F1 on NBCSN: Korea 2013
It's hard to believe that this will be the fourth race at Korea. It feels like just... um... four years ago... since that first deluge-filled race. Arguably, that first race, which ended with Hannibal Vettel blowing his engine as night fell around the circuit, was the only one worth watching. Now they're talking about ending the Korean experiment. Let's take a look at the track map for this maybe soon-to-be-gone racetrack:
The sad thing is that there's no reason for this track to be a lousy runner. The designer just got a little carried away with all the fiddlybits on the back half. Instead, what we've got is half a circuit where you can't pass because you're too busy making turns, and another half where you can't pass because you're all right around the same speed anyway. This is not conductive to good racing.
Unless it rains, of course, in which case everybody is open to anything that happens. Oh by the way, there are storms predicted for race day... just sayin'. Oh, and that yellow dot up there? That's not only the location of the speedtrap, but it's also the approximate location of The Elephant.
NBCSN will be providing coverage, as usual... and it's all over the darn map as to when things are being shown. Here's the schedule as I know it:
12mid - 130a: P2 live?
6p - 730p: Quals, surely not live
1230a - 3a: 2013 Grand Prix of Korea, live.
Doesn't look like I'll be liveblogging P1, like I've done before... I can't get NBCSN's streaming thingy to work. Oh well, ces't la vie. I'll be around for the rest of it... if it rains, I might write more than 400 words for the F1U!, even. We'll see!
Sorry it took me so long to answer, Steven. The short version is that the Korean promoters have taken a multi-gazillion won bath on the whole thing. None of the development that was supposed to occur, like the mini-city inside the circuit, has come to pass. Attendance started poorly and has gone downhill from there... it's quite a distance from Seoul, and not an easy drive. Hell, food that was left in refrigerators after the first race was STILL THERE when the teams returned for the second.
But, hey, PSY performed last year, so there's that.
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 02, 2013 07:33 PM (dM817)
I Had SUCH Plans... But Instead, Here's Cheesecake.
Not only was I intending to do another music post today, but I was also going to work on the final entry for Evangelion 1.11, too. I had also planned to go grocery shopping early, have a nice lunch, and generally act the way real people do on Saturdays, instead of working like I have every weekend since mid-August. All of that was my plan. Instead, I didn't do a music post, I haven't worked on Eva 1.11, grocery shopping wasn't done until nearly 4pm, and I didn't have "lunch" until after that. About the only thing I DID manage to accomplish is to take a nap... go me! In lieu of anything approximating content, here's the closest thing to cheesecake in the show Hanasaku Iroha: a waterlogged Naku!
She just saved a self-loathing pr0n author from drowning; he's busy throwing up sea water just off screen, with all the attendant sounds you would expect from such activity. That's why she's got that "duhhhhh" look on her face. Quite an enjoyable show, by the way, I quite recommend it.
Posted by: Mauser at September 30, 2013 12:29 AM (TJ7ih)
Fair enough. Honestly I don't remember the actual episode myself, but it will be a long time (and some brain bleach) before I forget the Nendroid...
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at September 30, 2013 09:07 PM (pWQz4)
Nendroid? I actually DLed episode 3 just to see what you were talking about, but I don't get that part. (The bondage was obvious. It surprises me sometimes just how overt S/M practices are shown and referred to in Anime....)
Posted by: Mauser at October 01, 2013 05:47 AM (TJ7ih)
Oh, never mind, I just remembered what a nendroid was.
Posted by: Mauser at October 01, 2013 06:13 AM (TJ7ih)
I'd post a link to a picture, but I'm at work, and while it's not strictly NSFW I'd rather not push my luck...
The Japanese outlook on sex in general is weird, and each individual little bit is also weird. Stephenson's "fractally weird", y'know? Part of that's just the different religious background - none of the religions practiced in Japan to any extent really had much to say about sex as taboo. This is healthy in a few ways but at the same time the creepy parts tend to flourish too.
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at October 02, 2013 06:51 PM (pWQz4)
The OTHER Six-Wheeled F1 Cars
Mauser mentioned that Instypundito was linkin' to a six-wheeled F1 car, and asks what the deal was. Well, I'm not gonna go look to see which one he's talking about because what's the fun in that? Instead, I'm going to talk about the THREE different six-wheelers that were built for F1 purposes that aren't the famous Tyrrell P34 (aka "Wonderduck's favorite F1 car").
THREE??? Yuppers, three. Teams saw the possibilities of the P34 and, as is normal in Formula 1, decided to steal the idea and... "improve"... it. Needless to say, none of the teams in question ever actually raced their cars, just tested them. Probably the best of them was the March 2-4-0.
The idea behind the 2-4-0 is the exact opposite of the P34. The P34 had two small tires on either side up front to improve aerodynamics by lessening drag, which the March designer thought was kinda dumb, because the normal-sized rear tires were still huge sources of drag. Instead, March went with normal tires (which, it might be pointed out, weren't going to cause Goodyear headaches in developing...), but had four driven wheels in the back. The drag would be counteracted by the immense improvement in grip. It worked like a charm, except for two problems. First, it chewed up gearboxes like nobody's business. Second, the car was horribly overweight. If the team could have gotten the gearbox problem solved and put the chassis on a diet, both of which could have been accomplished eventually, there's nothing inherently wrong with the idea and no reason that it wouldn't have been successful. It was a good enough idea that Williams copied the concept a few years later for their FW08B.
