Wednesday, December 31, 2014
In the evening, we went and saw "The Hobbit 3" with Jen. Who knew Billy Connolly was in it?
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
I did some tidying in the garage (and managed to dump my remaining fluorescent tubes on Fred, now I have LED strips everywhere), and cut the grass. Poor grass has been flooded out for a while, but at least the trees seem to have run out of leaves for the moment.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
I got stuck on a long teleconference (long in that my bluetooth headset battery died, charged, then almost died again), so I didn't get away until almost 19:00. And the traffic in the city was still terrible - it took almost 30 minutes just to get to the bridge. People can't drive like normal human beings when it's raining, it seems.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
I've got Warlord of Draenor, the new Warcraft expansion, so I spent a bunch of time playing that. The new quests seem fairly easy, and the Garrison stuff looks like the old Warcraft II and III stuff.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
Sunday, November 30, 2014
After dinner, I moved my old desktop into Vic's office, and deleted a bunch of the junk on it. I hadn't really thought about it not having speakers or a microphone, so maybe I'll have to go and get those for it. Oh well...
We pottered around, getting stuff done, then took Tilly to the vet for her annual inspection. She got a bunch of shots, and elected to get a baseline blood test done, as she's now entering what the vet calls "senior dog" status. When we got home, she was feeling a little sorry for herself, and was a little bit swollen at one of her injection sites, so we let her cuddle up on the sofa and sleep that off.
I took a few hours to build (and rebuild, and rebuild) my new PC, and everything worked OK when I turned it on, other than one fan squeaking. I've ended up taking that fan out, as it's not really that necessary, and I wanted to press ahead and get the thing working.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
We started the day by watching "Planes: Fire and Rescue". I got some work done, and swapped out a broken LED running light on the DRZ with a new one before we took the Mook and went over to Gwen's for dinner. A fun time was had by all, but after Tilly fell asleep on the kitchen floor, we figured we should probably head home :o)
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
In the afternoon, I spent a little time figuring out what parts I need to order in for the time lapse controller I haven't been working on. Those should be here by Xmas, as everything seems to ship from China these days.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Vic has a tree in a pot by the front door, and that managed to fall over, so we pulled it upright and repacked it.
We wasted the day playing Warcraft and watching "Edge of Tomorrow".
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
When all that was done, I went over to the airfield and spoke to Jack - he thought he had a spare EGT probe, but it's a different fitting to the ones I have, so eh. Danny pulled is Quicksilver out, and the battery was dead, so we jump started it. It wasn't running very well, and it looked like it wasn't getting gas to the rear cylinder as the fuel hose was full of air. We re-jump started it, and he ran it at full throttle with Jack and me holding it back until that cleared, then he went out for a low hop. I pulled the Flightstar out and managed a couple of circuits before it was starting to get dark. And cold, it was cooling down quickly too.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
I took the front fairing of the DRZ apart, as one of the little LED lights I've put on has stopped working. Seems like the problem is the LED, rather than my wiring, so I'll have to look for a new LED :o(
After playing Warcraft for a little while (I'm just doing a couple of profession things most days, as I've run out of meaningful stuff to do for the moment), I cut the grass, then went to the airfield. I discovered (again) that one of the exhaust gas temperature probes isn't reading properly, so I need to look into that - I had thought that the probe wasn't reading, but I'm now wondering if it might just be unplugged in the wing root. Anyway, I went and flew about for a while, and saw turkey vultures just hanging out at around 800', and a couple of ultralight type aircraft over by Freedom Field - a Hurricane looking thing and a Kitten looking thing.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
I took Vic's laptop apart (with Vic's help, after we'd thrown some choice language at it). The cooling fan shrieks, and I'm not expecting it to last much longer. She's had it shut down once due to overheating, so I just wanted to see if there was anything obviously wrong. Cleaning it has helped a little, but I've ordered a new fan (rather than a new laptop right now).
Richard was having a barbecue at the airfield, so we went over for that. Vic got to go for a ride in the RV-6A - I should have got the Flightstar out and offered rides, but I didn't realise that was a thing we were doing :o)
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
I got to watch "Appleseed: Alpha", "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and the incomprehensible new "Transformers" movie.
The flight out of Heathrow was delayed a little, then the immigration process took forever, and having just got off a plane, obviously we had to go through security. I pounded through the airport to get to my connecting flight, but that was delayed too. Joy.
The flight from Dulles didn't have seat back movies, but you can watch some of their TV programmes on your tablet (more if you have an iPad, obviously). I watched a couple of episodes of "The Walking Dead", and found it dull.
Anyway, I got home eventually, and Tilly was mildly happy to see me.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Sue picked me up, and we toddled in to Staines to see Jason. He wasn't about, so we wandered in to the high street, and tripped over Guy. Upon wandering back, Jason was home. We ended up looking through old photos until he had a party for important people, so we went and ate at Pizza Hut.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I got to watch the new "Captain America", "X-Men" and " Godzilla" movies, along with "Edge of Tomorrow".
Sunday, October 12, 2014
My stomach muscles hurt after the zip lining yesterday :o)
Friday, October 10, 2014
Monday, October 6, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
I think Rossi would have won even if Marquez had stayed on.
We went out and cut a few large limbs from the shrubs in the garden, and got the green waste bin pretty close to full.
In the late afternoon, I went to the airfield and took the plane out for an hour and 20 minutes, just pottering about looking at things :o) I was almost all the way home when I remembered that I didn't put the gas cap back on after filling the tank. Bugger. I grabbed the DRZ and went back and fixed that.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
At the airfield, I tinkered with the plane a bit, then did some circuits. It started out a little windy, but that dropped to zero while I was out. I ended up doing just over an hour and a half - usually my back's aching by then, but no problems today :o)
Monday, September 8, 2014
I had an enlightening (for him) conversation with the sales guy at the local Chevrolet dealer, where I explained to him that the 2015 Spark EV has a smaller battery (and a different manufacturer) and different gearing than the 2014. I always find it funny when I know more about the product they're trying to sell me than they do :o)
We were wandering around the Galleria when Vince called to say the carbs were ready, so we stopped in and picked those up on the way home.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Today was Labor Day, when Americans celebrate the advances in working conditions fought for by the union movement by going shopping.
We went into the garden, and Vic hacked a load of shrubbery, and I cut the grass. I then cleaned up some cooling shrouds for the spare 503 engine (they'd arrived covered in burnt oil, which annoyed me) and moved some parts from one fan cooling tower (the one that will fit my engine) to the other (that won't fit my engine). It's a long story.
I ended up going to Lincoln and working on balancing the prop a little, then talking to Ron for a while about his new plane, then took my plane up to see how the prop was behaving. I had what felt like a partial seizure on my first take off, so I turned back, put the thing away and headed home. FML.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
In the early evening, I went back to the airfield and did another 80 minutes of circuits in >90F, and the CHT never went above 425F. I think we'll call that fixed :o)
Saturday, August 16, 2014
The CD player has stopped working in the van, so I swapped that for the spare one I have from the Subaru (which never made it into the Jeep). I'll have to take the damn thing apart to my CDs back :o(
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
When I got home, we watched the excellent MotoGP race from Indianapolis.
In the evening, I pulled the punctured tube from my mountain bike, and found that the hole I've patched twice was leaking again. So I threw the tube in the bin and put a new one in.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
I spent some time playing with video files to create a Powerpoint presentation for Richard to give at the next EAA member's meeting.
About a quarter of the stuff I put on Ebay sold, so I spent a bit of time boxing that stuff up and getting the things I've been paid for shipped out. Yay.
In the evening, we watched "Divergent". Needs more space battles.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Hopefully I can get some of this junk out of here, and I can make a few shekels to spend on other junk to replace it. It takes ages to list a bunch of stuff, which is why I've been putting this off for so long :o) I also tossed out a bunch of stuff I have no use for, that I don't think anybody else will either.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
I put some paint over the thin parts I can now see in the bathroom.
There was a request in the suggestions box for a brighter light over the shower in the bathroom. I've had a 60W incandescent, 14W fluorescent and (currently) 6W LED bulb in the housing, so I've decided that the housing is the problem. In the evening, I installed a 9W LED fixture that's so bright I can see smudges and thin bits in the paint on the opposite wall. And a ghost image of the fixture in the eyes for about 10 minutes after looking at it.
In the evening we wrested the tyre off, and the last patch I applied wasn't holding the air in. I peeled it off, scuffed the remains away and put a new patch on it, with lots of glue (the last one was one of the new "peel and stick" types, and I must say I'm not impressed).
