Month: March 2007

Net Savings

So I fixed the front door handle.
And in the process, learned more about how door handles work.
It’s kinda nifty in a 1900 tech sorta way ^_^

But because of that, I saved myself replacing it, and therefore about $130 (according to Canadian Tire).

Now I’m off to fix something else!

Cowabunga!

TMNT rocked!

<nerd>
The Turtles are back in all their glorious 80’s action.
Yea, it really hasn’t changed much since the original films/tv shows.
But that’s ok!
Really, it is.

This isn’t a retelling of the main story(thank god) but basically a equal of the first movie.
No Shredder. It’s a spoiler, but nothing that the first 5 minutes wouldn’t clue you in on.
It also doesn’t go into any great detail of the characters.
You either know them already or you don’t.
I did.
Do.
Whatever.

The first few minutes jump in and bring you up to date, while the next 20 minutes let you know what’s currently going on.
After that it’s all Turtle action.

It’s all CG, but not Pixar. However, there’s a very strong Incredibles feel to it. In fact, I wouldn’t doubt that production started around the time Incredibles came out.
Again, it’s not Pixar. I kinda stress this because it’s a level I’ve become accustom to with CG movies.
However, there’s this roof-top fight in the rain scene that just totally blows you away!
It looked sooooo good.

The plot, well, is very Turtleish. Those that know TMNT know what I mean.
It’s not deep, meaningful, just fun.

Highly recommended for TMNT fans.
</nerd>

For the rest of you; if you didn’t like TMNT before, you still won’t.

Friday Survey

The Everything Test

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You are more logical than emotional, more concerned about others than concerned about self, more atheist than religious, more loner than dependent, more lazy than workaholic, more traditional than rebel, more engineering mind than artistic mind, more cynical than idealist, more leader than follower, and more introverted than extroverted.

As for specific personality traits, you are romantic (71%), adventurous (62%), greedy (57%), innovative (57%).

Stereotypes
Punk Rock 80%
Young Professional 70%
Old Geezer 67%
 
Life Experience
Sex 35%
Substances 30%
Travel 29%

Politics
Your political views would best be described as Socialist, whom you agree with around 78% of the time.
  Socioeconomic
Your attitude toward life best associates you with Upper Class. You make more than 0% of those who have taken this test, and 38% more than the U.S. average.

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30 minute TV

As a preface:
I try to bike daily, and it takes more or less 20 minutes.
And when I bike I like to watch *something*, but I have satalite, and therefor no signal in the basement.
But I do have a divx/xvid dvd player down there, so I download tv shows to watch.
However, I’ve just run through 7 seasons of Good Eats, and now I need something else.
I can’t watch anime because the TV is so old the subs are missing from the screen.
That, and I don’t want to read and bike 😛

So, what I need are TV shows that are a few years old(so that I can get more than one season at a time) and that are interesting to watch.
They can be pretty much whatever, but something more than Friends. Because if I watch all of that, I’ll die. And become stupid, which is pretty much the same thing.
Oh, and it would be best if they were 30 minute shows, as without commercials it works out to about 20.

So, suggestions?
Anyone?

Late Weekend Update

Whooo!

It’s Tuesday, and I’m late with Mondays weekend update.
Not sure why I just don’t write more on the weekends?
Oh well.

Friday, started out poorly but was good again around 11.
Dropped the dog off at the parents, and then hit the road.
Stopped at the first service station to check tire pressure.
Now, I just had 4 new, brand new, tires put on the car, and you’d think they would all have close if not the same tire pressure?
Apparently, that was too much to ask.
It’s not like they were even close!
There was a variance of about 5psi all the way around the car.
How hard is this?

Got to Ben and ‘s place, but missed the DVP exit(gotta be a first) and ended up phoning for directions.
We chatted, sorted out what we wanted to do, and did it.
What we did was get pizza, a couple of movies(of which I didn’t see the second one yet) and then broke the internet.
Think we mostly fixed it Saturday morning though, so all is good.

