Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Patented

Check it out, I have a patent.

US Patent 6,628,786
Distributed state random number generator and method for utilizing same

Thank you Google Patent Search, or else I never would have known.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Happy Birthday to Me


Just ordered my new bike, it should arrive just in time for my birthday. The bike will look similar to the one pictured above, full Campy Record, with Campy Neutron wheels, and speedplay X-1 pedals (nach).

I test road a BMC Pro Machine SLC 01 on a whim, and didn't really expect to find a bike better than my current custom steel Cherry. I was just looking from something lighter that rode as well. I was supprised at just how well the BMC rode. The BMC felt alive and eager, very eager. I was riding a couple gears higher than I usually do on every part of my test ride. On the decent down Page Mill, I thought I was stuck in the small chainring, but I had in fact spun out my highest gear. Duuuuude!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Confidence



I finally got some track time again. It has been over a year since the last time I had been on a track. I felt very rusty. For company I had Ron and Heather with my. Always nice to have support at the track. I planned for this to be a super causal track weekend to get reaquanted with driving and give some ride alongs to Ron and Heahter in the process. Heather caught a cold, so most of the passenger time went to Ron.

The first of the two days was spent learning the track again, we were running it counter-clockwise, the opposite direction I was used to. I also spent the day working on passing, and more frequently, letting cars by. I was paranoid of holding cars up, driving my mirrors, not looking up... The list goes on. Long story short, I could only improve. :)

Day two went better. I started to pick up the pace and handle traffic better. I got some good instruction from a pair of fellow M Coupe owners, which helped.

But really it all came down to confidence, confidence in my car and my ability to drive it. I set my fastest laps in the final session of the second day. A full 3 seconds faster than the previous session. The difference? Confidence. I just didn't lift (as much). Just look at the graph: The red line is the faster lap, and blue the slower (as seen in the video). The big difference was not lifting through the big sweeping turns. To be honest, I didn't think I was pushing any harder.

This event was the first time I used my new Traqmate data logger. So I have GPS, speed, and acceleration data for my laps. Here is a link to a movie of a (slow 2:26) lap of Buttonwillow in the CCW configuration (30M) with the data overlay.



For the record, my fasted lap from the last session was a 2:23. After reviewing the segment times for the last session, that fastest lap didn't have a single fastest segment time. If I could manage to string together my fastest segments, I would have been turning 2:20s. Yikes. Here's hoping my next track post is titled "Consistency."

[edited to add YouTube inline video.]

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

E-Poopbig

I've been using Google calendar, and have gotten Susan and several other family members using it as well. It has been a great way to co-ordinate planning, allowing Susan to know when I'm scheduled for work events and for me to know when things are happening with the house and the rest of the family.

Today I noticed Susan is recording my 6 month old daughter's BMs in the calendar. In case you were wondering, September 2nd was an "e-poopbig" day.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Summer is Officially Over

My son (the "A-man") is staring school today. Pre-school to be precise. He's very excited about it. Every time we have mentioned school, he says "Let's go right now." regardless if it is the middle of lunch or 8pm at night. He is trying to find out as much as possible about this thing called school. He strikes up conversation with his Dad/Mom/Nana by saying: "Can you talk to me some more about school?" His subtle way to have you tell him everything you know about his teacher, activities, anything. I hope his enthusiasm holds after he's actually been to school. :)

His class will consist of playing, drawing, painting, using paste, reading stories, singing, and eating snacks.

Not the school I remember. My earliest memories of school are of my kindergarten teacher berating me for drawing outside the lines and for trying left handed scissors when I'm clearly right handed. In retrospect, it felt like bootcamp for glueing, cutting, and coloring.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Overheard in Palo Alto



Sister-in-law: How do you post cameraphone photos to flickr?
Wife: Its simple! Just send them to Bryn's phone, and he'll upload them.

Monday, August 14, 2006

I Love (and Hate) the Google Spam Filter



I love Gmail. It rocks, and is quite simply the best email client ever. I really appreciate that I don't have to run my own spam filter anymore. Spamassassin is the best, and I still run it in series for my own domains that get forwarded to gmail, but I've stopped tweaking the rules long ago.

However, why does it take Gmail 5000 emails with:


****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****CDPN****


In the header to figure out that it is Spam? Sometimes I think Gmail is just using me as a human spam filter to train its gigantic neural net.

P.S. I find it rather ironic that Blogger (AKA Google) spell checker does not have either "Google" or "Gmail" in its dictionary.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Bug or Not?

If you have ever found a weird looking bug, and wondered WTF it is, this is the web site for you. What's That Bug ( http://www.whatsthatbug.com/ ) You just email them your digital photo of a mystery bug and they find out what it is.

God I love the Internet.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Useless Organs

Had a odd July 4th . Susan got an appendicitis and had her appendix out on Monday. Everything went smoothly, she was up and walking about hours later. A total of 24 hours in Stanford Hospital from the time she walked in the ER until we wheeled her the next day.

One week later she is A-OK. Hopefully the doctor gives her the OK to start lifting small things, like the baby, tomorrow.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Best Wife Ever

Just a quick note to gloat. I have the best wife ever.

Tru dat.

Back from Mexico


Sunset
Originally uploaded by randomstring.

I've been back from Mexico for a few weeks, but I wanted to test posting flickr images to my blog. I tend to photo-blog most of the time anyway, because I don't like typing complete sentences. :)

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

First Post (again)

So 360.yahoo.com has been broken for a few days, preventing any new posts. (Awesome blog product Yahoo dudes.) So I'm defecting to a yet another Google service. Even though blogger has a bad rap, it is better than 360 (duh).

Why did I start with 360? because I didn't want to have to think about the bloggin platform, I just wanted to type and be done. I already wasted 2 days trying to set up Typepad, just right, then lost momentum. It was another 6 months before I tried to start a blog. So, in a nutshell: I'm lazy.

So here we are. At some point I will port all my old posts to here.