Sirius satellite radio and AUX input? NOT!

The Mazdaspeed3 has an AUX input in the arm rest for use with digital audio players like my iPod. The car also has Sirius satellite radio (though I have not and do not plan to activate it). I bought a cool Monster iCarCharger and an audio cable for the AUX input. I connect it all up this morning and I get NADA! NOTHING! ZILCH! I break open the manual and follow the instructions. Still nothing.

I checked my connection and noticed the big white sticker in the arm rest that clearly states “This vehicle is equipped with Sirius satellite radio, …. AUX input has been disabled… Call your local Mazda dealer for part number TD13-79-CFZ”.

That’s when I had the “You’ve got to be $!#!#*& kidding me!” This is definitely a feature created by a business guy “Hey I know how we can get more money, let’s upsell them the AUX input” because no engineer worth their weight in gold would EVER do something as stupid as this (at least not without pressure from managers and business folks).

So I call up Capital Mazda of Cary and they said the part is $142 + tax!!! That’s BULLSH*T! If I’m going to pay that much for audio parts I’m going to Crutchfield not the Mazda dealer.

A quick google search reveals a few forums all with the same problem:

yard work

Friday I spent a couple hours taking care of the lawn, the grass was quite long and was in dire need of cutting. The trimmer, a Ryobi, gave me some trouble starting after been in storage since fall, but a little fuel stabilizer and fresh fuel did the trick (plus several hard pulls).

Today after church, I picked up 4 bales of pine straw and put them around all our trees and under the deck. I need a couple more bales so put around the bushes up front. Then get some plants to put in the garden.
I also, vacuumed the car which got messy with the pine straw. I also took the opportunity to wipe the leather seats with Meguiar’s leather wipes.

the fish


Marco has been begging for a fish. His class has a fish that they take care of and he wanted one for the house. So today I took Marco go Aquarium Outfitters here in Wake Forest. We bought a 2.5 gallon fish tank kit, some blue gravel, fish food, and 3 guppies (2 males & 1 female).

I filmed the fish swimming around.

doodles

During a meeting on Monday, I zoned out and starting drawing. Here’s a drawing of the parking garage outside the conference room:

Python the next Java

While doing my daily blog reading, this post by Kushal Das made me laugh:

How to write better Java code ?
/Me and kart_ was discussing on this and the answer came out:
Don’t write Java, write Python πŸ™‚

Door panel fixed

Tonight I finally fixed the window in the Trans Am and replaced the door panel. The guide wheel came off the window when the metal on the window base broke. I had to fashion a new bracket to place the guide wheel on and screwed it to the window base. Here’s my first prototype. The final one had the cut coming in from the right side instead of the bottom. Works great.

bracket

In the process, I actually locked the keys in the car. Yes, I know stupid. The door wasn’t quite closed all the way, so I took a coat hanger bent the tip, and used it to push the power lock button. πŸ™‚

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