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The Pub / Re: Happy Nigel Tufnel Day!
« on: November 15, 2011, 12:08:33 PM »
If we just could have gotten that Stonehenge thing together.....

Making a big thing out of it would've been a good idea...

In ancient times, hundreds of years before the dawn of history
Lived a strange race of people... the Druids...
No one knows who they were....or what they were doing....

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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: November 12, 2011, 03:20:13 PM »
Re cold smoking, at the risk of becoming hoarse in my frequent shilling of this product...

http://www.macsbbq.co.uk/Order%20USA.html

Just last Thursday I got home from work, decided that I wanted a kind of mezze platter that evening and I was lacking in smoked cheese...stuck a lb of sharp cheddar on a grate, took it outside, set it on my (mostly unused) Weber Smokey Mountain, and started the CSG with apple sawdust.  Then grabbed my bass and headed off to a practice...came back at 9PM and pulled the cheese off, which was fantastic, and still refrigerator cold.  The "smoker" kept puffing smoke for probably another couple hours.

With some of the other home rigs I wouldn't have dared try that (heat elements spiking, chips or dust catching fire and a temp spike when I am not around) but with this rig, its a genuine cold smoker...as cold as whatever environment it is used in, basically.

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The Pub / Re: blacker than black
« on: November 09, 2011, 07:17:20 PM »
First thought...obligatory, but Spinal Tap, of course.

Second thought...somewhere someone is going to try to harness this to win the contrast ratio wars in the flat panel TV market.

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All Things Food / Re: Making Your Own Chipotles
« on: November 06, 2011, 06:50:33 PM »
Tried cold smoking fresh jalapenos a year ago...ended up having to be dried in an oven later, then ground into powder.  Had a strange raisiny taste....I was not a fan.  My two mistakes assumedly were in using green jalapenos, as well as doing a genuine cold smoking, as opposed to the hot smoke that will dry them out properly.

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The Pub / Re: The McRib is back!!!
« on: November 02, 2011, 05:43:39 PM »
What's funny is if this was in the "Ethnic and Regional Cuisine" thread it would be lauded as an Eastern European charcuterie delicacy!  I have no problem with efficiently using meat, including the "nasty bits" that on their own, we wouldn't want.  If they can make a decently edible sandwich out of it, then there's that much more that they aren't wasting.

Green chile cheeseburger for 1.29?  Export that up here, please!!!

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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 31, 2011, 06:56:14 AM »
For a second I thought we were talking about Terry Jones, also Welsh (Wales being the leading supplier of the world's Joneses).  The only song of his that springs to mind is his operatic rendering of "Never Be Rude to an Arab" which is itself, a trifle rude.

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The Pub / Re: Ever see something you just HAD to share?
« on: October 24, 2011, 06:04:43 PM »
Nifty...unfortunately, its not helping me stave off this vacationlust that has me seeking to shove my family into a car and drive west.  Arizona and Utah are two of my favorite states for scenery.

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All Things Food / Re: BBQ Style
« on: October 24, 2011, 08:22:22 AM »
Cooked a pot of pinto beans and diced onion over a wood fire yesterday.  Added in dried/reconstitued anaheim chili puree and various spices, some diced beef slanina.  It was good, but after well over two hours the beans still had some "bite" to them and my wife hates that, so they are recooking today all day in a crockpot.

Still, weather was beautiful, listening to football on the radio and stoking a firepit all day.  I have a tripod that suspends the pot over it.  I think I'll go back to gulyas for over-the-fire cooks...no beans to soften!

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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 23, 2011, 06:57:50 PM »
I remember listening to Blow by Blow as a teenager in my phase of working at the local library...man, the education one can glean from a decent multi-branch library's CD collection!

For some reason "Constipated Duck" remains in my head from that CD.  But Cause We've Ended, that's Beck's classic, I think.  Albeit written by someone Wonder-ful.

