I've noticed a lot of TV is dumbed down in a peculiar way. The tell the
joke, leave enough time for those who get it to laugh, and then explain the
joke further on in the script. I believe pretty strongly that the major TV
networks of the 50's and 60's, and to a lesser extent later years, really
"synchronized" the cultural patterns of Americans. What we see now is
outlets that cater to laser-narrow special interests. Network TV, for many
people, defined what is was to be American. People would discuss the shows
the next day at work as if they were discussing a large, common extended
family. Remember how obsessed the nation was with "Who shot JR?" TV barely
has enough clout now to pull off anything similar.
Yep, it was probably me. I slander the living and the dead, but mostly the
dead because they don't sue with the same vigor as the living. I believe
you'll see it in the episodes towards the end of the series. From what I
read, it was boredom and I remember it because the writer used the word
"ennui" which I did not know at the time. I couldn't quite figure out what
the author meant when he said "He drank from the ennui." Was it a bottle?
A disease? At first I thought it meant "he drank from the toilet" but I've
only heard that happening when people take ketamine (animal tranks) or smoke
Jimson weed (one of the guys who lived in my dorm name Mouse who also took 7
tabs of LSD to prove he was braver than anyone). If you ever seen a human
drink out of toilet, you'll never forget it. Voted mostly likely to be dead
Are you sure you're not looking at his stunt double? (-:
Maybe some ham reading this will tell us why. Could be that the radios
didn't work so well on the move or that a moving car complicated the filming
and sound recording. I remember an interview with the director of the
enormously entertaining film "Gun Crazy" (written by blacklisted commie
who talked about how difficult it was to film scenes in a moving car back
then if only because of the size of movie making equipment at the time. He
talked about how "button" mikes were brand new and so enabled him to place
them throught the car to capture each actors' voice accurately.
These were all filmed in California, which at some point in time has stood
in for every place on earth and quite a few places not of this earth. I'm
stumped on this, but I haven't watched Highway Patrol in years. There are
plenty of shows I'd love to see again from the 50's. What's mostly left is
Perry Mason and I Love Lucy. A staggering number of old shows were recorded
on tape that was erased when the shows left the air. A lot of TV history
was simply demagnetized out of existence.
HP was made toward the end of Hollywood's film noir period and when there
was no film work for them, a lot of directors and craftsmen ended up doing
TV series, which many felt was beneath them. But they had to eat.
That's one reason why it's sad to have lost so much of even "junk" TV from
the 50's. It captured so much of the essence of that society. No book, to
my mind, can ever express the same sentiment as a scene from Leave it to
Beaver, showing what houses looked like, what people wore, how they talked,
etc. I get TCM now, and get a real hoot out of seeing movies from the 30's
with wind-up telephones, furniture cabinet radios, cars without any safety
features whatsoever(!), men all wearing hats. The people all have the same
sorts of problems we have now, though. They just had to be circumspect in
showing things like violence. In the original "Scarface" when someone is
killed, they show a bowling bowl making a strike, the pins go flying and you
see an X being marked on a scoresheet. Now you get to see slow motion
images of pieces of brain matter spattering on the lens.
Gangster and his moll? Seen it a long, long time ago. Just watched "White
Heat" again and noticed that they made their radio calls stopped, too. They
had radio transponders they used to track the gangsters that were the size
of vacuum cleaners!
You see some of that going with Hispanics, Koreans and Chinese nowadays. I
guess if I were black I'd be happy that other minorities are lower on the
The show "Homicide:Life on the Street" was filmed in Baltimore and every
year the H:LotS group on the Internet had a drinking tour of all the
buildings that were used as sets or backdrops. I went one year. It was a
lot of fun. Seeing something you've seen on TV is always a weird feeling.
Careful, friend. I graduated from Brooklyn Tech!
HSPA wasn't usually considered one of the "three" special entrance NYC high
schools. Once, during a transit strike, I got to attend our sister school,
the all-girls Bay Ridge High School. I still have dreams about being the
only teenage boy in a building full of teenage girls. Good dreams. (-:
"Whenever the laws of any state are broken, a duly authorized organization
swings into action. It may be called the State Police, State Troopers,
Militia, the Rangers... or the Highway Patrol. These are the stories of the
men whose training, skill and courage have enforced and preserved our state
Well, that's about as OT as you can get. (-: Has the OP returned to tell
us how the bulbs have worked out? My newserver occasionally drops posts.
Don't tell me you're a closet "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (where Eliza got
You're a better man than I am to follow "Dollhouse." I tried but it was
just too odd and complicated for me to follow. Of course, I watched "Lois
and Clark" without paying too much attention to the plot only because it
featured a young Teri Hatcher, who's at least as cute as Ms. Dushku. I
watched "L&O: CI" mostly for Kathryn Erbe - I've got a thing for petite
women with Glocks holstered on their hips.
