13 thoughts on “Tuesday, April 19, 2022

  1. JVC, You’ve joggled my memory of Richmond, VA and the fine cigar bar and tobacconists in that city. The plant operations manager where I worked was and avid cigar aficionado. About once a month we’d take a drive to the city and enjoy a fine cigar at one or the other. Of course, a fine Scotch at the cigar bar, also.

    Kent, I’ll need to tell Mr. M about those. She’s a Wordle regular.

    Xicano, Well said. There is one fact in life. Another person cannot make me angry (or otherwise) unless I let them. Keep on typing.

    There is one thing worse than censorship. Stopping mass communication. The internet can be shut down. We rely too much on it for news. Radio will get through. Too bad shortwave radio stations and newspapers are dieing because everyone thinks all should be connected digitally, free via the internet. No country can jam every useable radio frequency out there, but any one person could disrupt the internet and satellite digital communication.

    1. Bill, the editor-in-chief of QST, the printed word of amateur radio, made that same observation of when BBC stopped transmitting into North America in August 2011. The powers that be suggest that BBC could be found on the internet. QST said that one person with side cutters could bring that to a halt.

      The following month 911 occurred.

      Scott said that.

      1. Same with the sad state of affairs and the closing all but of the VOA transmitter sites. The politicians would like to close that one along with WWV &WWVH also. Afterall it costs a little money to run them and have a few people employed while more of our tax money is wasted on BS. I don’t recall that editorial in QST, but that was the month radio took a back seat to my new found typewriter hobby.

  2. Most of the time, I solve Wordle in under 2 minutes. Sometimes, I get stuck after unsuccessful tries and I must find the answer. There is a certain level of knowledge of English vocabulary required and it is not always easy for me. I never found the solution for “quoth.”

    I also try Quordle, which is another level of complication.

    For fun, I also play CANUCKLE with my wife and sister

    Then, my mom and my brothers and I play “Le Mot” in French after 6 pm, since a new word comes out at midnight in France. After if I feel like another game, there is SUTOM, also in French.

  3. Mike in Suquamish mentioned Daleks and Daniel mentioned time machines: Back in 1972 the Science Museum in London held a BBC Special Effects exhibition (not always limited to used cereal boxes, bin lids and hubcaps) which ran for at least six months. You could enter the Tardis (Time and Relative Dimension in Space, anybody?) time machine via a phonebox door and inside it was just like the one in the TV show. Two life-size Daleks were present. Their conversation was limited to “We will exterminate! We will exterminate!” -as if they’d just been to a meeting with Putin- but my eleven-year-old self was thrilled to bits.

  4. Blackwing alert: Mike in Suquamish with what looks like the same Blackwing as earlier, only smaller. That’s why they say “You can’t have your Blackwing and use it.”

  5. Bravo on the censorship post. I am more hopeful than cynical about the future, but censorship is a cancer that must be acknowledged and excised for true communication to exist. More voices, more perspectives, more engagement, more spirited discussions and respectful disagreements — that’s the road to healthy communication.

    Whatever cortisol spike you feel when a voice that you disagree with is stifled, censorship will always mutate into those in power erasing those who have less power. Which means, when your tribe isn’t in power…

    Be careful what you wish for.

  6. On the day of 911 I was one the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Net (SATERN) helping relay Health and Welfare messages between Seattle and Chicago. A ham from South America broke in stating that that he was resenting six exchange students whose parents worked in the Trade Center and asked if there was any way to learn any details. Whoever was in charge directed him to the SATERN website. A few minutes later South America broke in again stating that the website had crashed. No one was able to help him.

  7. Re: the instability of internet and other communications systems (i.e., satellites that transmit cell phone and GPS data) — it’s not just bad actors who may bring them down. Look up the Carrington Event of 1859.

    Our buddy the Sun has a bad habit of belching out streams of highly magnetized plasma that can take out electrical systems with the immediacy of an EMP spike.

    Like earthquakes on the West Coast, it’s not a matter of “if” but *when*. And when it does happen next, our manual typewriters will be the envy of our neighbors.

    1. Solid state electronics is especially susceptible to EMP. The telegraph system was disrupted, jut think of what will happen with a PC. And my manual typewriter will be typing away unfazed.

  8. Hmm. just looked up EMP: “An electromagnetic pulse (EMP), also a transient electromagnetic disturbance (TED), is a brief burst of electromagnetic energy. Depending upon the source, the origin of an EMP can be natural or artificial, and can occur as an electromagnetic field, as an electric field, as a magnetic field, or as a conducted electric current. The electromagnetic interference caused by an EMP disrupts communications and damages electronic equipment; at higher levels of energy, an EMP such as a lightning strike can physically damage objects such as buildings and aircraft. The management of EMP effects is a branch of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) engineering.

    EMP weapons are designed to deliver the damaging effects of a high-energy EMP that will disrupt unprotected infrastructure in the country,[1] thus the employment of an EMP weapon against a country is the scenario of war most likely to collapse the functionality of the electrical network of the country.” from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  9. Yes, EMP will also render most of what we consider necessary for human life in this modern world – electronic ignition systems – inoperative. Telegraph was also mentioned. In radio telegraph we listen to the duration of the energy, a dot or dash. Samuel Morse wire telegraph relies the duration (space) between the click and the clack. Both rely on magnetic force fields that energize and decay to make them function.

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