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  1. 6thElement

    6thElement Turbo Monkey

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    My money is on Toyota Camry.
     

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  2. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    It'd be funny if years after owning (and, yes, crashing) a WRX I came full circle.

    Re Camrys: They can be made fun. Toyota took one around as a One Lap of America racer, and it even pulled its own trailer! But they're long, not particularly fun stock, and FWD.

     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    These came a day or two ago (backordered, thus the initial delay). I tried them out tonight just around the house. 2 minutes with them was enough to inspire me to print out the return label–back to Amazon they shall go.

    Maybe my ears are weird but they didn't seem to fit in right. The little yellow "wing" things are soft and don't appear to actually do anything. I tried two sizes of wings, no difference perceptible. The medium earbud pieces seemed too big and isolating, and the small size yielded such a loose fit that the sound quality was super terrible.

    :nononocat.gif:

    Perhaps I shall stick with that original speaker + just turning it down or off when around other people. Most of my commute I'm by myself or next to car traffic on a nominally 35 mph road that drowns out most everything.
     
  4. Westy

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    Used 911 prices seem insane enough that if looking for a driver and not a collectors item, a N/A Cayman with the engine in the right place seems to be the way to go. Of course this may attract giggles from your fellow doctors.
     
  5. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    I actually quite like the idea of having a 2+2, given that my kids are little and would actually fit there.

    I also like the idea of the 993 as an anti-status symbol of sorts. Ok, it's not a shitbox Paseo or a hair shirt bus pass, but true car people would lose their shit over it while others would just be like "oh, it's 25 years old. That's nice" and move on.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    This post shall consist of things that are all known to Nick, but quite possibly not to anyone else since Porsche makes shitloads of 911 variants. I like to read about cars and I certainly haven't been keeping abreast of all of them.




    So I read about the 997 GTS just now, and one of the changes is for centerlock wheels. This is relevant as the good looking wheels in the quoted photo are similarly centerlocks (as a side note, the photo is of a 997 "Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder", a super-unwieldy watch-mimicking name for a special edition numbers-matching Turbo S offered up for sale only to those already lined up to by a 918 Spyder).

    Must be nice to be obscenely rich:

    Anyway, the point is that the 997 GTS gets centerlocks, and that wins my approval. Also has an Alcantara GT3-style interior and a negligible power bump. Sadly the 997 GTS is RWD...

    ... but Porsche had another trick up their sleeve and eventually came out with a 997 Carrera 4 GTS. Special models for all!

    I have a feeling that locating a Carrera 4 GTS would be more difficult than finding a well-sorted 993 C4 +/- S, and quite likely more expensive, too. There are 3 listings on Carguru now, for instance.




    This is all of academic interest for now anyway. What's currently on the plate is the sacrilege of combining electricity and pedal power for my bike fleet.
     
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    I don't even want to drive my MIL's Porsche.
    If it were mine, maybe...
     
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    That is no model of Porsche. See toyota camry, perhaps one with the clear coat peeling from the hood.
     
  9. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Why?
     
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    Westy the teste

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    The only reason that car existed was the Porsche emblem, a VW with brand aspirations. A status symbol for thise with only a little bit of status.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Ok, fair enough.

    I’d aim for a Toyota or Nissan but the GT-R has no hitch available in R35 form, and even I am not stupid enough to drive a RHD R32 import.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Do you think this would have enough headroom for me? Maybe?

     
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    Because I don't want to jeopardize my relationship, and I tend to bang into things.
     
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    Actually amodern v6 camry has remarkably similar performanve specs to a 993. Perhaps the perfect anti-status performance car? It would certainly have superior reliability.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Certainly a naturally aspirated 993 wouldn’t be fast. Like a motorcycle it’d be about the looks, the quality of the sound, the stick shift (or analogue), and being different in and of itself.
     
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    jstuhlman We noticed.

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    fast > looks. fast > sound. stick > all else. fast/handling > “different”...

    just get the wrx, man. or the golf r. hell, if you need to be different, a grand cherokee srt8 or a caddy cts-v or something. porsche is just dumb if it’s you have to get an old one and it’s simply for the “porsche” of it.
     
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    If a hatchback or wagon wasn't in my requirements I would have been all over a 240i, well that and $$$. But I am no dentist radiologist.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    I looked briefly at bmwusa the other day and saw the M240i xDrive. (There is a 2" hitch for it.) It has enough front headroom for me, would certainly be quick depending on spec, and has useful-enough rear seats.

    But that's a $50-55k car depending on options. I tend to get bored with cars, if you haven't noticed. 3 years from now that'd be a $30k vehicle. 3 years from now a $50k 993 might be $60k.

    Edit: M240 xDrive == 8 speed auto only. Boo/hiss.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    When I was a kid I was pretty good at math. Hell, graph theory and combinatorics a la Good Will Hunting was my co-favorite subject in undergrad (tied with a music composition class intended for music majors).

