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Old 01-31-2007, 03:14 PM   #281
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I think of someone at my office did that to me I would write McBitch on something of theirs, or just file a harrasment complaint for the hell of it.

Sadly Ed I have shaved my chest, used Nair Men too, it doesnt work that well, last maybe a bit longer than a shave, but takes way more time. The gf hates the chest hair, but likes the tummy hair, I dont ask, I just comply since its of no consequence to me.


Nute: I keep my hair pretty short, so I theoretically need a haircut eveyr 3 weeks because of how mangy it gets quickly, the short hair is nice for the whole wearing a helmet and riding my bike to work thing.........

good thing I do it myself and don't suck at it, saves me a solid 20 bucks a month
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Old 01-31-2007, 04:47 PM   #282
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well i got a shot off at a squirrel and it escaped or was wounded and went in a hole to die, looked over the area about 20 minutes trying to find any traces, i may have missed...I saw a few other squirrels but they were running too fast for me to bother wasting ammo...i only shoot when i think i can make a hit, only fired one round. I did see some deer while I was out there, 3 and i'm pretty sure they were all doe. before I headed back, I spotted movement 150 meters out, i think it was a deer, i took some pictures just gotta upload them. I was out there for about 90 minutes, when the wind chill started I decided to leave, I already have a cold...I don't want pnemonia or bronchitis.


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Old 01-31-2007, 09:06 PM   #283
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I think of someone at my office did that to me I would write McBitch on something of theirs, or just file a harrasment complaint for the hell of it.
Eh.

I don't think she's ever actually done it to me, personally. I usually sneak by that office pretty quickly most of the time... especially so when I have lunch.

She's generally a pretty cool person otherwise.

I try not to do things that strain the working relationships between offices in the building any more than they already can be. I'm typically a pretty tolerant person when it comes to stuff like that too. Who really cares what someone else says or thinks? I just naturally assume nobody gives much of a damn what I say or think... they should just learn to expect the same in return from me about their pet opinions.

Besides... I'm normally wrapped up in my own dark, gloomy private universe to ever really notice anyone else much.

Ink on a bag really doesn't hurt or change anything, anyhow. I'll just go and eat my lunch anyways...


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Old 01-31-2007, 11:24 PM   #284
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1.) This animal had developed a ghoulish taste for human flesh and blood... possibly by raiding the hospital dumpsters and consuming medical waste it found there...
A little known fact about squirrels is they are omnivorous and will predatate on smaller things like mice.


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Old 01-31-2007, 11:46 PM   #285
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Huh. You are correct: I did not know that fact.
Thanks for that... I dislike them even more now.

Finally able to leave work. Show ran way long. Gonna have to write this one up.

Bleh.


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Old 02-01-2007, 02:02 AM   #286
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We do NOT exploit animals. The fish, chickens, pigs and cows BEGGED us to be eaten.

We mearly provide an outlet for thier desire. Yup, that's it. No corperate greed here, move along.... >.>

OK OK, fine, we're a bunch of greedy, monetaristic whores who want nothing more than your hard earned dollar. It's just like the federal government, only we feed you.

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Old 02-01-2007, 05:59 AM   #287
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Old 02-01-2007, 06:31 AM   #288
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You know nothing about greed until the second time you do cocaine. Dude.

Or until your wife has left you and takes the 7 cars, the 7 houses, the 7 horses, the 7 planes, the 7 jupiter moons, the 7 islands, the 7 moneys - but not the 7 kids. Dude.

Or if you've just had a very, very short-timed coitus interruptus. Dude.

Or until you're on 4 Viagras at a table dance bar. Dude.

Hey maybe even until you happen not to be Ray Jones.

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Old 02-01-2007, 07:58 AM   #289
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Maybe there's a way to incorporate all the issues above into one neat, tidy solution...

I know! I've got it... have the new McSquirrel sandwich. And Squirrel McNuggets. Squirrel-flavored shakes? OK... not so much that one.

And then go home and shoot up a Viagra and cocaine cocktail. Then go to Best Buy. And shoot things.

Or not.

It's early again. I'm up again. I'm tired again.
Bull****.

Adult Swim managed to set my city into a huge panic and pretty much shut the entire place down during the height of rush hour last night. Cartoon character inspired anarchy...
There are some days it's good to be alive. Sit back and observe... enjoy watching the chaos. These are the moments I live for.

Last night's concert was a serious pain in my ass, though. Crappy way to start the semester. A bad omen for the rest of the concert season.

