June bugging

June was meant for randomness

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27 Responses to June bugging

  1. Fred Stiening says:

    The castle now has a clapper

    • countess robini says:

      yes! 1970s technology to the rescue. only problem is that, in addition to turning the lamp on and off when we clap, it does the same thing when fred puts his keys down on the night stand next to the bed. life in the castle can get complicated.

      memory lane time: any other baby boomers out there remember the tacky tv ad for this remarkable consumer product? (i can still see the old lady in bed clapping her tv off.) and who could forget the buttoneer, the breakthrough development that meant you never again needed a needle and thread to sew a button back on to a piece of clothing? c’mon, everybody: what do you remember being advertised on uhf tv back in the halcyon days of the 1970s?

      • Fred Stiening says:

        I have a memory of a UHF adapter you needed for VHF-only TVs. In Pittsburgh, Channel 13 (WQED) had started up a second station on Channel 16 that had somewhat erratic prgramming that was fed to schools. I think my teachers only bothered dragging the TV into their classrooms once or twice.

        The only other UHF station was a mysterious channel 53 that was rumored to be owned by a Communist secular humanist.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      The clapper has gone on hiatus. It had a habit of turning the light on in the middle of the night.

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    June 2nd would have been my father’s 112th birthday

  3. Parrott says:

    Parrott continues his business trip to Mordor. Today Parrott rode in a Uber for the very first time to Crystal City. Parrott says: “It was ‘an experiance’ he won’t soon forget. Parrott was looking for the ‘Tunnel’ that connects the Pentagon with Mt. Weather on the spine of the Blue Ridge. He did not find it today but did find evidence in piles of dirt near Reagan National airport.
    Parrott also listened to WMAL AM 630 on a Genuine AM/FM car radio in his Jeep.
    During the ‘PM’ of Tuesday evening.
    WMAL dropped their power and it was a weak signal out there near Dulles airport.
    (behind enemy lines)
    There is always traffic here.

    • countess robini says:

      Dear parrott: yay for you trying uber!

      i did uber for the first time when i was in charlotte in march, which is when we got married. (and yes, i still love my color-of-the-aegean-sea engagement ring.) i was scared about getting into a car with a stranger but i knew fred was waiting for me to call when i got back to the hotel so it was ok.

      my sister and wonderful brother-in-law were in dc right before i left philly. davey — who is a salt-of-the-earth and very patriotic guy — said the lincoln monument still has immense power to move the emotions.

      on the recommendation of a friend, they also visited the spy museum. (davey has had some professional experience with cryptography.) my sister raves about the newseum — says it one of her favorite places in a city filled with fascinating stuff to see.

      did you visit any of the tourist sites or go to any of the museums? do tell!

      • Parrott says:

        Hi Countess: The spy museum is on my list to do. I didn’t get to visit any nice museums, on this trip, as it was strictly business. Eh, its a job I guess. Pays the bills.
        I did get to walk by the 9/11 memorial monument @ the Pentagon. The one with all of the ‘benches’ ( for lack of a better term).
        And I saw the U.S Air Force memorial, with its three spires , you can see it off in the distance as you leave the Pentagon area. It has an elegant look about it.
        The first uber ride was from Sterling to Crystal city, that driver went down rt 7 and it took and hour and a half. ( Crazy)
        Then on the way back out to Ashburn, the Uber driver took the Dulles toll road, and we made excellent time. it was $45 bucks to leave Crystal city to Ashburn and $47 Sterling to Crystal city.
        I am sure if we had taken the tunnel it would have been cheaper : )

        Best regards

  4. Fred Stiening says:

    The issue of images not showing up might be fixed

  5. Fred Stiening says:

    Lily of the valley

  6. AllAccess.com reports changes at Fox News Talk. John Gibson departs the network as of July 4 and Todd Starnes replaces him from noon to 3 Eastern. Tom Shillue replaces the “retiring” Tom Sullivan from 3 to 6. The site says Gibson and Sullivan will host their shows at their respective websites.

  7. Fred Stiening says:

    Neil “looking at the law” Chayet has aggressive cancer and is retiring

  8. Fred Stiening says:

    The cargo ship that hit the USS Fitzgerald was on autopilot and did not show signs of a human reacting for 15 minutes


    • TheChairman says:

      The more information I glean from this incident and the ensuing deaths, the more questions I have about the crew and command of the naval vessel. Their communications systems were “out” for 30 minutes? This does not bode well for a modern US warship. Worse, Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm had made numerous trips below deck to rescue crew members, but then he was sealed off in a compartment and died with 6 others he was trying to help. ??

      • Fred Stiening says:

        It sounds like both ships had issues.

        There have been movies built around the dilemma of whether you close off water tight doors to keep the ship from sinking at the cost of trapping people inside. One account said the ship wasn’t in danger of sinking. In submarines, they use water pressure to limit the water coming in – not sure if surface ships work the same way

  9. Fred Stiening says:

    Yes, Deer, right away

    Spotted around sunset ambling nonchalantly through the parking lot of the Art Stone castle

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