IndyCar Racing is Back 
The IndyCar race was the best racing for this weekend. Maybe F1 should take some pointers with their double-file restarts and their push-to-pass system. It made for way better racing than F1's stupid moving wing did!

Congrats to Dario who's off to a great start! After a lot of chaos at the beginning of the race, things sorted out and Dario drove off to about the same easy victory that Vettel had in the F1 race, but the racing behind him was much more exciting.

The NASCAR race at Fontana was relatively boring... but it usually is. NASCAR has the best racing overall and thankfully has a lot of variety in the tracks. While this week was nothing to write home about, next week at Martinsville should be blast as it usually is!

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F1 Racing is Back 
I just watched the Australian Grand Prix. Vettel and Hamilton started 1st and 2nd. Vettel and Hamilton finished 1st and 2nd.

The only really interesting battle during the whole race involved Button trying for many laps to pass Massa, who was clearly slower.

He couldn't do it, and finally resorted to cutting a corner to get by. After a few laps of discussion and debate, he was given a penalty and that was that.

The stupid new adjustable rear wing and all the stupid rules about when it could and couldn't be used never really had any impact. I saw one pass in the whole race that could be attributed to its use. Big deal.

It looks like F1 is going to remain the most overrated form of racing yet again this year. I'll keep watching for a few more races to see if anything is really different, but it's not looking good to start.

Now I'm going to watch the opening of the IndyCar series and see if that's still better. I expect it will be.

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Fords are Fast! 
There seems to be an ongoing theme this season in NASCAR when it comes to qualifying.

The Fords are VERY fast!

Good for them, I guess. It's not necessarily translating to top finishes... or finishing at all for that matter... but they seem to have definitely found something unique.

It'll be interesting to see whether the other three catch up sooner rather than later.

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Japan's Nuclear Disaster 
There's been a lot of talk on the news about Japan's nuclear reactors melting down, or maybe melting down, or maybe nearly melting down, or some such thing.

Now, I happen to know a thing or two about nuclear reactors, so I had a lot of questions about what was actually happening and why the things I've been told are supposed to prevent this sort of thing weren't working.

I live near a nuclear power plant. I have good reason to wonder about such things.

The most basic question I had was why they couldn't just shove the control rods into the core to shut the whole thing down and call it a day. That's what I'd been told was the standard practice to keep everything safe when things are going all wrong.

Well... I did some searching and found an excellent explanation of what's going on that jive's with everything I knew about nuclear power, and seems to fill in most of the blanks about what I didn't know. If you're interested in such things, it's worth a read.

The information is written by Dr Josef Oehmen, a research scientist at MIT, in Boston. Very well done, Dr Oehmen!

Note that this link is to the re-post where I originally found this. The related link, below, is to the original posting. I include the re-post because it is presented in a more readable format, while the original post may contain updates as the situation develops.

http://climatesanity.wordpress.com/2011 ... ef-oehmen/

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Whiteboarding 
I was just in a meeting with some business folks. They liked to throw around the term "whiteboarding".

It means brainstorming.

Why don't they just say brainstorming? Is there something wrong with a term that's been around since the beginning of time or do they just like sounding trendy?

Whiteboarding sounds a lot like waterboarding. Just sayin'.

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