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  1. Ed Boland's Avatar
    I have a question for any experts on vinyl LPs. I purchased a remastered Trilogy LP by ELP. It sounds good but I really need to turn up the volume. It has a much lower volume than any of my other LPs, by ELP or anyone else, and whether original or remastered. Did I get a bad copy of Trilogy? Should I send it back?
    I've heard of Chinese "knockoff" vinyl reproduction (or labeled "remastered") being sold. It depends... Where'd you buy this vinyl? I'd try to send it back and find another source.

    If MSFT has indeed killed off the Lumia line, looks like I need to score a 950 model...

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    I'll hang on to my 1520. Though after updating it and trying to use it for some basic tasks the other day, after it sat in a drawer for a couple months, it was really disappointing. What a mess...

    I've seen luxurious-overpriced phones before, and they don't make sense to me just like this Walkman thing.
    As for the headphones, I've seen some really expensive, but again within reason, around 500$, and I guess they're really, really good, Audiotehnica (or something like that).
    I bet I can spend less than $100 and have a pair of cans that sound just as good!

    So would you advise me to buy a used original copy of the same album and compare?
    I would! If possible... Maybe see if there's a Wiki on that particular album and see if there's any mention of problems they had in the studio or with the recording?
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    09-14-2016 10:27 PM
  2. Ed Boland's Avatar
    I'm going in!

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    09-14-2016 10:38 PM
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    It is getting to be a chore to find the right combo that's best for me in a smartphone. I want to do down one phone, but it looks like I'll have to make do with two devices...

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    I've found mine...

    Blue Man Group

    Nice!
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    09-14-2016 10:41 PM
  4. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I've found mine...


    Nice!
    Truth be told, Ed...

    If I had $400 to spend with how I can dig a little, I'd buy a G5 (if I didn't have the Mi 5). Honorary mentions to the Honor 8 and HTC 10. It's not perfect, but like the Honor 8 and Mi 5, it has compromises I can live with.

    Otherwise, nothing interests me right now.

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    09-14-2016 11:14 PM
  5. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    It's Friday! (Well for me anyway. :) )

    Off to London tomorrow. Hopefully a better experience this time compared to last.

    Rest of the weekend will be doing things at home I think.
    09-14-2016 11:27 PM
  6. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I put Kodi and the Exodus add-on on my N7. Appears to be working but really haven't tried it yet.

    I'm going to cast to my TV from my tablet. It's simpler than using the laptop and I'm not using my tablet that much anymore.
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    09-14-2016 11:30 PM
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    It's very humid here at the moment. Already 17C and it's only 5:30am.
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    09-14-2016 11:32 PM
  8. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I've heard of Chinese "knockoff" vinyl reproduction (or labeled "remastered") being sold. It depends... Where'd you buy this vinyl? I'd try to send it back and find another source.


    I'll hang on to my 1520. Though after updating it and trying to use it for some basic tasks the other day, after it sat in a drawer for a couple months, it was really disappointing. What a mess...



    I bet I can spend less than $100 and have a pair of cans that sound just as good!


    I would! If possible... Maybe see if there's a Wiki on that particular album and see if there's any mention of problems they had in the studio or with the recording?
    The vinyl came from Amazon (not a reseller). I'm going to get an original used copy of the 1972 album and compare the sound. If the one from Amazon is quieter, I'll contact Amazon and send it back.
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    09-14-2016 11:56 PM
  9. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I put Kodi and the Exodus add-on on my N7. Appears to be working but really haven't tried it yet.

    I'm going to cast to my TV from my tablet. It's simpler than using the laptop and I'm not using my tablet that much anymore.
    Kodi works well for me on my N7.
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    09-15-2016 12:24 AM
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    I put Kodi and the Exodus add-on on my N7. Appears to be working but really haven't tried it yet.

    I'm going to cast to my TV from my tablet. It's simpler than using the laptop and I'm not using my tablet that much anymore.
    Local cast works great with Kodi if you have a Chromecast stick.
    09-15-2016 12:32 AM
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    Just finished Now You See Me 2, bunch of Surface devices and one WP in the movie.
    09-15-2016 12:33 AM
  12. azcruz's Avatar
    The vinyl came from Amazon (not a reseller). I'm going to get an original used copy of the 1972 album and compare the sound. If the one from Amazon is quieter, I'll contact Amazon and send it back.
    It happens, I have two (sometimes 3 or more) of the same vinyl with different mastering and they sound different, some "thin" sounding, some artificially "colored", some just right.
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    09-15-2016 12:50 AM
  13. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    It happens, I have two (sometimes 3 or more) of the same vinyl with different mastering and they sound different, some "thin" sounding, some artificially "colored", some just right.
    I have lots of vinyl, but no duplicates of the same album, but this Trilogy remaster is the only LP that has such a low volume compared to anything else I own. That's why I think it is defective. I shouldn't need to turn up the volume twice as loud for Trilogy than any of my other LPs.

