Okay… I’ve calmed down. Now for silliness.

I’ve seen this on the Internet before but never thought I’d see a brake rotor this bad in person.

The (Oh, oh,) O’Reilly…. Auto Parts (Yow!) here in Willows just had a customer bring this in when buying new parts. Daaaaaaang!

Or should I say, YOW!

The O’Reilly Auto Parts jingle/radio advertisement music bed I’m referencing is a severe earworm. 😉

Flush!

We were only serious about that whole “plumbing repairs” bit. This is your requisite “broadcast engineer fixed the toilet” story.

Two potties, five radio stations, and one stopped refilling at 6 PM on a Thursday. Luckily I had a Korky valve replacement kit in my cabinet waiting for this moment (but why? who thought to put it there?).

Playing with the new valve in the kit before I installed it, I discovered that you can easily disassemble it from the top. Remove the bowl refill tube. Pull that white cap straight up, revealing the float mechanism. Squeeze the tabs on the side of the float to release it, then twist the round cap assembly that’s below the float. The whole thing will come up revealing the valve seat which is the top of that tall plastic mushroom. You can pull that whole thing out vertically. By just replacing all of those parts with the parts from the new valve, I changed all the rubber parts of the unit out in about two minutes flat… which is good as the shutoff on the wall doesn’t work and I had to cut the water to the whole building to do it.

They aren’t kidding about “Quiet Fill” — a plastic baffle inside the inlet tube makes the whole thing inaudible to the point where it’s actually a little hard to tell it’s working unless you observe the water rising in the tank.

Now, if only I could do something about that cheezy fake tile paneling that’s falling apart back there. Ew, tacky.

Fox News, you went full incel. You never go full incel.

Fnord

So as I’m trying to take a peaceful little break over coffee, Fox News blares on a television.

The current round of commentators seem to be outright sick of Trump and GOP policy, however, they’re spending their time on camera there on intense denial of misogyny in public policy and society, and sneering over efforts to change this. They’re also denying racism and claiming that immigration policy is in no way discriminatory against certain cultures, only against “security risks”…..

Boy, you morons sure sound like incels that got thrown on a cable network.

Ask YOUR local cable company for the Incel News Network! All toxic hate, all the time.

Yeah… About that…

AT&T’s Small Business fiberoptic service is… not what I’d hoped… at least not initially.

So far, here’s what we’ve got:

  • 90+ day installation time
  • So far… one major complete outage of all services
  • Technical support that you cannot call – they call YOU – and they’re located in random countries half a world away. So far we’ve had Czechloslovakia, Slovenia, and I think Thailand?
  • A super easy to use trouble ticket system that….. takes two hours to figure out just what magic credential it needs to identify you as a customer and where you are
  • Telephones that take 10 seconds to begin ringing.
  • Or don’t. At all.
  • Internet service that delivers about 60% of the promised speed. Consistency. At least it’s consistent and has immeasurably small packet loss.

And while I’m waiting for the ticket to update, I went back to charat.me and made a version with purple hair, because You Gotta Have Blue Hair. Or purple. And there’s an antenna accessory under the hats pages that I somehow missed before…. yes.

Also, the chibi version is fun too. Google Translate can’t pick the text out of the menus but it’s still usable. I have no idea what the buttons in the menu tab do. Late for RADIO with toast in mouth.

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