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2014-06-24 11:31:32 PM  
Don't want anything on that list, I will take this thumb drive, though.
 
2014-06-24 11:47:26 PM  
Those 'buy it now' links seem like they might be mighty dangerous to Amazon members under the control of the Ambien Walrus.
 
2014-06-24 11:58:22 PM  
that better be free shipping.
 
2014-06-25 12:13:56 AM  
That farking violin has a split back that's cut cross grain.  Would anyone even make a violin like that in the 1600's, or ever?
 
2014-06-25 12:48:08 AM  
Nine of the most expensive things you can find on Amazon. Monster Cables Denon cables suspiciously absent
 
2014-06-25 01:21:54 AM  
I do believe the Bible has been autographed by the Author.

As for the Viola? My cousin has a Stradivarius Viola. Most were destroyed by the Stradivari family because they ONLY made violins (the violas were made by a non-family member apprentice).
 
2014-06-25 01:24:40 AM  
Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more for an item if the item is of high enough quality.

For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title
 
2014-06-25 03:17:05 AM  
Someone put the UPC in the price field of an inventory loader file.

My personal favorite was the turn key coffee shed.
 
2014-06-25 03:17:30 AM  
wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net
 
2014-06-25 03:21:10 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: Those 'buy it now' links seem like they might be mighty dangerous to Amazon members under the control of the Ambien Walrus.


I have a friend that buys Disney movies while on Ambien sometimes. It's become something of a joke when she gets an unexpected package from her Ambiened-self. I'm kind of glad Ambien did nothing for me, I'd end up ordering overpriced random shiat probably.
 
2014-06-25 03:21:22 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more for an item if the item is of high enough quality.

For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title


Dude wtf I'm now filled with a sense of profound hopelessness for my species
 
2014-06-25 03:24:28 AM  

GloomCookie613: TuteTibiImperes: Those 'buy it now' links seem like they might be mighty dangerous to Amazon members under the control of the Ambien Walrus.

I have a friend that buys Disney movies while on Ambien sometimes. It's become something of a joke when she gets an unexpected package from her Ambiened-self. I'm kind of glad Ambien did nothing for me, I'd end up ordering overpriced random shiat probably.


Hm. I wonder if one could design an app that would prevent drunk/drugged ordering. Like, if an order is placed at certain times of the day, it would be put on 24-hour hold until the user could confirm that they do, in fact, want the item.
 
2014-06-25 03:33:25 AM  
Huh, my mother's old douche bag strangely absent from the list.

I guess it's still in Ohio.
 
2014-06-25 03:35:33 AM  

Nogale: GloomCookie613: TuteTibiImperes: Those 'buy it now' links seem like they might be mighty dangerous to Amazon members under the control of the Ambien Walrus.

I have a friend that buys Disney movies while on Ambien sometimes. It's become something of a joke when she gets an unexpected package from her Ambiened-self. I'm kind of glad Ambien did nothing for me, I'd end up ordering overpriced random shiat probably.

Hm. I wonder if one could design an app that would prevent drunk/drugged ordering. Like, if an order is placed at certain times of the day, it would be put on 24-hour hold until the user could confirm that they do, in fact, want the item.


Or you could stop using Ambien. Or at least log off, turn off computer, regularly change passwords as if the Walrus was a hostile user. But Ambien is just covering up a problem.
 
2014-06-25 03:36:40 AM  

GloomCookie613: TuteTibiImperes: Those 'buy it now' links seem like they might be mighty dangerous to Amazon members under the control of the Ambien Walrus.

I have a friend that buys Disney movies while on Ambien sometimes. It's become something of a joke when she gets an unexpected package from her Ambiened-self. I'm kind of glad Ambien did nothing for me, I'd end up ordering overpriced random shiat probably.




Man With Complete Mama's Family Video Library Never Going On eBay Drunk Again

NEWTON, MA-In a solemn pledge to himself and the world, Kevin Wollersheim, the new owner of a complete Mama's Family video library, announced Monday that he will "never, ever again" shop the online auction house eBay while inebriated.