Like the 2-4-0, the FW08B never actually raced, and will go down in history as the car that drove the FIA to define a F1 car as having four wheels, with only the two rear ones being powered. Williams' designer Patrick Head said that the main reason that the FW08B was never raced was that it would have caused nightmares during pitstops. I suppose that's true, but it's more likely that the FIA just hated the idea.
Finally, we come to the really weird chassis, the Ferrari 312T6.
Yup, four rear wheels on one axle. I'm not sure what Ferrari thought they'd get out of this layout, particularly since it was too wide to fit the Technical Regulations. In testing, it was found to be something of a pig, handling-wise, and had a tendency to have rear-end problems. In other words, it broke easily and caught fire once. Considering that they had a double-championship season in 1977 with the normal 312T, Ferrari didn't really need to be playing around, and it was condemned to the ash pit.
Those dual rear's would pretty much have to have the hubs offset to the center and bolted together. Which would make wheel and tire management a pain. Even then, it's going to be large and heavy enough to slow down a pit stop substantially. Then you have to think about the effect that's going to have on suspension geometry, with the massive limit on camber adjustment implied by an effective tire width that large. And I don't even want to think about keeping the brakes cool...
The 2-4-0 on the other hand is going to have substantial advantages in terms of suspension load, brake bias and wear, rear grip, and power delivery. But all of those problems can be solved with traction control systems and aerodynamics without having to stretch the car, etc.
Posted by: David at September 26, 2013 11:11 PM (da+4f)
GD, March did in fact use Whyte notation to name the chassis: 2 forward unpowered wheels, 4 drive wheels, zero unpowered trailing wheels gives you the 2-4-0.
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 27, 2013 12:19 AM (dM817)
The number two car was in the photo set, but it's possible there may be a fourth. Here's the original compilation. It's possible the other one is the 2-4-0, but the roll bar looks different.
There's also a lot of really weird stuff in there.
Posted by: Mauser at September 27, 2013 02:52 AM (TJ7ih)
The second picture of the three F1 cars on that page is the March 2-4-0 converted to hillclimbing mode. The third is the Williams.
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 27, 2013 06:03 AM (dM817)
America's Cup Winner!
I remember, back in the day, the America's Cup sailing race was A Big Thing, when Dennis Conner brought the Cup back home in 1987. Heck, Ted Turner (yes, that Ted Turner) captained an America's Cup boat in 1977. But today, one of the greatest comebacks in the history of sports in general occurred, when Team Oracle USA won the Cup 9 - 8, after being down 8 - 1 to Team New Zealand. Yep, they had to win eight races in a row to hoist the trophy, and they did. Simply incredible.
It's a damned F1 car is what it is! Carbon fiber multi-hull design, hydrofoil-capable, and a 13-story tall hard wing! They don't even bother calling it a sail, it's a bleedin' wing! But, oh, can these things fly. The Kiwis hit 44kts in a 16kt wind, for example.
I know nothing about sailing, and little of the America's Cup, and care about the same amount, truth be told... but I just needed to express both my amazement and disgust with the new boats. Oh, and to congratulate Team USA, too. Woo yay!
Somewhat related, in terms of things that aren't quite right. Remember talking about the six-wheeled F1 car, with four wheel steering? Instapundit linked to a post with pictures of odd cars, and one was a six-wheeled F1 car with four rear wheels. (As well as pictures of the aforementioned car). What's the story there?
Posted by: Mauser at September 26, 2013 02:46 AM (TJ7ih)
Where's My Rio?
Today was supposed to be the day that Media Blasters officially released Rio Rainbow Gate! on an unsuspecting populace. I've had it on pre-order at Robert's Place for a week or so, and via e-mail, he was fairly confident that it was going to show up on time... not that MB is well-known for that sort of thing. Anyway, I sat contented, knowing that RRG! is such a seminal work of anime greatness that they'd HAVE to release on time. Any minute now, I'd see a confirmation from Bob that it had shipped. Any... minute... now...
I finally shot Bob an e-mail asking what had happened to my Rio? I figured it had to be one of three things:
1) The folks over at RACS just hadn't shipped it to me yet. This was the least likely of the three options... they're just too good to let that sort of thing happen.
2) Media Blasters had peed the release down their leg. This was the most likely reason.
3) I was the only person in America to pre-order RRG!, and Media Blasters had shut down out of embarrassment. If you think about it, both of these are possible.
As it turns out, the answer is #2, though Bob was much nicer about it than "peed it down their leg." That's me, all the way. He explained that it could show up any day, and he'd let me know the moment he has any more information. And THAT'S why I only buy anime from Robert's Anime Corner Store... the freakin' owner of the company has promised to contact me once he hears something. I don't spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars a year over there; indeed, I never did. Doesn't matter to him.
