Home Depot is hilarious.

Last night I bought a Ryobi cordless tool set at Home Depot that’s supposed to come with a drill, a small circular saw, a battery, a carrying case, a saw blade, and a charger. What was in the box was… a dusty carrying case with the drill missing the chuck, the circular saw with the blade missing, and no battery or charger.

I brought it back today and they had no problem with exchanging it, but then the girl who handled the exchange asked her manager what to do with the incomplete box.

“Tape it up and put it back on the shelf”.

I asked the manager immediately what they were going to do when it came back AGAIN, and for that matter, how many times she expected it to come back again? She sighed and explained it was just corporate policy – if the item LOOKS saleable, they have to keep putting it back out over and over and won’t get new ones in until the old ones stop coming back.

Gotcha. So next time I do everyone a favor and soak the box in used motor oil and glitter.

Where the common and mundane become unattainable.

A couple of years back I had to install a toilet. When you install a toilet, there’s a seal between the base of the throne and the “closet flange” on the top of the drain pipe, which can be an oddly shaped gap– the usual type of seal is a paraffin wax gasket that’s crushed into place under the toilet as you place it. All of the stores in Miami had USED wax rings in their boxes waiting for you. Of course, a crushed wax ring is useless, not to mention THAT HAS BEEN UNDER A TOILET THANK YOU NO. My only guess as to how they were getting these was that customers were buying new wax rings when removing and reinstalling toilets during renovation/flooring work and just returning the old ring in the new box… but you couldn’t find a new one! I wound up having to buy a wax ring from an Ace Hardware store an hour’s drive away.

It also reminded me of how a former customer of ours back when I worked at the Solar Shitshow in Miami  (please, stop having your customers call me, I haven’t worked there in years and have no interest in doing so again!) would come to Miami from Haiti every couple of months. When he did, he’d rent a car at the airport, usually preferring a Ford Mustang. In his luggage he’d have a few defective engine management sensors and other parts for a Mustang there, and would swap them for the working ones in the rental car, returning the poor thing barely working in limp mode….. I’m not sure whether that’s more clever or pure evil.

PTEK combiner. Shibe version.

I have no words. This thing is so wack i didn’t even recognize I was looking at a classic Wilkinson combiner implemented using cast off garbage. I’ll let the shibes speak.

The exciter power divider. This seems to depend on the external jumpers

Shitposting Electromagnetically

This miniscule coax from Pasternack carries 500 watts over its… 26-28 awg center conductor??!!

Also yes I know, time to repaint

Breaking News!

Dow Jones Industrial Average Reaches 23,000! Some hedge fund manager goes squirt squirt and cleans up after themselves with a Balenciaga snot rag that cost more than your net worth.

In other news, the economy is still total shit unless you’re already rich.

Linguini Mountain

Names changed to protect the innocent.

And guilty.

Here we go. Before you read this you will need to take some reasonable precautions:

i love VFDs

The road up Linguini Mountain is the kind of thing either dreams or nightmares are made of. It’s well maintained but narrow and unpaved. One edge is a small anti erosion ditch that could easily snag a wheel; the other edge is…… Let’s not think about that too hard, but man what a view

After a switchback that inexplicably shut down the truck engine and those VFD readouts pictured above went blank…. Umm…. Yeah… I made it

Okay, no clue what’s with that but let’s just go inside.

At the far wall sits this generator. It’s too small to run the transmitter so there’s an emergency backup relay system that switches the exciter output straight to the antenna if the site is on gen power, so it remains on the air at low power.

Beyond this point, uhhHERE BE DRAGONS

This transfer switch….. I have no words.

Not exactly what Burk Technologies had in mind for their ARC-16 control ports but ok

Wait maybe on the other hand that was better

Wait what’s going on here

No this can’t be

That isn’t seriously—–??

The air filter was not in use, it ought to be just squeaky clean in that cavity..

Gonna cautiously assume that’s at least 240vac exposed

Old marti repurposed to send telemetry but wait what’s that?

And where’s it powered?

Wait wait enhance

That’s… A tree spine jamming the wires in

Reportedly this QEI won’t run if you put the cover on

That twisted pair bridge wire runs who knows where

Welp. Looks like i have a project.

NOPE. THAT. SHIT.

So here’s why I would have gotten fired this weekend if not for the fact that I’d already resigned with two weeks’ notice.

I found out early today that I would have been expected to come to work and ride out Hurricane Irma right here:

Which is right here….

And those bands are the outer bands of this….

Which at the time was forecast to do THIS.

I’m sorry, I did like my job there for the most part, but if asked to ride out the storm there, in a building which got three feet of water in it during Andrew which didn’t even hit that area much at all…. Well, I’d have just plain refused.

I was hearing stories of how the staff held off on evacuating until it was actually already difficult to get over the causeway due to storm surge and wind.

I’m sorry. It’s one thing to be a dedicated team player with the company. It’s another to endanger your safety to fight a losing battle to keep a broadcast going.

Not much one could do with three feet of seawater in the studios and electrical rooms.

And for that I’m assuming I would have been fired in one of those furious scenes.

This is of course assuming it’s still on a course for us as of morning– there’s some potential for a deviation westwards.

But still, not worth it.

In a couple of weeks, northern California will be my home. The only common natural disasters known there are wildfires. I’m okay with this.

because we're management and fuck you that's why

Yesterday our apartment complex put out reminders on everyone’s doors that we are not allowed to cover or tape* any windows to prepare for Hurricane Irma.

Today, the manager’s apartment windows are boarded up, as well as the rental office.

Meme semi related.

* taping windows is actually totally useless

Flori-DONE

This morning, some prick jammed a toothpick through the sidewall of one of my tires. Yes– one of THOSE damn tires.

This coming about two days before what’s expected to be a Category 4 hurricane wiping Florida like a piss soaked rag being thrust onto your windshield by a zombie bum in downtown Miami.

Beautiful! Luckily, that same Tire Kingdom (yes, Bullet Hole Kingdom) still stocks that size tire.

There’s no propane, bottled water, canned foods, bread, batteries, or anything else particularly useful left in the stores, and it’s been that way since Monday night. I actually saw some of the questionable little “Food Store” places in the… unsavory areas… spray painted “No Supplies Inside” or “No Water” on their roll up shutters. Yes… All the way back on Monday.

This is pretty much a guarantee that hilarious price gouging will happen on a widespread basis, and to the first person who tries to use supply-side economics to justify this, I will counter with the following argument:

Say I have a great surplus of a special kind of large trout. Its prime directive is to be used for slapping people in the face. However, I have far more slapping trout than I can use, so the cost of a trout slap is so low I just have to deliver them free of charge.

To your heartless late-stage capitalist face.

  • KG4CYX slaps you around a bit with a large trout!
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