I Started a Magazine

No, not a physical one, but one you can read online for Level X Motorsports. It’s a combination of fun videos of/about cars along with more mundane topics like how to choose the right rod end for you’re building, the benefits of individual throttle bodies or just parts lists for putting ITBs on a Miata engine.

Here is a screenshot of the magazine at mag.levelxms.com:Level X Motorsports Magazine

Introducing Level X Motorsports

Level X MotorsportsEver wanted a great buying experience AND vendor-direct pricing for you motorsports or aftermarket parts? Look no further than Level X Motorsports.

We pride ourselves in making that weird part with the left-handed, metric, coarse thread in beryllium with a carbon fiber finish easy to find. Ok, we may not quite have beryllium parts yet, but to see what I mean in terms of quickly finding the parts you’re looking for, just check out how easy it is to search for Poly Bushings or Rod Ends.

If you’re a maker of such parts and would like an easy way to sell them online, we can get you set up on the site, completely free of any upfront charges, monthly fees or anything else to list products. Check out these great hosted storefronts for companies like Enthuzacar, a maker of high-end Miata exhaust systems, and RAMLIFTpro, a provider of hydraulic axle lift kits to prevent bumpers and splitters from curb and speed bump damage. You can learn more about the marketplace here: http://www.levelxms.com/marketplace/.

The awkward first post

Alright, the blogging life begins. I thought about it for a long time, a very long time if you count years in between where I didn’t think about it. Whatever the fuzzy math, a subjective “long time”. Here and there I would do the normal geek thing and installWordPress on a random box, screw around with it, f up the custom CSS/PHP such that it won’t render in Internet Exploder and then ask “why didn’t I just use a hosted service?” Answer: because it wouldn’t be awesome. Obviously. I basically would just screw around with it as “research” and then discard it pretty soon afterwards. What a waste of time. Oh well.

Thus, I consequently never “crossed the chasm” (you’ll notice that I love ridiculing business buzzwords, amongst many other things). Reason being, I jumped head first at the tech/geekness/solitary keyboard hacking and did not consider what I could blog about. Usually I just had one totally awesome thing to say about some totally random topic. Upon starting to author it, I realized one cool topic does not a blog make and I’d give up.

And then there was also the problem that I was a pretty crappy writer while I worked as a engineer. Only through many acrimonious nights of Stengelita flogging my B-School essays into conformity with the non-engineer English language did I learn to write in a reasonable way. Then again, you be the judge, things change quickly, I regress, I forget stuff. (btw, I wanted to write s*&$ just now, but I’m trying to be good. We’ll see how long that lasts.)

Anyhow, I digress. I’d like to really just say “welcome” and “willkommen” – the only two languages I really know – and state the awesome new topic of this blog. I found a good one. A really good one. You’ll be so impressed. It’s so novel. So nouveau. So avant-garde. So different. So out there. So OMG-how-did-you-come-up-with. Ready?

Are you sure you’re ready?

It’s gonna be shweet…

And the topic is…

ANYTHING. Shocker, huh? Total shocker. Like I-just-got-tazered shocker. Like Sarah Palin said something smart shocker. Like you just broke the cardinal sin of bloggging shocker.

And that’s what it really is. I like to break the rules. I might be German and we like our rules, but I also like to break them or at a minimum test how flexible they are. Now I’m not talkin’ criminal stuff obviously, but let’s break the norm. Let’s run wild. Let’s be rebels. Let’s ski out of bounds. Let’s tee up the driver and swing harder than Tiger. Let’s get the radar detector out, because it’s crazy time. (bad reference on Tiger and swinging by the way, but I again digress…)

So to bring it back around, I won’t belabor the reasons of why the lack of focus, because they’re simple:

  1. I’m not sure that I could get myself to focus on one thing and come up with enough stuff.
  2. Like a good German, I vill be very organisiert about sis. I’ll file, sort, tag, annotate and label everything so it has its place.
  3. Democracy. Read what you like, don’t read what you don’t like. I’ll see what resonates.

Rock on, internets.