March 5th, 2017

#5479: No ticky?

Clock ran flawlessly for 9.5 hours and then stopped. Restarting it, it runs for 10-15 minutes, then stops. I suspect it has something to do with the chime mechanism not chiming. So I'll dig into the clock and figure out what's wrong, and attempt to fix it. Whee!

The chime mechanism works, because somehow while fiddling with the thing yesterday I triggered it; the motor ran and everything worked correctly. So, just a matter of figuring out why it's not working now.

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So, there are rumblings that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower, Trump's campaign headquarters, both during the campaign, and after the election. "...[T]he Obama administration almost certainly misbehaved if it even attempted to get a FISA warrant to spy on a presidential candidate."

Difference between this and Watergate: Obama administration allegedly got a warrant issued by falsifying the reason for the wiretaps. Watergate had no veneer of legal sanction such as a wiretap warrant.
This bring us to Watergate-on-Steroids, or #ObamaGate. Here are the problematic aspects of the Obama surveillance on Trump's team, and on Trump himself. First, it is not apparent FISA could ever be invoked. Second, it is possible Obama's team may have perjured themselves before the FISA court by withholding material information essential to the FISA court's willingness to permit the government surveillance. Third, it could be that Obama's team illegally disseminated and disclosed FISA information in direct violation of the statute precisely prohibiting such dissemination and disclosure. FISA prohibits, under criminal penalty, Obama's team from doing any of the three.
I think a quote from the Watergate scandal is appropriate: "What did [Obama] know, and when did he know it?"

Heap bad juju if it turns out to be true.

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High speed fail is fail. Trump's transportation secretary halted funding for the California high speed fail project, because it's seven years behind schedule and almost $4 billion over budget.

California would do well to examine the example given by Florida. The article makes the point that I've made all along: if passenger rail were economically necessary, we would already have it.

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TSA taking a cue from the biggest Trump campaign kerfluffle: now they'll grab 'em by the pussy. Wrong lesson to take, TSA. In fact, why haven't we done away with this horseshit? C'mon, Trump!

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Scroll down a bit and you find out how far Colin Kaepernick's principled stand against American racism goes.

He's become a free agent, and coincidentally! has abandoned his need to not stand for the national anthem.

I figured as much. As soon as he finds that his "protest" may have a deleterious effect on his marketability, suddenly he " longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change he believes has been created."

Words fail me, and I therefore must fall back on invective: what an asshole.

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So, today is Sunday. Yes, Sunday.

Ah. Well, then.

#5480: Oh, so THAT'S how it works!

And that's why it started working yesterday!
The clock is battery driven, but indirectly (by modern standards), the chiming mechanism winds a main-spring in addition to moving the chime striker. The main-spring operates what appears to be a pretty standard pendulum clock mechanism.
That explains how the movement is powered and it explains why the clock abruptly started working yesterday. Recall from the last post, I said, "The chime mechanism works, because somehow while fiddling with the thing yesterday I triggered it; the motor ran and everything worked correctly."

When the motor ran, it wound the clock; but because it's not chiming on the hour and half hour the mainspring unwound, and that's why the clock stopped.

So: just have to fix the chime mechanism, and then we'll be good to go!


So, took it all apart again, and had a gander. The main problem is that the motor for striking the chime connects to the negative terminal (ground) through the movement frame, and although the ground lug was in contact with the frame it was not good contact. Moved a washer from one place where it was totally f-ing useless (I think someone besides me had this thing apart) and put it there, and now it makes a good connection and it will chime when the time is right. And it's happily ticking away again.

It really helps to know how something works, you know? But we'll see if it's actually fixed for good and all, or if there's something else I'm overlooking.

Only--pun intended--time will tell.