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Truckcast #123: Singing in the Truck

Let's talk about trucks, baby. Let's talk about you and me. Let's talk about all the stuff that goes into making... Google Chili. Let's talk about trucks. And probably some other stuff and things and maybe even what-not. This one is going to go long, because, that's just how we roll... in the truck. Baby. Give it a listen and I promise, this is the last of the podcasts that will sound like they're recorded underwater during a piss-poor navigation of a mine field. I've got ideas.

Three Films

Hey, I watched some movies and I want to tell you about them. None of these three movies made me happy that I watched them. Logan came closest, but that was more from a sense of being in the loop with regard to superhero movies and the end of an era. I think I would have enjoyed finishing up Penny Dreadful on Netflix more than I enjoyed any of these films. LOGAN In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. First off, let me say that I have seen the first three x-men movies and that Wolverine origin movie, I missed the rest of them, and didn't even realize there was a The Wolverine movie until I started this post. I was never a fan  of Wolverine the character,  or of the Jackman casting for Wolverine, but he's done a good job and the fans seem to like him. So my initial reaction to this mo

Take a Left at the Parietal Lobe

and i never stop to ask directions

Just Do It

weird stuff is kinda my thing

Final Grade

The grade for my final exam in HVACR Electronic Controls has been posted. Going into the final exam I had missed a whopping 4 Points on all of my combined assignments and grades. The final was a little tougher than I expected, having far more detailed explanations required than I have found in most of these HVAC classes. But I persevered and ended up doing pretty well. My final score was 56 out of a possible 60. That works out to 93%. Which means I missed out on a total of  eight points, 272/280. For a not too shabby 97.16%. And then I get an extra 1% for perfect attendance. So, that gives me an A in electronic controls. Woot.

The Lady is Supportive

Saint Valentine's Day has come and gone, mostly without much ado around here. Oh we did exchange gifts and do all the lovey-dovey stuff, we just did it on the following Saturday.... because, life. Candies were exchanged, gifts were given, movies were watched, and other stuff. But the important part here is the gifts. Not for the first time, Lady Ronn has endeavored to encourage me in my quest for internet fame and fortune. Her first attempt at getting me some sweet, swag, was a t-shirt. She had the guy at the mall make up this t-shirt based on showing him my website on her phone. This is the old lion rampant, from before I had the logo redesigned. It's not bad, for not having a real file to work from or even a clear image. Logo is on the front, left-chest area and repeated on the back, centered between the shoulders. I was both surprised and pleased that she would do this for me. The work was a bit shoddy, but the mall guy didn't have much to work with, and the t

Google Chili

I celebrated President's day by making two batches of chili. I had the stuff, thanks to Lady Ronn, and I figured go big or go home. Besides, having never made chili before, making two batches increased the odds that I'd end up with something edible. I'd share the ingredients, but it was the usual stuff: peppers, onions, turkey, sausage, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chili powder.... the list goes on. The two batches were made with different ingredients and turned out very different. I used a modified version of a recipe I found on Google for both. Batch one was flavorful but so spicy neither Lady Ronn or I would not have been able to eat it. Batch two wasn't very spicy and didn't have a lot of flavor. Of course, that could have been a direct result of burning out my taste buds on batch one. So,  what is the solution to this dilemma? If you're me, you combine the two batches together and hope they'll balance each other out. Which is kinda what happened. Still s

Truckcast #122: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Today, I've pieced together a few shorter pieces to create a new and more entertaining Truckcast for you today. These pieces were all recorded in a two day span, but I couldn't manage to record a single long file, because it's just hard to be entertaining for any stretch of time. Also, some of the audio is full of garbage... not me, other garbage. Anyway, this one is about work, changes, chili, and it's got music. Music is by David Szestay, it's the same thing I added to arohenTV last week. I like it. have a listen. URL: Comments: Curator: Music for Video Copyright: Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International:

Valentine Windfall

Happy Valentine's Day to everybody. I woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise, my state tax refund was deposited this morning. Woot. That's the good news. The bad news, that's the last of the free money will be showing up in my mailbox this year.

Is it a Bump or an Intro?

I'm calling it a bump, but it might be an intro. I'm 100% sure that the people who do this stuff have a specific lingo for all these things.

