Saturday, December 31, 2016
In the evening, we met Jen and watched "Rogue One". It was pretty good, but I hear they're going to let George Lucas direct the sequel.
Friday, December 30, 2016
I jacked up the front passenger side of the van (the other side's against the garage wall) and can't see anything wrong with it. There's no noise when turning the wheel, other than a light scuffing of the disc against the pad, and that's expected. Hmmm.
In the evening, I went out in the van to get some stuff, but it started making weird noises from the front end. I pulled over when it sounded like I had a flat tyre, but everything looks OK. I then limped home with a light squealing when I turned the wheel at all. Wheel bearings? Dunno - I'll have to wait for time to look at it when it's not too cold. I did get out and check the temperature of the wheels and brakes, and there's nothing untoward there. I took the Jeep instead.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
In the evening, we watched "Sausage Party" and "X-Men:Apocalypse".
In the evening, we went out to dinner as my work Xmas party :o)
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
In the evening, we watched "Finding Dory".
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
After that, I dropped everything home then went to the airfield to pick up the T-shirts, as I figure we can try and get rid of some at the Xmas party tomorrow.
In the evening, we went to watch some TV, only to find I'd plugged the antenna into the wrong socket on the media centre PC. Oh well, The Simpsons generally isn't that funny these days, so I can live without having seen it.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
I played Warcraft while waiting for it to warm up, then gave up and stayed in.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Vic's been complaining about the speed of her PC, and the performance monitors make it look like the problem is the hard drive, so I ordered an SSD to put in there. Well, that also arrived, so I left it copying data from the old spinny disc and went to bed.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
We went out and paid somebody to make us lunch, then I went over to the airfield to take the plane out. I've been thinking that the airspeed indicator is over reading, and I reckon it's a static pressure thing. I tried a short line, but that was terrible, so I put the longer line up one of the wing struts. It seemed to be pretty much perfect for a while, then I get the feeling that it's over reading again, so I think it's shifted. I'm thinking I'll try putting a stiff wire up the middle of it next, but I think I'm making progress. If it was under reading a bit, I don't think I'd care nearly as much. Anyway, it was cold, so the plane flew great with just me in it, and I only saw 2 other aircraft moving the whole time I was there.
Code 33: LIMIT OR FLAME ROLL-OUT SWITCH IS OPEN - If open longer than three minutes, code
changes to #13. Check for:
- Defective blower motor or start capacitor. - Dirty filter or restricted duct system.
- Loose blower wheel. - Defective switch or connections.
- Inadequate Combustion air supply Flame Roll-out Switch or fuse link.
- Open Flame Roll-out switch,or fuse link. Manual reset or replace.
Mean anything? Nope, it didn't to me either. So, I cleaned the flame sensor (even though it wasn't really dirty), then when I was testing it, I noticed that the filter was all bent out of shape. That gets changed when the Nest controller says it's done enough hours, so I think it was a bad filter, and it's clogged up. Changed that, and went on with the evening.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
Light blue - solar generation
Dark blue - aggregate
Green - power usage
Orange - solar voltage
Red - voltage used
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Vic came, and brought Joey, so we spent some time pottering around showing him things and introducing him to people.
It had been pointed out to me at the airfield that the van's leaking gas (it wasn't when I left home, or I would have smelled it), so when I got home (after letting it cool down) I took a look at that. With the TiiCo engine, there are 2 fuel hoses in the engine compartment (compared to about 10 with the waterboxer engine), so I removed the leaking one, and figured I'd get enough hose to do both of them. We went to the local auto parts store, where they tried to give me "fuel injector" hose that's rated at 50psi. I ended up ordering hose from Van Cafe that's rated at over 200psi.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Monday, October 31, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
After a day of meetings, we went out to dinner, where I got to try popcorn in liquid nitrogen. It's cold popcorn.
