Monthly Archives: August 2009

Radio innards.

Well I got the new radio the other day and I figured I’d take a look inside and see if I could make any improvements.  The source selector/power switch is kinda finicky and causes the right hand speaker to cut out at times.  And the FM reception could be a bit better.  If you’ve never seen inside of one of these old things, check this out.

Pressboard covering removed from the back.

Pressboard covering removed from the back.

It looks like the amplifier has been repaired at one point.  It looks like whoever fixed it knew what they were doing, but didn’t repair it very well.  They replaced some capacitors, but there is no labeling of wires, and the capacitors are simply taped together and then tied to the bottom with some thin wire.  Because they aren’t secure, they’ve wobbled around and some of the wires are starting to break free of their connections.

Amplifier

Amplifier

Previous repair.

Previous repair.

Tuner

Another old timey picture.

Click for full size.

Click for full size.

If it looks a little bit “off”, it’s because this picture was originally black and white, and I’ve had it around for a while and I color a little bit on it in photoshop when I get bored.  It’s not done, but it’s kinda like a puzzle, you just work on it a little bit at a time.  Here’s a link to the original file.  I’ve had it for a while, but don’t think I’ve ever shared it.  So there ya go.

Score of the day!

Well since I took my old radio to my office at work, people had been commenting on it.  So everybody pretty much figured out I “like that kind of stuff.”  Well today one of the gals up front said somebody was selling an old radio phonograph that supposedly worked and they were only asking $20.   That’s all I knew about it, but I figured I’d take a look.  I mean it’s not like I buy something old and cheap all the time, even if I don’t need it.  Oh wait.

Well here it is.  Not too bad for $20 I guess.  And the basement needed better tunes that the little boombox I had.

Fold down phonograph.

Fold down phonograph.

The tone arm is bent, but I think its fixable.

The tone arm is bent, but I think it's fixable.

FM, baby.  Welcome to the friggin future!

FM, baby. Welcome to the friggin' future!

All in all it works pretty well.  The turn table does spin, but the tone arm needs fixed.  The tuner works, but the volume and balance controls are a little scratchy.  But it works!

How to catch a cat.

We were playing with Sydney last night and after it worked the first time, I had to grab the camera and see if it would work the second time!

Mmm…

Good supper tonight.  Some High Life beer brats and… well some High Life.

This is probably could have easily just been a tweet.  Oh well!

I feel so bad.

But it’s not my fault!

The other day I decided to drive the Blazer to work.  You know to kinda justify the insurance and registration, plus it’s only like 5 blocks from the house.  What could go wrong?

Well the Blazer made it to work, and even ran a few errands around town without incident!  (Yes, it was a proud moment).  But there’s still a lot that needs done on that thing so I popped the hood and after about twenty minutes I noticed an ANIMAL stuck in the passenger fender between the battery.  “Oh no.  How long has it been there… please don’t be dead.” I poke it and it’s warm to the touch and squirms a bit.  “It’s alive!”. It seems to be a cat.  I try to figure out how the heck it got in there, but I can’t for the life of me.  So I have to take the battery out, and can tell it’s starting to get scared.  So with the battery removed I try to pull the cat out, while keeping it in a position that will keep my forearm intact should it FLIP OUT!  I can’t get it out, so I decide to go inside and get some food and see if I can lure it out.  By the time I’m walking out the door with food in hand, I see a white cat hauling ass down the driveway and down the alley out of sight.  I knew there was no way I was catching it so I let it go.

That’s not why I feel bad.

Yesterday as I was leaving work I noticed the older lady next door.  She was standing in her back yard calling “Kitty!  Heeere kitty kitty!”

But it’s not my fault!  Really!

It’s a trap!

Kittens love to play.

Andrea and Sydney were playing around tonight.  It was pretty cute!

Getting back into Guild Wars again.

Well, as pointless as it is, one of my favorite things to do in the game is “farming”.  For the Guild Wars uninitiated;  Farming is basically killing the same enemies over and over in order to get the money and items that “drop” when you kill them.

What makes it somewhat pointless in this game is that most things are cheap, and the best items aren’t all that rare.  Anything particularly valuable in this game is only because it has a different, or rare appearance, even while it may have the exact same statistics as a more common item.  Blah blah.

But recently I’ve gotten the skills together to farm a new area, and I have to say it’s the most effective farming I’ve done in a long time!  I didn’t make the video below, but it shows where and what goes on.  Sorry if the music sucks.  I don’t have speakers at work.