My MR2 Spyder has been languishing because, frankly, I have too many cars. I’ve decided to downsize everything though in order to actually focus on a couple of cars and do cool stuff, as opposed to just doing little shit to a billion cars.
It makes little sense for me to have both the 08 Miata PRHT and the 02 Spyder, since they’re pretty damn similar cars at the end of the day and I only have so much time, money, and parking space. So I’m going to fix up the MR2 and then do a MR2 vs NC comparison over on my YouTube channel, then sell one of them.
My MR2 needs brakes as I’ve let it sit so damn long the brakes rusted, so I just went ahead and ordered these.
I’ll have some pics and videos up as soon as I get them in.
So I recently bought a house in Bartlett and I'm just now starting to familiarize myself with the restaurants near my new house (located near Bartlett Blvd and Ivanhoe). We were in the mood for Chinese so I checked around for Chinese restaurants near me and came up with Chang's House at Stage and Bartlett Blvd. It has some pretty damn good reviews so I figured I would give it a chance.
I called in my order (Szechuan chicken, moo goo gai pan, and some egg rolls) and they told me it would be ready in 15 minutes.
I searched for it and found the address on Waze, and headed the 4 minutes from home to go pick it up.
Chang's House is located in a strip mall on the back side of that shopping center at Stage and Bartlett Blvd, kinda behind Wendy's.
They were bagging up the food as I was walking in the door. Service was super fast and friendly. I grabbed my food and headed back to the house.
OMG guys this place really is as good as the reviews would indicate. Everything tasted super fresh and portions are more than generous. The rice container was so full it couldn't even be closed.
That container looks kinda small but it was PACKED full, the spice level was a little on the low side for me but I understand that they're going for broad appeal and I'm sure they would be happy to turn the heat level up a little bit if I ask next time. The egg rolls are HUGE like one of them is a pretty decent meal if I'm being honest. I didn't expect them to be that big and ordered a couple of extra in case Ava wanted one. We have a TON of leftovers.
So I totally lucked out on Chinese, the very first place I went to ended up being amazing. Now to find a good Thai place in Bartlett...
So the other day Project Fi had the Pixel 3 for half off. I could no longer resist my urge to own all the phones, and I ordered a white 64GB in the small size. My personal phone is an iPhone XS, also the non-giant model. I plan to use the Pixel for my work phone and the iPhone for personal stuff in order to keep my data a little bit segregated and prevent my personal camera roll from filling up with pictures of cars I'm buying and selling.
Here's a quick and dirty comparison based on a couple days of use.
Physically the two phones are pretty similar, almost identical in overall size, the iPhone sports a slightly larger screen with significantly smaller bezels. The Pixel is noticeably lighter. On the software side, Android and iOS are on their way to convergence IMO. Not literally of course, but Android keeps getting more and more like iOS and iOS keeps getting more and more features that used to be Android exclusives. I have no problem using either operating system and the Pixel's new gesture based nav is super easy to get used to, coming from a gesture based iPhone, though I do keep opening the app drawer when I'm trying to go to the home screen.
Overall, I'm impressed with the Pixel and if I weren't already so locked into the Apple Ecosystem with my iMac and iPad Pro, it would be kinda tempting to switch, seeing how I could have bought both me and Daisy new Pixels for less than the price of one iPhone. Android still has it's jank though, I can't get Assistant to work when connected to an Android Auto headunit, and scrolling on websites is sometimes kinda laggy where it's perfectly smooth on an iPhone.
For less than 1/2 the cost of the iPhone, I could probably overlook that though.
The cameras are both good. I can take ten pictures with both and be about 50/50 on which picture I prefer the most. Here are some examples:
See what I mean? I'm not a huge pixel peeper, so to me it really depends on the shot as to what picture I end up liking better, I would say for certain they're both very good. There is one thing where the Pixel totally blows the iPhone out of the water, and that's it's Night Sight feature. You can take a photo in near zero light and still get something that's at least usable. The images are noisy, but still, what you would otherwise get, you wouldn't be able to see anything at all. Here's a regular photo from the iPhone and an identical photo taken at the same time with the Pixel 3 using Night Sight.
Like I said, it's pretty noise, but shit you can actually see things. The way the iPhone photo looks is the way the garage looked to my eyes, you basically couldn't see anything. That Night Sight stuff is magic.
So, I picked up a new daily driver (A wrecked accord I bought at copart, check out my youtube channel for the build), and since having LED headlights in my Fit, I now hate driving anything without them. I decided to get a little crazy at SuperBrightLEDS and upgraded every single light on the front of the car. Low beams, high beams, and fog lights. Here's how it looks with the stock halogens.
Pulling the headlights out requires taking the bumper cover off, but its honestly not that difficult on the Accord. One screw inside each wheel well and a bunch of pop in fasteners.
The headlights are plug and play, no wiring required. You do need to make sure they're lined up right, the "filaments" need to be oriented horizontally, or the beam pattern will not be correct.
From there it's basically just popping the lights back in and plugging everything up. Make sure you test EVERY light before you put the entire bumper back on. The plugs will go on either way, there is no "upside down" in terms of them physically fitting, but they will only work in one orientation. If you put your bumper cover back on and realize half the lights don't work, you will likely be pretty pissed at yourself and feel like a total idiot for not checking first. Ask me how I know.
Anyway, once your dumbass takes the bumper back off and plugs them in correctly, they will look like this:
MUCH brighter, but still good clean cut off so you don't blind people all the time. Everything works 100%, no "bulb out" lights or anything like that. Overall, super happy with them, and will likely continue to put SuperBrightLEDs in every car I buy until I'm unpoor enough to afford something with factory LED lights. Go check them out.
Late last week, Jason Snell over at Six Colors reported that with the latest beta of iOS 12.2, the Logitech Crayon now works on the 2018 iPad Pro. The Crayon had previously only been compatible with the 2018 9.7 iPad. I was immediately interested. I like the idea of having a writing device for my iPad Pro, but I also have literally zero artistic ability. I felt like the $130 Apple Pencil was insane overkill. I just needed something to sign docs and do super basic storyboarding and stuff like that. I threw the beta on my iPad and checked Best Buy's website. Two in stock at my local store for the low low price of $69. So I stopped after work and picked one up.
I kept the packaging and receipt since this working was predicated on using a beta version of iOS, but that ended up being not necessary because Apple released the official 12.2 update on Monday, and the pencil continues to work.
I actually like this a lot. It's pretty much exactly what I need. I don't need the pressure sensitivity (or the extra cost) of the Apple Pencil, but having something to poke around on the screen and draw simple diagrams and sign contracts and stuff is a great addition to the iPad Pro. We're currently house hunting, so I have a feeling I'll be using this combined with the excellent Linea Sketch app to plan my garage, my kitchen, furniture, yard, etc.
Overall, the Crayon seems to be an excellent choice for the, uh, less artistically inclined among us. I'll add a video to this post when I get a chance.