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September 28th, 2014 by Lucas

My mower won’t work – Round One

My arch nemesis:

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For a long time, my mower was hard to start. It would kick back, generally misbehave until you actually got it started.

It improved when I replaced the air filter, spark plug and oil, but it would still kick back.

A few weeks ago, I hit a rock/stump/something, and smoke started to be emitted out of the carburettor. Not a good sign on the best of days. Today I went shopping for a few tools (15/16″ socket, 6″ gear puller, and a few other bits and bobs), to take it apart. First, off with the cover:

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Then off with the flywheel nut. Aha! there is the problem:
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The flywheel key has sheared and moved around by 30ish degrees. The would have put the ignition timing out (the valve timing is fixed).
Looks like I need a new key (the two silvery bits are supposed to be one key):
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There doesn’t seem to be too much damage on the crankshaft or the flywheel keyway:

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I just need to find a shop that sells them.

July 6th, 2014 by Lucas

Gliding at the Marsh

Whilst I didn’t go flying, I took some pictures at the Marsh yesterday:

 

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June 28th, 2014 by Lucas

Glider winch lanch

A few weeks ago I had a winch launch in the Duo Discus with Alf. Here is the video:

June 22nd, 2014 by Lucas

In the news

Whilst First Dog on the Moon makes lite of the situation with the school chaplaincy program, there are serious problems afoot.

For those not following the situation, the high court has ruled that the funding arrangement for the program is unconstitutional.

The government seems to have tried to get around the decision by pre-funding all of this year, and “forgiven” the debt created by the high court ruling.

This, and the issue with refugee visas, gives a picture of an arrogant government that believes that it can do anything they want, unbounded my democracy.

June 22nd, 2014 by Lucas

Flying Report

It has been a while since I’ve done a gliding report, so here is a quick update

Done lots of gliding, including gaining the C certificate. I’ve done my 50k flight for the Silver C, and all I need to do is the five hour flight. Total time is now over 135hours. I’ve even made a few videos: at porepunkah.

Powered flying has gone no where, due to a lack of funds.

May 16th, 2014 by Lucas

Porepunkah Videos

This one is a quick video of me in UKA going from the Chalet to the bowl. The camera was hand held.

This next one is with the camera mounted on the RAM mount. It is a rather long tow.

The last video is me coming into land.

March 29th, 2014 by Lucas

Spam accounts

March14 update: I’ve had to do it again.. I’ve disabled accounts now that people can use their wordpress.com accounts.

It looks like I’ve been hit with a lot of spam user registrations.  I’ve gone through and deleted them all.

If I have deleted a real person’s account, my apologies.  Please email me at lucas.james@ldjcs.com.au to reinstate your account.

January 18th, 2014 by Lucas

Computer troubles

It looks like I may have spoken too soon with the Computer Troubles.

It turned out to be a bad RAM stick.

August 12th, 2013 by Lucas

Lucas’ Chickpea curry

Well, it isn’t a real curry, but nice enough (even if I do say so myself :-)

 

Ingredients

  • 2 400g cans chickpeas
  • 1kg tomatoes
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1/2 packet cumin (whole seeds – about 12-13g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon rock salt
  • chili flakes
  • chicken stock.
  • olive oil

Method

  • Put tomatoes in hot water until the skin splits.
  • Peel tomatoes, chop and set aside.
  • Chop onions, set aside.
  • Grind cumin, cardamom, pepper and rock salt together.
  • Bring a pot to a medium heat.
  • Saute onions with spice mixture.
  • Once onions start being translucent, put tomatoes and chickpeas and enough stock to cover.
  • Bring to boil.
  • Add chili flakes to taste.
  • Simmer for an hour.
  • Season to taste, adjusting chili as required.
  • Serve with rice.

 

May 5th, 2013 by Lucas

GGC Website update planning

I’ve come up with a plan to update the Geelong Gliding Club website, which is running on an ancient version of Joomla.

First, using the migrator1.5.zip (which is really hard to find) to update to Joomla 1.5.

Then using the J2XML import/export tool to update to Joomla 3.1.

After that it should be much easier to update to future versions.

Problems:

  1. Replacement extensions.  Lots of the extensions used in the current version no longer exist at all, or no longer exist for 1.5. JoomGallery looks like a good replacement Image Gallery tool.
  2. Getting the files into Lunar pages. this could be problematic.
March 11th, 2013 by Lucas

Gliding Report

Another hour in the LS4: http://skylines-project.org/flights/13607/

Not bad, considering the day had overdeveloped.  As you can see from the trace, the second climb was hard work – 500ft in 10 minutes = 1/2 kt!

March 3rd, 2013 by Lucas

Gliding report

Just a quick* flight today in the LS4: http://skylines-project.org/flights/13454/

* 1h41 quick, half way to Mt Annkie

January 12th, 2013 by Lucas

Samba4 replication problems

I’ve been trying to get my two Samba4 DCs to replicate between each other.

The output of the drs showrepl command:

root@ns0:/usr/local/samba # bin/samba-tool drs showrepl ns0
Default-First-Site-Name\NS0
DSA Options: 0x00000001
DSA object GUID: 3b0c70a3-2ecf-4fd9-b87d-7fd2fc063d1f
DSA invocationId: cd9f36c5-30ad-4b1c-a35a-ba807406b34c
==== INBOUND NEIGHBORS ====
ERROR(runtime): DsReplicaGetInfo of type 0 failed - (-1073610723, 'NT_STATUS_RPC_PROTOCOL_ERROR')

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December 29th, 2012 by Lucas

Gliding Report

Did nearly four and a half hours in the DuoDiscus with John Buchanan. JB saved me a few times, and I have a few things to learn/practice. Unfortunately we didn’t get back – outlanded at Lethbridge.  Nice people there, but no come-and-get-it trophy.

The flight: http://www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?dsId=2795367

Totals: 96h29 (51h10 PIC) over 207 flights

December 9th, 2012 by Lucas

Gliding Report

Did nearly four and a half hours in the Janus with John Buchanan on my very first cross country. JB saved me a few times, and I have a few things to learn/practice. On to the Duo Discus tomorrow!

The flight: http://www.onlinecontest.org/olc-2.0/gliding/flightinfo.html?dsId=2794418

Totals: 92h11 (51h10 PIC) over 206 flights