Pretty sure we got a viewer call from Eeby Deeby overnight.
Barnstorm! Or, No Good Deed….
Ever had water start gushing out of something that’s fundamentally made of eldritch terror and high voltage? Why I’ve never…..
And it gave me a nice shower the moment I got the door open. And I accidentally did the Wrong Button Thing again in the confusion.
So the fitting that became a showerhead is the one on the left. I didn’t get a picture of it but basically it’s the same as half of that coupler I found in a parts box that’s sitting on top… However it didn’t have the O-ring. The snapped trapezoidal profile ring sitting on the right sits in the bottom of the socket. The fitting plugs in there, held against the trapezoidal ring by two locking pins, you can see the head of one of them on top here. I can’t identify the type of connector or even find any evidence that it ever existed. Anywhere. Needless to say I didn’t have a spare for that ring, but luckily taking one of the round o rings off that close nipple and putting it in the seat in the socket and reinstalling the thing worked! No more warm shower of DI water.
Oh, and now I know how the funky bascule bridges work. A rather buzzy motor cranks up in there and rotates pinion gears that engage with rack gears on these two long braces on each side of the bascule, which protrude outward from the waterway to lift the well balanced assembly. You would be well advised to stay clear of that counterweight as it comes awkwardly close to the road surface as it nears fully open!
And this is uhh, Stuffing Shit In Tower Elevators, Medium Difficulty Level. I rode down squatted inside the cabinet and it wasn’t the best. The elevator is kinda both bigger and smaller than it looks as it’s a weird shape and the control cabinets stick out. If there isn’t a large object rammed in the, there’s enough space to comfortably sit down on the floor as it slowly creeps its way up or down at 85 feet per minute.
Out of sight, out of mind
This is certainly a thing. I don’t know how half this crap even got up here.
This is mostly just a picture dump that begins beyond the read more tag. This is weirdness like 1600 feet up a tower inside a weird triangular room wrapped around it.
But first, one of the more unique elevator controllers I’ve seen.. the red cylinders are crystal filters of some sort used to detect control tones that are inductively coupled by a plate on the cab that rides next to a wire stretched along its path up the tower. It works pretty well as long as everyone remembers to keep the cab panel batteries charged.
From here on just remember “treat your fiberoptics with more respect than this please”Read more “Out of sight, out of mind”
Up on the bench today: A Lectrosonics wireless microphone cube.
This unit snaps right into the XLR connector at the bottom of a ‘stick’ microphone for handheld use. You’ve probably seen these in use on the news before (though often the bottom of the mic will be out of the shot and you won’t see it hanging there).
This is the upper end of the cube, as seen with the mic in a position of normal use.
The black plastic coated cone serves two purposes. One, you twist it to press the locking tab on the XLR to eject the assembly from the microphone. Two, it’s always being forced towards the tip by a strong spring, so the mic is gripped firmly and prevented from rattling around.
See how the XLR is all chewed up on this one? The spring failed over time (and LOTS of hard use) and allowed it to rattle around, causing eventual failure of the connector.
Looks easy enough to replace, right? It’s just screwed to one end plate of the ‘cube’ housing, into which there are five screw holes – two on the flatted side that’s down on the static mat in this picture, three of which face the rest of the pack body.
OH AND NO REDEMPTION EITHER.
Step one… get the pack open by removing all the tiny screws surrounding the display and controls then lift that out. Good luck. That part is fecking DIFFICULT, I have always just firmly stuck gaff tape to it and used it as a handle to lift it out. Be careful as you will be disconnecting a small pitch set of header pins above the top of the display towards the XLR end. Don’t bend them. The whole thing will come free when lifted only about a millimeter out of the recess though so the risk of this should be small. The two screws right next to the XLR are longer than the others as they land in the XLR endcap.
Step two, proceed to gut the whole damn thing like a fish. Photo captions inspired by the short film above.
Off comes the battery door – 4 pieces – first to come out are the four long larger black cone head Phillips screws, followed by the outer plate and the battery flap, then three more short small cone head screws to get that thin inner plate and spring off.
