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Show Discussion / Re: The Best/Worst Moments of last night's show
« Last post by Krokodil_Gena on May 28, 2018, 12:53:46 PM »
I will give it the ol' Hamsterdam try!


They have a "waterfall" display with a frequency pointer/bandwidth marker at the bottom; the transmissions inch up the screen. You can either hand-tune it, or type in the frequency. It will be in AM mode when you open the website; you'll have to switch to LSB because that's the side-band they all decided to use on 75 meters. I expand the bandwidth to 3.0 because it sounds tinny at 2.40. Take into account that they are on Pacific time.



A bit before 8PM PST...Yes, I do hear a show! Thanks for the clear instructions! Cheers from Barcelona! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Wi1d0FNgdQ


I didn't realize you are in Europe; the Utah stream ( http://websdr1.utahsdr.org:8901/ ) is better if you want to hear Billy Crowell and the people he is jamming at the same time, it's in the same time zone and it's 965.6 Km away from where W6WBJ is transmitting from. Thanks to the fact that WARFA has people willing to re-transmit their net in the Midwest and East Coast, the jamming reaches from coast to coast.

The link to the FCC's "consumer complaints" website, for anybody else who wants to send in complaints on Tim Volz (KK7HO) and John Prukop (WA7BZI) and Philip Randazzo, Sr. (KB7AAA) and numerous others jamming 3840 kHz or the WARFA net.
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Hey New People! / Re: POST BURNING SITE THESE DAYS - ALEX BLEEKER and the FREAKS
« Last post by Dammit on May 25, 2018, 08:09:19 PM »
THESE DAYS - ALEX BLEEKER and the FREAKS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3EQv_pirlk

I wonder if they are still together or not. For some reason, a part of me hopes so.
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Hey New People! / Re: POST BURNING SITE - BAR BOOT - SHUKAR COLLECTIVE
« Last post by Dammit on May 25, 2018, 07:24:15 PM »
BAR BOOT - SHUKAR COLLECTIVE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BwUVFX-4zw

In the community of my childhood, there was a dice game, "barboot,” that the old men used to play. I was pretty young so I did not learn the village dialect or the game (plus, I grew up "here" and not "there"), but that foreign word and its abrupt syllables have always stuck with me. Barboot. I also recall my father hating the game and my grandfather loving it. I guess there were some debts to be settled sometimes / often, and my dad resented being "financier."

So, I googles “barboot” and I find this video by “Shukar Collective” (attached). I think they are a Romanian band or maybe some dangerous Mafiosi - How would I know? The music sounds ominous. Plus, the song is about gambling. Anyway, I can hear the "dice" clicking in the background of the video, so I think that I'm on the right track - crap-shot living at its finest.

For me, their video, Oh, Girl, tells a pretty amazing story about the old man's family. It makes me reconsider much about my grand parents - from among his tattoos and her tattoos and her smile, I bet they had quite a time.  Whether you can understand the words or not, I think that it is a quite compelling tale of true love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5kmzxzyrg0&list=RDR5kmzxzyrg0&t=1

One life - use it up, I guess.

Or not.

I think they did a documentary on the band on HBO, but I don't have HBO.
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The song lyrics to barboot are below. They didn’t help me much.
http://www.songtexte.com/songtext/shukar-collective/bar-boot-1bf23574.html
 
Here is what Google Translate did (Romanian to English) in case you want to sing along.

Da-doon 
Halama ursarina
Bring the donut
Cari di Mara had
He gives the tall hall.
 
Who's in the neighborhoods?
Tamango with a fist of iron, go!
Make pit in the ground
And let go of barbot!
 
Halama ursarina
Bring the donut
Cari di Mara had
He gives the tall hall.
 
Who's in the neighborhoods?
Tamango with a fist of iron, go!
Make pit in the ground
And let go of barbot!
 
Who's in the neighborhoods?
Tamango with a fist of iron, go!
Make pit in the ground
And let go of barbot!
 
Halama ursarina
Bring the donut
Cari di Mara had
He gives the tall hall.
 
Who's in the neighborhoods?
Tamango with a fist of iron, go!
Make pit in the ground
And let go of barbot!
 
Halama ursarina
Bring the donut
Cari di Mara had
He gives the tall hall.
 
Who's in the neighborhoods?*
Tamango with a fist of iron, go!
Make pit in the ground
And let go of barbot!

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Alternative Online Translation:

Who enters the hood?
Iron Fist Tamango, hăi!
He digs a hole in the ground
And gives the start of the game of Craps!

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This content is sponsored by the Organization of Human Translators who remind us: "Next time, hire a human!"
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General Discussion / Re: Life imitates art imitating life...
« Last post by Josh on May 25, 2018, 01:28:35 PM »
A PR stunt gone horribly wrong leaves man to die on Everest

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The human toll of cryptocurrency scams are all too easily overshadowed by the industry's excesses. But a line was crossed this month, when a self-described “publicity stunt” apparently led to a man's death.

