Show newer Probably not cool enough for your list, but growing up I had a sweet blue and gray Fisher Price am/fm radio with a microphone. We’d pretend to be radio DJs, or sing along to songs, or pretend to announce horse races or auctions. It was a blast, until my dad cut the microphone cord because we were making too much racket. My grandpa taught me to solder in reattaching it, then the whole deal disappeared one day. I loved the orange switches.

i'm so mad at seth macfarlane for producing an absolute banger of a sci fi show. why. lmao

@ajroach42 I don't miss proprietary USB drivers, but I do miss my Rio Cali mp3 player hand feel.....

Anyway, I have a couple of Sony Sports items (a radio, a boombox, and a walkman) on the way, in addition to a couple of Strikingly red gizmos.

I'd really love to find one of those hi-8 cameras with it's waterproof shell. I can't think of a *single* useful thing to do with a hi8 camcorder (and I say that as someone who regularly uses a 1968 Sony Portapak black and white video camera) and even if I could, I can't find a single one that works.

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@ajroach42 Damn i got a lot of use out of it, plus survived a few bicycle accidents. Pity the motor doesn't turn any more, but I still use the headphones!

I'm looking at various lines of vintage electronics trying to find the ones that were the most visually compelling.

The Sony Sports line is pretty interesting. Bright yellow, rounded corners, basic aesthetic pulled through the whole line.

What other vintage electronic lines were this dedicated to aesthetics?

So yeah, tomorrow, build the schedules for the rest of the summer, get some TVs set up around town, make it happen.

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I have a bunch of vintage children's programming that we'll be running, and as the day wears on we'll shift from vintage childrens stuff to sci-fi and adventure stuff, and keep calling that Saturday Shenanigans.

Or, maybe, as we get in to the scifi and adventure stuff, we'll call it something else. Afternoon Adventures? Scifi Showdown?

Regardless, Saturdays are going to be mostly Archival content, scifi and adventure, and then we'll get in to some spooky stuff. Saturdays will get an 18 - 24 hour programming block.

We'll probably repeat Saturday's programming block on Sunday, or maybe run last saturday's on the following sunday. Weekends are the only days we'll do programming blocks longer than 6 hours.

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The first of those too many things is to build the schedule for Saturday Shenanigans for the rest of the summer, if not for the whole year.

Saturday Shenanigans is the name of our Saturday morning cartoon block on New Ellijay Television (or, at least, it will be the name of our saturday morning cartoon block when we launch it this Saturday!)

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I'm off for four days, so of course I'm going to do Too Many things.

@ajroach42 I've thought for nearly an hour on how to respond to this, for it made me cry and I feel it's worthy of a response for that alone, but I'm not smart enough to say anything much meaningful.
I did start reading some of your other posts though, I'm currently reading The Small Things Manifesto, it puts into words things I've had a gut feeling about for a good while now, I wish I'd read it earlier. I may have found the blueprint for my own personal revolution I've been looking for, so thank you!

"Man, I wish I could buy a TV that didn't have any of that gross telemetry and smart nonsense that will make it useless in five years"

Oh, yes, but what if we did the opposite, tho?

I sponsored this story in tedium as a way to get the word out about our coffee roasting.

It ended up being weirder and way more interesting than I had ever expected.

PSA: take some time in 2023 to back up your/your family's CD-Rs (and other recordable media) full of memories you threw into storage 10+ years ago; there's a decent chance they've started to rot!

the tenuously thin layer of dyes/adhesives holding the data *will* break down over time, rapidly so if their environment is uncontrolled, the surface was previously nicked/contaminated, or they were cheap ones to begin with

anti-trans laws, uspol 

When I was 10, I came out as transgender. I was a girl and I knew it.

I was one of the lucky ones.

After four painful years, I was fortunate enough to access gender-affirming health care. First testosterone blockers. Later estrogen, the stuff my peers soaked in for years while I threw myself into software development to distract from pain.

Despite being old enough to go through the wrong puberty and suffer its permanent changes, it took four years to access the medical fix. Four years of gender therapy, hard talks with doctors, and a lot of determination.

There’s a vicious myth that kids just walk into clinics and leave with hormones. Quite the opposite.

I was lucky: my parents supported me, and by then we lived near San Francisco, where a gender clinic was willing to take me as patient.

I’m 21 now. I’ll be blunt: if not for gender-affirming care, I don’t know if I would be around. If there would be FOSS graphics drivers for Mali-T860 or the Apple M1.

If I were a few years younger, lived in the wrong part of the US, that may well be the reality, because gender-affirming care is banned for minors in conservative areas across the United States. Texas, for example, would threaten to take me from my loving parents under Greg Abbott’s directive.

Even now, I’m lucky I don’t live in the wrong place: the medication I’m prescribed is banned for adults in several American states.

I fear the 2024 election. How long until there’s a ban nationwide?

In high school, I knew this day might come. I applied to Canadian universities. Canada isn’t perfect, far from it. But stripping trans rights isn’t on the ballot yet.

Growing up, we liked visiting Florida.

Now there are travel advisories against it.

One recent Florida law threatens jail time if a trans person uses the bathroom - any bathroom - in a public space. I remember in high school, arguing back against “bathroom bills” designed to marginalize trans people. They seem tame next to the vile attacks on trans people championed by Ron DeSantis.

What’s next?

Does anybody remember the Nuremberg laws?

I was raised Jewish. Growing up, we were haunted by the spectre of the Holocaust. I knew queer Germans were in the cross-hairs alongside Jews. I didn’t know that Berlin was a queer centre before Hitler came to power.

In high school, I understood if fascists came to power in the United States, I might be first to go. Nazis had a special symbol for people like me: a pink triangle superimposed on a yellow triangle. I was 16 when I wondered if one day I would be forced to wear it.

In 2020, Donald Trump used the Nazi’s symbol for political prisoners – forced to be worn in camps – to threaten leftists in a campaign ad.


You don’t need to like Democrats, but I need you to understand that if you vote Republican in 2024, you vote erasure. You vote oppression. You vote fascism.

Maybe you “just have some concerns” about trans kids.

I was a trans kid, and I want you to know that DeSantis, Abbott, and Trump were my nightmares. Their policies will lead to the deaths of transgender Americans. With hundreds of GOP-sponsored anti-trans bills and laws simultaneously sweeping the United States, it’s hard to believe this isn’t by design.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

The trans experience isn’t inherently defined by suffering. Not for trans kids, not for trans adults.

When treated with respect, allowed to transition, when we can access the medication we know we need, life can be great.

Personally, I have felt virtually no gender-related discomfort in years now.

I once recoiled at my reflection. Now I look in the mirror and smile at the cute woman smiling back at me. I’m surrounded by lovely friends, and we support each other. Laugh together. Cry together. Text endless stickers of cartoon sharks together. Past the shared struggle, there is immense trans joy.

When we are made to suffer – by banning our medication, arresting us for peeing, legislating our identities out of existence on the road to establishing a theocratic state – that is a policy choice.

We’re not asking for much. We don’t want special treatment. We just want respect. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Right now I want legislators to get the fuck out of our doctors’ office.

I’m on the board overseeing Linux graphics. Half of us are trans. If all you care about is Linux, resist the attacks on trans people.

If you have any decency, fight back.

It’s your choice.

[This is a thing I wrote back in 2019. It's sad, and deeply personal, and not at all about computers.

Content Warnings for 9/11, cancer, death, eating disorders, economic strife, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.]

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