Now you can see the three screws on the back of the XLR plate down holes drilled through the cube body… but you can only actually reach one of them! This is gonna get sillier. Trust me. You’ve gotta get the radio board out of there.
On a side note, see that little black biscuit on the radio board? That’s topped with a strong magnet. Is that…. a whole-ass miniature RF CIRCULATOR?
The short black wire is the antenna lead. This must be desoldered along with the red and green power wires. Oh, also, to get to this point, you have to take out four tiny pan head Phillips screws and three larger short pan head screws that hold the control/audio board to the back of the front panel. Disconnect the one flat flex connector to the front panel membrane switches. The audio wires are Kynar and are looped through a hole in the board next to where they’re actually soldered down. There are fine pitch SMT components RIGHT NEXT TO the through holes they are soldered into. Be careful. This precluded the use of a vacuum desoldering pump and made me swear even more.
And finally, here’s the small mountain of screws that you’ll find yourself facing midway through the process. Don’t ask me to explain the “Line ‘Em Up” thing because I don’t understand it either. It just spontaneously came to be one day and that’s all I know. Oh, also, there IS a little bit of extra room in there to where you can leave the battery leads slightly long-ish, but you’ll have to carefully roll them up into that void between the flat flex connector on the control panel and where they land on the power / radio board. There isn’t enough clearance between that shield can and the chips on the back of the control panel.
Oh, one more thing: those hex screws are English size – I think 3/32 inch. The tiny set screws on some of their connectors are 0.9 millimeter. Yes, an unholy blend of English and Metric. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
But hey, I can think of worse ways I could have spent the late morning hours. Well I still don’t have to fix the couch, so bite me.
