Friday, June 27, 2008

Time killer

So while I was away I found which is a truely excellent way to kill time. If you decide to play and then upgrade your account be sure to mention my name Curtludwig. That'll give me a bonus and won't cost you anything extra.


Thursday, June 26, 2008

Door locks!

So I decided to try cutting the door handles out of the door. Meaning I decided to try cutting the link from the key bit to the lock bit.

Yeah right. Its way up there and goes the wrong way, almost impossible to get at with a dremel, file or hacksaw. Totally impossible for the angle grinder.

So I sat and stared awhile and finally it occured to me to take out the latch mechanism. Thats what the rod attaches to. Once I had that loose I could push it toward the outside of the car, pull the door handle out and rotate the whole handle to free the rod.

Knock the pin out that holds the rod and the lock falls out of the handle. The lock is simplicity itself and is not working because the tumblers won't pull in around the key. I've got the lock assembly sitting in a yoghurt cup of SeaFoam Deep Creep. With luck by morning it'll be all free'd up and I can do the other side.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Not much

Sittin in Burbank, California doin not much of anything. I've been here for 7 days now. My guts are messed up from eating too much restaurant food. I think tomorrow I'll investigate the yoghurt place for breakfast.

I get home Thursday morning at ~8am. Saturday afternoon we go pick up our new dog. He's a dachshund, corgi, basset hound mix. We're getting him from Arkansas where he's apparently in what they call a "high kill shelter" meaning a lot of the unwanted dogs are put out of their misery. His name is Feisty and with any luck at all we'll have a grand time.


Friday, June 13, 2008

Ignorance was bliss

We need a new pickup. My Dakota has 215,000 miles on it and is on its last legs. The body is rusting badly, the heater leaks the transmission is getting sloppy, gas mileage is down. The engine still runs great though...
I'd been thinking about a Chevy Colorado, they're cheap, decent gas mileage, good options list, lots of places sell 'em...

The reviews I've read are really mixed, some people love it, some people hate it. 2004 seems to be a particularly bad year...

I just checked for reviews of the GMC Canyon which is essentially the same trucks and there are still negative reviews but on the whole much more positive. Apparently the dealer you choose makes a huge difference too...

I wish somebody that knew something about these (like somebody that had one) would give me a shout.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What I do

When your family asks what it is you do is there an easy answer? It must be nice for carpenters and the like: "Oh, I'm a carpenter".
The company I work for makes video and audio editing hardware and software. Thats kind of a mouthfull to get out as a quick explanation. I had been saying "I work for a company that makes the things that make TV" but that required alot of explanation. If it seemed like the person was real interested I'd follow up with "Stanley makes hammers right? Stanley doesn't make houses, they make the things that make houses. Avid doesn't make TV shows, we make the things that make TV shows."
I'm a trainer. I thought the name "trainer" was pretty clear. Now that I think about it though I wonder if people thought I was a personal trainer. If you've seen me you know my physique doesn't lend any credibility to that... So "Instructor" works better and is actually on my business card. It does lend the question "Well what do you instruct?" I teach people how to support large shared storage arrays, but nobody knows what that means. So now I tell people, "I teach how to use really big harddrives." I kind of like thinking that people envision harddrives big enough to ride in....


Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Already I'm not good about updating this thing, what a drag.
Heres part of the reason why:Thats Hammie, my 1983 Mercedes-Benz 240D. I'd bought him in '03 and then sold him to Devin in '06. Now I've bought him back from Devin again. The economics of the whole thing are astounding. I'll post them if/when I get the car on the road.
You can read the chronicle of the 240D here:

Other than that we spent a week at camp which was great. While we were there we pulled my Dad's swamp buggy to the new garage. That was quite an event. I rode from where the buggy was parked to the garage with the Super M tractor in second gear, thats about 2mph... It took forever but any seat time on the tractor is good time. I'll post pics of that later on.