Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Where the Blogs Are – January 2012

by Chris McGinty (AccordingToWhim.com)

I’m going to start a feature here on the According To Whim blog that will have links to the writing that we’ve done during a given month. I might post it earlier in the month, and then move it to the last day of the month when it is fully populated. As this blog is meant to report the work we do, I figure a report on what we’ve written makes sense. I will likely ask Nathan for a little help with this feature if it becomes too hard to keep up with on my own. My thanks in advance for his help.

The reason for this is that we have created a number of blogs with the hope of attracting people who are looking for a specific topic, rather than putting everything on a catch all blog. So far, Nathan has been the prolific writer. I will pick it up soon. I have been writing, but I have incomplete posts. In the parentheses after the date will be the blog the article appears on.

Nathan’s Posts

Jan. 1 (Robotech Now) – Robotech for 2012!

Nathan explains the goal of the Robotech blog for 2012.

Jan. 2 (According To Whim) – Doodad Part 3

Nathan tells you about his latest actions with his VW Beetle hobby.

Jan. 3 (Robotech Now) – The Robotech 2012 Reading/Watching Order

Nathan discusses a true fan’s dedication to make the chronological reading of Robotech easy for the rest of us.

Jan. 6 (Robotech Now) – The Legend of Zor: Issues 1-6

Nathan discusses a comic book prequel mini-series from 1992.

Jan. 9 (Robotech Now) – Robotech: The Graphic Novel

Nathan discusses a comic book prequel mini-series from 1986.

Jan. 9 (Whim Movies) – Review: Demolition Man

Nathan stands up for a movie that not everyone gets. I get it, brother!

Jan. 13 (Robotech Now) – Book 1: Robotech Genesis - Prologue Through Chapter 2

Nathan continues his reading of Robotech by picking up one of the novels for a little bit.

Jan. 16 (Robotech Now) – Return To Macross: Issues 1-6

Nathan discusses another comic book series in the Robotech universe.

Jan. 16 (Net Runner CCG) – Net Runner - A very light overview and some memories...

Nathan’s repost of a Net Runner article he did on this blog.

Chris’s Posts

Jan. 10 (Robotech Now) – What’s So Special about Special Editions?

Chris discusses the possible upsides of special edition releases of movies and TV shows.

Jan. 11 (Robotech Now) – Reading and Viewing Experience: Robotech Genesis-The Legend Of Zor?

Chris’s take on the prequel mini-series.

Jan. 17 (Whim Movies) – Times (and TV) Have Changed

Chris talks about how he would run a TV network.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Doodad Part 3

by Nathan Stout (of AccordingToWhim.com)

Welcome to the 3rd post in my Doodad series of blogs. Here is part 1 & 2.These blogs are about my Volkswagen Beetles and my attempt to get them looking and running great (and possibly sell one or both of them).
Today's update is due to the nice weather. Over the New Years weekend the temperatures here were in the low 70's in the afternoons (Friday and Saturday) with sun and mild temperatures on Sunday. I started working on the cars last week when I got the guy who sold me the 70 Beetle to come over and adjust the carb to keep it running. He came over and adjusted it and the Super Beetle so it wouldn't idle so high. It wasn't a perfect fix for both but it did help.

Last week I drove the Super around a bit and bought some Sea Foam on his advice for both cars. You can get it at Walmart or Autozone. It is a gas additive that is supposed to do some great stuff for older engines. Anyway I got the Super ready to take into Decatur to get the inspection and get new tags. I didn't remember getting the notice in the mail to renew the tags so I read on the Texas DPS site to just bring in the old receipt and they can issue you new tags with it.

The first day I tried to take it to work (which is in Decatur as well) the key wouldn't turn in the ignition. I tired and tried and bent the key a bit and finally gave up. After work I played with it some more and put some graphite in the key hole and got it to work.

The next morning I got out there and pulled out into the street and felt the car pull to the right. I got out and sure enough one of the front tires was flat. I know that 3 of the 4 tires have slow leaks but they are REALLY slow and the tire was fine the day before. I pulled back in and gave up on that day. After work I pulled the tire off, aired it up and poured water on it to see if I could see any bubbles. Nothing... I put it back on and decided to try yet again the next day.
On Friday I got it to work without any mishaps. At lunch I went to the inspection place and waited forever there. The guy who owns it does a lot of business and works alone. While looking in the glove box for the insurance paper I found an envelope. Lo and behold there was the tags. I HAD gotten them back in May but I never put them on the car. I just shoved the envelope in the glove box. Once I got the inspection I put the tag sticker on as well. Finally! The Super is now street legal again. It's a fun car to drive but there is still alot of work that needs to be done for it to be a 'daily driver'.

On Saturday and Sunday I worked on the Beetle. I beld the brakes and they tightened right up! The brake fluid that came out was really dark though, almost looked like oil so I might have an issue in there (or maybe I just need to flush it all). I took out the stereo that was in there and put the tape deck I had just bought before I traded in the Ranger. Once I got it hooked up I found out that the speaker wires were all backwards so I put played with them until I got them all in the right spots.

I also adjusted the driver seat belt retractor. It was all loose and the seat belt wouldn't retract but now it does. I also cleaned off the little add-on console that was originally in the car when bought it and reinstalled it so I could have a place to put sodas and other junk. I cleaned the car out again and used some Armor All on parts inside to get it extra nice looking.

I drove it to work today and it was fine (after it warmed up). I will attempt to get it inspected and then I will have a daily driving car that will be a lot more pocket book friendly at nearly 30 miles per gallon.