A Firesign Chat


Special appearance by
Phil Austin

||||||||| Catherwood re-enters the Waiting Room and explains "This is the main discussion room which is logged each night."
||||||||| Catherwood announces, "The time is 4:33 AM - I now declare Thursday's chat log for February 19, 2004 officially open!"... and then, he retires back to the vestibule...
||||||||| Catherwood strides in with a trumpet, plays a fanfare, and proclaims "Nine PM on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - I now declare alt.comedy.firesgn-thtre's chat officially open!" -- then he looks around at the empty room, looks at his watch, and mumbles "...am I early?"
||||||||| Gusts of wind blow in from outside and the thumpa-thumpa-thumpa of helicopter blades is heard as Happy Panditt's chopper lands on the lawn and Merlyn LeRoy disembarks at 9:03 PM.
||||||||| Gusts of wind blow in from outside and the thumpa-thumpa-thumpa of helicopter blades is heard as Happy Panditt's chopper lands on the lawn and ah,clem disembarks at 9:04 PM.
ah,clem: hi
Merlyn LeRoy: musta been the same chopper
ah,clem: is Bambi's birthday, don't be nice to Bambi, she likes it that way.
ah,clem :)
Merlyn LeRoy: hokay
ah,clem: she should show up soon
||||||||| Catherwood enters with Bambi close behind, mutters something about disrupting his 9:06 PM tree-stunting plans, and runs off to the Aviary.
ah,clem: there she is
Bambi: Hi Merlyn and ah,clem :)
Bambi: how's it going tonight?
Merlyn LeRoy: she can see what you said, clem
ah,clem: np
ah,clem: was funny anyway
Bambi: yes, I see something there
Bambi: guess I showed up too soon huh?
ah,clem: no
ah,clem: just in time
Bambi smiles
ah,clem: want me to roll some fst on skybirdradio while the chat runs?
Bambi: that would be fun if you could do that
Merlyn LeRoy: sure thing
ah,clem: can replay last week's a few minutes with...
Merlyn LeRoy: what's the URL, I'll put it at the top
Bambi: I think would work great
ah,clem: wait
ah,clem: cued
Bambi: it will automatically open in winamp or other mp3 player
ah,clem: yes, Bambi that is the link
ah,clem: run stream local Bambi, pls
Bambi: yep ... just checked it to be sure I got it right
Merlyn LeRoy: is it playing a song right now?
ah,clem: yes,
ah,clem: script will take over at first chance
Merlyn LeRoy: oh, it's done with scripting commands remotely? neat
ah,clem: yes
Bambi: yes, very cool stuff
ah,clem: stream, pls Bam, want to hear it start
||||||||| Catherwood leads Dr. Headphones inside, makes a note of the time (9:17 PM), then fades off into the distance going on about the waiting room or the sitting room or something.
Dr. Headphones: hello, dear friends
ah,clem: hi Dr.
Dr. Headphones: take two aspirins and call me in the morning :)
ah,clem: Bambi, are you ignoring me?
Bambi: Hey Ken!
Bambi: stream coming ah,clem
Dr. Headphones: bambi, don't ignore clem, it only makes him mad
ah,clem: thanks
Bambi: not hardly ah,clem ... would never do that to my sweetie ... too many things going on
ah,clem: she can if she likes, it is her birthday
Bambi: email, skybird chat, chat here, etc.
Dr. Headphones: hippo birdbarf to you
Dr. Headphones: 29, right? (wink, wink, nudge, nudge)
ah,clem: yup, like that, very young for a grandma
Merlyn LeRoy: Jack Benny was only 39, but he didn't look so good near the end
||||||||| Catherwood enters with WarpedOne close behind, mutters something about disrupting his 9:22 PM tree-stunting plans, and runs off to the Aviary.
Bambi: yes of course, 29 give or take 20 LOL
ah,clem: of 3
Dr. Headphones: hey warp
Bambi: hey WarpedOne .. you made it
WarpedOne: ello mates
Bambi: warp still at work?
ah,clem: hi Warp
WarpedOne: working from home
ah,clem: cool
WarpedOne: I have Skybird on audio now.
Dr. Headphones: telecommuting. that must be the life
Dr. Headphones: as long as you aren't in india taking an armenian job away
ah,clem: fst running now, slight delay
WarpedOne: just getting ready to be there Sat. Morning at 8am
Bambi: Merly ... nice job on the title :)
ah,clem: armenia?
Dr. Headphones: i have some jazz, sounds like sax player from dave brubek. can't remember his name right now
Merlyn LeRoy: it's a notice for things that people want to hang around
WarpedOne: Clem can entertain!
Dr. Headphones: ok, switching to bozos now
Bambi: yeah!
Dr. Headphones: clem: armenia for the armenians, from HCYB (i think)
ah,clem )
ah,clem :)
||||||||| Catherwood strides up and snorts derisively "Presenting 'Elayne', just granted probation at 9:26 PM", then leaves hurriedly.
Elayne: Evenin' all!
