What links the Friends fountain and The Omega Man.

Yup bizarro random fact time…

What links the fountain in the opening sequence of “Friends” and the 1971 apocalyptic Sci-Fi flick “The Omega Man”?

let’s dispel the myth of the fountain in “Friends” opening sequence being one of the fountains in Central Park.. It’s not.

Central Park Bethesda fountain…

Central Park Cherry Hill fountain…

“Friends” Fountain

The fountain in “Friends” is on the Warner Bros ranch in Burbank, California, some way from New York.

in The Omega Man, Robert Neville’s apartment is also at the Warner Bros ranch. As can be seen in the top picture and below.

So it can clearly be seen that the fountain at Warner Bros ranch is the fountain used in Friends opening sequence, and also is in the park across the road from Robert Neville’s apartment in The Omega Man.

Now the odd thing is, at the end of The Omega Man, Robert Neville is hit by a spear and falls into the fountain in the park, but not the fountain in the picture above.

1. The fountain is far smaller.

2. The fountain is far closer to the fence than the other.

The only reason I can think for this is that maybe the real fountain was too far away to make it believable that Robert Neville could be hit by a spear thrown from his balcony, so a prop fountain was used and the real one covered up with shrub and tree camouflage.

Sega Game Gear Capacitor Change

So after having a half stripped Sega Game Gear rattling around in my work drawer for a few years, I decided it was time to order a Cap Kit and get it running in its former glory…

So as a starter, split the Game Gear in two:

Remove the metal shield overlapping the audio board:

Remove the Audio Board:

And prep for surgery. Looks like one or two of the caps on here have already been changed at some point in the past:

Game Gear Audio Board stripped of caps. Unfortunately two of the solder pads came away during the process. They are very fragile so carefully does it:

And now new caps fitted. Also ran two pieces of instrument wire to bridge the connections from the missing solder pads:

A quick test and audio from both the in-built speaker and the headphone socket is blasting out nicely.

The next step… The main board!