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2012-07-20 10:53:39 PM
It is from all those people dumping that horrible Starbuck's coffee down the drain
 
2012-07-20 10:57:00 PM
Wait, so fish do need a bicycle?
 
2012-07-21 12:09:31 AM
So they drop out of school?

/and write bad poetry?
 
2012-07-21 12:17:37 AM
I can smell coffee when I piss in a urinal, so this is probably partially my fault.
 
2012-07-21 12:27:23 AM

I'm gonna rant here:

People who listen to vinyl for fashionable reasons actually piss me off. There are two reasons to use the format: Obscure releases not available otherwise, or if you are a fan of analog sound. If you listen to vinyl with a cheap system and it's available on CD or otherwise digital format, you farking suck and need to stop representing vinyl-lovers. We're hated even more than bicyclists.

I use digital almost all the time, but there is nothing like treating yourself to a Freddie Hubbard or Miles Davis record. Dark Side of the Moon is another I listen to even if I'm not in the mood to hear the songs...just that sound. Taste is subjective, and "quality" is just another word we all disagree on, but man I love that sound vs. the CD. But because I'm not an idiot or Luddite, I have all my music on a laptop where I can zoom around the selection with an index finger's worth of effort.

You know who else listens to vinyl when he wants to relax?

sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net

You listen to mp3's?
 
2012-07-21 12:32:33 AM

dickfreckle: I'm gonna rant here:

People who listen to vinyl for fashionable reasons actually piss me off. There are two reasons to use the format: Obscure releases not available otherwise, or if you are a fan of analog sound. If you listen to vinyl with a cheap system and it's available on CD or otherwise digital format, you farking suck and need to stop representing vinyl-lovers. We're hated even more than bicyclists.

I use digital almost all the time, but there is nothing like treating yourself to a Freddie Hubbard or Miles Davis record. Dark Side of the Moon is another I listen to even if I'm not in the mood to hear the songs...just that sound. Taste is subjective, and "quality" is just another word we all disagree on, but man I love that sound vs. the CD. But because I'm not an idiot or Luddite, I have all my music on a laptop where I can zoom around the selection with an index finger's worth of effort.

You know who else listens to vinyl when he wants to relax?

[sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 403x403]

You listen to mp3's?


I'm not sure comparing yourself to a self-centered douchebag that is incapable of basic human decency who just happens to be pretty good at his job is a good thing.

/watched Thursday's episode when I got home
//why the HELL did he do that?
 
2012-07-21 01:05:45 AM

dickfreckle: I'm gonna rant here:

People who listen to vinyl for fashionable reasons actually piss me off. There are two reasons to use the format: Obscure releases not available otherwise, or if you are a fan of analog sound. If you listen to vinyl with a cheap system and it's available on CD or otherwise digital format, you farking suck and need to stop representing vinyl-lovers. We're hated even more than bicyclists.

I use digital almost all the time, but there is nothing like treating yourself to a Freddie Hubbard or Miles Davis record. Dark Side of the Moon is another I listen to even if I'm not in the mood to hear the songs...just that sound. Taste is subjective, and "quality" is just another word we all disagree on, but man I love that sound vs. the CD. But because I'm not an idiot or Luddite, I have all my music on a laptop where I can zoom around the selection with an index finger's worth of effort.

You know who else listens to vinyl when he wants to relax?

[sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 403x403]

You listen to mp3's?


Not that you care since you probably didn't grow up with vinyl, but some just enjoy the tactile feel and little procedural ritual of playing a record. now get your smug stupid whiny ass off my lawn. Or remembering something great that happened with a record, like cleaning pot or staring at inner sleeve album art for too long, trying to find the map to the island where they buried Paul McCartney's body or try to figure out what uniform wore OPD on the shoulder, or just read some musician's scribbles and doodles in a format large enough to see and hold in your hands.

Oh look more clouds to yell at.
 
