The Eighties Need Some Fixing

If you had control, what would have been your perfect Eighties TV show? I'd go for KITT and Patrica McPherson from Knight Rider, teamed up with MacGyver instead of D.H. Bonnie is a hacker and gets some real dialogue, and KITT is the ambivalent cyberpunkish AI in the background. The setting is Earth and sometimes the secret base, Battlestar Galactica, hidden cleverly on the backside of the moon opposite a nuclear dump, whose explosion (caused by MacGyver with a piece of bubblegum) blasts the moon on a journey through the galaxy after a breathtaking cliffhanger at the end of the first season. The bad guys are played by Nimoy and Landau, while KITT may or may not be pulled over to the dark side by Matt Frewer. At the end of the second season (that's the one in space), McPherson disapears under mysterious circumstances, and is replaced for one season by Jessica Steen, who has been heroically saved by MacGyver from an annoying life among alien robots. The title theme is of course from Doctor Who. ... See! It's so easy to come up with good ideas. Why didn't they record a show like that 20 years ago, hm?

And look! I found another thing from the eighties(?) that needs fixing, my old harmonica. Sorry harmonica, this blog category is labled Hacks, and this means I have to take something apart, and this time it's you. I found it again in a box and (despite never having learned how to play) I tried to elicit some notes. Turns out that some notes didn't sound anymore. At least not more than a faint eep. Bummer.

But since we live in the age where information's at your fingertips, I go check out a webpage by a harmonica enthusiast and am told that the problem's obviously due to the reed gaps being to wide. Of course! It's that obvious! ... Alright. ... What are reed gaps? Only one way to find out. >:-) \*Takes out Swiss army knife\*

Look, reeds! And gaps! Everywhere! So what I learned this weekend was: The perfect reed gap must be as wide as its reed is thick. It may be a fraction wider if you play loud, and a trifle less, if you play softly. Also I learned that the reeds on the outside produce most of the sound when you inhale, and the ones on the inside when you exhale. Oh, and if the base is on the right side, and the high notes on the left, the cover is the wrong way round. >:-) \*Takes out Swiss army knife again\*

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