The slow reveal

I’ve had this same building appear in my dreams three times now and I’ve wondered what’s up with it. It’s a pale yellow building, and I’m thinking it’s somewhere in an older section of Miami based on a couple of details, but it might not be. It has two floors above ground and one below. The middle floor has come up as having a center entrance/lobby that’s no longer in use and a space that’s open on one end to the outside, and it’s shown up once as housing a little cafe/bodega, and once as housing an ice cream shop. In both cases, a hallway towards the center of the building accesses a restroom and kitchen area to the other side of that center entrance.

The center entrance is the intriguing part though. As you go through it, there’s a space where a narrow wooden staircase would have once stood, since removed. It would have gone up one floor to a hallway to where there are some living areas, and down one floor into a basement level which continues WAY out of sight. There is no other obvious way to get into the basement level, but the living areas above seem to be in active use.

It’s partially built into or against a hill.

The first time I saw it in a dream I just noticed the basement level and missing staircase. A roughly built wood railing would keep one from walking into the hole. I began to contemplate sneaking in a ladder somehow so I could climb down there and see where it went.

The second time I was in this building in a dream, someone had sort of covered the hole with plywood but it was really obvious it was still there.

The third time, it was back open again, and I found the entrance to the upper level. A staircase outside the other end of the building took me up there and it was a hallway to some apartments. The hallway had amazing royal blue carpeting.

However, this third time, I was reading SOMETHING that gave the history of the building, and had diagrams, showing this building and others nearby. It had been constructed in the late 1800s out of wood and stone or coral rock. The basement level wasn’t a floor of the building, but rather an opening into a tunnel system that connected at least a dozen different structures in the same early settlement! The tunnels were originally kind of a happy accident, the result of an excavation during the construction process that the builders found would be trivial to just cut-and-cover to leave as a set of passages for everyone to use, shielded from the weather. It kind of barely went below actual ground level at that point because this building was built on a hill, and continued into the hill or ridge to go through two other residential buildings, a church, and a theater. Only the church remained in its original form. Someone’s account of having gone down the tunnel in recent years was in this article, where they found someone had partially filled that branch with concrete, but not enough to limit passage to where it went under a nearby street.

In this third dream appearance, the side of the first floor opposite the ice cream shop also housed a small datacenter room.

I wonder what the significance of this may be?

Occupational Hazards

…. When you walk into the studio at like 11 PM, NOBODY else is there, and you’re carrying a huge armload of tools… you walk past a studio door where a long quiet outro of a song has been playing out and suddenly THIS COMES BLASTING OUT

….. in other news I now know exactly which sockets are missing from the socket set and just how far down the hallway they can roll when I FREAK OUT AND THROW EVERYTHING TO THE FLOOR IN SURPRISE WTF

I’ve never been to The Beadman. It sounds like a pretty neat store honestly, but damn if THAT part of their radio ad sounds like nothing else reasonable in this known freaking universe

To be the Chief Evangelist?

Found on the box of a Creality Ender 3 printer….

Uh yeah, sufficient levels of fnord are present. I wonder what the instruction manual looks like?

Speaking of things that have leggy frames, Linguini Mountain is evolving into its final form.

And here’s a thing that’s also afraid of wet…. an aluminum field flange…. also scheduled for replacement. I’m really hoping the innards of that combiner contain none of that folderol. My boss told me that the aluminum fittings are common in the cellular industry, where it works fine because they don’t mix aluminum and brass. If only we were so lucky. Fnord.

User interface design and stray socks

I don’t have a washer and dryer at home, so I use either of a couple of laundromats. I never really thought about this before now while horribly bored waiting for stuff to dry, but there’s a very big design flaw when it comes to the user interface of some laundry equipment.

I vaguely remember long ago using a giant Continental-Girbau washer where I was able to just grab all the laundry and flop it right into a basket in front of the machine without anything landing on the floor instead. I never really thought too much about this, but it was pointing out that Alliance Laundry Systems (manufacturers of the Speed Queen and Huebsch brands) dropped the ball… Or, rather, my SOCKS!!!

First off, here’s a more modern style Speed Queen washer. I’ve seen these in at least three different sizes; this one is “two load” and will gleefully swallow the contents of my entire laundry bag as long as it isn’t crammed to the brim.

Notice how snugly the basket fits against the front. Nothing may escape!!

This is a “soft mount” machine with a drum suspension and rubber door boot. It’s on a stand that elevates it a bit. If it didn’t have the stand, it’d meet the basket too low.

This one has a weird indentation but it ends above the basket rim, so you don’t get sock droppage.

Here’s a very old dryer by them, the same design is still produced with barely any changes other than a more modern digital control. Sadly the pretty teal blue VFD is replaced by boring green LEDs on the new ones. Again, though, not only does it have a flat front but a rub rail is positioned to meet the basket.

And now….


Note the Sock Drop Zone formed here. The tub is recessed with a weird black cone of shame, and as you unload, small items fall and don’t land in the basket. Every time I use one of these, I always wheel the basket away and find like three socks on the floor because they fell through this gap. Incidentally, on this design, anything that goes down the gap between the tub edge and wash basket edge there is pretty much lost forever into the drain sump. It’s a sizable gap about 3/8″ wide, but when the door is closed, the glass window makes it highly unlikely that any items will get near it. It’s more a hazard on loading and unloading, but will cause issues if the machine is overloaded with baby clothes.

So, why the weird sock eating cone of shame? I don’t get it. A fairly trivial change could be made to stop these washers from continuing their sock-dropping reign of terror, but it seems to have never crossed anyone’s minds over at Alliance.