Saturday, April 26, 2014

War of the Ants

TV noise is a fun reference for the Aether medium.
See post: Spiraling Figure 8

Noise, in analog video and television, is a random dot pattern of static displayed when no transmission signal is obtained by the antenna receiver of television sets and other display devices. The random pattern superimposed on the picture, visible as a random flicker of "dots" or "snow", is the result of electronic noise and radiated electromagnetic noise accidentally picked up by the antenna.

Since one impression of the "snow" is of fast-flickering black bugs on a cool white background, in Sweden, Denmark and Hungary the phenomenon is often called myrornas krig in Swedish, myrekrig in Danish, hangyák háborúja in Hungarian, and semut bertengkar in Indonesian, which translate to "War of the Ants" or sometimes hangyafoci which means "ant soccer", and in Romanian, purici, which translates into "fleas".