I've gotten over $200 in cash back from them at places I would have shopped anyway! Ebay, Staples, more! I put it at the top because they ROCK. Basically, you get a kickback from Ebates when buy.com or whoever pays them. Win-win. If you like throwing money away, don't use them!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

2009 C6 Corvette Rims on 1988 C4

Disclaimer: I'm not a professional so if this causes any harm to ANYTHING it's your responsibility.

I put some 2009 C6 Corvette rims on my 1988 C4.

Here is how it turned out:


The front rims are 18" and the rear is 19".

The front requires no modification, you can see the differences in the stock 17" C4 sawblades and the stock C6 rims here:

https://www.tacomaworld.com/tirecalc?tires=275-40r17-245-40r18

https://www.tacomaworld.com/tirecalc?tires=275-40r17-285-35r19

You lose some width in the front, and the back isn't that much bigger but you need to change the offset.

The offset calculator I used showed I lost 29mm of offset, so I added 30mm spacers:

I got "Adapter - Hub & Wheel Centric Corvette, 5x4.75 70.3 12mm1.5 Studs/nuts 30mm thick"

from http://www.motorsport-tech.com

The spacers bolt right on with no stud modification.

Torque setting from the 1988 C4 book is 80 ft-lbs and you use that on the spacer and new rims. You should retorque after 5 miles, and then after you retorque the spacer, drive ANOTHER 5 miles and retorque the rims.

So that involves taking the rims off an extra time, but the second time checking the torque just takes a few minutes.

Of course, read all directions appropriate to your application from all relevant parties.

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HTH

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Free Vimeo Service STINKS. Especially if you're poor. Your video will be held at gunpoint.

I uploaded a demo reel.

I decided to REPLACE that with a smaller version.

Vimeo showed at the top of the page I was close to my STORAGE limit.

But what they really mean is an upload limit.

So, after I uploaded this MUCH SMALLER video, my original video was no longer viewable. You either get an error message showing the page is unavailable or an error about your upload allowance.

Even though it shows in 'Your Videos' on your account.

That's right, every potential casting director just skipped me for the next actor since my reel got taken offline.

So, to get more UPLOAD bandwidth (NOT STORAGE) I had to pay $9.95 for a month. Which they hide in the fine print. They want you to pay $60 for a year but you CAN buy just one month.

But I wouldn't. Just use Dailymotion probably.

Don't be like me and have your video held at gunpoint due to some fine print.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Terminator 3 Plot Hole

Just thought of this:

Why did Skynet attack as soon as it was brought online?

The drones (HKs) and Terminators (T-1's) appear to be basically almost beta. There's that scene where the little HK is tethered still and not flying on it's own.

So, why not wait until the hardware is further developed willingly by the humans before attacking?

From that moment on, Skynet would have only had more and more advantage by getting smarter, embedding itself in more things, and having better attack capability.

So why not hide and wait?

Oh and by the way, the Blu Ray is down to $6 shipped via Amazon Prime: http://amzn.to/2j4SnKr


Saturday, December 31, 2016

NAS Pensacola Aviation Preflight Indoctrination: the mile swim

You have to swim a mile in a flight suit, or at least you did in, ahem 'the day'.

It's going to be too big because it's not yours and it's for pool use.

It's not the one that fits you because other people rushed the rack and got those.

So it's like a big, wet, draggy bag draped around you that you're going to carry for however many minutes it takes to swim a mile.

At least they don't make you wear boots. For this. Other stuff, you wear boots and gear etc.

Longer story short: I cried out to the Lord, or more accurately Jesus, at one point but I finished THE FIRST TIME.

People don't.

So maybe after 30-40 minutes, they're back next week to try again.

Some never do, and otherwise good candidates are washed out for fears of water, not passing this gut check, etc.

I had a hip injury, so instead of using my legs as much, I had to use my arms more.

They had to lift me out of the pool at the end.

The instructor said he'd never seen someone so far off the pace as I was at one point come back and complete it.

Oh, did I mention there was a maximum time?

80 minutes.

I did it in 78.5

True story.

Monday, September 26, 2016

First Acting Gig

I just finished early Sunday morning (25 Sep 2016) after being there since 4pm Saturday.

About 14 hours on set. Super tired. But I think I should get seen a few times in different scenes, so...cool!

I'll post more soon, but the title was 'The Vast of Night' which I'm thinking is a working or 'secret' title for when the film really comes out.

It was an indie movie, but has some people who are established actors in it.

The location was in and outside of Whitney, TX Intermediate School shown here.


I'll post some more later, especially after the film comes out. It's not on IMDB yet. :)

Don't want to reveal movie details ahead of time, of course.

What I can say is that the gym there, shown above, was an old hangar from a nearby Air Force field that was supposedly donated by the military and the townspeople numbered it, took it down, and re-assembled it by using the numbers.

Very period. 

There were some cool old cars used as well.

If you're around Whitney, the cars and some other pieces are probably going to be there a bit longer. :)

More details soon. Will update with my selfie from on set. 


Friday, September 02, 2016

Printer Keeps Trying Wrong Paper size. A4 instead of Letter for example.

I made you something. :P



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More info on the issue:

When I was trying to print from other computers on the network, via Google Cloud Printing or whatever, my Oki C5200n would try to print on A4 size paper instead of 8.5x11 Letter size.

As you can see, it's not something that a print dialog setting can fix. Trust me, I tried.

Here's a simple fix done in minutes. Hope it helps.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Do those car ionic breeze and ozone generators work?

Short answer, yes, but with some caveats. Some DO NOT WORK and are 100% junk with no functional parts.

