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Discussion in 'Archipelago' started by Duke, Oct 28, 2011.


The Gates of Horn and Ivory

Two Gates the silent House of Sleep adorn; Of polish'd Iv'ry this, that of transparent Horn:
True Visions thro' transparent Horn arise; Thro' polish'd Iv'ry pass deluding Lies.

  1. Pokemonmaster250

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    Nice truck, and those are some sweet looking blades. :)
     
  2. Duke

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    Thanks! The truck is a work in progress though, you don't have to pretend it looks good right now lol. I spent way too much time picking that knife out :) I like it a lot, I'm almost scared to carry it and scratch it up. I have mixed feelings about the inscription, but I read that somewhere (wasn't it in Principia Discordia?) and it just struck me the right way.

    Trust me that gun is cuter than it is functional... It works fine but it's so short and light just pulling the trigger can throw off your aim really bad even up close. For a practical and reliable gun I tend to recommend the snubbie 38s. Mine is an all stainless 6 shot because that's what I like and it's almost as heavy as some full size semi-autos, but they also make several variations of 5 shot light and ultra-light models that are pretty handy.

    Here's a little comparison, the first three are my babies and the last one is a piece of crap Hi-Point C9 that I promptly got rid of after it jammed every 3rd round. Seriously, if you value your dignity and the webbing between your thumb and finger don't get one of those.

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    Taurus 856 .38 spl, Taurus PT 24/7 Pro DS 9mm, Nagant M1895 7.62x38 (7 shot "gas seal" design, Russian WWII surplus)
     
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  3. Umaeril

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    I think I like the 2nd one from the left the best. What is that? Is that a Taurus 9mm, is that how I am reading this?
     
  4. Duke

    Duke Mental Oblivion

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    Yes, sorry I know I am confusing. Lol
     
  5. Duke

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    (I didn't list the last one because it's an abomination)
     
  6. Crazy Dave Number 23

    Crazy Dave Number 23 Methodless Madness Staff Member

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    Damn right it is!

    Roomie wants to know if that's Fred from Angel. ? !!!
     
  7. Duke

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    Yes that is Amy Acker, but the picture is from a relatively new series she appears in from time to time called Person of Interest.
     
  8. Duke

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    Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
    Well that didn't last long

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    I guess they think the employees dont know how to switch their office computers over to the unblocked customer wifi... lol. I'm on my tablet, but just saying.
     
  9. Crazy Dave Number 23

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  10. Umaeril

    Umaeril -o-}}}X{{{-o- Staff Member

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    Day-yum, kicked off. Wait what were you doing on that?

    Anyhow yeah I knew that one gun was bleh as you pointed out and the others look nicer.
     
  11. Duke

    Duke Mental Oblivion

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    It was unsecured and I was on my lunch break :p
    I'm usually on my phone using 4g when I reply here from work lol
     
  12. Duke

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    Okay so here is my newest dumb or possibly great idea. Brace yourself for a wall of text. I don't know if I ever posted pics of my '00 Mazda Protege but it was kind of falling apart. Engine was freshly rebuilt 25k miles ago with new clutch, water pump, and coil packs but the way it was starting to look... Horrible and embarrassing. Paint falling off, rust, stained and ripped interior, etc. I was either going to dump money into it that I'd never see again to make it look decent or trade it in. I've had it for about 5 years and it's been a pretty good car overall but it had it's day.

    Sooooo I found a car I liked at work last week and drove it around for a while on errands and such, and Tuesday I bit the bullet. I am now the owner of a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer OZ Rally Edition. It was "customized" so they didn't want to sell it on the lot and it was going to auction. I like most of the customizations but there's one thing that makes me want to choke someone. Also it's got a pretty nice JVC head unit that supports USB and Bluetooth calls / media. I've got a few minor issues with it but overall it seems like a really solid car. Perfect Carfax (76k miles, 2 previous owners, no non-routine shop visits, it was bought and kept in my state), good clutch, no leaks, good rings, good tires, and paint is in reasonable condition for a 7ish year old car. It's just a little 2.0 SOHC 4 cylinder but it's got a good 40hp over the Protege's 1.6 DOHC and of course it's also a 5 speed manual, because I refuse to buy an automatic after having to rebuild the only two I owned and holy shit I hate 6 speeds but that's another story.

    Out the door it cost me $6200 and the car is easily worth $8-9k on a lot as is. The auction dude really helped me out and gave me $500 more than my Protege was worth even in excellent condition, which it was not, just so I could make the down payment required to get my no-credit-having ass approved for financing. I've never had a credit card, loan, anything. Technically this car was $5250 for me which is the amount it was traded in for but I had to pay to have it put through safety inspection, taxes, tag transfer, paperwork processing fees, and some kind of bank fee for having no credit. I think normally the dealership would have eaten that bank fee but since I was getting rock bottom price on their end, I got stuck with it. The people at work must really like me because between the used car manager who is my friend, the GSM, and the auction dude's money finagling the dealership actually lost a small amount of money selling me this car. But I'm not supposed to know that.

    So some gripes so far: I had to put it through the shop and have them do an alignment (and balance / rotate because I was too lazy to do it myself), it needs a set of shocks and some minor touch up in the paint. One of our vendors is going to mix me up some paint for it. None of that is game-changing, again it's a 7 year old car. Also I called another vendor because the headlights looked like crap as they tend to do after a few years. He sanded, polished, and refinished them (double coat) for the dealership price which was a pretty hefty discount. Second day having it the Check Engine light came on, but I had a friend in the shop at work hook up the OBD scanner to it and it's a low-cold-idle warning, probably a dirty idle air valve which should be pretty easy to fix and a new one if needed is around $75 assuming I do it myself. I was screwing around with the fuses trying to disable the daytime running lights and apparently pulled something in the SRS (airbag) system and tripped the warning light for that so now it's on too. Good news on that is I called a local Mitsubishi dealership and they said SRS is under warranty for 10 years / 100k miles so I'm good on that even if there actually is something wrong with it.

    THEN FREAKING TODAY. Shh. Let me calm down. I was on my way to work on the interstate and out of nowhere a rock flew up and popped a nice little quarter sized crack in my windshield which promptly grew to include the approximate area of a cigar box. I called my insurance agent freaking out and they said they would send someone to my work on Monday and replace the entire windshield for free. So it could be worse. But still, WTF. I've had that happen one other time in 10 freaking years and it didn't even leave a mark, and I can't even have this car for a week...

    Anyway... without further ado:

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    Rally car ground clearance, ftw
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    If you look in the bottom right you can see the dude spraying the first clear coat on one of the lights, the other had already been done. Sunlight kinda screwed me up here.
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    And now for the part that makes me want to choke someone:
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    The seats under those covers that I quickly gave away look good. I'm working on fixing that purple crap but it's not easy to do without damaging the plastic. If I wasn't so damn broke right now I'd hand the guys in Detail a wad of cash and a can of oven cleaner. You can't tell from this picture but the plastic underneath IS good, it's just been primed and double coated with Barney the fking dinosaur purple sparkly stuff.
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  13. Crazy Dave Number 23

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    Oh my goodness, hahaha. Good deal on the car though. :)
     
  14. Duke

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    Yeah it's a bit over the top, lol. I've got MOST of that stuff off the panel I showed, and I have the whole dash apart right now spraying down some more pieces.

    Screw this. I'm taking it with me to work tomorrow and I'm gonna do it outside of detail when I have a break. I'll use their pressure washer.
     
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  15. Umaeril

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    So wait, what is the good idea? Flipping cars? That is a nice car though, have to say. Sorry for the delay in my reply I've been in absentia.
     

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