April 1st, 2015

#4649: Interstellar still kicks ass.

So the BD release of Interstellar looks gorgeous and holy shit it is the best science fiction movie I've ever seen.

Bar none.

Damn what a tour de force that movie is! I can't get over how amazing it is, and it just astounds me that this movie actually came out of Hollywood.

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Go to 53 seconds for NGALK!:

...actually, now that I hear it again, it's more like UKOUT than NGALK but oh well.

#4650: And something else.

Another thing I noticed yesterday while working on the Jeep? The front sway bar bushings are shot. The end links could stand to be replaced, but they've probably still got some life in them; the mounting bushings are, however, hogged out so that the bar can flop around. A set of bushings costs $15 and tax, so I think I'll have a go at replacing them. And since I have to go over that way anyway, to run an errand for Mrs. Fungus, it's not like it'll take much extra effort or anything.

The sad part? There's an $8 kit which would let me rebuild the ends, but the store nearest me doesn't have it. I could get it from a store in Highland, if I had time, which I don't. The three auto parts stores near the bunker can order the kit, or I can pay three times as much for a complete end link. All I need is the damned bushings, not the whole thing, so I'm going to fix the mounts leave the end links for another time.

But "miles to go" and so forth, and daylight's burning, so off I go.

#4651: I forgot to mention

I had time to get on to WoW last night for five whole minutes. Will the madness never cease?

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EPIC SHOCK!!! The Justice Department, headed by Obama crony Eric Holder, will not seek contempt charges against Obama crony Lois Lerner.

I'll tell you what, I am just flat out amazed that Obama crony Eric Holder is not going to seek charges against another Obama crony. I mean, until now, Eric Holder has been an exemplar of honesty and fairness!

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So I went to the bank for my wife, then to the parts store, and then to Burger King. At the latter place, I ordered my usual (two Whoppers, no tomato) and was charged--instead of $5 and tax--$6 and tax. I looked at the receipt, and noticed that I was being charged $0.50 per sandwich for "no tomato".

Well, let me amend that. The line items are approximately thus:
2 for $ Mix and match: 5.00
Whopper: 0.50
no tomato
Whopper: 0.50
no tomato
etc, etc. So it might just be that there's a $0.50 surcharge for Whoppers on the deal, because Signature Sandwich or something. But it looks as if I'm being charged for the privilege of not having tomato on my Whoppers.

Knowing that things like this are always set at the corporate level, and not wanting to be that customer I assumed it's the former. WTF, it's still only $3 per sandwich, which is a pretty good deal considering that the Big Mac is almost $6 these days, and I have better things to do with my time than make someone's life miserable over a lousy dollar.

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But now I have eaten my Whoppers, and I have work to do. I'd better get moving.

#4652: Well, that's a job well done.

120,220 miles, the Jeep got new front sway bar bushings. The old ones were utterly dicked, and until I got them out I did not truly appreciate the totality of their dickeredness.

In fact, the end link bushings are also dicked, and I'll have to replace them--and possibly the links as well since the driver's side one looks like it got bent--but that's a project for another day. Week. Month.

I, too, am dicked. My arms feel like they weigh a thousand pounds.

All the work I did on the front end--tie rod end boots, the track bar bolt, the bushings--none of it made any significant change in the death wobble. I was hoping it would at least change the characteristics of it, and it seems to be a little better, but since it's all by the "ass-o-meter" I'm going with "no change, except for wishful thinking".

As expected. *sigh*

The only thing I found that could possibly be a cause was the track bar bolt, but it's too small a difference; while it fixed the play in the bushing, it did not--could not--fix the problem with the bolt hole being too large. I'm not sure what to do about it at this point.

Og's suggestion that I use a come-along to line up the bolt hole worked famously. The hard part was figuring out where to attach the damned thing; once I had the holes lined up the bolt went in easy-peasy. I had some trouble getting the nut on, but not an excessive amount, and soon I was able to call that part "done" and turn my attention to the sway bar bushings.

Holy shit was that a job.

It should be simple; Jeep built the thing so you don't (theoretically!) have to take the front skid plate off. But I had to, because I simply could not get the damned holders to line up, and then I cross-threaded a bolt and had to chase the damned threads with a tap, which meant taking the f-ing skid plate off. Because one of the nuts for the skid plate studs just spins, I had to cut that one off with the cutoff tool, and when I plugged the cutoff tool into the air line the throttle didn't work, and then when I got it to work I couldn't shut it off so I had to disassemble the f-ing throttle valve and fix that before I could get the skid plate off to chase the threads to reinstall the driver's side bushing THAT WENT ON THE FUCKING JEEP THAT JACK BUILT!!!!!!!11111 oeoneoneojeoneone.

*pant pant pant*

I just about had a freaking stack overflow trying to get this shit done!

Having finally gotten the driver's side done, I was reluctant to do anything to the passenger side, but finally I decided I'd better do it, and got after it.

The passenger side went much easier, though I had a hard time getting the bolt holes lined up. Then I buttoned everything up, put away all my tools, and took a test drive. It was exactly the same as it was before all this, but for the impressions from the "ass-o-meter".

Still--I'm not going to deny that I did necessary things. With the bushings, handling will be better, and the new dust boots will keep the tie rod ends from getting gummed up and failing prematurely. My inspection of the front suspension revealed that while everything is not exactly pristine, there are no obvious failures that could be causing the shimmy. None of the tie rod ends are failing in any obvious fashion, the ball joints seem tight, and I can't detect any other problems.

Therefore there is something that I am missing, and I don't know what.

Even so, I spent two days working outside, instead of sleeping or playing WoW or generalized bumming around. I can't complain about that, and at least I accomplished something in the process.

But man, are my arms tired.

#4653: Next time I wear rubber gloves.

Dinner tonight was tostadas. Mrs. Fungus bought all the ingredients, including a fresh jalapeno.

Diced up the jalapeno and got a bunch of other stuff ready. Dinner was delicious.

Went to the bathroom, and I felt the burn.

...this was after I had washed my hands with soap and water, I might add. So I washed my hands with soap and water again, and then washed the affected member with soap and water, and now finally the burn has gone away.

I don't normally cook with jalapenos, or any kind of hot peppers. I use pickled jalapenos in chili, but have never had this kind of problem with it. The fresh peppers are apparently high-powered.

So the next time I need to dice a jalapeno, I'm going to wear rubber gloves and toss them when the dicing is done, and avoid the burn.

Moral: don't handle your genitals after chopping jalapenos without thoroughly decontaminating your hands. Wash with soap and water, then wash again with soap and water, and then do it again, because holy crap.