'scuse me lad, have you seen a daily around here somewhere? Oh, this is it? Excellent. That must mean it's Friday, hurrah! How are you this week fellow F1 fans? We're just 7 DAYS!! away from the first practise session in Melbourne and after a long wait we're almost there. Not long now, just keep holding on. That is next week though and for now we look to today. Did you know that on this day in 1965, Alexey Leonov became the first man in history to walk in space? We do love Space here at Sidepodcast and it's such a fascinating subject and one I could listen to all day but there's even more to talk about today!
How much did they Shell out for this deal? - Some good news for the future of the best circuit on the F1 Calendar as Spa has worked out a deal with the fuel giants Shell for it to become the title sponsor of the race, now known as the 2011 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. Nice and short of course. But hopefully it can give further incentive to keep Spa, a circuit that seems to constantly unfairly be in trouble with it's future in the sport. We all love Spa! furthermore, Shell have been in the news here at Sidepodcast making Mr C's day pretty annoying yesterday and he's had a few fair words to say about what this is all about. It was a Thursday after all, they could have chosen a good day! Definitely worth reading Mr C's thoughts though.
Staying Down Under - The news in the past few days has been so much more optimistic in regards to the future of the Australian Grand Prix and this just makes me feel even better further more for this great race to remain on the calendar too. It seems the demand to keep the race is starting to come more positively from the Australian government and quite right, I mean, we need the likes of Amy, Pamela, Jeremy and Paul as well as plenty of other F1 fans down under to get themselves to a grand prix! Plus Melbourne is awesome, what a great circuit. Lots of circuit future news today!
Let's hope they don't get tyred and make bad puns - Our favouritest hedgehog that isn't blue, Pedro De la Rosa of course, has been talking to the media again about the tyres he has tested so much over the last few months with Pirelli and how this year we should expect the drivers placing strategies into their hands rather than the teams. You know, I hope this is indeed the case. I mean, look at Jenson Button last year taking the strategy into his hands at Australia and China and it was genius! It should make for more thoughtful tyre management from the drivers though so who knows how it'll play out...
Festival of Awesomeness sounds catchy to me - It's that time of the year once again where the organisers of the Goodwood Festival of Speed start releasing their details for the year's event, and yesterday Lord March had a vast amount to share with the world at an event at the Goodwood grounds with the announcement of this years theme being ‘Racing Revolutions – Quantum leaps that shaped motor sport'. Quantam Leaps, you say? It seems that 9 Formula 1 teams will be at the 2011 Festival of Speed which is pretty awesome (HRT, Sauber and Toro Rosso I'm thinking are the no-shows?) as well as loads and loads of different forms of motorsport and racing too. Absolutely love Goodwood and hope to be there this year even if just for one day, but I definitely recommend the festival to all.
These are the postcards of an F1 Man - F1 photographer (and seemingly all-round nice chap due to his very friendly assistance helping Bassano with a problem) Paul-henri Cahier has been putting up some fabulous photos this week as we build up towards the new season by posting a photo from each year within the history of F1 at Melbourne. Some of my favourites include the kind of mindblowing fact that Jenson has been in f1 for 11 years now and this awesome flappy-wings Mark Webber photo. I'm not very good with photography related stuff whatsoever but I do really enjoy his stuff!
Money that pays the Sidepodbills - We all know pretty damn well that everything in life seems to cost money. Sadly, this is just a fact of life and Sidepodcast is no different. Mr C puts it pretty honestly in this post that us Brits don't tend to talk about money when asking for it but as always donations towards making Sidepodcast a better place and supporting the infrastructure to keep the podcasts coming are always welcome. I know I'm always happy to help out as I shall be donating myself soon but Mr C puts in far better words than I ever could for the reasoning of his very fair appeal here.
Giving back a bit of thank you to a gaming legend - This week the Videogame BAFTAs took place signalling all the great games that have come out in the last year in the same way the BAFTAS we all know for films and TV works, with a lot of big games getting plenty of awards like Heavy Rain and of course Call of Duty. The one award though that most awesome was the BAFTA Fellowship awarded to Peter Molyneux, who is to me at least a bit of a legend and I was well chuffed to see him get it. He's the genius behind Lionhead Studios and previously Bullfrog Games too and has had some fabulous ideas over the years like the Theme games, Dungeon Keeper, Populous and the Fable series. Yay! Also a huge, huge congratulations to the Codemasters F1 team as they managed to scoop the Sports award despite beating heavy favourites FIFA 11 and Gran Turismo 5. Massive success for these guys in that aspect.
And that's me done for another week. Remember to bring a friend to Sidepodcast in the comments so you can add your name to this already growing list courtesy of Giggles! This weekend I'm going to be heading off to Lou's which even as I write this I'm pretty stupidly excited for so I hope you all have a lovely weekend. I'm going to sign off with a pretty awesome song and video I got shown yesterday of a chap playing a medley of Simpsons songs on his guitar back when The Simpsons was at it's absolute best. Some total classics in there! Have fun, stay safe and remember... not long now!!!!
