Equinox Repair

March 3rd, 2013 by tungsai

So the exhaust on our equinox started sounding like a redneck 4×4. I took it to Car-x and discovered that there was a broken line for something called the “egr valve”. apparently this thing returns some unspent exhaust back into the engine and re-burns it or something.

googling it, I found a forum post that said that during mid-production, they changed the type of egr valve being used, with a different shape, thus, you pretty much need some sort of conversion kit, or, buy a new valve with it. ..WHich is ok, since the bolts that were holding the tube onto the valve were so old and rusty that one of them snapped off during removal. these bolts had something called “pseudo-studs”, fake screws coming out the top. Many things about this repair were horribly annoying and head-scratching.

old and new valves, side-by-side. note that they are shaped completely different.


old and new hoses, note that the older one is longer. it’s missing the double connection thing because, well, that’s what was originally broken. The connector was…


…Stuck down on the exhaust manifold… maybe you can see it there,black thing off to the left… it looks black because i’d been blasting it with wd-40. that, and the pb blaster, turned out to be a waste of money and time. the only way to wrench those bolts out of the exhaust manifold were…


…to use THREE extenders, and an adapter, on my ratchet. Unfortunately, using 10mm halfway stripped one of the bolts, so I had to hammer a 3/8 socket onto them and…


Use a 4-ft long pole that slid over the handle of the ratchet.


new egr valve installed! and burning pb blaster off the exhaust manifold obscuring the glory.


Deck Project

July 16th, 2012 by tungsai

Old railing is rickety and rotten.


an entire section is weird …



Probably for a hot tub that was never installed.


So I bought this lumber….


Began making Mortise & Tenon joints Using a Mortiseing tool



The big bit wouldn’t work; had to use a smaller one



and use a hammer & Chisel to make the Tenon part..





Thompson’s water seal on these puppies. they took me hours to make



Tore off all the old railing, installed a post in the corner & put the first 2 joists



Keep the old angled pieces or no..?



Here’s where it is







Added another joist…



..And got all of them installed finally




oops the floorboards are too short, I’ll need a filler piece perpendicular to the rest



got all the ends cut evenly



not done yet but done for the day

Java dice rolling app

January 24th, 2012 by tungsai

another fun night of Java… I managed to finally make the server parse client input, looking for a "d" that has int’s in front of, and behind, it. so you can chat regularly, then type "1d20" and it’ll roll, then send the result.

This thing i scraped off the internet, out of the box, is pretty much a piece of shit, unless you want to see how client/server connections get basically made. The gui is super-lame, and the server throws exceptions in an endless loop if any client disconnects without typing "quit". also, you have to click "send" rather than hit enter in the chat window.

But i actually care less about all that, than I do learning how to program java. i want to make it just have graphics of dice, and when you click & drag them into the "box", they will go "Ka-lunk ka-lunk" and show the numbers. I’ve got ideas in mind for the droid app.




Besthoroscopesonline, DottedLineMedia (1-800-331-0500) is a SCAM!!

August 13th, 2011 by tungsai


Check your Cell Phone Bill for frivolous charges with this listed as a service. Here’s the full story:

My wife received a text message on her phone. It was written in typical text fashion; broken, abbreviated words; random strings of codes. But one part stood out; at the end, it said “Txt STOP 2 un subscribe” or something like that. Thinking that she was doing the right thing, she replied “STOP”. My guess is that this is a thinly veiled way to scam people. My guess is that had she ignored the text, it would have been fine. But she replied.

The result? On this month’s phone bill, WAY at the bottom, in the “Full Bill” view, you know- the pseudo-paper one that most people may not look at, was the following charge:

  Besthoroscopesonline DottedLineMedia
For assistance contact: 1-800-331-0500

There is a web site called whocallsme.com, where you can check phone numbers, and see who it belongs to, and people leave messages about who it was that called them. Clearly, this is a big scam, and probably many different items appear instead of “Besthoroscopesonline”. However, they all seem to come from this phone number, 1-800-331-0500.

Wife asks, “Why don’t the cops get them?” Indeed. Overseas, probably? hard to track down who really runs such an organization.

Refrigerator Mother

June 13th, 2011 by tungsai

My Band:

Refrigerator Mother.


February 18th, 2011 by tungsai


Pseudopolis, land of wonder

January 31st, 2011 by tungsai

The Craftizens of Pseudopolis have been quite busy.

Macleod’s working on the pyramid:


I’ve been working on my model of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. First pic is from a couple weeks ago… second was taken minutes ago. It’s still not even probably half done; but the north face has been built up the most, for purposes of show and also working out exact details.



and finally, on a side note, this painting showed up:


Do you recognize that guy? Open-mouthed smile MisterBill would!

Minecraft Update

January 19th, 2011 by tungsai

going to build this



like this:



and Macleod’s building a Mayan pyramid:



Server Updated

December 22nd, 2010 by tungsai

the server has been updated to the latest version as of today.

Here are some pics of Macleod and I farming some obsidian.




Minecraft–Skyscraper Open to the Public!

December 18th, 2010 by tungsai

Well, I guess my big building is done enough to say it’s “Done”, though there is still a LOT I wanna do with it. Here’s some screenshots.

From the Observation Tower


Looking up from the center…


The View from the Tower