Journeyman's Toolbox
“Desenrasca & cunha” or the Portuguese way of getting things done.

It’s no secret I’m Portuguese and also live in Portugal, I love my country, it has good things,  bad things and the so called “desenrasca” type of things.

“Desenrasca” is a very typical Portuguese thing, there is a
wiki page for it so it’s no joke of mine. In Portugal most people are like mini MacGyvers, in fact maybe that’s why the TV series had so many fans around here, now don’t get me wrong I love the way we find solutions to problems in a pinch but “desenrasca” can be a pain if you need to follow rules at work.

I’ll give an example without names, a Portuguese company needs supplies, so they call diferent companies, find the best prices and after that they’ll have 30 or more supliers to organize so it’s a big mess, “desenrasca” will get called to get the things done and it will end in a logistics mess that will not save time or money because it will go to overtime payments.

In countries without “desenrasca” the company will call one logistic supplier and they will take care of all, so no mess in the end.

You forget your documents at home but need to enter a ID checking area, no problem! You’ll try to use “desenrasca” in every way possible to access the place! Portuguese style!

Your car brakes in the middle of the road, no problem…just leave it there and call the mechanics later, even if it’s in the highway!

Need road directions? Stop in the middle of a busy street, leave the car and ask for directions!

Now “cunha” its a piece of wood to keep a door in it’s place, no it’s not corruption, it’s a “cunha”!
In Portugal if you need work, you can use a “cunha” in the company you want to get a job.
A friend will say good things of you to the boss, enters the “cunha”.
“Cunha” opens doors, finds good deals, but it’s not corruption because no money changes hands. “Cunha is a favor that someone will collect later.

“Deserasca” and “cunha” are typical of Portugal and why we have a really bad reputation tor many outsiders, but if you are Portuguese they are like Porto Wine or pasteis de Belém.

RuTracker forum under heavy DDOS attack.

Yep, their forums are under heavy attack. Would be nice to know the source of this attack.

Got one of these…Had a bad taste of Asus sometime ago, hope to have better luck now.
It’t fast compared with my now ancient BQ. 
I’ll use it as a backup.

The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch)

Funny business meeting illustrating how hard it is for an engineer to fit into the corporate world! Starring: Orion Lee, James Marlowe, Abdiel LeRoy, Ewa Wojcik, Tatjana Sendzimir

Written & Directed by Lauris Beinerts
Based on a short story “The Meeting” by Alexey Berezin
Produced by Connor Snedecor & Lauris Beinerts
Director of Photography: Matthew Riley
Sound Recordist: Simon Oldham
Production Designer: Karina Beinerte
1st Assistant Director: James Hanline
Make-up Artist: Emily Russell
Editor: Connor Snedecor
Sound Designer: James Bryant
Colourist: Janis Stals
Animator: Benjamin Charles


What could be cooler than to have my new U-Turn Audio Orbit turntable show up 3 months after Christmas… the week of my birthday! LOL good things come to those who wait ;) On top of that… I got my new Vinyl Me Please edition for March! So not only did I get my new table but I have some new music to spin on it as well!

This table is nearly non-music-person proof LOL. opening the box reveals… the acrylic platter… yummy. Below that, the misc. goodies, RCA’s and the drive belt. Below that is the table assembly complete with twisty tie to secure the tone arm to its rest. Stupid Simple baby, doesn’t get better than this. Pull the goodies out and un-bag them, place the platter on the spindle, thread the belt on being careful not to stretch it, and we’re almost ready to go. I tell you what finding a spacer to get my digital gram scale level with the top of the platter was the most trouble. I checked and set the balance to 2g which is the recommended tracking force for the included AT95e cartridge. I actually have one of these but don’t think it’s ever seen any play time so I will go ahead and break in the new cart to give it a listen as shipped. Once it has some hours on it I will definitely pull my AT440MLa and transplant that to the new table. 

At first blush, with about 1 hour on it now, as I write this I am quite pleased with the sound coming out of my system. The thing I notice above all else is the much quieter presentation vs. my Audio Technica table. The AT has quite a bit of rumble, the U-Turn doesn’t suffer from that at all. I’m impressed with the AT95e, this is a very well behaved cart for having no hours on it, sounds really respectable out of the box. I checked the tone arm alignment and it was close enough that I didn’t feel any need to try to improve upon it. Playing records confirms that setup out of the box was indeed good to go.

Once things have had a chance to settle and the cart has about 20 hours or so on it I will likely post an update.

Dare I say, as things stand right at this moment… this turntable is a fantastic value, out of the box your average Joe would be spinning LP’s in 15minutes assuming the turntable was the only missing element. I’m not talking about JUST playing records, but being able to really enjoy the experience. Do I sound snobby yet? LOL As I prepare to flip another LP I am quite simply tickled with this turntable’s performance. I look forward to writing the update after living with it for a while.

enjoy the music my friends


Everyone seems to love the Black Widow from the Avengers movie series, but to be honest, I don’t understand it. Out of all the characters, she’s my least favorite. Actually, to be quite honest, I hate her. I find her obnoxious, boring, and fake. Oh, yes, it’s cool that there’s a bad-ass female on…

Read the comics. 
I like her because she is independent, strong and smart. Lies are her work she’s a spy after all! Anyway the movies don’t make justice to her.


About my last link…

"Lossless compressed FLAC can reduce the file size by 50 to 60% by removing unnecessary data, such as sounds at frequencies that aren’t audible to the human ear" 

This is wrong, it doesn’t actually remove stuff, it’s lossless after-all. Flac compresses audio files it doesn’t remove data. 
Maybe I’m wrong and there is a new type of FLAC, this stuff is always changing.



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