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Hitchhiker’s guide

Anyone that grew up a geek in the late 70’s to early 80’s (ahem) will get the references in this video:

For those of you that are unfamiliar:

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a comedy science fiction series created by Douglas Adams. Originally a radio comedy broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978, it was later adapted to other formats, including stage shows, novels, comic book adaptations, a 1981 TV series, a 1984 computer game, and 2005 feature film.

I was most familiar with the video game, which came out about the same time I bought my first computer, the beloved Apple IIc. That might have been in 1986 or so.

Anyway… It is nice to see a new generation of enthusiasts among the current Engineering students.

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

I love this

Somebody sent me a link to this video, I thought I’d share:

Cost saving measures

Excerpt of a memo from a few years ago, during the great recession:

(Redacted) has implemented a consumables reduction program.  All consumables; copy paper, toner, note pads, pens, pencils, paper towels, garbage bags, paper plates, plastic flatware, toilet paper, and so forth must be reduced by 25%.  (Redacted) is spending far to much on such material which is impacting our financial performance.

The Management

My contribution to the effort:

new consumable reduction program

new consumable reduction program

I wouldn’t want the CEO to miss his bonus this year…

Sex Pistols backed by KGB

If this is true; Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Ramones were Financed by the USSR, then it was their best move ever.  According to the article:

The USSR government at the time spent “hundreds of millions of rubles” on this covert operation destined to create utter chaos… We even infiltrated mainstream radios to promote their music and reach millions of people everyday…

As far as I am concerned; The Sex Pistols, meh.  However, The Clash was pretty good and when I was living in California in the mid 1980’s, The Ramones were hugely popular with the surfer crowd and pretty much everyone else.

So, without further adieu and with special thanks to Комите́т госуда́рственной безопа́сности (КГБ):

There you have it; an English punk rock band, financed by a Soviet security apparatus signing (sort of) about an American car. Next thing you’ll tell me is that Billy Joel is a CIA front.

WVWA Nine Double Oh Radio

It seems branding and programming issues are a long running problem for radio stations. This is a copy of something that was made at WALL in 1974.  It has been circulated extensively in the NY metro market, but perhaps some of you from other areas or countries have not heard it yet. There is no WVWA 900 in Pound Ridge, it is a fictitious station:

What is hilarious is that the same exact this is still going on forty years later. How many times have programming consultants, program directors, corporate programming guru’s sat around and said “What we really need is a catchy name, like The Buzz or something.” I don’t know how many times I have heard “The X” or “The Eagle” or “fill in stupid name here.” Do the listeners really think “Oh wow, they changed their name, I will listen to this station now!” No, not likely.

The funniest part; “After more than 100 hours of extensive research… (the programming consultant) developed, refined, molded, polished, honed, shaped and pulled out of left field a revolutions new formatic programing concept…”  Play music, say  nothing, and scream “NINE!” between each song.

Friday Funnies; GOT edition

Nothing at all to do with radio, however, those who have been watching the HBO series Game Of Thrones will get this:

Winter is coming

Winter is coming

With a tie in to current events. I do hope this gets straightened out for the sake of our European friends.

Friday Funnies: Frantic calls

Back when radio stations still had DJ’s, one would occasionally get the frantic “We off the air” call:

weve-tried-nothing

Nowadays, the unemotional monotone computer generated remote control voice says something like “Alarm, status channel 16, WXYZ silence…” or better still, the answering service.

In some ways, I miss the old days…

Friday Funnies: Networking Edition

I could tell you a joke about UDP,

rutgers2

But you might not get it.

An open message to Linux

Tux, courtesy of  Larry Ewing and Linux

Tux, courtesy of Larry Ewing and Linux

Linux, oh Linux! Where have you been all my (adult) life? I know, I know, you have been right there all long, just waiting for me to get out of my Microsoft phase. Day after day, year after year, you have been sitting there thinking; when? When? When will he pay attention to me?  Well, I tell you I am through with that old, expensive habit. Sure, Microsoft has Windows and all that, but you have GUI’s too. Not to mention the wonderful open office suit.  Then there is the back end, I have always been a sucker for back ends. Yours is wide open, no inhibitions, no problems, no hangups. Microsoft? You can’t even look at their back end without an army of lawyers descending upon you with malice and litigation on their mind.

Up front, you seem complicated and high maintenance.  But once I got to know you, I found it is just the opposite; so simple and easy to get along with.

No, my Microsoft days are over, over I tell you.  I feel secure with you Linux, like you will adapt to my needs and communicate with me when troubles arise.  You won’t let malicious code get in the way of what could be a wonderful relationship.  What’s more, there are so many different versions of you, I feel like I can pick and choose operating systems based on what my needs are.  Finally, a computer that does what I want it to.

Sincerely,

Paul Thurst

I will read my copy, no matter what

Via youtube, the source of many unusual videos. It appears that this radio announcer will finish reading his copy, in spite of the smoke and fire:

Because being a professional is important above all other things.

Apparently, it is better to die than to look bad.

Axiom


A pessimist sees the glass as half empty. An optimist sees the glass as half full. The engineer sees the glass as twice the size it needs to be.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
~1st amendment to the United States Constitution

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
~Benjamin Franklin

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
~Rudyard Kipling

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers
~Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, Article 19

...radio was discovered, and not invented, and that these frequencies and principles were always in existence long before man was aware of them. Therefore, no one owns them. They are there as free as sunlight, which is a higher frequency form of the same energy.
~Alan Weiner

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