Monday, February 13, 2006

Monday Musette

Oklahoma News

Oklahoma State University basketball coach Eddie Sutton was charged with DUI Saturday night, after driving his SUV erratically across several lanes of traffic, hitting another vehicle in the rear, and finally crashing into a tree. Our local television station has THREE, yes, THREE news teams covering the story. They just reported that everyone they've spoken with is sympathetic toward the coach and hope he can return next season. Coach Suton has taken the rest of the season off due to medical reasons.

Sympathetic? This place is nuts! The guy endangered himself and anyone else on the road that night. If he were Joe Sixpack from Ponca City, his sorry butt would be in jail. Honestly, sport is king in Oklahoma. This place IS nuts.

Do you ever just wanna scream?

"I Don't Like Mondays"

"The silicon chip inside her head
gets switched to overload
and nobody's gonna go to school today
she's gonna make them stay at home
And Daddy doesn't understand it
He always said she was good as gold
And he can see no reason
Cos there are no reasons
What reasons do you need to be shown

Tell me why
I don't like Mondays
I want to shoot
The whole day down"
..............Boomtown Rats

Today's electronic troubleshooting lesson
(or what NOT to do!)

This is actually fairly simple:
1. Use the schematic for the actual circuit you're working on, not one that's just similar. For instance, when one is labeled "Discretes" and the other "Program Pins" pay attention to the labels, otherwise you'll spend a lot of time attempting to troubleshoot perfectly good circuits.
2. When replacing a bad component, be sure to replace the bad component, not the one next to it. This causes problems when attempting to troubleshoot components further along the input.
3. When a too-smiley co-worker inquires, "Is that the same one you were working on Friday?” do not threaten to kill him, his family, and everyone he knows. This is bad form and it's like blood in the water. Other sharks will arrive shortly.

I don't like Mondays.

But on the other hand...

After a nasty day of hard toil over a hot soldering iron, with hands cramped from long hours of grasping an oscilloscope probe and a mild headache from the eyestrain induced by binocular magnifiers, it's absolutely wonderful to walk outside to the bike rack, and discover wonderfully mild temperatures, brilliant sunshine, and the added bonus of a tailwind on the ride home!

Life is good.


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