June 06, 2006

The number of the beast(s)

Welcome to the world, Thomas and Nathan!

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May 14, 2006

the rites turns 4

Today, the rites turns 4.

Let's celebrate in our private way.

I will do so by considering posting more often.

  :::  a Thought ritual performed at 12:00 AM  :::  


January 15, 2006

Free-to-air TV channels on PAS7/10 in South Africa

A while ago I posted a rite on how to receive Don't Panic TV, which was a channel broadcasting adult (XXX) programming to Southern Africa off PAS7/10. It was interesting, because when they weren't broadcasting shows, their encryption was off, and you could see their advertising card. Also, they came with 2 Italian music channels. Don't Panic TV are no more (for now).

However, there are a couple of free-to-air (FTA) Ku-band channels available off PAS7/10 in South Africa, as of this entry (check LyngSat for the latest details).

I've put all the settings I know about down here, with their appropriate tuning settings. Read below for directions. If the directions don't work for you, that's not my problem. Don't bother contacting me - I won't respond.

Channels available:

  • Sentech Vivid

    • SEN1-6, including Mindset Network channel 1 (education) and 2 (health), Jet TV.

    • PTV1-6 (some Nagravision-encrypted).

    • SABC1/2/3, e.tv (all Nagravision-encrypted).

    • LCN, Hope, Ps91, ITV, DTBC, God Channel, TCT, DayStar (free-to-air, religious).

    • Guide (interactive channel, probably won't work).

    • There are also some audio channels available (some free-to-air, some encrypted).

  • Botswana TV

    • BTV (free-to-air, general entertainment channel). There are multiple audio tracks on BTV, which sound like radio stations.

  • Fashion TV

    • FTV (free-to-air).

  • ManaSat

    • ManaSat 1 (religious, free-to-air, Portuguese, 2 audio tracks).

    • ManaSat 2 (religious, sometimes encrypted, Portuguese, 2 audio tracks).

  • Novacom

    • Novacom (test card).

    • DayStar, LoveWorld, God Channel (religious, free-to-air).

    • RTNC (free-to-air).

    • APNA (free-to-air).

    • BEStv (free-to-air).

    • Extreme Sports (free-to-air).


  1. Using your remote control, press MENU.

  2. Now select ADVANCED OPTIONS, and press OK.

  3. Now select LNB CONFIGURATION, and press OK.

  4. Select LNB 1 SETUP, and press OK.

  5. Verify that LNB HI FREQUENCY is 10700. If it isn't, change it to 10700, and select ACCEPT THESE SETTINGS.

  6. Press EXIT.

  7. Now select DISH INSTALLATION, and press OK.

  8. Enter the PIN number 9949.

  9. Now select NETWORK CONFIGURATION and press OK.

  10. Select each network setup from this screen, and enter the settings as below.

    • The first option is only there for reference. You should not change settings in the home network.

    • At each point, you may wish to select VIEW SIGNAL STRENGTH to check if that signal is valid for your installation.

    • Select ACCEPT THESE SETTINGS for each network setup when you are done.

  11. If your decoder does not give you any options and goes straight to the parameter input menu then you have a decoder with old software. You will only be able to have either DStv or another FTA bouquet, one at a time.

Network setup details:

  • Network 1 Setup (home) [DStv South Africa @ PAS 7/10]

    1. Signal Setup: Enabled

    2. Orbital Position: PAS7/10

    3. Use NIT: Yes

    4. Frequency: 10970

    5. Symbol Rate: 30000

    6. Polarisation: Vertical

    7. FEC: 5/6

  • Network 2 Setup [Sentech Vivid bouquet @ PAS 7/10]

    1. Signal Setup: Enabled

    2. Orbital Position: PAS7/10

    3. Use NIT: Yes

    4. Frequency: 11170

    5. Symbol Rate: 266652

    6. Polarisation: Vertical

    7. FEC: 5/6

  • Network 3 Setup [BTV @ PAS 7/10]

    1. Signal Setup: Enabled

    2. Orbital Position: PAS7/10

    3. Use NIT: Yes

    4. Frequency: 11625

    5. Symbol Rate: 15000

    6. Polarisation: Vertical

    7. FEC: 2/3

  • Network 4 Setup [FTV @ PAS 7/10]

    1. Signal Setup: Enabled

    2. Orbital Position: PAS7/10

    3. Use NIT: Yes

    4. Frequency: 12722

    5. Symbol Rate: 26657

    6. Polarisation: Horizontal

    7. FEC: 2/3

  • Network 5 Setup [ManaSat @ PAS 7/10]

    1. Signal Setup: Enabled

    2. Orbital Position: PAS7/10

    3. Use NIT: Yes

    4. Frequency: 12577

    5. Symbol Rate: 3378

    6. Polarisation: Vertical

    7. FEC: 3/4

  • Network 6 Setup [Novacom @ PAS 7/10]

    1. Signal Setup: Enabled

    2. Orbital Position: PAS7/10

    3. Use NIT: Yes

    4. Frequency: 12682

    5. Symbol Rate: 26657

    6. Polarisation: Horizontal

    7. FEC: 1/2


  1. Now press EXIT and go to the DISH INSTALLATION menu again.


  3. Your decoder will now attempt to scan and add all the channels.

  4. Once it has tuned and returned to normal viewing mode, press the TV button to display the bouquet list.

  5. Select the last option (Public PAS7/10).

  6. You are now in the public TV bouquet. Scroll through the available channels, which will appear in the order of network setup (DStv test channels, Sentech channels, BTV, FTV, ManaSat, Novacom).

