Geeking out over Org-mode.
Yeah its old news but it really is the best thing since sliced bread.
I've just finished working on Serenity for the day. I would have been finished hours ago on a job that was supposed to be about 30 seconds long. I was relocating the aux battery ground point to a seatbelt mount to cut down on the amount of wiring running all over the place.
I was torquing the nut down to the post when suddenly it got very easy to turn. Lifted the wrench off and saw that the post had sheared.
Of course, being a Land Rover, things are never that simple to fix. If the post was in fact a bolt that could be removed, this 30 second job would have turned into a mere 5 minute job. Sadly, the post is welded into place.
Cue 20 minutes underneath faffing about with the socket set and a spanner removing 2 nuts and bolts that have been covered up with the general crud that accumulates under Land Rovers. Didn't help that I was scraping my knuckles on the outrigger every 10 seconds.
Eventually the bolts came out and after a little prying the plate dropped onto my gut, along with more built up crap from behind it. I must have looked a right state getting out from under Serenity.
The next task was to grind off the remainder of the post and then drill a new hole for a replacement bolt. Easy enough though my drill bits leave a lot to be desired.
Screwfix is a great place to go to get replacement fixings and fittings. Cheap and they do stainless steel nuts and bolts. However, I must have a wee rant about something.
Bolts are sold in packs of 10. Washers in packs of 10. Nuts in packs of 100.
What the hell am I gonna do with 100 nuts! I only needed 3! Come on Screwfix, sell nuts in packs of 10! Make it easier for the DIY crowd to get stuff done.
Anyway, I have the bits I need and the plate is drying after having rust and crap ground off and a coat of hammerite. Need to do the other side but that can wait till tomorrow.
Land Rover Defender ownership is never easy.
Bought my ticket for Securi-Tay 3. First conference in a while. Looks to be a few good talks too. Hope to see some of you there!
Lighting is important. Without it, you run the risk of falling off a cliff and dying. Along with a knife and a reliable way to make fire, a torch is a very good tool to have on you.
The question is, what torch to get? You can pick up a multitude of torches at both ends of the price spectrum, tacticool with insane brightness or cheapo things that barely throw light more than a few meters.
For the princely sum of £10 (\~US\$17) you can pick up what seems to be a pretty good torch from the supermarket chain Tesco. As the name states, it has a CREE LED and an aluminium body. There are 2 variants, a 2 AA battery and a 2 D version (which is £15).
Size wise, it is very comparable to the Fenix LD20. The Tesco torch is slightly longer - about a centimetre - and a few millimetres larger in diameter. It is lacking in the features of the Fenix LD20 though. The Fenix boasts 4 levels of light intensity - low, medium, high and turbo - as well as strobe and SOS. The Tesco one just does on and off. Both have lanyard capability but the LD20 has a pocket clip.
On the subject of brightness, I was really surprised at how good the Tesco CREE torch is "out of the box". There is a noticeable difference in brightness between the Tesco and the Fenix with the Tesco one coming out on top. I was really surprised at this. Granted, the Tesco torch had fresh batteries and the Fenix batteries have been in use for a few weeks but there shouldn't be a massive difference. Am wondering if the lack of brightness from the Fenix is due to a battery leaking its guts and corroding things a bit. Need to clean it up properly.
Not gonna show photos because I don't have a camera decent enough to capture the performances but trust me, the Tesco CREE is good.
Am gonna use the Tesco CREE for a while (planning on using it on my bike) and continue to compare it to the Fenix LD20 but at this point, I think it is a winner.