Dr. Headphones: dot dot dot? when did he start doing morse code? :)
Dr. Headphones: hey e
WarpedOne: dah dit!
ah,clem: LOL was a forgotten typo, sorry
Dr. Headphones: just heard on radio this week that there is a new morse code character: @
Elayne: Ah, I see you're playing EYKIW tonight, Dr H...
Dr. Headphones: i don't remember what it is, but i'm sure i could find out easily
Dr. Headphones: e: that's clem doing that, not me
Elayne: Oops, sorry.
Elayne: Thanks, ah clem!
ah,clem :)
ah,clem :)
Dr. Headphones: i'm not a drinkin' man....
Bambi: hmmmm, they definitely needed that ... how else could you use morse code to give out email addresses LOL
WarpedOne: "you will be"
Bambi: hi Elyane!
Elayne: Hey Bambi, good to see you again!
ah,clem: LOL Warp!!!
Dr. Headphones: i have the video tape of EYKIW, one of these days will dub audio onto computer so i can listen any time
ah,clem: good one
Bambi: you too Elayne!
Dr. Headphones: pops up about every 10 years? sounds like my sex life....
Merlyn LeRoy: "repeated anything anybody said"
Elayne: It's so sad, I'm reciting along with the record instead of typing. :)
WarpedOne: don't mock me
ah,clem: good album
Dr. Headphones: yes, seeker elayne, i know that ailment well
Elayne: Ah, "Hero or Hophead," one of my favorites...
ah,clem: enjoy El, and thanks for listening
Elayne: "...the real George Washington brought the hemp..."
ah,clem: yup
Dr. Headphones: it's amazing that ben franklin sounds so good with that recording being sooooo old
WarpedOne: I'm down to seeds and stems
||||||||| Gusts of wind blow in from outside and the thumpa-thumpa-thumpa of helicopter blades is heard as Happy Panditt's chopper lands on the lawn and Dave! disembarks at 9:33 PM.
Elayne: Hey Dave!
Dr. Headphones: warp: i have that album by commander cody, but alas, it's warped like you
Bambi: LOL!
Dr. Headphones: hey dave
Dave!: hey there guys
ah,clem: can't type, I'm laughing again....
Bambi: hey Dave!
Dr. Headphones: can't laugh, i'm typing again
WarpedOne: I just heard Cody tonight on XM
Dave!: Ken I knew the fiddler that played for CC
Bambi: can't laugh, i'm typing again
WarpedOne: touching tune
Dave!: studied with him
Dr. Headphones: i liked that album too. i still have it, hoping i can cure it some day and play it again. "lost in the ozone"
Dr. Headphones: i think the commander is still around and playing
WarpedOne: cool
Elayne: Ah, the medicine show... shame they never finished the animated visuals of this for the movie...
ah,clem: hi Dave
WarpedOne: broohaha?
Elayne: Ha ha ha...
Dr. Headphones: dave, are you listening to firesign on the net now? clem has it playing
Dr. Headphones: brew HA HA
ah,clem: ha ha ha
WarpedOne )
Elayne: Clem, it'd be very cool if you could do this every week - was this time just the initial experiment?
Dave!: I am now, what've you got on? god I fucking love cable
Bambi: yes quite the brooooo haaaaaa haaaaaaaa :)
Merlyn LeRoy: dave, manual refresh doesn't show the notice on top. People are listening to Everything You Know Is Wrong at
WarpedOne: ahhhh
Dave! sings I love cable in f#
ah,clem: will ask, but my guess is I can do that, as long as there is interest.
Dr. Headphones: it's difficult to believe there is life on dialup after experiencing cable
Elayne: That'd be swell!
Merlyn LeRoy: clem, do you have to set up stuff beforehand for the scripts?
ah,clem: made trade sunday night replay for thursday...
Elayne: Inside he's tan, he's handsome!
Dr. Headphones: good trade for us
ah,clem: may that is
WarpedOne: mmm cheeseburger
Bambi: ah, I can attest that there is life on dialup after experiencing cable ... unfortunately
ah,clem: or I may produce a special show for thursday, based on requests.
WarpedOne: What's dialup
ah,clem: be nice Warp
Dr. Headphones: warp: i tried to sign up for a free dialup account the other night so i could test something from outside the LAN here, but they wanted to download all sorts of stuff to me, etc. rotonoto turned me on to another one, but haven't tried it yet
Bambi smacks Warp with a hologram
Elayne: Did he just say "melt a watch for Dr. Dali"?
WarpedOne: 867-5309 Jenny Baby!
Elayne: That's the first time I've heard the name. Dang...
ah,clem: LOL
Dr. Headphones: ah, bear whiz beer. i need one :)
Dave!: I'd listen but I haven't heard that one previous and shoudln't ever come in the middle of an FST performance, I tried just a sec ago and I hadn't a clue what's going on, oh well, don't bother explaining, I'll hear it eventually
Elayne: "It's in the water, that's why it's yellow!"
Dr. Headphones: dave, even if you listen from the beginning, you still won't know what is happening for about 3 listens
ah,clem: was in the bear.