2012-07-21 01:06:24 AM

dickfreckle: I'm gonna rant here:

People who listen to vinyl for fashionable reasons actually piss me off. There are two reasons to use the format: Obscure releases not available otherwise, or if you are a fan of analog sound. If you listen to vinyl with a cheap system and it's available on CD or otherwise digital format, you farking suck and need to stop representing vinyl-lovers. We're hated even more than bicyclists.

I use digital almost all the time, but there is nothing like treating yourself to a Freddie Hubbard or Miles Davis record. Dark Side of the Moon is another I listen to even if I'm not in the mood to hear the songs...just that sound. Taste is subjective, and "quality" is just another word we all disagree on, but man I love that sound vs. the CD. But because I'm not an idiot or Luddite, I have all my music on a laptop where I can zoom around the selection with an index finger's worth of effort.

You know who else listens to vinyl when he wants to relax?

[sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 403x403]

You listen to mp3's?


Three reasons: 3) you're old enough to have a vinyl collection. My Kinks "Lola" doesn't necessarily sound better on vinyl, but I have it.

My turntable is a Technics circa 1979, I think. I got it from my dad. Nothing special and they don't make them anymore. But damn, the analog imperfections add something to the experience if you're old enough. It's hooked up to a Heathkit tube amplifier I built with my dad when I was six and plugged into some off-brand speakers he bought in Vietnam after he got drafted. Listening to records, for me, is taking a trip back in time. I like that some bands release new albums on vinyl, but even those sound a little too clean compared to the old stuff.

But yeah, I have the ipod in the car. Who the fark worships making music inconvenient?
 
2012-07-21 01:34:18 AM

ChiliBoots: Wait, so fish do need a bicycle?


Now Gloria Steinem will HAVE to marry me!
 
2012-07-21 01:40:40 AM
Yes, we drink a lot of coffee up here.
 
2012-07-21 01:40:41 AM
www.toomuchcaffeine.net
 
2012-07-21 01:41:57 AM
This is why I drink my own urine. Keeps me from wasting coffee and its great for your breath.
 
2012-07-21 01:43:43 AM

Lsherm: But yeah, I have the ipod in the car. Who the fark worships making music inconvenient?


s3files.core77.com

Problem solved!
 
2012-07-21 01:45:48 AM
img.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-21 01:50:07 AM

GAT_00: I'm not sure comparing yourself to a self-centered douchebag that is incapable of basic human decency who just happens to be pretty good at his job is a good thing.

/watched Thursday's episode when I got home
//why the HELL did he do that?


Nah, I did it because he's a modern bit of pop culture and reminds us that vinyl fans come from all generations, not just those who had no other choice. I'm probably Harvey's age, though better-looking. :P I also used it as a light-hearted troll.

I'm less bewildered by Harvey's actions this Thursday than their attempts to make Louis human. I'm assuming (hoping) that it will drive him further into douchebaggery, which he pulls off perfectly.

House, Suits, and Burn Notice are the only TV shows I've actively followed in the last ten years. Yes, I own a TV. And no, I'm not a hipster despite my love of vinyl. But for some reason only those three shows have appealed to me all this time. I think I got into Suits because I was worried about Fiona being in jail and then forgot to turn the channel to ESPN. It's a good show.

/oops, forgot Adult Swim, but I figured that was a given
 
2012-07-21 01:53:47 AM
caffeine in the ocean thread turns into analog audio... who'd a thunk it?
 
2012-07-21 01:56:59 AM
Rockstarfish
 
2012-07-21 01:57:51 AM

Lsherm: My turntable is a Technics circa 1979, I think. I got it from my dad. Nothing special and they don't make them anymore. But damn, the analog imperfections add something to the experience if you're old enough. It's hooked up to a Heathkit tube amplifier I built with my dad when I was six and plugged into some off-brand speakers he bought in Vietnam after he got drafted. Listening to records, for me, is taking a trip back in time. I like that some bands release new albums on vinyl, but even those sound a little too clean compared to the old stuff.

But yeah, I have the ipod in the car. Who the fark worships making music inconvenient?


No joke. I used to like sitting and listening to music. I have a pile of out-of-print vinyl in my garage, some of it from Europe, from my late father-in-law. Mostly country, but even though I'm not a fan it's still enough of a curiosity to be interesting. Sadly, he didn't have a turntable when he passed. If I can get some decent equipment to transfer the stuff--bare minimum 48kHz, 24 bit, and a good turntable--I'm going to preserve it.

I play MP3s, yeah, and I have a load of CDs that almost never get used, but even I know that CD has its problems on the high end. Most people can never tell.
 
2012-07-21 01:59:55 AM
www.blogcdn.com
 
2012-07-21 02:01:00 AM

Generation_D: Not that you care since you probably didn't grow up with vinyl, but some just enjoy the tactile feel and little procedural ritual of playing a record. now get your smug stupid whiny ass off my lawn. Or remembering something great that happened with a record, like cleaning pot or staring at inner sleeve album art for too long, trying to find the map to the island where they buried Paul McCartney's body or try to figure out what uniform wore OPD on the shoulder, or just read some musician's scribbles and doodles in a format large enough to see and hold in your hands.

Oh look more clouds to yell at.


Lol! But I did grow up with vinyl. I was a child, but that's how I listened to music. I had the '45 of Purple Rain...and the vinyl was farking purple. My dad had an original pressing of Abbey Road and I destroyed it (god I wish I could take that back).

I'm also in the audio business part-time. I know my way around cleaning pots, replacing caps, refoams, etc. Most of my gear is almost or older than I am, and I'm 38. Give a soldering iron, a Radio Shack, and a room full of discarded-by-divorce stereo equipment, and I'll blow your mind, this time.

I yell at clouds too, man.
 
2012-07-21 02:01:11 AM
caffeine in the ocean thread turns into analog audio... who'd a thunk it?

Welcome to Fark.
 
2012-07-21 02:02:18 AM
I don't understand why they are finding high levels of caffeine far from large population centers yet finding low levels near cities and waste water treatment plants and then draw the conclusion that the caffeine is likely the results of pollution from human waste. Did the author just totally fark up the facts or am I missing something? Shouldn't the high concentrations of caffeine be near waste water treatment plants and large population centers?

Reading comprehension: Is our childrens learning?
 
2012-07-21 02:02:29 AM

butt-nuggets: caffeine in the ocean thread turns into analog audio... who'd a thunk it?


Yeah, sorry about that. Have had a few drinks.
 
2012-07-21 02:04:04 AM

Lsherm: dickfreckle: I'm gonna rant here:

People who listen to vinyl for fashionable reasons actually piss me off. There are two reasons to use the format: Obscure releases not available otherwise, or if you are a fan of analog sound. If you listen to vinyl with a cheap system and it's available on CD or otherwise digital format, you farking suck and need to stop representing vinyl-lovers. We're hated even more than bicyclists.

I use digital almost all the time, but there is nothing like treating yourself to a Freddie Hubbard or Miles Davis record. Dark Side of the Moon is another I listen to even if I'm not in the mood to hear the songs...just that sound. Taste is subjective, and "quality" is just another word we all disagree on, but man I love that sound vs. the CD. But because I'm not an idiot or Luddite, I have all my music on a laptop where I can zoom around the selection with an index finger's worth of effort.

You know who else listens to vinyl when he wants to relax?

[sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 403x403]

You listen to mp3's?

Three reasons: 3) you're old enough to have a vinyl collection. My Kinks "Lola" doesn't necessarily sound better on vinyl, but I have it.

