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  1. "Trickle down" at work ;).
  2. As I want to do away with my old tapedeck, I was sifting through my old 80's tapes. The Jazz Butcher had a great single with a buzzing Modern Lovers' Roadrunner on the A side and on the B side a nice piece of powerpop, Rain as well as this controversial song, that suggests misery and alcohol create art, called Drink.
  3. FB, " this the best way we can grow our good fruit? They've fallen like dry leaves and rot on your top soil and be known by no name, except deportees." Plane Crash at Los Gatos
  4. I recently read the Futurist Manifesto by Marinetti (wikipedia). I had the impression that the "alt -right" are either influenced by it or that there is a similar social development that causes some insecure people to turn to a martial "traditionalism" while embracing the fruit of cooperative utalitarism - technology. "We want to demolish museums and libraries, fight morality, feminism and all opportunist and utilitarian cowardice. " It seems that this is intentional. Bannon Cited Italian Thinker Who Inspired Fascists (NYT)
  5. I really love this thread. I'll just drop this here for now and may follow up on it later. J.W. Goethe from Willhelm Meister's Apprenticeship Chapter I, Book III. " Know’st thou the land where lemon-trees do bloom, And oranges like gold in leafy gloom; A gentle wind from deep blue heaven blows, The myrtle thick, and high the laurel grows? Know’st thou it, then? ’Tis there! ’tis there, O my belov’d one, I with thee would go! Know’st thou the house, its porch with pillars tall? The rooms do glitter, glitters bright the hall, And marble statues stand, and look me on: What’s this, poor child, to thee they’ve done? Know’st thou it, then? ’Tis there! ’tis there, O my protector, I with thee would go! Know’st thou the mountain bridge that hangs on cloud? The mules in mist grope o’er the torrent loud, In caves lie coil’d the dragon’s ancient brood, The crag leaps down and over it the flood: Know’st thou it, then? ’Tis there! ’tis there Our way runs; O my father, wilt thou go?" As a song by Franz Schubert sung by Janet Baker
  6. C'mon people let's make it happy! Shit isn't there anything to say that wasn't used to promote Coca Cola.
  7. Well, there was a band called Fall Of Efrafa with some nice album titles, too bad the music is not what I'm into. I must admit that Watership Down is the only work I've read by Richard Adams, apart from the beginning of Shardik. The topic of Shardik really interested me, but it just didn't click. Wether it was Adams' self-confessed weakness of writing humans or a bad german translation I can't tell. It was also decades ago shortly after my last reread of Watership Down, so it probably just didn't live up to my high expectations. My brother loved Plague Dogs (that's a nice name for a punk combo) and tried to get me to read it, but ... well there was so much other stuff. Is it really comparable to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH apart from the Animal testing / experimenting? I loved the rabbit mythology of Watership Down and the different models for societies, maybe a bit simplistic, but they were perfect for my ten- or eleven -year old self. The impact on me was, and still is, huge. And then there is the fact that Adams wrote Watership Down, his first novel, when he was older than fifty, which gives me hope that I will still get the chance contribute in some great way.
  8. May he find a peaceful spot next to El - Ahrairah, Hazel and Fiver. Richard Adams, the author of Watership Down, has died aged 96. His creation has made my world richer and kinder.
  9. I'm sorry but isn't this Steak - umms? The scary thing is, that I actually liked Steak(- umm) sandwiches. The thing that makes my tongue blister with disrelish is cheese powder and related products - eewww shudder.
  10. That's so true the most drastic image to show this is probably the shrinking od the South Aral Sea.
  11. Take a look at Barack Obama's White House Sound System - I had a laugh noticing that it's almost what I sugested in my first post. I like the Audio Technica cartridge that is mounted on the Denon, but Xray is right - you should replace the stylus with an elyptical one.
  12. Some interesting offers, Klipsch R-15PM turntable bundle for $599 More info - probably the best speakers at this price - perfectly capable to blow the building away - the turntable very basic and offers no comfort in handling and won't sound much better than, The Denon DP 300F or The Teac TN-300 (this one received a very good review in a german hifi mag and I like it's looks)
  13. kair, I don't think you need a Rega. It is (if reviews can be believed) one of the best turntables below $500, but it offers no extras or comfort. For example, in order to play a 45 rpm disc you need to change the belt by hand. I just (took over 18 month) bought a system (amp and speakers) to match my old Thorens TD 146, which is in the same league as the Rega RP 1 but a different beast. I spend roughly $1000. Most integrated systems come with speakers that are lacking a lot. I took a look at your links - The Audio Technica is probably as good as the Denon. It has some features you probably won't need, but in case you want to comfortably digitize some records the USB connector will be nice. The Project Debut Carbon is in the same league as the Rega. The Crosley C10 looks just like a rebranded Project Debut (without the good carbon tonearm). The Crosley C100 looks similar to the Audio Technica, but I don't trust it. Look at the Tonearm, it's the same as on the Music Hall USB-1 Various brands offer the same turntable for prices below $150 so $200 is probably overpriced. On the other hand Music Hall is asking much more and has a decent reputation.
  14. That's tricky $500 for turntable and speakers, hmm. The Rega is about 400 and you'll need a phono input, which cheap active speakers will not provide. There are turntables with built-in phono stages and sometimes usb connectors, but the quality of those is often lacking. The Technics I would have great doubts that it is in working condition when offered for less than $500. And again - no phono stage no speakers. I would go for a something like the Denon DP-300F which has a built-in phono stage and should cost no more than $250. For speakers I'd sugest to look for something like the Roth POWA -5 (review) or the JBL LSR 305 if you don't need the dgital inputs.
  15. Hah, only nine days later Hamburg label Tapete Records has rereleased the Slapp Happy albums. Now listening to Hope Sandoval and Kurt Vile crooning Let Me Get There