I used to love the original Warcraft, and Command and Conquer games back in “the day”, what ever the hell that is. Those two games were giant time sucks just like the modern versions or copies of those games. But, I had a blast playing against my office mates, or the computer.

In those days you bought a copy of the game, and quickly got down to business. What you got was a game that had excellent playability, and the challenge being the focus of the designers.

These days there is the concept of the freemium game, where you pay no money up front but to truly excel or speed up the tasks of building out your buildings or infrastructure, and weapons you pretty much have to pay for the privilege by paying cold hard cash for jewels or game money.

This sort of game is therefore not designed for better game play but instead designed to created a level of slowness and frustration intended to force gamers to invest. Without paying, the players engage in gameplay that slows to a crawl with upgrades taking hours or days to accomplish. That big bag of jewels that costs $20 or $100 suddenly becomes mighty desirable and tempting.

This is the model of Boom Beach. It is free for your mobile device until you finally realize that it is going to be extremely increasingly difficult to move forward without spending your money on jewels.

Up next: play boom beach.

My KDP or Killer Dowel Pin Misery.

Yep, my 1997 Dodge Ram with what I thought was a trusty Cummins Diesel has done me two disfavors that are going to cost me some bucks.

The Killer Dowel Pin is used to hold the Timing Gear Case Housing in place on the crankcase of the 2nd generation Cummins 5.9 liter diesel engine. This one is known for backing out and falling into the gears where it either destroys a gear or gears, and other expense engine parts like the camshaft, or it gets thrown into the aluminum case where you end up with cracks or a hole.

If the KDP strikes and you break a case, then it’s going to cast around $300 for parts, and a lot of labor to disassemble the front of the truck so you can then pull the camshaft out and install the case, and retime the engine.

Killer Dowel Pin
Killer Dowel Pin

Some people get lucky and never have a problem with the KDP, others have severe engine damage, and some people get cracks or holes in the case, and others just end up with a KDP in their oil pan. I have a cracked case.

Another thing that just cost me a bunch of money is a shrinking exhaust manifold header. Yep, cast iron and they all end up shrinking, and sometimes they shrink so much they crack the header bolt tabs. Yep, mine cracked not one but three of these tabs, and this requires a new head. That’s about another $500 if you buy a cheap Chinese head. If though you already have a lot expensive upgrades you’ll probably want a new high performance head with 60lb exhaust valve springs and maybe some mild porting etc. That’s more money.

And by the time they pull out the camshaft, another $500 for a high performance cam will seem relatively cheap.

It’s enough to make you cry.

5br Vallejo Home For Rent
5br, 1.5ba single-family house
Available Jan 1st

Spacious 1936 gem in Vallejo’s Morningside neighborhood. This well loved home has two stories, 1,750 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms; beautiful hardwood floors with inlay; big arched floor-to-ceiling window in living room; sunny dining room with built-in china cabinets; laundry room with washer and dryer and storage shelves; large kitchen with refrigerator, gas range, original tile countertops; large bathroom with walk-in shower and bathtub; two-car detached garage and long driveway.

appliances–refrigerator, gas range, washer and dryer
gas floor heaters
detached 2-car garage
large 3-level deck
landscaped lot with front and back yards
mature apple and grapefruit trees
rock and iris gardens
raised garden beds
coop and run for backyard chickens
pets okay

Owners are scheduling appointments to view this beautiful Vallejo home. Please email us if you’re interested.



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diana rws 350 feurerkraft pro compact .22cal
While trying to take care of a rodent population in my chicken coop and chicken run, I was also having issues with a Skunk problem. I decided the varmints had to go.

For the difficult to see mice and rats in the chicken run, I set up an Electronic Rodent Trap baited with some peanut butter and a small piece of raw smokey bacon. First night the trap was sprung, but the rodent got away. But I suspect it learned a valuable lesson, as I heard it squeal several times. Since it got away I suspect that it was a rat as opposed to a mouse. The larger rats sometimes survive. Next night I got a mouse, and it was deader than a door nail. I have seen both critters at night but they are skittish enough to make it difficult or almost impossible to get in the crosshairs of the 350 Magnum.

