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Title: Hope everyone survived
Post by: azure on December 26, 2008, 09:42:13 AM
Man, despite two huge dinners and feeling like a human log after snowshoeing yesterday afternoon, I am relieved to say I made it through relatively unscathed. I wish the ties and slippers I received were usable, and some clothing I'm too fat for would walk away on it's own, but I gave good presents and had a boatload of fun! Hope you all had it at least as good as I did!

All best,
Ben


Title: Re: Hope everyone survived
Post by: frostypuck on December 27, 2008, 08:31:34 AM
We had Christmas on friday night, to allow my sister from central Maine to get down here at her leisure.
Today, it's off to hunt up a good deal on a megahuge new TV.

Hope eveyone had a very merry.
Later,
Chris


Title: Re: Hope everyone survived
Post by: azure on December 27, 2008, 11:16:49 AM
Ah, so you're finally getting the big picture? ;D ;D ;D
I'm waiting until these old beaters die before I go out and get new ones, but I might have to kick them a few times as I've seen how good HD looks on these new mega teles.
Enjoy!!


Title: Re: Hope everyone survived
Post by: mick750F on December 27, 2008, 08:13:02 PM
   Well, not to throw a damper on everyone's good holiday but this xmas...which I don't particularly care for that much as a holiday to begin with...has been a rough one. My dad has been in the hospital since last Sun. and my mom went in on xmas day. Actually she was already at the hospital visiting my dad when she blacked out and ended up being admitted. I think that they are both going to come out of it relatively okay, my mom might be home tomorrow, my dad we're not sure...it's a bit more complicated.

   As for HDTV...a friend of mine did a lot of research and ended up with a 40" CRT Sony. The best picture out there...except maybe for some German CRT that cost twice as much. Me? I'll just keep buying used 32"-36" used CRTs  as I need them  for $25-$50 until there aren't any more.  ;D ;D

Mike...oh the heaviness


Title: Re: Hope everyone survived
Post by: azure on December 27, 2008, 11:33:59 PM
Hey Mike,
Hope things work out well with the 'rents.
I'm an old school guy when it comes to tech stuff as I still listen to LP's.
If it ain't broke...
All best,
Ben


Title: Re: Hope everyone survived
Post by: andy750 on December 28, 2008, 04:32:01 AM
Hey Mike wishing your parents a speedy recovery.
All the best,
Andy


Title: Re: Hope everyone survived
Post by: mick750F on December 29, 2008, 07:44:22 PM
   Thanks for your wishes guys. They're both still in the hospital. My dad started his 2nd round of chemo today though that's not why he's in there to begin with. They keep thinking that my mom will be going home but she keeps having glitches in her response to treatment. One thing for sure, home life will never be the same for them. They've increasingly become codependent over the past couple of years and now they're almost at the point where one shouldn't be home without the other. My dad is having a particularly bad time as he seems to develop more problems the longer he's in there...though he does like having a nice TV that HE is in control of rather than his better half. Some days he has looked like he's ready to throw in his chips so I know it's tough on him...

   Hey Ben...What are spinning your vinyl on? I'm using a CM Labs TT right now but I have a very nice Linn on loan that I'm dying to listen to. Though the CM is pretty sweet sounding I'm afraid the Linn will spoil me into a price bracket that I can't afford.

Mike


Title: Re: Hope everyone survived
Post by: azure on December 29, 2008, 10:29:47 PM
Hi Mike,

Thanks for the parent report.
Martha and I only have my dad left, and he's hanging in there at 89, but we watch over him a bit and make sure he's OK. So far so good. I hope things look up for your folks. One thing you may want to do is contact the visiting nurse association (VNA) in your folks town and find out what resources are available to supplement their own care for each other when they get home. It sounds like they may need some extra help, perhaps like meals on wheels etc. The senior center in their town might also be a good resource.