Read on to see how you can tell if yours really works, and get a link to the one that I have that DOES work.


I ordered one from Daily Steals and got it. Above, the outer part. Below, the guts.


As you can see, there are only two pieces of electronics there not counting the LED. Those two just run the LED, basically. 

The springs are just power contacts so it's powered by the cigarette lighter.

They did refund my money without making me send it back.

So, how do you tell if yours really works? It's pretty easy. Plug it in and let it run for a couple of minutes. 

Wrap your hand around it so the air is sealed into your hand and then pull it out of the lighter socket.

Smell it. If it smells sort of like after a rain, or like that funny photocopier/laser printer smell from your office, that's ozone.

So at least it's generating that which means high voltage things are going on. Some ozone is ok, and it is a very effective deodorizer as well so that's good.

One thing to consider is that these take a while to work. The best solution is a thorough cleaning but over time these WILL help.

Here's the only one I could find of the two types I've had that actually worked: http://amzn.to/2bpSbho

A great air sanitizer that I've used for years is Ozium. I'd recommend one of these in the ORIGINAL SCENT. The 'New Car' scent was not good IMHO. Spray some around the air conditioner intake under your dash down by your feet from time to time. 



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Long story short: if it costs a fair amount and it's from a reputable seller it's probably OK, but if it's a cheapie shipped from China it's probably junk.

Additional tip to reduce odor in your car's A/C:
Turn off the A/C in your car usually by just pushing the A/C button when you are about 1 minute from your house and turn the fan on HIGH.

This warms up your A/C core which will keep water from condensing on it and allowing yucky things to grow there inside your dash.

The ozium will help to kill anything that might be there. 

P.S. Using the MAX A/C or recirculate setting will keep outside air from being drawn in, and therefore reduce germs and allergy junk from coming in. It will recirculate the cooler air in your car and reduce fuel consumption since the compressor won't run as much.

Lastly, have you considered a cabin air filter with carbon in it? Those absorb odors that the cheap factory paper ones will not.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

How do they make those fake news websites look real?

I saw this posted by a friend of mine:

http://abcnews.com.co/obama-executive-order-bans-pledge-of-allegiance-in-schools/

Don't visit it because it's fake and I'm not going to send them any traffic.

(Visit AMAMzin.com for me if you shop at Amazon. Shameless plug.)

The reason it LOOKS real is because .com and .co are legitimate commercial domains.

But there's a trick here.

The domain name is really COM.co and abcnews is what's called a machine name, which would direct you in the old early internet days to a specific computer at COM.co

Nowadays, that would probably just point to a virtual server or site hosted on such a setup but I digress.

abcnews.COM (without the .co) is redirected to abcnews.go.com so even THAT isn't used.

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Monday, July 04, 2016

James Doohan was in Another Fairly Long Running Sci Fi Show!

Ok Star Trek nerds, wayback time...

The show was 'Jason of Star Command' which ran for two season from 1978-1979.

He was in 16 episodes as 'Commander Canarvin'.

Not only that, but the first episode is free on Amazon: http://amzn.to/29ewdwy

I remember the little robot from when I was a kid, and also the main villain, but not until I saw the show on an obscure Roku channel.

Enjoy.




Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Perfect Timing for a Perfect Joke

We were in an engineering class and the instructor was talking about a simple equation concept:

V=IR (or something similarly easy to compute)

For instance, we might use a change in R with a known voltage and current to find, say, the temperature inside a nuclear reactor that we could not directly measure.

Chiefly, because it's like a 50,000 degree reaction and of course you can't measure that with anything in contact with the reaction.

I piped up immediately and said:

"Yeah, but it's a dry heat."

Sunday, June 19, 2016

More Bad News From California


This just in.

There is a giant ongoing fusion explosion that the state of California is orbiting at roughly 93 million miles away that can cause cancer.

It is emitting large amounts of radiation on multiple wavelengths and is not expected to dissipate soon.

It causes massive global changes such as ocean tides and orbital disruption.

Officials expect to know more soon.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Crazy Happiest Chewbacca Lady

Somehow that title seems like the poor translation of something in Chinese.

But I digress, as one does.

Get one on Amazon here, before this meme sells every single one on the planet.


Monday, April 18, 2016

Sock Monkey Meme

Heh. I saw this somewhere and just had to title it.


Here's a blank one if you want to make one yourself.


Mac Pro (Desktop not Laptop) GUI Locks up, but cursor still moves, machine is not dead or hung

This is an ongoing problem, and IIRC it happened with my other video card under a different OS but the same Mac Pro.

Here's the messages in the console logs:

4/18/16 1:25:41.099 PM WindowServer[186]: Surface testing disallowed updates for 10 sequential attempts...

(Some people report changing the screensaver gets rid of these.)

And

4/18/16 1:25:49.000 PM kernel[0]: ** GPU ASIC Log Start **

At which point it starts dumping a bunch of this into the log file:

4/18/16 1:25:49.000 PM kernel[0]: : 0x0000679a : 0x000000e3 : 0x00000001 : 0x00000018 : 0x000090b0 : 0x00000001 : 0x00000001 : 0x0000679a 


I'm working on a couple of theories:

1. Corrupt JPEGs in my Photos that the screensaver was using. I know there are some in the library. I changed to a regular screensaver that doesn't use them.
2. Power Management problem with the video card/display/whatever so I set the displays to never sleep in the control panel.
3. I used smcFanControl to up the fan speed slightly so everything will run a bit cooler.

In the past, I had a similar problem with black screens and not sleeping the display fixed that. 

So, will update later. 

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