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How To: Excabulate Your Pondrefact

Regular readers of Sippican Cottage know it’s all about the cutting edge here. Tech, tech, tech. So today we turn our attention to the thorny procedure for properly excabulating your pondrefact. Let’s dive in, right after I write “form factor” a couple times. I’m not sure why I just wrote “form factor,” because “form factor” just means “size,” but I’m in the Tech Union of Reporters and Drudges, (TURD) and I’m required to write “form factor” instead of “size” all over the place. Which begs the question; why doesn’t anyone know what “begs the question” means anymore, or how to spell “its”? And what’s with all the “quotation marks”?

Of course if you have an iHassle, your pondrefact is bound to be based on a SnowWeasel entabulating fissile, and you’re going to need more than a firm grip to get at it; you’re going to need an iDriver.Unsure if you’re using an iYapple product? There’s two ways of identifying the product without an owner’s manual. First, look in your wallet. If there’s any folding money left in there, you’ve probably got a MicroSauce. If you don’t have a wallet, or if you have a wallet with velcro on it and keep it in your front pocket, you have a Linus. Another way to determine what kind of rig you’ve got is to check the power supply:

If you see something that looks like this, you have an oak baseboard, and ungrounded wiring even though there’s a three prong outlet. Also, your painter has delirium tremens and no dropcloth, and the crazy lady that used to live there put a piece of wallpaper over the hole the drunk electrician made in 1957 when he first tried to chop a hole in the baseboard and then realized there was a steam pipe in there. Never mind all that; the power supply’s white, and Steve Jobster loves that shite. It’s an iHassle

Luckily Steve Jobster has already thought of everything, at least as far as billing goes, and there’s a iWebsty you can access on the Intertunnel. (or if you’re older than 40, you can just turn it on and look at it instead of “accessing” it) If you’re using one of MicroSauce’s old viewers to look for the iDriver, because the lithium/paxil battery in your iHassle is dead and you can’t even spot a seam, never mind a screw, goddamnit, don’t despair. Just “M”power your CuRT and transNavigate to the caramel button on the iDriver at the iWebsty.

OK, now press the caramel button that looks like a Sesame Street manhole cover. Everything you’ve ever done, seen, or mumbled to yourself will immediately be uploaded to an NSA computer in a bunker in Montana, and if you have a credit card on file at iYapple, it’s going to get more exercise than a crack-addled triathlete. Never fear though; bin Laden’s dead, and they’ve already kicked in the door of that guy that uploaded The King’s Speech to the Pirate Bay, so the entire NSA’s  hanging around doing nothing right about now. Just call them up and ask them what iTeration of the iHassle you’re running. If you’re using a MicroSauced product, you can skip the call to the NSA and just look for a big, metal plate riveted to the back of the box near the fan that sucks up all the dust bunnies and hurls them at your fatherboard. The fatherboard can be identified by the scorchmarks around the processor from trying to play videogames with all the shaders enabled, and the four cracks in it from the big metal plate’s rivets sticking through the case.

Alrighty then, now that we know what we’re running, lets look around the back and locate the pixel reservoir. Just follow the silver wire until you smell pixels. If you’re new to Tech Tock, we’ve discussed pixel odor at some length; but if you want to jump right in, they smell vaguely like radons, carbon credits, or the fellow in the last cubicle with the ponytail and the blotchy skin that wears sandals and doesn’t trim his toenails much.

Great. Now on to the exasoperating system you’re running. Look for the place the cable company still owns somewhere in your house. You’ll find one of three transmogrifiers, depending on your exasoperating system. It’ll be one of these three types:

On the left is the MicroSauce compatible innerface. The lights flash on the front to attract the attention of Walmart shoppers, but they don’t mean anything, so forget them. On the right is a rare black iInterface, but it’s all swoopy and curvy and falls off the table top a lot from lack of friction, so you know it’s a iYapple. The middle one is a Linus. It’s all about the command line, baby! OK, now let’s get to the meat of the process — the pondrefact:

That’s a pondrefact in the classic configuration. The pixels are routed by political affiliation. All the blogposts accusing the current president of being a secret Moslem Kenyan smoker are emitted through the red pixelpipes, the Twitter streams of pictures of the last president with a Hitler mustache are blasted through the blue tubes. It’s all about the tubes, people.

Alrighty, now reach in past the fan motor or the iSink and dust off the bolts on the pondrefact:

Now, replace the crystals with carbon-neutral lodestones or one of those black toenail things with all the memory in it.

Voila! Your pondrefact is now excabulated. Now you can get back to writing your sparkly vampire fanfiction and writing mock reviews of three wolf t-shirts on Amazon without fear of a breakdown.

16 Responses

  1. I had similar results with a turbo encabulator: I frapped the delf nozzle onto the slophose with a number six banana stone, romped the sfetzer valve under the Drump whatchel crimp, swaged the prober grocket flounce antispinward, and flattered it against the grain pretty much by ear with a three-inch holsapple tap-reamer. At that point, gravity takes over and you're all set.

  2. I read somewhere given enough time and a keyboard, stir-crazy monkeys would produce something much like this.

  3. What are you, nuts or something? The monkeys are skilled labor around here, and they're making the furniture. I write the blogposts and mop the floor all by myself, thank you very much.

  4. Now if you really want to get fancy, just attach one of these doohickeys to your iYapple, and it'll handle your innerfacing, wipe your memory to a sparkling shine, and excabulate your pondrefact using only the microtouch moleskine tip (so you don't have to worry about stirring up all that dust and possibly exciting the bunnies). And did I mention, it's a big hit with the ladies!

  5. Hay, man, could you sell me some of what you're smokin', man. I mean, you're SMOKIN'! You make the Turboencapsuator look like stone-age tech, cause you got the stoned-age TECH! The GOOD stuff.

  6. "I write the blogposts and mop the floor all by myself, thank you very much."

    Typing with prehensile thing emerging from you butt emplacement no doubt.

  7. Well in the spirit of this post: Installation of NEMA 5-15R GFCI duplex in place of the standard NEMA 1-15 where no equipment bonding means exist, is apparently compliant with the latest promulgation from the NFPA. As is installation of standard NEMA 5-15R duplex recepticles when protected upstream by GFCI device. Both situations must be marked as protected and "no equipment ground". This approach is generally less destructive to the fabric than retrofit of effective safety-ground current paths to the service entrance.

  8. @Jean: It's called a mIgrain, and it's specific to receiving this kind of information in too large a dose.

  9. @misterarthur they are the water distribution system. supply at the top each place using something coming out the side. red hot blue cold. each line has it's own cutoff so the whole house is not out of water.

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