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I know I have neglected posting for a while. Part of that is because I have had other things on my mind than what is my normal focus for the blog, but most of it is just because I don’t have the spoons for making a blog post. I don’t like the spoons hypothesis, mainly because I work under a different paradigm, processor cycles. That paradigm states pretty much the same thing: we have a fixed number of processor cycles every day, and if you waste them on unimportant things you don’t have enough to get the important stuff done. And I have been spending a lot of processor cycles on this election.
From my point of view, we are voting between fascism, and democratic corporatism. Or basically, the lesser of two evils. Fascism is authoritarian corporatism, with heavy controls and limited personal freedom. Democratic corporatism has more personal freedom, but not much. Neither is the form of government I want to live under, but given the choice some freedom is way better than none. I’m not that big a student of history, but even I can see where Trump & Co is headed, and I don’t like it.
I’m still not used to having politics in this blog, after years of reporting death and destruction of cyclists trying not to be political about it. And that was a struggle, because there were others who treated dead cyclists as just another cost of doing business. But for me as a victim of road violence and a cyclist it was very hard not to take it personally. And now as a member of an oppressed minority I take things like BLM and LGBTQ issues personally, too. And other minorities, like First Nations and Native Hawaiian, I take personally when they are denied rights. Now if I was in a position to do anything about it that might mean something, but I’m just an impoverished slob in a Texas suburb with zero political clout even on a local level. The most effective thing I can do politically I did today in the voting booth. But I don’t know how much longer that will be effective.
We get these muffins from the Tom Thumb cheap, and they taste good, but there is a problem.
As you can see there is a great deal of fallout from eating one of the buggers, all of them. It’s just that with chocolate chip the fallout is easier to find than with Banana Nut, or especially Blueberry, those crumbs are practically invisible on these floors. I swear there are more crumbs than muffin, or at least more crumbs on me and the floor than there was muffin I ate.
And that’s my tiny little rant for the day. Petty, I know, but this is something that has been bothering me ever since they started putting these muffins on this super hot deal, nine muffins for like less than $6. It’s a great deal, just over $0.60 a muffin, but it seems like I never get to actually eat the whole muffin. Before they put the deal on the muffins we didn’t buy any because they were like $1.10/muffin.
I got laid off from a job that I couldn’t tell anyone about because of the NDA. This was the job that didn’t pay much, but didn’t require much, and I get to keep all the equipment and office supplies they sent. I don’t know what I’m going to do with the scales and barcode scanner, but they’re mine now. But I’m released from the NDA so I can tell people I was doing QC on the USPS delivery system. I mean the worst they could do if I broke the NDA is fire me, and now they can’t even do that as my last payment was sent out on my birthday. The e-mail telling me I’m laid off went out 0920 this morning, telling me my work was appreciated and that I was one of 3900 remaining people working on this project out of more than half a million over the course of the project. I’m supposed to continue reporting test mails until 9/30 when the reporting website gets shut down. Which I’m going to do because what else am I going to do with the stuff?
I’m not going to deny it, this feels like hell. And I’m trying to figure out what I’m supposed to do with the small amount of money I have left in my account because there’s not a lot of it and there aren’t many places to spend it in the app. And even though I can get a debit card to spend it outside of the app, because of the limitations in the tax code when this was established there are only a few places that I can use the card. If I could spend it just anywhere it would be income and I would have to pay taxes on it, but since it’s restricted it’s not “income” and I don’t have to report it or pay taxes on it. The way it was explained when I signed up, this way they could pay me more and I wouldn’t have to deal with the 1099 at the end of the year.
So, now I’m completely unemployed as all my side gigs are gone, and I can’t even look forward to getting stuff in the mail any more. ☹️ Well stuff will still come in the mail, it just won’t be work-related stuff any more. ☹️ This makes two jobs of fairly long term part-time employment that have died while I was in the saddle, quit before I did, are no longer there, in this cursed year.
Yesterday we went to the local Red Robin to celebrate my surviving 62 years, and the quantity of food was almost unsurvivable. Since pictures speak louder than words time for the two pictures I took of the meal.
Mrs. the Poet had a bacon cheeseburger with “only” a quarter pound patty, and an iced tea with a side of sweet potato fries. She wasn’t able to finish her fries or burger. We also got the large stack of onion rings, and brought a third back.
Now I don’t recommend this as a steady diet, but for a celebration, it rocked.
The irony of getting hearing aids is if I didn’t need to be able to understand speech, I wouldn’t even need hearing aids. This was hammered home as I tried to get to sleep last night, because I could hear all three noises made by the clocks in the bedroom, and the sounds of the dripping faucet in the bathroom adjoining the Master Suite of Casa de El Poeta. Seriously, I could hear every coyote, neighborhood dog, trash panda, and the opossum going by the bedroom window. I can hear cars on the freeway more than 5 miles away, as well as the tollway that gets within 2 miles. If it wasn’t for the noise in my head from the brain damage I would have the hearing of a teenager who had never been to a rock concert, because my healing factor is that awesome. I heard phones ringing in the business adjacent to the sound proof room I took my hearing test in, and there were no walls on that room that were on the outside wall of the office. Below 4KHz my hearing is perfect which made adjusting the equalizer in the hearing aids “interesting”. I mean most people who need amplification need it from 1KHz on up, meaning I’m losing 3 or more channels on the equalizer because I don’t have any loss in that band.
This is so annoying because I just want Mrs. the Poet to stop mumbling, when she’s just talking normally. So I need some help, but not much help. And it annoys the piss out of me that I need help. Like seriously annoyed. And it also annoys me that I can’t heal brain and nerve damage like I can other things like skin and muscles. What good is it to be the closest thing IRL to Deadpool and Wolverine if brain damage is outside my abilities? It’s like “You’re going to live forever, but gradually get more and more stupid as you get older.” Something else to get annoyed at.
And that pretty much covers everything I wanted to say, so rather than ramble on, this is auf wiedersehen.
I went to check our bank balances, and they were sad. Check that, mine was sad, Mrs. the Poet’s was a tragedy.
I was curious so I used my fitness app to track how much I walked just going to the bank. Well to and from the bus was 0.82 miles (1.3 km) and to and from the bank from the transfer station was 0.69 miles (1.11 km) for a grand total of 1.51 miles (2.43 km). So just going to the bank is a workout in 4 parts. Each part is small, but they add up to a pretty big workout for an old zombie like me.
[tangent]I’m somewhat unhappy about how the undead are portrayed in media, as either cannibals, or worse. I know we are generally treated as either villains or punchlines in most media, rarely are we even treated neutrally. I have never seen a positive portrayal of anyone who died and came back without medical intervention.[/tangent]
I found some more info on designing and building intake manifolds, but they neglected to account for the interaction between cam events and intake tuning AFAIK. I didn’t see anything about it when I did a quick scan over the documents, but I might have missed it. I did see much about tuning runner length for VE peak at a certain RPM and how to get that on 1st 2nd and 3rd order harmonics, so I have the docs for that. Also the formulae assume circular cross-section intake ports, but there is information on calculating for rectangular ports, it’s just that the formulae in that doc are twice as complex for square and rectangular as they are for round. Corners add complexity to calculating intake runners… well, poop. The docs are long, so this will be sit down and read for hours task.
I have been looking at what is currently available in the wheel market for my car, and there was much sadness. While there are many wheels in the size I need, they do not seem to come in the bolt circles that mount to the hubs I have now for the front and expect to find for the rear. Everything I find is in the 4 by 100mm circle for the Miata and Fiat 124 Spyder. I’m trying to find out if special ordering in 5 by 4½” Ford and Mopar pattern or 5 by 4¾” Chevy pattern is possible for those wheels.
On a completely unrelated topic, my spiced chai, and my pumpkin spice tea are impossible to tell apart. You think there’s a relationship? Or do you think they are the same product with different labels for different times of the year?
And to add to today’s theme of random: I’m listening to Evil 9’s We Have The Power: “We have the energy, we have the resources, we have the power, let’s get together and wreck shit!” I prefer to make shit when I have energy, resources and power, but you do you.
And on that note, and with my feet starting to hurt and dinner time approaching, Ima put this wreck to bed.
And I don’t know what to do with myself. My go-to when I’m having a shit day is either porn or writing, and since you’re reading this I’m not watching porn😇.
I have been doing lots of reading about tech stuff for cars, mostly the LS engine family, which was why I was making plans on building the carbon fiber intake manifold. If the stuff I have been reading is accurate, and it tracks with the data on the TPI L98 engine from the Richard Holdener videos on YouTube, I can get a very high average power with a stupid long and large cross section runner intake manifold for low and midrange power and a crazy long duration camshaft to push power out in the upper RPM range. The peak power won’t be super high like if I used a short runner manifold with the same cam, but the average power from off-idle to redline would be higher, and since autocross is more about average power across the whole RPM range… I think it might be worth a shot.
