Sunday, August 29, 2004


FIA Formula One Belgium Grand Prix 2004

Ferrari F2004 - third front damper

One of the secrets of the F2004's perfect balance and its smooth behaviour over the kerbs was its accurate suspension. The front was a development of the 2003 version and still featured a horizontal third element to efficiently control the roll and pitch of the car. Small and light, the element could be easily changed or adjusted during practice.

Ferrari F2004 - front wing

A hybrid solution of sorts from Ferrari. The same new wing profile introduced at Hockenheim, but in combination with the flap used in Canada and the USA. This mix provided a very good balance between top speed and downforce.

Williams FW26 - new winglets

The FW26B's revised rear bodywork featured newer, much bigger, winglets on top of the sidepods and eliminated the shark-like vents present on the older version. The solution was very effective on the long straights at Spa and was used for the remainder of the season.

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Monday, August 16, 2004

Questions for our brain 

It does not hurt to take a hard look at ourself from time to time. This little test should help us know ourself better.

1.During a visit to a mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criteria is that defines if a patient should be institutionalized.
"Well," said the Director, "We plug in and fill up a bathtub. Then we offer a strainer, teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask the patient to empty the bathtub."
Okay, here's your test:
1. Would you use the strainer?
2. Would you use the spoon?
3. Would you use the teacup?
4. Would you use the bucket?
"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would choose the bucket, as it is larger than the spoon."
So how did you do?

2.What are the elusive characters ? Missing four letters or numbers ?
W A T E ? ?
M ? L O N ?

3.How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?

4.You see a strainer. The measurements of it are the following:
40 cm in height
30 cm in width
Considering these measurements, how much water, at most, can it hold?

5.Which Olympic champions do not receive medals?

6. As a billionaire, Kasim was accustomed to the extravagance and choices of the high life. Today he had to decide on which of his drivers he would use, so William made his choice and went for a quick drive. Shortly after, the driver was replaced even though the drive had been a successful one. Why did William replace his driver so quickly?

7.A young traveler once traveled to every country in the world. He also said that he had never never been to India, yet he claims to have a recording of when he went. How can this be?

8.What word in the English language contains the letters "SUL", in the beginning and the end?

9.Although very old coins tend to be worth more than their face value, why is it that 1980 five cent coins are worth just about $100?

10.What can be right but never wrong?

11.Susanne put all of the female horses in the stables, put all of the male owls in a tree, put all of the female lobsters in a tank, and all of the male dogs in the backyard. The next day she forgot where she had put all of those animals. She asks you "Where are the hens?". What do you tell her?

12.If the word three starts with t,
And ends with e,
What is its third letter?

13.A tennis player is now ranked number 200. He had moved up 56, went down 44, and finally went up to 139 places. What is his current ranking?

14.A man in Europe was born around year 1920, and he died around 1850. The man was 85 years old when he died.How is that possible?

15.A man approached a boy asking,
"Did you kill my beloved son?"
The boy answered nervously,
"Yes, I did."
The man replied with a smile,
"Good job, boy!"
How could this happen?

16.How many dots do you see here?

17.What is the next thing in this sequence; 1, 2, 4, 7, 11, ?
Note: it is not the " , " or " ? "

18.A boy was in detention, from talking too much when the teacher was talking. The detention teacher said, "You have to produce an 800 word essay in 30 seconds...GO!!"
The boy actually did it. How?
Note: he did not just write "An 800 word essay" on his paper.

19.I have three of the same digits.
Added together they make twelve.
The digit is not 4. What is it?

20.While going home, a man noticed that a woman was following him. He walked for ten minutes, then got home at 7:00. She continued walking in circles around his building. She completed one circle in ten minutes, then another in 15 min., then another 20 min. At nine o clock, the man saw her fall asleep outside. During which circle did she fall asleep?

21.When do you have the best chance at catching a train? 12:45 or 12:30

22.A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, an attractive girl with the unusual name of Pibbles. The bus driver had to go on a long bustrip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Pibbles seven apples. Why?

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Sunday, August 15, 2004


FIA Formula One Hungary Grand Prix 2004

BAR 006 - new winglets

BAR continued their endless development of the 006. The winglets, an evolution of those seen briefly at Silverstone, were, in fact, cleverly-shaped chimneys, designed to improve both airflow management and hot air venting. More efficient engine cooling was of particular benefit in Hungary's high August temperatures.

Williams FW26 - new nose

Williams ditched their famous walrus nose in a favour of a higher, far more traditional design, complete with new front wing. The old nose was particularly sensitive to side winds and the new one reduced the car's pitch sensitivity and improved its dynamics under braking and on the entry to corners.

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