Richard Craver

Musings about this world, and the world to come.

Creating (or escaping) A Sick System

Written By: richardwcraver - Jul• 07•16

This is a blog post from¬†http://issendai.livejournal.com that I found some years ago, it fit to a “T” the workplace I was in at the time, a sick system, bordering on a Dark Triad, that I left after 19 years. It was painful for awhile, but one of the best moves of my life. I go back to read this every so often when I feel myself being sucked into someone’s ‘system’. Kinda like looking over my shoulder to check my blind spot while driving, it’s time to check my blind spots again.

Poison!

Poison!

Gandalf Gains A Little Bling

Written By: richardwcraver - Jun• 11•16

Nothing serious here. When I bought my jug of Mobil1 oil recently the do Gandalf’s 200,000 mile oil change, they have an offer whereby one could get a custom frame with the car’s ‘name’ emblazoned on it. Then customers were encouraged to upload photos of their named cars wearing their new fashion accessory.

Well Gandalf’s bit of bling showed up the other day, so it was time for a bath and photo-shoot.

Gandalf The Gray

Gandalf The Gray

Methuselah was never as photogenic, but served me well until she was put out to pasture by an inattentive Toyota.

Alcohol Anyone? – Part 2

Written By: richardwcraver - Jun• 06•16

So, it’s been about a month since I embarked on my ethanol fuel journey. I’ve gotten enough data points to be really confusing really quickly. However the app on my phone wonderfully keeps track of miles, gallons, prices and makes nice graphs. So…I’ll just use the graphing in my FuelLog app on my phone to show the trend, which is downward as expected, but not nearly as much as the internet would suggest.¬† (more…)

Alcohol Anyone? – Part 1

Written By: richardwcraver - May• 03•16

About a month ago some of the newer Sheetz convenience stores in our area started selling E15 and E85 fuel, that is gasoline blended with 15% and 85% ethyl alcohol commonly called ethanol. The E15 a step up from the E10 that virtually all stations currently sell with the exception of a few that offer ‘pure‘ gasoline at a substantially higher price. The E15 signage indicates that it is compatible with 2001 and newer automobiles. The E85 pump indicates it is for Flex-Fuel vehicles only. Being in the automobile repair field (more…)

The Taxes Are Done, Now What?

Written By: richardwcraver - Apr• 13•16

With the advent of the personal computer over 3o years ago, and the near universality of the family computer or a household of computers; it is not unusual for families to prepare their own taxes each year, some with less complex tax situations use smartphone and tablet apps. I have been doing my own tax prep for the better part of two decades now. But what about after that nasty job is done?

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Back To A One Cat Household

Written By: richardwcraver - Feb• 28•16

When Juli and I married we combined two households of animals. For myself I just had Skoodles, the cat my daughter adopted, but the cat adopted me. Juli had Ginger, also a human adopting cat, Pixie the long-haired, loud mouth that she rescued, Sheena the black cocker spaniel, and Buster the cockatiel. (more…)

Car Audio Conundrums Revisited

Written By: richardwcraver - Feb• 02•16

Awhile back when I was still driving Methuselah I went through a period trying to get Bluetooth working with older technology so I could listen to podcasts during my commute. Ultimately I picked up a used JVC with Bluetooth from a co-worker and things got worked out nicely. With the passing of Methuselah I ended up with Gandalf. (more…)

D.I.Y. Gunsmithing – Part 1

Written By: richardwcraver - Jan• 16•16

At my last post, I had been to the gun show and had picked up a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun. This is in preparation for an upcoming church skeet shoot event, I went to it last year with a borrowed gun and had a blast, if you will pardon the pun. As the barrel is fitted with the Accu-Choke system and I really didn’t know what choke was in it, I picked up a ‘Skeet’ choke on the way home. (more…)

I Went To A Gun Show And Made It Out Very Alive

Written By: richardwcraver - Jan• 09•16

I haven’t been to a gun show in many years. The last time I went to one I was in Boy Scouts and the gun and knife show was in the coliseum adjacent to the fair grounds where a Scout-a-rama was taking place. I bought a leather handle Buck sheath knife that I have had for about 35 years now. I lost interest in such things a few years later in favor of cars and girls, got married, started playing golf, had a child and life got more complicated. (more…)

Annual Computer Freshen Up

Written By: richardwcraver - Dec• 26•15

A few days ago I generated a new security certificate for the website, it is installed and goes live on the 28th. I don’t have anything that needs super secret in transit security, but it’s available, free for non-profit use and I can, so I do it. Plus if we are to believe that the NSA is storing ALL encrypted traffic in the event that they need to decrypt it later, I’m happy to be a very small insignificant thorn in their flesh. (more…)