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Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are you listening to?
« Last post by mo on January 19, 2019, 05:16:48 PM »
I want to make a joke about the drummer and bangs, but I can't get it together.

Anyway, it's calming music for troubling times.  :thumbsup:
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Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are you listening to?
« Last post by Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 14, 2019, 04:10:06 PM »
I have been listening to Khruangbin a hell of a lot lately and I am deeply in love with Mark Speer's oceans-of-reverb tone and Laura Lee's glitter-lipstick groove. And they're Texicans, so I'm seriously wondering if they might be Friends of Post.
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General Discussion / Re: Shopping!
« Last post by random axe on January 11, 2019, 04:55:11 PM »
At Target last night, and tangerine sez "Hey, let's look at the laptops!"  Because we need a new Linux machine.  We have a recent-ish Dell that I Mint-ed, and it is a piece of shit.  Among other things, the wifi on it drops constantly, but it is impossibly slow for the hardware it has, and it's got a horrible non-standard keyboard layout, and it's just . . . it's just not good.

So anyway I was like "Target sells laptops?!?" 

And they do!

They had Acer laptops that come with Windows 7 and Windows 8 installed, for instance.  :whatever:
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Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are you listening to?
« Last post by random axe on January 11, 2019, 04:47:05 PM »
I haven't wiki'ed them all, but some go on to release an album or two.  A lot of them get dropped by their label in their first year.  A lot vanish immediately, or are on YouTube doing covers and occasionally original material.

I think that's a combination of things:

- The shows are 90% exploitation, and hopefully the contestants know that.  There's nothing necessarily wrong with choosing to be exploited.  I mean, that's how most jobs work.  But if you buy the hype that the shows are all about discovering talent, etc, you may be crushed.

- If you win and get a recording contract, the label is probably thinking A naive person has just rocketed to fame!  Let's strike while their iron is hot.  MOST of those people are not magically going to be cut out to be recording artists, which is an entirely different thing from being a good performer in a talent show or on YouTube.  The studio is gonna say Do this, do that -- no, not like you want to do it, but like we say. and so on.  There's going to be pressure to do a cover you might not like, or to produce more original material, or your material will be rejected.  They're gonna want you to do promotional appearances, and maybe to tour, or maybe they'll forbid you to tour, and so on.

- A lot of people who do well on those shows don't even want to make music their whole life. 


I think of Susan Boyle.  I GUARANTEE the label was thinking, We'll get one or MAYBE two passable albums out of her before she implodes or the public loses interest.  Hurry up and then cut her.  And I bet that happens a whole lot.  A big label isn't opposed to finding a bankable, sustainable, reliable new talent, but they're not expecting it.  The shows are a gimmick.

I still enjoy watching people do an audition in front of a huge audience and celebrity judges, kick ass, and receive accolades.  It's marvelous.  It's like going in for an ordinary job interview and being named CEO.  Or going on a blind date and meeting a solid all-around 10 who likes you.  And the exposure obviously can be good.

I may have mentioned before, but a friend of mine was in a professional men's singing group one summer, and they were AMAZING.  There were like a dozen dudes in the group, and probably ten of them were :trance: amazing singers.  And I don't think a single one of them was interested in pursuing a singing career.  It was just a thing they did on the side, or over the summer, or for the hell of it.

Conversely, a lot of pop stars are not really terrific singers, although that isn't always a handicap.  Dylan and Springsteen are never gonna sing opera, but they know how to work it.  Springsteen is like a textbook case of knowing what you can and can't do and playing to your strengths.  Meanwhile, there are a lot of people with amazing voices who make atrocious stylistic choices constantly, although I'm sure it's often at the direction of a producer or coach or whatever.  And plenty of people have amazing voices that are nonetheless too fragile to withstand a three-month tour of repeated performances.

The funny thing, to me, is that nowadays you can make serious money by posting songs on YouTube, and to hell with the big labels.  Some YouTube stars do go on to sign contracts, with mixed success, but I do think and kind of hope that we're moving to a more audience-selected deal.  Of course, there will still be businesspeople massaging the system, and there will be great acts who just can't seem to catch on with the wider public, same as always.  But the cost of putting your schtick out there for people to experience has dropped enormously, and that's cool.

Occasionally, the TV judges (even Simon Cowell) say things like No matter what happens with this show, you can have a career in music if you just don't give up.  And that's cool.
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General Discussion / Re: Shopping!
« Last post by Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 11, 2019, 01:22:36 PM »
You're not putting that sauce on my nuts.

Well then don't blame me if your guitar doesn't stay in tune!
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Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are you listening to?
« Last post by flipper on January 10, 2019, 10:39:13 PM »
Do any of these winners ever make any money in music other than that Kelly Clarkson person?  I'm under the impression they are all discarded and probably never heard again from after their first release.  But then again I have no basis for this impression since I don't watch them and don't listen to whatever is popular at the moment.
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Science & Technology / Re: Geek Talk
« Last post by flipper on January 10, 2019, 10:35:37 PM »
OOOh I get it now.

We've had those for about 15 years now.  The Dog TV one though has a big chunk taken out of it though.  Thanks Chunk.
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General Discussion / Re: Shopping!
« Last post by flipper on January 10, 2019, 10:33:33 PM »
You're not putting that sauce on my nuts.
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Science & Technology / Re: Geek Talk
« Last post by pdrake on January 09, 2019, 12:35:57 PM »
Thanks!
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Science & Technology / Re: Geek Talk
« Last post by Dr. Leonard HmofCoy on January 09, 2019, 11:18:31 AM »
Not all UV is created equal but briefly, no, plants don't really need it. Except in the context of bees, who can see into the near UV and certain flowering plants have markings that only show up when UV illuminated that appear to be cues for bees.
If you're growing plants indoors you don't need bees, and probably don't need UV.

In terms of color temperature, the lower temperature sources with redder light are going to be marginally less efficient than bluer lights just because a lot of the chlorophyll b absorption band is in the blue. That might matter some if you're using dimmer light (outside there's plenty of light and plants generally have strategies for dealing with too much light more than they do for too little) (except for forest floor shade plants) (anyway)
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