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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: = 404
« on: February 16, 2011, 07:04:58 PM »  is however taken...

Not that it looks at all suspicious... 

in any way...


no...  couldn't possibly be illegal.


It's not that stupid duck, is it?  The one selling insurance?  ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Cassette tapes..
« on: February 10, 2011, 08:46:07 PM »
I still have a couple big boxes of cassettes ... and I even pick up a few now and then at various thrift stores.

When I was doing my own home taping (which I don't believe is, or ever was, illegal) I used metal Type IV cassettes.  I was pretty happy with the way they sounded.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Maybe a silly question...
« on: January 28, 2011, 11:12:39 PM »
I think the sticker strip is intended to be a theft deterrent.  I generally cut it down the (unglued) middle, then carefully peel off the half-strips on the front and back pieces.  It's a bother.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum upgrade notes
« on: January 18, 2011, 09:53:28 PM »
Where am I?!  Everything looks ... different ...  ???

Hope the spam fight goes better, Mike!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: E-books in 2011
« on: January 07, 2011, 11:22:51 PM »
I wish I lived in a world where pirates ripping works and spreading them in torrents could be as much of a problem for book publishers as it is for music publishers!

I got a JetBook Lite for myself just before Christmas and I've already read more "books" on it then hard copy books in the previous 11 months.  So far all free (and all legal).  It's relatively inexpensive and has a B&W TFT LCD screen -- not E-Ink -- but it's sharp and clear, I can read for hours without eyestrain in the same chair by the same lamp that I use to read hard copy books.

To me the ultimate reading experience will always involve a hard cover book and a mug of tea, and I'm not going to stop visiting my favorite used book store, but the ereader is fun and practical.  Sales numbers for ereaders this past holiday season look good -- and may be the difference between Barnes and Noble surviving and Borders ... maybe not.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Can we have a serious talk about vinyl?
« on: December 23, 2010, 08:39:55 PM »
I agree with the current trends in mixing and remastering -- go to YouTube and search on "Loudness War."  I got Love's Forever Changes album on CD when it first came out and it sounded great -- when it was remastered and expanded I picked up another copy for the extra songs.  The remastered CD sounds terrible!  All of the subtlety is gone -- the cymbals are as loud as the drums, are as loud as the guitars, are as loud as the vocals, all the way through the album.

I started picking up LPs again a few years ago, when I got into the hobby of recording them to CD and cleaning them up in the computer.  Mostly I go to charity thrift stores, but I get to the Princeton Record Exchange a couple times a year.  The CDs sound great and I get stuff on my MP3 players that hasn't been released to CD (yet) -- or "remastered."  (And I get it pretty cheap!  ;D )

Interestingly enough, the software I use to "restore" the music has settings that emulate various vacuum tube based amplifiers, if I want to go that route.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Is everybody sick?
« on: December 16, 2010, 08:14:35 PM »
Actually, this year is the first time in ages that I didn't have my usual Thanksgiving sinusitis.  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: New Dog Story
« on: December 16, 2010, 01:31:17 AM »
Great story, Wayne, and nice job!  And Shadow says "Hi" to all of you.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Silly Question on disagreeing vs. attacking
« on: December 13, 2010, 08:37:13 PM »
I suspect some level of insecurity lies at the heart of many over-reactions.

The problem is, too many people in radio and television have learned that there's big money to be made here -- and very little to be made in promoting understanding.

And, while I find Sarah Palin attractive (as long as the television volume is turned off), sooner or later I'd have to talk to her.  I guess I need to pin my hopes on Tina Fey.

Everything and Nothing / Re: NCAA football 2010
« on: December 03, 2010, 08:27:14 PM »
I'm not a huge football fan.  Would it be okay if I listened to some Michael Garrison instead?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sitting on the job leads to earlier death
« on: November 30, 2010, 04:19:07 PM »
Back in 1983 I worked for one of the old "Ma Bell" telephone companies.  For strike duty I was assigned to a directory assistance office.  (Remember those days?  When real people handled directory assistance?)

Anyway, there was a set ratio of standing work stations to desks.  Mostly it was for people with back trouble who had trouble sitting for long periods.  It did make for a nice break.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 25, 2010, 12:37:54 AM »
Up until last year my parents and 5 brothers and sisters descended on our house for Thanksgiving.  I'm a HUGE believer in crock pots -- I'd have a power strip and four crock pots going in the basement, including a 6 quart crock pot with a turkey breast in it.  But, starting last year, my youngest sister asked if we'd mind it if she hosted Thanksgiving.  (Uhh, no-ooo, I guess not ...  ;D )

Anyway, we'll be driving -- which beats all the prep cleaning, cooking, serving, and then post-cleaning!  And if there's traffic, my family has their Ipods/MP3 players and I'll have a few CDs!

Happy Thanksgiving, all!  And drive carefully if you're on the road!

Be careful what you wish for!

My wife and kids saw the latest harry Potter movie this Saturday afternoon and loved it.  I'm actually planning to see it, but I can wait until the crowds die down.  ;)

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Hypnagogue Podcast
« on: November 18, 2010, 12:37:25 AM »
Thanks for all your work!

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Re: Low Light Mixes
« on: November 18, 2010, 12:36:12 AM »
Thanks, Dave!  They sound great!  I took the liberty of pointing some friends towards them.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Married to Ambient
« on: November 18, 2010, 12:34:22 AM »
We have the requisite suburban family: two kids, a dog, and a minivan.  We'll be driving to one of my sisters' for Thanksgiving, a trip that usually takes about three hours each way in traffic.  Last year the others in the minivan all brought their MP3 players and I burned a few CDs to listen to.  When I suggested doing the same this year my wife reserved a spot on the rear (third) seat -- farthest from the speakers.  ::)

I come by a few times a week.  I don't post too much because I'm a mere listener, not a musician.  But I get pointed towards a lot of good music and several interesting podcasts.  (In fact, I was just on my way to say thanks for one!)

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: November 05, 2010, 07:26:34 PM »
My daughter loves the Hunger Games books.  She's re-reading them now.

I picked up a book for a dime in a thrift store, knowing just enough about it to make it worth the dime, and now I'm hooked.  It was one of the Stephanie Plum books -- a chic-lit bounty hunter series set in Trenton, NJ.  There are enough real neighborhoods and landmarks to make it fun, and they're quick, light reads.  So far I've read five or six, all from thrift stores or second hand book stores.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sheeba ?-9/18/2010
« on: September 27, 2010, 07:36:55 PM »
Farewell to Sheeba.

And nice job, Wayne.

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