New Site: FridayNightMotorsports.com

After falseflag decided to spam our beloved nerd site with pictures of his XJ and Street Triple instead of talking about important things, like board games and his inability to distinguish between AND and OR operators, we’ve decided to embrace his insanity by launching a new site.

Behold! FridayNightMotorsports.com is born!

We’ve copied over all his vehicular posts, and hopefully he’ll be adding new content soon.

New URL: FNLinux.com

Good news, everyone!

I’ve registered fnlinux.com, which mirrors fridaynightlinux.com. Same great content with a shorter URL (that also conveniently matches our Twitter account)!

Now if only we can get falseflag to post nerd news instead of trying to turn this site into Friday Night Motorsports.

Friday Night Motorsports

It’s not Friday, nor is it nerd news, but I did something fun:

bar ends

Installed Rhino Moto bar end sliders and CRG Hindsight LS mirrors onto my Street Triple R. Fun installation notes:

  • This was the first project in a long time where I didn’t a) damage the vehicle, 2) discover hidden damage to the vehicle, or iii) injure myself.
  • The stock mirror mounts are M10-1.25 x 12mm, and the throttle-side mirror holds the brake reservoir in place. Since I removed my mirrors, I needed to replace them with some bolts. They don’t sell 12mm bolts in that diameter at the store, so I took an angle grinder with a cutting wheel to some M10-1.25 x 20mm bolts and sized them to fit. I’ll spray paint the bolt heads black later.
  • I didn’t read the instructions for the bar ends (how hard can installing something with literally two screws be?), so my first attempt at installation locked my throttle in place. Turns out the bar ends have spacers that were specific to each side, and the throttle side is spaced out farther, so the cap doesn’t rub against the throttle grip. Oops.

I went for a short ride with them on, and visibility is way improved over the antennae mirrors. I can angle these so I can see adjacent lanes and a little bit behind me without having my elbow in the view.

Plus they look cool.

And I have an American dream, but it involves black masks and gasoline

Beginning of the end

I ripped off the old bumper and was greeted by this:

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Panel’s completely rotted out. Not sure what to do – I could buy some sheet metal and rebuild that panel. Could go with the old cut-and-fold, but the bumper I got is meant to bolt to that panel.

Ugh. The body of my jeep is rusting out. This is the beginning of the end.

Preview: Detours XJ Slim-Line Rear Bumper

I painted some new parts for the Jeep tonight:

garage paint

I painted my Detours Slim-Line Rear Bumper for my Jeep XJ, after it sat in my living room for a week. Good thing my girlfriend’s on vacation – I doubt she would have appreciated the 5’x2′ crate sitting on my coffee table. I also painted my jack stands, because… well, that’s what the bumper was sitting on while I was painting, and jack stands don’t need to be pretty (as long as they can still hold up a Jeep), they got sacrificed. Oh well.

I am super stoked to finally have an external tire carrier. Install and initial impressions next week!

 

15 years later it still reeks of swill and Chickenshit Conformists

Salt Lake ComicCon: The FalseFlag review

All four of us went to Salt Lake ComicCon! Naucum took a bunch of pictures, so I imagine she’ll post them (I only took one picture of nathanthefake eating lunch, which I sent to naucum while she was trapped in a panel). In typical falseflag fashion, here is my terrible convention review:

Thursday’s line fiasco was awful – rumor was they were still trying to get people checked in at 7:30pm, even though the vendor floor closed at 8. I liked the smaller crowd. I bought a bunch of merch from Weta Workshop and Steamcrow, saw Cary Elwes and Ron Perlman. The Spike and Mike panel bombed out with technical difficulties, and we left after the third time the video glitched out.

Friday was probably the best day. Bruce Campbell and Alan Tudyk probably had the best panels of the convention, mostly because they did something other than the usual Q&A (Campbell exclusively interviewed random audience members, and Tudyk did “you ask me one, I ask you one” and gave out a bunch of free shit to everyone who came up). As cool as it was to see Patrick Warburton, I was a little disappointed that most of the questions came from little kids asking about his Disney movies. Lines were getting bigger, though, and most of the south ballroom lines turned into a massive door-rushing horde. Bought some art from Cody Vrosh and the Stripped comic documentary DVD. Lost my Fitbit Flex.

Saturday was just too busy, although I got to waltz right in with my Wristband of Line Skipping (Gold pass). I saw the lines for the south ballroom and decided I’d just go to smaller panels. They had a BSG 10th Anniversary panel which was good, but James Edward Olmos and Aaron Douglas were both here for FanX – it would have been nice to have cast members on it. Naucum got briefly locked out when she stepped out of the building for a minute, only to discover the fire marshal had declared we were at capacity and no re-entry was allowed (you know those scenes in zombie movies where there’s a horde of zombies pressed up against the glass doors of a mall, trying to get in? Everyone outside looked like that.) The vendor floor was too crazy to want to hang out in, so I bought nothing.

TL;DR: Thursday was good if you could get in, Friday was awesome, and I think I could have skipped Saturday and been okay with it.

GenCon 2014: Recap

I got shipped to Indianapolis for three weeks on a work trip. In case you are unaware, Indiana is world famous for two things: pork tenderloin sandwiches and GenCon. And basketball and Bobby Knight and that Hoosiers movie and Timothy McVeigh was executed in Terre Haute BUT LET’S TALK ABOUT GENCON.

What is GenCon, you ask? Did… did you not read the link? It’s like… right there. Anyway, it’s a four day gaming convention taking up the entire Indianapolis Convention Center plus the conference/event halls in nearby hotels. Most of the events revolve around actual gaming, whether it’s CCG tournaments or D&D/Pathfinder or just pick-up tabletop games. It’s… big.

I didn’t take any pictures (except for one of a My Little Pony CCG standup that I sent to naucum, thinking it’d be funny – except she already knew about it) or attend any panels. What I did do was wander around the gargantuan vendor hall and spend my hard earned cash on two Little Guardians books and Gravwell by Cryptozoic Games. I imagine an Official FNL Review of Gravwell will be coming soon, after I get back from The Wastelands Indiana, but here’s my brief review: I dragged another player from first place to dead last and it was hilarious.

I also ate at a food truck.

I like my coffee black just like my metal

Do you… Excel?

Well I don’t excel.

Problem:

I had a spreadsheet with many rows and columns in Excel. I wanted to sort a row and get a count of each “S” number. Excel can do this right? Dunno.

Solution:

– Highlight entire column
– Ctrl+C
– vi out.out
– i
– right click
– Escape (twice for good luck)
– :wq!
– cat out.out | sort | uniq -c

21 S1
13 S2
6 S3
1 S5
10 S7L
2 S7M

A new playlist and request

Request K-Dog: Post your thoughts on Spotify, Mr. ipad!

Angry, Young, and Poor (or some combination thereof)

After nathanthefake started calling every punk band I listen to Blink-182 or The Bouncing Souls, I made a playlist for him of my favorite punk bands (and Rancid, I guess). Now you can listen to it, too.

And yes, it’s heavy on Fat Wreck Chords bands.

Also, you should check out this A-F Records compilation album. There’s some good bands on there.

All my best friends are metalheads