Monday, June 19, 2017
Bruce and I tinkered with his iPad and the projector, but everything's working fine now. Shame we ended up cancelling Wednesday's meeting, as it'll still be well over 100F.
I tinkered around with the plane, and talked to Jack until Mike came back from his camping trip and we could see the PT-22 he's bought.
When I got home I replaced a strap that I've used to mount the catalytic converter on the van - the old one's disappeared, and there's vibration from the catalytic converter hitting the bracket I've put back there to mount it to. I used 2 hose clamps :o)
I spent the rest of the day playing Warcraft and hiding from the stupid heat out.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
There had been a plan to have a Vanagon meetup at Folsom Lake, but the water level is too high (yay!), so we'd talked about meeting up at a local coffee shop. We loaded Tilly into the van and headed over there, about an hour late. There was nobody there, so after letting Tilly adventure around for a while, we went home. There were a bunch of people who did the same thing, so maybe we need to organise better next time :o)
I headed back to the airport to see the end of the LRAA annual meeting, then look at Bruce's iPad displaying on the projector. We decided that the problems he's been having are due to the Lightning to HDMI adapter, so he went and replaced that. A text from him later said it was working with his TV just fine.
In the evening we watched "The Accountant".
Monday, June 12, 2017
While I had the ladder out, I figured I'd get up on the roof and reset the weather station sender, as it's not been sensing rain recently (yeah, I know, it's June, how do I even know this?). Last time it did that, a reset fixed it. Then I figured I might as well clean the solar panels and the dryer vent.
In the afternoon we went to the SPCA volunteer appreciation event.
In the evening we watched "Victor Frankenstein" - it was OK, and I noticed the hat tip to "Young Frankenstein", which is still the mark to beat for Frankenstein movies.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Sunday, June 4, 2017
After lunch, I felt a bit unwell, so I gave up on going flying.
Friday, June 2, 2017
I pottered around the house, and made up the fence panels with the Snoopy painting. I ended up breaking up some of the dirt along the side of the house so we can look at replanting grass seed. I was too damn tired to do anything after that.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
I've saved the parts from the Snoopy mural that was on the fence, so I can figure out something to do with it, rotten wood and all.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
I started the day at the airfield, where Scott gave a presentation on the scrapping of the WWII air force (there were a load of Mustangs at McClellan). Gary said it had been very bumpy, and he flew as the sun came up, so I gave up on flying and went home and worked on the EAA web site.
Monday, May 8, 2017
We then flew out to Sutter for their open hangar day - we've decided to do some flyouts as a group this year, and 12 people in 6 aircraft went. I flew with Ron in his Columbia 400 - it's nice to see how the other half lives.
Back at Lincoln, I installed the repaired strobe controller, only to find I have a dead bulb. I chatted with people, heckled Steve working on the Thunder Mustang and eventually went out for a few circuits - it was getting bumpy as there was a front on the way in, so I cut that short.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
I went over to the airfield and talked to Vince about Jack's projects, then changed the front tyre before going up for a short flight. It was warm enough to not wear a jacket, but a bit bumpy, so I ended up not staying out for very long.
I went over to the airfield and chatted with Chris about some of Jack's junk^H^H^H^Hproject aircraft. I reckon the Flighstar that was never finished would do him just fine. I tidied up a bit of the wiring for the strobe controller (that I've taken off for the moment), then took the plane out for a bunch of circuits.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Shortly after lunch, it started raining, but the Warcraft servers were back up, so it wasn't an awful day.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
In the afternoon, I went to the airfield with a couple of things to look at. I took the compass out to try and refill it, but couldn't get the cap off, so I went for a bunch of circuits (almost 2 hours!) and took the compass home. I managed to get the cap off and fill it most of the way.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Right now I think I'm ~500W of panels from breaking even, so basically it isn't going to happen until after I maybe get an electric car.
In the evening, I went to Lincoln for the EAA Board meeting. Fun times.
I had intended to go flying in the evening, but there was a wall of dark cloud approaching Lincoln, so I gave up on that idea.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
In the evening, I went over to the Chevy dealer to see the orange Bolt in normal sunlight (it was overcast on Sunday when we looked at it). No, still copper.
I got called for work in the evening, and spent hours working on a problem until I could pass it off to the Europeans to look at. I need a vacation.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
Monday, March 13, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
I checked The Green Button forum, and people are starting to see guide data appear in Windows Media Center. I started an update, and lo and behold, it worked. I like it when I don't really have to do anything :o)
I ran Vic to work in the rainstorm so I'd have the use of the Jeep, and she wouldn't get soaked riding in.
