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Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Summer Prep

As summer time is approaching, and with a new season launching, the Machine Zealots team took the week to get things prepared; starting with a good old car wash. It was a tiring day, we spent almost six hours to wash and clean three cars. A third car? Well, the third car isn't really a Machine Zealots project car, but a car belonging to one of our own.

Puyang washing his white GTI. White cars get just as dirty as black cars.

Close to completion.

A humble guest joins the wash.

Clean and simple.

Just showing off!

While the first two cars were washed at the Machine Zealots HQ 2, the STI was washed at our main headquarters. Washing the STI was nice, but the shiny STI only revealed two door dings! People don't know how to open doors, or that they banged up my STI on purpose. It wasn't a real ding, but just some missing paint; which is annoying enough. The wash itself went by faster than usual because I had some help cleaning the wheels. She did a really thorough job; a lot better than what I could do actually. She actually asked for more tools so she could get the really tough spots. o_____o

We also found a fully built birds nest in the engine bay. A week previous to this car wash, I had realized the STI drank gas like it was nothing; I kept on thinking that maybe because I drove a lot harder, or that maybe I was just driving a lot more than I thought, but it was actually the nest blocking most of my TMIC!

I was thankful that there were no signs of cooked bird's eggs, so I removed the nest, and placed it on a tree. I personally prefer birds over rats living in my engine bay, and I found it funny that a bird would choose an STI for a home. Flattering.

Thank you for your hard work!

The nest was a bit torn up, because I'd tried to remove it before I was told to take a picture.

STI ready to do battle.

Nice clean wheels. They were pretty much dark bronze before this wash.

An end to a tiring day.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Are we back?

I have realized that I haven't posted anything in nearly half a year; which is quite a long time for a "break". For our current followers and friends, assuming you haven't left due to the dead silence on our end, I wanted to say thank you for checking up on us via private messages and YouTube comments. We were not seeking any attention while we were gone, but it was nice to know that people still think about us. As you can see above, I am still passionate about film making and video editing; hopefully, you'll appreciate the constant growth and effort put into the edits. I do apologize for not being as active on Machine Zealots as I used to be. As some of you know, we do this as a hobby, but mostly for the viewers. Both Puyang and I have jobs, and Machine Zealots doesn't make any money to sustain our daily lives. I wish we could just focus on Machine Zealots for a living, but I still have yet to find a way to do that. Again, we thank our Sponsor and friends who support us in various ways. (You know who you are, and what you have done to help!)

I am also personally moving into a different part of my life, so Machine Zealots will not be working the same way as before. We will no longer upload an episode every two weeks. We will continue to make videos and post them, but without a set schedule. We want to keep Machine Zealots as a fun hobby, instead of making it into a chore. I hope you guys can understand.

In other news, I am surprised at the growth of Machine Zealots subscribers. It's not crazy growth, but we are at 1500 subs with half a year of inactivity! Awesome.

Both Puyang and I have a couple of sponsored episodes to make during this summer; we got most of our tools ready for the videos too. I am not sure if we are going to force eighteen episode seasons anymore. It's still all up in the air, but perhaps ten episodes per season, or we remain with eighteen episode seasons, but with no deadline; which means we call a season finale at the end of eighteen episodes, regardless of what month we are in. I will update you guys on that later.

In the meantime, take a look at the goodies we have prepared for the installation episodes, and we will update you guys later.