Been busy…

So, two major news items. Well, for me at least.

I’ve been updating the page theme and I think it’s improving – already looks tons better. 🙂 The layout and colors are improving dramatically. I picked the Leniy Radius theme as the starting point and have been adjusting the background, colors, and some of the design cues – such as some rounded corners on the content posts and removing the Chinese characters. Not because they detracted from the theme, but because I don’t speak the language :-P. I’ll keep editing it as I go along, I want to change the header – it’s boring, and I want to change the categories and pages so they show images and color.

One of my buddies from work gave me a Raspberry Pi – he wasn’t planning on using it any time soon and he knew I’d been looking for one. Awesome! I had to buy a new SD HC card reader/write because mine was so OLD but they’re cheap, $10 at Best Buy. I threw the NOOB image on it (New Out Of Box) and booted it up. So far I’ve got OpenELEC running on it, but I need to get the codec’s licensed to view everything. I did load the XBMC Android remote app on my G4 – cool little thing! There will be more later.

Slow weekend

The wife and kids were up in Phoenix for the annual Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe, so I was on my own. Fortune Cookie ( Twin Peaks and Silverbell, (520) 579-7813) pork fried rice and some crab puffs for dinner . Yummy!

Didn’t make it to Industrial Metals, got out of the house too late. I stopped by my buddy Roy’s house, picked up a couple of bad cylinder heads that he didn’t want anymore. I’ve been trying to find a source of small letters to put on the placard for my cast pieces so I stopped at Hobby Lobby. We’ll see if what I found works, I’ll look on-line as well. Some other miscellaneous errands, but nothing major.

I had dinner and veg’d out for a while then about 7pm I went out to the garage and started taking the head apart. What a pain in the ass! Those studs didn’t want to come out for anything – broke a few. Oh, and what do you do if you don’t have a valve spring compressor? Short answer, you make one, of course! I’ll post a picture of it when I get a chance to do the second head. I put it together in about an hour – you just can’t put a price on having metal, a welder, and hand tools. I don’t know what these metrosexual men do when they run into something they don’t have the tools/skills to overcome. Seriously, do they go shower and put on their skin conditioner and pout? Anyway, got the valve springs out and then the fun began – cutting it in half. Why? Because it needs to fit in my foundry. I think for the second head I’m going to try something I’ve heard mentioned – heat. Apparently, high heat will weak the aluminum enough that hit can be broken up into smaller pieces to fit. I’m not cutting up another one! It was 11:30pm by the time I finished! Jack was barking up a storm – the moon was bright so he went nuts. Silly dog.

I had dinner and then settled down to watch Ender’s Game. Wow! I know they had to edit the story for length, but they did an excellent job getting the story on the screen. The school and training was really well done. The kid they picked to play the part of Bonzo – perfect – I hated that little kid. In other words, he knocked it out the park, he played it perfectly. I didn’t know how they’d pull off the dreams and the adventure game but with the exception of there being no giant at the end, it was great. I’ll definitely watch it again. One of my favorites.

Sunday was an absolute nothing. I felt like crap, this crud that’s going around just won’t leave me. I want to get better so I can get back to my walks. Think I fixed the headlight problem on the car – loose connection. Topped up the fluids and called it a day. Watched the end of the first half of the ‘Cat’s basketball game against Oregon State (I despise Robinson) and the second half. Nothing like winning by 20 points. Resident Evil flicks, Walking Dead on television now. What’s not to like? 🙂

Still here!

I’ve been busy working on my main project, my foundry. It’s been running for a few weeks now, and very successfully at that. The latest on the whole project is that I’ve melted down just about all the drives I had taken home from work. It’s a lot of work to take them apart but it’s some high quality aluminum! Time to start working on the lathe again. Coming up this weekend, hopefully, is a final burn of my last stash of drives and then hopefully create some ZA-27 alloy with zinc, aluminum, and copper.Well Done Stay tuned!


Just after I posted this I got the bronze bushings for the headstock. Woohoo! I should have the shaft collars tomorrow, Friday the 7th. What a day. 🙂