heh heheheheh dicks peak
just next to… Jack’s Peak
Ooooh, that smell
Tina Machua on Good Day Sacramento, standing in the kitchen at one of my favorite restaurants, Falafel and Shawarma Planet: “Wow, that smells delicious!”
Me, sitting in the engineering shop, having just gotten a shorted Tantrum– I mean, tantalum, capacitor to do its thing: “yeah uh”
this should be used as a copypasta somewhere
ATSC 1.0 has 💹👩 at 😂☺ least two very ❗😔 dumb 👅🤤 things about 🏻👏 it. 💡😏 #1: ⏰🤜 The 8VSB modulation. 8VSB is basically amplitude modulation with, spectrally, everything below ⬇😫 the carrier attenuated off. 📴 In 👏 theory, 🍆 that 😦 sounds 👌👌 ok, 🆗 except 😮😮 that 👈 it’s 💯❗ extremely 💯💯 vulnerable to 😄 multipath. GUESS 😦 WHAT HAPPENS ON 😢🔛 EVERY 🏾 TV 📺📺 SIGNAL IN 🍑 AN 😮👏 URBAN AREA. The margin’s not 🚫 that 👶➡ big for multipath, and ☢🍆 once ⁉🍆 you ☝ hit it, 😵 the 🙆 whole signal’s useless, ⏳ leaving 🏃🏃 your 💯💦 viewers to 💰🎯 dance 💃💃 around 😇💦 with 👏 the antenna and 👏 wonder why they just can’t 💦🔫 get picture…. 📷💭 8VSB was only, 🔑 from 😂 documentation I’ve 💰👈 found on 🔛 it, lab tested for 🎁 performance in terms of signal to 💦 noise ratio in a proof 💯💯 for 🍆🍆 the 💰👏 FCC… 🚫 no 🚫🙅 attempt was 👍👏 made to 💨 simulate or 💁 measure 🎛🎛 receiver performance in the 🏳👏 face of multipath. I’m not 🙅 sure if 👉👏 this 💦👈 was because 📝♂ nobody 🙅 ever had 💦 the “aha!” moment 🕞🕑 and 👏 realized it’d ❓🍝 be 💨😐 a problem or 👱👱 if 🙎🅱 some 💛 vendor already heavily 😃😃 invested in 🏽🙌 it swept 🤣🤣 it under ⏬ the 🅰 rug. Just 😬😶 about 😯 every 👏👖 other country 😂🏃 used DVB-T which 👏 allows for 😏 more spectrally efficient and 💦 robust modulation standards including 💨 QPSK (very ☣👿 robust but not 👮 as efficient as 🏃🍑 QAM), 16QAM, and 💩 64QAM. This 👈⬆ raises another 🏻 issue that 😠👌 was dumber on 👋🔛 the 👨 broadcaster’s side: 8VSB was in ❤ part chosen because it 💯 would, in theory, 😂 work 🏃😠 through 🚪 existing analog transmitters, requiring only 🏻☝ slight modifications to 💥💦 things 🕑 like 🙅 the 🚑🚪 combiners and 👀👅 an exciter swap. In 🌤😩 practice, 🍆 no transmitter manufacturers really 🏳👄 opened 😅😅 this ⬆ up ❤🏿 as 🍑 an option, and ➕ everyone had 👞 to 💰😛 buy all 😎 new 🎆🏽 shit. 