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August 2014

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

I have taken over the coordination of Dutch oven events in this area from George Holcomb. George has Parkinson's disease and it is getting the better of him at this point. He can no longer cook with Dutch ovens. Anyhow, the next event that was scheduled for local Dutch oven cooks was the Rathdrum Adventure Race on September 6th. Since the organizers were unable to get any community support for that demo, we are not participating in that event. The next event will probably be sometime next year.

This cancellation frees up that day for me, so I can go to the Dalton Gardens Car Show, sponsored by our car club, the Phuddy Duddy Cruisers. I went last year, but my car was not available, so I went in my truck and teardrop trailer, parking overnight and participating in the Dalton Gardens Picnic. This year I will take the car and trailer and my Dutch ovens so I can cook something tasty for the picnic.


 

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Friday, 22 August 2014

I haven't posted a picture of the teardrop/classic car combo here for quite a while. So here goes. First, here's the setup from a couple of years ago.

After painting the car and putting bed liner on parts of the trailer, I took this picture in April.

The picture doesn't really show it, but the car is now metallic blue and very shiny. I'm happy with the results.

I finally got my car radio back from the repairman, but it still isn't fixed. At least I can fill the hole in the dashboard of the Plymouth.


 

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Monday, 18 August 2014

I have discovered that shopping at ony one supermarket is not optimal. I switched from Super 1 Foods to WinCo in the belief that all their prices were better. I was wrong, but not completely. Here is a comparison of some items I buy:

Item WinCo Price   Super 1 Price
Calidad Tortilla Chips $1.48 $1.68
Hash Brown Potatoes $1.01 $1.88
Chicken Thighs/lb. $1.25 $1.88
Hawaiian Punch Singles $.88 $1.68
Red Chile Peppers/lb. $4.98 $1.48
Spike Seasoning $5.06 $2.99
Bacon $4.35/12oz $2.78/16oz

As you can see, you have to be aware of pricing and shop at the place that gives you the best price for the item you are interested in.


 

I am continuing to back up everything that can be backed up. I have finished doing my DVDs and have 915 of them backed up. I am now going through all the 3 1/2" floppies I have and am backing them up on a 400GB SATA hard drive. I'm glad to do it now, as some of them are unreadable and others could be in the near future.

My next major chore is to back up all the cassettes I have. I will use an old Fischer CD player I have and pipe that directly to a computer. I will use Audacity on the single file generated from a cassette side to create the separate tracks. I have several hundred of these cassettes and most of them are not duplicates of any audio CD I own.


 

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Monday, 11 August 2014

The multimedia computer (Olga) is the computer I have all my movies and audio CDs on. It ran Linux Mint 14 and used the Plex multimedia server. Since I was having trouble getting to some of the software repositories for Linux Mint 14, I decided on Friday to upgrade the machine with Linux Mint 17. I carefully copied the non-standard filesystem information from LM 14 so I would have no trouble there.

Installing Linux Mint 17 from scratch went off without a hitch. I added the two filesystem entries to the fstab file, then did the first update, which ran to 300MB. After that, I installed the applications I use that are not included with the distro, such as Audacity, Openshot, Handbrake and Virtualbox. Installation and updating everything took me 1 1/2 hours. The final thing I did was install a newer version of the Plex server. This is where things got sticky.

It turns out that Plex keeps the information about various multimedia items in a database in the operating system area, instead of in my home directory. That means that when I installed Linux Mint 17 from scratch, I accidently wiped out the original database. That meant I had to re-install links to my home movies, movies, music and TV shows. Once those were installed, Plex took at least 5 hours to download all the metadata for 914 movies, 1,526 audio CDs and 26 complete television series.

I have installed the latest version of Plex, which has a new 'feature' that uses the metadata inside each of the movie files. What that means is the metadata title is displayed instead of using the file name as the title. That is why I have entries like the movie The Alpha Incident which shows up in the S's as SIFIMEGAPACKDISC08B. I will have to go to each movie that is labeled like that and use Handbrake on it to remove the offending metadata. That will take me many, many hours. No rest for the wicked, I guess.


 

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Thursday, 7 August 2014

The carburetor rebuild on the Plymouth is working well. The car is performing better than it has in the past. It accelerates without bogging down now, so it remains to be seen how the gas mileage is affected.

I went to a cruise-in at Cinderella Custom in Post Falls on Tuesday evening. It is a small event, but they have really great hamburgers. When I went to go home, the car wouldn't start. The starter was grinding like the battery was dying. I immediately shut off the ignition. We determined that the gear shift mechanism was rubbing the hot terminal on the starter, causing a short. We got the mechanism cleared from the starter, but I will have to do some work on it to ensure that the problem doesn't occur again.


 

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Friday, 1 August 2014

Yesterday I rebuilt the carburetor on my 1952 Plymouth. It took a good part of the day, as I had to take a couple of breaks to go back in the house because of the heat (102° F). Once I finished, I fired up the car and everything seems to be working. Hopefully better than it did in the past.

I'm kind of surprised that the car even worked before I did the rebuild. You should have seen the junk in the float bowl. As it now has new gaskets, it should no longer leak gas, either. I will be tuning the car up today. I'm hoping to get better gas mileage from it now.


 

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