Willys Jeep: Badger Mockups and Brake Lines

May 10, 2015 1 comment

This is really just a quick blog with some photos to show a little progress (very little). I’ve been mocking up the steering and the brake lines to make sure that everything fits before I tighten everything together. A couple of things that I would love to have some advice on, however, are the proper placement for brake lines and the correct angle for the steering tie rods.

Looking from the top down

Looking from the top down

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Geeks with Jeeps Week in Moab, Utah (Pictorial)

April 29, 2015 3 comments

I’m going to be posting some of these on my 500px account, which will require more work because of keyword tagging, etc. But for now I thought I’d simply post the main photos here (there are over 100, so take your time.

No, I didn’t take Porkchop or Badger (they’re not ready for travel anywhere, and even if they were they couldn’t have made most of the stuff we were doing).

Enjoy. (oh, and please don’t steal. Reposting with attribution is fine).

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Pleasanton Auto Show (Pictorial)

IMG_0526.JPG.200Yesterday my wife asked me if we could go to an auto show this weekend. Yeah, I know – she’s a keeper! Here are some of the pictures that I took of some of the cars (there were over 3000 there, many were for sale! It’s amazing that I actually didn’t walk away with something!

I tweeted some of the pictures as it was happening, but apparently my “multi-photo” tweets didn’t go through, so here they are. When I get a chance, I will try to have captions of what they are.

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Willys Jeep: Badger’s Steering Requires Advice

 

This weekend was frustrating. So frustrating that I had to send out this tweet:

When my wife and I went out to work on Badger over the weekend, it seemed that we got stymied every step along the way. What’s worse, it’s made me rethink what I need to do to get Badger’s steering running again and opened up the (previously healed) wound of deciding whether or not to convert to a Saginaw system.

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FCC Announces “Net Neutrality” Order

Net Neuter-ality?

Net Neuter-ality?

The FCC today released it’s “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet” order, a.k.a. “Net Neutrality.”

Weighing in at nearly 600 pages, it is a monstrous behemoth. It’s important to note that the order was not unanimous among the commissioners (3-2).

Commissioners Pai and O’Rielly dissenting and issuing separate statements and included as an addendum inside the document. The contents of this dissent will be important for any legal challenges to the ruling.

Looks like I have a little light reading to do. I’ll post the links to the dissenting opinions when they’re published.

Update: 2015.03.13. The Register has posted a two-part quick-and-dirty summation of the rules. Part 1. Part 2.

Synology DSM 5.2 Beta Could Be A Big Deal

March 12, 2015 4 comments

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Synology. The company has always, always treated me well. In fact if more companies acted like Synology did, I think that we’d have a lot of very happy consumers out there. SynologyLogo_enu_no_slogan_for_web It’s also no secret that I simply do not trust “The Cloud” for securing personal data. As I’ve said before on the Speaking in Tech podcast I have significant doubts as to how much anyone will protect my data as much as I want them to. I know that Scott Lowe has also searched for ways on how to manage encrypted backups as well. The convoluted means by which you have to do this is infuriating. Today Synology announced a number of enhancements to their DSM 5.2 beta that I’m just chomping at the bit to try out that will hopefully put my personal paranoid fears to rest, once and for all. (Yeah, well, maybe not. But hopefully close!) Read more…

Balancing Act: The Struggle Between Orality and Linearity in Computer-Mediated Communication

This is a recovery of a peer-reviewed article published in 1996 in the New Jersey Journal of Communication (now the Atlantic Journal of Communication).

Full Citation:

Metz, J. M. (1996). Balancing act: The struggle between orality and linearity in computer mediated communication. The New Jersey Journal of Communication, 4, 61-70.000

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