September 22nd, 2002

belize

Recall Notice

Hell yeah... I got a recall notice for my car's transmission (news story) so now the service place will know what's wrong with it.

Can't wait to have my car working again! (last time I took it in for service they weren't able to fix it... and it only cost me $100! grrrr.)

In other news, I've been sore from working out. I hadn't been taking my vitamins... maybe that's why. God knows my diet isn't healthy and balanced. Whatever vitamin that makes muscles heal I'm surely lacking. My mom taught me how to make meatloaf last night, though.

In more other news, been re-reading two of my college texts a bunch:

Contemporary Logic Design
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0805327037

Computer Organization & Design: The Hardware/Software Interface
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1558604286

Went to Wacky Willy's (local amazing surplus store) and Radio Shack for misc parts. Unfortunately, Radio Shack's turned to shit over the past decade, but there's another place in the area (NORVAC) that has everything.

Been reading up on different FPGA, EEPROM, and Microcontrollers I can burn from Linux. The AVR Microcontrollers have support from the GCC toolchain so that's pretty cool. Next I need to find some good circuit/logic simulators.

I'm getting excited about learning electronics. The more I think about it, the more fun little projects I envision. It'll also eventually give me a reason to learn the Linux kernel internals and write device drivers.

As for everybody suggesting I use X10 or Homeseer stuff: No. I'm not going to pay $60-$90 for big, clunky modules with crappy interfaces (Windows) The whole point of this latest obsession is to learn.

Off to my brother's soccer game now and pick up my recall notice from the other brother (guess I hadn't told Honda my new address...)
belize

Grrr

I have a 1999 Honda Accord with transmission problems.

A recall notice just went out for 2000-01 Accords with bad transmissions.

My brother tells me I got a recall notice in the mail. I get excited, thinking maybe the news article was wrong and the 1999 Accord has the same fucked up transmission.

The recall notice I got was for the ignition system. Supposedly it can just go out whenever, making the car stall. So I'll go get that fixed, but I really wish somebody would know what the hell's up with my transmission. I want it to shift right.


My brother's soccer team won. My brother got a yellow card for giving the ref shit. In this league, that's a $20 fine at the end of the season if the team as a whole accumulates $250 worth of fines. (And at this rate, they'll hit it.) Go, Cole!