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06/14/2018 - 6:12pm I've been fooled by off…

I've been fooled by off-season hype turning into mid-season gripe too many times now.

Tap me on the shoulder when he's catching touchdown passes.

06/14/2018 - 12:39pm The banner looks like…

The banner looks like something some script kiddie threw up on their Myspace page as a joke.

06/14/2018 - 12:35pm Agreed. Bad nav combined…

Agreed. Bad nav combined with way too much white space = frustration.

06/14/2018 - 1:38am Should have been "not…

Should have been "not diverse enough", which reminds me of one more"
"Can't edit comments"

06/14/2018 - 1:37am "Voting is FUBAR"
"Login is…

"Voting is FUBAR"
"Login is FUBAR"
"Image posting system is something from the 90s"
"Significant rendering issues in some browsers"
"Nav sucks and there is WAY too much white space"

These are not arcane issues that slipped through small cracks in testing. The test group was too small, too diverse, or their reports were not heeded, I suspect.

06/12/2018 - 11:35pm Humphrey Bogart, too. 

Humphrey Bogart, too. 

06/12/2018 - 11:34pm His playing off Steve Martin…

His playing off Steve Martin in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is near-perfect. 

06/12/2018 - 11:32pm Does your dog bite?

The…

Does your dog bite?

The scenes with Cato are hysterical and could never be made today. 

06/12/2018 - 11:29pm Logged in on my phone to…

Logged in on my phone to upvote this. The art of powerful communication through little dialog is lost. Clint’s Man With No Name is the pinnacle. One of those movies starts with 5-10 minutes of no words at all. Sublime. 

That said, I think Unforgiven was his best. Heartbreak Ridge is also great.

06/12/2018 - 2:26pm It feels like I think it…

It feels like I think it should have from the factory- nothing like the Sky with nearly 300 HP, but nice. It does have the old three-speed auto. I wasn't really thinking about the auto/manual issue when I bought it (in Saline) in 1991. I kinda wish it was a manual, but it's also nice to have one 'fun' car with an automatic in this atrocious Seattle traffic. Mine is an 87 so it doesn't have the improved 88 suspension, but with the lowering springs and KYB shocks it handles pretty well.

Lots of people put Series 2 3800 SC motors in their Fieros. This is a well-documented swap that puts the car around 200HP at the wheels. LS motors are also fairly common. We have a 300+ HP LS Fiero in our local club.

06/12/2018 - 2:22pm Yes. Wifey's 1959 BRG and my…

Yes. Wifey's 1959 BRG and my father-in-law's 1960 Old English White. Great cars...both with upgraded power trains. The factory 948cc motor with its 43 HP combined with the four-speed transmission left a bit to be desired.

06/12/2018 - 2:21pm All you really need is a…

All you really need is a decent ceiling height. We had the two bays with lifts converted to high-lift door tracks with jack shaft openers. It wasn't that expensive. The lifts go full-height with six feet of clearance under. I had them lowered for the picture so the cars were more visible.

With them all the way up my 4Runner just squeezes in under. With the 4Runner up as far as it will go, the Sky just squeezes under with the top down.

06/12/2018 - 1:28pm Yep. We spend far more money…

Yep. We spend far more money fixing sensors that are supposed to report problems than we do fixing the actual problems the sensors are supposed to report. They've also made troubleshooting more difficult: Is it the sensor or an actual problem?

06/12/2018 - 1:26pm Agreed. Local Toyota dealers…

Agreed. Local Toyota dealers want my 2005 4Runner for half a day or overnight to charge me $400 to make two new keys. Newer "keyless" cars are even worse on the cost side.

They also quoted me $300 for a new clicker. I bought on Amazon for $10 and programmed in less than five minutes. So yeah, grand larceny.

I'm not sure the advantages of smart keys outweigh the crazy inconvenience and costs, at least for consumers. Dealers are clearly very happy about it.

06/12/2018 - 12:49pm I wish GM had offered an…

I wish GM had offered an upgraded interior package for my 2008 Sky Red Line. The car has a great body style, excellent performance, looks amazing with the top up or down (unusual in a convertible, in my opinion), but really falls down with the typical crappy GM interior.