Sunday, July 27, 2014
We went over to the local Honda dealer, and looked at the Grom they have in stock. I've never seen one in real life, and it's a bit taller than I thought. Vic likes it, so it looks like we'd need two if we're going to get any :o)
In the evening, we watched the original "Jurassic Park" for the first time in ages. We were pointing out the plot holes and inaccuracies :o)
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
I recently bought a Chromecast, so I got that working in the bedroom (the main TV doesn't have an HDMI port, y'see - one of the reasons I'd still like to replace it). After that, I tried to service the bicycle - it's been getting noisier, and less likely to change gears. It's better than it was, but it's still unhappy at the maximum crosswise extensions of the gears (lowest front, highest rear, that sort of thing). Screw it, I can ride it in the gears I generally use. I installed a couple of D rings in the back of the van, so I can bungee stuff like the gas can for the plane to stop it sliding all over back there. As it was cloudy, and my arm's playing up, I decided against flying.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
In the early evening, I went back to the airfield to commit a little aviation. It seemed windy on the freeway as I got there, but undaunted, I took off in the 10mph wind. I did a bumpy circuit, then took off again in the 13mph wind. When the wind was showing 14mph, gusting 17mph, I packed the plane away and went home.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
In the evening, I struggled to get the rear tyre off (damned deep V rims), found a sodding great hole and patched it. I put a new tyre on, put the wheel back on and changed the front tyre. When I'd finished that, I discovered the rear tyre was flat again. I put air in it, and checked again later, and it was flat again, so I figured that the patch wasn't holding, and pulled the wheel again. The patch was fine, there was another damned hole. I fixed that, and it looks like everything's fine now.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Danny called to say a black widow had jumped out at him at the hangar, so he'd used a bug bomb. I decided to put off flying for the moment :o)
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
I got home and the house was quiet. No sign of Tilly, or Rolie Polie Olie, the Roomba. Suspiciously, the bedroom door was shut. That was a little troubling, as all the hardware was in the bedroom, so I had to take the stuff off another door to get in there, and let Tilly out. She was very grateful. Olie had tangled itself up in the bath mat and turned itself off.
We went out and got some supplies and stuff, so I picked up a little roller to get between windows and walls in the bedroom, then masked and painted those parts.
In the evening, I went over to Lincoln and went out in the plane for about an hour and ten minutes. I've been thinking about doing a cross country flight, so I measured about 40 miles in that time, on about 3 gallons of gas. An 80 mile cross country should be easily do-able with a 10 gallon tank, but I'd probably look at taking an extra 5 gallons in a can, and my little hand pump to transfer it to the main tank at a stop somewhere.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
I touched up the paint behind the dresser in the bedroom, then re-hung the mirror and pushed the dresser back to the wall. Egads, the bedroom's big now. There's still a lot of painting to be done, but now I have the space to move things to get to the unpainted bits. Joy.
In the evening I went to Lincoln and took the Flightstar out for what turned out to be an hour and three quarters. It was weird - we're ringed in smoke from the fires, but the air's clear over us, as it's been a bit windy. 2 landings in a 70 degree, 5 mph crosswind, and I put everything away and headed home. I stopped to put some gas in the van, and it wouldn't start - the engine coughed over and then everything went dark. I checked with the built in voltmeter, and it didn't even light up. Uh oh... I thought the battery had shorted out internally or something, so I turned the passenger seat round and popped the battery cover to find the earth lead wasn't on very tight. I tightened that up with a pair of pliers and the van started and drove home just fine. Once home, I tightened the clamp with a proper spanner. I wonder how long that's been going on?
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
I turned off the water to the house, and with Vic's help, pulled one of the supply fittings off my sink in the bathroom. We then went out and bought supplies (supplies!), and some more fish for the indoor tanks. When we got home, we installed the new fittings, to replace one that was leaking (so has been turned off for weeks), and got the new water circulation pump fitted. It runs a bit longer than the old one, but it's a _lot_ quieter, and is much better made. I've left a newspaper on the floor of the cabinet, so hopefully I'll be able to see any leaks easily, but so far (touch wood laminate) it's fine.
I had planned to fly in the evening, to test the work I've done on the plane recently, but I was just too tired - Tilly didn't sleep well last night, probably because she had a peach pip in her stomach. I decided to throw some of the paint I've bought for the bedroom, just to see what it looks like. It looks like it's going to need 2 coats, that's what it looks like.
Friday, June 27, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
In the evening, we went to dinner with Gwen again, to find out that the Fresh Choice we usually go to has closed down. Bah.
After I put the plane away, I went to replace the CHT probes, only to find that the wires on the new ones are too short. I figured I could easily lengthen them (when I have wire, that is), but then one of the new probes is 12mm, rather than 14mm, so I couldn't get the spark plug through it. Bob Sagget! I also found a broken earth line, so I put the old probes on and we went home.
In the afternoon, we went to the Fieldhaven cat rescue fund raiser. It wasn't as dull as the usual SPCA events.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
I did some tinkering with the plumbing in the bathroom, and tested a new hot water recycling pump. It works, but I managed to leak some water, then leave the (dripping) hot connection off the top, forgetting that water can get from one side to the other when you turn the tap on. So now I just need to replace the plumbing fittings from the wall, which means turning off the water to the house.
We also got to watch the most excellent MotoGP race from the weekend. Yay.
Monday, June 16, 2014
I did some painting in the bedroom - one wall is now purple. I have a bunch still to do, but I'm going to get a different colour for that.
I went out and bought some supplies that I've been meaning to get for a while - 2 stroke oil (for the plane) and some puncture repair kits.
I started throwing some paint in the bedroom - I started on the baseboards that I've already prepared. I also started on the doors - it's amazing how many whites there are, so it looks like they'll need several coats.
Gwen arrived and did some tidying in the critter room, until I managed to convince her that I can run the tumble dryer by myself :o)
In the evening, I played with soldering the TFT panel for the RPi. Jeez, that was fiddly.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Christina's in town, as Vic and she are going on an adventure, so we had a barbecue in the evening. Geri, Larry, Jamie and Gwen came over and entertained Tilly.
Monday, June 9, 2014
We then tried bending the bottom of the garage door straighter, and succeeded a little.
I went and dropped off the recycling, then went to the airfield to tinker - the airspeed indicator stopped working in the last flight, as the hose from the pitot tube cracked due to age. I replaced that. I also tinkered with the wiring, as I now think the problems I'm having with the EIS freaking out are the live, not the ground (as it doesn't affect anything else). Some of the switches weren't working the way I expected, so I took them all out to find that it looks like there's been a problem with electrons doing whatever the hell they want, rather than what I've told them to. I've taped all that up to trap them in. Finally, one of the cylinder head temperature probes seems to read high, so I swapped them over. If it continues to read high, I'll break down and just buy new ones.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Monday, June 2, 2014
|Power we've paid for|
In the afternoon we watched the epic MotoGP race from Mugello.
In the late afternoon, we went out to the airfield, but the wind was straight across the runway, so we ended up going for frozen yoghurt instead.
Friday, May 30, 2014
After discovering that the marinade was flammable, it looks like I'll be eating chicken for the next few days.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
On the way home, we did some shopping, and got some pots and a dragon statue for the garden.
We then watched "Gravity", which was a good movie. I did wonder if they ever found her though :o)
Later, I went to Lincoln and changed the spark plugs for the plane, and re-routed the cylinder head temperature gauge probes, as one of them still seems to read stupidly high some times. I took the plane out for an hour or so, and if the gauge is to be believed, one cylinder still seems to read a fair bit higher than the other one - not into the red though, so I'm not overly worried yet. I think it needs a new probe.
When I got home, I threw the pictures I have into a couple of timelapses:
As I got closer though, it doesn't look as real. I found it on Google Maps, so it's been there for a while. I think it's a sculpture :o)
In the afternoon I went over to the airfield and took the Flightstar out for a bit. It was an odd day, with the wind coming from the West, but it wasn't too bad while I was up. After I'd landed, I was putting the plane away when Vince showed up. You can see our hangar door is open from miles away, so he'd come over to see what I was doing. Jim Volk also appeared, as it seems he's got a Piper in a hangar at Lincoln now, and doesn't have a rag and pole plane at Freedom Field any more. We agreed to meet at the house, and went for a (late) dinner with Vince.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
In the evening, John came over, and we went out for a late dinner and drinks.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
After work, we packed the van and Tilly up and headed to Lake McClure for the Coyote Howl, getting there pretty late.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
In the evening, we went to Scott's to see Jason, who's in town for the weekend. It was cool to see a bunch of people we haven't seen for ages.
Friday, May 9, 2014
On the way back from Lincoln, we stopped at Lowe's to look for some rubber cone grommets that fit on the hose into the tap in the bathroom - it's started leaking. Home Depot didn't have anything last time I checked, and Lowe's at least have them on their website. The Lincoln store said they'd stopped stocking them about 3 months ago, and on the drive to the Roseville store, I looked them up on my phone. They couldn't find any, and the search for the part number was fruitless. At ACE Hardware, we found them, so I bought enough to replace every one in the house and still have spares.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
|Light blue is solar generation.|
Saturday, May 3, 2014
I started out trying to install a 2 DIN JVC stereo that John gave us in the Jeep. I took the old Sony out, only to find that I needed an adapter, as there's no surround to connect the cage. I put the Sony back in. We went to lunch and stopped at Frys to pick the adapter kit up. When we got back, I installed the adapter on the JVC, and took the Sony out again. I then took the CANBUS adapter off the Sony, cut the wires and soldered that to the JVC loom, then went to install it in the Jeep to find that there are a couple of brackets that make this impossible. I'm not the first to find this, so it looked like I'd be doing some cutting in there. Joy.
