Does the shit run red or blue?

(Working title I’ll probably never bother changing)rainbowtoilet

Florida was just called for Trump. The Hillary Clinton campaign had stated they don’t *need* Florida to win, but that makes the results even more uncertain since Florida has a big heaping slug of electoral votes.

The future of the US economy even rides on this shitshow of an episode of election theatre.

If Trump wins, it will be a massive blow to… pretty much everything. If Clinton wins, it’s hard to say what will change. Sure, she’ll be the first female president, but it’s hard to say if we’ll notice anything else.

I probably don’t get to go home tonight (or will it be tomorrow?) until we know who we have as a president. Now, one interesting thing I noticed— I went over into our breakroom where the television there is tuned to another station, the local ABC affiliate. (It’s usually just left there so some of our employees can watch daytime soaps on there). They were speaking on there about the results of some very interesting polls – not as to who someone would choose as president, but rather, whether or not they hold any confidence in their current system of government.

The results were pretty much a resounding NO.

I don't even know anymore
I don’t even know anymore

Oops, I guess not everyone likes oligarchy, unless they’re on the rich side of the wall. (Sorry, Drumpf, I will never forgive you for your desire to wall off Mexico.)

In the end— does it even matter who is elected president? No matter what, we will still wake up tomorrow in a system of oligarchy. Both houses of Congress will be dominated by the GOP. The sun will still rise, but at least we didn’t lose our ability to catch it on solar panels. (Florida Amendment 1 crashed and burned, good riddance.) The tolls will keep rising, well, exponentially faster.

Speaking of which, Miami-Dade voters re-elected Carlos Gimenez. Uhh, enjoy that, guys.

Medical marijuana was approved in Florida. We’re going to need it. Actually, at this point, we need to go ahead and approve recreational because we REALLY need that. If we grow it domestically that will probably be our one remaining reliable industry. 😉

At this point I think it’s not worth worrying over who gets the presidency as much as how we’re going to deal with the Republican House and Senate. The GOP has historically been associated more with rule by the corporation, not by the people. They were opposed to, and responsible for watering down, the Affordable Healthcare Act.

I made the mistake of turning on a ham radio earlier today and … regretted this within minutes. I decided to suffer through the pain and listen anyway. The usual concerns came up – “they’re gonna take away our guns!”, “lazy people on welfare are destroying everything”… I get the feeling these voices will change very soon upon a harsh reality check as the world’s economies start to… “adjust” more heavily and the BEAUTIFUL new plans for privatized infrastructure optimized to serve the rich start to kick in.

To summarize my predictions:

If Hillary wins:

  • Very few changes and PAINFUL bickering between the Executive branch and the houses of Congress due to partisan conflict
  • Slow but gradual economic growth as the American consumer and financial market regain some confidence

If either win:

  • Gradual loss of individual freedoms and personal wealth among working class and low income citizens as the fucking wankstain oligarchy continues to become more oppressive and finds new ways through rent-seeking measures to squeeze citizens harder and harder. It’s hard to say whether the public support could be gathered to stop this process but I could see it being possible via extremely large, coordinated campaigns for public transparency and input into government.

If Trump wins:

  • EXTRMELY RAPID, unstoppable destruction of individual freedom and personal wealth among the working class. Rapid removal of the middle class and widening of income inequality. Basically, at this point, anything that’s profitable to your bank goes, and you can go fuck yourselves.
  • Sudden creation of, and/or involvement in international conflicts.
  • HEY AT LEAST YOU GET TO KEEP YOUR GUNS. For now. Shitpouch.

 

This session of angry posting shall terminate now as the boss is behind the rack next to me.

Yeah that’s how you jinx it

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I’m sitting there after a detour through da hood to avoid I-95, 441, and US1 being at a complete standstill thinking, yeah, this isn’t so bad—-

Is that

Is that a wobbling zombie with needle tracks holding a compound bow and aiming arrows at oncoming traffic?! Fuck shit no.

Apologies to whoever’s lawn I tore up taking evasive measures.

It Fell Out Of The Box Like That!

Really.

Seriously.

A refurb DirecTV Slimline receiver we had in service a while just up and died with no warning. It was opened up and showed no signs of trauma but I saw something everyone else missed….

Hmm. Let’s flip it and see what that is at the edge. It’s probably nothing at aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Aaaaaaaaa
AAAAAAAAAAAWHATTHEAAAAAAAA

What.

A while back I found these units tended to burn the access card. This appears to be the fix – first, note how far heat would have to travel down those fingers to toast the card. Second, the card is actually heatsinked by a plate above the socket.

Front panel with mystery antenna. Also note the dual die IR LED next to the black lens IR receiver. This is probably used for the unit’s very user – friendly universal remote system.

The rectangles are touch button sensors.

RF filter and very big silkscreen note on where to find power.

The external converter.

Excuse me, I’m going to go wash my hands.

Casa del carajo

So we meet again

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Despite the booming business by scrap rats, decrepit abandoned lines still aren't removed

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For a good time call
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Two enemies of your electronics: water...
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... and heat
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That'll do
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Poor bunnified exciter
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So unloved
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Sprint cleaned up their former nightmare

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Hey at least I get paid for holidays and overtime at this job

Thank you for using American Tower Corporation. Have a nice day. Sorry about the waterlogged shoes.

Is any of this real? None of this can be real, right?

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No way. This must be the ergot talking.

I’m beginning to wonder if this city even exists or if this has all been a prolonged mass hallucination caused by ergot growing in the croquettas or something… Kinda like how the ergot growing in the bread in Salem led to the witch trials

There’s just no way any of this is real

Well if it’s hallucination it’s a really good one because dude I can smell the hot vinyl and feel the warmth from that bad crimp splice there that likely breaks about 23 parts of the National Electric Code

The oddball HP Pavilion 500

This is the weirdest mini tower PC I’ve ever seen.

It’s pure essence of cheap.

It’s almost like a Chinese fake of what you expect.

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First warning sign something is amiss : laptop power adapter.

Let’s look at that full back panel.

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There are ridges where slots should be. But why aren’t they cut out and usable?

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Oh.

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SATA drive power comes off tiny JST headers.

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This is just bizarre. It’s like a mini itx board but with 99% less flexibility.

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This is definitely a Carly Fiorina special.

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 Headhunters Strike, Part 2

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Remember how I had the one recruiter hammering my phone before leaving me a hilarious voicemail?

I’m now getting four different recruiters (and counting) hammering my phone for a position with the same exact description, but at least one of them came with, attached, an explanation of why these callers just never stop — there’s apparently big money in this. Or is there?

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Either way, that’s all substantial amounts of money they’re not gonna give to the actual workers.

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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

MINIMUM SKILLS REQUIRED:

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.

MINIMUM EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

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

The mystery DAT tape

Someone gave my family a HHB Portadat and it had a tape in it. The content of the tape is…. most curious.

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It’s this loop of the same voice repeating a story about telegraph lines over and over while a test tone plays on the other track… Except, then, it isn’t. At one point the tone disappears, background noise pops up, and the voice changes.

Spooky.

Here’s a sample of the two voices.

And the entire tape, if you wish to scare small children.

This is where creepypasta comes from, everyone…

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