👌 In fact… 🛡🔍 the 💦 klystron based UHF television transmitters proved not ❌🚫 to 🆒😤 have 😎 the ♀👏 linearity (or 🅱🅱 SOMETHING) 🤔❓ to deal with 👫 8VSB and the 📺 Inductive Output Tube 🙈🐱 had ☝🈶 to be brought out 👿 of mothballs to 🔣 deal with it. ✔ The IOT has 💰💹 great linearity but 🍑 no damn 😩 efficiency – it was originally 🔙 used 🚟 by General ♂ Electric ⚡⚡ for 💕❓ an 💶 early 🕐 World’s Fair demo of UHF television broadcasting, but 🍑 commercially never ❌😤 took 😱 off… anyway, later ⏰💯 on, 🍆 EEV’s esciot series tubes improved on that somewhat… but… ✋🍑 they’re 😄 still 👉 a 📖🎯 pain in 🛌 the 👏📖 arse Stupid Thing #2 💁 (or 💀 is it 😡😩 about #8 👊 by 😈👊 now?): MPEG2. Do 👌 I 👁 look like I know what an 👌👹 mpeg is?* So here 👏⤵ not only do 👌 we have 👏🈶 this ⁉ shitty 8VSB modulation sapping the 👑 available amount 📉 of information that can 💦♀ be broadcast in a 🍑 certain width of channel 👀 but then…. 👱🅱 MPEG2 video coding was 😰🙂 specified. I 🏿🔥 suspect that’s 😐 evidence 📰📰 of 👌💦 the 👏 standard’s development 🔬🔬 either being 😑 dragged out forever OR 💦💦 someone just 👏🤔 wanted 🅰 to be 🐝💰 able to 💦 use 👏 up 🔝😍 a bunch of ❗ DVD player 💰🤺 decoder ASICs they 😂👥 had 🍆 sitting 🙇 in a Chinese 😕😕 warehouse. As 🍑 a 💰💰 result of 😴💦 the MPEG2 encoding being used, 🚟 the 😬 picture 💩 looks like DOUBLE BUTT 😍 when 🍑😩 there’s a 👌👌 lot ‼ of 💿😏 motion, 😐 especially when 🍑 you’re 🔥🏃 running 🏃 a 👦 lot 🍑 of subchannels squeezed into that 🏻🙇 18.3 💋 megabits/sec… And 😤🚄 then you 👈👧 have the 🎁👏 whole 💦👩 godawful thing where 😭😠 the 😈🏻 CECB program led to the 🍗 cost of 🚋💦 converter boxes which 🥙 probably actually cost 💰💰 about 💦 $25 👏👏 including hardware, manufacturing, and ➕☝ patent licensing royalties being fixed right ✔✅ up to 🔍 $40…. but that’s 😻 a 👌 far 🆘💦 dumber story 📜📖
