Curmudgeon Funk

My occasional philosophical musings, rants, observations, and other likely ephemeral writings.

About Funk’s Observation

I’ve never understood how aphorism, “hindsight is 20/20” came to mean that one’s understanding of past events is clearer than one’s contemporaneous understanding of the same events. 20/20 means normal vision (being able to clearly see at 20 feet what one should be able to see clearly at 20 feet), so this saying literally means that upon reflection, things in the past are as clear as they should be to one of normal vision. Huh? There’s a disconnect here. That’s why I rewrote the popular staying as:

Funk’s Observation: 

Hindsight isn't 20/20 — it's at least 20/15, and sometimes 20/10.

Way Back in 1995...

Okay Sherman, set the Wayback machine for 1995..

A short time after I began working at WAGA in Atlanta (and before Fox bought the station’s parent company New World Television), I knew I had been accepted when this appeared on the newsroom bulletin board:

Humor: WAGA Announces Second Sat Truck

Changes at work

Last month my position at work changed from Senior Video Acquisitions Coordinator to Technical Production Manager (TPM), and my work scheduled changed to Monday through Friday. I still have an early shift  – my primary responsibility is “Wake Up With Al” (WUWA), which airs from 5:30 AM to 7 AM – but it’s nice to have weekends off. The first couple of weeks were rough, even though I’ve covered as TPM for WUWA for at least four weeks each of the past four years, but things have settled down and I feel like a valued member of the control room team.

Why did it take over a month to post this? Well, I did say this would be sporadic...

SKWARN® on The Weather Channel

SKYWARN® is a program of the National Weather Service, working with other organizations, that trains volunteers, with communications capabilities, as severe weather spotters. Because of the need for these volunteers to have communications capabilities, and the tradition of amateur “ham” radio operators to use their skills and equipment for public service, a good portion of these volunteers are radio hams.

Today was SKYWARN® Recognition Day, intended to thank and honor these volunteers. Much of this was through on–air, amateur radio activities, with ham stations operating at a large number of National Weather Service offices. One of these was the NWS Peachtree City, Georgia office, where Georgia Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator Lynn Bianco, KN4YZ was operating. Lynn kindly took the time to do a Skype interview on the Weather Channel this morning, while I happened to be working as the Technical Production Manager in the control room. (I confused Lynn a bit when, while checking–in his audio, instead of asking him for a mic check I said “CQ DX, CQ DX, this is KB7UV, Over!”)

Here’s the clip from YouTube:

CPBE® Certified

A little late mentioning this, but… I recently was awarded Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer® (CPBE®) ® by the Society of Broadcast Engineers. So now I need continuing education credits to renew this certification.

My thanks to Chuck Primrose, my former boss at KTRK, and Richard Goldy and Jim Bernier, both holders of CPBE® certification, who all wrote letters of recommendation for me.

SBE University Online Courses

I just passed the exam for an online, on-demand course I took from SBE University, “Television Video and Audio - a Ready Reference for Engineers.” I found it to be mainly an excellent refresher, but there was significant material that either was new to me or I’d completely forgotten. The course material makes an excellent reference to keep on-hand, and passing the exam earns 1 credit towards recertification.

Since it’s difficult to attend SBE and SMPTE meetings on my work schedule, I expect I’ll be taking several more of these online classes, and watch some on-demand SBE Webinars, to earn sufficient credits to renew my CSTE® certification.

Highly recommended!

Why a “Platinum Rule”?

Why I think the “Golden Rule” should be revisited, and my humble suggestion of a “Platinum Rule."

Why am I blogging?

Why am I starting a blog, especially since I’ll probably write a few posts the first month, then infrequently and sporadically, if at all? I could write here that it's “because everyone else is doing it,” but that’s really meaningless. So I’ll just go with this: 

Why not?

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