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And it's New Year's Eve Eve!

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Eve Eve Links! Thanks Mike Martinez and Ant.
Play: Bugs.
Stories: Lost, then Stuck in Mud--It Gets Worse. Thanks Flying Penguin.
Plame's son 'My mommy's a secret spy'.
Fictional King Kong mirrors odd island facts.
Science: A Drier and Tainted Nevada May Be Legacy of a Gold Rush (registration required).
Study finds plastic in 95% of dead birds. Thanks Digg.
Fairy Tale Physics: Myths and Legends Explained.
Images: Game and Movie Hybrids 2.
Oxymorons.
Auction: It's a dog's life on eBay.
Follow-ups: Pranks: a competition From Hermes to bonsai kittens.
His Car Smelling Like French Fries, Willie Nelson Sells Biodiesel (registration required). Is that what that smell is?
Cash pours in for student with $1 million Web idea.
Teh Funny: FoxTrot.
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Re: Birthday
Jan 1, 2006, 03:56
37.
Re: Birthday Jan 1, 2006, 03:56
Jan 1, 2006, 03:56
 
Bet seriously, where did you have that muffler put on? A general mechanic or an actual muffler shop? Call a muffler shop and get a quote.

I got it done at a Monroe chain. Lifetime warranty. Again, this is Massachusetts, so prices may very well be higher than elsewhere.... couldn't explain why, but that's always been my expectation.

Dan =0)

PS Happy New Year, everyone!


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Re: Birthday
Dec 31, 2005, 15:52
Enahs
 
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Re: Birthday Dec 31, 2005, 15:52
Dec 31, 2005, 15:52
 Enahs
 
Even after you used a C-clamp (or special tool) to compress the pistons in the caliper.
Yes, that was the reason I spent 4 hours trying to get it in, because I thought I might not be compressing the caliper piston enough. When the 6 inch reinforced steel C-Clamp broke when I was trying to crank it down more is when I decided to go check the brake pads out!! The new/correct set went in like butter.


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Re: Birthday
Dec 31, 2005, 12:23
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Re: Birthday Dec 31, 2005, 12:23
Dec 31, 2005, 12:23
 
Brake pads…I learned the hard way by the name brand ones. One time I bought the cheap o’ ones. I spent like 4 hours trying to put them on. I decide to go to another store and get another pair to compare. The cheap ass ones where like an inch to thick!

Even after you used a C-clamp (or special tool) to compress the pistons in the caliper.

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Re: Birthday
Dec 31, 2005, 10:04
Enahs
 
34.
Re: Birthday Dec 31, 2005, 10:04
Dec 31, 2005, 10:04
 Enahs
 
On the mufflers - yes, I did a little browsing online and found a muffler at half-price that would have worked. Still, from what I found from friends around here, $280 is not a bad deal for a muffler job.

I still think this is ridiculously high. Around here it would cost slightly over $90 for a new muffler and the work to actually put it on.

Same thing about the tires, $98 a piece is pretty bad in my opinion if they are not Z rated or truck tires. ~65$ would be good.

Brake pads…I learned the hard way by the name brand ones. One time I bought the cheap o’ ones. I spent like 4 hours trying to put them on. I decide to go to another store and get another pair to compare. The cheap ass ones where like an inch to thick!

Bet seriously, where did you have that muffler put on? A general mechanic or an actual muffler shop? Call a muffler shop and get a quote.


As for exhaust...pfft. Put a stainless system in and you'll never have to touch it again.
Only if you keep your engine in good shape with regular maintenance.
But then again, with your engine is kept in good shape and not putting out excess pollution, corrosive material, heat ect stock pipes should last over 25 years.

But stock or stainless steal does not fix the problem of people going over bumps too fast scraping the bottom of the car/exhaust system!


