Jul. 30th, 2004
My car spoils me  
Sometimes I hate my car, but I never realized how much it spoils me.

Today I dropped it off for a tit of service. Recalls, and, most importantly, the dead CD changer (insert sad emoticon). My loaner, which I was excited to try out, is the G35. Of course, it's the sedan and not the coupe (which is actually a totally different car), but we can still give it a shot. The coupe [edit/typo: sedan] has the same engine as my car, and is a little lighter, so supposedly gets going a little quicker, but this car is sooo different.

Moon Over My Hammy
I spent about 5 minutes in the parking lot of the dealer trying to get the moon roof open. I still can't do it. I think the bastard thing is broken. From what I can tell, I think you're supposed to hold the button down to open it, which seems not-so-smart considering that trying to drive while having to hold your finger on a button up in the air doesn't seem particularly safe. At least it's a "June-gloom" day so there's no sun to be had. (Now, can someone please tell, God, Allah, Buddah, Cher that it's not June, in fact, almost AUGUST. We have an agreement, and s/he is currently in breach. I expect to see the Sun by noon. k.thx.)

Being overcast, I went to move the lights from AUTO to ON. There's no AUTO. WTF. It's 2004, and this thing can't determine if it's sunny or dark outside without me telling it? Call me technologically spoiled, but this is strike 2. All I have to say to that is if I drive around without headlights at night because the stupid car doesn't know it's night time, the car better be the one to get the ticket. Fortunately I remembered to turn them off when I got to where I was going. I'm not sure I can trust the damn thing to turn them off. Stupid thing would probably let itself drain the battery down to nothing, which sort of seems like eating a hamburger and not stopping when you get to your fingers.

Playing with the Tiptronic transmission was a bit fun. Now, I must say I've never understood the point of this since I often use "3," "2," and "1" when I want extra speed or engine breaking. Boy, was I wrong. This thing is fun. It lets you do stupid things like start in 3rd. I want.

But after I parked, I just wanted to open the trunk. The switch was missing. At least, it wasn't in the usual Nissan place in the driver's door. After searching around, I was beginning to think that you needed the remote to open it (which I didn't have). Finally found a random button hiding in this obscure place behind one of the glove compartment doors, which I'd looked in 4 times before I spotted it. It's very subtle. Five minutes later, the trunk is open.

Overall, I'm not sure I like this car. It drives nice, but the inside feels kinda feel chintzy (is that a word?) The rear view mirror isn't even automatic on this thing (c'mon that's like a $50 part). But I'm going to have fun driving it.

But the really bad news: The CD changer is a part they have to order from Bose and takes 1-2 weeks to come. I don't know if I can handle this.

Finally, for gantrioch http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~kovar/hall.html.
Mood: hyper
Listening to: Seether - Broken
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Paulmadidude04 on July 30th, 2004 - 01:04 pm
OMG... I loved that article!!! *big fat grin* The pleasure was increased when I noticed that its from my college.. HA! :)

Oh Wisconsin how I love thee ^_^

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Vallery: cut by kerfectdarkangel40 on July 30th, 2004 - 01:38 pm
Are you buying a hummer? If you are, are you going to be one of those annoying people who are in the fast lane but wont freaking move.
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The People's Exhibit A: ATHF - Master Shakedavidology on July 30th, 2004 - 02:18 pm
I'm not buying a car. This is just a loaner the dealer gives.

And I would never own a Hummer nor any other oversized, gas guzzling vehicle. I would feel guilty even riding in one much less owning one.

Actually, come to think of it, I would never be going slow in the fast lane either! If I'm not behind another vehicle, I either speed up to match the speed of the car coming up on me or pull over. Driving in the fast lane comes with responsibility!
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Blissfully Aware: hurt me babykerfect on July 30th, 2004 - 06:05 pm
well I'm glad we didn't lose you to that self centered, narcissistic, pompous jerks who manage to cram their metaphoric extensions of their dick into a compact parking space.
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Gantrioch: Dizzy Devil Dizzygantrioch on July 30th, 2004 - 02:00 pm
I hate you.
"Electrons in germanium are confined to well-defined energy bands that are separated by 'forbidden regions' of zero charge-carrier density. You can read about it yourself if you want to, although I don't recommend it. You'll have to wade through an obtuse, convoluted discussion about considering an arbitrary number of non-coupled harmonic-oscillator potentials and taking limits and so on."

Oh good gosh. Physical chemistry! Hamiltonians! Eigenfunctions! Triple integrals! Kill me!

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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on July 30th, 2004 - 05:26 pm
Re: I hate you.
Did your head explode?

I'm kinda curious what grade he got. Would have been hysterical if his plan worked, and he got a grade 'cause a TA just looked at the graph and didn't read it!
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Gantriochgantrioch on July 30th, 2004 - 05:47 pm
Re: I hate you.
That link is on the computer sciences server too, so I'm wondering if he did end up switching from physics to compsci.
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KuteLuvrkuteluvr on July 30th, 2004 - 03:22 pm
I have the coupe 6MT. The tiptronic stuff is fun, but nothing beats a truely manual transmission. I do love that I can get in the sedan loaner though and already know EVERYTHING about how it works. ...and in the coupe, you don't hold the sunroof button down like the sedan. all around, in comparison, the sedan sucks. That's what you get when you put 4 doors on a frame built for the 350Z :P
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The People's Exhibit A: geekdavidology on July 30th, 2004 - 05:25 pm
I think they based the sedan on a different car with a different engine (they supposedly have the i35 engine in that one).

I did see a couple of the coupes when I went to pick up my car, and I did see it with the electronic mirror, but I swear I thought they had dual climate control too. But I think I'll be getting 5-speed tiptronic. I think it might suck being stuck on the 405 or on La Brea in rush hour traffic with a stick!

BMW USA is running some tight lease deals right now though on the 3-series. I just wish there weren't so many of the damn things all over L.A.!
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ex_awwyea165 on July 30th, 2004 - 05:20 pm
Hey its bflathorn. I changed my lj so add me bro.
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Brianprofidious on August 1st, 2004 - 06:21 am
Being a former owner of two Sentra's and a Pathfinder (not to mention the two Maximas, Pathfinder, and Altima that are currently owned by immediate family members) I am a huge Nissan fan. Yet, I have never loved a car like I love my Jeep. I'm tellin' ya. Go Jeep Wrangler and you will be hooked!!!
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on August 1st, 2004 - 09:34 pm
So many things wrong with that for me
I enjoy driving my car through the winding roads of the canyon far too much to give that up to drive a top heavy vehicle.
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