ATSC🌋🔎🏇 1.0🌈 has👧🏼🔢 at🆎🏃✊🏻💁🏽 🤴💰 least🎌🔟 two🐃 👬 very♍️ dumb things〰✋🏽 🏋🔱 about📕 🍾💦 it.📛 #1:〰⚡️ 👂 The🍎 🏠 8VSB😑🔳 modulation.👨🏼💅🏽 8VSB🕦🐼 is🌃 basically↗️ 💅 amplitude💎 modulation✌🏿👍🏼😕👷🏾👰🏾 with,🔕 👏😶 spectrally, everything 🙌👍 below🐃 😫😫 the🚍🐍🚲🐋🏇🏽 carrier7⃣🎮 attenuated💙💃🏾🏇🏽 off. In👱🏾🐞 👏 theory,↗️💲🙏🏽 that🕑👿💕 sounds📖🆒😦 ok,💪🏽 except🐎📥 that®🚚 it’s👨👨👧🏢 🐈 extremely⛎🕗🏊🏼😹 💛 vulnerable💠😣🌝🍛🍡 to🌘✊🚂 😂💦 multipath.🍺👳🏽👙 GUESS 🤔🤔 WHAT🌐🍢🙇🏼 HAPPENS😻🙆🏿😫🐭 ON🌖 EVERY♏️ 👏🤙 TV🔼↖️ 📺📺 SIGNAL👲🏼🍼 IN⛳️🌅👩🏽✊🏿 🍑 AN🔌🍟 💶🌑 URBAN😳👉🏾♓️ AREA.🚣 The🏄🏿🔡🔂🍧 👦 margin’s🈚️🌐💖 not💆🏼💣 that 😐 big👨🏿🚻 👺🍆 for👨❤️💋👨👍🏾 multipath,⏩💛 and🆙 once⌛️🙎🏻🐡 you💊😲🌇™🕘 👏 hit👄 😵👏 it,💴👷🏽💊🍆 😏 the🛀🏾👸🏼 👏👌 whole👴 😍 signal’s🍠🚊👨👨👦↙️💕 useless,👹🎲👋🏻 leaving🎂🚵🏾🎴 🏃🍃 your💆🏿👼🏾🚨👲🏽📭 viewers👶🏾 to👆🏽🏮 dance🕞🍏 around 👥😇 with💊👸🏽 the ⏲ antenna🙍🏻💪🏼🚄 and♉️🏈 🔙 wonder🕣🎎💒🚏 🤔😮 why😳👻 they🚴🏻 just🐂 😧🤷 can’t ♀ get⛽️ 🅾🉐 picture….☁️ 8VSB⚽️🕙 was🏨🐸🏄 🤣💦 only,🚶🏽🕓 from 😂😲 documentation👱🏼📑 I’ve🍃👱🏽 👈😠 found🆎 ❌ on🌒 🔛💦 it,🙋🏽🈯️📪🙏🏿 🙂👏 lab😰👂🏼 tested📰❌🔵🚣🏿💅🏼 🤓 for🍩😍🌹 😎 performance🙅🏿🔙✏️📒 in👵🌔👐🏿 terms🔀🈸🎥❤️ of👦🏼 🔌😿 signal🔠👱😰❤️ to✊💚 🏿 noise ratio✂️ in😮🌺 🍌 a😫🏠💅🏽 🔫 proof👶🏾🙋 💯📊 for🏇🏽 the💜👐🏽🚑🐟💜 🌌 FCC…👆🏼🚣👂🏿🍻 🏴🏴 no♠️😿🙏🏻🙅🏿 🅱 attempt🍍♊️⛳️👊🎎🕘 was🚈 made⏪ 👑 to🎮🚣🏿 ✂ simulate🙀🚱📩 or💲 💰 measure📚📻 🎛🎛 receiver🏊🚣🏻 performance🚋 in🏊🏻🙅🏾 🐕🏼 the📗😡🙍🏽 face😽👵🚣🍼 of👉🏿🔋 😱 multipath.🙋🏽 I’m🍶🍩 not🙅 😅🚫 sure🚛🏬↙️🍶🏪👼🏼👮🏽😷 if🕑 this🏄🏻⏰👩👩👧👦 was⭕️ 🅿 because🍌 nobody📠👉🏼👈✅👟🛀🏿🐡 ♂♂ ever📺🌁🆑 ⁉ had 💔 the▶️ ⛓👏 “aha!”🐖 moment 😳 and🔚 👏 realized👏🏾🚎 it’d🚎↖️ be🍲🐩🎿 🐝👏 a🙌🏽🎲 problem📊👏📡📈 or👺 if🚉🎏 ❓ some🚈 ☃✝ vendor😳🍝 already🎱 👋😃 heavily🍋 💦💦 invested✌🏽 in😱🚽 it🔄🔩🏊🏾 swept🕑👧🏾 🤣 it🙏🏼🕔😧💗 🙂🤡 under🕠🔬👧🏾🍘🏂🌓 the😣🗼🌌😘 rug. Just📁 👏🗼 about🐄💦🐈↙️ 💩💭 every🙇 other🏇🏼 👪 country🔘 😣🏃 used 🙄🚟 DVB-T🔂♻️🚵🏻📥 which👨👩👧👦🍕🈂 allows🚕💃🏼 for🏃🏾 more♣️ 😡♀ spectrally🔲🔄💁 efficient💇🏻 🔛 and🚎🚴🏼 robust🍬👇🏻👌🏼💃🏾 modulation💽👸🐠♊️ standards👂🏻😊 including 💨 QPSK✋🏻🙆🏻 (very🚹🌱🍫 👿✅ robust📫 but☑️ not📒🔞 as👳🏽 efficient🍦😣🎁👮🏾 as👸🏾 🍑 QAM), 16QAM, and📒🐜👦 ➕ 64QAM.👵🏼🌏👮 This👐🏾🕥🌠◽️ 🙎🤖 raises🌇 another🐛 ♂🏗 issue✅🕞🎭👭 ♂😭 that😛✊🏻🍈🍚🌻 ♥⚪ was🏇🏻🎪 ✨👍 dumber🙋🏻👦🏼📩 on🚸 👋 the broadcaster’s👩🏼 side: 8VSB👉 was🙍🏾 in🔫👞🍫🚾 part🐸 🤐 chosen🚣🏾 because😭📪🔃 🤓 it🔴 would,🏮 in🍑♻️ 📥 theory,👘🙆🏻 😂😂 work👭 through existing🚤💩👱🏼🕙📙 analog🎻💷 transmitters,🍂📧🏣 requiring🚪🚴🏿 only📩 slight🔆 modifications to✋ things🙌🏼🚲 like🚛👈🏼🚇🗼 🗣 the⏰🕣 🎵 combiners💆🏼 and🙎🏿 ♀ an 😆🍆 exciter🏂 swap.