For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been seeing promos on SyFy about a new show, Defiance, starring Australia’s own Grant Bowler. Normally, I’m not one to watch much in the way of broadcast television and usually get my shows on demand, but stumbled across the ads several times.
This week marked the premiere of the show, which means that everything is introduced in a movie-length episode, as per 90% of shows now. I do feel that it could probably have been split into two smaller, regular length episodes, but that’s a minor gripe. The story of the show follows Grant Bowler’s character, Jeb Nolan – a veteran from a war between humans and aliens that ended 15 years prior. Set in St Louis, Missouri (now called Defiance) the city is the result of this war and is surrounded by a force field.
The rest of the article may contain spoilers about the first episode, but if you don’t care:
This weekend just gone, I participated in Drifting Tasmania’s first practice day for 2013. All of this footage is from my car in the afternoon session, with some runs missing due to the GoPro cutting out on power. I guess we need a second battery or something to keep filming all day long.
I had a good day of trying different things after getting some pointers from Matt Harvey about how to attack the corners, and experimented with tyres of different quality, width and offset to nail down what I think I want to run permanently.
Finally, that time has rolled around, when I get to hit the track in my reasonably average looking Skyline to do some reasonably average drifting, and maybe progress to slightly OK.
The dirty drift car.
The day, as with every one previously, starts with waking up at stupid o’clock for a 2-hour drive to get to the track. This is followed by finding somewhere to park, then taking the car off to be scrutineered. I like to be one of the first people through the scrutineer’s gates, as it gives me time to change tyres, etc. and make it to the driver’s briefing (which is normally about 9am)
A quick little project that I’ve put together this afternoon is a simple look at the weather. It is hot, nice, or cold outside? Is there any wind? What about rain?
Using the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s JSON services, I’ve created a simple weather reader which shows you all of the above in a simple format.
So what are you waiting for, check the weather and my wonderfully responsive site.
Touching down? Touch downing? I don’t know, maybe one of them is right, maybe neither. The important thing is that there’s a very interesting (and annoying) error that I’m now getting sometimes when I close one of my modal windows. It seems that whenever my application feels like it, the shim (or slightly-darker-area-in-the-background) doesn’t go away until the next time that I touch a link on the screen, or force some kind of animation to occur.