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  1. A YouTube guitar teacher rants about Phish

    Is it just me or is this video kind of amusing? Reminds me of the old "hey, I'm just helping this band with a little exposure" argument from 20 years ago.

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    Sticky: Find those bootstraps and pull!

    Find those bootstraps and pull!
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    Well, as usually stated (only looking at the...

    Well, as usually stated (only looking at the weight ratios), it is equivalent or analogous. If we start taking into account the biological structures that would allow that to take place, then...
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    Sticky: I'm sure there has been such a playbook in...

    I'm sure there has been such a playbook in existence for 50 years. If not, exactly what are we paying our national security people to do all these years other than game this stuff out?
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    Sticky: Perhaps they've moved the bats away from the...

    Perhaps they've moved the bats away from the potential intermediary hosts so they feel it's safer now? From their perspective they probably feel like it has mostly been fine for a long time...
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    Sticky: Well I wasn't thinking of live bats, only ones...

    Well I wasn't thinking of live bats, only ones that are dead and ready to be sold (assuming they aren't already cooked). But yes, why not set those free as well? Around here bats are nearly wiped...
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    Sticky: That seems like a really stupid idea. I have no...

    That seems like a really stupid idea. I have no problem with the destruction of bats in the markets, but where are they getting the other bats? Some sort of bat farms or trapping them in the wild? ...
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    Sticky: A friend of mine told me yesterday there's some...

    A friend of mine told me yesterday there's some sort of correlation if you look at a map (of the USA) of where COVID-19 cases are occurring and a map showing the instances of sealed indictments. ...
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    My parents played his records a lot when I was a...

    My parents played his records a lot when I was a kid. Not really one that stood out for me among the country artists they enjoyed, but somehow there's still a nostalgia there. RIP.
  10. That's really what it's all about. Having fun...

    That's really what it's all about. Having fun and doing what you want to do. Some $$$ is nice to help cover gas, dinner, a few expenses, etc. But that's for those of us for whom it's not a career....
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    Thank you. Unfortunately, I don't have one and I...

    Thank you. Unfortunately, I don't have one and I could be wrong, but I suspect those channels are unlikely to exist out here in the sticks of central Vermont, but who knows. I will see what I can...
  12. I should remind you that you seemed enthusiastic...

    I should remind you that you seemed enthusiastic about that new Boss pedal pretty recently. Maybe a little volunteer live stuff could help boost the economy once things start to return to some...
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    What are the best places to look to stream these...

    What are the best places to look to stream these old shows? Was that discussed somewhere in this thread?

    A few years ago we bought the entire Get Smart series on DVD and my wife loved it. Pretty...
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    Sticky: Poll: Unless we're talkin' porn, then not so much.

    Unless we're talkin' porn, then not so much.
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    Sticky: Damn. That's heartbreaking.

    Damn. That's heartbreaking.
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    Sticky: Yeah, apparently no one had the foresight to...

    Yeah, apparently no one had the foresight to anticipate how ridiculous that was going to sound some day.
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    Sticky: I house-sat for a band mate many years ago that...

    I house-sat for a band mate many years ago that had a bidet in her house. Not sure if she actually ever used it or what, but she expected water to be in it at all times for the dog to drink.
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    Sticky: Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm had...

    Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm had some interesting things to say:


    https://youtu.be/cZFhjMQrVts
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    Sticky: If you run out of toilet paper: ...

    If you run out of toilet paper:
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    Sticky: I'm a little sketched out about all this. I'm in...

    I'm a little sketched out about all this. I'm in my mid-50s and fairly healthy overall, but in the last six months or so I have had some weirdness with my lungs. I have mild bronchial spasms and...
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    Sticky: Poll: Also interesting to see vinyl and streaming in a...

    Also interesting to see vinyl and streaming in a tie. I would have expected streaming to be much higher based on commentary here over the last couple years.
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    Post #149 on page 6.

    Post #149 on page 6.
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    Despite that Youtube video (which wasn't...

    Despite that Youtube video (which wasn't terrible, IMO) I'll probably buy this album too even though SW (or Porcupine Tree) has never been hugely demanding of my listening time. I wish him all the...
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    Sticky: Poll: Since the question said listening I had to pick...

    Since the question said listening I had to pick digital, but 99% of that is ripped from CD.
  25. Thread: CTTE 2020

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    I thought it was a cruise to the edge, but...

    I thought it was a cruise to the edge, but apparently it's possible to actually go over:

    https://www.ktvu.com/news/passenger-describes-feeling-over-the-edge-being-trapped-on-princess-cruise
  26. Thread: CTTE 2020

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    Masks may help slow down the virus, but earplugs...

    Masks may help slow down the virus, but earplugs can prevent Yes versions from thriving after they spawn.
  27. Slowing down the number of new humans seems...

    Slowing down the number of new humans seems generally more palatable than asking the existing ones to stop existing.
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    That doesn't sound like an instrument that would...

    That doesn't sound like an instrument that would be fun to change the strings on, lol.
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    Glad to hear from you, Steve! Welcome back.

    Glad to hear from you, Steve! Welcome back.
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    :O That's a lotta strings! I ended up...

    :O

    That's a lotta strings!

    I ended up buying an Eventide H9 Max pedal. For those who don't know, this is a sort of jack-of-all-trades pedal. It's pretty crazy how many different uses there...
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    I guess it all depends on how one defines "sounds...

