EPIC CHEEZE

This. This is the most perfect, most cheezy thing ever. You know why Miami sucks nowadays? It’s because WSVN stopped producing beautiful things like this.

I literally can’t stop finding things about it that I love. It’s got… dancers aboard Metrorail. It’s got ridiculous music. It’s got PUPPER SMOOCH. It’s PERFECT IN EVERY WAY.

Rest in peace, poor security guard who apparently evaporated over in the production control room. We suspect he was absorbed into that Grass Valley switcher.

How to use your racks and avoid unspeakable engineering horror

On most equipment racks you will find the following pattern of holes:

** * ** * ** * ** * **

No, it was not drilled by a drunken woodpecker.

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But this gear was installed by a drunken bonobo at 4 am.

See the holes with the wider spaces between them? Good… IGNORE THEM! They do not exist! You never saw them. Fnord.

See the closely spaced holes? Imagine they’re the dots on a double 1 domino. This means there’s a center line between them. See attached photograph. The center line will be the edge of each piece of equipment to be mounted.

Why are the center holes there? Okay… Fine, I’ll admit to their existence. Begrudgingly…

Some oddball accessories like cover blanks and cable lacing bars may be screwed in here. In the case of cover blanks it’s usually on weird ones that have a single hole in each end of a 1U* high blank. If you install a lacing bar this way it will be in the middle of one rack unit space – handy for the rear rails behind a patch panel.

Otherwise, do not use them unless you really have good reason to.

If you do mess this up…. Well, look at the wonderful mess in the photograph. Huuurrrrrgghhhhhhhhhbbllll.

The kind of thing you don’t expect to happen. Twice.

Second time finding lost shoes in the newsroom….

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At least this time it’s a pair. It kinda makes sense

Kinda

In that “oh, that’s just the Bermuda Triangle in force” way

Well that was easy

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Store management was unable to figure out   it even happened in the first place, but it was determined that my short exile from Walmart was the result of computer error and resolved itself.

I’m still just way too amused it ever happened.

Picture related. Somewhat. FX. actually it should be FS now for F Schneider.

Why?!

Why any of this? Why am I pulling months old vending machine honey buns from under a newsroom desk?

Oh wait.

I’m a broadcast engineer.

Le sigh…

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I think this is also about where i found the lost shoe last month.

Hark! It’s the Turd Alert!!

One of those things that I’m glad isn’t part of my job…. Apparently the pump at foreground cooked. This is a sewage lift pump. Yeah uh, I did controls for these things but the parts thereof that move the brown trout were someone else’s department.

Also there was a really really obnoxiously slippery Tentacool nearby.

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When your BrightLine isn’t

Oops! Never trust a semiconductor fart.

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Looks like the IRF840 MOSFET lost its Magic Smoke and shorted (Magic Smoke is both an insulator and conductor) and unwarranted voltage got back and explosively decapsulated the controller IC.

I bet this one went Snap Crackle Pop.

This was from an older BrightLine florescent stage light. Newer versions just use a couple of little Advance ballasts instead of a big arse custom PCB. I’m upgrading it to the new hardware.

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Oh i bet the viewers smelled this one at home!!
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