Archive for the ‘Afterthought’ Category

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Rajae El-Mouhandiz in her new video

March 19, 2010

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Grandson of Malcolm X in Rajae El-Mouhandiz’s latestvideo

Rajae El-Mouhandiz is a young Muslim woman from Amsterdam. She is also a world renowned singer of North African descent whose second CD, Hand of Fatima, was released in December 2009. One of the singles in the video, Malcolm Lateef Shabazz, has garnered a lot of positive attention in the past few months.

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Web-browser maximiphobia

May 21, 2009

One of the weird things I have noticed about myself is that when I maximize my web browser, I feel trapped.  Now that I have two monitors, I have been trying to adjust myself to the reality that I can have a maximized browser and still have an entire open desktop space.  Baby steps…

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Twitter Updates for 2009-04-19

April 19, 2009
  • A DVD with strange permissions is forcing me to rip it as root (and no, it’s not a commercial DVD). #
  • So I’m sitting here encoding this TV show and surprised to find Montel Williams in all of the commercials. #
  • It sounds like we have some new baby birds in the nest under our gable. #
  • The latest show is now available for viewing and downloading: http://bit.ly/fMOSy #

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Twitter Updates for 2009-04-18

April 18, 2009
  • I can’t get my two monitors to show the exact same colors! Which is true blue??? #
  • Trying to find two non-fiction books on the same topic. #
  • I’m running the 64-bit version of Linux on this Mac Pro and am please to find no shortage of packages. #
  • Finally, the house is quiet. #

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So many things going on

April 18, 2009

Here is a quick rundown of all of the things going right now:

1. The semester is closing, and I have two big projects to complete: one cataloging final project and an annotated bibliography for my reference class.

2. In the next few days, I am expecting to receive a contract from the publishing company that is commissioning me to write a book. I will give more detail on that when it is signed and sealed.

3. I am looking for freelance writing jobs and might have found a long-term gig. Again, I will provide more information on that when available.

4. Summer classes start in May. I have already planned out the rest of my master’s program, which concludes a year from May (2010).

5. My kids are growing like weeds and eating like bottomless pits. I will post pictures soon.

6. We are about to push the TV show online in a big way; more on that as it develops.

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A Review of the 80s Movie: The Last Dragon

March 18, 2009

The Last Dragon is an 80s B-movie with an attitude: Bruce Leroy, Sho’nuff, and “the glow.” Here is a short review, complete with pros and cons, and the bottom line.

See more at http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1562173/a_review_of_the_80s_movie_the_last.html

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Where I've Been – Grand Prix Hell

January 22, 2009

For the past several days, I’ve been working on my car.  For what should have been a 20-minute job turned into quite an ordeal, but I can now say that it seems to be working properly.

I have a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP  (yes, the engine is supercharged — that actually felt good to say when gas was under $2.00).

At some point, perhaps more than a year ago, the heating/air conditioning blower stopped blowing on the lowest setting, #1.  Over time, it gradually started losing higher settings, 2, 3, and finally 4.  At that point, heat or a/c would only work on the highest setting, 5.

There was only one thing more unbearable than heat or a/c set constantly on 5, and that is no heat or a/c at all.  On the coldest day of the year, when the temperature was -11 F, and you could see the vapor from your mouth crystallize and fall to the ground when you breathed, the number 5 setting died.

At that point I still had heat.  The blower motor was still blowing full-blast no matter what setting it was on.  When I was leaving work, heading to my car on Wednesday, I noticed a noise coming from the car.  I was standing outside of it, and the doors were still locked.  Upon opening it, I realized that the blower motor was still churning at full power.  Before I could get home, it shut itself off.  Apparently, however, that was just a temporary safety mechanism.

When I went to start the car the next day, the battery was dead.  Charging the battery again would only last until the blower motor zapped the juice again.  I knew I could not delay any longer.  I did not have $300+ dollars to shell out for repairs on my car, so I took matters into my own hands.

Apparently, Grand Prix owners have been plagued with the same failing part: a blower motor resistor that regulates the air output of the blower motor.  If part of it fails, you’ll lose functionality on some settings.  If and when it fails completely, it will never shut off until you pull the fuse, which is what I was forced to do.

It is not just 1997 Grand Prix’s affected by this problem.  Owners of models form every year even up to 2004 seem to have the same problems with this little resistor.  I knew it was a small part and knew that it was located inside of the car (not under the hood or underneath), but nothing could prepare me for the ordeal of trying to replace this part.

In my next post, I’ll detail what it took to obtain the part and finally get it installed into my car.