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  1. Today we're gonna find out what 1000 milligrams of caffeine does to the human body.

    1. Kiwi


      You'll feel like a million buck. 

  2. I got me a Chrysler, it seats about twenty!
    So hurry up and bring your jukebox money!

    1. Corby



    2. DoctorSpuds


      Get in the car

  3. An epic writing binge? An obsession? Probably the latter. Since December 12th I’ve been writing, writing an absolutely inordinate amount, an inordinate amount about something that nobody ought to care about. Fanfic, the word of the Devil. For the past two and some months I’ve been writing a fanfic, and I’ve finally begun to post it chapter by chapter on Ao3. The fandom in question is Warframe, a game I’ve put too many hours and too many dollars into over the past six years. I’m posting a chapter every other day since I have a considerable backlog. Actually considerable isn’t quite the right word for it… immense. Yeah. As of right now I have 80 chapters written, coming to a dainty word count of a mere 230K. If you’re interested in reading whatever the heck this is then I’ll put a link in somewhere. I tried to make the story fairly friendly to non-players but a quick trip to the wiki every so often will probably be needed. Just a content warning though. I do not dance around most subjects, especially gore, violence, mental health problems, and suicide. This is not by any means an edgy story, but when those situations arise I don’t hold back.
  4. Sciatica...

    I'm not happy. 

    1. ColecoGamer


      I’m sorry you’re not happy. I don’t know what is causing your unhappiness, but I pray things get better for you. 

  5. Lemon Curry?

    1. Corby


      Jim Curry?

    2. CPUWIZ


      Steph Curry!

  6. You never truly appreciate how much liquid is in a gallon until it's all over the floor.

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    2. Keatah


      Or SafetyKleen..

    3. GoldLeader


      Or an extra hominid carrying a roll of paper towels featuring unparalleled strength and tremendous capillary action for absorption...(If you will)

    4. DoctorSpuds


      It was milk

  7. The Fisher CA-273 blows up speakers good. I think my lungs are full of poison now.

  8. Goodbye Betty

    1. Stephen


      Just heard :(  So sad.  Three days ago she was posting a joking article that she lived so long from not eating anything green, and preparing for her 100th b-day in 2 weeks.

    2. 7800Knight


      Just heard the sad news.

  9. I think 700 milligrams of caffeine was a few too many.

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    2. GoldLeader
    3. DoctorSpuds
    4. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      "It was a bad trip...torture. The kind that made you want to become a Christian."  -David Sedaris 

  10. Mornin'!

    What's for breakfast?

    1. Atarian7


      a protein shake

    2. atari2600land


      I had a bowl of Cheerios.

    3. GoldLeader
  11. He's an outlaw loose and runnin' came the whisper from each lip


    And he's here to do some business with the Big Iron on his hip

    1. DoctorSpuds


      Marty Robbins is rolling in his grave.

  12. I saw a werewolf drinking a Pina Colada at Trader Vic’s


    His hair was perfect

    1. Corby


      One day, i'll head to london and order beef chow mein

    2. Max_Chatsworth


      Ah-hoo, werewolves of London

      Halloween Vintage GIF

  13. Oh dear, I booted up Skyrim again. The start of the ruination.

  14. Gave myself food poisoning last night. 0/10: Would not recommend.

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    2. thanatos


      What did you eat?

    3. DoctorSpuds


      No clue, either it was some chicken or some canned soup, whatever it was kicked my ass.

    4. thanatos


      Ouch.  My guess would be the chicken - canned foods can go years past the expiration date unless they were compromised.

  15. Why must drive belts return to oil!? WHY!!!

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    2. DoctorSpuds


      For me, the belts go out in style, explosively, coating everything, and eventually myself.

    3. x=usr(1536)


      Circle of life, man.  Circle of life.

    4. DoctorSpuds


      That particular circle of life can go stick itself in a blender.

  16. Almost certainly. I've had decent luck with rubber bands before but these are nothing but placeholders. The belts are in really easy to reach locations so I'm just being lazy and putting off replacing them.
  17. I managed to snag something rather unexpected on a recent thrifting trip: A positively ancient Shoebox Cassette Recorder. How old you ask? If I read the dates correctly then about 49 years old. But that's not all! The cassette mechanism itself appears to be based on Philips earliest portable mechanism that appeared on the EL3300 from 1964. This beauty is the GE M8440A and you can see everything it has to offer with the briefest glance. The only reason I picked it up was due to how old it looked and because I've never seen play controls that are literally just a single lever and waves the play head around. Unsurprisingly it didn't work. The belts have dried up so I'm using rubber bands in the interim, and one of the wires to the play head has snapped. But with a little bit of TLC and bodging I have it up and partially running. The amount of wow and flutter is pretty astonishing and it plays a bit slow. That being said, it sounds about on par with modern cassette mechanisms, and the fact that the sound is coming out of something that really looks the part, and was probably meant for dictation, is just completely charming. I also took a moment to make an illustration of it. I also got some period correct(ish) music recorded from it. It's incredibly cursed. Is You Is.mp3
  18. Anybody else have the Zodiac Killer getting ID'd on their 2021 Bingo card?

