Remember, the September BlogMeet approacheth! (Oh yeth it doth!) You don't have to be a blogger to attend -- blog readers, family members, friends and idle gawkers are all welcome. Festivities commence this coming Sunday(unday, unday), 28 September 2008, 3:00 p.m. at Broad Ripple Brew Pub and continue until we run out of grog. Or steam. Or steamed grog. See you there!
After having installed one (very high end but disappointingly insensitive in plain-FM mode) , I have decided to give olde-timey over-the-air broadcast radio one more chance, in the form of HD Radio™. The one I put in at work was getting gawrshful signals...until the IBOC*-digital locked in, at which point it was as good as being there. And much like Dogitall, er, Digital TV, there's more "there" there, with most stations adding at least one extra program stream. Then there's the $50 mail-in rebate, good through mid-October, which takes a lot of the sting out of a $100 tuner.
...I'm looking forward to the ragged tail-end of this week and the weekend with a mixture of joy and trepidation -- things are stacked up at the Skunk Works like an accident on the freeway involving a semi-load of live hogs, a tanker of molasses and 250 Smart Cars; I've somehow been talked into shooting at bowling pins, which I have never yet done and may find my 9mm and .38SA a bit undersized for, not to mention that my predilection for carryable sidearms means a certain lack of what I'm told the kids today are calling "sight radius," as if they were still half-round. It will be a genuinely humbling experience, I suspect. And at some point in the not-too-distant, I have got to run by the bank: living in 1937 means no electronic banking. (But by jasper, the food's good and nobody freaks out over bacon and eggs).
* "In-Band, On-Channel:" the HD Radio™ signal is tucked up underneath the basic original-style FM (or AM!) signal like High School students sneaking into a drive-in under a blanket in the back seat.
YANKEE RADIO TOOL KIT, #106
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