You're over my head with those esoteric high end turntable makers, although I am familiar I think with Linn, as they are probably the same company that made one of the first synthesized drum machines back in the '80s. I do have a fairly high quality '90s Panasonic quartz direct drive which I use with what I think is a Stanton 681 cartridge. I had a Rec o kut  years ago with an after market arm and all that, but it's more than I can keep up with.  I go directly into some analog to digital converters that I have left from my recording days and out of some jbl lsr series speakers. Ok, can I watch "High Fidelity" now? My biggest issue in choosing gear these days is that my hearing is deteriorating, which was the primary reason I shut down the commercial recording studio I had until 2004. I don't think I can hear the difference between good and mediocre any more.
 I still have somewheres between 1 and 2 thousand records in very good condition. Mostly 50's-80's pop, jazz and classical.
The one thing that I also do nowadays is subscribe to Rhapsody, which for 12 bucks a month allows me to stream a hugh selection of albums on my computer. I use a lap top in my house through an inexpensive mixer to run some powered speakers in my living and dining rooms. The fidelity is modern and adequate, not as good as vinyl, but it's SO convenient, like a giant juke box with a few million songs. You do need a good internet connection though to do so. I'd be happy to show it to you if you have any interest.

All best to you and your family,
Ben


Title: Re: Hope everyone survived
Post by: mick750F on December 29, 2008, 11:54:30 PM
Hey Ben...Thanks for your suggestions. Funny thing is that up until a couple of weeks ago my dad at 84 was delivering meals on wheels to people often much younger than he is. And he's had my mom..a nurse, buggin' the crap out of him about just about anything that might be a "detriment" to his health for 12 or 13 years. Of course she never thought that her constant poking might be a detriment to his health.  ::) It's odd...my dad is in a worse situation yet I can see him coming out of this in better shape than my mom.

   Yeah...vinyl. It can sound better than just about anything else if you have decent equipment. Too bad you let go of your Rek o kut...I've heard that they're fine equipment. Sorry to hear about your hearing loss. Is it because of your recording work? Hello? Ben? You there? Hehlllloww? Oh, sorry..I couldn't resist. It's going to suck for me when my hearing starts to go but I've been protecting myself through the years with good hearing protectors. Still...you can't really win the fight against genetics...

    1 to 2 thousand records eh? I used to be in the lower range of that but got tired of moving all the damn things around about 10 years ago and got rid of about 500 of them. I definitely regret having dumped a bunch of them, more and more as time goes by, hey...c'est la vie.

Mike


Title: Re: Hope everyone survived
Post by: frostypuck on December 30, 2008, 08:04:05 AM
Hey Mike-

My best to your dad and mom. I met your dad at one of the Belt Sander Races. Wicked nice guy.

As for you and Ben...LP records and '70's Hondas. I definitely detect a trend here...Well, back to wiring up that USB port onto my vstrom so I can charge up my MP3 player  ;)
Later,
Chris


Title: Re: Hope everyone survived
Post by: azure on December 30, 2008, 08:22:04 AM
Chris, are you kidding about the USB connector? If not, do you need a 12v to 5v step down transformer to power it? I bought Martha a new little video recorder that would mount perfectly on my bike. It'd be awesome to keep it charged! ::) ::)

Mike, While I have played music, sometimes in loud settings for 45 years, I was born with poor hearing. I used to try and watch the other kids during the the high pitched sounds on the hearing tests so I'd know when to raise my hand. Things have progressed in the last 5 years, and I am beginning to consider hearing aides. The good part of all this is that I still have 20/13 vision, I used to have 20/11, which helps when I still feel like going very fast! ;D ;D


Title: Re: Hope everyone survived
Post by: frostypuck on December 30, 2008, 08:40:23 AM
Hey Ben,

for the USB, i wasn't kidding. Walmart sells a small 12V plug-in cig-lighter style USB charger. It actually has two USB ports. It was about $6. The transformer is inside the plug, I'm trying to figure a way to break it apart and cleanly run it from one place to another. here: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5691047
Alternately, Powerlet sells a USB adapter to plug into one of their sockets, I already have two powerlet sockets mounted, but those will be for heated gear and the like and they don't have the exact cable end to go to my sony mp3. altho they do have direct-to-apple ipod cables and mini usb cables to plug in directly.
http://www.powerletproducts.com/shop-by-appliance

Later,
Chris


Title: Re: Hope everyone survived
Post by: azure on December 30, 2008, 09:19:54 AM
Chris,
Amazing what's out there when you look a bit!
If you want, I can use a dental drill and try and open up one. I'll see if I can pick one up to try to open.