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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Laguna Seca

Last weekend I went to the Ferrari Challenge at Laguna Seca, with friends/teammates Jason and Prateek.

Here are some of the cars lined up on the straightaway.  A sign gave their speed as they exited the straightaway, typically 130-140 MPH.  Here’s a video.

The “corkscrew” is the most unique feature of the track at Laguna Seca; Wikipedia calls it “ of the motorsport world's most challenging turns, due to the drop in elevation as well as its blind crest and apex on the uphill approach,” and we did see one car get turned around on it.  Here are the cars going through it, and here’s a video.

We also got to see a lot of new and classic Ferraris, and the garage tents where mechanics worked on the cars.

Trump is a dangerously stupid, racist, sexist, fascist liar: part 1

Donald Trump is a dangerously stupid, racist, sexist, fascist liar.  Republicans control Congress and the Supreme Court is split, so it’s on the public to stand up to Trump.  So, get out and join the anti-Trump protests.

Here are some pictures of protests around the San Francisco Bay Area since Trump’s inauguration.

The NoWallNoBan protest in San Francisco’s Civic Center, February 4, marched “against Donald Trump's racist and exclusionary Executive Orders.”

The NoWallNoBan protest at Sunnyvale City Hall, February 12, marched “against the racist and exclusionary ban on Muslims along with the bigotry targeted towards Latino, BLM, women, LGBTQ and all other affected minorities under the new administration.”

“Not My President Day” protest in San Jose, on Presidents’ Day (February 20).

Tech Stands Up’s Pi Day Rally advocated for “inclusion, diversity, and civil liberties” in the face of Trump’s anti-immigrant policies.

The March for Science Silicon Valley was April 22, and marched from San Jose City Hall to Silicon Valley Comic Con :) at the convention center.  The “goal was to promote evidence-based policy in the public’s best interest.”  

The People's Climate March and Rally, Santa Cruz edition, April 29, marched for climate action “on the 100th day of Trump’s presidency,” from San Lorenzo Park to downtown.

On April 15, I also joined the counter protest against a white nationalist Trump rally in Berkeley.  Unlike the other protests here, there were both anti-Trump and pro-Trump factions there, and both sides came to fight.  I captured some of the chaos on video here.