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  1. Car you will own, may own, never own

    This is the only vehicle that I Want but will Never Own. But even if I never own one - I still want to drive one for at least a week or two - on the moon.
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  3. Curious about Retirement

    Question: Have your cost of living expenses gone up, down or remained about the same? Short answer: down.
  4. By Karel Janicek Associated Press Published: 07 May 2016 09:08 PM LODENICE, Czech Republic — As vinyl records make a global comeback, a little-known Czech company is riding the market surge to establish itself as the world’s biggest record manufacturer, with plans to expand in North America and Asia. GZ Media, based in a small town south west of the Czech capital, has made deals with all the major music labels and is running its plant day and night, every day of the year — even on Christmas — to satisfy booming demand. This summer, in an effort to get closer to the growing American market, it is due to open a new plant in Canada and is finalizing a deal to acquire a majority stake in a factory in the United States. “Nobody expected the vinyl records production to come back in such a strong fashion,” Michal Sterba, GZ Media director general told The Associated Press in an interview. As a company, it knows something about ups and downs. Previously called Gramofonove zavody Lodenice, it has been making vinyl records since 1951. But just as the Cold War ended, CDs started taking over the market. The company’s output hit a record low of about 300,000 records a year in the mid-1990s. The days of vinyl seemed to be numbered. Then in 2010 the market began to bounce back. The company’s output ramped up dramatically to 18 million last year and an estimated 25 million this year. That’s a big chunk of the world market, which is estimated to have produced between 90 and 100 million records last year, though official figures are not available. GZ Media’s closest competitors are Optimal Media in Germany, which made about 16 million records in the full year to September. And United Record Pressing, based in Nashville, which is estimated to have produced 11 million last year. “At the moment, we export an absolute majority of what we produce, and about a third of it ends up in Northern America,” Sterba said. “It is a logical step for us to open a new factory in North America because we have quite a strong customer base there.” Following a $10 million investment, a new joint venture with a partner in Canada, Precision Record Pressing, will start operating in Burlington, near Toronto, in August. Its production capacity should reach 3 million next year and 5 million to 6 million in three years. GZ Media also is due to acquire a majority in an existing vinyl plant in the United States with a capacity of 3 million records. Sterba would not reveal details. “Our main goal is to become No. 1 or 2 on the U.S. market in a couple of years,” he said. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, total sales revenue of vinyl albums soared 32.2 percent last year compared with 2014, for a value of $416.2 million. Vinyl albums still have only a tiny share of the overall market for music, some 3 percent globally, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said. The figure is slightly higher, at 6 percent, in the U.S. But the trend is obvious. Sales in the U.S. reached almost 17 million units last year, putting revenue at the highest since 1988. It’s also more than the revenue made by ad-supported, on-demand services like YouTube, free Spotify, and others, RIAA said. Coping with the demand is a challenge for producers. GZ Media, however, has a competitive edge over newcomers. While new equipment for record printers hasn’t been developed in about 30 years, GZ Media has invested in making its own pressing machines. All the major music labels have deals with GZ media to print their records and album covers — from rock to classical music — as it has become an industry standard to have almost every new album available also in vinyl. On top of that, the classics and collectors’ items remain popular. The company is particularly proud of a deal to make 40,000 pieces of a box set with the Rolling Stones’ albums as well as the soundtrack music for Star Wars that includes a 3-D hologram of a space ship. Sterba said GZ Media’s turnover is expected to grow some 10 percent to 15 percent this year to reach some $101 million. “People are fed up with the virtual music. They want the same experience as their parents, to take the record from the cover and put it on a turntable,” said Robert Maly, a DJ who owns a vinyl record store in Prague. “The sound is different.” Just as it was hard to predict vinyl’s revival, it is hard to say how long it can last. “I would expect the growth to continue for another two or three years,” says Sterba.
  5. New (to me) Klipschorns

