Saturday, May 28, 2005
I was driving to work in my car (My brother's actually but I've been using it ever since my car broke down, can be considered mine..Click here to see my car page). At first, the air-conditioning sounded a bit funny and the climate was not that chilled anymore. After I reached the Sunway Cable Bridge, there was a strong rubber burning smell. I thought there was some idiot doing an open burning at the area. All of sudden, when I just past Subang Parade, pooffff...white smoke came out of the front boot. I was shocked..so I pulled off the roadside.

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Smoke came out of the engine compartment for quite a while. I am a member of AAM, so I called AAM to have them check my engine. Half an hour past, still no sign of the AAM guy. I lost my cool, so I left. Apparently, my air-cond compressor belt that was burn and the air conditioning was burned out.

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The car can still run, so I drop by a service workshop and they told me that the entire budget to repair is RM700++. That's outrageous dude..Better I sweat in the car than pay that amount. Better trade off the car for another car.

Well..that's how a car owner handles a car. For those of you who wish to have a car which most of you will, I suggest you brush up some knowledge on your own car or get professional help whenever you're in trouble. Have a fantastic weekend everyone...
 
posted by Encik Ash at 5/28/2005 01:58:00 am | 0 comments
Monday, May 16, 2005
I have never heard of Robocon until recently last month, there was an advertisement on TV. At the same time, at the same place, the national book exhibition was happening. So kill two bird with one stone, I went to PWTC as I used to. There was also another exhibition on Metal Tech but my interest wasn't on those subject anymore.

Moving into the robotic world. The theme of the contest is quite funny. 'Climb The Great Wall, Light The Holy Fire’, I didn't understand at all what does that mean. I'll tell you more after you have seen the snapshot below:

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Surprisingly, I guess to attract more people to come to see this lame robotic AI thing. They've invited a few groups of cheerleaders. If I'm not mistaken, St. Xavier from a school in Petaling and can't remember the name from Convent Bukit Nanas. I was at first just like to take a peek there, seeing the cheerleaders shouting and acrobating, I was hooked. Damn those chicks..hehe..

Okay..some brief explanation, from the main stage above, when at least a ball is put on each corner and on each diagonal torch, then it's called climb the great wall, light the holy fire. Anyway, I think this competition wouldn't be so great if it weren't for the cheerleading teams.

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This is some guy using a wired remote to control the robot collecting the ball. Quite bored if I must say.

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Now this is the time waited by everyone. The cheerleading group dance performance and acrobatic act.

The winner was eventually was UTM. Personally, I think it's not worth spending a few thousand to build a dumb robot. Still, if you're a technical junkie and love doing mechanical stuff, then this is a good exposure for you. For more info, just go to google and key in the keyword "Robocon" to learn more about this competition.

That's all for now..
 
posted by Encik Ash at 5/16/2005 08:26:00 pm | 0 comments
Sunday, May 08, 2005
It has been 33 days since my last entry. I've neglected my blog for quite a lot of reasons. A lot have been happening the past month and with that period, it's hard to recover what we did. Let me just give you a few highlights of it.

If you've been reading my blog long enough, you would have known that I love cars and Kudos to Toyota team for taking up the 1st spot during yesterday's pre-limenary round in Catalunya. They have been doing tremendous success despite of just a few years being in Formula 1. Last month, there was an Automekanika & Design exhibition at PWTC. I went there on the 1st day which was on 6th April, the event was not as hot as an Auto Show but it's good if you love designing or have a mind of how things work. Personally, I enjoy it. Here's a few pics taken:

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The Shell Booth; look at those babes..hehe

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The Proton Section; quite bored here

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A Waja being strapped with analysing gadgets

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This cool Lancer showing off the tools used. If only I can get my hands on it..

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Some specs of the Petronas V2 Engine. I wish I could have a Magnet Marelli on my car.

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When there's hot car, there's always hot girls. They are getting paid more than I do...damn...

I have a few more new pics but I'll save it for my next entry...cheers everyone..
 
posted by Encik Ash at 5/08/2005 08:07:00 am | 1 comments