Bring on da noise

“My friend has a baby. I’m recording all the noises he makes so later I can ask him what he meant.” – Stephen Wright

Do you remember those posters that looked like seemingly white noise back in about the 1980’s or ‘90s. They looked static-y snow patterns seen on some channel-less TV sets but if you stared at one hard enough and long enough you were supposed to see a picture emerge from confusing array of random patterns. I could never get them to work. No matter how long I looked at one nothing came to me.

Last week I covered a women’s volleyball game at the University of the Pacific’s Spanos Center. It was a “Pacific Plays Pink” match in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink was in fashion for the night. The Pacific Dancers wore pink, Pacific’s student fans the Orange Army, wore pink, even the mascot PowerCat was clad in a pink jersey. Strangely enough the only pink adorning the Pacific players were their shoelaces.

Before the start of the match the video scoreboard was projecting the same between-the-channels TV snow pattern. Although there were plenty of other colors dotted through the screen, overall it had a slight pinkish hue to it in honor of the night’s theme. Still it looked like on of those posters with the confusing patterns. True to form, I still couldn’t make out any pictures in all the noise.

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