2002 Honda Accord Windshield Wiper System

I just wanted to post that the honda accord winshield wiper tubing happens to be the same tubing used in rainbird watering systems. If you need some hose or the Y adapters, just drop by a hardware store and pick some up. I had a spool of tubing plus some extra Y/T connectors and i was able to fit them on the Accord without problem.
Part numbers from honda:
95003-07008-70M BULK HOSE, VINYL 76830-SR0-004 JOINT Y, TUBE

Additionally, if you have a clogged nozzle, try soaking it in water, blowing (both directions), and sticking a pin/needle in the ends to unclog it. It took me a while but i was able to unclog it without having to replace the parts.

Just FYI.

Home Entertainment Center

I’ve been working a lot lately on customizing our home entertainment center after our old Sony receiver died.   Here’s our setup:

A few things to note.  First, in Hawaii, DirecTV + HD + Locals requires2 huge satellites.  I believe they are 4 1/2 feet in diameter, each.   The pictures are amazing, I can’t wait for DirecTV to release the 70 other HD channels and the locals in HD (as promised) in the next few weeks.

Secondly, the Yamaha RX-V661 is truly a great receiver.  If you use the auto setup, it will tell you if your wires are incorrect, and auto adjust the sound levels using an omni-mic you place near your seating area.  I had tried manual setup at first and I had some crossed wires that were causing the unit to shut down, live and learn.

If you are looking into the RX-V661 I will wan you, don’t buy it for video upconversion.  It hard a hard time switching between SVIDEO input, Component, and HDMI for output on HDMI/Component to the TV.  The Sharp had 2 HDMI and 4 Component input sources so I was able to work around this.   If video upconversion is turned on, some sound modes are now available as it requires too much processing power.

The Harmony 880 is a very nice remote, but logitech’s interface for programming it is a bit annoying.  This is likely because my day job involves programming and I would rather just map codes, but instead, you have to use wizards.   Also, if you are using XBMC + the DVD Remote, be sure to google FakeChannelUp and FakeChannelDown so you can find codes that will allow page up/page down.   The ones on the XBMC wiki for Fake Up/Down actually send a code that changes my sharp TV to TV antenna mode.   I ended up programming it to the old remote codes from the Scientific Atlanta 8300 box that TWC offered out here.   Those codes were 43 and 44.  A few quick keymap additions to the XBMC xml files and I was back in business.

We have 5.1 right now,the receiver is capable of 7.1 but really, come on.   First, we live in an open air environment with fans, outside noises, and really, space concerns about adding 2 rear speakers.  The 5.1 mode works fine.

Before getting HDTV, I didn’t really think it was worth the money, time, effort, etc to acquire it.   Standard Def TV has worked fine, I saw no need to swap.   Boy was I wrong.  My first real excitement was seeing the Cubs @ Giants game on in HD.  Wow.   The football games too!  Now I find myself watching HD things I’ve seen before over new content on Standard Def channels… God what an HD snob.  I make myself sick.
One last thing, its a rant.  WHY on earth is Taledega Nights the ‘movie’ to test your HDTV setup against?   CNet, Best Buy, and others all show or mention Taledega Nights in discussions of HD quality or Blu-Ray quality.  Seriously…

Times like these…

Seriously, someone is having a good joke at my expense. Let me just run through the things that are broken, attempted fix, fixed, and rebroken, in no real particular order, in the last, oh, lets give it 6 weeks, max:

  • (fixed) Screen Door
  • Hammock
  • (fixed) Screen Door (after 2nd person breaks it)
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror for Xterra
  • Circuit breakers
  • Instant Hot Water Heaters
  • My Computer (hard drive)
  • My Computer (motherboard)
  • My Computer (CPU)
  • Wife’s backlight on laptop
  • sprinkle hose
  • 2 more sprinkle hoses
  • pool man disconnecting my solar heat from pool pump
  • nut on guitar
  • outlets in kitchen
  • paper shredder
  • deck, yeah, i broke a few old boards carrying tables in for the graduation party
  • (not yet) stereo amplifier keeps going in protected mode lately
  • (not yet) tivo is having pretty apparent hard disk problems at times
  • (still have to fix) fence in front from january wind
  • (almost) my HP 7310 all in one printer, it thinks its christmas, its flashing all sorts of cute lights while displaying a hex code hp’s support doesnt understand
  • (almost) cable modem, it seems it dies every few hours now

and last but not least, the #1 thing broke on my list:

  • my patience

Up for a swim?

Google, in either humor or… who knows what they are up  to.  Has a very interesting method of getting you from New York, NY to Dublin, Ireland.  Check out step #23 here.

Cinema 6 All For One

The forgotten Cinema 6 looks very similar to the Cinema 7.  Regardless, both don’t seem to care much about the GT2015DV Apex TV/DVD combo.  Good news, try out code 0156.   Our dvd player in it is broken, but the TV part works.

This post is for me, because I will naturally search the web the next time I lose this code, maybe my post will show up 🙂

London Broil

After reading a bunch of recipes on the ‘net, I decided to give this a try, with excellent results.

  • 1/3 Cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 Cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup Shoyu (soy sauce)
  • Garlic powder (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)

Marinade the cut of beef for 6+ hours in the fridge then stick it on a grill at 400F and pour half the remaining marinade on the beef. Grill for 10 minutes, flip, pour the rest of the marinade on, wait 10 minutes and remove.   Wait 5 minutes before slicing and enjoy!

Oh Montreal

Tired of always using Lawrys, I’ve decided to find some steak rubs to liven up the party.

The Montreal rub is wonderful, give it a try on your next grilling event.

2 teaspoons garlic powder
4 teaspoons coarsely ground coriander seeds
2 tablespoons coarse salt (sea salt preferred)
4 teaspoons dill weed
4 teaspoons paprika
4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
4 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper (coarse)

Kalua Turkey

Most of you know last Thanksgiving our turkey was cooked in a Hawaiian Imu overnight and was so moist, smokey flavored, and delicious that I couldn’t wait to do it again.

Well, I’ve done it — ths time without the Imu. Directions follow.

1) Find yourself a good sized turkey. Since it’s just the wife and I, a turkey breast was fine.

2) Wash the turkey, pat dry, and remove all the innards.

3) Rub in Hawaiian salt (coase sea salt) inside and out.

4) Rub 1/4 to 1/2 a bottle of Mesquite Liquid Smoke.

5) In a deep baking dish, lie 360 degrees worth of foil in every direction (so you have a big flower like circle).

6) Obtain some ti leaves, wash, debone, and lay in a circle on the foil.

7) Place the seasoned turkey on the ti leaves, wrap the ti leaves around the turkey, hold in place while you wrap the aluminum foil up over. You want to use enough foil to where no steam will escape in the cooking process. I used 12-14 sheets of long aluminum foil.

8) Bake in preheated oven at 350 for two hours, then reduce to 225 and cook for 5 hours.

9) Throw your knives away, just use a fork and, if you are a successful chef, the turkey will fall apart right there on the baking pan.

10) Last but not least, take all leftover juices and pour over the shreded turkey Season with hawaiian salt as needed and (if really needed) add a little more liquid smoke.

Happy early gobble gobble day.