Friday, September 28, 2007

Quotes Again

"Don't you wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There's one marked 'Brightness,' but it doesn't work. "
- Gallagher

Quote: Bertrand Russell

"The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism British author, mathematician, & philosopher (1872 - 1970)"

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ha, Ha, HA!

Judge has Vick on curfew after drug test - Yahoo! News:

Because Vick violated the conditions of his release, Hudson could take that into consideration during sentencing, said Linda Malone, a criminal procedure expert and Marshall-Wythe Foundation professor of law at the College of William and Mary.

"Every judge considers pretty seriously if they feel that the defendant has flaunted the conditions for release," Malone said.

"It's certainly not a smart thing to do."

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

It's Official: I am an Ashdown Goof

When last we discussed our hero, he was having trouble getting the Ashdown MAG 600R to play nice with his 2 4X10 cabs. Cutting to the chase, there's a very strong likelihood that the amp was not responsible, but rather that the cabs were wired out-of-phase. Go figure.

I applied that quintessential American solution: buy more crap.

I was lucky enough to be able to sell one of the cabs, and I bought a playmate for the amp head: an Ashdown ABM 414t.

The 414t is a 4-ohm 4X10 cabinet in Ashdown's uprated ABM line. What separates this from the MAG speaker line and makes it uprated are the cabinet construction (made of birch plywood rather than the MAG's composition board), and heavier speakers.

These speakers yield a very high sensitivity rating of 103dB at 1watt at 1meter, which was what I was after - a single cab to maximize the volume of the MAG 600's 575 watts. There are other details about the cab which can be found in other places on the net.

When testing it in the store, Washington Music, Tod Eliot noted and marveled that the punchiness hit him in the chest from about 8 feet away. I concur; the sound is a beast. At the gig, there was a huge difference between the 414t and its predecessor, a Peavey 410TX. While the TX is no slouch, the 414t was louder and punchier, definitely a good complement to the head.

The downsides to the 414t had nothing to do with the sound. First, it's expensive. A good price for one is about $700. Second, although it's on the small side for a 4x10 cab, it's heavy - approaching 100 lbs. Third, The handles on the sides absolutely stink. My wrists were smashed trying to carry it with another person. Fourth, for the money, Ashdown should put wheels on this thing (which I did), and include a cover for it. Fifth - and this is a biggie - the switch plate on the rear for speaker connections and tweeter control is not routed deeply enough. On my cab, it actually protrudes about 3/8", exposing the controls to damage when transporting the cab. Ashdown needs to address this immediately.

So, non-playing issues aside, this is an excellent-sounding cab, and a great match for the MAG 600R.

Just watch out when moving it to the gig.

Damn, I WANT this!

Atomic Fun: Titan Nuclear Missile Base for Sale, ICBMs not Included - Gizmodo

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Apparently, They're All Crooks!

Former China F1 circuit boss convicted on embezzlement charges - MSNBC Wire Services - SHANGHAI, China (AP) -The former head of Formula One racing in China has been convicted of embezzlement, state media said Wednesday.

Yu Zhifei, a former city government official and general manager of the Shanghai International Circuit, "embezzled large amounts of money and should bear criminal responsibility,'' the China Daily quoted the prosecutor as saying at Yu's one-day trial on Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Quote of the Day

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.
- Edward R. Murrow

Sunday, September 16, 2007

And they say TV is not edumacational! - Burglar Who Learned From TV Show Sentenced to 12 Years

RICHMOND, Ky. — A man who says he learned how to rob homes by watching a cable TV show was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a string of burglaries in central Kentucky.

Michael W. Hobbs, 36, pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary. He was sentenced Friday on those convictions along with a sixth, lesser burglary conviction.

Police said Hobbs, of Waco, Ky., learned how to break into homes by watching the Discovery Channel TV show, "It Takes a Thief." The show featured two ex-convicts who show property owners how vulnerable they are to theft, according to its Web site.

Richmond police Maj. Steve Gregg said the ex-cons on the show said skilled burglars typically don't keep stolen items.

"He didn't hold onto any of the property," Gregg said. "He had no physical evidence at his residence whatsoever. When we entered a couple times, he said, 'Come on in, look around. I've done nothing."'

But Gregg said Hobbs always showed up at the burglary sites.

"He was one of the type of people who would come to the door and ask if (the homeowner) needed any gutter help," Gregg said. "Then the houses around there would get burglarized. That's just not coincidental."

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Quote of the Week

"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.' "
- Ronald Reagan"

Monday, September 10, 2007 - Student Brings Gun To School In Backpack - Student Brings Gun To School In Backpack:
(WJZ) COLUMBIA, Md. Parents of students at a Columbia elementary school were notified Monday that an 11-year-old fifth-grade boy brought a pellet gun to school Friday in his backpack.

Patti Caplan, a spokeswoman for the Howard County school system, says the boy showed the gun to other students before classes began at Phelps Luck Elementary School.

Those students told school officials, who confiscated the gun and detained the boy until a police officer arrived.

Caplan says the boy has been suspended and criminally charged as a juvenile with possession of a gun on school property.

School officials have met with the student's parents.

In a letter to parents Principal Pamela Akers said that "the student did not intend to use [the gun] to threaten or harm anyone and at no time was the safety of students in jeopardy."

They're serious - a pellet gun? An 11-year-old kid gets arrested for bringing a pellet gun to school? And then WJZ puts this picture up associated with the story:

Is that a picture of the police defending themselves from the outlaw 11-year-old with a full-auto Assault BB Pistol? I bet he smokes, too.

The Baltimore Sun reported that the
Principal, Pamela A. Akers, said that "the student did not intend to use [the gun] to threaten or harm anyone and at no time was the safety of students in jeopardy."

So if this is the case, why was the student suspended, arrested and criminally charged? Everything deals with intent.

The lesson to be learned by students: teachers are indeed the idiots that they appear to be.

From education to the media, our culture has become so pussified it mortifies me.

All I can say is, the poor little bugger has it rough: his friends are squealers, and his teachers are stupid cows. At least if he'd brought the real thing in his backpack he could have shot his way out. God knows the police wouldn't have stopped him. Come to think of it, he probably could have gotten away using the pellet gun.

But then, I bet he's actually just a nice little kid who wanted to share with his friends something he treasured.

Zebron and James