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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Noooooooooooooooes!!

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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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G’day, Wheelizens!

Because I’m a giver, I brought donuts for everybody.

And not just any donuts; I splurged and got boneless donuts!!1!

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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

But are they gluten free?

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Mornin’, Sven!

Don’t know…but you can always add your own Glue 10.

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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

California: always tackling the tough issues. Compassionate California Resolution To Face An Assembly Vote In January -- ACR 108 aims to make California the first ‘compassionate’ state in the US.

https://californiaglobe.com/section-2/compassionate-california-resolution-to-face-an-assembly-vote-in-january/

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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*Facepalm*

It might be “compassionate” to:

1) Commit to better forestry management and reduce instances of peoples’ homes being burned-down and/or curtail the need to cut electrical power to millions of citizens.

2) Maintain the damned roads.

3) Get rid of the stupid non-fungible multiple gasoline blends required by law.

4) Address the looming CalPERS-pocalypse in a meaningful manner

5) Quit abrogating Californians’ constitutional rights.

6) Make “sanctuary cities” illegal and prosecute public officials who support them.

7) Get rid of all the impediments to building more housing.

I could go on, but I strongly suspect the above isn’t the right sort of compassion.

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Just heard that Jeff Sessions announced he’s going to run for his former Senate seat.

Jebus.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Good morning, Fatwa!

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

I was thinking that the left would be more outraged about the recent massacre in Mexico of Americans if the cartels instead of shooting and burning the infants, had just ripped the babies from their mother’s arms and put them in cages.

Off to work -- be well, Fatwa.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

Morning Gerbils. I was away from home yesterday, and just now figured out how to post from my phone. I guess I had scripts turned off so my functionality was limited.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago

Sure Happy It’s Thursday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, Sven, and dv8!

Just got back from picking up Teh Younger at the auto repair shop. His car has a torn CV joint boot. I’m loaning him my car for the day, so I guess I’m stuck here.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

CV Boots. Teh “one” weakness of font wheel drive….

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dv8
2 years ago

Fatwa, before I got a Rhodes in late high school, I had one of these:

https://youtu.be/ph5lJPxQfZY

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Ooooh, that’s the “Professional” model, IIRC.

Never much liked Farfisas (or Voxes); that “transistor organ” sound just didn’t do it for me. But the summer before my senior HS year, I got me a used Wurlitzer 200A which I used for about three years before selling it and getting a used Rhodes Stage.

Still love the Wurly and Rhodes sounds; they’ve held-up a lot better than the DX-7 electric pianos. 😉

(When I got my Nord Electro 3 years ago, I was so happy to have access to those sounds again…although it took a while for me to get used to them being perfectly in tune.)

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

Yeah, I remember tuning my Rhodes by turning those l’il springs. It’s nice that we have the digitals and the Mathematical Models now, though. Preserved forever.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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I recall many of the ’60s / early ’70s tunes with those transistor organs; they were certainly screechy. And nasal. (But significantly cheaper and lighter that a Hammond and a Leslie.)

What amazes me about the Nord EPs is the accurate (and very musical) reproduction of all the “bark” and “bite”…especially with a wee bit of vitual pre-amp overdrive run through a Fender Twin emulation. (Same with the Clav and an expression pedal for the wah-wah.)

My first synth was a used ARP Odyssey Mark 1 which I acquired in ’79; still have it (hanging on my office wall). Never had the chance to hook-up a distortion pedal, but I came up with a few gnarly lead sounds with detuned oscillators (pretty easy on those old ARPs ’cause they drifted so much), some ring modulator and some noise.

(I spent a lot of time chasing that Jan Hammer Minimoog solo sound from “Birds of Fire”…)

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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I used to bust Rhodes tines pretty regularly; got really good at replacing them between sets. Don’t miss that “fun”; still have the hacked-up wire cutters I used to clip the tines. (And a few spare tines, too, despite the fact I’ve not owned a a Rhodes in 35 years.)

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

yeah same here. I think I sold my Rhodes over 30 years ago as well. Pianoteq has the Rhody and Wurly sounds tho.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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It tickles me enormously that those sounds are still relevant to “the damned kids these days”.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

In fact I just heard a Rhodes sound in a Jake Hill track. Jake hill is the only rapper I really dig. Even Harper likes him.

“iamjakehill” on YouTube.

Very talented young man. First heard him on a Pewdiepie outro, thought woah! Who TF is this!!1

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Will check out later; work beckons.

Bah!

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

You heard a lot of Farfisa in 60ies Rock and Roll. It was my very first keyboard though. I had fun with it. It was a screeechy sounding thing.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
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in fact, I remember hooking up a distortion pedal to it and trying to get close to “guitar solo” kind of sound with it.

That technique actually worked better with Monophonic synths. I had a Roland for a while in the early 80ies, I forget the model, but it was a used thing from the 70ies The primary Oscillator had harmonics built in. It had a bunch of organ stop kind of buttons on the front UNDERNEATH the keayboard. Not sure what they were thinking there. But it was a pretty fun board.

Hooking up delay and distortion boxes caused the last note to ring with the previous note, giving a pretty credible “guitar solo” sound.

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago
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Here’s the Roland in question:

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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Neat!

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

We got a little bit closer tonight. I got Harper to read this thread and she got all warm and fuzzy about all of you!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Teh yay!

Whenever it’s appropriate, I know we’d all be delighted to “see” her.

I suspect even LambiePieK would stop by. (Although we go to bed pretty early during the week as 0430-ish comes way too soon.)

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Because I’m a Bad Gerbil, I’d be terribly amused if this guy were to get whacked in an, erm, ironic manner: