2016/01/10

I find myself having the same boring thoughts again and again.

I find myself having the same thoughts again and again. It probably happens a lot, but I notice it most when driving. Here are the top three:


Recurrent thought number 1: On my way to work there is a traffic policeman or police woman at a cross-roads. (I like to emphasise the fact that in the West we have female traffic police, it seems a good indicator/measure of our civilization. End of aside.) Anyway. Back to the cross-roads. The cross-roads have automatic traffic lights, but during the rush hour the police person takes over. Presumably to ease the traffic. But my reccurrent thought is (and I just can't stop thinking it): Surely the traffic police person is the last person in the world who should be in charge at the traffic lights. Why? because they have no overall vision of the traffic flow. They can see maybe 500 meters in 4 directions, but beyond that nothing. Traffic control needs a more global overview surely?



Recurrent thought number 2: When exiting from a junction with a small angle to the main road which way should I indicate? I want to tell the drivers behind me on the main road that I'm moving into their flow (left hand indicator) but in theory, because I'm turning right, I should put the right hand indicator on. In pictures:


This is appears as only a problem when the angle is shallow from the main road to the secondary road.




Recurrent thought number 3: I go swimming regularly and then go to the supermarket. And every time I take the route from the swimming pool to the supermarket I think: I wonder if this is the best route, there is another route I know that may save petrol and pollution. And I never look this up on Google maps but as regular as the plot of a Midsomer Murders episode I ask myself the same question.

The interesting thing is not the thought itself (as you may have noticed) but the fact that they occur again and again. It is partially geographical, the same scene/place gives rise to the same thought. Must be something evolutioary...



But! Aha! I've just done it! Both routes, according to Google maps, take 10 minutes but the one I use is 6.8km whereas the other is 6.0km. I'll carry on using the 6.8km one though, because it is the pretty way. Maybe the thought will go away now.



Now! I've looked at the image I drew for this blog post and see that I must simply indicate right. Maybe that thought will go away...



So, even though my readers are in single figures, writing a blog can clear a mind...

Hmmm...even though I can feel space clearing in my brain there is still the traffic-police-person thought which will assail me every morning.



And what about when you see a small person who refuses to regulate their car seat upwards so that they can really to see where they are going? Buggar. Another recurrent pointless thought has just been born.


2016/01/01

How I don't learn from experience

On the morning of last day of the year I fixed a friend's audio amplifier, a Luxman L30.


The right channel had gone. We'd bought the replacement transistors on E-Bay. They arrived on the 30th. I'd previously looked inside the amplifier and thought "buggar me this is going to be awkward. I'm going to have to desolder four heavy duty power duty transistors just to get at the circuit board." But I'd said I'd do it and thought I'd better have a go. I was slightly worried about the job and it even disturbed my sleep.

In the holiday morning though I uncharacteristically decided to stop watching TV and get on with it. I found the solution, did the job, and got the amplifier working again. (See the end of this blog entry for details). I was so happy when I heard music coming out of both speakers.

The evening of last day of the year. The food was nice, the wine was fine, the company pleasant, but after the first hour I was bored out of my tiny mind. My fault. I'm not very sociable. I stayed awake till the first minutes of the New Year then snuck off too doze on a sofa till 2 am.

And on the morning of the first day of 2016 I found myself comparing the happiness/satisfaction of the morning (fixing an old audio amplifier) with the boredom of the evening (even the alcohol did not help much).

But I still look forward to parties and going out for meals. I don't learn my lesson, even though I experience it. The sages have been saying for thousands of years that you cannot chase happiness, it will come, if it comes, when it wants to.

Anyway, just in case someone else has to replace the two transistors (a C1626 paired with an A816) which drive the power transistors in a Luxman L-30... You can remove the four power transistors by simply unscrewing them! I'm no Sherlock, but the 8 bolts holding the transistors to the heat-sink should have given me a clue...






So old transistors desoldered, new ones soldered in and, expletive deleted, it worked...