Out of the Blue

The NFL held its Hall of Fame game last week, the annual extra-early kick-off to the tackle football preseason. The rest of the league will hold its first games this week. It's always strange to adjust to this transition, as scorching August weather is not what one associates with this winter sport. As a Mets fan, this is usually a welcome break from the team's suffering. But the Mets are in the thick of it this year, and are in the midst of a huge series with the rival Braves, so it makes the coming of football seem especially incongruous.

Obituary: Archie Battersbee, boy at heart of U.K. court battle, dies after life support ends.

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The Flying Penguin wrote on Aug 8, 2022, 09:08:
I'm not an crazy audiophile, but I like good sound. Having spent 20 years of my life as an audio engineer, I know food sound from bad. However I have no particular affinity for vinyl.

It's comforting to know that audiophiles never change. Demand the highest quality source (master tapes) be put on vinyl -- one of the worst playback methods.
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Hardline Mike wrote on Aug 8, 2022, 12:56:
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 8, 2022, 09:26:
6 minutes of John Oliver Gleefully Mocking Alex Jones
It answers the question "What if Grimace were a Proud Boy?”
The perfect way to start your week.

The best part of that episode was Walter from Butler, Indiana.

Anal autumn!
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Re: OotB: Ball of Fame
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RedEye9 wrote on Aug 8, 2022, 09:26:
6 minutes of John Oliver Gleefully Mocking Alex Jones
It answers the question "What if Grimace were a Proud Boy?”
The perfect way to start your week.

The best part of that episode was Walter from Butler, Indiana.
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6 minutes of John Oliver Gleefully Mocking Alex Jones
It answers the question "What if Grimace were a Proud Boy?”
The perfect way to start your week.
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Re: OotB: Ball of Fame
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I'm a child of 70s and 80s rock, and that's my listening preference, but relaxing music helps me work when I'm knee deep in paperwork and I would find my normal rock playlist distracting for that. My personal preference is Baroque classical, some types of classic jazz.
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That story on the pricey vinyl albums being made with a digital recording of a master tape was interesting. I'm not a crazy audiophile, but I like good sound. Having spent 20 years of my life as an audio engineer, I know good sound from bad. However I have no particular affinity for vinyl. A good high bitrate digital file is fine with the right equipment. I'm perfectly happy listening to MP3s but they have to be high bit rate. I can't, for instance, listen to XMRadio in the car unless it's via the app. The compression and low bitrate on the satellite broadcast is actually painful to my ears (cymbals in particular sound like crap).

Yes the company should have fessed up about using digital as part of the process. The company claimed they made their records directly from an analog master tape. In reality you want to do this rarely. Every time you play a master, you wear it out a bit.

The reality is they record the master tape to a very high RAW bitrate digital file. And then cut each record from that. There's nothing wrong with that, if properly revealed, and it's a more responsible way to treat the masters which have a limited number of plays left to them. This is not an MP3. It's a very high quality studio master digital recording.

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I've been listening to Anjunadeep as background programming music. It works well for driving and reading too. Although maybe the Lofi stuff is better, will have to try that out.
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I don’t mind Yacht Rock every now and then, but definitely not into Jazz. However, I do like that spacey Miles Davis stuff
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I've never seen the show before and am enjoying it on Peacock. The service is pretty good about showing not too many commercials. The episodes are very well made and hold up well. Peter Falk is a fantastic actor.
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"Relaxing" music isn't, to me. In fact, I loathe jazz or anything jazz-adjacent. Just irritates my ears to no end.

If I want to really focus on something, I'll usually throw on GZR, Mnemic, Alabama Thunderpussy, or other heavier music. The "sludgier" the better and I will crank it very loudly. I remember one particular overnight session where I listened to Black Sabbath's catalogue from "Black Sabbath" to "Technical Ecstasy" and completely built a performance Ford 351 Windsor from the block up. I mean it was completely done and ready to be dropped in to the car it was intended for before Mrs. Burrito was up and getting her morning tea.
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Yes, poor kid and family.
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The wiring in human brains allows for so many weird deviations.
My years long ex-boss, a magnificient guy I talk with now and then, and calls me for my birthday years after I left, doesn't like music.
Really doesn't know any songs as not one appeals to him, so strange.
Also doesn't eat eggs, a connection there as birds are so musical

If you can't appreciate this, well, I'm sorry for you.
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Casino Royale in a contrived noise machine, interesting?, prefer The look of love.
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Sad story about that kid Archie. 12 years old, hanged himself, was braindead by the time he was brought to the hospital 4 months ago and kept alive only by life support machines. His parents wanted to keep his body alive indefinitely, and the doctors wanted to pull the plug.
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Aug 7, 2022, 17:28
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jdreyer wrote on Aug 7, 2022, 14:38:
Inflation crisis: Soaring food prices in Canada’s North prompting hunters to find new food sources. Americans are tasty.

Fava beans and a nice Chianti?

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Inflation crisis: Soaring food prices in Canada’s North prompting hunters to find new food sources. Americans are tasty.

Fava beans and a nice Chianti?
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UN's nuclear watchdog warns of 'disaster' at Ukraine power plant as shelling continues.

Hitting the spent fuel would be bad, and irradiate a large swath of land, but the plants themselves should be safe. After Chernobyl, Zaporizhzhia was upgraded with an inner steel containment vessel and an outer one made of concrete and rebar. Being struck even by a large rocket like an errant Smerch or GRMLS would not penetrate these structures: they're designed to withstand an airliner crashing into them. In addition, these reactors also have safety measures to prevent a Chernobyl style melt down in the case of lost power to the reactor. So there shouldn't be a potential Chernobyl part 2 in the making.
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Bent wrote on Aug 7, 2022, 13:41:
Listening to relaxing music can improve cognitive performance, study suggests
I'm not sure what exactly they're classifying as "relaxing", though. One of the categories is "piano". I can certainly think of a number of piano pieces that were made to be anything but relaxing.

The paper doesn't list the pieces of music used in the study, but does have a 15-minute sample of the thee styles in a google drive folder: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15HkqrUIAkzy-ZyKfCVeg4Yc7dNunO93K . The jazz is slow and mostly piano, and the piano piece sounds sort of jazzy to me :)
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Listening to relaxing music can improve cognitive performance, study suggests

Not me. "Easy Listening" music drives me up the wall and stresses me out a little.

I'm not sure what exactly they're classifying as "relaxing", though. One of the categories is "piano". I can certainly think of a number of piano pieces that were made to be anything but relaxing.

I'm fine with most classical music, though.

"Soft Jazz" and trite songs with trite music bug me, though.

I guess some Trance might count as what they're describing. I'm fine with that but I wouldn't say it necessarily relaxes me.
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