Earlier this week, we received a press release from ASKfm, a Ukraine-based social network planning an initial coin offering, or ICO. It said it had sponsored four Ukrainian “crypto enthusiasts” to climb Mount Everest and bury a hard drive holding cryptocurrency at the summit:

Of course, there were issues... two guys were stuck at above 7,000 metres with no reserve oxygen for all of that time. Under extreme temperatures and unable to descend, they had during the second day to call for a helicopter squad to rescue. Now they're both safe and receiving treatment. And strong having made such a move.
The release was a jarring one, as it came just hours after the news that famous Japanese climber Nobukazu Kuriki had died during his eighth attempt to reach the peak, taking the death toll to three so far in May.

Even more jarring was the promo video for the stunt, posted on May 17th, which encouraged crypto enthusiasts to go and search for the digital tokens, “if [they're] brave enough”.


It only got worse from there, believe it or not.

Because in crypto-land, appearances can be deceiving, we checked the company's version of events against the blog of Alan Arnette, a Colorado man who diligently covers the events of summiting season each spring.

To our surprise, he did mention a Ukrainian team on the mountain that day -- under a subheading called “Preventable Deaths”.

One of the local Nepalese guides assisting the group, called Lam Babu Sherpa, died making the dangerous trip, even though he was an experienced climber who had reportedly reached the mountain's peak many times before. A representative from Nepal's Ministry of Tourism told us he heard the guide had been struck by “snow blindness”, an extremely painful temporary loss of vision caused by overexposure to the sun's UV rays reflected by ice and snow.

To confirm this, we spoke to Taras Pozdnii, one of the four climbers who had recently returned to Ukraine from Nepal. He said they lost track of the Sherpa after he accompanied them to the summit, and that he didn't know how the man died (his English is slightly broken):

At the top of Everest the weather was very bad, and then we were coming down. We were going down to Camp 4, which is at about 7900m, and one Sherpa was dying. That’s all we know. My Sherpa coming. The last time I saw Dima’s Sherpa was at the top of Everest.

He [the Sherpa] was behind us so we don’t know what happened to him. We were going fast and the Sherpa wasn’t coming with us. He was coming behind so we didn’t see him.
The “Dima” to whom Pozdnii refers is Dmytro Semerenko, another of the four climbers. Also on the trip were Roman Gorodichny and Irina Galay, the first Ukrainian woman ever to climb Everest in 2016. While Galay features in the promo video, she did not actually climb Everest this time. That fact was excluded from the company's promotional push as well.

ASKfm, the sponsors of the trip, originally told us that there were four Sherpas on the expedition, one accompanying each of the climbers, which Pozdnii confimed on the phone to us.

But when we asked the company about the death of Lam Babu Sherpa, CEO Max Tsaryk told us:

The team sponsored by ask.fm was assisted on their expedition (which included climbers from other groups and projects), by over 100 Sherpas.

We have become aware that a Sherpa who successfully assisted one of our sponsored climbers on a part of their journey, prior to assisting other non related groups of climbers, later became missing.

The last official update we received was that the condition and location of the missing Sherpa was unknown and it was not our place to make public statements which could’ve resulted in false information being circulated.
This conflicts directly with the information they initially gave us, and with details provided by two of the climbers. Pozdnii told us that the Sherpa went missing between the summit and Camp IV, which was the camp at the highest altitude, so it is difficult to imagine when he might have been “assisting other non related groups of climbers”. And in a blog post about the climb, Gorodichny mentioned his disappearance as well, and said he “didn't return to the camp.”

The company also told us:

ASKfm had no updated information regarding the whereabouts of the missing Sherpa, as the group was always moving forward and were assisted by many different sherpas along the way. When Taras and other climbers were rescued by a helicopter and were evacuated after being injured. The last update they received about the missing sherpa was that other sherpas went to look for him. We don't know what happened next, as this was the last official update we received.
Yet there were reports of the Sherpa's death in both Ukrainian and English, along with Gorodichny's post that discussed the loss (in a somewhat nonchalant manner, along with lots of criticisms of the Sherpas).

Arnette has his own questions about the incident. In his blog post he wrote:

I find it hard to understand how the 45 year-old Sherpa developed snow blindness, was reported to be staggering and no one was able to help him. I look forward to obtaining more details on this sad event.
All for the sake of a meme

Along with the promo materials, the company sent us a link to a Facebook post by Pozdnii (excuse the messiness of the online translation):

Quill Cloud
Podznii wrote that he experienced a 10kg weight loss (about 22lbs), snow blindness and frostbite. Of course, it must have helped that “attention [had] not been deprived”, as he wrote, since the team was met by multiple officials after their rescue.

Attention might have been directed to Lam Babu Sherpa as well -- but the rescue team at Camp II was unaware of his disappearance for some time, Arnette reported.

