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Welcome to my daily update page!  What does this mean?   This is the place where I will post things of interest, stuff about  science, the purely entertaining, corsetry, my side projects both past and present, and any other thing that I feel like sharing.  Enjoy!

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November 30, 2013
My new favorite channel on YouTube is True Facts!  Here are amazing True Facts about the cuttlefish - Enjoy!

November 28, 2013
Fran's Space Attack! Make Your Own Video Multicade - So many people have asked about my Space Attack! cabinet and how to make a multicade so here is a simple overview of what you need to do.  A project like this has lots of details that you mostly have to work out yourself because of the differences in cabinets, monitors, game PCB pinouts, and controller options - but this video shows how to get started and the basics you will need to work out.  I built this cabinet in 2000 to run original arcade PCB game board pulls, but converted to multicade PCB in 2007.  Enjoy!

November 27, 2013
Today I launched a big upgrade to my Science Blog (otherwise known as Fran's Design and Engineering Page) where the home page is now a complete index, from which you can easily navigate to and from any article in my database.  In this form the blog is easily updatable as every article will get placed in a dedicated page for archiving rather than having to keep migrating articles out of a home page to more permanent pages later on as it was previously.  Anyway, I have more to add in December so keep checking back to my new Blog main index page!

November 26, 2013
Here I play a quick game of Phoenix on my custom built vertical Multicade. Even though I have played this game since around 1980 I still utterly stink at it. But it is still fun! 

November 23, 2013
Part 2 of 2 with The Jill and Julia Show: Five Questions for Julia Sweeney!
Oh My God - It's Pat! No, It's Julia - with Fran!  I get to sit down and ask five hard questions to one of my heroes, Saturday Night Live alumnus Julia Sweeney.  We had a lot of fun... can you tell??  Enjoy!

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November 21, 2013
Part 1 of 2 with The Jill and Julia Show: Five Questions for Jill Sobule!  I stopped by Cafe Live in Wilmington Delaware to visit two good friends of mine, Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney, who are on tour with their show.  Jill sings songs, and Julia tells stories - It's the Jill and Julia Show!  Enjoy!!

DISCLAIMER: Youtube is putting ads in some of my videos, but my channel is NOT monetized - I do not make money off of this channel - this is part of the Google changes in regard to my CONTENT, and it is Google and its third party interests that get that money from these ads, not me. 

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November 19, 2013
What would YouTube be without Cats???  Here is my contribution....  Ingredients for the Happy Cat: Take favorite cat toy, cover with loose newspaper, add one Cat, and Wallah!  It's Happy Cat!

Missy is a 5 year old Singapura Tabby - 6-1/2 pounds of unbridled fury!

November 18, 2013
Magnificent Demolition....
One of the numerous late 19th century (that's the 1800's kids!) townhouse blocks being demolished throughout Fishtown to make way for the new influx of Suburbanites.  Every corner is turning into another prefab towerblock - so much history and heritage lost every day.  Imagine how many lives were spent living inside those hand made brick walls!  It is a shame.  :-(...

November 17, 2013
This is my first electric guitar - a 1981 Vantage VP820 that I bought new. Because I really learned to play Rock 'n Roll on this axe, it had plenty of first position fret wear from years of D-to-A-to-E chording...etc. 
Thanks to Chris DiPinto and the guys at DiPinto Guitars for refirbing my baby's fretboard - she plays like new again! 

November 16, 2013
Just when I think I'm out they pull me back in!  Okay - I have heard all of you and I am grateful for all of the support for my little channel - so here is the compromise.  I will continue to post videos, but I cannot post comments so I encourage everyone to post their comments on my Twitter feed instead.  This is currently the best situation for everyone in my opinion.

November 14, 2013
My recent interview with Rich Goldstein of  The Daily Beast ended up included as part of an article about YouTube culture that was published today on their website.... VIEW HERE!  I was amazed that Rich even contacted me about my channel, and it was a great honor and a satisfying end to my efforts on YouTube to get some recognition for all of the hard work that I put into it over the years.  It was a slight disappointment that in the end the Daily Beast web editors decided not to embed any of my videos in the article as they did for others, and they did not link to my Contour website either.  What???  Me too controversial?  Li'l 'ol me??  Oh Well!

Well, Thanks to Rich Goldstein for supporting my work and what I do - and fortunately here on my own blog I am still Editor In Chief, so here's a little video embed'n for ya too!!!

November 13, 2013
Is is possible to have a 60's vintage guitar amp for $20?  Yes!  If it happens to be a glorious Haynes Bass King II from 1965.... and if it is partially broken.  This repair would make a great vlog but that is not going to happen right now.  ...sigh... :-(

This photo was taken after I removed the fiberglass packing - it is a full closed back cabinet. 

The right side speaker is a Jenson 12" Vibranto replacement, also from the 1960's...  Also, the power supply and output stages have their own PCBs.  Hmmm...

I did discover too that Haynes amps were upsell items for Hagstrom Guitar dealers in the mid 1960's.... 

November 12, 2013
Dave Jones of EEVBlog has made his own rant about the Google+ changes on Youtube, and given me a big nod too (Jump to 1:30).  I hope that Google will bring back the less invasive more open marketplace of ideas that Youtube was until just a week ago.

November 11, 2013
Recent changes in Youtube requiring that Google+ be used for all comments, voting, and content maker postings on their own videos has thrown me over the top.  Something must be done - 

November 6, 2013
Check out this amazing HD footage of the rollout of the recent Soyuz rocket, which will take the next expedition crew to the International Space Station:

November 4, 2013
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter photos of the Apollo Landing Sites -
End of story????  Yes!  I do apologize about photobombing Buzz Aldrin too... 

November 3, 2013
 My latest LVDC teardown vlog got a mention on Hackaday last Friday.  It is getting to be like beating the dead horse, only the horse is not completely dead yet - still a lot more science to do on this little Apollo board.

The underside of IBM flat pack logic device type #321, showing the exposed resistors - 
taken from the LVDC Page Assembly Board.

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