My turntable is a Technics circa 1979, I think. I got it from my dad. Nothing special and they don't make them anymore. But damn, the analog imperfections add something to the experience if you're old enough. It's hooked up to a Heathkit tube amplifier I built with my dad when I was six and plugged into some off-brand speakers he bought in Vietnam after he got drafted. Listening to records, for me, is taking a trip back in time. I like that some bands release new albums on vinyl, but even those sound a little too clean compared to the old stuff.

But yeah, I have the ipod in the car. Who the fark worships making music inconvenient?


Dude! You can get stylus now that in the early eighties would have cost you a grand, yes, a 1000 dollars in '80s dollars for like $150, Make your vinyl sound like heaven.
 
2012-07-21 02:08:46 AM

dickfreckle: Yeah, sorry about that. Have had a few drinks.


It's all good. Ocean coffee is boring, plus I dig old school audio too
 
2012-07-21 02:13:11 AM
And it's true that back in the day of analog, when they recorded with actual tape that the pre-amps of those tape machines did nice things with the sound.... for example, made it more warm and round sounding. Digital is a bit more cold and precise than that.
 
2012-07-21 02:15:49 AM

ChiliBoots: Wait, so fish do need a bicycle?


Gloria Steinem did eventually marry.

/The original quote is A man needs God like a fish needs a bicycle
//Summon Bevets?
 
2012-07-21 02:40:10 AM
Real hipsters call them "vinyls", making people over 35 want to punch them in the head.
 
2012-07-21 02:40:55 AM
No Guinness references?

www.fishonabike.com

/like fire
 
2012-07-21 02:41:56 AM
Caffeine in the ocean is as useless as tits on a fish.
 
2012-07-21 02:48:06 AM
favim.com
Coffee...Coffee...Coffee...Coffee...Coffee...Coffee...Coffee...Coffee . ..Coffee...Coffee...Coffee...Coffee...Coffee...
 
2012-07-21 03:16:54 AM
I love the analog vs. digital argument.

It's so piquant to see folks argue at the same time that 'digital can't accurately capture the full sound' and the 'vinyl is warm sounding, you don't get that with digital media. That warm sound (if such even exists) is distortion introduced during the mastering phase and further distortion in your preamp during the RIAA renormalisation process. You get to pick one, not both of accuracy and warmth.

And BTW, the 'warm' sound could easily be captured digitally so it was present in mp3's, but nobody does this because it's nonsense.
 
2012-07-21 03:36:03 AM
Ever since I moved to Portland I've had some great coffee themed dooks. The sheen alone was full of caffeine. I would imagine the hipster diet contributes to the problem. Vegan Pho with fish sauce froma food car and a Stumptown coffee while you ride your double decker bike home to your 8 roommates in a 2 bdrm home - your colon will explode in 5 hours and the fish will suffer.
 
2012-07-21 03:47:24 AM
I grew up in the days of vinyl, I even had 8 tracks, reel to reel and cassette tapes. I can recall spending countless amounts of money putting together the right sound system. The preamp, amp, graphic equalizer, high end reel to reel tape deck as well as cassette deck, turntable complete with balanced platter, aftermarket tone arm and cartridge. Then there's the 14 gauge 99.99% oxygen free copper speaker wire at $25 a foot to hook up your $2000 speakers with 12 inch woofers, dual midrange and dynamic tweeters. Oh and don't forget the 20 carat gold plated shielded coax cables to connect everything together.

Lets also not forget all the care you had to take with a system like that. Special cleaning brushes and fluids to clean the albums, needle, tape deck heads. Then there's the plastic sleeves to keep the dust off of your albums... ahh the good old days.

Of course now you can get far superior sound from a cheap PC playing MP3's through a set speakers no bigger than your hand. But yeah, the old days of vinyl were so much better...
 
2012-07-21 04:10:07 AM
imgross.org

Caffeinated water?
 
