J Larsen

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  1. Blue Note Reissues for 2008...

    If Ike Quebec is on a record, that's reason enough for me to buy it.
  2. IIRC, Cramer has had some significant problems with the SEC regarding market manipulation. Edit: Oh right, this was the guy who was idiotic enough to describe his illegal market activities in a TV interview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOGLvxqAk4A
  3. Worst Mosaic Decision?

    Long time, no see.
  4. Worst Mosaic Decision?

    Strange that so many people diss the Chico set, yet no one will sell me one.
  5. Hey Pete, Can we have Basra now?

    If the issue really is just the title, why not just reissue it under a different name? Note that this is not my prefered solution, but it seems to be a decent way around a very silly problem.
  6. Coltrane box sets for sale

    PM sent on the Kirk, hope I wasn't too late.
  7. Blue Note Reissues for 2008...

    I thought Hipp was a painter (which obviously doesn't preclude the possibility that she was also doing menial work).
  8. NB: There was a very brief article in either the NY Times or WSJ a few weeks ago reporting on supposedly leaked information to the effect that these transactions at Goldman are the subject of an SEC investigation. It will be interesting to see if anything ever comes of that.
  9. Baseball Steroid Thread

    That's absolute nonsense. It says that Mitchell was conducting research under an imperfect set of circumstances, namely that many parties refused to cooperate and he had no legal authority to compel them to cooperate, and that therefore the report is likely to be incomplete. This is an entirely different thing from saying that his research practices are poor. It is nearly certain that the vast majority of ballplayers who used steriods or improperly used HGH are not named in the report, but that can not be reasonably blamed on Mitchell. On the other hand, there is very damning evidence provided against most of the players who are named in the report, especially the cashed checks written to dealers. Larsen, He asked people to speculate....that isn't hard evidence; it is hearsay. His chief rat, er..."witness" is a convicted drug dealer, fer crissakes. The rest is forced MLB/Giambi testimony or the tabloid media jackals or waton assumption. Did you read the article? Of course he asked people to speculate - that's part of doing an investigation. A couple people speculate that Player X did steriods, and then you focus your effots on looking in to Player X. Either you find somebody who says "I saw Player X do steriods" or you find a check written by Player X to a dealer or you don't. In fact, nothing in the report is speculative. For many of the accused players checks are provided as evidence - not the mere statement that checks exist, mind you, but actual images of the checks. For the remainder of the players (e.g. Clemens) the report states exactly who told Mitchell that the player in question did steriods. For instance, Mitchell reports that McNamee told him that Clemens asked him to inject steriods into his ass, and that he did so. There is nothing speculative about that; nor is it hearsay. Mitchell is simply reporting an allegation made by McNamee. In these cases, you can decide for yourself if the allegation is credible or not. Given that McNamee faced legal liability only if he lied, I tend to find this particular allegation credible.
  10. Baseball Steroid Thread

    My admittedly very rough count is that there are about 13 current or former Red Sox players named in the report, and the report reveals evidence that the Red Sox knew that Gagne was taking steriods while they were considering acquiring him.
  11. Baseball Steroid Thread

    That's absolute nonsense. It says that Mitchell was conducting research under an imperfect set of circumstances, namely that many parties refused to cooperate and he had no legal authority to compel them to cooperate, and that therefore the report is likely to be incomplete. This is an entirely different thing from saying that his research practices are poor. It is nearly certain that the vast majority of ballplayers who used steriods or improperly used HGH are not named in the report, but that can not be reasonably blamed on Mitchell. On the other hand, there is very damning evidence provided against most of the players who are named in the report, especially the cashed checks written to dealers.
  12. Baseball Steroid Thread

    Wow pretty damning. A column written and published a few days before the Mitchell report even came out by a columnist who hasn't read it. And reading it changes the flawed method of research the Mitchell people used, um...how? You know, I don't need to experience a shark bite before I can understand how much it hurts, either. I can read about it and be perfectly satisfied that shark bites suck. I'm kinda funny that way. I actually did read that article and it doesn't support your claim at all. If anything, the theme of the article is "in order to judge the report, we'll have to read it when it comes out." From the article: I'm suprised more hasn't been made of all the cashed checks and handwritten notes from players that are included as figures and exhibits in the report; I think I said it above but the one from Paul Lo Duca near the end is a riot.
  13. Baseball Steroid Thread