💦🔇🍺🌴➗ In🗾⬛️ 👏 practice,🏄🏽 🍆🎯 no🎋🚴🏾 🌈 transmitter🎦 manufacturers really🐀👊🏼🍑 😱 opened🚉 this up😸🔗◀️👔 😍🕺 as🅿️🍋🛂 👦 an📙🙏🏼☀️👄 option,🚷🐽👸🏻 and🌏 everyone👫 😳👨 had🗽⛽️ 💋✊ to✊🏻🏃🏻 💦🚶 buy💛 💲 all🏊🏽 new 🗞🏽 shit.👩❤️👩 In🙍🏻❇️🐄 fact…⌚️ 🏫 the🕕 klystron🚃💭〽️🎽 based⚓️ UHF television👬 transmitters👋 proved📉 not👐🏾📭 to 👊 have📵🎰🚵🏻💰 the📑🕟 linearity🚃🐇 (or🍺 🙂🚻 SOMETHING)🙅🏼 to🐀⛪️ 👏 deal with👻🔄 👏 8VSB and👸🏾👵🏼😉🐏🅿️💇🏾⏳ 🌞 the💥 Inductive🎀 Output🌉👩🏿 Tube👊🏻 had👕 ❗ to↖️ 💦👏 be🙇🏿🐴✨❔ 😤 brought📨 out🎯😸 💦💯 of✴️ mothballs🔜 to🐷 deal👇🏽😉🕥🚔🔍🛀 with❔💮 🆕 it.👲🏾✏️ 💯 The📂 IOT☝🏻🙎 has👱🏽🚣🏻 🙏 great🎎▶️🔚🏢🚣🏼🍺👚🍪 💪🎉 linearity🎅🏿🍆 but💊 🍑🙅 no🍂🌑 🙅⛔ damn👤🔃 😳 efficiency🎼 -👮🏾 it👶🏽👵 👍🍝 was👂🏼 originally💛👦🏻🚴🏿🌔👉🏼 🔙🔙 used🔽🎅🏾 🆒 by👎🏽👈 👋 General 👮👮 Electric⭐️➗ for🍬🍫🎽🙋🏿 🍆 an💐 💸 early🎃🕢💇🏾 🥂 World’s🐳🚪🍥 🌁🌎 Fair 😆 demo👵🏼🛀🏽 of🔀💃🏾🎠 UHF👐🏼🙆🏼 television broadcasting,👛 but🌀👶🏼🌆 👌🍑 commercially✅ never🙇🏻 ‼ took🚤 🤚 off…🐝 anyway,⏫ later 🕑 on,⏩™ 👏🔛 EEV’s esciot👨🏽 series📴💾👃🏻 💓 tubes improved🌎 on 🏽 that🙋🏻 🌈 somewhat…💇🏻🍻 but…👦🙅🏼 🍑 they’re🍆💁🏾🌘🕧💒 🏼 still 🙄 a🎲👩🏾 pain👯🎢📡🙌🏻 in❤️ the arse Stupid🔒⛄️🎅🏾 Thing⬆️ #2⌛️ (or 🍆 is🎱 it💧🈚️ 💋 about😝👆🏾 💦 #8 🤔 by❤️ now?):🐆🎏 👋☝ MPEG2.🆑🔉👐 Do🚴🏾👋🏼 I🚘🐖 look💆🏽🔱 🔎👁 like🙎🏾🛂↘️ 🅰 I🎪👈🏽 💕 know👐🏽 🙏 what🏫🍂 😅😅 an🎩☝🏻 👹🏿 mpeg😲 is?*👓 💦👶 So🐹 💯💦 here not🚋💾👲🏻👮 😫🙅 only👴🏿👌 do👏🏾🔡 we📝🙇🏻🆑👃 👨 have🌘🙋🏾😝☝🏿 🅰 this🐏🍐☝🏾☕️ shitty💉 😠 8VSB👃🔱 modulation🐢 sapping📭✌🏽 the 💪👊 available🚦👡 amount🔆▫️🔙🔓🏄🏽 📉📉 of👍🏽🔫 💦💦 information that can be✈️❕🚩#⃣ 🐝👼 broadcast↖️👷🏾 in🙍🏿🈴 🚭🏡 a☝🏿🎮🚝🚥🙆 certain👰🏻🙅📄 🤔 width🏠 of⛔️😡 👀👨 channel✋🏿⚓️ but👕🌎 😠🍑 then….🍔 MPEG2🐴 video🎦🌘💹 📽📽 coding🔩⛽️ was🎏💊👩🏾🐵 👏✨ specified.➰⛔️🍴🛀🏽✌🏾😧 I 👉 suspect🏯🐀 that’s🚚✊👴🏾 🏻😐 evidence🙌🏼👴🏼 📃❓ of👨🏾🏈💪🏻💏 💦💦 the👆🏽 👏 standard’s📹♨️ development 🔬 either🍂🕙👥 being📒♦️ 😯 dragged⛲️🆙 out8⃣👶🏿✅ forever🙎🏼❓ 💗 OR🙊♨️ 💁 someone🌿 👤 just🏭 🍅☝ wanted to👲🏼♎️ be🛀 🐝 able🎐 💪💪 to🍂 use👸😶 ⚒😂 up a♐️🗼🐶🐻 🚨🍕 bunch#⃣💻💓✌🏼🙋🏾 of 👍 DVD👼🏻🏊💡 player👊🏼🐈 💰 decoder ASICs🌔🆕🈸 they🍆🚂 👨 had🙎🏿✋🏻 ✊ sitting🕚💇🏽🐠 in🐄💂🏼 🅰😩 a🔺💓 Chinese🍮 😕 warehouse.