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  •  Single digits (and I don't mean unmarried fingers) (12+ / 0-)

    we may get up into the teens (watch it!).
    I don't do guilt (unless I've done something stupid that hurt someone) so no guilty pleasures, but, even when the rest of my band HATED the Monkees, I liked several of their songs, still do.
    I kinda feel guilty about Tuna sashimi, 'cuz the world is running out of Tunas.
    Now that you mention it, I guess I haven't had a crush on anyone, famous or not, in quite some time. Interesting. I didn't even notice. That's probably not a good thing.
    Edible glitter? Only if it's in edible massage oil.
    Hmmm, hobbies? I suppose, since I'm not aiming for rockstar status, the music I play could be considered a hobby. My nephew and several friends and family members, get together here a couple times a week and jam. Some know how, some don't, everyone is welcome anyway. I have grabbed any and every musical instrument that I could and so there are ample instruments available for walk-ins. The latest major addition is a set of Conga and a pair of Bongos, donated by one of my California cousins. He bought them 30+years ago at Haight-Ashbury Music Center and lugged them around for years, then stored them for a bunch more years. Now they are in the center of the studio on stands and upwards of four people can play them together at once!(Be careful not to hit each other)
    Associated with playing music, I fix and modify (and occasionally, fabricate from scratch) electronics, effects, amps and pre-amps, speaker cabinets, et cetera. I love the smell of rosin-core solder.
    Modern electronics annoy me.
    The new approach to electronic equipment is extremely wasteful. In old stuff, a burned out resistor or a fried capacitor could be identified and replaced, saving the entire piece of equipment for the cost of a single part. Most modern stuff, if one tiny resister burns out, the whole board is junk, no one knows how to trouble shoot it and even if you did, the parts are not replaceable, they are wave-soldered by robot. So the art of repair is lost, just replace the board, throw the old one over your shoulder 'cuz there isn't even a way to recapture the rare earths and metals in it. The unit is 99.9% good, that .1% bad means it goes in the dumpster.
    I've been studying vacuum tube pre-amps and will soon attempt to build one. By comparing the schematics of many popular tube amps, Fenders and Marshals in particular, I've come up with a pre-amp design for bass guitar.  The Power amp stage is already built, a big, 400watt Class D power amp (or BASH amp) pushing two cabinets, one with 4 tens and a horn, the other with a single 15 in a ported cabinet. I can simulate the pre-rumble of an earthquake with it, shake the spoons up in the kitchen drawer, but it is clinically clean reproduction and I want some dirt. A three stage tube pre-amp will give me a variety of different distortions and sustain characteristics to shape the sound before it gets sent to the amp.
    As for art, I'm hopelessly pedestrian, I believe that art should convey a message of some sort, formed in the artist's mind and received in the viewer's mind relatively as offered. In other words, I like representative art. Abstract Impressionism lost me, but Surrealism and Hyperrealism work for me. I don't mind if the figure is impossible (drawers in a woman's torso) as long as I can see what the component parts are supposed to be. If everyone that sees a piece walks away thinking they saw something different, got different messages from the piece, it failed, in my book, because the artist didn't communicate hir idea well enough.
    And for the same reason that I avoid violent movies, I shy away from dark art. I can appreciate the work of Geiger but I can't say I like it.
    Anyway, I've procrastinated long enough, gotta go freeze.
    And BTW a shout out for commonmass and GMB2, they are going through a difficult pass and we should all send our most positive energy their way. Bad things happen to good people and it sucks. They are engaged but may not get the chance to marry.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:31:00 AM PST

    •  Funny, (9+ / 0-)

      I was thinking of the Monkees as a musical guilty pleasure. Some well crafted fluff in there. Also Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz." I don't like their other stuff, but that song I cannot resist.

      I like all kinds of art, and this diary series is introducing me to more and more of it.

      I'm with you totally on all the non-repairable crap produced these days. We should work on NOT creating more waste. One of the ways I determine if I will buy something is how long it will last, can it be repaired, etc. It's like the choice between hardwood floors or laminate. Hardwood can be refinished. If one spot gets damaged it can be repaired without ripping up the rest. Easy choice. (Not to mention laminate feels and sounds funny underfoot.)

      Someone feeling wronged is like someone feeling thirsty. Don’t tell them they aren’t. Sit with them and have a drink. - Lemony Snicket

      by Floja Roja on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:44:21 AM PST

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    •  I feel guilt (not) (1+ / 0-)
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      even when the rest of my band HATED the Monkees, I liked several of their songs, still do.
      I love the Monkees, and I'm not ashamed!

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