Monday, February 29, 2016
Our Saturday was nice, we watched some movies, the boys enjoyed more documentaries. I can not drive my car until I get the battery situation worked out. Basically it needs to be recharged. If I can find some multi purpose device that can also give a car battery a trickle charge, I will buy that, and service my own batteries at home.
You see Car batteries is a weird tech to have in a world with li-ion batteries. I am pretty sure a smaller sized LI- ion battery could jump start a car plenty of times, while using the alternator to give it a low level charge like a USB port on a pc does. It is basically what the alternator does with a lead acid battery. While you drive the car it provides a low level trickle like charge that replaces what the battery used to start to car. The alternator is not a battery charger!! Something that I am learning more and more every day. It provides the electricity to run the car, while allowing the battery to "recover" some of the energy it used to start to the car.
The battery pack I have allows me to start my car 20 times. It recharges at home in 3 hours. So if you treat it like a cell phone battery you would not even need a big heavy lead acid battery. I am sure it is more complicated than that. For example the money it would take to change car designs, electrical systems, and even a proper charging system for a li-ion battery pack. Too many drivers today will not be happy to have to charge yet another device..especially something that starts your car.
So I want another piece of tech that would allow me to maintain my battery at home on a biannual basis, but it would have some other useful function as well... I know something is out there...I just need to find it!
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
I talk with him some more, some intro style questions that ESL teachers use to gauge a students basic range of English. I detect a very natural Australian accent. When I say natural I mean that it is mixed with a Korean accent. So I figure "this guy has studied, worked, or lived in Australia for some time". Well I was right. However, I quickly figured out that his range of English topics is very very limited.
After speaking him some more I figured out why. You see to learn a language in a foreign land you have to really get immersed in it. Make real lasting friendships with people. I found that this young man was working long hours in order to support his education. This is so commendable when you see so many young people leaning on their parents. However, even though it means that actually living life, for example making friends having a real social life, know what is going on in the world around you, is next to impossible. It is still pretty cool what he is doing.
In the future once he as according to his plans, settle and get a job in Australia, his English ability will develop just fine.
I meet so many people who have studied overseas, and I mean Koreans, they lean on their parents, get "tired" of working hard and end up coming back to Korea. The guy I met yesterday....hats off to you!!
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Well....my battery died again....
When you drive luxury cars (I hate that term) they have multiple computers monitoring different systems in the car. Nowadays I do not drive as much as I used to. This means that my car might sit for 2 or 3 days in a week. We are coming off of a very long holiday, and a nasty snow storm that left my car buried and....not driving for over 2 weeks. The result? Yep a dead battery.
This time I will get this a portable battery pack with super capacitors to help dead batteries. Another cool thing is that it can used as a smartphone charger as well. Actually it can charge all kinds of electrical devices like mp3 players, ipods, tablets ...you get the idea.
For me this gives me peace of mind because my car is important to my work as well.
Not to mention life in a small Korean city..a car is a must when you have a family.
Plus I have a bad track record of leaving my doors half open, or leaving my lights on.....ugh.
Price around 65 bucks?
If you have the same car battery woes....check this out!
Friday, February 12, 2016
I feel really bad that I did not take Yogita out during the holiday even though she asked me over and over again. Basically, we did go out twice on date, but she really wants to see greenery. She loves nature and every so often I should take her out on a drive. It really helps her deal with stress, and is very up lifting for her. I think this is one of the reasons why she enjoys camping so much.
So here we are making plans to go somewhere, and do something. I have decided that we should have some sort of objective; try a famous restaurant (not to crazy about that idea, Gunsan has some AWESOME resturants!), go to another city and purchase something we need basically shopping far from Gunsan but enjoying the journey, or perhaps visit some national tourist spot...but once you have seen a few...they are all too similar.
I am leaning towards try an interesting restaurant, while getting some hardware upgrades for our pc's that we need. Well cheap pc upgrades, I am going to dump money on hardware, there are certain reasons for this...namely SLI tech, and prices keep falling....so it is better to wait on more expensive upgrades.
So after I post this I will search and see what useful things I can find. Who knows? Perhaps I will find something useful! It looks like it will rain this weekend...so nature viewing might...suck...
Thursday, February 11, 2016
We planned to take a road trip, but..to be frank...I just wanted to relax at home. Yogita understood, and we had a couple of Subway deliveries for her. The boys loved it!! They got a break from their studies watched documentary after documentary, played games, enjoyed their toys....you know..kiddy stuff.
Yogita and I took a lot of time for each other as well. Staying up way too late, talking, reading, playing, watching TV together. It was so nice! We only get this kind of time together twice a year in Korea. Either is a 3 day holiday, 4, or in less common situations a 5 day holiday.
So all in all, I feel great! No crazy traffic to deal with, just relaxing at home. Today, having super fast Internet at a cheap rate is the BEST entertainment money can buy! Oh yeah and not to mention the cheapest!
Korea is not like India where there are so many holidays here and there. So when we get one like this...you gotta enjoy it to the fullest!!
Oh and Chu-sok which is even bigger than the lunar new year will be..... 5 DAYS!!! A very nice 2016 indeed! Of course this year I will NOT waste money like I did in 2014. Heck even last year we went overboard with traveling at bad times, dealing with vacations that SUDDENLY we found out about like a week in advance. Not this time! I want to take my family overseas this year. Our target is Southeast Asia, so planning and saving for that starts....NOW!