Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mother of All Hot Wheels Tracks

Wow, the longest monster Hot Wheels track that goes through the whole house up and down the stairs. It even goes out the neighbors block and jumps accross a pool. The creator claims the track is over 600 metres (2,000 feet) long.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mechanical Wonder From an Age Gone By

'BLACK BEAST' Howard Kroplick, in his 1909 Alco-6 Racer, wears racing goggles from the era.

Nicknamed “the Black Beast,” this was one of the most famous race cars of its era. A two-time winner of the Vanderbilt Cup, a major event in the early years of American motorsport, the car was the favorite to win the first Indianapolis 500-mile race in 1911. (It blew a rod, however, and finished 33rd in a field of 40.)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Oh man this sucks! Big time!

Just saw this email from towerhobbies that I've placed as spam. DOT wants to limit the RC hobby industry. I've already sent an email to DOT, I hope that it will help.

Dear Tower Hobbies Customer,

Many people are concerned with new government regulations that are designed to limit our hobby industry. You've probably heard about the new FAA regulations limiting our use of R/C airplanes and proposed shipping bans for R/C batteries.

New regulations are being considered regarding model rocket motors. This may not immediately impact your particular hobby but it's just another step toward regulation of materials used in hobbies and deserves your attention.

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has recently advised that they propose to terminate a special permit under which model rocket motors and igniters have been shipped for the last 33 years. If the permit is terminated model rocket motors and igniters will no longer be able to be shipped as "Flammable Solids" and will instead have to be shipped as "Explosives."

In 33 years there have been no incidents involved in the shipping and transporting of model rocket motors and igniters.

Hobbyists need your support. Attached is a sample e-mail that we request you send immediately to express your support.

We believe that shipping model rocket motors and igniters as "Explosives" would only cause unnecessary concern for hobby shops, educators, youth group leaders and families using model rockets for educational and recreational purposes.

If you believe as we do, please send an e-mail to the Department of Transportation no later than October 10, 2011.

TWC Racing

I chanced upon this news while searching the web: TWC Racing in collaboration with Merdeka Mall will organize a remote control car racing competition at the concourse area of the mall on Oct 15 and 16. It is open to members and non-members of the TWC Racing club. The preliminary races or ‘heats’ will be held on Saturday, 15 Oct from 3pm till 8pm. If you are not doing anything on Oct 15 and you are in Borneo Indonesia you can check this out. How I wish I can visit Indonesia again. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, the innovative co-founder of Apple who transformed personal use of technology as well as entire industries with products such as the iPod, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh computer and the iTunes music store, has died. He was 56. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.