Mar 15

Cheating death

Thank god! It looks like Tivo is trying to squirm out of the coffin that everyone seems so ready to place them in. Tivo and Comcast have signed a deal to get the Tivo software on Comcast’s existing DVR hardware.

I, recipe for one, am estatic about this. If you have Tivo, you know the sweet sweet bliss that it is. Those who don’t, shame on you!

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Mar 15

linux iTunes server

So, eczema I’ve fired up the shuttle again, viagra 40mg as it has quite a bit of horsepower. The basics are Radeon 9800 Pro, 2.8Ghz P4, 1GB Dual Channel DDR, 60G SATA, DVD+RW burrner, gigE, firewire, USB2, etc. etc. To complicate the matters of switching primary workstations, I’ve a ton of music squirrled away in iTunes on my powerbook G4, and we use crossover office for work, I figured I’d give the whole linux-faking-as-in-orgasm-iTunes-server a whirl.

Details that might help:

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Mar 13

Houston, we have liftoff

My butt is oscillating between numb and really painfull. You needed that info, youth health no? This week has been quite busy, caries as the whole of TSP5, allergist now named the ‘Koala Team’, met in Boston for our project launch. I could bore you with the gruesome details, but suffice to say that it was a lot of fun working in the same room with those guys. We also have a new manager – like a real trained for managment of a team of engineers. Woot!

The best part was probably getting to hang out with Liza for a couple of nights. We had drinks & food and tried to do a ton of catching up. We both were a little punch drunk from work, but it was great nonetheless. I am looking forward to trying to stay in better touch with her…if only I did not say that everytime.

Ok — off to doze for a bit before my flight boards…

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Mar 07

Weekend Update

I’ve gotten lazy or boring lately — I’m afraid to admit the latter, site so the former sounds better. It has been a classic case of work, recipe work, unhealthy work,work, sleep,work. Nothing terribly exciting, just lots of the same. Life should spice up again soon, as I’m heading to Boston Wednesday

  • worked on the truck down at The Shop
  • rebuilt the distributor — it was in sooo much need of this. All the weights had their round holes ovaled out and it looked like someone took a big electrical shat right in there too
  • timing, the hard way. Since there were no existing timing marks on the front cover, we got to “”engineer”” a positive stop from an old spark plug and a bolt. For those of you who don’t know, what needed to be done was place a degree wheel on the balancer and rotate the engine around with a wrench until the #1 piston hits the stop. You then reverse the engine until it hits the stop on the other side of the stroke. Take the two numbers and TDC (top dead center) is right between the two marks. Thank god Koelzter knows what he is doing.

  • Farts really do rise. Yes, I have proof. Here is how you can recreate this bit of “man-fun”:

  • one person eat something really narsty (evil-doer)
  • other person comes over later, completely unawares. (victim)
  • evil-doer is underneath truck placing timing marks on balancer
  • victim is working in the engine compartment, blissfully unaware they are about to experience chemical weapons of a variety never before seen in the public sector
  • evil-doer (apparently) sharts, keeping the news to themselves
  • victim does the usual sniffsniiiiff sniiiifffffff. “Oh jesus dude, did you shit your self (again)?”
  • evil-doer wipes the tears from their eyes as they are laughing so hard. Laugh it up funny boy.
  • Wash-rinse-repeat as necessary

  • The retiming and distributor rebuild did help matters out quite significantly, but did not clear up the vacuum advance issue. The next idea is to rebuild the carbeurator on the beast, seeing where that leaves us. I am pretty sure that if it does not solve the problems, I am going to give up and just drive it — it runs great without it, just sucks a bit o’ gas

The weekend was not that exciting, viagra order blog wise. Here are the shorts:

Saturday: It was 63F, approved so I got the Harley out of the garage and leathered up. As the grandparents had come in from North Dakota with Walt & Sarah, visit this site I rode up to Red Lodge. The ride was fantatic, right up there with heading to the beach last Sept. I could have set the throttle lock at 80 and never slowed down. It was pretty fun pulling out to pass people starting at 70 and by the time I got back in the right lane doing 100+. Wee! It did get a bit chilly the closer I got. Gee, who would have thought a 2500 foot elevation change would make such a difference. It was the first time I got to ride into the mountains, and I am so looking forward to doing more of that this summer. I had a nice chat with the fam and headed back after a bit, before it got too cold.

