Tuesday, April 10, 2018

mini love - part 43



I waited for the winter to be over to install the Wilwood big brake kit for the front wheels on the Mini. Last summer I wanted to try out the stock brake as a baseline driving on tracks. I wanted to experience each step of change, from all stock brake, then to racing front brake pads with the stock calipers. I also wanted to use up the stock brake so I feel better they are not going to waste.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

formula 1 technologies

I was searching for manual gearbox articles concerning dog box and sequential gearbox. I came across this excellent article about F1 sequential gearbox on this site called Technical F1 Dictionary. It has the most in depth, but easy to understand, coverage of all technical things Formula 1. I could not stop reading them.

Just one simple example. I had tried to find out more about MGU-H and most sites just fall flat with a bit of hand waving. Here is the link to his excellent article on the entire new F1 Power Unit. Gone are the ICE which once was the sole power unit. It is now a system including the ICE.

just this single photo of MGH-H answers just about all my questions of how it recovers the so-called heat energy; it is quite misleading for a applied science major as it is really more kinetic than thermal (H)


I had on and off visited other sites of this nature but all fall very far short. This truly is a gem. A lot of fascinating reading for weeks to come.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

home made char siu 叉燒 pizza - part 3






I didn't know about San Marzano tomatoes until I bought this can of Italian can tomatoes at Trader Joe's. Up until now I have been using domestic canned plum tomatoes also bought at Trader Joe's. I thought I would give the pricey Italian one a try.

isolde's motor mounts

I was so sure that the motor mounts in Isolde has deteriorated badly after 28 years. A lot of chain tire shops now refuse to mount and balance your tires if they are over 10 years old which I think is another notch up with their scams. I have been told rubber will continue to vulcanize after the product is made, and soon they lose the flexibility. My experience with tires and rubber molding is the sun is their biggest enemy.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

mini love - part 42

I didn't wrap up the installation of the long shifter in the same day as I only worked on it a few hours in taking advantage of the afternoon sun. I didn't want to rush the job only to realize I have done something wrong after buttoning up the undercarriage. I also took the opportunity to study the stock exhaust header for a place to mount a bung for a wide band oxygen sensor - which I resigned was not possible. I also paid special attention for a location to bring the harness for the wide band sensor from the cockpit down to the exhaust header.

mini love - part 41



I took many photos of the shifter so one can see the details where the vendor's site is very lacking.

Monday, March 19, 2018

mini love - part 40

I have been on the fence a long time considering getting a purpose-built short shifter for the Mini.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

mini love - part 39

testing, testing, testing Mac OS's asinine dumb down finder and UI which I cannot find where my shits are.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

my spicy chicken wings


I don't use recipes nor do I like to create recipes. My cooking is all about intuitions and my life's experiences and history. Whenever I travel, I seldom fail to bring back something that inspires me which adds to my experience.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

automotive paint protection - thinking of the unthinkable


I have not invest (spend) in getting paint protection for my Porsche GT4. It is unthinkable for most owners of this car. I am just not crazy about the idea of paying someone a couple of thousand of dollars to put these film on.

taiwanese cabbage

I only found this Taiwanese Cabbage very recently. This is not necessary Taiwanese as you will find them in Asia. Instead of ball shape like the common cabbage this is more flatten. I initially didn't give them much thought. Only one day I became curious and bought one to try. I was smitten by how delicious it is. It is very crunchy when cooked just right, and goes well with just about anything, or just stir fried alone. I cannot image that I would ever buy common cabbage again given the choice.

Friday, February 16, 2018

bountiful of dungeness crabs


There has been many years now that the harvest of Dungeness crabs has not been good. The prices had been high and the crabs were small. This year the harvest season also have it share of difficulties, but finally for the first time in many years, the price is much better especially if you go buy live ones from Asian fish mongers.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

new display monitor - part 4


I must have fallen over the deep end. Today I actually made some effort to tidy up the multitude of cables for the two monitors by feeding them through the monitor arms. I even bothered to connect up the USB hub that is integrated into the monitor. I only did it for the left hand side monitor as it has two ports on the side that is not obstructed.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

new display monitor - part 3


I could not contain my happiness looking forward to UPS delivery of the pre-owned monitor arm that I bought from eBay. I found one at a price that I could not refuse. While I would prefer the color to be white this one is silver. The truth is the color does not matter much as one cannot see the monitor arm unless you go to the back of the desk.

Friday, February 9, 2018

porsche gt4 foto album - part 2


I have decided it is time to increase the size of the photos in the blog. Here are some photos that I did a better job in post-processing, mostly just cropping. The sizes are still limited by Blogger allows. I infer the maximum horizontal resolution is 1600 pixels. Must better than 99 % of images on the web.

new display monitor - part 2



Last year I upgraded one of my 24-inch Dell IPS monitors to a newer model with LED backlight, as one had a problem with the DVI interface. I purchased a Dell U2412M. It is a 1920x1200 monitor that Dell sells to enterprise and governments, not the typical 1920x1080 consumer monitors. While it is no where the resolution of the 5k display of the 5k iMac, it is the best value.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

poached black cod with fried gluten


I suddenly has this idea to poach cod at low heat. The reason I have this idea is cod meat is firm and easy to handled raw, but easily falls into pieces while cooking. By poaching it at low heat I can better control in having it cook just right, which can be hard especially if the meat is thick from a big fish.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

porsche 991.2 gt3 vs 981 gt4


It is a dumb post, I know. As most Porsche owners would know the rave of current Porsche GT cars is the 991.2 GT3 for it incredible performance. It should be for the price tag. I want to see how does the GT4 stacks up against the bigger brother GT3 in appearance.

mini love - part 38


I have been busy researching ignition products for the Mini. I navigated NGK's website and gathered these screen shots. As most often I found Japanese automotive company web sites stuck in the 20th century. I am glad to find these. For now this post is work in progress that serves to host the images I collected.


Monday, January 22, 2018

a stir fry of sour mustard green with pork - 鹹菜炒豬肉


I was disappointed with the store bought sour mustard green only a few days ago making a similar dish with beef. Disappointment is an understatement. Instead of simple sour mustard green that should only be processed with salt and vinegar it had over-the-top amount of MSG added. The vinegar is of the chemical process instead real food vinegar (yes, I can taste it). I decided to take matter into my own hands, as always - try making the sour mustard green at home.