The first band to play was actually fine. Easy to work with. Sounded good. Started and ended on time.

The other band, however...

Too loud. Too long. Too high-maintenance.
Violin player running through a ton of guitar pedals who wants to play at Metallica-like volume levels... but NOT playing a solid instrument. Wanted to slap him. Guitar player was way too loud too. "I have to get my tone!"
Well I just can't make the violin any louder, chief! It's already all feedback as it is... not telling you what to do,.. but if you actually want folks to enjoy the concert or something... just sayin'... if you do leave it at that volume, then do me a favor, and point it at the other wall or something, and not right at my face so I have somewhat of a chance to hear anything else... (To his credit, he turned down after the last comment...)

Fun night.


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Old 02-01-2007, 10:28 AM   #290
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Yeah, so how does that work with guitars? Do you have to mix them in or do they just play through their amps, not connected to anything else?
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:42 AM   #291
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Generally I mic the amps... just in case they have half a clue and keep the volume reasonable and I can mix and balance them with the rest of the band. Plus, there might be need to put some guitar in the monitors for the drummer way in the back or behind Plexiglas.

If they get too loud, like he started last night, I just turn the mic off. Since he's the loudest thing on stage, I am forced to balance everything else to his level.

Couldn't be done last night with the acoustic violin though.

I now have the channels to mic everything on stage. Don't always use them all, but I generally set them up.


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Old 02-01-2007, 10:45 AM   #292
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Hey wait! Ray JUST had a post here... WTF???

That was a quick deletion, Mr. Jones.


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Old 02-01-2007, 03:31 PM   #293
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Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrm. There, you got me. You came before me, and destroyed the very coherent nature of my pinapple shop monkey.


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Old 02-01-2007, 04:12 PM   #294
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Ink on a bag really doesn't hurt or change anything, anyhow. I'll just go and eat my lunch anyways...

I would be more so annyoed that she a) wasted my time and assumed I care about her opinion on a topic that obviously doenst interest me since i am EATING mcdonalds, and b) did I mention wasting my time?

As far as the aqua teen stuff, I'm sorry but thats ****ing stupid. there a handful of minor instances in the other 15 cities, but nothing newsworthy, mostly becuase they flick off people and some people dont like that, thats it.

Its bull crap that they are trying to prosecute the guy as a freakin terrorist wannabe trying to insite chaos and fear.

'it had wires and a battery'. well if it has a battery it HAS TO HAVE WIRES.


people are hiding behind this 'post 9/11 world' crap as a reason to be ultra paranoid and stupid.

of all things, hes just an employee, its not his responsibility to ensure the permits are in place and boston knows they are going up, thats the ad agencies job. They should get ahefty fine for lack of permits, and it should go away
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Old 02-01-2007, 05:14 PM   #295
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So this guy I work with (who is an obvious ATHF fan, since his AIM buddy icon is the same picture as the one on the devices) comes up to me today as says: "So... I guess my roommates caused a little bit of havoc yesterday..."
Ah. Holy crap.


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Old 02-01-2007, 06:17 PM   #296
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Yer, me know waddaya mean, boy.


On the other hand, I don't.


Then again. Err, what? Y'all seem to have a life outside of LF. Boah.


Don't look at me like that, ed. You sed this thread needs more posts. There.


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Old 02-01-2007, 08:30 PM   #297
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Then again. Err, what? Y'all seem to have a life outside of LF. Boah.
Slim to nil?

Sure: it's a life.

But then, technically, so is the all slimy stuff growing between the tiles in my bathroom. Not really all that high a standard there.


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Old 02-01-2007, 10:02 PM   #298
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That's hilarious Ed, they are hero's in my eyes.

Party for them, for sure!

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Old 02-01-2007, 10:55 PM   #299
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That's hilarious Ed, they are hero's in my eyes.
I'll pass it along.

Another kinda slowish day at work. There was an event going on, but I wasn't really working it. Helped in the set-up though. Fixed an errant lighting instrument. Put a couple of mics back into service. Got our new stage covering delivered. And our new piano mic system...

Other than that, really the only other highlight was just the revelation that I work with a guy who lives under the same roof with Boston's current public enemies, numbers 1 and 2.


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thats awesome.


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this is my first foray back into any sort of programming, its been interesting so far, 4 years of rust is tough to work off
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went in to a work-related meeting this morning...it was an hour long. I still have a sore throat, gonna drink some of that robitussin stuff and then head back to work. accidentally spent too much last night for food and gas.... so my cable bill is gonna have to wait until next thursday....urge to just burn a hole w/the rest of the $$$.


