Monday, November 29, 2010
Several mechanic friends have indicated to me that there must be a short somewhere in the wiring. Slamming my ass down on the driver's seat in just the right way seems to clear the short and allows the car to draw the power necessary to start. Problem is, that method has become less and less successful over the last month. I resolved to fix the issue myself yesterday after several more failed attempts to get the car to start. I inspected the wiring and traced back what I could. It was little better than a bowl of spaghetti. It had been messed with quite a bit and I could see pin-pricks in some of the wires indicating that someone had been testing them. Someone had even patched in speaker wire at some point, probably a year ago when the car was in the shop for about three days. Still, none of my tweaking did any good. I was tired, hungry, and was at wit's end.
I don't problem solve well on an empty stomach, so I hiked down to the local Walgreen's to get some snacks and clear my head. When I emerged with my Doritos and Dr. Pepper, I found myself face-to-face with a Salvation Army bell ringer. He was dressed as Santa Claus and was singing Christmas carols. With a smirk and a shrug, I figured "What the hell....I could use some good karma right now". I dug into my pockets and put all the money I had into the kettle.
As I approached my house, the Dr. Pepper putting out the fire on my taste buds that had been started by the habanero Doritos, I noticed that the hood of my car had been popped. Had I done that inadvertently while troubleshooting? I opened the driver's side door and looked in...it wasn't possible to accidentally trip the release. I took another swig of Dr. Pepper and proceeded to undo the hood's latch, raising it up so I could access the engine. For a moment, I thought about checking the fuses, but thought better of it because others more mechanically inclined than me had already done so. Out of nothing more than instinct, I pushed the battery further back into its seating. Instantly, I heard the friendly ring of the car's reminder signal telling me that I had left the keys in the ignition.
"It's ALIVE!", I exclaimed.
Sure enough, when I sat down to start the car, the beast roared to life on the first try. So, what does this mean? Does it mean that the battery clips and contacts simply need to be cleaned? Does it mean that one of the connector wires is faulty? Is there indeed a short somewhere and pushing the battery back gives the wires in question enough slack to clear the short? I don't know. What I do know is that the Saturn S series, is persnickety when it comes to anything electrical to begin with, and, whatever the problem is, it couldn't hurt to buy a little karma here and there to help get it working
Friday, November 26, 2010
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of LG. All opinions are 100% mine.
Readers of this blog know full well about my love for the Android operating system. There are a lot of cell phones out there that use it, but none of them are like the LG Optimus One. LG just recently launched the Optimus One, which was created in order to deliver the ultimate smartphone experience while allowing for easy accessibility for the growing number of consumers looking to purchase their first smartphone. Check out some of the great features they've included:
- A lightning fast, user friendly interface which allows for two to three times faster and smoother internet browsing, web-page loading, application pop-ups and multi-tasking.
- The LG App Advisor, which will recommend 10 highly rated applications for you every two weeks.
- A camera with face tracking and smile detector technology for taking that perfect photo to post to your Facebook wall or Twitter feed.
- A 3.2" wide HVGA screen back by a 1500mAh capacity battery for long lasting power.
- Synchronization with your Outlook Calendar.
Since the LG Optimus One uses the Android 2.2 operating system, the phone is already optimized to use use popular Google apps like Google Voice, Google Goggles, Google Shopper and Google Maps with Navigation.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
|Announcing The New Enhanced Screening Procedures|
Personally, I would have found it even funnier if the fine folks over at Blizzard had added "Don't touch my junk!" to the NPCs' repository of reactions to being searched. And, although it's a tad risque, it might have been fun to have a character, while searching an NPC, automatically utter "Is that a dagger in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?"
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Do you own a home? If you do, isn't it nice to have a a warm place to spend the night? Can you even imagine having to sleep in a cardboard box or spend the night in a shelter? We Americans often take for granted the items we own and the advantages we have been given. Imagine if all of that were to be taken away from you. What would you do? Could you survive?
In order to guarantee our freedom and to protect the advantages we as American citizens have been given, our United States Veterans put their lives on the line. If you'd like to show your support, Vietnam Veterans of America is accepting car donations. Maybe you have an old car that you're trying to get rid of. Perhaps you don't want to go through the hassle of trying to sell it. If that's the case, then donating your car to Vietnam Veterans of America is a great way to get rid of that old car while helping out some of America's veterans.
