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    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
    9:21 am
    2015 F1 Season, Week 4
    This season is indeed shaping up to be more interesting than last year. Lots of drama in Sunday's race all up and down the grid.

    I think the biggest shocker was that Alonso in a Not-an-F1-car looks better than Maldonado in an F1 car.

    F1 CARS THAT WILL PODIUM:
    Lewis Hamilton {Mercedes}: 93 (3 wins, 4 podiums)
    Nico Rosberg {Mercedes}: 66 (4 podiums)
    Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): 65 (1 win, 3 podiums)
    Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari): 42 (1 podium)

    RUNNING AWAY WITH THIRD PLACE IN THE CONSTRUCTOR'S CHAMPIONSHIP, CHASING A PODIUM, AND PRAYING FOR RAIN:
    Felipe Massa {Williams}: 31
    Valtteri Bottas {Williams}: 30 (in 3 starts)

    F1 CARS COMPETING FOR THE LAST FOUR POINTS-PAYING POSITIONS AND TRYING TO CATCH WILLIAMS:
    Daniel Ricciardo {Red Bull}: 19
    Felipe Nasr {Sauber}: 14
    Romain Grosjean (Lotus): 12
    Nico Hülkenberg {Force India}: 6
    Max Verstappen {Toro Rosso}: 6
    Carlos Sainz Jr. {Toro Rosso}: 6
    Sergio Pérez {Force India}: 5
    Marcus Ericsson {Sauber}: 5
    Daniil Kvyat {Red Bull}: 4 (in 3 starts)
    Pastor Maldonado (Lotus): 0 (1 finish in 3 starts, 15th, technically behind everyone in the group below)

    THINGS THAT MAY BE F1 CARS IN JUST A FEW WEEKS. ...OR MAYBE NOT, IT'S HARD TO SAY:
    Fernando Alonso {McLaren}: 0 (2 finishes in 3 starts, best 11th)
    Jenson Button {McLaren}: 0 (2 finishes in 3 starts, best 11th, 1 DFL)
    Roberto Merhi {Manor}: 0 (3 finishes in 3 starts, best 15th, 3 DFLs)
    Will Stevens {Manor}: 0 (2 finishes in 2 starts, best 15th)
    Sunday, April 12th, 2015
    6:52 pm
    2015 F1 Season, Week 3
    To the fans of Ricky Bobby racing, this probably looked like some boring-ass follow-the-leader shit, but the Ferraris nipping at the heels of the Mercedes the entire time, the emergence of Williams as the consensus 5 and 6, and the drama everywhere further back I think portends for an interesting season. Also, wherever the fuck Renault is headquartered, I bet there's dark clouds gathering there. And Maldonado continues to be remarkably boat-anchor-like, although that can't be entirely his fault, given that Grosjean's 7th-place finish today is the only thing that puts them ahead of Team McLaren Who Forgot To Build A Car Last Winter.

    F1 CARS THAT WILL PODIUM:
    Lewis Hamilton {Mercedes}: 68 (2 wins, 3 podiums)
    Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): 55 (1 win, 3 podiums)
    Nico Rosberg {Mercedes}: 51 (3 podiums)
    Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari): 24

    F1 CARS THAT WILL ONLY PODIUM IF TWO OF THE ABOVE SUCK FOR SOME REASON:
    Felipe Massa {Williams}: 30
    Valtteri Bottas {Williams}: 18 (in 2 starts)
    Felipe Nasr {Sauber}: 14
    Daniel Ricciardo {Red Bull}: 11
    Romain Grosjean (Lotus): 6
    Nico Hülkenberg {Force India}: 6
    Max Verstappen {Toro Rosso}: 6
    Carlos Sainz Jr. {Toro Rosso}: 6
    Marcus Ericsson {Sauber}: 5
    Daniil Kvyat {Red Bull}: 2 (in 2 starts)
    Sergio Pérez {Force India}: 1
    Pastor Maldonado (Lotus): 0 (0 finishes in 3 starts)

    THINGS THAT MAY NOT ACTUALLY BE F1 CARS:
    Jenson Button {McLaren}: 0 (2 finishes in 3 starts, best 11th, 1 DFL)
    Fernando Alonso {McLaren}: 0 (1 finish in 2 starts, best 12th)
    Roberto Merhi {Manor}: 0 (2 finishes in 2 starts, best 15th, 2 DFLs)
    Will Stevens {Manor}: 0 (1 finish in 1 start, 15th)
    Kevin Magnussen {McLaren}: 0 (0 starts)
    Sunday, March 29th, 2015
    3:01 pm
    2015 F1 Season, Week 2
    Last week, I made my first guess of the season. This week, we discover that was wrong. Ferrari is back. But all of the other guesses seem pretty solid, although I have some doubts that Lotus will get their shit together. Still, it'll be substantially more exciting now that it looks like a race at the front.

