Grrrr!

Mar. 1st, 2014 06:29 pm
octothorpe: (neo)
Warning: First World White Boy Problems

As those who follow me on G+ know, I got a letter from the Audi folks the other day. It seems my MY2014 RS5 will be pushed to a MY2015 RS5, which means I won't receive it until July at the earliest. I'm pretty frustrated about this, as I ordered it in December 2013. The dealer had allocation by December 31st, but it never got out of Factory Order Bank. The steps in the process are basically: allocation (the window the dealer has to order specific cars from the factory), factory order bank (the factory acknowledging the order), production order bank (build date/building the car), shipping (on the boat/in port/customs), dealer stock (physically at the dealer for prep/customer pickup). Obviously the delayed time is a problem.

What's a larger problem is the MY2015s haven't been announced yet. The dealers don't have their option books, and there have been no leaks of what they'll change from MY2014 to MY2015. There were subtle differences between MY2013 and MY2014, but no platform switch. MY2015 is a total unknown. year over year, they often tweak trim options and sometimes mechanical features. It's possible (although still unlikely) that MY2015 will bring about the new B9 platform for the Audi 4 and 5 series. This means a total revamp of the body, and an entirely new engine. They will get rid of the high revving naturally aspirated V8 and replace it with a forced-induction V6. Nice, but a large factor in my buying decision was that V8. The other HUGE factor was the sexy-as-fuck body. Simply, the car is a classic. Some of the pulled-out-of-the-arse renderings I've seen of the B9 platform RS5 are simply not good.

In the end, I had the dealer keep the order in the system. They will announce the MY2015 cars in late March/April timeframe, and then I'll know more. I do reserve the right to cancel my order. I can probably leverage something out of the deal if I wish to keep it.

In other news, my frustration with the Kimpton Hotel chain's InTouch loyalty programme continues. They are all good folks, and they truly want to help to do the right thing. However, the company puts in so many obstacles that prevent their employees from achieving this, you really have to wonder why I bother being loyal to them at all. To wit, every time I've attempted to redeem my rewards nights, I've had to jump through a jillion hoops along with the person on the other end of the phone. It's never a simple transaction like "hey, I'm booking 5 nights, 2 of which will be rewards nights". Oh, no. Each reward night type (there are at least two) has to be a separate transaction/reservation, and separate from normal paid nights. I now have three separate reservations for a five night stay. Of course, this triggered minimum stay requirements, and it also triggered pricing changes, all of which had to be reconciled. On top of this, I've had to deal with rewards nights simply disappearing, as they have insanely short expiry dates. Even airlines are better at this. Loyalty is a two-way street. If they're not loyal to me as a customer, why am I loyal to them?

Rim Job…

Nov. 19th, 2013 01:38 am
octothorpe: (neo)
Lulz.

I asked this on G+ (where I seem to be spending most of my non-Twitter posting these days), but while there is overlap in those that follow me there and here, it's mostly a different set, so I don't feel I'm repeating myself.

As some of you know, I'm onboard with getting a lovely 'mid-life crisis' car, a 2014 Audi RS5, complete with a custom paint colour not normally available on that model: Lava Grey Pearl. I fell in love with the colour when I saw a bedecked Audi R8 in the parking lot of the McLaren store on the way to my house (I really should up my game and get one of those one day).

As most of you also know, I like to mod my cars. Some heavily (like the Honda — I put a JDM Prelude engine into it), some lightly (my TSX has new wheels, CAI, and a HONDATA chip). The RS5 comes with a stunning 450HP, and a fairly nice 318 lb-ft torque, so I don't really see me modding the NA V8 engine too much. That leaves me with suspension and wheels.

HRE makes some of the best forged wheels on the planet. I've chosen them as the brand I'm going with, but now I'd love your input on which wheels *you* like (I've got my faves).

Go here, and let me know what you think…

http://www.hrewheels.com/wheels?model=21

OTTARS!

Sep. 30th, 2013 12:19 am
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I'm still 'developing' pics from the SEA trip. Enjoy these adorable otters!

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Oh, and here's a barn owl, because they're cool as well:

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Here's a sneak peek. It's going to take me weeks to get through all 700+ pics I took (mostly of otters).

