20100202 – working on the car – GEDC1435 – piece of wood to level headlight

20100202 – working on the car – GEDC1435 – piece of wood to level headlight
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I never would have noticed, but Matthew said the replacement headlight was pointing a bit too low. Part if this is that the metal parts that hold it to the body are bent up and damaged. I think one of the places it screws in doesn’t exist anymore or something. So he grabbed a random piece of wood to prop it up. It works. He then put some camouflage duct tape on it… But that fell off when the winter weather got to it.

leveling.
Pontiac Bonneville 1993 car, blinker, bumper, headlight, wood.

garage, Matthew G’s house, McLean, Virginia.

February 2, 2010.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: Clint’s car came back from the body shop totaled, after hitting a deer on the way back from a party at Dirk’s. He bought a new fender ( + S/H), headlight ( + S/H), and blinker (not pictured, ), and, with GREAT HELP from his friend Matthew G, got it fixed for 0 (which includes another for bolts and bulbs at the hardware store). Meanwhile, Farmer’s Insurance paid him out 50 (they would have paid out 0 more if I’d let them keep it). Major profit! Well, right after the snow melted, his tie rod broke, and sway rod was about to break, so it was another 0 on top of that. But still: $ ~700 out, 50 in. Major profit.

Even if I could somehow gotten a car as good as mine for half of what they paid me, this was STILL the most economical route.

Let this be a lesson to people who let their insurance "total" their car, and then go out and buy a new one, pretending that they are helpless and "have" to. Or those that buy a new car because they feel the repairs are worth more than their existing car (which is fallacious financial logic anyway). To them I say, BULLPUCKEY! One more lesson that reinforces the concept that doing things the "normal" way is almost never the most perseonally advantageous way. Thank you, "Bob", for your great SLACK! I got paid to total my car! Making a million dollars every time you make a mistake is one of the definitions of SLACK, and this was pretty damnc lose.

Of course, the car immediately broke (tie rod fell out) upon it’s first post-snowpocalypse drive, incurring an additional 0 (tie rods, sway bar, towing that would have been free if my car wasn’t already totaled). Even with the additional 0 expense, I am *STILL* 00 ahead! That’ll definitely pay for more freon this summer. Amazing what going against the grain will get you these days.

20091212 – 7 – harddrive failure – SpinRite software – GEDC1112 – Level 2 description

20091212 – 7 – harddrive failure – SpinRite software – GEDC1112 – Level 2 description
Virginia Software
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
A description of Level 2, which is the level it told me to use.

Hard drive problems! We went to watch Flapjack last night at 2:30AM and noticed the folder wasn’t there. In fact, folders stopped after the letter S (And this folder started with T for The Marvelous Adventures Of Flapjack). In fact, a lot of the drive was seemingly missing. Adding to the confusion, I could do "dir t*" and see all the folders that started with T, but if I simply did "dir", it would stop at S. This is bad.

Opened case to hook to a different SATA port, my first line of defense that so often fixes SATA drive problems. Replaced my cable. Noticed my RAM wasn’t fully seated. In fact, it’s physically mangled to the point where I had to pull 2 of my 4G. That’s okay — I regret buying the extra 2G, and it cost me infinitely more time than it saved anyway.

Burned an ISO of SpinRite and ran SpinRite. It said it would take 43 hours. Ran downstairs, found the optical digital cable from our X-Box that recently died of a crashed drive (lost all savegames!), and hooked it from Carolyn’s computer to my stereo. Since she has a backup of our complete music collection, we had music restored again! Enabled her 2nd monitor, played with the optical/HDMI settings on my stereo, and we had it so that we could watch videos on the big 52-inch TV and nice 7.1 stereo again. Though her computer only outputs in 4:3, so we would probably stick to fullscreen shows.

But then SpinRite petered out and said it couldn’t finish, so I rebooted and am now moving files off. This will likely take a good week. I’m probably going to order another drive to copy recovered files to. And then RMA this drive to Western Digital. It’s only 7 months into its 5yr warranty. They’re going to lose money on me.

data recovery.
Level 2, Level 2 screen, SpinRite, Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS00R6B0 harddrive, levels, screenshot.
2. Hades.

upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

December 12, 2009.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

…View video of SpinRite in action at: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/4179386545/

Air France and Qantas—are so concerned about the detrimental effects of Emirates’ growth on their future ability to compete with it on a level playing field that they have resorted to openly accusing their Dubai-based rival of receiving hidden state

A few nice Network advertising images I found:

Air France and Qantas—are so concerned about the detrimental effects of Emirates’ growth on their future ability to compete with it on a level playing field that they have resorted to openly accusing their Dubai-based rival of receiving hidden state
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Emirates Airlines will begin nonstop daily service from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to San Francisco International Airport in October, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has announced.

The Dubai-based airline will be the first airline to connect the two cities, using a Boeing 777-200LR for the 16-hour flight, according to Newsom’s office. The aircraft can seat up to 266 passengers for the 8,103-mile flight.

"It’s my pleasure to welcome Emirates to San Francisco," Newsom said. "We know this will be a long and advantageous relationship between two of the leading tourism centers of the world."

Emirates Airlines serves 99 cities in 62 countries across the Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Europe, the Far East and four destinations in North America, Newsom’s office reported. The airline’s other U.S. destinations are New York, Houston and Los Angeles.

"There is a strong demand for connections the between the San Francisco Bay Area and both the Middle East and Indian subcontinent," Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines and Group HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed said in a statement. "We see San Francisco as an integral part of our network development."

Nice and red, oh the mayor doesn’t put this carpet out for just anybody, only people, I mean airlines, I mean countries with lots of oil, for his hair
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Emirates Airlines will begin nonstop daily service from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to San Francisco International Airport in October, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has announced.

The Dubai-based airline will be the first airline to connect the two cities, using a Boeing 777-200LR for the 16-hour flight, according to Newsom’s office. The aircraft can seat up to 266 passengers for the 8,103-mile flight.

"It’s my pleasure to welcome Emirates to San Francisco," Newsom said. "We know this will be a long and advantageous relationship between two of the leading tourism centers of the world."

Emirates Airlines serves 99 cities in 62 countries across the Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Europe, the Far East and four destinations in North America, Newsom’s office reported. The airline’s other U.S. destinations are New York, Houston and Los Angeles.

"There is a strong demand for connections the between the San Francisco Bay Area and both the Middle East and Indian subcontinent," Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines and Group HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed said in a statement. "We see San Francisco as an integral part of our network development."

Sprint 4G Rollout Event
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November 11, 2009

Pictured: Colin Alsheimer and Alyssa Gardina

Sprint partnered with Social Media Club to celebrate the rollout of the new 4G platform. Guests enjoyed live demonstrations of Sprint 4G with the help of Sprint’s 4G Mobile Marketing Team, refreshments on the patio of Iron Cactus, and networked with local social media and technology enthusiasts.