After a bit of concentration, I figured out how to remove the mounting bracket at the back, and jam the stereo under the plastic bracket, without any cutting. With Vic's help, we managed to get everything plugged in and mounted. Yay us. It even works how it's supposed to :o)
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
After that, I got myself all sorted out and took the plane out. There was a Jet Prop and 2 RVs in the run up area, so I waited for them to leave, then did my run up checks. I then waited for somebody to land, and pulled out of the way to let the parachute jump plane go. I was waiting for the Jet Prop to land, and watching the RVs doing an overhead break when the Jet Prop ran off the runway. I taxied over there, but they were out of the plane when I got there. It looks like the front gear came out, but didn't rotate to be pointing the right way, as there was a big black stripe on the runway from it. When the gear hit a lump of dirt, it broke, and the prop seems to have kept the nose from too much damage. We spent a while trying to figure out what to do with the plane, and ended up leaving it there. I had been thinking I was going to drive them up to Auburn (where they came from), but Byron offered to fly them back up (as it's a lot quicker). After all that, I didn't feel like flying any more :o)
Friday, April 18, 2014
I noticed that there was a problem (again) with the solar power:
I spent a bit of time talking to the installers, and they're going to talk to the inverter manufacturer to see if this is anything they've seen before.
I tinkered around in the garage, and made up some brackets for the plane, but I need to get some tiny screws.
In the evening I rode over to Lincoln for Corl's talk on ADS-B / NexGen, which was quite interesting. Doesn't look like I'll need to do anything for where I fly, which is just as well as I don't think I have the power to run transponders, WAAS GPS and the transmitter system :o)
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I started out looking at the camera (that had been taking pictures of the eclipse), and the bloody thing stopped taking pictures after about 2 hours. All I got of the eclipse was this. Bah, at least there are 3 more eclipses in the next 18 months.
Jim came over with his friend Michael, who has a brachial plexus injury, too. He's wanting to look at getting back onto a motorcycle, so he looked at the DRZ at length. He has a mountain bike with linked hydraulic brakes, so I'm interested to see how that works :o)
We went down to Elk Grove to meet John and Jim, where we sat in a bar and talked for 6 hours. Tilly's dinner was... late :o)
Sunday, April 13, 2014
We pulled some stuff out of the storage space / attic in the garage, and put a couple of doors up there. I then broke down a bunch of old boxes, and ran them to the recycling drop off.
I slogged through and cut the grass, but I'm still feeling a bit chesty from my cold, so I didn't feel the need to brave the gusty wind and go flying.
The Yamaha dealer called in the afternoon to say they'd be ordering the exhaust on Monday :o)
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The power plug adapter for Gwen's old laptop showed up a few days ago, so I spent a bit of time soldering it to the motherboard. Now I just need to fix the other end of the power line - the plug is caked with burnt plastic by the look of things.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
I took a look at Gwen's busted PC, and it looks to me like the problem's the graphics card. I put an old one in, and it's been booting up just fine, so when I get the password to load the drivers, we'll probably call that good.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
I also went out for some parts for a project I have in my head for the plane - yesterday I'd been looked at like I had 2 heads when I asked for P clamps in Lowes... well, Home Depot know what I'm talking about, so I went and picked some up. There are a few more things I need yet, so I need to spend some time fabbing stuff, methinks.
Other than that, it was just tinkering around the house. I think I'm coming down with a cold :o(
Saturday, March 29, 2014
We went and looked at the Honda motorcycles, just so Vic could be sure that she didn't want one (she didn't), and then we went and looked at the electric Fiat 500. We took it out for a test drive (in the rain), and I managed to spin the wheels up pulling away from a traffic light. It's an interesting car, but I'm still wanting to look at the BMW i3 when that becomes available.
We stopped in at the Yamaha dealer to see what was going on with Vic's bike, and it had just been delivered. It was sitting outside in the rain :o) Jake, the sales dude, pulled it inside, and we wiped some of the rain off so Vic could coo over it. We started doing the paperwork to finish off the purchase, but they didn't want to pay Visa 3% if I put it on my credit card, and I didn't have my cheque book with me. Eh, we'll get it sorted out next week.
When we got home, Vic found the receipt for the dog food (it had a $5 coupon on it, so I'd given it to her), and we pulled the bags out of the bin, and she took it back to Petsmart. She was showing the manager where we'd got the food from, and sure enough, the bags still on the shelf had maggots on them. Apparently they're going to do something about it now. They'd obviously ignored everything we'd said previously. Still, she did give us a store credit for the cost of the dog food (as Vic declined to bring more bags home with her).