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2018/11/06 BBR Private Track Day at Thunderhill
π 2018-11-06 01:01 in Cars
I just had a motech system installed in my car which gives detailled logs of how I drive my car, namely how much and exactly when I pushed on each pedal compared to where I was on the track. Once the improvements you can do get smaller, it's easier for coaches to get a data log to compare their near ideal lap against your best lap and look at telemetry to see where you are slower.

this is how coaching happens now :)
this is how coaching happens now :)

With the time change, the morning flight was not in the dark:



We had around 10 cars:






Sadly one of the cars had a not quite explained oversteer in turn 15 and did a full 180 before hitting the inside wall hard. We're thinking it might have had a tire failure:

that wall was supposed to be straight
that wall was supposed to be straight

the rebar got ripped out
the rebar got ripped out

TH put the wall back in no time, I guess it wasn't the first time
TH put the wall back in no time, I guess it wasn't the first time

poor car
poor car

In the meantime, while the track got slower in the afternoon, I slowly relearned what I manage to forget every time I go, and got my time down to a record 1:47 (for me) on the 3 mile track with the bypass after putting on fresh tires. I could have gone faster in the morning when the track was faster, so my guess is that in ideal conditions, the car can do at least 1:45. Nothing to sneeze at :)

This was my best session where I managed a few fast laps, including 1:47:xx

With the same time change, the flight back was darker :)


2018/11/03 Pendulum at Mezzanine, SF
π 2018-11-03 01:01 in Clubbing
While it's not my main music, I have a soft spot for Drum and Bass, especially since I first listened to Pendulum on essential mix more than 10 years ago.

Sadly, Pendulum started playing late (00:30) for only 90mn's worth, a bit underwhelming to say the least, but the set was good, using good old vynil no less.
Thankfully, Steven Ross, Kowta, and Dirtyphonics before him, gave good set too:






By 00:30, Pendulum finally showed up





It was a good set, glad to have seen him for the first time in SF.

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2018/10/26 Nepture Project at F8 Nightclub for Halloween
π 2018-10-26 01:01 in Clubbing
Just one day from Aly and Fila at 1015, Neptune Project did a 7H set at F8 Nightclub. I was not able to do the whole 21:00 to 04:00 due to the previous night and a conference I had to go to the next morning. Yet, I stayed much longer than planned due to how good the set was (not counting my friends playing in the secondary room, and those sets didn't suck either).




Main Room:





Aweome sets, I got home way too late, thanks to all ;)

Video summary:

2018/10/25 Aly and Fila at 1015 Folsom
π 2018-10-25 01:01 in Clubbing
Aly and Fila's Fadi, came to 1015 on a thursday night. It was not an ideal time for many, but eh, better than nothing at all. To be fair, I didn't love his set, but nice to see my TFSF peeps, including my friends who DJ'ed in other rooms:





DJ Blurr playing in the other room
DJ Blurr playing in the other room


Martin Cisco
Martin Cisco


Fadi
Fadi


Video Summary:

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2018/10/20 Denver Museum Nature and Science
π 2018-10-20 01:01 in Sciencemuseums
While in Denver, I figured I'd go see the Museum Nature and Science before seeing a few other things that day. Little did I know that I'd spend the entire day in the museum from open to close (09:00 to 17:00).

While the museum has lots of displays, most of them are displays of many animals around the world, and they were surprisingly well made:
















Pikas!
Pikas!

baby birds, so cute
baby birds, so cute













The prehistoric section was well made too:











Also a small Egyptian section:




Also a small section on native americans:


Also a section onthe human body:




Other rooms had very nice collections of crystals:






I didn't have enough time for it, I could have spent several hours there, but they had a special exhibition which was a lot of brain teasers. That was fun, but I had to limit my time there. Too bad it likely won't be there next time I'm in Denver.




And I finished up with teh space section:



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2018/10/19 Visitng the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space Museum
π 2018-10-19 01:01 in Flying
The museum is in an old hangar that used to be part of an air force base that is now way gone, with even its runway replaced by houses. There is a nice B52 parked outside, which feels surreal since it seems that there is no way it could have gotten there with all the streets and houses around:










a nice B1A lancer prototype
a nice B1A lancer prototype



a land speed record vehicle
a land speed record vehicle













As a special bonus, they had the actual X-Wing starfighter from the star wars movies:



The museum also had a small space portion:



So, I'll be honest in saying that it was not the best plane museum I've seen, partially because it was not that big (about 2H to get around it), but also because despite the big hangar space, planes were piled up in a way that it was hard to see them, which was kind of a shame. Still, if you are in the Denver area, it's still worth a visit.

2018/10/18 Denver Aquarium
π 2018-10-18 01:01 in Aquariums
While in Denver, I had a look at the aquarium that is open late in the evening, and it was a decent size, worth almost 2H:













They had a beautiful octopus that was quite active when I visited:




so sad I didn't get to touch its suckers :)
so sad I didn't get to touch its suckers :)

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2018/10/18 Just Over 48H in Denver
π 2018-10-18 01:01 in Trips



I arrived Thursday afternoon with a bit of time to see the nearby History Museum which was actually quite good and needed 2 visits to finish it up (3.5-4H):





lots of mining history in CO
lots of mining history in CO




Mesa Verde is a cool old city under the rocks.
Mesa Verde is a cool old city under the rocks.

Next, I took a city bike (using the uber app, interesting) to the Denver Aquariuum




Then, I got lucky and the Botanical Gardens had a halloween themed night visit:














Friday morning, I started with a 2H guided walk through town. Denver spends a set amount of money on art, so there is a lot of it:














AFter the tour, I went to the Wings Over The Rockies Air and Space, which was interesting but probably worth only 2 to 3H at most:



Friday evening, I went to the Clyfford art museum during evening hours. Worth 30-45mn as I was not a fan:



Next door was the Denver Art Museum:




some guy took Japanese snow monkeys and took them to Texas to see if they would adapt. They did, but kind of questionable
some guy took Japanese snow monkeys and took them to Texas to see if they would adapt. They did, but kind of questionable






The buildings were nicely lit at night:


Saturday, I thought I'd start with the Denver Museum Nature and Science, which opened at 09:00. I was there from opening time and ended up spending all day until they closed. They're located in a nice park:



Then, giving that the museum took all day, it was time to go back to the airport.

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2018/10/16 A few days in Boulder, CO
π 2018-10-16 01:01 in Trips

While it was just mid October, Boulder had already gotten some snowfall just before I arrived. One morning, I took a bike to the University of Colorado at Boulder to tour the campus. It's nothing too special, but still worth a quick visit:









While in Boulder, I also went to visit the [Google office buildings there|perso/google/post_2018-10-16_Boulder-and-Thornton-Office-5-Years-Later.html]

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2018/10/13 Madrid's Museo del Aire
π 2018-10-13 01:01 in Flying, Spain2018
Just outside of Madrid, Museo del Aire is actually a pretty good air museum. It is free (but accepts donations), so it does not have a lot of funds, and some of the signs were damaged by weather and waiting replacement. Nonetheless, what they had is worth the trip if you're interested in planes. Minus side is the opening hours that are quite limited: only 10:00 to 14:00.

Half the collection is outdoors and the other half inside hangars:

















Multiple hangars with more aircraft:


















Nice collection of engines:







The last (or actually first) hangar had world war 1 planes:





I also have to give them credit for recognizing the French inventor, Clement Ader, who made the first heavier than air flying machine (using a heavy steam engine), 6 years before the wright brothers. Sadly that machine didn't work well but it still flew:


The museum was definitely worth at least 2H if you care about flying things :)

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