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Old 11-14-2013, 09:59 PM
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Off to spend a couple of days in London with the fabulous Michele Drees. I'm providing drums & tech services for the London Jazz Festival gig. Lots of press, BBC TV filming on the day - a high profile event for Michele's wonderful Jazz Tap project, & of course for Guru Drums too. Should be fun. Gig report post up next week.
Wooo, and indeed, hooo! Looking forward to hearing about it!
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Wooo, and indeed, hooo! Looking forward to hearing about it!
Cheers Madge. Just packing up now & hauling out to London. Stills & video cameras at the ready. There's a strict rule of no video at these events, but that doesn't stop me filming during the day/rehearsals.

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Cheers Madge. Just packing up now & hauling out to London. Stills & video cameras at the ready. There's a strict rule of no video at these events, but that doesn't stop me filming during the day/rehearsals.

Thread up next week :)
Michele's show is tomorrow, isn't it? I hope it is, because when you first mentioned it I had a feeling in my water that something would crop up work-wise, and it has. I don't mind not going if I can't go, but if I could have, I'd be pretty disgruntled because I really REALLY wanted to.
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Michele's show is tomorrow, isn't it? I hope it is, because when you first mentioned it I had a feeling in my water that something would crop up work-wise, and it has. I don't mind not going if I can't go, but if I could have, I'd be pretty disgruntled because I really REALLY wanted to.
rest Madge, it's tomorrow night :) I'm in London tonight, because we're in rehearsal most of tomorrow, + filming with the BBC. Gig starts at 7:45. TTFN, Andy.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:35 AM
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rest Madge, it's tomorrow night :) I'm in London tonight, because we're in rehearsal most of tomorrow, + filming with the BBC. Gig starts at 7:45. TTFN, Andy.
Ooh, fab! Have fun!
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:32 PM
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Here's a little known stat.In Great Britain alone,over 93,000 liters of beer,are lost to facial hair..........hhhhhhmmmmmm?

There's a country song in there somewhere.Save a horse,ride a cowboy?Wiskey for my cowboys,and beer for my horses.

Never mind.:)

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Old 11-18-2013, 07:02 PM
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Eww, just thinking of a possible recovery process.

Steve I'm embarrassed to admit that this is the first time I heard Rory's "Souped up Ford"

Can you tell me more about Arbieter drums? No lugs I see. Never heard of them either. I also noticed Rory has a tele with 3 pickups. And he was having a hard time keeping his e string in tune.
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Here's a little known stat.In Great Britain alone,over 93,000 liters of beer,are lost to facial hair..........hhhhhhmmmmmm?
Steve, there's a missing element to your equation: per annum.

I did some appropriately back of a beer coaster calculations. I won't bore you with the details, but I calculated it at somewhere around 17ml per beer drinker per annum, which is a vanishingly small amount of beer.

So small in fact, that I suspect that this statistic is one of the 74.4% of statistics which are made up on the spot.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:42 AM
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I was just thinking...
Isn't it great all these guitarist have these digital in-line tuners so they can tune their strings silently? Perfect time for a drum solo!

So, who is having lobster on Thanksgiving? Lobster is just as traditional as turkey, believe it or not. It's like the one time of year I like to have lobster.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:59 AM
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Steve, there's a missing element to your equation: per annum.
Per person?
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:44 AM
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:25 AM
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Mrs. con struct has discovered Eames chairs. She's ordering four to go around our kitchen table. You wouldn't believe how much four of those things cost. I could almost buy a new ******* drum kit.

So I guess I'm going to have to put off having my beautiful old one-of-a-kind Ludwig kit reconditioned one more ******* time.

Eames chairs, for ****"* sake. Yes, I suppose we need them, the chairs we've got now are looking really sad, but *********.

If I was still working, this wouldn't have happened. *********.
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Came across this and it just hit-home to me...
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:47 AM
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Off to Cardiff in a minute! The intention is to watch our fine Welsh rugby union team thrash those pesky Aussies.

