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Centralia ’09

Posted by Floppie on 2009-06-13
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Yesterday, me and The Crew (TM) went up to Centralia again. For those who don’t know, Centralia, PA is the town that the original Silent Hill was based on. Back in the early 60s, one of the coal mines below the town caught fire – the exact cause and date are unknown, but naturally there are a few theories. They made numerous attempts to put out the fire during the 60s and 70s, but nothing was successful, because once coal catches it’s really easy for it to keep burning…and, conversely, pretty difficult to stop it.

In any case, in 1984, the town was evacuated; and, in 1992, the state of Pennsylvania took over all the property in the borough through eminent domain. Then in 2002, the town’s ZIP code, 17927, was revoked. A handful of people still live there – 11 according to the 2008 census – but the government owns their land, and I guess just hasn’t forced them to leave.

Naturally, this place is now a bit of a mecca for tourists looking for cool places to visit. There’s an abandoned stretch of highway, closed because there’s coal burning below it and the road surface is all warped; a few real cool graveyards; a couple abandoned buildings; etc. There’s graffiti all over the abandoned highway and buildings; between the six of us, we got tons of pictures. Here are links to theirs:

And here are mine – sorry for the poor quality, they were taken from my phone:

National Day of Slayer

Posted by Floppie on 2009-05-15
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National Day of Slayer

International Day of Slayer

On June 6th, Hessians worldwide come together to do something upon which we can all agree – listening to Slayer! Finally, one of the most dismissed cultural groups in the world has a holiday to call its own. Join us in our cause to stand unified in our celebration of metal music and let us prove to the rest of society that we too have a voice.

Who is Slayer

Slayer is a band from California. Their music has come to epitomize Satanic speed metal music in the latter half of the 20th century. Their 1986 album, “Reign in Blood” is one of the single most influential metal albums of all time, typified by the modern classic “Angel of Death”.

How to Celebrate
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in your car.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in your home.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast at your place of employment.
  • Listen to Slayer at full blast in any public place you prefer.

DO NOT use headphones! The objective of this day is for everyone within earshot to understand that it is the National Day of Slayer. National holidays in America aren’t just about celebrating; they’re about forcing it upon non-participants.

Taking that participation to a problematic level
  • Stage a “Slay-out.” Don’t go to work. Listen to Slayer.
  • Have a huge block party that clogs up a street in your neighborhood. Blast Slayer albums all evening. Get police cruisers and helicopters on the scene. Finish with a full-scale riot.
  • Spray paint Slayer logos on churches, synagogues, or cemeteries.
  • Play Slayer covers with your own band (since 99% of your riffs are stolen from Slayer anyway).
  • Kill the neighbor’s dog and blame it on Slayer

This sounds pretty win. I think I know what I’m doing on June 6.

Sea Foam - a deep clean for your engine

Sea Foam - a deep clean for your engine

Yep…I’m back again ;) this time I’m here to post a series of videos me and Chris took when we Sea Foamed the Acura. When we did it to the Nissan, it was both a really cool process and it yielded impressive results (as far as power/economy are concerned), so we decided to take videos of it this time – both to document it and to help instruct people who desire to try it themselves.

Keep in mind that we don’t pussyfoot around. The Sea Foam manufacturers recommend only doing it in the crankcase (to treat your oil) and fuel tank (to treat fuel system and upper cylinders) for the average consumer. However, we do it the way the mechanics do it for a tune-up – both of the above, plus direct induction to the cylinders for a nice, deep clean. This is a bit more complicated – not to mention fun ;) – so if you’re not good with cars or, at least, technology in general, I don’t recommend this. However, if you are, and you’re simply looking for help on how to do it, view on.

Note that I accept in no way whatsoever any responsibility for damages that result by the viewing of this series of videos.

Seafoaming a 2002 Acura RSX Type-S (part 1) – hosted by MetaCafe
This video shows where to find the correct vacuum line – the brake booster line – that feeds all four cylinders. It’s important to make sure you get one that feeds all four, because otherwise, you’d end up only cleaning some of your upper cylinders.

Seafoaming a 2002 Acura RSX Type-S (Part 2) – hosted by MetaCafe
This video illustrates approximately the correct amount of Sea Foam to use for an engine that runs 4-5 quarts of oil per change. Note that the total oil capacity of the K20A2 engine is 6.1qt (5.8L) – but that’s only for a complete overhaul. The amount to do per change is 5.0qt (4.7L) for a change with filter, or 4.8qt (4.5L) without filter.

Seafoaming a 2002 Acura RSX Type-S (Part 3) – hosted by MetaCafe
This is the fun part. The Sea Foam has been induced into the engine via the brake booster line, and allowed to sit for fifteen minutes or so. It got dark pretty quickly at this time of year ;)

In this one, I start it up, and rev it up and down for a while until the Sea Foam has been burned out of the system. All the white smoke is completely normal; in fact, we thought it was pretty cool the first time we’d done it, to the Nissan, which is what inspired us to record this one.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed the whole thing – and I hope it helps if you’re planning on Sea Foaming your own car, especially if it’s an RSX. Also, if you really enjoyed them, click the links below each video and rate them high ;)