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20 Nov, 8 tweets, 2 min read
every day I wake up mad that there never was a computer with a built in VHS slot
we seriously got TWO (ok, really one, but the other existed enough for people to take pictures of it) video game consoles that integrated a whole-ass LASERDISC PLAYER and yet no one built a console with a built in VHS port?
REALLY?
those two are, of course, the Pioneer LaserActive and he RDI Video Systems Halcyon. ImageImage
There's MSX games which come on/with VHD and special VHD players designed to work with MSX computers... but I don't think anyone ever integrated them into one unit. Image
VHD being the Japanese version of the CED, that weird vinyl-movie-format that RCA made.
and there's plenty of games for VHS, but usually they don't need a computer.
Or when they do, it's something that attaches to a TV/VCR
and of course there's plenty of systems that connect TO a VCR.
The ArVid, the Danmere Backer, and I have like three of the Videonics editing thing in the same room as me.

But no one seems to have integrated a VCR.
DO I HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING MY SELF?

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Decommissioning Arecibo is a very sad move for science, but I understand why it needs to be done.
Google maps even confirms the sad news. Image
But people are already talking about what might replace it, and the various benefits of having it in different places... Have they considered placing it in space? Maybe at the earth-sun L2?
Obviously we can't name it like Arecibo and just call it by the local city, so maybe we could, I don't know, name it after an old deceased NASA administrator or something?
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So there's a bay area (Cupertino) estate sale tomorrow, which has some interesting pictures.
And weirdly, it ties into something I posted a month ago.
It's the estate of Chuck Colby. Image
I posted about the Walkmac, a modification of a Macintosh to be portable, back in October, and remarked that it was odd that it said "from the estate of Chuck Colby" but I didn't see any mention of him being dead elesewhere.
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So remember that neat Twilight Zone trick I talked about a long while ago? I found a video that's using it for a different use, but in color.

I found it here, but the "source" that's reblogging is a memes page that seems to be focused around getting ad views and scam giveaways
this is that twilight zone effect I was talking about:
as for the top video, lemme know if you know where it's from.
also I wonder if it's being done in real time? it certainly looks like it is.
with a remote controlling red and blue lights you could certainly swap the colors very quickly
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20 Nov
I've run into one of the (many) holes in my electronics knowledge and Google is not helping here, so:

I have a switch I want to use with a microcontroller. The switch has high resistance, though (a couple mega-ohms)
How do I detect the state of the switch?
Googling it either gives me solutions that are way overkill (like how to build a multimeter), not practical (academic abstracts about measuring super high resistance in the gigs-ohm range), or anti-answers (get a different switch, one that doesn't suck)
I seem to vaguely get that there's some trick where you set up a matching(ish) resistance and the switch changing state causes the current flow to switch direction, enough to be detectable?
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I'm always vaguely amused by seeing those industrial trucks drive by with this "warning sign".

WARNING: THE STUFF THIS TRUCK IS CARRYING CANNOT BE SET ON FIRE, EVEN IN AN EMERGENCY.
Although I swear the one I just saw only said "non flammable" and didn't specify gas.
And I thought: wait, doesn't that apply to most trucks, then? Why don't they have warning signs?
But clearly some trucks DO have flammable stuff on them. Like, I saw a truck for a shredding company, it's gonna be full of paper, right? That'll burn quite well.
There's no warning for flammability there!
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