May 3rd, 2012

#3340: I finally reorganized my blogroll.

Finally moved all the A-rank ones to the top, in order, followed by the ones which update sporadically, put behind a separator bar.

Now all I have to do is get it into a postable format. Whee!

...but of course I'm habituated to saying "okay, read this, skip that one--oh, that's a dead link, skip it--yes, this one..." so it's kind of throwing off my surfing to just click each link in order.

*sigh*

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Walter Williams points out that the three richest counties in the US all border Washington, D.C. This is not a coincidence.

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Karl Denninger says the world economy is going to go south this year. Don't believe him? "Come back and score me in 6 months, and then again in 12," he challenges.

I would like to disagree with him, but I don't see that he's gotten anything wrong, here.

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Someone at Fox News finally comes to the party. It's all about how the government has been gaming the economic statistics to make them look better than they actually are.

Which I've been saying for how long?

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Here's another person who won't vote for Romney and who manages to keep from getting pissed off while writing about it--unlike me--so he expresses himself very clearly.

Here's what he says:
Okay, since I posted that picture this morning of Obama and Obamney I have gotten 13 (that's right, 13) emails and 1 comment telling me that I need to vote for Romney or 1) it will be a wasted vote, 2) because a Supreme Court justice seat will be up for grabs, 3) because Romney is a nice compromise and won't scare the liberals off, 4) Romney won't infringe any further on our Civil Rights and 5) We need Romney to overturn ObamaCare.

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I'm going to take points 1-5 and tell you what I think about it.

1) I'm in California - my vote is symbolic only. My personal vote doesn't count anymore. Even if it did, Conservatives are outnumbered by liberals by a huge margin here.

2) A SC justice seat is always up for grabs. That has been an argument since the very first time I cast a ballot. It doesn't even figure into who I might vote for.

3) I don't want a fucking compromise nor do I want moderates standing with me. Besides, my fear is that Romney will fuck things up even worse than Obama and scare all the moderates back to the left.

4) Romney cannot infringe on our rights any further. That goal has been accomplished. As far as 2A goes, Romney was the governor of Massachusetts - a state with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the US today.

5) ObamaCare was modeled after Romney's health care plan in Massachusetts. It was originally his fucking idea. Get it? He's not going to overturn it, he's going to tweak it around until it's a "workable" compromise and my taxes are still going to go up to pay for it.
The only change I need to make to that text in order to have it apply to me? Change "California" to "Illinois".

That's it.

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I'm gonna steal the pic he mentioned, too:



That's much better than this one:



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I already finished off the UTS I made 24 hours ago.

...it made two double-decker sandwiches and--IIRC--two regular sandwiches, which is approximately the equivalent of six normal sandwiches.

Well, it tasted good! What do you expect?

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It's 79° and the dewpoint is 68°. I'd be greatly surprised if we didn't have thunderstorms today, considering it barely sprinkled here yesterday. Well, the forecast says "70% likely" tonight.

May 3, and it's like July out there. *sigh*

I should ride the motorcycle, but I had a whole tab of Xanax last night, and I'm still feeling floppy; I am hoping to do some cleaning on it later today, though.

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So the day after I cleaned the house--which I did on Tuesday--IttyBit gets sick.

I don't mean the usual "cat horking up a hairball" sick; I mean sick, as in "throwing up watery mucus and having a bout of diarrhea" sick. Periodically yesteday (Wednesday) the cat would puke, and of course she'd vomit some here and then walk a short distance away and puke some there, because making one mess instead of fifty is just not how that cat does things.

Fortunately the diarrhea stayed within the litter box. The smell, sadly, did not, but the disgusting mess was, at least, confined to one area. She was definitely sick.

...to the point of being off her feed, even. This is a cat who eats, and though she doesn't carry a lot of weight she's still a little pig of a kitty. She'll nose Luna away from the cat food whenever she has a chance to, and more than once she's eaten so much that she's gotten sick. It's to the point now that I have to chase her into a bedroom and close her in so that Luna has a chance to eat undisturbed.

Yesterday I put down cat food and she nibbled a little at it, then walked away. Saw neither hide nor hair of her almost all day, not even when I came home with my food from Culver's, which included french fries--normally she smells them and begs for a few. She puked in several places around the house, of course. When I did see her she seemed to have a normal energy level, and was friendly enough, so I figured it was nothing major.

