Dave Garrett

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  1. Terry Jones (1942 - 2020)

    John Cleese ended his tweet about Jones' passing with "Two down, four to go".
  2. Cassette tape production revival?

    Hence the popularity of restomods - you still get the looks and basic structure of a classic car, but with updated engine/suspension/brakes/etc. so you can actually drive it daily without experiencing many of the shortcomings you described. Reminds me of the people who continue to insist that cars of the 50s and 60s were safer than modern cars, because, well, all that heavy-gauge steel just gotta be better than these newfangled plastic shitboxes. When all other attempts to disabuse them of this notion fail, I like to point them at this video: Don't get me wrong, I love classic cars, but I'm also not under any illusions as to the compromises that are invariably involved when it comes to driving one on anything approaching a regular basis.
  3. Cassette tape production revival?

    Yeah, there have been a few people on Hoffman's Visual Arts subforum who have made this claim. Almost without exception, they have been a couple of tacos shy of a combination plate, and for plenty of other reasons in addition to seriously putting forth such a claim. The corollary to such claims is usually "you can only view analog video properly on a CRT". I still have a substantial number of laserdiscs, and given the limits of the format they are generally quite watchable on an HD panel as long as you're using a good scaler and a high-end laserdisc player, but there's no way I'd ever claim that such a setup can compare to a well-mastered Blu-ray played back with my Oppo.
  4. New Hank Mobley Blue Note Set

    You must not be a Deadhead. Ever since Dead.net outsourced order fulfillment, their shipping has made Mosaic's in its current state look like Amazon Prime. As for Paypal, that's interesting, as it's been my experience that it's far more common for online merchants to charge Paypal immediately, instead of when an order ships. Import CDs, for one, does this. It's common enough to where I've seen many warnings that it's never a good idea to use Paypal to pay for anything that isn't currently in stock and shipping immediately (i.e., no preorders or backorders), for exactly this reason.
  5. Wild night for this fella.

    Pizza Rat: The Lost Years
  6. Return Of The Film Corner Thread

    Wow! That had to have been both intense and memorable.
  7. Jazz West Coast blog on Yahoo

    Do you mean the Yahoo Group? https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/JazzWestCoast/info Yahoo just shut down the web hosting aspect of Yahoo Groups several days ago - they are no longer hosting any Groups' content on the web, but the Groups' email functionality is still active. So if you were a member of a Group and had elected to receive all messages via email, you likely haven't noticed much difference. If, OTOH, you accessed messages via a Group's web portal, then you're probably wondering where everyone went, as all of the Group messages are no longer accessible via the web portal. Yahoo sent out several notices in advance of this happening, and provided functionality to obtain a download of the message archives for each Group (without any images that had been attached or otherwise included in messages) prior to the shutdown deadline. A lot of Groups were not happy with the changes and opted to move to other, similar portals like Groups.io, who provided what seemed to be a relatively painless method to migrate a Yahoo Group's archived content over to their site for a one-time $100 fee.
  8. Anna Karina 1940-2019

    Damn. RIP.
  9. Post a pic

    The rest of the story
  10. My own Hitler Reacts

    Yes - it's "Krebs". He's one of the senior officers that Hitler tells to remain when he orders everyone else out of the room prior to commencing his unhinged rant ("Keitel, Jodl, Krebs, und Burgdorf.").
  11. My own Hitler Reacts

    "And Vince Gill? He and Amy Grant always loved Bernie and Stalin!"
  12. Cover Art Books Jazz & other topics

    It's a wonderful book. Rodrigues was said to have the most comprehensive bossa nova collection in private hands, and it was that collection that formed the basis for the book. He passed away in 2010. If memory serves (it's been a while since I looked through it), although there are some covers depicting the well-worn tropes you mention, in general the cover selection is more diverse than you might think. I enjoyed it and found it to be a nice companion to my other album cover books, but my expectations may have been adjusted by the fact that the book was heavily discounted from the cover price. Your mileage may vary.
  13. Miles Davis Bootleg Series Vol. 6

