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.

Vitaver Referral Program

Referral Program Stage I

 

Refer a Candidate to any of our open positions and we will reward you with a $600.00 check

provided that the Candidate has not been contacted by us already, we place him/her for any

position during the following 12 months, and he/she remains employed by us past 90 days.

 

Referral Program Stage II

 

Refer a new Client to us and when we make the first placement with this Client during the

following 12 months, you will be rewarded with $2,000.00.

In addition, when you reach $6,000.00 in referral bonuses from us within a 12 month period, we

will give you an additional $6,000.00 incentive, for a total of $12,000.00!

Send your referrals to bonus@vitaver.com or in response to me.

*Vitaver & Associates, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. It is the company’s policy to make all employment decisions without regard to age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, or any other protected status in accordance with applicant federal, state, and local laws.

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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Picture unrelated.

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…

If you’re so smart, explain this, Clarissa

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

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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.

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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…

The best photo ever of the Lake Okeechobee toilet flush

Olestra lives!!!
Olestra lives!!!

Image by Leah Voss, Treasure Coast Newspapers…
How to market a damaged destination.

Yeah, uh, looks like what you see in the bowl that tells you that you ain’t going much of anywhere for the rest of the day other than to grab a dose or two of Immodium.

I was up in Stuart this weekend and drove a bit north, then looked at the riverfront on the Indian River… it started raining heavily before I could get any pictures, but the water was dark brown and REEKED. I’ve seen sewage lift station pits that smelled better than this. (Actually… for the most part, unless there’s been no flow for a long period of time, they smell like the scented detergents and soaps that go down them; the brown trout are submerged and aren’t really able to stink things up.)

Now I have something to liken SFWMD to: a lift station in a giant river of shit.
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Fairly nasty pit. If those chunks of brownish soap/oil residue break off or build up on the float switches, they can cause drama. Source: Fletcher Property Management.

RF safety? What’s that? WMBM-AM’s tower.

No no of course not, you can’t burn things with RF unless they’re inside the microwave.

Presenting WMBM-AM, Miami Beach, Florida.

The tower stands in a courtyard behind Radio Bar. The courtyard is fully enclosed. Except…….. The bar uses it as an entrance and exit and storage area and leaves it open to the public.

Sorry for blur in these images, I was unable to stop laughing.

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Pretty hallway.

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To the right just inside.

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To the left just inside.

Note that this tower is not on insulators. It is [barely – see below] grounded. The transmitter output goes to a three wire skirt that starts well up out of reach and is fed by, uh, let’s visit that later

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Kinda sorta ground. One small wire, about 6 gauge.

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See that red square? That’s the transmitter output. Right there. It’s like seven feet up in that corner. You can see the two pipes in the photo above. Only a chain and defaced warning sign (not even a standard RF exposure warning sign) separate bar guests and that.

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Possibly remains of an older feed to the tower…. even more exposed.

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No, the tower lights don’t work.

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Dafuq?!

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This has apparently been how it’s stood for years.

On a side note, here’s an at&t installation. The old vault is on a berm above ground to protect it from storm surge. The VRAD, used to supply PooVerse I mean UVerse television, internet, and kind of sort of phone, not so much.

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You’re, uh, welcome.

Behringer – More like MEEEHHHringer amirite?

Due to the fact that this thing is colossal shit and I feel bad for even recommending its purchase, I am going to classify this as 100% PURE SHITPOST. I feel genuinely bad. The thing does actually work…. SOMEHOW… though the VU meters don’t. Only the first four lights will illuminate. Gee I wonder why? (The fake STMicro chips are the drivers.)

I’d been warned many times that Behringer products are of quite subpar quality, and this had always been my impression as well, but I’d never actually opened one up and seen the horror within. This is FRESH FROM THE FACTORY and it’s got blobs of corroded crap inside. ARGH!! At least… whatever was splodged on the board and initiated said corrosion rinsed away with CRC QD Electronics Cleaner…

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