*hits the reset button*
hullo lovely new day.
Managed to get the homepage thingy working too, was worried the html would be wrong :)
i totally didn't realise thursday was the source of all my troubles. phew, now i know today will be much better.
need to get a good night's sleep tonight so I'm gonna head off, am sure I'll pop in in the morning before I go. Night all!
cheers for the daily squire.
Do we think I want to be put in housing with other "mature" students or not? I don't knowwww. They might be much older....
Also consider if you want to be amongst a younger group that may wish to be a bit more party friendly than a mature student.
Is the social scene of any importance to you at Uni?
I want to meet people seeing as I'll be moving somewhere where I know NOBODY. That said, thinking about my time in halls last time round, I may go mad if I have people throwing microwaves out the window etc.
I really don't know though. It's 5 years since I left school now though which is flipping scary :P
And if so, what sort of social scene do you want to be in? If your idea of a good social life involves quieter or "geekier" pursuits, the "mature" students may be more accommodating (I say "may" because students are a very varied bunch).
I missed that at uni, and am quite thankful for it...
Living amongst mature students gives you the best of both worlds. There will be plenty of young'uns at the Union. A quieter environment may be beneficial in actually getting some work done
Yes I decided on that. As my place is unconditional, hopefully I'll be allocated one of my top choices (here read cheap!!)
this may get annoying, sorry.
woah! bit of a shock seeing a photo of me on the homepage. not expecting that.
yaay for there only being 7 days till FP1! :)
Imagine how Brundle will feel :)
hehe, hey lou.
its only 5 days til Joe and that is what I am dubbing the Official Start of my GP Adventure. Bring it on!
Ooooh I'm off next Sunday! Does that mean I can watch the race? :)
Nick was too drunk to appreciate flying UP house.... I may make him buy one to house my duckies. I think that would make up for it.
Hey all. I shouldn't be up but haven't spoken to you all properly in ages so thought i'd pop in for a bit..
I'm so happy the countdown is nearly over. Feels like ages since i saw an f1 race.. and ages is too long.
Hey Lou. Totally agreed
I get to see an F1 car tomorrow! Never thought I'd be thankful for RBR.
:D hehe! take loads of photos! and.. do we get a guest post?.. ;)
Released just in time for the Olympics :P
Ooooh I'm really excited. Who'd have thought getting rejected from a uni would make you so happy!! :D
Resisting urge to accept offer now :P
depends if it's worth writing about :D i need to make sure my camera is charged though, thanks for the reminder
i think i Shall wear my lotus bling. It never gets a chance to leave my wardrobe
Re-runs of Spaced on Dave are wonderful:
"Mine's a pint of the black stuff"
"You can't drink a pint of Bovril"
not suitable for work?
Gold emblazoned t-shirts? Most likely not :)
i have worn it to work before but i got sick of explaining why i was wearing a Rhinestone top
Dress Like Dolly Parton Day? ;)
testing from the dashboard...
phew. i think i've solved the problem gavin was seeing with the dashboard yesterday.
if anyone has issues, please yell.
First time my twitter timeline has dropped below 500 in over a week. It's like the early boom years of Sidepodcast when you still read every comment when you came home or woke up :)
hehe. how come there's less tweets?
I'm able to read more the last two days I think. The annoying thing is you can still only load 200 tweets at a time so it means opening twitter app a few times a day to gather
that's dedication. i've taken to reading what's there in front of me and hoping the best tweets get retweeted :)
I cull my follow list every few months but new stuff keeps appearing
Still mostly Tech or F1 though
Comic Relief day :D
yay. and fingers crossed the fbfb server is now fixed too.
Our Engineering Director was at our Cardiff facility today doing some tug of war event with an aircraft. Maybe I should record it as I'll be on lates and wait for the tweets indicating the best bits :)
And it looks like I've managed to clean miss the night practise session sorting out my Sims 2 Download folder :(
"In 8 months google will be 13 years old, when it becomes a teenager, it won't answer anything"
:) :) :)
Not that it answers a whole lot for me at the moment!
you've fallen out with google as well?
I never "fell in" with it - much preferred Yahoo!
have you tried bing at all?
Isn't a free Red Nose Day app kinda missing the point?
would apple have taken 30%?
10 second server reboot coming up.
Dunno, they don't for the Red Cross donations
It works but results tend not to be as good as Yahoo! or Ask. It's a decent third choice though.
and we're back.
Have you tried altering your search criteria? Quotation Marks and minus signs always help my searches. As does the timeline option [latest, 24 hours, etc]
I do alter my search criteria and for equal search criteria, I've found Yahoo! and Ask give me the results closest to what I want. I don't see why I should have to do extra fiddling just to get a specific search engine to like me when other search engines are frequently capable of the same/better results than it.
