Monday, March 26, 2007

Rochester... We have tubes!!


What the h* do I mean with that?

Saturday morning the "physical" work for the the new Baja SAE Anahuac vehicle started. Just a few details are missing from the structural design and in the meantime the work has begun.

We have an awful amount of things to do between now and June 7th (only 74 days) but I am confident that the team can work it out :-).

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Save Water! World Water Day 2007

Today, March 22, is World Water Day 2007.

We must remember that, as with all the non-renewable resources on Earth, we (E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E) are responsible for preserving it. It is not "ours" it is lend to us.

No water means no life (no brainier here), but sometimes we forget about it.

There are many ways to save water and to preserve it clean and free of pollutants:

  1. Take shorter showers (I declare myself guilty on this aspect and try to shorten my showers);
  2. Replace old high water-consuming toilets;
  3. Fix any water leaks in the house;
  4. If you see any leak at your work or at the street, notify it to the person(s) required to fix it;
  5. Water your garden early in the morning or in the evening, it is more efficient;
  6. Use less pollutant and fewer detergent to wash your clothes;
  7. Use less electricity (most of the electricity needs water in various forms to generate it),
  8. more, more more.

These are only a few ideas that came to my mind this moment but you can do a little research only in sites like Grist Magazine to find tips, solutions, and alternatives to preserve the vital fluid.

Quote of the Day:
You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.
--Liz Smith

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

SAE Extreme!

SAE is the one behind great competition such as Formula SAE and Baja SAE. These competitions are becoming more and more famous and recognized. One sign of this is that the registration to almost all the events of these competitions are filling up rather quickly.

SAE also organizes other events such as: Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Formula Student, Formula Hybrid, Aero design, and Supermileage.

The folks on SAE are working on improving the presence of these competitions by launching a video on YouTube! It is a good video that gives you sneak peaks to what these competitions are all about.

Up next on YouTube! "SAE Extreme"...

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Can Apple Keep Stalling a 6G iPod? Our Views, and Yours | iLounge

Just found this very interesting article about the new generation of iPods (not iPhone). Some comments are very interesting and reflects how I feel about Apple and the future development of iPods (their greatest product ever). 

Link to Can Apple Keep Stalling a 6G iPod? Our Views, and Yours | iLounge

Friday, March 02, 2007


Just found out about a new initiative from Windows Live Messenger "i'm Making A Difference". You just need to put up a code on your messenger display name and each time you start a conversation shares some money to the organization (Red cross, Stop global warming, Boys and girls clubs of America, UNICEF, etc.) you chosen.

more info @ i'm Making A Difference

Just one week to WRC Corona Rally Mexico 2007

Next weekend will be the World Rally Championship Corona Rally Mexico 2007 in León, Guanajuato. For those who are not familiar with the Rally, a Rally is an auto sport in which production cars (regular cars that are available to the public) are modified to certain specifications and then race against time. The cars run in different surfaces snow, ice, gravel, and pavement on regular roads (not a closed circuit). Each rally is made up of timed "Stages", usually around 15 of them. The WRC is the premiere series for rallying, organized by the Federation Internationale de L'Automobile (FIA) and is the equivalent of the Formula one in rallying.

The WRC season begins in January and ends in December. It goes around the world in 16 rallies: Monte Carlo, Sweden, Norway, México, Portugal, Argentina, Italy, Greece, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, France, Japan, Ireland, and Great Britain. Each rally gives points to the top drivers and manufacturers/teams and at the end of the season the one with most points takes de Driver's Championship title and/or the Manufacturers's Championship title.

Corona Rally Mexico is in it's fourth year as an WRC official event. It is held in the mountains outside León, Guanajuato in México. It is a gravel rally with fast stages and the highest altitude of all the championship.

I will be attending for the third year in a row simply because it's loads of fun. You have to get up very very early in the morning to get to the stages because the roads are closed as the dawn draws closes and they are far from León (about an hour because of the rough terrain). But once you get there you have amazing views and, as the fans from all over the world gather a great ambient. Then you can head to the service park, where you can see the cars being repaired in less than 20 minutes (or they get penalized) by incredible mechanics just metres away from you! You can also go to the superspecial stage in the Leon Race Track where you can watch them running side by side at night.

You can find more information on the WRC site @ and at the site for the Corona Rally Mexico