Bambi: Dave, it's a double feature ... so you will be able to hear a full FST after this one.
Dr. Headphones: there are times when i am sure the best firesign material is their commercials
Elayne: What's coming up? Next World?
ah,clem: next, just folks, a Firesign chat.
Elayne: Ah, well, I was hoping for the "sequel" to this one. :)
Elayne: But I do like Just Folks, so no complaints!
WarpedOne: that's a big damn hole
Merlyn LeRoy: I don't know if I've ever heard Just Folks
Elayne: Or as I like to call it, "Butterfly 001." :)
ah,clem: great! your luck is holding
WarpedOne: "c'mon down!"
Bambi: then you are in for a treat Merlyn
Dr. Headphones: merl, it's not one of the best ones, but by far not the worst
ah,clem :)
Merlyn LeRoy: what's the worst?
WarpedOne: Hot dog!
ah,clem: none of the above
Elayne: The Nick Danger EP.
Bambi: is there a worst??
Dr. Headphones: IMHO, boom dot bust is their worst
Elayne: "The two eggs were laying there like... two eggs." Painful.
Dr. Headphones: but i could change that opinion tomorrow, too
Bambi: haven't heard any of the worst LOL
Elayne: Oh no, the EP is far, far below that, Dr H.
WarpedOne: "Harry Pucker"?
Dr. Headphones: case of the missing shoe?
Dave!: yeah I didn't like BDB, I've only listened to it once and might honestly trade it
Merlyn LeRoy: EP?
Bambi: I did change my mind on boom dot bust ... just was different than I expected...listened again closer and liked it :)
Elayne: Yeah, Dr H, that's the one...
ah,clem: resampled these to play nice in mono 16k, and sound not too bad, for a dialup stream.
Merlyn LeRoy: I like the devilmaster exorciser commercial
Elayne: I liked BDB just fine. I think their last three concept albums were all well done.
ah,clem: yes cute bit,
WarpedOne: How many light years is it to Canada?
Dr. Headphones: yeah, there are brilliant parts in boom, but as a whole, it's not nearly as good as the other stuff. and elayne, i rather liked "missing shoe" myself. nick is one of my favs of all their characters
Dr. Headphones: warp: in the daylight or at night? :)
Elayne: Chacon a son gout, Dr He.
ah,clem: depends on transport, Ken
WarpedOne: NIGHT! NIGHT!
Dr. Headphones: who's son has gout?
Bambi: nick danger is my all time favorite
Bambi: leaving us warp?
Dr. Headphones: i know that's probably french, but i don't speak that one
Dave!: I don't know, I don't have nearly all of the recordings as I'm just a baby in the realm of insanity but there's something kind of innocent about say the first 4 albums, I listening to stuff like Immortality and it almost seems like they're trying a bit too hard, I still like that one, but...ya understand what I'm sayin'?
Bambi: or just traveling at night?
ah,clem: by night on foot, 0.00000000.127 aprox
WarpedOne: Nick is great Bamb
||||||||| Outside, the 9:50 PM downtown bus from Funfun Town pulls away, leaving Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto! coughing in a cloud of diesel fumes.
Dr. Headphones: yeah, dave, give me immortality is pretty good
ah,clem: hi Yammy
Dr. Headphones: hi, yam, watch out for that tiger!
Elayne: Hi Mr. Y!
Bambi: hi Yammy!
Elayne: It's okay, he'll let Jim tackle the tiger...
ah,clem: listen to skybird, see topic,
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto!: damn
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto!: Not enough badwith to pull down the skybird feed
||||||||| At 9:53 PM, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto! vanishes mysteriously -- just as Nino the Mind Boggler predicted!
||||||||| Gusts of wind blow in from outside and the thumpa-thumpa-thumpa of helicopter blades is heard as Happy Panditt's chopper lands on the lawn and Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto! disembarks at 9:54 PM.
WarpedOne: well stop those downloads....
ah,clem: is a dialup feed, keep trying
Dr. Headphones: too bad, yam
Bambi: it's a 16/11 feed ... dialup friendly
ah,clem: oh well
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto!: I'm on backup celphone modems, I'm only @ 33.6
ah,clem: he may return
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto!: Landline is croaked again
WarpedOne: repeats to himself 16/11 16/11
WarpedOne: I don't have a wrench that size
Merlyn LeRoy: yam, you can increase your refresh time
Bambi: well, at least you can be here :)
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto!: number 9, number 9, number 9
ah,clem: 33.6 should do skybird and one (this) web page
Dr. Headphones: it's difficult to be in two places at once, as we all know
Bambi: ah, that would be an 11/16 Warp :)
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto!: lemm try again'
WarpedOne: 16 11ths
ah,clem: yes, it is Ken,
Dr. Headphones: hey! we use metric now! try about 17 mm or so, should be close
Bambi: very true Ken
Dr. Headphones: end of film
Elayne: Good timing. :)
Bambi: hmmm, 1 and 5/11ths ... somehow doesn't seem right
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto!: Baj
WarpedOne: I thought it looked bigger
ah,clem: did I tell you the story of the honda 350 and th 1/2 inch wrench, Ken? if not I will one day...
