Flush flush flush

Entercom Media
Same Shit, Different Toilet


After Entercom just decided to wipe the decades old Magic 102.7 and its long time personalities right off the dial, I’m now officially downgrading them to “just as bad as Clear Channel/iHeartMedia” for their wanton destruction of the community involvement and creative programming of radio.

It’s all about lowering costs and numbers, right? That’s why we only play the top six songs on the charts, because that means people will listen! Gee I wonder why the only major sponsor we can get is a little tattoo parlor?*

This is of course referring to Shark 104.3 which claims to be “alternative” but is really just top six pop with an occasional alternative track wedged in there in a jarring mismatch between them playing “Budapest”, “Latch”, and “Safe And Sound” four times an hour.

* one where they have been proud to have done tongue surface piercings for some of their clients. Come on man I’m a radio engineer and even I know that shit don’t work.
Yes, as the station’s engineer one does wind up being the one who gets asked “does this poorly placed thing that I’m not taking care of properly as it heals look infected?”… It just happens

Damn Florida, you scary.


These are the leftovers of a snail kite’s dinner, shells of the Apple Snail.

But wait…. Apple snails aren’t this big.

Turns out this is a Brazilian apple snail brought over by the aquarium trade, which has colonized the Everglades in great numbers and created the usual problems of vegetation destruction and excessive poop.

Note the quarter for scale.

The snail kites are happy, though, one of the odd cases of an invasive species helping out a threatened native.

Yeah because that makes any sense


I’m not even going to try to contemplate this too deeply. The photograph has been on my phone for weeks, haunting my efforts to go find something else I shot more recently.

Who even does this and why did I take a piece?! Why?! What.

What lurks on Channel X?

Brb going back to the 1980s….

Simulated walnut grain finish.


This is an early model cable converter — it simply let you watch cable channels on a non cable ready TV set. I have many childhood memories of watching shows through one. The top of the box always got so warm, and ours had the piano key selector on a long cable. The control, from memory, is nothing but a big resistor divider that sets the voltage presented to a varactor diode in the tuner, with a couple of logic lines going back from that selector on the left to switch the tuner between three bands. As this was all highly inexact, the fine tuning roller on the right was usually in need of a twist. Set it just right while the right two or more buttons were pressed down at once and sometimes you could juuuust watch the scrambled channels, in weird green picture with horizontal warping around a green and white color bar…!! Shhhhh don’t tell anyone….

No thanks




From a wideband HF radio power amplifier board designed and built in south Florida.

South Florida is not known for rf devices.

Chinashit caps everywhere and the board feels like toilet paper. Additionally, those resistors. Here’s five cents, go buy some real 2 watt noninductive parts…

Things I learned today

Pic unrelated. These are several orders of magnitude more expensive though.

A) there are designer toddler shoes with fancy fur trim and shit, and they cost $250 a pair
B) people. actually. buy. these.
C) said people get foaming mad when the toddler kicks them off and launches them to their destruction under the stroller wheels in a puddle.

Guys, I think my least significant bit is stuck high, because….

I can’t even.

Help wanted.

Staff member wanted for major nonprofit organization.

Applicant must have strong experience in low voltage electrical, networking, audio and video production, carpentry, stage lighting and prop construction, audio engineering, painting, metalworking, and be able to lift 120 pounds up two flights of stairs repeatedly for hours on end. Must be willing to work days, nights, weekends, holidays, and consecutive daily shifts up to 22 hours in length.

Must be willing to work substantial unpaid overtime at last minute notice.

Applicant should be willing to live with a total lack of ability to plan any activities outside of work due to constantly changing schedules.

Compensation: in some states, Sandwich Artists make more. Full benefits package and paid time off available. You’ll never get to use the paid time off though. Retirement fund provided but you’ll never be able to afford to use it. Daily unpaid lunch break provided, through which you remain on call.

Significant biological and electrical hazards present as well as the risks of handling murderously heavy cargo.

Apply today at [Fnord! Not available at your clearance.]

(There. I wrote it for you. Go ahead and send it to HR for posting. I dare you.)

Oz is a little rainy today



Remember when adventuring in the great outdoors, always keep a few spare pairs of dry socks… Or striped stockings… Whatever.

This air blown inflatable spent some quality time in a torrential downpour and flood. Now I’m drying it out.

Frogs came off it in great numbers the night before. At least now it seems to be frogless.

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