The reason for needing multiple choices is because they all have different ranking criteria and different pools of sites in their respective databases.
attempt number 2 to get new headphones. This time i actually have money on me.
Which ones are you after?
good luck, i may miss the purchase as i might need to sleep now. g'night all and cheers for being just so awesome.
just got some basic noise reducing ones by philips. Pamela swears by noise reducing ones but i didn't want to spend hundreds because i always break headphones
I just feel spoiled because I've never had headphones that came with an airline adaptor before. My own headphones on a plane. Gosh. ;)
I wonder if the gunshots at Kathi's uni were just cricket too
interesting reading (behind the autosport paywall though):
Points for Virgin: http://badgergp.com/2011/03/red-nose-day-f1/
sign of the season about to begin - Australia team preview quotes beging to appear ...
Oh I put my comment to Lukeh on the Shell Shocked post.
Aaaah I was so confused!? :P
Oh yeah, I didn't even realise :)
Oh dear, I wish I was more organised.... Who knew people would be asking of evidence of your earnings from tax year 05/06?!? I used to throw that sort of nonsense in the bin :P
thats a little over the top!
I have started writing the daily #sorrymrc
Is there anything else I need to plug other than Joe and our sidepodbreakfast?
The 2nd and final 2011 GP2 Asia round is this weekend at Imola. I'll be doing TV viewing bits and bobs on The F1 Archive.
Eeeek! Its less than a week! I don't feel ready.
Plus I just remembered there has been zero talk about breakfast time so I might have to make an executive decision. As someone who doesn't need to see every support category all weekend, it won't be super early thats for sure :D
Do you know if you're coming to Joe yet?
your running blog.
that is not relevant to Heikki or to the Grand Prix. I'm all about the relevance :D
ooh, you must paul. sidepodtable NEEDS you, needs you i say.
I really should, nothing else happening. My brother dosnt get in until about 1030pm.
Right! You've convinced me :-)
I think Thursday doesn't start until aft 11 anyway, no need for an early start
course it is. plug the new runthattracjk site and that that f1 competition kicks off very soon: http://www.runthattrack.info/
then mention yours.
Hehehe. Yes, yes, ok.
Where was that paypal password.......
first sidepodbreakfast will have to be Friday because the GP Advantage activities start at 8am on Thursday (I'm going to DIE)
They do? Lucky someone knows what's going on!
As a GP Advantage member you will have access to the Behind the Scenes Day, which has been transformed in 2011 to the Thursday starting at 8am before gates open to the general public. The morning will kick off with a free breakfast and live interviews from the Grand Prix TV studio, with F1 and V8 drivers providing their thoughts on the weekends racing
Morning. Today is my day off. :) Unfortunately golf looks cancelled as it is raining too hard.
I had the weirdest dream though, as you do when you're tired, wake up, then doze off again.
Christine was in my town working in the Holland & Barratt health food shop, which i could see from my 2nd floor window (really I don't have a 2nd floor and I don't live on the high street). We met in a car park somewhere to go and see something, in the dream I knew what the something was but I can't remember now (zoo?). Next thing I know we're in an abandoned building and I'm on my own upstairs opening small safes with a set of keys, and suddenly we're both chasing my Dad's black cat Olly up and down stairs as he jumps improbable distances and we think he can fly...
Am I ill?
If you are ill I must be ill, I had a very strange dream the other day involving Catherine being crushed by a malfunctioning escalator. I was very pleased to wake up and find she is still alive.
you had a dream that christine has a job? i think you must be.
See, I'm totally unprepared this year. I haven't read any of this.
Now, how do I get from south yarra to st Kilda..........
which part of South Yarra? The #8 tram goes to St Kilda Road, if you get off at Domain Interchange you can walk a few hundred metres and enter the track via gate 5, or you could hop on the #16 and go down the street where we had breakfast last year and enter via gate 10.
Hehehe. Glad I didn't mention my dream about interviewing Sergio Perez......
Ah, the problem is getting to Joe.
Aww, people dreaming about me? I'm so special :)
Glad I was in the dream about Holland and Barratt, though and not the one with a malfunctioning escalator.
oooh. in that case, if you're close to South Yarra station get on a train to the city then get on the #1 tram towards South Melbourne Beach then ride it to the very end. That will take you to the restaurant we went to last year before Joe.
If you're not close to the station, get on the #8 tram to the city then change to the #1.
Just noticed this on the BBCF1 website of Jenson and Lewis talking about being buddies
for exact instructions, input address details into the journey planner at http://metlinkmelbourne.com.au/
I'm such a helpful local ;)
hmmmmmm. i may have to be lazy and drive.