    F1 CARS THAT WILL PODIUM:
    Lewis Hamilton {Mercedes}: 43 (1 win, 2 podiums)
    Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): 40 (1 win, 2 podiums)
    Nico Rosberg {Mercedes}: 33 (2 podiums)
    Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari): 12

    F1 CARS THAT WILL ONLY PODIUM IF TWO OF THE ABOVE SUCK FOR SOME REASON:
    Felipe Massa {Williams}: 20
    Felipe Nasr {Sauber}: 10
    Valtteri Bottas {Williams}: 10 (in 1 start)
    Daniel Ricciardo {Red Bull}: 9
    Nico Hülkenberg {Force India}: 6
    Max Verstappen {Toro Rosso}: 6
    Carlos Sainz Jr. {Toro Rosso}: 6
    Marcus Ericsson {Sauber}: 4
    Daniil Kvyat {Red Bull}: 2
    Sergio Pérez {Force India}: 1
    Romain Grosjean (Lotus): 0 (1 finish in 2 starts, 11th)
    Pastor Maldonado (Lotus): 0 (0 finishes in 2 starts)

    THINGS THAT MAY NOT ACTUALLY BE F1 CARS:
    Jenson Button {McLaren}: 0 (1 finish in 1 start, 11th, DFL)
    Roberto Merhi {Manor}: 0 (1 finish in 1 start, 15th, DFL)
    Fernando Alonso {McLaren}: 0 (0 finishes in 1 start)
    Will Stevens {Manor}: 0 (0 starts)
    Kevin Magnussen {McLaren}: 0 (0 starts)
    Monday, March 23rd, 2015
    10:55 pm
    The more I look at Facebook, the more I despair for the future of humanity
    How much more 'engaged' can we get? How much shorter can our attention spans get? How much can we communicate only in the citing of 'news' stories of dubious provenance, and inspirational photographs with misattributed quotes?

    My facebook feed is pretty much limited to people with whom I'm reasonably close, and maybe I'm just in a foul mood, but seriously: fuck all of you people.
    Monday, March 16th, 2015
    1:44 am
    2015 F1 Season, Week 1
    First race of the year, you can't draw a lot of conclusions from it. But there are a couple things that jump out. First, Mercedes is still a half a second up on the field. Second, the shitty cars that plagued Ferrari and Sauber last year are a thing of the past. Third, the shitty cars that plagued Red Bull and Marussia last year are not. Fourth: ...wow, McLaren is way behind, and Manor (the shitfuck formerly known as 'Marussia') is even further behind that. Massive-attrition races like this are the golden opportunities for crappy teams to pick up a valuable point or two, and they couldn't even do that, although Button was within half a lap of it. Of the 20 cars on the grid, 18 were able to turn laps in practice, 15 made it to the start of the race, and 11 were running when it ended. Everybody gets points! ...except Button. I hope Honda gets their shit together, or it's gonna be a long year for THOSE guys.

    So I'm going to guess that the season shapes up roughly like this:

    F1 CARS THAT ARE MERCEDES:
    Lewis Hamilton {Mercedes}: 25 (1 win, 1 podium)
    Nico Rosberg {Mercedes}: 18 (1 podium)

    F1 CARS THAT ARE NOT MERCEDES:
    Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): 15 (1 podium)
    Felipe Massa {Williams}: 12
    Felipe Nasr {Sauber}: 10
    Daniel Ricciardo {Red Bull}: 8
    Nico Hülkenberg {Force India}: 6
    Marcus Ericsson {Sauber}: 4
    Carlos Sainz Jr. {Toro Rosso}: 2
    Sergio Pérez {Force India}: 1
    Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari): 0 (0 finishes in 1 start)
    Max Verstappen {Toro Rosso}: 0 (0 finishes in 1 start)
    Romain Grosjean (Lotus): 0 (0 finishes in 1 start)
    Pastor Maldonado (Lotus): 0 (0 finishes in 1 start)
    Daniil Kvyat {Red Bull}: 0 (0 starts)
    Valtteri Bottas {Williams}: 0 (0 starts)

