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Open Discussion / Re: Handy little tool
« on: October 19, 2020, 04:03:40 AM »
I am not quite sure what this is supposed to do, I guess I am not as savvy as I would like to think. Can anyone enlighten me?

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Open Discussion / Re: You ever get that one guy...
« on: October 15, 2020, 02:32:15 AM »
I am fond of using that George Carlin quote, know how stupid the average person is, and realize that half are even more stupid then that?

But on the other hand our brains are constructed in such a way that they don't see reality as it is, they construct one in our brains from our sensory input. When you look at something, you don't see reality, you see an interpretive movie that plays inside your brain. This is why there is no such thing as common sense, or why it feels so damn odd that nobody else can see what seems clear as crystal to you. Everyone's brain movie is different and you are probably just as stupid to them as they are to you. And in a way its so amazing that it actually works in such a way that most of the time most of us can agree on anything.

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Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: October 12, 2020, 05:41:14 AM »
I has always boggled my mind how the US has allowed its voting systems to become such a dispersed mess. 3rd world countries like India, which has 4 times as many people and endemic corruptions organizes its elections better. A clear case of of the law of the handicap of a head start if there ever was one.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_the_handicap_of_a_head_start

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Open Discussion / Re: Surface mount soldering. I don't like it.
« on: October 12, 2020, 05:34:50 AM »
I agree with the OP, surface mount soldering ain't fun. And sadly as more and more through hole components go out of production it will become more and more the norm. As driven by the electronics industry, for whom this is both cheaper and allows for less repairs so more planned obsolescence. Kaching!

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Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: October 08, 2020, 01:40:28 AM »
Yeah, but it's the different shades and dynamics that give impact. It's like when you see a little old granny in a nice floral dress and white apron, scowling, and suddenly coming out with 'dammit', after years of clean language, or seeing Tom Araya in a crisp, clean, three piece suit.

Seeing Tom Araya rock out Angel of Death in a clean three piece suit would be a refreshing and even more kick ass statement then in the usual metal uniform of jeans and a black t-shirt with bandlogo. It's for that reason that in my last band I ditched the jeans and band logo t-shirt in favor of a three piece suit.

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Open Discussion / Re: What version of Big Muff are the new ones?
« on: October 07, 2020, 03:50:30 AM »
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Yeah, well, once a certain idea manages to worm itself into the public's brain you will find that you can argue until you are blue in the face
....and it's a vibrato, not a tremolo! I don't care how long it's been...

LOL!  ;D

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Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: October 07, 2020, 03:49:08 AM »
Came across Nightwish's cover of "High Hopes" by Pink Floyd. I don't like it.

The Floyd's studio version of High Hopes always had that English quality of understated wistfulness to me. It's about reminiscing of things long gone, dreams you once had but never fulfilled in the day to day grind of getting by and looking after your family and friends, and looking forwards and realising that now, the chances of you fulfilling those dreams are even less than they were when you were eighteen, knew everything, and completely believed you could conquer the world. Part of this was conveyed was through Gilmour's understated singing -- a lot of the verses, he doesn't stray far from the original key, and in the chorus, even though he lets his voice soar a bit more, it's still not very far from what you could imagine a workmate in his fifties venting about at the pub.

Nightwish's live version I  saw was overblown emo in tone, to me. The singing was too polished, and the whole production was 'everything louder than everything else', which doesn't really fit the song.

Yeah, well, Pink Floyd always was a restrained (as in not balls to the walls rocking it out) rockband. Lots of subtlety in their music. Metal is just not known for its subtlety and restraint. It's either ALL ANGRY ALL THE TIME or symphonic note overload. That's why we love metal in the first place, we're not subtle people.  ;D

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Open Discussion / Re: What version of Big Muff are the new ones?
« on: October 05, 2020, 03:45:26 AM »
He mentioned Smashing Pumpkins, which made me think creamy dreamer.
A Big Muff is not the "Smashing Pumpkins sound". The whole creamy dreamer thing was a complete fiasco, but it's nice to know it is still alive and well as "the way to get the pumpkins sound, brah!". Billy Corgan will never be able to break free from that one:
http://kitrae.net/music/Music_Muff%20Inspired%20Pedals%20and%20Clones2.html#CreamyDreamer

Yeah, well, once a certain idea manages to worm itself into the public's brain you will find that you can argue until you are blue in the face, like a virus it just will refuse to die. This goes for the Creamy Dreamer, to anti-vax, to flat earth and history in particular. To this day my grandmother is utterly convinced the Netherlands was betrayed in WW2 by pro-Nazi sympathizers during the German invasion. This idea was popular in the Netherlands during the war, because the Netherlands capitulated after only 5 days of combat and people preferred to pass the blame unto a small local Naziesque party, rather then accept that the Dutch had been woefully unprepared for modern war. It has been disproven by historians, pretty soon after the war that local Nazi sympathizers played no role whatsoever in the Dutch defeat. But try explaining that to my grandmother. I think I must have tried a dozen times. Now I just give up.

Ideas are like viruses and logic and facts are not vaccines to them. The only way to get an idea out of someone's brain is with a different idea.

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Open Discussion / Re: Favorite pedal brand
« on: October 03, 2020, 06:20:01 AM »
Lovetone pedals are awesome, and I wanted them SO BADLY when I first saw them. Until I got a few clones and realized way too many knobs. It's like going to the store to get peanut butter and finding 50 different brands, types and flavors. 4 is about my max with knobs these days, less is more, especially with mod pedals. LOVE the one knob MXR and EHX phasers.

