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  1. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Hi Autumn! That's some nicely low miles for the year. Why the F150? V6 or V8? If the latter 4.6 or 5.4, if former did you get an automatic or manual? What's on the list of replacements/upgrades?

    Hi Autumn!

    That's some nicely low miles for the year. Why the F150? V6 or V8? If the latter 4.6 or 5.4, if former did you get an automatic or manual?

    What's on the list of replacements/upgrades?

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Is anyone surprised Grubhub’s ‘free’ lunch program was a disaster for restaurant workers? in ~food

  3. Comment on What are your linguistic idiosyncrasies? in ~talk

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    In a similar vein: Back when I traveled for work, a relatively frequent comment I received was that I don't sound Texan, which is attributed to the fact that I generally talk fast and, unlike the...

    In a similar vein: Back when I traveled for work, a relatively frequent comment I received was that I don't sound Texan, which is attributed to the fact that I generally talk fast and, unlike the characteristically Texan accent, I know how to enunciate.
    However, alcohol tends to slow speech patterns and a Texan drawl can appear when there's enough of it in my system. This has had interesting side effects/experiences/stories from when I was on the road in northern states.

    1 vote
  4. Comment on How we track COVID-19 (and other weird stuff) in sewage in ~health

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    Which would be great. Won't happen of course. It'll be used to increase police presence instead to boost prison populations, because that's the timeline we live in.

    Imagine using data from that to target drug outreach programs to make intervention programs more effective.

    Which would be great.
    Won't happen of course. It'll be used to increase police presence instead to boost prison populations, because that's the timeline we live in.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on Weekly US politics news and updates thread - week of May 16 in ~news

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    Yeah, there's near zero chance that it goes blue. Cawthorn may be out, but his replacement, Edwards, isn't likely to be any better:

    Yeah, there's near zero chance that it goes blue. Cawthorn may be out, but his replacement, Edwards, isn't likely to be any better:

    He said, his priorities would be “removing the gavel out of Nancy Pelosi’s hand, and then taking the teleprompter from Joe Biden and restoring the policies that we enjoyed under the Trump administration, to help get this country back on track.”

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - May 16-17 in ~news

  7. Comment on What did you do this weekend? in ~talk

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    Saturday: If there's one thing that nearly every shadetree (and most of the "professionals") ignore when upgrading their vehicle, it's the brakes. It make sense. Horsepower, quarter mile, lap...

    Saturday: If there's one thing that nearly every shadetree (and most of the "professionals") ignore when upgrading their vehicle, it's the brakes. It make sense. Horsepower, quarter mile, lap times, etc. all make for easy, attention grabbing headlines. "I can stop so much more consistently now" does not.
    Now, the Tercel isn't exactly a finely tuned racing machine that'll embarrass anyone that dares rev in its general direction at a stoplight, but there's no getting around the fact that the new engine is going to nearly triple the 63 horsepower that was under the hood when it rolled off the assembly line in 1983. So while it'll now have the power to get out of its own way on the road, it'd be nice for it to have a little more oomph in the braking department to go with it. Plus, upgraded brakes will be a good thing should I decide to do a little weekend rallycross from time to time.

    If you've been following along so far, you'll probably guess that this means there is no "I'd like to upgrade my brakes please" kit for this car. So off to the parts bin to see what we can find!

    First, bleed the brakes. Spray some penetrant on the caliper nipple because you don't know what nearly 40 years of road grime, dirt, and salt has done to try to prevent you from loosening it, then be pleasantly surprised when it breaks free quite easily upon testing. Tighten it back to finger tight and since no one else wants to be in your still uninsulated and unairconditioned workshop (because the city's permit department is dragging more ass than an Epicyon haydeni with worms in a carpet factory) when it's 95°F outside grab the terribly named vacuum brake bleeder so you can bleed the brakes alone. Attach hose to nipple (quit giggling ya pervert) and turn to loosen, squeeze handle on bleeder and watch the wonders of modern technology suck almost all the brake fluid out in one go.

    Remove the two bolts holding the brake caliper to the brake caliper bracket and hang the caliper up for a moment so you don't damage the rubber brake line that you should (and I am) also replace. Remove the two bolts holding the caliper bracket to the front suspension upright. Look down your nose at the pathetic solid brake rotor that'll soon be headed to the recycler and give it a light tap with a hammer to remove it from the hub. While you're at it, go ahead and remove the front axle you didn't remove when you pulled the old engine and transmission out because you didn't have the correct socket to do so by pulling out the cotter pin, retaining nut, and 30mm nut holding it in place. Make sure you get the hardened washer off the hub or you'll forget about it and wonder why installation of new axles isn't going well and make a note to clean up all the grime later and repack the bearings with grease.

