The Hughes’ Hues (And Other Bad Bulb Puns) – Philips Hue

I’ve done it! I’ve embraced new technology that someone else didn’t convince me I needed. I wasn’t badgered by an ad, accosted by solicitations or even gently harassed. I just woke up one day and decided that there must be a better way. And there was. This is my story:

I’m really just a guy who didn’t want to put up Christmas lights on my house. They have blown off for two consecutive years. The installers damage our gutters, shingles and often the lights themselves. I  didn’t want to deal with the hassles again. But I didn’t want to be a complete Christmas looser either. I had planned to get some colored bulbs and pop them into my eve lights. But then I remembered that there were some cool wifi lightbulbs that changed color. A quick Google search later and I was pretty sure my adventure would start with a box of Philips Hue Lights.

Installation info: Really straight forward. Plug your bridge (this links with your lights) into your router. Install the bulbs, make sure the power is on, download the Hue app. Link with your bridge. Search for the bulbs (app setup). Sometimes you need to enter in the bulb’s serial number for the Hue app to find it. Then start changing colors!

After the novelty wears off you’ll want to set up some rooms and then you can link bulbs to those rooms. You can adjust bulbs individually or all together. You can also apply filters called ‘scenes” and set up your own color pattern and save it as a scene.

Other features include timers and routines allowing you some basic automation tools. At some point you can start to play with Hue Labs were you’ll discover your lights can do just about anything you want. “Dance for me! Dance!”

So bottom line? I Feel good about my decision to do the absolute minimum to elevate myself above the Christmas grumps like Scrooge and the Grinch. The lights work well and they are a ton of fun to play with. I can’t wait to change the colors to pink for Valentine’s Day, Green on St. Patrick’s Day, Pastel colors for Easter, and any other obnoxious things I can think of 😀

Porsche 991 Steering Column in Leather. Thank you, Nick Murray.

Let me guess? You had standard steering column trim and you felt great about it. But then you watched one of Nick Murray’s YouTube video and found out that you needed a leather steering column to be happy. It happened to me too! I tried to ignore the feelings at first but every time I hopped into my car there was this plastic part staring back at me. I finally bit the bullet, ordered the leather part and installed it.

My experience and the installation process are detailed in the video below. In summary: it took nearly three months to get this thing installed, despite the fact that the actual installation was fairly easy. For the most part I’m happy with the results and I agree with Nick that the leather on the steering column makes a nice visual difference. As with almost everything I buy for my car I can’t say “it was worth it” and sleep well at night.

 

Ford Raptor: Stubby Antenna Install

I’ve been trying to balance out Truck purchases and projects more evenly with the car’s. I picked up “TheStubby” antenna a couple of days ago based on the much lower profile appearance. Installation was super simple- just wrench the old one off, make sure you have the right one (compare threads), then screw the new one in and enjoy!

The Stubby isn’t going to hit that drive-in sign, the car wash sprayer thing, or drag across the bottom of a garage entrances. Given it’s diminutive size it’s mush less imposing. I’m still considering whether I like the actual look better. Don’t get me wrong- it certainly looks just fine. As far as performance- I drove around to a couple low-signal areas and it performed like a champ. No reception issues!

Overall: 9/10 (because I’m not totally sold on the look).
But I’d easily recommend this as an upgrade to anyone with a Raptor.

I’m trying to decide if a stubby installation video would be worth the effort.  It might be a good opportunity to bust out the new camera. Hmm .

10 Years of Blogging!!

I have been blogging since Oct of 2007. I’ve officially made it 10 years (with some interruptions here and there). Feel free to send me your Paypal thanks for the countless hours of entertainment I have no doubt provided over the years (whether on purpose or by accident, “Haha, this guy thinks people care about thermostats!”). Don’t worry though- I plan to continue blogging no matter what. Rest easy, everyone.

Fun Blog Facts:

Total posts written: Over 530

Most post written in one month: 16 (June, 2017). Other months may show more than this but that’s because I merged 5 blogs together sometime in 2010.

