Chaos Butterflies

A former engineer (who was eventually banned from the facilities for various people problems including throwing a chair at a DJ) had made dozens of these splices where almost anything that’s an analog stereo pair goes into an electrical tape covered Y connection into some kind of 4-wire shielded cable.

Out of curiosity I unwrapped the tape from one of his splices to see what was inside.

Oh, no. No no no no no no my entire facility is wired like this no no no no NOPE FUCK AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHNOPENOPENOPEARONIWITHCHEESENONONONO

Ah… The good ol’ Ryko NerveWracker

I hate the Ryko Thrust Pro dryer with a passion that burns like a thousand fiery suns. The usual issue I have with them is that a windshield wiper will get lifted off the glass just in time to go up the air channels and get lodged there and smashed to oblivion, either by the car’s movement or even the pneumatic system retracting the ‘follower’. It was not the best designed car wash dryer ever, okay?

That not exactly Solo Jazz swoosh pattern, though… The same cover plate was used in the US2001 overhead wash.

Vote of no confidence

If you told me years ago that we’d have concentration camps on US soil with a president who seeks to indefinitely lock people up there with no due process, government attacks on media, a carefully orchestrated effort to collapse the heavily global trade based US economy in very rapid order, the repeal of protections for workers and child labor laws, the rigging of the US Supreme Court to rapidly overturn landmark decisions made in favor of civil rights, and the existence of those fucking weird light bulbs with a bi-pin bayonet base for things other than automotive brake lights/turn signals, I would have called you bubble-brained nuts and walked away.

Welp.

Fox News, you went full incel. You never go full incel.

Fnord

So as I’m trying to take a peaceful little break over coffee, Fox News blares on a television.

The current round of commentators seem to be outright sick of Trump and GOP policy, however, they’re spending their time on camera there on intense denial of misogyny in public policy and society, and sneering over efforts to change this. They’re also denying racism and claiming that immigration policy is in no way discriminatory against certain cultures, only against “security risks”…..

Boy, you morons sure sound like incels that got thrown on a cable network.

Ask YOUR local cable company for the Incel News Network! All toxic hate, all the time.

bUt wE’re ProFEssIonAls nOt YOu

Local HVAC service contractor: “Oh, yeah, we know what’s going on, your condenser coils are just dirty.”

Technician shows up and sprays the coils then promptly leaves.

Air conditioning continues to not work. Vital equipment starts to warn of impending thermal shutdown.

I go out and take a look at the condenser for literally four seconds.

ICE ICE BABY

how. HOW DID YOU MISS THIS???!!! Were you too busy trying to capture our ample local supply of rock and bug type Pokemon or something and never bothered to look at ANYTHING???

Pissing the night away—-

This is as obvious as the nose on your face. Damn thing’s iced over. That’s why we had no cooling. I set the unit to fan only and the amount of water that came flying out the condensate pipe was stunning.

Also, when the other tech came out to actually check everything, I got horribly, seriously confused by his gauges.

 

From the “It Blowed Up Real Good” Desk…

These are not my pictures. I know nothing of the horror here, though it was powering the transmitter that cooked these modules. The faults may or may not be related. First off— yes, you are seeing light through that— it blew a hole right through the cover. Also, I am now adding an “Arcy Sparky” category for all future posts relevant to it.

 

It sharted.
Please, no, I do not want to know what horror lies below that tape. Never show this to me. Never. In theory it may be split bolt connectors, but I fear far, far, far worse.

Oh, yes, in case you’re wondering what I mean when I say “Zeeky Boogy Doog”….

And my Jolteon kicked that Gyrados’ butt too.

A while back I found this in service up Linguini Mountain and removed it in a session of lobbing crap into a pile in the corner. I decided to take a picture of it before shitcanning it in the e-waste box….

The open frame relay was screwed to a hole in the side of a rack, facing outwards as I recall.

What a shame. Potter & Brumfield used to make good relays too, before they just became a Tyco Electronics contract manufactured line of dumpshit. This one, alas– its service to us is done…. Whatever service that may have been.

Incidentally, trying to claim the gym at Whiskeytown for any team other than Instinct is a foolish act, for I will take it back every time I’m out there. Bwahahaha. Isn’t that right, little Mudkip of the lake?

It doesn’t exactly work that way

After I saw someone comment on the steadily spiking prices on eggs at the infamous Steelyard Walmart, I looked at the prices on the same large boxes at the one in Willows. What I saw is … Well, it’s quintessentially Walmart.

The eggs are packaged in these white mystery boxes that don’t lend themselves to being opened to check the eggs…. And every box is heavily manhandled.

Yeah, that’s about par for the course. Maybe I should yell at them about it on 151.820 megacycles, carrier squelch…. 😉

Broadcast Engineer Nightmare #73

Content warning for grossness…. image is graphic so enjoy these pictures unless you want to see the horror.

Bad news: nature called at a tower site.

Good news: it has a portapotty

WTF: it has a flush toilet of sorts

Bad news: the flusher doesn’t work and pouring water in there doesn’t work to dispatch the contents and the sink is freeze damaged


Oh well

Elsewhere in the building is a room that was clearly intended to have a bucket toilet or something in it; there’s a vent to the outside and this weird toilet paper holder on the wall. Until tonight I never knew square toilet paper was a thing, but there it is and it was used in the portable horror potty too

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