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Fighting the rust on Wally is getting very old and frustrating. Three weeks ago I fixed the valve covers and gaskets on Wally. At the same time I put new muffler tips on it. Check them out now. These were brand new three weeks ago.

From Wally the Superbeetle

So. This weekend I decided to try again.

From Wally the Superbeetle

I had some POR15 left over from doing the interior of Wally. POR stands for Paint Over Rust. It’s a Rust inhibitor and preventor. It’s also $45 a quart. So, I took the fenders off, cleaned everything up, painted the contact areas for the fenders and the fenders themselves.

From Wally the Superbeetle

I ran out of time so I couldn’t sand and prime everything grey again. So, this week I’ll drive around with black fenders. I had to put the POR on with a paint brush, so Wally is looking a little getto. But, it took from 11:30 this morning till after 6 to get this far. I’ll sand everything smooth and paint primer grey again next weekend if the sun comes out. Which can be iffy here in Fog Capital Pacific Grove. You never know though, maybe I’ll get used to the look and actually paint them black. Hmmm…. A yellow bug with black fenders.

From Wally the Superbeetle
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Wow. Talk about a difference a few hours of cleaning can make.

From Monterey Living

You can see the floor even.

From Monterey Living

Since Megan “The Teenager” has been in L.A. the last couple of weeks, Roberta decided to try and organize her room.

Danger.

From Monterey Living

Danger I tell you!

From Monterey Living

And yes, that’s a pile of clothing pulled from the floor of her closet. It’s like a bomb made of clothing went off in her room. On the up side we found her Pre-Algebra book and her science book. Only about $75 owed the high school.

So, what did Molly and Nora do during this exploration into the horrors of a teenagers room?

Molly started teaching herself how to play Megans keyboard, since it was conveniently left out while Roberta tore the room apart.

From Family

And Nora just chilled out.

From Family

I know they are soon to be “Teenagers” also and their room will probably be even worse. Ugh!

I’m reading a new series of pulp fiction. Well, I guess new doesn’t count seeing as how the stories were written in the 1930’s. So, we’ll just say new to me then.

The first superhero. The Man of Bronze.

Doc Savage “The Fortress of Solitude”

Doc Savage

Doc Savage was written by Lester Dent in the 1930’s and 40’s, well before any other superhero was born. Before Superman, Batman, Spiderman, before them all.

What’s interesting in reading these stories is how well the author Lester Dent predicted the future. Here’s a few things that stood out in the first story I’ve read.

  • Micro Transmitter- given it was slightly larger than half a shoe box, but hey, this was before transisters.
  • Sonic transmitter listening devices- we call em bugs these days
  • Radio controlled airplanes- full size in this case
  • recorded and transmitted voices- copied to a phonograph, sent by radio to a radio controlled airplane, and then broadcast.
  • Encrypted communications- scrambler and descramblers attached to Doc’s radios
  • Stealthed aircraft- no radar then, so stealthed with mufflers to make silent
  • Sign language
  • forensic investigation
  • lip implants- didn’t call it collagen, called it “a chemical expander”

I’m really amazed at how well Lester Dent got things right. I do believe I shall continue reading the different books. One of my Co-workers gave me the first 8 books in the Nostalgia Ventures series. Pulp Fiction here we come!

Taken from Wikipedia

Doc Savage’s real name was Clark Savage, Jr.. He was a physician, surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer, researcher, and, as revealed in The Polar Treasure, a musician”

Doc’s motto

Let me strive every moment of my life to make myself better and better, to the best of my ability, that all may profit by it. Let me think of the right and lend all my assistance to those who need it, with no regard for anything but justice. Let me take what comes with a smile, without loss of courage. Let me be considerate of my country, of my fellow citizens and my associates in everything I say and do. Let me do right to all, and wrong no man.

I do believe I shall enjoy reading the series of stories.

Have you ever thought about what’s stored on the magnetic strip on the back of your drivers license? Ever wonder what information Target stores when they “ask to see your id” and then swipe it?

