Triax Schmiax

In which I ponder a weird connector…

Sony HSC-300 camera… presenting with loss of power and/or signal whenever the swivel spigot on the side is rotated. The part was ordered… $835 and it took two weeks to ship… Yowza. I’m clearly in the wrong business.

And there it is. $835.

At first I was really perplexed wondering how this not even coaxial set of wires carries HD-SDI, but… it’s not necessarily HD-SDI. I’m not really sure what it is. It’s 170vdc power, and some flavor of bidirectional RF something or other that goes to the CCU and also carries prompter and return video to the viewfinder and serial data. Ok then.

The old part was really munched.

All in all not a hard replacement, but damn that parts cost!!! Wow. Well, I don’t have to buy it myself (this isn’t South Florida!) so bite me. Ha.

Oops I tripped and fell in the Crayola 72 box

I just keep getting more colorful and I freaking love it.

First off, my last adventure with hair colors. I decided to leave the dark roots and……

It’s glorious.

I’ve still got the nice UV glow but really pretty jewel colors where it went over my dark and silver roots. YES.

Smoky purple and blue tones

Uh oh, I feel asleep on a circuit board and got traces on my face!

…. And then I got this badass palette from Glamlite and it’s REALLY nice. This is like, the kind of thing I absolutely should have had as a baby bat 😀

The bright pink is from this neon colors palette I got at Five Below.

And it all looks pretty cool even behind my tinted glasses :3

And that’s me without any makeup but with a beat to hell dummy load (I don’t trust it).

And that was my face when I was waiting for the Glamlite palette to arrive

You know what, just yeet these with extreme prejudice

This WAS a rubber stick on cushion. These are often found as feet on electronic equipment. I actually don’t know why it was ever in there.

It didn’t stop there and ran all the way down the chassis. The first sign of trouble was that I went to pull the scope out of its housing and it just stayed stuck, but then came out with a big SCHLORP sound.

I’ve begun ripping these rubber cushions off my older electronic gear and replacing them with sticky back felt feet if necessary. I wonder if there are silicone rubber equivalents? The silicone rubber keypad on this oscilloscope still works fine despite being made in the early 1990s but that superfluous cushion had to go before. I’m glad I got it before it oozed right out the holes in the back.

As nasty as this would be I’d rather soak in that substance than the contents of the Tesla Dumpster Pool

On the hunt again

Last week we had a horribly long engineering staff meeting that basically pointed out to me that we’re all destined to be burned out like our damn transmission line in the coming months. I’m quite done with this. We were promised there’d be big improvements and then saw them yanked away and replaced with the promise of enjoying what will eventually degrade into “Just In Time Scheduling“. Yeah, how about no.

Spunk Trumpet

That being said, I’m gonna be exploring other career opportunities with companies that don’t treat their mission critical staff like rodents.

Old UPN network lighting gobo

I had such high hopes for this company. It was great…. three mergers, four reductions in force, and one massive consolidation of HR and talent acquisition later. Now it’s just a slow burn of crushing cheapness and presumably, tax writeoffs of everything that doesn’t just get asset stripped.

Anyone interested in having a rather silly but talented engineer come work for them? I have 20 years experience in the field, including TV, FM and AM radio. I’d post a full resume here but I don’t exactly want everyone’s bots to come knocking yet. Also, I shitpost a lot. Maybe I need to write up a public resume in the form of a shitpost. That’d fool all the bots and give me the ability to sneak in cat pictures.

Meanwhile, here’s a sleepy kitty.

UwU I tell you hwat.

Of cats, glowy things, and tri-color foaming wax:

Hmm, yes, this is a fine box of kitteh

Pat the tortie tush!

While everyone got spooky for the office Halloween party I just pretty much came as my true usual self. Our CPR instructor called me Sailor Moon and I will be amused by this FOREVER. Spooky Cat just because.


Slightly less glowy “but I can actually see stuff this way” version

 

 

 

 

And a strange car wash: