Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Lunar Calendar, "Dedicated to the Goddess in her many guises"...

The coloring of the little daily moons is my own idea. It doesn't come this way, but it perhaps could...

 

Early morning, West Vancouver's British Properties....

You can't see it for the fog this morning, but their Hollyburn Country Club has a family membership fee of $45,000.00 CDN. And that's not a typo! They offer installment payments, but they frown while discussing them, as though your ancestors perhaps were pirates or some other disreputable characters. Even if I had millions, I wouldn't join a glorified tennis club for that kind of money, no matter if the Queen of England served the drinks! Especially if the Queen of England served the drinks! Bah! Humbug!

 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Clouds...

I got these early in the morning, while it was still clearing off slowly here, and both are shot through thin clouds and mist, giving them an other-worldly quality.


 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Backgrounds: Traditional, or Not ?


This is the kind of background you can get if you play around with Evolvotron for a few minutes. And it's fun, too.

And a more traditional backgrounder...


Learning to use Gimp....


Here's two screen backgrounds, the one in the center with its dimensions reduced by 50%, and then pasted into the other one, to create a new effect. The larger one is something I made while testing a program called Evolvotron, which generates its own images from a set of parameters you can alter for differing effects. I have to practice with that one more too. So if you don't see a posting on here for a day or so, I may be playing with the goodies and not writing on here, like this last couple of days.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Where do my Digital TV signals come from ?


These towers on the hillside a few miles away. This is why I don't need cable.


Today's Viewers are from.........


This morning's look outside....

My re-worked entertainment system.....

 
Now that I've "cut the cord" from cable, and become totally reliant on my own air-signal antenna and its tangle of cables behind my old stereo rack, I've been experimenting with what I can do with it.
 
Since it's now all-digital, rather than the former analog-only signals we were getting from the building's cable network, I wondered if my old VCR could still play tapes through it to a digital TV, and the answer is "yes!". A recently purchased digital TV does detect the older analog signals from older equipment, and displays very sharp images of your dusty old "adults only" tapes from back around the turn of the century, when we were all afraid the world might be ending, and we wanted a last look at all that enhanced "T&A" then available on certain late-night channels.
 
I donated most of my tapes collection, a rather large box full, to a needy girl-watcher pal of mine who works on the maintenance crew for this complex. He said, "Ray, I'd have never believed you were such a connoisseur of feminine pulchritude!" I told him I spent one whole summer here dating one of the hottest looking strippers in town, and we went to places where the maitre de wouldn't dream of throwing us out for fear of disturbing the other guests. It was great fun! He said, "I married one of those once, and it was fantastic for the first six months, until we came to our senses."
 
Anyway, I discovered tonight that I could now hire out as a eunuch to someone with a harem. I started out to watch one of those old tapes that I hadn't given away, and those great plasticized bods looked absolutely wonderful, until I fell soundly asleep twenty minutes into a six-hour tape, and awoke just in time for the final happy ending of the last movie on it, and then watched it rewind. It's the best sleep I've had in days. Maybe I should do that more often. I slept like a baby for over five hours!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Today's 'Question Everything' = "Who wants to live on Mars?"


"Who wants to live on Mars, when we have places like this right at home?"

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Completing my audio-visual setup, now it's on a digital antenna...

I had to do some tweaking, because I want it all..... I want the newer digital TV signals, but I also want to be able to use my old VCR to play old tapes, and my DVD player, to play DVDs. Because there's no use being wired, if you don't have all the toys included in the network. 

So I've added some quick-connect fittings to that set-top box, so that I can bypass that when playing old tapes into this monitor. This completes the setup. I've spliced in the VCR onto the cable of the antenna system, so that whenever I bypass the set-top box, I can get an old-fashioned analog signal from the VCR into the TV/PC monitor, and watch old VCR tapes on this 30-inch flat-screen. When I want to watch DVDs, those are connected to another TV-only set directly.

So now, I have TV and DVDs available on the main TV, and TV or PC available on one computer, and TV, VCR, and PC available on the other computer. And I can patch the computer sound into a second old stereo, if I want better sound. So the whole setup is now finished. I've got everything available and working again, and I'm doing it without any cable TV service. It's all my own system, and it works just fine. Live better electrically - do it yourself. Works for me.

The morning weather....



Reports are that it will not be good for the long weekend, folks.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Digital TV on a digital set.....




Kids still know how to be kids.....


All digital....

I got a set-top box for my last remaining analog TV monitor yesterday, so now, all three are able to display digital TV signals. That means the TV set plus the two 30-inch TV monitors on the two PCs. What's it look like, watching digital as it is converted to analog for an older set? It looks like this.....





We need to remember this isn't a digitized image. It's an analog image created from digital signals, so it isn't as sharp and clearly defined as the original digital signals coming from the antenna. And yes, it is an antenna, not cable. It's a home-made creation I whomped up twenty years ago for the stereo receiver, and as I've recently discovered, it also pulls in a half dozen digital TV stations, so today's Question Everything is: "Who needs cable?" I get a better picture for free, right out of the air, than I was receiving from Shaw Cable, so why would I want to go back to that, and pay them for something I can have for the taking? My own technology is apparently superior to theirs. I like that.