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Stargzer
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Ancient TV
Stargzer   9/11/2014 11:07:19 AM
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Speaking of ancient TV, at the opening of one episode of the Ernie Kovacs Show he kicks over a can of white paint which spills into a line at the edge of the stage. I'm not sure of the exact sequence, but the white line turns into an oscilloscpe trace of an audio tone, and he then puts his hands at each end of the trace and moves his hands together and back apart, changing the frequence of the tone as he does so. The man was genius!

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Re: Magic Eye Tube?
mhrackin   9/11/2014 10:47:50 AM
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If you're really into ancient uses of ancient technology in TV, check out the opening credits for "The Twilight Zone." I vaguely recall some oscilloscope traces of audio... along with some Theremin music.

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Re: Magic Eye Tube?
zeeglen   9/10/2014 7:10:53 PM
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@mhrackin I actually used one in a circuit back in the '50s; possibly entombed in my basement still!  ...  Think 6E5.

Just a few days ago after watching Star Wars Episode IV for the umpteenth time I suddenly realized that one of the props was a highly-magnified magic eye tube of the 6E5 type, poised to resemble a radar screen.

I won't spoil it just yet, so if you have the DVD can you spot it? First to report back gets an attoperson award, which is equivalent to 1000e-6 persons.

Hint so you won't have to watch the whole thing:  It is somewhere on Uncle Owen's Farm.

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Re: tick-tock sound
mhrackin   9/4/2014 4:10:44 PM
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I know what you mean.  I sometimes use it to translate into German just to give my Teutonic friends a good chuckle!  It realy doesn't do well with idioms in either direction.  But for short simple things like your 3-word motto it'll be close

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Re: tick-tock sound
Max The Magnificent   9/4/2014 4:04:55 PM
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@mhrackin: That is precisely why Google Translate was invented!

I've seen two many things translated into ?English? from other languages to trust this for my family motto

 

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Re: tick-tock sound
mhrackin   9/4/2014 4:01:46 PM
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That is precisely why Google Translate was invented! 

Max The Magnificent
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Re: tick-tock sound
Max The Magnificent   9/4/2014 3:57:40 PM
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@mhrackin: The philosophy of churrascaria is no concept of too much.

The Latin version of "Everything to Excess" would be my family motto ... if only I knew Latin

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Re: Huntsville
Max The Magnificent   8/29/2014 1:03:07 PM
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@anon: I had a table in Huntsville.  Pity I didn't recognize you in person or you didn't introduce yourself.

I'll be there next year -- there were a few folks in Hawaiian shirts -- I was the one in the AWESOME Hawaiian shirt LOL

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Re: Sorry to have missed it
Max The Magnificent   8/29/2014 1:01:30 PM
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@EB2: If you are going to spend only one day, check their web site first so you don't miss something.

That's the beauty of putting Antedeluvian in charge of planning this sort of thing -- he will have everything organized 110%

 

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Re: tick-tock sound
Max The Magnificent   8/29/2014 1:00:02 PM
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@mhrackin: Green means feed me, red means no more (for now; you can flip back to green anytime.

It was an AMAZING meal -- one that will live on in my memory until I shrug off this mortal coil...

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