So I get where you're coming from.
Dollhouse was a little more cerebral than Buffy. I watched it more for
the way it made me laugh at their treatment of technology. I get a kick
out of SciFi shows where the space cowboys are running through the
engine room of the Draconian Dreadnaught starship which is full of pipes
and electrical panels that look suspiciously like the chiller plant at
the university hospital complex. At least the set dressers cover up the
part of the machines that reads "Carrier" or "Trane". o_O
P.S., I love old Japanese monster movies, I'm usually laughing so hard I
can't breathe. ROOK! GODZIRA! ^_^
Agree about FX for FP. They let you into Calfornia? Must have been before
your reptutation became nationwide. (-: I worked on two films as a still
photographer that filmed in the DC area. "The Amateur" and "Raise the
Titanic." I often thought that locations crews should share their knowledge
with the Pentagon because if anyone knows how to take over an urban area
with few casualities, it's a location film crew.
I'll always remember the "starter" check I got as a down payment from the
RTT location crew's accountant that had no name, address or phone number on
it. I got worried so I took it to.the bank where I was friendly with the
teller (she eventually died from AIDs because she had sex with a bisexual
male model ONCE but that's another sad, sad story). Anyway, I handed her
the check for $200 and asked "is this check any good?" After punching in
the check's numbers, her eyes widened and she said "It's *plenty* good!"
Ironically, there's a crime movie called "City of Industry" starring Harvey
Keitel and the woman who was in Star Trek. She was meant as a bride/gift
for some alien wedding and is supposed to fall madly in love with the first
person she sees. Due to some mechanical error, she falls in love with
Captain Picard. (A similar plot was used in the original series with the
woman who wore the raw dilithium crystal necklace that saves the day). I
guess I have to turn in my trekkie badge - can't remember the name of either
one although I think the ST:TOS woman was Frances Nguyen. Crap, now I gotta
go look it up.
Before I do, I've got one more complaint that should really resonate with
the ex-Navy guys here. On way more than one occasion, huge shipping barrels
and crates tumble from high storage racks in STNG. One nearly kills Worf.
I've been on a number of subs (mostly old diesel boats) and there isn't a
THING that's capable of flying around and killing someone that isn't secured
in some way. Two hundred years from now, they've forgotten all about
cargo's tendency to fly around the holds if not strapped down.
Back to the irresistible ladies from space:
Star Trek (1968) "Elaan of Troyius"
The other one was:
starring Famke Janssen as Rachel Montana
a starring role in the 1992 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The
* The picture at this site
makes her look like Mariska Hargitay's twin sister although I never thought
the two looked that much alike.
Who's Mariska Hargitay, aside from being a running gag in Mike Meyer's "The
Love Guru" she's the daughter of the late Jayne Mansfield and now the head
detective on L&O:SVU.
The closest I can get to bringing this back on topic is that Famke's married
to the son of architect Tod Williams. (-:
What has always completely cracked me up about the future and space
cowboys is the distinct lack of dentists. Dentists must have been
outlawed by future Democrats for wrecking the self esteem of the poor
who couldn't afford tooth whitening and braces. o_O
Considering future uses as well as the current one, I think she did fine
with an autoranger. I think it's far more useful to a novice than a
dedicated range meter and probably less expensive, too. The problem is
obviously getting the probes in place to read the voltage.
What if it's a transformer with a rectifier? (-: (But I don't think so in
this old a device.)
That's been established. They're parallel.
Damn you Micky, now I have to get up from my nice warm bed to grab some
bulbs and my ohm meter.
I got a reading of 1.1 ohms for my bulbs so you're right. I suspect an
autoranging decimal error of some sort or skin contact interfering with the
reading. Several of my bulbs in storage had substantial corrosion on the
button contact that affected the readings as well.
I don't think it matters much as dead bulbs are an "either/or" proposition.
Dead or not. Some small resistance or none at all. If she has an audio
continuity function, a beep is good, none is dead.
That is pretty rotten life expectancy but is completely in line with almost
all the bulbs being burned out. Have you come across many 12VDC laptop
supplies? Everything I've got runs from 15 to 18VDC. Maybe times have
changed. The key word in finding a power supply for this app, as you've
noted, is "Regulated." Unfortunately not all regulated power supplies are
marked thusly but a simple check with a voltmeter usually tell you. All the
unregulated power supplies I've tested run several volts above rated voltage
without load. .
I would have expected someone to know enough back then to use a lower than
rated voltage to increase the life expectancy of the bulbs. I agree with
your reasoning about why only one bulb is still lit. However, I think
instead of yanking the transformer out or rewiring that she look into
finding the same size bulb but with a much higher voltage. Won't be as
bright but won't burn out as often.
