SVT Bass Amp Even though the name implies a vacuum tube, the SVT I mostly played was a solid-state rig -- the SVT 400T. This was altogether a different beast from the old-school SVT. My amp had a steady sound with the right kind of growl to punch through. I bought this amp brand new around 1990 and it made it through many crazy Nirvana shows. It survived to where I used it on the entire Nevermind recording. Today the amp is a museum piece at the EMP in Seattle. It was pretty worn out by the time we finished the album, and we wound up selling so many records, I bought a new amp! My 400T took many falls off the top of a speaker cabinet but kept right on playing. It could manage a two ohm load and put out enough wattage to power two 2 X 15 cabinets. I remember a show at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor that was so hot, sweaty and beer soaked the amp went thermal and shut off. A few minutes later it cooled off enough and restarted.
I don't know if the vacuum version of the SVT could have held up as much? I used them though, mostly when we were renting gear overseas. I played an old, tube SVT at the Nevermind 20 year benefit concert at the EMP last year. At sound check I knew how to dial it in - press the heavy bass button, dump the midrange then dial in the high end to get the punch. I like these amps as you can hear the tubes blossom.
SVT Synthetic Vision Technology I have been a pilot for ten years now. I learned to fly on the old fashioned "steam gauges". Those were the analog days, but unlike the debate in music between the merits of analog v. digital, the issue is settled with the benefits of digital and avionics. I love my Garmin G1000 in my Cessna 182T. The craft practically will fly itself and all the pilot has to do most of the time is manage the information system. I recently splurged and upgraded the avionics to include the SVT system. (Here's a video of me flying with the upgrade.)
One of my checklist items on final approach, when I have the field in actual sight, is to turn off the SVT. It shows the runway on short final, and it tends to pop up on the panel. Watching airspeed just before the flare / landing is crucial and it helps not to have a busy panel image flashing in your face.
I think the SVT would be priceless in a forced landing situation at night or in IMC. It could steer you away from hills and other obstacles.
At times the IFR environment can get busy, and anything that lightens the load can help safe flying. That said, nothing beats flying by the rules, along published procedures, or if the weather is so bad - don't fly at all.
STV Single Transferable Vote This method of elections is at the center of my political work. It is the kind of proportional representation (PR) I want to see more of in the United States. (Check out the great YouTube demonstration of how it works.)
STV was introduced in the US over one hundred years ago and gained traction in the progressive era. Like non-partisan ballots and open-primaries, STV was a reform that took on the problems of political machines and bossism in the single-member district or ward. It did so by offering voters the opportunity to choose multiple candidates that win seats in multi-member districts. Voters rank candidates in order of preference. Parties would nominate their candidates - but voters could choose the candidates they preferred regardless of party. You could choose candidates of various parties or even independents!
STV gained a lot of traction mostly in the major cites of Ohio. New York City used the system also. The Oregon State constitution was amended to explicitly accommodate it.
The system worked really well and the party bosses hated it. This meant there was a repeal on the ballot in these jurisdictions almost every year STV was in use. The insiders also tried to sue, but the courts have found it constitutional.
It was in the civil rights era and the Red Scare which created the conditions that brought down STV. Since it gave a voice to minorities, more blacks were getting elected. This caused "whisper" campaigns about the need to dump STV. In NYC, a couple of communists were elected and that gave opponents an opening. Like throwing boiled spaghetti against a wall, opponents lobbed anything they could against this reform to see what would stick. It was called Mussolini voting, or Stalin voting. The criticisms mounted in the ugly environment of racial tensions and nationalistic paranoia. STV ultimately fell in most places in the US except Cambridge Massachusetts, where it's still used today. Minneapolis just started using it for some elections though!
There's a derivative of STV called Ranked Choice Voting (among other titles). Those who are interested in promoting this reform, need to be aware of the history of preferential ballots in the USA and how over the top some critics can be.
No election system is perfect but the Single Transferable Vote is a sophisticated vote counting method that provides voters wide open choices. STV accommodates political association at no expense to independent minded voters. It takes the power away from the partisan gerrymanders aligned with the new political party / super PAC machines to put it where it belongs - in the hands of voters.
So there you have it! Three areas of my life with similar initials. Thanks for reading my blog.
For more information on history of the Single Transferable Vote, check out the source I used in this post --- Proportional Representation & Election Reform in Ohio K. L. Barber, Ohio State University Press ISBN 0-8142-0660-3