Sunday, December 1, 2013

Yay! I finished the first year of my Bachelor of Applied Social Services degree! It will be a great key to variable job opportunities in the future. I am aiming to specialize with post graduate study, but I will see what happens.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Social Services

Baby number two is born! Psalm Danielle is her name. Yup, I now have a 2 year old boy "Simeon" and his younger sister.

Well, I thought I would share a bit about what is happening around here at the moment. I have started my degree in social services and am THOROUGHLY enjoying it. I way prefer being able to work with academia rather than horticulture and people rather than flowers.
It is a financial struggle to study at times but God provides. I believe this is where He wants me.
Two papers have been completed so far, and I think I am actually starting to get good at writing essays :)
The two I am currently working on are really interesting. One is on human development & behaviour, which means digging into psychology! Freud, Piaget, Erikson and all those other interesting guys. The other is on inter-personal communication which teaches a lot of counselling skills.
I am thinking of going down the counselling line... I really want to help people that are looking for help; I probably more accurately should say "helping people to help themselves".

Well, Psalm is grizzly and that would be me for now.


 If there is anyone from the older days of this blog who happens to see this post, stop by! and let me know what you are up to. Are their still many Ray Comfort hecklers around? lol

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Past Year

Well, haven't blogged for AGES. I thought I would do a catch up on what I have been up to.
Over the past year a lot has happened. My wife's brother married my sister earlier in the year lol, we had this photo taken at their wedding. My wife did gallantly! the previous day she had miscarried our number two, and she was the maid of honour. Our little son Simeon is now nearly 2 years old, currently potty training him. We also have another one on the way in March :)

We sold the sports car because My wife and I planned to start business growing orchids and was offered a fantastic deal to get into it. We are sad about it and yet in some ways I am relieved that it didn't follow through. It was going to be a lot of hard work to get it making money so I weighed it up and decided it wasn't worth it.
I am looking to find a different career to enter and get some diversity under my belt. With the way the world is going flowers/orchids may not be the best venture to enter into. I have decided that I am interested in taking a step in another direction and am considering doing a degree while my family is still young.
The degree I am looking into is in social service. I am quite interested in working with and helping people (I know completely different from working with orchids). Apparently it is on the shortage list for skilled personal in NZ so I am pretty sure the job opportunities will be good. Just looking into more information about it at the moment. I hear it is a lot of stress, so one thing I will need to learn is the need to leave work behind, leave the stories and situations I am involved in behind, before I come home to my family.

LOL, I was looking over some of the past conversations I had years ago on here. Quite entertaining and I must say I wince at some of the stupid things I said lol. But you live and learn.... I hope so anyway :)

If any of you are still hanging around it would be neat to catch up and see what you all are up to these days.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Car project Nissan Skyline

I have been running a little bit of car project over the last year or so. I found it quite fun fiddling around with bits and pieces.

The car is or was a relatively stock auto Nissan Skyline GTS25t R33 4 door. I bought an auto for the wifey who preferred driving them.

Some of it's features are:

- A 4 wheel steering HICAS system
- I put some 18" second hand mags on it :D
- It has an RB 2.5L single turbo engine (Rb25det), a little brother to the famous twin turbo GTR (RB26dett engine). Interestingly the RB25det engine which I have, is actually de-tuned so that it would not compete with the upper market GTR which has the Rb26dett.

Here is a youtube example of the power an RB25det can release.

And here is a heavily modded skyline at 1100hp

With reliable power of up to 260 rear wheel kilowatts on stock internals (many are tuned for higher output), I thought this car was a good base for a project. At stock they start with 185kw at the flywheel which is about a grunty 130rwkw ( with an auto), a manual about (140rwkw). The turbo runs a 7psi boost into the engine which is compressed air to allow better (more intense) combustion.

I have no intention of wringing it out to those ridiculous power ratios (260rwkw +) as I will have no need for that much power and will suck to many $ to upgrade all the supporting mods around the engine.

