Sunday, March 28, 2010

Weekends Are Too Short

I had a wonderful weekend in the city with Bunny; I’ll post more about it later this week, but I had a thought to post a photo I took last summer when we walked across the Golden Gate Bridge. The zoom on my camera astounded me when I realized that from the road bed looking up to the spires you can see a reflection of the cars in the cameras up above. Enjoy:

Monday, March 15, 2010

Nothing much today

Today I relaxed and rested after the beginning of my weekend was so busy. I re-positioned one of the tweeters in the car so that they’re both angled the same (or at least really close) - they’re hot-glued onto the bracket they sit on, and it took me three tries to get the angle good enough. After that I sat around eating the really tasty strawberries my mom got this morning from the farmer’s market; 74989475.7xd3ehGHQifH.jpg and tonight we played the Cities and Knights expansion of Setters of Catan, and I won accidentally. I say this because I had achieved victory without knowing it, and when Teenie reached a certain progression in the game she inadvertently caused me to realize I had more than the necessary points needed to win. Here’s how the board looked at the end of the game; 75087651.oNRGsee391Am.jpg Please note; while I have my twitter pictures running through the mini-feed at the top of my blog, I think that re-posting them in actual blogs will result in them being seen after the twitter feed no longer displays the links (and I’ll be able to keep track of them better). Goodnight!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The fruits of my labor

I finally got my car all finished and put back together.  As you can see the amount of work that went into this project wasn't trivial.  Yesterday morning I woke up bright and early, headed to Home Depot, and got the pieces I needed to build a make-shift paint booth out of the garage.  From that point forward it was nearly non-stop painting until around 6 pm.  While I had the panels off I took the time to replace my tweeters with the rectangular ribbon tweeters now seen in the photos.  They fill out my stereo nicely and make the iPod connection sound a lot nicer actually - so I'm really happy with them too.  Overall the paint came out great I think - obviously I'm not a pro so there are little slivers of silver where the masking wasn't quite perfect, but honestly, if you're not looking for flaws and just enjoy the interior, it looks awesome and I'm really happy with it.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Painting is Complete

I spent literally all day painting my interior panels - and tomorrow there will be a great slideshow showing the progression from start to finish. I really can’t wait to show everyone how much work I’ve done - but I have a few finishing touches to put on everything tomorrow before the pictures go up.

Getting ready for painting

In the morning I’ll begin painting my car’s interior with the Anthracite spray paint I bought last weekend. The project is really becoming huge the more I get into it, but I’m getting more and more excited to actually start the painting process. So far I’ve pulled all 4 door panels off and masked off the trim pieces I’ll be painting. I’ve got two of the panels wrapped in newspaper, and will go about wrapping the other two panels in the morning (I ran out of tape/newspaper). As soon as I can get up I’ll run to Home Depot to get a respirator and the tape, etc., that I need, and then it’s full speed ahead with the painting process. Some irony: the newspaper that I used to cover up the general areas on the door panel was the Scion magazine they give away at the dealership. As soon as the project is finished, expect a HUGE post detailing the process with a TON of images; I’m trying to document the whole thing so that other xA owners might glimpse the project in its entirety.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Let Me Explain

I bought the bundle and included in the software suite was this app “MacJournal” - basically an offline blogging/organizational tool. Well, it turns out that I can configure MacJournal to publish to my blog (which is actually pretty convenient overall) and so the last two posts were some proof of concept tests to see whether or not I could get the text up in the first place and then an image. Now, the only problem I’m noticing is that you can’t enlarge the image that was posted, so expect a few more tests to check the tweaking (if worst comes to worst, I’ll simply manually insert images after writing text). Oh yeah, and I got an A on my geography test!

Test 2 - MacJournal with image



Testing 3/10/2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

Find it, you must

The end of the weekend came (sadly), but before I embarked on my arduous drive home (although it was softened by Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" audiobook), Bunny and I took to the streets to explore San Francisco's Presidio, where Lucasarts has a presence. Our goal was simple - locate and photograph the Yoda fountain. As you can see below, we found it and spent some moments photographing it. We wandered between the Presidio and the Palace of Fine Arts and Bunny captured beautiful pictures of the palace behind the cherry blossoms and a tulip tree. I took a moment to immortalize the blue sky and the fountains near the palace. Oh, and we learned that the Palace of Fine Arts was constructed as parts of the PPIE - the Panama Pacific International Exhibition - in order to commemorate the completion of the Panama Canal

Oh, and here's a car with a mustache!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

A Great Day in the Bay

The day started with a quick trip to Blick with Teenie and her friends; they needed art supplies and I had a car. But the venture was equally fortuitous because I found something I didn't even know existed - Anthracite colored spray paint! Anthracite is the carbon-coating on my car wheels - and soon to be the color of my interior trim pieces - I bought 3 cans.

After shopping, Bunny and I spent the day wandering around the city and the park. We went to Stow Lake and found ourselves hiking up the little mountain in the middle of the lake. When we got to the top we found the little overlook for the waterfall

From this spot we noticed the fluttering of two tiny hummingbirds playing by the rocks in the stream! Happily I managed to snap a pictures of them;

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


I looked and saw that so far I've only posted 6 times this year;

So, in the spirit of trying to be not lazy (I have a test in Geography tomorrow!) I want to post some pictures of a puzzle called IZZI that I play with at work.

IZZI is not a traditional puzzle - the rules are simple: match black portions to black portions and white portions to white portions. The internal pattern of the tiles help to make different combinations possible. I've finished the puzzle a few times with students and they always come out different. The one caveat? The box is missing a piece! The complete incomplete puzzle is bittersweet, but fun to do nonetheless.

Without further ado, IZZI:

(Little IZZI)