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Still gotta write something

If only I hadn’t gotten the TBI, this would be so much easier. I could still put poetry up here, or maybe a story. SOMETHING other than this stream of consciousness stuff. I mean S.o.C is good as far as it goes, it just doesn’t go far enough.

I have a different version of Windows 11 on this computer than I had on the last laptop, because this one kinda installed itself when I connected to the Internet and the one on my old laptop was an upgrade on the existing copy of 10 that was already on the computer. The issue is the apps I use to open certain files don’t work like they did before. I used to open .pdf files with Chrome, but doing that in W 11 results in files that try to save again in random directories of the drive selected. It could be worse, it could be in random directories of random drives. I discovered this when I bought some publications that were posted in .pdf form and they did the stupid thing when I tried to read what I bought. Windows seems to do what I want when I use the apps that Microsoft wants me to use, not the apps I want to use. In this case it doesn’t matter because all I care about is getting to read the stuff I bought, regardless. And there is no functional difference between opening a .pdf in Chrome or opening it in Edge except for changing the default app in settings.

The .pdf I’m trying to read is the e-book of the dead-tree edition of Sacrimony – A tale of love, life and death in no particular order, I bought volume 3 after buying the first two. Actually the .pdf comes free for buyers of the dead-tree edition I bought. The artist is currently having a RL scheduling problem which is impacting the updates in a negative way, just like most of the websites on that section of my bookmarks. This comic has gone from once a week to once a month, which is still better than some of the comics in that corner of my bookmarks that have gone to once a year or less. One of the comics I (used) to follow hasn’t updated in 5 years and they stopped in the middle of an arc (painting the bedroom).Atomic Laundromat At one point I was reading several hundred webcomics a day and had 9 different folders, one for every day and 2 more for the ones that didn’t update every week.

And I’m ready for sleep, well tired, but I don’t know how long it will take to shut my brain down and actually get to sleep. Not too long, I hope. But it feels like there is a bunch of stuff churning around up there that will keep me awake for a while before everything shuts down and I can sleep. But the sooner I go to bed the sooner I can go to sleep, so I’m putting this post to bed so I can get to bed.

Another case of needing to write but not having anything to say

I have this compulsion to sit down and write something at least every two or three days. Even when I don’t have anything in particular to say, I still have to write. The compare-contrast to the Harlan Ellison short story continues.

One thing I’m steamed about is I now live in a state that has made abortion illegal. I’m trying to think of anything that happens only to men that can be similarly restricted and beyond prostate issues I’m drawing a huge blank. The problem with prostate issues is they can be ignored for decades with no risk to the man, unlike a problem pregnancy which has a built-in time limit. I can’t think of anything that potentially threatens a man’s life or livelyhood like pregnancy but has a time limit to treat like pregnancy and only affects males or AMAB. I suspect that the men who voted for this are not getting any from their wives and have to either pay for it or do without. The poet in me wants to deny those who voted for this law or signed it into law access to all medical care, permanently. This is denying women medical care by law, so they shouldn’t get any medical care either.

Other than that I don’t have anything of importance to relay here. Still trying to win an engine from POWERBLOCK, a 6.4l GenIII Hemi™ this time and you can help by clicking the link. The best native automatic transmission (one that can be installed without an adapter or modification) looks like the NAG1 5 speed automatic. It has a 3.59 first gear which combined with the 0.83 overdrive gives a 1772 RPM cruise at 60 MPH with the street tires and race gears in the rear end. That means I have to tune 1700 through 2200 RPM really lean for good highway mileage. The ECM they’re using has tune by gear so we can restrict the lean tune to 1700-2200 in fifth. Also the NAG is much lighter than any native transmission and also somewhat lighter than any other transmission that can adapt to the GenIII Hemi™. In another week I’ll be able to link the build video to a post so everybody can see what I’m gunning for. The build sheet looked pretty good.

Am I under a Geas?

For those not into fantasy RPG a Geas is a compulsion spell that forces the victim to do something. I have to write even though I don’t actually have anything to write about. This is kinda what a Geas is like.

Since I’m trying to win a GenIII Hemi™ engine, I thought I would see what that does to my weight-and-balance for the Sprint-T. To put it succinctly, nothing good. The GenIII Hemi™ is physically larger and also has a cast iron block, so it adds over 170 pounds to the front end of the car, 415 pounds for the LS compared to roughly 580-590 for the Hemi™, and a similar situation for transmissions I could use.

I still have the “no room for 3 pedals” situation so I still have to use an automatic, even though I’m not going to be shifting much if at all when I race, and very little when I’m driving on the streets and highways. The Goodguys’ racing is all in first gear, and SCCA is first and second but mostly first. There are almost limitless models of transmissions, between the old Chrysler 3 speed and more recent 4, 5, 6, and 8 speed transmissions for sedans, SUVs, and trucks. There are also kits to bolt up transmissions from LS engines. This just gives more options.
3.6l Pentastar but the 360 pattern overlayed is also the GenIII Hemi

Basically any Mopar/FSA transmission built for a V8 engine works for a GenIII Hemi™ including some weird ones like the NAG1. The 545RFE weighs 238 pounds, the NAG1 has a listed dry weight of 125 pounds without the converter, fluids and a torque converter add weight of course. Other transmissions will bolt up, but those two have the widest ranges and the tallest overdrives for highway driving. They also have torque ratings that even a built GenIII won’t exceed.

And I’m starting to fade, so I’ma put this baby to bed and me shortly after.