    THINGS THAT MAY NOT ACTUALLY BE F1 CARS:
    Jenson Button {McLaren}: 0 (11th, DFL)
    Kevin Magnussen {McLaren}: 0 (0 starts)
    Fernando Alonso {McLaren}: 0 (0 starts)
    Will Stevens {Manor}: 0 (0 starts)
    Roberto Merhi {Manor}: 0 (0 starts)
    Monday, January 26th, 2015
    1:14 am
    Heard you missed us, we're back
    After spending the better part of the last three years either being a lump because I was bummed out, or being a lump because I was tired from doing all of the fun stuff I've been doing when I was busy, y'know, not being a grownup, the last month has seen me get back into my garage. I've cleaned it, enough to do stuff in it, and today I built a cat door for the upstairs linen closed the catbox lives in. It wasn't anything fancy -- at least, not yet -- just six pieces of molding and a chunk of plywood. But it's in the upstairs linen closet, the dog made a sad face when she looked at it, and I managed to clean up the garage back to cleaner than it was when I started this little project.

    There's something about doing something with my hands, either fixing something that didn't work before, or creating something that didn't exist before, that just gives me some small shred of peace. Dunno why that is. Last week when I fixed the work laptop, same feeling.

    While I was building the cat door, I discovered that my grandfather's scroll saw doesn't work. In an immediate sense, that was a bummer, because I could have used it today. But, in a longer-term sense: ...I will enjoy taking it apart, finding out why it doesn't work, and fixing it. It's not particularly fancy. I could probably replace it for, I dunno, $150ish. But right now, it doesn't work, and if I spend an hour taking it apart and putting it back together, that will be an hour that I enjoy life in a way that has been missing too often of late.
    Thursday, January 1st, 2015
    1:20 am
    Current Videogame High Score List
    Arkanoid: as of 01SEP14
    also_huey - 754,770 / level 33 (the end guy is really hard)

    Two Tigers: as of 06MAY07
    also_huey (flying solo): 16 (missed two 8s and a 9)
    also_huey and Gebran: 13 (missed two 8s and a 9)
    also_huey and Jimmy: 12
    also_huey and smillaraaq: 11
    also_huey and sauergeek: 9
    It occurs to me that the score makes it look like I'm handicapped by having a partner, so I should probably add
    • that the rules while flying solo are easier than pairs, to the tune of the first three ships you have to sink, so my solo '16' basically equates to a pairs '13'
    • that all four of those people scored that on their very first (and, except for Ava, only) game
    • that two people scoring well depends on both of them having their best game, and my average game is a 10 or 11, and
    • that I play solo just about every day, while I've played pairs maybe a half-dozen times since I got the thing, so if I did that more often the pairs scores would be much higher
    so all four of them actually helped at the time, although I obviously could have done better myself.
    Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
    3:32 pm
    2014 F1 Season, Week 19
    Tough luck for Rosberg and Kvyat, but aside from that, another relatively predictable result.

    WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP:
    Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 384 (11 wins, 16 podiums) - a podium in EVERY RACE HE'S FINISHED

    LOOKED GOOD TRYIN':
    Nico Rosberg (Mercedes): 317 (5 wins, 15 podiums)
    Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull): 238 (3 wins, 8 podiums, DSQ from 9th podium for tech)
    Valtteri Bottas (Williams): 186 (6 podiums)
    Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull): 167 (4 podiums)
    Fernando Alonso (Ferrari): 161 (2 podiums)
    Felipe Massa (Williams): 134 (3 podiums)
    Jenson Button (McLaren): 126 (1 podium)
    Nico Hülkenberg (Force India): 96
    Sergio Pérez (Force India): 59 (1 podium, in 18 starts)
    Kevin Magnussen (McLaren): 55 (1 podium)
    Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari): 55

    NEVER QUITE FIGURED SHIT OUT:
    Jean-Éric Vergne (Toro Rosso): 22
    Romain Grosjean (Lotus): 8
    Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso): 8
    Pastor Maldonado (Lotus): 2
    Adrian Sutil (Sauber): 0 (12 finishes, best 11th) (2 DFLs) (WINS THE UNRELIABILITY AWARD)
    Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber): 0 (13 finishes, best 12th) (3 DFLs)* (TIES KOBAYASHI FOR 2ND IN UNRELIABILITY)

    MEMBERS OF QUITE SURPRISINGLY STILL GOING CONCERNS:
    Marcus Ericsson (Caterham): 0 (11 finishes in 16 starts, best 11th) (6 DFLs)* (WINS THE DEAD FUCKING LAST AWARD)
    Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham): 0 (9 finishes in 15 starts, best 13th)
    Will Stevens (Caterham): 0 (1 finish in 1 start, 17th) (1 DFL)
    André Lotterer (Caterham): 0 (0 finishes in 1 start)

    Thoughts on the season:

    After the catastrophic year Williams had last year, they were stunning this year. One imagines that Lotus and Sauber are telling themselves "see? IT COULD HAPPEN!" Also, Ferrari's letting Massa go because their second driver wasn't getting them enough points- ...this seems a little shortsighted now, with Massa collecting 2-1/2 times the points of Raikkonen. They probably should have done what Williams did, and built a car that wasn't a turd. Force India was some late-season development away from McLaren. Financial problems are a killer. Lotus says "tell me about it". Dunno what the fuck's up with Sauber, they just had a nightmare year; car wouldn't go fast, and a third of the time it wouldn't even go. And as much as I'd like to lay Lotus's problems on the boat-anchor Maldonado, Grosjean couldn't make the car go fast either.

