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    Obsidian universal wiring review

    Ok I'll be the first to admit that this is expensive and that if I was better with a soldering iron or electrical theory I would not need it. The problem: Part Tele with a humbucker in the neck position (fralin "Big single mini") and a tele bridge pickup (lollar something or other) The neck...
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    Dark Skies

    Ok, bit of a rant: can we have the night sky back? There is so much completely mindless and pointless ambient light. I get up really early--it's a good time to get writing done--and there's nobody up, but streetlights, weird outdoor lights on people's houses, interior lights in a nearby school...
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    Ok, I published a book

    Shamelss self promotion. I'm US history prof. I just published a book about Francis O'Neill, who left Ireland in 1865, at 17, sailed the world for four years, was shipwrecked in a desert island, herded sheep in the Sierra Nevada foothills, taught school in Edina Missouri while living in a log...
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    Shaving soap, mug, brush. Anybody?

    Ok so I'm thnking of going to the shaving mug and brush dealio. I currently use Cremo in the plastic tube. I realize this might be annoying and have no desire to get into a political debate but we switched to shampoo in bar form partly to reduce the amount of single-use plastic we generate. So...
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    NAD: Milkman "The Amp"

    New to me, bought used in Mint condition on Reverb You probably know what this is: A 50 watt Class D power amp with a tube preamp using one 12AX7 Positives Really great sound small size light has onboard verb and trem cab sim headphone XLR out Cons: Pricey Underpowered for really loud clean...
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    Grinding the point off a forstner bit

    We re-did our kitchen about 12 years ago and went with IKEA cabinets and drawers. They held up ok but it's time to replace them, so I made new doors out of Birch ply. The Ikea hinges fit into a 1 3/8 round pocket in the door. The issue is the Ikea doors are a non standard thickness--they aren't...
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    Got an electric car

    A Kia Niro. It's basically a small SUV like a Rav4. We decided to lease it to see how we would like it--Kia was offering good lease deals. The car tells me it's got 280 miles of range on a full charge. We shall see. But wow the pick-up. This is not a particularly sporty car but in "sport" mode...
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    There are so many kinds of guitars

    We just came back from spending Christmas in Portugal, and the town of Porto, which was great. One of the interesting things is all the different kinds of guitars they have over there, or guitar like instruments. Classical guitars, steel strings, but also mandolins, mandolin-like variations...
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    Sweetzels

    If you're from Philly your grew up having these in the Fall. They were only available in Autumn. Very crunchy, spicey, molasses and cloves; ginger. I just had a few with a glass of Rye whiskey. I had to to go to amazon to get them. These are not your greasy baby-food mall cookie. They taste...
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    Olly Olly Ossen Free

    We yelled this as kids. I can't quite remember the game. Some variation of hide and seek? I seem to remember the call of "Olly Olly Ossen Free" set off a sort of free for all. My wife informs me that she yelled "olly olly oxen free." Growing up in the Philly area, I had a vague sense that it...
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    NMD--New mandolin day

    New to me anyway. Picked up an F style mandolin branded "austin" on Craigslist. $100. Backstory: I got interested in Irish music and decided that rather than try to adapt my jazzbo and blues guitar stylings to Irish music, I'd learn something completely new. Lots of Irish music types don't...
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    First Flight on Mars!

    Well they pulled it off--the little helicopter that the perseverance rover brought to mars made its first brief flight. They have video of it on Twitter but I can't figure out how to post it yet https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1384098512984363014?s=20 It went up about ten feet, hovered, and...
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    Yamaha THRii30 review

    A little backstory: I tried modeling early on, when Line 6 first appeared, and decided it was not for me. It didn't sound right to me and also I really find too many options a distraction. The range of tones I'm interested is pretty narrow. I was convinced modeling could sound great, because i...
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    Aptera: I'm in

    I would buy one of these. https://www.aptera.us/ Actually capable of going 40 miles a day just via rooftop solar cells. I could do 95 or more percent of what i need a car to do just on built in solar 250 mile range for the base model. Plugs into a standard wall outlet Yeah ok it doesn't...
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    Perseverance Mars lander uses tubes, PTP wiring

    Just kidding--no, it doesn't. Because only in guitar land are PBCs regarded as not durable or reliable. The thing survived months in the frigid vacuum of space and a landing on Mars and so far everything is working fine. This immensely complicated semi autonomous machine is expected to last at...
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    NGD--Yamaha Silent Guitar

    Bought this for quiet practice, recording and gigging if it ever comes back. So if you don't know Yamaha makes the silent series of acoustic instruments: there are three guitar models, a steel string, a crossover style nylon and a wide neck nylon string. I got the standard crossover nylon...
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    Lodge skillet

    So I have a 10.5 inch lodge skillet that's at least twenty years old and carefully maintained. Food just slides right out of it. I just got a new 10.5 inch lodge skillet for a socially distanced meal we are cooking that will require two skillets. The new one is much rougher than the old one...
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    Bad era of car design

    My old faithful is getting on in years and so now and then I look at what's available. Yikes! We're in a dark age of car design. Gigantic non functional grills that look like, as someone where put it, "Darth Vader's Helmet." Completely indistinguishable generic SUVs. Pickups trying to look like...
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    Just went back to regular old tele pickups

    I have a very nice partscaster I got many years a go. Great sounding guitar. Over the years I've had all sorts of pickups in it--bardens, microcoils, minibuckers and p90s in the neck position. It always sounded pretty good, but I starting building my own, hollow bodied teles of my own design...
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    one world together concert

    watching this on amazon prime. Interesting. Parade of various musicians singing a tune from their homes/ Annie Lenox and her daughter on right now. Some of them are lip synching, some are really singing. The guys who did "despacito" had a real life band and were very good. Not live...
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    EH HumDebugger examples

    I just got an EH Humdebugger and thought I would show how it works/sounds. Sound samples with and without below I have a very electrically noisy office/music space. Not sure why. But it's bad enough that I've tried various strategies fro reducing hum. My favorite guitar has a Lace Alumitone in...
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    McCoy Tyner passes

    Wonderful player, died today at 81 I have always loved this solo so much--patient, meditative, deceptively simple
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    Just came back from the ballet. Wow

    Our daughter, 15, is really serious about ballet. We watch her performances and I'm always really impressed with what high school kids can accomplish But man o man we went to the Kennedy Center and saw the National Ballet of Canada do "Sleeping Beauty." A full orchestra in the pit. Just...
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    New Martin design" martin SC-13E

    Martin announced this at NAMM https://www.martinguitar.com/new-sc-13e-acoustic-electric-guitar/ Entirely new design for martin, radical new neck joint, new bracing. Looks like an answer to Taylor I'm very interested, because I like the way Martins sound but have always had trouble playing...
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    Turntable revived for daughter

    I still have my old turntable from college. For years our daughter, now 15, would see it sitting in the attic and ask about it. I'd think about getting it out and setting it up but we don't have any of the other gear--receiver/amp, speakers--and I didn't want to spend a lot of money on what...




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