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Old 02-02-2007, 04:07 PM   #304
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ugh I gotta put a good 17 gallons in my truck tonight, that will hurt the wallet
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Thank god I moved to Henrietta. I drive, litterally, 3 minutes to work and back.
With my oging out habits (I.E: I don't go out) I'm pretty much saving a ton of money on gas, than if I still lived with my parents.

Work last night sucked. I hate overnight. Worst. Shift. EVER.


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you look nothing like your avatar, that was dissapointing

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Generally I mic the amps... just in case they have half a clue and keep the volume reasonable and I can mix and balance them with the rest of the band. Plus, there might be need to put some guitar in the monitors for the drummer way in the back or behind Plexiglas.
What kind of mics do you use for that?
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you look nothing like your avatar, that was dissapointing

Sorry Zargy, I'm all man baby.

Human. Just to clarify.

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What kind of mics do you use for that?
The universal standard for miking a guitar amp is the Shure SM-57. Does the job pretty well. The Shure Beta-57 is probably the 2nd most used.
At least 95% of all the electric-guitar-playing-through-an-amplifier sounds you have ever heard, on record or in concert, have been picked up through a SM-57. That's how ubiquitous they are.

They are also the same mic the U.S. President speaks through at all his press conferences.

(A guy I work with has some funny stories about the tech guys in Russia going ape-**** over the 57s he brought with them when he was on tour with B.B. King in the early 80's. Since these were the microphones used to pick up the American President on TV they had to be the best microphones in the world! They were willing to trade these ridiculously difficult to get vintage tube Telefunkens and pre-war Neumanns and incredible out of production ribbon mics and such that could have easily fetched 4 or maybe 5 figures (at that time... even more today!) over here... except nobody could figure out how to get them through customs.)

However, I have been experimenting pretty constantly for the last couple of years to see if I can't find something I like better. I have settled on the Sennhieser 421 as my current fave. Sounds a bit flatter and slightly more "hi-fi" than the 57, which has a pretty pronounced upper-midrange peak in the curve. The 421s sound more natural to me most of the time. This has been my first choice for guitar amps for a little over a year now. The only time that changes is if I am using all of our 6 421's on something else (a large trombone or trumpet section in a big band, or a lot of percussion.) My next choice for a cardioid moving-coil mic will usually be a Beyerdynamic M-88. Then the 57. A lot of guitarists are so used to seeing the 57 that they sometimes freak out if they don't see it and ask me to switch it out.

If it's strictly going to be a clean guitar sound though (jazz, country) I might use a large diaphragm condenser mic: AKG C-414 or C-3000; Shure KSM 27 or 32; or, if I have access to one (and it has been years) a Neumann U 87 or 89.

Why do you ask? Just out of sheer curiosity,.. or do you have a practical reason for knowing (I.E. playing a gig where it might come up)?


Spent the day maintaining: Building the new microphone stands and repairing the old ones that were bad. Went through the boxes of mic clips and audio adapters and re-organized them.
I guy I work with came across a stash of brand-new, never-used mic cables in a seldom-used drawer. They must have been in there for years. Score! We were starting to get short.
Started a pretty epic e-mail exchange about that crappy show the other night. I didn't really intend to get that deep into it... but it snowballed after a while. Everybody had something to contribute. Oh well. The kid will have to face up to playing over when I am positive he knew he was breaking the rules.

Got home pretty late for a non show night. Stuck around and spent the evening talking to the married couple I work with. (She's the other house engineer I mentioned recently, he runs two of the smaller recital halls.)

As I was leaving there was a Boston cop trying to get in. At first I thought it might still have something to do with all the madness of the other night... but it turns out he was supposed to be the detail cop for the show that was supposed to happen tonight, but got canceled a couple of weeks back. Nobody notified them. Oops. Fortunately the box-office manager was still around too, and she was able to take care of it.

All-in-all, a pretty full day.


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Why do you ask? Just out of sheer curiosity,.. or do you have a practical reason for knowing (I.E. playing a gig where it might come up)?
Not really. Everyone I know always talks about using the SM-57 for miking guitar amps, but I have one and I can't believe there aren't better choices. It seems like a rather cheap mic, and I assumed it was so often used because of budget limitations, not because it was actually that great, and that a truly professional setup would use something much higher end. I have used my Shure KSM-44 to do some decent amp micing, but I'm just not an audiophile, and to be honest, I have a hard time telling the difference where others claim to hear a grea deal of difference.
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The 57 cuts through a busy mix. The upper-mid boost EQ hump I mentioned can really put a guitar out front and center in a loud rock mix with little to no effort. Plus, they are almost totally indestructable, and cheap to replace if you do. Something you cannot say about some of the other mics I mentioned (I have always been highly reluctant to allow a Neumann on stage.)