🎐 As 🙌 a💂🏾👊🏿 result👼🌉👆🏾👘 of🔏 👱💦 the MPEG2 encoding💙🙇🏿🍧👨👩👧 being💆🏾⬅️🏩 🙏 used,🙊🍥🚑 the🌵 💯 picture 📷🦊 looks✋🏼🔍 👀👉 like 👍 DOUBLE BUTT💆🏼👴🏻㊙️ 😥 when✌🏼 💦💕 there’s🌚👣💉 👌🍝 a🐂🍩🔐👨🏻 🅱👌 lot🔠🌐👧🔸💅🏽♍️📢 of👍🏾 🥗😰 motion,🐎💄 😐 especially🚕 when👉🏾😣 💦 you’re 🗣 running🏇🏽♥️ ♀ a💗 lot🍄 of👩 subchannels🌜🔜🙏🏾 squeezed💦 into🚦👇🏽 🏼🚟 that🏇🏽🔘👋🏼👼🏾👂🏿 💯😻 18.3👩🏻🍨🐤💉 👅👸 megabits/sec…♋️👊🏿 And🎯 💰🏽 then👌🏻🆔🐃🎮📊 😯 you⏪ 🌝👉 have🛅🚏🏡 👩💯 the⛔️🔩 whole👌👨👨👧👦🏆 godawful㊙️ thing🍃 where🍻✌🏻🙍🏼💂🏿🏉 the 🙌 CECB🚪 program🙅🏻 led🌳 to🚈☺️👶🙀 the ♨👏 cost😣 💰📲 of❓🏮 🤔 converter㊙️ boxes👼🏻 🤒🤒 which ✌❓ probably💃🏻🍵🌱🙎🏾 😻 actually🔎🏄🏼📚😽🏄🏾 cost💆🏾✋🏻 about👞 🏽 $25🚨👊🏻🌋 including🚣🏃🏿🚵🏿😼 💨 hardware,👦🏿🏣👂🏼🐏 manufacturing,⏳🐐 and 👏💆 patent📎〰🍫 licensing👮🏿📢🔝 royalties being👨👨👦 fixed👨🏻🍡 right up0⃣❎ to🕣 🌒 $40….◽️😊 but🌋💛😩♉️🈹 🍑 that’s ➡ a↙️😽🏫🙇🏿 💰🍇 far📟✊🏼👍🏾 💶🌌 dumber🙍🏾📆🕓 story 📗
(this is beginning to make the WordPress editor cough up hairballs)
mods are asleep post horribly cursed connectors
What even are dasdecs, seriously
Saw this picture on Twitter and well, it’s distinctly output being generated by a Digital Alert Systems / Monroe DASHECK.. I mean.. DASDEC…
Nah, there’s nothing evil about these things though, they don’t sacrifice children and they certainly aren’t in any way possessed….
Really though, this makes me wonder, I’ve known for quite a while that these things are basically just a Linux box. They have a fair amount of obfuscation because the they sell a bunch of extra options and are making at least a token effort to keep the IPAWS server keys hidden…. however it appears that they use VLC for some reason? Funky.
I’ve always wondered what the AM and FM radio cards in these things are. A nice feature they offer is the ability to go back in there and get a recording of the AM / FM monitor sources as an incoming alert was picked off them. That’s also present in the current versions of the Sage Digital Endec but the Monroe will give you one for each source, while the Sage actually only monitors one audio source at a time (the first to go active steals it and the rest are not monitored).
I dunno, EAS is just horribly cursed, and my idea of Heaven is a solid white nightclub with me as a headliner for all eternity, and they *love* me.
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.)