Tony has a hydraulic press, so I went over to press out the ball joint I need to replace on the spindle for the van. It's tricky to get the thing all lined up, so he ended up just hitting everything with a large lump hammer to get it all apart, and tapping the new ball joint in with a drift made from a piece of steel tube. Hey, it works :o)
I was almost on the freeway when he called to say his lunch appointment had cancelled, so I turned around and headed back. We picked up Bruce and went to lunch.
At home, I got the ball joint adapter back on the van, and put the new bearings in the freezer to make them easier to fit.
I even remembered to pick Vic up from work :o)
We watched "Seventh Son" in the evening.
There's been a problem with the Windows Media Center guide download for the last few week, and I've been following progress on The Green Button forum. It's funny that the first few pages are people talking about the problem, workarounds, what they've done, then there are 10 pages of people saying "me too" and whining about Microsoft when if they'd read the whole thread, they'd have seen it's a Rovi problem that's affecting Microsoft. They've just noticed because WMC popped up and told them they only had 3 days of guide data left. Anyway, here's hoping they get it fixed before it runs out on Tuesday so I don't have to spend Tuesday figuring out EPG123.
In the evening, we watched "The Huntsman: Winter'sWar".
We ran about picking stuff up and running errands. We stopped by the Chevy dealer, as their website shows that they have an orange Bolt, but they don't have an orange Bolt.
I picked up a ball joint splitter, and found that it wasn't big enough to fit the ball joint I wanted to split with it, so I went and swapped it for a pickle fork - a split wedge chisel, basically. We used that and broke one ball joint on the van out, but I couldn't get it to work on the other one I wanted to split. Oh well.
Friday, February 3, 2017
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
As the weather was nice, I went out to the airfield and went out for a look around. It wasn't too cold, but I was wearing my ski pants :o) The fields are flooded for the birds to nest, and there are a lot of birds about. Usually I'm a ways above them, but there was one long chain of birds that caused me to climb above them (while staying under the Beale controlled airspace step).
Monday, January 23, 2017
I went out to get some stuff, and ended up at the Chevy dealer and test driving a Bolt. It's smaller than I'd thought, but it drives like a normal car. The heater seems to knock off a fair bit of mileage though - I think we drove maybe 10 miles, and took over 20 miles off the range. They're going to call me when they get an orange one in, so I can go and see the colour :o)
I tried heating up the brake hub of the van to get the bearing race out, and it wasn't budging. It looks fine, so I think I'll probably just leave it in there now. I just have to wait for the replacement spindle to get here, and that seems like it's taking forever.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
In the afternoon, I took the Jeep over to Lincoln and took the plane up for some circuits. There was a helicopter in the pattern, and then a bunch of people started coming back from wherever they'd gone, so I gave up a little early and went home so Vic could use the car to go to the vet.
In the evening, Valerie came up from Monterrey to crash with us so she can go and argue with the contractor's board in Sacramento in the morning.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
I did get out and look at the van, and undid a bunch of bolts that are going to have to come out to swap the spindle. The bad news is that I'll have to replace the tie rod end on that side, too, as supposedly you can take the castellated nut off, turn it over, put it back on and then hammer the thing out. All I managed to do is bugger up the threads, so yay. Still, it shouldn't be too bad to change, and I was figuring on needing a wheel alignment anyway.
Sunday, January 8, 2017
We're supposed to be having a biblical flood and storms this weekend, so we've cancelled the pancake breakfast at the airport. I stayed in and played Warcraft most of the day, but we did go and try to cut the bearing race off the front wheel spindle on the van... no dice. I cut a slot in it, and we hammered a chisel into that, but it never cracked off. I've given up for now, and started hunting down a used spindle to just replace it. I'm going to see if the bearings will come out of the hub, and maybe I'll get to replace that, too.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Back to work. Joy.
It's been bothering me that the HTPC doesn't drive the TV down to black, as the new TV is capable of displaying total black, rather than gray. I found that the NVidia graphics card sees a monitor on HDMI, and ass-u-mes it's an LCD TV, so goes into "limited RGB", rather than full RGB mode. That was just a tweak in the NVidia control panel (after updating it to get that to work) and now I'm getting proper black. Now I'll have to recalibrate the TV...
I managed to get the hub off the front wheel spindle on the van, but I have a feeling that the bearing race is pretty much welded on now. We'll see.