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Old 09-26-2014, 04:32 AM
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And so we continue; I'll start.

I jammed with some of my old jazz buddies a few nights ago, man it was fun, and even though I'm not in very good practice I found that I can still pull off a lot of good stuff.

Man it was fun. I think some fairly good music was played that night, too.
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Old 09-26-2014, 03:55 PM
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I re-tuned my drums yesterday with new EC reso heads. All the moongels are gone except for one that needs to tame the reso of a floor tom and another on my snare. I also changed the levels on the mics feeding my headphones. Sounds much better.

I'm giving my freshman circuits class a test later this morning. I hope they do well. We have a surprising number of drummers in the freshman class this year (at least 3 in my programming class of 23).

It would be really cool if you took the square root of your phone number and got your zip code.
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Old 09-27-2014, 06:05 AM
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I'm considering holding off on the drum gear spending for a while to buy some legos instead.

I kind of want to try trading my 20" K heavy ride to my old band director for one of the school's two regular 20" K rides.

I feel like I'm going to sleep for 11 hours if I ever go to bed.
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Old 09-27-2014, 01:04 PM
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Another weekend spent doing DIY, this time at the mother-in-law's house, no wonder why I cannot be on this forum as much as I use too, I'm becoming like Andy, except that nothing I do is related to drumming whatsoever, off to the DIY shop right now :(
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Old 09-27-2014, 02:05 PM
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Another weekend spent doing DIY, this time at the mother-in-law's house, no wonder why I cannot be on this forum as much as I use too, I'm becoming like Andy, except that nothing I do is related to drumming whatsoever, off to the DIY shop right now :(
Indeed Henri, welcome to my world. Saturday & Sunday are 16 hour days for me. I've been counterboring hoops since 06:30 :(
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Old 09-27-2014, 03:21 PM
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"Counterboring hoops"? So you place them on the kitchen work surface and tell them tedious stories of your childhood?
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Old 09-27-2014, 05:14 PM
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Played with a very drunk keyboard player last night. Dont like playing with drunks anymore. Even if they might be good players. Wears me out, dealing with their neediness and all that false sense of under-the-influence self. It was ok when I was 20- but now - hell, no more.

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Will there be back issues to Random Thoughts - I ?
The blues trio I joined has really upped my game, for once I'm playing with cool people.
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Old 09-27-2014, 05:51 PM
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Don't trust women. Too much hassle, lies and subterfuge. Whenever you're thinking about having a relationship with one, just buy drum stuff instead.

My motto, this year.

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Will there be back issues to Random Thoughts - I ?
The blues trio I joined has really upped my game, for once I'm playing with cool people.
Awesome. Playing with cool people makes all the difference.

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Don't trust women. Too much hassle, lies and subterfuge. Whenever you're thinking about having a relationship with one, just buy drum stuff instead.

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On the good side, 2 band auditions next week!
Hit it and quit it, bud. I agree. Good luck with your auditions.
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Old 09-27-2014, 06:36 PM
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I made a snare trap and skinned a partridge today in CCF, it was really fun but it stank so much!
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Old 09-27-2014, 08:31 PM
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"Counterboring hoops"? So you place them on the kitchen work surface and tell them tedious stories of your childhood?
I'll be uploading a video tomorrow of said counterboring. Actually, thinking about it, yes - it is boring :(

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hell, no more.

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You're way too good for that crap Abe :)

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My motto, this year.

On the good side, 2 band auditions next week!
Great news on the auditions, but I'm guessing you've just had a bad experience :( Welcome to the world of youth - the ultimate double edged sword!
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Old 09-27-2014, 11:55 PM
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I brewed a Grand Cru at 24 plato with a thermophilic cheese culture in the runoff and Brett in the secondary.
In between the boil additions I cruised the web for e-drum info because I can't practice in this new place.
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Old 09-28-2014, 01:44 PM
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Great news on the auditions, but I'm guessing you've just had a bad experience :( Welcome to the world of youth - the ultimate double edged sword!
It's not the first time this has happened, I feel that I'm in the dry as long as I'm myself and more or less completely honest without trying to be an asshole. So why girls thinks it's ok to lie is beyond me. I just seem to find the wrong ones..
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It's not the first time this has happened, I feel that I'm in the dry as long as I'm myself and more or less completely honest without trying to be an asshole. So why girls thinks it's ok to lie is beyond me. I just seem to find the wrong ones..
You should meet my daughters. They're nothing if not honest - and that isn't always appreciated either!
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It's not the first time this has happened, I feel that I'm in the dry as long as I'm myself and more or less completely honest without trying to be an asshole. So why girls thinks it's ok to lie is beyond me. I just seem to find the wrong ones..
I think the self-pitying probably isn't helping, nor is the fact you think you are the one being constantly wronged. The truth is almost always in the middle.

Why not use this as an opportunity to more clearly ask yourself what kind of woman you want and what you need to do to hold onto her?
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I'm considering holding off on the drum gear spending for a while to buy some legos instead.
I wonder how a lego kit would sound......
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Old 09-28-2014, 07:26 PM
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I think the self-pitying probably isn't helping, nor is the fact you think you are the one being constantly wronged. The truth is almost always in the middle.

Why not use this as an opportunity to more clearly ask yourself what kind of woman you want and what you need to do to hold onto her?
I'm not self-pitying myself, I'm just miffed that she didn't flat out say didn't want to be with me instead of coming up with fake explanations.