Of course, I'm still waiting for Rio...
C'mon, Media Blasters... don't keep this duck a-waitin'!
Posted by: Brickmuppet at September 25, 2013 04:54 AM (F7DdT)
From what I've heard, MediaBlasters had to scale back operations earlier this year (and they were operating on a shoestring already). They don't have any full-time production staff any more, and hire freelancers for each release as it happens. Which would make it a lot harder to keep to schedules.
This was on the ANN podcast recently, but I was only half-listening so I don't have more details than that.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at September 25, 2013 06:50 AM (PiXy!)
Media Blasters has actually been doing a bit better in the last six months or so. They have a couple new licenses announced, and while I would say they are healthy, they are in better condition than they have been in a while.
Having said that...It appears that Rio is in the QC process. They announced as much as on Facebook, though ANN has the work on Rio as being finished (In fairness, the ANN article was talking about other projects underway at Media Blasters.).
This is your F1Update! for the 2013 Grand Prix of Singapore.
*THE RACE: At the extinguishing of the lights, Hannibal Vettel had a less-than-perfect getaway from pole, while second-sitting Nico Rosberg had a good start. This gave us the glorious image of Rosberg leading the race into Turn 1.
An instant later, he overcooked it, missed the turn, ran wide, and relinquished the lead to the three-time World Driver's Champion.
And that was the last time anybody was ahead of Vettel all night. By the end of the first lap, he had a 1.9 second lead over Rosberg. By the end of the second, the lead was over four seconds and climbing. He made his super-soft tires last longer than everybody elses, pitted after his challengers and came back out with a ten-second lead. The only thing that could perhaps halt the bleeding was a Safety Car, which was duly called out when Daniel Ricciardo drove his Toro Rosso into a wall on Lap 24. This cut the lead back down, of course, but the rolling restart played right back into the hands of Vettel. It only took four laps for his ten second lead to come back, and in 12 laps he had a 30 second lead... plenty long enough to pit for tires and come back out in the lead. And so it came to pass that Vettel won the race by 32 seconds over the Ferrari of HWMNBN, who was himself nearly 10 seconds ahead of the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen.
*WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?: Nothing good, for both us the fans and for Vettel's competition. Red Bull has already shown that they can't be headed on slower tracks, and they've mastered fast circuits, too. There is no obvious reason to assume that Vettel won't dominate the rest of the season. Our only hope is for mechanical failures to rear their ugly head. This is not as far-fetched as it may seem, as the team seems to be suffering gearbox problems. Indeed, Mark Webber's gearbox burst into flame on the last lap, causing him to pull over short of the line... which caused a whole bunch of additional problems. Y'see, after the race was finished and the surviving racers were on the cooldown lap, Webber jogged out onto track to catch a lift with HWMNBN.
This caused two or three other cars to have to make frantic avoiding manuevers so as to not run into the back of the stopped Ferrari. Here's CCTV footage of the incident, which earned both drivers reprimands. As it was Webber's third of the season, he's earned a 10-spot penalty for the next race.
*ON THE OTHER HAND: Historically, Vettel is doing things we've seen but rarely in history... dominating his sport in a way only a few people have ever done. Michael Jordan, Slappy Schumacher, Wayne Gretzky, B*rr* B*nds... and Vettel. We should be aware of that fact, and admire it. It's an amazing streak, but it's killing the enjoyment we here at F1U! have for the races.
*FINALLY: Even McLaren's Tooned! was a recap episode this race. Well, if the other teams have given up, why not the animation team, too?
So apparently my musical tastes don't match yours as much as I might have guessed from earlier Tunages - the Leningrad clip was my favorite of the bunch.
Posted by: Hypozeuxis at September 22, 2013 04:01 AM (XjJZF)
I am all over the map, musically. Very few people match all of it.
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 22, 2013 07:16 AM (dM817)
The Talking Heads and the Foo Fighters: Two bands that I'll never be a huge fan of, but I admire the hell out of what they're capable of. I love The Pretender (and you're spot-on about that cover), as well as some of their other hits.
That Leningrad clip... wow. I'd never put that on my portable player or anything, but that was a hoot to see (and hear) nonetheless.
Hypozeuxis: Wonderduck here comes as closest of anyone since my high school days to matching my musical tastes... and yet, we diverge in some interesting places. Hey, if we all liked all the same stuff it'd be a boring musical landscape! Stuff to share, things to learn, it's all good.
Posted by: GreyDuck at September 23, 2013 07:59 PM (CUkqs)
F1 Quals: Singapore 2013
If the teams were smart, they'd all just start working on 2014's new spec of cars and concede the various championships to Red Bull now. I say this because of the results of today's Quals session for the 2013 Grand Prix of Singapore... let's take a look, shall we?