Wollersheim and a portion of his recent purchase. Inset: Vicki Lawrence as TV's Mother Harper.

"Over the course of Saturday evening, Aug. 21, I drank two Jack and Cokes, somewhere in the vicinity of six to eight Icehouse beers, plus, I believe, at least one shot of Cuervo 1800 tequila," Wollersheim said at a press conference held in his apartment. "And, although I now have no memory of doing so, it is clear that I logged on to America Online and accessed eBay sometime before 2:28 a.m. early Sunday morning."

"During my visit to the eBay site," Wollersheim continued, his voice beginning to break, "for some reason known only to God, I entered a maximum bid of $300 in an auction for the entire episode run of the popular '80s situation comedy Mama's Family, starring Vicki Lawrence and Ken Berry."

"I won that auction," he added gravely.

media.theonion.com
Wollersheim and a portion of his recent purchase. Inset: Vicki Lawrence as TV's Mother Harper.
 
2014-06-25 03:36:45 AM  

Nogale: GloomCookie613: TuteTibiImperes: Those 'buy it now' links seem like they might be mighty dangerous to Amazon members under the control of the Ambien Walrus.

I have a friend that buys Disney movies while on Ambien sometimes. It's become something of a joke when she gets an unexpected package from her Ambiened-self. I'm kind of glad Ambien did nothing for me, I'd end up ordering overpriced random shiat probably.

Hm. I wonder if one could design an app that would prevent drunk/drugged ordering. Like, if an order is placed at certain times of the day, it would be put on 24-hour hold until the user could confirm that they do, in fact, want the item.


No, technology is not yet that far advanced
 
2014-06-25 03:38:17 AM  
l.wigflip.com
 
2014-06-25 03:39:16 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more for an item if the item is of high enough quality.

For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title


Audiophiles will spend money on any placebo crap.  The more it costs + stupid claims = More likely they'll buy it.
 
2014-06-25 03:39:46 AM  

Repo Man: GloomCookie613: TuteTibiImperes: Those 'buy it now' links seem like they might be mighty dangerous to Amazon members under the control of the Ambien Walrus.

I have a friend that buys Disney movies while on Ambien sometimes. It's become something of a joke when she gets an unexpected package from her Ambiened-self. I'm kind of glad Ambien did nothing for me, I'd end up ordering overpriced random shiat probably.



Man With Complete Mama's Family Video Library Never Going On eBay Drunk Again

NEWTON, MA-In a solemn pledge to himself and the world, Kevin Wollersheim, the new owner of a complete Mama's Family video library, announced Monday that he will "never, ever again" shop the online auction house eBay while inebriated.

Wollersheim and a portion of his recent purchase. Inset: Vicki Lawrence as TV's Mother Harper.

"Over the course of Saturday evening, Aug. 21, I drank two Jack and Cokes, somewhere in the vicinity of six to eight Icehouse beers, plus, I believe, at least one shot of Cuervo 1800 tequila," Wollersheim said at a press conference held in his apartment. "And, although I now have no memory of doing so, it is clear that I logged on to America Online and accessed eBay sometime before 2:28 a.m. early Sunday morning."

"During my visit to the eBay site," Wollersheim continued, his voice beginning to break, "for some reason known only to God, I entered a maximum bid of $300 in an auction for the entire episode run of the popular '80s situation comedy Mama's Family, starring Vicki Lawrence and Ken Berry."

"I won that auction," he added gravely.

Wollersheim and a portion of his recent purchase. Inset: Vicki Lawrence as TV's Mother Harper.


Ferrously and tragically, that would actually be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars today. There are more missing Mama's Family episodes than Doctor Who episodes and bounties on several exceed $5m
 
2014-06-25 03:41:42 AM  

Repo Man: GloomCookie613: TuteTibiImperes: Those 'buy it now' links seem like they might be mighty dangerous to Amazon members under the control of the Ambien Walrus.

