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An urban Tawny Frogmouth visit captured a couple of nights ago by a friend.

LOOK AT IT'S LITTLE FACE OMG

Prior coworker was perfectly fine using his monitors aligned like this every day.

It's a double feature for next week's movie night!

7:00PM Young Guns

plus

8:45PM ... YOU CHOOSE!

Please note that one of these options will not win, even if it does.

I'm here for like two weeks. It feels much better than constantly being on Facebook. I'm calmer and more present.

But I really miss my #yarn and #handspinning tribe. I have noone to really share this passion with in real life, and there seems to be like I'm the only mastodon user in this niche.
Maybe I should not care and just create. It just feels a bit lonely like this.

Or maybe I'm just too stupid to navigate the #fediverse. But I'm really not that geeky Person...

It's a double feature for next week's movie night!

7:00PM Young Guns

plus

8:45PM ... YOU CHOOSE!

Please note that one of these options will not win, even if it does.

@mike has just started streaming on their #owncast server! Check them out at:
tv.anotherbloody.com.

Sunday Night Movie: Hercules in New York!

#fedifriends #abtv

It's Another Bloody Movie Night! Tonight we're going back to Sunday, April 19th 1970 and watching Hercules in New York at 8pm.

There'll be supporting features on the stream from 7pm Melbourne time (UTC+11)! That's about three hours from this post!

tv.anotherbloody.com

I used to believe in the inexorable advance of progress, that society’s annoyances would gradually be engineered into oblivion.

Then one day I casually mentioned to my grandmother about how USB plugs—contrary to the laws of physics—had to be rotated at least three times before they were properly seated.

She responded, “So you’ve never tried to put the first corner of a fitted sheet on a rectangular mattress, then?”

I no longer have faith in progress.

I love how the link says "intimidating AF" but the title just says "intimidating". It's a serious looking bird though.

The Dracula parrot is intimidating - Australian Geographic
australiangeographic.com.au/bl

Something seems a little marginal with the colour tuning. It's sometimes a nice white, sometimes a bit grey on boot. I'll have to go over and check all the solder joints at some point.

But in the meantime we have a fully re-capped 48k Spectrum with a bypassed RF modulator, ready to serve for another 40 years.

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The whites are whiter! Yes, I'm making it look like a VIC-20 because I have no respect for anything.

Also it's a nice set of bright, contrasting colours to test with.

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Swapped out the first round of capacitors and it doesn't crash anymore! It also makes noises but I'm not set up to capture that yet.

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Crazy idea - hook up the tape audio in line on the Spectrum to a Mumble server and let people play programs into it.

Video/Audio out on Owncast maybe?

:awesome:

Swapping out a couple of transistors gives some much improved brightness to the screen after the composite mod.

I never had one of these back in the day, so I'm doing this while uncertain of how it's supposed to look. This is a lot more readable though!

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Oh I also did the mod to bypass the RF modulator so there's a simple composite video signal on the back connector now - so I can just connect it to a USB capture device for testing instead of having to get out an old portable TV that can be tuned to the right channel.

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Replaced the regulator and the keyboard membrane on my Spectrum and it almost works! The keyboard responds fine, but after a short time the screen corrupts and the whole show is over.

I still have a set of fresh capacitors to install yet, so I'll do those before worrying much.

Reading the Wikipedia page for the 1978 TV adaptation of The Famous Five and noticing it has a section heading titled "Aftermath". :ohdear:

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Chinwag Social

Consider this a friendly, local pub. Make yourself at home, bring your friends, have a good time! Meet new people, have a laugh, enjoy the ambience, and the Oxford commas.