Daily Archives: April 15, 2021

Still feels like I’m getting punched in the face

Like, seriously, I wish the trees would keep their sexual activity to themselves. If there are any genetic engineers out there reading this, could you genetically engineer a less-messy reproduction process for the trees I’m allergic to? Seriously, trees, keep it private.

Also, showing my age here, but am I the only person getting Fireball XL5 vibes off the SpaceX Starship?Golden Age sci-fi anyone?
Serious golden age vibes here
Seriously I know it’s not exactly the same, and the XL5 launched horizontally from a track while the Starship launches vertically, but I’m catching a serious XL5 vibe from the Starship. Or maybe just some of those paperback book covers from the ’60s, but old school SF.

And while I’m doing a lot of pictures, here is a picture of the front of a truck LS architecture engine with the picture of my proposed belt routing underneath so you can get a better idea of where things go.
A better look at the impediments for the belt routing
The trick is to keep the belt out of the thermostat mount

Today was a bad allergy day so I have been thinking

I have been having bad eyes all day along with a runny nose, so I have been doing a lot of thinking about making the Sprint-T harder to steal. Before I started I had “removeable steering wheel” and “hidden start switch” on the list. Now I have “install shifter backwards” and “24 bit binary password” on the list.

Actually the “install shifter backwards” wasn’t intended as an anti-theft measure, I was trying to get the shifter to function like a sequential shifter for a manual transmission. Those function with a pull back to go to a higher gear, but without major mechanical modification having PRN1234 ain’t gonna happen, but 1234NRP is there with just turning the shifter backwards and running the cable through a 180° loop so the cable moves in the right direction even with the shifter in backwards. So, pull the trigger and push the shifter the wrong way until the transmission is in first, then pull back to get to a higher gear. So, people who are familiar with cars would be unable to get the car in gear for at least a few seconds.

Now the other “24 bit binary password” is basically a bunch switches connected so that when the switches are arranged in the correct order it makes a series circuit. I’m thinking I should use the ASCII binary code for R, U, N, 😁 or G, O, !😁 Anyway I need to have a sequence I can remember. The other way to do it is connect the switches to a microcontroller and have it turn on the ECU. Now this can be bypassed by hot wiring, but that requires much longer than what it takes to get police there by cellphone.

And that’s about all I have to say today, so I’ll end this here.