Sunday, August 2, 2015

Pilotwings took SNES gamers to the skies. Released in 1990 and 1991 for the Super Nintendo, the original Pilotwings made aerial sports cool. Clearing the various lessons takes practice to become a master. So are you ready to take to the skies and prove your worth? If you answered "yes," then this blog post offers my thoughts on one of Nintendo's classic franchises. and ones of the SNES' most respected games- Pilotwings.





--- Pilotwings ---

Pilotwings was released in 1991. The game consists of a number of aerial challenges for you to try and clear. The various flight mechanics and aerial mechanics helped make Pilotwings such a well-loved game among many gamers. The series would garner subsequent sequels including Pilotwings 64 and Pilotwings Resort. But before those came along, there was the classic Pilotwings for the Super Nintendo (or Super Famicom). This game took advantage of the Mode 7 graphics that made SNES games look so great. You actually feel like you are flying and landing on realistic terrain instead of some boring-looking 2D flat land. Being able to engage in a number of aerial activities lends itself to the success of this game.

Now on to the finer points of Pilotwings.


The Aircraft.

Pilotwings has four different kinds of ways to enjoy taking to the skies. Here are the four main ones:

• Fly in a Light Plane. Exercises here consist of various aerial maneuvers as well as learning to land the plane.

• From way above, take part in Skydiving. Clear various gates and then properly engage your parachute to make a solid landing. Where you land will earn you a good number of points.

• Try flying with the Rocketbelt. Here, you must clear a set of items and then land in the finish run to complete your run. Points will be deducted if you touch the ground while flying. When all checkpoints are cleared, return to the landing zone to complete the run.

• In Hangglider, your goal is to fly into a certain zone and land safely at the landing zone.


Those are the four main flight exercises. You take on different other aerial missions in other kinds of craft, especially helicopter missions. It is also possible to take on bonus challenges. Once you get certified through each set of missions, you will be given a number. That six-digit number is your Password so you can continue your career in Pilotwings. Remember those passwords!


The Zones and Gameplay.

Pilotwings consists of four basic exercise zones and an individual mission. What you want to do is clear each mission with as high of a score as possible. The combined score from all of the different exercises will determine whether or not you will advance to the next level. If you fail to score enough points, you will have to try that level again until you score enough points to advance to the next level. Even if you fail to score enough points, you can still try any other exercises mainly for practice. But of course, you can simply opt out and try again if you fail to score enough points in your previous run.

Not every zone has every kind of flying exercise. It is important to know what it is you have to do and to note the various landing zones for each exercise. You will need to practice each exercise if you are not as adept on each one.

When you clear all the missions, you will be granted the opportunity to play Pilotwings Extra- featuring all of the original missions, but in more difficult settings than the original set of missions (for example, trying to land a Light Plane on an icy runway or in heavy winds).



--- Pilotwings: Final Thoughts ---

Pilotwings for the Super Nintendo is a classic for a reason. This was a game that made aerial maneuvers fun. The individual challenges provide a good amount of replay value. While you can't go back to them after completing them, there is still plenty of enjoy for this classic SNES title. Even if you are not a dedicated classic gamer, you owe it to yourself to play and experience "Pilotwings" and what all made it as one of Nintendo's fine franchises.


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Here is video insight on this classic game:


^ "Pilotwings - SNES Gameplay"

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Friday, July 31, 2015

#Windows10 was released on July 29, 2015. People who had Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 could upgrade for free with Windows 10. I was one who took up on this offer. For this blog post, I'm going to offer my thoughts on this interface so far. I'd like to welcome my fellow Windows users to this blog and this blog post. These are all of my thoughts on Windows 10 so far as of the initial date of this post (July 31, 2015).





--- Windows 10 So Far... ---

Allow me to share my thoughts in my own unique way. But to identify this post, here is a picture I found online:

Microsoft Windows 10
^ from: www.top-windows-tutorials.com - Windows 10 looks to right the wrongs of Windows 8 and 8.1. Find out if I think Microsoft succeeded at doing this by reading my blog post.


Retrospective.

Before talking about Windows 10, let's look back. I have NO experience with Windows 7. I played around with Windows 8 once on a PC at a Sam's Club. My current Acer PC was shipped with Windows 8.1, and I have used it thoroughly. Windows 8.1 took some getting used to for me. The thing I was most pleased about Windows 8.1 was its speed. It ran very well on my PC and looked stylish. I used the old monitor from my previous PC before eventually stepping up to a 1080p-capable monitor. One fear I had was that this interface wouldn't look so sharp on a 1024x768 monitor. Worked just fine and looked just fine.

I initially had a positive outlook on Windows 8.1's Start Menu interface and the various apps for it. Over time, I basically missed the functionality the Start Button used to have. The Metro layout was met with lukewarm reception by certain Windows veterans. I even at one point installed something that brought back the Start Menu functionality seen with Windows 7 and most other interfaces before it. Sometimes, I even wondered by Windows 8.1 would struggle to load every file and folder when searching for something. Those were frustrating elements.

To me before getting Windows 10, I began to believe that Windows 8 and 8.1 were simply trying to make computing more beautifully than functionally. It is like building a beautiful car that lacks in the departments of functionality and practicality. I became curious as to what Windows 10 would provide. Previously, my thoughts on Windows 10 were reserved only to impressions from other people as well as YouTube videos. So imagine my curiosity when I decided to take up on the Windows 10 offer to upgrade for free.


Bracing for Windows 10.

I set my reservation back in June 2015 and awaited the chance to download Windows 10. Since I thought this reservation wasn't going to come in time or anything, I eventually decided to download Windows 10 manually. I took advice from CNET and followed the instructions to download that Media thing to download Windows 10. It comes in as a 3GB download. So what I did was download Windows 10 and then burn it onto a DVD (FUN FACT: I NEVER burned a DVD ever until this past Thursday. I had bought a DVD-RW pack years ago hoping to use it on my former PC. However, I never had any DVD-writing software or a DVD-writing drive to take advantage of those blank DVDs). I went ahead and did the installation on my computer for Windows 10. The whole process took about an hour and five minutes (1:05:00.000) to go from loading everything to installing all the needed files. One thing noted was that it said the PC would restart several times trying to install everything. At one point, I was spending a good bit of time staring at a blank screen and having no idea that everything installed. I was fearful that if I restarted my PC manually, I would lose all that installation data. And after one attempt, my PC reverted back to Windows 8.1, so I had to try it all again. On the second try, I was successfully able to get all the files back on my PC for Windows 10. The PC rebooted properly. Yet once again, I stared at a blank screen. After about two and a half hours after my second attempt at having Windows 10 work, I eventually restarted my PC manually. When I turned it back on, the blank screen was no more! I saw all of the fancy graphics for Windows 10. All of the settings and such that was saved from my Windows 8.1 experience were carried over almost seamlessly. I didn't have to reinstall anything or change any sort of settings.

That's all good. How did it all work for me?


Using Windows 10.