The Skunk
Twice in the last year our yappy American Eskimo Dog has gotten zapped by a skunk. The stench is ever lasting, especially if the dog gets in the house right after getting sprayed. She did, and it took a couple months for that smell to leave the house. And every time she got wet, the smell on her came back.

We think my neighbor is feeding the “critters”. She’s as much said so. The critters include a large flock of pigeons who show up several times a day, possums, raccoons, squirrels and skunks. The Possums, Raccoons and Skunks are all active at night and here is the main problem. They constantly wake us up with the noise of fussing and fighting and fornicating. Along the way, the skunk or skunks get annoyed or too happy and release their stench. It’s twenty or thirty feet away from our bedroom window, and the stench is horrible. Old skunk smell from roadkill smells a bit like some coffee or like someone smoking pot. Not too bad. But fresh skunk up close and personal is like getting surrounded by a mound of burning tires. It burns your eyes, and can make it damn near impossible to breath and impossible to sleep smelling that stench.

Neighbor is going to continue feeding the critters, but I am resolved to thin the skunk population.

Strong Medicine:
I looked around at high power air rifles for almost a year before finally deciding on an RWS / Diana Model 34 .22 cal. Went looking for a deal, and instead found a refurb RWS / Diana Model 350 Magnum Feuerkraft Compact Pro .22 cal, with a scope. Fantastic deal at half of the going retail rate. Rifle is beautiful and has one small dent in the stock, but appears to function perfectly.

In the meantime, should you or your dog get sprayed by a skunk here’s how to get rid of that smell.

Skunk Remedy #1:

Take one quart of fresh unopened hydrogen peroxide, add to it one half cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of liquid dish washing soap, such as Dawn. Apply liberally several times to the Dog. Rinse. Shampoo the Dog.

While your wife is bathing the dog, get set up with Skunk Remedy #2
Load your Diana 350 Magnum, take aim, and place a .22 lead pellet between the ear and eye of the skunk. Hopefully the skunk falls over dead, and does not release it’s stench bomb.

But before we actually get to remedy #2, you need to take that new RWS air rifle out of it’s box, install the scope mount, rings and scope and get busy sighting the rifle in.

Diana RWS 350 Feuerkraft Pro Compact by RWS Review and Impressions

Initial impressions of the RWS – Diana Feuerkraft Compact Pro .22 cal air rifle is that this thing is an absolute beast. It’s a beast because it is a large Adult air rifle, that is as heavy as a full blown hunting rifle weighing in at 8.5lbs, and has a required cocking force of 42lbs. My six year old is not going to be cocking, holding and firing the Diana Feuerkraft. It’s just too large and heavy.

Opening the shipping box from Umarex, the RWS -Diana air rifle distributor for North America, I found one RWS Diana Feuerkraft .22 cal Compact Pro Air Rifle, one boxed RWS 3-9×40 air gun scope, one two piece scope mount and one Air Rifle owners manual.

Caliber Action Power Capacity Total Length Barrel Length Weight Velocity Trigger Pull Cocking Effort
.22 pellet break barrel spring 1-shot 44.625 15.75 8.5 1000 3.3 42

RWS Diana RWS 350 Feuerkraft Pro Compact Review

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BMW’s are high performance cars, and folks tend to drive them hard, and tend to use them in city stop and go driving. As a result, Edge Motorworks recommends that your change your BMW oil every 7500 miles or so.

Your BMW is also very high tech and it will tell you when it’s time to change the oil. But synthetic oils have a much longer time period required between oil changes. The oil lasts a lot longer before it breaks down. However, the oil may be in good shape, there is probably a lot of metal particles, sludge and other impurities that show up in your filter. The answer is to change your oil at 7500 mile intervals, and help insure that your engine will last for many thousands of miles and many years.

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