When I was in the army boot camp I could sleep marching. If it was time
for break, I bump into guy in front waking me up. When we run into down
pour we could clean our sweat/dirt soaked fatigue by rubbing soap bar
all over. Quick laundry...
In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 26 Sep 2015 13:23:11 -0700, Don Y
I had a clock radio with an outlet in college, and a flexible gooseneck
lamp into which I put a floodlight, that shone on my head. At the
appointed time the light woke me up. It didn't make me pay attention,
Yup. Like the roommate with his sonalert powered alarm. Not
only do they draw very little power, but they also target a
"sensitive" portion of the audio spectrum (for our ears).
So, less power still has more impact!
Understood. Our "house guest" used to sit and laugh at us each morning
(nice guy, eh? We're paying the rent and he's "thanking us" in this way!)
as we would try to get away from the noise. (He wouldn't tell us the
"secret" to turning off/acknowledging the alarm)
I heard it through a shut door, across and *down* the hall.
I was actually surprised at how easily I woke to this! Which
has led me to wonder how many other sounds/distractions might
be waking me at night -- but "dismissed" as unimportant to
my half-sleeping mind?
She just sleeps soundly. REALLY soundly! I was completely
flabbergasted! I work very late at night so actually got up
and walked down the street to see what the commotion was about.
When I mentioned it to her the next morning, she looked at
me like I was fabricating the story -- no evidence persists
the morning after!
In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 26 Sep 2015 14:52:14 -0500, Mark Lloyd
Around 1956 to 64, my brother had an electric alarm clock with a 1/4"
hole in the face, below the 12, and behind the hole was a little
moveable piece of sheet metal, painted red.
While the power was on, the magnet in the motor held the metal up, away
from the hole.
If the power went off, the metal fell down and the red on it was visible
through the hole.
If the power went back on, it wasn't enough to lift the metal. So
when one woke up, he could tell if there had been a power failure in the
night and his clock might be wrong.
I might still have the clock.
Most alarm clocks uses AC plug in(source of time base, 60Hz) Battery is
often used for back up power source during power failure. What is a big
deal making an alarm clock. Just using a digital clock module and wiring
it up with some switches to set time and alarm.
And now, we find out that Ahmed's account of interactions with his
teachers was not accurate, as I originally reported. He said he showed
it to the first teacher and the teacher thought it was cool. What
actually occurred was that "the teacher saw it and he said, 'what, are
you doing, bringing this to school? This is wholly inappropriate. Go
put that in your locker and never bring it out again.' He didn't. He
brings it to another class, and it starts to count down. The teacher
is freaking out saying, 'what is that?'"
Did you catch that? Yesa clock that "counts down." Gee, clocks don't
countdown. What does count down? Oh right a BOMB! Ahmed neglected to
provide that little innocuous detail.
In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 26 Sep 2015 19:52:38 -0400, Seymore4Head
That's what I heard the first day the story broke. Fewer details but
that was the gist. That doesn't contradict what you said the kid said,
that the teacher said it was cool. Of course the teacher said it was
cool, and he also said, as I reported here, that he said not to show it
It also might not be true or totally true. It's not just first reports
that have mistakes.
But most likely is that it's a combination. My watch both keeps time
and counts down, depending on the buttons I push.
If the buzzer went off in school, it had already counted up to the set
time, or down to zero. Unless they waited 24 more hours, they would
have had to set the timer again to see it count down. Or they would
have had to press some buttons to set it. Not knowing what exactly the
buttons did .
"The first thing to be discovered was that the homemade clock was not
homemade, but merely a stripped-down, disassembled, 30+-year-old
RadioShack digital clock. So, he lied about that."
If this is accurate, it's no more a lie than all the people who say "I
built my own computer" which is the standard way of expressing it. I'm
precise, so I say, "I assembled my own computer" because all one does is
mount the mobo to the case and plug in the various boards and
connectors. If the kid "disassembled" as your own source says he did,
and reassembled it, that is "making" it by the casual standards used by
most people. Check out the computer hardward newsgroup and ask them if
you don't believe me.
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