"So Vettel's on pole again," I hear you saying, "so what? What makes this time so much different?" I'm glad you asked! First, look at his time in Q2... he was, quite literally, nearly a full second faster than anybody else. "Yeah, but that's Q2... in Q3 he was only a tenth faster," you exclaim. Indeed, this is true... but Vettel set his time at the beginning of the final session, then parked his car and let everybody else shoot at him.
Think about that for a second. He was confident enough in the time he set that he never bothered to try and improve it... and nobody could catch him. Oh, and it should go without saying that his super-soft tires will be at least a few laps fresher than those of everybody else during the first stint of the race.
There are 61 laps scheduled for Sunday's race. While I don't think we'll see Vettel win by one second per lap, if he wanted to at this track, he probably could. I suspect it's going to be a loooooong race.
Unless it rains, like it's predicted to do... of course, it's ALWAYS been predicted to rain during the Singapore Grand Prix, and I don't think it ever has.
You really have to give Vettel a lot of credit. If it was entirely the car, then Red Bull would have come in 1-2. But Vettel has been consistently doing a lot better than Webber, and Webber is a very good driver.
The Good And The Bad
I interrupt what would normally be a look at F1 Practice from Singapore for a story. A story about how things can be happy one night, and sad the next. I come to tell you a story of Wonderduck's Thursday and Friday.
As those of my readers who have an unhealthy obsession with me may remember, my friend Vaucaunson's Duck makes his way back to Duckford once or twice a year. As is usual, we got together for sushi last week, along with his lovely and talented wife, Geese. As she is a busy executive-type-person at a major special effects company in San Francisco that you may have heard of, she returned there last weekend, but Vauc stayed behind. As he's my bestest friend (not-living-in-Duckford division), we planned to get together again for dinner.
In the bestest friend (Duckford-resident division) category, we find The Librarian. Long-term, not obsessed, readers will remember her as a fixture around these here parts for quite a while, and while we're not getting together as often as we used to (work work work work work), we still have an active and goofy friendship. We had plans to get together for dinner.
And then it hit me... my two bestest friends, who have never met but have heard much of the other from me, could actually get the chance to be in the same place at the same time! RAWK! WOO! And so, at a place called the Stone Eagle (so named for the concrete eagles scattered around the facility), a longtime wish of mine came true... The Librarian and Vaucaunson's Duck finally met each other, and a three hour long conversation, punctuated by flurries of eating (try the Reuben Spring Rolls!), took place. Fortunately for my sanity, the two of them were kind to my poor wretched self and DIDN'T haul out the truly embarrassing stories they could have. I'm fairly sure they actually liked each other... to the extent that two fairly dissimilar individuals can like each other on such short exposure, that is. For some reason, that was important to me. I mean, sure, if they didn't hit it off, they'd both still be MY friend, and in my tiny little Wonderduck-centric mind, that's all that matters, but... well. Y'know.
So that's the good... what's the bad?
Today, Friday, September 20th, marks four years since Momzerduck passed away. It still hurts to realize that she's never going to call at 7pm again, or never make chocolate chip cookies, or even just give me a hug again. I miss her every day.
Because Why Not?
The whole "AMV Hell" concept, where multiple creators make short AMVs (sometimes less than five seconds long!) and they're put together in one long video, seems to have maxed out somewhere between AH3 and AH4. AMV Hell 5 was, despite some laffs, pretty much a disappointment.
However, there was one clip that was so sublime, so perfect, so right, that even now, two years later, it makes me laugh out loud just thinking of it. I am proud to share it with you now.
Bravo, Person Who Came Up With This Idea, bravo.
The music, if you're unfamiliar with it, is the theme to the movie Koyaanisqatsi, which I loved the first time I saw it, despite the crippling handicap of being neither high nor stoned. Said theme was composed by Philip Glass, the master of taking a handful of musical nothing and making repetitive musical nothing out of it. When I was a student at Duck U., lo these many years ago, I had the opportunity to attend a speech-cum-music theory class-cum-concert featuring Mr Glass.
After the first fifteen minutes or so, I had never wanted to sneak out of something so badly in my life. Unfortunately, I was attending with my Music Appreciation (aka "Clapping For Credit") class, the event was in Madison, WI, and we all rode together in a van. I was trapped. All I remember was the incessant "tweedlytweedlytweedly" sounds coming from The Maestro's keyboard.
Despite this, the clip above is still hilarious to me. And, I hope, to you as well. Enjoy, won't you?
Aw come on, the movie was amazing, I mean, all those people going through the banks of escalators justaposed with the images of hot dogs squirting out of parallel sausage makers.... Brilliant stuff. Really.
You'll never make it with the Artsy girl if you don't get with the program. :-)
(I was laughing just reading the title before I even ran the video. Could have been worse though. There's always Terry Reilly's "In C".)
Posted by: Mauser at September 19, 2013 03:47 AM (TJ7ih)
Oh, the AMV Hells, a concept that truly did run its course. I think 4 was the last one I watched, though I may have 5 downloaded somewhere and just never got 'round to it.
That clip, though. Utter brilliance, and I had to stifle laughter or risk alarming the roommates. (Yes, I watched "Koyaanisqatsi." In the theater.) (Also "Chronos," an IMAX presentation in a similar but much shorter vein.) (I really wish "Chronos" was available on BluRay.)
