Mini-Z MA-010 RCP Track Perfection

Mini-Z MA-010 RCP Track Perfection

All, Kyosho Mini-Z
Racing this little guy has been both a pleasure and a nightmare given that Delta is a 90mm wheelbase body with high center of gravity on top of my short-steering travel preference (twitchy, as others called this car). The main issue was tire edges catching the track on the outside during a turn and causing a body roll. Even on all narrow wheels, this thing had too much grip up front using Kyosho 20 and 30 degree tires. 40s were too hard to race on, so first solution was finding appropriate tires. I ended up narrowing my choice to Atomic AWD-specific selection in 2nd-3rd degree of softness, but this global solution came with a brand new problem of its own- being part-silicone compound, these tires would not respond nor to…
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Overdue Revival – Drift MA-010

Overdue Revival – Drift MA-010

All, Kyosho Mini-Z
So this was an extremely old project that I had to debug and the push was the new photo series of the Mini-Z bodies. I had a spare MR-02 with a 2.4ghz board and had a friend help shorten the wires to put it into a spare MA-010 chassis to have a dedicated, fun drifter and a second AWD car to let friends play with something that won't take too much damage from being knocked around on plastic tires. The problem was as follows: the main board would simply short out randomly and overheat the batteries. Had to have a couple second looks at it and found a few little mishaps- the steering pot was wired backwards, and the battery terminal-to-board wires were a little too close to one another.…
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Taste of Coppi Organic

Taste of Coppi Organic

All, Food
Coppi Organic reopened their doors recently at a new location in Cleveland Park, Washington DC. As usual, RuninOut.com threw a food tasting event along with DCFoodBloggers to sample the good old dishes. It opened with with some pizzas and then various other dishes including desserts made their way towards our crew. The kitchen, albeit small, is staffed with excellent chefs who make incredible use of what they have. And just look at the oven! There are plenty of healthier choices than the marvelous selection of carbs, desserts, And plenty of bar and happy hour! So dine in or order for pick-up, Coppi is ready when you are!
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Sleepy Dragonfly

Sleepy Dragonfly

All, Photography
Noticed that this guy perked on one of the Christmas lights in the yard after the sunset, so I knew he was staying until the morning at the very least. Come 9AM I did a little number on him while he was still quite sleepy.
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Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis

All, Photography
I've gotten these guys before, but this one had an interesting wood coloring instead of the typical grass green. He also fit the frame of the 70-200 @ 200 end very, very nicely so I didn't even have to crop the shots all that much. And the details ended up pretty awesome given non-macro shots.
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First Grasshoppers

First Grasshoppers

All, Photography
I still have no idea how I never caught any in the past on my various nature rampages, but at long last I got a good few. And boy do they camouflage well! Past that, 70-200 is ridiculously sharp and IQ is awesome given that most of these are pretty heavy crops. And then a couple other awesome extras that were out and about as well.
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Nikkor AF-S VR 70-200 f/2.8 G IF-ED

Nikkor AF-S VR 70-200 f/2.8 G IF-ED

All, Gear Reviews, Photography
At long, long last a true professional quality lens enters my life and just in time for the busy fall season musings. This lens looks, works, and feels completely awesome and blows everything below it completely out of the water. It will proudly take place of my trusty 70-300 VR and I will ponder getting a 1.4 or 1.7x teleconverter to add some range to this beast for some wildlife. So, why this guy over say, a 24-70? My logic was quite classic - a short zoom, typically indoors, will need a flash regardless of aperture capability, so the stock 24-85VR I have has been doing a great job. Now, if I wanted some reach, flash would definitely get in the way and 70-300VR simply does not have the aperture…
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[RE:] From Rocks to Diamonds

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2012/10/02 " I’ll begin with the fact that human mind is like an uncut and unpolished diamond. It can be hacked at an infinite amount of times, but unless those cuts are made with precision, it will never take its perfect form nor even manage to shed all of its impure sides in the process. And just like cutting diamonds, it is a painstaking, careful process. Those who manage to finish themselves perfectly, will shine and be seen by others, but only if the others are at least somewhat just as polished themselves. Our life-long natural hierarchy took quite a dip from its spiritual aspect, and values were placed on the material goods to somehow help further the society as a whole rather than the individuals its made up of.…
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[RE:] Experience Is An Eye For The Mind

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2012/10/02 " No matter how much we know about something, we never fully see or realize it until we fully experience it. Furthermore, not everyone will see the same thing in the end or see it for what it actually is. No amount of proof nor evidence can open your eyes to see something until it simply clicks for you. Usually, its a culmination of your entire awareness, desire to, and general future outlook that determine your ability to truly see something. I’ve had perfectly sane, educated and normal friend try to open my eyes to religion in the past. She threw the usual evidence of its teachings being true at me, but at the time and even now, I simply wasn’t interested in that aspect of life. The eye-opening…
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