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Oh, yeah - there used to be slot cars that were much larger than HO scale. There was a place in Pismo Beach, CA (located in the attic above an arcade) that had 3 or 4 different tracks intended for 1:24 scale cars. You could rent cars or bring your own, and you rented time on one of the tracks. The tracks were ~6 lanes wide. It was great fun - those cars were really fast compared to the HO cars of the day.

I remember my brother's HO cars had motors that looked like this, so I suppose these were the kind of cars he had. Wikipedia says these types of cars were called the "Aurora Thunderjet 500", and that sounds about right. They were introduced in 1963 and were replaced by the AFX line in 1971.

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Well, our database is now (finally) running locally. Billy would like our array, it has a 10TB RAID-0 array of SSDs caching a 100TB RAID-10 array of HDDs. Over 10Gb ethernet, I can't tell what's running off my local SSD and what's coming from the servers (they run on a 40Gb/s fiber backbone). Oh, and the whole thing is on a rack that fits in a small, well-ventilated, closet.

Back in the old days I remember how much of a pain it was to add drives to an array, especially SCSI drives (*twitch*), but now we just add more* and the controllers automatically configure them. Then the system asks if you want to add them to the array, you click "yes", and it just does it. No waiting, no drama, no rebuilding of partition tables and worrying... it's unnatural. blink.gif
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Well, our database is now (finally) running locally. Billy would like our array, it has a 10TB RAID-0 array of SSDs caching a 100TB RAID-10 array of HDDs. Over 10Gb ethernet, I can't tell what's running off my local SSD and what's coming from the servers (they run on a 40Gb/s fiber backbone). Oh, and the whole thing is on a rack that fits in a small, well-ventilated, closet.

Back in the old days I remember how much of a pain it was to add drives to an array, especially SCSI drives (*twitch*), but now we just add more* and the controllers automatically configure them. Then the system asks if you want to add them to the array, you click "yes", and it just does it. No waiting, no drama, no rebuilding of partition tables and worrying... it's unnatural. blink.gif

Very nice! That's very similar to the SAN we have from EMC - it has three tiers of disks: 1) SSD for cache, 2) high speed drives for primary storage and 3) lower speed, high capacity drives for data used less often. The EMS software manages the entire thing dynamically - we just define the logical drive space we want and then let it do the rest. Works great! If a drive fails, the SAN will isolate that physical drive and then email us *and* EMC about the fault. EMC ships us a new drive that day, and all we have to do is pull out the bad drive and plug in the new - the SAN will automatically recognize the new drive and incorporate it into the array.

Tonight I took a couple of co-workers on a foodie adventure in Dallas. We went here: http://www.knifedallas.com/

It was PHENOMENAL!!! Great starters, great steak, great sides, great dessert. Highly recommended!!
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Any thoughts on BaT introducing auctions? I wonder how many of their BaT Exclusive sellers will choose to go the auction route in the coming months.

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Very nice! That's very similar to the SAN we have from EMC - it has three tiers of disks: 1) SSD for cache, 2) high speed drives for primary storage and 3) lower speed, high capacity drives for data used less often. The EMS software manages the entire thing dynamically - we just define the logical drive space we want and then let it do the rest. Works great! If a drive fails, the SAN will isolate that physical drive and then email us *and* EMC about the fault. EMC ships us a new drive that day, and all we have to do is pull out the bad drive and plug in the new - the SAN will automatically recognize the new drive and incorporate it into the array.

Tonight I took a couple of co-workers on a foodie adventure in Dallas. We went here: http://www.knifedallas.com/

It was PHENOMENAL!!! Great starters, great steak, great sides, great dessert. Highly recommended!!

Reminds me of a new local eatery that's only open from 6pm-10pm Mon-Sat, and only serves prime rib, domestic wagyu fillets, and a small selection of sides. The prime rib, however, is out of this world. Be prepared for sticker shock though, all the meats are sold by the ounce, like narcotics, and only slightly less expensive than drugs. They list the per ounce beef "market price" (with 6 oz minimum) on a blackboard as you walk in, which is updated daily (ex. Prime Rib - $5.25 /oz, Wagyu Filet - $8.50 /oz), and that's the only time they mention price until you get the check.
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Any thoughts on BaT introducing auctions? I wonder how many of their BaT Exclusive sellers will choose to go the auction route in the coming months.

It's substantially less than ebay or live auctions in terms of fees, with a 5% buyer's premium and $250 listing fee, it's definitely something to keep an eye on.
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Reminds me of a new local eatery that's only open from 6pm-10pm Mon-Sat, and only serves prime rib, domestic wagyu fillets, and a small selection of sides. The prime rib, however, is out of this world. Be prepared for sticker shock though, all the meats are sold by the ounce, like narcotics, and only slightly less expensive than drugs. They list the per ounce beef "market price" (with 6 oz minimum) on a blackboard as you walk in, which is updated daily (ex. Prime Rib - $5.25 /oz, Wagyu Filet - $8.50 /oz), and that's the only time they mention price until you get the check.
It's substantially less than ebay or live auctions in terms of fees, with a 5% buyer's premium and $250 listing fee, it's definitely something to keep an eye on.

Yeah, one of the menu items (that was not available) was this:

240 day dry aged 103 Niman Ranch rib eye 80/inch

That's $80/inch - I'm guessing that's thickness they are talking about - but I was afraid to ask. They had a specially built & dedicated temp & humidity controlled room where they dry-aged the meat. Their Wagyu was a bargain compared to your place - a 32 oz Wagyu rib eye (for 2) was $95.
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I'm not sure those were the prices, I honestly don't remember but I think they were in that area. It is amazing though, worth every cent, despite the desecration my wife submits it to. Not only does she order all steaks medium (cremated), she also uses steak sauce. $8 sirloin = A1, $80 filet = A1, it makes no difference at all. Fortunately that place has its own style of spicy demi-glace that they offer on the side, or I'm sure she'd ask for A1. I don't say anything to her, even though it kills me a little inside. redface.gif


The service company came out and upgraded the big TV to officially support 4k. All they did was swap out the interface box and that was it. I asked if the panel was fully 4k compatible and the guy said it actually has >8k addressable horizontal pixels, so in theory it will handle even 4x the resolution of 4k. So that made me happy, at least it's not already obsolete. I can't really tell a lot of difference with 4k sources compared to 1080p, it's a little sharper, but that tech is in its infancy so maybe it'll improve as the market becomes larger and there's more demand for 4k content.
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