(Wait, it's available on BluRay?!? HOT DAMN.)
Posted by: GreyDuck at September 19, 2013 07:27 AM (CUkqs)
From a riffing session between sets at a cello Masterclass Recital I went to:
Many years ago, during an epic battle with insomnia, I tuned in the local college station in the middle of the night. I didn't recognize the music playing. The instrumentation was eccentric, with a tweedly keyboard, if I remember correctly, but the band was tight and they kept a good beat as they played the same phrase over and over. I waited for the lead guitar to come in. And waited. And waited. The chords slowly changed and eventually the piece ended without anything much ever happening. That was my introduction to Philip Glass. I've heard several of his other works since then. Since I'm usually the opposite of stoned, I've never been able to listen to any of them all the way through.
Posted by: Don at September 19, 2013 02:43 PM (NwobM)
Philip Glass is the charlatan who inflicted a piece called IIRC "4:34" on the world. It's a piano piece in which the performer sits silently, doing nothing, for four and a half minutes. Then everyone applauds.
I thought his music worked well in Koyaanisqatsi, but that's because it fitted the visuals, which were also about repetitive and apparently pointless motion. But I've never even tried to listen to anything else he's done. "Minimalism" is the most stupid thing to happen to classical music. In 50 years it will be a forgotten footnote.
Glass is the musical equivalent of those modern "artists" whose art is a plea for attention with no apparent artistry involved. The message, to the extent that there is one, is "Stop ignoring me!"
Maybe because they got to me early with Geometry of Circles on Sesame Street, but I've rather enjoyed Glass' work over the years.
Posted by: JP Gibb at September 20, 2013 06:40 AM (VSD03)
I once had the pleasure of witnessing a performance of one of Cage's works, "Inlets." Several musicians made gurgling sounds for 25 minutes by pouring water in and out of conch shells, while a tape recording of burning pine cones played. After 20 minutes, one of the instrumentalists stood up and blew on a conch until his face was purple.
Posted by: Don at September 20, 2013 07:50 AM (NwobM)
There's a bit in the movie where part of an exploded Atlas rocket (no, not a Space Shuttle as is commonly assumed) is tumbling to the ground in slow motion with that bit of music in the Haruhi video you see in the post, droning on as the flaming debris tumbles.
Or it feels that way, anyway.
Posted by: GreyDuck at September 21, 2013 04:17 PM (CUkqs)
GreyDuck, ok. It's been about 20 years since I saw the movie and I've never seen the sequels, so I would never have remembered that.
Posted by: RickC at September 21, 2013 09:16 PM (swpgw)
F1 On NBCSN: Singapore 2013
Once upon a time, not that long ago, Singapore was an eagerly awaited destination for the F1 Circus. Imagine, the first ever Formula 1 race at night, under a multi-gazillion-watt lighting system that would make the cars look frickin' sweet! And they'd race over bridges, and under the seating area, and past the historic Raffles Hotel, and the course layout looked great, and all that jazz. Except, as we've learned, looks can be deceiving. It's not that great a track, the night racing is a gimmick (but it does look nice), you can't tell when they're on the bridges, yadda yadda yadda. There has been a change this year though... let's take a look at the track map for the 2013 Grand Prix of Singapore!
It was notorious as "the worst corner in Formula 1." Turn 10, aka "The Singapore Sling," used to be a quick left-right-left mini-chicane with high curbs that would launch unsuspecting cars into low-earth-orbit if you got too much of them. Nobody liked it, except for those amongst us who also enjoy watching NASCAR for "the Big One." Please note, this does include your humble scribe to a certain extent, and seeing a multi-million dollar F1 car catch air like a F-18 Super Hornet launched off the deck of an aircraft carrier was one of my guilty pleasures.
Well, no more. The FIA did away with The Launching Pad, and instead put a fast left-hand sweeper in it's place. Borrrrrrrrrinnnnnng. Safe, but boring. I exaggerate, but only for effect. Still, at least the turn had some cachet to it. Negative cachet, sure, but it was there.
So this is where we're treated to this weekend. I'd like to say that NBCSN is going to be all over it, but I can't seem to find any coverage of Quals until Midnight Sunday morning, so maybe not. Here's what I DO know:
Practice 2: 830a - 10a live
Grand Prix of Singapore: 630a - 9a live
We should be F1U!'g all over the place, so keep an eye out and we'll see ya then!
Name This Mystery Ship XXIV
Usual rules and regulations apply... no image search, no cheating, yadda. Also no FDM or CXT for the first 24 hours. Winner gets a post on a topic of their choice (no pr0n, religion or politics).
UPDATE: It's open season, folks... everybody can play now!
Silly Season Goes Nuclear
The annual Formula 1 Driver Relocation Program, better known as "the silly season", had a very early start this year when Mark Webber announced his retirement from the sport. This led to rumors that Kimi Raikkonen would be leaving Lotus and moving to Red Bull... rumors that proved to be incorrect when the team announced that Daniel Ricciardo would become Hannibal Vettel's plaything teammate next year.