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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 17, 2011, 07:01:54 PM »
The overabundance of Scandinavian metal and polka in this thread seems to call for a proportionate response from, let's say, Curtis and Bootsy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z66wVo7uNw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T62XibPMlXw

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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 17, 2011, 01:11:07 PM »
On an Indian classical music forum I engineered a blind test for another member who claimed that he could hear the detrimental effects involved with high grade MP3 compression (320kbps), vs uncompressed or lossless.  I took two CD-quality tracks, and played each back in both formats (uncompressed, 320 mp3) and while the difference was lost on my ears, he picked the right ones out!  I'm lucky I'm not blessed with such picky ears, as it lets me get away with cheaper gear and smaller hard drives!  To me quality of the recording and playback is always secondary to the quality of the music itself.  Nice to have, but only if what is being played is good enough to warrant high quality recording!  :D


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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 14, 2011, 06:25:28 PM »
no mariachi fans here i guess

I have a plate of tortilla chips and guacamole, and a chilled glass of reposado in front of me as I type, so at this point, I'd be rather down with that.  Sad that it is sort of "food music", much like German oompah band music.  In the right context its spot on.

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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 14, 2011, 02:05:19 PM »
I will say, Morlocks definitely do seem more hardcore than Eloi.

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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 14, 2011, 12:52:28 PM »
Personally, I think the masses like good music

Problem with this hypothesis is that no one can really authoritatively define what "good" music is.  One man's rubbish is another man's gold.  If you say, the masses generally like the music I consider to be good, then you've got a slightly more meaningful statement.  But someone else may have a much stricter definition of what qualifies as good in music, in which case it might be a stretch to assume the masses would like it.

I agree that there should be no concern whether music is "popular" or not.  You either like it or you don't, and all of us have different tastes in music.  There's any number of hipster bands and acts that I could (or actually could not, now that I think of it) name that feel painful for me to listen to, and basically strike me as just as musically derivative as some of the simple pop acts, except with a side of preening, smug pretension.  But I have good friends that think they are the bee's knees, the wasp's nipples, so to speak.  So slagging them off is pointless...I don't have better taste than my friends, just different taste.  There will always be pop music.  There are enough people that like it and listen to it, that I don't feel I need to!  Also, remember that when we reminisce about music of earlier years we're remembering only the best stuff that endured for decades.  All the one-hit wonders and pop bilge from the 60s and 70s that we've forgotten is a better comparison to the pop of today.  Still, I'll be the first to concede my favorite decade of rock music was from say about '66-'76.  A guitarist golden age, that.

This is somewhat random, but if you want to confuse the hell out of your brain:
http://oriental-traditional-music.blogspot.com/2011/10/musik-aus-bali-double-lp-emi-electrola.html

Side three has a 25min kecak performance, male chorus chanting/singing a drama involving strange monkey like vocalizations.  First LP has gamelan stuff.  This stuff is beyond me to actually enjoy, but it is very interesting and/or freaky.

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The Pub / Re: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music
« on: October 13, 2011, 03:31:12 PM »
Couple o' random points...

On Bieber hatred it seems a lot like a "doth protest too much" thing many times.  I mean, its everywhere...it is the popular thing to "hate" Justin Bieber, statements to which effect are almost ubiquitous on Youtube, but seriously, from my perspective he's a kid cashing in on vapid popular music and he apparently does it well and is making a nice pile of cash out of the deal.  I salute him, even if I can't hum a single bar or name any of his tunes.  I doubt if even he really believes his is terribly exceptional music...he's just providing a product that is apparently very well received by the younger female set and is handsomely remunerated for it.  Good luck to 'im!

Also remember that when you think your music is GOOD music and lesser pop music is trash, there's always someone snobbier than you who thinks your pop trash is dull, uninspiring bilge based more on image or marketing than actual musical genius. 

I did have another point, but it has eluded me in my mockery of Bieber-bashing, which at least in the childish comments of Youtube appear to be a lame one-upsmanship where people brag about how much they think Bieber sucks.  I probably would detest his music too, but then the same goes for scads of crappy bands that think highly of themselves, that I have never forced myself to listen to.

For no particular reason at all:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRL895C0fHM

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