    Compare old solid rotor with new vended rotor off a VW Golf. New rotor is thicker, vented, and has a greater diameter. All things that add up to better braking performance through better thermal management and larger surface area for the calipers to grip (more on that later). What the new rotor doesn't have is the correct hub diameter to fit a car made a decade and a half earlier and 5,600 miles away. Not being centered on the hub means it'll be resting on the studs, create an imbalance, likely wear through the studs, and make you lose a wheel while driving down the highway. These are not good things. So you get hub centric rings to make the rotor center itself properly, after all brakes don't work very well if there's no wheel there. The rings sit a little proud of the rotor and interfere with the wheels, so they'll be ground flat with the rotor to resolve the issue. They'd be milled flat if I had my mill up and running, but that is also waiting for local government deworming.

    Now, larger rotors alone won't help you brake better. You need calipers with a greater surface area to press the brake pads into the rotors. A known option is to get the calipers off the 1987-89 AW11 Toyota MR2. Problem is, these aren't easy to find, cannot be found new or refurbished, and tend to be unnecessarily expensive even when they're just junkyard take-offs. So digging was done to see what other platforms either get upgrades from the MR2 or are upgrades to the MR2. An option that had promise was the late 80's 4th generation Toyota Celica which have a caliper piston diameter slightly larger than the MR2 and I found refurbished calipers on clearance. So crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.
    Good news was the caliper bracket hub mounting bolts lined up.
    Bad news was they weren't far enough out from the hub to clear my new larger brake rotors.
    Good news is the calipers are still good to go and I should be able to mate these calipers to the brackets from the 1987 MR2 caliper set I picked up after buying these and ultimately it'll still be less than if I bought the MR2 calipers first and had them rebuilt. Will find out later this week/next weekend when they arrive.

    Sunday: I didn't do a damn thing and was happy about it. Played some video games. Watched a movie. And just spent some quality time with my wife not doing anything because we both just needed a mental health day to switch off.

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  9. Comment on Wheel of Whiskey decides my fate - I put random flavored whiskeys into classic cocktails in ~food

    AugustusFerdinand
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    Ended up being out too late to grab Indian on the way home (or watch this video), so I'll likely get my fix this weekend. We've made a few different Indian dishes at home, but there's some things...

    Ended up being out too late to grab Indian on the way home (or watch this video), so I'll likely get my fix this weekend. We've made a few different Indian dishes at home, but there's some things (like samosas and good biryani) that just take a level of effort and/or time that we're willing to go out to get them instead.

    Overall it was a good night, lots of catching up, and piecing together the other stories from people that were also part of the (unknown-to-us at the time) money laundering scheme side job we had for a bit last year. Also found out my previous job, of which 4 others in the group still work for, has continued to spiral downward to the point that it's been purchased by a smaller (at the time I left) competitor as they've languished even further and will be folded into the new company. Those that weren't axed aren't holding out much hope for a severance package this time around.

    Did find out why Cheddar's was selected though. If there's one thing that the vast majority of Indian restaurants is lacking around here it's alcohol and the group had decided they wanted food and drinks. So have that knowledge stored away for the next meetup to suggest places with good food and drinks. I had a soccer mom special, caesar salad and two margaritas.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Officials prep for gruesome surprises as Las Vegas lake slowly dries up in ~news

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    Stories about long-departed Las Vegas organized crime figures are surfacing after a second set of unidentified human remains were revealed as the water level falls on drought-stricken Lake Mead.

    4 votes
  11. Comment on Wheel of Whiskey decides my fate - I put random flavored whiskeys into classic cocktails in ~food

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    Oh no... I wait with bated breath out of sheer morbid curiosity. Noice. Sounds absolutely delectable. So my previous job involved me working with a solid team of almost exclusively Indians. All...

    Oh no, indeed.. this one has some particularly egregious abominations in it. Enjoy! :P

    Oh no... I wait with bated breath out of sheer morbid curiosity.

    I made a recipe from HelloFresh tonight: Smoky Barramundi with horseradish remoulade, roasted green beans, and carrot/apple/cranberry slaw. It was the opposite of disappointing. :)

    Noice. Sounds absolutely delectable.

    p.s. If you don't mind my prying; Why the disappointing dinner?

    So my previous job involved me working with a solid team of almost exclusively Indians. All wonderful men and women that had immigrated here and we frequently bonded over food as when I started there was a pretty obvious division in the company of Indians who, naturally, like Indian food and the largely non-Indian side that didn't/wouldn't even try it (attitudes changed over time as I led by example/hunger). So a technical, non-Indian, that didn't ask "What is it?" before trying anything brought to the office was a welcome addition to their crew. Company pot lucks were great, homecooked Indian food is mind-blowingly good! Over the years we've been to dozens of Indian restaurants together, had each other over for dinners, parties, weddings (if you have the opportunity to go to an Indian wedding, take it!). Food with layers of flavor that would make a man weep. Spice levels that would make you sweat while perched on an iceberg. I've literally been sitting in the waiting room at a hospital while Rama's wife was in labor with their first child and was handed a small bowl of homemade paneer curry by his mother-in-law as she had been preparing it for dinner when her daughter went into labor and wanted to make sure everyone was still fed (yes, it was amazing). I'm trying to say we have a food history.