    1. x=usr(1536)


      Seriously, just when I thought the last couple of years couldn't get much weirder.



    2. digdugnate


      That was a pretty interesting read on the ciphers, I thought!  

  19. One thing I've concluded after watching way too much content across several genres of media: All most villains need is a social worker as a child or a good psychiatrist as an adult.

  20. I blame him directly for this recent surge in interest in vintage HiFi!
  21. I’ve always liked vintage HiFi, ever since I was a kid and had absolutely no idea what it was. Recently I’ve taken up refurbishing and selling old HiFi equipment, a ‘flipper’ in fewer words. I’m scooping up untested stuff that’s been left on the side of the road, or being sold at garage sales or that have been donated to local thrift stores, and I’ve found some excellent pieces of kit. From some gorgeous Polk Audio bookshelf speakers to a late 80’s Turntable, CD Player, Twin Tape deck, abomination from Fisher, I’ve seen some nice stuff, and stuck my fingers in some nasty places. I’m no stranger to what time does to the belts of a Cassette Mechanism, they eventually decide that they’ve had enough with being a single, solid, entity and melt back into the oil they came from. It’s a mess. Today I almost met my match when it came to a particularly pretty tape deck with a particularly nasty player. I picked up a matching pair of equipment, a Pioneer SX-4 Stereo Receiver and its accompanying tape deck, a Pioneer CT-3. They’re quite eye-grabbing, with a color I’ve never seen HiFi take on before, beige. They look like holdovers from the 1970’s, even though they’re from ’81. The Stereo works thankfully, no bad caps and the knobs weren’t even crackly, the tape deck was another story. It didn’t work, no big surprise, and upon further inspection I saw that the play button had snapped and fallen into the machine, at least it was still there. Let me just say this, I am not a professional, I am not an engineer, I am not a technician, I am just a kid with an unhealthy interest in vintage electronics, so when I say I rather bungled things is an understatement. The belts had perished, in a big way too. It was fairly clear this guy had been sitting in storage for a long time and when the previous owner had decided to turn it on for the first time in 30 years the near liquefied belts decided to say adios and go flying off, splattering wherever they pleased. It was a mess, maybe even a travesty depending on how you choose to define the word. Looking online I couldn’t find any official belt kits for this model of player, it doesn’t seem to be a remarkably popular machine. So… I made due. The first order of business what to fix the play button, which was a shambles, it was stuck in a small space which the rest of the buttons what was wholly inaccessible. So, I unfastened the entire tape mechanism from the chassis. This involved removing the door, which is screwed on with four tiny screws and as soon as it’s free you have to deal with the hinges flopping loosely around and falling out since they’re held in place entirely by the piece you just removed. Next is removing the matte black plastic piece from the front since it hides a screw or two you need to remove in order to mode the mechanism, there was also another hidden behind the door just for good measure. One you get those bits away you have free access to shift the mechanism about as you please, but be careful there’s still a load of wires to be cautious of and the power supply is worryingly close. After getting the play button back in place I had the joy of putting everything back together again. At the time I wrote off the thing as a lost cause and just wanted in good outward shape for some crazy person to clean up and repair later, but it seems I’m both fickle, and stubborn, and maybe a bit stupid. So, after I had put everything back together I decided to clean the mechanism or the belt remnants. An hour or so later, after poking with screwdrivers, dabbing with q-tips, and rubbing with rags and paper towels I finally have most of the evil gunge off of the mechanism. But I have no belts, so I used the next best thing, rubber bands. Pioneer seems to have put in an extraordinary amount of effort to make replacing the belts yourself has difficult as possible. Two of the three belts were no issue to replace since they were in the open air with nothing to prevent easy rethreading. The main drive wheel was another matter entirely, it was pretty much sealed in, sandwiched between the main tape drive and a metal portion of the chassis that made it impossible, at a glance to replace the belt without disassembling the entire mechanism. But, after a few minutes of angry staring you can just make out the most infinitesimal of gaps between the wheel and the chassis. You can try to get a belt around the wheel all day but you’ll never manage to do it, not without being able to get it through that infinitesimal gap, and the only way to do that was to pull it through by force. Now, there is a small plastic bracket clipped into the chassis, probably to catch the belt in case it slips off, that makes it near impossible the thread the belt from the top, you just can’t get any force to get the belt through. You have to go through the bottom. There is a flap of metal, specifically machined onto the bottom of the main body, directly underneath the main drive wheel, giving you limited access to the mechanism inside. You have to feed the belt up through the bottom of the machine and then pull it upwards and try to squeeze it through the gap in order to get the damn thing onto the wheel. But I did it, and holy fuck it works perfectly! Using standard size rubber bands out of a bulk bag the machine plays at the proper speed and with zero noticeable wow or flutter. I know that this is a temporary fix since the rubber bands will perish eventually, but that fact that I now know the sizes that make it work and how to replace them I don’t think it’ll be too much of an issue. Was this more trouble than it was worth? Yes. Was I stupid for doing this? Probably, but holy hell was I lucky. I’m pretty sure I did just about everything wrong in this scenario but still wound up at the best outcome. Small plug: I do sell stuff on craigslist so if you're in the Portland, Oregon area and are looking for a new vintage stereo, speakers, or a hifi repair project (I have a few that are beyond my help), drop me a line. I also sell more novelty items like CD changers.
  22. Sadly I had to replace my JVC Stereo due to some unfortunate technical issues, mainly the left audio track cutting out completely at random, and from the way the power supply was buzzing I didn't want to use it much longer anyways. Swapped it for a Pioneer SX-201 and even though there isn't a difference in sound there is a major one in peace of mind.
  23. Just got a HP Jordana Pocket PC. Gonna try to get doom on it!