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The other week, I saw this little oddity in the Greenwich station parking lot.

It's a Spyker C8 Laviolette. A Dutch mid-engine/rear wheel drive exotic. It's got an Audi V8 engine in it, and is sexy as hell. I happened to have my 'real' camera with me (although not the best lens for this shoot), and took the opportunity.

Click to see more http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmh/sets/72157635036788868/
(I'm putting up more tomorrow)

My other stuff is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmh/

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Some of the pics I took today at the NYC Pride Parade.

I'll be adding them to this set here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cmh/sets/72157634420543260/with/9181063568/

2013 NYC Pride-1

2013 NYC Pride-2

2013 NYC Pride-4

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2013 NYC Pride-5
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Overall, I liked the rollercoaster ride that was the film. I didn't however like the film (wha?!?). In the spirit of "Everything Wrong with X", I will now spew specific points in the film that bothered me enough to rip me out of warp, and into the cold, emptiness of space.

    Sooooo Many Spoilers )

    So what did you think of the film?
    octothorpe: (neo)
    I thought I'd fill you in on some stuff I've been doing as of late. Despite no longer working for MartianCraft, I've been keeping rather busy.

    Briefs Launched!

    Finally, after a very long hard slog, Briefs has finally launched on the App Store. It's an application suite that allows designers and developers to prototype their mobile applications natively on their device. The suite consists of a Mac app that allows you to create a 'Brief' (a prototype), and iPad/iPhone apps to play them. Check it out here: http://giveabrief.com

    Bay Area Creative Pro User Group is alive!

    My friend and colleague Kanen Flowers started up a user group for creative professionals in the Bay Area. If you're a professional in a creative field, join up! Even if you're not, but are interested in what professional content creators (filmmakers, audio engineers, photographers, web designers, etc) do, come hang out with us! We have beverages and prizes! http://bacpug.org

    Oh, and I designed the logo!



    Folks in TV production, and perhaps electrical engineers will find the medallion somewhat familiar.

    I've also been podcasting my brains out!

    Good gods. In the last few months I've been honoured to have some amazing guests on Ruining It For Everyone. We've also received some nice shout-outs from other podcasts that almost caused our server to crash.


    Etc
    There's some more stuff, but I can't reveal it just yet.

    Hero Punk!

    Apr. 22nd, 2013 10:52 am
    octothorpe: (neo)
    Some of you folks know my show, Ruining It For Everyone is now part of the Scruffy.TV network. The Scruffies are also working on a feature film called Hero Punk. The film involves steampunkish-hackers, mutants, corrupt governments, and super heroes. What's not to love?

    We've got a kickstarter campaign going. Feel free to kick in a few bucks, and be part of an independent film.

    There are some amazingly talented folks working on this project both in front of, and behind the camera. Do check it out.

    octothorpe: (neo)
    I'm watching this unfold through Twitter, and the emergency services radio band.

    Two explosions at the end of the Boston Marathon.

    Current injuries: 30+
    Current dead: 3

    Third explosion was controlled, at or near JFK Library.

    If you're looking for someone, text them, don't call (to keep the lines open).
    octothorpe: (neo)
    I've been so excited to see this come to fruition.

    The Penny Arcade folks have decided to create a Project Runway or Top Chef-like web-based contest reality show. They stuffed the contestants into a house in what looks to be Bellevue, WA where they will compete to become America's Next Top Model Comic Drawer/Writer/Person/Nugget/Thingy.

    In the first episode, they don't really do much, except bring everyone into the house. They're going for short, 15-20 minute episodes, twice weekly. I wonder if this format will hurt them. Aside from the endless recaps in televised reality contest shows, the hour long format does give the opportunity to get to know the contestants better than shorter bursts. Of course, we're still in the 'too many people you won't see for verymuch longer' stage. In the end, it may not matter.


    octothorpe: (neo)
    While it's unfortunate it had to come down to this, I'm actually feeling much better.

    More later…
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    For those that don't know, this is the actual screen you get when Github.com doesn't respond quickly.

    Il Neige!

    Feb. 9th, 2013 03:25 pm
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    Snow!

    Now in high res!

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