    Can you put something in those doorways "temporarily" to give the bass a chance to "stay inside the same room with you"? Maybe go to Home Depot and buy some rigid foam insulation boards (cost $22)? You could cut them to fit within the door frames and wedge them in place ( of course to be used ONLY while listening to the Khorns). In my humble opinion that would make a huge difference while you are experimenting and getting to know your "new" speakers. At least until you finish remodeling your basement. By the way - Congratulations on your new speakers. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Owens-Corning-FOAMULAR-1-2-in-x-4-ft-x-8-ft-R-3-Squared-Edge-Insulating-Sheathing-36L/100320356
  6. Scott Tube Amp French Made Caps?

  7. Let's see your ride! And what have you had in the past?

    I might be wrong about the location of the shifter on the VW Squareback. As we say in Texas, "I have slept since then so I don't remember everything anymore." Glad to hear that your Squareback was a good car. Mine was the worst car I have ever owned. I replaced my VW with a used International Harvester Travelall. My Travellall was an excellent vehicle which I kept for 200,000 miles. It did have one major idiosyncrasy though: the shift linkage kept getting hung-up. It was not uncommon for me to have to crawl underneath to manually pull on the linkage rods to free them from their entanglement with each other. I got pretty good at this and could do it in a few seconds at a stop light without making anyone behind me wait after the light had turned green.
  8. Let's see your ride! And what have you had in the past?

    My first vehicle: 1959 Dodge Post Office truck (purchased used at a government auction) - inline slant 6 engine - push button automatic transmission w/overdrive on the dash - one seater - http://www.onallcylinders.com/2014/01/20/top-10-engines-time-6-chrysler-225-slant-six/ My second vehicle: 1966 Renault R8 - rear engine - push button automatic transmission on the dash - leather seats front-and-back My third vehicle: 1969 VW Squareback (Type 3) - the first fuel injected engine by VW - air cooled (not very well) "pancake" 4 cylinder rear engine located underneath the floor boards - three on the tree? (or on the floor???) - the heater was a flap door underneath the front seats with a vent to bring engine heat into the passenger compartment (a fan was an extra cost add-on) My fourth vehicle: 1968 International Harvester Travelall - inline straight 6 engine - three on the tree My fifth vehicle: 1981 Ford Ranger F-100 - inline straight 6 engine - four on the floor w/overdrive - dual fuel tanks - lasted for 350,000 miles - http://www.onallcylinders.com/2014/01/22/top-10-engines-time-4-ford-300-i6/ My current vehicle: 2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser Trail Teams Special Edition By the way, I refuse to use the contemporary vernacular and call any of these vehicles my "ride". Just like in the 60's when I refused to say "groovy", "far out" and "dude". Rant on - I can "go for a ride" and I can "take a ride" but I do not "go for a ride in my ride" . . . "I go for a ride in my car or truck or on my bicycle" - rant off. Edited to add: I will agree that there are rides at amusement parks but I have never owned any of those rides since they are for the most part "fixed in place". While I am on my "high horse" I will add that I own and I ride bikes (which is short for bicycles). I have never owned or ridden a motorbike (which is short for motorcycle).
  9. Ten uses for your body after you die

