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Thu, 21 Jan 2010

Thesis Proposal

OK, I have managed to defend my Ph.D. thesis proposal and to pass the doctoral exam. Now I "only" have to write the Ph.D. thesis itself as outlined in the proposal.

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Wed, 20 Jan 2010

Wikipedia Warning

Warning: idling at Wikipedia can be dangerous, as it can destroy your image of completely innocent things forever.

For example, that nice, melodic, and gentle Paul McCartney's song "Mull of Kintyre" will never be the same again for me (click on your own responsibility).

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Tue, 19 Jan 2010

Digital Slot Cars

We have got a new slot cars set for Christmas. I had one when I was a child, and I quite liked to play with it, build and tune my own cars, etc. slot cars Several years later, we had an 8-track slot cars simulator in our SGI computer lab. Well, today's state-of-the-art slot cars systems are completely different beasts to what I used to know.

The system we have is SCX Digital 1:32. I have bought an F-1 set with one additional car (guess which one :-) and some track parts. The features and my experience so far include:

There are only two drawbacks: firstly, it is probably the most expensive slot cars system available, and then the F-1 cars are very brittle. Especially the mirrors of Ferrari are prone to snapping off.

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