Uniden PC-122

I won an auction for a Uniden PC-122 CB/SSB radio.  This is the same radio as the Radio Shack TRC-465.  It’s a solid little radio.  I am thinking that MV can use it when we travel together.  We’re always fighting with battery power and range with some 2-way radios that we have.

For those who don’t know, SSB (Super Side Band, or just Sideband) radio is a type of radio signal that has no carrier wave but sends a signal through pure modulation.  Eh?  Read up if you want.  These radios operate on the same frequencies as regular CB radios, either just above (Upper Side Band) or just below (Lower Side Band).  The upside of SSB is increased range.  The downside is that the receiver cannot lock on to any carrier wave but must adjust their receiving modulation up or down to hone in on the signal.

Earl Grey tea

I shocked the world today.  I walked into Good Earth Coffee House and ordered … “Earl Grey tea, please.”  The server, stunned, just looked at me with wide eyes for 3 or 4 seconds.  I wish I had a body cam.  She turned to her coworker and said, slowly, “Earl Grey tea.”  The coworker widened her eyes.  “Okaayyy.”

I’ve been coming here for several years, on and off, and have always had coffee.  But, once in a while, you have to shock the world.

ASET Mentoring program

I have decided to sign up for ASET’s Mentoring program to fine-tune my skills in my search for employment.  I’ve applied for 41 positions and had 8 interviews.  I’ve reworked my resume a few times and have drafter countless cover letters, some of which I have not sent (like to ISL Engineering, as they adamantly require APEGA membership).  I have been close in a few.  Still, in the six months since convocation, nothing solid.  Getting a little concerned.  So I’m hoping a little guidance from a Mentor will offer some insight.

privacy policy needed, apparently

I was about to put another entry onto the ongoing letter.  I got a message from WordPress, the software that runs my ongoing letter, saying that I should probably have a ‘privacy policy’.

Personal Data and Privacy

Personal Data Export and Erasure

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Privacy Policy

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Bloody hell.  I clicked to view the next page.

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bugless

I’m sure by now everyone has heard that there is a serious decline in the quantity and diversity of bugs out there.  One only reads one article to understand how bleak it sounds.  I myself have not had to wash my windshield after highway driving for a few years now.

What is causing this?  Global climate change (“global warming”)?  Pesticide use?  Monocrops?  Everyone watering lawns made of nothing but grass (read: desert)?

I wonder if anyone has thought of radiation, as in radio waves emitted from everything from cellular phones to GPS satellites to 50,000-Watt radio stations to Bluetooth absolutely everywhere?

Floyd and I will plant native flowers in all the bald patches around the house next spring.  We let the greenery in the grass grow regardless of what it is.  If Parkbridge management complains, well … okay.

Comments, anyone?