Mini / Travel


I made it to Baltimore on one piece.? Good trip, actually. United guy at the airport was good.? I gave him my two bags, he weighed them, and then asked, “Are you military?” Turns out that he knew the secret code to plug into the HAL9000, so that he would not have to charge me for my over-weight bag (yikes).? I ended up on a 767-300, in the Economy Plus section — next to a smelly guy, of course.? He moved over after we were in the air (when the lady on the other side of him fled), and

Mini / Travel

Tess Takes The States

Next week, I?ll make the 1000 or so mile drive from the port in Baltimore, to Kansas City, MO. After a week there, I turn SE and head to Georgia for a ~100 day course. After that, or during that, I need to get my Mini Cooper S on a boat and pointed at Hawaii, so I can hop a plane myself and head to the islands.

All good trips need a name. Tess Takes The States (TTTS) ? I think that?ll work.


Video: Mini Challenge

Some great videos, here. MotoringFile is a great Mini related site. All kinds of good information there, including all the latest news on Minis and future Minis (Opa, it’s where I am tracking what’s going on with the plans for a 4WD Mini), plus a great section on do it yourself stuff. They also have a comprehensive buyer’s guide for Minis, broken down by not just by model but also by year (which is a fantastic idea). The Mini Challenge (translated) is a Formula 1 style series of races for some seriously hopped up Minis. Think stock car racing,

Garmin Forerunner 305 / GPS / Mini / etc.


Doug et al, I did some tinkering yesterday with how I use my Garmin Forerunner 405 when driving. I think I found something would sharing. 1. I changed the setting on my Garmin, to have it record the location every second. The default has it computing when to record the location based on some (unknown) algorithm. Recording every second increases accuracy, but cuts battery life to 1/3 (not by 1/3 – to 1/3), from about 9 hours to about 3. 2. I brought along the charging adapter and a USB cable, and attached it to a cigarette adapter that

Blogging / iPhone / Mini / etc.

Around the web

I haven’t coughed up a summary of cool things from around the web for some time. I suppose it’s because I’m all about the RSS feed concept, and the fact that I have a couple of them. There’s this one, just for the stuff that I post to this site. There’s this one, which is all of the stuff that I bookmark and share and annotate as I read 100+ RSS feeds in Google Reader. Pretty much, I have stopped surfing the web, and instead I use Google Reader and these RSS feeds to bring the web to me.

Mini / Travel

The Nordschleife at the Nürburgring

26 April: New photos. 25 April: Update. Google Earth file, here. 13 April: Big day today. Me and the kids and the boys went to the Nürburgring today to drive some laps on the Nordschleife. Holy. Crap. The Nürburgring, known as simply “the Ring” by enthusiasts, is the name of a famous motorsport race track in Nürburg, Germany, built in the 1920s around the village and medieval castle of Nürburg in the Eifel, which is about 70 kilometres south of Cologne, 100 kilometres northwest of Mainz, and 120 kilometres northwest of Frankfurt. Originally, the track featured four track configurations: