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  1. WDWBen

    2021 Formula 1 Season Thread

    Schedule: March 18-21: Australia 25-28: Bahrain April 8-11: China 22-25: TBC May 6-9: Spain 20-23: Monaco June 3-6: Baku 10-13: Canada 24-27: France July 1-4: Austria 15-18: England 29-31: Hungary August 1- Hungary 26-29: Belgium September 2-5: Netherlands 9-12: Italy 23-26: Russia 30: Singapore...
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    Going from a Miata to something... more practical (prep-work for the next year or two)

    For reasons I'll go into later, I find myself in the need of a more practical vehicle than my Miata in the next few years. There are a few requirements I have, but not a ton. I'd like to spend no more than $25k, but that will be in a year or two, so recommendations can include "I hope it'll be...
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    The Bourbon (and other whiskeys) Thread

    Any other bourbon drinkers here? I first got into it about 9 months ago, and have really enjoyed a nice neat pour after work. So far, I tend to be drawn to the Buffalo Trace Distillery family, though I'm a big fan of Elijah Craig as well. My bar right now looks like this: Buffalo Trace Buffalo...
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    The Good News thread

    I realized that the world today can be a bit of a downer. Yet, each and every one of us has little moments of good in our lives, things that don't nestle easily into a Car Ownership thread, or a Random Thoughts thread. Here's a place you can brag about the good that happened to you, or people...
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    Favorite driving sneakers

    So, I'm in the market for a new pair of driving sneakers. I have a pair of Puma Sparco (discontinued) shoes that are about to wear out in the toe, and I'm looking for a new pair of shoes. They have to be driving style shoes, you know, with the wrap-around heel. I'd prefer them to be suede or...
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    Spark Plugs... stuck?

    So, I've decided to get a bit more handy with my car, and save some money by replacing my own spark plugs. I've never done this before. I attempted it on Saturday, but stopped because I got nervous I was going to break something, and my Miata is a daily driver. Background: 2012 Mazda MX-5 2.0L...
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    Manor fall down go boom

    And we're back down to a field of 20.
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    Game: Stardew Valley

    Been playing a ton of Stardew Valley after some finagling got it running on my MacBook Pro via Crossover for Mac. It is just as addicting as advertised. Last night, I started playing after dinner around 7:30, then lost track of time until 11PM. Any other players?
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    Thinking of debadging trunk-lid...

    I've been looking at the trunk lid of my car for a few months now, and while I've always had it in mind to remove the dealer sticker from it, I'm not sure where to go from there. The dealer sticker is where a MAZDA work mark is supposed to be. I've debating keeping it off while retaining the...
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    Ownership Verified: wdwben's 2012 MX-5 PRHT (yup, another one)

    So, in a story I'll get into later, it was time for the ol' MINI to move onto new ownership. I'd been looking around for a while, test driving various cars like the GTI PP and the BRZ, never looking at the NC/ND because of price. Well, two days ago this car sort of fell into my lap. I saw it...
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    Buying a new body: go full frame or stay crop?

    So I'm listening to ISO5571 on the way to work, and I'm starting to second guess my current camera body of yearning. I shoot Nikon, and I am looking to stay inside that family, so I was looking at upgrading from my current D60 to a D7000. But maybe now I should jump up to a full frame camera...
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    These are a few of my favorite things

    Or shots. Just excited about these shots I've taken. All are from my trip to Walt Disney World back in October. I have a couple of big trips coming up, Israel in February and back to Disney in May, that I'm really excited about. I also added a new lens to my bag, leaving me now with two kit...
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    Unveiled: MINI Roadster

    http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/09/2013-mini-roadster-detroit-2012/ Unveiled at Detroit's auto show, the MINI Roadster is the Coupe with the roof lopped off. Now, call me a homer (and it's true) but I think it looks fantastic. I sat in a Coupe at my last trip to the dealer for parts, and I...
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    Super excited about this shot!

    I don't normally post up individual shots, but I'm really proud of this one. I took it during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Camera (so you don't have to read the EXIF data) is a D60, taken with a remote on a tripod. Lens was a Sigma 30mm...
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    Ownership Verified: 2008 MINI Cooper S - autocrossing car

    So, as most of you know, my old autocross car was a 2008 Subaru Impreza 2.5i. This car was wrecked when I was hit by a drunk driver. That was just about a month ago, and this morning I picked up my new car. It's a 2008 MINI Cooper S with a factory LSD. This is going to be my new...
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    Nice LEO man said I got waffled...

    Hi every one. I'm a little punch dizzy right now, but otherwise I'm good. The EMTs gave me a clean bill of health. I was driving home from work and I got hit by another Subaru drifting into my lane. I turned away to avoid a head-on collision. Right now I'm going home in my parents' car. The...
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    No 56k: Ben's Disney Trip Pictures

    As most of you don't know, unless you're in the IRC channel, I went to Walt Disney World earlier this month. Since I came back, I took a couple of days to recover, and have been posting one picture a day. All the pictures link back to my Flickr for stories about each shot and information (like...
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    How many times do you wiggle your stick?

    So, many of us here drive manual cars, and so it goes to reason we all have different... techniques... for checking that we're in neutral when we're coasting to or waiting at a full stop. Just so we're all on the same page, a "full wiggle" would be going from one side (full left, for example)...
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    The "Song Stuck In My Head" Thread

    So, today I've been working on an important, if but a bit tedious, project at work and as a result, have been using some of my brainpower to let my mind wander and think about things. First, I thought about my upcoming Disney trip, and all of a sudden, I get a song stuck in my head - It's A...
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    Two Gentlemen of Lebowski

    A friend of mine wrote this. It is, in it's entirety, The Big Lebowski written as if Shakespeare himself had written the movie. It has EXPLODED across the internet, and is in the process of being turned into a stage production by several acting troupes. I highly suggest you give it a read...
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