Dave Garrett

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  1. Printer Recommendations

    In my previous life as an IT manager, one of my responsibilities was oversight of all company-issued desktop/laptop computer hardware and peripherals. We had large network printers, but invariably the company's senior executives would request local printers for their offices. We would recommend Brother color laser printers, but as their cost centers would get charged for the printer purchase and they wanted to pay as little as possible for a printer, they'd balk at the higher cost of the Brother models and ask for a cheaper inkjet printer instead. This would usually last until they realized how often they had to replace the ink cartridges and how much they were paying for them (I believe it was someone at HP who famously said that they were in the ink business, not the printer business), at which point we'd replace the cheap inkjet with a Brother laser and everyone would be happy. I've used an all-in-one printer/scanner/copier Epson inkjet unit at home for at least the past ten years, but I haven't had much of an incentive to switch as my wife frequently uses it for business purposes, so she is able to source ink cartridges through her employer.
  2. Now reading...

    I may have posted this here previously, but just in case I didn't: RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN: THE FOOTNOTES
  3. News of the Day

    Especially from the kinds of snakes he was bitten by - it's bad enough to be bitten by a "common" rattlesnake, but getting bitten by cobras, kraits, or mambas is another thing entirely.
  4. This seems to be flying under the radar - I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere else. They will be livestreaming it on the Miller Theatre website as well as Youtube and Facebook. The Houston Jazz Festival Produced by The Houston Jazz Collective The Houston Jazz Collective presents The American Masters Series featuring the hardbop supergroup The Cookers, jazz artist Nellie McKay, and the artwork of acclaimed artist Jack Whitten. “Player for player there’s no better working band in jazz than The Cookers.” (Andrew Gilbert, Boston Globe.) This critically acclaimed septet starring original generation jazz icons Billy Harper, Billy Hart, David Weiss, George Cables, Eddie Henderson, Cecil McBee and Donald Harrison are “…a dream team of forward-leaning hard-bop…” (Nate Chinen, New York Times). The Cookers will perform from their new record “Look Out!”. Opening for the Cookers will be Nellie McKay, a soulful jazz musician, pianist, vocalist, composer, and arranger, was raised in Harlem and quickly became a favorite of New York City jazz royalty. McKay is also renowned as a playwright, actress, author, and philosopher. McKay will perform from her album “Sister Orchid”. Winner of the National Medal of Arts, Jack Whitten’s artwork is widely recognized as transcendent. A member of one of the most vibrant groups of artists of modern American art during the late 50’s and 60’s in New York City, Mr. Whitten frequented the jazz clubs Birdland, Minton’s and The Village Vanguard with the jazz greats of the time including Art Blakey and John Coltrane. Chronicled in his Notes from the Woodshed, Mr. Whitten took inspiration and guidance from the improvisational nature of jazz and created some of the most stunning artworks of the modern era, many honoring his musician/mentors. His artwork and writing are prominently featured on stage. This evening’s program celebrates the integral relationship that Jazz and Modern Art have shared throughout the 20th century. All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are FREE!
  5. News of the Day

    Haast was a fascinating character. I first got interested in him and the Serpentarium when I read his book as a kid. When he died, I remember being surprised to see his obituary, having assumed that he had passed on long before then. I'd like to revisit his book again but copies tend to be pricey - probably need to see if I can get it via interlibrary loan.
  6. 2022 MLB Season Thread

    It happened at least twice during regular-season games. Mike Schmidt hit one of the speakers in 1974, and Jeff Bagwell hit the roof in 1997. Darryl Strawberry also hit a speaker, but that one was during the 1986 All-Star Game home run derby. June 10, 1974: Mike Schmidt hits the Astrodome speaker and Phillies trounce Houston, 12-0 Bagwell hits Astrodome ceiling The day Darryl Strawberry hit a ball off an Astrodome speaker during Home Run Derby
  7. Why are there so few jazz mega box sets

    The "Genius" set only contained the individual, mostly metal-spined, box sets that had previously been released. There was also a set of all the individual albums that had been released by Columbia, on 70 CDs (but they didn't put his face across the spines): Miles Davis – The Complete Columbia Album Collection
  8. Anyone got an extra million lying around?

    Here's the backstory on "The Tree": The Legend of the Music Tree
  9. Wordle

    Key to Wordle strategy is to use starting words that contain the most frequently used letters. The old Linotype keyboards were arranged starting with the most frequently used letter, "e", then the second-most frequently used letter, "t", and so on. So if you pick starting words that are primarily made up of letters in the first two rows on the Linotype keyboard (the famous "etaoin shrdlu"), you increase your chances of success significantly. On a somewhat tangential note, there's an excellent short documentary on Vimeo on the last day that hot-metal typesetting with Linotypes was used at the New York Times in 1978. The next day they switched over to computer-based typesetting. Fascinating window into a nearly-forgotten era that lasted for over 100 years.
  10. Hearing aids advice for a friend

    Yeah, I forgot about the adaptors. I have rarely used earbuds or a headset, although I do have a Bluetooth headset I used to use occasionally. The iPhone 11 was, IIRC, the last one to come with wired earbuds and a charger included. I still have an iPhone 7, but the battery has been on its last legs for some time now (requiring me to charge it 3-4 times a day), and I've been on the fence about whether to get the battery replaced (at a fairly nominal cost of $50) or just get a new phone.
  11. Hearing aids advice for a friend

    Well, if you want earbuds with an iPhone now it's wireless or nothing. Apple ditched the aux port used for connecting wired earbuds back in 2016 - the last iPhones to offer such a port were the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
  12. Happy Birthday Joe Strummer

    That would have been the Combat Rock tour. I saw them in June 1982, and remember thinking at the time that it was too bad I hadn't been able to catch them on one of their earlier tours, but leaving that aside the setlist for the show I saw was damn good: Jimmy Jazz London Calling Safe European Home Car Jamming The Guns of Brixton Train in Vain Wrong Emboyo The Magnificent Seven Junco Partner Know Your Rights Clash City Rockers Should I Stay or Should I Go Career Opportunities Rock the Casbah Janie Jones Somebody Got Murdered Clampdown Armigedeon Time Police on My Back I Fought the Law Straight to Hell Police and Thieves Bankrobber
  13. Names That Sound Like Jazz Guys, But Aren't

    Oil Can Boyd Cool Papa Bell Shoeless Joe Jackson Three Finger Brown
  14. Covid Vaccination Poll Update

    It's always been my understanding that the omission of the apostrophe ensures that the title's interpretation is ambiguous (like many other concepts one encounters in Joyce's work): https://fuckyeahjoyce-blog-blog.tumblr.com/post/23141372251/theres-no-fucking-apostrophe-in-finnegans-wake