Having a couple of beers with Nathan, he found out that I have a paralysed arm - he's never noticed, despite us seeing each other from time to time in the office for several years :o)
Sunday, October 9, 2016
At home I've been thinking that the problems with the HTPC seem like a hard disc problem, and I was thinking I'd try swapping in another disc, even though Windows said there was nothing wrong with the disc every time I checked it. I fired the HTPC up (out of sleep mode) to shut it down properly, and found that Windows now thought that there was a problem. I pulled the HTPC apart and hooked up a spare disc and fired up Acronis, only to find it didn't want to talk to my wireless USB mouse and keyboard. I don't have a wired mouse and keyboard any more, as we have no spare PCs at the moment (2 of our PCs are home built, and the other didn't come with a keyboard), so I went out to get a cheap mouse at the very least. Fry's didn't have the mice I'd seen on their web site that were supposedly in stock at Roseville, so I went to Best Buy, where a mouse and keyboard wasn't that much more than just a mouse, so I got both - it's always useful to have spares.
At home, the HTPC running Acronis still wouldn't see the mouse and keyboard. I figured it was a "problem" where the new Z170 motherboard wasn't driving the USB ports the way the Acronis software wanted. It was time to put the drives in my old Z97 desktop. The first time it booted I couldn't see the CD drive to boot Acronis because the SATA connection had come undone in all the shuffling. The next time it couldn't see the CD drive because the weight of the extra hard drive hanging out the side had pulled the power connector off it. Once I got that fixed, it wouldn't get past the POST because the drive was throwing errors (so it's probably the controller rather than bad sectors). I turned off the SMART testing, booted Acronis and cloned the 1.5Tb drive onto an old 750Gb drive. I put my desktop back together, and it still works. I put the HTPC back together and everything seems a lot better - I watched something I'd recorded in the week and there were a couple of drops, but that was down to problems with the recording, rather than the system hanging. I reckon it's time to get a new drive. With start of all the Black Friday nonsense being 6 weeks away, I'll wait and get something then. And go through a lot of this again to get everything cloned again :o)
Friday, October 7, 2016
As there are 3 strings of LEDs, I figured it had to be a power problem, and we checked the wiring and everything looked OK inside. The problem was the (old) 12V power supply we'd thrown in - it was putting out ~3V. Jim had a 9V power supply in his car, so we tried that and everything lit up. Ron was suitably impressed :o)
When it stopped, I got up on the roof and cleared all the gutters - hopefully now the trees are gone, I'll have to do that a lot less frequently.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
I got up early and headed to the airport, where I threw in an hour and 20 minutes' circuits before putting the plane away and meeting Jim at the EAA hangar. While we have the lift, we took the EAA letters off the outside wall and installed some LED strips I've had for this very purpose for months. Obviously it's daylight so you can't see that they're lit up, but flipping them on and off again means you can just about see that they're now lit. We're hoping to surprise Ron, the president, on Wednesday at the board meeting :o)
I went over to the Norcal Flight Centre and picked up the CHT probes I'd ordered (obviously the CHT has been fine the last few weeks, but whatever). I then stripped the top off the air shroud and replaced the probes and the spark plugs (it's been 50 hours since they were last done). I put everything back together, but couldn't be bothered to take the plane out again, as I was pretty damned tired, so I went home.
After tiring Tilly out, I played with the HTPC - I had to reinstall WMC after the Windows 10 Anniversary build was installed, and it's almost unwatchable. I think it's something to do with the now obsolete Playready DRM, so I've stepped back to the previous build that still has it, run through all the setup again and we'll see if that fixes it for good. I've also disabled the Windows Update process, so hopefully we won't be in this situation again. Time to take another look at Kodi, I guess.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
In the early afternoon, I went to the airport to help Rocky with the LRAA website, and when that was sorted, I went over and talked to Frank for a while about his new Cozy. Then I took the Flightstar up for an hour - the highlights were watching the yellow crop-dusting biplanes landing on their little strip between the power lines, and being thanked profusely by a big corporate jet for letting him get out before I flew overhead to join the circuit - I figure I was using less fuel flying than he was idling waiting for me :o)
In the evening we went to dinner with Jen (not that Jen, this is a new one) and Gwen to celebrate Vic's birthday.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
In the evening, we watched "Captain America: Civil War". It was OK, I guess, but there were too many plot points and characters, making it overlong. Also, aren't superhero movies supposed to be fun?