    FWIW, it is currently on sale at Sleepy Night's site for $5.99. Shipping for me was $5 for a total of $10.99. Not sure if this is some sort of limited-time Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal, so those interested would do well to strike while the iron is hot.
  14. Cover Art Books Jazz & other topics

    I have several of the ones mentioned previously: Blue Note, Blue Note 2, California Cool, New York Hot, Jazz West Coast, Jazzical Moods, Jazz Album Covers: The Rare and the Beautiful, and the Concord book on Prestige Records. Never did get around to getting Daver's Jazz Graphics book on David Stone Martin covers, as I've yet to find one at what I'd consider a reasonable price. Also have one that's in a similar oversized paperback format as most of the above called Vinyl Hayride, featuring country music album covers: and this one: There's a beautiful book covering Bossa Nova album covers that was discussed here previously (http://www.organissimo.org/forum/index.php?/topic/17547-bossa-nova-e-outras-bossas/), but it's very difficult to find a copy now. I lucked into one that Strand listed online about ten years ago and haven't seen another one since.
  15. Post a pic

  16. "Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West" sounds an awful lot like "Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho". Yet another data point in the latest round of "Idiocracy or Reality?"
  17. Does no one here read The Athletic? It is essentially the digital-era successor to what SI and the Sporting News used to be in their heyday, and is about as far removed from crowdsourced journalism as you can get, with some pretty well-known, seasoned sports journalists on its masthead. They can hire good writers and provide quality coverage because they are paywalled and subscription-based. I'd been hearing a lot of favorable word-of-mouth about them around a year and a half ago when they ran a promotion offering a healthy discount on one-year subscriptions, so I took the plunge. It didn't take long to convince me that it was a worthy addition to my daily reading regimen, and I didn't think twice about continuing to subscribe at the regular rate when the auto-renew date approached. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Athletic
  18. Penske buys Indy

    That's about the best possible scenario, given the family's apparent desire to divest a lot of their holdings after Mari Hulman George's death. "The Captain" runs a tight ship. Anticipating questions regarding conflict of interest as a team owner and a track owner, he's already indicated he will be stepping back from day-to-day operations of the team and his usual position running race-day strategy to focus on running the Speedway.
  19. 2019-2020 MLB Hot Stove Thread

    Now that the Series is over, it must be time to switch gears from "Fuck Joe Buck" to "Fuck Scott Boras".
  20. Play ball! 2019 MLB season thread

    Hindsight is certainly 20/20, but I also think Greinke should've been given a longer leash. The guy has ice in his veins and had been dominant up until that point. Hinch said afterward that he'd rather pull him one pitch too soon than one pitch too late, but his pitch count was still reasonable and he'd pitched into the 9th inning just a month ago before losing a no-hitter. The timing of going to the bullpen aside, I can't fault Hinch too much for going with Harris before Osuna. Harris had been better than Osuna in the postseason - he hadn't surrendered a run until Game 6. But he had been used a lot, and there's some after-the-fact speculation now that he was simply running on fumes as the Series neared its end. Anyway, congrats to the Nats on a well-deserved championship. A truly memorable season that came down to two teams who both did so many unprecedented things, culminating in a Series with no home wins and the Nats with a ridiculous five successive elimination games in which they were behind and came back to win. I read somewhere that no team had come back from being down so far below .500 at the beginning of the season to win the Series since the 1914 "Miracle" Braves. Looking forward to next season with a likely Astros starting rotation of Verlander, Greinke, a healthy McCullers, and Urquidy. But that's a topic for the hot stove thread.
  21. Computer Gurus: Computer Basics

    Hardcopy computer reference books are notorious for becoming outdated quickly, and I say that as someone who's sitting next to a bookcase full of them as I type this. Probably better to find online resources/references for basic stuff - perhaps something even more streamlined like this quick reference card for Windows 10 might be useful: https://www.customguide.com/cheat_sheets/windows-10-quick-reference.pdf For specific questions, I've rarely failed to find the answer to a technical question by simply Googling the question or several targeted keywords. You'd be surprised how often even IT professionals turn to Google to figure something out. You don't need to memorize everything when you've mastered the ability to locate relevant information quickly.