August 31st, 2011


In which we do touristy stuff and are not very good at it

Yesterday was 35 degrees*. We spent all day indoors except for a brief interlude in which I went hunting for sugar (which is kept with the salt and other seasonings here, in boxes not packets, and hence it took me forever to find) and came back with ceramic knives. Speaking of which, they're everywhere here and reasonably priced. I have no idea why the ones available in New Zealand are so damn expensive.

We also finished Portal 2 in cooperative mode. It was an interesting experience. I don't know if you've heard this but I'm kind of smart and Dr Wheel is also kind of smart. Turns out we're kind of smart in different ways. His kind of smart makes my kind of smart feel kind of dumb, until we strike a puzzle that requires the kind of thinking that I'm smart at, then suddenly I feel a bit dumb for ever having felt dumb. Heh. Consequently once we figured out how to communicate our various smartnesses to each other (and I learned to drive the controller sufficiently to not die every 5 minutes from something stupid), it was a lot of fun. I would like to see more games like this.

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While in the burger place the TV showed some of the American Le Mans series. It made the claim to be the world leader in Green Racing. I was intrigued. Turns out it means that all prototype and GT entries must use alternative fuels and/or hybrid technology. There are prizes for the greenest entries based on fuel efficiency and emissions. There's also a manufacturer's prize which I assume is for car makers that use green techniques.

It sounds pretty cool. I only know what I've read in that one thing, and I know there are folks on here who know way more about both motorsport and green tech - so I'm wondering what those folks think of this. To me, any sport that kills upwards of two sets of tyres in any race is never going to be particularly green, but it is nice to see the effort being made, you know?

Only four days to go. Boo!

* I'm aware that Texas has been experiencing temperatures in the 40s which are causing houses to subside (not sure how). It's all relative though - in the week before I came here Wellington didn't get over 10 degrees and it bloody well snowed.