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Old 05-07-2011, 02:49 PM   #7541
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Saturday joy ride. New PB for distance. Only needed thirty five more miles to "ride my age"... Al, I didn't crash, but I'd still like to "borrow" a couple of those Vicodin. Go good with a couple of "sports beverages"!
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Old 05-07-2011, 05:42 PM   #7542
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Went for a walk in the woods east of Seattle. The wildflowers are starting to bloom! In order below:

Pacific Bleeding Heart
Pacific Bleeding Heart & Forget Me Nots
Salmonberry
Scouter's Corydalis

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Just watched some bozo from Chicago make a big show of betting $100k on Mucho Macho Man in the KY Derby. Metallic suitcase full of cash with police escort, televised interview and all. My DW says he's compensating!

Too bad he bet him to win. Horse came in third.

Man, what fun I could have had with all that cash!
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Continuing my massive years-long project of ripping a (hopefully) significant portion of my 10,000-strong CD collection to hard drive. It's taking a long time because I insist on scanning all the CD booklets and doing accurate rips, which take longer.
The reason for this post is that I'm currently ripping a great 4 CD box set of surf music called "Cowabunga!" and thought of Nords.
I don't know much surf music beyond the Beach Boys, "Wipeout", and one particular number by the Ventures.

How many iPods does it take to carry around 10,000 CDs? I know a guy who stores each decade of his favorites on individual iPods...
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Is that a possum?
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Yep...ugly thing isn't it....hope he doesn't come back.
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Brushed my kitty this afternoon. When I brush her, I'll sing...

She's a very special girl...
She's a super freak
Super freak
She's super freaky
Meow...

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That's odd... I was thinking "Cat Scratch Fever"...
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Yep...ugly thing isn't it....hope he doesn't come back.
Yuck. I hate those things. In the summer of 2009, I remember one of them showing up on my deck repeatedly and hanging around out by the grill. At the same time, there was this neighborhood cat I'd never seen that started showing up as well.

One morning, I went out the front door and there in front of me was the possum, pretty much dismantled, and it didn't take too much to figure it out. Disposing of it was another matter...
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That's odd... I was thinking "Cat Scratch Fever"...
Nah..that's at bath time.

It's like wrestling a staple gun gone haywire. She weighs all of 5 lbs and will be 20 years old in the fall, but she's still a handful o' dynamite.
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I don't know much surf music beyond the Beach Boys, "Wipeout", and one particular number by the Ventures.

How many iPods does it take to carry around 10,000 CDs? I know a guy who stores each decade of his favorites on individual iPods...
I figured that I'm going to need about 5.5TB of hard drive space to store all the music at full CD quality with all the artwork. If I put them on iPods, that wold be about 35 of the biggest iPods currently available.

Being a collector of anything isn't the greatest idea. That old adage of owning stuff instead of allowing it to own you certainly applies here. Better to live lightly and let others be the curators.
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Brushed my kitty this afternoon. When I brush her, I'll sing...

She's a very special girl...
She's a super freak
Super freak
She's super freaky
Meow...

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I met Rick James once and asked him to record a message for my (then) girlfriend. I put the message on her PC so that every time she turned it on, instead of hearing the usual Windows theme music, she heard "Hi (her name here), this is Rick James. Is it true you're a super-freak?"

She loved it!
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Not a physically active day, but very enjoyable. SO came over. We ate hot crusty French bread, drank red wine and watched a documentary about Annie Liebowitz, titled "Life Through A Lens".

Oh - and watched and played with the kitty too. Since taking her in as a stray a few months ago, she is fast becoming an integral part of the family
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Yep...ugly thing isn't it....hope he doesn't come back.
This may sound odd, but I kind of like possums. They seem like such shy, quiet creatures. I had one in my backyard a few times one year, in fact I saw it running across the top of the fence. The funniest thing is what happened when I showed it to my SO. He basically said something like "OMG, we really have a problem, that's the biggest rat I've ever seen!"

I had to get online and show him photos of possums to convince him it wasn't a rat!
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This may sound odd, but I kind of like possums. They seem like such shy, quiet creatures. I had one in my backyard a few times one year, in fact I saw it running across the top of the fence. The funniest thing is what happened when I showed it to my SO. He basically said something like "OMG, we really have a problem, that's the biggest rat I've ever seen!"

I had to get online and show him photos of possums to convince him it wasn't a rat!
They are very rat-like but sooo much bigger. I did have fun on my camera safari watching it tho. In my robe trotting around at 6:00 am in my yard and the neighbor's yard. If it heard my dog or saw me, it would just freeze and play possum. I finally figured out that the dog had to be quiet and I needed to be hidden from it's view before it would start walking again. It looked quite at home walking on the top of the fence. I do hope that it made it's way back to the storm sewers...where I think it came from.
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I figured that I'm going to need about 5.5TB of hard drive space to store all the music at full CD quality with all the artwork. If I put them on iPods, that wold be about 35 of the biggest iPods currently available.
Have you done any experiments to see what level of compression your ear can detect?

Also, on many CDs, there are only a few tracks that I like. Transfer only those
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What do possums do to make themselves pests? Get into trash cans?

We have a mongoose regularly stop by our compost bin. I think he comes for the egg shells or maybe the fruit rinds. Whatever his reason, I tolerate him because he does a great job of mixing up the compost while he's looking for whatever he wants.
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I'm a possum fan as well but maybe that is thanks to the Dolly Freed book Possum Living. We don't see many because we have dogs, but they can be a menace getting into stuff. My dad used to trap them and release them on a nearby farm when they'd come around. I think it would be cool to see a mongoose!
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Have you done any experiments to see what level of compression your ear can detect?

Also, on many CDs, there are only a few tracks that I like. Transfer only those
I do use compression, but it's a lossless compression codec called FLAC. The files end up a bit smaller but with absolutely no loss of quality. Audiophiles love FLAC compression. I'm not willing to use any type of compression that introduces any loss of data. It's because of the same type of mild OCD that drives me to make high res scans of all the artwork on each CD booklet before I feel I can get rid of them. So although I gain space by mild lossless compression of each CD, I'm taking it up again by scanning all the artwork.

Call this insanity (and it is) but I rip everything - even the stuff I don't like. I was a DJ for around 20 years and developed an ability to appreciate, research and present music regardless of whether it was to my own personal taste or not. It's this same regard for the whole creative process that artists go through that causes me to want to hang on to it all. At least, that's what I tell myself. Truth be told it's probably more the OCD/collector mentality. I plan to archive everything on hard drive and keep a core collection of maybe around 3000 - 4000 CD's that I want to keep. However, I want all of it on hard drive as it's so much easier to access and listen to on the computer.

Uh oh. Long post. Sorry about that. With some things I just cannot be brief. I can stop it anytime I want. I really can......
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Tom, thanks for making my compulsions seem somehow less compulsive, lol. I love that you have taken this on! Good luck with the "keeping 3,000 to 4,000 of them around for listening". Dang! And wow!
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