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The latest update as of February 16, 2000

Another day, another set of dramas. Today started innocently enough, with the sole intention of getting that darn digital camera problem ironed out. Then, just for the heck of it, I tried to change the look of the home page and this page. The task seemed simple enough at the outset: just make up a table and run the buttons down one side and the text down the other.

So if you happened to drop in here this afternoon, you might have wondered what the heck was going on. At various times, I had buttons and no text; text and no buttons; one row of buttons and nothing else. At one point, the top of the page started four updates ago; then the bottom of the page wouldn't display. Then the text ran off the edge of the page. On and on it went.

Finally, just as I was about to give up and go back to square one, it all came together and now what you see -- hopefully this page displays well in the later Netscape and Internet Explorer browsers -- is the all-new and improved, What's New page. So whatdaya think? Was it worth the effort, or should I go back to the old style? Like the home page used to say: bombs or bouquets -- it's your choice -- so fire away.

Judging by today's frustrations, it's going to take a while, maybe a long while, to get all the pages on this site up to speed. So please be patient. In the meantime, you'll just have to while away the time looking at your calendars. Did I mention calendars? As in Australian Ladies in Motorsports calendars? Here's some more previews from this year's (first) edition.

Rachelle Splatt Lisa Sherry Kay Jackson Rachelle Splatt

So, is anyone out there (other than the half a dozen people that already wrote or called) interested in acquiring one of these gems? The calendar, guys, NOT the girls. As mentioned yesterday, you could phone or fax down to DRAGSTER Australia for a copy, and pay $25, plus $10 shipping . . . or, you can save a few bucks and get it through me. Cost (including postage) is $30 Canadian or $20 U.S. E-mail me if you're interested and I'll pass along my address. Money orders or local cheques only, please.

Here's a few more views of the calendar, including the cover logo, the principals involved and a website developed for, and by, Australian Women In Motorsports.

Beauties and Their Beasts
RTS Promotions logo Australia's Winning Women

Speaking of pictures, the biggest drama of the past few days was finally solved a few hours ago. I've now got the correct drivers loaded for the Firewire card to work with the digital camera. Hooray! Now all I have to do is learn how to operate the camera and then learn how to manipulate the images in Photoshop. Man, there's so many options and possibilities in there, that it's almost too much for my little mind to comprehend. So, without further ado, here's the first shot taken by the Canon Optura -- in my hands, that is. It's what the "office" looked like a week ago; tomorrow I'll post another view of the same area, once all the wreckage of the past few days is cleared away.

Northern Thunder office

That's all for today's "update", but we'll back tomorrow with the early qualifying results from the 34th Australian Nationals, running this weekend at Melbourne's Calder Park Raceway. I won't be competing there (this year), but Vancouver's own Jim Grant is entered in the very tough Competition Eliminator. Running his '69 Dart in AA/AP (Altered Production), Jim is facing a very stout index, at 6.97. But, in the past few weeks, he's steadily whittled his ET's down into the low 7.40's and is hopeful of at least qualifying in the 16-car field. Go get 'em, Jim!

Black Bar
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