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Monday April 25, 2005
04:23 AM

Too Damned Late

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I look at the clock and somehow it's Five O'Goddamned'Clock in the morning. Well, at least I've (finally) made good progress on the intro to linux doc, after about a year of false starts. Thunderbirds are go, etc., etc.

Much earlier tonight, on my way home from the grocery store, the Catalina's radio was picking up WTAM 1100 out of Cleveland. Apparently it snowed rather a lot up there yesterday, which put q damper on some sort of Support-the-Troops rally in Public Square. I can deal with talking to people halfway around the world in real-time, and do it all day long, but hearing a Weather report from Ohio on my car radio blows my freakin' mind.

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  • I still remember leaping from my bed as a fifth-grader when I picked up WCKY in Cincinnati from my house in central Florida ... I was sneaking a radio with an earphone into bed to listen to the ball games on a local station. My mom and I got out a map of the country and determined how far it was from Florida to Cincinnati.

    I later became a short-wave listener and then a ham radio operator. It's magic ... signals pulled right out of the "ether" ...

    The FCC has reserved certain frequencies in the AM band as
    • There was a fascinating piece last week [npr.org] on Fresh Air about Mexican radio stations setup during the 30s that blasted with 500,000+ watts and could be heard all over the country. (Some could be heard all over the world.) He said some people could pickup the signal on chainlink fences, dental fillings, etc.

      I was also suprised to hear that's where Wolfman Jack got started.