(looks behind him at the synth-cable-palooza)

I have no idea what you mean by this  ;D

As for favourite -- I'd give this two options. If we're talking reliability, grab'n'go, I've-got-to-play-in-five-minutes!, I'd say Boss. They aren't the world's trendiest, but they're built like brick sh!thouses and are nearly always pretty decent. If we're talking bedroom, I'm-having-fun, then Lovetone. The more time you have to mess around with them, the better they get.

Thing is, maybe this is just me, ultimately after all that experimentation you gravitate towards a single sound, in which case all those knobs and switches might as well be set and forget trimpots and dipswitches. Unless you're Radiohead and you need a ton of weird noises. Although even they seem to have ditched their Lovetone pedals. Ed used to have a Big Cheese, Ringstinger and Meatball on his board(s).

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Open Discussion / Re: Favorite pedal brand
« on: September 29, 2020, 01:10:30 AM »
Lovetone pedals are awesome, and I wanted them SO BADLY when I first saw them. Until I got a few clones and realized way too many knobs. It's like going to the store to get peanut butter and finding 50 different brands, types and flavors. 4 is about my max with knobs these days, less is more, especially with mod pedals. LOVE the one knob MXR and EHX phasers.

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Open Discussion / Re: Favorite pedal brand
« on: September 27, 2020, 11:36:19 AM »
EHX makes fun stuff, even today they are pushing the envelope. I just wish they would use smaller enclosures. But my biggest love was and still is Boss. Ever since my formative first guitar playing years in the 80's I've been hooked hook line and sinker on the small colored boxes. And modding Boss pedals was what got me into the hobby. I've had EHX pedals that I don't use, I've got Boss pedals I don't use. I will sooner part with my EHX pedals though, as I do love to collect Boss pedals. Yeah, Boss is a little more conservative in its extreme sounds then EHX, but you can drop any Boss pedal from a tower block roof, use a Boss pedal to hammer a zombie's brain, and they will survive. The old EHX pedals look flimsy in comparison. And sometimes you need simple straight forward bread and butter pedals. Plus Prince LOVED Boss pedals, he had a great guitar tone and was a great guitar player, so they can't be bad.

Honorable mentions go to Line 6 pedals, because the 4 modeler pedals are awesome value for what you get and offer some great use for effects abuse. And their smaller pedals aren't slouches either. Especially the Echo Park is a very underrated delay pedal.

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Open Discussion / Re: Just Saying -- the soapbox thread
« on: September 17, 2020, 05:38:31 AM »
This is probably a really stupid question, but the band named 'Live'... (always wondered about that... "I'm seeing the band Live tonight!" "Which band?" "Live!" "Well, of course it's live, what band is it?")

Is it pronounced live as in "Performing live tonight!", or as in "Live long and prosper" ?

That's just weird. Try searching for a band you saw during a gig and thought was cool which was called 'The Music'. Have fun googling that.

There's been several English dubs of those -- Asterix in Britain was my favourite.

I mean like a blockbuster :)

By French standards those were blockbusters. I reckon it would be hard to make them work like that as the action would be cartoony and the humor very European. Lots of European leaders, artists and prominents from the 60's and 70's had cameos in Asterix. Hollywood would just f*** it up. Like they always do. And throw in some gender and race swaps to boot.

people in the US don't know the character at all. I'm only familiar with him from seeing a few (emphasis on few, they were very uncommon) comics at comic book stores years ago.

I was always intrigued but never had the money to buy them.

I grew up on this stuff. All this American superhero stuff was as alien to me as Asterix is to you. I knew it existed but I never saw it at the time.

After watching far too many BosnianBill and LockPickingLawyer videos, I picked up a set of progressive training locks and lockpicks from Sparrows.

The part that gave me the shits was finding out that the lock I'd used for my bicycle all through intermediate and highschool was about as hard as the three pin training lock with no security pins.

When I went to university we had the introduction beforehand, where senior students would help you to show you around the place. The group went out for a night on the town, the senior student locked his bike to mine with a big chain, and when we came back our bikes were still there, only the chain had been stolen.

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Open Discussion / Re: So, What's the Deal With Tayda Electronics???
« on: September 09, 2020, 04:03:12 AM »
When I still built pedals I LOVED Tayda. It allowed me to build between 4 to 6 pedals a month. AND build up stock as well. There's no way I could have done so with using parts from Musikding or Smallbear, let alone that as a European shipping from the US is prohibitively expensive. Really expensive because of the double whammy of both shipping costs and customs duties. Whereas Tayda would 19 times out of 20 sneak under the customs radar if you only ordered enough so they would use the padded envelope. A box, that would get hit, but usually never the envelopes. And I could still built 2 pedals on average on parts with the envelope.

Tayda was an enabler. Allowed me to feed my pedal addiction at a reasonable cost. Wouldn't use them for professional builds for others, but then again I only built for myself. If I still did I would get my pots, switches, resistors, caps, most diodes and the common IC's from them still. And let's not forget their enclosures. Cheapest 125B's I could find at the time, my box of choice. Only the really rare IC's and transistors I would source elsewhere.

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Open Discussion / Re: This made me smile
« on: June 27, 2020, 10:50:05 AM »
I find it anything but funny. Well, kinda, but it was one thing when Islamic hardliners were tearing down statues and smashing them up in Afghanistan and Syria, to see it happen here in the West is terrible. As a former student of history it breaks my heart and make me fear for more crazy is to follow.

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Open Discussion / Re: Anyone out there flying hobby drones?
« on: June 27, 2020, 10:45:37 AM »
Having seen a lot of drone shots from the guys at advchina I have been kinda long term lusting after a drone myself. Winston made amazing footage of massive Chinese cities when they were still there.

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