Look what came up

Mazda MX-6

Dammit, I’ve wanted one of these for years, and one has come up for sale on Facebook Marketplace. The MX-6 in this shape was produced from 1991 to 1997. Unfortunately this is a 1992 model, but it looks to be in great condition. It’s done 194,000Km. Price? $2,000.

The same chassis and engine was used to produce the Ford Probe, the US version that I’ve also lusted after. Ford owned a chunk of Mazda at the time.

Ford Probe, based on Mazda MX-6

At first I was sure I’d buy the Mazda, but then reality set in. I’ve got to get rid of the Honda first. I enquired on it but decided against it.

But I can’t let it go! At that price, it’s affordable. I think I’ll phone the guy this evening and arrange to see it asap. More pics:

Such good condition! And rare in Perth.

STOP PRESS: Damn, thought I’d better check the field and there’s a much better one, a 1996 model with only 102,000Km in Footscray, Melbourne, admittedly for $6,500 but… And it’s in the dark bottle green that I like so much. Tempting!

PPS: this one (the red one above) has sold, but I’ve bought this blue-green 1996 model in Melbourne.

I wanted to fly over and drive it back, but considering it’s mid-summer, possibly smokey and a bit hazardous, and weighing up the costs, it’s easier, safer, and a bit cheaper to get it trucked over here, so I’ll be doing that. It costs $1300, door to door.

?????????!!!????????? Then there’s this one:

Lexus SC400 Soarer

A 1992 Lexus Soarer with 159,000Km. Also $6,500 and in Perth. It’s a 4 litre V8 turbo coupe with Lexus build quality and reliability. It looks to be in superb condition. But the colour! Dull. I’d love to own it, though. I want them both, the Melbourne MX-6 and this.

PPPS: no, the Lexus doesn’t have the flair and style I want. I’ve decided I’ll sell both the Honda and the Verada, have just the MX-6 for a while, and possibly later buy a 2005 Honda Odyssey for touring. Hah.

Warm ain't it?

A weather station sold by Wish. About $25. I might buy one.

Phew, it was fairly cool for the first week of the month, but it’s warmed up and looks like continuing at around 35C every day for the next week.

But thank goodness we’re not experiencing what the east coast is going through. That’s scary. When you have to go and jump into the ocean to escape flames and smoke, that’s bad.

The worst thing is that this is almost a mass extinction on a smaller scale. This is showing us what it’s going to be like in the future with rising temperatures and continuing drought. And, as they say, even if the drought broke and we had massive rainfall, this would be another catastrophe as water, mud and floods meant more misery.

And it’s almost certain that these conditions will repeat from now on, to a greater or lesser extent. Climate change is real!

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In fact, if you think about future archeological digs in a few hundred years, if there’s anyone doing them that is, they are going to find a layer of ash and charcoal marking 2019/20 over there.

This year will also mark the extinction of huge numbers of small animals, insects and birds. The knock-on effects will be incalculable. Nature interlocks. The loss of one group, one species, will badly affect the food supplies up and down the chan with unpredictable effects. Good luck everyone.

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For my readers outside WA, the only major road between Perth and Adelaide, the next major city ~2,500Km away, was closed for 12 days until Friday, due to bushfires out on the Nullarbor Plain near Norseman. Too much smoke made driving too dangerous.

I had been toying with the idea of doing an eastern states drive this summer, so I would have wanted to drive through all the areas burnt, from northern NSW, down the south-east corner of NSW and Victoria, returning to WA via the Adelaide Hills, also badly burnt, then back to Perth across the Nullarbor where I would have been stuck due to the closure of the Eyre Highway. I would have been caught up in all that, if I’d gone.

It looks now as if my chance has gone for several years at least, that’s the foreseeable future.

Imagine being stuck at a roadhouse on the sole road out on the Nullarbor Plain, sleeping in your car, the roadhouse running out of bottled water and toilet paper, 42C (112F) temperatures, nothing to do for two weeks. I’d go screaming mad. No way to escape, except to drive back to Adelaide, of course.

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Back to the mundane. This was an offer from Amazon US the other day:

Amazon US price, in AU$920

This was the same product on Amazon Australia.

Amazon Australia. Same product, only AU$1405 more expensive here.

Please explain, Amazon. This is rubbish.

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Article in The Guardian today, re the limits of Moore’s Law, illustrating the shrinking size of transistors and space on chips.

That’s not the CPU/transistor side, although it may be the back side. Almost all those lumpy things are capacitors and resistors.

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A guy I used to work with at Channel 7 has started a project in a Facebook group, to compile a book about TVW Channel 7 Perth from 1959 to 2017 when it was all demolished.

This is right up my alley, something I’ve wanted to do myself, but only from the Engineering viewpoint.

He’s calling for contributions, but the request is for about 2000 words and only four images. Whaaat?

I’ve told him (on F/B) that this would hardly cover my introduction. To recall all my memories, mostly good, from 1966 to 1999, with a selection of four from my hundreds of images? He must be mad.

In fact this puts me off contributing. I can’t squash it down that small. The editing would be too severe. I’ve said I’ll write my piece as economically as I can and submit it, but I don’t know if I’ll accept those conditions. I might go back to my original plan to do an Engineering history.

Happy New Year 2020

Bali sunrise © PJ Croft 2016, 2020

Don’t you love the way 2020 tripples off the keyboard? Easy typing.

Yes, the start of a new year after a rather dull 2019. Not that I’m complaining. I did a Bali trip in May and came back feeling fitter in my legs after a month of pool exercise every day, and lots of walking and climbing stairs. But it soon wore off. I just can’t get myself moving here, apart from walking around the shops. I know I have to, I just lack the will power. Must try harder. Dammit, I’ve got a treadmill here, why can’t I use it?! I do a bit, but not much.

OK, new year resolution no. 1, do it!!!

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New Year resolution no. 2, just do it! I did it.

New Year’s Eve, at a venue in Perth with Isabella, a good friend. It’s an LGBTI venue, but that’s OK, I’m a lesbian. 😉

It takes a bit of courage to go out like this, but no-one stares, no-one cares. Attitudes have changed a lot in the past 15 years. I no longer fear it.

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I decided to check my automatic watering controller just now. I haven’t looked at it for a while and opened the cover nonchalantly, only to find that a nest of wasps has taken residence inside! I jumped back smartly and although they buzzed around, they didn’t attack me. I was most worried about a wasp or two getting up my shorts or shirt. That would have been fun.

I found that some low-life has cut the nozzle and snap fitting off my side hose again. Grrrr.

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The Verada is making bad noises. I think it’s the power steering pump belt as it squeals whenever I steer either side. I hope it won’t be expensive to fix.

I don’t know whether to keep these cars. The MDX is unnecessary and has to go. I like it, but it’s going to cost me $450 approx for the next six months’ licence.

The Verada is nice, but these squeals and the shock absorbers are a worry. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a near new car.

By the way, I always wanted a Mercedes CL, yeah? One finally came up for sale in Perth, a 2003 model. He started at $12,000 and came down to $9,950. I was sorely tempted but as I’ve said, it won’t fit in my garage. It must have sold. One day, Mabel!