LESS MUSING in it, and perhaps a bit MORE RANT...and with good reason.
We already had ONE power outage (at 0717 hrs - for one bloody SECOND)...AND then BLOGGER went and deleted my entire post...didn't know one (accidental CTL) keystroke could do THAT, so I gotta re-enter everything...
And there were other issues...
But, we'll discuss that in a minute.
Today's Hoosierland weather will be rainy and cloudy, so don't expect much else. Sorry, not my forecast.
Temps will be around 82 degrees and nicely muggy.
So, let's pour a cup of that morning beverage and we'll see what shakes...fair enough?
Meanwhile, back in the 80s...
*** I begin today with all the asshats that managed to find those loud-ass M-80 firecrackers...the "mailbox-busters" as we used to call 'em.
We were bracketed on TWO side by idiots with less sense than that they were born with.
And the old "Fortress" was shaking like a dog crapping bones as each one went off.
OUR "Fortress" walls remain intact.
(gonna need a LOT bigger "Shofar", you dumbasses...heh)
Still, what was bothersome was that they wouldn't set them off one after another...they'd WAIT for a spell, and the sudden "BOOM" would catch you somewhat "off-guard".
Our cat wasn't too pleased with the outdoor "frivolity", either.
Wifey and I DID buy some fireworks, but NONE of ours were NOISY...just very cool, like those "fountains" that spill out cascading , multi-colored sparks all over...and smoke bombs of differing colors, and of course...SPARKLERS.
We spent less than $10 for all that...and it lasted less than 15 minutes total.
The assholes around here went on for HOURS, especially with the 30MM mortar rounds that boom when they reach apogee. You can actually feel the concussion from the blast (like artillery)
So, we had some f$cktards who spent some SERIOUS money, and not JUST for one day...oh, no...we're into our FOURTH DAY (starting on the night of the 3rd).
|Same house - different day|
I LOVED it to no end.
This happened around 0200 hrs Saturday morning..
God bless that officer, and why didn't we have MORE in the area?
*** Speaking of which, police officers in both Gary, Indiana AND Indianapolis were killed over the weekend. A sad day in both cities.
|The thin blue line|
Here's the story:
They caught the one in Indy (has a record and had an assault rifle...not bad for a serious violent felon who should NOT possess one), and the cop-killer in the Gary case was found later yesterday.
It was a citizen that discovered the bleeding officer around 5AM in his patrol car and called it in.
(pin a medal on that person)
-- AAaaannnndddd, we had ANOTHER shooting on Fort Wayne's (where else?) SOUTHEAST SIDE...
Here's this story:
*** Next up, what is worse than having an old piece of "obsolete" technology...like a VCR?
Having a couple HUNDRED tapes you can't WATCH on the dang thing...that's what!
I was digging through my archives of BETA tapes Saturday, and came across some of the "classics" I had recorded in Philly a while back (from cable)...like the 1990 Captain America movie (Matt Salinger), and the COLORIZED version of The Thing From Another World (1951).
|Truly...one of THE classic Sci-Fi flicks.|
The WORST part is that it won't EJECT the tape either (uh, oh...this can't be good).
Well, there was a little good news, in that I managed to extricate the tape in excellent shape, without damage to the tape OR the machine, but the (once-reliable) Beta VCR is now a conversation piece, more or less. I cannot get it to function as it used to...dunno what the hell's wrong, either.
Now, the BAD news...(you mean it gets WORSE, Bob?)...no one seems to WORK on these any longer, and if they do, it COSTS, and you have to SHIP it elsewhere (Fort Wayne is apparently NOT a mecca for electronics repair from decades past).
|It's a "Bob" thing...these days.|
So, you can see my "options" at this point are all but non-existent.
To transfer all the tapes I have to DVDs would cost more than the price of the house...yes, I have THAT many tapes (a couple HUNDRED @ 4.5 hours each) Next, what hurts the most is ALL the time I had spent TO RECORD all of these shows and movies...WITHOUT COMMERCIAL INTERRUPTION.
That was a good chunk of my life...better part of more than a few years, in fact, and it's gone.
The best analogy would be like having famed Egyptian archaeologist Dr. ZAHI HAWASS spending YEARS excavating a tomb, discovering all those treasures, and then not being able to SEE ANYTHING he recovered... Yeah, that covers it.
|"...And MY beta tapes are over THERE..."|
I will attempt to get a used model online (gonna be a couple hundred bucks), and HOPE that works out for me. Cassette decks I got on eBay in the past have panned out well.
You have to realize that the model I have (SONY SL-S600 - seen below) was a top-of-the-line non-stereo model back in 1990 (when I got it...from a place in TEXAS), and set me back close to $400 bucks (then).
