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splashes, the run, 2 gigs

There's going to be a crapload of redistributed Garmin nüvi/StreetPilot splash screens appearing on this site soon. I called it redistributed because they're currently in something I call a "superpack" but they're going to be separated into individual downloads to cater to specific vehicle owners. I'm about half way thru the list of manufacturers so far and it's been a long tedious process, but the end result will be pretty good I think.

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I found a movie on sale at f.y.e., The Cannonball Run. It was priced right at $8.99 so I bought it. Originally I was looking for The Gumball Rally but that's never available, so this one will do.

Generally speaking people hate these movies because they're all about cars and are filled with dorky humor, but hey it's a cool flick. At least to me it is.

Factoid of the moment that I didn't know until I started watching this: Jackie Chan is in this movie as the Subaru driver. I kid you not. I had no idea he was featured in American films as far back as 1981 when this was released. In fact I think (but not sure) that The Cannonball Run was his first US film debut where he could actually be seen and recognized. While it's true he was in the 1973 release of Enter The Dragon, he had a really small part and he was uncredited as well, so you'd never know he was in there.

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At Wal-Mart they were having a sale on Sandisk 2GB USB sticks. I bought one. After tax it was just a hair over 13 bucks. It came preloaded with this U3 crap. Needless to say that didn't last long and I formatted the stick. Good thing I did too because U3 is known to be absolute garbage.

Complaint: The indicator light on this stick is large, orange and annoying. Other than that it works great. But I wish the light was green or blue.

For kicks I used UNetbootin and installed a live copy of Linux Mint on it. Worked like a charm. Rock on. I basically bought the stick so I could try out the whole "screw the CD" method of running Linux. And yeah, it works. Works really well actually.

I honestly can't believe how cheap flash memory is now. I can remember not-so long ago when a 1GB stick was well over $100.

rich’s exciting life (not)

I made a promise to myself that if gas went down to $3.50 a gallon I’d fill up. And it did. So I filled up. The cost was 53 bucks and change. This still sucks, but at least it’s not $3.99 like it was before.

Something screwy happened on my laptop and it wouldn’t boot XP. My guess it was that the hard drive developed a few bad sectors, so I formatted it and reinstalled XP. Seems to work okay and everything is in order. The laptop is almost 3.5 years old at this point so I know it’s living on borrowed time. 🙂 But hey I’m glad it still works.

My weekend is essentially going to be a big ball of nothing. My apartment is a mess right now and I really need to clean it up and I also need to do some work stuff and personal biz stuff as well.

And yep, that's about it.

The new BenMobile


Ben is a long-time friend who still resides at the stomping grounds and while true he is Mr. Dodge A-100 (and general Mopar fanatic), he does pick up “fun” cars from time to time and the above is one of them – a 1987 Buick Century.

This Century was acquired for $300. It had been sitting under an oak tree for God knows how long and was covered was nature’s “crap”. This car is equipped with the Iron Duke 2.8 V6 and is actually loaded with options (including powered antenna mast, power seats, etc.) However this doesn’t take away from the fact the car is a complete piece of crap. 🙂 And that’s why he bought it to begin with.

If the hood ornament doesn’t look stock it’s because it isn’t. Ben acquired  a late 50s Buick hood ornament (which is ginormous) off eBay for under 5 bucks and then epoxy’d it to the hood.

The fate of this car is uncertain, however it will probably turn into something like this (his last “fun” car). He has considered turning it into a “golf” car and sticking astroturf over every single piece of sheetmetal (and no I’m not kidding), placing a hollowed-out golf ball on the end of the antenna mast and a few other choice “improvements”. Going to be a barrel of laughs – no doubt about it.

My suggestion was to use mailbox lettering and to put “THIS IS A COOL CAR” across the top of the windshield – which may happen.

Whatever the result, this will be a fun one for sure.

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