July 14th, 2019

#6753: Fiddling while a transformer fire shuts down Manhattan

So, Saturday, the lights went out in Manhattan. Transformer blew up and took out a large swath of the electrical supply.

New York City's major was campaigning in Iowa for a primary election which will not take place until January.

In all practical terms, the only time you really need the mayor present is when there's something a department head can't handle. Most of a borough blacked out, that's the emergency management guy's job, and that's when you find out if the mayor picked the right guy or not. This isn't a game of SimCity, where the mayor has to micromanage every detail of the city's operation.

But it looks bad.

Karl Denninger on how much worse it could be if it were intentional. He's not wrong. Get a handful of determined people and they can wreak havoc.

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The problem with applying hyperbole to the actions of SJWs is that they will then go and do it, thus ruining the joke. So: 007 will now be a lesbian of color. On the plus side, they're not going to tell us that she's the "new James Bond" (because that would be ridiculous, right?) but she is merely the next agent to carry the "007" designation. Bond is retiring, and so his designation is taken up by a black lesbian, of course.

Reading the source article, it sounds as if Daniel Craig will be in the movie (most of it, anyway) with lesbian-of-color 007. A "transition" movie, but it'll be the last actual Bond movie if these parasites get their way. I've got a nickel that says they kill him off; I've got another one that says the "humor" in the script is all making jokes at Bond's expense.

I mean, like this:
A movie insider said: "There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says 'Come in 007', and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman.

"It's a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he's been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.

"Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks, but is baffled when they don't work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning."
That alone right there tells me exactly what this movie is going to be like--and it's not going to be good. It fits the trend, though, of making women into all-powerful entities and men into doddering, inept dolts who can barely figure out how not to run into the scenery. The writer of the script for this thing is hailed as a "feminist" first, and those lines are not all that hard to read between.

So: James Bond portrayed as an antique, a clueless old-guard spy who's really not "with it" any longer and due for retirement, replaced with a lesbian of color who gets all the wisecrack lines and saves the day.

All well and good, I suppose; but here's the thing: if it's not James Bond, it's not a Bond movie. So this upcoming movie will technically be a Bond film, because it will be James Bond's swan song; but anything made with the lesbian-of-color 007 will not be. And the franchise will tank, because Bond films have to be about James Bond, not some random black woman who has taken the 007 designation. When Ian Fleming started writing the things, he didn't write about "John Watson" and then "Mike Creighton" and then "Nick Bell" as 007. 007 was James Bond. James Bond was so effective an agent that they had to fake his death (You Only Live Twice) to take some of the heat off of him--but they didn't change his name or anything.

Maybe it's just as well. The quality of the films has been declining steadily. Goldeneye was pretty bad; and although Timothy Dalton was an excellent James Bond, the movies they put him in were lackluster. When I saw Pierce Brosnan in his debut Bond film, that was enough to make me lose interest in seeing the subsequent ones. I'm led to understand that the Daniel Craig ones are pretty good but I've just not had any interest in the series since Goldeneye.

Wait--now that I think of it, I did see Tomorrow Never Dies, but...well, the fact that I didn't remember it until I really thought it through says something, doesn't it? And I can't remember the plot, not even elements of it. Everyone thought Brosnan would be a great James Bond, but I didn't really see it. Then again, I liked Roger Moore in the role.

TL;DR: the franchise is doomed because the SJWs did something that sensible people thought was hyperbole.

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You see, this is a problem.
The Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, the first woman to lead Manhattan's famed Riverside Church, lost her lofty post amid complaints that she brought ministers and a congregant on a sex toy shopping spree and then gave one of them an unwanted vibrator as a birthday gift, The Post has learned.
It should be reasonably obvious to someone with a PhD in (I assume) theology that masturbation is a sin, and that because sex toys are generally tools for masturbation, the last thing the leader of a church should be doing is buying them for people.