The ONLY other alternative would be to send MY unit off (someplace else in the USofA) and have it repaired (parts are VERY limited availability if at all to be found). THAT will also cost close to a couple HUNDRED bucks...so damned if you do, or damned if you don't.
Yeah, it's a crapshoot either way...and a costly one at that.
At least I have a TV repairman coming to service the (1980s era) Mitsubishi CRT 21" stereo set in the living room (takes a while to "warm up")...before THAT craps the hell out on me.
*** Now, along those lines...here's an idea (of mine) that would solve a SH*TLOAD of problems...
|Leave it to Bob...|
Here's the plan...
Why not make a PLAYBACK ONLY "deck" for BOTH tape formats?
They wouldn't take up any of the room that an old VCR does, they'd weigh less than 2 pounds, the cost would be relatively LOW (as cheap as a current DVD player (and come with a remote for the hell of it), as it doesn't have to do anything but load, play, and unload a tape.
A REWINDER can be bought separately, for cheap...I already have one for the Betamax. Or you could always have a REW button on the deck, again...for the hell of it.
|We have sonething in common, Bob.|
The technology certainly exists (and has as long as VCRs have been around), so WHY hasn't anyone MADE ONE yet?
Talk about an opportunity for some "American Exceptionalism", hmm?
Seems they would FLY off the shelves with all the tapes STILL out there, collecting dust in some box in some closet, basement or attic.
And those who get a playback deck would STILL be able to watch the old home movies, see loved ones again, and relive a lot of good memories.
(and I could watch that 1990 Captain America movie again...)
|Damn shame I don't have a million to develop it.|
You :"could" also have these decks with multiple outputs to OTHER devices (TVs are a given of course, even digital HD flatscreens) such as DVR machines, and you could effectively "BURN" your OWN copies of what you have on all those tapes...
Like I said, this is another one of my "BOBBY G. MILLION-DOLLAR MAKING IDEAS" that will NEVER be created...BUT SHOULD!
Someone could clean up on this, especially if they initially sold them through HSN or QVC...or even AMAZON.
I mean WTF is taking SO long to invent something SO damn simple that SHOULD have come along SO damn many years before???
*** Okay, now onto a "birthday" celebration of sorts...my FIREBIRD is officially THIRTY ONE YEARS OLD (blow out the candles)!
|The Fortress's "Batmobile" (sidekick not included)|
(don't ALL "couples"?)...LOL.
Funny thing...THAT tech still works fine - the combustion engine has been around for over 100 years, and it STILL works, AND you can FIX it when it breaks.
|Still running...after all these years...|
I remember the time a couple buddies and myself were sitting around, a few drinks apiece under our belts, and we came up with an "idea" to put the RADIO functions into the STEERING WHEEL of a car, so that your gaze would not wander as far from the windshield when changing stations and so on.
|They STOLE our idea...because they could.|
Now, since the advent of bluetooth and cell phones, THOSE functions can also be found within the center or side areas of steering wheels...
(that's why they also cost SO damn much to replace)
But hey, that's the way life goes...YOU think something up, and someone ELSE makes the money off of that idea, right?
*** Last back to the garage today...technology is always changing...it's constantly "in flux", as it were, and woe to those of not fortunate (or wealthy) enough to keep pace with all of it.
And yet, some technology from the past STILL lingers about us...like the venerable TURNTABLE.
They STILL make NEW ones...for ALL those OLD records many of us STILL have...why is that?
Why have those and not a new video tape machine?
Or NEW cassette players?
|A wall of OLD tech...I miss this stuff.|
They were more of a forerunner to the modern DVD than video tapes, and they died a rapid death in the consumer market.
So, what WILL be next, and render ALL our DVDs obsolete...and available players non-existent?
How's about cranial IMPLANTS?
A movie by THOUGHT?
THAT should make driving even more "fun" than it is now (with all the distractions).
Let's never go THERE, hmm?
|Better than M/S...for a reason.|
Microsoft spits out new versions of O/S every few years, all with more bugs than a damn bait shop...and we're stuck with NO support for the former versions...how fun is that, kids?
And we HAVE to buy it, or else (go to MAC...lol)
I think we really should hold on to SOME of the tech from a bygone era...just so we can recall what we can do by manufacturing a BETTER product overall (and also, as a "plan B")...if we choose to do so, rather than change everything every other year.
Besides, doesn't all that was once old become "new" again...sooner or later?
Just some things to think about...
Stay SAFE out there,America.
((and hang on to those video tapes...JUST in case...lol))