    Yet I find myself over my head with math now, trying to solve this equation for concentration:



    where S is signal intensity, M0 is a scaling factor basically, alpha is flip angle, TR and TE are parameters of the MRI acquisition, and T1 and T2* are defined in turn as non-trivial functions of concentration and field strength/flip angle/TR/TE (collectively "imaging parameters").

    It's not a trivial topic, and there's no closed-form solution at least that I can wrap my head around. (Here's a very math-heavy paper on estimating variance for this calculation: http://mriquestions.com/uploads/3/4/5/7/34572113/t1_estimation_nihms-59716.pdf . I don't have the patience to re-derive their equations on my own to see if they make sense.)

    But thankfully I have tools. I have brute force and Matlab. I have the functions to take concentration and field strength and output signal intensity.

    Therefore I will "solve" this by iterating through all plausible concentration values each millisecond and finding the best approximation to the known signal intensity.

    In short, I guess I'm more a computer science person than a mathematician these days.

    :D
     
  21. Nick

    Nick My name is Nick

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    math? pfftt ...
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  22. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I was told that there would be NO math. :mad:
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    A few updates on this and that:

    1) Babby 3 is confirmed via ultrasound to be within the uterus, as it is supposed to be. Still plenty of shit that can go haywire from now until 18 years but making it to 8 weeks and in the right place is a good start. We're staying Facebook-quiet until 12 weeks or so but told the kids. Speaking of the kids, they've been remarkably unquestioning about why my wife is eating crackers in the morning, ice cream for breakfast, not tolerating cooking at all, lying down during the day.

    She had a tough time with nausea during the first two go-arounds, too, which dissipated around 11-12 weeks. So hopefully our trip to see my parents in Oregon and her parents in Seattle will be on the tail end of this current madness.

    2) Still obsessed with 911s. I read a nice coffee table book, Porsche 911: 50 years. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/0760344019/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    @Nick , you want to borrow it and paw through it if you haven't seen it already? Some nice development tales and shots. I feel it's much better done from the inception of the car through the 964 than for the later generations' tales but still generally a pretty thing to look at.

    3) Tonight I ordered up the parts to convert my Soma Wolverine into a light-pedal-assist electrified machine. I'll have a little button setup on or near my bars that'll let me dial in the % of assist on the fly.

    4) I'm going to sell my crypto holdings on August 2. They should nicely cover the Specialized Turbo Kenevo that I'm planning on ordering. (At one point said crypto holdings would have covered three new bikes, but at least I'm still up ~2x from my basis.) There are none locally in shops around here or around Seattle so I'm going to have to roll the dice and order without a test ride. No demo days that I can find, either.

    My Pivot Shuttle demo ride on July 10 will actually be informative for the Specialized: its reach of 445 mm is longer yet than the Specialized's 431 mm (or my current 5010's 425 mm), so if I tolerate the Pivot then I'll feel at home on the Specialized, which despite the longer travel is actually pretty similar to the Pivot in its geometry save for a slacker head tube angle on the long-legged Specialized.

    So I'll probably order one up shortly after that July 10 ride through my truly local bike shop (as GBS isn't a Specialized dealer). Self-shuttling shall be in order once it comes.
     
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    Nick My name is Nick

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  25. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Only got down to 70* in the house last night... today may be the day the A/C comes on for awhile this afternoon.
     
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    Nick My name is Nick

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    993 = sports car
    991 = grand touring car (IMO)
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Pray for a recession!

    Oh, wait.

    And pro-tip - hawk that shitcoin before August.

    :homer:
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    I believe it is "hock", good sir. Right now it's at a local minimum of value so not excited to liquidate right now. Maybe it'll be higher in August? Or maybe lower. Who knows?! :D
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I'd suggest you hawk it. http://grammarist.com/usage/hawk-hock/
    I can assure you that nobody hodl'ing does. Nor does anyone else. But... mark my words, it's gon' be lower.

    :D
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Huh, I stand corrected on the word choice. After yesterday's hangar debacle I have no faith as a starting point
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Well... you *could* hock it... but I, personally, would recommend hawking it.

    :D
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    https://rennlist.com/forums/993-forum/1077378-for-sale-993-c4s-polar-silver-midnight-blue.html

    $65k asking for another driver quality 120k 993 C4S. That seat bolster is ugly.

    From another thread:





    C4S sell for less than C2S. Good.

    I'll have to drive several once that time comes. November 2019 is when the hunt will start in earnest.
     
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    Nick My name is Nick

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    How exciting.

    I woukd like to subscribe to your newsletter.

    I ran out of toilet paper.
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Did you resort to kleenex?
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Not so slow leak from a screw. Totally flat after topping off this morning when I noticed it. Good thing I brought the compressor and an extension cord, and intentionally parked within reach of an outlet at work.

    Discount Tire is fixing it all up now.
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Kind reminder.

    Please do the needful.

    :D
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    We shall see. I have to hold onto my BTC, ETH, and LTC until at least 7/8 to make it long term capital gains. At that point why not wait until August 2 and ditch the BCC at the same time?
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Because it could fall 75% by 08/02?

    Not that it will.

    You should do the needful.

    :D