Also listening to my music app playing songs that soothe my soul like the one playing now (Taking a Ride on) Heavy Metal” by Don Felder from the movie soundtrack. There was some Tull, some Iron Maiden, some Infected Mushroom, some Jaime Berry (electro swing), some Wrecked Machines (techno, I think, might be techno-trance crossover), and some Blue Man Group “I Feel Love”.
One of the reasons why this is a shit day is we have a cold front moving through, the same front that went through CO yesterday and dropped their temps by 60°F overnight. This isn’t quite that drastic, we only dropped about 40°F, but we are having T-storms and overcast pretty much all day and it is pretty dreary. There’s an electro swing song on my playlist that has lyrics about not wanting things to be dreary. That song is so relentlessly positive, I can only take it at wide intervals. I forget the artist, otherwise I would let you know in case you wanted to either search it out or avoid it.
Other things I have been researching, because I have to keep up with the state of the art and also what’s available, is the tires for the Sprint-T. Specifically, the race tires for the series that require DOT 200 treadwear tires, because that is most definitely a moving target. The size that was “best” is still in limited availablity, but the research and development for cars in my horsepower range has gone to cars that are about twice as heavy as the Sprint-T. In other words right now I’m no longer sure of which tire is “best” anymore. The 245/40-15 size is still made, by more than one company, but it’s becoming a “competition-only” size even in the 200 treadwear class. Now I can live with this because I always planned on conserving the competition tires by only running them at the track and driving around on 255/60-15 500 treadwear tires from either Cooper or Goodrich. Those will last for years as long as I don’t get stupid with the gas pedal.
On the subject of tires the group that was doing the autocross series that was requiring the 300 treadwear tires has aligned their rules to other series that require 200 or better treadwear so that’s one less set of tires I need to find wheels for.👍
Speaking of the 255/60-15 Goodrich tires they are available in 1/25th scale for the model Mini Sprint-T for like $12 a set of 4, but I already have tires the same size, just with a different size label, L60-15 is within 0.1″ in every dimension in full scale. So I’m probably going to keep and use those tires, because I have them and don’t feel like
getting more tires spending $12+tax and shipping more just to have a more accurate sidewall.
And it’s coming on dinner time and I have to proof the copy and put this post to bed.
Mrs. the Poet did a number on the stove this week. She was using the self cleaning option and set the timer for 3 hours, because she wanted a CLEAN!! oven. Well, the stove started throwing a F-2 code and beeping, continuously so we had to throw the breaker to get it to quit beeping. The repairman says the stove is so old he can’t get repair parts for it anymore, and the code is for the oven control module because you’re not supposed to run the self clean more than 2 hours because it overheats the control module and can even melt the solder joints. I thought it would be a good idea to pass that along to you guys: Leaving your oven on clean for more than 2 hours can result in a dead stove.
The opening for the stove in the countertop is 297/8” wide meaning we can’t just buy a stove without measuring it, or making a go-no go gauge and making sure it fits with that. The cabinet below the countertop is exactly 30″, so if push came to shove we could strip the formica off the edges of the countertop and go with that, and maybe just slap some paint over the bare wood and call it good. That one I’m leaving up to Mrs. the Poet because the kitchen is her domain. So far I have looked at more than 50 stoves from various manufacturers and it looks like we will need to go to the store and measure before we buy, because some are 30″ “class” and some give exact measurements after the 30″ class…
In other news I’m getting hand cramps again, which is usually an indication I’m not getting enough electrolytes in my hydration or supplements, but I can’t figure out the one I’m missing because I have my salty snacks, for sodium, and yogurt for potassium, but I’m not having the yogurt every day like I used to, so maybe that’s it.
Also, I may have to change how much overhang I have on the track nose to leave room for the engine and radiator, basically figure out where the engine and radiator go and mount the nose as far back as it will fit and just “deal with it”.
And this just in the AC was putting out an error code and it cost $250 to fix it. It was a clogged drain, and the tool from Harbor Freight costs $18 plus tax to fix it but now we know what that code means and that the drain is susceptible to clogging. infinitescreaming.gif pretty much sums up this week.