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2019-05-08 Dad’s Barber Shop In Stock Yards In Vernon, CA

Most of this was in FB group Compton 50s 60s My dad’s barber shop was in the old Stock Yards in Vernon. He used to take me there on Saturdays and we’d drive by the murals of Farmer John and his livestock on the walls along Bandini Blvd, IIRC. I used to climb on the

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2019-04-02 History: Part Of City Of Orange Evacuated

From FB group Orange Talk April 3 That huge tank has got what looks like a refrigeration unit on its end. There are some chemical plants that use those for storing chemicals that are very dangerous. Decades ago we had a bad windstorm and the power went out in the industrial area where the railroad

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From FB group transistor radios Mar 29 Lin Holcomb One never knows what secrets the US government has hidden. They could have some other plans for using the WWV stations. Decades ago I worked for a radio engineer, and we had a frequency counter traceable to NBS (now NIST). He noticed that the frequency of

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2019-03-14 Pi Day!

3.14 is Pi day.

2019-02-04 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants

In the years since 2011 Mar 11, I have blogged a few times about Fukushima Daiichi, but it’s been quite awhile. This ABC Nightline video on YouTube seems to be realistic and relatively unbiased. At the end of this video they mentioned $15 Billion and forty years to do the cleanup. It looks like they

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from FB group Orange Talk 2019-02-05 Bora Han Proko Many years ago, a Japanese organization bought or was supposed to buy the land on the corner of Main Street and Memory lane where Polly’s Pies used to be and where Mother’s Market is today. The economy went down and the big plans didn’t work out,

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2019-01-18 Tilt Wing Aircraft In The Future

From FB public comment The military had a lot of problems with their tilt wing aircraft similar to the one in the picture. The solutions often involved a lot of frequent maintenance and repair. It may not be possible to fly such aircraft profitably in a commercial airline. Another thing that’s going to change the

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2018-12-29 eBay, Amazon, AliExpress, etc.

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-12-29 I would choose eBay over Ali-whatever. Amazon is more expensive by far. Walmart is advertising heavily here on Facebutt, but they’re more expensive too. Two alarming things have happened. I ordered parts and had to pay a tariff on them. China is retaliating for this country’s tariffs on

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2018-12-25 Never Mix Batteries

From FB group Vintage Transistor Radios 2018-12-25 Nice! But if you mix batteries (old and new, used and unused, different brands) *always* remove them from the radio after use. The one with the lowest charge left will be depleted, then the others will force current through it, and it will let the juice out, and

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2018-12-22 European Electronics In 1969

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-12-22 Mike van Kleeff Most of the European radios sold in the US were probably brought in by GIs who came back from their military deployment in foreign countries. I was in Germany in ’69 and saw some European electronics and I was impressed by the performance. But what

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