Only 13 or so hours till the first night round in F1 begins, till then, enjoy the round that earned Massa Pole Position.

Yep, http://fun.ohhh.no to be spesific, feel free to join in on the fun.

Had alot of grief over the last 6 or so hours, and what do ya know, it was all due to running a 64bit VE. I had flipped upside down & inside out so many obscurities during the night..
Mind you, it wasnt “directly” related to Laconica, the basic functionality were working as expected within 30min, it was the integration to xmpp(Jabber). More spesifically, my own ejabberd running in one of the VE’s on this server(im.hoiseth.no for those interrested in such). No matter my attempts it was stuck at connecting.. Just imagine my relief and to quote a friendly cartoon fella ‘DOH!’ as I fired up xmppdaemon in its newly setup 32bit enviroment only to see debug info being spit out in the terminal. Ahhh funfun despite the hours wasted.

If you dont know what twitter is, or the so-called Microblogging phenomena, I suggest you read up! Laconica(Laconi.ca) is as mentioned in the title, a new(‘ish) contender, and an open-source one at that, its quickly been embraced by many people world-wide.

Their main site is run at Identi.ca..

I first heard about it a couple of weeks ago, but it really started to spark my geek-plugs when I heard a interview with creator Evan Prodromou (Evan @identi.ca) in this weeks FLOSS podcast over at TWIT / FLOSS
The main man over at TWIT, Leo Laporte were so impressed that he started to set up his own instance of Laconica during the podcast. Its hosted under the ohh so fitting vhost army.twit.tv. Both Leo and his “co-“host in FLOSS, Randal L. Schwartz can be found happily ranting there..

Evan Prodromou is by no means a new name to the world of open-source and world travellers, not only does he spend a fair share of dev time on the Debian distro, he is also co-founder(with his wife) of the fantastic resource Wikitravel.

Anywhooo, enough lenghty rants from me for a while, I’ll keep it short from now on, so to keep up to date with whatever I should stick my nose into, do the click’e’ti’click into http://fun.ohhh.no/hz. Laconica does of course give you all the RSS feeds you could possibly urge. Expect integration here…

I admit, Im a utter geek when it comes to WRC, I try not to watch tv, read newspapers or be “online” much during an event. To have few friends that share my passion for the sport also helps 😉

Last night I edited down the captures and started to watch what will be remembered as the most nail biteing rally to date. For those that dont care about the sport or just dont get it, let me try & recap, I’ll even add some screen captures & clips to hopefully help you see the light.

The fight between 1st & 2nd place could be summed up with; nownow, but that wouldnt be enough to justify a blog entry, so here is a clip from the second last stage(SS17).

Close enough? Not really, lets cut of a few more 10th shall we? Heres a clip from the remaining few seconds of the last stage(SS18).

A total race time of 3:52:53.9, almost 4 hours of flat-out nutty gravel driving and 0.3 seconds between the top places. Holy shit, I have never witnessed a battle like this, EVER. Heres Virtual Spectator showing the distance in meters.

FIA.WRC.R11.2007.New.Zealand.Total.Race.TimeFIA.WRC.R11.2007.New.Zealand.Virt.Spect.Total.Diff

7.6 meters…. A memorable weekend from the fantastic Rally of New Zealand, the battle for the WRC title is by no means over, the remaining rallies this season cannot come soon enough.

Bets are on, will it be Gronholm or Loeb thats on the top of the podium at the seasons end? I must admit, I hope for 2 finnish lads with a sob’in frenchy squeezed into second place.

Till next round; Flat out, over crest into hair pin right, dont cut, geeks inside!