Went to the Pacific Mall Saturday, and not late enough to get no parking.
Had some breakfast sushi and bubble tea.
Or shake, something more than tea really.
Wandered about, and into the DVD store of uber cheap. They lowered their prices too. Now it’s 10 for $30!
So of course I got 10. Why wouldn’t I?
Wandered some more, into an anime place, and they’ve lowered their prices as well.
The box set rang up as $108, but the real price was $18. That’s some discount!
It’s getting harder for me to buy bootleg anime DVDs these days. Not because I’m against it, but because I can download it for free, and free is better.
Some things I still have to resort to DVDs for, like Might Gain, but for $18, that’s not a problem.
Had more bubble tea, actually a slush, and realised that there is a daily limit to tapioca, and I had reached it before ordering the tea.
Oh well, it made for some amusing ground art ^_^

The rest of that day was spent doing computer geekery and helping Ben sort out what he wanted to do with the DB stuff.
Actually, it helped me to figure out what to do with the DB stuff, and that’s slightly more useful since I’ll be doing it.

More TV watching. I’ve seen more Cracker this weekend than I have my entire life. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I might have to snag some more to catch up with the series.

Sunday was comic book shoppe time. Bought the Planetz dvds. Probably shouldn’t have, but I did.
They were cheapish.
That’s pretty much it for Sunday as I drove off into the sunset.

All in all a good weekend.

But I was really tired yesterday. But I got my doggie back, which makes like exciting ^_^

Please Note

Maybe because I’m bitchy this morning, or whatever, but BOOOing is my newest and most hated pet peeve.
I’ve hated it for years, but this morning especially.

Example:
-Hey, Do you want to do X?
-No, I’m don’t feel like it/busy doing something else
-BOOOOO!
-Fuck You

Please note that BOOOOing will result in hanging up, walking away, complete dismisle of any further conversation.

Thank You

The Management

So tirezzzzz

Yesterday was mostly eventful.
After I stopped working at noon that is.

Popped into Canadian tire to swap out the winter tires.
I had four tires in the garage, so I figured that I would just put those on.
Well, it was three different brands, and you can’t have different tread patterns on the same axle.
Oh well, that at least leaves two.
Right?
Nope, they were mostly dead.
So that’s 4 new tires.
Oh, and new rims, which are not $25 like I had hoped they would be.
Balancing/alignment and install later, $891!

Gah!

Got home, took the dog for a walk.

Got on ‘the air’ and had a generally good show from 5-7. Mind you, I had this really annoying person pester me the entire time in COH.
But that’s life I guess.
Show peaked at 45 I think. Round there somewhere at least.

Rushed out and watched Fido. A movie about a boy and his Zombie.
Cool premise, but it makes the zombie shorts that I want to do seem like a rip off of the movie.
Curses!
More on that later.

Got home, realised that it wasn’t late, and biked. In doing so watched the second episode of the IT Crowd. Still wicked!

Still realising that it wasn’t late, I called the GF and she convinced me(all to easily I might add) to visit.
Got home at 3. The rest is not for you.

Woke up this morning and got to work late. No one noticed.
Still don’t know if that’s a good thing or not.

Long Days

The show went a little longer than even the extra two hours.
Which, I might add, went rather well. I was up to about 49 listeners at one point.
I just wish I could interact with them a little bit more.
I have an x-fire account now, which means very little to me.

So yea, four hours. That’s a long time.
Then I worked on converting some Robotech vids from the ogg container to avi. That worked wellish, but for some reason the DVD player downstairs doesn’t like them.
The one upstairs does, but the exercise bike is downstairs.
Oh well. Kinda frustrated with that, I didn’t bike.

Got my OBD2 reader in the mail yesterday. The car threw a Check Engine Light, and I wanted to know what it was.
I had suspected the glow-plugs since it was first thrown on a really cold day.
So after not biking, I opened up the package, and wandered over to the car.
The OBD port was easy enough to find, however not very easy to connect to.
See, I bought my reader on e-bay, which means that the plastic probably isn’t exactly molded to fit the port properly.
The ‘official’ ones at canadian tire are about $300, and I spent $50.
With a little grunting and gnashing of teeth, it finally got attached.
I’ll have to file down the sides of the reader to make it easier next time.

I hit the button, and up popped a code: 16764
Woot, it worked. Now to look up the code. Not in the book.
Crappo.
Looked online, and this is what it says: 16764 / P0380 code (Glow plug/heater circuit electrical fault (Q6))
Doesn’t really mean much, except something to do with the glow-plugs is buggered.
A little more reading, and it turns out that between 1990 and 2001, if there was anything wrong with either the plugs or the harness, it would throw a single code.
woot
So now I have to borrow a multi-meter and see if it’s the plugs or the harness. I hope it’s the plugs, they’re easy to swap out.
The harness, not so much.
But hey, that $50 just saved me $25 in diagnostic tests, so it’s still worth it.
Now if I could just get it to fit better.