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Open Discussion / Re: Shaving
« on: January 17, 2019, 09:09:32 AM »
no help here, I don't care about a product's politics much and I'm rocking my KC Chiefs football season beard of good luck ... hoping to be sporting this into February

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Open Discussion / Re: 60s style OD. suggestions?
« on: January 14, 2019, 10:51:22 AM »
don't know if this got mentioned yet, but Colorsound Power Boost would be a good fit

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Field Museum in Chicago is practically a must ... hard to say no to a superdog and a can of Old Style

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Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: January 09, 2019, 07:25:06 AM »
I agree on the 911
I'd have to toss the coin between the aston martin db5 or the 1967 ferrari 275 gtb convertible
while it is tempting to choose the challenger hellcat or whatever their highest horsepower current production model is, I'll go for the equally ridiculous vintage Vanishing Point hemi challenger r/t

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Open Discussion / Re: what are you guys listening to at the moment?
« on: January 03, 2019, 08:05:12 AM »
Fred Eaglesmith in general, this song especially ... that tremolo tho.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRbrjSf9K7s" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRbrjSf9K7s</a>

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Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: January 02, 2019, 01:58:29 PM »
You'll probably like this Alan

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC2L29BdQH4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC2L29BdQH4</a>
that's neat ... I grew up going to steam/vintage tractor shows (Terning's in Valley Center, KS) and of course classic car shows (Starbird's in Wichita) ... always fun to see equipment not from the U.S.

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Open Discussion / Re: And a Happy 2019 to you!
« on: January 01, 2019, 08:17:48 PM »
I escaped ... and as has been tradition in our home had black eyed peas, collard greens, and cornbread today ... I skipped the football though. I knew UCF wasn't going to get past LSU and couldn't bring myself to watch it.

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Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: December 29, 2018, 07:47:56 PM »
lol for kicks, this evening I managed to find Genesee cream ale in a 12 pack at the neighborhood liquor store ... I don't believe I've had the pleasure yet ... I seem to recall having Little King's cream ale once upon a time

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Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: December 29, 2018, 11:29:45 AM »
the top of the heap beers from bud, miller/coors are pretty godawful (and they know it and make "microbrews") ... some of the legacy brands (grandpa's beer) are better, and generally not as liked by the public because they aren't as easy drinking (looking at you Pabst, Schlitz, Hamm's, Stroh's, etc) ... some of the regionals are even better like Yuengling (who took over the Busch Gardens brewery in Tampa) and Shiner ... then of course there's the litany of microbrews overdoing it with the hops, occasionally crafting something brilliant, and generally pricing themselves out of being an everyday brew. I tend to buy grandpa beers on the regular and sprinkle in the regionals and microbrews for special occasions.

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beckett is still your best bet https://www.beckett.com/

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Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: December 18, 2018, 08:30:31 AM »
I liken this engine rebuild to my recent acquisition of a powerpc g5 isight imac ... so completely impractical.

PPC macs are where it's at  8) I have a couple of Powermacs G4 and G5. The G4 is set up with OS/9 if you want impractical :)
my wife was like "why?" and the best I could muster was that it was one of the few oddball platforms I haven't owned ... POWER, MIPS, SPARC ... had those ... only thing left now is alpha ... and I'm not in the market. if this wasn't a flatscreen all-in-one I would have passed. I just don't have the room for a collection anymore.

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Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: December 17, 2018, 11:19:50 AM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XJE-2KNH-Y" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XJE-2KNH-Y</a>

While I was watching this, I was thinking two things. Firstly, thank gawd I never got into automechanics (beyond liking the actual driving part and appreciating pretty cars), and secondly...

Is this how Dad feels, watching me work on computer hardware?
I liken this engine rebuild to my recent acquisition of a powerpc g5 isight imac ... so completely impractical. I think the original small block hemi like that only got horsepower in the high 100s  to 300 hp range ... and there's generally a lack of aftermarket performance parts (hence the custom-welded intake plenum) ... its cool to see it done, but it would be completely forgivable to go with a later model mopar engine just for the horsepower and parts availability.

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General Questions / Re: Replacing tubes
« on: December 10, 2018, 04:31:41 PM »
no adjustable bias?
try contacting the tube vendor about the specific brand of amp you've got for a matched set. this is what the mesa guys have to do if they don't want to buy Mesa tubes and generally tube vendors know this and accomodate. that said, vintage amps rarely had bias adjustment (or even matched tubes) so even if you just end up getting a matched set of tubes you're doing just fine.

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General Questions / Re: Question power resistors Airbrake attenuator
« on: December 06, 2018, 03:44:37 PM »
the power rating of resistors is the amount of power they can safely dissipate, the power rating of an amplifier is a root mean square measurement of the continuous power the amplifier can deliver. If you're only attenuating some percentage of the power, then sure you're fine. if you're building this to attenuate a large percentage of power you should probably design around that and increase the dissipation capacity. Speaking of dissipation, you'll need to be providing some forced air ventilation to your new room heater.

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Build Reports / Re: Hypotenuse (Sharkfin build)
« on: December 03, 2018, 10:57:17 AM »
I honestly wish I didn't know the "Lore" behind this build

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