Target did that too me when I purchased a game for my Xbox360. Asked to see my license and then swiped it before I realized what was going on. Didn’t ask, didn’t say please, just stole all the info off of my drivers license willy nilly.

The expression on the clerks face when I immediately dropped the license face up on the floor and then ground the magnetic strip to crap in front of her. Then politely said “You will never do that again.”

Target may have stolen my identity from my license but I’ll be damned if it’s going to happen again.

What made me think of this?  The lady at CVS tried to swipe my card when I committed a mortal sin and purchased, ready for this? Sudafed with pseudoephedrin from the pharmacy. You know, the stuff that works and isn’t filled with the placebo Congress forced down our throats for $1.85 Million in bribes. That’s what the German company that makes the placebo spent on Congressman to pass the stupid “Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005” and made it so difficult to buy a cold medicine that works.

Yes, I’m in the national database of people with stuffy noses. Oh the horror! The Humanity! I’m a fricking TERRORIST for having a stuffy nose! That and I’m an anarchist for not letting CVS, Target and the other retail stores steal my identity off of my license. I pissed the woman off behind the counter by forcing her to type the information in by hand.

Can you tell the sudafed hasn’t kicked in yet and I have a pounding headache?

I am getting old. That’s all I can say.

Megan’s Facebook profile picture.Green haired, scary makeup, and all.

Green Haired Megan

I do have to admit she stands out.

I went looking at motorcycles today up at the local dealership. First off, hint to the salesman, glomming on and hovering constantly while I was there does not make me want to buy anything from you. Just a hint, you might want to back the hell off.

I was mainly looking at the SuperMoto style bikes but they had a nice GSXR 600 on sale for $6800. Last years model, but nice. I figured $6800 isn’t bad so I mentioned it to Mr Hovering and said, “What? About $7300-7400 out the door?” Nope. After “tax, license, freight, setup, doc & tire” (for a bike sitting in front of me) it would be closer to $8500. A $1700 markup over the price. Uhm. No. Goodbye.

Needless to say I’ll be looking to pick up something used.

What do you get when you take one teenager who wants to go to L.A. now, one cranky wife with a “I’m not too sick to do nothing!” attitude? Said wife drives said teenager to L.A.

Now, how does this equation end?

Pneumonia and said wife flat on her back staying at home doing NOTHING until she gets better. Either that or doc will commit her to the hospital on Monday.

Told you so!

Well, I ran the Microsoft Security Essentials scan last night and here are the results. 

  • 3 Virus’s
  • 4 Trojan’s
  • 3 Exploits
From 2009

All of these were found with McAfee actively running on the system, and happily telling me I had no problems.

I run McAfee Corporate Virus scanner and Security suite on my Windows 7 Ultimate computer. In the last few weeks the system has had an issue with all search engines being hijacked. You type in a search, which works fine, but then you click on a link and the bloody thing goes to a spam site or advertisement page.

I’ve tried scanning my system with McAfee, tells me there is nothing. I have tried HijackThis, I’ve tried Spybot Search and Destroy, I’ve tried a bunch of other crap. All of them say no problems found.

I download Microsoft Security Essentials, remove Mcafee and install the Microsoft suite, do a quick scan and here are the initial results.

Recommendation:Virus

Microsoft Security Essentials detected programs that may compromise your privacy or damage your computer. You can still access the files that these programs use without removing them (not recommended). To access these files, select the ‘Allow’ action and click ‘Apply actions’. If this option is not available, log on as administrator or ask the local administrator for help.

rootkit:Alureon->RDPCDD

Items:file:C:\Users\Amo\AppData\Local\Temp\wsdkrlxp.exeWorm 

regkey:HKCU@S-1-5-21-605634050-2449622611-1713154280-1012\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN\\wsdkrlxp.exe

runkey:HKCU@S-1-5-21-605634050-2449622611-1713154280-1012\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN\\wsdkrlxp.exe

 WTF??? Why couldn’t ANY of the others find these???

 
Update Tomorrow after a FULL system scan of all 1/2 Terabytes of used disk space

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