Spam Comments: 6,889

Average “Active Visitors” per month: 400-500 per Google analytics (2017)

Is my blog monitized? No.

Why do I do it? I am a compulsive chronicling addict.

 

Thai Drift Swift – Lehi, UT (Review)

I’ll start off by saying that I just found my new favorite Thai restaurant (subject to change per the whims of my discerning pallet)!

My experience is related strictly to the green curry- that’s all I’ve eaten so far (well, I did nibble some excellent tamarind chicken). Great flavor- very strong with a good spice level (I have had some very bad green curry experiences). The best part is that you can mix our curry choice with whatever meat and vegetables you’d like. In effect you can make unlimited combinations. Although the meats and extras aren’t cooked in the actual curry you’d never know as everything tastes full and rich (they are probably cook/ steam the extras in curry broth- is that a thing?). I really liked the rice too- long grain, cooked properly and it seemed to hold the curry juice really well.

Another major benefit for me is that you get your food much quicker than at a sit down restaurant. Some of the servers move in slow motion but it’s never taken more than 10 minutes to my meal.

Info: Curry types include Masaman, Green, Yellow or Red. Meats offered are chicken, beef, pork and shrimp. Select from vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers, snap peas, potatoes, pumpkin, etc.

Prices: You can select from a half or full size curry meal. Prices are lower than / in line with other Thai restaurants (around $9)

Location: They have three locations but I have only been to the one in Lehi (in between 7-eleven and Subway by the Thanksgiving Point area). Not an easy spot to get to during the lunch rush (go around from the back). Sort of a hole-in-wall feel. Around peak hours things get crowded but the tables seem to rotate out quickly.

Final verdict: 8/10
Website: https://www.thaidrift.com/

10/31/2017 – Totally sad news. They closed Thai Drift Swift today. We were the last people to eat there. We will miss you… 

Raptor – Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares

I’m always searching for ways to make my vehicles looks a little more aggressive. A Facebook friend in Texas has the same truck I do and installed Bushwacker’s pocket style fender flares onto his truck. They looked fantastic:

In addition to looking better, Bushwacker’s flares are a bit wider. With my wheel offset the tires stick out past the stock flares so this seemed like a practical upgrade as well as a cosmetic win.  I took the plunge and added them to my truck:

The install wasn’t as smooth as I had hoped (due to some fitment issues), but it all worked out in the end. My installation video:

Overall a solid addition to any Raptor!

Zunsport Front Grills

I can’t say I’ve spent a ton of time worrying about things hitting my radiators. It was obvious when I periodically cleaned them that they were getting dinged now and then by debris. My local dealer had offered me a solution that resembled something that looking like chicken wire (at least that’s how I remember it). Pass. And then one day some people on a forum were talking about their ZunSport Grills and how happy they were with the product.

I had a peek and they looked good! Great price (a substantial discount is offered with a forum code) including free shipping. “Easy install” (no bumper removal). I went ahead and ordered a set from Zunsport and had them just three days later! The box was a little crushed, but everything was still in fairly good order.

Here’s my installation video:

Install: I actually found a couple parts fairly difficult to install. However, I was able to work my way through the issues with only minimal drama.

Fit: With the possible exception of the top right grill everything fit pretty well. The aforementioned grill doesn’t seem to hold in place well but I think it may have something to do with a clip that got bent during shipping (I’ll be able to sort it out). I have been for a couple of drives so far and they have remained in place just fine.

Look: I really like them. I think the grills enhance the front of the car. It adds a bit of additional black makes her (him? Still can’t figure this out) look a little meaner.

Functionality: I think the grills will do a pretty good job of deflecting a rock or road debris. I’ll have to pay attention to see how chipped up they get over time. Incidentally, that’s another reason I really like them- very simple to replace and / or remove for cleaning. Some have worried they will affect air flow the car. Time will tell.

Overall, based on my three days of owning them I would give them a thumbs up!