2008 M3

2008 M3

Performance * 0-60: 4.1s [Car and Driver] * 1/4mi: 12.6s @ 113mph [Car and Driver] * 300ft Skidpad: 0.95g * 155mph [electronically limited] Specifications * 4.0L V8 * 414hp @ 8300 RPM * 295ft-lbs @ 3900 RPM * 3726lbs * 245/35ZR18’s on 8.5″ front, 265/35ZR18’s on 9.5″ rear Quotes 2007.08 – Motor Trend “It’s quick and precise; beautifully balanced and brilliantly responsive; deeply confident and inspiringly competent when you ask it the big questions.” 2007.10 – Fifth Gear “There are…

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2007 RMDiv Solo2 Summer Series

2007 RMDiv Solo2 Summer Series

The Lotus Elise and 911 GT3 have dominated super-stock in national competition for the last two years, but the Z06 continues to reign supreme in the Colorado and Contintental Divide regions. For the second year in a row, I took the SCCA Colorado and Rocky Mountain Region super-stock class title. The C6 Z06 has proven to be at least as capable as the C5. Points average was up this season to a new high, despite the challenge of campaigning a…

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Ulua Beach Dive

Ulua Beach Dive

Dive Stats * 2007.03.28 – 8:24am * Ulua Beach, Maui, HI * Pat and Dave * 39 ft max depth * 21 ft avg depth * 43 minutes dive time * ~1km dive distance * 73 deg F water temperature * 3500psi start * 1000psi end Details Rented scuba equipment from Maui Dive Shop and drove to the well-known shore dive spot at Ulua Beach, just north of the Marriot Hotel near Wailea, Maui. Dropped gear at staging area near…

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Kea Lani Scooter Dive

Kea Lani Scooter Dive

Dive Stats * 2007.03.25 – 8:29am * Kea Lani Hotel Beach, Maui, HI * Pat, Tom and Alex (Divemaster/Guide) * 46 ft max depth * 26 ft avg depth * 52 minutes dive time * ~2km dive distance * 75 deg F water temperature * 3000psi start * 200psi end Details Rented motorized scooters at Kea Lani hotel and dove with the hotel instructor and dive master. At ~5mph, which is faster than it sounds, especially under water, the scooter…

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Kea Lani Refresher Dive

Kea Lani Refresher Dive

Dive Stats * 2007.03.24 – 14:37 * Kea Lani Hotel Shore, Maui, HI, USA * Pat, Dave and Instructor (Alex) * 26 ft max depth * 14 ft avg depth * 30 ft visibility * 32 minutes dive time * 75 deg F water temperature * 3000psi start * 1000 psi end * 10lbs weight Details Refresher dive with Dave and instructor (Alex). Waded into light surf on Kea Lani Hotel beach. Swam west to coral formations where we swam…

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2007 Chevy Corvette Z06

2007 Chevy Corvette Z06

Performance * 0-60 3.4s (Car and Driver) * 198mph (GM) Specifications * 7.0L V8 * 505hp @ 6300 RPM * 470ft-lbs @ 4800 RPM * 3132lbs * 275/35ZR18’s on 9.5″ front, 325/30ZR19’s on 12″ rear Quotes 2005.10 – Motor Trend – First Drive: 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 “In a straight line… the Corvette is Ferrari-fast, turning numbers quicker than the F430 F1… 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and… the standing quarter in 11.5 seconds at 127.1 mph.” 2005.10 – Motor…

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2006 RMDiv Solo2 Summer Series

2006 RMDiv Solo2 Summer Series

After three years trying, I finally took the SCCA Rocky Mountain Division super-stock class title. With only a two and a half second lead after eleven summer series events, the door was open for any of several drivers to take the overall win at the 12th and final event. After watching a Lotus Elise defeat a Z06 at the national championships the previous week, I wondered if the same scenario could materialize in the rocky mountain division at our final…

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2005 RMDiv Solo2 Summer Series

2005 RMDiv Solo2 Summer Series

The 2005 SCCA Rocky Mountain Division Solo2 Summer Series ended last week. Season highlights were finishing runner-up in Super Stock, and ‘trophying’ in a national level event. The Denver National Tour was the first time in many years that the SCCA has held a national event in Denver. Compared to 2004, I climbed one position in super stock to #2, and from #34 to #22 in overall driver standings. Hope to crack into the top 20 in 2006. That might be…

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Indoor Panoramas

Indoor Panoramas

Indoor Equirectangular Panorama Tools I used a Nikon D200 and Sigma 8mm lense and hugin to assemble the image data. Background In the past, I’d used Arcsoft’s Panoramamaker. Hugin is more difficult to use, but can handle image sets and scenarios that Panoramamaker would never be able to process. Method The first attached image is an equirectangular projection of six circular fish-eye images shot using an 8mm Sigma lense on the Nikon D200. The individual shots are taken facing north, south,…

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