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  • Birthday 10/30/1971

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  • Location Baltimore, MD
  • Interests jazz, baseball, my wife, daughter, son and dog, chemistry, American history

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  1. Covid Vaccination Poll Update

    The first half of my sentence actually is accurate; if you don't get vaccinated, you are more likely to become infected with a mutated strain of the virus, as the immunity from prior infection is not as robust. You are welcome to check PubMed if you'd like to continue discussing this.
  2. Covid Vaccination Poll Update

    Immunity from prior infection doesn't appear to be as robust or as long lasting as immunity through vaccination, so all those who've been infected are still recommended to get vaccinated
  3. Raspberry PI 4 As An Audio Streamer

    I'm no expert at all, I just spent a day or two last summer googling this stuff and it all just seemed to work. Do you have any OS at all on the pi? I put the basic raspberry pi OS that is available on their website, on a micro SD card and use that. I have it hooked up to my TV with an HDMI cable, but I rarely use it that way, I just go through VNC most of the time (sometimes when I restart the pi VNC won't connect, so I have to use the TV connection to get it started). I don't pay anything for VNC, I didn't know there was a paid option. You download the VNC viewer on your laptop or phone, and the VNC server runs on the pi. It is already included on the raspberry pi OS, so I think you just have to install it and enable it (I think it's found in the Recommended software under Preferences in the Menu once you have raspberry pi OS running). The static IP is set by my router, which enables me to be able to stream over the internet from my phone or laptop, and also eliminates the occasional connection problem with my stereo (which also is set to a static IP). May not be necessary to do this, depending on what you plan to do with the pi. For me, I use an Android phone, which allows me to stream from my music server to my phone using an app called bubbleUPNP (Android only). The bubbleUPNP server is a sudo command install on the pi, then I have it set to find my server on the network and it streams to my phone without any issue. I went this route once Google Music shut down last year, and I couldn't stream my own collection anymore. I wish I had tried using the raspberry pi & bubbleUPNP earlier, it's much better! I have my second pi for the JRiver (the IdPi), acting as a DLNA server, only because I like how it organizes my library, and the metadata that it shows on the app. I don't use it as a player or for ripping, just for the better DLNA interface on my phone and stereo. I figured that was worth the $40 or whatever it was. The IdPi is also controlled through VNC viewer.
  4. Raspberry PI 4 As An Audio Streamer

    I think you could simply connect the pi to your stereo system (and the internet), and control it using VNC Viewer. Sort of like a remote desktop connection, I just set my pi to a static IP address and the VNC sees it at that address. I use it with my computers and my phone. I use the pi OS that comes with the pi specific JRiver installation, directly from the JRiver company, called an IdPi.
  5. Raspberry PI 4 As An Audio Streamer

    I'm not worried about my cards dying, as I only have the basic raspberry Pi OS (whatever it's called) on one and I could just easily put it on another card. My second Pi, that runs the JRiver Media Center from a micro SD card, is a version that is specific to the raspberry Pi (called IdPi) so it only cost somewhere around $40. I only use it for the DLNA server through the bubbleUPNP app on my phone (which I use both as a wireless controller for my home stereo and for mobile listening through headphones), as it has good sorting and metadata info. I use EAC for all CD ripping too.
  6. Raspberry PI 4 As An Audio Streamer

    I use two Raspberry Pi 4s for my music streaming. I have one that is solely for running a bubbleupnp server, which allows me to access my music server over the internet, anywhere, and a second one that is dedicated to running JRiver Music Center as a DLNA server. Both work perfectly, I have had no problems with either unit at all. Probably cost me about $40-60 or so for each one, with the associated micro SD cards, cables, and a little bluetooth keyboard that allows me to more easily control the JRiver from my laptop instead of having to go through wired connections.
  7. Frank Zappa

    then why comment? or even click on the thread?
  8. Larry McMurtry

    Lonesome Dove and its prequel and sequels, All My Friends are Going To Be Strangers, Roads
  9. Covid vaccination: poll

    I received my second shot of the Moderna/NIH vaccine on 2/22/2021, and felt no side effects until the following day, which were mild. Felt like the early stages of a cold, but without the sore throat. Completely gone by the next day. I'm ready for any follow-up booster for any of the variants, if any are authorized later in the year.
  10. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    I don't understand this statement. The clinical trials were conducted in various populations around the world. Whatever variants or level of infection are in the community is what they had to work with. There was no "lack of representativity" or rush job. The Moderna and Pfizer trials took place starting in July 2020; the Astra Zeneca started later, and in different population centers.
  11. COVID-19 III: No Politics For Thee

    Just to add to the discussion on vaccine efficacies, it should be pointed out that these rates were determined during clinical trials, so they depend greatly on the communities in which they were tested. I think it was the Johnson&Johnson vaccine that was tested in groups that had much more of the variant discovered in South Africa, which is suspected of being more virulent than the others, and it still demonstrated an efficacy in the upper 70s, which is fantastic for a coronavirus vaccine. It was also tested during the highest increases in cases, so there was tremendous pressure on the population from the virus, and it still managed to prevent hospitalizations from severe cases. It's possible that this one, and the Astra Zeneca, are closer in efficacy rates to the Moderna and Pfizer, if they were tested in identical populations. I would recommend to anyone to get whichever one is available.
  12. Covid vaccination: poll

    I received my first shot on Monday, due to my employment (not age). No issues at all, just soreness at the injection site as with a flu shot.
  13. Favorite ECM Records of the 21st Century

    I've been really enjoying a lot of the recent ECM titles. I just wish I had time and money to explore more of what's been released over the past few years, but I've particularly liked these: Andy Sheppard- Movements in Colour Marilyn Crispell and David Rothenburg- One Dark Night I Left My Silent House Ketil Bjornstad- La Notte Marcin Wasilewski- January Sinikka Langeland- Starflowers, The half-finished heaven Markku Ounaskari, Samuli Mikkonen, Per Jørgensen- Kuara Misha Alperin- Her First Dance Anouar Brahem- The Astounding Eyes of Rita
  14. Google Play Music - the end. Alternatives?

    Almost. I use an Android phone, and the BubbleUPNP app is only for Android. My set up allows for both in-home streaming to my stereo system, and also over the internet streaming to the app on my phone, thus replacing the functionality lost from Google Music. Additionally, this set up also allows me to stream full high-res FLAC files.
  15. Google Play Music - the end. Alternatives?

    this is what i have. My music is on a network drive, and I have a raspberry pi that acts as the DLNA server, using JRiver. I can then use that to play music to my stereo system or to my phone. It works great and was much easier to set up than I was expecting. I don't like the JRiver app though, so I have a second raspberry pi that hosts the BubbleUPNP Server, which offers a much better mobile app.