On the Fiero, well, I've tweaked the things I didn't like- the stock 2.8 didn't make enough power, so it has a 3.4 now. It sat too high, so it's been lowered an inch. Brakes were weak so it has a bigger booster now.

The only problem now is that I'm out of garage space...five in a three car garage and two stranded in the driveway.

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06/11/2018 - 3:42pm Your post looks like this …

Your post looks like this (along with the ridiculous uber-indenting and misrendered post above (a full 1200 pixels and the page shows less than two posts)...mgorender.JPG

06/11/2018 - 2:49pm That's convenient to say,…

That's convenient to say, but I can't even login on Edge, so shitty rendering with the ability to login trumps non-functional login.

 

06/11/2018 - 2:36pm So far everyone who can't…

So far everyone who can't see them has less than 500 points. Maybe the voting threshold has gone up without any notification, but if it's 500, that's a lot of posts before you can vote (which is the other mainstream way to get points).

It seems pretty uh, weird, that we're having to reverse-engineer what's happening due to a communication vacuum.

06/11/2018 - 2:06pm More:

If I upvote a post…

More:

If I upvote a post the thumb turns blue. If I refresh the page, the are all white with a blue outline, even those I upvoted. If I then upvote a post I've already upvoted it removes my upvote.

Not arcane stuff here. Should have easily been caught and corrected in (months of) testing, I think.

06/11/2018 - 1:46pm Are the mgothumbs not…

Are the mgothumbs not showing up for you?mgothumbs.JPG

06/11/2018 - 1:41pm Here, by the way, is what I…

Here, by the way, is what I see on the main page using 3/4 of a 24" monitor. No diaries, no board entries, not even any text from the first article. Aside from some obnoxious animated GIFs, it's not actually that far off from the "April Fools in June" interim site we had during the conversion. Blech.mgoblogmain.JPG

06/11/2018 - 1:33pm If they are on tiny screens…

If they are on tiny screens with salami fingers they do. I am not one of those people.

The thumbs are all and always blue for me on IE 11. And some screen elements don't render correctly. I just tried to login on Edge to check there, but can't. Copied/pasted my password to make sure I wasn't fat-fingering it, but no go. So, yeah, that's not an option.

For something that was a year-plus in the making, uh, Houston, we have a problem. Several, actually.

06/09/2018 - 1:44pm 1. WAY, way, way too much…

1. WAY, way, way too much white space; terribly inefficient use of screen real estate. I know this is make it more usable for mobile devices, but it's too much- really slows down use of the site and...

2. Too many clicks to get places that used to take less or no clicks. Used to be able to see maybe 30 board threads on the main page with zero clicks. Now takes two clicks and scrolling to review the same info.

3. Not enough board threads show on main page. Banner alone now takes up have the vertical space on a 24" monitor.

4. Does not render properly on IE. Insert usual whinging from the peanut gallery about IE here, but still, I'm not alone in using IE. This is not as big a deal as the first three, but I feel obliged to use another browser just for this site and that's not good.

On the up side, it looks like maybe we can upload images now? Haven't tried and the UI looks a bit over-complicated, but certainly less so that the previous version. And the site is FAST now. But has to be because see #2 above.

06/06/2018 - 10:40pm Yeah, yikes, an hour of…

Yeah, yikes, an hour of navigating here now and it seems like maybe a bunch of familiar annoyances with known work-arounds have been traded in for a different set of unfamiliar annoyances.

Some stuff is going to get through testing, but a year of testing only to have rendering malfunctions and major broken features...hmmm.

It's fast, but it has to be because there is a shitpile more clicking and scrolling required now.

It does render better in Edge. I guess maybe it goes there by itself like Facebook lives on Firefox by itself.

06/06/2018 - 11:40am Vast improvement. And a…

Vast improvement. And a couple early issues:

1. Extremely poor use of screen real estate on normal PCs. Presumably this is so people with giant slabs of meat at the ends of their arms can navigate on tiny touch-screen devices, but it's still unfortunate that it's so skewed that way. There is a lot less info on one screen now; more scrolling and clicking required.