I have a friend that buys Disney movies while on Ambien sometimes. It's become something of a joke when she gets an unexpected package from her Ambiened-self. I'm kind of glad Ambien did nothing for me, I'd end up ordering overpriced random shiat probably.



Man With Complete Mama's Family Video Library Never Going On eBay Drunk Again

NEWTON, MA-In a solemn pledge to himself and the world, Kevin Wollersheim, the new owner of a complete Mama's Family video library, announced Monday that he will "never, ever again" shop the online auction house eBay while inebriated.

Wollersheim and a portion of his recent purchase. Inset: Vicki Lawrence as TV's Mother Harper.

"Over the course of Saturday evening, Aug. 21, I drank two Jack and Cokes, somewhere in the vicinity of six to eight Icehouse beers, plus, I believe, at least one shot of Cuervo 1800 tequila," Wollersheim said at a press conference held in his apartment. "And, although I now have no memory of doing so, it is clear that I logged on to America Online and accessed eBay sometime before 2:28 a.m. early Sunday morning."

"During my visit to the eBay site," Wollersheim continued, his voice beginning to break, "for some reason known only to God, I entered a maximum bid of $300 in an auction for the entire episode run of the popular '80s situation comedy Mama's Family, starring Vicki Lawrence and Ken Berry."

"I won that auction," he added gravely.

Wollersheim and a portion of his recent purchase. Inset: Vicki Lawrence as TV's Mother Harper.


Wow. Just... wow.
 
2014-06-25 03:44:32 AM  

styckx: AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more for an item if the item is of high enough quality.

For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Audiophiles will spend money on any placebo crap.  The more it costs + stupid claims = More likely they'll buy it.


outsiderjapan.pbworks.com
 
2014-06-25 03:46:15 AM  

GloomCookie613: Repo Man: GloomCookie613: TuteTibiImperes: Those 'buy it now' links seem like they might be mighty dangerous to Amazon members under the control of the Ambien Walrus.

I have a friend that buys Disney movies while on Ambien sometimes. It's become something of a joke when she gets an unexpected package from her Ambiened-self. I'm kind of glad Ambien did nothing for me, I'd end up ordering overpriced random shiat probably.



Man With Complete Mama's Family Video Library Never Going On eBay Drunk Again

NEWTON, MA-In a solemn pledge to himself and the world, Kevin Wollersheim, the new owner of a complete Mama's Family video library, announced Monday that he will "never, ever again" shop the online auction house eBay while inebriated.

Wollersheim and a portion of his recent purchase. Inset: Vicki Lawrence as TV's Mother Harper.

"Over the course of Saturday evening, Aug. 21, I drank two Jack and Cokes, somewhere in the vicinity of six to eight Icehouse beers, plus, I believe, at least one shot of Cuervo 1800 tequila," Wollersheim said at a press conference held in his apartment. "And, although I now have no memory of doing so, it is clear that I logged on to America Online and accessed eBay sometime before 2:28 a.m. early Sunday morning."

"During my visit to the eBay site," Wollersheim continued, his voice beginning to break, "for some reason known only to God, I entered a maximum bid of $300 in an auction for the entire episode run of the popular '80s situation comedy Mama's Family, starring Vicki Lawrence and Ken Berry."

"I won that auction," he added gravely.

Wollersheim and a portion of his recent purchase. Inset: Vicki Lawrence as TV's Mother Harper.

Wow. Just... wow.


amazing-seeds.com
 
2014-06-25 03:49:07 AM  

ransack.: AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more for an item if the item is of high enough quality.

For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Dude wtf I'm now filled with a sense of profound hopelessness for my species


Why? There's one born every minute, it's always been that way, So-called audiophiles are just another division of the tribe. At least there's a whole fark of a lot less of those guys than there are Deepak Chopra fans, or "Tea Party Patriots". Count your blessings.
 