For over thirty years, Vietnam Veterans of America has been supporting our veterans and their families by providing them with food and shelter. However, during these tough economic times, they are struggling to keep up with the high demand for help. In order to help raise funds and to continue meeting the challenges of providing help to our veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America is now accepting car donations. When you donate a car to Vietnam Veterans of America, you will be helping those who have given so much for us already. Your charitable gift is also eligible for an IRS tax deduction.
For instructions on how to donate a car, make sure to visit the Vietnam Veterans of America's website. Our veterans need your support and, if you have a car that you are able to donate,
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Once you get past the Monday morning hype that Steve Jobs put out there, making the Apple fanboys get their panties in a twist over what they perceived to be a forthcoming announcement regarding the next step in iPad/iPod technology, this news may seem petty. Indeed, the casual music lover probably doesn't see this as a big deal. After all, most Beatle fans probably have all of their CDs and have ripped the songs into their iTunes library already. The reason why this is newsworthy is because one of the most influential bands in the history of popular music has finally embraced digital distribution. This is an acknowledgment that using physical media to distribute music is going by the wayside. The CD isn't going to disappear anytime soon. However, when we look back upon the scrapheap of history, the Beatles showing up on iTunes will be seen as one of the major indicators that the major music labels began to concede the demise of the physical media distribution model.
Now, if only we could get The Beatles to release The White Album Demos, Live at the Hollywood Bowl and the Threetles version of Now and Then.
Monday, November 15, 2010
"I've joined the legion of neckbeards ganking noobs on Call of Duty: Black Ops multiplayer", I bragged.
"So, wait, you bought a PS3?" Jason asked.
"No...I bought Call of Duty: Black Ops for the Wii", I explained.
A huge cackle of laughter exploded from the other end of the phone. "You bought Call of Duty: Black Ops for the Wii? You may as well have bought it for an Atari 2600, or maybe the PS2".
Okay, I see his point. The Wii is an underpowered, lobotomized gaming platform that no hardcore gamer would take seriously. And the Wii version of Call of Duty: Black Ops features graphics that are inferior to the PS3 and XBOX 360 versions of the game. And, yes, the Wii version of Call of Duty: Black Ops is missing a ton of features as well, including the ultra-cool zombie map, "Five", which features JFK, Richard Nixon, Fidel Castro and Robert McNamara fighting zombies in the Pentagon.
Still, I stand by my decision. As merely a casual gamer, I don't need the ability to record entire multiplayer theater encounters or the Kill Cam so that I can review the footage later. I don't need an emblem creator and my character doesn't need custom face paint. And the PS2-era graphics don't bother me....much. Honestly, for a guy who just wants something to occupy his gaming time until World of Warcraft: Cataclysm comes out, Call of Duty: Black Ops is an excellent game for the Wii.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
In the midst of all the discourse, I made a little video blog describing the things I like about visiting home. You'll find it below, in glorious widescreen, just above a list of music I recently added to my ipod.
Recent Additions To My iPod
San Francisco - Brett Dennen
Via Con Me - Paolo Conte
Too Late For Us Now - Roger Manning
Half Of My Heart - John Mayer
Acoustic #3 - Goo Goo Dolls
In Love With A Girl - Gavin DeGraw
Your Woman - White Town
Sunrise - Simply Red
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Nice tactic. Had it been a chillier night, this stick bug's excellent camouflage may have gotten it tossed into a bonfire.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Something happened with his previous album, Way To Normal. Ben Folds stumbled. I only liked about half of the songs on Way To Normal, which was surprising as I could usually listen to one of his albums track-to-track. When I learned that Ben Folds would be collaborating with Nick Hornby in a quasi Elton John/Berni Taupin type of team, I was certain Lonely Avenue would mark a return to greatness. Now, however, after listening three times to Lonely Avenue, I have to ask: What's the punchline?
This album is a tragedy. There's so much talent between Folds and Hornby that you'd think that they'd be able to come up with at least one track that was listenable. They didn't, though. There's nothing on Lonely Avenue that I can latch onto. The album feels like a collection of over-produced first-draft demos. It's like Ben tried to force the lyrics into fitting the music and tried to hide the fact by adding too many layers to the production. The songs drag, fail to build and fail to go anywhere. It's just a bunch of words and music thrown together with no direction.
I hate to say it, but I enjoyed Ben Folds' collaboration with William Shatner more than anything on Lonely Avenue.