    In light of all of the recent deaths, have you ever wondered what to do with your body after you are finished with it? I carry a laminated card in my wallet that states that I have signed up to donate my body to a medical school. In the event of death the medical school will pay for the transportation from anywhere within the state of my residence. A body may not be acceptable if the following conditions are present: - The body must not be embalmed. - There must not have been a private autopsy requested by the family - No decomposition of the body (for an excessive length of time). - No contagious diseases. - No morbid obesity. Note: When I signed up to donate my body to a medical school I had never heard of some of these other choices. Ten uses for your body after you die By Elizabeth Cohen, CNN Senior Medical Correspondent October 28, 2010 8:21 a.m. EDT Like many Americans, you probably think you're pretty charitable. Perhaps you donate money to the needy or ill, give away your old clothes, volunteer at your child's school or participate in holiday gift drives in December. But you may be missing something. As you're charitable in life, you could also be charitable in death. This holiday season -- Halloween -- you could start thinking about a kind of ghoulish donation: your body. J. Nathan Bazzel has already made his plans. In 2001, he signed all the necessary documents to donate his body parts to the Mütter Museum, a part of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. A friend of his worked there, and he knew that researchers from around the world came to look at its vast collection of body parts. Bazzel, 38, is HIV-positive, and he wants scientists to learn from his remains. "If just one person can take a look at my skull and kidneys, which have suffered from HIV and the drugs used to treat it, and learn something from them -- what a magnificent gift," he said. He's so impassioned that the same year he signed the forms for his postmortem donation, he donated his right hip, which had to be replaced because of damage from an HIV drug, and then three years later, he donated his left hip. Bazzel, who became the college's communications director two years ago, has already seen the benefits of having real human body parts on display: When high school students come in and see his hips' deformities, his lecture to them on the importance of safe sex takes on a whole new meaning. Of course, being on display in a museum isn't everyone's cup of tea. So in the spirit of the season, here are 10 ways you can put your body to use after you die. In many cases, you can do more than one. 1. Donate your organs Nineteen people die every day waiting for an organ such as a kidney, heart, lung, liver or pancreas. Learn about organ donation,sign an organ donor card, tell your family your wishes, and don't be misled by myths about organ donation. If you like, you can donate some organs but not others. 2. Donate your tissue Your bones, ligaments, heart valves and corneas might not be of use to you in the hereafter, but they can certainly help someone else. Learn about tissue donation, sign a card, and again, tell your family members you've done this so they won't be surprised when the time comes. As with organs, you can specify what types of tissues you'd like to donate. 3. Will your body to a university Help a future doctor learn about the human body by becoming a cadaver dissected by first-year medical students. A state-by-state list of medical schools can get you started. Be sure to ask exactly what will happen to your body. While you might be used for dissection, you could be used for other purposes within the school, and you might not have much control. Here's an interesting conversation about the respect shown by students to their cadavers. 4. Help doctors practice their skills If you'd prefer to be worked on by folks with more experience, actual, not future, doctors can learn from your body. At the Medical Education and Research Institute in Memphis, Tennessee, doctors brush up on their skills and learn new techniques; it's the training facility for organizations such as the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the North American Skull Base Society and the International Spinal Injection Society. Doctors get to practice (and possibly make mistakes on) the dead rather than the living. In return, the institute provides for transportation for your body to Memphis, pays for cremation once the work is done and returns the ashes to your family (or, if you prefer, to an interment facility in Memphis). If you like the idea, you can fill out a donor form. If you'd prefer to first see where your body's headed, the institute welcomes visitors. 5. Leave your body to "the body farm" Did you ever wonder how, on TV shows, detectives know the time of death just by examining the body? Cops can thank the folks at the University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropology Center for helping them figure it out. "The body farm," as it's known, has "650 skeletons and growing" scattered over 2.5 acres in Knoxville, according to its website. Researchers and students study bodies in varying stages of decay to help anthropologists and law enforcement officials answer important questions, such as body identification and time of death analysis. (For a fascinating account of a visit to the center, see Mary Roach's book "Stiff.") If you want to become one of those skeletons after you die, you're in luck, as they make donation pretty easy at the Body Farm. Get their Body Donation Packet, fill out their Body Donation Documentand complete the biological questionnaire. They'll want a photo of you to help them learn more about "facial reconstruction and photographic superimposition as a means for identifying unknown individuals," according to the center's website. If you live in Tennessee and within 200 miles of Knoxville, you're really in luck, because they'll take care of all the costs. If not, your family will be responsible for arranging transportation to the center. Once they're done with you at the Body Farm, your family doesn't get your remains back, so if that's important to you, this isn't your best option. 