2014-06-25 03:52:56 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more for an item if the item is of high enough quality.

For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title


While I understand the difference between an outlet made to audio-grade specs and one that isn't, and why that might be more expensive, the question remains as to why the hell anyone would use those specs for something that won't carry audio.
 
2014-06-25 03:55:40 AM  

forgotmydamnusername: ransack.: AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more for an item if the item is of high enough quality.

For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Dude wtf I'm now filled with a sense of profound hopelessness for my species

Why? There's one born every minute, it's always been that way, So-called audiophiles are just another division of the tribe. At least there's a whole fark of a lot less of those guys than there are Deepak Chopra fans, or "Tea Party Patriots". Count your blessings.


But even a simpleton can see that such a product is useless unless the generators that made your electricity are golden and all of the wires in your house and also the entire electrical grid is also made of gold. I refuse to believe that anybody who could afford that product and purchases it is mentally intact.
 
2014-06-25 03:59:12 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title


Bwahaha, the reviews are great
 
2014-06-25 04:02:25 AM  
This.

/oblig
 
2014-06-25 04:05:38 AM  
I like Amazon. The wife and I probably spend a few grand there every year, but Craigslist is still the champ. A lot of those people are farking desperate, and sell stuff amazingly cheap. Most of my video games over the past 5 or 6 years were CL purchases. Hundreds of games, all on the super cheap.  SMB3DW for $15? Sure thing, buddy. The comic books I've bought from CL...there are no words. Books worth hundreds, thousands for a few bucks as parts of larger collections.

Also, no taxes.
 
2014-06-25 04:05:50 AM  

wildcardjack: Someone put the UPC in the price field of an inventory loader file.


This.  Those shoes are UPC 886833152075.
 
2014-06-25 04:07:16 AM  

Jim_Callahan: AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more for an item if the item is of high enough quality.

For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title

While I understand the difference between an outlet made to audio-grade specs and one that isn't, and why that might be more expensive, the question remains as to why the hell anyone would use those specs for something that won't carry audio.


Overspeced, gold-plated audio jacks will improve the sound of your gear to about the same degree as Monster Cable, though.
 
2014-06-25 04:10:09 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more for an item if the item is of high enough quality.

For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title


Beautiful!
 
2014-06-25 04:24:04 AM  

wildcardjack: Nogale: GloomCookie613: TuteTibiImperes: Those 'buy it now' links seem like they might be mighty dangerous to Amazon members under the control of the Ambien Walrus.

I have a friend that buys Disney movies while on Ambien sometimes. It's become something of a joke when she gets an unexpected package from her Ambiened-self. I'm kind of glad Ambien did nothing for me, I'd end up ordering overpriced random shiat probably.

Hm. I wonder if one could design an app that would prevent drunk/drugged ordering. Like, if an order is placed at certain times of the day, it would be put on 24-hour hold until the user could confirm that they do, in fact, want the item.

Or you could stop using Ambien. Or at least log off, turn off computer, regularly change passwords as if the Walrus was a hostile user. But Ambien is just covering up a problem.


Ambien can actually help some people, but.... it can be nasty stuff. Sleep-shopping is financially less than ideal but at least it's safe. There's also the potential for sleep-eating, sleep-cooking, sleep-sexing, and yeah, sleep-driving. My brother did that once. It ended badly for the car. He was fine, if shaken up. He no longer takes Ambien.

Potent stuff. But if you're that desperate for sleep, well, I guess you take the risk.
 
2014-06-25 04:29:56 AM  

ransack.: forgotmydamnusername: ransack.: AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more for an item if the item is of high enough quality.

For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Dude wtf I'm now filled with a sense of profound hopelessness for my species

Why? There's one born every minute, it's always been that way, So-called audiophiles are just another division of the tribe. At least there's a whole fark of a lot less of those guys than there are Deepak Chopra fans, or "Tea Party Patriots". Count your blessings.

