Yes, Dear Students, Gremlins are Real

I encountered a gremlin today and have gained a new respect for these angry creatures. This one was accompanied by an angry electrical field and was determined to protect my wife from the videos she was watching on Roku.

She has not bothered my wife when she reads on her Kindle, but emotional movies on Roku really disturb her. I have not taken her in session yet, but got her to calm down while I got the Roku system working again.

Gremlins really came into the spotlight in World War II when the number of sophisticated electrical and electronic devices multiplied a thousandfold. There were so many unexplained failures observed that someone assigned a name to the source of the failures.

I have seen a similar effect in design labs where some analog designs just would not work until someone with great intention would make one work and after that there would be no trouble.

If you look at the origin of this name, you will see that it is derived from a word meaning anger. It is an apt definition as I was able to detect this being by the angry field it produced.

1. a mischievous invisible being, said by airplane pilots in World War II to cause engine trouble and mechanical difficulties.
2. any cause of trouble, difficulties, etc., especially in a mechanical, electrical, or other system:

Of unknown origin. Speculations in Barnhart are a possible dialectal survival of Old English gremman “to anger, vex” + the -lin of goblin ; or Irish gruaimin “bad-tempered little fellow.”

Gremlins, of course, are just spiritual beings who have the ability to influence electrical systems. They respond to SRT processing like any other spiritual being.

When I get the chance to chat with this particular gremlin, I will share her story.

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