M Brian Ladner

M Brian Ladner


I caught "NASCAR fever" after seeing my first live race in Vegas back in 2003. I am a fan of the incomparable Brothers Busch. Kurt was the hometown boy when I first picked a favorite, but it was his quote about his little brother being the best driver in the family that piqued my interest in Kyle. From the beginning, "Rowdy" may not have always won, he may not have always said or done "the right thing," and he will most likely never be voted "Most Popular Driver," but he has never let me down.

Since I've begun as a "syndicated writer" here at B/R, I've had articles or blurbs from them appear on websites including: jayski.com, cbssports.com, the Wall Street Journal (Digital Edition), Google News, Yahoo Buzz, ask.com, New York Daily News, National Public Radio Topics (topics.npr.org), sporttopix.com, NASCAR News Only, NASCAR Chatline, Motorsport Maniacs, Infield Parking, The Racing Daily, 164mph, and a whole host of others... Of course, many are sites that scrape stories from other sites, but that's still a lot more than I expected...

Within the past few months I have taken up go-kart racing. I am a member of four different kart tracks in the Inland Empire—two electric indoor karting places and two gas-powered karting tracks. I enjoy gas-powered karting the most and spend between two and ten hours a week practicing and/or running mini grand-prix and ironman races. I have a trophy and a medal from my home track—Fast Lap of California—and both have interesting stories behind how I came to receive them...

As for my life outside of racing, I have been programming for over 30 years and building, working on, teaching about, and surfing the net since 1990. I used it extensively for my research in grad school. I team-taught the first ever "Introduction to Computers" class at UCSD that focused primarily on the internet, where our motto was: "You don't have to know any programming to get in, and if you know any after the course is over, it's not our fault."

I have an M.S. and the only ever C. Phil. Degree granted by the UCSD Cognitive Science Department. The C. Phil. degree is no longer official - they sent a letter saying they didn't officially offer the degree, but not until after they had sent the diploma, so it's mine. I studied neural networks and computational neuroscience/theoretical neurobiology for my Master's and Ph.D. theses. I also have a B.A. from UCLA in History (History of Science Emphasis).

I have worked as the founder and head (WebOverlord) of the Web Systems IT Group at EarthLink Networks (1995-1997), technical lead and senior programmer for USWeb/CKS (1997-1999), founder and system administrator for Redgorilla.com (1999-2000), and technical director/consultant for Virtual Interactive (1997-2008). Within the past couple of years I have been a Part-time Guide for Mahalo.com, a search engine Quality Rater for Google, and system admin/architect consultant-on-call for Square-Enix and for SCB Distributors.

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  • Julianna Harrell posted 2596 days ago

    Julianna Harrell

    I thought about writing on here again. But now I have to approved to write in order to submit an article. By the time that happens, the things that happened this weekend will be old news.

  • Julianna Harrell posted 2596 days ago

    Julianna Harrell

    I thought about writing on here again. But now I have to approved to write in order to submit an article. By the time that happens, the things that happened this weekend will be old news.

  • Nathan Francis posted 2729 days ago

    Nathan Francis


    I apologise for stalling your editing, that must have been infuriating.

    The articles appear in an editing queue and I am obligated to edit the newest added article each time.

    The title change was made purely to bring more readers to your article, which I enjoyed reading very much.

    Thank you for your kind words regarding my editing work. I make all edits bearing in mind the necessity to keep the original message intact.

    I have the highest regard for your writing and look forward to reading more of your work.



  • Crabber 1967 . posted 2772 days ago

    Crabber 1967 .

    Hi Brian!
    Please check out my latest effort:
    The “Indianapolis Effect” on NASCAR Racing in the U.S.
    Let me know what you think!

  • Jesse L. Medford posted 2867 days ago

    Jesse L. Medford

    I wrote an article about the 9 year history of my fantasy nascar elimination league. It would be awesome if you joined the league. Link is in the article: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/340993-fantasy-nascar-survivor-style

  • al asifyouknow posted 2938 days ago

    al asifyouknow

    thank you..

  • Kelly Crandall posted 2949 days ago

    Kelly Crandall

    Hey Brian,

    You want to join our Creature competition for next year?

  • al asifyouknow posted 2955 days ago

    al asifyouknow

    thank you..

  • Kelsie White posted 2959 days ago

    Kelsie White

    No offense taken! It's hard to add/subtract commas when it's not your own words, because they can definitely change the tone the writer was trying to provoke. Glad it helped you think through everything though! :)

  • M Brian Ladner posted 2959 days ago

    M Brian Ladner

    no, that's not my sister, significant other, or even anyone i know in my profile picture; it's just another fan with great taste in drivers, hats, jackets, etc. that i ran into recently...