I want someone who's not fake and doesn't lie in my face.
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Women want what they want until they get it then they want something else. Learn this early.
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:56 PM
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Women want what they want until they get it then they want something else. Learn this early.
Some could say the same for men!

Mid-life crisis and all that...
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Old 09-28-2014, 10:19 PM
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Some could say the same for men!

Mid-life crisis and all that...
That's not the same..
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That's not the same..
Isn't it?

I think Grunter was pointing to a phenomenon that is equally common to men and women: boredom caused by repeated exposure to the same thing. Many of us would lose enjoyment our favorite food if it was all we ate for years and years...

In economics, this is called the law of diminishing marginal utility, and it universally applies to all as it is part of the human condition.
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I picked up a boat load of drum gear from a studio going out of business. Most of it I will flip, but there are a few things I am going to hang on to. A couple of thoughts:

1) The 22" Zildjian Ping Ride will now be my main ride. It is an all around great sounding cymbal. The bell is a little small, but over all a fantastic ride.

2) Acrolites ARE everything they are cracked up to be. I had never owned one and after playing on it for a few hours I am thoroughly impressed. I have run it through a few different tunings and I think I have found my new back-up snare.

3) Cheap drums are cheap for a reason, but they are fun to beat on.

4) Pinstripes still suck!

That is all.
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Old 09-29-2014, 12:41 AM
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Sometimes I feel wonderful about some great things that our species has done. Sometimes I feel utter despair.

I'm watching the news with my wife not an hour ago. There is a story about the results of a clinical trial that were just released regarding a new breast cancer drug. It turns out that this new drug extends the life of patients with metastatic breast cancer by 16 months. "Yay!" I think, "That's wonderful news!"

Then the announcer says that a one month supply of the drug costs $11,000. I look over at my wife and we both just sigh.
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Isn't it?

I think Grunter was pointing to a phenomenon that is equally common to men and women: boredom caused by repeated exposure to the same thing. Many of us would lose enjoyment our favorite food if it was all we ate for years and years...

In economics, this is called the law of diminishing marginal utility, and it universally applies to all as it is part of the human condition.
I for one salute you for including the all-important word "marginal".
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:08 AM
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If you marginalize the word marginal, does that make it a meta-marginalization?
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:33 AM
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Baseball season's over. Winter's on its way. My sweaters smell weird, and I need another pair of shoes.
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I wonder how a lego kit would sound......
Go to bell percussion london, they built one. They used free floating cradle for snare and it actually sounds rather good. The rest of the kit is also lego but sounds meh
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Turned on the heater fan in the car last Monday and it shook the whole dashboard something fierce. Turned fan off for a second a tried again. Same thing.

Bugger! Heater fan is kaput.

Drove to work this morning - car stunk to high heaven.

I think there's a very dead mouse in the heater fan 'squirrel cage.'

Ughh. I'm not sure if I want to go spelunking in heater fan box or wait until freezing weather!!!
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:28 PM
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Remember the days when simply re-hashing a previous movie and slapping "II" on the title was a rarity and not a staple?
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Women want what they want until they get it then they want something else. Learn this early.
What do you consider "early."

I'm a practicing husband for 34+ years; 'practicing' because I haven't perfected it yet.

I just barely learned not to dig my own hole a bit deeper - sometimes a lot deeper.

Mrs. Smoke: I want a new light over the sink - this one's not bright enough.
Smoke: How about a recessed can light? It would really brighten up the area.
Mrs. Smoke: Oooo... That sounds good.
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Mrs. Smoke: Well then, that means you'll have to install three!

Yup, still practicing...
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Mrs. Smoke: I want a new light over the sink - this one's not bright enough.
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Mrs. Smoke: Oooo... That sounds good.
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I think I married her sister.
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They all do that sir.
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Having all sorts of problems with my current band. The vocalist also plays bass, but wants to get out of that duty. But finding a bassist is about as hard as finding a drummer. I just called him a while ago and told him to stick to it and he'll do fine, but sometimes I think people have a mind of their own.

As far as band stuff, came up with the great idea of shifting our jams to my house instead of a rented pad. Plus point is we can record what we play at my house too. Came up with the idea of using a headphone amp and a mixer to minimise sound, but while I have a mixer, the band has to jointly purchase the headphone amp. Not sure that's a good idea, because I'm a bit leery of ownership issues cropping up down the line.

Heck, I'm a bit leery of having people in my studio in the first place. It's always been a hallowed private space for me.
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Turned on the heater fan in the car last Monday...

... I think there's a very dead mouse in the heater fan 'squirrel cage.'

Ughh. I'm not sure if I want to go spelunking in heater fan box or wait until freezing weather!!!
Curiosity (and a stinky car) got the better of me today.

Found the remains of a mouse nest in the fan - half a dozen corpses included. Cleaned, disinfected and deodorized the fan blades. I think I'll be back in business tomorrow.

Going forward, centrifugal fans will be referred to as 'mouse cage fans.'
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I'm not sure which is slower - my washing machine or anti-virus. They could be pit against each other as a battle for the lamest technology.
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I'm not sure which is slower - my washing machine or anti-virus.
My clothes washer got slower and slower until it took over 90 minutes to complete a wash cycle. Turns out there's a wire mesh filter at the cold water inlet. Shut off the water supply, removed the hose, popped out the filter and cleaned it (it was almost completely plugged). Washer runs like new.

Maybe you'll be so lucky!?!
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Hear that Nonnie? Your inlet is all plugged up. Gotta unplug your inlet.
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