But even a simpleton can see that such a product is useless unless the generators that made your electricity are golden and all of the wires in your house and also the entire electrical grid is also made of gold. I refuse to believe that anybody who could afford that product and purchases it is mentally intact.


It would still be useless. Voltage is voltage. Sine waves do what sine waves do. There is such a thing as "dirty" AC power, which comes in with distorted waveforms due to the functioning of other loads on the utility circuit. This might conceivably lead to slight changes in the behavior of your amp. Changes you probably will not even be able to hear without an exercise of the imagination. If this is so terribly important, there is an electronic device called a power conditioner which will clean that up for you. It is not a receptacle. Personally, I think the only thing that's truly a big deal is to have a good ground, assuming sufficient voltage is present, of course.
 
2014-06-25 04:45:21 AM  

forgotmydamnusername: ransack.: forgotmydamnusername: ransack.: AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more for an item if the item is of high enough quality.

For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Dude wtf I'm now filled with a sense of profound hopelessness for my species

Why? There's one born every minute, it's always been that way, So-called audiophiles are just another division of the tribe. At least there's a whole fark of a lot less of those guys than there are Deepak Chopra fans, or "Tea Party Patriots". Count your blessings.

But even a simpleton can see that such a product is useless unless the generators that made your electricity are golden and all of the wires in your house and also the entire electrical grid is also made of gold. I refuse to believe that anybody who could afford that product and purchases it is mentally intact.

It would still be useless. Voltage is voltage. Sine waves do what sine waves do. There is such a thing as "dirty" AC power, which comes in with distorted waveforms due to the functioning of other loads on the utility circuit. This might conceivably lead to slight changes in the behavior of your amp. Changes you probably will not even be able to hear without an exercise of the imagination. If this is so terribly important, there is an electronic device called a power conditioner which will clean that up for you. It is not a receptacle. Personally, I think the only thing that's truly a big deal is to have a good ground, assuming sufficient voltage is present, of course.


When I was a kid in the late 1980s my parents got a Sony Betamax VCR that had a remote control with five buttons that had a very long cord and it plugged into the front of the VCR. They still have it, and it still works.

My lifelong vow which I have always and forever will uphold is that only Sony audiovisual equipment is permitted in my living room.

Did you know that if you have a PS3 connected to your Sony TV with an HDMI cable, the PS3 automatically turns itself on when you plug it into AC power, and it also turns on your TV and switches it to the appropriate HDMI input?

That's AWESOME
 
2014-06-25 04:46:28 AM  

forgotmydamnusername: Overspeced, gold-plated audio jacks will improve the sound of your gear to about the same degree as Monster Cable, though.


In fairness, there  are  reasons to gold-plate connectors in general.  It's corrosion protection, though, a layer of a different metal doesn't really change the way current of this magnitude flows and surface topography isn't really a concern.

Gold contacts are actually extremely common in applications where a reliable contact connection regardless of conditions is important (mostly due to corrosive environments in industry needing electrical connectors too), enough that there's a bunch of white paper floating around on the subject, like this:  http://www.te.com/documentation/whitepapers/pdf/aurulrep.pdf

// Plugging in your speakers isn't a high-reliability requirement application, obviously.
 
2014-06-25 05:01:24 AM  

forgotmydamnusername: ransack.: forgotmydamnusername: ransack.: AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more for an item if the item is of high enough quality.

For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Dude wtf I'm now filled with a sense of profound hopelessness for my species

Why? There's one born every minute, it's always been that way, So-called audiophiles are just another division of the tribe. At least there's a whole fark of a lot less of those guys than there are Deepak Chopra fans, or "Tea Party Patriots". Count your blessings.

But even a simpleton can see that such a product is useless unless the generators that made your electricity are golden and all of the wires in your house and also the entire electrical grid is also made of gold. I refuse to believe that anybody who could afford that product and purchases it is mentally intact.

