When Headhunters Strike

I cannot stop laughing this morning, thank you “TRG Resource Group”!

So for a couple months now I’ve been happily working as a maintenance engineer in a television station. I’m really happy with it, but boy did I put out resumes here and there for a while before I got it – I’ve had a few jobs before that I didn’t like.

Some recruiter found my resume on Dice and was… really… disturbingly eager to get me on board. I have no interest in it, but it was for a contracting job paying supposedly $30 an hour. (Contracting, I guess, meaning you have to do all the shit of providing your own insurance, paying SurpriseButtsecksPercent in income taxes, etc…)

He started hammering on my phone every hour, business hours or not, for the past couple of days. He got my Google Voice number off the resume, so I could have blocked him, I was just being lazy and letting his voicemail messages build up. Finally, today, as I was on my way up to my office where I could log into Google Voice from the desktop and click block, he started hammering it again so I just picked up and hung up. He immediately called back and the results were hilarious!

For the record, here’s the job description he sent me – it sounds like “technically skilled administrative pissboy” to me. If you’re interested, why not send him a resume? I dunno if he’s working on commission, on quota, or what, but he sure is desperate. I’d say go to the group’s website to find it there but their site is a comically outdated thing that comes up with an Earthlink favicon.ico file. Hahahahahahahaha so modern. Wow. Very web2.0. So update. Such Frontpage.

Telecommunications Technician


Responsible for warehouse and Inventory maintenance activities. Receiving and dispatching of commodities purchases for the Telecommunications section of Information Systems. Additionally, for installing, maintaining and providing specifications used in the design of numerous electronic and computer systems throughout the Aviation Department., such as: Flight Information Displays (FIDS); Baggage Information Displays (BIDS); Dynamic LED Signage; computers and wired/wireless networks, Cable Television System, exterior dynamic roadway signs, VHF/UHF/ 800MHz radios and radio networks; Terminal wide public address system; Clocks; Automatic Vehicle Identification System; Audio-Visual setups and recordings; Employee Lot Emergency Call System; Security Checkpoint Flex Police Response System; Taxi Lot Airport Entrance Control; Pagers (Beepers); Passenger counting & tracking system; Meeting room setups; Intercom Systems; Music for Public Address and Telephone Hold; AM Radio Station; and other smaller telecommunications systems.


FCC Radio License Preferred
High School Diploma or greater and must also have an Electronic background or vocational certificate in Electronics.

Damn it. I figured it all out.

Ever noticed how road rage seems to be a very modern problem? It wasn’t always with us, and I think I figured out why.

Decades ago, our automobiles had this.

Frosty nads.

stolen off imgur.

Well, I certainly think I’d be less angry sitting in traffic if the HVAC system was able to make me feel like I was sitting on a happy little glacier.

Industrial elegance

This unit is an old Honeywell thermostat. Wait for it….


Waaaait for it






The fan contactor:




Breaker panel. These Pushmatic breakers are known for being a little flaky. It’s all decommissioned.



Why black and green? The National Electrical Code says green is ground. Nothing else. Ground. I dunno. This is outside of my pay grade. 😉


Nooooooooooooooooooooope! That’s the worst possible error!!

If you’re so smart, explain this, Clarissa



HD-SDI on old RG-59 cable?! How…. No, why, was this done and why does it actually work?


Some day this will hatch into a beautiful butterfly.

I don’t know how this was wired. I legitimately can’t figure it out. Long handled BNC extraction tools aside, I can’t understand how anyone was actually able to see the back of the router to make the connections.



Once in a while, I find myself questioning my direction in life

Seriously, I’m having a great time here, even if my brain does occasionally rattle a bit…

Disney Magic

For all the amazing things about the Walt Disney World parks—- egads, their website is a mess.


I dunno, it gets the job done, but there are a lot of dead links and things that just don’t exactly convey Disney Magic. 😉

Being that this is nothing more than a mere shitpost, here, have some memes




How to best enjoy “The Real”

Just sit back, relax, and light off a bad CPU fan.

This CPU fan is off a $LOLWTF robotic broadcast camera control system. “Enter Bearing”? Sleeve bearing. They cheaped out on the fan!! Why?! When you pay THAT MUCH for a product, is it wrong to expect it to be built to last?

Well then. This is more enjoyable than a badly done demonstration of how to give yourself waves by braiding your hair and baking it to death with a flat iron.

Machine Vision Surreality

How does Google Earth form these “ground level” images? My guess is it’s via compositing aerial photographs taken at different angles and attempting to basically detect object boundaries then apply the images to them as textures.

It works okay for some things like buildings standing out in the open, not obscured by trees.

For other things, umm…. Well, I particularly like the floaty treeblobs. They give you all the shade of a normal tree, but without any of that pesky risk of bumping into the trunk.

I keep feeling like they should integrate some really stupid auto racing game into this view with amusingly retro controls (like Pole Position)…!

A street corner in Disney's Hollywood Studios
A street corner in Disney’s Hollywood Studios
For whatever reason, the tower's right on, but the rest...
For whatever reason, the tower’s right on, but the rest…

Das Choo Choo

If it ain’t broke, and it’s positively hilarious—

It’s perfect. Don’t “Fix” it.

These videos are of a German “Taurus” locomotive– Siemens EuroSprinter ES 64.

Video of a startup sequence, from onboard – Note that the HMI unit on the dash runs what appears to be Windows 3.x (and starts it DAMN FAST)…

It also, uhhh, does silly things in addition to calling out voice prompts and displaying performance info to the operator…

WARNING: LOUD tone at 35 sec.


The musical silliness does not end there. In fact… the PWM converters used to control the motor speed are not fixed frequency, and they play a rising musical scale upon the train’s departure.


Oh, and the best part? As hilarious as this thing is— IT HELD SPEED RECORDS!


Of course, the French were not to be outdone, and promptly whupped ’em. Not that the Taurus minds, though. It still lives in pride.

Fair Weather Air Conditioning

So I figured if I’m gonna rant about stupid construction, I might as well also mention how not to run a facility air conditioning system.

First, the chillers.

A chiller is essentially a giant version of what’s inside a drinking fountain. It sucks heat out of water and kicks it into the air (usually, but not always… I’ve seen one that heated a swimming pool!)

Or in this case, it does fuckall nothing.


That’s the unit, installed outdoors. The long insulated weinerschnitzel on the bottom is the heat exchanger that circulates water around the evaporator coil of the sealed refrigerant system. This one uses, or used, R-134A. I wonder if it’s all still in there? The two devices on top are a pair of compressors.


Or, maybe, “were”.

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