But things got really interesting a couple of days ago when Felipe Massa received the long-discussed axe from Ferrari. To be fair, the team has stuck by him through quite a few down years, years where a points-scoring teammate to HWMNBN might well have won the team a lot more in the Constructor's Championship. As it is, the only driver that's started more races for Ferrari in their history was Slappy Schumacher. No idea where Massa is going to end up, but he's already said that he won't be a pay driver and that he intends to be in F1 in 2014.
So now the question became, who would team with HWMNBN at Ferrari? Clearly, the driver would have to be one of two things: totally subservient and willing to be an obvious #2 driver ("Fernando is faster than you..."), or someone able to stand toe-to-toe with the Spaniard in driving ability.
Unlike Red Bull, Ferrari dealt with the matter quickly... and went the toe-to-toe route, announcing that Kimi Raikkonen would be leaving Lotus and rejoining the Red team in 2014, five years after his last stint with them. He's also the Scuderia's most recent Driver's Champion, oddly enough. It's obviously a great addition to the team, but one wonders just how HWMNBN will react. He was on record as wanting Massa to be resigned, and the last time he was teamed with a driver as skilled as himself, he went on to earn the nickname "HWMNBN" by throwing temper tantrums and leaking information to the FIA, leading to McLaren being slapped with a $100million fine.
One suspects that Ferrari won't let him play that game... and that their chances for a Constructor's Championship just went up exponentially.
Kimi was the obvious choice for Ferrari, and as you said, it's going to improve their finishes as a team dramatically. But unless the chassis suddenly becomes so utterly dominant that they can afford to swap podium spots, the odds of Fernando or Kimi being WDC go more or less to zero. Vettel has to be smiling.
Posted by: David at September 12, 2013 12:13 AM (da+4f)
Every time someone mentions that, I hear the following:
NIA: The chances of that happening are very close to zero.
SIMON: Maybe! But they aren't zero, and for me it's the same as the 100% chance!
Posted by: Author at September 13, 2013 01:00 PM (RqRa5)
Random Anime Picture #82: On A Horse -Tari Tari, Ep11
I have no idea what's happened in this picture, since Tari Tari is about a group of friends who want to sing in a choir. I'm assuming it's a fantasy sequence. I hope. Otherwise, the series appears to have become Glee with horse archers.
(Mini) F1 Update!: Italy 2013
Rain. Rain is the great equalizer in F1. Rain will make contenders out of midpackers, garbage out of champions, and exciting races out of boring ones. As the field headed out to the grid a half-hour before the start of the 2013 Grand Prix of Italy, they were clad in Intermediate tires, courtesy of showers passing overhead.
*THE RACE: But when the cars rolled away for the recon lap, the track had dried completely and all were wearing slicks... and we here at F1U! were considering drinking heavily. When the lights went out and the entire Herd thundered down to the ridiculously tight first chicane, polesitter Hannibal Vettel fed us all a scrap of hope when he locked up his front-right tire, flatspotting it and imparting a serious vibration to the front of his car. As a result, Vettel stopped before the 2nd place Ferrari of HWMNBN. The Spaniard stayed on track for as long as he could, praying for the gray skies to open up and force everybody onto rain tires, but no luck. He pitted on Lap 27, giving first place back to Vettel in the process. And that's the way it stayed until late in the race, when both Vettel and teammate Mark Webber in third were warned about a serious gearbox problem. Instructions were issued to short-shift whenever possible, so better to protect the unhappy assembly. This killed any chance that Webber had to catch the Ferrari, and allowed Vettel's lead to drop from nearly 15 seconds to a meager five. But that's how the race ended as well, bringing an end to the European leg of the F1 season.
*WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?: It feels like the rest of the season is a fait accompli. Vettel could sit out the next two races and even if HWMNBN won them both, he'd still be leading the driver's championship. He could sit out the next three races before Shiv Hamilton would be in the picture. Red Bull has a lead of 104 points over Ferrari in the constructor's championship... and a maximum of 43 points can be earned by a team per race. Vettel has now won half of the races run this season, and it just seems impossible for him to be headed the rest of the way. The next race is at Singapore in two weeks, and there's probably no circuit on the calendar that would be a more prototypical "Red Bull Track." Yeesh.
*ON THE OTHER HAND: A Ferrari on the podium at Monza is reason enough for the tifosi to go insane. Here's a picture taken by HWMNBN after the trophy ceremony:
Just imagine what it would have been like if he had actually WON.
*FINALLY: McLaren Tooned50 Ep04, just in time for Rush...
So, About That F1 Quals: Italy 2013 Post...
I've decided that Labor Day weekend is great when you're, y'know, labor. When you're management it just means you have four days to do what you normally do in five. Throw in some other things and I pulled another "week" of 13-hour days. I also went in on Labor Day for a couple of hours, not to mention today!