GACK!!!!! I know it, I've seen it and just don't believe people do it. I
got an electric wheelchair for a steal for my Dad because someone had simply
twisted (WITHOUT TAPE!) the connections to the two 12V 60A batteries
together and the chair lurched as it moved. The seller made me sign a
receipt that said "runs smoothly" because it managed not to burp during my
test ride. I took the risk on a brand new $3,000 heavy-duty chair for $150.
Fixed it for 50 cents worth of heavy duty wirenuts. FWIW, the wires that
were twisted together were between the main fuse and the battery. Those big
60A SLA batteries could have made quite a mess of things if they touched.
Dude, even I don't know what you're referring to here, I'm betting Jennifer
won't either! (-"
I'm betting about now the intended recipient and the giver might get a
bigger kick out of throwing the house in a wood-chipper that rewiring it.
Testing all those sockets without some sort of socket adapter probably is
never going to happen, although it's what a thorough electrogeek would do.
I just found a couple of dead bulbs (in the good bulb drawer!) by testing
for resistance so I'm betting I could solder up a "socket probe" pretty
quickly. It's much easier to do on 110VAC sockets by using a screw in
I just found the ideal tester adapter for testing that dollhouse
lighting system. E-Bay # 320766470225
$3.99 including shipping from Hong Kong. Thread it into the E10 socket
and you have an MR16 socket that is a piece of cake to connect to with
the meter probes.
From what Jennifer has said, I don't expect we'll be seeing those readings
any time soon. It's really hard to get to those sockets without an adapter
of some sort. The best we can hope for (and it's a pretty good indicator)
is that we can assume the voltage is not too much above 3 volts because the
bulb would glow very dimly if underpowered and very brightly if overpowered.
From what Jen said, it looks about right, if not a little dim. I suspect
the original builder knew that the bulbs needed slight underpowering to last
a longer time.
God, the perfect straight line! RESISTANCE IS FUTILE! (-:
I'm surprised you guys even got her to buy a meter since it's probably not
going to be very helpful. I can imagine how hard it is to position the
probes for this application. That's OK, though. Everyone should own a
meter and know how to use it. I hope she got an audio continuity meter that
beeps when there's continuity. That's all that matters in this case -
knowing that the bulbs have broken filaments. No sense in glazing over a
neophyte's eyes with technotalk. I've done so much tech support I can
"hear" people's eyes glaze over when I am on the phone with them. (-: It's
Yet another reason to not even try, especially if a consignment of
replacement bulbs is on the way. The wrong ones will burn out very quickly.
I'm betting that since the last bulb she has lights in a few sockets, she
knows all she needs to know about the transformer, especially if it's sealed
in tight (bad design without an access panel).
On Tue, 20 Dec 2011 12:42:00 -0800, Jennifer Murphy
You have one good bulb and 11 dead ones. There has to be a
transformer somewhere in there. They are not running 120volts to
those bulbs. If you can find replacement bulbs, you are in good
shape, the transformer may be weak, causing dim lights.
I know you want to make the house authentic, but I still say that for
cost and safety reasons, get a string of LED christmas lights (which
do come in sets of 12), and fit them in so you dont see the actual
bulb. Make a little shade around them out of a paper or plastic (LEDs
do not get hot). This will save lots of cash, time, and be much
You could even use the existing wires, use a 6volt DC wall wart
transformer and solder in LEDs (with resistor) to each socket, and
never have to replace bulbs or worry about safety.
On Wed, 21 Dec 2011 03:33:27 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Now dangerous are 6 or 12 volts light bulbs, or the wires supplying
them? You can't even feel the current with your hands, only if you
put the leads on your tongue. (OTOH, 110 volts on your tongue are
very very bad.)
How much cash can she possibly save?
OP, go to a toy store or doll house forum and ask about replacement
Also look here:
http://www.mouser.com/Optoelectronics/Lamps-Holders/_/N-5g6p/ and the
has a way to search by base, size, etc.
I don't think any of these are small enough
It aint the 6 or 12 volts that's dangerous, it's the 120v line coming
into the doll house, which is probably an old frayed cord without
ground. But you probably wont understand any of this..... you likely
sufferred brain damage as a child when you stuck better knives into
all the outlets in your home.
On Wed, 21 Dec 2011 10:08:18 -0600, email@example.com wrote:
Absolutely. That's why it will be no safer with LEDs, which will
still require a transformer.
"Probably", you say. Yes, it may or may not be deteriorated.
That'swhy I suggested she look at it. We don't even know how old
this is, maybe decades younger than the radios and appliances I have
from the 30's that still have good cords.
A ground!!! Do you use a ground for your other lamps? Tensor
lamps and those made just last year with a transformer in the base
don't have grounds, and they are still UL approved. Or you think a
ground is needed for a transformer that is encased in wood and she
can't even reach without taking apart some of the house?
Everyone is being nice here but you can't manage that. What's wrong
with you? Have you been diagnosed yet?
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