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Everything posted by dwilawyer

  1. wristwatches

    Bremont U2 Rolex GMT, Daytona or Sub Kobald Phantom (USA)

    Yes Austin. There are a few members here that are up that way.

    Photos please. Do you live in France?

    It's all there. Travis

    That stamp in the wood is the same as what would be on the label. So you have the right labels, I will attach a link where all of this information is located.
  6. Bono, 57, talks about how he finds new music (his kids). https://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/bono-u2-state-of-the-world-what-he-learned-from-almost-dying-w514442
  7. Another one worth a glance. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-one-lifespan/201507/the-adaptive-functions-music-listening
  8. Update: Bought/closed on land...house sold in 4 days!

    Congratulations. It CAN be very stressful, as you know. I hope this one goes smooth. Travis
  9. How does Hans Zimmer keep doing it? Or Enricco Morricon?
  10. Songs selected for movies seem to have a lot of impact at times, and can open a door to a lot of new things.
  11. I agree completely on Steely Dan being something you never get tired of. That duo was influenced by the writing of Burroughs, but not the other way around. I think on simpler pop a lot has to do with publicists and "star makers" doing what they do to shape or influence tastes. In the end it is still all personal taste.
  12. “These people are too fancy, they’re too sophisticated,” William S. Burroughs said of Steely Dan in 1977. “They’re doing too many things at once in a song.” Burroughs, who had no personal connection to the band, had been asked to comment on Aja, Steely Dan’s new record, because co-founder Walter Becker and Donald Fagen had named themselves after “Steely Dan III from Yokohama,” Burroughs apparently doesn't like complex.
  13. Cables, Coffee, and Cocktails

    It's the "skip" or captain position. They call all shots and can throw last two stones.
  14. Gotta Look at Your Phone in 5:00 Traffic?

    In some states "reckless conduct" can trigger punitive damages.
  15. Gotta Look at Your Phone in 5:00 Traffic?

    If the other driver is "at fault" then it doesn't matter what the driver was doing at time of collision (unless the conduct triggers punitive damages in your state, and then it does begin to matter). In a "no-fault" state, they don't look at who is responsible, they limit and specify what you can recover. Cell phone records are routinely checked in serious accident cases, they have been for over 20 years. It would be pretty stupid to get yourself hemmed up on a purgery charge on something as simple as this.
  16. Gotta Look at Your Phone in 5:00 Traffic?

    They won't NDA your photos when you settle, just a release with no admission of liability.
  17. Gotta Look at Your Phone in 5:00 Traffic?

    It's a state law in Texas, however, the numbskulls wrote it in such a way that it can't be enforced.
  18. Cables, Coffee, and Cocktails

  19. Cables, Coffee, and Cocktails

    Sound by Luther @Wardsweb BBQ by @dwilawyer Pissed of neighbours? It was St. Patrick's so we didn't care
  20. Static? Pops

    I have had that happen on occasion. It has either been one of two things. Ground problem Internal to amp. Or, power grid problem that was fixed with line conditioner. If you have spare receiver, sub it in and see. If it persists, look at a line conditioner. Travis
  21. RIP Stephen Hawking

    It was Leonard Susskind at Stanford. That war went on for two decades.
  22. No real objections other than a couple of observations already seen or discussed. The music they have selected is not that complex, and not that obscure. I think most on here would agree with that. The other problem is that one of their conclusions suggested the reason that people listening to complex music don't derive a greater satisfaction from listening more to complex music is that humanity is getting dumber. Quote from article: "An alternative explanation may be that general intelligence has decreased somewhat in Western populations during this period (e.g., Woodley and Figueredo, 2013; Woodley of Menie et al., 2015a,b; Woodley of Menie and Fernandes, 2015; Madison et al., 2016), and that the industry is catering for the average cognitive processing ability in the largest consumer groups."
  23. Here are the 80 songs in the test data sheet 1.docx
  24. What about the EQ that was applied during recording or mixing? Or do you consider that one and the same? Not sure what the two authors of the article are trying to figure out here. They cite previous old articles that correlate familiarity with preference. They also discuss the studies about physical reactions to music: "Unfamiliar music that elicited pleasant feelings was associated with activation in the anterior insula, cingulate gyrus, hippocampus, nucleus accumbens, and prefrontal anterior cingulate (Brown et al., 2004). Music experiences are also reflected in neuroendocrine changes. For example, listening to techno-music—but not classical music—increased the heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and concentrations of several neurotransmitters, peptides, and hormones related to. . . ." Sounds like a good dose of techno is in order for all of us. Does it mean I should junk me beloved classical? Are the authors simply trying to add complexity to the equation? If so, are they really testing complexity, or are is it just a reaction to obscure music? From the article, the emphasis is mine: "From each of the tracks selected in this fashion, one or in some cases two excerpts of 25–100 s in duration were copied. Each of those 197 MEs were meant to constitute an independent musical statement, comprising for example a complete passage or phrase. MEs were taken from an instrumental part of the track in case vocals were included in the track, often the introduction or the bridge. The instrumentation consisted mainly of electric or acoustic guitar, bass and percussion. Many examples also featured piano or different electric keyboard instruments as well as melodic instruments like saxophone, trombone, or violin." No vocals. Guitar, bass and drums? The examples selected don't sound terribly genre busting to me: "Inclusion criteria were (1) music which was generally characteristic of popular music in terms of musical properties as well as instrumentation and (2) foreign elements for a Western audience were accepted only if combined with more familiar elements in the accompaniment. Exclusion criteria were (3) stylesdistinctly different from pop-, rock-, jazz-, and world music or from any mix of these styles, and (4) traditional folk music unless featuring said accompaniment. In addition, (5) music with vocals was excluded in order to avoid that vocal quality and lyrics would become confounding variables (Fung, 1996; Coggiola, 2004). Finally, (6) MEs assumed to have been frequently played in broadcast media or to otherwise be widely known were also excluded to preclude as far as possible that the experts had previously heard them. This also decreased the risk that social conventions would affect ratings (Fisher, 1951; Crozier, 1997). Not sure what this means: "Nevertheless, the hypothesis that liking of more complex music benefits from more listening remains valid, and should manifest itself in a greater increase for more complex than for less complex music. This also failed to materialize. If anything, effects were greater for the less complex music, in terms of decreases in both Odd and Dull, while the increase in liking was just as large for all levels of complexity." What failed to materialize? The more you listen, the more you like, regardless of complexity? And it's all because we are getting dumber. "An alternative explanation may be that general intelligence has decreased somewhat in Western populations during this period (e.g., Woodley and Figueredo, 2013; Woodley of Menie et al., 2015a,b; Woodley of Menie and Fernandes, 2015; Madison et al., 2016), and that the industry is catering for the average cognitive processing ability in the largest consumer groups." That would certainly explain a lot.
  25. Music sales is well tracked and well studied. Probably more so than any other art medium. You can subscribe to RIAA and Billboard reports for free. It will tell you what is trending and where things are heading. Here is the Billboard (Nielson) Report for 2017. 2017-year-end-music-report-us.pdf