How-to [i]

Video games, wood preservation, PC hardware, and a quick trip to Las Vegas. Read on.

Conversations [s]

I haven't started a new playthrough of Dragon Age Origins, I just dug up an illustrative image.

Not looking back [s]

Whether or not covid is truly in our rearview, everything has returned to the pre-2020 norm (more or less).

Revisiting [s]

Covid time is time to revisit old projects and entertainment.

Looking back/forward [s]

A year after going tankless it was time to flush the heat exchanger. At Ted's recommendation, Pops originally installed it with isolation valves, so hooking it up to a pump would be a wrench-free affair.

Vidya [r]

Still more heat, still more man cave.

Adventuring [s]

The Gentleman's Beer Exploration Society took a short hike to Bitter Brothers brewing. It wasn't exactly the backcountry, but it was a great day to be outdoors.

All over the map [s]

Jes and I did a couple travel weekends, first to SF for a wedding. Since Virgin canceled our flight, there wasn't much free time, but we did sneak in some flag football/running, dinner with the Smiths, and Buena Vista coffees.

Civilizing [s]

I'm just over a week/4000 years into Civ VI. It's about what you'd expect - iterative improvements over its predecessor. Here's the downlow:

Piping [s]

The master bathroom fixtures: Moen mixer and three way diverter valve, Moen shower head, Kohler body sprays. The valves are pull-on push-off so you don't have to fiddle with the temperature. I went with flush mount body sprays.

Refinishing the garage floor [i]

Here's my summary/how to on concrete floors.

You can imagine where it goes from here [i]

I played around with the cable on account of laaaaag.

Burning the midnight oil [s]

Busy days and nights. The beams have been verathaned. The shower and fireplace are nearing completion. Tomorrow will be a foray into flooring. This weekend will feature some prodigious laying of hardwood.

Firepower and horsepower [s]

Had some redneck fun for Bret's quarter century. Then we took him over to the Miramar kart track for some shake 'n' bake action. Apparently the Forza paid off, because Ty topped the newbies with a 35.071 best lap. The birthday boy showed he can drive sub-3 ton vehicles finishing with a 35.485 lap, in spite of - as I am told - plowing the barrier inside the back straight. Ryan clocked a 36.262 and Kevin recovered from a lap 10 collapse, rounding the course in 36.733. Courtney finished wit...

Drivetrain IV [i]


Drivetrain III [i]

Rotors are here, the Cel can finally go back together. Side by side...

Drivetrain II [i]

The drive shafts came out with the aid of a prying bar.

Drivetrain I [i]

Brakes and undercarriage are off.

240,000 miles later [s]

Looks like I'm not spending my tax return on you after all. Investigating a slow leak in my diminished tires led me to serendipitously discover one of my cv boots had finally split. I guess it had to happen, and I might as well take care of a few other things while I'm down there.

Celica suspension [i]

The Celica needed new suspension, so I went with the Eibach Pro-Kit and KYB GR2 combination. Erik showed me the ropes.