The problem is, however, that the people who get doctorates in theology and want to be called "Reverend doctor" end up losing sight of the fact that the idea is NOT to sin. They instead decide that "sin" is an outmoded concept, and anything goes because Jesus is this big fuzzy puppy dog who loves everyone and hates no one, even those who commit the worst sins, and no matter what you want, it's perfectly fine as long as you do you. Hell doesn't actually exist and God loves everyone so this month the sanctuary has been decorated with rainbow penis flags in celebration of--

What happens is that the important messages of Christianity get lost in consciousness-raising horseshit, "inclusivity", "pride", and the rest of the leftist mishmash. As a minister you are supposed to counsel against masturbation, not encourage it--not because God is a big meany-mean-head that wants everyone to suffer (quite the opposite!) but because of the path it leads to.

The entire point of religion is to harness and channel the self's animal nature--and ultimately to deny it. Absent some external controlling factor, humans run right down the rails to self-destruction, laughing all the way, and in destroying themselves they also destroy civilization. Absent God, there is nothing, no reason to do anything. In a world with no God, nothing matters, so people have no reason not to satisfy the cravings of the flesh regardless of consequence.

If you read the New Testament--really read it rather than look for pull quotes to justify yourself--you find that the basic philosophy of Christianity is founded on a deceptively simple premise: teaching people to know what sin is and teaching them not to do it. The property is often referred to as "discernment".

It's sin is when you say, "I know this is wrong, and I don't care one jot!" It is also sin when you say, "I know that I was told this is sinful, but I like it, and I'm not hurting anyone, so what's the harm?"

If you are a reverend who lacks discernment to the point that you take people to a sex toy shop and buy them for people, you need a heck of a lot of remedial training.

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Another take on Horseteeth calling Pelosi "racist".

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A bit of humor about ICE raids. These are agents trying to remove people who have been ordered deported by a court of law. This isn't just a random sweep for illegals--though there should be plenty of those going on, too.

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The series has lost all resemblance to the original. Not interested.

The problem with the Tenchi Muyo! franchise is that it suffers from endless reboots. The first OVA series was 13 episodes long and told a pretty good set of stories. Then they came out with the first TV series, Tenchi Universe, which was a reboot of the first six eps of the OVA series, and that was also really good. Then came the movie, Tenchi Muyo In Love, which was a tour-de-force of an anime film. At the end of that series, TM! was one of my favorites, to the point that the characters almost felt like good friends.

...and then they went off the rails. Tenchi in Tokyo didn't really fit either of those continuities, for all that it bascially picked up where the first TV series left off. They made Tenchi Muyo: Daughter of Darkness which was...okay, but kind of weak, and I was never really sure where it fit in the continuity; and after that they popped out a few more OVA eps that didn't make any sense to me and Tenchi Muyo! GXP which wasn't about any of the established characters, but a spinoff series. And by the time Ai Tenchi Muyo! came out I'd lost all interest in the thing, precisely because of all the reboots and spinoffs and other stupidity, including changes in the vocal casting.

I really tried to like Tenchi in Tokyo but it wasn't all that good, which is about where things ended up for me.

The original first 13 eps of the OVA series (what are commonly called "OVA seasons 1 and 2", I guess) are the best. The dubs are some of the best dubs out there--Pioneer didn't play around with bad actors--and the characters were engaging. I loved that series. Done right, the series could have run a long continuity that told stories about those characters; obivously it was popular enough--but instead they squandered it on all this floofery that went nowhere.

Oh well.

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Well, I have been told that because I've sat here, eating leftover pizza and writing this, that I am "missing the summer" so I suppose I'd better go outside and do some summer things.

The weather forecast is upper 80s and lower 90s as far as the eye can see, though.

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Title of a YouTube video I doubt I'll watch: "I love Corvettes so I spent 30 hours restoring one that sat outside for 8 years".

If it only takes you 30 hours, you are not "restoring" it.

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The other day I was looking over AV again, and couldn't put it down, so I suppose I've moved back into the "it's really good!" column. Oh well.