2012-07-21 04:19:51 AM

Lsherm: dickfreckle: I'm gonna rant here:

People who listen to vinyl for fashionable reasons actually piss me off. There are two reasons to use the format: Obscure releases not available otherwise, or if you are a fan of analog sound. If you listen to vinyl with a cheap system and it's available on CD or otherwise digital format, you farking suck and need to stop representing vinyl-lovers. We're hated even more than bicyclists.

I use digital almost all the time, but there is nothing like treating yourself to a Freddie Hubbard or Miles Davis record. Dark Side of the Moon is another I listen to even if I'm not in the mood to hear the songs...just that sound. Taste is subjective, and "quality" is just another word we all disagree on, but man I love that sound vs. the CD. But because I'm not an idiot or Luddite, I have all my music on a laptop where I can zoom around the selection with an index finger's worth of effort.

You know who else listens to vinyl when he wants to relax?

[sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net image 403x403]

You listen to mp3's?

Three reasons: 3) you're old enough to have a vinyl collection. My Kinks "Lola" doesn't necessarily sound better on vinyl, but I have it.

My turntable is a Technics circa 1979, I think. I got it from my dad. Nothing special and they don't make them anymore. But damn, the analog imperfections add something to the experience if you're old enough. It's hooked up to a Heathkit tube amplifier I built with my dad when I was six and plugged into some off-brand speakers he bought in Vietnam after he got drafted. Listening to records, for me, is taking a trip back in time. I like that some bands release new albums on vinyl, but even those sound a little too clean compared to the old stuff.

But yeah, I have the ipod in the car. Who the fark worships making music inconvenient?


Not to mention how awesome it was to go out and search for records. Records were hard to come by even when they were popular. For me anyways because I listened to the not-so-popular records. Trying to find that one rare gem. Now you can just go to gemm.com and find it... It's comparable to going to a garage sale and finding something awesome.
 
2012-07-21 04:33:51 AM

Gothnet: That warm sound (if such even exists) is distortion introduced during the mastering phase and further distortion in your preamp during the RIAA renormalisation process. You get to pick one, not both of accuracy and warmth.


"Distortion" is why people love tubes and records in the first place, even if they don't know realize it to be a technical imperfection. Tube saturation and limiting gives so much air to highs that what I initially consider lesser tweeters are totally redeemed. I'm not listening to clinically flat, $8500 studio monitors through a solid state amp when it comes to vinyl. It's a home stereo designed to sound pleasant, which involves some levels of inaccuracy that sound appealing, to me.

Technically speaking, the sky isn't actually blue. Inaccuracies make it appealing. Bad analogy, but I'm drunk.

Also, that "warm sound" is often because you're not listening to a disastrous digital transfer, most notoriously demonstrated by The Beatles' transfers in the late 80s. Plenty of other great albums were decimated in the process, but the Beatles' catalog is universally agreed upon as being poorly done. Listening side by side with the same amp and speakers (though I didn't ABX it) the difference is immediately noticeable. Not the sort where I was trying to convince myself - the night vs. day sort that's impossible to ignore, like a 128 mp3 vs. a 320 one. Except even more dramatic.

Again, I'm not insulting digital. I just love pouring a drink, sitting on my couch, and popping on a record. The other 95% of the time I listen to my hard drive (FLAC) and of course my Android (mp3). I don't always go audio douche, but when I do, I listen to vinyl and tubes. Keep your ears open, my friends.
 
2012-07-21 04:36:40 AM
You know what? I should be banned timed-out for threadjacking while drunk. Seriously, I deserve it for wrecking this thread.

/please don't, I'll be better in the morning
//shutting my facehole now
 
2012-07-21 04:39:09 AM

dickfreckle: Gothnet: That warm sound (if such even exists) is distortion introduced during the mastering phase and further distortion in your preamp during the RIAA renormalisation process. You get to pick one, not both of accuracy and warmth.

