Weirdness: Round three

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Re: Weirdness: Round three

Postby Ellen Kuhfeld » Fri Jul 02, 2021 10:53 am

If we are into radio archives (and it definitely seems like we are) one issue of Popular Electronics turned out to have worldwide influence from a half-page article about an electronic metronome on page 59. Earl Bakken was looking for a way to create adjustable electric impulses, and he thought a metronome was just the thing -- so he took this circuit, modified it, and made the first Medtronic pacemaker.

This was not the first pacemaker. Earl was working with Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, the famous heart surgeon, keeping his electronics working and making whatever Dr. Lillehei wanted in the way of new electronics. The PM-65 Zoll pacemaker he was using was cumbersome, and required line power. It was about the size of a large microwave oven, and filled with vacuum tubes. Naturally, it was not implantable. One night there was a power failure.

PM-65 by itself (card edited out).jpg


Well, you can't have a power failure on something like a pacemaker. It was being used at the time. When I talked with Bakken and Lillehei they didn't agree on whether the patient lived or died. (It was dramatic, but when I discussed it with them it was forty years in the past.) Whatever. They knew something had to be done. "Make me something that runs on batteries," Lillehei said.

Bakken started to make an inverter that ran on car batteries and could power the PM-65. Then he happened on this article, and did it with transistors instead. The pacer he came up with was about 4 inches square and an inch and a half deep, quite light, and worked superbly.

Old Number One (1999 color photo, smaller).jpg


It was soon improved, of course. But it's the way of the world: sometimes just the right information hits just the right person at just the right time, and the world is changed. And all with a popular hobby magazine.
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Re: Weirdness: Round three

Postby Té Rowan » Fri Jul 02, 2021 5:35 pm

World Radio History is a radio literature archive, that's for sure. It has books and magazines on just about all aspects of radio and TV. Of course, the Internet Archive has a nice collection, too, including a lot of old programming coded into MP3.

As an aside, I am reading a magazine named "db", all about sound recording/engineering and stuff like that.

https://soranews24.com/2021/07/03/japanese-masturbatory-aid-tengas-rocket-project-is-a-go-shaft-will-pierce-the-heavens-soon%e3%80%90video%e3%80%91/
Cue all the dirty-stopout jokes.
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Re: Weirdness: Round three

Postby Ellen Kuhfeld » Fri Jul 02, 2021 6:29 pm

That is definitely weirdness. And judging from the pictures, it indeed is round. :oops:
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Re: Weirdness: Round three

Postby Té Rowan » Fri Jul 09, 2021 6:05 pm

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Re: Weirdness: Round three

Postby Spica75 » Sat Jul 10, 2021 12:12 am

Té Rowan wrote:https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13916727/1/Guys-and-Dolls
https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-33614/dogbertcarroll+Guys+and+Dolls.htm
So how do you think dogbertcarroll will fare at mixing BtVS with Rozen Maiden?


Pretty sure that no matter what else, "amusing" it will be. :D
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Re: Weirdness: Round three

Postby Té Rowan » Sat Jul 10, 2021 12:29 pm

To us, anyway. Not so sure about Xander and the Summers girls. Joyce… decidedly unamused, at least to begin with.
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Re: Weirdness: Round three

Postby Té Rowan » Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:26 am

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Re: Weirdness: Round three

Postby Spica75 » Thu Jul 15, 2021 12:50 pm

Té Rowan wrote:https://flashbak.com/wonderful-futuristic-visions-of-germany-by-artists-in-1930-381451/
Future fancies, some of which are not far off.


Yeah, an interesting mix of very accurate and not even remotely close.
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Re: Weirdness: Round three

Postby Té Rowan » Sun Jul 18, 2021 2:21 pm

http://archiveofourown.org/works/13679145 "Senshi's List" by YuriNoShoujo. Five chapters, last updated 2018-08-25.
It's a skippy-list type of a story.
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Re: Weirdness: Round three

Postby Té Rowan » Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:08 am

https://soranews24.com/2021/07/19/drunk-droning-arrest-first-of-its-kind-in-aichi-prefecture/
Japan's Civil Aeronautics Act forbids Drone-flying Under Influence. So there.
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Re: Weirdness: Round three

Postby Té Rowan » Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:25 pm

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Re: Weirdness: Round three

Postby Ellen Kuhfeld » Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:06 pm

About Sailor Uranus. But I don't need high heels to do it.
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Re: Weirdness: Round three

Postby Neko- » Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:27 am

I'd look down slightly on Pluto.. 186. And yeah... barefoot would get me that. Normally I wear workboots, so those would push me a tad higher.
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Re: Weirdness: Round three

Postby Té Rowan » Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:46 am

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