I am worried i might not get a park when i get back, but that all sounds very complicated. I am staying on commercial road just up from the hospital.
wow! thats great, thanks
eddie is wearing my mum's jumper.
no, but i think i just realised how the plot to inception was first imagined..
is that the same place you stayed last year?
It seems to be all the fashion. My eyes!!
ah yes, i remember there being parking issues. Boo!
:D Well, that's a different fashion for him!
exactly. I am hoping to park once and never use the car again.
looks like there may be a way though. You should open a travel agent
gawd. Joe's site has gone all funky. I thought I was in the wrong place!
I was just thinking the same thing as I went to hunt down the street address for the yachting club :D
love the grandprix+ logo.
Not sure I like that...
Its all a bit........
manga or something?
Much better than the 80s one he had before :)
Ooh, is this Joe's way of showing solidarity to Japan?
I think the Joe logo is pretty good
The logo is confusing me. I read it as JJoe* ?
I wonder how much he paid for his branding :D
Right! Joe audience paid for.
It;s a " at the start isn't it?
your logo goes here!
Now I see the "e" as a helmet. Clever!
Like, what looks like 2 J's like like speech marks, coz joe speaks
ooooh good idea. I assume I'll be able to fit it in after finishing work at 5.
Yeah. See it now.
See what Pamela thinks.
That's an "e"? Looks like a "c" to me, which means I end up seeing "oc*". Luckily the tagline explains everything.
I see the O as a donut too.
......Probably because I'm just hungry.
OK now I see it as Joe, inside a logo of speechmarks, a wheel and a helmet.
it's like one of those tests... what do you see?
BTW he kept the same theme and changed the background colour.
Wow - Joe's gone all art nouveau
Have you guys seen the Champions League draw? It's amazing! http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/9428748.stm
Spurs vs Real Madrid is gonna be good.
Potential for an all English team final too at Wembley.
Real vs. Barca as a potential Semi!
Dinner before Joe sounds good, but it'll be a mad dash for me across the city to make it. Also depends on how busy work is on Wed. But let's plan on dinner and I might be late.
Did you want to go to Don Dino's again? They have my favourite chicken dish in Melbourne :) I can't actually believe that the Grand Prix is this week!
You plan for something for so long and then it springs up on you!
chicken and avocado? I want!
How fast has it come around! Only three more days at work, two if we don't count Wednesday since Joe means it counts as an F1 day :D
Hehe, love the secret message, Lukeh.
Lukeh's homepage messages are ace!
I have managed to sneak a photo of Catherine into the daily. Muhaha.
Well it's a photo of Petri really, but you know :)
Sounds good if you can all make it.
It's too soon!
top gear people in kyalami, with a red bull f1 car: http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/110259397/Getty-Images-Entertainment
Heikki must know I'm currently writing about things he's tweeted
Many comments saying why don't I tell people "don't you know who I am", I've tried it doesn't work they don't actually know hahaha
I'm more 'aahhhh so soon!' about Malaysia, even though it's second. It seems like a bigger deal because it's a whole new country to me. And the first time I've shared a plane ride with someone since 2008!
Poor Heikki. He's even got a fake Heikki who's just as awesome at fast sports too.
Running ping: http://mrschristine.com/2011/03/18/ease-into-10k-week-5/
you're putting me to shame with this regular running thing!
I've been really good this week, but before that was a five day break. So not really :)
Indeed. I had really ought to start soon!
Yeah Malaysia seems like a bigger deal definitely. I keep checking the Smart Traveller website to make sure I dont need a visa. I can imagine arriving in KL - no you have to go home, no GP for you! LOL
Once Melb is started, KL will feel real too I think.
First Mark Webber tmrw! I should go to bed soon. Early wake up to make sure I pick you up on time! :)
Do it, do it, and blog it, blog it.
I ran to catch the bus the other day, so that is my contribution for the week :)
I had good intentions to go today but television distracted me and suddenly it was dark outside. Perhaps tomorrow after visiting Mr Webber, if I time it right I'll miss the train I have to get to the place I don't really want to go. What a shame.
Glad you can make it Paul :)
What makes those cool graphs?
I'll be using Runkeeper for sure. My excuse is that I am building up muscle strength in order to sustain cycling to work. I think I am ready now.
I keep checking the travel advice trying to work out the best way to get to the track but all the stuff on the Sepang Circuit website is still for some other race in 2010! I'm sure we'll work it out :)
The most recent review for the hotel on tripadvisor is from someone saying they stayed there last year and spotted Ross Brawn and Red Bull were staying there too so it's a good hotel for F1 fans. Hooray!
Oh. I chose runmeter. Oops :-(
Speaking about blogging challenging things, I've decided to do Script Frenzy next month. I've got an idea for a silly story about a supermarket in space that just won't go away...
I have cool graphs toooooo #plug
I do like how nice and wibbly your graphs are :)
This video of a man doing a world record paddling pool jump scares me, worries me and makes my tummy hurt.
