Archives: August, 2008


Saturday, August 30th, 2008

My roommate and I set up all 7 of our screens to loop the “Never Gonna Give You Up” video. It was loud, annoying, but pretty sweet.

My setup

Peter's setup

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

These sprung up on campus last week, and I think they’re complete genius!

Best ALMS race of the year?

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

ALMS, my favorite variety of sportscar racing, has been amazing this year, and today’s race at Mosport did not disappoint! During qualifying, Audi turned a lap in excess of 138 mph, making Mosport the fastest sportscar course in America!

I was watching the race in style:

On the left, my new T61p is sporting streams of onboard and overhead cameras. From left to right, top to bottom the views are Highcroft, Fernandez, AGR, De Ferran, Audi, and the Overhead camera. On the right, my old T23 was displaying live Speed coverage streaming from my roommate’s capture card.

The racing was exceptional all the way through. Early Audi dominance gave way to superior LMP2 strategy and pitstops. Though there were a couple nasty cautions (I hope John Faulkner in the #30 Intersport car is alright!), the green flag sections created close racing both for overall, LMP2, and GT2. The end of the race was spectacular, with several cars needing to stop for fuel, and two more running out of fuel! Shame for De Ferran… But, that gave the LMP2 victory to the Highcroft Acura (my preseason pick). The LMP2 points battle is shaping up to be a classic! Also, special congrats to BK for finishing the race! I can’t wait for them to get their coupe!

Congratulations to the Highcroft team!
Team Highcroft

F1 this weekend was a bit of a parade… and Raikkonen getting knocked out was a bummer. Congrats to Massa, Kubica, Kovalainen, Trulli, Vettel, Glock, and Rosberg for good finishes (notice who I left out?).

Fia GT was racing at Bucharest this weekend, which was a unique course with a great sense of speed. Points were divided between two hour long races. While evil yellow cars won both races, Vitaphone still did nicely, finishing 3rd and 4th in the 1st race and 2nd and 3rd in the 2nd race (due to a mistake by one of the evil yellow cars). Go Maserati! The competitiveness of all the non-Corvette GT1 cars was pretty impressive, and there was a lot of action overall. AF Corse was dethroned in GT2 by CR Scuderia.

RPI Schedule!

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Classes start tomorrow, and I still haven’t even memorized my schedule! So, posting this is benefitting me just as much as you!
Reilly's Schedule

It’s a screenshot of the RPI scheduler program, which is quite handy. It lets you choose the classes you want, then it calculates all the possible schedules using those classes. In my case, it found 72 schedules (!), which I narrowed down with a couple of filters: no 8:00 classes, and no classes from 12:00 to 1:00. What came out was my perfect schedule!

DDR Tournament FAILURE!

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

For all those that thought I was insane at DDR, you may still be right. But compared to others at RPI, I’m not that good =/.

Saturday was the RPI Freshman Olympics! I competed in the DDR tournament (what else would I do) at the heavy level. The tournament consisted of the same 3 songs, played be everyone, and the highest score won. The songs were Silent Hill (7 feet), Spin the Disc (8 feet), and Burning Heat (9 feet). Things started off pretty bad, somehow right in the middle of Silent Hill I managed to get off rhythm (or, the song switched off rhythm and I didn’t notice), and got 8 misses/almosts in a row… I did basically the exact same thing during Spin the Disc, which is very out of character for me. Usually, I’m much more reliable. Burning Heat gave me a shot at redemption, however most of the other “serious” players used a bar (actually a chair) to hold on to while playing. This basically sealed my fate. While I nailed the first 3rd of the song, there was some pad slippage and I basically floundered through the rest of the song.

The result? 6th place. But! Of the non bar users, I finished 2nd. Perhaps I should practice more with the bar…

New Laptop

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

As part of being an RPI student, I am required to have a new laptop! RPI’s laptop program this year chose the Lenovo Thinkpad T61p to be the laptop of choice for distribution! I received my laptop yesterday, and slowly but surely it’s becoming “my laptop”.

Full specs on the “My Computers” page.

Here’s a meta-pic!

Lenovo Thinkpad T61p meta picture

Barack Biden ’08!

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

By now its common knowledge, but Barack Obama chose Joe Biden at 3:00 am this morning!

My header has been sporting Obama logos since January when Kucinich dropped out. And with today’s announcement, it seems fitting that they should be updated with Biden’s name! I’m not satisified with the ‘chop job at the moment, but until I get the source file from my desktop, this will have to do.

Oh, and keeping the tradition of my political posts, here’s an updated lolcat:

Blog Software Updated

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Well, I finally got around to updating WordPress, the blog was almost 2.5 years out of date! We’re now running WordPress 2.6.1, as opposed to the old 2.0.6. I’m going to probably start posting more often again, as I’m college and finding myself with more free time.