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto!: Won't go-maybe I'm 28.8
Dr. Headphones: clem, sounds like a winner :)
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto!: I'm even lagging badly here
||||||||| Dave! is defenestrated just as the clock strikes 9:58 PM.
ah,clem: well ther was a large screwdriver involved too. LOL
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto!: Catherwood is right what gives?
WarpedOne: mmm vodka
Dr. Headphones: of the tool variety or vodka and orange juice?
Bambi: tool variety ... the alcohol came later
ah,clem: tool, but we did have beer,
||||||||| Catherwood enters the room, strikes a gong, and bellows "THE TIME IN NEW YORK IS 10 O'CLOCK", then silently exits.
Bambi: good story
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto!: Alcohol and Sharp Implements, good combo
Dr. Headphones: you can't work on a vehicle without beer :)
Dr. Headphones: lol, yam!
Bambi: good story Ken ... you'll enjoy it when clem tells it
||||||||| Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto! says "Catherwood, call me a cab." After the obvious joke, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto! exits at 10:01 PM.
||||||||| Catherwood escorts Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto! in through the front door at 10:01 PM, picks up his cues (only slightly scorched), and heads for the billiard room.
Dr. Headphones: yam's sure having problems
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto!: yeesh, this is awful
Dr. Headphones: ah, he's back, don't talk about him any more!
Bambi: wow, yam ...
Bambi: cellular
Merlyn LeRoy: pick a shorter name if you're at 33k
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto!: ok
||||||||| Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto! says "Catherwood, call me a cab." After the obvious joke, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto! exits at 10:02 PM.
Dr. Headphones: stem cellular isn't legal yet, so he's leaf cellular more than likely
Bambi: could be worse though
||||||||| 10:02 PM: Shortomoto jumps out of the hall closet saying "I've been listening to all of you talking about me for the past hour!"
WarpedOne )
Shortomoto: I'm getting sticks and stems cellular
Dr. Headphones: shortomoto almost sounds good ;)
Shortomoto: Think I got rocks in my stash
Dr. Headphones: be careful, it might be hash chunks!
Shortomoto will call 1-880-OK cable in am
ah,clem: sticks and stems are awlays made of cells, as are may of the better parts.
Shortomoto: Or something like that
Dr. Headphones: you're in oklahoma now?
Shortomoto: No, That's the Roadrunner #
WarpedOne: Folks I need to take off. Nice Crowd!
Dr. Headphones: beep beep! call acme
Elayne: Bye Warped!
Dr. Headphones: later, warp
ah,clem: night Warp TTYL
Bambi: see ya Warp!
Elayne: Have you been to the ACME site then, Dr H?
Shortomoto: later daze
Bambi: for FNL
Bambi: see ya on the flipside for FNL
Elayne: It's a very cool site, I talked about it on my weblog yesterday.
Dr. Headphones: e: i have seen it, funny as hell
Shortomoto: This is pretty awful, I must away, lest I become highly annoyed
||||||||| Around 10:07 PM, Shortomoto walks off into the sunset...
Dr. Headphones: best one i found today was the helmet to shield you from alien telepathy. variation on the tin foil hat, only hi tech
Bambi: heard that yammy
Elayne: I like the "make your own license plate without going to prison" section.
Elayne: Hang on, was the helmet thing on ACME or elsewhere?
Dr. Headphones: http://www.stopabductions.com/
Elayne: Thanks!
Dr. Headphones: from the url you think it's about crazy men and 10 year old girls. but that's far from the truth
Elayne: Oh, that's a scream. That's a definite Silly Site...
ah,clem: Merl, now running just friends
Merlyn LeRoy: I hear
Dr. Headphones: clem, i turned you off, frontline on pbs about tax shelters. being an accountant, i will watch that
Bambi: heard that yammy
Bambi: ??
ah,clem: so much for ratings... LOL
Dr. Headphones: e: for only $39.95 plus s&h, i'll make you one ;)
Elayne: I'm sure you will. :)
Dr. Headphones: well, i can listen to "just folks" later from my own copy if i want to, this show may never repeat
ah,clem: Merl, was updading you so that if you wanted to update topic, you could.
Merlyn LeRoy: oh right
ah,clem: thanks, Merl
Elayne: Taking off then, Dr. H?
||||||||| 10:17 PM: stephnfosterkane jumps out of the hall closet saying "I've been listening to all of you talking about me for the past hour!"
stephnfosterkane: oops --- fergot the chat!
stephnfosterkane: howdy everyone
Bambi: cool!
Dr. Headphones: no, e, i can chat and watch tv, but i can't watch tv and listen to audio feed at same time
Dr. Headphones: hey, klok, welcome
Bambi: hi sfk
ah,clem: hi steve
stephnfosterkane: what'd I miss? what'd I miss? ;-)
Bambi: that's klok, hadn't made the connection
Bambi: hi klok
Elayne: I hear ya, I can usually only multi-task with one visual and one aural but not both...