    If everybody else's development hasn't worked some miracles, this could be the Lewis & Nico Show again next year. Honda should make things interesting, but it's not just Lotus and Sauber that need to fix their shit, it's everybody not working for factory Mercedes.

    In the backmarker sweepstakes: if Marussia is well and truly bankrupt and no longer a team, then Caterham won 10th place in the constructor's championship just by showing up to this race, which means a couple more million dollars than it took to field a car. That either pays off some creditors, or gives them something with which to attempt to continue. If they stick around, Ericsson is clearly a terrible driver, so they should either keep Kobayashi or find some old dude like Button or Timo Glock or Rubens Barrichello to help them develop the car.

    Good show, lads. See you in a few months.
    Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
    11:17 pm
    Found money
    Between the divorce and the market crash, I was completely wiped out. Thirty-nine years old, single, and flat broke except for a falling-down house and a fourteen-year-old truck.

    So I gave up money. It's easy to do if you don't have any. Make enough to pay the bills, and don't worry about any other damn thing, because there's no point. ...unless somebody's going to pay me to worry, and then I'm a worryin' fool. But no, mostly people paid me to edit documents and manage an increasingly broken documentation process, so I just kept doin' that, and stopped opening mail about investments that were worth slightly less than the amount I was underwater on my house.

    Fast-forward to a couple months ago, I get cold-called by an investment adviser. He asks me if I need any help. I said "probably, but not anytime soon. I don't even KNOW how much money I have", and gave him a capsule summary of the divorce, the market crash, going from closer-to-millionaire-than-not to completely broke in the space of a few months, and giving up money.

    He says "I bet that really chapped your ass". I said no. "It's money. I made it once, I'll make it again."

    So today I started doing the forensic accounting. I'm not done yet (I think there might be another account or two still lurking in the piles of paper here) but so far it looks like, in the last six and a half years, I've made back about half of what I lost.

    And I think I've been leaving some employer-matching money on the table for the last six years, because I pretty much zeroed everything out when I realized how broke I was. So if I come up with a budget that allows me to live on, say, $100 less a week, that magically turns into $200 more a week into the kitty, and I'll get back the other half that much faster.

    It's time to start worrying about money again, I think.
    Sunday, November 9th, 2014
    1:23 pm
    2014 F1 Season, Week 18
    Exciting enough race, but aside from Ricciardo's front suspension failing at the end of the front straight (after which, he quite amazingly DID NOT CRASH) and Bottas having a bad day, people again generally finished in roughly the same order you think they would.

    Other news: Marussia is officially done. Caterham is attempting to crowdfund a trip to Abu Dhabi in the hopes of finishing 10th and collecting the US$11M in prize money, which would presumably go to pay of creditors. This seems like a long shot to achieve a bad idea, since they'd need one car to finish at least 10th AND ahead of a Sauber, and they've never finished as high as 10th, and their lead car has never finished ahead of a running Sauber.

    COULD WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP:
    Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 334 (10 wins, 15 podiums) - a podium in EVERY RACE HE'S FINISHED
    Nico Rosberg (Mercedes): 317 (5 wins, 15 podiums)

    HAVE A CHANCE OF GETTING A PODIUM:
    Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull): 214 (3 wins, 8 podiums, DSQ from 9th podium for tech)
    Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull): 159 (4 podiums)
    Fernando Alonso (Ferrari): 157 (2 podiums)
    Valtteri Bottas (Williams): 156 (5 podiums)
    Jenson Button (McLaren): 106 (1 podium)
    Felipe Massa (Williams): 98 (2 podiums)
    Nico Hülkenberg (Force India): 80
    Kevin Magnussen (McLaren): 55 (1 podium)
    Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari): 53
    Sergio Pérez (Force India): 47 (1 podium, in 17 starts)

    HAVEN'T QUITE FIGURED SHIT OUT YET:
    Jean-Éric Vergne (Toro Rosso): 23
    Romain Grosjean (Lotus): 8
    Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso): 8
    Pastor Maldonado (Lotus): 1
    Adrian Sutil (Sauber): 0 (11 finishes, best 11th) (2 DFLs)
    Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber): 0 (12 finishes, best 12th) (3 DFLs)*
    Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
    6:18 pm
    2014 F1 Season, Week 17
    Two teams in receivership is really kind of a bummer. Hard to imagine that the world is short two mad zillionaires who are willing to flush a couple hundred million dollars down the toilet just so they can hobnob with the rest of the jet set. And now Kobayashi doesn't get the chance to redeem himself that he deserves. Also, this really doesn't bode well for Haas.

