Clearing out the “shitposts” folder

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.

Your transmitter with the patented Crown of Thorns, guaranteed to send you running to the friendly local general store for first aid supplies and to clean up in their washroom after slicing your freaking knuckle open

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!)

The power supply system is three switching PSUs with their outputs wired in series and grounds floating. OOOOKAY, NO, DON’T DO THIS

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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A strange epiphany.

Might as well have been one of these monsters.

This morning I was driving to work and just after I got off the expressway, there was someone sitting stopped at a green light for a long time, lost in whatever they were doing on their phone.

I politely gave a very quick tap of my car horn to hopefully direct their focus back on the important tasks of driving.

HOOOOONKKK!!! That thing came on what seemed excessively loud.

It was then that I realized that I never knew how loud my car’s horn was.

By extension, that probably means I’ve never blown my car’s horn. Never.

I’ve had it for several months now.

I’ve never needed to use it.

I guess I’m not in Florida anymore.

Pop Team Epic is amazing.

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.

Pennzoil $2 a quart rebate

Sharing this and saving it for later—

http://www.pennzoil.com/en_us/promotions/do-it-yourself-oil-change/promotion-9.html

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. 🙂

Set cruise control to “anxiety”

I hate it when drivers set their vehicle in optical cruise control with a maximum speed of 99 and a following distance of BANANA.

Seriously that’s creepy. Stop that.

It seems to be a very common affliction among Ford SUV drivers who all drive like they have a death wish around here.

Still getting used to this whole 0 weight thing

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…