But I've always found myself cutting all that 57 honk-y stuff back out with channel EQ anyway and using other forms of processing (mostly compression) to help get the guitar get up over the top.

The 421 doesn't do that. I find that a properly placed 421 can sound just like the amp on stage. The test is if you listen to the signal from the mic through the speakers, and then turn the mic off and just hear the amp coming off the stage, they should sound exactly the same... only one being louder.

I rarely get that with a 57... hence the quest for other choices.


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Russell Peters comedy show tonight. Pretty easy. Not the funniest guy I've ever seen, but a couple o' laughs.

Too tired at the moment to go into much more detail than that. Add more in the AM... or whatever time it is I get back up.


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What do you think of the SM-57 for vocals? I have seen it used sometimes, though usually the SM-58 gets that job. I thought the Beta 58-A was the best live vocal mic that I have worked with, though. Even my non-audiophile ears could tell the difference between the SM-58 and the Beta 58-A.
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Welcome, oh scarificated one.

Keyan: 57's work just fine for vocals (remember, these are the same mics found on the Presidential podium most of the time...) although you will probably need a windscreen or pop-filter (piece of pantyhose stretched over a hoop) to keep the "P" plosives from exploding in the mic.
Here's a fun little trick you can do, though: Unscrew the silver ball windscreen from the end of your 58... you now have a 2nd 57! Same exact mic in every respect, other than the ball over the end of the 58.

I use the Beta-mics of each model far more than the SM-equivalents.

There is no one mic that sounds good on every singer, in every style though. Some people sound better on the SM-58 rather than the Beta.

In a live setting the Beta-58 is typically my first call, especially on male rock singers... or any group with a loud band behind the vocals. again, like the 57, some people are so ingrained to the SM though we have to keep them around for when they demand to have me switch my choice out to it.
For female singers, or more dynamic music, I might go for a Beta-87C or 87A. (Really depends on the stage situation as to which polar pattern I wish to use to emphasise off-axis rejection.)

We don't have any Neumann handheld vocal mics... but I've worked with them, and on certain voices they sound totally spectacular.

In the studio I have typically gravitated to large diaphragm condensers. U-87s and U-89s with a pop-filter. AKG 414. Your KSM might work pretty well too... Ribbon mics (used carefully...) are usually amazing. (Incredibly fragile and expensive, though...)

Shure has a new handheld condenser vocal mic that is supposed to be a revelation: the KSM 9. All the reviews as well as all the word of mouth have been gushing over this model. Some people have said they like it better than Neumann's handheld vocal models (K-105 etc...) We are working to get our hands on a couple of these... both wired and wireless.

On page 2 of our technical package PDF you will find our most current microphone inventory list (with the possible exception of the DPA piano mic kit that was delivered this week.)

(Also: Sharp-eyed and clever cyber-stalkers will be able to glean my real name as well as my work phone number and e-mail off this document. Awesome. )


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Russell Peters comedy show tonight. Pretty easy. Not the funniest guy I've ever seen, but a couple o' laughs.
Is he the Indian guy? if so, I thought he was pretty funny. Not George Lopez funny, but pretty darn funny if you're familiar with some Indian culture. An Indian friend of mine introduced me to him via a youtube video of a concert. I just think it is funny to see someone other than a white man make fun of Indian stuff.

and just in case my fuzzy brain slipped, i happen to like Indians and Indian culture quite a bit. have to throw in that disclaimer.
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Yup that's him. Yeah... I guess I did laugh quite a bit.

But personally I thought he leaned a just little too heavily on the "differences-between-ethnic-stereotypes" school of comedy, though. I would have liked to hear him delve into a couple of other topics during the show... but I guess that's just not his shtick.


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Here's a fun little trick you can do, though: Unscrew the silver ball windscreen from the end of your 58... you now have a 2nd 57! Same exact mic in every respect, other than the ball over the end of the 58.
Interesting - I did not know that. Does than mean a 58 would be as good as a 57 for amps, or does that windscreen actually cause some difference there?
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Slight EQ difference due to the resonance of the ball. I've used them for amps as well.


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