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Belated thank you from a television broadcast engineer

PostedCOLON Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:22 pm
by arfunk
As a television broadcast engineer, I was thrilled when I first read of St. Vidicon. Thank you so much for coming up with the concept and character.

As a perfectionist, though, I feel I must point out what appears to be an inconsistency. The handle color of small screwdrivers indicates the blade size. Yellow-handled screwdrivers are just too large to fit the adjustment screws of broadcast electronics, that's why we use "greenies" - green-handled screwdrivers which have blades small enough to fit the adjustment screws.

Or is this discrepancy just an indication that St. Vidicon and his followers live(d) in an alternate universe?

-Andy

Re: Belated thank you from a television broadcast engineer

PostedCOLON Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:30 pm
by cstasheff
My memory may be at fault, Andy, but I do remember the shirt-pocked screwdriver from my college days. Please be assured that I'll get the color right in future St. Vidicon books, if there are any.

A female friend of mine (in 1963) went out on a date with our TV engineer and noticed the handle peeking from his shirt pocket. She asked why he wore it, and he said it was kind of like a fraternity pin. She said, :Oh. Can I wear your pin? He said "Sure" and hooked it into the sweater she was wearing. When her roomates saw her the next morning, they asked why, and she said, "I got screwdrivered last night." I'm sure she was talking about drinking her oragne juice with vodka -- or maybe it was milk of magnesia (a Phillips screwdriver)

Thanks for the kind words!

CBS

Re: Belated thank you from a television broadcast engineer

PostedCOLON Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:44 pm
by arfunk
Great story!

Please, don't change the screwdriver color to make it correct in this universe on my account. (Although one could imagine a plot revolving around archaeologists researching St. Vidicon finding green-handled screwdrivers, not yellow ones, throwing the order into chaos of doubt...)

It's a good thing you conceived of the concept when you did. "St. Charge-coupled-device" or "St. Image Sensor" just doesn't have the same ring.

Re: Belated thank you from a television broadcast engineer

PostedCOLON Sat Apr 30, 2011 11:20 pm
by cstasheff
Okay, now you got me goin'. How about two theologions debating the spiritual significance of the use of CCD in liturgy? (It's an acronym, of course -- say, "Conscience Creates Dogma?) Or a Vidiconian monk invents a gadget for finding lost or buried statues -- an image senosr? Hey, thanks for the ideas!

CBS

Re: Belated thank you from a television broadcast engineer

PostedCOLON Sun May 01, 2011 8:21 pm
by james
cstasheff wroteColonOkay, now you got me goin'. How about two theologions debating the spiritual significance of the use of CCD in liturgy? (It's an acronym, of course -- say, "Conscience Creates Dogma?) Or a Vidiconian monk invents a gadget for finding lost or buried statues -- an image senosr? Hey, thanks for the ideas!

CBS


Or a comparison of doctrines between Vidiconian Orthodoxy vs. the Plumbiconian Refomationists..? Or discussions of the basic beliefs between the Historical Turretists and Neo Zoomistas...?

(grin) Sorry, just stirrin' the waters!

J.

Re: Belated thank you from a television broadcast engineer

PostedCOLON Mon May 02, 2011 12:28 am
by cstasheff
Great ideas! Keep stirrin'!

What're we gonna do with digital? Could the monks raise money by going on a pledge drive? 16-hour sermons about the plight of the poor? That would be a hard drive, no?

Re: Belated thank you from a television broadcast engineer

PostedCOLON Mon May 02, 2011 2:13 pm
by Ortho the Frank
>SNAP!< Mousetrap pun, darn you!