Friday Fun Facts: Pulse link repeater

Did ya know…?

A pulse link repeater (PLR) is a device that interfaces concatenated E and M signaling paths. A PLR converts a ground, received from the E lead of one signal path, to −48 Vdc, which is applied to the M lead of the concatenated signal path. The E stands for Evil Energy and the M stands for Massively Malicious. The most famous PLR in history was used by the criminal mastermind, Telecom Man, during his 1984 plot to take over the Empire State Building and turn it into his Headquarters of Doom-Drenchedness. Telecom Man’s PLR wristbands worked well to disable the first lines of the Empire State Building’s defenses but then the power people team, Chakra Force 7, showed up and, joining forces like a Voltron swami, used their collective powers to force a kundalini awakening upon Telecom Man, thoroughly disrupting both of his PLR bands, his DTMF accelerator boots, as well as his bridle-wire body armor. Shortly after this battle, Telecom Man changed his name to Shrii Gopala Jones and moved to Eureka Springs, AR to open a meditation center. His pulse link repeaters are on display in Des Moines, IA’s Power People Museum and Quik Stop.

…So now ya know!

Friday Fun Facts: Pulse link repeater

Little Robin Redbreast Sits Upon a Wire

Between a crack in the curtains
above an overworked window unit,
through the topmost pane
of a poorly-sealed window,
I watch a round, fat robin
perch upon a telephone wire.

From my couch, I watch it hop
and shuffle back and forth
along the black cable.

Once, I was that bird.

Before this house, this body, this routine,
I balanced in an oak tree high above the ground;
took flight when threats drew near.

There were no doors to close then.
No windows to peek through.
No climate controls.
Trees. Winds.
Sky. Sun.

Little Robin Redbreast Sits Upon a Wire

Like Light, This Expands And We Never Get Where We’re Going

I have an again
and again fantasy
that I can move so fast
that I pass right through you.

     Maybe you
felt some grief,
some minor discomfort,
but mainly your heart
just skipped a beat,
forcing you to catch your breath, pause,
     ask yourself
how I got behind you so quickly
and with such little effort.

Like Light, This Expands And We Never Get Where We’re Going

Muttering to Oneself, Curious

When next you are alone
drop to your hands and knees.
Crawl to the northwest corner
of wherever you may be.

When you reach that corner
take your finger long and straight,
push it through the corner
until a tiny hole you make.

When you feel that hole appear
remove your fingertip.
Bend close to take a peek now
at what moves behind the rip.

The monsters that you see there
are fed by countless frights.
So when you poke dark corners
keep your breathing slow and tight.

Muttering to Oneself, Curious

BYOB

Open the cooler
     the cooler
Dump in the ice
     the ice
Crawl into the cooler
     the cooler
Bury yourself in the ice
     the ice
Close the cooler
     the cooler
Subsist on the ice
     the ice
Wait inside the cooler
     the cooler
Wait deep down in the ice
     the ice

And when that cooler lid cracks open, wake yourself and watch for a warm hand blindly reaching for an icy bottle; offer your frozen hand instead and grip tight, give a firm shake. Let that unseen seeker know you’re a man, a cold and collapsible man, very refreshing and able to offer a real insider’s perspective on what it takes to be thermally dynamic.

BYOB

Friday Fun Facts: 1708 in architecture

Did ya know…?

The year 1708 in architecture involved some significant architectural events and new buildings.

Buildings completed
Some agricultural buildings
Some commercial buildings
Some residential buildings
Some educational buildings
Some government buildings
Some pre-industrial buildings
Some military buildings
Some structures and storage for horses and peasants and shit
Some religious buildings
Some wagon buildings
Some infrastructure things like roads and bridges and shit

Births
October 27 – Jean-Rudy Perrault, French architect groupie and structural saboteur

Deaths
May 11 – Phillipe Louis Jean-Jean “Pogo” Trudaine, French rubblerouser (one who digs through ruined buildings looking for treasure and/or lutins)

So now ya know…!

Friday Fun Facts: 1708 in architecture