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Re: Birthday
Dec 31, 2005, 08:49
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Re: Birthday Dec 31, 2005, 08:49
Dec 31, 2005, 08:49
 
When it comes to tires and brakes, spending a little more is almost always a good idea. I've done the cheap tire thing, and regretted it (never buy a Toyo tire), and cheap brake pads have a tendency to warp and trash your rotors....unless you have drums, in which case I hear disc conversion kits aren't too expensive....


As for exhaust...pfft. Put a stainless system in and you'll never have to touch it again. Just try not to cry when you get the one (and only) bill.

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Re: Birthday
Dec 31, 2005, 06:29
32.
Re: Birthday Dec 31, 2005, 06:29
Dec 31, 2005, 06:29
 
Awww, Zathrus, we are just getting old and not "hip" to these things.
Yes, I am old. Because I say so, damn it!
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Re: Islands: Giganticism?
Dec 31, 2005, 04:00
31.
Re: Islands: Giganticism? Dec 31, 2005, 04:00
Dec 31, 2005, 04:00
 

On a side note. Does anyone else think the worth1000 photoshop gurus could use a dictionary?



On a side note. Does anyone else think people bitcing about other people's semi correct english needs to get a life?

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Re: Willie Nelson Stole Enahs's Car
Dec 31, 2005, 03:27
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Re: Willie Nelson Stole Enahs's Car Dec 31, 2005, 03:27
Dec 31, 2005, 03:27
 
God damn, I can't believe that kid made $1mil off of that idea.. ARGH

Bah, nickel and dime operation. I await the billion dollar website.

Actually stories like that cheer me up. I'm the kind of guy who likes to see people win big prizes on game shows.

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Re: Bugs, etc
Dec 31, 2005, 02:28
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Re: Bugs, etc Dec 31, 2005, 02:28
Dec 31, 2005, 02:28
 
Here in my car
I feel safest of all
I can lock all my doors
It's the only way to live
In cars

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Re: Bugs, etc
Dec 31, 2005, 02:25
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Re: Bugs, etc Dec 31, 2005, 02:25
Dec 31, 2005, 02:25
 
$98 apiece for sedan tres sounds high unless you are buying Goodyears or something. I put 4 new ones on my F-150 for about $420 or so at the Ford dealership and I got 75,000 miles out of the last set.

Yup, the rears are Goodyears.

As to the muffler story: I didn't have to have a flex pipe replaced (thank goodness), just the muffler itself, which comes with a gasket.

I did have the exhaust leading to the cat. converter replaced last year at one point with one guy for whom my dad used to work - cost $600 from him...

Cars...

Dan =0)

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Re: Bugs, etc
Dec 31, 2005, 01:24
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Re: Bugs, etc Dec 31, 2005, 01:24
Dec 31, 2005, 01:24
 
$98 apiece for sedan tres sounds high unless you are buying Goodyears or something. I put 4 new ones on my F-150 for about $420 or so at the Ford dealership and I got 75,000 miles out of the last set.

Not sure about the muffler repair, but based on this:

http://www.meineke.com/customer/comments_northeast_us.asp

"I would like to highly commend the owner and service personnel at your Kingston, New York store #381. I recently had an exhaust problem on my Toyota Camry, and the previous owner told me that only a Toyota dealer could handle this problem. So I went to a Toyota dealer and was told that the flex pipe I needed would cost over $600, and with labor the bill would come to over $750! As I walked out, I pointed and said, "I'm not gonna pay a lot for this muffler pipe!", and I headed for my local Meineke shop like I should have done in the first place. I explained my situation to Joe and Jeff who took my car in immediately and checked the problem. They found an alternate source for my expensive part, ordered it, and had me back on the road in no time, and saved me over $300!! These guys are real pros, very friendly and helpful, very professional, and just a pleasure to do business with. Next time I'll know where to stop first!"
Paul R, Kirschenheiter
Rhinebeck, New York

I guess some muffler parts/repairs can be more spendy than others.