    That's just the sound in general, not low bass, etc. Granted, I don't need to turn the volume to the maximum, but still it's odd that Trilogy after any other album needs twice as much volume. 😵
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    09-15-2016 01:11 AM
  14. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    On another note, people who aren't familiar with progressive rock have asked me if I was listening to circus music whenever I've played anything by ELP where Emerson played a piano. So far, nobody has asked me about the circus music when I've played other ELP songs that aren't piano songs or when I've played other progressive rock albums not by ELP. However, I'll say that circus music is my favorite if I hear any more references to it when I play other artists. 😛

    I can picture it now. It's all circus music. But what type of circus music? Does ELP, Yes, Rush, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Tool, Big Big Train, etc. fit into clown music, acrobat music or wild animal trainer music?
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    09-15-2016 01:28 AM
  15. azcruz's Avatar
    Geez, you just reminded me I haven't opened my Dream Theater vinyl yet. I bought them years ago from Music Direct in Chicago.
    09-15-2016 02:18 AM
  16. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Geez, you just reminded me I haven't opened my Dream Theater vinyl yet. I bought them years ago from Music Direct in Chicago.
    I went to a concert in 1998 with Dream Theater, ELP and Deep Purple.
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    09-15-2016 02:34 AM
  17. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    He'd better listen...hard to get by and feed a kid, the kid's mom and yourself at his current salary.

    So if he wants to enjoy the sex without the consequences, he'd better buy them in bulk as condoms have a 5-year shelf life.

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    I went to college during the late 80s-early 90s, and I was a legal adult (for bars) in the early 90s. That was during the height of the HIV crisis, so it wasn't necessary for anyone to purchase condoms back then. Condoms were handed out free of charge at most places.
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    09-15-2016 03:17 AM
  18. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I went to college during the late 80s-early 90s, and I was a legal adult (for bars) in the early 90s. That was during the height of the HIV crisis, so it wasn't necessary for anyone to purchase condoms back then. Condoms were handed out free of charge at most places.
    Well, just like anything else, there more there becomes a needs, the more it becomes an opportunity to make some money from the situation.

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    09-15-2016 05:57 AM
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    I went to college during the late 80s-early 90s, and I was a legal adult (for bars) in the early 90s. That was during the height of the HIV crisis, so it wasn't necessary for anyone to purchase condoms back then. Condoms were handed out free of charge at most places.
    Now, if I put on my old hat for a second...there are some truths that often get swept under the rug because here in 'Murica there's a bunch of taboos for sex:

    1) Sex is better without condoms. We were designed to do it like that. Because of that, some people are willing to risk their health to chase that sort of natural feeling.

    2) People don't like talking about the health related things in their medical history surrounding sex. It is often pulling teeth for people to talk about HIV status, last STI screenings, condom usage and hormonal contraception and "what happens if a pregnancy happens". There are a myriad of reasons behind this.

    3) In heterosexual relationships, men still wield a fair amount of power and influence over condom negotiation, hormonal contraception, pregnancy and STI screenings. Sometimes, some women are not comfortable in asking about these things with a partner in fear of "rocking the boat".

    4) It's important to apply the STI information the right way. Sometimes people will produce last testing results as a way of convincing a potential sex partner "they're up to date", and will leave out some rainy behaviors that they did recently. So building trust and getting honesty from the person is essential.

    5) Sahib is still on the age range with the highest number of newly HIV+ patients. The older folks like 99/Rue/you are in the fastest newly diagnosed for HIV group because of the threat of pregnancy is reduced, making people more likely not to use condoms.

    6) Sahib is still in the age range for most newly diagnosed +STI results. Ages 15-34 account for most of those numbers.

