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How Did You Watch The Race?

I was up in the air on how I was going to watch the race today. Being that it was on while I was at work I needed to find a good way to watch it. Listening on Sirius is out since they don’t broadcast the channel on the web and the office I’m in has now windows (I think that is typical for IT guys). If I could have used Sirius I would have, I really enjoy listening to the in car audio and the excitement in the voices of the guys and gals calling the race.

I wasn’t about to pay for Trackpass. So I gave in and used WebGuide.

I have a Windows Media Center PC here at home. To keep it simple Media Center let’s us watch TV on the computer as well as scheduled recordings of TV shows..etc. WebGuide allows to connect to our Media Center PC via the internet and stream what is on TV. So cool!

It worked out pretty good; the only problem I had was since the race wasn’t listed in the channel guide I had to select the shows that are normally on during the day. The shows are only a half hour long so the stream would stop every half hour and I would have to start it again. I am not sure if there is a way around it heck I was at work I had things I SHOULD be doing!

All in all I was very pleased with Web Guide, and somewhat pleased with the race results, Tony finished in the top 10 so that is always good.


Luck of the Gibbs Cars

I am posting this under NASCAR for no other reason that it involves the Gibbs cars.

Carrie and I took a couple days off from work and went to Atlantic City. We aren’t big gamblers and typically spend most of our time playing penny slot machines. We arrived at Borgota on Thursday afternoon, after a quick stop at Camping World. We had lunch and hit the slot machines for a couple hours and then headed to the room (someone..me..needed a nap…LOL)

On our way back from breakfast on Friday morning Carrie said she wanted to try roulette. I used to pay roulette years ago so I was familiar with the rules. The table was a $5 minimum and nobody was playing. So we figured it was a good opportunity to play. We did the usual playing our birthday’s and Colin’s birthday. Then we started to play car numbers..of course I was doubling up on the 20 and playing the 18 and 11. And..they started coming out…we started to play more numbers..I was splitting between the 5 – 8 and 3 – 6..and those started to come out too. We are not heavy betters but we did win back the money we lost in slot machines the night before so that made us happy!

We then headed over to the Tropicana. After getting settled into our room we made our way to the Casino, Carrie wanted to play roulette again. No $5 tables here so we played the $10 table. So I started to play my NASCAR and birthday sequence again and it was working..and working…3 hours later I had around $300 in chips in front of me and the waitress kept bringing 2 beers at a time to me..LOL..so feeling pretty good with our winnings and the beer..LOL..we cashed out just as the raised the minimum to $15.

So the 20, 11, 18 treated me pretty good the last few days, hopefully that luck will carry over to today’s race!

Disney’s Fort Wilderness

We haven’t been to Disney yet but we do plan on it. Of course Fort Wilderness would be our first pick. What makes me nervous is that the sites seem to be narrow for big rigs. While we don’t have big Class A our trailer and truck to take up a lot of room!

From hitch to bumper the trailer is 34′ and on the truck we have the 8′ bed, that is a lot behind us to maneuver around. We had fun in Vermont with it, long story about us trying to get a little fancy, we managed OK but Carrie did get a little “antsy” with it.

Disney’s Fort Wilderness: “This is truly a one of a kind camping experience for your family. While not your typical camping trip, it can’t be beat for location to the Walt Disney World Resorts.
There are 3 different types of campsites at this time. Standard (water and electric), Full hook up, and Preferred (FHU plus cable). The prices vary […]

(Via RV.net Blog.)

Stewart on the pole for Nationwide season opener


Stewart on the pole for Nationwide season opener: “Nationwide Insurance couldn’t ask for a better way to begin 2008 as the new title sponsor of NASCAR’s No. 2 series.

(Via NASCAR.COM – Tony Stewart.)

Earnhardt Jr., Hamlin win qualifying races at Daytona

Tony finished second! At one point in the race the 3 JGR cars ran 1, 2, 3 !

Earnhardt Jr., Hamlin win qualifying races at Daytona: “On a milestone day for Toyota, NASCAR’s newest manufacturer, veteran drivers stole the show Thursday at Daytona International Speedway.

(Via NASCAR.COM – NEXTEL Cup Series Headlines.)

Eyelid Stickers Let You Sleep at Work if Your Coworkers are Blind Idiots [Tricky]

these could also be handy for family functions you just don’t want to be at.

Eyelid Stickers Let You Sleep at Work if Your Coworkers are Blind Idiots [Tricky]: “

eyestickers.jpgSo you want to sleep at work. I can’t say that’s the brightest idea in the world, but who am I to judge? Let me help you out: if you want to sleep at your desk and also look really, really creepy while awake, all you need to do is buy some of these eye stickers. Slap ’em on your closed eyelids, learn to sleep sitting up, and you’ll be sure to fool everyone who walks by your desk. There is absolutely no way for this plan to fail… trust me. [Bits and Pieces via Neatorama]

(Via Gizmodo.)

SIRIUS Satellite Daytona 500 Broadcast Schedule

Get your radios ready!!!

This will be first race with my new radio, can’t wait!

SIRIUS Satellite Daytona 500 Broadcast Schedule: “

SIRIUS Satellite Radio will be providing comprehensive coverage of the Daytona 500 on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio channel 128, which will include the live race broadcast and like last year, multiple channels carrying in-car audio.

Channel 128 will be providing full coverage of the Gatorade Duels on Thursday, Feb. 14 (1:15 pm ET), the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on Friday, Feb. 15 (7:30 pm ET) and the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Feb. 16 (12:45 pm ET).

On the big day, Sunday, February 17, SIRIUS is giving listeners 15 hours of live coverage of the 50th running of the Daytona 500 starting at 8:00 am ET. (Oh my god, set your alarms!) SIRIUS NASCAR Radio channel 128 will carry the race broadcast live nationwide (2:30 pm ET) and additional Driver2Crew Chatter™ channels will carry the in-car audio of NASCAR’s top drivers. The Driver2Crew Chatter™ combines the race broadcast with the driver-to-crew chatter, allowing fans to follow the overall race call and the in-car audio of a driver on a single channel.
For this weekend’s Daytona 500, SIRIUS subscribers can hear the following:

* Live race call provided by Motor Racing Network – channel 128
* Jimmie Johnson in-car audio – channel 122
* Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in-car audio – channel 125
* Tony Stewart in-car audio – channel 126
* Jeff Gordon in-car audio – channel 127
* Fan’s Choice – channel 123 (Driver TBD)

SIRIUS NASCAR Radio / ch. 128 – Daytona 500 Week Schedule: (All times ET)


· 1:15 pm – 5:00 pm: Gatorade Duels


· 7:30 pm: Chevy Silverado 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race


· 12:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Camping World 300 Presented by Chevrolet NASCAR Nationwide Series Race


· 11:30 am – 1:30 pm: “SIRIUS NASCAR Radio Pre-Race Show” hosted by Dave Moody and Steve Post

· 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: MRN Pre-Race show

· 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm (approx): Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race

· 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: “SIRIUS NASCAR Radio Post-Race Show” hosted by Steve Post and Alex Hayden

As the Official Satellite Radio Partner of NASCAR, SIRIUS broadcasts every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Fans can also tune into SIRIUS NASCAR Radio channel 128 for expert NASCAR talk all year long.

by Bruce Simmons

(Via SIRIUS Backstage Forum – SIRIUS NASCAR Radio.)

JR loses an engine in practice!

#88-Earnhardt Jr. lost and engine midway thru the practice and the team will change engines, then it was mentioned on SPEED’s coverage that all the Hendrick Motorsports cars #24-Gordon, #48-Johnson, Earnhardt and #5-Mears will change engines as there is some sort of lifter problem.

From Jayski

NASCAR places Stewart, Kurt Busch on probation

NASCAR places Stewart, Kurt Busch on probation: “NASCAR is placing drivers Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart on probation for six races, beginning with Sunday’s Daytona 500.”

(Via ESPN.com – Autos.)

Backstage at the Grammy Awards, Macs Run the Show

Backstage at the Grammy Awards, Macs Run the Show: “

From Macworld
To present the annual music industry honors to the attendees at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and to home viewers on CBS, show organizers use more than 450 microphones, 155 tons of lighting, 13,000 amps of power, 19 video screens, 94 speaker cabinets—and an endless amount of Macs.

You may have assumed that Macs played a large role in putting on what has become the largest audio production on television. But until you sit in on a rehearsal for the telecast, as audio engineers are hard at work mixing the 35 songs that will be performed during Sunday’s ceremony, and see how extensively Macs are involved in the process, it’s hard to fathom just how central the Mac has become to the Grammys.

During Thursday’s rehearsal, it was easy to lose count of the number of Macs in the production truck. But there are 14 Macs on board, according to Joel Singer, audio engineer in charge for XM Production/Effanel. That includes MacBook Pros, Mac Pros, G5s, and a G4 capturing video from the stage.

‘Windows frightens me to death,’ said Singer. ‘I know it, and I know it well—that’s why we chose the Mac instead of Vista or XP.’

Click here to read more ‘Backstage at the Grammy Awards, Macs Run the Show’

(Via Your Mac Life – The Internet’s #1 Mac Broadcast!.)