on January 11, 2004 - 10:45pm
I haven't really been very retrospective lately, so my blogging has suffered a bit for it. Perhaps that's a good thing; I guess it implies that I'm pretty happy and keeping busy with the stuff in the present. Here are some updates:
- School opened back up on Thursday; I ended up going to my web design course and my linguistics course. The commute is going to suck some; it's a bit over 60 miles each way and still takes about an hour and a half to get there the back way through Shelton, which is still faster than taking the freeway. The gas mileage on the Buick sucks, so I hope I have the Honda back for full duty soon.
- The Honda situation has progressed some. On Friday I went to go see "Milo" at the Port Orchard Westbay shop who is apparently the man in this area when it comes to carburetors. As soon as I told him what I had, he informed me that he didn't work on carbed Hondas newer than 1984 because the carburetor is ridiculously complex. He ended up giving me the number of someone who apparently does. I told him what was going on, including the explanation about the choke, and he speculated that carburetor icing may be the source of my problems. He sold me two bottles of Iso-Heet, which is basically straight isopropyl alcohol, which is supposed to take the water out of the gas. I'm now driving and observing with crossed fingers to see if this is the problem.
- My Firewire cards showed up on my doorstep on Friday and I got some video capture action going now on the laptop. They both came with cables to connect them to the camera which is nice. I'm going to install the PCI card in my Linux box at some point, probably when I have the money to upgrade the processor (I'm currently running a Duron 950, which is fine, but I max it out when using GIMP on big photos or other stuff). I just used the laptop with Ulead videostudio deluxe to import the video of Slow Goat Riot playing at the Old Town Pub. It's amazing how much space digital video can chew up.
- I've stayed pretty busy with band related stuff. I helped Greg move on Friday, and we got everything settled in and practiced on Friday, Saturday, and today. We auditioned a second guitarist on Saturday, and we've invited him out to play with us a few more times. He's supposed to come over for practice on Tuesday.