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October 2015

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

I am almost finished with the web pages for the soccer program. I actually have a Beta test web page working for it, which I will probably install today. The static web pages will be easier and more secure to maintain than the CMS pages that were there before.


I have removed most of the chrome and stainless steel from the '49 Plymouth, and have taken the pieces that need to be restored over to Spokane Metal Finishing to be done. The only pieces that are left to be removed are the two nameplates and possibly the grille. I need to finish all this up by Monday, when I will take the car over to Cinderella Custom to be painted.


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Friday, 23 October 2015

JavaScript may be a good language, but I have yet to find good documentation for it. I am writing some web pages for the soccer program web site that require me to check for properly filled out forms before the 'send' button is enabled. That sounds like fairly straight-forward coding, but JavaScript has so many ways described to do that it is hard to do. I have finally gotten one page working, though. It was tricky.

One of the problems is an event for text boxes called onChange. From its name, you would think it is triggered when you make a single change to the text, while still in the text box. It doesn't work that way. It triggers when you exit the text box and there were changes to the text. So functionally, the onChange event is pretty much the same as the onBlur event, which triggers when you leave the text box.

My code uses the onChange event for the text boxes and the onMousemove event for the Submit button. These events are all connected to a function which checks to see if all the required fields are filled. If they are, the Submit button is enabled. Works like a charm.


Since the Bean, Chicken and Sausage Soup was so good, I decided to make some Curried Chicken Rice Soup from another of my recipes. I now have enough soup to last me another week or so.


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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

That Bean, Chicken and Sausage Soup is really good. I made some again last week and it has taken me until now to finish eating it. For a soup whose base liquid is just plain water, it is very flavorful. If I could find any savory around, I would add it to the soup to see how it is really supposed to taste, though.


I ordered DVDs of the second season of Castle from Amazon. They came in the mail on Monday and I attempted to back them up to hard disk. Handbrake found 99 titles on one of the DVDs. This is an indication of the lame copy protection process that many MPAA companies have stooped to. To back up that DVD, I will have to play it through VLC and record each episode. That is 4 1/2 hours per DVD and there are 5 DVDs. Good thing I'm retired...


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Thursday, 15 October 2015

I suspect that we have now had the last Paul Bunyon cruise-in of the year in Rathdrum. I went to it last night, but it got cold enough by 5:30 that I came home. There were actually quite a few cars there, as everyone suspects the same as I do.


I am going to start looking at some more programming projects for Linux. I have some very old books that have interesting projects in them, written in Basic. Those would be good candidates for conversion to Linux.


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Friday, 9 October 2015

I got some replacement stainless steel bumper bolts (carriage bolts) from Fasteners, Inc. for my 1949 Plymouth, as some of the current bolts were not stainless and had rusted.

When I got the bolts, they were not polished to match the bumper, so I used my 600, 1,200 and 3,000 grit lapidary wheels to polish them up. I then used my buffer with chrome oxide to put a final polish on them. As you can see, the bolt on the left is how I got them and the one on the right is the finished bolt.

So I guess that the lapidary equipment has other uses than just forming and polishing rocks.


Spokane Metal Finishing completed work on my '52 Plymouth nameplate. Here it is before the restoration:

And here it is after the restoration. Quite a huge difference, isn't there?


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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Monday afternoon, I was going to do some errands, including getting gas for the Plymouth. I went out to start it, and I couldn't even crank the engine over. Quite a change from all day Saturday, when I had no problems at all.

I finally figured out that the battery was at least 8 years old and was only rated to last 5 years. I used my Honda instead. On Tuesday, I started up the Plymouth with a portable jump starter and went down to Les Schwab to get another battery. The car now acts like it always has, so the old battery was the culprit.


I picked up a free laptop for one of the car guys the other day. It had the wrong A/C adapter, so I had to get the right one from the user group that I got the computer from. The computer has Linux Mint 17 on it and I am going to re-install that with my own little tweaks. Pete will get the laptop this afternoon at the Miles Coffee Company.

The laptop is a Fujitsu Lifebook T4215, which is a really fancy machine that costs at least $2,000 new. It has pen support and a swivel screen, so you can swivel it around and lock it down so it becomes a tablet. It's got more bells and whistles than you can shake a stick at. I hope Pete appreciates it.


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Sunday, 4 October 2015

On Saturday, some of the Phuddy Duddy Cruisers car club went on a cruise. We went from Coeur d'Alene north to Sagle, ID, then east 12 miles to the Bird Museum.

The Bird Museum is an ecelectic collection of cars, planes and inventors gadgets. Forrest Bird, who died a couple of weeks ago at age 94, was an inventor and aviator. He created a respirator that did away with iron lungs and saved many premature babies from death. The museum focuses on things that have improved the lives of people.

The drive was very enjoyable, except for a spot of high wind on the way up to the museum. We took a roundabout way back to Athol, ID, where we had lunch. We split up there to go to our various homes. You can see some pictures of the cruise at the Phuddy Duddy web site. Total mileage for the cruise from/to my house was 110 miles.


I am slowly removing the chrome off of my '49 Plymouth. The pieces I have removed so far are those that need work or re-chroming, and I have taken them over to Spokane Metal Finishing to be restored.

I need to fill in some holes in the fenders where some idiot used sheet metal screws to hold some of the stainless steel trim on the fenders. That trim is part of what I took over to be restored. They will weld the screw holes shut and fix all the crinkles in the trim.

On the way back from Spokane Metal Finishers, I stopped by a place called Fasteners, where I got some of the fasteners that hold the trim onto the fenders.


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