Monthly Archives: March 2018

Computer is dying, I ay have to stop updating until I get a new one

I’ having problems with soe of the keys on the keyboard, can you guess which one? That akes 3 dead keys, and I can’t work around this one. If I get just the right pressure and angle the “” key works soeties, but not very often. Like just the once for this post, up there in the headline.

Anyway, if one of you has a few extra bucks there is an addy on the botto of the right sidebar to send oney via PayPal. I just need a Chroebook, they’re cheap. Seriously, I need a new coputer ASAP. I can still read webcomics and eail with this coputer, but not make decent posts to this blog.

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I’m annoyed

I went out to get a massage today, but when I stopped at the ATM to get the money instead of a $150 balance we were $165 in the hole. Somewhere along the way about $280 left our account before the overdraft charge. I didn’t do it, and Mrs. the Poet doesn’t recall doing it, which leaves either an authorized automatic withdrawal that was much larger than budgeted, or an unauthorized withdrawal. Mrs. the Poet plans on calling the bank for a transaction record to see where the money went, I can’t do it because technically it’s her account. I’m on the account, so I can write checks and make deposits, but stuff like this requires Mrs. the Poet to initiate the process.

I wouldn’t be so peeved except I was already out the cost of bus fare when I found out we were at a negative balance and had been on the road for over an hour. So basically I spent $2.50 and 3½ hours of travel time to do nothing. Had I been able to get my massage I would have been in the rush hour headway for the trip back eliminating the long wait for a bus back home, but I had an hour between return buses after I discovered I had no money to pay for my massage, and another half-hour at the transit center waiting for the next bus home.

The good part is all the walking I did came close to maxing out my Sweatcoin collecting. Almost the full 5 Sweatcoins I can get at this level of membership. Not the same as I was doing when M+Points was at its heyday, but about the same as I could get near the end. I was down to $1 a week at the end, about what I’m making now. If I walk really far I could collect $0.25/day, which if I could do that every day would be great, even more than I made collecting M+Points. You already know the bad part. I also did some more thinking about the Sprint-T but did not come to any new conclusions.

Still working on the design

I can’t leave the house with the rain and thunderstorms and the flood watches, so I have been reading superhero books on my Kindle app and moving boxes representing assemblies around in my CAD program.

OK my current design method is to assign things a box that describes the space they occupy, rather than the actual object itself, and then move the boxes around until there’s no overlap. Some boxes are fixed, like the engine/transmission box and the body box, while some are not even fixed in size, like the radiator box that changes width depending on the radiator I’m trying to fit. I think there is a possibility the smallest radiator in the catalog will be enough to cool the Pentastar after seeing the stock radiator for one of the vehicles it is installed in by FCA. That simplifies packaging considerably, because I can figuratively put that radiator beside the steering box and have room left over for a bowling alley. The joker in the deck is the OEM radiator is double-row but the catalog radiator is double-double-row with  1/3  less frontal area but a 2.25X thicker core with more fins, and I lack the data to make a direct comparison. The “double-double” refers to the tubes in the core of the catalog radiator having more than twice the heat rejecting capacity of a round tube, making the double row core the equivalent of a 4-row. There is a simple formula for comparing radiators of different designs, but catalog descriptions rarely have enough information to allow its use. And that goes double in this case, with different chunks of the equation missing from the 2 catalog descriptions. But it is my SWAG that the 22″ catalog radiator will be roughly equal to the OEM radiator, especially after I learned the replacement OEM radiator was also used for much larger engines and is just sold as a replacement for the Pentastar because it fits the hole. Ima just hafta put a huge electric fan on the catalog radiator to make sure there’s enough airflow to remove the heat, which is what I would have had to do anyway, just maybe not as huge as I’m thinking about using now.

The radiator box combined with the steering box are the same width as the engine box, which is the same width as the firewall but extends a touch to the right because of offset to balance out my “big bones” sitting behind the steering wheel on the left. Which is a very roundabout way to say the radiator and steering box are together the same width as the firewall. And that I could install a wider radiator without increasing the frontal area of the car. This also means that there will be a large hole to the left of the engine that could be use as an escape path for cooling air, or a place to install an oil cooler facing sideways. Looking at the picture right now there are several places to install a small oil cooler, above the steering box there is a 5″ wide by 18″ tall space, there’s a 7″ tall space under the radiator that could run the width of the front end if the hoses would fit under the steering box. But as I don’t see any oil coolers near those sizes in the catalog…the question is moot.

And I just found a picture online of the engine in side view, with a tape measure in clear view to use to scale from and all the driven bits hanging off the front with the belt and pulleys exposed to measure. Something to make the engine box more accurate in the for and aft dimension, might mean a bigger box, might mean a smaller box, but either way it’s a more accurate box.

