@Hempressemilym Welcome to Mastodon, the Fediverse, and 13Bells. Hope you're gonna like it here. If you're not familiar with Mastodon, there can be a learning curve getting started. I can assure you, it's entirely worth it.

Feel free to ask if you need any advice or help getting going.

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be horrified...be careful about the Federated feed...some things cant be unseen.

Hang-up your coat and pull up a chair. It's like a party, and there are stories to be told.

Just want to be left alone to get a sip of water.

Disgusted at the state of the city of Pittsburgh today. An estimated 80% masked, including those walking or driving alone.

Why? It provides identity to the soulless. It's their uniform, and you'd better be wearing it too. If not, you are their antagonist, their threat, you are no longer even human, just a disease vector.

And don't presume to find a water fountain, those are forbidden in the New World.

We aren't coming back from this, are we?

Orvis has decided that low-key punitive action against their customers is the perfect method to virtue signal obedience and complicity to a State sponsored narrative.

"Thank you for signing up for our fly-tying class...Based on current events in Ukraine and Chernobyl, this week's tying event does not feel appropriately timed, and we've decided to reschedule it to a later date..."

No fly class for you!
There's a WAR on, you know!

Has anyone successfully purchased Ziverdo kits or similar from shady indian pharmacies *recently* (recently being the key factor).

I've ordered from ziverdo-kit.com three times now, and the most recent order "got lost" and I'm fighting with PayPal to get my money back.

Anyone have any alternatives?
Not an urgent need, but I'd like to have the peace of mind.

Thanks in advance!

Bridge collapses outside of Pittsburgh the day is scheduled to give a speech there about infrastructure...🙈

Welcome to the Fediverse, @Elizra glad to have you here. This place can be a little daunting to get started in. Remember, it's not algo driven, so there's some necessary work on your part to get a decent feed going. Trust me, it's worth it, as you can custom tailor yourself whatever experience here you like, beyond the unblinking eye of corporate oversight and censorship.

As you get started, feel free to ask questions, glad to help, and look forward to tooting with you!

I remember the first time I heard the turn of phrase, "They hate you and they want you to die", regarding the way the powers that be think of us. I remember how aggressive and needlessly hyperbolic that felt. But as the last few years have progressed, it's lost all semblance of hyperbole, it's become inexorable, obvious, staring us in our face whether we want to welcome it in or not.

If you are neither material, nor ideological benefit to them, they do, indeed, hate you and want you to die.⚰️

@RHEHaas Welcome to the Fediverse, thanks for chosing 13bells.com as your friendly on-ramp!

If you are not familiar with Mastodon or Fediverse, it can be more difficult to get started. There are no algo's or ads to drive that instant return on dopamine hits.

The up-side is you get to build an experience here that's 100% of your own making without being censored or your data sold as a commodity.

Ask questions, we're here to get you over the learning curve, but above all, enjoy your time here!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there in the Fediverse. I don't know what I'd do without you all...yep even that guy who's not cool, but that's OK because we're all here together away from the surveillance panopticon, free to speak our truths plainly and without reproach,

Thankful for a place like this to have access to the good, the bad, and everything in between...for all of this, and for all of you, I am thankful. Be well, today and everyday.🦃 🍽️

It's been Silent Hill foggy here in FEMA Region 3, with 99% humidity for the last 5 days. Evidently, enough to make this fellow sprout about 20 feet up the trunk of a tree out of what looks like a wood-pecker hole. Had to grab a ladder to take a closer look...

Just wanted to drop a hearty ITM recommendation for noagendacoffee.com. Fast shipping, fair prices, and an excellent product, all while supporting the show! I was particularly impressed both bags I received had a sticker saying they were roasted just a few days before I received them!

No affiliation, just a satisfied customer. The "Hit in the Mouth" dark roast is particularly excellent!

Theremin Build: 5 of 5
It's done! After setting it up in a prototype configuration to verify proper function, it was on me to create a more pleasing aesthetic package.

I wanted something with a hint of anachronism, that would be as compelling to the eyes as it is the hands and ears.

More importantly, I feel like I've achieved my goal of creating an instrument grade Theremin. It's range is about 5.5 octaves from 60hz up to 1800hz.

All told, I'm quite pleased with the outcome!

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Theremin Build: 4 of ?
She sings! After a lot of soldering, checking, re-checking, re-soldering...primary wiring was complete and the only thing left was to plug it in and see if we let out any magic smoke...it did not!

Actually, aside from a very few minor tweaks and correcting a few lackluster solder joints, this thing fired right up with a surprising minimum of bother.

This is still just a protoype. Now that I know it will sing, I have to make it look nice.


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Theremin Build: 3 of ?

Completed principle physical construction on the main unit. I'll build this on a simple base of plywood for now to get it operational. Though I do intend to construct a nice case or chassis for this...any recommendations?

Chose stainless steel over aluminum for the chassis plate. Much nicer in the end, but SS work-hardens in a hurry when it heats up, making larger holes a real PitA. I wouldn't even consider without a drill press.

Solder guns ready, next up is wiring!

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Theremin Build: 2 of ?

Since my previous post to the Fedi didn't see any takers, I'll continue to add to this thread from here on out.

Completed the power supply!

This takes 120VAC and outputs both 10VAC, for the tube heater circuit, and 50VDC to the instrument for general operation.

We keep the power supply separate from the instrument for safety and EM interference.

Alright, important safety tip, thanks Egon, capacitors can hold a charge, even hours after being unplugged from mains power!

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As an avid tinkerer, I've always wanted to build my own Theremin. Not some cheap de-tuned AM radio, not one that sounds like a speak-&-spell cross-bred with R2D2, but an "instrument grade" unit, wholly analog device.

I learned about Theremins back in '94 when I caught the docu, "An Electronic Odyssey" and I've wanted to build one ever since.

Anyone out there have any experience or interest? Would love to have a "build buddy" who I could compare notes with.

So the next bit of narrative is to discredit the VAERS data so these people can go on ignoring objective data.

The funny thing, they're using the exact same argument we've had and use against the virus related deaths...whether a death is caused by, or linked to.

Just remember the formula, if it enhances their narrative, it's always true, if it discredits their narrative it's always false, even if it's the same argument.

They really presume we're all just that stupid.

Congratulations guys! We ended fascism by pouring on heaps more fascism! And get this, we are *so* progressive, we brought segregation back and made it cool again. 🤯

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Thirteen Bells

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Welcome to 13 Bells, a respite from the commercial social media platforms.