Dr. Headphones: we talked about you, klok, but merl promised to purge the log before he posted it, so you will never know ;)
Bambi: Just Folks ... A Firesign Chat is playing on Skybird Radio ... see topic :)
stephnfosterkane: hey Bam
Elayne: This part is excerpts from some of the Dear Friends shows.
||||||||| It's 10:20 PM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| WarpedOne - dead from The Plague
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
ah,clem: yes
stephnfosterkane: darn. whose was warped one?
Dr. Headphones: father of warped two
ah,clem: a dear friend
stephnfosterkane: cat AND fong missing, oh dear, oh dear. and DT, immersed in the pool of Plenty no doubt, with Gwen Stefani or Lili or whatever
Merlyn LeRoy: the engines can't take it!
Elayne: Ah, Mutt and Smut time...
Bambi: WarpedOne is a FST fan from Ohio ... also a Skybird Radio fan
Elayne: "...and what makes people run when we talk about America..." Heh.
stephnfosterkane: a Skybird Radio fan? well that could be LOST of peoples, missing tribes, found Mormons, whatever
||||||||| ah,clem rushes off, saying "10:24 PM? Mark Time is almost on! Where's a radio?"
||||||||| With a theatrical clearing of his throat, Catherwood pipes up: "10:24 PM and late as usual, it's ah,clem, just back from Billville."
Dr. Headphones: did i make clem mad at me?
Bambi: whoa ... clem where are ya??
stephnfosterkane: no, he's just mad at the world, world, world
Dr. Headphones: i find mormons to be quite annoying
Bambi: there he is LOL
Dr. Headphones: he's back and he's beautiful :)
||||||||| Bunnyboy waltzes in at 10:25 PM carrying an obsidian door knocker.
ah,clem: wrong button
Bunnyboy: lo dere
stephnfosterkane: the truck stops here?
Elayne: Hey Bunnyboy!
Bambi: hi BB
||||||||| Catherwood enters with doctec close behind, mutters something about disrupting his 10:26 PM tree-stunting plans, and runs off to the Aviary.
Bambi: hey clem ... could happen to anyone
Dr. Headphones: clem, instead of that x in the corner, alt-f4 is the best way
doctec: hi gang
Bambi: hey doc
doctec: thought i'd pop in for a short while
Dr. Headphones: good of you, doc
Bunnyboy: Ben Bland! Cool. Of course, I could dust off my leedle vinyl copy...
stephnfosterkane: hello shortly then
Elayne: You know, if you actually wrote a song called "I've Got My Hand On Your Mouse" now, it would almost make sense...
Bambi: cool, BB
doctec: i forget which media class cat is attending tonight but he sends his regards
Bambi: oh, that's a scary thought Elayne LOL
Bunnyboy: I'll Be Gumping You
doctec: e: firesign, always prescient
Dr. Headphones: 800, clem
Dr. Headphones: oops, wrong place!
Bambi: regards to cat too when you talk to him doc
Elayne: Hey Tom!
doctec: bambi: i will. e: howdy ho!
ah,clem: np, Ken
stephnfosterkane was looking at rentals on HDTV portable cameras. $2000/day; lenses, recorder, crew tripod, etc. extra
Bunnyboy: Hey! That was the side break. Little Guy!
Dr. Headphones: so, klok, you took one for 3 minutes?
doctec: i think broadband hdtv will never get beyond being a niche market
Bambi: sheesh! you could buy one or two pretty decent cameras for that!
stephnfosterkane: minimum 2 days, Ken
doctec: oops, i meant broadcast
Merlyn LeRoy: it's the .wav of the future
Bambi: course wouldn't be HDTV
Dr. Headphones: yeah, doc, television will NEVER replace radio ;)
doctec: broadcast hdtv will never get beyond being a niche market
Bambi: oh, TV cameras
Elayne: Ah, good, the seven warning signs of depression!
Elayne: He did this so well in person...
ah,clem :)
stephnfosterkane: i have an HDTV receiver and its awesome. buying a $4K TV set, probably not
doctec: i loved ossman's rendering of the 7 signs of depression he did on stage at the great internet broadcast of 96
Elayne: The live video I have is a much better version than on the record...
Bunnyboy: And radio will never replace the campfire.
Bambi: not to mention that folks are buying $7K HDTVs that have their best resolution being INTERLACED ... that really sucks
ah,clem: but a radio by the campfire, well....
stephnfosterkane: but Doc, it's not just a good idea, it's the law. you receive it or nothing by 2006. 2007. 2008 (the number on the odo keeps rolling up...)
Bambi: oh, campfires ... will be glad for good weather again :)
Dr. Headphones: klok: i thought it was whenever it has 70% penetration or some such number
Bunnyboy: Say, y'all know about the Educational Archives DVD series?
stephnfosterkane: well, ABC sends 720p, but CSI in 1080i looks better to me. the TVs support 14 different combos up to 1080 progressive, so...
ah,clem: ok, Ken re- port np (tired of switching sends.
doctec: 2008.2009.2010 ...
Bunnyboy: 16mm educational films from the "golden/silver/brass" age, in digital glory.
Bambi: yeah, but they really aren't selling 1080 progressive yet
Bambi: 1080i
Bambi: for 4-7 grand!
stephnfosterkane: the new TI mirror chip is a trip though: the whole set is just one of 'em, a big lamp and a motor/color wheel and some mirrors -- no reason to charge $4K, though they do. gutless wonder
Dr. Headphones: Bb: hello, missed your entrance. good news on those films, send me the "sex ed" and "driver ed" ones, please!
Bambi: yeah, early adopters ... still paying R&D I guess
stephnfosterkane: but i really like the cable TV quality, even on non-HDTV and the 5.1 audio sounds great (mine is only in stereo)
Bunnyboy: Heady: They're available at Amazon. The Patriotism disc is swell, too. Includes DUCK AND COVER and RED NIGHTMARE.
ah,clem: if anyone stays tuned to skybird for a few minutes after "a few minutes", you may get to hear me sing. Will e-run the Bambi birthday song.
stephnfosterkane: well, chip prices plummet with volume; then it comes down to mirror prices and choice of cabinetry
doctec: bb: are those the discs put out by fantoma?
Dr. Headphones: i'll make a cabinet from 3/8" plywood, use the bathroom hand mirror
Bunnyboy: doc: Why, yes!
stephnfosterkane: http://www.dlp.com/dlp_technology/dlp_technology_overview.asp?bhcp=1
Bambi: yea, if it is that easy to make them though ... maybe we can buy the chip and LCD or plasma screens and make our own before long LOL
Bunnyboy: www.fantoma.com
Bunnyboy: Also, www.avgeeks.com
doctec: funny you should mention them - i stumbled on them at the avgeeks.com web site late last year, i wound up giving the lunchbox set to lili for xmas (and 4 others in the series as well)
stephnfosterkane: nah, LCDs are messy. the two pieces of glass have to stay perfectly (or pretty close) parallel -- hard as the size goes above 20"
doctec: the guy who compiled all the films and provided the commentary and liner notes runs the avgeeks web site
stephnfosterkane: plasma is almost as messy
Bunnyboy: doc: That's great! You know that they sold out of the lunchbox set, rite?
Bambi: darn
doctec: bb: no i didn't - i'm glad i got one then
Bunnyboy: The Patriotism disc has a 5.1 surround option that includes the running projector and wooflty, crappy classroom sound.
doctec: we've viewed two of them so far, they are such a riot
Dr. Headphones: lol, bun, just like in jr. high school
doctec: love the sex & drugs dvd, it's simutaneously very funny and very creepy
Bambi: clem, is it time for fudge ripple yet?
Dr. Headphones: ooh, bambi, i've still got some butter pecan in the freezer. thanks for the reminder :)
ah,clem: you are the birthday girl, your call on the ripple....
Bambi smiles
doctec: like "i remember some of these - i can't believe people actually bought into the messages of these films"
Bunnyboy: Head: Yes, exactly! In fact, I remember MARIJUANA, the one with Sonny Bono in the gold lame' suit. And, of course, the LSD film with the girl and the "beautiful blue flower" on the gas range...
Bambi: ok, gonna go get some then
ah,clem :)
Bunnyboy: The "screaming hot dog" one was just before my time, however.
Elayne: Is it your birthday, Bambi? Happy birthday!
doctec: bb: yeah i don't rememberthat one either - it was a riot though, so thoroughly cheesy
Dr. Headphones: tiger is on top of freezer, i won't disturb him. he needs his beauty sleep :)
Bunnyboy: Ah, the original PASS THE INDIAN, PLEASE. My favorite version.
ah,clem: will tell her, she is down here getting ice cream. tks el.
stephnfosterkane: yes, many happys Bambi
doctec: "pass the indian please" had been performed by the guys for many years before they committed it to the just friends album
Bunnyboy: SFX: Gun blast "...said the musket!"
Dr. Headphones: it's from one of the hour hour or dear friends show isn't it?
Bambi: thanks Elayne and klok!
stephnfosterkane: sounds like a mental asylum, Tom!
doctec: cat has the version from the hour hour era, i have the one from dear friends show #1: live from the ash grove
stephnfosterkane trolls for same, having had his 56th yesterday
Dr. Headphones: wow, klok, didn't know. hippie belated birdbath
doctec: in both cases, they performed it in front of an audience - really comes alive
Bunnyboy: THE FRONT returned this week.
doctec: the front is back?
doctec: how - dualistic
Bunnyboy: Har!
stephnfosterkane: thanks, Ken
Elayne: Great hearing that album again, thanks clem!
Dr. Headphones: warm front here, up to mid 40s today
Bunnyboy: On nup dintended
stephnfosterkane: sounds like that dylan song, dt
Bambi: wow ... happy belated birthday !!
Elayne: I think I'm signing off after "Toad Away..."