"Distortion" is why people love tubes and records in the first place, even if they don't know realize it to be a technical imperfection. Tube saturation and limiting gives so much air to highs that what I initially consider lesser tweeters are totally redeemed. I'm not listening to clinically flat, $8500 studio monitors through a solid state amp when it comes to vinyl. It's a home stereo designed to sound pleasant, which involves some levels of inaccuracy that sound appealing, to me.

Technically speaking, the sky isn't actually blue. Inaccuracies make it appealing. Bad analogy, but I'm drunk.

Also, that "warm sound" is often because you're not listening to a disastrous digital transfer, most notoriously demonstrated by The Beatles' transfers in the late 80s. Plenty of other great albums were decimated in the process, but the Beatles' catalog is universally agreed upon as being poorly done. Listening side by side with the same amp and speakers (though I didn't ABX it) the difference is immediately noticeable. Not the sort where I was trying to convince myself - the night vs. day sort that's impossible to ignore, like a 128 mp3 vs. a 320 one. Except even more dramatic.

Again, I'm not insulting digital. I just love pouring a drink, sitting on my couch, and popping on a record. The other 95% of the time I listen to my hard drive (FLAC) and of course my Android (mp3). I don't always go audio douche, but when I do, I listen to vinyl and tubes. Keep your ears open, my friends.


I like the distortion that tubes add to digital payback

/adds a little life back to a CD, IMHO
 
2012-07-21 04:45:35 AM
How the hell did subby jump from caffeine to hipster?
 
2012-07-21 04:57:06 AM

Benni K Rok: How the hell did subby jump from caffeine to hipster?


'cuz Portland is infested with hipsters. It's so infested with hipsters it attracts hipsters from across the nation. What happens with them after they get there is a mystery to hipsterologists. We think they either grow up or get ground into chum. Which would explain the high caffeine levels.
 
2012-07-21 05:10:45 AM

dickfreckle: I'm gonna rant here:

People who listen to vinyl for fashionable reasons actually piss me off. There are two reasons to use the format: Obscure releases not available otherwise, or if you are a fan of analog sound. If you listen to vinyl with a cheap system and it's available on CD or otherwise digital format, you farking suck and need to stop representing vinyl-lovers. We're hated even more than bicyclists.

I use digital almost all the time, but there is nothing like treating yourself to a Freddie Hubbard or Miles Davis record. Dark Side of the Moon is another I listen to even if I'm not in the mood to hear the songs...just that sound. Taste is subjective, and "quality" is just another word we all disagree on, but man I love that sound vs. the CD. But because I'm not an idiot or Luddite, I have all my music on a laptop where I can zoom around the selection with an index finger's worth of effort.

You know who else listens to vinyl when he wants to relax?



You listen to mp3's?


your just so wrong. cd's and even more so mp3 cut at 15k and 2000k I'm sure my system do lot of stuff outside this feq

nothing better that the rumbel before the song start


but in the US you never know as you use Mic compresion on radio you never felt known dynamics in music
 
2012-07-21 05:43:57 AM
darrengarnick.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-07-21 06:02:20 AM

wildcardjack: Benni K Rok: How the hell did subby jump from caffeine to hipster?

'cuz Portland is infested with hipsters. It's so infested with hipsters it attracts hipsters from across the nation. What happens with them after they get there is a mystery to hipsterologists. We think they either grow up or get ground into chum. Which would explain the high caffeine levels.


Ah okay. I'm just used to associating caffeine with something normal, like work.
 
2012-07-21 06:09:59 AM

ReapTheChaos: I grew up in the days of vinyl, I even had 8 tracks, reel to reel and cassette tapes. I can recall spending countless amounts of money putting together the right sound system. The preamp, amp, graphic equalizer, high end reel to reel tape deck as well as cassette deck, turntable complete with balanced platter, aftermarket tone arm and cartridge. Then there's the 14 gauge 99.99% oxygen free copper speaker wire at $25 a foot to hook up your $2000 speakers with 12 inch woofers, dual midrange and dynamic tweeters. Oh and don't forget the 20 carat gold plated shielded coax cables to connect everything together.

