Tuesday, September 19, 2017

british car show at PIR

In early September I went to the British Car Show at PIR. It was an impromptu activity that day when my Mini Cooper S friend texted me if I will be there. When I arrived there is another local Mini Cooper S friend there too. She has a classic Mini which I didn't know. I also bumped into my previous neighbor, who acquired a Triumph TR-250 in recent years.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

mini love - part 22

I took the opportunity to go back to the "crime scene" to look at the pothole that Mini hit a week ago. It is always good to know how bad a pothole that was that Mini survived.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

mini split air conditioners

Ever since the mini split air conditioners first became available in the United States I bought one small one for the bedroom and one medium one for use in the living room. This was in late 90s. I did not got around to install them in my previous house.

mini love - part 21

The Mini has not been running well the last week. It all started when it hit a big pothole when we went grocery shopping at the other side of town.

Friday, September 8, 2017

air filter for mini - flow test

I recently decided to try a K&N filter for the Mini over the genuine MINI air filter. It was actually a long story that resulted from my investigation starting off with my questioning the hypes of the aftermarket "cold air intake".

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

a great german tv series


I like movies and TV series based on historical events. Recently I came across a German TV series "The Same Sky" - "Der Gleiche Himmel" in German, on Netflix. It is a cold war Germany drama set in East and West Berlin starting 1974. There are 6 episodes in Season One. It has to be one of the best cold war dramas.

new display monitor

Only a while ago I wanted to update one of the two 1920x1200 LCD monitors for my Windows 7 PC to a Samsung 4k monitor. I ran into the problem with the new graphic expansion card. I decided to call off the upgrade and live with the two 1920x1200 Dell monitors.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

how stiff are your springs?

Until recently that I took on the interest in making the Mini more fun, I only have cursory notions of how car suspension works. When I decided on the set of Swift Sport Springs I was puzzled by the rear spring being stronger than the front.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

broken header

At the recent track event the Mini's header broke open in the back straight at Portland International Raceway.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

how it sings

It is such a shame that BBC Proms is rarely broadcasted in this country in recent years. My local PBS station used to many years ago. It now penders to the mass appeal with most of the performances.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

mini love - part 20

How much can you spend on the coolant expansion tank on the Mini? Can be a lot and you don't get any more benefit than if you spent wisely.

Monday, July 31, 2017

braised baby abalones

I have never met anyone in Asia that does not like abalone. This is the first time I bought these farmed abalones from Korea.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

mini love - part 18

The problem with high performance tires is I cannot get them locally. I have to order and have the tires shipped, then find a local installer to mount the tires onto the rims for a steep fee. Of all the big box tire shops, I would only want to use Costco. However Costco will only mount the tires that they sell.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

mini love - part 17

The Mini killed two tires at the recent track day. Like a bad parent, I immediately went shopping for a replacement set to reward bad behavior.