Archive for March, 2012

Geeky & Productive Way to Start 2012 F1 Season

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Here’s my geeky and productive way to start off the 2012 Formula 1 season: Textexpander shortcuts for Formula 1 driver names.

I’ve blogged about Textexpander before: mattclare.ca/blog/2009/08/28/textexpander/ In short, with TextExpander installed on your Mac you can type short key-commands, like “ddate” which is automatically replaced with something like Thursday March 15, 2012 saving keystrokes and looking things up. I store handy E-Mail responses or marking responses in TextExpander shortcuts as well as things like HTML elements and other filler text.

There is also the compatible MS Windows option: PhraseExpress.

For the 2012 Formula 1 season I’ve taken the Formula 1 timing and scoring three letter short code abbreviations and turned them into a Textpander group. This should help me bang-out my tweets, blog postings, gripes and other comments about F1.

3 Letter Driver Abbreviation
ALO Fernando Alonso F1ALO
BUT Jenson Button F1BUT
DIR Paul di Resta F1DIR
DLR Pedro de la Rosa F1
GLO Timo Glock F1GLO
GRO Romain Grosjean F1GRO
HAM Lewis Hamilton F1HAM
HUL Nico Hulkenberg F1HUL
KAR Narain Karthikeyan F1KAR
KOB Kamui Kobayashi F1KOB
KOV Heikki Kovalainen F1KOV
MAL Pastor Maldonado F1MAL
MAS Felipe Massa F1MAS
MSC Michael Schumacher F1MSC
PER Sergio Perez F1PER
PET Vitaly Petrov F1PET
PIC Charles Pic F1PIC
RAI Kimi Raikkonen F1RAI
RIC Daniel Ricciardo F1RIC
ROS Nico Rosberg F1ROS
SEN Bruno Senna F1SEN
VER Jean-Eric Vergne F1VER
VET Sebastian Vettel F1VET
WEB Mark Webber F1WEB

Here is the TextExpander Group for you to either download or subscribe to.

2012 Formula One Season: Fantasy Racing

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

This weekend is the first race of the 2012 Formula 1 season. I’m excited and I hope you are too.

One part of the season that always gets me excited is entering my team, ZERO Racing, in Mitch & Brooke’s Fantasy Racing competition. I’m encouraging you to as well.

All you have to do is pick a team name and then a driver from all of six groups provided. The only prize is respect, and you should probably check back once and while to see how you’re doing, but if you let me know your team I’ll be sure to give you credit for besting mine.

Something else to look forward to is the new look I donated in the form of pictures and CSS to Mitch & Brooke’s Fantasy Racing. I hope to see it applied soon — once the guys are done starting the season etc. Here’s a preview: