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Offline `Eylan Ayfalulukanä

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Re: NoTW 35: `Eylan Ayfalulukanä
« Reply #20 on: December 18, 2010, 04:43:57 am »

Mom may have rejected them, but you can tell that 'stepmom' loves her babies.  :)  I love that story.

Actually, lions and tigers are often raised with a dog, such that they grow up together. They become the very best of friends. And the cat often defers to the dog, letting it eat first, etc. I have a friend who is raising a tiger and a dog together, and they are both working out to be marvellous animals.

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Re: NoTW 35: `Eylan Ayfalulukanä
« Reply #21 on: December 18, 2010, 09:40:50 am »
So your 666 post count did the server?

And all this time I have been thinking evil thoughts that payoang was behind it all!  ;)

Congrats on your week!

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Re: NoTW 35: `Eylan Ayfalulukanä
« Reply #22 on: December 18, 2010, 01:30:51 pm »
So your 666 post count did the server?

And all this time I have been thinking evil thoughts that payoang was behind it all!  ;)

Congrats on your week!


Irayo tstunwi nìrangal nang

It was thought at first that payoang was indeed behind the server failure, but that theory proved to be rather fishy. In fact in the end, it didn't even hold water  :D


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Re: NoTW 35: `Eylan Ayfalulukanä
« Reply #23 on: December 18, 2010, 08:00:51 pm »
Ouch. Touche!


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Re: NoTW 35: `Eylan Ayfalulukanä
« Reply #24 on: December 19, 2010, 08:34:28 am »
Seykxel sì nitram, ma oeyä tsmukan 'Eylan Ayfalulukanä!

I am in awe of your ayfalulukan!  What beautiful cats.  I've never been within touching distance of any big cat, but would love to be able to do so.  How wonderful that you are able to!  :)

How did your palulukantsyìp Freeway get that name?   Just curious.... is there a story there?


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1. I have a VCR that weighs 2,600 pounds.
2. I have performed on stage as a 'cat magician' making lions and tigers disappear and reappear.
3. I helped with development of the ATSC digital TV standard in use in the US and Canada.

1.  Hmmm... I'd say true, although 2,600 pounds does seem a bit extreme.  But broadcast equipment can be super-sized.
2.  I think this is false.
3.  This could be true...PBS stations seemed to be the first ones to go digital; the one in my area was digital for years before the big switch-over.   So you could have been involved in some way.

I share your love for Narnia... they were my absolute favorite books from childhood.  And I've gone back as an adult several times and read them again.  Wonderful stories.  :)
Oeru syaw "Tirea Ikran" kop slä frakrrmi layu oe "Grammar Skxawng"   :)

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Re: NoTW 35: `Eylan Ayfalulukanä
« Reply #25 on: December 19, 2010, 11:35:19 pm »
Well, it looks like my 'week in the Pandoran sun' is about over. So, I am going to tie things up here, and reveal the N/T answers.

First, to answer Tirea Ikran's question about palulukantsyìp 'Freeway's name. It is indeed an interesting story.

In July of 2002, I was traveling with friends from Bowling Green, KY to Wichita, KS to attend the 2002 Feline Conservation Federation convention. I was traveling with my friend Max, his Wife Marge, and their nine year old daughter, Noel. Besides us, we had two young women from England with us, who had come to visit Max and go to the convention. We were all crammed into a crew cab pickup truck.

Max had grossly underestimated the length of the drive (He thought 6 hours, 14 hours in actuality). So we were driving day and night to get there in time for the convention. All of us who could legally drive were taking turns at the wheel.

It was 2 AM in the morning when we pulled into a gas station along Interstate 70 in Central Missouri. While we were fueling up, everyone got out to stretch. Then, a pickup truck pulled up to the pump next to us. They had all sorts of stuff in the back of their truck, and we found out in short order that the occupants of the truck were in the process of moving from Boston to Seattle. They seemed to be nice people.

Anyway, I was looking at something in the back of their truck, when a little gray kitten popped its head out of the stuff. I told the people, "You have a kitten in the back of your truck". There response was "Oh, no, he wasn't supposed to come along".  I then found out the kitten's name was 'Smoky', and I think he is a Russian Blue breed.

In any case, these people were going to dump this cat right then and there. So Noel starting asking her mom Marge, "Mom, can we keep the cat?" Marge refused to at first say 'yes'. It was not like Noel needed another cat to care for. She had 5 domestics, three lions, a tiger, two cougars, a serval and a caracal (as well as horses, cows, and reptiles of various sorts) to help care for. But Marge eventually caved in, and we took the cat with us.

As soon as we were in the truck and underway, Smoky jumped on my chest and began to 'smurgle (knead with the feet)' me, purring loudly. As soon as any one else would have some time with Smoky, he would come back to me and smurgle. In any case, it was clear that this cat had 'adopted' me! So, I made arrangements to have him fly home with me. To this day, he still tries to smurgle me every night!

As far as the name, someone in our party suggested 'Freeway', based on where he was 'rescued'. So, his official name became 'Smoky Gray Freeway Cat'. Or now Kxenera Ngul Friwey Palulukantsyìp. Or, simply 'Freeway'.

If any of you ever have a chance to to be 'up close and personal' to a big cat, do yourself a favor and replace fear with respect. More than likely, the cat will pick up on this and you will have made a new friend. And in my experience, I find the love of these animals to be so clean and pure that you never want it to go away!

Now, on to the N/T questions:

1. I have a VCR that weighs 2,600 pounds.



The answer is ngay. The machine in question is an Ampex ACR-225. It is an automated playback device used primarily for inserting interstitial material (read: commercials) into TV programming. It uses the 19mm type D2 digital tape format, which was very popular among broadcasters from about 1988 to 2000. It was the first professional digital videotape format that was widely adopted. The ACR225 can hold 256, 30 minute D2 cassettes, each of which is about the size of a trade paperback book. There are four tape transports in the ACR-225, and tape is moved between the storage bins (the black area in the middle) and the tape transports (under the left side panel) by a robot (in the back, but visible in the back through doors with Plexiglass panels). Because the machine was expected to be able to play 10 second back-to-back spots, the robot is very fast. It moves with enough force that you can feel the floor shake when it moves (and the floor is reinforced to take all that weight). There are two sets of signal system electronics, each of which can record and play simultaneously. So the machine can be recording on two transports, and playing on the other two transports, simultaneously. For the many eltu lefngap geeks here, the machine is controlled by two VME bus computers. These communicate with a computer control system in each tape transport. There is also an outboard PC computer, which is the user interface for the system. The machine runs on 240 volt power, and draws 5,5 kW of power. It also needs compressed air at 50 PSI for the air lubricated guides in the tape transports. In any case, I once heated my house with this machine for 45 days in midwinter, when my furnace catastrophically failed, and had to be replaced. (It actually worked better than the furnace, but you can imagine what my electric bill was like!) I have the original bill of sale for this machine, and it cost $280, 000 in 1988. When these machines came out, they were bleeding-edge State of ther Art. They were obseleted literally overnight by the advent of the computerized video server.  I also have the production recorder version of this machine, called the Ampex VPR300. If you watched any movies on HBO in the '90's, there is a good chance they were playing back on that VPR-300.

In addition to the ACR-225, I have a Sony Betacart automated playout device. It does much of what the ACR-225 could do, but it was analog, a lot smaller (around 1,100 pounds) and much more common. I have two 2 inch quadruplex videotape machines, an Ampex VR1200 (1,100 pounds), and Ampex AVR-1 (2,200 pounds). I have a number of 1 inch VTRs as well, including a VPR-3 (originally from PBS network operations), a VPR-2B and a VPR-80. I also have a Sony HDV-1000 1 inch analog HD VTR. These were the first practical HD VTRs, and they are barely beyond prototypes of more modern HD VTRS. Rounding out the living room is a number of smaller format professional VTRs, a Grass Valley model 300 production switcher (with every known accessory), and both ends of a very early digital audio distribution system known as DATE (Digital Audio for Television). DATE was an early (and generally successful) attempt by PBS to deliver digital audio to member stations in the late '70's. As soon as this coming weekend, I may be installing a very early computerized video server, known as a Philips Media Pool.

Here is a link to a picture that shows the ACR-225, the Betacart (to the right), and a little bit of the VR-1200 (on the left edge) Note that the ACR-225 and its control computer are running. This picture appears in the 2008 NAB Engineering Handbook, somewhere around page 1232. (note: large image)
http://www.lionlamb.us/temp/acr225_betacart.jpg

2. I have performed on stage as a 'cat magician' making lions and tigers disappear and reappear.

The answer is tsleng. Although I have been around cat magicians and their cats, and watched them train their cats (and know how many of the cat illusions are done), I have never actually trained cats for that purpose. Most of my work is in a zoo setting, where we do not have full contact with the cats. In any case though, the magic show cats are very special, and are some of the most loved, pampered, and spoiled cats there are. The cats actually love to perform, and 'doing their routine' is a high point of their day!

3. I helped with development of the ATSC digital TV standard in use in the US and Canada.

The answer to this question is ngay. Although I did not do any work with the original ATSC standards, I did participate in the development of the standards for low power and translator ATSC digital TV. Our station also did a path-breaking study on the propagation of digital TV signals at low power levels. Unlike previous studies, which relied heavily on 'theoretical' receive antennas, we used equipment that was already available, and what the typical homeowner could choose. That study, along with two other propagation studies, showed that the ATSC standard worked quite well at low power. (I worked on this study with Charlie Anderson, one of the original Ampex 'Gang of Six', who invented the first practical VTR back in 1956. http://www.lionlamb.us/quad/thesix.jpg (Charlie is on the far right. The guy to his left, in plaid, is Ray Dolby, of Dolby Digital fame. Most people do not know that Ray Dolby also helped invent the VTR.) I worked with Charlie for 9 years, and he officially retired the day after we switched off our analog TV signal. Of course, working with Charlie was a dream-come-true for a VTR collector!) Later, I participated on a committee organized by the FCC to discuss what form the rules for low power DTV should take. I also participated in a major discussion that dealt with relaxing some of the very stringent filtering standards for DTV transmitters intended for low power operation. This both helped small broadcasters save a lot of money, and ensured continued protection from interference caused by spurious signals from TV transmitters.

You can visit my website, and learn lots more about both lions and VTRs! http://www.lionlamb.us The site is a bit out of date, but I am still active in everything depicted there. I hope to add a Na`vi page soon, as well.

Irayo nìtxan, ma eylan. tì'o' lu oeru syena kivä srr nang

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Re: NoTW 35: `Eylan Ayfalulukanä
« Reply #26 on: December 20, 2010, 01:25:07 am »

*cough* ::)

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