#6754: Started work on the motorcycle

Yesterday was a busy day; today I am wiped out and dragging my butt around. I'm not kidding; until about 7:45 PM the most ambitious thing I'd managed to do was today's blog post. Otherwise I was laying on the gravity chair on the patio; laying in bed; or sitting in my rocking chair. I did manage to play a little WoW today but my heart really wasn't in it.

But my wife wanted Chinese food, and because there are no places around here that deliver I told her that if she ordered and paid for it, I'd go pick it up.

Had some food after that, then laid down for a little bit; but did not fall asleep, so I got back up, put on a grunge shirt, and hied meself out to the garage.

Took the seat and tank off the motorcycle. The air filter does not look dirty but I'll clean it, anyway, before I put it back in. I drained all the fuel out of the tank, and decided that was enough because I really needed to find the service manual to figure out how to get the carbs off the thing for a thorough cleaning.

Could not find the manual. TL;DR on that one was that it had been put into my closet in my old bedroom--a good, safe place for it--so after I had exhausted all other alternatives I found it there.

The troubleshooting section of the manual is spectacularly useless, though. It goes right to the worst-case scenario and then tapers off from there:
1. Tappet clearance out of adjustment.
2. Poor seating of valves.
3. Defective valve guides.
4. Defective signal generator.
5. Spark plug gaps too wide.
6. Defective ignition coil.
7. Carburator balancing out of adjustment.
8. Float-chamber fuel level out of adjustment in carburators.
9. Clogged jets.
Seriously. Instead of going to the simple to the complex to the "fuck it, buy a new bike", it's like the guy who wrote the manual just wrote down everything he could think of that would cause a poor idle, and didn't bother to sort it when he was finished.

Really, though, this manual was written for professional motorcycle mechanics, so the troubleshooting guide is meant to jog the mechanic's brain with things he might not have thought of.

Looking over the cutaway diagrams for the carbs and the theory of operation, though, I think I know what I have to do. The thing starts and runs fine with the choke open, but once the engine is warm enough not to need the choke, it stops running because the air/fuel mix with the choke on is wrong for a warm engine.

My aim, then, is to pull the carbs out, give them a thorough cleaning, and then put them back in and try it out. Put in fresh 93 octane gasoline with a good shot of carb cleaner in it, and then give that a try.

If that fixes the problem, then I might just take it somewhere, to get the carbs balanced and everything adjusted to spec by a professional. Wouldn't that be a kick? It'd cost a few shekels, but having the clutch and throttle and brakes and chain all adjusted by someone who knows what he's about would probably go a very, very long way towards making the thing fun to ride again.

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I say "choke" but it is in fact a "cold start enrichment device". A choke is a butterfly valve similar to the throttle valve that closes (or is closed) when the engine is cold, in order to increase intake vacuum and therefore draw more fuel through the jets. A "cold start enrichment device", however, is a valve that opens another path for fuel to be drawn into the airstream.

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Anyway, I'm not expecting to tear the carbs all the way down. I'm going to open them up, blast out the appropriate passages with carb cleaner (bought two cans at Menards) inspect and repeat as needed until I know they'll work right. Then reassemble and reinstall. Whee!

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But while removing the gas tank, I discovered that there are some damaged wires right there. When I bought the thing from Og he had to remove a mouse nest from the air box; the mice that built that nest apparently had a time with these wires, as well. I'm going to have to de-loom them, see what I can do about fixing this, and then re-loom them. Argh etc.

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Anyway I'm going to hit the hay early tonight. I'm hoping that means I'll be able to get up in the morning and work on the bike a bit--just an hour or two--before work. We'll see. I'm going to listen to my body and sleep as much as is necessary; Wed-Fri last week I was dragging my ass during work hours and Friday didn't seem like it would ever end.

Tomorrow I have a meeting at 9 AM--teleconference--so I've got to be here at the computer at 9 to do that. But the day after that meeting is over will be mine, until about 1:30-ish. So, that works.