Archive for February, 2003

February 25th, 2003 2 comments

Might be doing real research soon. There;s a project on healing with electromagnetism. something about boosting the immune system. nobody here knows a cyclotron from their left nut except me. I’m the only one in-house with any physics knowledge. In a few months, I might spend a while 100% on this project. any instruments and training I need. = teh cool. 😀 .


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February 25th, 2003 5 comments

Here are some pics of my new baby, finally. I had Prity’s digicam handy, so I snapped a couple before work. gives crappy resolution, but you get the idea.

Notice the proper “bade of courage” bent front plate? Every Subaru needs one. you can usually tell who has fun in their subies and who doesn’t by the front plate :D. I got that when I nose-planted her in a snowbank at the Tim O’Neil winter driving school. a little much oversteer.

The bottom 2 gauges are A/F and tranny temp. I’m thinking of putting the A/F gauge into an a-pillar pod, but I just don’t know if I can bring myself to that :p . the tranny temp is fine there since I don’t need to stare at it all the time. the column mount is, of course, boost.

The IggXhaust is lovingly held in place by 3 strategic coat hangers. The hangars wind around it to keep it from bouncing up. the way I have it set up, the exhaust is no longer the low point of the under-body. now the rear diff box can take the hits instead of the exhaust. I also have all the clamps rotated upwards so the bolts don’t hang down. if one of those hit the ground, it’d tear the exhaust apart. It’s much better put together than it looks initially. when I was under there I really tried to make sure it would hold together alright under abuse. none of the flexi-pipe is visible from a normal viewing angle. just looks like a big pipe.

the bottom pic is, of course, the “money shot.” can’t show off teh car without showing off her private places. it’s stock under there except for the chimney removal and the IggBleed boost controller. oh, and I wrote “boost fluid” on the washer fluid tank. just for kicks.

There she is. w3rd.


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February 19th, 2003 3 comments

A friend of mine shares his experience with a stalker:

Some chick I had NEVER MET got my home phone number and would NOT stop calling, even though I had a g/f at the time (who would answer the phone!)

I finally got tired of trying to get her off my back, and “caved in” and agreed to go on a date. I told her we’d go to some fancy restaurant in San Francisco- the Top of the Mark (like 30 stories up on a hill, real fancy place.) I called the place and made reservations, and then called her back. She was thrilled. So a few hours hours before the “date” I told her it would probably be about $150 for the evening, did she have enough cash to cover it? If not, we could stop by a bank before they closed so she could get some money out. She kinda balked, and was like “Um, like you want me to pay for half?” Of course, my response was “Um, no, I told you I am a student, I am broke, you’re gonna have to pay, sorry.” I was quiet for a few moments and then her (psycho) brain kicked in and she said “Okay, I guess it’s no big deal. I will stop on the way out. Do you want directions to my place?” Then I dropped another bomb. I told her “Um, lemme give you directions to my place, because my car broke a few weeks ago and I have been getting rides from people.” She asked what was wrong, and I told her it needed a new motor. Then I asked if she could help me pay for fixing it.

Funny, she told me she had to go and would call me back.

My phone never rang again

ouch. attacked by reality. and yeah this is a frioend from the board, not some random chain letter 😀


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February 18th, 2003 No comments

I’m hooked on Metriod Prime. Prity got me a gamecube with Metroid for Valentine’s day. and I’m hooked. this is quite possible one of the best games I’ve ever played. AND IT’S METROID! It’s all about roots, homie.


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February 18th, 2003 4 comments

This is the second time this has happened. I’m really begining to see the advantages of a LSD.

There’s about 6-8 inches of snow in the driveway. no problem. driveway is a little less than a quarter mile. no problem. I’m cruising down it, plowing snow the whole way with my nose. no problem. I slow down towards the end of the driveway against my better judgement. There are huge snow drifts on each side of the driveway where it meets the road so I can’t see around it. So I slow down in case someone’s coming. There’s an area of raised snow in the front of the driveway where the town plows have lovingly deposited snow for my enjoyment. this snow is thick and hard. Like the Ron Jeremy of snow. I could have bashed through it without much of a problem if I wasn;t worried about traffic.

My skidplate is angled such that it acts like a boat prow. it’s higher in front than in back. that’s just the way it has to be since the engine sits lower in back than the subframe that the skidplate bolts into in front. As a result, when I slowed down at the end of the driveway, I had planed up onto the snow and effectively beached myself. It took me more than an hour to get out. If I had limited slip diffs in front and in the back, it would ahve taken significantly less time. of course if I had FWD or RWD, I’d still be digging my way out.

attempted solutions (Keep in mind I’m 1/4 mile from my house so I don’t feel like walking all the way up there again. I’d already been back once to get a shovel):

1) dig out snow from underneath. This failed because of the wonderful “back saver” handle on the shovel. It’s bent so you don’t have to bend. of course, that means it can’t get under the car to pick out the snow that it’s resting on

2) put sand/ice melt under the tires. This failed because there wasn’t enough weight on the tires that were spinning. if I left it in gear and took my foot off the throttle, the auto-magic of the 4EAT would keep the wheels spinning slowly in their ruts. that’s how little weight I had. The sand and ice melt would just get spun through the rut, digging it deeper. yet it would not impregnate the ice with sand since there wasn’t enough downforce.

3) Use floor mats for traction. this was actually a good idea. I was kinda proud of myself for this one. I wouldn’t have done it in the Impreza, but these were worn, 10-year-old legacy mats. I put them under the wheels that were slipping (well, behind them), so they would pull the mats under them.this way, I’d get about 3/4 inch extra clearance since the mats are thick. also, they have tons of little spikes on the bottom. This would have worked by itself, but the tires were too wet and the cloth on the top of the mats didn’t provide enough traction to draw the mats under the tires.

4) use the fire extinguisher. it only costed 10 bucks, right? I sprayed the tire and mat with the extingusher. It’s a BC type so it’s just powder. That dessicated both objects enough that the tire gripped the mat, and I was able to back up.

Yay. now I’m just need a new set of rear mats and a new fire extingusher. and it’s only 9:30 and I’m spent. happy tuesday, everyone .

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February 11th, 2003 3 comments

Prity got into a bit of a scuffle with her car the other day. she got into a fight with a couple trees when her car slid off the driveway. Thanks to some *less than adequate* Michelin MXV4 touring tires (might as well be bald RE-92s), and a good deal of ice and snow on teh driveway, she found herself beached off the side of the driveway. Her left side is horribly scraped up, but took no structural damage. she’s fine. the engine’s fine. The car is a little ugly though. Anyways, she’s driving my Impreza TS now, and I’m continuing to drive the Legacy. We got into a discussion about keeping the TS and selling her Impreza. I was fine with that. I think it surprised her that I wanted her to drive the TS and not the Legacy. It being a new car, and me having had such a thing for it. I guess it’s weird to some people that I’d rather have this ’93 legacy than an ’02 Impreza. First off, it’s turbocharged. Since I had the Saab, I’ve had a thing for turbo. It’s so cool to be able to get mroe power out of a car by turning a few knobs in a few key places. Second, it has a few creature comforts the Impreza doesn’t have… a sunroof and a trunk light for example. you never realize how important a trunk light is, until you buy a brand new car from a manufacturer that for some reason decided not to install one.

The Impreza is certainly a sweet ride. the suspension is great with the WRX springs. Funny thing though. When I put in the springs and took her for a drive down Upper North Row (road behind my house, for all non-Brian readers) I found myself doing about 65 on average through all the twisties. I thought it was a blast. Certainly couldn’t complain. that’s a lot faster than I could take it before. I’ve noticed that with the Legacy I can take it at the same speed. And the front struts are blown. Rear ones are brand new sport struts too, so my suspension geometry is way off. I’ll still say the Impreza handles better, but I’m just not at the level of ability where I can max out the Imrpeza’s suspension so the Legacy will be fine for now. With a completely stock setup it has nearly the same handling ability as a WRX. It’s a bigger car, but odly enough it weighs about the same.

I dunno. just rambling now. I have shiny new Impreza available to me, and I’d rather drive around in a ten-year-old car that ran me $2850. In fact, I think Prity would rather be driving this car too. I guess they just don’t make them like they used too. The fact that it oozes power doesn’t hurt.

So yeah. that’s my story.