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Re: Islands: Giganticism?
Dec 30, 2005, 23:23
26.
Re: Islands: Giganticism? Dec 30, 2005, 23:23
Dec 30, 2005, 23:23
 
Moving in the opposite direction, island species have also displayed a marked tendency to shrink in size -- a process known as "dwarfism" -- though "Mini-Kong" would probably be a flop as a sequel.

you might try reading next time.

On a side note. Does anyone else think the worth1000 photoshop gurus could use a dictionary?
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Re: Bugs, etc
Dec 30, 2005, 23:11
25.
Re: Bugs, etc Dec 30, 2005, 23:11
Dec 30, 2005, 23:11
 
Hi Enahs...

This is a sedan - 1994 Toyota Camry LE, 4-cyl. engine. Massachusetts-registered. Probably much more expensive around here than in other parts of the country, but I don't really know. All prices in US dollars.

With respect to the tires, each cost around $98 a piece for those that match the fronts.... less expensive ones, which would not have matched as well, and have a lower wear rating, would've been $88 a piece.

On the mufflers - yes, I did a little browsing online and found a muffler at half-price that would have worked. Still, from what I found from friends around here, $280 is not a bad deal for a muffler job.

And yes, I definitely recall the guy saying "two-hundred eighty dollars".

EDIT: Re: the brake pads... the only reason the brake pads were $22 - aside from my friend helping to install 'em - the Auto Zone from which I got them was -not- a franchise. The ones closer to where I live charged $50 or so by the pair, and were franchises where each owner could charge pretty much whatever they felt. I'm not sure what restrictions are placed on such establishments, though. Better $22 than $50, in that case.

Dan =0)

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Islands: Giganticism?
Dec 30, 2005, 22:13
24.
Islands: Giganticism? Dec 30, 2005, 22:13
Dec 30, 2005, 22:13
 
Explain Japanese people then, stupid scientists.

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Re: Bugs, etc
Dec 30, 2005, 21:55
Enahs
 
23.
Re: Bugs, etc Dec 30, 2005, 21:55
Dec 30, 2005, 21:55
 Enahs
 
$200 rear tires replacement
Is this a truck or Z rated tries? If it is just a "car" then I would say you paid way way to much.

$280 muffler replacement
Uhh hell no. Check your invoice, make sure you got that right. I could get three mufflers replaced and installed for that price around here(that is if my car was not stolen and I had a car to put it on!).

and $22 on brake pads...
That is a decent deal.



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Bugs, etc
Dec 30, 2005, 21:45
22.
Bugs, etc Dec 30, 2005, 21:45
Dec 30, 2005, 21:45
 
Bugs: Silly, fun, relaxing.

F.E.A.R.: Gritty, fun, very intense.



Well, I effectively have a near-$500 car repair bill for the month - $200 rear tires replacement, $280 muffler replacement, and $22 on brake pads... a financial whammy for me, which could have been that much worse had I not been working two jobs....

Dan =0)

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Re: Willie Nelson Stole Enahs's Car
Dec 30, 2005, 20:54
21.
Re: Willie Nelson Stole Enahs's Car Dec 30, 2005, 20:54
Dec 30, 2005, 20:54
 
God damn, I can't believe that kid made $1mil off of that idea.. ARGH

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Willie Nelson Stole Enahs's Car
Dec 30, 2005, 19:32
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Willie Nelson Stole Enahs's Car Dec 30, 2005, 19:32
Dec 30, 2005, 19:32
 
*sigh*

Happy Birthday, Z!



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Re: Birthday
Dec 30, 2005, 18:53
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Re: Birthday Dec 30, 2005, 18:53
Dec 30, 2005, 18:53
 
Happy birthday Zath... enjoy your evening

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Re: Birthday
Dec 30, 2005, 18:19
Enahs
 
18.
Re: Birthday Dec 30, 2005, 18:19
Dec 30, 2005, 18:19
 Enahs
 
What do you think I did as soon as I read that?

Scrolled down (or up) the page some more? Possibly closed FireFox. That would be my guess of what you did "as soon as [you] read that".

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