All this to hype up ASKfm's pivot to blockchain. The company claims the tokens now buried in the snow at the top of Everest -- on a hard drive protected by plastic packaging -- are worth a total of $50,000. When asked how they reached that figure, a spokesman said:

It’s an estimate of their value once the pre-sale and ICO launch.
Just so we know where we've got to, this company is still encouraging climbers to search for some digital tokens that have no proven value whatsoever, even though one experienced person involved in their placing lost his life in the process.

From ASKfm's press release:

While others try sophisticated marketing techniques, these guys go out there and put themselves right on top of the tallest mountain on the planet.

An elegant way to boast ideological superiority to every other crypto. A method unexplored before.

Even meme-wise, think about the closest starting point to reach the moon. It seems so obvious. Yet no one has done it.
(A popular phrase in crypto-land, which HODLers use in an attempt to pump the value of the digital tokens they are holding, is “to the moon”, or “mooning”.)

We'll let you draw your own conclusions about the elegance and “ideological superiority” of the ASKfm ICO.

At the very least, you might think this harrowing experience had left the explorers scarred. Apparently not. We asked Podznii how he had found the experience. He told us:

It was very nice. It was the best trip of my life.
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Show Discussion / Re: The Best/Worst Moments of last night's show
« Last post by Dammit on May 24, 2018, 10:52:17 PM »
I will give it the ol' Hamsterdam try!

They have a "waterfall" display with a frequency pointer/bandwidth marker at the bottom; the transmissions inch up the screen. You can either hand-tune it, or type in the frequency. It will be in AM mode when you open the website; you'll have to switch to LSB because that's the side-band they all decided to use on 75 meters. I expand the bandwidth to 3.0 because it sounds tinny at 2.40. Take into account that they are on Pacific time.


A bit before 8PM PST...Yes, I do hear a show! Thanks for the clear instructions! Cheers from Barcelona! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Wi1d0FNgdQ

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Show Discussion / Re: The Best/Worst Moments of last night's show
« Last post by Krokodil_Gena on May 24, 2018, 06:03:16 PM »
I will give it the ol' Hamsterdam try!

They have a "waterfall" display with a frequency pointer/bandwidth marker at the bottom; the transmissions inch up the screen. You can either hand-tune it, or type in the frequency. It will be in AM mode when you open the website; you'll have to switch to LSB because that's the side-band they all decided to use on 75 meters. I expand the bandwidth to 3.0 because it sounds tinny at 2.40. Take into account that they are on Pacific time.
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Show Discussion / Re: The Best/Worst Moments of last night's show
« Last post by Dammit on May 24, 2018, 03:08:46 AM »
I will give it the ol' Hamsterdam try!
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Show Discussion / Re: The Best/Worst Moments of last night's show
« Last post by Krokodil_Gena on May 23, 2018, 01:08:20 PM »
Tom asking Willy Wackoman if he listens to Death Grips seriously cracked me up.

Z-Man/Willy Wackoman: "Scooter, Janis, Sweetums, Beaker..."
Tom: "What are these things?"

Chat room: I posted this link (it's an online shortwave radio) so that people can hear the mindless, idiotic jamming of 3908 kHz on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, 8-9 pm, Pacific time. The jammer is well-known and so powerful he can be clearly heard in northern Utah, 600 miles away. He has a good antenna and is possibly doing 400 to 1000 watts, and this is all a long-running beef with a member of the group that meets on 3908 kHz. The jammer also talks on 3840 kHz (usually 6-8 pm) where he is jammed himself. Everything is in lower-sideband mode, just hit the "LSB" button if you want to hear it clearly, otherwise it sounds like a defective voice modulator.


Whoa, thank you for this.


The chat room was really moving, so it seemed like the momentum would be killed if I went into detail about William "Billy" Crowell (W6WBJ) and his ham radio hijinks on the 75 meter band, including his ham radio war with Art Bell. That was really for Dammit, fish, and fonpr.
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Show Discussion / Re: 50 Angriest People Ever
« Last post by Krokodil_Gena on May 23, 2018, 12:36:30 PM »
At about minute 90 of Gilbert Gottfried's toilet-mouthed podcast, guest Billy West and the crew discuss Casey Kasem, Snuggles...and Shaggy. If you liked the 60s-era Scooby-Doo, there are some fascinating tidbits about Casey, Shaggy, and...meat.  https://www.gilbertpodcast.com/billy-west-returns/

BONUS! They also discuss The Buddy Rich Tapes after Snuggles!

Oh, man! Casey Kasem and Buddy Rich - the angriest of the angry men!

The Buddy Rich tapes were "remastered" to deal with tour bus engine noise and backstage racket and then put on YouTube. The guy recording all this secretly was his pianist, Lee Musiker. The guy he threatens to fire for having a beard was trombonist Dave Panichi.

Cubs manager Lee Elia ranting about the fans in front of a radio reporter after the team lost a game in 1983 is considered similar to the Buddy Rich recordings, but really it's more of an angry guy furious that the fans had thrown a beer at the team and booed as they walked off the field, not taking the time to switch gears and fake being quietly disappointed. He nearly lost his job over the recording, then was fired later anyway because the Cubs kept losing that year.
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