Weekend Romp in NJ

Lots of things accomplished this weekend – I was able to do more writing for both Over-Boost and GenesisDriven while also meeting  a friend in Union City at Broken Motorsports while his car was getting serviced there. His GC Impreza was getting the rear coilover suspension installed and he was also putting in a set of rear lateral link. One thing that we’ve come to realize is that a proper list and good air tools can make what seemed like a whole weekend project into a 2 hour job. While his car was getting serviced, we went to go tag a photo in the New Jersey Tag-O-Rama thread on NASIOC – Devil’s Tower in Alpine, NJ:


After we went back to Broken Motorsports, we parted ways and I went back to Clinton to set the new tag:


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Pistons Whizzing at 10000 RPM

Ever wondered what it would look like? A few folks decided to unbolt the cylinder head on a beat up Rover and tow it along in gear…along with some clutch dumps at speed. Too bad the engine seized up at the end, but interesting and funny at the same time!

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Government to Recoup 90% of Bailout Money

With all the ruckus about the absurd bonuses that employees and executives of recieved, a bill was passed to raise the tax rate of executives that have been paid with bailout money to…90%, ouch! Read more about it here.

In the face of public outrage at the fact that AIG paid $165 million in bonuses after receiving $180 billion in government aid, the House voted 328-93 to approve a 90 percent tax on bonuses for certain executives at companies that are getting taxpayer-financed help.

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SEO By Hand With WordPress

So among the sites I have spawned (GenesisDriven.com, AndrewPeng.net, Over-Boost.net) I’ve been reading on how to do SEO (Search Engine Optimization) to make it faster and easiar for Google and other search engines to index my site and make it searchable. According to this page:

Display a three-digit number. The URL for each article must contain a unique number consisting of at least three digits. For example, we can’t crawl an article with this URL: http://www.google.com/news/article23.html. We can, however, crawl an article with this URL: http://www.google.com/news/article234.html. Keep in mind that if the only number in the article consists of an isolated four-digit number that resembles a year, such as http://www.google.com/news/article2006.html, we won’t be able to crawl it. 

And so I set about setting the permalink structure for mod_rewrite to this structure:


Which is great, because WordPress will automatically redirect any of the standard permalink structures to your custom one, so people linking in will still have their links work. Content like pictures still use the same link structure so thats not anything to worry about. See where I prefixed %post_id% with %day% – this allows early posts with post_id’s with less than three digits to get indexed too.

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You’re Gonna Love My Nuts

Who is this guy? Any where does he get all his energy from? I get the impression that he only has this kind of energy when he’s filming; he probably spends the rest of the day laying in a drunken stupor on the floor of the bar throwing bottles at people. But wait, no he isn’t; he’s actually one of the good guys – a victim of Scientology. No, I’m not making this up – I read the story of how Scientology ruined his life here after a friend suggested it in #hardocp. Read it – and get to brush up on Vince Offer, his real name, and how Scientology ruined his life. No. I’m not kidding. Link here.

Turns out, Headset Vince is actually one of the good guys, a hero. We need to stop mocking him and start celebrating him. And we need to buy his towels and nut choppers and his DVDs.

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Making coffee with the Aerobie AeroPress, Among Other Things


The result of being unbelievely bored. Video taken with a Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000, heavily post proccessed with VirtualDub. Interesting story, I was looking for a camera replacement for my aging Quickcam Messenger. One night the whole family takes a trip out to do some shopping. I decide to go to the Circuit City to check out some of the closeout deals. They still had absolutely insane prices, $60 for a Everquest expansion that was out nearly 6 years ago? $650 for a computer in “As-is” condition with missing parts? No thanks, I go next door to the Target. What do I see? A clearance boxed Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 sitting on the shelf for the incredible price of $49.99 – at least $20 cheaper than online, and no shipping costs either. According to Cowboy Frank’s Webcam Review site, this was one of the best webcams on the market right now. I bought it. Screw you, Circuit City.

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Snow Snow Snow Snow

Look Outside!

I live in New Jersey, which you may know was one of the states recently slammed with a significant snowstorm last night through this morning. Here’s a few pictures of outside, which was the most significant amount of snow we have had yet this winter season – click “Read more” to see the rest.

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Crisis of Credit Explained

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

Came upon a great website the other day that explained the credit crunch very well. The video was done by Jonathan Jarvis – a media designer and animator. His video was done with stunning animation and a great narration that explains the problem with the economy today, and how we got here. Highly recommended video – you can see the video on the website he created to explain it all, here.

The goal of giving form to a complex situation like the credit crisis is to quickly supply the essence of the situation to those unfamiliar and uninitiated. This project was completed as part of my thesis work in theMedia Design Program, a graduate studio at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

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