    I guess it all depends on how one defines "sounds alike". How about 3rd World Electric?
  32. Thread: CTTE 2020

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    :rofl My thoughts are more along the lines of...

    :rofl

    My thoughts are more along the lines of the "authorities" over-doing the response and shutting down certain activities like cruises or not allowing artists to travel from certain places. I...
  33. I do have to wonder how many are going to be...

    I do have to wonder how many are going to be excited about getting on a cruise ship these days.
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    My wife and I are still slowly working our way...

    My wife and I are still slowly working our way through the audio book The Masked Rider, so in a way it's like Neil's still here hanging out with us on a pretty regular basis.
  35. Very interesting concept, at least. If it could...

    Very interesting concept, at least. If it could eventually serve to stop the nonsense lawsuits by major labels that seems like a good thing.
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    I'm glad this band is a financial boon to these...

    I'm glad this band is a financial boon to these guys, but I'd rather see Roine spending his time on pretty much any of his other projects.

    Never cared for most of The Whirlwind. I like the next...
  37. I agree with that although in some respects that...

    I agree with that although in some respects that can be a weakness as much as a strength. I would have preferred a few more instrumental fireworks thrown in, but I think most of the material here is...
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    Interesting album. I got this a while ago and...

    Interesting album. I got this a while ago and haven't had time to get through it all (probably 80-90% though). My impression so far is that the bones of some of the songs themselves are not that...
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    That ZOIA pedal someone posted the demo video for...

    That ZOIA pedal someone posted the demo video for seems to do guitar-to-MIDI as well and I've heard good things about how well it performs that function. Add in everything else it does and it seems...
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    A friend of mine has the VE-8 and so far he...

    A friend of mine has the VE-8 and so far he really likes it. He's only done one gig with it so far though. He recommends getting the optional foot switch if you plan to do looping.
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    Hopefully I didn't mention this already in this...

    Hopefully I didn't mention this already in this thread, but I canceled my order for the Boss SY-1000 guitar synth. I decided I didn't want to be one of the first ones to try it out and instead I...
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    Wow, great story! His talents will certainly be...

    Wow, great story! His talents will certainly be missed. He was such an amazing musician.
  43. I understand that feeling. When I found out my...

    I understand that feeling. When I found out my niece had cancer a couple years ago I couldn't face her. I was filled with sadness and anxiety at the thought of seeing her in person. And, like you,...
  44. I actually used to play this in a band many years...

    I actually used to play this in a band many years ago. I think we cut out or shortened the weird bridge section. Very cool to do the dual guitar thing though.
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    I think it's the NJ Proghouse. It was mentioned...

    I think it's the NJ Proghouse. It was mentioned on Facebook.
  46. I liked the first two the best. Not sure what it...

    I liked the first two the best. Not sure what it was about the other stuff that didn't do it for me. For what it's worth, I like to rock out to some other mediocre rock stuff that would probably...
  47. Sad stories here. Hope all turns out well for...

    Sad stories here. Hope all turns out well for everyone.
  48. With my mom it's harder to notice because she's...

    With my mom it's harder to notice because she's been rather wacky for so long. But yes, she's getting worse. She had a lot of bad experiences early in life that seem to be the cause of her...
  49. And she doesn't have her husband to lean on. ...

    And she doesn't have her husband to lean on. That's gotta be hard.

    On the subject of "I thought I'd still have time to hang out with *insert loved one's name here*": My parents are still around,...
  50. No doubt there are two sides. I admit, I just...

    No doubt there are two sides. I admit, I just really don't like Aerosmith so I'm happy to slag them a bit. I was hearing their first 4 albums around the same time that I was discovering rock music...
  51. I like that idea.

    I like that idea.
  52. Now the whole world knows Kramer had to audition...

    Now the whole world knows Kramer had to audition just to be in their shitty band. After their recent performance he should sue for defamation, lol.
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    Just digging into Edit Peptide myself over the...

    Just digging into Edit Peptide myself over the last couple days. Really liking it so far. It seems pretty dense so I'm sure it will continue to reveal itself over time.

    Also enjoying the...
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    Not a recommendation, but in iTunes you can sort...

    Not a recommendation, but in iTunes you can sort your music and generate playlists according to all those things you listed above. I used to use it to create playlists that excluded Dream Theater,...
  55. Appreciate the update! Thank you for pulling all...

    Appreciate the update! Thank you for pulling all that together. There are several things in there I was not aware of.
  56. Sorry for your loss, Ed.

    Sorry for your loss, Ed.
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    One of the standout tracks for me on Grand Wazoo...

    One of the standout tracks for me on Grand Wazoo (and indeed among all FZ music) is the non-fusion Cleetus Awreetus-Awrightus. Another one of those fantastically well put together Zappa...
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    Drumming aside, Neil obviously way outclassed...

    Drumming aside, Neil obviously way outclassed Palmer when it came to the written word.
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    So many great tributes here. Peart's passing has...

    So many great tributes here. Peart's passing has had a far bigger impact on me than I would've expected. I didn't expect it because I've largely moved on from Rush. I wasn't really a fan of a lot...
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    He left a large musical imprint on my young mind....

    He left a large musical imprint on my young mind. And on the minds of my brother, my cousin, and my son (all drummers). We were all texting each other in disbelief last night (and I hadn't spoken...
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