Monday, April 30, 2007

Rim of the World Rally, 2007

Rim of the World Rally

On Saturday, I spent the day watching Rim of the World Rally. Just like always, Lancaster was a festering hellhole of heat, sweat, and dust. The crowd at ROTW is an interesting mix of Lancaster natives, the Faster-n-Furiouser crowd, Anime/Japanophiles, general motorsport fans, and the curious Subaru nerd or two. If you can stand the heat, it's a lot of fun to watch the events, the cars, and the crowd.

There was a car show/competition for heavily modded cars:
STI + Anime
There was a cone course where you could drive your own car! I've got to figure out how to enter this next year, because it looked like a blast:
Surprisingly, during the time I was watching, two of the fastest cars on the course were generic looking Subaru Foresters--one of those even had a roof rack still attached. And as a Ford hater, I also took satisfaction when "the loudest Mustang in the world" turned out to be one of slower cars.

There were part vendors and car dealerships with displays in the (mercifully air conditioned) pavilion:
In the pavilion

One of the best things about Rim of the World Rally: You can walk and interact with the pit crews between the stages:
Getting ready for the next round

I'll admit, I wasn't hardcore, and wimped out after Saturday. On Sunday, I missed history being made when 22 year old Lisa Klassen became the first woman to win an national rally overall.

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Saturday, April 28, 2007

AAA: Evil?

AAA has a sketchy agenda that I wasn't completely aware of. Weird. So consider this an open letter to AAA: I like your "come fix my car when its broke" policies, but your anti-environment policy, not so much.

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And now, another great moment in American Television

I come home from work and flip on the television. "Entertainment Tonight" is on:
Next Monday, an E.T. exclusive jailhouse interview: We talk with Joey Buttafuoco about why he's back behind bars. And find out just how much weight he's lost.
That's right: they're teasing Monday's show with Joey Buttafuoco's weight loss.

To quote David Cross: I vowed that I’m going to retain that image every time I hear George Bush go ‘the terrorists hate our freedom.’ You know what? I hate our freedom. Me, little ‘ol me, I’m an American, I fucking hate it. That’s all we’ve done with it? We’re fucking assholes man.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Video Friday: "Come To Daddy", Aphex Twin

Try to watch this full screen: if you're creeped the fuck out, you're doing it right. (Aphex Twin is the dude who hid his face in a song).

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Random links

Link grab bag!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Video, um, Tuesday: "Sweep The Leg, Johnny" by No More Kings

Directed by, and starring, William Zabka.

(Watch the whole thing, dammit!) Hat tip to H-Nat.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

I could tell that one was a doozy

Kurt Vonnegut is dead. Much of his writing is great, but some of it is transcendent. Like his allegorical short story Harrison Bergeron--how could another human being write something so perfect? Go read it now.

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