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  1. Don't you love spring!? Here the same: been working in the garden everyday for about an hour. Weather forecast says we won't get temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius before May first. I love it that way, as long as the sun is shining, of course! No idle moments here... Except when I'm spinning Grant Green's Idle Moment!
  2. If you ever ask yourself which record company has the best quality control in the world, no doubt, it's... NASA! Check this: https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/galleries/making-of-the-golden-record/ This is the music on it: https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov/golden-record/whats-on-the-record/music/
  3. Here's one fascinating, though controversial documentary about music and spinning 78 vinyl records. It's on Netflix. Quote: "Any music after 1941 is bad!"
  4. I'm currently watching this EC documentary, which is on Netflix right now. https://youtu.be/wrC-E_pJWiw
  5. That's why I don't like driving on German autobahns... 😜
  6. A blue parakeet. We used to have two, a couple, but one escaped during cleaning....
  7. We've enjoyed three days of glorious spring here. Blue sky, some garden work, bird cage outside, opening the the 'porte fenetre' as if it were summer, so I can hear my Heresies while enjoying a cup of coffee outside. (weather forecast says from tomorrow onwards rain and showers...) My dog likes the music too!
  8. Half the time of my day I spend 'Now, where did I leave my mug?' looking for it. Well, I don't mind as long as there's good music blasting through my Klipsch speakers! Note: no speaker veneer was damaged during the taking of this picture!
  9. It has been a while since I posted a video here!
  10. No names, but some individuals in this thread were pushing and stalking me to buy some Grant Green albums... So today they were delivered from Blue Note France. This is my first acquisition from the Tone Poet series: extra heavy cardboard sleeve with extra pics inside, special anti static polyester jacket, excellent sound quality. Weird, but side A was not in mint condition. It seemed like it had been on a turntable and wiped clean with some fluid. But it sounds okay and there are no scratches, so I will keep it. Also a BILL Frisell cd and another Grant Green vinyl album, Idle Moments, were included in the order.
  11. Everything is relative: in France they go in retirement at 62 (oh, no, now it is 64, thank you Macron)! In a weird way, this post is good: it means you are reaching out, and you know what? We're happy to have you here! I've been through a tough month and a half myself (kidney stone with complications), and I've been through some moments of extreme physical discomfort, which I have been sharing here too (not all of it!), but I know that burn out, mental distress, whatever you call it, is arguably even worse a burden that some people don't understand ('You look fine to me! Go outside, catch some air!') Mental distress is your mind-body signaling to you that something in your life is askew and needs looking at and dealing with. The challenge is to pinpoint where exactly the problem lies: it could be a chemical disbalance in your brain due to lack of vitamin D ;-) or it could be deeprooted marital problem that now comes to the surface. Sometimes you look in the wrong place. You'll need time to figure that one out. Don't judge yourself, don't judge others involved, but investigate in a state of neutrality, mildness and forgiveness to the people involved, yourself included of course.
  12. How many miles are on the meter? When I met my wife in 2000 she was 23 en driving a Subaru like this (though not a WRX), with a 2000cc engine and consuming lots of fuel, and she was paying two grands per year for insurance (which is obligatory in Belgium). She had 'inherited' the car from her brother. Very sexy car indeed, but she couldn't afford it, being a student, so she did it away... I guess she should have kept it...
  13. This page reads like a fairy tale! Long, long have I bewailed the sev'rance of our loves, With tears that from my lids streamed down like burning rain And vowed that, if the days deign reunite us two, My lips should never speak of severance again: Joy hath o'erwhelmed me so that, for the very stress Of that which gladdens me to weeping I am fain. Tears are become to you a habit, O my eyes, So that ye weep as well for gladness as for pain. A 'bluesy' 14th century poem from One Thousand and One Nights
  14. I'm listening to Charles Mingus' The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. It is extremely impressive! Mingus is first and foremost a composer, and man, there is just one name that comes to mind that is close to what he does, and it is Leonard Bernstein (with West Side Story), but Mingus is much more personal and extravagant (avantgarde / non-commercial). Most of you will know Ah Um, which is a collection of great, separate songs. The black saint and the Sinner Lady is a jazz opera, nothing less...
  15. Well, Blue Note France is my buddy now...
  16. I have decided to hit back to Facebook's sponsored messages. Let's see what happens next... Here is one for Yamaha's YH5000SE headphone. He's thinking: "Maybe I should have bought a small car with that money... Or a speedpedelec... Or maybe I could have cured one thousand malaria patients in Africa. Damn!"
  17. Medical update from the ER: I'm tubed down under... I prefer audio tubes... No doubt! There 's a bizarre parallel between the medical and audiophile world: vinyl, tubes, needles... I' m bored... I want my music!
  18. I have this one on CD!
  19. This is an advertisement on Belgium for digital radio. Hm, seems a bit familiar to me. Where could I have seen this before?
  20. Guess what... I'm back in the ER. That kidney stone & Stent keeps on causing issues and keeps me away from spinning vinyl! Seriously frustrated! 😤
  21. Guess what... I'm back in the ER. That kidney stone & Stent keeps on causing issues and keeps me away from spinning vinyl! Seriously frustrated! 😤
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