Monthly Archives: July 2011

Build It and They Will Come

The NSS Racing Forums are Ready For You!

Since I was confined to rest after surgery, it was a good time to upgrade to a better board of forums for NSS Racers (many of the reasons explained on the board) from all over the country to get together to compare notes and swap lies. I spent three solid days of my time, and several hundreds of dollars to put together what I feel to be a pretty nice place to promote NSS Racing to the outside world — and provide some comradery for NSS Racers.

The web address is pretty easy to remember:

Once there, you're going to see a collection of forums to discuss NSS topics, NSS Events, and technical questions & answers concerning NSS Cars. There is also one off-topic forum for the occasional less controversial off-topic conversations. Finally in the forums, there are the classified ads. You will note that at the top of the page there is an index of the last 15 topics, consolidated from all of the forums — but you can ignore that (if you wish) and slide down to just the categories that interest you.

Under the index, you will see a random selection of five NSS cars selected from the "Staging Lanes". Each viewing of the main Forums page should give you a different selection of the member's cars. You are encouraged to add your car to the Staging Lanes. It takes about 5 minutes to add your car, and a couple of the digital photos of it from your computer. You can also upload the car's best time slip if you wish.

While on the subject of photos, each member (and membership is not only free, but quick and easy) has the ability to upload up to a total of 100 NSS related photos into a number of photo albums. For instance you can have an album with some photos of building the car, and album with track photos of the car, and an album of pit party photos from one of the events. Once these photos are in your albums — they can easily be posted in your posts with a simple Copy & Paste. I'll pay for the server hosting and bandwidth — I just ask you keep the photos NSS related.

Another feature of the Board are the calendars. Each member has a private calendar that he can use as a personal calendar — and he has access to a Public calendar to list (and give information on) NSS race events. These events listed in the Public calendar are displayed at the bottom of the board's Index page starting 90 days prior to the event starting, and disappear after the event. Now members can simply add their own events instead of having to email me to add them.

Back to the forums, one of better features over the old Pro Bards I use to use — is WYSIWYG posting. That means What you see is what you get. You can literally copy and paste posts including photos and links, without having to use code like url and img — like we had to on the old board. I also have total control over your registration information, and you can trust me to keep it private. I don't believe that was the case when we were using the Pro Boards forum. I own the software license, I own the server, and only I (currently — but I'm looking for Admin and Moderator help) have access to the information. I will not give, sell, or lease this information short of the FBI beating down my door with a warrant — should a member go crazy.

On the subject of help — I will be looking for two moderators (who visit daily) to help me keep the forums clean and spam-free; and one assistant administrator with a little computer savvy to help with the more complex duties of the board — and be a backup to me if something should happen. We'll get more into that a month or so down the road.

Using the board is easy, and the FAQ link in the Navbar of the board has the answer to just about any question you might have using the forums. There is a Help/Suggestion forum to ask questions if you can't find the answer in the Frequently Asked Questions — and I'll update the FAQ after answering. Should you have a registration problem — click the contact link at the bottom and tell me about it — and we'll get you fixed up. There should be no excuse why every NSS Racers isn't registered and participating.

There is something called Social Groups. Any member can create a social group of any interest he feels other members might have — and they can have their own little board for discussing those topics. You can make this Social Group Private or Public, and have any member join or have it be by your invitation only. I can envision someone creating and administering to a Christian social group, or a Social Group for a Regional group of NSS Racers, or an interest like politics (I'd narrow the focus to Conservative, Liberal, Libertarian, Socialist, …), motorcycles, photography, or guns. Any reasonable Social Group (and I would consider hate or porn to not be reasonable) can be created and administered by a member. Each member can administer up to five Social Groups — but start with just one to get your feet wet.

Another feature is a Profile Page that you can customize into your own personal web page. There is a lot of flexibility with look, feel, and colors — so give it a shot.

 Please don't just be a stalker — but jump in there and participate. It doesn't make you a geek! I have no ulterior motives in building this board, or the home site to it. My only goal is to simply promote NSS racing to the public (more fans), event promoters (more races and bigger purses), potential NSS racers (more and younger drivers to carry on); and to create a virtual Pit where NSS Racers can get together and discuss the types of things we generally discuss in our Physical pits. We don't need a Mexican Standoff where everyone waits for others to post before they feel the board is worthy of their post — we need leaders to get the ball rolling so the followers jump in. This is not just the best place for Nostalgia Super Stock Racers to gather on the Internet — it is really the only place. Build it, and they will come! OK — I've done my job building it — now it is time for y'all to check it out and participate. Together we can better promote the finest class of drag racing to the world.