2. Rendering issues in IE11. I know, everyone loves to hate IE, but some of us still use for reasons of privacy that cannot be effected with Chrome or Edge. Facebook is sandboxed on my PC in Firefox.

05/30/2018 - 11:20am I agree: I think

I agree: I think battery-powered automobiles are a bridge technology to something better (perhaps hydrogen fuel cell), just like compact fluorescent bulbs were a bridge technology from incandescent to LED.

The weight, lifespan (half of your Tesla battery is deadweight to preserve its life), environmental issues, and charge time of batteries just doesn't pencil out to me.

Also agree on Musk: He seems to have gone off his rocker a bit in the face of criticism.

05/26/2018 - 1:25pm "There for it"?
If only we

"There for it"?

If only we had a world-wide network interconnecting billions of devices so that humans could coordinate and interact despite disparate geography, a sort of "Internet" if you will.

Hang on, I'm gonna call Al Gore and let him know about this idea.

;)

05/26/2018 - 1:19pm Button, button, who's got the

Button, button, who's got the button?

Maybe this is just one long, multi-year April Fool's punking on us.

05/23/2018 - 12:17pm My Fiero. Very fun car to

My Fiero. Very fun car to drive, not too hard to maintain, several excellent, well-documented engine swaps for those who want more power, and very affordable to pick up in pretty good condition.

Yet all most people know about them is that they had engine fire issues. Few know why: GM, on the early 84s, listed the wrong oil capacity in the owner's manual (three quarts instead of four) *and* mismarked the dipstick, so it showed as full when it was a quart low. The cars ran low on oil, threw a rod throught the block, and sprayed oil onto the exhaust manifold. Ignition.

90+% of all the Fieros that had engine fires were due to this dumbassery by GM.

So if you are looking for a fun, affordable, (now) fairly rare and unique (still the only mass-produced mid-engine car by a US automaker) car, they are the ticket.

05/15/2018 - 3:42pm We owned an 86 CJ7 for about

We owned an 86 CJ7 for about eight years. Paid $4900 for it and put $6700 in to keep it running.

JEEP: Just Empty Every Pocket

05/15/2018 - 1:02pm We own a 2008 Saturn Sky, a

We own a 2008 Saturn Sky, a 1987 Pontiac Fiero, a 2001 New Beetle and a 1959 Sprite.

Discontinued vehicles come with their share of frustrations, not the least of which are lack of parts and lack of people who know how to work on them. More often than not I have to diagnose the problem, especially with the Sky, then take it in and tell the mechanic what to do to fix it. Left to diagnose the problem themselves, the car comes back with a big bill and the problem intact.

05/15/2018 - 12:57pm Pretty sure the point was to

Pretty sure the point was to take somethign that cost $2 to replace at a hardware store, the ignition key, and turn it into something that costs $500 and can only be done at a dealership.

Consumers lose.

05/15/2018 - 12:50pm 1. Too expensive to buy

1. Too expensive to buy new.

2. Far too expensive and complicated to work on.

This may be a good period for power/displacement ratio, but it's also an era from which there won't be many still running 50-75 years from now because of the ridiculous amount of electronic gizmotchery in them. I annually spend more money fixing the sensors that are supposed to report problems than I do on the actual problems they are supposed to report.

05/14/2018 - 11:46am Just what sports needs is

Just what sports needs is more huge money pouring in with strong desire to influence outcome :(

05/11/2018 - 6:06pm I don't see a four way QB tie

I don't see a four way QB tie involving a true freshman to be exactly great news.

05/11/2018 - 11:09am Sure it is. Just like clean

Sure it is. Just like clean water is a state priority for Flint.

 

05/08/2018 - 2:00pm Exactly. 42.

Exactly. 42.

05/08/2018 - 1:23pm "By the end of April"
We

"By the end of April"

We failed to follow up that answer with a request for the year.

I'm about as fed up with the software here as I am with an offensive line that can't block.