Best/worst record ever.
Wibbly Wobbly Runny Funny...
When is Doctor who back please?
April 23rd I think :)
How does he not get killed?
absolutely and utterly mental!
That's almost a birthday present for me... My birthday is the day after (thanks for asking :) )
I assume this is all part of a plan to chase heikki when he tweets about running next week?
Giggles when it is your bir...
...oh phew, you were one step ahead. :)
Birthday month. April is the best time for birthdays
I can make them more wibbly too!
I just leave it on the default setting though because the little person runs from left to right on the screen to trace out the graph and it takes forever when its wibbly
ooh good reminder! Note to self: run laps of the Tan next week.
Is that an ECG?
Late March is a nice time too (qualifying on my birthday = win, as far as I'm concerned :) )
it quite possibly excellently mirrors my heart rate as I run.
or phew even
Alex, will there be a return of the SofaF1 championship this year?
Well, JA enjoyed himself yesterday. He told me he was very disappointed that Mr C didn’t come.
Good morning. Your book is looking very good :)
Just listening to Trackside - apparently Bourdais has signed an IndyCar deal for Dale Coyne Racing this year, he's just waiting for Coyne to counter-sign
Daily has turned into a bit of a novel. Silly Melbourne.
aww. i'm sure he was quite relieved.
I've temporarily reclaimed it from F1R. Glad I'm in the car rather than on the bike today; it's quite a weight.
Good news. I've always rated him (much to the derision of other F1 types).
he was always quick, but it was difficult to tell when he was in champ car when considering his opposition
It didn't help that his stint in F1 didn't much resemble his racing elsewhere. Right driver, wrong place, wrong time. Pity that he signed for Arrows in 2003 just before they shut up shop, because he could have been a multiple race winner, if not a champion, had he opted for a team that managed to survive the year...
daily has been sent, 11.30pm, I think I shall go to sleep since Pamela will be here to get me at 8.30 tomorrow (what a ghastly hour!)
Night all :)
i'll be annoyed if he signs i we can't watch cause of streaming blocks :(
don't fancy paying rupert to watch seb.
christine is driving me to work today. i can comment from the passenger seat. #easylife
I have been desperately trying to schedule some time to get it up and running. I am thinking that it will return... And there should be a post about it tomorrow. I have been getting quite a bit of pestering about it so it's worth doing again I guess.
nice. This is like my commute every day :)
Have to head off and get a few final things before I depart for lou's a bit later on. Hope you all have a good weekend! :)
Although as far as I know Christine doesn't drive my train as she works in Pat W's Holland and Barrat
Have fun Lukeh... Hope you'll be around for Giggles Radio on Sunday. It's going to be a great one I think!
Interesting mix of people at the do last night. Not very F1 specific. Not all necessarily bloggers. Good to step out of the comfort zone after years of bumping into the same people at every event.
It kicked off rather late owing to an RTA outside the natural history museum, which led to a traffic snarl-up. Two pedestrians had gone over the bonnet of a plutocrat’s Mercedes. Very nasty.
Sounds horrible :(
glad you enjoyed it. did you get into trouble for being out?
Owing to a three-lanes-into-one roadworks on the A4, I didn’t get home until nearly midnight. Technically I am still in MASSIVE TROUBLE.
Oh dear. Silly roadworks!
Hello all, couple of quick things. There is supposed to be some Dr Who tonight. BBC have not confirmed start date but as BBC America say April 23rd is fair bet will be the same here.
Something for Alison. HMRC can ask for earnings info for 6 tax years so you should keep P60 s for 7 years.
Catch you all later. We have fab cakes at work for Comic Relief :).
I was thinking about the amount of trouble you were in and thinking that it wasn't really your fault and really it was Your Mrs C's friends fault for cancelling. But I would like to point out that mentioning this to Your Mrs C might be a bad idea.
It's still surprising because I thought they'd finished re-archiving the missing data from 05/06 at the beginning of last year (HMRC did lose some data for that year back in 2007 and spent the next 2 years chasing up people for information they'd already sent in to plug the hole).
Apparently the list of banned substances at the Olympic Park in 2012 is:
Mobile phones (annoying but understandable for copyright/broadcasting and possible disturbance reasons)
Food and drink (even more annoying but somewhat understandable from a "recouping expenses" perspective), and...
Also... Don't go in the contraflow
Food and drink is par for the course. But mobile phones aren't allowed?? Good luck enforcing that. And... frisbees? Bizarre, but understandable.
"is that an iphone?"
"...carry on then"
evil buggering things.
I can understand why they might not be allowed. I cannot understand why anybody would attempt to bring one to the venue (which is the only reason I can think of for specifically mentioning them in the ban list).
