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Ecclesiastical Architecture of Copenhagen

Looking at photographs from my recent trip to Copenhagen I conclude I must have spent a lot of my time in churches! Here are some of the results:

B-29 Superfortress “Fifi”

I had the pleasure this weekend of seeing the only presently flying example of the B-29 Superfortess, a salvaged plane named “Fifi” that was restored and is kept airworthy by the fine people of the Commerative Air Force. A recently restored P-51D Mustang, “The Brat III” was also on display, and the public could even fly in both planes. I couldn't afford that ($570 to $1395 for the B-29, depending on the seat, $1995 for the P-51) but was very happy taking a tour through the bomb-bay and cockpit.

By the way, I only became aware of Fifi's visit to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport because I happened to be overflown at low altitude by it, heard a somewhat remarkable noise, and was surprised to find a B-29 overhead. A little google-searching revealed what was going on this week. Either the CAF might want to try to get the word out more effectively, or I need to be more plugged into the local aviation and warbird community, if such exists. Any suggestions to that end will be appreciated.

Audi Caravan to Key West

These pictures are from an Audi Owner's Club caravan to Key West on May 21, 2011 using Jay Wilson's brand new Audi S4; a fun trip!

MSEE, Finished

“Master of Science” is really very grandiose-sounding, isn't it? I promise I won't insist on being styled as such, now that the unthinkable day is here and I actually have my degree in hand.

For new readers: I've been working on a master's degree in electrical engineering for the past 5 years or so, acquiring along the way a textbook case of ABD (“All But Dissertation”, a disease which is actually a formal status in some parts of academia). This summer, growing weary of the debilitating symptoms of this illness, I sat behind my computer and effected a cure, which required every scrap of free-time available from August to November. Hence the lack of updates on this blog in recent months.

Now, of course, I have all the time in the world—time enough, at least, to start on some exciting new projects. Come back soon for details!

12 Hours of Sebring, 2010

On Saturday, March 20, my friend Jay Wilson and I were guests of Bell Micro at the famous 12 hour sports-car race. As always, this was an event that combined world-class endurance racing (it is probably second only to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in significance), with the following sideshows:

  • Car-show-type exhibits from some of the most interesting auto manufacturers
  • A broad range of individually-owned vintage sports and race cars in various states of repair and respectability
  • An absurd redneck carnival decorated by what can charitably be called 'folk art' and fueled by a biblical deluge of beer and tequila

Despite the absence of Audi this year, Peugeot deserves all respect for their flawless one-two victory in the LMP1 class and in the race overall, which makes them the first French manufacturer to ever win at Sebring — that Tricolor on the grandstands will certainly stand out at the end of a long line of German and Italian flags! Congratulations (and enthusiastic thanks for inviting us!) are also due to Bell Micro for once again finishing on the the podium, this time in third place in the GT2 class with the Rahal-Letterman BMW M3.