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016
I also need a new cylinder head temperature probe, as one is reading all over the place. I'll do that when I change the spark plugs, which should be in the next few engine hours.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
I built a bridge for the front garden, then Vic and I installed it.
In the evening I went to the airfield and just did circuits. I need to start getting there a bit earlier, as it's getting dark sooner and sooner.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Another day just doing chores around the house until the evening, when I could fly again. Again I helped Jack tinker with the M-Squared before we headed out to fly over Far West Lake. It's a shame i didn't have a camera with me, as his bright green plane against the lake looked really cool. We'd taken off on 33, but while we were out I'd heard the aircraft throwing circuits change to 15, so I had to get in front of Jack (who was flying without a radio) to make sure we joined the correct pattern when we got back. I landed OK, but Jack went around, so I was doing his radio calls for him. He veered off on the next landing attempt, and it seems that he'd actually bounced hard enough to break off a wheel. He came again, and without a left wheel where it should be, ground looped the plane. I went back, and we got his plane off the runway so others could take off and land, then went and got a garage creeper, tie downs and the van and towed it back to the hangar. Jeez.
I started the day at the airfield, cooking breakfast for about 20 people who showed up to watch my copy of "Air America". Bruce enjoyed it enough that he's borrowed it to watch it with his wife.
I straightened some of the locking pins for our hangar door. I was thinking I'd pull the out then use the tow hitch on the van, but the hole that the pin that holds the tow hitch in is almost exactly the right size, so I used that instead. Hopefully now they won't drag on the ground when the hangar owners come to see what needs to be done to fix the doors next week.
I pottered around the house doing odds and ends until I could go back to the airfield and fly. I helped Jack sort out the M-Squared, then we headed out to fly along the river. It was pretty windy, and when I realised that we'd taken 20 minutes to get there, I figured we would head home before it got dark. We put everything away, they stood around talking until Jim Volk showed up to see if we wanted to buy his Cherokee. Neither of us did.
After work I went and took the plane out. I flew over the house, but couldn't see Vic, even though she claims to have saved at me.
Tilly had an adventure, when I left the side gate open taking the garbage out for pickup in the morning. She wandered down the road sniffing around the neighbours' garbage bins until I came and found her. I was telling her what a silly dog she is when Vic opened the garage door, and Tilly dashed off to sit in the van.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
We moved the end of the rock from the road onto the garden and driveway.
Obviously one of the sprinkler valves didn't seal properly, so I had to go out and get new fittings, and cut off the new fittings I'd just replaced. Still, it's all OK now - I know this because I bashed the crap out of my little finger reinstalling it, so now I've bled on everything there, it's done. For good measure I replaced all the (tools of ignorance) wire nuts that were dissolving due to the sun, while wondering why I don't just solder them, other than it being a PITA to get to.
In the evening, I went flying.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Monday, August 22, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
In the afternoon I went to the airfield and dropped off the old PC at the EAA hangar, then took the Flightstar out for a bimble around.
When I got home, I waited for it to get proper dark, then went out to Pilot Hill to watch the Perseids. Sadly there were a bunch of people there, and they all arrived with their headlights on, and drove around looking for somewhere to park. Some kids parked next to me, and were all very loud. After an hour or so of hearing them eating really loudly (really, is it a competition?) and being put off by their torches and cellphones, I gave up and went home. Just as well, as I'd been feeding a few thousand mosquitoes, by the looks of my arms and head :o(
I was having problems with the PC I reinstalled yesterday, but reseating the memory seems to have fixed that.
