Kranich LG G4 Phone Holder for ’98-’02 Saab 9-3

Yeah… the title is really specific, but that’s because this phone holder was designed specifically for my phone to fit my car.

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I’m the third owner of this car, and it looks like the second owner broke off the cup holder when he punched a cup of coke out of it. I used to have one of those suction cup mounts, but they sort of suck during the winter and they get in the way of my Heatshield (get one to protect your dash from UV).

I made use of the gaping hole in my center console by sticking a chunk of phone-holding plastic into it. Oh, and by the way, my phone is an LG G4 with a Kranich extended battery.

Files of the model are hosted here on my Thingiverse page.

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Removing Onstar Antenna and Rerouting Radio Antenna

This is a pretty simple modification I did on my Saab. I read that a couple of other people did this modification, but I was not able to find any picture instructions, so here’s a sort of how-to.

To give some background, when Saab got purchased by GM, some of them came with OnStar. As a result, there are two antennae on Saabs of that period (1999 to 2002 9-3s). The one one top is the Onstar antenna, while the extendable mast in the back is for the radio. The rubber used to seal the Onstar antenna, unfortunately, hasn’t weathered well, and most of them are pretty cracked and ugly. The nylon rack gear in my aerial also snapped, and they’re sort of a pain to replace, so I decided to remove the Onstar antenna and install a radio antenna in its place.

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Removed Onstar antenna and replacement antenna

The skirt on the Onstar antenna clearly wasn’t doing a great job of keeping stuff out. Years of dirt got under the antenna. Fortunately, the smaller grommet seemed to seal well against the car, so nothing got into the roof.

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Cheap antenna means low quality

I paid $11 for this Universal Shark Fin Antenna off Amazon. I definitely got what I paid for. The wire for the antenna ran out the back of the housing, which I didn’t really like, and the “antenna” part of the device wasn’t really much more than just a little wire sticking out. I might pick out a Windshield Antenna and stick it inside the housing if it proves to not have enough reception in the future.

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Rerouted wire in antenna housing

I drilled a a 1/2″ hole in the bottom of the antenna housing to pass the wire through the bottom instead of the back. This way, I could use the entire antenna housing to cover up the hole in the top of the car. I’m not really one for car washes, so I just spot cleaned the area using paper towels and break cleaner.

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Steel fish tape

One of these tools makes running the wire down to the rear quarter panel a little easier. They’re available for pretty cheap from Home Depot or really any hardware store.

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Fish tape got stuck

I couldn’t really feed the fish tape all the way up the rear strut, so I pulled of some of the housing to see what was going on.

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Antenna connector

I just had to unplug the antenna connector from the old assembly and link it to the new antenna connector. Pretty straightforward.

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Antenna stuck down

Tidy everything up, make sure the new antenna is properly aligned, and stick it down!

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It’s a little more bulky, but it’s not super noticeable.

Free Universal Construction Kit

thingiverse:

grodycatscratch:

The Free Universal Construction Kit by fffffat
“F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab are pleased to present the Free Universal Construction Kit: a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten* popular children’s construction toys. By allowing any piece to join to any other, the Kit encourages totally new forms of intercourse between otherwise closed systems—enabling radically hybrid constructive play, the creation of previously impossible designs, and ultimately, more creative opportunities for kids. As with other grassroots interoperability remedies, the Free Universal Construction Kit implements proprietary protocols in order to provide a public service unmet—or unmeetable—by corporate interests.
The Free Universal Construction Kit offers adapters between Lego, Duplo, Fischertechnik, Gears! Gears! Gears!, K’Nex, Krinkles (Bristle Blocks), Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Zome, and Zoob. Our adapters can be downloaded from Thingiverse.com and other sharing sites as a set of 3D models in .STL format, suitable for reproduction by personal manufacturing devices like the Makerbot (an inexpensive, open-source 3D printer).”

uck/designs

I wish I had these growing up.

Quick Pasta Meal 1

Here’s another really quick dinner that took about 20 minutes to prepare. You’ll need the following (I don’t really measure anything for daily meals):

  • 1 Aidell’s Cajun style Andouille sausage
  • a small fistful of pasta (I use between ¼ to 1/3 lbs. or ~125 g)
  • two fistfuls of spinach
  • 1 clove of garlic (just mushed)
  • another fistful of cheese
  • 1 thimbleful of butter (just a guess)
  • table salt
  • olive oil
  • pasta sauce (probably around a ½ cup or 120 mL)

Start with putting some water with some salt and olive oil on boil. While waiting for the water, cut up the sausage and flatten one clove of garlic. In a pan, saute the garlic in butter until lightly browned on the outside. Then throw in the sausage and continue sauteing until the sausage gets browned. Once the water reaches a boil, throw in the pasta. Once the past is done, throw in the spinach just to wilt it and then drain the water. Finally, mix everything together, along with the cheese and pasta sauce.

That’s it!

Easy Salmon

Seared and baked salmon filet. It was super simple.

You’ll need the following:
1 clove garlic
12 oz. (340 g) salmon filet (for the hungry)
fistful o’ baby spinach
salt and pepper to taste
fresh lemon (optional)

Start by lightly covering the salmon filet with salt and pepper to taste. Slice one clove of garlic and lightly saute. Then sear both sides of the salmon in the pan with the garlic. Place the salmon in a baking tray coated in olive oil. Set the oven to 375 F (190 C) and bake for 8 to 12 minutes with a metal baking tray. If it’s a glass baking tray, bake between 14 and 16 minutes.

If you don’t evenly coat the spinach with olive oil or dry it out a decent amount after washing, it’ll get a little crispy in the oven. I kind of like it that way.

That’s about it! Total prep time was probably around 30 minutes. If you have a rice cooker, just throw some rice in before doing anything else.

Meep

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Alternatively, you can also check out my tumblr for now.

Later Edit:

This was my first post on WordPress. All prior posts were imported from tumblr.

Shooter’s Sandwich

A friend and I decided to make a Shooter’s sandwich for a bike ride the next day. We were in kind of a rush, so I didn’t really get to take many pictures. Aside from that, the sandwich was pretty awesome, although it probably could have used a tad of barbecue sauce.

The following ingredients went into the sandwich:
1 sourdough roll
2 lbs. ribeye steaks
1 diced red onion
½ lb. bacon
½ lb. sliced mushrooms
5 slices provolone
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Why I am here (first tumblr post)

So now I’m a junior in college, and for the past number of applications that I had to write up (internships, college apps, scholarships, and whatnot), I’ve always been asked what projects I have worked on in the past. I’ve worked on a fair number of personal projects and projects with friends, and I always fail to remember any of them during interviews or when I’m writing about them. So, I’ve finally decided that I should perhaps start actually documenting projects that I’ve completed or am currently working on. 

Also, I really enjoy making food, but I keep forgetting what recipes I’ve used or what ingredients, baking temperatures, cooking times, and all sorts of other useful details go into making certain dishes. So, along with all the other engineery-type projects there will be plenty of food, too.