Sunday, December 20, 2009

Speed Test - Update

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Kel-Tec PMR-30

If they make one that accepts a sound suppressor I'm totally gonna get one. :)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

October 12th.

Why is Columbus Day a holiday?

I prefer Leif Erikson Day....

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


I think the stream dropped. Still, 95 hours is a long time.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Expanding on the topic that “I’m weirder than you” and my well documented obsession with everything automotive comes….

TOPS. (No, really, I couldn’t think of a better title.)

Given the volatile climate the current US car market, I thought I’d explain and question some of the things I have noticed. How the top vehicles I would love to own, only half are available to Americans and all come at a significant price increase compared to their European counterparts.

1) Vauxhall Astra VXR

Even though similar to my Astra, this certified lunatic model has more gears, larger wheels, MOAR POWA, and looks just sick.

Model: Vauxhall Astra VXR
POWA!: 255Bhp
Top Speed: 155MPH
Engine/Trans: 2.0L/6 Speed
Cost : $28,000

Model: Saturn Astra XR
POWA!: 138Bhp
Top Speed: 129MPH
Engine/Trans: 1.8L/5 Speed
Cost: $21,000

And to think GM LOST $4,000 when I got mine.

2) BMW Z3 Coupe

If you even remotely consider yourself a “car person” and you don’t like the Z3 coupe… Then I suggest you GTFO right now. This is the most attractive car BMW has made in quite sometime. Thanks to Chris Bangle and the “Bangle butt” on all current BMW’s, the previous design is much better looking.

3) Lotus Elise

I’m AMAIZED that these can be purchased here. Granted they have about $10,000 in federally mandated safety equipment that the euro car lacks… I’m one to believe that crash avoidance is a much greater feature. To be able to out maneuver, brake, and accelerate an obstacle is a much greater safety feature than the post-crash airbags.

4) Lotus Esprit

This was one of three cars I remember having as a poster on my bedroom wall. The other two are just as insane. I’m not usually a fan of “supercars” but this one car has severely bent the way I think about and what I want in current cars.

5) TVR Cerbera

I love TVRs. Everything about them is just pure. Sure they were not reliable, expensive to maintain, and a dumb Russian millionaire ran the company into the ground, but what’s not to love? The license plate frame has more presence and style than any car built buy a Japanese or American manufacture in the last 15 years. The car is so unique and attractive it is even able to pull off that color. I mean, seriously, picture that color on anything else…

6) Lotus Caterham 7

Make simple and add lightness; that was Colin Chapman’s philosophy. After more than 40 years this concept still holds true for the 7. The standard cars 130Bhp and 1600Lbs curb weight translate into one incredible machine. The R400 (pictured) has 200Bhp+ and weighs less than a wet dog. Even the R500 has greater power per ton than the Bugatti Veyron with its massive 500Bhp for every 1000Lbs that the car has to rocket around. It will DESTROY the Veyron right up until the car kills you.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Cash For Clunkers

I was going through all the videos depicting this atrocity on youtube. I ran across the video above. The only Volvo I could find on that would "qualify" is any of the early '00s R series... And judging by all the tubes running acorss that engine I'd say this is one of the rare few.

I hope that ruined your week like it has mine.

UPDATE: 08/17/09

This made me cry.


Sunday, August 02, 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009


I've been debating something lately. Should I keep buying the caliber(s) I have for around $0.55 a round or should I take up reloading? I know there is an initial investment in dies, presses, and other materials for reloading, but isn't that about the same as a single 500rd order of .45 right now? (ammoman has wolf 45acp for $199 for 500rds)

Unless I'm missing something, it isn't that huge of an investment.

What do I need if I want to load up .45ACP and .223?

Monday, July 06, 2009

Piston Heads

Automobiles, for the petrolhead and even to some of the uninitiated, are so much more than just objects. I've delved into the psyche before when comparing the love and fondness for certain cars over others to the love and fondness for certain women over others.

It's true that cars are, in the strictest sense, mere objects. They are inanimate unless coaxed into motion by a human. They are transportation appliances unless their bodies are sculpted and engines cast to not be merely a device to get you from point A to point B.

They are a waste of money since they rarely gain in value and those that do cost their owners more in maintenance than they can generally make back during a sale. But we still lust for them.

Against all logic. Against everything you learn in even the most basic of economics classes. Against any semblance of sanity. We lust for them.

We want to be the one that turns the key and presses the accelerator to make the inanimate animate. We want to be the one that sees the form over the function and to feel the energy from a perfectly tuned, raucous engine unfit for "daily driver" duty. We want to be the one who goes poor so that he (or she) can own that perfect specimen of an automobile.