In the evening we met Jen for dinner, then went and looked at the Rocklin Fine Arts show for a bit.
I reinstalled an old PC I was going to give the EAA - I'd done it before, but somehow it has lost some files. Screw it, a reinstall's quicker than fixing it.
We went to a motorcycle meet up at a bar in Folsom. There were fewer bikes than I'd expected, but it was OK.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
In other news, I got the TV set up - all that's needed now is a signal to drive it.
Friday, August 5, 2016
We drove the last few hundred miles down to Russ' new house, and after ages on the freeway, got to unload part the truck into their garage.
In the afternoon, we went to the Queen Mary, where we're spending the night.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
We got as far as Palm Springs, California. We had thought we might be able to get all the way back to Los Angeles, but an accident just before the California border scuppered that.
We left Boerne and headed... West. We ended up in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
We left Live Oak, FL, and drove through Banjoville Alabama, Banjoville Mississippi and got to Covington Louisiana.
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe...
Sunday, July 31, 2016
I missed my connection in Charlotte, and the following one. Rather than wait another 2 hours, and force Mum, Dad and Russ to wait 4 or so hours for me to get to Fort Lauderdale, I flew to Orlando and waited for them to pick me up there. We then drove and drove and drove until getting to a podunk little town called Live Oak, where had dinner, found 2 bars and crashed for the night.
Vince came over to mirror his current laptop hard drive to a new one so he can upgrade his Windows 7 installation to Windows 10, before the free upgrade expires at midnight. Nothing like leaving it to the last minute... I had thought about reminding him earlier in the month, but the last time I'd brought it up he'd said "fuck Microsoft", so I didn't bother :)
Later he came over and borrowed my external drive cage and a spare drive I had, because his upgrade worked somehow.
Rich and Josh came over, and we went out and got dinner before Vic ran me to the airport to catch a plane to Charlotte. The plane was delayed 2 hours because of a thunderstorm in Phoenix, and a load of people were getting really upset that the flight to Phoenix was cancelled due to said thunderstorm. I think they were expecting to fly, in a thunderstorm that the pilot had said was too severe. Pussy.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
I spent quite a bit of time working, but I've managed to build a USB charging cable for the camera (of all the stupid... it needs a 10 ohm resistor between the data pins or it won't charge). I looked at the keyless ignition system on the DRZ, and I've decided to leave it unplugged for a day or so, as I seem to remember needing something like that to reset everything properly.
I went to the airfield in the evening, and fixed the airspeed indicator. I then went out for a flight, and was running down the river doing around 70mph ground speed when I suddenly realised I'd have to get home before it gets dark. Rather than play around anywhere else, I headed straight back to the airfield. I played around to see how low I could get the ground speed - 28mph - and landed shortly before sunset. At least I managed to put the plane away before it got dark.
I've noticed a crack in the silencer on the Vanagon, so I ordered a new one. It's here, so I installed it. It's stainless steel, so you'd think it'll last, but it's not braced like the mild steel one it's replacing. On the plus side, it has a lifetime warranty. I had read about the new one being smaller than the original, but I've managed to bend the outer casing clamping it down, so I don't think that's a problem.
In the evening, I went over to the airfield and to the plane out for a bit. I had the video camera running, and saw a train, so I chased it for a mile or two. I went along the river, and ran around the lake, and was tootling along when the airspeed indicator went down to zero. That bothered me, so I went back to the airfield... the hose from the probe has come unhooked. Doy.
The new lithium battery arrived, and it's tiny, and weighs bugger all. I installed it, but now the keyless ignition controller isn't working. It still starts with the key though, so that's something.
We went to the EAA members' meeting. I was expecting to cook barbecue, but we had pizza. I don't know how to barbecue pizza.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Saturday, July 16, 2016
I fixed the TV to zoom in to 480p content (I think), so it looks like the Windows 10 / hacked WMC is working. I'd like to get the skin I had previously working, but that's not a big deal really.
