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» DIY Techno-hacks

Telly power switch
Years ago the power switch on my (already ancient) portable telly died. It was a 1990 model Goldstar, better know as LG these days, and the buggers had used a bizarre power switch that combined a toggle switch that turned on the HT power supply for the tube and a momentary switch that fired up the tuner.

Could I get another switch the same? Of course not, they were custom Goldstar switches I was told by the 'expert' at Maplin, so I pondered it for a moment and decided to buy a chunky metal toggle switch and a push button, and wired them up in its place. I made holes for them on the side of the case using whatever tools I had to hand (shit drill and a kitchen knife I think), and then taped the wires from the old switch into the new ones. And then added more tape. Then a bit more tape. The bastard thing is still working =)

(Fri 21st Aug 2009, 16:20, More)

» Heckles

On the radio
A few years back Radio 1 did a whole load of live shows from Cardiff - and they were free. My mate and I fancied the pop-punk stylings of Helen Love, who were coming on after Mclusky, who I found extremely boring.

Full of beer, in between songs, and (as it turned out) next to a microphone for crowd noise I screamed out "You're too boring to heckle". Everyone looked in my direction, so I did what any good coward would do, and look over my shoulder as well.
(Thu 6th Apr 2006, 13:51, More)

» When animals attack...

Seagull chicks are
ugly, brown, useless whining things. They wander around carparks, bleating on at their mothers because they're too useless to fly. Their mothers are, for some reason, very protective of their vermin offspring.

A colleague at the hospital I used to work in was walking across the car park with headphones on, and so was unable to hear the chick bleating, and sure as hell couldn't see it because they're the same ugly brown colour as the soil between the concrete slabs (typical NHS car park, that). The first he knew about it was when mother seagull flew directly at the side of his head and brained him - literally, he was knocked right over by this sky weasel. It then came back and shat on his bag for having the audacity to walk in the same car park as this winged turd it called 'junior'.

No apologies.
(Thu 2nd Jun 2005, 12:58, More)

» I was drunk when I bought this

A housemate
from Uni days went grocery shopping whilst very, very drunk and, from what I recall, bought a bag of pearl barley and several pounds of cheddar cheese. And nothing else.
(Thu 9th Jun 2005, 13:19, More)

» I just don't get it

The Daily Mail
and other assorted BNP and/or Tory Party pamphlets of varying stature (Daily Express, The Sun, etc.). I neither get them physically, or understand people who do because they actually like to read them.

Watch out for paedo gypsy asylum-seeking gay left-wing transsexual hunt protesters, they're everywhere and after your jobs, Britain!
(Thu 31st Mar 2005, 13:46, More)
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