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I bought new software last night. And then I ordered an expensive trigger system for my double bass pedals. After I was done, I played a computer game called, "Don't Starve", that I bought at a Black Friday sale on steam along with two other games. While I was at it, I bought an additional copy for my brother.
In the game, you're this German scientist transported to some evil realm by an evil dude and the objective is to stay alive as long as you can and forage and trap animals and light fires at night so that you don't get eaten by monsters. It's an indie title.
When I went to bed, the whole time I was thinking to myself, man, I wonder if I've bitten off more than I can chew financially. Then I slept. I woke up this morning thinking the same thing. Worry wart.
Earlier today, I bought a new solid state drive for my computer. Guess I'm just one of those geniuses headed for financial ruin. My stars must be crossed. 31 and still single. My mom keeps trying to get me into one of those arranged marriage things. "No, Ma, leave me alone, I'm not interested," I keep wailing.
You know what that means, kiddie. More money for us. :)
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When times go dark, there will always be brightness in the sky.
when there's a frown on your face, there will always be a smile just around the corner.
when tears roll down your face and grieving takes hold, that is called love for someone close.
But as time heals sadness and loss,
then the brightness of the sky will return to brighten your smile
your smile will return to bring tears to your face
the tears on your face will be there from joy and laughter
Your days will start to shine of sun and warmth..
That totally reminds me of a Swami Vivekananda poem I had to recite at school... And failed miserably.

"If the sun by a cloud is hidden a bit,
When the welsh is filled with gloom...:"
Yadda yadda yadda
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Just following the theme ... decades ago I was in a bus and saw this piece of verse in an ad for an arts event. On the poster was a silhouetted image of a father and small son standing on a hill with these words underneath:
One day, when the sky is a sink of fatty white, I ask him what colour is the sky and he says blue. Look I say and again ask what colour.

He stares up at the dullness of it, the low whited-out mist of it, and says the sky is blue.
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Old 12-02-2013, 02:10 AM
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I have successfully figured out how to move sunlight for my physics/engineering project, thus eliminating the need for indoor daytime lighting. I can move it through walls and around corners. Hopefully I will get a good grade.
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Oh man I was gonna have some left over stuffing and mashed potatoes, so I put them both together in a container and poured gravy all over it to microwave it....only the gravy in the mason jar was actually home made caramel my wife made for an apple pie. Doh!

Yes I still ate like half of it lol. It wasn't very savory like I wanted, it was more like a stuffing and mashed potato type dessert.

Doh!
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I have successfully figured out how to move sunlight for my physics/engineering project, thus eliminating the need for indoor daytime lighting. I can move it through walls and around corners. Hopefully I will get a good grade.
It's called a mirror, no?

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No sir, no mirrors involved. Mirrors scatter light. My idea allows for 100% light transmission. The key to it is fiber optics.
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Old 12-02-2013, 03:59 AM
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I enjoy what I do for a living....electronics, but, at 50, I find myself thinking more about drumming than work. Every day at 11:30am I go up to my drum room, play for 90 minutes then take a shower, have a coffee and a smoke....go back to my office and think more about drumming.
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Eww, just thinking of a possible recovery process.

Steve I'm embarrassed to admit that this is the first time I heard Rory's "Souped up Ford"

Can you tell me more about Arbieter drums? No lugs I see. Never heard of them either. I also noticed Rory has a tele with 3 pickups. And he was having a hard time keeping his e string in tune.
Sorry for the late response.Rory used open tunings when he played slide a lot,and I believe that tuning is an E chord.So if you were to just strum the strings,without any fingering,you would play an E chord.The Same with "Rocky Mountain Way",by Joe Walsh.

Rory was a natural musician and played over 10 different instruments,and he had perfect pitch,so if a string was out,even a little,he would tune it till he liked the note.You really have to hear him play his strat.Worth an afternoon on youtube.It's a shame he's dead.

You really have to listen to all of Rorys stuff,as it's mostly blues,and not all slide work.The same with Roy Bucanhan.

I don't truly understand the Arbeiter "auto tune " system,but it used a lip to hold the rim on the drums,and a single horizontal screw in the rim,to tension the head.They were endosed by Rod D' Ath(rorys drummer) and Bill Bruford,till the idea was abandoned a few years later.

As far as "Souped Up Ford",that tune could bring the dead back to life.Imagine playing THAT and "Bullfrog Blues"in your favorite blues club.:)

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Oh man I was gonna have some left over stuffing and mashed potatoes, so I put them both together in a container and poured gravy all over it to microwave it....only the gravy in the mason jar was actually home made caramel my wife made for an apple pie. Doh!

Yes I still ate like half of it lol. It wasn't very savory like I wanted, it was more like a stuffing and mashed potato type dessert.

Doh!
Nice! That deserve a doh! for sure.

Right now I just tried dipping my little Clementine tangerine slices into Sriracha sauce. Very tasty! The sauce was left over from a few potstickers and an eggroll appetizer.
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I bought new software....

I bought a new solid state drive for my computer....

Guess I'm just one of those geniuses headed for financial ruin...

31 and still single...

My mom keeps trying to get me into one of those arranged marriage things. "No, Ma, leave me alone, I'm not interested," I keep wailing...