I went back to the airfield in the evening, and was chatting to Jack and Marianne when a couple came past with their kid, who's autistic. He's apparently really into planes, so I spent about an hour showing them around the planes in our and Jack's hangar, and ended up only flying for 25 minutes before it got dark. I got to play with Mike in his 120 though, so that was fun :o)
In the evening I loaded a hacked version of Windows Media Centre on the HTPC, as Kodi seems to hang on waking up from sleep, and I can't get it to download the guide more than a day or so out. I don't want to pay for a guide subscription until I'm sure everything works, and I'm a ways from that right now.
In WMC, I seem to have most things working, and now I just need to get DVDs to play full screen - I have a feeling this is the TV, as I see it downshifting to 480p from 1080p. I've seem problems with the resolution on wake, too, but I'll carry on testing it.
Monday, July 11, 2016
In the evening I met CJ, Gwen and Jahzara over at the airfield so Jahzara could see and sit in the plane, and see me (and others) fly. After I'd done 1 circuit, Jack arrived, and we ended up both doing circuits (me in the Flightstar, him in the M-Squared) to entertain the ladies until they had to go home for Jahzara's bed time.
Friday, July 8, 2016
In the evening, I went to the EAA Board of Directors' meeting, and managed to not pick up anything new to do.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
It was too windy to fly, so I pottered about the house doing little stuff, and changed the oil in the Jeep.
Monday, July 4, 2016
In the afternoon, I picked up Vince and we went to Turlock to look at a Rans S-12. It's in good condition, but has a fuel leak at the moment, so isn't flyable. Hmmm.
In the evening, we had to put up with the fireworks at Sun City, and Tilly was barking at the people in the street outside watching them, so we went out to join them. Tilly ended up sitting on Kathy's lap, then sitting with me, then sitting on Kathy's lap, then sitting with me, then wanting to go in.
On the way back from the airport, I stopped and talked to Rich at Roseville Honda for a while.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Sunday, June 12, 2016
I went home and got ready to go to the Fieldhaven Cats, Classics and Cabernet fund raiser with Vic and Gwen.
Some stuff I'd ordered for the van showed up, but looked like it had spent the whole trip being dragged behind the UPS truck. Still, I'll see what I can do with it at the weekend - I figure a little paint's a lot less hassle than trying to sort it out with UPS. Alvis, the seller, is sending me some new end caps, and he was pretty pissed off about the whole thing.
Monday, June 6, 2016
I helped Rich move his plane into the middle of the (full) hangar, so Everton and I (the only two who fly) can get out without moving anybody else's plane.
Vince is trying to convince me to upgrade to something faster with a 912, so I threw the Flightstar on Barnstormers just to see if there's any interest. Obviously I've had a clown who wants to pay me 2/3 of what I'm asking already. I suggested he get a Quicksilver :o)
I'd aimed to go back to the airfield and fly later in the day, but got stuck working as I was on call :o(
Friday, June 3, 2016
Monday, May 30, 2016
I got up early again, and headed out to the airport. I flew out to the Feather River, and headed back over the flooded fields when it started to get bumpy.
In the early evening I met Jack at the airport so he could try the Flightstar for a little bit, but the rev counter was playing up a bit, so we headed back, only for it to start playing nicely as we got back.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Still too windy to fly.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Right at the end of the meeting, the second hangar tenant showed up - a brand new Carbon Cub, in yellow. It's really pretty, if a little out of my budget :o)
Once that was sorted out, I started the troubleshooting as to why I wasn't getting the speeds I've been paying for - the sales department say I get 75Mb/s, but the technical department say I get 50Mb/s. I'm getting ~45Mb/s, so I believe the technical department. We discovered that even though you have to go through various hoops to register a new modem, they'd somehow not registered the modem when I changed it about 2 years ago. After that, I still wasn't getting the speed I should, but they did manage to slow down the upload speeds to what I should be getting. Joy. We went through various steps until they suggested I reset the modem, when the missing word there is "factory". I lost the entire configuration, so I then spent the next hour or so getting things working again.