    The race itself was interesting, but the finishing order is pretty much what you'd expect.

    COULD WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP:
    Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 316 (10 wins, 14 podiums) - a podium in EVERY RACE HE'S FINISHED
    Nico Rosberg (Mercedes): 292 (4 wins, 14 podiums)

    HAVE A CHANCE OF GETTING A PODIUM:
    Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull): 214 (3 wins, 8 podiums, DSQ from 9th podium for tech)
    Valtteri Bottas (Williams): 155 (5 podiums)
    Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull): 149 (4 podiums)
    Fernando Alonso (Ferrari): 149 (2 podiums)
    Jenson Button (McLaren): 94 (1 podium)
    Felipe Massa (Williams): 83 (1 podium)
    Nico Hülkenberg (Force India): 76
    Kevin Magnussen (McLaren): 53 (1 podium)
    Sergio Pérez (Force India): 47 (1 podium, in 16 starts)
    Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari): 47

    HAVEN'T QUITE FIGURED SHIT OUT YET:
    Jean-Éric Vergne (Toro Rosso): 23
    Romain Grosjean (Lotus): 8
    Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso): 8
    Pastor Maldonado (Lotus): 1
    Adrian Sutil (Sauber): 0 (10 finishes, best 11th) (2 DFLs)
    Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber): 0 (11 finishes, best 12th) (2 DFLs)*

    MEMBERS OF NO LONGER GOING CONCERNS:
    Jules Bianchi (Marussia): 2 (1 DFL, in 15 starts)
    Marcus Ericsson (Caterham): 0 (11 finishes in 16 starts, best 11th) (6 DFLs)*
    Max Chilton (Marussia): 0 (13 finishes in 16 starts, best 13th) (6 DFLs)
    Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham): 0 (9 finishes in 14 starts, best 13th)
    André Lotterer (Caterham): 0 (0 finishes in 1 start)
    Sunday, October 12th, 2014
    1:07 pm
    2014 F1 Season, Week 16
    Another largely uneventful race, save for this: while Hamilton led flag-to-flag, Rosberg made a tragic screwup in the first corner, went to the back with a tire change, and then drove the entire race on one set of tires, and passed everybody else to finish where he started, in second. That's- ...that's not a thing that should be humanly possible, unless the Mercedes is really stunningly superior to every other car.

    COULD WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP:
    Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 291 (9 wins, 13 podiums) - a podium in EVERY RACE HE'S FINISHED
    Nico Rosberg (Mercedes): 274 (4 wins, 13 podiums)

    HAVE A CHANCE OF GETTING A PODIUM:
    Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull): 199 (3 wins, 7 podiums, DSQ from 8th podium for tech)
    Valtteri Bottas (Williams): 145 (5 podiums)
    Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull): 143 (4 podiums)
    Fernando Alonso (Ferrari): 141 (2 podiums)
    Jenson Button (McLaren): 94 (1 podium)
    Nico Hülkenberg (Force India): 76
    Felipe Massa (Williams): 71 (1 podium)
    Kevin Magnussen (McLaren): 49 (1 podium)
    Sergio Pérez (Force India): 47 (1 podium, in 15 starts)
    Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari): 47

    HAVEN'T QUITE FIGURED SHIT OUT YET:
    Jean-Éric Vergne (Toro Rosso): 21
    Romain Grosjean (Lotus): 8
    Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso): 8
    Jules Bianchi (Marussia): 2 (1 DFL, in 15 starts)
    Adrian Sutil (Sauber): 0 (10 finishes, best 11th) (2 DFLs)
    Marcus Ericsson (Caterham): 0 (11 finishes, best 11th) (6 DFLs)*
    Pastor Maldonado (Lotus): 0 (11 finishes in 15 starts, best 12th)
    Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber): 0 (10 finishes, best 12th) (1 DFL)*
    Max Chilton (Marussia): 0 (13 finishes, best 13th) (6 DFLs)
    Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham): 0 (9 finishes in 14 starts, best 13th)
    André Lotterer (Caterham): 0 (0 finishes in 1 start)

    *at Monza, Gutierrez finished ahead of Ericsson, but was scored behind him due to a penalty. I'm still giving Ericsson credit for the DFL.
    Sunday, October 5th, 2014
    2:16 pm
    2014 F1 Season, Week 15
    In stark contrast to the usual adage 'rain fucks up everything', other than the Alonso retirement and better-than-average drives by both STRs, the field almost finished in points order.

