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  1. bilbarstow

    Amazon to offer Samuel L. Jackson voice for Alexa. He'll curse, if you want.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/09/25/samuel-l-jackson-first-celebrity-voice-amazon-alexa/2447992001/ I really want nothing to do with having a device listening all the time in my home. But I'm tempted to buy an Alexa JUST for this feature. Who wouldn't want to hear "Say What...
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    Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo - 50 years

    Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman are touring as the Byrds. Well, they ARE the remaining members. They are backed by Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives. (A super pairing - more in a sec ...) I drove 4.5 hours each way to see them last night, in Akron OH. It was worth every minute of the...
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    NAD : SoulTramp Tweed 12

    So I got a cool package delivered today. I've been in heaven since it arrived. Sorry, don't expect any demo vids from me, my playing sucks. But if you listen to the YouTube demos, this sounds just like them ! Dealing with Don is an absolute pleasure. Honest and straight-forward, and...
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    Blade Runner 2049

    No, I haven't seen it yet, so no spoilers from me. But the original is my favorite movie ever. I've been waiting 35 years for the sequel that I prayed would happen eventually. I've spent the last several days geeking out, watching just about everything from my 5-disk Collectors edition...
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    LNGD - (Late) Sam Ash '15 Jr.

    I'm a little late posting this up, because I've had the guitar for 2 weeks now. But I was waiting until I had made my mods (minimal). I have installed Nickel Grover tuners (removed but stored the G-force), Nickel Schaller Strap Locks, and (for now) the Tusq replacement nut. And of course a...
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    Latest "social engineering" scam

    I get a text message out of the blue. From a phone number at verizon.net. It tells me : ([WellsFargo] Contact Infodesk @(***) ***-**** Your Attention is Requested.) Now, I don't have ANY accounts at Wells Fargo, but I'm a curious guy, so I follow the instructions. But I use a little caution. I...
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    "Dangerous" warning on thread

    I was cruising through the Mark Knopfler thread on the Backstage when I tried to advance 1 page at a time using the "next" button and I got the following warning taking over my screen : This happened repeatedly. And the "Dangerous" label remained for MLP when I ventured off to other posts...
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    NGD 2016 Traditional Plaintop Light Burst

    For the longest time, I've wanted to step up to a Gibson, but didn't think I could justify a higher $ guitar. So I've collected a roomful of modestly priced but acceptable guitars - just about one in every flavor. But, darn it, I DESERVE nice things ! I was at Sweetwater's Gearfest last...
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    Wow, Stressful evening events

    Sitting in my office, working on my computer, I hear the lady upstairs (family/tenant) screaming my name. I open the stair door to hear her tell me to call 911. I figure that her husband has had another heart attack or medical emergency. Nope. He's sitting in my front yard with a gun to his...
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    Sweetwater GearFest 2016, June 17, 18 - Fort Wayne, IN

    I've been a few times previously, and it is always fun. This year, Fri. June 17, and Sat. June 18 (Located in Fort Wayne, IN) Sweetwater Gearfest 2016 Huge parking area with about 20 or so LARGE tents set up with all forms of musical gear, Demo sessions, "clinic" sessions by known...
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    Anybody going to Sweetwater GearFest ?

    I've been a few times previously, and it is always fun. This year, Fri. June 17, and Sat. June 18 (Located in Fort Wayne, IN) Sweetwater Gearfest 2016 Huge parking area with about 20 or so LARGE tents set up with all forms of musical gear, Demo sessions, "clinic" sessions by known...
  12. bilbarstow

    Deadpool ...and other movies for Malikon (and other Gamers)

    I went to see the Deadpool movie today. Yeah, Mal you need to see it - it does the character good ! Reynolds pulls off the wise-crackin' perfectly. That Hollywood would actually make a movie this over-the-top is actually pleasantly surprising. They had a trailer before the show for Hardcore...
  13. bilbarstow

    A few questions for the UK folk ...

    and/or anyone else with experience traveling in the UK. My wife and I are planning a month-long trip to the UK. (What that really means is my wife is planning - my opinion is not needed nor requested :hmm:). Time frame is last two weeks of August, first two weeks of September. Flying in to...
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    Rock School, Malikon style

    Just thought I'd post up about my experience at Malikon's Chicago place for an intensive week of guitar training. First, it was supposed to be a bare bones week of customized training based upon my experience. We knew going in that it would be a monastic experience with just study and not...
  15. bilbarstow

    The nerve of some people ...

    This morning I go into the bathroom, and I see two SUV's I don't recognize parked in my driveway. Then I look out another window and see two tents set up in the MIDDLE of my lake ! (Lake has been frozen over during the cold snap ) Now, we do allow people to fish in our lake, but ONLY if they...
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    Ntd ...

    OK, so the T is for Tractor. Not exactly MLP standard discussion material, but I'm pretty happy about it. This would have been so much more useful at the BEGINNING of the summer, but what can I say, had to scrounge up the money first. Pretty much the full compliment of functions and...
  17. bilbarstow

    Met Dan Boul and Bruce Egnater yesterday

    I went to the Sweetwater "GearFest" yesterday in Fort Wayne, IN. Dan Boul of 65 Amps and Bruce Egnater of Egnater were there. They both are really nice guys and they each took quite a bit of time to talk with me about amps, design and building techniques. Dan was playing through one of his...
  18. bilbarstow

    Saw Jake Shimabukuro in concert last night

    Went to a really nice concert venue - The Paladium in Carmel (Indianapolis) Indiana, last night to see Jake Shimabukuro. It was a spectacular show - the man is definitely a virtuoso on his instrument, makes you know that the ukulele is NOT a toy instrument. He played some of the covers that he...
  19. bilbarstow

    NCD - Unusual Cab Build - 10" + 12"

    I needed an additional speaker cab after my last amp build. I have been thinking for a while that the single 12" cabs I'm using could stand a slightly bigger brother, but I wanted something a little different than just a 2x12. So I designed my own sort of hybrid - a 10" WGS G10C in a closed...
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    Second Hellfire Build - EL34

    My first build went so well, I decided to make a second amp, based upon Randelli's design for the Hellfire. This time around, I went with EL34 power tubes, ECC83s for the preamp and PI tubes. The biggest change was I decided to make this amp with taps for 4, 8, and 16 ohm speakers. This required...

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