Are you enjoying Mass for Shut-ins? I hope you are. I'm adding "Minicasts" to the menu – little segments that aren't enough to make a whole episode out of, but interesting enough to pass 3 to 7 minutes of your time pleasurably. No production (music, intro, etc). Just a quick hit of the stuff you like.

They won't be on a regular schedule; they'll happen when the need and opportunity arise. If the full podcast episodes are too long for your liking, give these a shot. The first minicast is on the scary tones of the Emergency Broadcast System. Subscribe and you'll never miss one.

7 thoughts on “SNIPPETS”

  • I have to say I don't listen to it. I read much faster than people talk. I like your articles. I like your blog. I don't much listen to podcasts. They're not for me.

    But clearly people like them so go for it.

  • I liked the minicast. I still have a copy of the false ballistic missile alert on my cell. It was pretty upsetting. And the accounts that came out from interviews during the investigation were almost as bad.

    The cell alert system is eerie. It's gone off here a few times (hooray, I live on an active active volcano in the path of hurricanes and work in the tsunami inundation zone). It's not simultaneous. It's sort of staggered over a couple minutes. One goes, then a couple more, then the rest.

  • I enjoyed the Minicast – I have had the cellphone alert pop off for a Tornado warning, I was freaked out and a little angry "I thought I set you to VIBRATE … I just can't TRUST you (to be quiet)".

    I'm looking forward to you blogging again at some point.
    The general insanity level of events just keeps escalating and warrants a Gin & Tacos response.

  • 853 Hz and 960 Hz were chosen, apparently, because of the annoyance factor, but like Touch-Tone (the Bell System trademark for DTMF – dual-tone multi-frequency signalling), they were automatically decoded by stations down the line from the originating point.

    The older CONELRAD markings on AM radio dials were, depending on what you read, either mandated or provided voluntarily by radio makers between 1953 and 1963 and marked 640 and 1240 kHz where you would tune if there were an actual CONELRAD situation. This was done so that Soviet bombers could not home in on known broadcast towers in major cities. Before CONELRAD was even completely implemented, ICBMs would deliver the nukes and the idea that turning off all the radio stations would have any effect was no longer actually useful. The "CD" marks on dials are useful for dating older radios if you are a collector, though, but beware that there are plenty of radios made after 1963 that still have the marks!

    Don't play this on live TV or radio:

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