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In Topic: Public Proclamation of Love for Devolish

11 January 2012 - 07:17 PM

You don't need to be bringing that shit into the dojo, kidd. Fuck your sheep, chomo.

Yes, he does seem to have a perverted obsession with sheep. How goes the salty dog?


04 March 2011 - 02:21 AM

I was living in L.A. When the riots happened. I actually dropped everything and drove through Hollywood, into downtown and finally ended the field trip watching buildings burn in Watts and Compton.

Now, *that* was an interesting experience.

Am I showing my age when I say I remember the Watts riots during the 60's...now that was some burning. My great-uncle had an ambulance service and was threated to quit helping the "niggers" or they would burn his gear. He made a couple of calls, but after loosing two ambulances, he had to cave-in.

They say history repeats itself. What is going on in WI and the middle-east is very reminiscent of the 60's. I only wish we had an asshole governor.

In Topic: Vinyl Records

25 February 2011 - 12:42 AM

hahahaha some records are meant to be warn out, you should get some air tight totes for those bad boys :P

Actually, they wear out due to the friction of the stylus on the vinyl. They were not designed to wear out, but wear out due to the laws of physics. You can avoid it by using a laser turntable, but that is a high-dollar component. We use plastic liner sleeves and covers, but for me they require too much care and maintenance.

im not anti digital, i remember owning a tape player and listening to it on the bus, then it was a cd player on the bus. tiny mp3 players have made it convenient to go to the gym n what not. i shouldnt complain too much, digital music has more than likely saved a few major scenes in my life.

hey yoder, are tube amps expensive to maintain?

You do know that tapes are analog, and mp3's are examples of shit digital. Go with Redbook CD's or SACD's and play it through a tube system and I think even the most advanced listener would have a difficult time telling the difference.

Tube amps are not expensive to maintain, but buying them can cost you unless you build them yourself. You can buy a Bottlehead headphone amp for about $300 and it is a great component. I upgraded mine and have about $650 into it. I traded my ES-335 for another Crack headphone amp, a Paramont Pre-amp with upgrades, and two mono-blocks with upgrades. After I throw my upgrades in I will have the equivalent of about $5K in the pre's and amp's alone. Then come the DAC, and maybe an upgraded CD player, and some hi-efficiency speakers. Here are a couple of photos of the headphone amp I built.

In Topic: Vinyl Records

23 February 2011 - 05:45 AM

Vinyl is too much work for my blood. We have a kick-ass jazz collection from the 60's and 70's, and I still have a lot of my punk, Dead, etc., and 90% of them are in "new" condition. But having to clean them, and the care is just a pain in the ass.

I am moving to digital. Shipped a Gibson ES-335 today for 2-mono block vacuum tube amps, a vacuum tube pre-amp, and another Crack headphone amp. Total worth about $3K, and all are brand new unmade kits. Got a HHB CD player, but may buy a SACD in the near future. I just got a word clock and up-sampler shipped to me for some web site work that I am doing. All I will need is a tube DAC, and some high-efficiency speakers. Going to build both and use Fostex speakers, the DAC will either be an Audio Note 3.1 or a Bottlehead. Lastly, I have some Sennheiser HD-650 headphones. My point?

Given the current state of technology and the algorithms being used to go from digital to analog, then I think you can get just as good of sound out of a digital system as you can an analog if you are playing through tube pre-amps, and amps. The fact that you are amplifying will give you the warmth of analog that the vinyl lovers go for. The only thing missing from digital are the pops, hiss, and noise inherent with LPs. Also, unless you use a laser turntable you put wear on the vinyl ever time you play it.

I will be converting our LPs to digital this summer, and then off to the auctions they go.

In Topic: Frame relay

23 February 2011 - 05:34 AM

Ah...Topology. It has been almost 25 years, but way back when I took a two sequence graduate course in Topology (6 semester hours.)

What you are calling the "edge" is actually a node. In the net you show there are 5 nodes, but if one goes down the others are still capable of networking. I don't know shit about Cisco, but mathematically the only points of failure are at the nodes.

The diagram looks valid to me, and any failure points resulting from connections to another net would only be at the point of connection (another node.) There could be a system wide failure if the nets were hypothetically exposed to some massive dose of EMI, but then we could always protect it with a big-ass ferrite shield of sorts.

It was decades ago, but one problem I still remember was in finding the number of paths for a nth dimensional hypercube rotating in nth dimensional hyperspace.