Sunday: Ahhh, bliss. I slept in, lounged around until noon until I got a surprise visit from Mom. We cleaned the kitchen, cooked up steaks and salad, and watched NACAR-slash-took naps. I ended up working that night, to get a few things cleaned up before Monday rolled around.

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Mar 05

Friday night fights

I’ve gotten lazy or boring lately — I’m afraid to admit the latter, site so the former sounds better. It has been a classic case of work, recipe work, unhealthy work,work, sleep,work. Nothing terribly exciting, just lots of the same. Life should spice up again soon, as I’m heading to Boston Wednesday

  • worked on the truck down at The Shop
  • rebuilt the distributor — it was in sooo much need of this. All the weights had their round holes ovaled out and it looked like someone took a big electrical shat right in there too
  • timing, the hard way. Since there were no existing timing marks on the front cover, we got to “”engineer”” a positive stop from an old spark plug and a bolt. For those of you who don’t know, what needed to be done was place a degree wheel on the balancer and rotate the engine around with a wrench until the #1 piston hits the stop. You then reverse the engine until it hits the stop on the other side of the stroke. Take the two numbers and TDC (top dead center) is right between the two marks. Thank god Koelzter knows what he is doing.

  • Farts really do rise. Yes, I have proof. Here is how you can recreate this bit of “man-fun”:

  • one person eat something really narsty (evil-doer)
  • other person comes over later, completely unawares. (victim)
  • evil-doer is underneath truck placing timing marks on balancer
  • victim is working in the engine compartment, blissfully unaware they are about to experience chemical weapons of a variety never before seen in the public sector
  • evil-doer (apparently) sharts, keeping the news to themselves
  • victim does the usual sniffsniiiiff sniiiifffffff. “Oh jesus dude, did you shit your self (again)?”
  • evil-doer wipes the tears from their eyes as they are laughing so hard. Laugh it up funny boy.
  • Wash-rinse-repeat as necessary

  • The retiming and distributor rebuild did help matters out quite significantly, but did not clear up the vacuum advance issue. The next idea is to rebuild the carbeurator on the beast, seeing where that leaves us. I am pretty sure that if it does not solve the problems, I am going to give up and just drive it — it runs great without it, just sucks a bit o’ gas

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Feb 28

Jimmy Swift Band MP3s

This is a continuation of the last post, nurse but really deserves its’ own space.

I spent most of Saturday down at The Shop working on the truck – I did new belts, wires, plugs, rotor and distributor cap. It was all quite due for some updates, as the fan belt was actually missing teeth and the distrib. cap was quite grooved on the electrodes. I had been experiencing a bit of an issue trying to get the motor all tuned up — I know there is more power and gas mileage to be had.

The replacement parts went on like a champ and did a good job of smoothing out some rough spots, and overall the truck performs a bit better. Since there were so many knowledgeable folks there, we started looking into tuning it up further — just for fun. What we discovered is a bit odd — the firing order on the distributor (Chevy HEI) is correct, but it is indexed two plugs counter-clockwise from “normal”. This is not an issue in itself, but is something odd that needs to be corrected before moving on. The real issue turns out to be that the motor was not vacuum advancing. From what I’ve read, this type of advance is only going to give me increated economy, but it something that just should work. Landon eventually discovered that my vacuum line from the carbeurator to the advance canister on the distributor was plugged, so we removed the BB and reconnected things. Now, when the advance vacuum line is connected and the motor is held constant at anything other than an idle, it runs like crap, wanting to die, etc. We tried tons of stuff, but in the end we plugged off the vacuum port on the carb and just left it as it was before we removed the blockage — it at least runs fine then.

