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

Rest in peace…

One of my giant platform boots broke apart after probably about two years of me wearing them to work every day. For them being boots more intended to be worn for stompy dancing at a goth club, they put up with that amazingly well.

Duck tape held them through their last day.

My boss saw this and said it actually looked pretty neat – he envisioned a pair where one boot is black and one silver being pretty awesome. I agree.

Mystery boots at the top of TransTower. They must have been left when the tower was painted.

Ford Explorers can have a little corrosion, as a treat.

This *was* a headlight connector and bulb, it all just disintegrated into weird gray ash and burned a few inches back down the wire. Oh gee where have I seen this before?

A glorious meme I stole. Kinda want that dress….

After months of neglect, I redyed my hair. Interestingly it seems like the blacklight at my workbench has become…. a dim purple light. The UV emission appears to be mostly gone. I’m not surprised as this has always been a common failure mode of uv led emitters. A lot of plastics that are common in other LED carriers will degrade from the UV and begin to absorb it, letting through only the visible blue/violet color, if much at all. The bulb has been on 24/7 pretty much ever since I started doing rainbow hair so it’s given a good service life. It occurs to me that one of my coworkers who just came back to the office today has never seen me with rainbow hair before, and he didn’t say anything about it…… but he suddenly decided he’s now tired of only wearing black clothing! Well then… I’m glad to be bringing more color to the world. :3

There are visible black spots on top of the LED emitters in the “filament” now. I don’t remember if they’re that way on these bulbs new but I’ll compare them when I get a new one. That is assuming I don’t just get some UV LED tape for my workspace where I sit and yell about things like these cursed faders in a JLCooper audio controller.

The “be glad you have a service plan” special
Oy, when they said no user serviceable parts they very much meant it

A lot of equipment with motorized faders has pretty similar faders, but these are all weird and look almost like a totally custom bizarro construction. They’re not Alps, Penny & Giles, or Midas, they’re just weird and we kill them every year and change. Uh, okay.

Catgirl thoughts or something

Never forget your 80s badass catgirl roots

So in my last post I got really mad over Grass Valley Group products really not handling blatantly obvious bad timecode well. Rest assured this also affects their iTX master control/automation product and I’m really glad that didn’t toss its toys right out of the pram on my shift.

Well, I tracked down the problem, and it’s a very bad one with the main and hot spare master timing generators being completely hosed up and the automatic changeover being a spaz.

Please don’t forget this kitty’s got claws.

Let’s just say the only way out of this one is an emergency capital expenditure request that’s being made as I speak. The servo balanced LTC output is somehow half burned up on the working one of the two and this can’t be fixed without taking the unit out which means NOOOOOO TIMECODE *whistle boing*


That remains unfixed but I’m really happy for an unrelated and wonderful reason.

Anyone remember when I had THAT director of engineering back in Miami who made a huge deal about it being totally unacceptable for me to reflect as anything outside of my boring old birth assigned gender role?

Yeah that’s apparently not a thing at all here. I’m so glad. I think at worst maybe one of my coworkers was very slightly confused because he was used to referring to me by male pronouns and I guess kinda questioned that for a moment but that really doesn’t bother me at all. I have thought maybe I should introduce myself using they/them to avoid confusion but… whatever works.

Oh and yes this was me being rather lazy, really I just wanted to wear my favorite dress at work somehow and then realized I had a set of cat ears that matched it! It worked out so well and everyone was trying to figure out what anime I was from. Well….. I’ve often thought a somewhat ridiculous anime about broadcast engineering should exist— think maybe what you’d get if you crossed Azumanga Daioh with a TV and radio station. Meow.

Before the deadly lazer rose
After the deadly lazer
I’m just gonna throw away my black eyeliner, bright colors absolutely suit me better

I wish to point out something ridiculous here. In the photo I took in the dark, a lot of that light reflecting off my dress is a whole stack of windows open on my desktop PC as I give our ChyronHego graphics systems their weekly, uh, wash, rinse, and tri-color foaming wax or whatever. These things are high maintenance and just as I was about to leave for the afternoon to go take a cat nap, the Camio Luci component of…. whatever….. Blew The F Up.

Guess what turned out to secretly actually just be Software As A [dis]Service with a weird local hardware-ish interface to the on site newsroom automation all along?

*Scooby Doo villain unmask scene!*

Yeah apparently ChyronHego support told us yes they’re down and we can’t generate any supers or lower thirds because…. Blurrrrrppp. Excuse me, I think I need to go sharpen my claws on the cat tree.

I wanted to use this in another post but it didn’t wanna upload, it seems appropriate for this Camio thing.

The return of the neon rainbow

Me, a couple nights ago: “my hair is really faded, I wonder which colors to dye it next?”

To answer my own question: yes

Also I discovered this is the most useless hair bleach, at least on me – it doesn’t even try to lift any part of my hair that wasn’t already bleached with the nice Wella or Quick Blue stuff, or is already naturally graying. (How much gray do I have now? I hate to say I don’t even know.)

Be the roller rink carpet you admire

So I was looking for a picture I took a while back of an audio mixer and searched Google Photos for “mixer”. First result?

Wait a minute… That’s not a KitchenAid over that bowl!

So I figured it was a good time to reboot the ELC automation server for Good Day Sacramento and one of my coworkers has wanted to braid my hair ever since I dyed it all rainbow. Her daughters aged out of letting her braid their hair and she missed doing it… so she braided my mane while ELC juddered back to life. The result is amazing.

The shirt I’m wearing is one I drew on with glow in the dark fabric paint. I wasn’t sure at first if I liked how it came out until I saw how it looks actually worn. It just didn’t look as nice lying flat. I’m gonna have to put a blacklight up at the station somewhere for…. reasons.

Abstract circuit board design under UV light
Glowing more than this XKeys

More colorful shitposting

The thing around my hair is not a ferrite core. It’s more like a slap bracelet and it’s awesome. It keeps the tail from just lying on the back of my neck.

The big hoop is an old TV/monitor degaussing coil and the box is what it came in. Don’t confuse this Jif with that other Jif. I don’t think either rhymes with Gif. Also, one of my coworkers gave me that beautiful blue hair dye, it’s from the Manic Panic line and I love it.

Channel condition: partly cloudy
Cute lil’ dvcpro transport in need of a dental cleaning
The Smurfhair roller was pretty filthy

Thankfully I don’t have to really do any major overhaul work on these — we have the tooling in house to do it, including PCs loaded with custom software to perform certain adjustments (yikes!) and these decks don’t even speak plain English to you like my Sony DVCAM stuff does… you have to have The Fine Manual in front of you because everything is just by numbers with no text labels in any of the menus! Hurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr