Get Well Soon, Hamster. 


Today I just want to send a most sincere "Get well soon" to Richard Hammond of the BBC's Top Gear program.

It's one of my favourite shows, even though I can only watch downloaded versions of it, and I just can't imagine the show without him.

On Wednesday, Hammond crashed a jet-powered drag car doing around 300 mph and has reportedly suffered "significant brain injury". Doctors are now saying that he's progressing well and have upgraded his condition to "stable" from "serious but stable".

I'm sure that all automotive enthusiasts are with me in wishing him well and look forward to him being back on the air as his usual comical self.



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Features for Rich People 
My wife and I will be buying a car in the next year.

I want adaptive cruise control.

It's a cool feature and I should be able to have it. How often have to followed someone on a long trip where they are able to set their cruise but you have to continually adjust yours because you can never get it exactly the same.

This feature resolves that. The person in front sets their cruise and everyone else just uses radar to maintain a set distance from the car in front of them.

The problem is that only rich people can have this. The Wiki page on the topic lists a bunch of cars that have it and I can't afford any of them.

Stupid rich folk feature!

I'll bet a year after I buy something, every new car coming to market is going to have this.

Y'all can refer back to this when the 08 models hit the showrooms and laugh at me.

Incidentally... maybe it's just about time to buy a wagon. No adaptive cruise control... but I probably won't miss it in that thing.

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I Drink Because it Pays 
Study Claims Social Drinkers Earn Higher Paycheques

That's the sort of thing you want to log in your brain for future reference.



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A Faster Car is a Safer Car 
I couldn't help but post this up. I've been saying this for years and everyone always scoffs at the idea.

At least I'm not the only one.

Here is a link to the whole article. It talks about how it's impossible to drive a performance car to it's full potential on the streets here within the confines of our laws.

Here is the gem though:

There's an important thing to understand about fast cars, though. A faster car is a safer car. All of the things that make a car fast — a powerful engine, big tires, suspension that hugs the road — also mean it's able to get out of sticky situations faster.

When passing on a two-lane road, you're not exposed to oncoming traffic as long, because you're able to accelerate faster. More grip makes it easier to swerve around situations that slower cars might not have the time or space to avoid.

Most important of all, most fast cars (and there are unfortunately a few exceptions) also have much deeper reserves of braking performance than slower cars, meaning you can more likely stop short of an accident instead of becoming one. Mercedes-Benz's SL55 not only has huge eight-piston front calipers and vented discs, but also senses when it's raining and gently applies the brakes every once in a while to keep them dry and ready for action.


Now if only I could find the link I once had to statistics showing that cars with more than 200 hp get in less accidents than those with less.


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I'm Growing Grass 
Yep. I'm a regular horticulturist now. I've gone and taken a big patch of pretty much dead lawn under a tree in front of my house and made an attempt at growing some green stuff in it.

Now I apparently have to water it twice a day for a month or so.

That means I'll probably have to wake up even earlier than I already do in the mornings so it gets watered before I leave for work. Needy little plants.

It had better grow all lush and thick as a thank-you for my efforts.

If not, I suppose I could just have it paved.


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