I know that we have TV stations, actual buildings where the broadcast originates, and if you're not getting a clear signal on a radio frequency you might say "try another channel" on a walkie-talkie. But when it comes to the device in your home and you want to alter the signal coming in, you "change the channel" on the TV and you "change the station" on the radio. Why these terms for these devices?
posted by Pastor of Muppets
on Apr 11, 2013 -
Is it feasible to get from Edinburgh airport to Waverley Station in an hour and fifteen minutes? We're arriving on a flight from the Republic of Ireland. Perfectly happy to pay whatever is necessary. [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch
on Jul 15, 2012 -
Trying to remember a sitcom from the early 1980s about the "world's smallest television station." Was it real or did I just dream it up? [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus
on May 7, 2012 -
To my dismay I'm aging. Need a desk and chair recommendation. A combo to accommodate my creaking body and long hours I spend at computer designing/writing. [more inside]
posted by zenpop
on Feb 2, 2012 -
Interested in BMW 3-series station wagon. Torn between new ($46,000) vs used ($26,000, 2006, 90,000 km). Which is better value in the long term? I intend to drive it for 10+ years, if not into the ground. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan
on Jan 10, 2012 -
Best SEPTA Regional Rail station to park at or nearby Friday night to Saturday afternoon? Needs to be on Manayunk/Norristown or Paoli/Thorndale Line. Looking for stations that have either pretty easy parking or available street parking within a five minute walk.
posted by sandmanwv
on Nov 3, 2011 -
I may purchase some train tickets that would have me staying at Cologne Hauptbahnhof from 0200-0600 early on a Saturday morning in August - is this a horrible idea, or might it actually be a positive experience as layovers go? [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on May 27, 2011 -
Every time I take the train, just before leaving or entering the station, all the lights go out and it seems like the ventilation shuts off too. A couple minutes later everything comes on again. Why does it do that?
posted by Sully
on Dec 17, 2010 -
When I was a teenager in the 1980's, I noticed that if I turned the radio dial on my FM radio all the way to the end, I picked up this weird transmission of repeating tones. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus
on Jul 23, 2010 -
Twofold question: I have a 4 hour train layover at Union Station in Washington DC Saturday morning. What can I do while I'm there and how can I do it? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts
on May 6, 2010 -
I'm looking for a high quality online radio station that plays Johann Johannsson, Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds, Stafraen Hakon, Yann Tiersen, Sigur Ros, and the like? [more inside]
posted by jonj
on Mar 28, 2010 -
I'm working on a project where I need photo and video reference of a large split-flap display in action, like those old Solari departure boards that used to grace train stations and airports. Where can I still find one in use? High quality video or film references would also be welcome (like if you can think of an old movie where these are featured in action). [more inside]
posted by mboszko
on Mar 25, 2010 -
When I was in Japan about ten years ago, I recall seeing a movie on the VHS rental racks about a guy working at a remote train station, possibly in the north of Japan? I seem to recall that the cover/poster had the station agent standing in a snowfall, and I think he was played by a much-loved actor, but I can't recall the title or the actor. I believe it's a dramatic film from the mid-to-late 1990s. Does this description ring any bells? I'd like to finally see it.
posted by ktoad
on Feb 2, 2010 -
Where can I listen to Japanese train and bus station melodies and onboard announcements, preferably without installing RealPlayer? My previous go-to archive is 404ing. My Japanese is mediocre but good enough to help me navigate sites.
posted by avocet
on Dec 25, 2009 -
Does the Nashville Greyhound station have lockers?
posted by ITheCosmos
on Sep 2, 2009 -
Please help me find a software program that will maintain an inventory and checkout process for a public TV station. [more inside]
posted by miltoncat
on Jul 17, 2009 -
When I was a child there used to be cryptic messages on BBC Radio Four between the news and weather etc. that were weird and cryptic (as in they shouldn't have been on mainstream radio), but dull - stuff like "Mrs. Smith from Doncaster needs to contact her family in Hull".
I have been told they were used for spies to communicate - does anyone know any more about this? I think it's something like those code words
on the Tube that get announced if there's something going on.
And numbers stations of course!
posted by debord
on Jun 4, 2009 -
Trying to find "internet radio station in a box". It is a audio CD set that includes sweeps, liners, and buildable station IDs. I had a bookmark for it until my laptop went up in flames, now I cant find the site to buy it from... Help?
posted by er1c
on May 2, 2009 -
ParisFilter: what is the best way to get from the Gare d'Austerlitz to Orly Sud? [more inside]
posted by fantine
on Feb 24, 2009 -
What's up with the "weather station" in Tecopa, CA? And why did it threaten to shoot me? [more inside]
posted by abirae
on Dec 12, 2008 -
Please help me turn a Windows XP machine into a public listening station to show off our library's music CD collection. Kinda long, sorry [more inside]
posted by Rykey
on Oct 13, 2008 -
I've got a publication I'd like convenience stores and others to sell. How do i get them to do that, and what kind of financial arrangements are involved? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy
on Aug 5, 2008 -
How are the distances between stations on the DC Metro website calculated? They do not appear to be tunnel, walking/driving, or even straight-line (great circle) distances. [more inside]
posted by thrako
on Jul 6, 2008 -
How do I set up a server to stream media ? A client has contacted us about developing a website with a streaming TV station and a streaming radio station. [more inside]
posted by asnowballschance
on May 3, 2008 -
What's the name of that American TV show where a woman draped the American flag into a stunning dress without cutting it, and did the photo shoot inside Grand Central Station? [more inside]
posted by russ9595
on Mar 11, 2008 -
I'm looking for the audio equivalent of YouTube. That is, where can I post and share radio interviews at no cost? [more inside]
posted by jurczyk
on Feb 18, 2008 -
Will an Oregon Scientific Weather, Temperature and Humidity Station be able to receive the Atomic Clock signal if it is used in Toronto?
posted by 543DoublePlay
on Dec 2, 2007 -
i'm looking for recommendations for good brands or distributors of home weather station equipment. [more inside]
posted by klanawa
on Oct 4, 2007 -
On the London Underground, on the Central line, why does the train sometimes jolt as if it's lost power for a second as it's leaving the station? [more inside]
posted by chrismear
on Jan 29, 2007 -
Are there any radio stations that can be heard in the SF Bay Area that play similar music style to STAR 98.7 in L.A.? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4
on Jun 1, 2006 -
I want to buy a used station wagon in Los Angeles, California. I'm a Japanese car guy through and through but I can't seem to find anything that's not too old. There are a few Saturns, though. I heard they're alright. Are Saturn cars actually any good? [more inside]
posted by redteam
on Aug 3, 2005 -
Is my laptop (win xp) using the wifi or ethernet cable connection when I plug it back into the docking station after having worked wirelessly? [more inside]
posted by alball
on Apr 19, 2005 -
After spending most of the morning trying to get decent web coverage of the space launch, I must ask: what are some reliable Internet news radio stations?
posted by casarkos
on Jun 21, 2004 -
How many TV stations are there nationwide? ABC, NBC, FOX etc. have different listings for each market and would therefore be a seperate station to work for. Bonus for who has the best looking news anchor in your market.
posted by brent
on Jun 10, 2004 -