But radio streaming is staying up.................................................... so, this Justin TV thing, eh? I don't have a TV, but even if I did, I wouldn't buy a Sky Sports package just for IndyCar
HA! :D But you're right. :)
for a race or two. i can't deal with finding a feed for every event.
I should be okay with my iPaq then, especially since the phone bit can be turned off without affecting the rest of the unit. Unless security objects to me playing Bejeweled 2 in the middle of the 100 m final ;)
There's this TV show in NZ where they used to find creative ways to sneak beer into a sports match ... they got so good at it the stadium sued them for making them look bad!
Thing is, I'm a big follower, so I won't mind as much
You can also turn off the phone bit on the iPhone. Just turn on airplane mode.
And having to put up with the feeder changing channels half way through just to annoy us!
I would object to that ;)
i wonder how strict they'll be with taking people down. if not, it's very possible you just rely on a single feed all season
in any case, it shouldn't be too difficult to find new ones. just find any motorsport channel and check the related channels for anything IndyCar.
Gavin have you seen Facebook today about Kev Porter?
who's kevin porter?
Mutual friend from an old forum
So... Here's my key question... If I'm going to buy a macbook pro... Should I get a 13" or a 15"?
if you can afford a 15, get a 15. the graphics in the 13 aren't so great. also, i think the 15 can handle SSID, and with lion that'll make a difference too.
we have cake in the office. best.day.ever.
Senna premier tickets
i assume there's more than one screening, right?
This is just the May 3rd premier, not the full release
Oh dear. Mrs C has just telephoned with distressing news. My accountant had a brain haemorrhage and died.
Excellent... And surely I don't need a 17 that's crazy talk right?
Oh no :(
No Jaime, nooo...
Sold out already???
took about 45 minutes
Also, it's Timo's birthday today.
Afternoon listening sorted
Excellent. Love that Podcast!
Sorry to hear that, Stuart :(
17" makes no sense at all. you could get a matte screen on the 15" though.
Happy birthday Timo!
did you know him well?
He was a former colleague of Mrs C. They all got made redundant together when the company they worked for was sold a few years ago. He went freelance and was a tremendous help and support when I went through the same process.
I was thinking of a few upgrades... Matt Hi-Res screen, 8 Gb RAM, 128Gb SSD, 2.2Ghz Quad Core.
that's better than a base mac pro :)
ahh boo :(
That's awful news :(
My last Mac laptop has lasted me 5 years... So I think this should be worth it...
My Parent's G5 has lasted exactly 5 years...
it's fantastic investment, but that dvd slot is going to be looking mighty dated in five years though.
might be worth thinking about a cheap 13" and pass it to kat once the dvd is dropped for ssd?
if it helps, this is my plan, but only because i can't afford the 15 right now :)
to clarify... i'm not planning on passing my mac onto kat.
Sounds like a great spec. Like Mr C I’m not sure anyone bar the likes of D Heath, et al, needs a 17-in, but 15 is a useful step up from 13. I only went for 13 for portability reasons because I anticipated using it on the move rather than at home. My dear departed accountant wangled it and my iMac off the Corporation Tax…
I'm on the 13" MacBook - right now for running editing programs it's all I need and is also good for portability
Pirelli have chosen their colours for F1: Wet – orange Intermediate – light blue Supersoft – red Soft – yellow Medium – white Hard – silver
Hello! Currently trying to watch Practise 7 at Sebring despite neither audio nor video working (there's supposedly a radio commentary from the official site but nothing happens when I press "play").
Sounds like they should be decently visible.
I'm not convinced about silver but the others are sufficiently different. We just have to remember the right order.
I worry about white and silver looking to similar, but apart from that it sounds good. It'll be interesting to see what they look like though.
Hi Leigh, Hi Alianora
Rafa Matos has secured an IndyCar seat for St Petersburg (at least) with AFS
Interesting, wonder if they can get funding for more
Nice to see Le Mans test day back and that they have 55 cars due to go.
Only 55? There's supposed to be space for 65 cars in the test entry list...
"the colours reflect the unique personality of each tyre"
gold cup commentary is awesome. even more excitable than crofty. love the enthusiasm.
I thought all teams had to attend, plus a few FLM/LMPC invitees.
Pic via @EliGP
Only teams and drivers who haven't done Le Mans in the last 5 years.
Again, white and silver look to similar for me...
silver and white will be indistinguishable, surely?
Yeah, the only hope to tell them apart is that they choose not to bring Med and Hard to the same race.
For those mentioning confusion between silver/white on cars - remember the medium & hard will not be taken to the same race. 2 compound gap
err.. so have white and... white.
I fear they have over complicated it. At least with Bridgestone, you could immediately tell which was the softer of the two tyres by the stripe, no need to know if was the super soft or soft.
Guess time will tell.
Ping - http://toomuchracing.com/2011/03/18/a-web-of-confusion/
A story about the death of cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Very sad.
Ahh, lovely Friday. And I'm unemployed again. Woot!