You know what that means...
Thanks to some selective quoting, I've worked out what it means!

You're Rajesh Koothrappali from Big Bang Theory, aren't you?
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Motown had a hit record in 1964 with "My Guy"

In 1965 they had a hit record with "My Girl"
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The intro to King Crimson's 'Red' on bass is a toughie. It's annoying because I can manage it on the other instruments just fine...
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No sir, no mirrors involved. Mirrors scatter light. My idea allows for 100% light transmission. The key to it is fiber optics.
Or light tubes used in buildings to bring in light
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Or light tubes used in buildings to bring in light
Still not as effective or applicable as fiber optics. Can't light a basement with a light tube without penetrating the floors directly above the basement. Fiber optics can be run along stud walls and turn corners like electrical wires. Plus light tubes have light loss loss due to reflection. Fiber optics do not.
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Still not as effective or applicable as fiber optics. Can't light a basement with a light tube without penetrating the floors directly above the basement. Fiber optics can be run along stud walls and turn corners like electrical wires. Plus light tubes have light loss loss due to reflection. Fiber optics do not.
True on all points........
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It is, however, much more cost effective than fiber optics :)
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The wife and I just went grocery shopping at Wal*Marx. We spent almost $250. Almost all of it was food, and a few odds and ends, like toothpaste and such. One of the items we had was a 12 pack of beer. They would not sell us the beer because I did not have my ID with me. I didn't need my wallet, so I didn't bring it. She showed her ID, but they still refused to sell it to us. This pisses me off. I spoke to 3 managers, and they all said it is at the cashiers discretion. I asked them if we had our ID's and our 15 year old daughter was with us, would they still refuse to sell because she is underage? No answer. I will be going back to see if they will sell to me if my daughter is with me. If they do, I am going to raise hell. This will mean that it is easier for an underage person to get alcohol at Wal*Marx than an adult. Go figure.
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What is up with "An historic event"?

For YEARS I thought I was just mis hearing this but, no. It's a common phrase that sounds very wrong.

How is that for random?
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For YEARS I thought I was just mis hearing this but, no. It's a common phrase that sounds very wrong.

How is that for random?
It is just idiots not knowing when the H is silent or not. For all those who aren't sure, the H is not silent in the word historic, therefore it is a historic, not an historic. Or an istoric, as they pronounce it. No one takes istory class, get an istorectomy, or is an ispanic. Please people, learn to use the language properly.
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The wife and I just went grocery shopping at Wal*Marx. We spent almost $250. Almost all of it was food, and a few odds and ends, like toothpaste and such. One of the items we had was a 12 pack of beer. They would not sell us the beer because I did not have my ID with me. I didn't need my wallet, so I didn't bring it. She showed her ID, but they still refused to sell it to us. This pisses me off. I spoke to 3 managers, and they all said it is at the cashiers discretion. I asked them if we had our ID's and our 15 year old daughter was with us, would they still refuse to sell because she is underage? No answer. I will be going back to see if they will sell to me if my daughter is with me. If they do, I am going to raise hell. This will mean that it is easier for an underage person to get alcohol at Wal*Marx than an adult. Go figure.
What? You got less than stellar service from a friendly neighborhood walmart employee?

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I asked them if we had our ID's and our 15 year old daughter was with us, would they still refuse to sell because she is underage? No answer.
A sure sign that the communication lines have broken down ... when faced with clear logic about her mistake the employee's pride could not allow her to adjust to the new (old) information. She saw it as backing down. It had become a competition, a battle of wills.

The manager's response suggests that Walmart have undercut everyone in the local area and no one can compete. To allow such stupid pride to annoy customers suggests complacency.
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It is just idiots not knowing when the H is silent or not. For all those who aren't sure, the H is not silent in the word historic, therefore it is a historic, not an historic. Or an istoric, as they pronounce it. No one takes istory class, get an istorectomy, or is an ispanic. Please people, learn to use the language properly.
My understanding is that it is (residually) correct when the initial h was originally silent, hence "an historic", "an hotel" but "a horse". The only exception I know of is, of course, "an halibut".
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My understanding is that it is (residually) correct when the initial h was originally silent, hence "an historic", "an hotel" but "a horse". The only exception I know of is, of course, "an halibut".
I think this might be an English translation thing, because in the states we pronounce the H in historic and hotel. In hour it is silent, as well as honor. Crazy ass language.

Didn't even think about the different forms of English. But I is 'Merican, so you is rong! Haha!
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Please people, learn to use the language properly.
A lecture on proper use of the English language from a Yank?

Now I've heard it all! :-)
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