    The cleared checks and handwritten notes in the report are damning evidence. The Paul Lo Duca note explaining why he hadn't paid up is pretty funny.
  14. If you live in NYC you are surely aware that this "spin" was the basis for the cover of the NY Post (with the headline "Peace Train"). Fact: Jews were the victim of a hate crime on the train. Fact: A muslim man intervened. Fact: The media propagates the notion that these two groups are generally at odds. Fact: The incident on the train contradicts this notion. Most people see this as a good thing, for the very reason that it serves to dispel the misconception that you are railing against. I can't find anything to get offended about here.
  15. No, actually it is a contradiction of the widely propigated notion that Jews and Muslims "have a problem with each other." For that, it is a valuable and newsworthy story.
  16. Blackle

    I have a laptop too, and actually you may be right, JLarsen should know it, I guess, but overall I think that's a brilliant approach to enviromental issues. Once upon a time I worked in magnetic memory systems (for about 1.5 years); I only know other aspects of hardware technology from overhearing things at the water cooler. That being said, my non-authoritative understanding is that the fluorescent tubes on an lcd monitor are always on at the same voltage regardless of what is being displayed on the screens.
  17. Circumcision

    I'm in the "hell no" camp. Leave the kid intact and teach him to take care of himself.
  18. Worst Mosaic Decision?

    well, my point is ... i would love to buy me some 1950s lou donaldson, some 1950s hank mobley or some 1960s horace parlan ... but i really don't need everything of it, sorry ... just because lou donaldson recorded about 200 albums for the blue note label in the 1950s doesn't mean i have to buy and own 100 pounds of this stuff -_- really, what's the point of having the complete 1950s lou donaldson? i mean, besides the simple fact that you can say: look, here i have the complete 1950s lou donaldson ... -_- Your point was perfectly clear, I just disagree. If its a choice between possibly having to buy a little more than I normally would or having certain sessions never be reissued, I'm happy to fork over the extra cash. After all, many of the sessions that would never be reissued under the model you propose are exactly the sessions I'm most interested in.
  19. Interesting... I've always tended to have a hard time with sci-fi and I'm no fan of PKD, but I've always liked this movie. Admittedly the story doesn't do much for me, but the atmosphere of the film is incredible.
  20. Worst Mosaic Decision?

    I've always been in the minority around here in not being a huge fan of Mosaic packaging, but I do like the "complete sessions" aspect of the label. The reality is that if Mosaic let consumers pick and choose, they would only be able to release a tiny fraction of the music they otherwise release, and therefore a lot of sessions would never see the light of day.
  21. I saw the final cut in an nyc theater a couple months ago, and was left wondering what all the fuss was about. I've seen the director's cut many, many times and I could barely perceive a difference between the final cut and the director's cut except for maybe a subtle improvement of the picture (and the weird unicorn scene seemed a little longer). The special effects were distinctly 2D. That being said, A) it is still a great movie and I appreciated the chance to see it in the theater again and B) I'm sure the DVD/Blu Ray of the final cut will be superior to those of the director's cut, but that seems to just beg the question of the point in packaging both together.
  22. Jazz Is Not Fun?

    Hmmm... I've never been to a corporate holiday party where they played Kenny G. I have been to a couple with a live jazz band, though. But I've been to many more along the lines of the event she described in the article. I generally find corporate parties to be painful regardless of the music being played.
  23. Redbook CD vs hi-res format - is there a difference?

    WTF? I think they are saying that to the extent that SACDs sound better than CDs, it is because they are better produced, not the result of technical differences between the two media. But I have no idea how they differentiated the two effects.
  24. Worst Mosaic Decision?

    I regret the decision I made in grad school to pay my rent rather than pick up the Chico Hamilton Mosaic when it hit last chance.