Now for some thoughts on Windows 10 as I've used it so far.

• Windows 10 does feel more like an upgrade than some revolutionary quantum leap from 8 and 8.1 Windows. For one thing, I loved being able to have a functional Start button again that is much better than what 8/8.1 offered for its Start menu. The various interfaces are cleaner and more functional than before. I even like there is a Search bar in the Taskbar to find items on your PC and online. The new Start Menu links to your most frequently used files and folders along with some of your more recent files. You have better access and accessibility to all the applications installed in your Start Menu than with 8 and 8.1 Windows.

• Having those Charms in 8.1 was a cute touch, but it could get annoying knowing you reach the edges of a screen and unintentionally pull up those Charms. What I like about Windows 10 is that you have the Action Center active all the time rather than use the Charms from the previous Windows.

• There is a little tab on the bottom-right that when you click on it, all windows are minimized so you easily can access the Desktop. This is a TREMENDOUS help because I hated having to minimize every window manually just to reach the Desktop.

• Windows 10 does a better job handling folders and files than on Windows 8.1. It also features a picture viewer that finally lets you see animated GIF files without needing some native GIF animation player (like IrfanView). Unfortunately, you can't zoom into animated GIFs like you could with non-animated images. Also, you will not get the same level of crispness with smaller images as you did with Windows 8.1.

• If one thing confuses me about Windows 10, it is the handling of different windows. The program atop the focus is usually the one with the colored window. All windows in Windows 10 have white headings. And unless you know what program you're using atop the focus, it is unusual to know what program is active and atop the focus.

• One thing I hated the most about Windows 8.1 was how right clicks would not register sometimes. I've had this problem a lot less frequently with Windows 10 so far.

Those are just a few things to note regarding Windows 10.



--- Windows 10 So Far: My Thoughts ---

Windows 10 is what Windows 8.1 could have been... only with more functionality than style. W10 is lovely, but it has much better functionality and performance than the former 8.1 interface. No past programs or anything have had to be altered in any such way to take advantage of Windows 10. All I mostly did was adjust some of the window heights and widths for a few programs. That's it. In some ways, you could say that Windows 10 makes you feel sorry sticking with Windows 8 and 8.1. At least from my experiences so far, Windows 10 is a much better and much more functional OS than 8 and 8.1. So if your computer can handle Windows 10, I would recommend you install Windows 10 on your PC. I was the fish that took the bait of getting Windows 10 (for all intents and purposes) as a free upgrade from 8.1, and taking this bait was wonderful as I feel much more comfortable with Windows 10 than I almost ever did with Windows 8.1.

When preparing this review, I didn't fully try things like the new Microsoft Edge browser or Cortana (Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri). Again- this is basically a first impressions blog post regarding Windows 10.


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For more information on Windows 10, please visit www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features.

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That concludes my first impressions look at Windows 10.

What do you think about Windows 10? Is it any better for you than Windows 8/8.1? Would you recommend Windows 10?

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#NASCAR is the National Assocation for Stock Car Auto Racing. It is America's premier motorsports series. NASCAR's history dates back to 1948. Today's NASCAR embodies dramatic and exciting full-contact racing. This blog post is my own look at NASCAR. I am not expecting this to be a definitive and complete focus on NASCAR, nor do I really intend this post to be such. You are still more than welcome to (hopefully) enjoy this post.





--- NASCAR ---

Let me set the mood with some pictures.

NASCAR logo
^ from: grfd.org - Here is the NASCAR logo. I basically tried to find an image to identify this post.

NASCAR racing
^ from: www.sodahead.com - Welcome to the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. Frenzied, take-no-prisoners, dramatic racing guaranteed every race in every NASCAR series.

NOTE: Some information taken from NASCAR's Wikipedia entry.


NASCAR is the premier motorsports category in America as it remains a quality showcase of full-contact racing. The names, tracks, cars, and races have changed; but the racing action remains entertaining for all to watch. Most of the racing in NASCAR takes place on a variety of ovals across the nation. They also race on a select number of road courses. But for the most part, a lot of people see NASCAR primarily for oval racing.

NASCAR was born in 1948 by Bill France Sr. A number of auto enthusiasts back in the 1940s were enamored with the idea of racing their vehicles to make money once prohibition was outlawed. Some of these thrillseekers loved moonshine. Cars back then were substantially lightened to be made better for racing. Such people who loved moonshine and took on racing in these modified cars were known as "moonshine runners." As unworldly illegal bootlegging was, moonshine to these people in the South was key to surviving and thriving back then. The racing was also key in making ends meet back then to some of the ones who took part in this dangerous activity.

To most people, some racing fans only tend to watch NASCAR to see the wrecks. Some people also only seem to discuss NASCAR when hard crashes are involved or some sort of non-racing moment happens. Hard racing entertains me; wrecks don't. I am, however, tickled pink about the sturdiness of the cars in the event of crashes. A huge example of this occured at the 2015 Coke Zero 400 when Austin Dillon's #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet wrecked hard after crossing the finish line. You could barely tell that was a car the way it flew into the catchfence and was ripped to shreds. Austin Dillon managed to walk away cleanly from the wreck.

Up next is a look at the finer details of NASCAR.


The Cars.

NASCAR today features a number of different automobiles from mostly American makes. Every car is powered by a normally-aspirated V8 engine making upwards of 800 or so horsepower. They are mated to a four-speed gearbox. The curb weight of these racing machines is around 3400 lbs. (or 1542 kg) or 3500 lbs (or 1587 kg). Over the years, the racing became more and more popular. The racing vehicles were all vehicles you could purchase at your local car dealer. This was all part of the "race on Sunday, sell on Monday" concept. The cars for the most part are fairly close to stock regardless of their great high speeds. The cars would become continually sophisticated, but never to the point of being nowhere near a pure race car. To put it a different way, let's just say that these cars aren't ultra sophisticated based on production cars, such as the difference between the road-going cars in DTM and their DTM racing counterparts. Here are some of the machines currently raced across a variety of series in NASCAR:

Cup: Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry
Grand National: Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, Toyota Camry
Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra

A number of past automobiles have been a part of NASCAR history including various other cars from current makes as well as certain makes currently not in NASCAR. Past cars include: Hudson Hornet, Ford Fairlane, Plymouth Superbird, Dodge Daytona, Ford Torino, Mercury Cyclone, Oldsmobile Cutlass, Pontiac Grand Prix, Dodge Intrepid, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Chevrolet Lumina, Chevrolet Impala, Ford Thunderbird, Ford Taurus, and the Dodge Charger. There were some other unique cars that raced in NASCAR including the Toyota Celica and the Pontiac Sunfire.


The Drivers.

Those cars and trucks are nothing without quality talent racing them. A number of all-time greats and future all-time greats have contributed to NASCAR's history. One of the greatest NASCAR racers of all time is "The King" Richard Petty. Other greats past and present include the following: Cale Yarbrough, Junior Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Sr., "Fireball" Roberts, the Wood brothers, Darrell Waltrip, Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace, the Allisons, the LaBontes, the Jarretts, and more. A lot of today's talent include Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, the Busch brothers (Kyle and Kurt), Danica Patrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., James Buescher, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., the Dillons (Austin and Ty), John Wes Townley, Miguel Paludo, Greg Biffle, Cole Whitt, David Starr (fellow Houstonian!), and Matt Crafton among other personalities.

It was Jeff Gordon who got me into NASCAR back in 1999. I always cheered him on and always admired him. The 2015 season marks Jeff Gordon's final full season of racing as he's set to retire. If he doesn't win the title this season, he'll retire a four-time NASCAR Cup Champion.

IN CASE YOU'RE WONDERING... Do I think Danica Patrick will win in NASCAR? I think she absolutely will. Her IndyCar Series consisted of a grand total of one win. But if you ask me, I've always believed in Danica, and she WILL win in NASCAR. Don't know where. Don't know how. All I do know is that she has too much talent to not be even a candidate to win a race in NASCAR. Even if she doesn't win a race at all in NASCAR, I still think she has enough talent to pull out a win.

But of course... that's what I think.



The Tracks.

The majrity of courses run by NASCAR are ovals. Though at times, they also race road courses. A lot of racing fans often like thinking of some ovals as "cookie cutter" ovals. Mostly, these are ovals that seem the same across a number of locations. Some of the ovals run across all levels of NASCAR include the following: Daytona, Indianapolis, Talladega, Darlington, Bristol, Martinsville, Gateway, Chicagoland, Michigan, Texas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Rockingham, Atlanta, Pocono, and of course... Charlotte among others. NASCAR has raced a number of road courses also. Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen are two road courses raced by NASCAR, and one of the past courses they used to race was Riverside International Raceway. Other road courses raced on past and present include Road America, Mid-Ohio, Road Atlanta, and Portland International Raceway. NASCAR even once had some promotional racing like at Japan's Twin Ring Motegi Speedway and Suzuka back in the mid-1990s.

Those who miss classic tracks NASCAR used to race on remember tracks like North Wilkesboro, Rockingham, and Riverside International Raceway. Rockingham did host a NASCAR Trucks race a few years ago.


The Races.

Most of the premier events take place in the Cup ranks.

• The year begins with the Daytona 500, but the racing before then happens well before then. Daytona Speedweeks is more like NASCAR's equivalent of training camp in the NFL. All of the racing does eventually get down to the prestigious Daytona 500 held in February.

• One of the other significant races in NASCAR is the Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway in Darlington, South Carolina, USA. This event is usually held in early May.

• Later in May is the Coca-Cola 600. This race is run in the evening and into the night on the same day of the Indy 500. Some drivers try to do the Indy-Charlotte double, making for a total of 1,100 miles of racing. I call the Coca-Cola 600 as the Le Mans of NASCAR as far as it being the longest race NASCAR runs all year.

• One of the latest most fascinating races of late is the Mudsummer Classic run by the NASCAR Trucks. This late July racing event takes place on a Wednesday around Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, USA. There are a number of heat races and last chance qualifiers to help set the field for the main race. The main race itself consists of a format of three segments at 60 laps, 50 laps, and 40 laps respectively for a total of 150 laps. To me, I don't see why they just have three 50-lap sessions much like how you have three 20-minute periods of hockey.

• While the Indy 500 has its charm, the Brickyard 400 has been a NASCAR staple since 1994. The Brickyard 400 is NASCAR's premier race around the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Victory here is almost as prestigious as winning the Daytona 500. This is also a late July event.

These are among some of the more popular races run all year in NASCAR.


NASCAR All-Stars.

On the Cup level, there are all star festivities that take place. Competitions range from the Pit Crew Challenge to the All-Star Race itself around Charlotte Motor Speedway. What is heralded about the All-Star Race is that this is a non-points race that is just as competitive as any other. There are a few segments within the All-Star Race itself. The winner gets $1M USD. Not a bad prize to play for, eh?


NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The mark of most established sports is to have a Hall of Fame dedicated to those who helped revolutionize the sport and demonstrate excellence on and off the track. Charlotte, North Carolina is where you can find the NASCAR Hall of Fame and all of the cars and stars who helped establish NASCAR into the motorsports powerhouse it is today.


Now it's time to look a bit further into NASCAR.



--- NASCAR: Why Bother? ---

Here is a commentary section to offer my own thoughts on NASCAR before going any further. Agree or disagree at will.

There is a reason why NASCAR is so respected. To me, the series and its racing is as distinctive a motorsport as you can get. NASCAR has a character and personality with its cars and its racing comparable to most other disciplines and categories of motorsport. The cars are not seriously sophisticated or anything. After all, many people usually think of NASCAR stock cars as tanks- race cars that weight a lot and are more suited towards ovals than some of the world's top motor racing circuits. It is perfectly fine to not like NASCAR for whatever reason. But when you really think about it, NASCAR has an appeal and a character that makes it every bit as unique as any other established motorsport. When is the last time you heard NASCAR being described as (for example) "F1 without road courses?" While people may not like oval racing or the fact that stock cars are not as sophisticated as cars from series like the DTM or any GT/Sportscar/Endurance racing series, at least NASCAR is distinctive enough to be featured as its own series rather than some fake racing series.

Do you want some more proof that NASCAR is distinctive enough? Look at some of the different international racing talent that either raced in NASCAR or at least wanted to race in NASCAR: Narain Karthikeyan, Nelson Piquet Jr., Juan Pablo Montoya, Marcos Ambrose, Kimi Raikkonen, and Shigeaki Hattori among others. Many of the names I listed were ex-F1 racers! If NASCAR is such a crap series, then why do you think a number of racing talent want to race in NASCAR? I think it speaks to the level of prestige of NASCAR to want to race in this series. Even if you just run one race, at least you get to compete in a series with its own personality and charm. Maybe some top-tier international talent simply want to try NASCAR to add to their racing resumé or take on a racing challenge maybe a racer hasn't tried out. Why do you think games like Gran Turismo 5 wanted to showcase NASCAR stock cars? Without NASCAR being popular, I don't think even games like SEGA's Daytona USA series would have been possible. Movies like "Days of Thunder" and "Talladega Nights" wouldn't have been possible either.

Its popularity in the United States makes it the 800 lb. gorilla in motorsports TV and media coverage. If you are a motorsports series trying to gain the top share of ratings and media, you got to get past NASCAR. ...and good luck to you on that! The thing to take away from me in this section is that NASCAR is as distinctive a racing series as Formula 1, rally racing, drifting, drag racing, or anything like that. There are even people who think NASCAR is better than Formula 1! What does THAT tell you?

Anyhow... these are reasons why you should even bother about NASCAR. It isn't the only stock car racing series, but it is the king of stock car racing.



--- NASCAR: The Top Three Touring Series ---

There are three series that most people know of in regards to NASCAR. I will feature those three here.


NASCAR Cup.

I refer to it as "NASCAR Cup" irrespective of the title sponsor. These days, it is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (or NSCS). This is the premier category of NASCAR Racing with the longest and most prestigious races. It is the main class of competition for people to get noticed in. Among the biggest races are the Daytona 500, Coca-Cola 600, Brickyard 400

Today's Cup racing is punctuated each season since 2004 with the Chase for the Cup. The way I understood the controversial Chase for the Cup is that Matt Kenseth won the 2003 Cup Championship but won only one race that entire season. So in an effort to try to offer a series more in line with most traditional American sports and reward winning races, the Chase format was set. The Chase for the Cup consists of ten races to close out the season with races around various points of America. The format started from giving the top 10 or top 12 in points a huge points boost to determine an eventual champion. Today's Chase format has a "win and you're in" format. It is simple- win a race, and you qualify for the "postseason." These days, the Chase has a format that eliminates a number of poor-performing drivers as the Chase progresses.

Many people have mixed reactions in regards to the Chase format and the Chase itself. Some like the format as it gives NASCAR some identity by spicing up the racing with this interesting format. Many others dislike the Chase because it doesn't reward consistency like most other racing series.


NASCAR Grand National.

These days, it is the NASCAR XFINITIY Series; however, I've always learned of this level of NASCAR as the Grand National Series. Many look to this series as the second tier of NASCAR's top three touring series. Races here are shorter than in the Cup ranks. Many of the drivers graduated from the Truck Series ranks and want to make that impact in Cup. Depending on who you ask, this series is either a feeder series to Cup or a lower-level NASCAR series that provides just as much excitement as Cup.


NASCAR Trucks.

The NASCAR Trucks series (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series today) features pickup trucks not afraid to get roughed up in racing. It is the lowest class of the top three touring series, but it features some of the most exciting racing. It is also the youngest of the three with the first championship dating back to 1995. Among the highlight races in this series are the Wednesday night race around Bristol Motor Speedway and one of the most recent special races- the Mudsummer Classic around the famed Eldora Speedway dirt oval in Ohio.


Even though these are three different levels of NASCAR racing, they all have their own identity and do not really feel like any traditional series of races or any sort of ladder system of NASCAR. So while they may seem like three different levels of competition, the series themselves feel more like individual levels of competition instead of a traditional ladder system of NASCAR.



--- NASCAR: The Other Series ---

So you know about the top three series. The sport delves deeper with a number of series most may not know of. I will make brief introductions to those series here.


NASCAR Modifieds.

The Modified NASCAR race cars consist of low-powered stock cars with significantly less bodywork and an open-wheel format. The most common showcase on TV of Modified racing usually happens at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. There is a Whelen Modified series and a Whelen Modified Southern series.


NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series is divided into two regions- East and West. This is a showcase of racing talent racing a handful of race courses on short ovals and even some road courses. It is a chance for drivers to step up to the higher ranks of NASCAR. One such driver from these ranks is Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., who is currently racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.


NASCAR Canadian Tire Series.

NASCAR in Canada is highlighted by the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. A number of racing facilities across Canada play host to this fine series. They even include a few street courses. These cars are styled a bit differently and perform differently from some of the stock cars we're used to in the States.


NASCAR Mexico.

The NASCAR Mexico series features a variety of race courses and a variety of racing drivers from Mexico. Two graduates of this series racing in NASCAR in the United States include German Quiroga and Daniel Suarez. The tracks raced in NASCAR Mexico include various ovals and a number of road courses across Mexico.


NASCAR Euro Series.

Though Europe is the birthplace of the modern automobile, stock car racing isn't as popular in Europe as it is in the United States. Providing that spark of stock car goodness for Europe is the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. This series consists of stock cars racing across Europe. Venues raced include a number of ovals as well as some fascinating road courses. For example, the series races on courses like Brands Hatch, Valencia, Nürburgring, all among other courses.


You've now been briefly briefed on NASCAR's other series.



--- NASCAR: What If? ---

Because you're reading "John's Blog Space," you didn't just come here to get a simple look at NASCAR. I have to personalize things and be unique. So what you're about to read is all a bunch of random nonsense that makes sense ultimately. Feel free to chime in on any ideas that may interest you from these pieces...


What If: More Manufacturers?

I am a Chevrolet person, but it is sad Chrysler isn't in the series. Of course, I mean Dodge, but this is a series that has seen Mopar power from the likes of Plymouth and Dodge in NASCAR. I'd surely want to see Dodge return to make it Chevy vs. Ford. vs. Dodge vs. Toyota.

Now what about other manufacturers? What would they bring? This list below features a number of other manufacturers and what I think would be interesting to see in NASCAR. All of them consist either of makes not in NASCAR or makes in NASCAR but with other products:

• Acura: TLX or RL
• Lexus: IS
• Infiniti: Q50
• Volkswagen: Jetta or Passat
• Audi: A3 or A4
• BMW: 1-series or 328i (or maybe the M4)
• Mercedes-Benz: CLA (or maybe the C-Class or E-Class)
• Honda: Accord (or MAYBE the Civic)
• Nissan: Altima or Maxima; Titan in NASCAR Trucks
• Mazda: Mazda6 (or maybe the Mazda3)
• Subaru: WRX (or maybe the Legacy)
• Hyundai: Elantra, Sonata, or (maybe) the Genesis Sedan
• Kia: Forte (or maybe the K900)


What If: World Tour?

Despite its advances to be more international, NASCAR's roots are deeply entrenched in the South. NASCAR could still put on a great show if it visited some international locales. Here are some venues outside of America in which I think NASCAR would be great to see around the world:

--- North America and South America ---
• Mosport (Canada)
• Mont-Tremblant (Canada)
• Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (Mexico)
• Queretaro (Mexico)
• Puebla (Mexico)
• Autodrómo Internacional de Las Américas (Dominican Republic)
• Bushy Park (Barbados)
• Brasilia (Brazil)
• Interlagos (Brazil)
• Buenos Aires (Argentina)
• Potrero de los Funes (Argentina)

--- Europe and Africa ---
• Rockingham (England, UK)
• Silverstone (England, UK)
• Brands Hatch (England, UK)
• Knockhill (Scotland, UK)
• Catalunya (Spain)
• Ricardo Tormo Circuit (Spain)
• Circuit Paul Ricard (France)
• Magny-Cours (France)
• Zolder (Belgium)
• Zandvoort (Netherlands/Holland)
• Eurospeedway Lausitz (Germany)
• Nürburgring (Germany)
• Oschesleben (Germany)
• Hockenheimring (Germany)
• A1 Ring (now Red Bull Ring) (Austria)
• Mantorp Park (Sweden)
• Monza (Italy)
• Mugello (Italy)
• Misano (Italy)
• Vallelunga (Italy)
• Moscow Raceway (Russia/Russian Federation)
• Kyalami (South Africa)
• Phakisa (South Africa)

--- Asia-Pacific ---
• Istanbul Park (Turkey)
• Bahrain International Circuit (Bahrain)
• Losail (Qatar)
• Yas Marina Circuit (United Arab Emirates)
• Dubai Autodrome (United Arab Emirates)
• Buddh International Raceway (India)
• Sentul (Indonesia)
• Johor Circuit (Indonesia)
• Sepang (Malaysia)
• Shanghai International Circuit (China)
• Guangdong (China)
• Suzuka (Japan)
• Fuji Speedway (Japan)
• Okayama (Japan)
• Sugo (Japan)
• Korean International Circuit (South Korea)
• Mount Panorama Circuit (Australia)
• Sandown (Australia)
• Philip Island (Australia)
• Eastern Creek (now Sydney Motorsports Park) (Australia)
• Barbagallo (Australia)
• Taupo Motorsports Park (New Zealand)


Any combination of venues from each of these three regions would be great for a NASCAR World Tour. Would this ever happen? Likely not. However, it would be great to see an international tour of NASCAR featuring some of the top drivers and teams in the series. I kept this list mostly to permanent and semi-permanent courses.


What If: A Road Course in the Chase for the Cup?

Road courses offer a greater challenge than most ovals. Trouble is, while NASCAR races road courses only so often, there are two schools of thought on NASCAR road racing. A lot of racing fans think road courses aren't racing. Like they'd rather see NASCAR drivers beat each other around on ovals rather than road courses. Also, what road courses would make for great racing in NASCAR's top category?

One thing to consider about the Chase for the Cup is that these are 10 courses spread across different regions of the nation. This 10-race format is like its own national championship. So I have a few ideas as far as road courses are concerned. Two road courses I would definitely want to see to spice things up would be either a Canadian venue or a very good Southern road course. I would probably replace Loudon with Mosport, Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, or Mont-Tremblant. I could say that I could replace the second Talladega race with a stop at Barber Motorsports Park. However, I kind of would want to keep Talladega because the race is such a Wild Card in NASCAR. The championship ends at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Prior to this, how about racing Road Atlanta or Sebring? Or let's make things interesting- make Homestead the penultimate race and settle the championship at Sebring!

NASCAR would have some options, but how to modify the schedule to make these road course races in the Chase happen is the real deciding factor.


What If: Fewer Races or Shorter Races?

The grind of the NASCAR season goes from February to mid-November. Some people feel there are too many races or races that seem too long. Some other people even think some tracks shouldn't have two races to them. So one thing I was wondering is... would you rather have fewer races or shorter races, or maybe a combination of both? I am not sure where I would stand if I were asked this question. I used to be able to watch most of the races. But as I got older and stuff, I only mostly see the whole race for mostly the more prestigious races. Having fewer races and/or shorter races would probably result in much less money being made. On the other hand, teams and drivers will have more chances to relax and maybe not spend as much time and money building cars and doing testing and such.

DISCUSSION: Would you favor fewer races or shorter races in NASCAR? Or maybe both?


Thanks for reading this section! Now you have some unique NASCAR perspective from me. You're welcome.



--- For More Information... ---

Want more NASCAR? Here are some links for you:

NASCAR Official
NASCAR on Facebook
NASCAR on Twitter
NASCAR on YouTube
NASCAR on Instagram


I hope this helps you all.





That concludes this blog post on NASCAR. I hope you enjoyed your time here.

Are you a NASCAR fan? What do you love about the series? What would you change to make it better?

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Belarusian beauty @AnitaKurkach is known for her fashion style. Besides fashion, she is also a recording artist. This blog post is my own introduction to the beautiful Anita Kurkach. I hope to introduce her and talk about her in my own way here in my blog. Feel free to look around and enjoy this post.


A Special Hello...

I'd like to say hello to any of you from Belarus or of Belarusian descent to "John's Blog Space." I do often times note that I get blog posts from Belarus. So in that sense, I welcome all of you to my fine online abode.





--- Anita Kurkach ---

So who is Anita Kurkach? That would be this lady in this picture:

Anita Kurkach
^ from: (her Twitter feed) - This is fashionista and recording artist Anita Kurkach from the eastern European nation of Belarus.

When I blogged about eastern European beauties, I mentioned (born: February 26, 19??) Anita Kurkach. So some of you veteran readers of "John's Blog Space" may have seen me make mention to her. Anita is a fellow blogger who runs the blog "The Anita Kurkach Diaries." Here are some extra bits of mine to share on Anita.


Anita Kurkach: Fashion.

I first learned of Anita Kurkach on the LOOKBOOK circuit. This Belarusian beauty from Minsk, Belarus is someone with a unique and charming fashion style. Many of her outfits are casual. At times, she does incorporate elements of edge as well as some very girly pieces. She loves to perform not only with fashion, but also in music. For the most part, she has fun with fashion is mostly upbeat and positive- smiling often all the while.

Personally, I think Anita Kurkach is a very beautiful lady. Her smile is very sweet, and her face looks lovely. She has angelic long hair. Whether wrapped up or hung downwards, Anita's hair is about as lovely as her smile. Anita even goes with ombré hair colors adding some color to her beautifully long hair. She normally goes with wavy hair, but she also has some wonderful braided hair at times. To say the least, she looks angelic.

So what is her fashion style like in action? Here is a brief video showcasing only a small sample size of her varied sense of style:


^ "...Pastel outfits!"

You can visit Anita Kurkach's YouTube channel to see some of her different fashion videos. This link will appear again later in this post.


Anita Kurkach: Music.

Here is some musical insight on the lovely Anita Kurkach. The first three videos are all original pieces by Anita Kurkach. I added the final video as another bit of her singing talent. Enjoy!


^ "Anita Kurkach - Alive (Official Music Video)"


^ Melody (Anita Kurkach) - One life (original song)


I must warn you that you may need to turn up the volume with this video. Here is another original track of hers. This time... a non-English song:

^ Melody ( Anita Kurkach ) - Ya si sera (original song )


The previous three videos are original songs of hers. This video, however, here is one of the different cover songs she has sung before. Check this out:

^ Lost Stars (Begin Again Soundtrack Cover) - Anita Kurkach


I curiously found "One Life" from Anita Kurkach and enjoyed it.



--- What I Would Tell Anita Kurkach (if she were to read this) ---

You are a beautiful lady with unique and charming style. Since learning of you first on LOOKBOOK, I am very appreciative and admirable of your style in fashion and in music. I would like to wish you the very best in all arenas of life important and intimate to you. I wish you also great success and fortune in all that you do.

And most of all, greetings to you from the United States! :)


Would I Want to Meet Anita Kurkach (if given the chance)?

Absolutely. Her personality and charm are incredible to not want to meet her.


For More Information...

Did you enjoy this post and Anita Kurkach? Here are more ways to get social with her:

Anita Kurkach's blog
Follow Anita Kurkach on Twitter!
Anita Kurkach on YouTube
Anita Kurkach on Instagram
Anita Kurkach on Google+
Anita Kurkach on Google Play


That just about does it. Now I've introduced and showcased Anita Kurkach to all of you.





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@karleusastar can be thought of as Serbia's Madonna. Jelena Karleuša is a recording artist I first learned of through LOOKBOOK. Kim Kardashian infamously stole style from Jelena Karleuša back in March 2015. Jelena is a music veteran, having performed for quite a long time. This blog post is sort of my look at this most fascinating personality.


A Special Hello...

I commonly get blog hits from Serbia, so I want to welcome by Serbian audience to "John's Blog Space!"





--- Jelena Karleuša ---

Jelena Karleuša. Get to know her...

Jelena Karleuša
^ from: www.glammonitor.com - Serbian singing superstar Jelena Karleuša.

Prior to learning of Jelena Karleuša, the only other person I know named Jelena is the beautiful Jelena Zivanovic of the fashion blog "Glam Fab Happy." The (born: August 17, 1978)-year old Serbian from Serbia's capital city of Belgrade is vastly known for her great music. She is also a quite daring fashion model. Her style and personality are fierce.


Jelena Karleuša: The Style Star.

Jelena Karleuša incorporates many bold and daring modeling cues. Outfits with deep necklines, skirts/dresses with high slits, and various other bold cues are featured in many of Jelena's modeling shoots. She is also never afraid or apologetic for a few bad girl-type poses and actions. She even "flipped the bird" in a photo or two I recall. She is a superstar, so she is a trendsetter rather than someone who gives into trends. Many of her outfits are ladylike and sexy. She does so without being trashy. So in a way, she can be a stylish "bad girl," kind of like the late Marilyn Monroe. In addition to her hot style, she's quite fit with a great-looking body. Among the highlights of Jelena's body are her lean legs and sculpted midsection. That's saying a lot even considering she's a mother in addition to being a vastly successful recording artist and model.

What about the whole deal back in March 2015 regarding Kim Kardashian "stealing" style from Jelena Karleuša? On Facebook and Instagram, people were constantly hounding on her in stealing style. Who stole from who depends on who you ask. Many people think Kim Kardashian stole Jelena Karleuša's looks. Others think Jelena stole from Kim. The usual mindset of most American types in something like this is that the American is an established star and that someone from another nation is usually the copycat or trying to "jock the swag" of some of our American celebrities. Almost as if to say, "who does this person (whom is from a nation I probably can't find on a map) think he/she is?" I'm sorry if this makes me less of a person or if it doesn't make me cool, but I don't really care about the Kardashians. I've seen only a few episodes of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." I do think Kim Kardashian is beautiful, but I just don't care all that much about the Kardashians like most other people. I am just not crazy over those who are famous just for being famous. There's just little to no appeal to make me care to be honest. Having said this, I sort of have been on the "Kim stole from Jelena" side of the fence. But in all honestly, I'm just tired and not really into almost anything Kardashian.


Jelena Karleuša: The Singing Star.

Many know Jelena Karleuša better for her music. I will feature a few of her songs so you can see what she brings to the table. So take a look at these videos and get to see and hear Jelena in action. All material here is provided for entertainment and educational purposes. Thank you to the ones who allowed these videos to be embedded. Click on the links below the videos to view on YouTube if you are unable to view embedded media.


^ "Jelena Karleuša - Slatka mala"


^ "JELENA Karleuša / NOVA RELIGIJA (PLAVA SEHEREZADA)"

Too bad my Serbian is extremely poor. So I am pretty sure I don't understand a single word spoken by Jelena Karleuša.


This gives you a basic look at Jelena Karleuša and her music. I learned to properly pronounce her name after watching a few YouTube videos. I just needed to see if I was pronouncing correctly so I could not be guilty of butchering a name.



--- What I Would Tell Jelena Karleuša (if she read this) ---

I have full respect for your work. This includes your most interesting modeling photos and your many songs. I only wish you continued success with all that you do and in all of your endeavors. You are quite amazing and unique.


Would I Want to Meet Jelena Karleuša (if given the chance)?

I think it would be great to meet Jelena if we somehow met. So absolutely I'd want to meet her.


For More Information...

Learn more about Jelena Karleuša by following these links:

Jelena Karleuša official
Jelena Karleuša on Facebook
Follow Jelena Karleuša on Twitter!
Jelena Karleuša on Instagram
Jelena Karleuša on YouTube


That's all for this post.





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Friday, June 19, 2015

3D printing offers so many unique opportunities. I once seen a set of videos regarding 3D printing, and the way it is presented makes us believe humans will be capable of producing items on their own without having to buy items from a store. A number of people have mostly made novelty items with 3D printers. However, can you imagine making things like tools, gadgets, even... (according to one YouTube comment I read) a human heart? The possibilities seem endless as to what a 3D printer could actually print. Do not expect this to be a professional post regarding 3D printing. Instead, think of this as a post simply mentioning 3D printing.





--- 3D Printing ---

Here are a few pictures to set up this post:

3D printer consumer
^ from: www.amazon.com - Here is a consumer-level home 3D printer. All you need is a 3D printer and some filament to create almost anything your heart desires.

3D printer large
^ from: imaterialize.com - This is a larger, more advanced 3D printer capable of producing larger models than most in-home 3D printers. Some companies and factories have larger 3D printers than in this picture.

The power of 3D printing will allow people to create things themselves as opposed to having to go to stores to buy things. It is possible people can use a 3D printer to create things or even create things to their own specifications. Certain items that can be purchased in stores or made with any sort of usual welding or such could be made with a 3D printer. People often imagine creating any number of items with a 3D printer. As the technology becomes more accessible to average consumers, the sky is the limit as to what one can create with a 3D printer.

According to the Wikipedia entry on 3D printing, the history of 3D printing dates back to 1984. Most of 3D printing then mostly pertained to prototyping certain items. Fast forward to 2015 to see 3D printing gaining more steam on the consumer level. You can actually purchase a 3D printer to build any number of items for (according to my research for this topic) as much as $2.2K US Dollars. 3D printed material created with consumer-level 3D printers could range from novelty toys to any number of useful tools. Larger 3D printers can make more advanced materials ranging from synthetic body parts to even things like cars and houses. More advanced 3D printers can be found at various warehouses and with specific firms.


The Inner Workings of 3D Printing.

How does 3D printing start? A lot of the early creation of 3D printed models begin either with various drawings or certain material made on computers. Some of the files are *.STL format files, and there are also a lot of CAD drawings for various 3D models. I read it is also possible for the well-respected *.OBJ 3D model format can be used in the creation of 3D printed models. Microsoft has its own proprietary format for 3D printing called 3MF. Learn more about 3MF here: Microsoft Unleashes the 3MF File Format for 3D Printing, Launches 3MF Consortium.

If you want an idea of various 3D Printing material that you can get online, here is a resource for you: 3D Printer.


Perspective on 3D Printing.