Lets also not forget all the care you had to take with a system like that. Special cleaning brushes and fluids to clean the albums, needle, tape deck heads. Then there's the plastic sleeves to keep the dust off of your albums... ahh the good old days.

Of course now you can get far superior sound from a cheap PC playing MP3's through a set speakers no bigger than your hand. But yeah, the old days of vinyl were so much better...


What PC speakers would these be? Most of the ones I've tried have sounded like crap: cheap, little USB-powered things.

I wish I still had my Altec-Lansings that had a tone control as well as a headphone jack. The only computer speakers I can find now with those things are subwoofer systems, and we have too many dogs to have a speaker on the floor It'd get destroyed or at least peed on.
 
2012-07-21 06:15:53 AM

dickfreckle: "Distortion" is why people love tubes and records in the first place, even if they don't know realize it to be a technical imperfection.


But couldn't you do the same thing with a filter, preserving the "warm" sound you want and eliminating all the other downsides of tubes/vinyl/etc.? Sure, a system with a $0.15 pre-amp will still sound terrible, but anyone who cares enough to buy such a filter already has a system with plenty of fidelity to amplify the desirable distortions without significantly degrading them.
 
2012-07-21 06:28:24 AM

vinniethepoo: The only computer speakers I can find now with those things are subwoofer systems, and we have too many dogs to have a speaker on the floor It'd get destroyed or at least peed on.


You pretty much can't buy decent computer speakers without a "subwoofer". In many of the systems it's less about low-end sound reproduction (the low-end ones only have like a 4" driver in the "subwoofer" case) and more about having someplace to hide the amp. You really can't get much sound out of an amp with no heat sink and a requirement to fit on a 2"x2" board.

But assuming you don't want to buy a real amp (that's not a judgement, just an acknowledgement that the audio world has a standard solution for this problem), you could use any bookshelf stereo system, or even one of those all-in-one DVD systems if it's got a spare input channel. With a little searching you can probably find something small enough to allow you to hide the amp behind your monitor, and for under $100.

Also some of the box-on-floor computer speakers have pretty decent cases that I would consider dog-resistent. You can get them with metal grates over the driver, or downward-facing drivers, and heavy enough that a dog wouldn't push it around or flip it over without a decent amount of work.
 
2012-07-21 08:01:09 AM
The whole hipster bashing thing has gone full retard. Liking caffeine?
 
2012-07-21 09:00:50 AM
I was 8-track before 8-track was cool.
 
2012-07-21 09:09:03 AM
1:

I grew up with vinyl, 8-track and cassette. But I could never afford one of those high-quality high-fi systems that were so important back then, and Beethoven on a cheap phonograph sounds like crap even without my hearing aids in. Now I get better sound on a bottom-of-the-line 6 year old Dell laptop with $12 headphones than I ever did back then, without skipping or jamming. Thanks to playback programs with multi-band user-controlled equalizers I can compensate for my hearing loss by mirroring my audiogram, setting the high end up there in dog-whistle range just because; I can also bring the vocals out more from the mix or remove the singing if I don't like the words. I can rip CDs at a higher bitrate than they were made, making a lossless copy of a mediocre recording. And I can even download the lyrics and read them on the screen as they're sung: some of my favorite songs as a youth strike me as amazingly stupid these days because now I can see what the fool is really singing.


2:

Back to TFA: we coffee guzzlers might be poisoning a species of sea snall science hasn't discovered yet, so we should all kill ourselves or switch to drinking nothing but distilled water to protect the environment. However when people go on about such things I want to dump dirty oil down a storm drain because I'm sick of hearing about it. And the main thing wrong with global warming is the coasts and islands won't be flooded all at once so the losers there will have time to move to higher ground: generally speaking the Earth has about 4 billion people too many, most of them senseless idiots fit at most for brewing coffee.

You're welcome. Bite me.
 
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