Well, this morning, she went to the cat food and ate, and I haven't heard her barfing, so probably whatever she had has passed by now. But I have no idea what it could be or where she could have gotten it. Luna seems fine and she eats and drinks from the same dishes.

Maybe IttyBit caught an insect or spider or something, ate it, and it didn't agree with her. I don't know. It's not something from a plant; my sister took all the houseplants and my cats are indoor cats. (I'm not sure I miss them.) Perhaps a maple seed got tracked in, and she ate that? I don't know. There wasn't anything in her vomit that looked plant-like.

She seems better now, so F it.

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I think my next project will be "GET A FRICKIN' HAIRCUT, YA HIPPIE!" It's been since November, I think....

And then? Dive back into the old job hunt.

#3341: That worked splendidly!

Nice warm day outside--warm enough that I could clean the bike without catching my death of cold--so I got out the hose and the Ajax and the toothbrush and went to work.

...the bike looks like another bike now, and I haven't even polished off the haze!

Ajax is non-abrasive, and I just used enough water to make a paste of it. Applying toothbrush with elbow grease got all the oxidization off, and cleaned oil from cylinders, and-and-and.

There are a few spots where the rust is more severe, and I'll need to use actual chrome polish on that. The front shock housings are aluminum and discolored; I've got aluminum cleaning powder (also good for stainless steel, but not chrome!) which ought to clean them up.

But even so, it looks about a thousand percent better than it did.

Started it around 2:10 and finished at 3:20, which was just enough time for me to assemble myself for therapy. The Ajax leaves behind a thin cloudy film on the chrome, which has to be polished off with a clean cloth, but that'll take just a few minutes and can wait until after I've eaten dinner.

After therapy, I took a bit of a ride; I went to Advance Auto to get something to attempt to seal the leaking gaskets and a quart of 10w-40 since I'm running low on that. (Also, some clean shop cloths for polishing chrome.) I rode up to Saul Trail, out to Western, and back south to Exchange; then stopped at Super Burrito! for the usual. It's sitting next to me now, cooling down so I can eat it.

I believe I've identified the three leaks:

The cam cover gaskets are leaking, which is why there was oil on the cylinders. I cleaned them off while washing the bike today (of course) but there's already a thin film of oil on them again.

The shifter shaft is leaking. That's an o-ring, and if the "gasket restorer/oil treatment" stuff I bought doesn't fix that, I'll be removing the clutch cover to replace it.

And, of course, the oil sump gasket is leaking. I tried tightening the bolts that hold it on, but it's still leaking, so it's not just loose.

Also: possibility that the oil filter cover is leaking, too.

That's five gaskets, more or less. None is particularly complicated to replace (except the shifter shaft o-ring) and my only real worry about them will be availability. I might have to buy some gasket material and make my own.

...and it's also possible that I can just buy the damn things from someone on Ebay or one of the three or four motorcycle parts stores from which I got parts for the dirt bike. (Which, by the way, are still sitting here waiting to be installed. Well, when I've finished doing the 50,000 other things on my plate....)

I'm hopeful, though, that the "gasket restorer" stuff works as advertised. There's no denying this bike is 30 years old, and it has spent enough time just sitting that the various gaskets and seals could easily have dried out to the point of no longer being completely tight.

Og did an honest job of the work he did on the thing, but since his primary focus was just to get the thing running reliably--and worry about the fine details later on--it's not surprising that he didn't get this far.

But it's clean, and needs only a final polish to sparkle properly. I'm going to eat my burrito, polish it, and then have a shower; I'll check the weather before going to choir practice before deciding whether or not to ride the bike there.

I don't want it getting rained on after I did all that work.

UPDATE:

Now that I've polished off the water spots and such, the chrome seems to glow even when the sun's behind clouds:



Definitely worth the effort.

Incidentally: those side covers, the ones that have the model number on them? Og painted those sometime after he got the bike, and put the striping on. (They were from another bike, and they were maroon IIRC.)

It looks f-ing factory but for a few spots where the finish is subpar, and from 10 feet you can't see them.

#3342: I have got to find a way to edit this into the actual episode

Star Wars crawl editor here: Crawl editor and it lets you share them on-line.



Captain Rocket is a serial that friends and I made in the early 90s, with a total budget FOR THE SERIES of about $3. Ep 6 was the last one we did, and it is, so far, the only thing I ever edited with my Iomega Buz.

I have it here somewhere and really should post it to YouTube...but I'd love to add this crawl to it, first. It'd be a LAUGH RIOT!

Oh well.