I went to the airfield to tighten up a couple of nuts I remembered leaving loose, and decided that it was still too gusty to fly.
When I got home, the Nest thermostat was complaining about the network, so I fixed that and the irrigation controller.
On the way back, I stopped at Cycle Gear, just to see if there's anything new and exciting, and there isn't.
I rode up through Loomis and home via 193 and Sierra College, so it was a good day.
Vic got home early from her trip, and Tilly was really happy to see the van back.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Vic left, in the van, for McMinnville to see friends and family. Tilly was quite upset about it until Gwen showed up to feed the guinea pigs and throw the ball.
Vic spent the day getting ready for her trip, and I pretty much spent the day keeping out of the way by playing Warcraft.
I got up early and headed to the airport for our first pancake breakfast in the hangar. I helped Ron set up, and cooked the first batch of breakfasts before more helpers arrived. It was raining, and windy, so we'd expected maybe 10 people, most of them being the board, but quite a few showed up. One guy even flew in from McClellan, in between showers. We'll call that a success then.
In the afternoon we went to Mig's birthday meetup for a few hours, so I could get nagged about buying more motorcycles and drink a couple of ciders.
Vic rented, so we watched "The 5th Wave". Utter wank :o(
Monday, May 2, 2016
I screwed around all morning playing Warcraft and suchlike, and tried to get a pressure washer I bought to work. It didn't, so I went to the airfield to tinker with the plane. I've been thinking that the airspeed indicator is over-reading, and that's since I put the static line in, so I unplugged that. I also tried to get the nosewheel centered when the rudder pedals are level. The thing is, usually you'd turn the rods and one end would have left handed threads, so you'd make the rods longer or shorter as required. Not here though, they're both right handed threads on both ends, so all I did was move the rods. I'll need to take one end off, then loosen / tighten the fittings. Bugger.
After struggling to get the plane out (the glider is in the wrong place, so I couldn't open the doors all the way without moving the glider) I took off, and the airspeed indicator was all over the place. It was a bit bouncy, and once in the air I could see all the weather coming towards the airport, so I just did the one circuit, plugged the static line back in and put everything away.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Anyway, I got that finished, and we took the van out to drop off the recycling. The seats sit lower than the old ones, and I'm thinking I'll probably look at remounting them when Vic gets back from her trip up the coast.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
I then played with some solar wiring, and ended up getting Vic to help me get everything plugged in. A bunch of wiring is hanging out, but it at least works - I don't think the solar panel was charging the battery properly, as it wasn't plugged in that solidly.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
When I got home, I worked on getting the fridge back into the van. There was a lot of trimming involved, but I think it looks OK.
Friday, April 15, 2016
I did a pile of work for the EAA website.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Sunday, April 3, 2016
In the afternoon I went over to the airfield and gave the plane a bit of a wash - it was sunny out, so it was drying as fast as I washed it and it's got water spots all over it, but that's better than dirt, I guess. I went out for almost an hour just playing about. When I got back, James from the skydiving mob apologised to me for bawling me out for flying through their drop zone weeks ago - I didn't, and he figured out he was yelling at me for something somebody else had done :o)
To top it off, on the way home, I had a knob end in a Cadillac CTS trying to push me to go faster down the freeway (aaand that's what cruise control is for). He pulled off at the same exit I did, and trying to run the tight 90 degree corner at the end at the same speed I do (with a set of Bilstein heavy duty shocks on the Van) he lost his bottle, overbraked and was all over the road :o) He didn't push me to go any faster from there :o)
Saturday, April 2, 2016
I went over to the airfield and took the plane out for a bunch of circuits, as the weather was pretty nice.
|Power paid for|
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Tilly and I went for a long walk through Mahaney Park, but she was quite upset that we weren't meeting Vic for a cup of whipped cream at Starbucks :o)
In the afternoon I went to the airfield and took the plane out for a flight. It was quite bumpy, as I should probably have gone up later, but it was interesting to see how full Camp Far West reservoir is now.
