Category: car

Ontario G1 road test vs Class G2 road test: Are they the same?

Little Weed is of the age where he is considering getting his G1 license, or Learner’s Permit. What is confusing is the Ontario Ministry of Transportation terminology. In fact they seem to be both the same.

The minimum practice period for G1 drivers before they can take the G1 road test is :

12 Months Without Driver’s Training : You are not eligible to take the G1 road test until 12 months after you have passed your written test unless you have taken an approved drivers ed course…

The Full G Licence

Convenient Technologies are Making Us Less Intelligent

Just when you think that some newfangled device is the best thing since sliced bread, you then find out that the awesome convenience you now rely on is actually making you less intelligent. This is called “Convenient Technology”. It turns out that human physiology is more complex than simply making some tool extremely convenient.

I contrast convenient technology to demanding technology:

Just what is a demanding technology? Three elements are defining: it is technology that takes time to master, whose usage is highly occupying, and whose operation includes some real risk of failure. By this measure, a piano is a demanding technology, as is a frying pan, a programming language, or a paintbrush. So-called convenience technologies, in contrast—like instant mashed potatoes or automatic transmissions—usually require little concentrated effort and yield predictable results.

China’s Voice Recognition Program for Chinese Surveillance

The Chinese government is using voice recognition in order to fingerprint criminals for tracking and prosecution. This should not be surprising. As usual a supposed “private company” with government ties is involved.

IFlyTek is portrayed in the Chinese media both as a technology innovator and as an ally of the government. Last year iFlyTek helped prevent the loss of about $75 million in telecommunications fraud by helping the police target scammers, according to The Global Times, a nationalist tabloid controlled by the Communist Party. Its article quotes a Chinese security official as saying collecting voice patterns is like taking fingerprints or recording people with closed-circuit television cameras, meaning the practice does not violate their privacy.

Human Physiology and Apparent Lack of Attention to Detail

We are human, there is no denying this. As technology improves and allows us more convenience this also has disadvantages. Human physiology, which we cannot control, is a force that contributes to our behaviour. The less we need to concentrate on something, the more our mind wanders to other aspects of our lives. This propensity is not something we can control. It is autonomous and a built-in feature of our wonderful minds. That said, there are downsides, especially with safety.

2016 Honda Fit Oil Change, Splash Shield

2016 Honda Fit, after removal of the splash shield, The oil filter is blue, the oil drain plug is more rearward. Toronto, Canada. Photo by Don Tai

2016 Honda Fit, after removal of the splash shield, The oil filter is blue, the oil drain plug is more rearward. Toronto, Canada. Photo by Don Tai

My 2016 Honda Fit told me it needed an oil change. This is my first oil change. In order to do an oil change I needed to remove the splash shield. The splash shield covers the bottom of the engine bay from road debris and dirt. Because the Fit only has 5.5″ of space under the splash shield, I needed to make ramps in order to gain more space under the Fit. Convoluted for the first oil change, yes, but hopefully much easier for the second oil change.

2015-2017 Honda Fit DIY Wooden Ramps

2016 Honda Fit on DIY wooden 2x10 ramps. Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai

2016 Honda Fit on DIY wooden 2×10 ramps. Toronto, Canada, Photo by Don Tai

I do love the car, but my 2016 Honda Fit does have some “beauty spots”. Going to the dealer, like others have, may have resulted in parts of the car not being reinstalled correctly, and then falling off. If the splash shield was designed properly I would have probably considered going to the dealer.

2016 Honda Fit vs Mouse: Toronto Canada

Surprised, I was, that mice seem to really like my 2016 Honda Fit, in Toronto, Canada, and I am not alone. There was evidence of infiltration into the car, and I was not willing to give them a pass. Vermin, tell your friends.

2016 Honda Fit: 4, Mouse: 0

It seems like in their efforts to improve ecology the Honda engineers have opted to use soy based coating on electrical cables, foam, and other items that used to be plastic-based. There are numerous complaints of mice eating away at electrical systems, causing much heartache to car owners.

2015 2016 Honda Fit: Jack Points

Discussions, there are, on how best to jack up the 2015 2016 Honda Fit, for such chores like changing tires and oil changes. The owner’s manual points to the 4 reinforced jack points on the side rails, and these are all good, but jacking up the car one tire at a time with the scissor jack that comes with the car is time consuming and exhausting. There must be a better way.

2016 Honda Fit Rear Splash Guards Install

Not being one to was the car often, I’ve opted to install rear splash guards. They will keep the rear of the car cleaner, as there will be less splash up of water and snow. The front splash guards came with the car. As all Canadian Fits already come with front splash guards I only had to install the rear ones. I did not need to remove the rear tires to install the splash guards, but did need a really short philips screwdriver. Here in Canada these rear splash guards cost $61CAD for the pair. The quality of the splash guards is quite good. The fit was also great.