New Mountain bike

I’ve been talking about getting healthier and part of that plan was a new bike to get out and exercise. I went with a Raleigh because I had one back in high school and loved it. Now that I’ve got this one I plan on getting a roof rack for my Rabbit so I can keep my bike on it all the time giving me the chance to ride whenever I like. Given that I live and work in two areas that have great biking potential I will hopefully be inspired to ride often.


Dr Doom gets a new hard drive

I came home from dinner last Friday to find my desktop Dr Doom decided she didn’t like his Seagate 1tb drive any more. So I’ve picked up a Western Digital drive as a replacement and after a quick swap she was booted up and awaiting a fresh Windows 8.1 Pro install. Now, I’ve had some issues with Windows since I bought my student version of 8.1 Pro nearly three years ago and they refuse to keep record of activation key for customers. I find this kind of funny because they do have a record of my install key for Office 360. It may be that I will need to buy another copy of 8.1 soon because I refuse to switch to Windows 10. There is a free version of 8.1 through Microsoft’s DreamSpark program but my school wont reinstate my account because I am not taking a computer science class this semester.

pursuing a better life

I new before I needed to change my lifestyle so that I could live a much better life.  I want to change the way I eat, by changing to salads and fish/chicken away from bacon and more fattier meats as well as completely cut out sodas. I had already dramatically decreased my intake but it just wasn’t cutting it.

Exercise has been another issue for me.  For the past two years I had been dealing with issues and it cut down my walking.  I am picking up a new bike and will follow through with my plans from before about riding at least an hour a week for every day I ride my motorcycle.  In addition I plan on riding more then that and hopefully before December I plan on taking part in some sort of not race but event.

I am still stuck working from home for the time being but will hopefully be back in the office by October fifth if healing goes well.  It has been nice getting away from the office but I can tell I am not as efficient because I just simply cant get as much done without my multi monitor setup. I have also inherited at lot more work since my hospital visit and its been a bit overwhelming.

So, I plan to post more here on what I am eating and my activity’s as I pursue a better lifestyle for myself.

New Forza 6 Cars Announced Today

1997 Volvo 850 R
1995 Ferrari F50
1976 McLaren #11 Marlboro Team McLaren M23
1976 Ferrari #1 Scuderia Ferrari 312T2
2013 Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG
1966 Chaparral #66 Chaparral Cars 2E
2014 Rolls Royce Wraith
1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE
1967 Ferrari 330 P4
2014 Honda Civic Si
1986 BMW M635CSi
2005 Lotus Elise 111S
1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe
1984 Ferrari GTO
1971 Plymouth Cuda 426 HEMI
1998 Toyota Supra RZ
1993 Renault Clio Williams
1969 Toyota 2000GT
1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16v
2001 Audi RS 4 Avant
1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Super Sport
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale
1999 Dodge Viper GTS ACR
1988 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV
1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-454
1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
1992 Nissan Silvia CLUB K’s
1971 AMC Javelin AMX
1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Mk3
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged
1992 Bugatti EB110 SS
1968 Abarth 595 esseesse
2004 Saleen S7
1998 Eagle Talon TSi Turb
2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP

First 8mi on the FZ-07

firstrideAfter getting my motorcycle license last weekend I have been itching to take a ride.  I wanted to ride to work but I figured it was a little far for a first out of the box jaunt.  I really wanted to do short rides all week and make my way to work by Friday but even that proved difficult to make happen.  This map was close to what I rode, it states about 8.5 miles but it was really only 8 or at least that’s what my odometer says.

New life direction

Hello world, it has been quite a long time since I have posted on my little slice of the internet. I hope to start posting here more and more as my adventures pick up pace in the near future. In fact, in this new post I intend to talk about an exciting new change in my life. As my friends and family know, I like driving my 08′ Volkswagen Rabbit. I like it so much that in eight years I have put nearly 120k miles on it. Well, because of her (Trinity) getting up there in miles and the combination of maintenance and my plans of transforming her into a weekend track car I needed to find another mode of transportation for the foreseeable future.