6. Become a crash test cadaver Plastic crash test dummies are all well and good, but there's nothing like a real human body to simulate what happens in a car crash. You can will your body to the Wayne State University School of Medicine to become a crash test cadaver by filling out its Body Bequest Form. The form is for donation to the university, but "if a person specifically requests that their body be used in safety testing that is ongoing at the Bio-Mechanics lab, then we would honor that wish," according to an e-mail from Barbara Rosso-Norgan, the school's mortuary supervisor. 7. Give your body to a broker We don't mean a stockbroker; we mean a body broker, who will take your parts and get them to scientists who will use them for research, training and education. There are several groups in this business, including Science Care,Anatomy Gifts Registry and BioGift Anatomical. Generally speaking, here's the upside of these groups: They pay to have your body transported to their facility, and with the parts that are not used in research, they pay for cremation and to have the ashes returned to your family (some will, if you prefer, distribute them at sea). This can save your family a lot of money. The downside: You don't know where your parts will go. "We don't guarantee that we can use the body in any specific research program, and that's because our research is always changing," said Kristin Dorn, community relations manager at Science Care. "Your intent is to donate to science, not a specific research project." Some brokers will allow you to say what areas you'd prefer your parts not go to. If this is important to you, find the broker who offers this option. "If someone is ready to donate their body to science, they will definitely need to do some research," Dorn said. 8. Send your body on tour If you've been to the "Body Worlds" exhibit, you know what plastination is: a process of posing and hardening a body so it appears life-like. You, too, could become one of these bodies on display by donating to the Institute for Plastination. If you live in the United States or Canada, your body will be embalmed on your own continent and then shipped to Germany, where technicians will perform theplastination process. They'll remove fat and water, "impregnate" your corpse with rubber silicone and position it into a frozen pose (you might be, say, running or sitting cross-legged or performing ballet or perhaps riding a horse). Your body is then hardened into that position with gas, light or heat. The entire process takes about a year, according to the group's website. Your family pays to get your body to the embalming location, and the Institute for Plastination incurs the shipping costs to Germany. There are rules about donation. You can be old, and you can be an organ donor, but if you died in a violent manner, it might not work out, as your body must be "largely intact" in order to donate, according to the institute's website. Also, there's no guarantee your body will end up in one of the five exhibits. Some plastinated bodies are sent to medical schools and training programs, and you don't get to decide the destination of your corpse, according to Georgina Gomez, the institute's director of development. If you're interested in going on tour and you live in North America, read the Guide to Donors and fill out the Donor Consent Form. There are also forms for European donors. 9. Become a skeleton Here's some information and the legal donor permission form and a donor information form. The ground rules: Your family pays to get your body to the museum's facility in Albuquerque, and your remains (besides your bones, of course) get cremated and disposed of; they don't go back to your family. Researchers who want to work with the skeletons have to apply to the museum's Laboratory of Human Osteology; the skeletons are not put on display for anyone at the museum to see. If you'd like to be put on display, see below. 10. Be on display at a museum Like Bazzel, you can donate parts of your body to the Mutter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. If you do so, you'll be a part of a pretty rarified group. Anna Dhody, the museum's curator since 2004, has received only three inquiries about donation after death, including Bazzel's. "One woman contacted me and said, 'I have a 120-degree curvature of my spine. Would you like it when I'm done with it?' and I said, 'Yes, please,' " Dhody recalled. Although the museum is particularly interested in bodies with abnormalities, it'll also consider taking your remains even if there's nothing particularly pathological about them. Either way, your family will have to foot the bill to get you to Philly. To learn more, send an e-mail to info@collegeofphysicians.org. CNN's John Bonifield and Renea Lyon contributed to this report.
  10. RIP Prince