Friday, March 25, 2016
Vic's PC arrived, so I started getting that set up.
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Of course, there's now a guy in Sacramento selling a kitchen cabinet that I could probably use to make up the panels I need, but where's the fun in that?
Vic's PC has hung in an update loop, so I'm glad I backed it up about a week ago, and that a new PC for her is going to be here probably tomorrow or Tuesday. In the meantime, I'll try and restore it and see what happens.
After that, I went home and worked on the kitchen in the van. After doing a bunch of trimming and building a tongue and groove for the face panel, it fit so tight I struggled to get it back off again. Imma call that good.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Sunday, March 13, 2016
I did a little wood cutting for the cabinet in the van, but I didn't feel like hanging out in the garage to do the final trimming and test installing before starting what looks like a complicated process of applying laminate.
Friday, March 11, 2016
On the way home, I went via Rancho Cordova so I could pick up a sheet of 5/8" (15mm) plywood. The problem is that this is in 5'x5' sheets, rather than 4'x8', so I couldn't get it in the van. They don't have cutting facilities there, but luckily there was a contractor who lent me a circular saw out of his truck, so I left with a 2'x5' sheet and a 3'x5' sheet. I need a single piece, less than 1'x2', so bah.
Thursday, March 10, 2016
I've cut a piece of aluminium to make a new fridge vent (seeing as it's no longer really necessary), and I'll mount a USB charger (and a switch to turn it on and off) to it. For now I've thrown paint over it to see what it'll look like.
A while ago I ordered some Garibaldi biscuits fro, Amazon, not realising (due to the free shipping) that they were going to come from England. They arrived today, and Kelly, the postie, brought them to me as I was in the garage with the door open. This caused a long conversation about biscuits vs cookies while I broke into the packaging so she could try them. They're not all sugar and chocolate like American cookies, so I don't think she was impressed.
The SPDT relay I'd ordered arrived, so I got that hooked up for the halos on the LED lights on the Van, and all's good there. Yay, something finished!
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Gwen and family came over to play with Tilly and visit the guinea pigs. Jahzara went home and crashed out, and Tilly went for a rest when they'd all left. Poor old thing - she doesn't have the stamina she used to :o)
I went home, and screwed around with the EAA membership newsletter, and a bunch of stuff for the web site, then went out and installed some LED headlights on the van. They're working, but not completely finished, as I need a SPDT relay to get them to do what I really want them to - I've ordered one and I don't have one in all my current junk.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
In the evening, we went to dinner with Jen, then went to see "Deadpool". It was excellent.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
I took Tilly for a long walk over to Mahaney Park, where she got to splash about and lay down in some of the flooded puddles. We then met Vic at Starbucks, where Tilly got a Puppacino, then a ride home in the Jeep. Tilly was pretty tired after all this excitement, so I went to the airfield and did some circuits. Tony was there, so I took some pictures of his Summit and talked about it for a "what our members are flying" article on the EAA website.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
Again, I went out and did a few circuits, but it was pretty bumpy. And there was an oblivious guy doing circuits as well. After he took off in front of me when I was on finals, and then turned (admittedly a 2 or 3 mile) finals when I was already on finals, I decided to call it a day. There was some sort of sportsball game on, so I'd been expecting it to be quieter.
In the evening, we watched "The Last Witch Hunter". I swear, we have more fun saying "isn't that So-and-so from Whatsit" these days.
After that, I took the plane out for a bunch of circuits.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
In the evening we went to a karaoke bar, where I managed to only get dragged up to sing "Don't Stop Believing".
We played Warcraft.
The battery on the DRZ seemed to drop off quickly, but they'll do that when you take the charger off it, so I'll keep an eye on it and see whether I can keep it plugged in.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
In the evening, we watched "Ant Man".
Thursday, January 7, 2016
We also went out and met Jen for dinner.