(I've mised some things the past couple o' days)
Quit my job in February. Been loving having time to do proper stuff. Got called in for some work at Mr C's office for the past week and a bit. Done now. Woot!
Yay for the weekend!
Apparently, I've missed some things for about a month.
Tis okay. I have to write a midlife crisis post update soon anyway. Previous stuff here: http://sidepodcast.com/post/on-target-for-the-first-goal
Just the other day someone asked me to deploy some code in production. I was all "I'm not sure I'm familiar with the process, but I'll try and help, where's the document?".
I, of course, wrote the darn document. *absent minded professor am I*
So, regarding that tyre thing you all were discussing earlier... we have to learn six different colours now?
when we're looking down the pitlane and all you can see is a front view, you're only going to see black anyway.
I think we can get away with learning 4. The two wet tyres and the harder (or the softer) of the types...
They did yellow stripes with the GP2 prototype - why didn't they stick with that? :-/
Hang on, so people complained about stripes, so they're doing something else and now you're complaining about that?
I didnt mind the stripe. Only that it was green.
I had no issues with stripes when they were white. I took notice when they became moss green.
my complaint is it was easy to differentiate between option and prime Bridgestone tyres.
I didn't like that we couldn't tell that an option this week was last week's prime. Now we can.
Is that useful to know then?
how often did that happen though? more often than not Bridgestone kept them a compound apart e.g. soft and hard. super soft and medium.
I just found out about the tyre colours thanks to Christine. I like the way they are doing it but what moron decided to used white and silver. They are going to be impossible to tell apart. I suppose they will stick to the 2 step difference so they won't be used at thesame race.
I think it is, but only as a point of interest rather than anything critical to know. It ought to make it easier to remember that a yellow tyre is fast at this type of track but not at this other one.
I'm not convinced they'll stick to 2 step, Bridgestone switched to 1 step occasionally. Depends if they get the desired results I suppose.
Ah ha, I get ya. Assuming that you can actually tell them apart on track, it's probably better, but if we're sacrificing visibility for that, it's probably not so great.
Perhaps another wait and see thing!
me no likely the green.
I don't think it'll be a problem at all. We'll struggle on the head-on shots but we'll find out 5-10 seconds later when the shot changes, no big deal.
that's it in a nutshell. but then white & white would make sense to me.
Same as side on views last year but in reverse :)
the use of a fixed colour on things destined for multiple teams will always be a bad idea, unless the colours are blank and white.
What I'd love to see is a little icon on the TV graphic next to the drivers name, with a little S or H for soft or hard or whatever.
A bit like they used to have for Bridgestone and Michelin a few years ago?
This is entirely new to me so thak you for posting it. It is a great example of why politicians who are not in touch with reality should not impose artificial deadlines.
I am amazed Gagarin was the back up on that mission. After he made the first manned space flight theysenthim on endless publicity junkets and he was constantly complaining that he was a pilot/cosmonaut and he wanted to go into space again but they would never let him because of his importance. Imagine the effect of killing Yuri Gagarin. I wonder if they made him the back up to guarantee that Kamarov would go.
Kosygin was in charge of the Soviet economy and was a bit of a liberal which was very unusual at that time but somehow never seems to be mentioned in any history you read. The only reason I have ever heard of him is that he drove through the town I grew up in some time in the 60s or 70s. We didn't get many high ranking Soviet politicians in a little town in the west of Scotland.
bring back the tyre war.
I think once they see the amount of marbles generated they will only ever run the two hardest tyres and will probably end up introducing superhard and megahard tyres
Factbyte Factbox going live in the next couple of minutes.
I'm off to Dad's shortly for chinese takeaway plus beer, in lieu of going out to dinner for my birthday (he's been entertaining guests for work all week). I think they want to watch the Red Nose thing which I kind of don't (not my sort of 'entertainment' but I donate anyway). May bring iPad for commenting or distraction.. :)
Yes. I mean no.
I always thought I wanted a tyre war. I was always one hundred percent convinced of iit. Indeed I told many people who didn't want one that they had no idea what they were talking about. Then one day I had a think and wrote about what I wanted in F1 and discovered I didn't want one either. Yet as soon as Mr C says let's have a tyre war my brain screamed YAY!
Present and accounted for, sir!
I'm going into fits waiting for the season to start. The snow has melted and the sun is out and I've even seen a few bikes on the road.
Now all we need is for F1 to start and it will be summer!
If Australia is off the calendar next year does that mean the season will start in April? Hope not.
Can we have a tyre war with free choice between all participating models for everyone (i.e. a driver may mix and match not only compounds but manufacturers whenever they like)?
I second the motion.
That would be interesting to watch, but I fear it would be too expensive for the tyre manufacturers. Especially if no-one used their tyres that race.