Thank you for reading this. Please pass it along to other NSS Racers.

Dave Schultz



Plus 1

+1 interface

Have you been visiting web sites that have the +1 logo — and wonder what that is all about? The below link explains some of it.

Fact is that Google is going to own the Internet. I’m not a fan of their politics — but I can’t ignore the facts. On Friday their Stock price rose $75 per share in one day after they released their 2 quarter earnings. Trust me — you will be assimilated, do not resist

  • They have the best and most used search engine
  • They now own You Tube
  • All web masters use their Web Master Tools
  • They now own the biggest email program with Gmail
  • They own Picasa — while will dominate all free photo hosting
  • They’re big into the cloud — and have an area (Documents) to host all of your computer’s files — so that any computer anywhere is now your computer
  • They have a popular on-line calendar which is making Outlook obsolete, so many years after Outlook made Sidekick obsolete
  • It has the strongest on-line contacts manager that interface with all smart phones
  • Their browser has a chance of becoming the next big deal
  • They own the on-line banner advertising market
  • Now they’ve decided to take on Facebook, and do to them what Facebook did to MySpace. Google X (currently by invitation only while in Beta) looks like it will be the Facebook killer. While I’m sure Facebook will incorporated the Circle of Rings feature — Google will ultimately crush them.

In a nutshell — they have become the next Microsoft. Their stock price has gone from $300 a share to $600 a share in the last year. Price targets say it will hit $800 by the end of the year.

One of the reasons that Google will own the internet — is that all of the things describes above, and a whole lot more, is consolidated into one log in and one big personally customizable (Google X will handle that) portal with integrated email, social networking, photos, videos,….. Sure Yahoo tried to do this — but Google has succeeded.

So what does all of this have to do with the +1 button you are beginning to see everywhere? Well if you have a Google account (for Gmail, picasa, web master tools, adaware…. which are the same log in) — then if you click the +1 icon it will get associated with your +1 page, which is now on Google X — but will also soon be linkable elsewhere. You can have that page as Private as your personal links area for shortcuts to your favorite site on any computer, or have it public to let other know of your favorite sites. Actually you can do a combination of both. It also is a brownie point for that site — and when enough are collected, it will affect positioning in searches.

So If you have a Google account for Gmail (or anything else) and you see the +1 icon on a site you like — just click it and you will bookmark it for yourself on your on-line +1 page, and you’ll help the site attract more visitors.

It’s a heartache – Bonnie Tyler

On of my favorite sounds is Bonnie Tyler’s “Its a Heartache” from the late 70s. I listen to about 10 songs every night to go to sleep — and this is on one of the play lists.

She actually had a real sweet voice as a singer until she had radical surgery on her vocal cords. She was ordered to not speak for 6 weeks — but accidentally scream out of frustration — forever giving her that raspy quality to her voice. She thought her career was over — but was talked into try to cut a song “Its a Heartache”, and became a Cult Classic.


TSA Agent Steals $50,000 in Electronics

TSA Agent caught stealing iPad from passenger by stuffing in his pants. It is reported he stole more than $50,000 in electronics from Passengers, lift on eBay with his smart phone, and have sold before his shift ended.

These are the thugs that Obama wants to Unionize in repayment for the Unions carrying his water.

Stay Away From

I got a new prescription for my glasses, and most of the glasses retailers don’t stock frames for someone with a head as fat as mine. So May 30th I looked on-line for frames with the side lengths I needed — and came across Frame Direct at Eyeglasses | Designer Eye Glasses, Prescription Eyeglasses, Sunglasses Online

I order two pair for glasses for about $500

In mid June I still hadn’t received my glasses and call. I spoke with a real nice customer service lady who tells me that they’re having a problem with both Rayban and Oakley but that she’ll call and expedite. A couple of days later I get a call from Frames Direct and another nice lady apologizes for delay (but it was the fault of Rayban and Oakley) and says they’ll upgrade me to next day delivery.

Two weeks later I call, and told that they still had a problem with Oakley — but the Raybans would be shipped the next day. I received them, and while late, they were what I expected.

So then today I call about the other glasses. My call is answered right away and I was told that the glasses were shipped Next Day yesterday — and I’ll receive today. 10 minutes later I hear the doorbell and FedEx dropped off a package.

The Fed Ex box was undamaged, and I open and the glasses case is wrapped with bubble wrap and there is extra bubble wrap in the box.

