Monthly ArchiveOctober 2005



Formula 1 25 Oct 2005 08:36 am

FIA unveils radical wing concept

The FIA (Federation International de l’Automobile), motorsport’s world governing body, has released a proposal to increase the ease of overtaking in Formula 1. The proposed Centreline Downwash Generating (CDG) rear wing detailed here looks radically different from what we are used to, and is supposed to provide cleaner air onto the front wing of a car closely following behind another. The idea is that the following car doesn’t suffer the grip reduction that currently inhibits its ability to overtake.

Sounds like a great idea to me.

Better still, the FIA is pushing to introduce the new CDG rear wing for 2007, rather than 2008 (when even more changes are planned).

In other news, 2006 will see a new (and hopefully more interesting and fairer) qualifying system, and a return to mid-race tyre changes. See here for more details.

This latter change should be welcome news for my beloved WilliamsF1 team, which is moving to Bridgestone tyres for 2006. Bridgestone suffered greatly under the one-tyre-per-race rule in 2005, and can be expected to be more competitive in 2006.

Church &Nerd stuff 18 Oct 2005 08:10 am

sydneyanglicans.net – Welcome to God-casting

Quality evangelical audio content is now being made available at sydneyanglicans.net. If you’ve got an mp3 player, why not drop in and have a look?

I’ll try loading some of these into my player for morning walks. Watch out for some comments on the content, here on the Flying Nerd.

sydneyanglicans.net – Welcome to God-casting

Formula 1 16 Oct 2005 11:07 pm

Channel 10 — what were you thinking?

I’m flabbegasted! For the last race of the 2005 Formula 1 season, Channel 10 ditched the experienced ITV commentators (who were at the track) and provided commentary from the Australian team at Philip Island for the Moto GP.

Now, I have a tremendous amount of respect for Neil Crompton (in particular) and the Channel 10 crew in general. The technical and production values of the programming they originate is superb (just look at any recent Bathurst telecast for an example).

But you just can’t commentate from thousands of kilometres away. Can’t.

You can’t hear and report the latest track-side gossip.

You can’t watch the cars entering and leaving the pits.

You can’t listen for a failing engine.

You can’t see all the timing monitor information (there’s a lot more available on track than you can see at f1.com).

You can’t send someone running around in the pits to find out why the safety car has been deployed (the drain incident).

Channel 10 — what were you thinking? Please don’t do this again. Please.

If anybody knows why Channel 10 made this extraordinary move, please let me know. Maybe I fast forwarded through some explanatory comments.

Not happy, Bill and Neil.

Formula 1 03 Oct 2005 06:03 pm

Ferrari to reduce testing in 2006?

You have probably read that I am less than impressed by the Ferrari Formula 1 team’s poor spirit in terms of observing gentlemen’s agreements regarding testing limitations. Maybe this gives a ray of hope for 2006.

Movies &Nerd stuff 03 Oct 2005 06:01 pm

Wonderful world of wireless LAN (and some movie comments)

The Nerd has been flying again (OK, in a 747-400 piloted by someone else), and finds himself sitting in Singapore’s Changi airport, staring out at the runway, watching planes and rain.

And thanks to free WLAN connectivity provided (intermittently) by StarHub, I can post to the Flying Nerd site. Fun, eh?
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