    Hope Bianchi is okay.

    COULD WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP:
    Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 266 (8 wins, 12 podiums) - a podium in EVERY RACE HE'S FINISHED
    Nico Rosberg (Mercedes): 256 (4 wins, 12 podiums)

    HAVE A CHANCE OF GETTING A PODIUM:
    Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull): 193 (3 wins, 7 podiums, DSQ from 8th podium for tech)
    Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull): 139 (4 podiums)
    Fernando Alonso (Ferrari): 133 (2 podiums)
    Valtteri Bottas (Williams): 130 (4 podiums)
    Jenson Button (McLaren): 82 (1 podium)
    Nico Hülkenberg (Force India): 76
    Felipe Massa (Williams): 71 (1 podium)
    Sergio Pérez (Force India): 46 (1 podium, in 14 starts)
    Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari): 45
    Kevin Magnussen (McLaren): 39 (1 podium)

    HAVEN'T QUITE FIGURED SHIT OUT YET:
    Jean-Éric Vergne (Toro Rosso): 21
    Romain Grosjean (Lotus): 8
    Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso): 8
    Jules Bianchi (Marussia): 2 (1 DFL)
    Adrian Sutil (Sauber): 0 (9 finishes, best 11th) (2 DFL)
    Marcus Ericsson (Caterham): 0 (10 finishes, best 11th) (5 DFL)*
    Pastor Maldonado (Lotus): 0 (10 finishes in 13 starts, best 12th)
    Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber): 0 (9 finishes, best 12th) (1 DFL)*
    Max Chilton (Marussia): 0 (13 finishes, best 13th) (6 DFLs)
    Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham): 0 (9 finishes in 13 starts, best 13th)
    André Lotterer (Caterham): 0 (0 finishes in 1 start)

    *at Monza, Gutierrez finished ahead of Ericsson, but was scored behind him due to a penalty. I'm still giving Ericsson credit for the DFL.
    Saturday, September 27th, 2014
    7:16 pm
    2014 F1 Season, Week 14
    So busy last weekend, never wrote this up.

    Mercedes DNF karma finally regressed to the mean on Rosberg, which was a bummer. Same karma got Button. Bottas, who had a brilliant day, had a flat tire on the last lap that hosed him right out of the points. Kobayashi didn't make it to the end of the formation lap. Everybody else finished about where you think they should.

    COULD WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP:
    Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 241 (7 wins, 11 podiums) - a podium in EVERY RACE HE'S FINISHED
    Nico Rosberg (Mercedes): 238 (4 wins, 11 podiums)

    HAVE A CHANCE OF GETTING A PODIUM:
    Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull): 181 (3 wins, 7 podiums, DSQ from 8th podium for tech)
    Fernando Alonso (Ferrari): 133 (2 podiums)
    Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull): 124 (3 podiums)
    Valtteri Bottas (Williams): 122 (4 podiums)
    Jenson Button (McLaren): 72 (1 podium)
    Nico Hülkenberg (Force India): 72
    Felipe Massa (Williams): 65 (1 podium)
    Sergio Pérez (Force India): 45 (1 podium, in 13 starts)
    Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari): 45
    Kevin Magnussen (McLaren): 39 (1 podium)

    HAVEN'T QUITE FIGURED SHIT OUT YET:
    Jean-Éric Vergne (Toro Rosso): 19
    Romain Grosjean (Lotus): 8
    Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso): 8
    Jules Bianchi (Marussia): 2 (1 DFL)
    Adrian Sutil (Sauber): 0 (8 finishes, best 11th) (1 DFL)
    Marcus Ericsson (Caterham): 0 (9 finishes, best 11th) (5 DFL)*
    Pastor Maldonado (Lotus): 0 (9 finishes in 13 starts, best 12th)
    Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber): 0 (8 finishes, best 12th) (1 DFL)*
    Max Chilton (Marussia): 0 (12 finishes, best 13th) (6 DFLs)
    Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham): 0 (8 finishes in 12 starts, best 13th)
    André Lotterer (Caterham): 0 (0 finishes in 1 start)

    *at Monza, Gutierrez finished ahead of Ericsson, but was scored behind him due to a penalty. I'm still giving Ericsson credit for the DFL.