    So as it isn't as easy to do, talking with someone you're sleeping with (or have designs on sleeping with) about having the sex in the safest way possible is essential. It is very difficult to look at a 17 y.o. and tell her that she has herpes, or a 19 y.o. he is HIV+, or see a 18 y.o. college sophomore who lives out of state and is pregnant and devastated because her religious beliefs frown upon termination of a pregnancy but her current life structure says that doing that is the best choice for her at that moment.

    Sex is all good and fun, but if the adult stuff isn't put in place to handle the consequences, it can be a destructive enterprise.

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    09-15-2016 06:21 AM
  20. Ed Boland's Avatar
    Geez, you just reminded me I haven't opened my Dream Theater vinyl yet. I bought them years ago from Music Direct in Chicago.
    Which reminds me; DT is coming in concert here at the historic Florida Theatre (Jacksonville, FL) soon. They're going to do their new, entire The Astonishing album. Might have to go see 'em!

    Anything at the Florida Theatre sounds amazing! The venue was designed with acoustic sound quality front and foremost. I've seen many concerts there, most recently Joe Satriani which was mind blowingly awesome!
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    09-15-2016 06:36 AM
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    So, I've only been playing with iOS 10 for an hour or so, so far. First impressions are good! There's a ton of new goodies, which may be enough to keep my 6S Plus fresh enough to hold me over till the "S" models come out later.
    09-15-2016 06:40 AM
  22. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Sex is all good and fun, but if the adult stuff isn't put in place to handle the consequences, it can be a destructive enterprise.

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    The problem we have (well always had) is that we now have highly sexualized media, music, video, TV, movies, etc... Free porn online, images, videos, etc...

    There's lots of messages about how great sex is and how fun it is. However, not many messages about the adult stuff. Parents don't want schools teaching their kids about it, parents don't want to talk to their kids about it so you're sort of in this no mans land of where do kids learn anything about it? Media and peers of course! All full of misinformation.

    It's not just the US with this issue and unfortunately there's many moves from overtly religious parents trying to get the education pulled from schools that have it in their curriculum because they believe it encourages them to have sex rather than educating them. Which of course is insane, there's many ways to educate kids about things without it being too uncomfortable and getting the message across.

    Sad world we live in though where this mentality is prevalent. The wrong people are running the world...
    Last edited by N_LaRUE; 09-15-2016 at 07:35 AM.
    09-15-2016 06:59 AM
  23. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    On the tech front, looks like outside of Google and Asus, no one else is putting out any new Android wear watches this year. Now, I don't care for the Fossil style stuffs either. It makes sense because even though Asus is using the newer chip in their Zenwatch 3, you'll get the same battery life as the 2015 models because that chip is still made on the same process as the S400 ones.

    I was hoping for some 2016 refreshes so I could get a Huawei watch or 360 2105 cheaper, but I guess I'll have to wait until after 2.0 drops. I like my 360 but it isn't aging as well and I probably should get a solid replacement. I was looking at the 360 sport (since I'd still wear the 360 occasionally), but the black one is as horrid as the SW3 was in terms of being a lint magnet. We'll see...

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  24. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    The problem we have (well always had) is that we now have highly sexualized media, music, video, TV, movies, etc... Free porn online, images, videos, etc...

    There's lots of messages about how great sex is and how fun it is. However, not many messages about the adult stuff. Parents don't want schools teaching their kids about it, parents don't want to talk to their parents about it so you're sort of in this no mans land of where do kids learn anything about it? Media and peers of course! All full of misinformation.

    It's not just the US with this issue and unfortunately there's many moves from overtly religious parents trying to get the education pulled from schools that have it in their curriculum because they believe it encourages them to have sex rather than educating them. Which of course is insane, there's many ways to educate kids about things without it being too uncomfortable and getting the message across.

    Sad world we live in though where this mentality is prevalent. The wrong people are running the world...
    The wrong people have always run the world. The human female body is the most commercially exploited entity in human history.

    I enjoyed being able to work with youth in the manner I did. I give them credit, it's tough growing up in this era.

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    09-15-2016 07:08 AM
  25. worldspy99's Avatar
    So, I've only been playing with iOS 10 for an hour or so, so far. First impressions are good! There's a ton of new goodies, which may be enough to keep my 6S Plus fresh enough to hold me over till the "S" models come out later.
    I just got the tracking number for an i7 which is replacing the i6 whose battery life has gone down according to the current owner (my wife). It should arrive tomorrow.
    09-15-2016 07:30 AM
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