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Friday August 8, 2008

I didn't see this on TV, but found it on the web, opening ceremonies clip from Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, drummers....amazing...:

Thursday August 7, 2008

Well, I passed my CompTIA Network+ exam yesterday, scored 765 out of 900 =)  The X-Games were entertaining as well on Sunday, lots of destruction of cars, but exciting too.  I found this cool story on Digg that some guy built a replica of the Batman "Tumbler" vehicle from one of the latest Batman movies (the one that looks like a tank).  Here is the URL, I will try to put a better post together later on, at work right now.

check this out too from flickr:
Rich Peoples' Rooftops in NYC.... haha

Sunday August 3, 2008

Today on ESPN 3pm eastern time the 2008 X-Games Rally Car Racing Final will be airing.  Particular interest to me because my car (Subaru WRX) has been the feature vehicle in past years' competitions.  It's pretty sweet really, the rally event takes place inside of a stadium with a dirt course (including a jump I think) which continues up the stadium ramp and outside into the parking lot (usually involving another jump as the car exits the stadium up the ramp (due to the speed of the exit the cars fly through the air for a short distance)....anyways, it's cool, check it out if you are bored....if you are out of television broadcast range you can view video content here at
here is a video from a past year's event so you can see what it's like

Wednesday July 30, 2008

New upgrades are on the way for the 5zigen FN01r-c wheels 18"x7.5" that I got on ebay...the tires I .....[nate takes a quick break to grab some wings and salad from LaNova that my workplace brought in for us today...italian, bbq, sesame, medium and the "jay leno" wings...hmmmm.....] anyways, I also have an STi intercooler on the way, and I think I am going to do the STi pink 565cc injectors as well as the IHI VF39 turbo upgrade and reflash my ecu with the Cobb map for this setup...oh yes, and I still have to get some 225/40 18 tires to put on these wheels when they come in...bigger would be fun but I don't know if they would fit without fender we'll see, still deciding how much to spend on the tires, if it's cheaper to order and have mounted locally or just buy and have mounted locally, i'm looking to keep each tire's price as far below $100 as possible....that is all for the moment....back to work !

Tuesday July 22, 2008

This is hilarious....playing football (soccer) with one team of VW Fox vehicles and one team of Toyota Aygo's.  hahahaha.....

Monday July 21, 2008

This is the coolest thing I have ever seen, today:

this is pretty cool too:

and lastly, I no longer need to learn Giant Steps, they make a robot to play it for you ! haha:

Monday July 14, 2008

Yesterday I went to a car show up at Fisherman's Park in North Tonawanda, NY sponsored by Rod and Piston (magazine I think).  I took a lot of photos (which I may post eventually), here is one of a classic 1950's Chevrolet Corvette convertible.  I don't like the way the colors turned out in this photo very much, it looks a little funny.  It was shot using my Canon Digital Rebel XT with highest contrast and saturation settings (the high contrast is killing it a little I think in this photo) with either a
EF-S 17-85mm or the
EF 100-400mm L series IS.  I also used circular polarizing filters on each lens and adjusted them to remove glare from the windshields.  I have a feeling this contributed to the color balance issues a little, but not sure.  Well, nothing a little photoshop can't fix when I have more time I guess =)

1950's chevrolet corvette convertible grey in the park summer north tonawanda ny rod and piston fisherman's park

Friday July 11, 2008

Here is a yellow Honda S2000 for your viewing pleasure, courtesy of a new car lot in Amherst, NY from a few years ago when I was shopping for my WRX.  Slightly photoshopped, but nothing crazy.

Honday S2000 yellow in new car lot Amherst NY winter snow on ground

Tuesday July 8, 2008

Photo of the day, Buffalo, NY Waterfront by the Erie Basin Marina.

driftwood against blue sky and sand buffalo new york waterfront erie basin marina photo by nate michals

Friday July 4, 2008
Happy Fourth of July !!!
bright yellow flower with purple background


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