That would be unlikely. It has happened in the past that teams have switched tyre supplier mid-season and even mid-race meeting but with contracts and safety etc now I don't see the possibility of running tyres from different suppliers at the same time.
it's the only way to get people talking about tyres, without resorting to silly promotions.
If anyone from Sauber is reading this, you know how to stop this sort of thing happening - get your own Twitter account!
but then it all becomes about the tyres again. and besides, it's not like the last tyre war produced the best racing ever.
it had the potential, but the fia stepped in to nix michelin every time they started to do well.
Radio Le Mans has started its pre-qualifying programme for Sebring.
in any case, the best seasons for tight racing were 2007/2008. and we had a tyre monopoly then.
I don't think so. The way to do it is to let people run whatever they like from the tyre sopplier's range. This works perfectly well in Moto GP and around the start of every race there is a lot of discussion about why Rossi has a soft front and medium rear while Lorenzo hasmedium front and rear or whatever. The beauty of this is the guy who gets the most coverage at the end of the race is the winner and he always makes a positive comment about the tyres compound selection.
Tight racing, but not for overtaking. For that you need mid-1980s (tyre wars) or 2009 (order kept turning on its head, but there was a monopoly).
2005 saw Suzuka, yes, but we also saw Indianapolis.
2006 was better, true, but outside of San Marino, Hungary, and Brazil, it was more about defense than offense.
C'mon. Michael racing Rubens for the win at Indy....in a six car field? That was awesome!!!!!
And in Hungary it was about surviving in the rain!
for the mid-1980s, were they on different tyre suppliers? i recall most or all of them running Goodyears...
No - it was Tiago Monteiro nearly winning that was awesome. If Rubens had been slightly less alert after his second stop...
for not compromising, true. but it was michelin who brought the rubbish tyres.
Most of them, yes, but there were some on other tyres (at least until the late 1980s, when Goodyear had everything except the very backmarkers, but Pirelli remained with no-hopers until 1992).
Not necessaily tyre wars. Just less sophisticated aero couple with more power than the chassis could cope with. The way to get cars on edge so that drivers are likely to go over the limit is to kill the downforce, install an engine with huge amounts of power and connect the driver's righ foot to the road.
off now, may comment from ipad later, have fun with RND, bye!
true, but bridgestone had the firestone advantage and knew the surface was unfit for purpose. i suspect the fia probably knew too, in hindsight.
Is it worrying that I remember the race, but not who Monteiro is?
It was before I became a proper follower of F1 though
Pirelli usually had one very good team on their cards, with the rest being hopeless. People do forget that it was Pirelli tyres that Benetton were running when they won in 1990 and 1991.
Hehe. Nah, it's fine. Jordan had a penchant of being at the right place at the right time sometimes...
In any case, I think his drive in Belgium to 8th that very same year was much better than his Indy drive.
Most people have forgotten him. Most never even knew who he was
Bridgestone took some slightly less rubbish tyres to some races too. The one-race rule (the FIA's idea) was largely responsible for the problems.
That works too :D
Tiago Monteiro is a Portuguese driver who did pretty well in a Jordan... ....considering he only got the drive due to having a large bag of money plus good contacts with the upper management of the post-Eddie team. He is the record-holder for most reliable rookie ever, finishing his first 15 Grands Prix. He took a while to get going, but by Monaco 2005 he had got to grips with it and started outpacing Narain Karthikeyan (his then-team-mate). He made a great start, jumping from 17th to 3rd by the first corner, built 0.5 seconds a lap gap to Narain behind him and only lost 0.7 seconds a lap to the Ferraris. He got the podium and actually celebrated on the podium, which I thought was great but some found controversial.
Tiago scored a point at Spa in 2005, then got beaten by Christijan Albers (who finished 5th at Indy 2005 in a Minardi) and has been in a SEAT in the WTCC ever since. His Twitter handle is @tiagosworld18 .
Oh, and I do also have a Jordan/Monteiro top (which is my preferred karting top).
Yes. Me included ;)
Has anyone mentioned Joe's new logo. He must be starting an F1 team if he has a logo
Bruni (Fisi's team-mate) has just gone fastest in GT qualifying :D
And Bruni did indeed get GT pole. I am a very happy supporter :D
Franck Montagny's just been interviewed. I've paraphrased his words for Christine's pleasure:
We prefer to win. We prepare for the championship and take the challenge of putting the new car out here for the fans. No teething problems. Podium isn't exactly what we want but it will do. The Audi, from what he can see from the mirrors, looks OK.
Allan McNish paraphrased for those interested in him:
With the new cars, the old car is an advantage. Prefer hot, humid car because it's open-cockpit. Preparing for Le Mans. It will be a tough race where reliability is important. Sebring will be a fast, furious race with lots of traffic. Development of the R18 for Spa. Incredibly busy for everyone.
Christine, your favourite driver has pole at Sebring. Congratulations Franck :)