Car Shit and Stuff

Latex Clad Dominatrix Cracking Open Pistachio with Whip

First, something sexy. I posted on my Facebook about how I must… eat… pistachios… This gem I found this weekend:

I love finding stuff like this. Pop culture, main stream. Different. Fun.

And of course the one lame thing about this whole web 2.0 thing I am relying on some other content host to deliver this to you when in 10 years I’ll be looking over my blog writing my memoirs and having no idea what this video is. That is very frustrating. Even now I go back a few years and see that when MySpace bought and killed off iMeem so now all my music I shared appears as giant, non-interactive phone carrier ads. Enough of that!

Working on the Project Car

I spent some time working on the Mercedes this weekend. Brad came by and we drove over to my folks’ place. We stopped by a gas station and picked up some starter fluid. Straight to the point, the car has no spark.

We started by testing continuity between various points, charging the battery to 13 volts, and so on. The car cranks well when fully charged. We took off the cap and rotor and noticed that there seems to be no current between the ignition points.

We replaced the condenser with a generic NAPA V-8 one but it didn’t solve the problem. No one, not even Mercedes, carries this OEM condenser with its strange attached harness. I will go to a junk yard and pull on off a junked car. At the same time I also need to either test or replace the ignition control module into which the condenser plugs into.

I smashed apart the rotor since there didn’t seem to be continuity between the top and the tip of the rotor. It seemed fine since it was relatively new (I think less than a thousand miles since I replaced it). It was a huge challenge to find a new condenser. After countess calls to Mercedes parts people and getting the same “I have no idea what that even is” type responses I may have found it myself. What a silly thing to have be so rare.

It is definitely a project car. I will replace that and the ignition control module. That combined will cost about $150. After that we’ll keep trying to get a spark. There is an ignition ballast and maybe some other parts that may have croaked. Who knows?

Once I get spark it should be quick to find out if the gas is bad (which it most likely is). I am worried as I dive into this project that finding parts may be harder and harder. It is an old car but most American cars it is easy to find OEM type things. For this car it has been down right a head ache.

A New Game to Play: World of Tanks

I found a an awesome new game called World of Tanks. from their About page:

World of Tanks is a team-based massively multiplayer online action game dedicated to armored warfare. Throw yourself into the epic tank battles of World War II with other steel cowboys all over the world. Your arsenal includes more than 150 armored vehicles from America, Germany, and the Soviet Union, carefully detailed with historical accuracy.

All I can say is that it is a blast. I’ve been playing regularly. I still have my Age of Conan account but this has been a good break for me. It reminds me a lot of the “freemium” game play of Navyfield but a lot faster and exciting. Heck, after hours three of us played it on our 150″ projection screen and one used a mouse, the next a keyboard to drive, and the third to scope out targets. It was a lot of fun. It felt like tank driving in Battlefield 1942 but with everyone on the same tank in the same room. Lot’s of team play. Perhaps a great team building exercise?

It’s in Beta right now so if you are curious I highly recommend it. I think it’d be great for LAN parties if we could somehow stay on the same team. Since it isn’t finished I guess we’ll have to wait and see what becomes of it. I have seen the devs mention infantry, missions, clan battles; a lot of reasons to love this!

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