April 2nd, 2004


UGPLOL Race Report

Tonight we raced for 15 laps on the combined 1922 road course and 1955 oval (made extra wide) of Circuito di Milano (a.k.a. Monza). I was concerned going in that I wouldn't have the power in the Ferrari I was fated to drive for finishing fourth last week. I knew I had to do something different. So I downloaded two alien setups -- wicked ramp angles that make a car very loose and ultra responsive to throttle input. I adjusted the brake bias back to having more brake in front than the rear (never can figure out how aliens drive with rearward brake bias), and used the gear ratios for one on the other (for the other was more comfortable to drive, but I didn't like where the shift points were). I knew that getting out of the turns, I'd be good, but to make up for the Ferrari's lack of power, I had to have something that could get into the turns quick, and hope I could hold onto it. I did...

Non c'è bolide par' all'atomico! FERRARI È VITTORIOSO!

My average speed for the race was 160.2 mph!

Click here for race and season statistics


Took an I.Q. test for the first time

I usually close all pop-ups, but I got this one that was an I.Q. test (the site then sells a big detailed report, though the score and a basic profile is free). It was almost 2 a.m. and I didn't want to spend too much time on it, so I made a guess at a couple of the questions (like an anagram; I should be good at anagrams but didn't want to spend the time working it out). Most of the questions I was able to figure out without too much fuss. I've always been good at spotting patterns and logical thinking.

It ended up being a rather long test, but I decided to finish it even if it turned out I wouldn't get a result... I just like challenging questions, and I'd never taken such a test before, so was curious about just what's in an I.Q. test.

Anyway, it came back with a score of 136. I've never paid attention to I.Q. scores, so that meant nothing to me. I had to do a web search on I.Q. scores to see what that means. It means that I'm well within in the top two percentile of the population (which is said to be a score of 130). Not bad for a guy who dropped out of high school, eh? (Or perhaps that's to be expected, 'cause school proceeds at the speed of the slowest people in class, and gets really boring really quickly...)

It listed my personality type as "Visionary Philosopher"... um, OK. but the descriptions about me were correct -- I am able to spot patterns before most people; I can see a relationship between two otherwise separate situations (I describe it as putting 2 & 2 together and making 5); and so on.

The test was at: http://web.tickle.com/tests/uiq/
You have to register with the site at the end before you get the score, but their policy states that they don't spam and you can even choose not to receive the newsletter, so it seemed harmless enough (heck, I just delete any email that doesn't have certain keywords anyway, so I'm not worried).