Pulling plugs again

The Kujira Crown has a mysterious problem with its plug contacts corroding at a high rate – enough to affect performance after just two or three weeks. I originally thought it could be fixed by using colder plugs, but that hasn’t helped at all. As it turns out it doesn’t seem to be caused by the engine running hot at all – the Crown’s been parked for a month since I haven’t renewed insurance on it yet. I pulled the plugs once and cleaned them a few weeks ago and only started the car to keep things running a couple times during that period. However, I took it for a spin around the neighborhood after the battery died last week and noticed the low end was really weak and sputtery, so I pulled the first plug. Corroded green again. Back to square one.
I pulled the rest of the plugs today in anticipation of insuring and using the car again next week, and found water on the threads of plugs number three and five. I hope that doesn’t mean something too bad. I’m drying everything out with a fan and under the sun this afternoon. Perhaps it is not too much to ask that this solves the problem.

a feed for everyone

Google Reader now allows you to create feeds for any site; even ones without syndication (RSS, Atom, etc.): Follow changes to any website
I was still hanging stubbornly with Bloglines until mid-last year, but they had so many feed errors it was really a no-brainer to move onto GR. There are a few Bloglines features I miss in Google Reader, but really, it’s a far superior product.
UPDATE: Trying to be a smartass, I added the Wikipedia’s Random Article link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random), but it ends up subscribing the recent changes link instead (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:RecentChanges). I’m going to continue experimenting with some other uses as well.

Max and Mina Tag Team

One cries and needs to be held while walking – not sitting, not laying down, not even standing still! – and eventually cries loud enough to wake the other one. They keep us awake for long stretches but somehow get rest themselves by alternating crying times.
On a happier note, Max seems to have gotten over his separation anxiety at when we drop him off at nursery school. I dropped him off the past couple days and noticed he was crying less, and only fake crying at that. Today Nam called to say that when she dropped him off, he walked into the school himself and shut the gate on her!

Jack Bauer on the Farmington Galactica

WARNING: 24 spoiler alert
I must say, season 8 is kicking off a lot better than last season. I don’t know why I hated season 7 so much, but I have absolutely no desire to see it again so I can remember why. I liked seeing David Aceveda and Kara Thrace on TV again, but I feel their new characters are empty and shallow (and, oh yeah, already dead).
Chloe and Kim totally ganged up on poor Jack and now he’s on the path to dodge 10,000 hollowpoints and kick terrorist bootie yet again… Here’s to a kickass season and hoping that President David Palmer comes back from the dead to run the country better than the sissy cowards that succeeded him.

SsangYong Rodius aka SsangYong Stavic

A few months ago, I saw the ugliest car ever made, in person. I was buying stuff at the fresh market in downtown Sarakham, and there was a white model parked close by. I read the logo, Ssangyong, and wondered what ugly planet it had been beamed down from. I even waited an extra few minutes just to see what kind of blind person had been conned into buying something so obviously atrocious. No luck, though.

RMU English Skills Competition

This is what I’ve been working on the past couple of weeks in between teaching. It culminated in the actual competition yesterday, which went well except for the poor planning and execution of a couple events/aspects. The guilty parties won’t even admit there were problems, which is part of the problem, of course. At least, that’s the feedback from some of the school administrators who attended. Both from what I saw and the feedback survey, everyone else did really well; props all around.
Our next event is the annual International Day. Preparation begins next week.