It would still be useless. Voltage is voltage. Sine waves do what sine waves do. There is such a thing as "dirty" AC power, which comes in with distorted waveforms due to the functioning of other loads on the utility circuit. This might conceivably lead to slight changes in the behavior of your amp. Changes you probably will not even be able to hear without an exercise of the imagination. If this is so terribly important, there is an electronic device called a power conditioner which will clean that up for you. It is not a receptacle. Personally, I think the only thing that's truly a big deal is to have a good ground, assuming sufficient voltage is present, of course.


Try running a decent stereo receiver on a circuit that happens to have a dozen flourescent fixtures also, and good luck getting good sound out of that.  All those filters and conditioners are necessary in some situations.
 
2014-06-25 05:08:30 AM  
ransack.:When I was a kid in the late 1980s my parents got a Sony Betamax VCR that had a remote control with five buttons that had a very long cord and it plugged into the front of the VCR. They still have it, and it still works.

My lifelong vow which I have always and forever will uphold is that only Sony audiovisual equipment is permitted in my living room.

Did you know that if you have a PS3 connected to your Sony TV with an HDMI cable, the PS3 automatically turns itself on when you plug it into AC power, and it also turns on your TV and switches it to the appropriate HDMI input?

That's AWESOME


That is kind of a cool feature. Sony, however, doesn't currently seem to produce much stuff that's up to their '70s and '80s standards. Not only did their stuff work well, but it was bullet proof. Now there are other brands that perform as well, and nothing is bulletproof from Sony, or anybody else.
 
2014-06-25 05:28:55 AM  
I found my TV. Now I just need some of those monster cables.
 
2014-06-25 05:32:47 AM  

ekdikeo4: forgotmydamnusername: ransack.: forgotmydamnusername: ransack.: AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more for an item if the item is of high enough quality.

For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Dude wtf I'm now filled with a sense of profound hopelessness for my species

Why? There's one born every minute, it's always been that way, So-called audiophiles are just another division of the tribe. At least there's a whole fark of a lot less of those guys than there are Deepak Chopra fans, or "Tea Party Patriots". Count your blessings.

But even a simpleton can see that such a product is useless unless the generators that made your electricity are golden and all of the wires in your house and also the entire electrical grid is also made of gold. I refuse to believe that anybody who could afford that product and purchases it is mentally intact.

It would still be useless. Voltage is voltage. Sine waves do what sine waves do. There is such a thing as "dirty" AC power, which comes in with distorted waveforms due to the functioning of other loads on the utility circuit. This might conceivably lead to slight changes in the behavior of your amp. Changes you probably will not even be able to hear without an exercise of the imagination. If this is so terribly important, there is an electronic device called a power conditioner which will clean that up for you. It is not a receptacle. Personally, I think the only thing that's truly a big deal is to have a good ground, assuming sufficient voltage is present, of course.

Try running a decent stereo receiver on a circuit that happens to have a dozen flourescent fixtures also, and good luck getting good sound out of that.  All those filters and conditioners are necessary in some situations.


If the wiring is done right, the lights don't share a circuit with your receptacles, but harmonics on the neutral could indeed be a problem. Computers can cause issues, too. Ideally, you find a circuit to plug your sound equipment into which doesn't have these other types of loads. Also, make sure all the neutral connections in your panel are tight, and there are no flaky splices. Not only can this reduce harmonic issues, it might even make your house less likely to catch on fire.
 
2014-06-25 05:45:38 AM  

Triumph: Don't want anything on that list, I will take this thumb drive, though.


Wow, that's expensive, but 1tb.  Name is rather sinister though.

Wish there was a proper 1tb MP3 player out there.
 
2014-06-25 05:57:55 AM  
They missed one:  http://www.amazon.com/Audemars-Piguet-Jules-Tourbillon-26561BC-OO-D00 2 CR-01/dp/B00BP6FRYC/ref=sr_1_1?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1403689816&sr=1-1

A tourbiillon makes wristwatches very, very expensive. The fun thing is, while this device does make mechanical pocket watches more accurate, IIRC, it does absolutely nothing for a watch worn on the wrist save add cost and parts to break.
 