All (or almost all) the perspective you need on 3D printing can be seen in this video. You may take a look at it (or click on the link to view on YouTube), or you may advance to the next section for more discussion of 3D printing. I must warn you that about the second half of this video may feature an element of 3D printing that can be scary or discomforting should people want to make certain kinds of items featured in the second half of this video. You have been warned:


^ "3D Printing: Make anything you want"

I provided this video for you to get an idea of 3D printing. In the next section, all of my own commentary and thoughts on 3D printing will be shared.



--- 3D Printing and Consumer Usage ---

It is time to discuss a little more about 3D printing and all the nuances involved. You are welcome to take a look.


What Others are Saying About 3D Printing.

Here are some resources online to help you think about 3D printing further:

How 3D printing will radically change the world - CNBC
How 3D printing is building a new future - ZDNet

These two articles express a bit of what is possible with 3D printers and what all could be created with 3D printers.


A 3D Car?

In 2014, a remarkable breakthrough in 3D printing came about when Chandler, Arizona, USA's Local Motors made their first 100% 3D printed car called the Strati. Creating such a car provides the possibility that almost anyone can create their own car from scratch and be able to drive and use it effectively. Granted this was an electric vehicle that doesn't go very fast, it does exhibit the possibilities of creating cars without needing to go to some dealer. You also could print your own car based on a series of different drawings and such. Local Motors claimed that by creating individual parts of 3D printed cars, an actual car you can drive can be completed in about 44 hours. Here is a piece showcasing Local Motors' 3D car:


^ "World's First 3D Printed Car Constructed In Chicago"

YouTube comments on this creation range from "let's see crash test data" to something along the lines of "this car is ugly." Of course, a lot of the same sick people on YouTube enjoyed the possibility of 3D printing their own sex toys. Go figure. Anyhow, nobody said that the Strati was meant to be something that will devastate the automobile world. Just the fact that it is possible to create your own drivable car completely from 3D printers offers some hope for the future of making your own car rather than look for proper automobiles from proper automakers. Local Motors came up with another project called the Aeroblade concept as part of a design challenge for IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) 2014. The Aeroblade is a case study in making a much safer and more sturdy 3D printed car. In addition, elements of aerodynamics and appearance are also considerable elements in the design of 3D cars. To learn more about the Aeroblade, take a look at this link: Aeroblade | Local Motors.

Though the Local Motors Strati is the first completely 3D printed car, it wasn't the very first one. There was a car made a few years before the Strati called the URBEE that was made through 3D printing. The URBEE was developed back around 2013 in the Canadian province of Manitoba. This video I've provided offers a little perspective on the URBEE:


^ "3D Printed Car Creator Discusses Future of the Urbee"

IN CASE YOU'RE INTERESTED... Here is an article you can read about the URBEE: Stratasys 3D Printers Build Urbee, First Prototype Car to Have Entire Body Created with an Additive Process.

Despite the prospect of 3D printed cars, the biggest concern is on making them safe and useful. Should you wreck a 3D printed car, you'll either have to try to rebuild it yourself or order a new model. There isn't as much practicality to these 3D printed cars as of yet. As with any technology or technological advances, one can be sure 3D printing technology will further evolve. That even includes making 3D printed cars safer and more sturdy. Maybe perhaps even making them faster and more powerful. Automobile development eventually reached the level that it is at today. Who is to say that 3D printed cars may eventually reach the same level of build quality and performance as proper automobiles?

If you found this part of this section interesting regarding this 3D car, I am considering doing a separate blog post in regards to the Local Motors Strati. So be sure to Subscribe and Follow "John's Blog Space" to see a future post on this car should it materialize.


A Dark Reality of 3D Printing...

You can make almost anything when it comes to various consumer items. As a scary-but-true reality... that even includes weapons. Giving most people the power to create almost anything can even include making items intended or designed to hurt others or damage property. The most tech-savvy person could be able to design weapons or other items with 3D printers and use them against others



--- 3D Printing: Final Thoughts ---

It used to be that we could only print things in 2D and not be capable of producing lifelike items. MUCH different story in this day and age with 3D printers. It is surreal how one is able to create almost anything with a 3D printer. Even as children, many of us envisioned being able to create our own items. In an even more surreal sense, there is fear in being able to create almost anything- including weapons. Being able to spend at least a half-hour to any number of hours creating certain 3D models is enough to create any number of items. The fact it is possible useful material can be created through 3D printers offers up new possibilities to help make life better or anything of that nature. Pardon the cliché, but the possibilities are endless with 3D printing. And as the technology becomes more accessible to consumers, printing 3D material may end up taking less time to create models or perhaps even cost much less and be more efficient in making models. Only time will tell.


3D Printing Resources.

Here are various links to help you to better understand and follow 3D printing. I may add more links in future edits.

All3DP | All about 3D printing
3D Printer
Microsoft Unleashes the 3MF File Format for 3D Printing, Launches 3MF Consortium


Thank you for reading this blog post. Your participation in the next section is voluntary. Skip the next section entirely if uninterested in it.





--- 3D Printing Online ---

Participation in this section is completely voluntary. If you want to get into the realm of 3D printing, I have prepared these resources to you in offering thanks to you for reading my blog post on 3D printing. I would appreciate your business if you find any of these items to be helpful to you in getting to do 3D printing. So take a look around and help yourself. Be warned, though. Most of this stuff is not cheap. A lot of these 3D printers can cost about as much as most computers. Availability of these items are not entirely guaranteed...

3D Printers


Filament and Material for 3D Printers


Alternatively...
3D printers on Amazon
3D printers on eBay


More material may be added in the future to better suit those of you shopping. Speaking of which, happy shopping! :)





This is the end of the post, so if you wish to discuss this topic, here is a question I have for you:

What do you think about 3D printing? Are there any item(s) you would want to make using a 3D printer?

Anything is possible in 3D printing. One can only imagine how much further 3D printing can progress and in how much it can change our lives and express our creativity. I hope you enjoyed this post on "John's Blog Space." Subscribe and Follow through any means to keep up with my blog(s) and the posts I make. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Istanbul, Turkey is one of the world's most fascinating cities. As fascinating as Istanbul itself is Istanbul Park. This international motor racing facility is Turkey's premier motor racing facility. Its grand debut was in 2005. It has hosted many F1 Turkish Grands Prix (Türkiye Grand Prix'i) as well as various other races in other series. This blog post is a look at one of Hermann Tilke's many creations- Istanbul Park.

This was a previously incomplete blog post just sitting on my PC for about a year, but never completed it until now. One other thing... Istanbul is a Sister City of Houston and has been a Sister City of ours since 1988.


A Special Hello...

If you are Turkish or from Turkey, I want to send a special hello to you. I learned "Merhaba" is Turkish for hello, so "merhaba herkese!" I hope you enjoy my post.





--- Istanbul Park ---

Let's go further in talking about Istanbul Park.

Istanbul Park Circuit
^ from: en.espnf1.com - Istanbul Park is a modern F1 course that has a real rhythm to it that makes racing it exciting.

