- September 30th, 2006
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For a while I was thinking about spliting this into several different posts, now I’m just going to throw it all out there in a SuperMegaPost. The last week has brought some pretty nifty goodies my way, and some quite interesting events as well. The least interesting bit is work related, so I’ll get that out of the way first.
My section decided it would be a good idea to get ahead of the game and setup the TOC early. Nature decided that being ahead of the power curve was unacceptable, and with one very large gust of wind, blew the TOC down – destroying a number of the poles that hold the tents up. When I say destroying, I mean snapping in half. That made for a very unfun Thursday and Friday. Lately some of the privates have fallen into this groove of continuing to speak and interrupt when I am putting out information they all need to have. That will come to an abrubt, and potentially painful halt around 1330hrs on Monday – when I fully cease being their peer, and officially become SGT Martinez.
More fun, for me at least, was all the stuff I ordered in the last week or so finally showing up. Namely new riding gear, a jacket, and two new pairs of gloves. I’m quite happy with my new textile gear – the pants my parents bought me, and my jacket. Both come with thermal liners, which I put to use this morning when I set out to Marietta Motorsports for dyno tuning on my SV. The pants are really hot when you’re stopped, even without the thermal liners, but that’s life. The gloves are both much more comfortable than the AGV Sport gloves I’ve been using for the last 11,000 miles. All in all I’m quite happy with the gear, it should serve me quite well as year-round gear for commuting and touring. I’ll still wear my leather gear if I plan on pushing the limits.
Those with even moderate attention to detail will recall my mention of dyno tuning just a few lines back. For months I searched for a shop that could do a custom map on my Power Commander III USB – and I wanted an eddy current dyno to do it. That was all wishful thinking until I joined GSB and found that one of the members had just the ticket at Marietta Motorsports. My highly calibrated nostrils and tip-of-the-finger exhaust gas analyzers told me that I was running very rich in the range I spend most of my time. The gas analyzer on the dyno proved me right. By the time the session ended I had a shiny new map, some extra horsepower up top, and a fuel curve that remains very nearly stoichometric across the powerband. I filled up before I got to the shop, and we ran my bike for at least an hour and a half on the dyno. That is only interesting because my idiot light for gas didn’t come on until just outside Ft. Benning – 164mi later. I got gas at 170.8mi, and put in 3.3gal. That’s well over 50mpg considering the dyno added no miles to the count (the speedometer/odometer goes off the front wheel). Roll on power is much smoother now, well worth the money and time spent.
The real highlight of the week though came Friday – my new lens, the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM. Somehow, I managed to find a lot of reviews with negative overtones about this lens. Personally, I can not fault it – my first shot with this lens is a keeper in my book, and it really does impress the heck out of me. The focus is fast and accurate, the way it captures colors is amazing, and full time manual focus rocks. I’ve had it for less than 48hrs and have already posted 25 photos, and started a new Flickr group for the lens. Naturally, this paragraph is worthless without pics.
I nearly forgot the best part – at first, I only wanted a Mac Pro because they’re a good deal on a screaming machine that should more than adequately handle my image/video processing desires. There wasn’t really much reason, or thinking that my current hardware couldn’t handle the load acceptably. That all disappeared today as I edited two workflows simultaneously in Bibble Pro – chewed up a full gig of RAM, and went 500MB into swap. I’ve been sitting here doing nothing for several hours, and my load average for the day is still through the roof. Oh yes, I need more power.