This task wasn’t easy for me because it required me to be slightly reasonable in my requirements. Should I get another car? What about a truck/SUV to tow the Wabbit to the track? Well, I decided upon a motorcycle. Yea I know midlife crisis right? Well it could be part of that or it could be because I have always wanted one and was always told I couldn’t have one. My choice might have also come from where I live right now. Here in Komiefornia there are actually many reasons to ride a motorcycle. You get to lane split, something I don’t plan on doing unless I am coming up to a red light. You can also park any ware for free. This is priceless as most often it costs $10 easy any ware you go. Finally, it came down to the unreasonable gas prices and the short commutes I do between work, school and home.

So, back in December on a xmas trip home to Dallas I bought a Yamaha FZ-07. Now I had spent several months researching what I needed to do to get into the two wheeled world. Yes, I know that buying a new bike out of the gate is risky. Believe me there is many a Café Racer I lusted for on Craigslist. But ultimately I didn’t want someone’s project and I didn’t want to put a ton of cash down. My other requirement (that didn’t get fulfilled) was to stay under the 600cc limit. I dive fast in my car and I know that a 600 can be more than enough even with the belly I currently roll around with.

Anyway, back to the bike. So I bought my FZ-07 in Dallas and had about a month’s wait to get it shipped to California. Cool, because I saved a LOT on buying it back home. I took this time to get some stuff for the bike. A set of frame sliders was the first thing and in addition to that I picked up a tail tightly to clean up the back end. The day she showed up on the doorstep in a big shinny clean 18 wheeler was amazing. I had always dreamt about having some rare hyper car delivered to me this way. Well, at least it was great to remotely feel what they do.

Fast forward to now, six months after I signed the paperwork and five months after my motorcycle was delivered. I have made a few payments and started it every so often but have yet to even put one mile on her. I am now a week from another trip back home and have been getting nervous. The reason for this is simple. I am going to take my motorcycle test and I haven’t even ridden a bicycle since 2002. Part of the deal with myself to get a motorcycle was that I want to be healthy enough to keep riding. I have cut soda out of my life mostly and soon want it to be gone completely. Next, I have started eating a salad every day for lunch. I figure that will slightly offset my meat consumption during evening meals. Lastly, I will ride a bicycle for one hour on the weekend for every day that I ride my bike. So, if I ride every day to work I would ride my bicycle (that I need to buy) for at least five hours on the weekend.

Trinity is back on the road!

As you might have seen, on February 10th my ’08 Volkswagen Rabbit, Trinity decided she didn’t really want to use her stock clutch and throwout bearing any more.  I had the car taken to my friends at EF1 Motorsports in Signal Hill, CA and called up Four Season Tuning over in Orange, CA to source a replacement.  Four Season Tuning shipped me a VR6 single mass flywheel and clutch kit while EF1 Motorsports did the work.  It took two days to do the work but was well worth it, I can definitely tell that the car can put more of it’s power to the wheels then before and the clutch pressure seams more responsive when depressed and finding “the ball.”  I highly suggest this upgrade if your looking for something more and happen to have your clutch go out.  As an added bonus this kit was just over half the price of a factory replacement clutch kit.

H-4 Hercules “Spruce Goose”

Well, today I am announcing a new project that was brought up to me yesterday in my 203 drafting class. My teacher would like me to start on bringing in and modeling the H-4 Hercules “Spruce Goose”. After I bring it into CAD I will be making changes to turn it into a laser cut model and then adapting that into a R/C model.

Here’s a first look at the importing process.

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DMC Delorean concept by ~schaltkreis

My recent post referenced the classic DMC Delorean but thinking about it I was wondering if anyone was working on a new car for the brand. Since someone in Texas recently bought the rights and all the molds to make “New” DMC Deloreans (website can be found Here.) from a combination of old and new parts. The following is an artists rendering of a concept for a contemporary remake. And boy do I wish they would put it into production.