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Rainy Day And Head Away

It's a rainy day today, so I'm sitting inside and thinking about frontflips.

Figured I'd open this with something unexpected. Can't neglect this. Surprise factor. Good to be eclectic. So almost Wyclific. Ecstatic electric. Like a settler in the nexus of Mars... some day maybe gas prices won't plummet and we'll wreck all our cars, and take a trek to the stars instead. They're vexing and large. To eat a Mars bar or bread, to eat tasty or be well-fed? Regal is Seagal level, feel me? Now begone monger it's the monarch. No equal peeps. It's me the Cyberdevil.

Anyway I'm sitting in.

Took a walk in the rain, the sleet and water slippery beneath our feet, and I've a headache, cause the week's been busy. Been late nights and early mornings and I tend to relax and catch up on sleep when it's all over, which unfortunately has such head-related a side-effect sometimes.

I've felt pretty good about those mornings though.

I'm slowly working on better routines. Feeling like the days are stretched out in front of me when I manage, and feeling like I do manage more in the time I have because of it, though it's probably an illusion of will.

The sunlight (or no sun, but light) is seemingly making time progress slower than it really is. When the day's done it's not like I actually had time for more, but I willed myself to do more that was worthwhile, and THAT is the benefit of early mornings.

In regard to the car troubles I mentioned briefly in the last weekly: they're not fixed.

I thought they were for a while.

I got back home and the display turned off, as it should, and I drove in to work last week thinking it was all over, yet halfway through the day the car alarm started blaring, I went out and turned it off and realized the AC panel was on again, so I disconnected the battery... alas it was too late.

Maybe the car alarm was a warning sign. A built in signal of such things occurring; that something was awry.

I had a premonition I might be in trouble at the end of the day, but work hours were still a thing so I just disconnected the cable and went back in and worked the rest of the day and when it was time to leave I connected the battery again aaand the car wouldn't start!

Moments earlier - when I was connecting the cable again - another car had actually momentarily parked right behind mine, and a guy ran and out to fetch something from a neighboring company locale (we're housed in a complex of 'em - offices and accompanying garages/warehouses side by side), and I pondered asking them to stay, or for assistance, but how could I do that before I knew the battery was actually empty?

Just as I started trying to start the car they drove away...

Fortunately another car came by just minutes later, and they had both starter cables and a spare battery in their office, and car problems of their own, and so before I'd had the time to properly panic and lock the car door and go looking for potential help in some adjacent building (lights were off in all nearby offices) rescue came. The engine started fine, I let the car run a few minutes to build up an initial charge, and that was that! I drove off.

Saved by a stranger.

I thanked him greatly but wondered after driving away if I should've maybe offered some form of monetary compensation for the assist too... or is this just something you normally do if you find someone in a similar situation? What's the social; moral norm in such circumstance?

It took a while before the battery really started charging up properly as I drove home this time.

I wonder if the battery's getting weaker.

When we jumpstarted the car at home it seemed energetic right from the start, though maybe the other car battery was better then too, and maybe the car was on a bit longer before I drove away that time, and maybe since it was day the slightly higher outdoor temperature had an effect too.

This time I actually turned off stereo and AC for a while to let all available charge go straight to the battery. The engine seemed a little hesitant, like it might just die down if I didn't step on the gas sufficiently when I geared up.

I wonder if repeated attempts at unsuccessfully starting a car can have some detrimental effects too.

Each time I tried to start the car this time the dash symbols/lights flickered repeatedly - there was still some power - it just wasn't enough.

I've read that with older cars you sometimes need to press the gas a bit as you turn the key, but I assume that might not have anything to do with the battery itself, more so the engine. It didn't work here, at least.

I drove out on an errand yesterday and the problem was still there, so I've booked in an an hour or so of troubleshooting at a local workshop next Thursday.

Plan to check the fuses earlier in the week and see if maybe it could be a simple fix via those. Just disconnect some non-essential component, like for example the AC part of the AC, if that could be the culprit.

No cooling needed in winter, though if the same system regulates heat then that'd be a problem.

There are also quick release connections available for car batteries that you can just clamp on and off after installation.

Why don't all cars come with those? If there's no simple fix to this I'll probably be using a pair of those for the foreseeable future instead.

Or use 'em anyway.

Nothing wrong with being able to easily disconnect the battery should you need to, and they cost just about as much as a proper wrench does.

Anyway that's my week. It's been a decent say so far, and I had a decent sleep... hope to get up a liiittle earlier tomorrow.

And with no headache.

Studio 666

I've done run out of time this week! Seems I'll be missing the planned dosage of weekend reviews, but here's at least a trailer for one I'm very much looking forward to. Stumbled upon at random.

Who knew Foo Fighters were making a movie! Who knew Dave Grohl would come this far! Who knew the legacy of Nirvana would live on not only in itself and grunge forever, but too in this one awesome dude/band who just seems abrim both with benevolence and creativity!

And who seem to have an awesome sense of humor. The trailer has me thinking of Tucker and Dale vs Evil a bit, and if it's anywhere near as good as that...

Can't wait to see this. Be def (as in awesome); see y'all next weekend.

Don’t Allow My Confidence...

Don’t allow my confidence to offend your insecurity.

Not The First Day Of The New Year

I was planning on posting a quick impromptu blog at the end of the first day of this new year, just saying it started alright, but that day flew.

The days since then I haven't really been in my right headspace I think.
I've been falling behind on dues again. Haven't been doing what I should be doing most.

I started getting out into the world again last week - took a long walk in the sun and snow one day and felt truly invigorated, head clear with fresh air, and yesterday I hung out with Buddy Bear for a couple movies, sweet potatoes and a search for local Northern Lights, but for the most part I've been stuck in social limbo, and household dues when the folks were still sick and sweaty and with no sense of smell...

Almost had a moment of panic for... a moment.

Felt like it was all falling apart.

But it wasn't really.

Deja vu to the early days of the pandemic when we were all precautiously holed up at home too, and I was working from home, and everybody was worried about everything and going a little crazy, stocking up on oat flour and coffee and other things, but at least it was spring and sun and everybody got their daily dose of fresh air and mindfulness then.

Not so much now.

Seems the whole world's sick at the time of writing, be that in the particular pandemic strain of flu or in some of the many other currently in circulation.

But maybe they're really all one and the same. Undiscovered; potentially mutated strains.

It's a good thing I can actually get out on these walks again though. I need to take more. I need to get to bed earlier. I need to get back on track with everything; manage time and mind a bit better than I currently do.

In site-related news all Flash submissions (most at least - I might still be missing a few uncategorized ones) now run with Ruffle, automatically, no settings required! Added more old unposted audio flashes while I was at it.

I updated the anime sidebar counts a while back too - as you need to do each new year, reduced the number of yearly archive links in the main sidebar along with the latest addition and updated the archives page instead - I'll get that looking a bit better later, plus added a bundle of new acronyms, went through a line of old posts, combined a few movie review duplicates aaand that's about it for now. Site-wise. Alright guys.

Was voted most helpful user on NG in the end-of-the-year NG BBS Awards for the third year in a row last year btw, results here. Award Flash here. Always nice. :)

I promised to post here a bit more often this year so I'm posting, though have not much else to say at the moment. Have started going through my queue of overdue reviews too. Plan to put up a bundle of those every weekend until I'm caught up... which might take the rest of the year. Excluding summer.

Gotta run through some overdue dues this week but I'll see you shortly... and btw if anyone knows if there's an easy fix to the AC display in a SAAB 9-3 from 1999 staying on even after you turn off the ignition and potentially draining the car battery entirely lemme know! I'm a little preoccupied about that at the moment.

Hope to make a few calls and figure things out this week.

Toodles. Cheers. It's not the first but... it's a day of the New Year.

Breakdown (2020)

Breakdown (2020)

If the world was ending you'd come over right?

What a nice way to start it, and the pandemic intro with a scene of a street in some Asian country full of people with face masks was so suitable too. Professional intro. After that though... it quickly turns into a possibly I Am Legend inspired thing without the budget or cast for it. Just one person the first half of the movie, and just one room. Not much going on.

They borrowed the mannequin thing too, though the part where it actually comes alive was unexpected. Very smooth transition there.

One good jump scare too, a couple encounters and an untimely end...

It gets moody! It's not the most elaborate movie but I did stay till the end, so maybe it was better than I give it credit for.

And they managed well with as little as they had.

I started out expecting more, and started getting disappointed, but left feeling both a little depressed and positively surprised. Gets better and better, though in not a particularly positive way...

 rated 3/5: not bad

Never Back Down 4 - Revolt (2021)

Never Back Down 4 - Revolt (2021)

They got in a real fighter this time! Michael Bisping. And some female MMA fighters. Though as for the rest of the movie... the franchise just ain't what it used to be. Maybe they managed this with covid restrictions though, and if so props, but the cast feels a bit sparse regardless.

It's about a girl and her fighter brother who's a bit of a pitiful such, and she gets suckered into fighting for him, to settle - as is cliché in these movies - some debt, but things unfortunately don't go how they should go, and then he steps in and helps her but doesn't really save the day anyway cause she's got it all covered.

It's not a bad fight movie - and the bathtub battle in particular was brutal, but for the most part it just doesn't pack the same punch as the previous.
I'm not saying it's the girls, but something's definitely different.

Hope to see Bisping in more movies though, as a villain or otherwise, feels like whatever he plays you can just tell straight away that he's authentic. The girls too, why not. Just maybe not like this.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

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