    1. joeatari1


      I don't see why not.  It's playable on a pregnancy test.




    2. DoctorSpuds


      Problem is it's an old version of CE, 3.0.9348, and it doesn't look like there's a lot of surviving software for it let alone Doom ports. Most of what I find leads to dead webpages or forum threads from 2001.

  24. My cheap desktop sound system has gained two new members! I recently gave in to temptation and took a grand tour around the handful of antique malls and junk shops in and around Portland to get a general vibe on which ones I should keep an eye on in future. A few of them piqued my interest even though I didn’t wind up buying anything. One thing I did encounter more than a few times on my tour were old Realistic brand speakers, all for a bit more than I’d like to pay for them, especially untested as they were. Opportunity came-a-knocking though in the most unlikely of places however. Since my parents were in town we decided to take a long weekend up to Long Beach in Washington with my sister and the dog. I of course, being the type of person to relish being surrounded with junk, looked up every antique/junk store on the island. I found the motherlode! The North Coast Antique Mall, such a place has only ever existed in my wildest fantasies, but now it exists! On the outside it looks to be a dilapidated warehouse and when you enter you aren’t treated to a much better impression. Mountains of what could liberally described as ‘stuff’ is arranged in a pseudo-labyrinth in a relatively unfinished part of the building before you get to the front door. It was here where I found The Boys. Upon entering the store however your opinion of the place will immediately change from one of apprehension to one of amazement. A maze, an actual one this time, of antiques. At least 40,000 square feet encompassing floor, wall, and ceiling. It feels like a massive scavenger hunt, where anything goes and a flashlight is a necessity. Toys, clothes, movies, music, decorations, art, everything was there. Need a wall phone from 1898? They had three of them. Need a wind up phonograph that actually still works? They had one. Need a bartop touchscreen CRT casino arcade machine? Yup. A brassier from 1957, yup. At least 70 pairs of cowboy boot? Try a hundred. Everywhere you turn is a new nook to poke your head in, with at least four different flavors of dust to tickle your sinuses with and more, so much more. You could spend at minimum four days picking through everything but I only had a couple hours, but boy did I make the most of them. Ultimately I only grabbed The Boys. It was like they were following me, Realistic Minimus-7 speakers, at just about every store I went to. Relics from a bygone era when budget bookshelf speakers were made from solid metal, actually sounded good, and Radioshack was a major player in the tech industry. It was 10 dollars for the pair and at that price I couldn’t pass them up, all the other prices I’d seen were two to five times that price. I’d only looked up reviews of the speakers after I’d bought them and only then realized what a following Realistic brand speakers from this time had. Rich and stalwart were the two words that seemed to describe these things best which was interesting since my Klipsch Satellites are very cold sounding, favoring the high end and giving a nice amount of sparkle to the treble. I was very excited to test The Boys out. So how do they sound? Well, on their own they are indeed very rich sounding, to the point of getting a bit woofy on bassier tracks, which is a bit of a problem since I listen to predominately EDM music. The sound is by no means bad, the separation between instruments is quite good and the high end is fair, very warm speakers. But my stereo can output to two pairs of speakers at once at the expense of a bit of volume, and each pair specializes in opposite sides of the sound spectrum, the Klipsch’s on the high end and the Realistic’s on the low end. So how is it when they’re played together? Well, words can describe the feeling I got the first time I listened to the two at the same time but it would be easier to say I just giggled and made an evil little smile. The soundscape is immense, with the low end bass seeming to blast from the center with the high end dancing around the edges of your hearing. Here’s how they’re arranged on my desk, the deep, rich, Realistics are on either side of my monitor with the sparkly Klipsches placed higher up. On the rare occasion where I turn on my subwoofer it just feels like you’re enveloped in sound. I’ve used a few songs to test the overall sensation of just how these speakers sound and oh boy does it do them justice, even if they aren’t the highest quality tracks. These are just a few of the songs I’ve used. You’ve definitely heard of some of them but a few might not be on your radar. One of the most varied songs I’ve used is Nina Simone’s ‘Sinnerman’ and the separation is excellent. The hi-hats and underlying guitar riffs seem to be coming exclusively from the Klipsches