Thursday, April 27, 2017

All right then... lemme just toss this out there

In the latest update of Google Maps released today, the company has added a feature to mark your parking spot and share it with friends,

If you open up the app and tap the blue location dot, you'll see a new option to "Set as parking location" (iOS) or "Save your parking" (Android). Once that's selected, you'll see the classic little "P" icon appear on the map, and tapping on that brings up a host of new options

This might be the best preserved Hemi Cuda in existence, (2,010 miles) it's unrestored and completely original, with the original factory-fill fluids and 1970s air in the original tires

Bought by the inheritor of the Reynolds Tobacco company fortune, the same guy that raced the Turbonique rear axle Galaxy 500

Now it's someone's golden egg, and they figure the market is prime for a payday.

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the method of setting the yellow light timing was engineered in 1959. Only one of the people involved with that paper is still alive. They made a mistake, he agrees, but it wasn't ever fixed

this is how it SHOULD be calculated... but isn't.

"They only looked at a vehicle traveling safely directly through an intersection, however the equation they developed is not used for turning lanes," Mats Järlström said. "When you make a turn you slow down but that's not accounted for in their solution, so people are getting caught in red light cameras for making safe turns."

Järlström, understandably, wanted to get feedback on his findings. And so he reached out to the engineering board, his local sheriff, and 60 Minutes. He was even invited to give a talk about his research in front of the Institute of Transportation Engineers in Anaheim, California. He also spoke to Alexei Maradudin, the last surviving author of that 1959 paper: "He wants me to continue with this, it's amazing that I have his support," Järlström said.

In 2014, he sued the City of Beaverton over the length of its yellow light lengths, but that case was quickly thrown out because a judge said he lacked standing to challenge it because "for purposes of standing, Plaintiff must allege that the short yellow-light intervals create a credible threat of imminent injury to him."

the oldest driver in Nascar right now is 44. When did guys start retiring young in Nascar?

Harry Gant had the most wins of his career at 51. Retired at 54
Mark Martin, David Pearson, and Richard Petty retired at 54
Rusty Wallace and Bobby Allison retired at 50
Bill Elliot retired at 56
Terry Labonte retired at 57
Darrell Waltrip retired at 58
Cale Yarborough retired at 49
Dale Earnhardt wasn't ready to retire when he died at 50

So why do they retire so much younger now?

Money, commitments, etc. They make far more than the old timers ever did, they have about the same number of races, but twice as many appearances and event commitments to sponsors as they do races. So, 40 races (for nice round even numbers) 90 appearances, and now you have 1/3 of the year accounted for, without any practice, development, testing, or travel.

From the interview between the Post Register and Dale Jr:
Earnhardt touched on the demands of the NASCAR schedule before the season, when he noted that he was doing nearly 90 sponsor or team commitments in addition to 38 races.

“Back in the ’70s and ’80s, when guys were racing into their 50s, they were running 28 races and had a lot of time off,” Earnhardt told The Associated Press in February. “They didn’t have sponsor responsibilities. Ninety days of work off the track? What was Bobby Allison doing in ‘83 with Miller? Twelve days off the track, maybe? They had a lot of time to do what they wanted to do to unplug and keep their battery charged.”

When Earnhardt announced Tuesday that he was retiring at the end of the year, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage knew the immediate effect it would have on his gate.

“Dang it! Dale Jr. put my kids through college and I was hoping he would stick around long enough to send my grandkids to college,” Gossage said.

Movie about lowriders, and skate punk taggers, in theaters in 2 weeks. Theo Rossi from SOA is the brother character

A young street artist in East Los Angeles is caught between his father's obsession with lowrider car culture, his ex-felon brother and his need for self-expression.

 A young graffiti artist decides to use his talents to help his family's legacy of prize-winning classic cars. But to go all the way, he has to choose whether to compete against his felon older brother, or to give his brother a hand and risk getting pulled into his brother's gang.

The eclectic car culture of Los Angeles is put on display in the first trailer for Blumhouse Tilt's Lowriders, arriving in theaters nationwide May 12. Lowriders is set against the vibrant backdrop of East LA's near-spiritual car culture and follows the story of Danny (Gabriel Chavarria), a talented young street artist caught between the lowrider world inhabited by his old-school father (Demian Bichir) and ex-con brother (Theo Rossi), and the adrenaline-fueled outlet that defines his self-expression.

the decades long battle is won, the damn speed limits are going up in the UP of Michigan! No more 55! (well, in most places)

I was born and raised in the Upper Penninsula (UP or yoop as we always call it) and I can tell you that a couple hours of driving at 55 mph sucks.

It sucks even more on the Seney Stretch (the most boring road in the state)  as that is about 25 miles of perfectly engineered straight road to no where, and there ain't nothing around but swamp and trees.
Not even an intersecting road. But it has plenty of cops looking to ticket anyone going over the speed limit. 25 miles, at 55 mph. Boring!

Serious temptation for cruise control and let the steering handle it self while RV drivers use the bathroom, or go hang out at the table in back for coffee time. You know it's happened, it was in the news.

Anyway, based on the actual speeds people drive when not being stalked by the state highway police, and the total lack of any reason to drive so damn slow when there is nothing around for miles, the Michigan govt finally had to listen to the old people that were young and getting their drivers licenses during the Vietnam War and have been pissed ever since about the 55 limit. Well they finally got old enough to get elected, and the speed limit is going up

In places where at least 85% of the drivers were at 65mph, and the engineers had ZERO reason to require slower speeds (sharp curves, steep hills) that double nickle is OUTTA HERE!

900 miles of highway are getting a boost to 65, and the interstate North of Saginaw is now 75 mph

Raised limits are happening "where speeds could increase based on 85th-percentile speeds (the speed at or below which 85 percent of traffic is moving) and the results of engineering and safety studies."

New speed limits will be posted on those three routes by mid-May. MDOT also will begin installing sign overlays reflecting the new 65 mph speed limit for trucks and school buses on state roadways with posted speed limits of 65 mph or greater. The new maximum speed limit for trucks and school buses was another change prompted by Public Act 445.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dec. 10, 1950: Mr. and Mrs. Smith in front of their Sun Valley streetcar home. 8 retired street cars that formerly operated on the Watts line, all-electric and air-conditioned.

When the Pacific Electric Red Car line was torn out in Los Angeles, a man named Smith bought about eight of the old trolleys and brought them up to a large parcel that he owned in the northern San Fernando Valley.

He strung them together with short corridors between each car, using one as a kitchen, one as a family room, several as bedrooms etc. He and his wife raised a family there. When he retired, or died, in the 70s, the property was sold and the streetcars were demolished.

Buellton's two streetcar diner, Mullen's Dining Cars

Wow, a dealership used to be a full experience... you could even drive into some of them, and most were also gas stations to entice you to stop by.