Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Who throws the spanner?

The past 2-3 weeks have been about getting a new clutchset put into my car. I thought it would take a week give or take a couple of days. I thought it would be a smoothly orchestrated plan. In the end it took 2 weeks with many spanners thrown in. Grrr...

Anyway, the plan was:
Sunday: Send car to mechanic. Drop the gearbox and pack up the clutch.
Monday: Poslaju the clutch to ipoh.
Tuesday: Modification starts on clutchset
Thursday: Modificatoins done
Friday: Poslaju back to mechanic
Saturday: Re-install everything
Sunday: Drive!

1. Lock nuts discovered missing. Wheels couldn't come off the car. How to start work? Add 2 days
2. Thought postage to ipoh would be about RM50 both ways. Turned out RM90.
3. Wanted to manufacture new nylon bushings for the gear linkage. Forgot to bring a simple bolt for sample. Wasted 1 afternoon.
4. Sometimes mechanic lazy, dun wanna do work. More time wasted.
5. Finally put everything in, car wouldn't start. Bah... went to off to attend college group meeting while leaving mechanic to sort the problem.

Eventually got the car back 2 weeks later. It feels like a million bucks so I guess the wait was worth it. :)

Lessons learnt:
1. Who needs an expensive Exedy Racing clutch (RM1200) when a made in Ipoh Kian Leong RM450 clutch will do the job just as well? Malaysia Boleh.
2. How to DIY a short shifter. Done for free. Very satisfying. As seen in the pic: Still smoking from the welds.

3. Don't lose your lock nuts.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

bitter aftertaste of sweet memories
The warm inviting lights have left a void dark and cold
The creamy sweetness of a sundae cone lingers
Percolating memories of yesteryear and one gone by
I stand and I wait.
And I wait.

The sunshine behind the golden arches beckons people in twos.
But I am alone.
In the night.

Like standing in my own footsteps frozen in time
Recalling a place I now cannot find
Only just obscured from my vision where once I sat content
I left behind the bitter aftertaste of sweet memories.

from the horse's mouth

Gee... what's there to do when you're ugly, look like a crossbreed of Dr Zoidberg and Steve Tyler and well... have the mouth of a horse? For one you should be thankful that your Ah Lian chick can be blindfolded with dental floss, and hence she can only see your nose in tunnel vision. Also be thankful that your nose is your most attractive feature.

Steve Tyler

Dr Zoidberg

ugly guy

Allow me to offer a solution. Use your Steve Tyler locks to style a reverse ponytail. Wassat? Well, pull all your hair forward and tie it over your face. Then shave the back of your head and tattoo a good-shape face on the newly cleared scalp. Not a perfect solution to all of life's complications but it'll have to do for now. At least till medical technology catches up.

In all of that, I guess I should be thankful. Celebrate humanity.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

a pointer for drifting

This is my mouse at work. I painted it in funky black and silver. It sometimes goes sideways.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

peristaltic wars

1. Wootz constipation?
In general, we say a person is constipated when he or she is experiencing discomfort as a result of infrequent, irregular or difficult shit. In terms of frequency, what constitutes normal differs greatly from person to person: it may mean as many as 3 shits a day or as few as 3 or 4 shits a week. That is why healthcare providers often rely on a person's report of the uncomfortable effects of constipation — such as bloating, excessive gas, straining and even pain due to hard, dry shit — as the best indicator that he or she is really experiencing constipation. Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaint in the United States.

2. Why does it happen?
Given our busy lifestyles, it's not surprising that constipation affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. Often constipation is simply the result of "not enough": not drinking enough fluids, not including enough fiber in our diet, not getting enough exercise. Other times, constipation is the result of just "too much": too much stress from diet changes or travelling here and there.
Many people are unaware that constipation is also associated with many prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Surgery, pregnancy or hospital stays are other contributing factors. Ignoring the urge to shit — perhaps because it’s inconvenient at that particular moment, or you’re not at home — is another common cause of constipation. What happens when you ignore the signal to shit? Too much water is absorbed in the colon, and the shit becomes hard and dry, making a shit more difficult. Over time, the nerves tend to stop sending your brain the message "it's time to go" and the shit becomes constipated.

3. Who gets constipated?
Constipation can affect anyone, at any age. Four-and-a-half million people say they are constipated most or all of the time, resulting in more than 2 million doctor visits for constipation problems each year. While adults over 65 report having constipation, women and children are more likely to report having problems. Constipation affects almost everyone at some point in their lives.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

you got a RM50 bill put your hands up

Just a little low on fuel right now. Life isn't exactly going according to plan. Perhaps I'm deluding myself. Maybe I should pull up my socks.

Friday, October 01, 2004

roti kosong

There are times in life when you just don't get what you want. I know at least one person who's dissatisfied tonight. I kinda feel bad, but what to do? Call it an ethical dilemma. Now where's that krim coklat?