Monday, February 26, 2007

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

A thing


I'm kind of proud of that.


Leaky ceiling

The hallway between Taliaferro and Key is leaking now that the ice on top of it is melting. The whole hallway.

Sunday, February 18, 2007


Well, I said I was going to go look for geese.

Unfortunately, it's cold and windy outside and I'm sick of punishing myself.

Well, not that sick - I'm tackling the rest of Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door today. Maybe I'll finally finish an RPG...

Friday, February 16, 2007

I got and


That from a box of tart sweethearts. It's the only thing written on it. I guess the fortune cookies were wrong.

Reversed 28 mounted on 1.4x teleconverter, 1/30, indicated f22, flash set to 1/4, angled down, catchlight used as a reflector.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Another Movie Thought

When 23 comes out, I predict that, if it makes any money at all, they will want to make a sequel. I also predict that the followup will be called 5, because Jim Carey's character realizes that 2+3 equals 5 and he therefore didn't reduce enough, and so he has to go around telling everyone he already told that everything is 23 that everything is really 5.

You heard it here first.

Seriously, do they even try?

Lot W

is covered in ice

Important administrators have to park in and walk out of that lot.

Blocked in

School opened on time today. Presumably, crews worked through the night doing an excellent job clearing sidewalks and making the campus safe for both pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

That's what I'd think, anyway - they used to write that kind of self-congratulatory pap on the website whenever it snowed and they decided to keep campus open.

Imagine my surprise when I get to campus to see the following in front of my building:

Snow uphill

Snow straight out

Snow downhill


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

What are the odds?

I got to campus (after a failed first attempt thanks to the fact that I left my ID at home and they locked the buildings today) at about 5:10; it took me an hour to hash out staff assignments for tomorrow. There are still two cart appointments that need to be added, as well.

The big question? What are the odds school's on a delayed opening tomorrow?

I ask because on the way out of the building, I almost fell over and died on the hill behind key. Oh, and all of the roads are ice again, thanks to absurdly low temperatures.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Guess what


I found something. Reversed A28, indicated aperture 22, flash 1/32 output.


... I don't want to be here.

this sucks

See, the sky is like a multi-segment area of grossness, and it's just kind of snow-leeting, and it's depressing and they're going to close school early or something, or they won't. I'm leaning toward the latter.

Monday, February 12, 2007


I hereby declare that, in the event of snow, I will be preparing chili from scratch for the first time ever.

It will be delectable, as it will feature my favorite spice ever (apparently): allspice.

I hope somoene else wants to eat it, but if they don't, I will be happy with my pile of food for several days.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Tube replacement

Well, success: I went to Chuck Levin's to talk to Pro-Tech; they sold me three tubes (two 12AX7s, and one 12AU7) for a total of 33 dollars. I brought them back, had lunch, and dove into the amp. I decided that, since the circuit diagram said the tube gain control only has an effect on the output side tubes, I would try there first. I swapped the 12AU7 to no avail, so I took both out (since you basically have to to get to the 12AX7), replaced the 12AX7, reinstalled the old 12AU7, and plugged everything in. Success. The old Sovtek 12AX7 had gasped its last. So I took pictures of it.

tube bottom

There's some other stuff here, to include some notes about how I took that shot above.


Thursday, February 8, 2007

State of Grace

hand scratch

It's just kind of an indication as to the kind of week I've been living. I got so frustrated with work today that I just pulled out a sharpie and wrote "I draw on hand" and then drew a picture of a happy bear above it.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

On the Fusion of Requests and Haiku

Today, we received the following somewhat cryptic request:

Equipment request for tomorrow at 6 pm
one video projector

Whether or not you work here or ever have worked here, I'm sure you can list at least some of the problems with this.

I proposed the following as a response, along with a link to our request form:

Equipment request:
Art/soc loan? Classroom Support?
Too many questions.

Monday, February 5, 2007


Friday night, true to their word, OIT applied the daylight savings time experiment patch to the calendar system. This meant that any appointments scheduled between March 11 and April 1 had to be moved back one hour, because neither the university nor Oracle could devise a way to change these appointments automatically. This in spite of the fact that ALL events stored on the calendar system are stored in UTC, not the local time zone according to the date they're scheduled.

It would seem there was a problem manufactured somewhere.

Regardless, true to my word, I spent the initial two and a half hours of my day dutifully moving appointments. Right as I finished, my supervisor came back to tell me that she was listening to other people complain about having "just found out" they had to move their events.

Let me rephrase that: I moved 271 appointments in less time than it took some other people to merely complain about having to move two dozen.

Ahh, efficiency.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Remember this post?

How do I fix my amplifier?

Yeah, well, after determining not very much except there wasn't anything wrong with any of the components, I gave up.

Until tonight.

I plugged my footbox thing into my practice amp, and wouldn't you know it - quiet/dirty sound from it too. I started trying to adjust the volume and that with my foot, and immediately, the noise jumped WAY up in volume, and became nothing but 60 cycle hum.

Started dissecting things... lo and behold, the cable coming out of the foot box was corroded beyond recognition. It was no longer shiny at all, and had pitting all over it like crazy.

The Grand Moff wins a cookie - it was caused by upstream noise being amplified.

How did I fix these cables? Well, coca cola plus foil = chrome polish. I don't have any foil, so I threw some coke on a scrubbing thing and tried that - not much success. Next idea (and a brilliant one, if I do say so myself) was to take the orange pumice soap under the sink, apply it to a wad of toilet paper, and give it a good sanding. That seems to have restored some of the luster, though a lot of the pitting is still present/evident.

Moral? I guess it's "always unplug anything that's headed to a 450 watt amplifier when you're done with it."

Film from yesterday



bench in progress


The rest are here. The quality isn't really any better than the old optima 400, but that film has been sitting around in my room (which has been known to get upwards of 90 degrees when I forget to close my heat vent) for about 8 months or more.

Comparison test! In there you'll find the film version of the Emergency post seen below. Now you can see how metering stacks up!

Saturday, February 3, 2007



I couldn't figure out why the pole was labeled emergency, but I also took that picture on film. I'm headed back out to pick up the film in about 8 minutes, and tomorrow, I'm going to campus to scan the negatives. There are a few others from after I finished the film here.

Happy Birthday, Dennis

Happy Birthday, Dennis

I found these flowers on a bench near my car. They bore a card that said "Happy Birthday, Dennis." It took me a second to realize it, but the bench was placed in memory of Dennis.

Two different celebrations of life.


I'm taking out a roll of film today.

I shudder to think of how much it's going to cost me to have it developed. That and I still need batteries for my MX meter.