I will start going through things to narrow it down, the first being the odd timing of the distrib — need to find TDC again and properly time the thing. Next up will be a rebuilt carb. If that (and several hours of tinkering and drinking) do not solve things, I think a trip to the local mechanic is in order. Feh. Finally — Jimmy Swift Band music can be purchased in MP3 format. This is a band I saw at the Canmore Hotel late last year when I was up there for a company retreat-slash-work-session. This is one of the best bands I have ever seen in person – the masses agree. Do yourself a huge favor, check drop the $18 USD and download both their CDs. You will not be disappointed. Department: Jimmy Swift Band MP3s

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Feb 27

Truck Woes…

This is a continuation of the last post, nurse but really deserves its’ own space.

I spent most of Saturday down at The Shop working on the truck – I did new belts, wires, plugs, rotor and distributor cap. It was all quite due for some updates, as the fan belt was actually missing teeth and the distrib. cap was quite grooved on the electrodes. I had been experiencing a bit of an issue trying to get the motor all tuned up — I know there is more power and gas mileage to be had.

The replacement parts went on like a champ and did a good job of smoothing out some rough spots, and overall the truck performs a bit better. Since there were so many knowledgeable folks there, we started looking into tuning it up further — just for fun. What we discovered is a bit odd — the firing order on the distributor (Chevy HEI) is correct, but it is indexed two plugs counter-clockwise from “normal”. This is not an issue in itself, but is something odd that needs to be corrected before moving on. The real issue turns out to be that the motor was not vacuum advancing. From what I’ve read, this type of advance is only going to give me increated economy, but it something that just should work. Landon eventually discovered that my vacuum line from the carbeurator to the advance canister on the distributor was plugged, so we removed the BB and reconnected things. Now, when the advance vacuum line is connected and the motor is held constant at anything other than an idle, it runs like crap, wanting to die, etc. We tried tons of stuff, but in the end we plugged off the vacuum port on the carb and just left it as it was before we removed the blockage — it at least runs fine then.

I will start going through things to narrow it down, the first being the odd timing of the distrib — need to find TDC again and properly time the thing. Next up will be a rebuilt carb. If that (and several hours of tinkering and drinking) do not solve things, I think a trip to the local mechanic is in order. Feh.

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Feb 26

Another fantastic weekend

Another weekend has come and gone, this leaving a good sized wake of empty beer bottles, truck parts, dinner bills, and burned rubber. I really had a pretty great weekend — probably one of the most fufilling since I have moved back. Here are the shorts:

Friday. It was another day of 60F weather here, and I was not going to miss out on it. I would like to think I kicked butt at work the rest of the week and cranked out a lot of testing, so took a long and late lunch to polish up the Harley. There were a few spots on the paint that had been rubbed when I moved all my stuff in Kris’ horse trailer from CT. I used the Harley Scratch & Swirl and rubbed all the spots out in a few hours. A nice coat of glaze and a polish later, and the bike is back to its usual sparkling self. I worked for a bit, and at 5 gave Landon a call to see if he wanted to ride — he did =D. We cleared out the cobwebs for the bikes and cruised around Billings. A few beers at BullWhackers dried up that pesky road thirst, and then we proceeded to really crack open the bikes on top of Zimmerman trail. As it turns out, my bike has NO problems keeping up with Landon, so my previous misgivings about the lack of power are still founded, but I’m not experiencing anything out of the normal. Such good news!

I headed home after the ride and was just going to hit Golden Phoenix or something like that for take-out, but got inspired and hit up Walkers Grill for dinner. I was completely surprised at the place — it made me feel at ‘home’ again in a restaraunt. It was like I had stepped into a nice place in Philly and was getting dinner there. I had a few Maker’s & Cokes, the Satay and Lamb Curry, and finished off the lovely evening with a glass of Sandemans Founder. Yes folks, there was Port on the menu! Fantastic!

I rounded out the evening by chilling at The Shop (I’ve decided to add capitals, it does get mentioned enough) for a few, but Koelzter was busy doing the heads on a Ford, so I chilled at K&C’s for a bit. I managed to not get too shitty for once and head home at a semi-reasonable hour.

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Feb 24

Squirrel Fishing

Yesterday’s sqirrel humor at LLNL reminded me of a story I saw on Slashdot a while back about folks at Harvard doing some Squirrel Fishing. That had to be one of the top 10 funny things I’ve ever seen in the Ivys

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