    As the season winds down, the constructor-point standings are pretty much nailed down, except for Williams and Ferrari sorting out 3rd and 4th, and similarly Force India and McLaren 5th and 6th. Moving any other constructor from their current position would require some kind of miracle. This includes the clot of Marussia / Sauber / Caterham at the back.
    Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
    10:37 pm
    Seems to be going around
    I've been kind of in a funk for a couple days now. Maybe it's just a temporary patch of worse-than-usual insomnia, maybe it's the client fucking with us at work (the peak load day has just been postponed to the day after our first round of layoffs? You don't say! And we find out about this two days before that happens? EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!) and maybe it's just usual cyclical being-me-ness.

    Y'know, everything sucks, I complain; everything is going well, I start to ponder new things to complain about? Happy people don't make history, y'know. And a part of me still wants to change the world.

    Clearly, unhappiness is required. And to paraphrase Miranda: if you cannot afford unhappiness, unhappiness will be provided for you.
    Monday, September 8th, 2014
    12:20 am
    The religion show on the radio
    So, if the Bears game isn't on regular TV, I go to the irish bar. And if it's a 1PM game, on the way home, the religion show is on the radio.

    Whatever idiot it was on the religion show today informs us that your life has value in four ways:
    • your relationship with God
    • your relationship with the people around you
    • your relationship with your children, and
    • the wisdom and culture you pass on to them.
    So, if you're an atheist introvert with no kids: ...your life has no value?

    This does not seem like a very positive, uplifting, spiritual message to me. In fact, it kinda sounds like "well fuck THOSE people then".
    12:08 am
    2014 F1 Season, Week 13
    Of all of the unsurprising races, this was probably the unsurprisingest, except for Alonso blowing a motor. On the track where raw straight-line speed and mechanical grip are king, because there is no downforce, the Mercedes were 1-2, the Williams were 3-4, the Red Bulls were 5-6, and the remaining four top-10 were 3 Mercedes-powered cars and Kimi. Alonso had originally qualified 7th, and after that they asked him "is 7th as good as you can reasonably expect here?", and his answer was "no, 9th. The Force Indias." And, sure enough, Sergio Perez finished a second in front of Kimi. The cars came in almost exactly the order you might have predicted. The biggest surprise was probably the British guy, the German guy, and the Brazilian guy, all addressing the crowd under the podium in Italian.

    COULD WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP:
    Nico Rosberg (Mercedes): 238 (4 wins, 11 podiums)
    Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 216 (6 wins, 10 podiums) - a podium in EVERY RACE HE'S FINISHED

    HAVE A CHANCE OF GETTING A PODIUM:
    Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull): 166 (3 wins, 6 podiums, DSQ from 7th podium for tech)
    Valtteri Bottas (Williams): 122 (4 podiums)
    Fernando Alonso (Ferrari): 121 (2 podiums)
    Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull): 106 (2 podiums)
    Jenson Button (McLaren): 72 (1 podium)
    Nico Hülkenberg (Force India): 70
    Felipe Massa (Williams): 55 (1 podium)
    Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari): 41
    Sergio Pérez (Force India): 39 (1 podium, in 12 starts)
    Kevin Magnussen (McLaren): 38 (1 podium)

    HAVEN'T QUITE FIGURED SHIT OUT YET:
    Jean-Éric Vergne (Toro Rosso): 11
    Romain Grosjean (Lotus): 8
    Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso): 8
    Jules Bianchi (Marussia): 2 (1 DFL)
    Adrian Sutil (Sauber): 0 (8 finishes, best 11th) (1 DFL)
    Marcus Ericsson (Caterham): 0 (8 finishes, best 11th) (5 DFL)*
    Pastor Maldonado (Lotus): 0 (8 finishes in 12 starts, best 12th)
    Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber): 0 (8 finishes, best 12th) (1 DFL)*
    Max Chilton (Marussia): 0 (11 finishes, best 13th) (5 DFLs)
    Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham): 0 (8 finishes in 12 starts, best 13th)
    André Lotterer (Caterham): 0 (0 finishes in 1 start)

    *at Monza, Gutierrez finished ahead of Ericsson, but was scored behind him due to a penalty. I'm still giving Ericsson credit for the DFL.
    Thursday, September 4th, 2014
    9:37 pm
    IT'S OFFICIAL
    I'm broker than I have been since my second divorce, which happened during the market crash and the housing market crash.

    The dog's vet bills wiped out my hockey ticket fund, and then the trip to my cousin's wedding wiped out my emergency fund, and the $1000 in repairs the truck needed to pass a state safety inspection wiped out my twelve-year streak of "I fucking refuse to carry a credit card balance" record.

    As comfortable as my life is, I live pretty close to the edge. You don't live inside the beltway without 1) paying a huge mortgage, and 2) making a huge amount of money to be able to afford that mortgage, and I'm doing both, but it's right at the fucking tipping point. ...and the last $7000 worth of unforeseen bills have kind of thrown me over that.

    I dunno what the goddamn fuck I'm gonna do, but I'm pretty sure that it won't be pleasant.
    Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
    1:24 am
    PLONK
    One of the really depressing things about Ava is that I'm pretty sure she mentally filed the entire world into three groups:
    - people who will not be offered the opportunity to disappoint me,
    - people who have disappointed me, and
    - people who have not disappointed me yet.
    The first group was the overwhelming majority of the world. The second was the few dozen people who she had ever considered friends. The third group, up until a year or so before we got divorced, was just me. ...and then I moved up a notch.

    She's probably said the words 'never speak to me again' to more different people than even the most socially-maladaptive Kardashian. She'd implemented real-world killfiles. Letters from her mother went into the trash, unread. She didn't answer the phone, and only occasionally listened to the answering machine messages. She'd managed to almost completely shut off the outside world, except on her own very carefully considered terms.

    I worry about being like that. Not, like, being an insane shut-in I guess, but more that I still get a little bummed out when I have to fire somebody off of the facebooks. When someone is shitty to me for no reason I can understand, I no longer get upset and lash out, I say "That's disappointing" and press the 'you go away now' button.

    And the lesson I learned from Usenet is that, once I've reached the point of finding someone content-free, removing them from the killfile usually just gives me enough information to confirm that initial decision.

    ...but man, the software holds a grudge better than Ava did, and I'm not convinced that's a good thing.
    Sunday, August 24th, 2014
    4:31 pm
    2014 F1 Season, Week 12
    A lot has been made of how 'over' Lewis is, which is kind of silly. There are seven races left, and double points for the last one, so for the sake of 'math', we'll call that eight. The difference between 1st and 2nd is 7 points. That's 56 points in play for two cars expected to finish first and second. Lewis is only behind by 29. He wins four races to Nico second, and he's one point back. It's not anywhere near over.

    Brilliant drive today by Magnussen, dicing with Vettel, Button, and Alonso, and getting the better of 'em for most of the race -- in a clearly inferior car -- to finish 6th, just behind Vettel and ahead of Button and Alonso. Bag of dicks to the FIA for giving him a 20s penalty for what was a fairly similar move to what Lewis gave Nico, which dropped him to 12th.

    Also, did some nerding and figured that, if either Kobayashi or Ericcson manage to finish 11th and ahead of the lead Sauber in two different races (this has happened once all season, due to Monaco attrition rather than skill and speed) or somehow manage a 10th, Sauber could be behind both backmarker teams, and get the same no money that Caterham got at the end of last season.

    COULD WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP:
    Nico Rosberg (Mercedes): 220 (4 wins, 10 podiums)
    Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): 191 (5 wins, 9 podiums) - a podium in EVERY RACE HE'S FINISHED

    HAVE A CHANCE OF GETTING A PODIUM:
    Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull): 156 (3 wins, 6 podiums, DSQ from 7th podium for tech)
    Fernando Alonso (Ferrari): 121 (2 podiums)
    Valtteri Bottas (Williams): 110 (4 podiums)
    Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull): 98 (2 podiums)
    Nico Hülkenberg (Force India): 70
    Jenson Button (McLaren): 68 (1 podium)
    Felipe Massa (Williams): 40
    Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari): 39
    Kevin Magnussen (McLaren): 37 (1 podium)
    Sergio Pérez (Force India): 33 (1 podium, in 11 starts)

    HAVEN'T QUITE FIGURED SHIT OUT YET:
    Jean-Éric Vergne (Toro Rosso): 11
    Romain Grosjean (Lotus): 8
    Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso): 8
    Jules Bianchi (Marussia): 2 (1 DFL)
    Adrian Sutil (Sauber): 0 (7 finishes, best 11th) (1 DFL)
    Marcus Ericsson (Caterham): 0 (7 finishes, best 11th) (4 DFL)
    Pastor Maldonado (Lotus): 0 (7 finishes in 11 starts, best 12th)
    Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber): 0 (7 finishes, best 12th) (1 DFL)
    Max Chilton (Marussia): 0 (11 finishes, best 13th) (5 DFLs)
    Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham): 0 (7 finishes in 11 starts, best 13th)
    André Lotterer (Caterham): 0 (0 finishes in 1 start)
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