September 8th, 2011

#2922: Oh, that did you SO MUCH GOOD.

On my way over to Og's cave for a...thing...some idiot kid in mommy's Cadillac passed me on the shoulder. Not just me, actually; several people--and I have no freakin' clue why he was doing it. The first I knew he was there was when he went roaring past me. I was worried about the douche on the motorcycle who was weaving through traffic, and suddenly there's this other douche on my right side--

Not a mile further down the road, of course, the light at Steger Road was red, so the idiot in the Cadillac had to stop and wait for the light to turn green.

...no, I don't understand it.

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OH WHAT THE HELL: I might as well just say it; it's almost physically painful for me not to be able to talk about it.



This photograph is representative of the motorcycle I am buying from Og, assuming that it can be made to run reliably. The only real difference is that the one I'm buying has cast wheels rather than spoked.

Because Og is so very, very busy I volunteered to come over and do the required work myself rather than wait for him to do it. Everything else he has to do takes priority over this, after all: not only does he have his list of winterizing tasks; he has a more-than-full-time job; a wife, a kid, a house, and a dog to take care of; and a screaming buttload of gunsmithing projects besides. And--I'd wager--another crapton of stuff I don't know about.

What do I have on my plate? Job hunting, which takes a few minutes per day, UNFORTUNATELY; therapy, which takes an hour per week; Bible study group, which is another two hours per week; and church service (if I can wake up) which is about an hour per week. Keeping the house clean and neat, which is 2-3 hours at most. End of list.

...it just makes sense for me to do the work on the thing, since I'm going to be doing all the work on it going forward anyway.

This evening, then, I went over there and swapped out the carbs. I got the new pair completely installed before it was time to go home. Now I have to button up the stuff on the right side and reinstall seat and fuel tank.

I'm going to buy a couple gallons of fresh gas to put into the thing, because what was coming out of those carbs was paint thinner at best.

The battery is probably no good. A new one will be about $50 from 1000bulbs.com, where I got the battery for the dirt bike. They go all the way from there up to $YEECH! (Assuming I recall the year correctly, that is. Says here the GS450T uses a YB10L-A2 battery. I'm ordering nothing until I'm sure of what I need.)

I checked out some YouTube videos so I'll know what the thing sounds like when it's running properly.

Anyway, the helmet I mentioned here is part of the deal: if he doesn't have a motorcycle, he doesn't need a helmet, and the helmet fits me fine. (Yes, I made the deal on Saturday afternoon. He said he was thinking of selling his motorcycle; I asked how much...and jumped on it.)

Og believes that the carbs (one or both) had leaky floats, which was keeping him from enjoying the full performance of the motorcycle. The carbs I installed were from his spare engine; he cleaned them completely, put in new floats, and had a friend (who is a big motocross guy) set them up for him. So theoretically all I should have to do is apply fresh gasoline and get the battery going....

#2923: OMG Lucy

The Fairy Tail OVA has hit the torrents. WILL YOU LOOK AT THIS?



O_O

While I cannot deny the essential hotness of Lucy, I have to paraphrase here the comment I left there: Why isn't it Erza?

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The life of Monica Lewinsky, post-Clinton, provides an interesting glimpse at the anthropology of modern humans. (...sentient primates in general, actually, I'd wager.)

Here is the problem:

Men prefer their women to be virgins. Okay, that's not exactly so, but it's pretty close to the mark. Society looks down on a promiscuous woman where it looks up to a promiscuous man: compare the number of words we have that approximate "slut" with the number of words which have the same connotation for men. We're generally forced to invent new words ("man-slut") when we want to convey a negative connotation of a man who has a lot of sex; we take the words which mean "overly promiscuous female" and masculinize them one way or another, because there are simply no well-known words which do the job.

A woman who is well-known to have been used as a plaything is less valuable in the mating game. Monica Lewinsky has no "plausible deniability"; everyone knows what she did with Clinton in the Oval Office. Everyone. Men look at her and think, "She sucked Clinton's...oh, I'm not kissing that mouth."

Clinton himself is partly to blame. You can debate the level of "alphaness" of Bill Clinton, but what it comes down to is that he's a pretty creepy guy. It wasn't obvious (to most people) until after he left the White House, but the older he gets, the creepier the entire imbroglio seems.

Lewinsky herself is also to blame. Having had a fling with the President of the United States, how can she "settle" for a lesser man? "The publicity over her affair with Clinton ruined her chances of ever finding a decent guy." ...sure, if that "decent guy" is another coastal elite in the financial-political-ruling class. There are probably plenty of guys out there who'd be fine with her past, but those guys don't live where all the "cool" people do and they probably drive pickup trucks rather than high-end Beemers.

I don't have much sympathy for her, to be honest. I mean, it was not exactly a secret that Bill Clinton was married, you know? On the other hand, wealth and power--to a young woman--is as sexy as a great rack is for a guy. Clinton knew what he was doing, and used his position to score with a girl at the office...but he couldn't have scored if she hadn't been willing, and stupid to boot.

This kind of thing has happened throughout history, and will continue to happen, precisely because women are hard-wired to rationalize everything, particularly when it comes to sex. The race couldn't continue if they didn't; a woman might have one child but that would be it because of how inconvenient and painful it is...if they didn't have that amazingly powerful ability to rationalize even the patently ludicrous.

Such as, "I know he's married but he doesn't love her. He loves me but he can't divorce his wife because the scandal will ruin his career but as soon as he doesn't need her to be his wife he'll divorce her and we'll be together forever! So it's fine for us to have sex in his office after hours, and keep it a secret from everybody, because someday I'll be his wife!"