Saturday Scramble

Woke up a bit late, 8 am, and got straight to work on my laundry. Made pancakes. Cleaned the garage a bit and put away the Christmas wreaths, before realizing that it was just too cold to try and use wood glue with any expectation of success. I picked up the plywood to build the wide shelf/counter/desktop for the craftroom on Friday. But it's an 11-foot span and I'm going to have to join two boards to make that work. In this weather, with no heat in the garage and no room in the basement, trying to put that together is just asking for a mess. I don't want to fight with it. So, rather than making a mess that would just end up with me frustrated and needing to spend more money, I decided to let it be. Instead, I moved the stuff back into the craftroom, straightened the basement,  put my tools in a reasonably organized pile, and brought in the new elliptical machine we found at the Salvation Army. I've been looking at them for a while, but they're not cheap. This one i

Rest Area Masterpiece

So I found this inspirational message scrawled on the wall on my way out to Muskegon... I WILL FIND U & KILL YOU How did this person know I would stop here? Why kill me? Had they just waited, I would have shown up and saved them having to find me. Could it be a message for someone else? Who are they looking for? Did that person stop at this rest area, use this restroom, and choose this stall? Or did they miss the message entirely? Who is walking around with a sharpie in the jon? So many questions... Mostly, I just want to know why you have to scrawl your nonsense all over public restrooms. Just don't. Nobody cares about your empty threats and bravado. Nobody wants to see your lame penis drawings. Just don't do it.

Truckcast #121: Idleness

The Truckcast attempts, with little success, to tackle the issue of idleness, it's effects on life, and the difference between rest and idleness. But like all these podcasts, Ronn has a bit of an issue staying on topic and in making a cohesive point. Probably not the big up-sell I had planned, but it's honest. This would have been a more successful experiment if it had a bit more structure and planning. Eh. It is what it is... me rambling, only with a subject this time around.

Tax Refund has Arrived

Woot! Money. Money. Money! Still waiting on the state check, but the Federal refund has been deposited. Super fast. Very exciting. Very cool. Time to payoff some of these projects. [caption id="attachment_11144" align="aligncenter" width="972"] margaritaville here I come[/caption]

It's Super Bowl Sunday

Patriots. Eagles. Super Bowl. It's that time of year folks. Time for a night of junk food, munchies, pizza, and the greatest commercials mankind has ever created. Also, I think there will be some football game or some such. As far as teams go, this one is a big "who cares" for me. But this year I'm more conflicted than most. I really want the Patriots to lose; because, Denis. But I'm also thinking that Belichick/Brady winning another Super Bowl would be cool. I put Belichick first there, because I think he's probably more responsible for their success than Brady, but whatever. Eagles are cool. I like eagles. The Bald Eagle is our national bird. So, Patriots or Eagles, whichever. Let's just make it a good game. Please and thank you. Monday starts a 3-week stretch where I'll be in school four nights a week. Electronic Controls and Duct Design, two nights for each. This may affect my posting schedule. I really want to put something up everyday, but life.

Talk From The Desk

Just a little experiment in podcasting from the office for you today. I started recording, and having no topic to speak of, I started riffing on the list you'll see above in the Featured Image . I found that on the internet somewhere--probably tumblr--it was on my screen and I just went with it. So is this a new thing or a one off? I don't know. It is what it is. Also, I mangled a quote somewhere in that audio, but I found it and here it is in its unmangled glory. I don't agree with everyone on the left or the right. I just want to see a functioning government that promotes equality and scientific advancement. --David G. McAfee I'd also like to present you with this handy reference for the pain scale. Next time the doctor asks, you'll be able to more accurately explain your level of pain. You're welcome. [caption id="attachment_11133" align="aligncenter" width="735"] i couldn't be bothered to stand up, turn around, and then tak

Winter's Not Done

This morning, Punxsutawney Phil climbed out of his hole and saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter. Damn it. That puts springs arrival right around March 16th--a couple weeks before Easter, a week after daylight savings time, and just after my mom's birthday. Do you realize we've been doing this since 1887. Seriously. That's 131-years. What is the lifespan of a groundhog? How many poor creatures have been pulled into this crazy idea? And why does that guy still wear a top hat? Speaking of Groundhog Day, I found an interesting analysis of the movie and how long Bill Murray was stuck in that loop...  12,395 days, or just under 34 years. Which is very close to Director Harold Ramis' guess after filming the movie that it was a 30-40 year span. How did they come up with that number, you can find out here . This morning I had a frustrating trip to the dealership for scheduled maintenance on the Impala. It should have been a simple inspection, tire rotation, and oil change.

ArohenTV Short Rant

I said I'd put it up,  and so I have. Here's my short rant about people reacting to the AmazonPrime price hike that was announced a few days back. In other news, I put up the mirrored closet doors in the craftroom tonight. The cat seems to like them. [caption id="attachment_11121" align="aligncenter" width="300"] mirrors for doors[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11122" align="aligncenter" width="300"] look, it's me! ATTACK![/caption]