Friday, July 20, 2007

Baja SAE 2008, tentative schedule

A few weeks ago I posted some info on the possible places for the 2008 Baja SAE competitions (link). The latest Collegiate Design Series Newsletter includes the tentative schedules for the 2008 competitions:

  • Baja SAE - Tennessee Tech University May 1-4, 2008. Cookeville, Tennessee. (This is the water event)
  • Baja SAE - Central Illinois May 29 - June 1, 2008-. Caterpillar Facility - Peoria, Illinois.
  • Baja SAE - Ecole De Technologie Superieure June 12-15, 2008. Montreal, Canada.

The newsletter also details that the Baja SAE rules should be out in early August. It also states an 100 USD increment on the inscription fees. The registration opens on Monday, October 1, 2007 at 10.00 am EST.

From the proposed schedule it seems that our team will be intending to attend to either the Illinois or the Montreal competition, we'll see if it happens.

Funny Friday: The Internet Crash of 2007

Welcome back to the Funny Friday. I stumbled on this video while surfing is from the Onion News Network. Although a little geeky, it's hilarious, check it out...

via [lifehacker]

Quote of the Day:
Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers.
--Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Less than two days for Harry Potter 7, no spoilers please!

Saturday July 21st is one of those days you want and do not want to arrive, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book will be published. On one hand I've waited so long for it, but on the other it means the end of the Harry Potter books.

The potter craze is at an all time maximum with the Order of the Phoenix movie just released last week and the publication of the book around the corner. The rumors of what is going to happen are flying high on the net. Hence my request for all those who read this blog and/or know me, don't pass spoilers on me, please! Thanks.

Quote of the Day:
An argument is the longest distance between two points of view.
--Dan Bennett

Monday, July 16, 2007

You haven't seen Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix until you've seen it in IMAX

After a wait of a few months plus 2 days (because I wasn't able to get good tickets for the Thursday release) I finally got the chance to watch the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film on Saturday evening. The theatre was crowded, the functions for this past weekend were al sold out. It meant only one thing, the beginning of two weeks of Harry Potter hype! (next week, the publication of the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

I liked the movie, I liked it a LOT! The movie lives up to my expectations. It is a very good adaptation (maybe a little too diluted) of the most complicated book in the series so far, this book defines a turning point in the series in which Hogwarts is no longer the focal point of the story. As always with the Harry Potter movies the cast selection is excellent. The visual effects are, as usual, brilliantly executed.

And the important thing in this post, IMAX. You just have to see it in IMAX to fully experience the movie potential. It is soooooooooooooo awesome! The crisp, clear projection, the exceptional sound, the enormous screen size... all makes good reason for the IMAX experience. But there is more, 20 minutes of the final of the movie are in 3D!, all of the visit of the Potter friends  to the Ministry of Magic. It really enhances the movie and when you leave the theatre you want more.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday the 13th, Chickens in Masks!

Just another Friday the 13th...

Nice comment!!: I bet the bumper sticker on Jason's car says:
"My child is an honor student at Elm Street Middle School"

Quote of the Day:
I not only use all the brains I have but all that I can borrow.
--Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Carlos Slim, a Mexican, is wealthiest man on Earth

Maybe you have heard/read the news on this, maybe you haven't. The news have been revealed today by Mexican publication "Sentido ComĂșn" (Common Sense). The Mexican Tycoon, who has a 33% participation in the stocks of America Movil (the largest mobile telecommunications provider in Latin America) passed Bill Gates as the World's wealthiest man this past second quarter.

The fortune of Bill Gates rises to $59.2 billion and Slim's fortune goes up to $67.8 billion, a difference of $8.6 billion claims the publication.

What is most shocking about this news is that Carlos Slim comes from a country with a great amount of poor people. This only remarks the inequality that exists in this country, where the income is unevenly distributed and you can find very, very rich people as well as very, very poor people.

I hopes that Mr. Slim can give a little back to his country and contribute to it's development.

Original story from "Sentido ComĂșn": link (english translation).
Story at The Guardian newspaper: link.

Quote of the Day:
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
--C. Archie Danielson