As usual…

2:30 pm on a Friday and the city’s already grinding to a halt. Nice…

Last night, there was literally one lane on one surface street remaining open for my drive home. And the county thinks it needs a giant indoor theme park and mall at the end of Miami Gardens Drive??


Oops, I’m spoiled rotten now.


I just realized how badly spoiled I am from this piece of modern technology. This is a PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 digital mixing console. Each channel, buss, and aux has its own equalizer, dynamics processing (gate, compressor, limiter), and everything can be stored and recalled in scene memory including the faders. They’re not motorized on this board but that doesn’t really matter. There are also two internal reverb processors that sound perfectly okay.

What’s going to happen now when I have to mix on an old analog console where it doesn’t even have a weird sounding analog compressor on the mic in channels?

I’m up the creek, man. Spoiled rotten. Perhaps I should squirrel away a few pennies for my own console with digital snake (ADCs remote mounted; only an Ethernet cable runs to the stage!)


Jammed like an orange tree.

So I think I have it licked – if you’ve tried to go to this site and just get “Error establishing a database connection”, it’s likely due to memory exhaustion:

The likely culprit: /etc/apache2/mods-enabled/mpm_prefork.conf

<IfModule mpm_prefork_module>
StartServers 5
MinSpareServers 5
MaxSpareServers 10
MaxRequestWorkers 150
MaxConnectionsPerChild 0

And the log that let me catch it in the act:

[23743.574941] Out of memory: Kill process 857 (mysqld) score 45 or sacrifice child

[23743.575134] Killed process 857 (mysqld) total-vm:910236kB, anon-rss:21764kB, file-rss:0kB

[23747.982892] init: mysql main process (857) killed by KILL signal

[23747.982923] init: mysql main process ended, respawning

[23748.272600] init: mysql main process (6431) terminated with status 1

[23748.272617] init: mysql main process ended, respawning

[23749.210945] init: mysql post-start process (6432) terminated with status 1

[23749.364629] init: mysql main process (6467) terminated with status 1

[23749.364683] init: mysql respawning too fast, stopped

While I try to figure out how to get fastcgi and php-fpm going (I’m not in that “go rewrite config files” state of mind right now) I just turned down MaxRequestWorkers to prevent ram-sucking jams.

Speaking of things jamming…. I’m trading in my Harris Z16 for an orange tree soon. Yes, THIS GUY. I have yet to ever send this SSTV slide to anyone though. You know, sometimes life throws you orange playground balls. I really love radio and electronics but this thing will never, ever, send me alarms at 4 AM, and that makes me a lot happier.

Beeeeee-bloopblooopbleebloop... No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No.....
Beeeeee-bloopblooopbleebloop… No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No…..
Note the lack of glow on the FAULT led, under the left LCD. This thing was my stand-in orange tree.


And they’re done!


Radio Shack, who once were a big name in electronics, of course, have finally failed entirely. As of today the news is that they’ll close half their stores and sell the rest to Sprint (because Radio Shack themselves proved just how profitable selling cell phones on America’s shittiest network is!)

Since Radio Shack was the last surviving business under Tandy Corporation (which renamed themselves Radio Shack Corporation) this means they have truly come full circle and have run themselves out of business like each and every one of their ventures.

Now let the clearance sales begin I guess… The store where I photographed this pack of knobs labeled as fuse holders was still fully stocked and selling items with extended service plans as of now but has not discounted anything.

On this day the Losing Horns echoed over the airwaves…


When you’re stuck in a small dark little cavern for a couple hours with one of these boards you start to really appreciate how nice the backlit buttons are.


Also, making use of that little BNC jack gooseneck lamp thing is a very good idea.

Well, you’re correct in that…


If there even is a pushbutton under that, I’ve never seen it – it always has a cardboard box taped over it.

Sunshine Petroleum Distributors, always concerned for your safety! (Noooooooooot.)

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