while the piano and vocals seem to coming from the Realistics. The clapping potion in the middle of the song is amazing, it’s like you can actually point to where they’re coming from. Stellar. Another song is called ‘Quasi Motion’ from Kevin Macleod. It’s a bouncy instrumental with a handful of instruments, predominately percussion, with a guitar and bass keeping a background riff going and a high pitched woodwind instrument carrying the melody. The instrument separation is again excellent. The percussion is wonderfully layered not staying exclusively in the center of the soundstage which for the percussion interlude in the middle of the song simply enhances it more. A very catchy song and definitely my favorite from Macleod. ‘All Along the Watchtower’, specifically the Hendrix version. It becomes ascended. The stereo mix, though annoying to listen to with headphones, truly shines here. The three portions of the music, left, right, and center, all mix together and give a feeling of surround sound. Crisp, clear, catchy, a classic! Here’s an odd one, ‘Mantra’ from the group Material. It starts as a very atmospheric song, with low drones but quickly morphs into a calming experimental rock song with distant percussion a clear central bassline and some jazzy saxophone and clarinet running circles around you. A smooth, calming, song with just the barest hint of malice hanging around in the background sounds and drones. ‘Assassin’ by Bill Laswell. A chunky and percussive song that evokes images of the desert. The droning strings feel as if they’re echoing from the back of the room while the bassline feels like its right in your face. So many elements dance across the speakers that you get an excellent surround sensation. The percussion break in this song is otherworldly. So long instrumentals, we’re talking EDM now. One of my favorite EDM tracks to listen to is from a niche genre of hardcore EDM known at Frenchcore. ‘Up & Down’ by Boro Szypcioro hangs out an unusual amount in the high end for a song of this genre which normally is meant to flatten the waveform with the amount of sub bass present. The lyrics and frantic piano stay remarkably separate from the chunk monster bassline keeping the song from getting muddy. ‘Voodoo’ by Noisia. I’ve only just recently heard of these guys but oh man is their stuff phenomenal. These guys make the EDM equivalent of Death Metal and it’s pretty much a love or hate affair. This song is dark, it’s low, and it’s chunky, with gobs upon gobs of rough bass dominating the center. That doesn’t mean the high end is ignored, actually there’s plenty of representation, in the percussion of all things. The hi-hats and distant bass warbles just tickle your ears and really complete the experience. ‘MDMA’, specifically the Remix by Australian DJ S3RL. This rave song flits between spats of low end and high end with some elements juggling themselves between the inside and outside of the soundstage. The addition of the vocals make the song poppy and almost hypnotic. This is without a doubt my favorite song from S3RL and he’s got some serious bangers if you’re a fan of rave music. Coming out of left field a bit is ‘Ukigumo’ from Japanese musician Hige Driver. Ukigumo is a fast paced chiptune track with an unexpectedly epic melody and a real sense of scale. The instrumentation chosen is original sounding and lives rent-free in my head at all times. The separation is lesser with this song than with the previous two since much of the song lives in the mid-range and low end, but the arpeggios dance wonderfully from either side of the soundstage. This song is actually my go-to to test the quality of speakers as the arpeggios and higher end portions of the song are absent on weaker/cheaper speakers. Another Aussie DJ, SCNDL, is here as well with his song ‘Tombstone’. This percussive and gloomy EDM track has a catchy melody that initially takes you a bit off guard. Coupled with the thunderous yet smooth beat and ¾ timing it is a very unique song that I’ve listened to hundreds of times over. The soundstage, especially with the echoing slightly plucked melody, really make this song a treat to the ears. A veteran of the electronic music scene The Crystal Method has to make an appearance with their song ‘Weapons of Mass Distortion’. This song is a blend of electronic and heavy metal rock with a driving bassline and heavy percussion all set beneath a distorted guitar that just seems to come from everywhere. The amount of energy this song generates is immense evoking apocalyptic and dystopian imagery. And lastly, even though I could keep going of forever, is a little ditty known as ‘The Flute Tune’ by J-Cut. This goofy song’s main melody is a really catchy flute tune, hence the name, with incredibly aggressive drum and bass tracks underneath it. It really is a song best to experienced first hand if only for how strange it is, but goddamn if that melody isn’t an earworm.
  25. I am an unwilling passenger of my own legs.

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