And that's where the F1 Quals post went: in to work. I've not watched Quals for Monza yet, but from what I've read, the grid looks like this:
Hamilton had two hot runs in Q2, from reports. The first ended when he slid off-track in Parabolica, and on the second he was impeded by Force India's Adrian F'n Sutil, who received a three-spot grid penalty and will start 17th. Cold comfort for the Mercedes man, though it's not like they like each other.
Speaking of Force India, I'm going to use them to illustrate the amount of downforce cars run at Monza. In this picture, please look at the rear wing.
As you can see, it's very shallow. This, of course, makes sense, as a shallow wing provides less downforce and thus less drag. Downforce is great when you're trying to turn: it pushes you onto the pavement, giving you more grip. But this is MONZA, where drag is the last thing you could possibly want, so you crank off as much wing as possible... resulting in the paper-thin beast you see here. When DRS is activated, it becomes even thinner. Having said that, Force India might have more wing than anybody this year: they were the slowest cars through the speed trap, some 7mph behind the fastest. By comparison, let's look at Force India's wing at Hungary:
Yeah, 'nuff said.
But why would FI be running wing at Monza? Because it's supposed to rain. Forecasts are calling for thunderstorms in the morning, and then again somewhere around race time. Interesting fact: it almost never rains at Monza. In fact, the last time it did was 2008, when some young kid won his first race. Before that? 1985.
The Evangelion Movies: 1.11 You Are (not) Alone, pt 4In Part 3 of the epic writeup for the first of the epic new Evangelion movies, Our Hero Shinji got punched in the face by friends, then epically defeated Rio from Rio: Rainbow Gate! in an epic battle of epic proportions. There was all that stuff about him epically not crushing his friends, too... and by friends, I mean "people who punch Shinji in the face." But now, now we begin with the post-battle debriefing. And by debriefing, I mean...
...punching Shinji in the face. Misato's kinda upset that Our Hero disobeyed orders ("recover your friends and retreat") to kill Rio, and as she berates him, he just sits there going "yes." Until, in his Shinji-like way, he quietly points out that he won. At which point, she yanks him to his feet and prepares to jam his teeth down his throat... in friendship!
In anticipation of making a new friend, Our Hero smiles. Y'know what? Our boy Shinji here, he's a little tetched in the haid, he is. Maybe all that being punched in the face has permanently rattled his marbles, maybe he's just a masochist, or maybe he craves attention... any attention... and this movie is deeper than we all could have possibly thought. When Misato doesn't hit him, he walks away, boards a train, rides it until it doesn't go any farther, walks around for a while...
...then gets shanked in a dark alley and wrapped in a cardboard box. The Angels will now win, the Earth is doomed, and we'll all die screaming. Dammit, Misato, next time just hit the kid! The next day, he wanders around some more until he comes across some of his handiwork... a destroyed highway, probably caused when he tripped over it or something. He complains loudly that he wants to go back to NERV, and...
...the people who had been following him immediately spring into action. It's pretty clear he knew they were there. Maybe he wanted them to punch him in the face?
Back at NERV HQ, Our Hero complains that he doesn't have any freedom, but he'll pilot Unit-01 anyway because everybody wants him to. Misato says "pshaa, whatever, it's your thang, do whatchawannado," and leaves him sitting in the dark. 'Bout time someone stood up to his whining.
Meanwhile, Gendo Plushyferret sits in his office and chuckles conspiritorially. It's all going according to plan, a plan "written 14 years ago." The next step is to get Our Hero closer to Teh (hot blue-haired) Rei. OVER MY DEAD B... did I say that out loud? I did?
I think I've figured out why I didn't get very far into the Eva remake movies: Shinji is still a complete blithering idiot, and I still can't stand him. I made it through the original series on pure stubborn determination to see how it all ends (yeah, more fool me, eh?) but going through all of that again, in high-def? Feh.
You're a brave and dedicated man, Mr. Duck.
Posted by: GreyDuck at September 05, 2013 07:33 AM (CUkqs)
F1 On NBCSN: Italy 2013
Every Formula 1 track on the calendar is different from every other. That's something we don't see much of here in the US, to be honest. Oh, to be sure, the ovals that NASCAR races on have differences (only a EuroSnob would think that Pocono, Michigan, Indianapolis, Bristol and Daytona are the same), but having said that, there is something to the "go fast, turn left" cliche. Well, this week the F1 Circus comes to a legendary circuit that most NASCAR fans would identify with, for this week, we come to Monza.
Back in the day before the Chicane Blight hit F1, Monza was about nothing but speed. Speed, speed, speed. Handling barely mattered: with only five turns, why waste time thinking about anything but going fast? Now, though, cars actually need a small amount of grip to make it through the evil Variante del Rettifilo at the end of the front straight, or the three-way Variante Ascari halfway through the back. But having said all that, Monza is still about speed, in a way no other circuit on the calendar is. La Pista Magica is the closest F1 comes to the grunting, knuckle-dragging image of a NASCAR track mindless EuroSnobs have, and they don't realize it. However, it is the Italian fans that turn Monza into The Magic Track, particularly when the Red Cars are running well. The way the tifosi mob the circuit after the race is over is truly an experience unlike any other in F1. Why, it's almost... NASCAR-ish.