    The axe came down at the company, but we've all kept in touch. Made loose "We need to hang out" commitments a couple of times over the past year, but last week we actually made hard plans to do so. Got a call from one of them asking if I was available the next Tuesday for dinner (tonight), I confirmed, and told them to just tell me when and where. Yesterday afternoon I received the text with details and my heart sinks.

    I, a non-Indian man, and ten Indian men and women (perhaps more if spouses are attending) with a long history of flavorful dining are all meeting for dinner tonight at, of all places, Cheddar's. Not sure if you're familiar with Cheddar's, but it's everything people stereotype "American" food to be. It's the kind of place that was parodied in the Moe's Family Feedbag episode of The Simpsons. I spent a week in anticipation of an amazing meal with some great people, but I'll have to settle for just the people portion. I don't know who chose this particular establishment, but I'm trying to figure out if I've somehow managed to grossly offend (joking) them in some way for them to choose this nearly-everything-is-deep-fried-or-covered-in-cheese chain restaurant.

    I plan to order a caesar salad, pick at it all night, catch up with everyone, and hope I get out in time to grab a to-go order of a good curry on the way home since I'll already be in an area that's Indian restaurant heavy.

    In case it isn't obvious, I'm being a bit dramatic. I'm sure Cheddar's is perfectly edible, but historically speaking this sort of place is single dimensioned, corporate recipe, over-salted, uninspired, and unoffending fare with the main competitors being places like Cracker Barrel and Applebee's. It just doesn't make any sense why were all meeting there.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on Wheel of Whiskey decides my fate - I put random flavored whiskeys into classic cocktails in ~food

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    Oh no... I'll watch this tonight after dinner when I'm likely having some of my good whiskey to wash the taste of what is sure to be an utterly disappointing dinner out of my mouth. Thanks for the...

    Oh no...

    I'll watch this tonight after dinner when I'm likely having some of my good whiskey to wash the taste of what is sure to be an utterly disappointing dinner out of my mouth.

    Thanks for the tag!

    2 votes
  13. Comment on Review: Balldo in ~life

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    My wife sent it to our friend group with the statement "I couldn't stand being the only person traumatized by reading this, so you all get to suffer too." I shared here for the same reason. You...

    My wife sent it to our friend group with the statement "I couldn't stand being the only person traumatized by reading this, so you all get to suffer too."

    I shared here for the same reason.

    You are welcome.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Megathread for news/updates/discussion of Russian invasion of Ukraine - May 9-10 in ~news

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    Downed Russian fighter jets are being found with basic GPS 'taped to the dashboards,' UK defense minister says

    Downed Russian fighter jets are being found with basic GPS 'taped to the dashboards,' UK defense minister says

    Wrecked Russian fighter jets are being found with rudimentary GPS receivers "taped to the dashboards" in Ukraine because their inbuilt navigation systems are so bad, the UK defense secretary said.

    He also said there was evidence suggesting Russian military hardware was being pushed to breaking point by the invasion of Ukraine.

    "'GPS' receivers have been found taped to the dashboards of downed Russian Su-34s so the pilots knew where they were, due to the poor quality of their own systems," he said.

    "The result is that whilst Russia have large amounts of artillery and armor that they like parading, they are unable to leverage them for combined arms maneuver and just resort to mass indiscriminate barrages."

    4 votes
  15. Comment on Avatar: The Way of Water | Official teaser trailer in ~movies

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    To me the faces look like heavy prosthetics on real actors instead of CGI, which I suppose is a technical success as they don't look computer generated, but just like bad latex. However, it's the...

    To me the faces look like heavy prosthetics on real actors instead of CGI, which I suppose is a technical success as they don't look computer generated, but just like bad latex. However, it's the near total lack of movement with these let's-exaggerate-human-features CGI prosthetics that make them look like latex.

    Overall the trailer feels like, if you completely ignore the awful dialog, one of those non-narrative-nature-scenes-set-to-inspirational-music "documentaries" and would probably be more enjoyable if someone cut out all of the dialog in the movie and just showed the sweeping CGI scenes set to music as if it's a effects company's marketing film.

    Will have to wait and see if Cameron lifted the entire script of Avatar 2 from Ferngully 2 as he did with the first films.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Avatar: The Way of Water | Official teaser trailer in ~movies

  17. Comment on Review: Balldo in ~life

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    I almost put this in ~art, but decided against it.

    The “world's first ball-dildo” is less of an erotic toy, more of a dadaist interrogation of the very concept of pleasure.

    I almost put this in ~art, but decided against it.

    10 votes