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CBS Top Cops (circa 1993)

Does anyone remember this show? Seems like it was a follow-up to the wildly popular “Rescue 911” and CBS’s answer to Fox’s “COPS”

How An AC Adapter Works

As part of Project Rankin, I need to be able to convert 120VAC to a more usable 5VDC, so I’ll be using a ubiquitous wall wart. However, I want to keep it as clean and tidy as possible, so I need to wire the adapter directly into the project itself. While I’ve got the case off, I’ll walk through the basic components and how an AC adapter works.

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Music by Anders Enger Jensen

Trident: “Telltale signs” (circa 1989)

Millions of teeth can’t be wrong?

Tylenol: “Tests” (circa 1993)

Lots of diagnostics at the hospital giving you a headache? Ask the doctor for some Tylenol!

Holiday Fairy Christmas Light String Teardown

Teardown and exploration of how a string of fairy lights/Christmas lights/holiday lights works. Part of the Project Rankin series that intends to build a holiday ornament powered by the AC electricity in a light strand.

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Music by Anders Enger Jensen

Tylenol: “Arthritis Pain” (circa 1993)

Before everyone was addicted to opioids for pain relief, Tylenol wanted to let everyone know that doctors often just prescribe it for minor aches and pains associated with arthritis.

TBS: “Two Nights of Walking Tall” (circa 1989)

TBS built its media empire on the MGM and WB back catalogues. It seemed that they showed a movie several times per day, saving the best programming for their mid-week late slots to grab viewers from The Networks.

Thrifting: Of Fairy Lights and Guitar Strings

I needed to pick up some fairy lights for a project, so off to the thrift shop!

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Music by Anders Enger Jensen

United Artists Ident Card (circa 1980s)

Some people might call this one of the scariest production ident cards in history, and I could see how that would happen. It’s got creepy music and an overall dark vibe. I still like it because it reminds me of the Timothy Dalton James Bond films!

10 Years Since The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

In 2010, I was in the midst of reinventing myself–or, at least, reasserting myself. This was still in the depths of the Dark Times, when life had fallen apart for me like it had for so many during the Great Recession that began just a few years earlier. I took the time to reacquaint myself with the sorts of things that I loved doing: art, drama, music; and I remembered the joy that came from creating new things and new interpretations of things. Sometimes, even in the darkest moments of your life, you can find a spark of joy that guides you through.

For me, some of that spark came from my time with the drama kids at Middle Georgia. On a lark, I auditioned for the fall musical production (I was never much one for auditions, but a friend convinced me that it would be fairly painless). I hadn’t performed in much of any capacity since my days at Kennesaw, studying under Prodan Dimov and playing improv games with some of the other “more outgoing” SWORDsters, but I was really digging Neil Patrick Harris’s “Doctor Horrible” in the eponymous Sing-Along Blog so I walked in, delivered his opening monologue, sight-sang a few bars (a skill I never really kept up with since high school), thanked them for the opportunity and left.

In my experience, performing arts departments tend to be like little nepotistic cliques: they’ll self-select from auditionees who are already established in the department. They do not let in outsiders. You could imagine my surprise, then, when the parts were posted and I was cast as Mitch Mahoney, a hard-assed probationer performing community service who plays a double role as the conniving half of one of the contestant’s Odd Couple-styled homosexual parents. Talk about range!

While I’m not going to let this article become a synopsis of the show (you can look it up just as well, but I highly recommend seeing it if you can) I just wanted to take a moment and recognize the hardworking men and women who helped put that show together, and to thank them for helping pull me out of a rather difficult time in my life. They helped me get back on track, as it were, and figure out where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do with my life. There’s nothing quite like the joy of creation or the thrill of putting on a different identity and getting to explore it for a little while.

Thanks, y’all. I hope you’re all out there being amazing.

Life is random and unfair. Life is pandemonium.