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Tires: Phew

Posted by heymoe on November 18th, 2007

I have not even had the Eagle F1 All Season tires on my car for a week yet and I already found a screw stuck in the rear driver side tire. Luckily the screw was short (just slightly longer then the depth of the threads) and did not seem puncture all the way through. Phew!

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New Tires

Posted by heymoe on November 14th, 2007

Goodyear Eagle F1 A/S

Well I finally broke down and bought some new tires for the Audi yesterday. The first set of tires I got with the Audi were Continental somethings and they did not last that long. If I remember right I just barely got a year out of them and only put at most 10,000 miles on them. The next set of tires I bought to were Avon Tech M550 A/S which I purchased from The Tire Rack. They provide a lot of information and customer reviews as well as their own in house testing of a lot of different tries. The other plus side is that they seem to have cheaper prices compared to buying them locally. This was my first time buying tires online and they made the process very simple. They have a list of recommend installers that you can search though to find one close to you and then ships the tires to the installer directly so all you have to do is schedule an appointment with the installer. You basically pay The Tire Rack for the tires and shipping and pay the installer to get them mounted and balanced. Any ways, the Avon’s seemed to be an upgrade over the Continental’s but toward the end of their life they got really noisy to the point that I thought I had a bad wheel bearing. The Avon’s did last 8 months longer and I was able to get about 15,000 miles out of them which is better but I was expecting more.

Goodyear Eagle F1 A/S
Goodyear Eagle F1 A/S

So I spent about a week looking into what tires to get next. I originally was going to get four BridgeStone Potenza RE960AS Pole Position, I then switched to Pirelli PZero Nero M/S since a lot of people at Audi World recommended them. Then I came across a new tire from Goodyear called the Eagle F1 All Season. There were the same price as the Pirelli’s and cheaper then the BridgeStone’s and from the initial reviews seemed to offer the same level of performance plus had some new features that have trickled down from racing tires like carbon fiber reinforced sidewalls. Being that these tires went on sale a few months ago, there are not many high mileage customer reviews yet so hopefully they will do as well as the Avon’s but I’m hopping better. I was going to buy the tires from The Tire Rack but got lucky and found a local dealer that quoted me $752 for four tires and installation which was around $30 cheaper then The Tire Rack and I could get them installed the same day. Goodyear also has a $50 rebate promotion on the tires so that was a nice bonus as well.

Any ways, I’ve only put around 35 miles on the new tires and the Audi is driving so much better now plus it no longer sounds like my wheel bearings are going bad. I have not pushed them yet since I want to get an alignment done first, which I have scheduled for Tuesday. Hopefully these tires won’t let me down.

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Beating Drums

Posted by heymoe on November 11th, 2007

Triangle Taiko - 11-11-2007-1820

I was not planning on doing much today outside of the house but on the spur of the moment I headed down town to the NC Museum of History to listen to the Triangle Taiko in concert. I’ve seen / heard them perform at Animazement but only in passing. Not knowing what parking was going to be like downtown, since I tend not to go there, I decided to take the motorcycle since it easy to squeeze it between spaces. It was a chilly ride and of course I had to deal with the mine field of drivers doing everything they can but pay attention to the road. Any ways, I got to the concert a little late but still got to enjoy it.

Triangle Taiko - 11-11-2007-1813

This was also my first experience at shooting indoor photos in a darkly lit room with my Nikon D80. This was yet another reminder that I need to buy some more glass. It would have been nice to have had a faster lens which would allowed for a faster shutter speed in this type of environment. Yes, I have a flash but I did not want to be “that guy” plus, being that I was seated towards the back of the room, the flash would have done no good at that distance. That did not seem to stop the guy at the very back of the room with his camera on a tripod that kept taking photos with the built in flash. It made me giggle. I think overall my pictures came out OK for what I had to work with plus a little post-processing work helped out a lot to. All in all I had a good time and really enjoyed the drumming.

More Photos Here

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Fall Colors: Durant Park

Posted by heymoe on November 10th, 2007

Durant Nature Park - 1767_HDR
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Durant Nature Park - 1757
Durant Nature Park - 1781_HDR

Today I made my first outing to Durant Nature Park to take in the fall colors. It was overcast and windy and even though it looked like it was going to rain a few times, which would have been nice since we are still in a drought here, it was overall a nice day. Durant Nature Park is smaller then Umstead Park which I visited just about a month ago but none the less, it still provided plenty of photo opportunities while I wondered around the trails around the lakes. I did see some wildlife but was not able to get close enough to get good pictures. I really need to get a zoom lens for my camera so I can get those close up wildlife photos. Oh well, I’ll keep on wishing for now. Any ways, enjoy the photos. I did take a few HDR shots so keep an eye out for them in the gallery (HDR will be in the name). HINT: The first and forth photo in this post are 2 of 8 of the HDR photos.

