Using my skill of deduction, I can say with high certainty that Mediocrebot must have accidentally posted the poll too early, then deleted it to avoid unnecessary shame and attention. Then as a valiant show of not humour, it gives us that as an option for the poll, in a self-depracating manner.
It may sound tedious but way way back in the day I recorded tons of mst3k episodes and loading one up, listening to the vhs motors hum and letting it track. Old commercials, old music, is like a visit to the Smithsonian.
@poppaearl I was just watching Clue with my wife tonight lamenting that my family’s vhs tapes recorded from tv have been lost. I can’t watch Rudolph without thinking of commercials about the 7 Up spot drilling into ice for Santa or Wario trying to hypnotize me to find the 8 Golden Coins on the Gameboy or all the new features of the 1993 Jeep at whatever dealership was around in Denver while John Elway was still playing football. The internet helps but there is something special about the ads you memorized from VCRs.
@chienfou@rockblossom the big (21"!) old 80 lb color monitors we used had degauss buttons and you could feel the pulse across the room. We used to erase floppy (!x2) disks by setting them on top of the monitor and hitting that button. Ah, good times …
@rockblossom@stolicat that’s brilliant. My favorite thing to ‘erase’ is a CD. You put it in the microwave for about 3-5 seconds and you get the coolest lightening storm across the surface and it turns into small disrupted blocks of silver foil about 1cm square. I do this with xray data disks that people forget to take with them from the ER. Take that HIPPA…try to read the data off of it now!
@chienfou@rockblossom@stolicat Used to do that at work. Word of caution- don’t do more than 3 seconds or so. Otherwise the burning plastic smell will knock you off your feet (and it’s probably not good for you).
@mehcuda67@rockblossom@stolicat yeah, I found 3-5 seconds will generally do it depending on the strength of the microwave. I always keep a finger on the cancel button to hit it as soon as the main “lightening show” is over. (I think the sample below runs a bit long in the microwave…but you get the idea)
(and yes, it can stink up the place a bit… not something you want to do all the time, but in a pinch a great way to render a CD/DVD unreadable)