That perfect specimen is different for each of us. But, when someone tells you he (or she) bought their dream car -- no matter what it is -- we can understand. And we are jealous of them, even if we disagree with their choice of dreams.

-- Engineered

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Billy Mays

Is 50 the new 70?


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009


So people are cheaper? Good to know, I guess?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Why didn't I buy the $100 Mosin Nagant which I can get ammo for instead of the $1000 Smith & Wesson which I can't get ammo for....

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009


What is a good reflex sight that isn't $500? How about Lasers for a bore-sight? Are they really just voodoo past 25 meters?

Also, where do you order gear online? I think I've asked the question on this blog before, but I couldn't even find it in the directory.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu

According to the news, swine flu has made it to Alabama....

The best I can hope for is a mutation.

A mutation that happens to create a lot of "undead".

I'm prepared for that.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Things To Do.

List of things I need to do today...

1) Get out of the fracking house.
2) Get a new sun visior for my Astra
3) Clean said Astra
4) Work on that repeater project
5) List pickup shell on Craigslist
6) List 1966 Corvair Monza on Craigslist.
7) Work some on that Ford truck in an attempt to sell it...
8) Babysit dog...
9) Babysit human...



Monday, April 20, 2009

Pirate Bay


Never Ending.

From the never ending quest to prove that I am weirder than you...

Piloti Spyders

What sane person has DRIVING SHOES?! Much less a specific color pattern to match a jacket he had made to go with a car...?

Sunday, April 19, 2009


I'm sick. I've been sick for a long time. Apparently, I have an addiction. This scourge as caused many a problems between me and my family. This addiction has cost me thousands of dollars to keep alive. It has finally reached a head and I have to tell someone...

I'm addicted to petrol.

I guess the problem is to from my mother's side of the family. Not a single one of her relatives has owned less than 20 vehicles. I'm on my way...

My first car is a 1995 Toyota Camry. It is one of the rarer V6 models. Less than 20% of Camry sales are of the larger engine.

Boring and dependable.

My second car really wasn't my car at all. I was the only one that drove and maintained it. It was my first forte into standard transmissions.

My Grandfather's 1974 WV Beetle. I never had a single problem with it. I loved that retarded thing.

My third car is, so far, the only one that I purchased myself. It is bizarre how rare it turned out to be. Only about 13,000 have been sold. My '08 Saturn Astra (AKA: Saturn Opel Vauxhall Holden Astra). I've done a few mods to this one. Removed the GM badges, Irmscher petals, and a Fujita intake. Next will be some Eibach drop springs to get the car to the correct euro height.

My fourth isn't even a car. After taking the MSF I got the bug. It is one of the small displacement bikes available. One one the more popular bikes Kawasaki has ever made. I'm not a big fan of the red with purple graphics, but it is a learner bike.

My "fourth" car isn't mine yet. It is has been an understanding that once I get my BS degree it will be signed over to me. It was my mothers first car and has been in teh family since 1976.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro with the 307 and TH-350 transmission. Needs restoration.

Number five isn't even a car. It isn't a bike. Although, I don't currently have a picture, it is a 1969 Ford F100. The lingering electrical problems are the reason it is mine. Green short bed with three-on-the-tree and a 360 FE it should be a fun ride once I get it running again.

So there you have it. I'm obsessed. I could really do with one car, but where is the fun without the constant aggravation and frustration that a small fleet brings?


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Thursday, April 16, 2009


If you ever wanted to know what they are saying:

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Mobile Post

This is a test of the blogger mobile posting. How is this different
than twitter?

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Range Days

My sister and I went to the range a few weeks ago. Keep in mind that this is the first time either of us had fired a pistol. We used a box(250rds) of Remington FMJ. The Bersa had no problems what so ever.

Leslie #1

Tyler #1

Leslie #2

Tyler #2

Leslie #3

Tyler #3

Guns-R-fun. :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009



It is also a use of the "< blink>" tag.

Sunday, February 01, 2009


Went for a ride...

Yes, I didn't tell many people on this blog, but a couple of months ago I purchased a Kawasaki Ninja 500 from a guy on craigslist. It is a decent learner bike. I've taken the MSF in October of '08 and have accumulated a lot of gear.

As I started this post, today I went for a ride. Met up with the one known as Phat Tony and his wife at Costco. (Welcome to Costco. I love you.)

So I'd like to apologize to all those attempting to drive on Monte Sano today as we both were driving well under the speed limit.

Sunday, January 18, 2009