I apparently had a folder of images prepared for technical grade shitposting that were going unused so it’s time for a SHITPOSTING FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
This shitposting festival made possible by the PTek corporation.
In theory maybe this just means the top cover was put on backwards but I don’t want to open the top cover. Why? I don’t want to know what’s inside this unit because this is what was inside the older FM-500 series and it makes me a sad panda. (Spooling up turbocharger for powerful shitposting of… shit!)
Here’s the PTek FM500 series pallet overall. Not visible, or even particularly accessible, above the top of this photo, is the control logic board buried between the heatsink and the housing. Input (and output) are the tiny white cables to the right. Input’s at the top. It first goes through a buffer/driver stage, a Wilkinson 2-port power divider, through the finals, through some very unusual stripline transformers, then to a Wilkinson 2-port combiner ending with the start of the output lowpass filter, a fourth-order pi network apparatus. Seems legit, but look at those RF FET modules.
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I’ve never seen anything so wonderfully deconstruct every possible trope in the world of anime, the very medium of anime itself, and even the nature of humor itself as what I’ve seen out of Pop Team Epic, but then this gem appeared in episode #8—
This is actually still animation, technically. In fact, they’ve also used puppetry which can be classified as animation. I’ve just never seen a performance anything like this before and it totally blew me away. I watched it twice and the second time I was looking for anywhere they could have cut it between takes— I only noticed one cut in the last few seconds when they cut to zoom in.
Some years ago I had a dream where I had found an episode of “Dave Barry TV” on the tube late at night. The sort of situations and pacing in Pop Team Epic reminds me of what I saw in that dream— except, in that dream, the episode of Dave Barry TV lasted about four minutes after which Dave didn’t know what to do past that point so he spent the rest of the episode massacring low-flow toilets.
The terms: $10 rebate on 5 quarts or $2 rebate on 1 quart of Pennzoil Ultra Platinum or Platinum Synthetic oil at participating retailers (the list is pretty much every common box store and auto parts chain AND Amazon). Usable twice per person or address until December 2018. The receipt can be submitted electronically, no mail-in required.
I just filed it to get $10 off this oil change and will do it for the next one too. 🙂
0w-20 oil pours really interestingly in a high wind…. That is to say the wind whipped it around and kicked it right back out of the funnel at first and I now have a well oiled battery. At least most of it landed down the filler!
Winds are pretty dang high right now. We’d better get rain soon…
A long departed friend of mine has sometimes come to visit me in dreams, and he’s still just as wonderfully silly as ever.
But then tonight he figured out how to sneak into a ham radio repeater on a mountain…
So nobody was talking on the CARLA system again as is quite usual but suddenly I heard just the middle of some conversation about a Jeep pop on there then disappear just as suddenly. I keyed up the radio, said my call sign and let go of the button. There was no beep or squelch tail from the repeater.
But then he just pops right up.
“Hey again. Nice to see you. It’s really nice up here, better than that stuffy Castle Greyskull.”
His voice was kind of unmistakable.
I replied, “what are you doing up there?”
The response was a bit of laughter followed by the repeater controller saying “Link time out” as it turned off even though I’d just spoken on it.
So yeah, if you just heard all that oddness across the better part of California… That’s just an old friend being his ridiculous self.
This is not my first experience with ghosts sneaking into repeaters, by the way. It happens. Everyone who’s used the 147.150 in Miami has likely heard it happen too.