And writing note, when I get on a roll writing it’s pretty much stream of consciousness, but I still “feel” the punctuation and capitalization. What I don’t have a feel for is when I need a paragraph break. And my proofreader program knows fvck-all about paragraph breaks so I don’t get a blurb about needing a paragraph like I do about passive voice or homonyms. What I’m trying to say is I know I need more paragraph breaks in my writing, I just don’t always know where to put them.

No NASCAR race, and trying to rain here

No race to watch on the flat screen, and the weather is threatening so I can’t go for a walk. That means I have to post something here or go crazy. Going crazy is no fun, and I think you have figured out by now what choice I made.

On really good thing about the Pentastar for the Sprint-T is its extremely short length. There’s 43″ between the firewall and the centerline of the front axle on the Sprint-T and allowing for movement the steering linkage is 7″ behind that so 36″ from the firewall to the effective limit on the space. There’s a 3.5″ thick radiator to leave room for and a 9″ long steering box with a steering shaft that has to snake around the radiator, that goes between the radiator and the axle. Measuring the space from the part where the Pitman arm bolts to the rearmost part of the box as installed on the car and adding the working length of the Pitman arm (7″) I get another 12.5″ between the steering linkage and the radiator leaving just 23.5″ unless I put the radiator over the steering box like they do on the Speedway T-Bucket kit. Putting the radiator in the space between the front of the box and the steering linkage solves a lot of steering issues at the cost of raising the CofG slightly, but the radiator is only 19″ tall and there is literally 27″ to put it in. Mounting the steering linkage below the axle leaves even more room for the radiator in front of the steering box because the radiator can go over the linkage and still leave room for the axle to travel up and down. At this point in the design the radiator is a box that is 26″ wide by 19″ tall and 3.5″ thick that can be moved back and forth and up and down until room has been found for everything else. Anyway, the engine is a 20″ box in front of the firewall that leaves 16″ for everything else. And here you are reading in real time my thought processes as I build the front end of the car.

Recentering my thoughts, there is 16″ between the steering linkage and the front of the engine, the problem is the steering box and the radiator are trying to be in the same bit behind the axle. I could put the radiator on the right and the steering box on the left and have room for both. The steering box is 4.5″ from the mounting face to the right side of the box, 5.2″ total width, and I have 34″ of width to play with behind the axle, 17″ on either side of center. That means I could stuff a 28″ radiator in the car and still not hang out past the frame rails/4-bar if I put the radiator next to the steering box. If I choose to slide the radiator between the steering box and the steering linkage then I have more room for radiator width, but only just, and the radiator outlet would have to be passenger side to prevent interference. The widest radiator I can get a passenger side outlet at the places I’m looking is 31″ which is the inside to inside width of the bottom frame rails when I build to a width of 34″, serendipitous isn’t it?

And it’s time to check e-mail and get ready for bed.

Quick note on the Pentastar engine model I mentioned

In the last post I mentioned I had a model of the Pentastar V6 for designing the frame. I want to emphasize this is a drafting model of the space the engine occupies during operation, so that I leave enough room to get components out of damage range when the car is being driven. The actual engine is not that big. I’m just trying to make sure the car can be controlled while I’m driving it.

OK this was weird

I was getting ready for another test walk to see if the Sweatcoin step algorithm changed depending on what level of membership you selected. It totally does, but that’s another post. I decided to trim the nail on the toe that has been hurting when I walk on the assumption that that was what was causing the pain, and it was, but I also discovered I had a small callus on the end of the toe. Not on the bottom like you would expect, but on the very end of the toe, under where the nail sticks out when it needs cutting. I find this slightly bizarre, to have a wear callus in an area that does not normally get wear. Another sign I need to buy larger shoes, perhaps? Along the same lines I was going through some of my “Left-Over” shoes and noticed that while they were all the same US size most were 42.5 European while the current set is 42 European. The European sizes 42 and 42.5 both translate as 8½US depending on the manufacturer, but I actually need that .5 to keep from rubbing the end of my toe next to the big toe, the piggy that stayed home in the children’s game.

On the Sprint-T front, I have made a model of the Pentastar V-6 for designing the frame. I’m still a bit fuzzy about oil pans, and may just make a low-profile pan of my own when I build the actual car because I have a ton of space left to right and forward from the rear of the block, just not much room to let the bottom of the pan extend down below the block. So anyway the current space-occupying model is based on the rear face of the engine using the crank centerline as the datum. The left side of the block extends 9.5″ from the crank, the right and bottom of the block are both 8″ from the crank, and the block goes to 27″ wide centered on the crank (13.5″ left and right) from 8.5″ above the crank centerline to 21″ above, and everything goes forward 20″ from the rear face of the block. I know this is not accurate but it does cover all the bits that hang off the side of the engine. Now the front is another can of worms but there’s nothing hanging off the front that I need to build around as the structural bits and controls are on the left side of the frame and it appears the potentially interfering item is on the right side. Now If I was going to keep the AC the story would be different because the AC compressor hangs down close to where steering columns and shafts usually go. Working from the inside and sliding the engine as far to the right as it will go this still leaves 8.5″ at the firewall, and a full foot just 10″ behind the firewall. Now I need to recalculate how much offset I can get, with the inside width of the firewall being 26″ and the right side of the bellhousing being 8″ from the crank that makes the crank 5″ to the right of center which is about 0.3″ to the left of balancing out my weight in the driver’s seat. So I’ll still need to hang something off the right side of the frame to get balanced.