2014-06-25 06:29:01 AM  

ransack.: Did you know that if you have a PS3 connected to your Sony TV with an HDMI cable, the PS3 automatically turns itself on when you plug it into AC power, and it also turns on your TV and switches it to the appropriate HDMI input?


That's not a Sony specific thing.  Its called HDMI-CEC, though all the manufacturers have their own names for it, Samsung calls it AnyNet+, Sony call it Bravia Sync or Bravia Link.

With the PS3, only the slim supports it, you can additionally use it to control some of the PS3 functions with your TV remote.

In general HDMI-CEC is pretty awesome.  I have a Raspberry Pi under my TV running XBMC, the Pi natively supports HDMI-CEC, so I can use my TV remote to navigate the XBMC menus, so there's no need for a wireless keyboard to seperate IR remote.  I use the TV remote to control the Blu-Ray, TV, Pi and surround sound.

One controller to rule them all!
 
2014-06-25 06:31:17 AM  
I absolutely defy anybody to need to do anything that requires that they know the time of day more precisely than they can get from a 69.99 Timex.  The touchstone bling of the Victorian era has jumped the shark and the new toys are just sort of Speak and Spell on steroids.  We need a technology whose most attractive feature isn't piss pail prestige.  "This is the model 5G v.2.2.1 release!  It's two microns thinner!"  Jesus, we are gullible.
 
2014-06-25 06:37:25 AM  
Perhaps not in financial terms, but when it comes to costs that are more personal and lasting I know of nothing on Amazon that can compare to sugar free Haribo gummy bears.

http://www.amazon.com/Haribo-Gummi-Bears-Sugar-Free/dp/B000EVQWKC
 
2014-06-25 07:06:16 AM  

Pinko_Commie: ransack.: Did you know that if you have a PS3 connected to your Sony TV with an HDMI cable, the PS3 automatically turns itself on when you plug it into AC power, and it also turns on your TV and switches it to the appropriate HDMI input?

That's not a Sony specific thing.  Its called HDMI-CEC, though all the manufacturers have their own names for it, Samsung calls it AnyNet+, Sony call it Bravia Sync or Bravia Link.

With the PS3, only the slim supports it, you can additionally use it to control some of the PS3 functions with your TV remote.

In general HDMI-CEC is pretty awesome.  I have a Raspberry Pi under my TV running XBMC, the Pi natively supports HDMI-CEC, so I can use my TV remote to navigate the XBMC menus, so there's no need for a wireless keyboard to seperate IR remote.  I use the TV remote to control the Blu-Ray, TV, Pi and surround sound.

One controller to rule them all!


Yes the TV remote does work to control the basic functions of the PS3 Blu-Ray player too and that also was indeed amazing to me. Especially because I discovered that all accidentally and had no idea the Japanese were doing such clever things

The world we live in is already the future
 
2014-06-25 07:11:42 AM  

styckx: AverageAmericanGuy: Sometimes it's worth it to pay a bit more for an item if the item is of high enough quality.

For an audiophile, this can be the difference between true high-fidelity sound and run of the mill crap.
http://www.amazon.com/Wattgate-381-AG-Duplex-Receptacle/dp/B000930W4 M/ ref=cm_cr-mr-title

Audiophiles will spend money on any placebo crap.  The more it costs + stupid claims = More likely they'll buy it.


And the touchier and more pretentious they will be about it.  Within my experience, audiophiles are more pretentious than foodies or art professors, and that takes some doing.
 
2014-06-25 07:12:07 AM  

ransack.: Pinko_Commie: ransack.: Did you know that if you have a PS3 connected to your Sony TV with an HDMI cable, the PS3 automatically turns itself on when you plug it into AC power, and it also turns on your TV and switches it to the appropriate HDMI input?

