Defcon doh!

Seems like the Defcon demo on Steam (the new game from Introversion) suffers from the same weird problem I had with Darwinia in that it just randomly crashes and reboots my machine. It’s kind of annoying since I’m not able to get through the tutorial and it looks like a really cool game. Seems to be a graphics driver issue that at the moment I don’t have the time to look into.

On the plus side though, I wouldn’t be buying the full game so I’ve saved myself $20!

Chinese Grand Prix

1.  M SCHUMACHER  Ferrari      1h37m32.747s
2.  ALONSO        Renault      +3.1s

Oh cock. Hardly the race result I wanted. I think we can safely say Alonso blew it last weekend. Given how strong the Michelin runners were and how off the pace Bridgestone was, it’s an astounding result for Schumacher and a show of utter incompetence from the other teams. Even if Alonso wasn’t going to win you’d have thought Fisichella, Button, De La Rosa or even Barrichello would have done before Schumacher.

All the Bridgestone shod cars were well off the pace due to the cool conditions not suiting them, but, as you’d expect from Schumacher, he was able to put in a stunning lap to start sixth. Regardless of that though, it was expected to be a cake walk for Alonso, who had qualified first.

It looked promising from the off and he was able to open up a lead of 25 seconds but it was wiped out by changing just his front (intermediate) tyres in the first pit stop, since they thought they were wearing out too quickly. This proved to be a bad move as he was completely off the pace and both Fisichella and Schumacher were able to reel him in on the second stint. Fisichella got past (well he had to, to limit the damage done) but Schumacher got past Fisi anyway due to some clever pit stop strategy.

It was still recoverable for Alonso but in his second pit stop it took two attempts to attach his rear right tyre, which added at least another 10 seconds to his pit stop. He was able to put up a brave fight to get within 4 seconds of Schumacher but there just weren’t enough laps left to make it past. Without the second pit stop incident Alonso would have won the race and had a 4 point lead. As it now stands, he’s on the bad foot and even though the points are identical on 116, Schumacher leads by virtue of the fact he more race wins.

Championship fight aside, the changeable conditions were interesting. The track was initially damp and it seemed to take the majority of the race before it started to dry out. Kubica tried an early switch to slicks but that proved unwise with him going off track several times. It was particularly weird on the last lap of the race when it started to rain and Button came into his own, actually finding grip in the wet (on slicks), which enabled him to overtake Barrichello (with a bit of luck and positioning) to take fourth.

Japan is next up and it’s hard to say how it’ll go. I can only hope Alonso claws something back!

Yeah I know this is a really late update given the Japanese Grand Prix was on this morning… oh well.

Wedding photos!

Ah yes… where are they you ask? Right under your noses! What you see there is what we got off the photographer we had on the day. Instead of prints we got a CD with high res images, good for printing. The CD also had a simple HTML slideshow on it which I mangled a bit to give links to the full size images and some medium sizes images I did that were good for viewing on my PSP.

Anyhoo, some of the photos are really cheesy and some show just how much I like pies (i.e. lots) so I think I’ll be trying to lose some weight! Angela, our photographer, preferred to do more natural shots than us posing a lot (although there is some of that). Out of all them, my fave out is this one.

I write a full waffley update soon but basically the wedding took place in Malcesine castle and the ceremony was about 20 minutes long. It was all in Italian with a translator on hand to explain that we were actually getting married and not buying several hundred tons of pasta and meatballs (this was one of the many odd things going through my head at the time).

We then walked down to the harbour (through the town, a surreal experience with people bowing and shouting “Bella, bella” at Kate (which I’m told means beautiful, which is just ace)) and went on a boat trip on Lake Garda for about half an hour. Afterwards we went to a local restaurant for our wedding meal :) It was a fantastic day and that’s kind of a quick description for 5 hours, but there you go :D