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June 2016

 

Sunday, 26 June, 2016

I took my 1949 Plymouth over to a friends house to see if we could resolve the ignition problem. After some fiddling around with the timing, I got in the car to drive home. I found my ignition problems to be so much worse I was unable to drive over the small hill to my house. So I drove the car down to a local automotive repair shop.

Ed at 95 North diagnosed my problems. He replaced the coil and condenser and fixed the distributor timing. It now runs like a Swiss watch. I took the car to the Paul Bunyon Rathdrum car cruise on Wednesday night.

I still have work to do on the car, but I can drive it anywhere now. As a matter of fact, I drove it to the Lilac City Mopars Show & Shine on Saturday.


Quote of the day:

That's the thing about people who think they hate computers. What they really hate is lousy programmers.

     Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle
     Oath of Fealty


Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother

Tuesday, 21 June, 2016

I am backing up my home directory contents this morning. Not everything in it - just the pictures. That is the directory that I use the most, as it is car show season. A case in point: I went to the Car d'Lane car show last Saturday and took 360 pictures. Along with that, I got 98 pictures from another attendee. They all went into my Pictures directory.

When I finish with the backup, I may delete some of the pictures in my home directory to free up some space. At least that's the plan right now.


Fixing my '49 Plymouth by sanding the points was not a long term fix. I am replacing the condenser and points. I will also be working on cleaning the interior of the car and putting some of the chrome back on the car, as well as reinstalling the parking lights.


Quote of the day:

In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary "patriotism" is defined as the last resort of the scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first.

     Ambrose Bierce
     The Devil's Dictionary


Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother

Tuesday, 14 June, 2016

It took me about 5 minutes to get the '49 Plymouth running again. I used some 600 grit sandpaper to clean up the points and it started right up. It's amazing how easy it is to work on an old car.

Items that still need to be completed on the car are

These are all small jobs, but they depend on having the proper parts available. I may have the car looking good enough to cruise with by next week.


Quote of the day:

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

     Ralph Waldo Emerson


Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother

Friday, 10 June, 2016

The paint job on my 1949 Plymouth has been completed. There is still some work to be done on the car, like remounting some of the chrome and getting it to run reliably again after 7 months of sitting. The following picture was taken at the paint shop. (Click on the picture for a larger view)

It may be a while before I can show it at car shows. You can see the restoration steps on my 1949 Plymouth Deluxe Restoration page.


Quote of the day:

When I grow up, I want to be an honest lawyer so things like that can't happen.

     Richard Nixon as a boy
     (on the Teapot Dome scandal)


Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother

Monday, 6 June, 2016

I've just had three long days. On Friday, I helped set up for the gem and mineral show and also took my '52 Plymouth to a car show. On Saturday and Sunday, I worked at the gem and mineral show and helped tear down after the show. Monday through Wednesday I also have activities. Thursday I will finally rest. To top things off, the temperatures here is in the high 90's. It's almost like living in August. 8-)

The gem and mineral show was a success. We had about 980 people attend the show, despite the high temperatures. And they bought a lot of stuff, too.


Quote of the day:

When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let's all get drunk and go to heaven!

     George Bernard Shaw


Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother

Wednesday, 1 June, 2016

You all probably know how people bitch about M$ Windows and how it downloads without asking and changes things with no prior permission. Turns out it isn't the only O/S that does this: I now have a new visual keyboard on my cell phone that I did not request or allow, so Android does the very same thing as Windoze. And I really, really don't like the new keyboard, but there is no alternative.

If I had an open source alternative to Android that would work on my Huawei phone, I would install it. No alternative is available at this time, though.


My Plymouth is still not finished, as the painters ran into some assembly problems with the car before mine. They have put the wheels on it, with painted rims and new tires. Looks pretty darned good, too.


Quote of the day:

Governments need misery, which they create in abundance, to justify their existence. Government is a disease masquerading as its own cure.

     The Probability Broach by L. Neil Smith


Silly sign of the day:


Free/Open Source Software


Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"/Big Brother