That's not a Sony specific thing.  Its called HDMI-CEC, though all the manufacturers have their own names for it, Samsung calls it AnyNet+, Sony call it Bravia Sync or Bravia Link.

With the PS3, only the slim supports it, you can additionally use it to control some of the PS3 functions with your TV remote.

In general HDMI-CEC is pretty awesome.  I have a Raspberry Pi under my TV running XBMC, the Pi natively supports HDMI-CEC, so I can use my TV remote to navigate the XBMC menus, so there's no need for a wireless keyboard to seperate IR remote.  I use the TV remote to control the Blu-Ray, TV, Pi and surround sound.

One controller to rule them all!

Yes the TV remote does work to control the basic functions of the PS3 Blu-Ray player too and that also was indeed amazing to me. Especially because I discovered that all accidentally and had no idea the Japanese were doing such clever things

The world we live in is already the future


Yeah, I found out about that the first time I turned my TV off in the middle of watching something on Netflix (42" Sony Bravia LED, watching Netflix through an app on a Samsung blu-ray player)
 
2014-06-25 07:13:04 AM  

forgotmydamnusername: They missed one:  http://www.amazon.com/Audemars-Piguet-Jules-Tourbillon-26561BC-OO-D00 2 CR-01/dp/B00BP6FRYC/ref=sr_1_1?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1403689816&sr=1-1

A tourbiillon makes wristwatches very, very expensive. The fun thing is, while this device does make mechanical pocket watches more accurate, IIRC, it does absolutely nothing for a watch worn on the wrist save add cost and parts to break.


Incorrect.  The tourbillon was invented specifically to counteract the effect of changes in orientation (like  when you move your arm, for instance) on the accuracy of a wristwatch movement.  It's actually not the most complex or least reliable way to achieve that, but it's got a fancy French name and it looks cool when it's running so lots of watchmakers use them.

As for fancy timepieces in general, it's true that a Timex bought at Wally World is going to do just as good a job at telling you what time it is, if not better, but I've a feeling that horological accuracy is kind of besides the point for the people buying six-figure wristwatches.
 
2014-06-25 07:30:24 AM  
My 6 year old westinghouse tv switches to a source whenever a new signal is detected. So all I have to do is power up my vcr, xbox etc.
 
2014-06-25 07:55:16 AM  

Repo Man: GloomCookie613: TuteTibiImperes: Those 'buy it now' links seem like they might be mighty dangerous to Amazon members under the control of the Ambien Walrus.

I have a friend that buys Disney movies while on Ambien sometimes. It's become something of a joke when she gets an unexpected package from her Ambiened-self. I'm kind of glad Ambien did nothing for me, I'd end up ordering overpriced random shiat probably.



Man With Complete Mama's Family Video Library Never Going On eBay Drunk Again

NEWTON, MA-In a solemn pledge to himself and the world, Kevin Wollersheim, the new owner of a complete Mama's Family video library, announced Monday that he will "never, ever again" shop the online auction house eBay while inebriated.

Wollersheim and a portion of his recent purchase. Inset: Vicki Lawrence as TV's Mother Harper.

"Over the course of Saturday evening, Aug. 21, I drank two Jack and Cokes, somewhere in the vicinity of six to eight Icehouse beers, plus, I believe, at least one shot of Cuervo 1800 tequila," Wollersheim said at a press conference held in his apartment. "And, although I now have no memory of doing so, it is clear that I logged on to America Online and accessed eBay sometime before 2:28 a.m. early Sunday morning."

"During my visit to the eBay site," Wollersheim continued, his voice beginning to break, "for some reason known only to God, I entered a maximum bid of $300 in an auction for the entire episode run of the popular '80s situation comedy Mama's Family, starring Vicki Lawrence and Ken Berry."

"I won that auction," he added gravely.

Wollersheim and a portion of his recent purchase. Inset: Vicki Lawrence as TV's Mother Harper.


I bought mine while completely sober.

And I went for the DVDs.
 
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