Elayne: "Where do you go when you're toad away?..."
ah,clem: np, tune in to skybird every sat. night for something new
Dr. Headphones: go gently into the night, elayne
stephnfosterkane: goodnight then now Elayne! neat blog BTW
Bambi: good to see you Elayne ... I love that Toad Away :)
ah,clem: ok, El, good to see you
Elayne: Night all!
doctec: nite e
Bunnyboy: nite El!
||||||||| At 10:49 PM, the lights go out! Rocky Rococo's voice pierces the inky darkness: "I've got you now, Elayne!" Shattering glass is heard, and then the lights come back on...
ah,clem: thought toad away a perfect close,
stephnfosterkane: oh, btw -- the cheap card is http://www.dvico.com/products_mul_hd3.html
Bambi: yes, it is clem
Bunnyboy: Zero Mostel's last film role, excepting WATERSHIP DOWN.
doctec: i have to split at 11, lili wants to go shoot some pool - we found a new smallish pool room close by - chea rates, fair-to-middling tables and - no smoking! ... lili really appreciates that
stephnfosterkane: but there are a number of brands out now
Merlyn LeRoy: "you stupid bunny!"
doctec: cheap, not chea!
stephnfosterkane: well, havahappy u and lili, DT. don't burnin' the midnite oyl too late ;-)
Bunnyboy: "there's a dog in the meadow..."
Bambi: have fun doc and lili ... nice to find a place to your liking
doctec: kane: we'll try not to (they close at 1am anyway)
Dr. Headphones: hmmm, klok, price is nice
stephnfosterkane: it's mostly a matter of content -- it's like the old 60s color situation --- very little
Dr. Headphones: later, doc, say hi to lili for me
ah,clem: Bambi dedication after this song, one of my better tunes, she thinks, and one we remember fondly.
doctec: bambi: thanx
Bunnyboy: "You will have many enemies, Prince with a Thousand Enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you..."
stephnfosterkane: yeah, add $50 or so since you'll really want a GEForce 440 video card or equivalent
Bambi smiles
Bunnyboy: "But first, they must catch you!"
Dr. Headphones: i'm not even sure if there are any in my area. and i'm on the fringe of everything, at least 45 miles to every xmtr from here
stephnfosterkane: www.titantv.com has listings and direction and antenna suggestions
doctec: and happy bday bambi (& happy belated bday klok)
Bambi: thanks doc!
stephnfosterkane: it's also a good general air or cable TV guide for free (after the usual "how much do you make and what's your SSN and your mother's maiden name" questionaire ;-)
doctec: y'all enjoy the rest of the evenin' - catch ya next thurs! (byeeeeeeeeee.............
stephnfosterkane: thanks DT! hi to lili and remind her about the flexible keyboard
||||||||| doctec leaves to catch the 10:54 PM train to Hellmouth.
Merlyn LeRoy: bye doc
Bambi: you too doc!
Dr. Headphones: wow, there are several in my area. i had no idea
stephnfosterkane: hopefully as in my case, they are sort of in the same direction and strong
stephnfosterkane: you can d/l the fusion TV software and download a 1 min. clip of Korean HDTV to test your h/w to see if it will work b4 buying
Dr. Headphones: so i can watch young and restless AND csi on cbs. jackpot
Bunnyboy: HostBot on ReReRePlay
Bambi: doing replay clem?
stephnfosterkane: i recommend jang00 at http://www.dvico.com/hdtv/download.asp (fusion TV demo #5)
stephnfosterkane: first musician I've fed into www.allmusic.com who didn't show up! 174 MB for 1 min. of HDTV, BTW, not something you want to d/l by dialup
ah,clem: what a mess, bad timing,
Dr. Headphones: will get it later, klok, page open, thanks for tip
stephnfosterkane: ken, i don't think the fusion will show two pictures at once ;-(. but yes, if you watch them, um, serially, yes ;-)
Bunnyboy: Sounds like Keith Carradine, stuck in Disneyland.
||||||||| Catherwood enters the room, strikes a gong, and bellows "THE TIME IN NEW YORK IS 11 O'CLOCK", then silently exits.
stephnfosterkane: the trick on these cards is mpeg decoding on your video card
Dr. Headphones: cereally like in raisin bran AND lucky charms? :)
stephnfosterkane: hdtv is compressed about 25:1 like DVDs and a h/w decoder makes them run at full res.
stephnfosterkane: i have ATI card with mpeg codec, but ATI didn't bother to update driver with "DxVa" capability, so the fusion s/w can't use it. frustrating as hell
Bunnyboy: I gotta feed these reprobates. Nite, yez.
Dr. Headphones: i have played a couple dvds through my computer and recorded the audio off them. if i even get an incoming email with a little alert box, it stutters
ah,clem: messed that up big time, script took over right at the same time as host bot.
stephnfosterkane: same problem as i had with my 500 mhz PC trying to play back DVDs with WinDVD. It worked in s/w decode, but was too much load for the PC to also stretch the video to full-screen (720x480 is tiny on a monitor)
Bambi: doing replay clem?
