atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#1274: One more joblet done.

I got a front license plate mount and I got it installed on the Jeep this afternoon, after Mom and I got home from shopping.

The mount is a $4 piece of plastic with four screws. I eschewed the screws and instead used rivet-type thread inserts to install the mount; then I had to cut the screws short to put the plate on the mount, but that was trivial.

I used RTV to seal the metal I drilled through, since there's no way at the back side, and used red Loctite to hold the bolts in the thread inserts--they're aluminum; they can't take a heck of a lot of torque--and the end result is a good solid mount.

The only thing marring the whole thing is that I got one screw 'way the hell off and had to put another thread insert into the thing. I have no idea how the hell I managed that.

I measured the bumper, found the midpoint, then placed the middle of the bracket on that mark and put marks for the holes I had to drill; only the one on the passenger side of the truck was 2" too far towards the driver's side. When I went to bolt the thing in, it didn't line up with any of the mounting holes! WTF.

Anyway, it's on, my mistake is hidden by the license plate, and I don't have to worry about it any more.

* * *

As for the 200th SBemail, I reset my router, and was able to view it. What an odd error; it was only that one site that didn't work. Maddening, that, but typical.

I'm starting to think about trying a LinkSys router. My friends on irc://slashnet/gunblogger_conspiracy suggested it; it might not be a bad idea. The Belkin, I am told, was a bad choice; apparently Belkin's networking products are junk. (I did not know this until after I bought one, tried it, and found it to be worse than the no-name Airlink router I currently use.)

I'm also thinking about trying to find a wireless switch/router, because I would like to be able to copy files from one computer to another without resorting to "sneakernet". (Even though the floppy disk has gone the way of the dodo--by and large--we still use other media. CD's and even USB FLASH drives. "Sneakernet" will always be with us, until the grand day when all machines know how to talk to each other seamlessly and are made to do so from the moment you take them out of the box. I will expect Jesus to return about 4:12 PM that afternoon....)

* * *

Thanks to a thread on the Fiero forum, I've started re-watching Azumanga Daioh again. Today I was captivated by the animation in ep 4, "Pool! Pool! Pool!"--particularly, how animators show people in water.

I realized that the water itself is background, that the characters are painted on clear acetate with the part above the water in normal color, and the part below the water in subdued blue tones. And, of course, a thin light blue line where the waterline is.

I single-framed through a sequence where Chiyo-chan was trying to get her head above water, and realized that the only thing on the cels was Chiyo-chan and the ripples created by her splashing; the blue water was part of the background.

That just makes animation cooler, IMHO, when you realize how they do it. I realize this is no great revelation or anything, but I think it's neat.

They even, in many shots, correctly distorted the underwater portions of the characters, since that's how it looks in real life since air and water have different indices of refraction.

* * *

I still have to get the front end of the Jeep up on jack stands so I can do what needs doing, but I think that'll wait for tomorrow. I've had a busy day.

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