Search This Blog

Monday, April 25, 2016

Snow Skiing

Back in the day I was a pretty avid snow skier.  I would purchase season passes and then try to see how many times I could hit the slopes with that investment.  It was pretty easy back then.  After the cost of equipment and the pass, all you had to have was $2.00 bus fare to the slopes and $3-4 food money.  It would buy you a bowl of chile and a hot chocolate from the vending machine.

I didn't night ski very much.  It's god-awful cold at night, and the harsh shadows cast onto the moguls by the slope lighting don't lend themselves well to depth perception.  I found skiing down groomed slopes and through powder incredibly boring - I preferred to blast through moguls or find some jumps to fly off.  But the slope lighting really didn't favor that kind of quick-twitch technical skiing.

I currently have only one picture of myself on skis... night skiing.  An old high school friend just sent this to me...  Pretty sure I was on an upper groomed slope, on the way down to where the moguls were.  He does take a nice evening shot, yes?


Half-Life is a really fun shooter/puzzle-solving video game that was released in 1998 or 1999.  Below is a YouTube walk-thru of the entire game.  It's a pretty nerdy game for a first-person shooter - which is probably why I like it so much.

Half-Life is also a scientific term.  It's the time needed for something to be reduced to half its original value.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

15th Birthday of this blog

Today it has been 15 years since the first post.  I took a break from blogging for a bit - during the financial crisis (I was focused on financial news instead of nerd-blogging).  I was also offline for a couple of years afterwards, as my attention was diverted as our family re-settled to a new place - first, in Oregon, then Idaho.

In dog years, this blog is 105 years old.  Time to celebrate that minor landmark...

Good enough - I'm done celebrating...  Back to the cool stuff!

Saturday, April 09, 2016

"Vacation" spring 2016

I took another brief "vacation", one of those things I seem to do these days when I don't rest very much.  Actually managed to get quite a bit of down-time, but that was mainly due to bad weather.  Below is what I woke up to on the first day of vacay.  It didn't put me in the mood to go out and clear dead and fallen trees.

KH 500 engine update...

I had the spare set of cylinders for the KH500 bead-blasted, and shipped them off for repairs.  They needed an overbore to remove the gouges.  Turns out the center cylinder was damaged beyond repair.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Power Steering Pump rebuild

Taking a break from broken dams for a moment...
I recently did some work on the new (to me) little Subaru.