  7. Pressing the AUDIO button will switch to the public audio bouquet. You may find many South African radio stations here.


  1. Some of these channels are encrypted.

  2. There's really nothing here for free worth more than you're paying for it. :) You'll see that if you want premium channels, your DStv subscription is the way to go.

  3. Your installation may not be capable of tuning into these settings.

  4. Do this while watching an decrypted channel on DStv (e.g. channel 4).

  5. You need to have your smart card inserted.

  6. To enter a 4-digit symbol rate, place the cursor on the line, press the 0 (zero) key on your remote control, then press OK, then enter the 4 digit number, then press OK.

  7. These settings work for me, on my Dual View decoder, as of this date.

  8. If they don't work on your decoder, that's your problem, not mine.

  9. If you mess up your decoder, that's your problem, not mine. Select RESET TO FACTORY DEFAULTS and reboot.

  :::  a TV ritual performed at 03:00 PM  :::  


More TV is never a bad thing

Africa's only pay-TV network, DStv could face competition for the first time this year if an application for a rival continent-wide station based in Botswana gets the go-ahead.

The venture, which would be called Black Entertainment Satellite Television or BEStv, would initially offer viewers between five and ten channels and cost less than R100 a month.

Andrew Jones, spokesperson for the venture, said once in place, the company planned to upgrade to a service that would offer viewers a sampling of between 100 and 300 new channels not available on DStv with no significant rate increase.

"How we will do it and what exactly we will offer remains of course a trade secret. However, we are 100 percent confident that what we want to do can be done," he said in statement.

It's that use of the word 'sampling', and the fact that I know what it takes to put one single channel on air, that makes me slightly suspicious of their claims of "between 100 and 300 new channels"...

  :::  a TV ritual performed at 12:35 PM  :::  


January 14, 2006

GLA - loud and discredited

It's amazing how much press coverage an utterly discredited organisation can garner.

David has some more snippets/comments about the GLA.

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January 12, 2006

Release of Psi-0.10

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January 11, 2006

Happy psychadelic birthday!

So, two cool people share their birthday today. Albert Hofmann, father of LSD (turns 100), and me (turns 32).

  :::  a Surf ritual performed at 08:32 AM  :::  


January 01, 2006

ritual salutations

Go on. Perform a New Year rite. You know you want to.

  :::  a Thought ritual performed at 12:00 AM  :::  


December 25, 2005

Family Christmas

Spent Christmas with family this year, for the first time in a couple of years. Wasn't as bad as I thought it might be.

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November 25, 2005


About a month ago, I had lunch with 2 friends, and got this bill. I should have made it into a rite then, but you know how it is.

Note the 5th line item.

I'm not going to say who exactly had that item, but the person who did reports it was delicious and refreshing!

Babylon Again bill

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November 21, 2005


"The probable answer lies in one of Google's underground parking garages in Mountain View. There, in a secret area off-limits even to regular GoogleFolk, is a shipping container. But it isn't just any shipping container."

  :::  a Surf ritual performed at 11:10 AM  :::  


November 16, 2005

DStv PVR released

The DStv PVR has been released. RRP of R2999. Monthly subscription fee of R449.

  :::  a TV ritual performed at 09:43 AM  :::  


November 15, 2005

Reefers and roach clips and papers and rollers

Reefers and roach clips and papers and rollers
Cocaine and procaine for twenty year molars
Reds and peyote to work out your bugs
These are a few of my favorite drugs.

Uppers and downers and methedrine freakout
Take some amphetamines, watch your brains leak out
Acid and mescaline pull out your plugs
These are a few of my favorite drugs.

Backs that are perfect for carrying monkeys
Users of heroin, often called junkies
Methadone helps then to stop being thugs
Takes them off one of my favorite drugs.

On a bad trip
When the cops come
When I lose my head
I simply take more of my favorite drugs
And then I'm not sad -- I'm dead!

-- "My Favorite Drugs," to the tune of "My Favorite Things"

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November 11, 2005

BEEP. You may now commence bonking...

A friend of mine is trying to begin a 9 month journey of baby making. Well, 5 minutes or so of baby making, and 9 months of baby growing.

She's just told me that she uses an online service that very conveniently notifies her on her PDA when it's time to, uh, maximise her conception chances. (As you can see, those 5 minutes have to be extremely well-timed.) Her RO has started to love the sound of the beep.

I'm wondering if she's going to call the kid Blackberry.

  :::  a Thought ritual performed at 06:33 PM  :::  


In the company (or not) of hotties

You'd think that in a large company, such as the one in which I work, there would be a decent number of hot men at which you could look. You would think this, given statistical likelihood.

You would be wrong.

I can count on one hand (haha) the number of men rated as above a 6, that I've seen. And they're all 7s. There seems to be a complete dearth of 8s or above.

Present company excluded, of course.

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