    RIP Prince. Seems to me that if there is a musician that you want to see perform live you ought to go see them ASAP. They might be gone before the end of the year. I'm just sayin" . . . Wikipedia says Prince has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year of his eligibility. Rolling Stone has ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
  11. Internet over fiber optics?

    I am totally frustrated. The only internet service that I can get is DSL via copper twisted pair. At least it is better than dial-up. But just barely. I average 1.3 Mbps download and 313 Kbps upload. AT&T is the only internet service provider that I can choose from in my neck of the woods. My monthly bill is $45.89 for what AT&T calls High Speed Internet Express. My home was built in 1965. The telephone line between the nearest utility pole and the back of my house is direct buried copper (i.e. it is not in a conduit). The copper feeder line is aerial (from one utility pole to the next pole). My buried copper service line has been replaced multiple times due to ongoing corrosion but I still lose service if it has been raining for more than a day or two. The only cable provider in the area is Time Warner and they are on record that they cannot justify investing in the cable infrastructure to provide their coax cable unless there is at least a minimum of 50 potential customers per linear mile. I have contacted AT&T and they say the same thing about providing fiber to my neighborhood. I would be happy if they would just install a fiber backbone to their node. Let alone installing fiber to the premises. Verizon does not have any FiOS service anywhere nearby. Due to the location of my house on a narrow peninsula jutting out into a large lake it is physically impossible for there to be 50 homes per linear mile along the length of any cable run. Also since this peninsula is heavily wooded my home is surrounded by trees . Therefore every satellite provider I have contacted has informed me that a satellite dish would not work since there is not an unobstructed line-of-sight. [Note: I have looked at the south facing exteriors of the homes in my neighborhood and none of them have a satellite dish.] One of the main selling points of my home are the mature trees and since I grew up in a part of the country that did not have ANY trees I am very resistant to cutting down any of my trees. I have lived here since 1977 and have NEVER had any type of television service other than OTA via an antenna mounted on a high mast. Fortunately OTA television broadcast signals are able to penetrate the tree canopy. The majority of my neighbors are older folks who don't live here full time yet (in other words my neighbors homes are their "second" homes or "retreats".) When these neighbors are around they prefer to mainly just spend their time relaxing (fishing, gardening, reading, walking/hiking/bicycling/boating or gazing at the sunrises/sunsets/stars) and "UNPLUGGING" from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the city. Since I was able to retire at an early age I live here full time and I choose to live here; 1) because my home is paid for, 2) it is very peaceful and quiet and 3) for the same activities that my neighbors enjoy (see above). I would gladly pay my fair share for the cable run to an internet/cable television service provider who was willing to run a fiber/coax cable to my house. Just like the OP I would be thrilled if the cost was around $1000. Not so much if it cost $25,000. But since having high-speed internet or cable/satellite TV is not a priority for me or my neighbors I doubt it will ever happen during my lifetime. By the way, 1.3 Mbps is actually more than adequate for my needs at my home. My career for 42 years was in Information Technology/Telecommunications. So I am not afraid of technology. But when I listen to music I play vinyl records or reel-to-reel tapes through Klipsch speakers. I have NEVER streamed audio or video nor do I want to. I am able to surf the internet just fine to follow the threads on this and a few other websites, for my online shopping and to plan/book my travel itineraries. I spend less than 90 minutes total per week (15 minutes per day) on the internet due to other priorities in life. Edited to add: By the way, like others have already mentioned, I have used Ooma for my home phone for the past 5 years. I can not recommend it highly enough. Wonderful! Even with a signal booster I can rarely get more than one bar for cell phone service (no nearby cell towers). [NOTE: I have tried almost every cell phone provider and experienced the same results (e.g. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, Metro PCS, Cingular, Consumer Cellular, etc.]
  12. RIP Keith Emerson

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/keith-emerson-dies/?trackback=fbshare_mobile_top "He’d reportedly been suffering from depression over a degenerative nerve issue in one hand that had sharply curtailed his ability to play . . . "
  13. How many here can actually solder?