I started with getting a bigger 3" exhaust to remove any restriction for the engine to get rid of waste gasses. I noticed after doing this that the boost crept up to about 8psi since the engine could breath a bit better. After this the car needed a better fuel pump as these pumps are only designed for stock and cannot do much more than what they were made for. I installed a walbro 500hp pump which to this day goes well. The what was needed was a boost T which is a manual boost controller which allows me to bleed off air which then allows me to control the amount of boost the turbo runs at.

The stock turbo for long life reliably can only handle 10psi of boost (some people run more). But though it cannot run high boost, it does have a light ceramic wheel which enables a very quick spool time (The turbo reaches 9-10psi at low rpm). This makes the car very responsive and loads of torque down low.

 Now, the stock computer will cope with a little more power/load increase before it goes into safety mode and pulls back the ignition timing. So instead of retuning the stock Rb25det ecu which cannot be tuned very easily, I went for a Z32 ecu. This ecu was tuned by mail order by tuner in Auckland, but as I found out through trial and error the car was detonating at high rpm so a proper dyno tune needed to be done.
Do it once do it right.

So we dyno tuned it to a decent 168rwkw on 9-10psi of boost in Auckland.

 and found the reasons why it was pinging. It was partly timing and partly the little side mount intercooler (which cools the air coming from the turbo) was getting hot enough to fry an egg. So as intake temperatures rose detonating occurred. So I decided to get a front mount intercooler off a Mitsubishi Evolution IV since these intercoolers are larger, apparently flow well and fits real nice behind the crash bar. With that now installed it will be running a little more power and is safer for the engine on hot days. I am pretty confident there was not a heavy amount of damage to the engine since when it was pinging/detonating there was a lot of petrol going in, enough to dampen the effect.

So now everything is running pretty good these days, though second gear is slipping a little at times, just showing wear and tear for its age I guess and becoming obvious as I up the torque :D
I also had to change the radiator myself for a turbo one since there was a non-turbo version in there (WHO KNOWS WHY) and it was struggling to keep the engine cool. Temps were rising to 94 degrees C, partly due to the small radiator that should not have been in there and partly because the previous owner hadn't flushed the coolant regularly and so it got blocked.

All cheers to the Rb motor for what it gets put through by me :) It was slightly over heating with that little radiator for who knows how long, I didn't get it tuned right at first so it was pinging, and then there was the time when I had a leak in my boost gauge and accidently ran 20+ pounds of boost into the engine lol. Poor thing. You live and learn, but it still purrrs today.

Bullet proof they say? I would say pretty close.

... and one day down the road I might take it from stock and run a bigger turbo to crack the 200rwkw + mark. Not that I need it but it is simply a fun project. Huge learning curves has made it well worth it. I am pretty confident to work on a lot of areas on the car now without a mechanic... still with a fair bit of head scratching I might add.

Stay tuned :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Old debate

red apple core

Stan the half truth teller and I had a big debate about whether Adam and Eve knew it was wrong to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil since they did not yet "know" good and evil.

Originally I claimed that they obviously did have some but not full "knowledge" before they ate of the tree or else God would not expect them to understand that it was wrong to disobey Him. They still didn't have full knowledge yet which they were protected from.

I heard a preacher ages ago suggest that to "know" in the Bible was to choose to have a relationship with someone. Then it hit me. The word "knew" used in the phrase in Genesis where Adam "knew" Eve is exactly the same Hebrew word as to "know" good and evil.

Genesis 4:1
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the LORD.”

Go figure, to "know" doesn't just mean to have knowledge it means to have a relationship with...

Revelation... ding ding

Saturday, June 25, 2011

New blog "The Benevolent Hecklers"

Hi peoples,

Due to struggling to find time to post very few days to keep my blog running, I have decided to start a new blog where some Christian friends and myself will be sharing articles with each other and anyone else interested. The blog will be open to comments from everyone but will be a blog with multiple authors.
It will also be an overflow from a group we have here in NZ where we discuss theology and apologetics etc.



P.S. Though I will keep this one going :)