05/08/2018 - 12:58pm Quite. In typical GM fashion

Quite. In typical GM fashion they spent $30,000,000 to redesign the suspension for 1988 and the killed the car halfway into the model year. The original plan was to launch it in 1984 with an aluminum block V6, but after the project budget got cut down to about 1/3 of what was originally slated, it ended up with the measly (but reliable) I4 "Iron Duke". The 2.8 V6 in the GT would have made a decent base engine, with 140 HP. Mine now has a later model 60 degree 3.4 liter V6 that makes about 160 HP- feels pretty good. A well-done Gen 1 supercharged 3800 swap will get close to 300 HP, which I don't think I'd want in a Fiero without the 1988 suspension.

These cars are still a lot of fun to drive, get great response at car shows, and are very affordable to get and maintain.

05/08/2018 - 12:39pm I have a 1987 Fiero GT that

I have a 1987 Fiero GT that looks exactly like this one. Bought it in 1991 (third owner) as a college graduation gift to myself. Am about 75% done restoring it.

 

05/08/2018 - 12:01pm Lamborghini Countach. I

Lamborghini Countach. I suspect I am not alone in that, as my generation's entry into the "disposable income" years has tripled the price on these cars in the last few years.

Second would be a particular Ferrari with a particular occupant...

(holy hell, I cannot copy/paste into the comment entry box anymore. Can we PLEASE get some software written in this decade?? I almost want this as much as I want a serviceable offensive line)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST6Ky7IL8cM

05/07/2018 - 5:43pm The OL/QB thing gets painted

The OL/QB thing gets painted as binary (if the OL is bad the QB will be bad) when I don't think it's quite so simple. No QB is going to do well getting pile-driven into the turf every drop back, true. And we've certainly had a good share of that (still so sorry, Mr. Gardner).

And...the reality of last year, as I recall, included a non-trivial number of "where was the 9 foot tall receiver to whom that was thrown?"/tacopants.

A QB who can pick out and hit a target quickly will take some steam out of a mad-man dline rush. We didn't have that last year (or the year before). See also Jake Rudddddddock, the count of years being three ago.

05/07/2018 - 1:52pm Making bad teams look bad

Making bad teams look bad hasn't been an issue in recent years. What's been an issue is making good teams look bad. Hoping whoever starts at QB this fall can help with that.

04/30/2018 - 11:21pm If the NFL put every team in

If the NFL put every team in the playoffs, the Lions would still find a way to miss them.

04/30/2018 - 11:19pm Same with the NHL as far as

Same with the NHL as far as I'm concerned. Along with the pointless (other than money) conference playoffs/championships. And a 68 team NCAA MBB tournament.

Play a thorough regular season conference slate and the team with the best in-conference record is the champion. The champion goes on to a national tournament/bowl/whatever, and the rest watch on TV.

The most mindless is NCAA men's hockey, where they play best-of at the beginning of post season and then go to single elimination. Because why? Take eight teams in instead of 16. Best two of three for the whole thing, higher seed gets games one and three at home. Fix the attendance issues that way, too.

04/29/2018 - 12:35pm I'm all full up on hype and

I'm all full up on hype and hope; I need to see an offensive line that can consistently do blocking type things against good teams. Yea for Shea and all, and it won't help if he appears as a crumpled heap on the turf with a pile of large humans wearing the other team's colors atop him over and over.

What I want  to see is our QB calmly standing in a nice, safe, large pocket over and over against ND.

04/28/2018 - 8:09pm LOL. Search. I'd like to just

LOL. Search. I'd like to just be able to get to page 2 of the posts, much less search.

We have been told that the new site will launch "by the end of the month", which is coming up faster that Maurice Hurst through swiss cheese O-line.

We have been promised before. We are skeptical. We pray. We would like to search. And get to mythical page 2.

04/28/2018 - 1:53am So if Thanos can use the time

So if Thanos can use the time stone to go back and undestroy the Vision stone, why didn’t Dr Strange use it to go back and undo the ass kicking they got?

04/16/2018 - 8:07pm Maybe it would help if you

Maybe it would help if you didn't bring it up...twice.

04/15/2018 - 6:26pm Must be nice to have your

Must be nice to have your team play a spring game.

#envy