How a Japanese Heat-on-Demand Water Heater Works

I made a little video explaining how heat-on-demand water heaters in Japan work. Our system is about 10 years old.

HOWTO: Wipe Your Butt

I felt it was necessary to respond to this YouTube video with my proposal of a better way of wiping your butt. My method retains the hygienic properties of the crumple method, while preserving the economical and environmental properties of the fold method.

I present to you: The Rolling Method: Best of Both Worlds!

TSA Agents are People Too! (Just kidding. They actually aren't.)

(In the interest of full disclosure, it is important to point out before you read this that I HATE the TSA.)

In "Inside Job: My Life as an Airport Screener," journalist Barbara Peterson reports on her brief time working undercover as a TSA agent. She describes the hassles of working for such a difficult and maligned organization whose rules and procedures are just as confusing to the poor saps who have to enforce them as they are to you and me. She describes long hours, pissy or even violent passengers, and the kind of governmental waste we're unfortunately all accustomed to.

Ultimately, she concludes that the problems are due to poor management and inadequate funding, not due to the evil bastards working the lines at the US airport near you.

And I call bullshit.

If it ain't neutral, It ain't yours.

Net neutrality.. well.. basically.. without it, the net as you know it is borked. Pipe providers need to provide JUST a pipe and not give a crap about the traffic on it. Just like the colorado department of transportation should have no say in whether or not I can use the interstate in my car, or if I should have my own special speed limit because I'm not a corporation. ; )

Here's a pretty good sound byte sized summary video illustrating the problem.

HOWTO: Install the Zero Super Euro Chamber Corsa on a 2006 Yamaha Jog ZR

Since the weather has been so unpardonably warm these days, I decided to finally get out on the tarp in the empty parking space next to mine and get this expansion chamber / muffler installed and recalibrate the CVT to take advantage of it.

An expansion chamber is a neat little exhaust hack for 2-stroke engines that causes the engine to burn more fuel/air mixture on each stroke, giving you increased power (and decreased gas mileage, but what can I say, I'm a fashion of slavery). Read about how they work here, and look at an informative animation of one in action here.

This HOWTO will illustrate how to install the Racing Service Zero Super Euro Chamber Corsa on my 2006 Yamaha Jog ZR Evolution.

The particulars should be the same for any late-model (2000 or newer) Jog, and the concepts and procedure should be the same for any Japanese scooter.

More after the jump... (i.e. click "Read more" below!)

HOWTO: Upgrade the drive pulley on a 2006 Yamaha Jog ZR

A more aggressive drive pulley on a scooter with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) will improve performance by reshaping the power curve of a CVT and increasing the ratio of the top end.

This HOWTO will explain how to upgrade the drive pulley in a 2006 Yamaha Jog ZR scooter, but should be applicable to any late-model (2000 or newer) Jog or CV50 (frame number SA12* or SA16*). Basic concepts will also be applicable to any scooter with a CVT (I learned much of this from reading about Italian scooters.)

HOWTO: Install a high-flow air filter into a 2006 Yamaha Jog ZR

A high-flow air filter can get more oxygen into your engine every stroke, which increases combustion and gives you more power. It's also quick and easy to do.

This HOWTO will walk you through installing a Daytona-brand Turbo Filter on a 2006 Yamaha Jog ZR, but should be applicable to any late-model (2000 and newer) Jog or CV50.


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Share your wifi unto others, as you would have others share their wifi unto you...

So a while back on Digg I found a news item covering some company called Fon giving away free wifi routers. Digg often gets various links to free after rebate deals, and I didn't really need a router, but I followed the link anyways. Turns out it wasn't quite what I thought it was.

Cops are above the law

A couple catches a cop speeding, is charged with stalking.

Anyone who knows me probably knows this about me: I hate cops. I mean, really. It doesn't matter if they seem like the nicest guys/girls in the world; I know that deep down, those fuckers are broken. They are sick. Psychopaths. Dangerous animals who should be caged or put to sleep. I really do hate them.

Musgrave is a lying, duplicitous bitch.

Okay, so since I've called and emailed Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, my evil representative, to complain about her and her cronies' gang rape of the Constitution and their subjugation of the American people in the guise of security, I get friendly emails from her when she wants something.

Up until today, these usually had themes such as:


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