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Sexist? You bet your ass. Reality doesn't give a rat's crapper about your feelings.

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Iran says 9/11 was an inside job. Think about this: what does it get an ostensible islamic oligarchy to lie about a victory for jihad?

...that "ostensible islamic oligarchy" is, in fact, ruling a nation of people who would much rather toss the ayatollahs overboard and have a real democratic republic. Denying the islamic victory gives them a lever to tell their people, "the Jews did it/they did it to themselves in order to manufacture an excuse to go to war here."

It is, however, more of the "truther" conspiracy bullshit. I don't bother to discuss that crap here (the same way I don't discuss the "moon landing hoax" crap) because I have neither the time nor the energy to deal with the insane ramblings of stupid people.

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Sure, power demand is falling. It has nothing to do with rising rates for electricity or the shittiest economy since 1930; oh, no! No, it's because people are buying CFLs!

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If you read the fine print you may be surprised at what comes out of it.

Look: if you need to rent a truck at the same time 40,000 other people need to rent a truck, expect that you'll be paying a premium on it. I don't think U-Haul is totally in the right here, but I'd wager they're adhering to the letter of the contract they provide. If you don't read it and you sign it, guess what, bucko?

Instead of renting a truck the same weekend everyone else in Boston is renting a truck, why don't you make some plans for how to accomplish the task another day? Oh, but poor junior might have to sleep on the floor in a sleeping bag for a couple days, instead of his comfy bed! Oh, the horror!

*sigh*

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Please remain seated in your DOOM! buggy.

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"The new Mumia." We don't need a new one; we still have the old one.

For those of you who don't know WTF I (and Ann) am talking about:

Mumia Abu Jamal is a convicted cop-killer. There was enough evidence of intent, motive, opportunity, and action to convict him and garner the death penalty for it.

But the leftists (including a bunch of Hollywood idiots) sprang to his defense, calling him a "political prisoner" and agitating for his release. He had his own radio show (from prison) and did a bunch of other stuff, and the lefties were all up in arms over this poor, poor, mistreated cop murderer.

I mean, after all, it was self defense or something, right? I mean, he's a black guy, and the cop was white, and everyone knows the cops are raciss, and just by being there that white cop nazi fucker was obviously oppressing him, so naturally he had no choice but to fight back! It's just that cop's tough luck that he was there when Mumia began fighting back agains the raciss oppression his people have suffered all these years and shit! Don't you know how many slaves died on the way here from Africa?

...in one of the interminable pre-execution appeals, his sentence was reduced to life in prison, which was probably one of the most heinous travesties of justice of the 20th century.

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Unions doing what they do best. Using violence and intimidation and mob tactics to get what they want.

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Wow, this is unexpected. AoSHQ: "...seems like someone must have gotten a search warrant without running it by Eric Holder."

There's something dirty about Solyndra, and it looks like the FBI is actually going to investigate. It'll be interesting to see how the Eric Holder Justice Dept (read "the most corrupt Justice Dept in the past 40 years") handles this....

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We have to outlaw dangerous knives so criminals won't have easy access to them!

...next up: banning "dangerous hammers" and "dangerous screwdrivers" and "dangerous pointed sticks".... (Shut up!)

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A cookie for anyone who got that. (A virtual, Internet cookie, I mean. Sorry; I'm on a budget.)

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The speedometer I bought from Ebay came today, and my feedback is going to include "item not as pictured."

The one in the ad has a clear face and looks clean. The one I got has about a tablespoon's worth of rust in it and is filthy; you can barely see the dial through the crud.

I think I can take this thing and restore it--and I did, after all, pay only $10 for it--but an honest pic of the thing wouldn't have hurt.

*sigh*

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This evening--in about 1.5 hours--I'm going back over to Og's place to work on the GS450T again. I'm going to stop and get some gas for it, and we'll see if I can't get the thing started this evening even if I can't ride it home yet.

...not without a fresh battery; and I need to see what kind of battery it has so I can order one.

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Last night I started a tauren druid named "Changesforms"; and I'm having fun.

#2924: NOT going to Og's tonight

He's got stuff going on. *sigh* But that's okay! I've got other things to occupy me, too!

...like this speedometer. I've gotten it apart, and when I got the housing off about a half-cup of CRAP came out. It was full of rust and bug parts and spiderwebs; the "speedometer" part of the thing doesn't work at all and the housing is crap.

The Ebay description said, "it works", but it doesn't work. It's restorable but it sure as hell doesn't work right out of the box.

I'm not going to return it, esp. since I tore it completely apart. I'm hoping I can take parts from this unit and parts from the one on the bike and somehow bodge together a functioning whole that looks decent.

Besides that, I e-mailed Og asking for a model year and battery type for the bike. I'm thinking I'll order a battery from 1000bulbs.com and get that in process, anyway.

But maybe I don't have to; he said it was starting to take a charge, so we'll see.

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So Steven posted this:



It's not as good as the ones of Lucy but it's still damned good. *drool*

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Just put in another one of the old anime OST compilation CDs. The first track on this disk is vintage 1999; it's the TV length OP from Yawara! and it sounds fantastic.

...digitized from hi-fi VHS, but it's in stereo and the S/N ratio is CD-level. There's no excuse for Kimagure Orange Road being mono, damn it.

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There are rumors of a "credible threat" of some kind of islamic terrorist commemoration of 9/11/01 on 9/11/11.

...we'll see.

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Off-again-on-again-Og is saying, "Hey, come on by, it's fine." So, off I go. Heh.