When I open the case the glasses are wrapped — and the right ear piece is laying on top. It is obvious that the glasses were broken before being shipped (as the ear piece was under the lens side) — and put into the case anyway, I assume so that the person breaking them didn’t have to do any explaining.

So now my blood pressure is 200 over 200 and I call Frames Direct at 800-248-9427.

I get a recording and put on hold. About 10 minutes later I’m disconnected. blood pressure now has to be 250/250. I call again, and after a long wait on hold I start telling someone of my troubles — and next thing you know I’m talking to dead air. Blood pressure now 300/300! I call again, and after 10 minutes of on hold — I speak with a nice lady. She tells me that I have to speak with returns and that she will transfer me. I say something like “Great — this is where I get disconnected again” and she assures me that I won’t. After 10 more minutes she comes back and says she’s having a problem finding a manager — but shes still looking. I’m put on hold. She comes back saying she found someone and will transfer me. A minute later I hear dead air and my phone says call was terminated.

At this point — I’m done with these idiots and figure I’ll just file a dispute with American Express and have them send a return ticket for the glasses.

However 5 minutes later — I get a call from a “Karen K” from their returns department. I explain my little story and told her I just want them to send a pick up for their glasses and refund for that pair. She tells me that she’s not going to do that — and if I send them back she have fixed and return. She starts out being very condescending — and upgrades to full bitch as the conversation goes on. I told her I don’t want to play this game anymore as my prescription will most likely change again by the time they finally get me glasses I can actually wear. She basically tells me that I’m unreasonable — and because they’d upgraded me to Overnight — that they’ve bent over backwards to make me a satisfied customer. I’m obviously not getting anywhere — so I asked for them to send me a return ticket — as I don’t feel I should have to drive the 10 miles to send them back. She basically tells me no way and that if I want them fixed — I’ll need to send them back. I told her that I will tell my story to all who will listen — and she said that certainly is my prerogative.

I then got the below email

Hello David, Your Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number is: 35866 RX

When you are ready to return your product for exchange, please write this number on the outside of your package and then ship it to:
Returns Department
2801 S. IH 35
Suite 170
Austin, Texas 78741-5518
Be sure to enclose a note as to what you would like to exchange for and a copy of your invoice. If you do not have your invoice, please make sure to include your RMA number in your note. If there is anything else I can help you with, please let me know.
Karen K

Basically, with Frames Direct the prices were about right, everyone I spoke with prior to Karen K were nice, 5+ weeks is unreasonable, if someone screws up and breaks your glasses — they’ll shove it in the case and send to you for whatever reason, and God help you if you have to return them and get someone by the name of Karen K.

I strongly suggest that you never consider doing business with this not ready for prime time company.

The Manifesto That Directs Me

John Galt's Manifesto

About 3/4 of the way through the book Atlas Shrugged has John Galt taking over all of the TV and Radio air waves to give his manifesto, telling of what happened to all of the “Producers” that disappeared from society — and why there are so few left to pay the taxes and to produce (at Federal Government gun point) all of the products and services for the benefit of the “Looters” (Politicians and their Cronies) and the “Moochers” (those sucking on the Government’s tit for a free ride through life). I strongly suggest reading this Novel — as it is eerie how the story of the book is telling the story of today here, Europe, and South America. However, if you don’t intend to read the book — the below is a reading of John Galt’s Manifesto. I would suggest those who will read the book soon not listen to it — but to “Git ‘r done” on reading the book. It is a long Manifesto (3 one hour parts) — but there are no wasted words. Some of it won’t make much sense without knowing the pages in the book prior to the Manifesto — but much will still hit the mark.




The Manifesto is over 30,000 words — but there is a 900+ word Reader’s Digest style of condensed high points at:

Charity vs. Socialism

From John Galt’s Manifesto in Atlas Shrugged

“As a basic step of self-esteem, learn to treat as the mark of a cannibal any man’s demand for your help. To demand it is to claim that your life is his property – and loathsome as such a claim might be, there’s something still more loathsome: your agreement. Do you ask if it’s ever proper to help another man? No – if he claims it as his right or as a moral duty you owe him. Yes – if such is your own desire based on your own selfish pleasure in the value of his person and his struggle. Suffering as such is not a value; only man’s fight against suffering, is. If you choose to help a man who suffers, do it only on the ground of his virtues, of his fight to recover, of his rational record, or of the fact that he suffers unjustly; then your action is still a trade, and his virtue is the payment for your help. But to help a man who has no virtues, to help him on the ground of suffering as such, to accept his faults, his need, as a claim – is to accept the mortgage of a zero on your values.”