And I need to wrap this up, and check e-mail etc.

I’m back and I have test results

Getting to the personal stuff first, they did another cognition test to measure my mental decline. And there has been some decline in the last 2 years. But to allay fears, I maxed out the test last time so there was no place to go but down. Most notably, I can no longer repeat back random 7 digit numbers in reverse order. I was able to remember both Ruth and Paul’s names, and Alma’s restaurant, but I forgot the name of the park they went for a walk after breakfast on Tuesday.

I’m not ignoring the Uber wreck from earlier this week. The video released yesterday shows the victim was moving from the left lane to the right and was trackable for several seconds before impact, assuming the vehicle was using sensing systems that were not dependent on using visible light. If not then the Uber program was a total sham. There is also the question of vehicle speed as it moved from a 45 MPH zone into the 35 zone where the impact happened. The impact was at 38 MPH according to the released vehicle log, which is above the speed limit for the impact zone but well below the limit for the area just left. Now all the literature I have read states AV will be totally compliant with all vehicle laws, and ones I have read concerning moving from one speed limit to another is the vehicle must be at or below the limit of the zone it is in regardless of the limit of the zone it may have left.

And now I want to take a walk, and make some money

I have been for a walk today, or “Ow, my foot”

It’s really annoying to need to get my toes done, because I can’t see it before I feel it. The first I know my toes need doing is when I feel the pain of the nail catching the inside of my shoe. Ultimately I need to get slightly larger shoes before too long, but these shoes are not wearing out as fast as the cheap shoes I used to buy. The wear is literally proportional to how much I spent on them, the almost $60 per pair shoes are showing about twice the longevity of the $30 shoes.

My Sweatcoin mining is proceeding apace. I have more than 40 Sweatcoins in my “wallet”, currently valued at $0.05 each. Yeah that is “not rich” by any measure, but I got out of the house and I did get something out of it. The only downside is as explained in the first paragraph, if my shoes don’t fit right there is a price that has to be paid in pain.

I have a trip to the Lab Rat Keeper tomorrow, so no post. I have to get up about 0700 so I can eat, get caffeinated, and shower and dress and get out the door. I finally get to use my Reduced Fare ID. Sorry I don’t have more to write about, but nothing much has been going on around Casa de El Poeta. I have been following the Uber wreck with a cyclist in AZ, but they still haven’t decided if the person was riding the bike or pushing it, or even which side of the street she came from. The only upside is because this was a test vehicle everything was supposed to be recorded and preserved showing why an autonomous vehicle was unable to avoid an adult cyclist or pedestrian. Obviously corners have been cut because AV are supposed to be able to easily avoid people in the street, in fact the Google implementation can be stymied by a cyclist doing a track stand at a stop sign because of the slight movements made to remain upright. So the evidence points to some non-action on the hazard-identifying function for small vehicles in adjoining lanes.

And since I need to get up early tomorrow, and I still need to do my e-mail, I’m done with this post now.

Bored, bored, bored

With the weather being wet still this morning I’m still stuck in the house. If I had shoes I could wear in the wet I could go for a walk in the rain and not worry about it. Seriously, the rain wasn’t a problem but the water on the ground was. Drainage has been an ongoing issue in the neighborhood for years, with some areas still ankle-deep for days after heavy rain. Intersections seem to be the worst problems as the profiling puts deep spots at each corner of an intersection without giving an outlet for that water to leave. The crowning of the street blocks the water from going to the other side after it drains out of the middle, inundating pedestrian space while keeping the “car part” of the street clear. And thus the “nobody walks” becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy, as pedestrian spaces become unwalkable.

In other news we have a house-guest spending some time here as issues at home are worked out. Nothing more I can say about that.

On the gathering crypto-currency front, they assure me my app is fixed, but I need someplace to walk before I can check to see if they’re right.

And there’s a barn-burner of a race from Fontana CA on the flat screen. In ten laps I’m wrapping this up and going for a walk.

Weather again

I finally got the Sweatcoin app fixed, just in time for the weather to get too bad to go outside for a walk. We are still a little low in the reservoirs we use for drinking water so runoff that fills them is great.

We just finished our traditional corned beef and cabbage St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Not fine cuisine, just good food and plenty of it.

and I have my new Twitter avatar downloaded.

Cartoon me

Isn’t Cartoon Me distinguished? I wish my real windbreaker looked that good. Thanks to @lartist for making me look so good. Just dropping the hint to go read my arc and maybe click on some ads so they can make a buck off me.

and now I have to go take care of my email and commercial “stuff”.