    I can solder. - At one time in my life I was employed as a Process Engineer/Technical Trainer for a United States Department of Defense contractor. I was certified/recertified as an instructor at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California. I was qualified to train and certify hand soldering and wave flow soldering machine operators to meet the following specifications: Weapon Spec-6536E, DoD-STD-2000, MIL-STD-2000, NASA-STD-8739.3. I taught/certified/failed Assembly Line Operators/Supervisors, Quality Control Inspectors, Quality Assurance Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Procurement Engineers and NATO partner engineers/technicians. One of the most flattering accomplishments of my career was when I was selected to draft the Workmanship & Quality Standards chapter on soldering for the DoD side of the corporation. We manufactured weapon systems (FLIR's, missiles, drones and too many other weapon systems to list) as well as Space Navigation Receiver (SNR) satellites (commonly known as GPS). - In Junior High school I first learned to solder in the Boy Scouts (Merit Badges in Electricity, Electronics & Home Repairs) and a year long course in Junior High shop class (Electricity & Electrical Circuits). - While I was a kid, my next door neighbor (Mr. Burgess) operated a television and radio repair shop out of a 20 x 60 foot outbuilding in his backyard. I spent hours and hours and hours watching and learning from him. I had the immense privilege and pleasure to help with the repairs as an unpaid apprentice. - Some of my first projects as a teenager were: Heathkits (vacuum tube pre-amplifiers/amplifiers/tuners and loud speakers), Dynakits (solid state pre-amplifier/amplifier) and countless Edmunds Scientific projects which only supplied the minimal ingredients and required me to scrounge high-and-low for the rest of the components (or just make them myself). I hand-wired and assembled an overhead projector, an AM crystal radio, a shortwave radio receiver, a HAM radio transceiver, a clock/radio, a telescope, VOM meters, a dual-trace oscilloscope, a sine-wave/square-wave generator, two tube testers and various other gadgets and kits just for fun. - Other projects: I ordered and hand-assembled from scratch the last two Moondog amplifier kits sold by Welborne Labs. - Current projects: I recently ordered and received the parts from Parts Express to rebuild the crossovers in my Radio Shack Minimus 7 speakers. ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** In other words Dean, if you decide to offer a crossover as a kit, I am confident that I could build it. ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Edited to add: I also learned a great deal about WIRE WRAP applications and how to test/inspect/certify wire wrap tools and operators. I was even called upon to prove to DoD inspectors (DCASPRO - Defense Contract Administration Services Plant Representative's Office) that wire wrap connections were superior to solder connections in our satellite assemblies. CAVEAT: this superiority can only be guaranteed "IF-and-only-WHEN" the terminals, the wires, the tools, the operators and the inspectors are all properly certified and tested ! ! ! For example: wire wrap connections were used exclusively in many of the satellites that I worked on for two primary reasons; 1) outgassing issues with solder connections, and 2) the proven mechanical rigidity of wire wrap connections and the impossibility/impracticability of retrieving the satellite for repair-or-replacement. ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Edited to add: After I left the field of DoD contract work, I entered the field of Telecommunications and Data Network Infrastructure. You might be surprised to learn that the PREDOMINATE method of making electrical/electronic connections in these fields is via WIRE WRAP and INSULATION DISPLACEMENT CONTACT connections. When properly made, the connector blade cold-welds to the conductor, making a theoretically reliable gas-tight connection.
  14. Old Stereo Ads

    Dave, You weren't kidding! I don't know whether to bless you for that link - or to curse you!! I clicked on it last night around 8 PM. 7 hours later (3 AM) I had barely scratched the surface!!! Every single item posted at http://www.itishifi.com/ is simply irresistible reading. Thanks a lot! I guess????
  15. Welborne DRD 45 Monoblocks for sale

    I am interested but the link to the photos does not work on Chrome, Explorer, Firefox or Safari.