A Capella

Off the Beaten Path contains links from different interesting web sites that friends post or send to me. They are often about technology, but sometimes connected to the entertainers/musicians we’ve aired on the radio.

David Bowie & Freddie Mercury
From Superstar Magazine comes an interesting recording. It’s the story behind the Queen/Bowie song “Under Pressure,” and stripped of the music (a capella). It’s a little haunting and a little strange to hear pared down like this ... but interesting!

A Raspberry Pi Transmitter
This certainly is not an endorsement to create a pirate radio station, but we often see modifications of different things that are turned into transmitters. My very first experience with radio and inadvertent pirate transmitting started with my grandpa’s old Knight Kit tube-type transmitter. I was about 9 years old when I found that that old thing. Besides having the ability to shock the bejesus out of me, it also transmitted about eight places on the AM dial for a few hundred feet! The Raspberry Pi is a “mini computer” being used for a lot of things and great for experimenting but it’s also becoming an FM transmitter for hobbyists.

USB C — Take Note!
From PC World comes an interesting article related to USB C cables. It’s good to be aware of this as it might save a lot of time in chasing gremlins.

Historic Preservation
I always find it interesting to see broadcasters repurpose old buildings. For instance, recently a TV station converted an old train station into their broadcast facility. And another PBS station in Bethlehem, Pa., has their station on the site of a former steel mill. This particular website is a great search engine of sorts to see other historic sites being preserved.

And finally ...
Here’s a humorous look at life in the 1950s. It’s what “a good wife” should do for her husband. Don’t shoot the messenger. I’m not suggesting this is good ... only a part of the past. Note to my wife: Promise I will have all the work done, dinner prepared, and your slippers ready when you get home from your busy day.

If you stumble across a good or unusual web site that might be of interest, please don’t hesitate to send me the link and any info you might have about it. My email address is dan_slentz@yahoo.com.

 

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