Of course, F1 can only DREAM of attendance like this...
Well, dream or not, our Legendary Announce Team will be bringing us all the usual coverage from Italy. Here's the lineup: FRIDAY:
7a - 830a Practice 2 live SATURDAY:
7a - 830a Quals live SUNDAY:
630a - 9a 2013 Grand Prix of Italy live
I've just discovered that I can watch my television, reflected in the frontplate of my new computer. It's almost good enough to liveblog from it!
I wouldn't go so far as to say I survived it unscathed, but Rush is basically over. There's a lot I need to do, though... my late nights aren't over yet.
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 02, 2013 09:28 PM (ifb6Y)
Apropos of nothing. Apparently there are a few duck collectors at work, I've spotted a few flocks here and thee. Today I saw a very detailed Cowgirl duck, and I thought of you.
(Not as a cowgirl, just that you'd probably like to see it.)
Posted by: Mauser at September 04, 2013 02:19 AM (TJ7ih)
Although, trust those Europeans to get even NASCAR "wrong". "Go fast, turn...right?"
Having said that, lack of banking (with the ability to go 2-wide into all the turns) is a big difference (Monza oval, RIP) from NASCAR. Having said *THAT*, anything that takes the bloody AVUS (now, *that's* the epitome of "go fast, turn left") out of the running is a good thing - the Erzatzring isn't the worst thing the Germans ever did to F1.
Posted by: Mycroft W at September 04, 2013 09:53 AM (Z484j)
Here She Is!
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Pond Scum, allow me to introduce you to Nori, my new computer.
Nori is a HP ENVY 700-074. She's loaded with a 4th Generation quad-core i5 chip from Intel, running at 3.0GHz. There's 12GB of RAM, a 2TB hard
drive, built-in wireless networking (which I'm not using), and a pretty
case that attracts fingerprints like nobody's business. It also came
with a wireless keyboard that I'm honestly not fond of (it's essentially
a laptop keyboard) but I don't own any USB keyboards, a wireless mouse
that I'm not using because the one from Logitech that I own is a lot
better, and built-in graphics that... well, they aren't great. I've
discovered that I am in love with USB 3.0, and am very glad that my
external hard drive came equipped with it. The only problem is that two
of the four USB3 ports are top-mounted behind a fairing, while all the
USB2 ports are front-mounted, behind a drop-down panel that doesn't
leave enough space to insert a wireless mouse thingy and still be able
to close the panel. As a result, I've got the Logitech mouse thingy
plugged into one of the USB3 on top, which is silly. I think I'll be
able to survive, however.
It also comes with Windows 8.
Fortunately, it also comes with HP's "Quick Start" program, which does
most of what the missing START button does.
Click to see a better look at the QuickStart menu... and some of my music collection.
went the way it usually does, mostly waiting for Windows Update to
figure out that yes, I really DO want it to install the updates,
please. I'm a little afraid to add the graphics card... what I don't
need is a repeat of what happened LAST time.
dwelling on the negative. So far, I'm pleased as punch with Nori, and
suspect she'll be with me for a good long time!
Etna, the new laptop, waves hi, being an HP Envy series too.
What's the genesis of the name?
Posted by: Mauser at September 01, 2013 07:58 PM (TJ7ih)
Nori is my favorite character from the Hidamari Sketch franchise; she's the closest to being normal and well-adjusted of the bunch, with a dry sense of humor. She's also the only one of the six with a computer, as seen above.
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 01, 2013 08:28 PM (ifb6Y)
Ooh, I can't bear HP stuff any more ever since they hosed me with a laptop in 2011. Other than that, it looks like a nice PC.
I have a Gigabyte motherboard with sockets for 8 or 10 USB ports (a mix of 3 and 2) on the motherboard. I doubt your board's got any extra sockets but if it does you could attach a cable internally and put the mouse adapter completely inside the case.
Posted by: RickC at September 01, 2013 11:40 PM (swpgw)
Posted by: Brickmuppet at September 02, 2013 10:30 AM (F7DdT)
Man, I have put my two copies of Windows 7 into a nice fireproof lockbox. I'm doing everything I can not to have to get Win 8. The wife bought a new laptop and 8 was the only option for it. I'm hating supporting it.
Posted by: Dreamshadow at September 03, 2013 01:32 PM (T5fuR)
A cylon? Bah. I'd be VERY disappointed to learn that the designers of this beautiful rig did not intentionally base it off the original Knight Rider.
What? So what if I'm the only one? It's a shadowy flight into the world of a computer, which does not exist...
Posted by: Tom at September 03, 2013 06:36 PM (B3++G)
@ Brickmuppet, you mean Windows 8 isn't programmed to say "By your command" when you click an icon?
@ Tom, that's the German version of the machine you're thinking of.
@ Mauser, my first Logitech wireless moose came with one of those... I might have to see if I still have it around here somewhere.
Posted by: Wonderduck at September 03, 2013 09:22 PM (ifb6Y)