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February 7th, 2003 2 comments

Yes, my Legacy went leper on me last night. I was driving along at around 75 on the highway. It was pretty packed and I had just gotten out of work. All the sudden I hear a loud BANG! like I’d just hit something pretty solid. I hit the brakes and my foot just sinks to the floor. I pump it a couple times and the feeling comes back. the brakes are really shaky. I figured I had a flat and the shakiness was due to that. so I pull over and whip my piece (flashlight) out. I looked at each wheel. everything was fine. full pressure in all of them. So I took off again, relieved that I’d survived the hit apparently without damage. I wondered what made my foot go to the floor with the brakes, but whatever. chalk it up to gremlins.

I noticed my brakes were still real shaky, and they would grind a little as I came to a stop. “that’s odd,” I thought. I figured I should take a closer look at my brakes to make sure nothing was damaged. By this time I could tell the shakies and grinding was coming from the rear. I got out and inspected teh rear brakes. right rear… fine. I get to teh left rear. disc looks fine. caliper looks fine. hmm.. something isn’t right with this caliper. It looks like something’s missing… I can see too much….

A brake pad had fallen out. yeah. fallen out. and my caliper fingers were rubbing on the disc. it took a moment for this idea to sink in. a brake pad… fell out… huh?? isn’t the caliper supposed to… I don’t know.. um… kinda hold onto those pad thingies? It occured to me now how this had happened.

When I had first gotten the car, one of the first things I did was to check out my sweet vented rear brakes these things are famous for. I noticed some tool back in the day had replaced them with solid rears. prolly cause you can’t find the vented disks anywhere and they’re about 3 times as expensive. A friend of mine was looking on and said the calipers were prolly different too since solid disks are thinner. I remember thinking to myself “damn, those calipers look stock tho…” Well guess what. they were stock. I’ve known for a while that my rear pads are low. I get the godaweful noise when I back up that lets me know they are low. Apparently when they got low enough, they had enough clearance to fall right out of the caliper. so some poor soul got a 75mph backing plate in the radiator/windshield. and those things are pretty solid .

luckily the disc was not damaged yet. I’d been using engine braking and soft e-braking since I started hearing grinding. I got some pads at a local mom’n’pop auto store. 23 bucks. no big thing. threw them in last night. the pads on Subarus are so easy to change, I didn’t even get halfway done with my beer before I was finished .

so yeah. my car’s a leper.


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February 5th, 2003 No comments


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February 4th, 2003 1 comment

Here’s a post someone dug up for me. It was alive at around christmas time a year ago. The thread went on for a while. I’d been searching for it cause it was real funny and I wanted to read it but I couldn’t find it. so when someone randomly posted it, I thought I’d take the opertunity to share it with you all.

There can be only one!!

Whenever I get a package of plain M&Ms, I make it my duty to continue the strength and robustness of the candy as a species. To this end, I hold M&M duels.
Taking two candies between my thumb and forefinger, I apply pressure, squeezing them together until one of them cracks and splinters. That is the “loser,” and I eat the inferior one immediately. The winner gets to go another round.

I have found that, in general, the brown and red M&Ms are tougher, and the newer blue ones are genetically inferior. I have hypothesized that the blue M&Ms as a race cannot survive long in the intense theatre of competition that is the modern candy and snack-food world.

Occasionally I will get a mutation, a candy that is misshapen, or pointier, or flatter than the rest. Almost invariably this proves to be a weakness, but on very rare occasions it gives the candy extra strength. In this way, the species continues to adapt to its environment.

When I reach the end of the pack, I am left with one M&M, the strongest of the herd. Since it would make no sense to eat this one as well, I pack it neatly in an envelope and send it to M&M Mars, A Division of Mars,
Inc., Hackettstown, NJ 17840-1503 U.S.A., along with a 3×5 card reading,
“Please use this M&M for breeding purposes.”

This week they wrote back to thank me, and sent me a coupon for a free 1/2 pound bag of plain M&Ms. I consider this “grant money.” I have set aside the weekend for a grand tournament. From a field of hundreds, we
will discover the True Champion.

There can be only one.

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in a continuing effort to post more, even if just random stuff…

February 4th, 2003 No comments

check it out if you haven’t already.



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