I haven’t looked at traffic stats on this site for ages, but I have noticed two stupid things: one, Facebook now thinks all links to it are spam (and Fucking Zucc’d everyone who ever posted or shared one, very nice and typical of them) and two, Google page rank is down in the low Fuck This Shit I’m Out tier.
I suspect the loss of Google rank is due to my removing the share buttons that were causing *LOTS* of extraneous scripts to run from Facebook and useless third party cookies to be set by Pinterest and Twitter. I hope turning off the share buttons wasn’t also what caused a lot of innocent Facebook users to potentially get lobbed in Facebook Jail. Then again, what doesn’t, that site is complete trash and has an advertising market which cheerfully allows stuff like this:
Oh, also, enjoy your ransomware campaigns. The only saving grace was that the command and control server didn’t work at the time that the ads went live. You’d think Facebook would have maybe blacklisted fake Clubhouse ads just like they’ve blacklisted, you know, this totally harmless blog…. but of course not. There’s a definite double standard at work and FB Ads will cheerfully take content that’d get a normal user thrown in the Zucc Hole.
But enough about that. Here’s my cat being adorable.
Gingy would like to remind you every time is the right time for petting your feline assistants.
The cool looking radar is sadly no longer in use. Anyway, as for the title, we’d been having issues with the big transmitter here for months and it just wouldn’t run on all three cabinets. Its intermediate power amp had been giving issues on one cabinet and our other engineers had been over the manual and talking with tech support for months, it just wouldn’t make wattage.
Finally the solution was to not trust the manual. It said the arbitrary “IPA Gain” number was supposed to be between 100 and 450. It was set on 100 and that led to only 9 watts drive to the IOT tube — 150 was needed. The solution in the end was … set the gain to about 520 or so. Amusingly, it only raised up from 9 watts once I went past 420.
420 blaze it
One of the other engineers had this Printrbot Simple Metal that he hadn’t gotten working so I took it back to play with it through the boring Thanksgiving morning shift. Despite it being a SOLID chonker, the carriage plate was bent up causing the hotend to hang at a weird angle, and some screws were loose or incorrect, so I fixed that and got it extruding. The only thing I wasn’t able to do which bugs me was to get a bootloader onto the Printrboard in there and load it with a newer version of Marlin supporting mesh bed leveling. This one is old and appears to take no parameters to G29 – it probes only three points. Weird. I couldn’t get Atmel’s FLIP utility to work and had issues with building Marlin for that particular cpu — it seems like you either have to use the toolchain for the Teensyduino++ or use PlatformIO, neither of which wanted to cooperate. Thus, it remains on old firmware.
Turns out I finally found a way to enjoy the wonders of THC without it totally knocking me out. The magic seemed to be a tincture mixed into strong iced coffee. Sure, why not. Wonder if anyone’s ever tried that with Cuban coffee? It’d probably break the universe.
High thought #1:
I’m gonna start at least internally calling that specific kind of crazy logic-resistant insanity that’s all the rage “Chicken and Stars”.
High thought #2:
This picture of Cassie makes her look a lot like a super happy friendly cat in a Miyazaki world.
I figured out an important piece of cat logic today: the tail pops out once she’s full
Getting ready to launch!
Gingy is getting really affectionate lately and asking me to pet her… Always. She’s following me around again, isn’t she? I had also called her Sandy Beach in another post which is very cute and she seems to answer to that too.
As I walked into the core to figure out why I was observing what I thought was an unwarranted audio delay, and went to have some words with the Optimod 8685, it occurred to me I have no idea what my hair looks like from the back so I took an action shot of this vital conversation with said machine and it was grand.
Well, I made this silly image one day while taking back to back horrible viewer calls over issues with rescanning their TV sets… Now everyone’s disappointed that every fader cap in the building is not already a small plastic kitty loaf. They want them all to be kitty loaves.
I also want them all to be kitty loaves.
In other news, Facebook blocked me for 24 hours for posting a gif of a cat in a windowsill, claiming it violates their standards on nudity or sexual content. Well, I mean, the cat isn’t wearing any clothes, but then again, most aren’t. I find this fault of machine vision hilarious.