technology, magic, malevolent sentience, etc

Please forgive the random test posts I’ve made from time to time, I had an odd issue where I sporadically couldn’t log into WordPress but the Jetpack stuff was still working so I could still use the mobile app, which at some point in its history migrated from being just a standalone client for WordPress to basically being a frontend for Jetpack. Because Everything Should Be A Stupid Cloud Service and all that. Fnord. And now for no particular reason, here’s the porcelain thinking chair over at the Noise of NorCal, 106.7 ZRock.




I really couldn’t tell you why the WordPress nonsense happened— it kind of looks like MAYBE the salt value for the salted password hash in the database was not reliably being used correctly?? It was an odd one. Whatever. It works now.

Two for two … Royal Purple Max-clean works.

I noticed last week the gas mileage was starting to get low on my Forester even when I wasn’t fighting a strong headwind up the valley (shake, rattle, and roll!). I also felt a couple of odd stutters on mild acceleration which I usually have come to associate with injector gunk.

Realizing it’d been probably 30k or so since I’d used any sort of cleaner on the fuel system, I did an MAF sensor cleaning for good measure, and tossed a can of Royal Purple Max-Clean in the tank.

Didn’t really notice a huge change until the next fill up for some reason, but the result is fabulous… up from 24 to almost 30.

The reason I say this is a two for two record is this stuff made my old Mazda behave itself after it’d gotten all fouled up. In that case it was a combination of the Max-Clean and running it like a madman on a trip on the more or less open highway to go work on a distant transmitter site. That poor thing literally generated a smokescreen the first time I got it to about 70 mph at maximum engine load— a friend of mine told me that was probably a large amount of soot and deposited oily junk in the muffler and catalytic converter. Faaarrrrt!

I’m not entirely sure how this compares to SeaFoam or other additives, but on the Mazda, I’d tried SeaFoam a while before Max-Clean and didn’t notice a difference.

At times I wish the hybrid version of this car had actually caught on, but when it’s running well, it isn’t exactly excessively thirsty.

WELL EXCUUUUSE ME PRINCESS

How. How can one little mic preamp card be such a pain in the ass??!!

This one didn’t work right at all- heavy distortion on Mic 2. The other one I have, paradoxically, will not drive a processor we have. It’ll drive a board input fine but not that processor, dead silence.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

The tiny dead mall in Willows

I have no idea when this would have been open but it now seems to only serve as access to a pharmacy inside. I want to know what the acoustics are like!

(Vaporwave music playing)

Background radiation

I’m seeing tons of stupid robot traffic in my error logs today from something trying to use a Joomla exploit.

Guess what this site is not running on? Ahem….

It’s silly because it follows a pattern, first thing it looks for is a login page that 404s…. then continues to firehose 404s over and over until 60 seconds elapse.

Dumb.

How you’ve grown

It’s strange how Apple Computer went from making some of the most innovative and hacker friendly computers in the 80s to making a walled garden bauble smartphone with forced obsolescence. Then again it’s hilarious how Microsoft went from making a BASIC interpreter to just being a basic bitch.

Picture unrelated.

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