Baldric Can Haz New Wheelz June 24, 2009Posted by baldricman in Baldric-Man.
Tags: astra, car, opel, used car, vauxhall
Whoohoo! Last night, I finally bought myself a sunroof! It was pretty expensive, but, as luck would have it, it came with a free car attached underneath, to sweeten the deal!
In the end, after checking out quite a broad range of types of vehicles, from SUVs to MPVs, sedans, and hatchbacks, I finally settled on an Opel Astra 1.6. It’s a really comfy car, got just enough gadgets to keep me entertained for a few weeks, and appeals to my sense of what looks good in a car. It’s a much smaller engine than my previous one, which is taking a bit of getting used to (previous car was a good old meaty Kadett 200iS), but it’s a real pleasure to drive, and I feel quite comfortable that I have bought a more sensible car this time round (low mileage, recent model, great condition, still on motorplan), and don’t have any misgivings about having bought for “fun”. Did I mention it has a sunroof? Well, it does.
My congratulations to the car salesman who clearly read my post, Baldrics Tips for Used Car Salesmen, and applied each rule diligently and correctly. Even when he came with for the test drive (which, as a rule, I *hate*), it was a pleasant experience. He was still a “salesman”, but let me buy, rather than him sell, if that makes any sense.
So I spent most of last night playing with the sunroof (I picked the worst night to buy a sunroof), experimenting with the windscreen wipers and headlights, and trying to figure out the damn radio.
Haynes Owners’ Manual for Apollo 11 June 11, 2009Posted by baldricman in astronomy, General.
Tags: apollo 11, haynes, haynes owners', lunar, manual, moon, moon lander, moon landing, neil armstrong, workshop manual
Yup, you read that right. Haynes, that faithful bunch who have been publishing workshop manuals since 1960 or so, on hundreds of makes and models of cars (and other things such as appliances, model railways, and women), have released a commemorative edition Owners’ Workshop Manual, for the Apollo 11 moon lander (amongst other related hardware).
Specifically, it is commemorative of the upcoming 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s famous moon walk. The product blurb from the site:
On 20 July 1969, US astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. This is the story of the Apollo 11 mission and the ‘space hardware’ that made it all possible. This manual looks at the evolution and design of the mighty Saturn V rocket, the Command and Service Modules, and the Lunar Module. It describes the space suits worn by the crew and their special life support and communications systems. We learn about how the Apollo 11 mission was flown – from launch procedures to ‘flying’ the Saturn V and the ‘LEM’, and from moon walking to the earth re-entry procedure.
Isn’t that so cool?
And yes, the moon landing really did take place. Otherwise, how could they publish a manual about it? Huh? Got you now, you annoying little conspiracy theorists! Hah!!
Ag Pleez Deddy June 2, 2009Posted by baldricman in VOTD.
Tags: ag please daddy, ag pleez deddy, funny, jeremy taylor, song, south african, video, VOTD
Well I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic the past week or so, and also a little guilty for not updating my blog so regularly of late. So here’s a quick post which addresses both, I hope, sufficiently. My dad taught us this song when we (3 boys) were young, and I was delighted to be able to find a reasonable copy on YouYube. Take a listen!
For those of you who may be sensitive in this regard, please note that there is use of the dreaded “N-word”… I normally wouldn’t dream of posting something like that, but I believe everything needs to be taken in context: Firstly, the word is simply the first part of the name of a very popular type of sweet/candy at the time (“Ni****-balls), and to change the name (which has been attempted in many versions of this song) results in a distracting and meaningless line… But more importantly, this song, released in 1961 by the great Jeremy Taylor, is a very simple and innocent jab at the Afrikaaner accent (in English of course), vocabulary, mannerisms, and popular culture, and is rich in subtle reminders of my youth.
So, if you feel it inappropriate, rather don’t listen to the song… but for what it’s worth, I think you’ll be missing out… (oh ja, for more info, check out Jeremy’s website)