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Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,652
Hiya! G'morning.
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  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,588
    Good morning Jeff. It's nice to see you.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,588
    Who's doing Bladerunner this weekend? I'm in. Trying not to believe the hype, but the good press at least making think it won't be horrible.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,652
    That one doesn't come in as either eight year old friendly or as something Matilda would give a crap about, so it'll have to wait for video, unfortunately. I like Denis Villeneuve, though.

    Here's a weird short film he made a while back:

  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 3,570
    I've been watching Denis Villeneuve since before he was cool. But he sold out, man.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 3,570
    edited October 2017
    Nah, I'm kidding.

    Back in the late 80s and 90s, there was a TV show called "Course Destination Monde", where they would give a bunch of kids a video camera and some money, and the kids would travel the world making short movies that they would mail back to Québec. The short movies would be seen on TV, followed by a panel of invited notables that would comment on them.

    It was actually quite interesting, and a number of people who participated went on to careers in Quebec's movie industry. That's where I saw Denis Villeneuve first, back in 1988 or 89.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 3,570
    edited October 2017
    As posted on the internets by a grumpy blogger that goes under the name pen name Atrios:
    "Is over the past several decades, our discourse progressed something like this:

    Guys, the're racists.

    Sensible Center: No, they just believe the very important science that suggests that black people are stupid. Also, crime and poverty. Black people are poor and get arrested a lot and stop&frisk is not racist so stop saying that. QED

    Guys, they're white supremacists.

    Sensible center: No, they're just celebrating the very important heritage of the Confederacy, which is their history, even in places like Pennsylvania and Ohio, which were very important Confederate states. I don't see any actual Klan hoods. Maybe they are white nationalists, which just means they want to preserve their culture. QED

    Guys, they're Nazis.

    Sensible center: Actually, I don't see much evidence (some, but not too much) of anti-Semitism, which seems to be an important feature of Nazism, right? I mean, the obsession with George Soros and the word globalist is simply political. Obviously they have some views about race which liberals don't support, but it isn't racism, and it certainly isn't Nazism.

    Nazis: hey, uh we're Nazis.

    Sensible center: No, I really don't think you are.

    Nazis: No, really, we're fucking Nazis. Heil Hitler! Check out my Nazi tattoos! We're Nazis!

    Sensible center: This is disturbing, but Stalin was bad, too, so, really, both sides."
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,652
    [thumbs up]
  • matthewmatthew Posts: 222
    edited October 2017
    They're aren't so much arguing that Stalin was bad, too, but that Stalin (Antifa) and Hitler
    (Alt Right) are both socialist, and therefore, both left-wing. They used the "the Nazis were leftists" line as a way of washing their hands (superficially) of the Alt Right (really, just the overt neo-Nazis) in the wake of Charlottesville.
  • matthewmatthew Posts: 222
    That said, I don't really believe that Nazis are actually the issue in the U.S., and I find all of the memes about America fighting the Nazis on beaches of Normandy, etc. rather nauseating.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 3,570
    edited October 2017
    That said, I don't really believe that Nazis are actually the issue in the U.S., and I find all of the memes about America fighting the Nazis on beaches of Normandy, etc. rather nauseating.
    Oh, I agree, and so does the guy who wrote that rant above! He's actually making fun of the so-called "sensible center" types.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 3,570
    Say hello to my new little friend...

    It's a Guild D40, made in Westerly, Rhode Island, in the year of our lord 1987. Bought it from a gentleman in Rimouski, Qc.
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    958 x 718 - 338K
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 1,346
    Nice. Play us a tune!
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,652
    I got a new guitar too... Made it from a cigar box.

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  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,652
    The intonation is a bit off. I need to find a way to lower the action on the end of the neck near the box.
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 3,570
    edited October 2017
    (guitar nerd cap on) Since I imagine that guitbox doesn't have a truss rod, the only option will be changing the neck angle, right? Can you still do that? About the intonation: I have the impression that the bridge saddles still have enough play to adjust that. (guitar nerd cap off)
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,652
    edited October 2017
    The neck is very straight. I thought the adjustable bridge would go low enough to keep both sides low, but it did not. I think I'm going to take off the bridge and put in a low fixed bridge and then just use a cabinet hinge to hold the strings steady on the side/end.