More Photos Here

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Site Upgrade: Part Deux

Posted by heymoe on November 9th, 2007

I’ve upgraded WordPress to the latest version (v2.3.1) to go along with the server upgrade. I’ll have to do some reading to see what new features I can utilize now.

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Site Upgrade… Done

Posted by heymoe on November 6th, 2007

Well, it took a little longer then expected but I wanted to try a few things out configuration wise before going into production. In any case, everything looks like it transfered cleanly to the new server. I’m sure I’ll be doing a little fine tuning here and there but as is, things seem pretty zippy compared to the old server. If any one does notice any problems, let me know. Thanks

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Up Up and Away!

Posted by heymoe on October 29th, 2007


Last Sunday I went to the 34th Annual Carolina BalloonFest in Statesville, NC.. The event took place at the Statesville Regional Airport (KSVH) which made me wish my pilot license was still current. I could have just flown out there which would have been a lot quicker then the 2.5 hour drive from Raleigh. In any case, I got there shortly after 2pm which gave me plenty of time to walk around and enjoy the other activities before the launching of the hot air balloons at 4:30pm. There were a lot of attractions for the kids as well as wine tasting for the grown ups from several local vineyards and different arts and crafts booths. There was a lot of different type of fair style foods to enjoy as well. The frozen cheesecake on a stick dipped in chocolate was really good.

Before 4:30pm rolled around there was one group inflating a balloon but they did not get to far since the winds started to pick up. This was the first time I’ve seen a hot air balloon get inflated but not the last one. I do kind of remember taking a hot air balloon ride once but I was really little at the time and it was not really much of a ride. It was more or less a up and right back down to were we started. Come to think of it, I’m not sure how that would have worked, maybe it was not a real hot air balloon ride after all.

Any ways shortly after 4:30pm the grounds started to buzz with activity as gas powered fans started to inflate several balloons at the same time. It was really neat that while the balloons were being inflated you were allowed to walk right up to the and touch them. The only area they were really strict about keeping you away from was right behind the basket where an anchor line was running from the basket to a car / truck. As the balloons filled and started to lift the baskets, this line would get pulled tight and could whip around some so it’s not a good place to be. I got a lot of great shots of the inflation process as well as the rise and fall (a few balloons had some technical difficulties that required them to be deflated quickly) of the envelopes on the ground. Over all I had a great time.

A lot more photos here

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Site Upgrade Coming Soon

Posted by heymoe on October 26th, 2007

My friend Casey donated a beast of a server which will soon host both of our websites once I get it up and running. Hopefully this will speed up the sites, especially the photo gallery. The server did have one problem, which was how Casey was able to acquire it but after working on the server on and off today, I was able to fix it so it is as good as new. Now I just have to install the OS and get everything configured. Hopefully CentOS 5 supports all the hardware from the get-go. That will make the whole process so much simpler. Stay tuned!

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Clean Workbench

Posted by heymoe on October 21st, 2007

Yeah, I now have a usable workbench again. When I first started to clean it off you could not see any part of the tabletop. I also went around the house and collected all of my tools that were laying around and put them back up on the pegboard.

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Busy Saturday… Phew!

Posted by heymoe on October 20th, 2007

It’s amazing, I actually got a lot done today. It actually feels good to be productive on a Saturday instead sleeping in late and plopping down in front of the boob tube the rest of the day.

First thing I did today was sort all my recyclables to get them ready for Tuesday. I then checked and inflated my car tires. They were not as low as I’ve had them get in the past so that was good news. I then rolled the car out of the garage and swept that half of the garage. Next I rolled the Kawi out and checked and inflated its tires and boy were they low, can you say mid teens. After the tires were re-inflated, I took a quick spin to limber it up. Boy I could really tell the difference in handling with properly inflated tires. Once I got back to the house from the quick spin I pulled out my hand saw and wondered around the house cutting down small trees that popped up where I didn’t want them and there were a lot of them. After being outside for awhile I headed back into the house and swept the kitchen and the family room which I’m still in the middle of working on. I need to finish paying off a few things before I start working on it again. Any ways, I took a little break to have lunch and to finish watching “The Reaping“, which I started to watch last night. Overall I thought it was a good movie. After the break I went back to the garage and decided that it was time to reclaim my workbench area which has been blocked by a lot of junk. Plus all that junk makes it a pain to get the motorcycles in and out of the garage without backing the car out. This took awhile but it was well worth the time. I can now walk right up to the workbench without having to crawl and / or trip over things. I still have to clear off the the workbench and put all my tools back on the peg board but I’ll save that job for another day. Once all that was done I rolled the Shadow out to check and inflate its tires and, like the Kawi, its tires were really low as well. I then took the Shadow for a quick spin to limber it up.

Now its off to cook up some dinner and to relax the rest of the night. I think I’m going to watch “Evan Almighty” after dinner.

Hopefully I can be just as productive tomorrow. C’yas

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