Dr. Headphones: i never run full screen, always watch in window
Bambi: hmmmm
Dr. Headphones: later, bun
||||||||| Bunnyboy runs out the back door as Mayor P'nisnose blasts through the front door holding a shotgun and shouting "Where's Bunnyboy?! It's 11:04 PM and my ballot boxes haven't been stuffed yet!"
stephnfosterkane: but my 1.7 GHz PC also has the ATI card with the mpeg decoder, so it plays full screen and I can also do heavy-duty stuff on the side, no problemo
stephnfosterkane: nite BB
Bambi: it just repeated an earlier text
stephnfosterkane: http://members.cox.net/~bconverse/CSI-Miami040104.jpg
Dr. Headphones: on that pic you can even see her chicken pox scars from childhood
stephnfosterkane: most stations have 2 or 3 subchannels like Wx: http://members.cox.net/~bconverse/snapshot_j0006.jpg
Dr. Headphones: you can see individual trees on that weather shot ;)
stephnfosterkane: ;-)
Dr. Headphones: well, dear friends, up since 7am, no nap, so at 11pm, i'm ready to slide between the sheets. see ya later
stephnfosterkane: korean seoul broadcasting system (from that #5 clip): http://members.cox.net/~bconverse/snapshot_j0009.jpg
stephnfosterkane: nite Ken!
Bambi: night Ken!
Dr. Headphones: g'nite to all
stephnfosterkane: yeah, make-up's going to be a problem -- they all look like they have greaspaint on in close-ups or else ugggh
ah,clem: night Ken
||||||||| At 11:10 PM, Dr. Headphones runs out the door saying "Hey, mister ice-cream man, I've got a nickel, wait for meeeee..."
stephnfosterkane: may be dawn of the age of 10-year-olds as news anchors...
Bambi: gotta go here too ... night klok and merlyn ... see ya soon clem :)
stephnfosterkane: nite Bambi
stephnfosterkane: gad, the party's poopin' out on me! maybe i better call it one, too
Merlyn LeRoy: nite bambi
Merlyn LeRoy: yeah, time to go I think
Bambi: nytol!
||||||||| Bambi leaves to catch the 11:12 PM train to Hellmouth.
||||||||| "11:12 PM? I'm late!" exclaims Merlyn LeRoy, who then runs out through the french doors and down through the garden.
stephnfosterkane: bye!
ah,clem: night yammy
stephnfosterkane: nite clem!
||||||||| At 11:13 PM, stephnfosterkane runs out the door saying "Hey, mister ice-cream man, I've got a nickel, wait for meeeee..."
||||||||| It's 11:20 PM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| ah,clem - dead from pneumonia
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
||||||||| With a theatrical clearing of his throat, Catherwood pipes up: "11:26 PM and late as usual, it's Dexter Fong, just back from Billville."
Dexter Fong: Indeed, Catherwood is right for once...I am late...and the party is way pooped out
Dexter Fong: See y'all next time
||||||||| Merlyn sneaks in around 11:31 PM, trying to avoid Catherwood because of last week's "unpleasant incident."
Merlyn: still on, fong?
Merlyn: nope...
||||||||| At 11:32 PM, Merlyn vanishes mysteriously -- just as Nino the Mind Boggler predicted!
||||||||| It's 11:40 PM, and that means it's time to play BEAT THE REAPER! And here's how our contestants did:
||||||||| Dexter Fong - dead from jaundice
||||||||| Better luck next time! And now, back to our chatroom, which is already in progress...
||||||||| Catherwood announces "It's 12:25 AM; let's see who falls in through our celebrity trap door!" -- he pulls a lever, and Phil Austin plummets onto the oriental shag rug.
Phil Austin: I know, I know. It's too late, I got here to late
Phil Austin: It's so sad. I haven't read the log, but this way I'll still be a part of it.
Phil Austin: Merly: I haven't answered your email about coming west yet, but there's a flurry of fst activity at the moment and I'll get to it this weekend.
Phil Austin: And so, Bebop Lobo guns the bebophopperlowliferidermobile into the aforementioned night, baby. Hope to see you all next week. Nighty Night.
Phil Austin: It's all about night.
||||||||| Phil Austin runs out the back door as Mayor P'nisnose blasts through the front door holding a shotgun and shouting "Where's Phil Austin?! It's 12:31 AM and my ballot boxes haven't been stuffed yet!"
||||||||| With a theatrical clearing of his throat, Catherwood pipes up: "12:54 AM and late as usual, it's Bill Ding, just back from Billville."
Bill Ding: Hi all , I'm new here
||||||||| Catherwood enters the room, strikes a gong, and bellows "THE TIME IN NEW YORK IS 1 O'CLOCK", then silently exits.
||||||||| "I'm going to The Sitting Room" says Bill Ding, and leaves.
||||||||| Catherwood enters, and announces to all and sundry "It's 4:32 AM, time to change the log file and clean out unused rooms; please exit the chat room for a minute or two. Thank you for your patience."

The Evening's Participants:
Phil Austin
Bill Ding
Dexter Fong
Dr. Headphones
Merlyn LeRoy
Mutual of Omaha's Wild Yämamøto!
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