    Either that or I'll put a fingerboard overlay on the neck to raise it up, so that the bridge height won't mess me up.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,652
    edited October 2017
    The third episode of Star Trek Discovery was freaking outstanding. Not only did they not lose steam from the pretty solid two part premiere, but without the baggage of setting everything up, they really took it up several notches. Extremely enjoyable, extremely smart. Very much in the vein of the traditional Trek vibe, but with some interesting wrinkles (which I won't spoil) about how the protagonist actually fits in.

    We may finally have a Trek show that belongs in the Golden Age of Television.

    And if I haven't said so already, it's a great LOOKING show. It's some of the best-looking space sci fi ever shown on television.

    I've heard some people calling it Grimdark Trek. I think that's getting it all wrong. It has a more serious tone and it's definitely set in war, which occasionally gives it a BSG feel. But I don't think they're setting up a show that tosses aside Trek ideals for grimdark. They're setting up one where the protagonist's steadfast belief in those ideals (despite her circumstances) is the way out of all of that.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,652
    I've spent way too much time thinking about this.

    Goddammit, is this show going to make me a fucking Trekkie?
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,588
    Nice guitars everybody!
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,652
    edited October 2017
    Positive employment mind atoms request for Matilda..

    That new job she took in January has turned out to be a nightmare. She's got an interview tomorrow Wednesday with a place that sounds promising.

    Fingers crossed.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,588
    Make it happen, Matildz!
  • LefunesteLefuneste Posts: 3,570
    I shall sacrifice one of my cats to the gods of employment!
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 1,346
    Good luck, Matilda!!!

    The Replacements Live at Maxwell's 1986 may be their best album.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,652
    Is that on Spotify? I need to hear that one.
  • captqitncaptqitn Posts: 1,588
    Have y'all been seeing that story going around about Tom Petty firing the Replacements from his 1989 tour?

    I think I'm now old. I now take Petty's side.
  • Jurf_WurburJurf_Wurbur Posts: 2,652
    edited October 2017
    I found where Patterson Hood from the Drive-By Truckers was telling that story:
    Patterson Hood of the Drive-by Truckers recently posted a "Dispatch from the Road" on the DBT website:

    "Many of my favorite bands lost it at that point and either broke up or at least began the path of destruction. The Replacements never really recovered from the ill fated Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tour (I saw them get fired on stage in Nashville that year, one of my “Let There Be Rock” moments for sure)."

    Curious, I wrote to Patterson and asked him for the details:

    "They were actually fired??!!?? This was the tour that they allegedly hated so much they did everything in their power to get fired, from getting wasted and writing songs on stage mid-set to breaking into Petty's trailer, stealing his wife's clothes, and wearing them on-stage. Funny enough, I've also heard that Petty's wife loved the boys so much that she prevented their being fired early on in the tour. But I've never heard that they were actually fired!"

    Within a few hours, he had relayed this reply to me via Jenn Bryant:

    "While I wouldn't bet my savings on the total factuality of my dispatches, I saw the TPH / Placemats show in Nashville where they did indeed wear Jane Petty's dresses on stage. Early in the set, Westerberg said: 'Last night Tom Petty told us if we fuck up again we're fired. Fuck you Tom Petty and fuck you Nashville.' They then played a fifteen minute instrumental Walk on the Wild Side, a letter perfect Aching to Be (except they crashed and burned it right before last verse), one other song before another 'Fuck you Tom Petty and fuck you Nashville' and walked off stage. TP had a different opener next show. Petty then started his set early and said, 'The opener played a short set so we're going to play extra long because WE CARE.' Then they covered Should I Stay or Should I Go (letter perfect)."

    I met Slim Dunlap some years later and he said that Jane Petty was always in their corner and that she told them they looked better in her dresses than she. Paul Westerberg said, "You can say that again!" and staggered off.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 1,346
    I guess Paul was a fucking asshole for a while. He still might be an asshole, but what're you gonna do? Some people are just assholes.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 1,346
    edited October 2017
    And yes, album is on Spotify. They're pretty sloppy, but they lock in often enough to keep it rockin'. So far my faves are Takin' a Ride, Take Me Down to the Hospital, and If Only You Were Lonely - none of which were among my faves back in the day.
  • moetownmoetown Posts: 1,346
    I thought I was pretty much done with the Replacements, but I imagine I'll be listening to this for at least the next week or so.
  • KimKim Posts: 514
    Their book is really good - Trouble Boys by Bob Mehr

    I don’t care for Paul because he was cruel to Bob Stinson
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