The Evolution of My Bike

I bought my bike from a small dealership in the Los Angeles area called Arcadia Motorcycles. I hopped on a one way flight to LA and rode the bike home. It took about 11 hours to ride home. It rained on me in the valley but then cleared up just outside of LA. There were high wind warnings and I got blown off the road a few times. I stopped a lot because I hadn’t ridden in 6 years. The main thing is though, I made it home. I got it blue and very “toolish”. There were skull stickers all over it and spiked bar ends. Spiked bar ends are retarded and super unsafe. It’s not if you go down, it’s when and do you really want to add spikes to that equation? I sure as fuck don’t. So I stripped it down and replaced them, pulled the stickers off, had a friend paint the fairings (decent for the price), and put it all back together. Then cleaned up the back end and integrated the rear turn signals into the rear brake with an integrated smoked out tail. I replaced the front flush mount turn signals with “smoked” ones to match. I paid a local shop to switch out the chain and had them do the rear sprocket at the same time. Chains have to be cut off and the new one riveted on. One of the things I can’t do myself. Everything else I’ve done myself. The chain is an RK chain and the sprocket is a Vortex sprocket. It changed the gearing up and made it much “quicker”. This lowers the top end a little, but the first few gears and super quick. I replaced the air and oil filters with K&N high performance filters. I upgraded the spark plugs to Iridium NGK spark plugs, although the stock one’s were still NGK. They were just old and my rule is to never trust a previous owner. I used a lighting relay to make both sides of the head light assembly both low and high. Previously, like a lot of motorcycles, the let side was low and the right high. I upgraded both bulbs to H4’s (car headlights) and used a lighting relay and some soldering to make the bike safer and cooler looking. I will also never hear the, “you have a headlight out bro” phrase any more. I’ve added small things like a new gas tank lid (when it was painted), stock bar ends, and a stock oil cap. A smoked double bubble windscreen from Zero Gravity. Vortex rear slider spools and some other no-name mid-frame sliders. New rear Metzeler M5 sticky ass rear tire. Re-did the seat with some real nice boat vinyl. Good Motul oil… basically this bike is nothing like the original and I continue to work on it … and occasionally ride it.

Blog News

Also known as my life.

I have not posted here in a long time. It’s been a couple years since a significant change in my life. I’ve gotten promoted at work, I’ve bought a few new toys, and I’ve been living most of my life away from a computer. I’m now in (soon to run) a department called Thin Film Deposition. Basically I put metal on material that eventually becomes circuits that go in to many a different electronic device. All you really need to know is that I enjoy my job, it’s extremely flexible. Flexibility is what you need when you are taking night classes to finish up GE. I bought a street bike. I’ll post pics of the build. It looks and rides completely different than when I first bought it and rode it home from LA. That’s a ride I won’t be making again any time soon. The ride was long and full of obstacles. I got a dog. Originally I went looking for an adult dog to adopt because they usually aren’t the one’s that get adopted. I just didn’t vibe with any of the dogs. Eventually I got a call from the shelter and they had a runt from a puppy liter that was left over from an accidental birth. She’s awesome. Good with kids, good with dogs, and an all round awesome dog. She’s an American Staffordshire Terrier, aka a Pit Bull. That comes with some prejudice but it helps that she’s freaking awesome. I’ve also been fixing up a condo too but that was before the bike and the dog. I’m simply try to sum up a long winded apology for neglecting my blog. I played around with the newer Sixtyforce and it plays really well. I thought I’d check in on things and post a few blogs, related and unrelated.

Mac Emulators Blog Update

If you were a follower of my blog before the Winter, then you already know this, but I’ve been a little preoccupied with snowboarding. This is the reason for the lack of posts, and for that I’m sorry. Okay, who are we kidding here, I’m not sorry. I’ve had a blast boarding at Squaw and Alpine this season. My new Ride Ultra Light board is explicit awesome. Here are some photos from a few of the trips. I will get back to posting about emulation soon and before you judge, remember that I work, go to school, and no one pays me for this explicit. I have a lot of different hobbies, blogging only happens to be one of them. Winky face. And yes, the use of the word explicit is because I love to explicit with people. Winky face.

Newest Addition To Console Collection

I recently stumbled across a 3DO game system at a local thrift shop. My friend works at two thrifts shops and has some of the coolest toys and collectables you could ever imagine, all of which he obtained through working at his job. Some of his Akira toys are still in the original packaging. While he digs the toys and the collectables, I’m more partial to old gaming. I told him to keep his eye open for old gaming consoles, and he came across this and didn’t even know what it was. Thanks to our friendship, and his selling it to me without looking up the price, I was able to obtain this system for 20 bucks. That’s right folks, Andrew Jackson bought me this console that originally sold for 700 big ones. Even today the system sells for several hundred dollars. It is in near mint condition and came with all the various cables, Road Rash, and a controller. This bad boy is packing 32bits of power! When this console originally came out, it was the most powerful gaming console. Unfortunately the system was just too damn expensive and lacked the proper catalog of games. I think if it had been better priced and had more software support, it could have done quite well. Although this has nothing to do with Mac Emulators, it was a great find and I just had to share it. Cheers!

Steam Is Compromised And Members Get A Letter

Back in February Valve’s game service Steam was hacked. It sounds like they took a large chunk of data. Let’s check out what they had to say.

February 10, 2012
Dear Steam Users and Steam Forum Users:We continue our investigation of last year’s intrusion with the help of outside security experts. In my last note about this, I described how intruders had accessed our Steam database but we found no evidence that the intruders took information from that database. That is still the case. Recently we learned that it is probable that the intruders obtained a copy of a backup file with information about Steam transactions between 2004 and 2008. This backup file contained user names, email addresses, encrypted billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. It did not include Steam passwords. We do not have any evidence that the encrypted credit card numbers or billing addresses have been compromised. However as I said in November it’s a good idea to watch your credit card activity and statements. And of course keeping Steam Guard on is a good idea as well. We are still investigating and working with law enforcement authorities. Some state laws require a more formal notice of this incident so some of you will get that notice, but we wanted to update everyone with this new information now. – Gabe (Valve)

Western Caribbean Cruise : The Holiday

I warned ya’ll that I’d be taking holiday! I took a Norwegian Cruise to the Western Caribbean islands and it was amazingly awesome. I snorkeled in Belize, swam with dolphins in Cozumel, and won an amateur ballroom dance competition. For the last one, let’s just say that I followed well and NOT that I’m good enough to win a dance competition. I’m  a lucky man. Before the cruise, I spent Christmas and Christmas eve with my sibling having separate dinners with each of my creators. We had a blast eating delicacies and listening to phenomenal jazz only found in New Orleans. I danced, I drank, I got hit on by cougars, and ate beignets in the lounge at the Ritz Carlton. The trip was at times surreal and will most likely go down as one of my favorite vacations of all time. I didn’t waste a minute.

My New Toy

It has been a good year at the old shop. The shop being an electronics manufacture I work for as a Thin Film Technician. This years bonus was quickly turned into what you see below. This is a Ride Highlife Ultra Light Wide with Gnu Choice bindings. Happy Holidays!