BatterYEET

This is a real head scratcher, what went wrong here (everything?) and how did it go that wrong.

After:

It seems to me like the cover fell off then the truck took a quick turn, but who knows. I couldn’t get the batteries back in that same way. Uh, ok, it works now

Herblederble

We have these neat signs in our lobby at work with the station logos on them. Originally they were screwed to the wall, leaving holes in them (argh!). At times I had to take them off so they could be used in promotional videos and such then put them back.

The lobby was painted so they came down and I decided this time to put them up with3M Command strips. Yes, their URL is actually command.com … I’ll never forget using DOS…

I used the strips that come backed in that funky high grade Velcro that connects and disconnects with a crunchy snap action, so the signs can go on and off the wall in seconds as needed. Beautiful! I kinda went by memory of where they hung, and it all went great until……

I swear I put that calendar up in the same place using the same anchors in the wall but now it fouls the KKXS sign!

Oh well. For the amazingly weedy share that station pulls in and the amount of grief its satellite automation causes me, it can stay there, right above the calendar everyone in traffic uses and the Keurig nobody uses.

On another note, I clearly have a lot to learn about MySQL. Last night a change I’d made to its configuration led to a “No space left on device” screwage as it shot logs like a firehose. That’s why this site was returning THE VOID when accessed last night.

Best error message ever

Found on a monitor of unknown function at a Love’s truck stop

OH SNAP THE WORDPRESS MOBILE APP GLITCHED ITSELF TO DEATH WHILE TRYING TO POST AN ERROR MESSAGE ABOUT AN ERROR MESSAGE AND DID IT TWICE 😀

I love boring transmitters!

By this I mean the ones where you install it, then outside of routine maintenance, it just works and never asks for more. Boring….NVlt getting the 5.0 software update.Always move the Pusheen to the center before updating, otherwise you have to do it again. I don’t know why and I’m not questioning it. Yours doesn’t have a Pusheen on it? Uh, that’s a highly technical problem.Boring backplaneElsewhere, this Crown started losing its boringness. It started occasionally dropping output. I’ll be replacing it with a fully boring transmitter soon. I bet it’s not much more of an issue than a dried cap in the power supply.Note to self: print a Pusheen to leave on top of the new one.

Late night fun with glitches

Last night I was driving home down I-5 and the notoriously, uh, imperfect, Bluetooth connection to the stereo in my old Subaru Forester glitched out in a fabulous way leading to Kraftwerk’s Autobahn album getting played at 50% speed.

 

Ok, that was so cool I’ve gotta share. I slowed these tracks in Audacity for the same effect. Then I tried to upload them via WordPress but found it’s stuck with an 8 meg upload size limit and I don’t feel like troubleshooting that right now so I threw ’em on der aktiv-schaum. Then I googled the wordpress upload limit and…. BROKE GOOGLE.

COMPUTER MALTHUNCTION MALFUNNYTHINKIN….

Mitternacht wound up sounding like something that belongs as haunted house ambience:
http://aktiv-schaum.kg4cyx.net/Mitternacht-slowed.mp3

The title track, Autobahn, just… took on whole new dimensions of weird.

http://aktiv-schaum.kg4cyx.net/Autobahn-slowed.mp3

I was also treated to a weird stuttering flanging thing happening when I tried to play an Aphex Twin track through it, which eventually stopped as my phone simply gave up on sending Bluetooth audio. Oh well.

Shitpost Multiball

The Simpsons Pinball Party has not exactly proven itself to be a very reliable game; I’ve never played one where everything is fully functional. Malfunctions sadly seem to crop up with the garage door and mini playfield, and failure of these make most of the game inaccessible! No multiball…. On this one the upper left flipper didn’t work, so there was no way to shoot anything up there.

Just for the record, the way you have to get to multiball is to get the ball up there (open the garage door then shoot the ball in there) and the VUK (vertical up kicker) inside will send the ball to the left flipper on the mini playfield. From there, pass it directly to the right flipper or use the orbit at the back to send it to the right flipper, then shoot the lock ramp which will put it in the couch.

Yes, this is as challenging as it sounds!

So is maintaining an old RVR / Armstrong tube transmitter. Cut to avoid page spam…

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