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Posted Sat May 13, 2017 1:48 PM
Posted Sat May 13, 2017 9:28 PM
I obsessively watch Sky Sports F1 broadcasts of Qualifying and Race day for Formula 1, since the hybrid era began in 2014. That is the only sport I follow. And only now that the kids are off in college. Nearly 20 years ago, I followed CART in the 98 and 99 season. Both of these are interests as a spin-off of computer games I enjoy.
Posted Sun May 14, 2017 12:13 AM
Another F1 nut here! Have been since the late '80 when I used work for Honda at their manufacturing plant in the U.K. as an AS/400 programmer. That's when Honda was winning races and championships, not like now.....oh dear. I remember when Nigel Mansel visited the plant with his Williams car and did donuts at the end of the test track - I was hooked, the Jananese managers were none too impressed!
How do you get the Sky Sports coverage over here? I watch it on Channel 4 (UK) via a Smart DNS service as the NBC Sports coverage is awful!
NBC coverage is aweful. Or at least the 3 or 4 times I've tried to watch a live race during US hours.
I do have high hopes for Honda to turn it around for McLaren... Really enjoyed JB, but miss him this year. It'll be a treat to have him back for Monaco while Alonso has his dalliance with left turns. Alonso managed to qualify today in a points earning way... But I fear it won't quite turn into points tomorrow. I'd love to be wrong.
This year is turning out to be exciting!!!
Posted Fri May 19, 2017 9:53 AM
When not doing TI stuff I'm collecting/fixing/restoring arcade games and pinball machines, going around and getting other classic systems for the collections (recently colecovision, coco's and another apple iie) and trying to find time to hike/camp/explore the Oregon wilderness
Posted Tue May 30, 2017 8:54 AM
When at work I design and program electric control systems for machines. Hence an interest in real-time programming. I'm also frequently managing customer related projects, where different production lines are built to suit their needs. This is why I'm not so busy with the TI 99/4A, since I get to do similar things and get paid for it.
On my own time I have a house to attend to. I also do orienteering, sometimes combined with going to multi-day meets with my camping trailer. I'm currently the chairman of the club I'm competing for. Photography is another interest, so you can of course frequently find images of the orienteering sport in my web album.
Posted Tue May 30, 2017 12:02 PM
I'm a big tinkerer and tend to bounce around a bit from project to project. I'll get obsessed with something for a while then move on but have several things that I come back to. I'm always into computers of some form so I'm often building, working on, repairing various modern computers. Along with tinkering with my TI I also have plans for a Commodore setup (currently have a non-working Vic20 which I might repair and parlay into a C64). I also tinker with a handful of consoles including VCS, SMS, Odyssey-2 as well as a modern (ish?) Xbox and Wii (I have 3 360's I plan to make one working unit out of).
My current obsession is vintage audio gear and I have a HUGE collection of vinyl albums which is about 50% classical, 15% Jazz and the rest mostly pop, rock, r&b etc. I have a few vintage receivers and speakers that I plan on refurbishing in the near future. I also have plans to upgrade my digital playback game with a much better DAC (digital to analog converter) since I've been converting from MP3 to FLAC and have acquired some high resolution audio files recently.
On the back burner lately is my interest in Arcade machines. I have two arcade projects in the garage that are held up mostly by the cabinet work I need to do. I need to sand, repair, and repaint the cabinets. One machine is an original Tron arcade cabinet that I bought completely gutted and have since acquired most of the reproduction graphics and plastics for as well as original controls. I don't have any of the game boards for it though and since it wasn't an original to begin with I don't feel to bad turning it into a multi. It will have an original tron Joystick with a Groovygamegear repro handle and a modern USB push-pull spinner in place of the original to enable other spinner games including Discs of Tron. The other arcade cabinet is a generic dynamo cab that will also be a multi but have a pair joystick + 6 button controls for two player fighter games. I also have acquired a taste for pinball so I'll probably get one of those at some point.
Other obsession that are currently on the back burner and could come back any time:
Motorhomes - I's really love to buy and refurbish an RV but storage costs have prevented me so far.
Camping and Fishing
Playing Music - I was a trumpet player through college and pursued most of a music degree before switching to a BA so one of these days I'm going to get back into shape and start playing my horns again. I still have my Bb, C, and Flugel horns.
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