched this show. Some people told me about Russell and I caught part of his first season and decided since I thought he was shafted I would watch the Villains Vs Heroes show.
Now that I have see this last season of "Outwit, Outlast, OutPlay" I can honestly say I will not watch again. The person who won didn't do much of any of the above. The person who came in 3rd did all of that along with the person who came in 2nd and neither win the big prize. It was a close game for Parvarti and Russell for me, but I thought Russell played the game better. Some of his moves thorughout the game were down right crazy, but they WORKED. Isn't this supposed to be what it's all about. Meanwhile Sandra won no challenges, even gave up in most of them and she comes out on top since she 'played' the game the best. Huh? What did you smoke people? Are you nuts? Plus the fact that she is a bitch, and proved it on national TV last night. Argoance is one thing, being a bitch and flaunting it is another, I half expected her to start waving her finger in front of peoples faces... What a joke.
This show has become a popularity contest amongst the players, I am not saying that is bad, but it's not what I watch it for. I love the back stabbing (and just so you know the Heroes did that too, yes you Rufus or Rupert or what ever your name is) IT'S part of the game. If you don't do it you go home in the first weeks. So to say that Russell is evil and a back stabber I would say Hell Yes and I would vote for him. I really think they need to do something about this, or their ratings will continue to fall as they are.
I think Russell was vindicated a bit by winning the 100K fan vote, but as I said he should have won. Too many people mad at him since he got rid of them... Boston Rob, douch bag supreme, saying he would "Kick your ass all over the place" well uhmm, didn't you just try that and it didn't work? Talk is cheap my friend.
And what was up with Colby? He sucked, but managed to stay out of the line of fire, he had no way to win it unless he won immunity, which we knew he wouldn't, but it was a great play up until then.. What was the deal with his comment last night about quarantine? Are they really keeping them penned up as much as he said they were? That ruins the game even more?
Also how come they were really never 'starving' like in the old days? It's like, oh well I guess we will have 10 bananas and 5 coconuts today... I guess we will live? I am no way saying it's easy, but I can remember the shows in the past, long ago, where people looked like they lost 30% of their body fat, now thats the Survivor we know and love.
Please bring it back to the way it was, not the way it is, your loosing audience and will continue to until things change. Maybe after 20 seasons, it's just time for it to go... Who knows, only time will tell...
By Rp3 on May 7, 2009 | In Fun (Web, Movies, Life, etc..)
Ok so I have heard a lot about Virtual Box and how great it was, I have never tried to run it as I didn't think I needed it. Then I heard about Microsoft letting anyone download a WIN7 .iso and run it to report errors, etc.. So I thought what the hell, but of course I didn't want to install on one of my machines. The first thought that came to my mind was Virtual Box. So a quick search later, and I installed the latest ver for my Ubuntu X64 box. Then off to download WIN7. Also a quick search to see if anyone else has done this, and of course there were lots of people that tried. Alas I wasn't going to be first but at least I would give it a go.
So off we go, since Virtual Box works from ISO's I didn't have to do anything to the download from M$. I just fired up Virtual Box and started to create an environment, and low and behold there is a setup for WIN7 in there. I thought this is going to be hard...
Here you can see I have started the install process, so far so good.
Hey it wants this info so that must be good right?
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