The Istanbul Park circuit in Turkey (or Türkiye) is a 3.332-mile (5.338 km) race course. Since Istanbul encompasses both Europe and Asia, Istanbul Part is on the Asian side of Istanbul. A total of 14 corners make up this technical course. This track is really one of my personal favorites. It reminds me a lot of Magny-Cours in France as far as being a nice rhythm-based race track. Unlike Magny-Cours, though, Istanbul Park has an excellent flow to it that makes racing it (at least to me) fun. You can enjoy some high-speed racing without having to feel like you're racing some monotonous racing course. I even think it has one of the most stylish-looking pit facilities of any current track on the Formula 1 calendar. Unfortunately, this track hasn't been raced on by Formula 1 since 2011. Sebastien Vettel (then) of Red Bull-Renault won the 2011 F1 Turkish Grand Prix. Istanbul Park has hosted racing from other categories, such as MotoGP, World Superbikes, DTM, FIA World Rallycross, and more.

The turns really seem to come suddenly and will surprise you if you aren't alert enough. You can go around the course pretty quickly as long as you are mindful of how abruptly most of the corners come. One can probably criticize that this course doesn't have too many interesting features to it around the track. However, there is no denying that this is a technical course that can be very fun to race. I think this course is pretty exciting if you ask me.


One Lap Video.

I selected this video to showcase the challenge Istanbul Park provides. Enjoy (click on the link below the video to view on YouTube):


^ "F1 2009 Turkey Istanbul Kimi Raikkonen Onboard [FOM] HD"

As always, thank you to the uploader who allowed this video to be embedded.


For More Information...

For more info about Istanbul Park, please visit its official website at intercitypark.com (WARNING: only available in Turkish).





That's it for this blog post. Haven't done one of these race track blog posts in a while, so I'm hopeful my motorsports fans can appreciate yet another post of mine in this category. Thank you for reading! Take care and be well.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

The sole intention of @maryjorapini's Soul Intentions is to offer advice and insight to make life better. The advice provided is by psychotherapist Mary Jo Rapini is presented in this app for Android and iOS. Those in Houston/Galveston may know of Mary Jo Rapini as she regularly offers insight and advice on FOX 26 Morning News and FOX 26 Morning News Extra. There was once a segment featuring her weekly called "Mind, Body, and Soul with Mary Jo." Others may know her as famously having a near-death experience that made national news back in 2010 or so. Either way, Mary Jo Rapini's advice is offered in this mobile app. The majority of her expertise mostly is with relationship issues, but she also provides her expertise with life issues.

Soul Intentions by Mary Jo Rapini
^ from: play.google.com (links to app (for Android)) - Soul Intentions by Mary Jo Rapini offers advice and insight on a variety of issues on the go.

Soul Intentions features posts from Mary Jo Rapini's website. If you fancy the advice given, you can rate the different topics offered to as many as five stars. You can check off certain posts as Favorites for you to look back on. Posts can be filtered ranging from date to rating. That way, you can follow some of the given advice on a level you are comfortable with. You can even share the advice she offers among your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Also included with the app is a brief bio on Mary Jo.

This is an app all about offering solid advice from someone as professional and as passionate as Mary Jo Rapini. Most respectful of all is the real "pay it forward" train of thought in expressing these views and offering this advice. As someone who respects Mary Jo Rapini and the advice she provides, I say that this is a must-have app for anyone seeking positivity and guidance. The only reason why you shouldn't get this app is if your mobile device is incompatible with it. Give the Soul Intentions app a try, and I think you'll be impressed with the insight and advice provided by Mary Jo Rapini.

In a little run I had preparing this post, the program did crash on my Android tablet, but I'm sure it probably was just a small glitch that I think would probably could be improved in the future. No program or app is ever 100% perfect technically, though. This is still a fairly rock solid app.


If you wish to procure more information about Mary Jo Rapini or to download the app, here are links to help you:
Mary Jo Rapini's website
Soul Intentions on Google Play
Soul Intentions on iTunes

Special hello to Mary Jo if she may be reading this post! :) Thanks for visiting! I hope you can appreciate this review I made..





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There is an app for positivity! @Goodspire is an app featuring a handful of positive stories and messages to help shine positivity in today's negative world. Created by Jarrell Liner, this app offers positivity for your life and for others. What you get with the Goodspire app is a handful of stories in certain categories- such as daily struggles, financial health, and more. It is safe to say that an app like this covers all the bases and almost always is capable of delivering a home run (or even a Grand Slam).

Goodspire
^ from: twitter.com (links to Twitter feed) - "Change the World. Today!" -Goodspire slogan

To be honest, I rarely use the app. However, I do get notices every morning saying my inspiration is ready. At least you know that you will have at least some sort of positive influence and inspiration every morning. Why so? Because good inspiration and motivation never takes a day off. What this app provides is quality material scattered across cyberspace and available to you on your mobile device. If you're feeling down or want some positivity, there is no reason to not feel convinced at what Goodspire offers. Just the simple fact you get positive advice and positive material is enough to even care about what Goodspire has to offer.

You can download the Goodspire app for Android and iOS. Here are links to link you to the Goodspire app. Be sure to follow these links to if your device(s) can handle Goodspire:
Goodspire on Google Play
Goodspire on iTunes

And for more information on Goodspire, please visit goodspire.com. And if Jarrell himself (or even other people behind the Goodspire app for that matter) is reading this blog post of mine, I'd like to welcome you to "John's Blog Space." Cheers to you for reading my post, mate! :)





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Friday, May 29, 2015

The Houston Rockets' loss to Golden State in the NBA's 2014-2015 Western Conference Finals teaches us a life lesson- you can't win every battle. Sometimes, you still lose no matter how well equipped and planned you are to win. Sometimes, you just simply lose to a better opponent- like what the Rockets faced. It is perfectly fine to train and equip yourself to take on any challenge life or the world has to offer. One thing you have to learn is that for as much as you train for success, victory is never guaranteed. An aspect of life is taking defeat. How do you take the defeat? Do you let failure take you over and define your persona for time to come, or do you learn from failure and try to make yourself stronger for the future?

The moment you act like you are impervious to defeat is when you already have lost a battle or a challenge. Nothing in life is ever guaranteed- even if victory seems like a foregone conclusion. Nobody thought (for example) James Buster Douglas would knock out "Iron" Mike Tyson. And don't even get me started on players guaranteeing wins. Most recently, you had Manny Pacquiao saying "Relax, I'm going to win" when he took on Floyd Mayweather Jr. Us boxing fans know who won that one.

Just because you fail at something doesn't mean you are a failure. It just means you have to learn to move on and make yourself better for the future. You either did not have the experience or was not equipped and trained enough to succeed. Or maybe... you just didn't have good luck or good fortune on your side. That also happens. These things can be enhanced and improved (except fortune and luck, of course). You can't let failure or consistent failure define you and run your life. Just be as strong as you can be and make the most of all of your opportunities. While you can prepare yourself to win at almost anything, just remember...

You can't win 'em all.





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