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  1. 20 points
    A few of you here know the background with my mother-in-law, but for those that don’t, she is the kindest, most giving person I have ever met in my life. Period. I am closer to her (and my father-in-law) than I have ever been to anyone in my own family. 16 years ago, she developed pancreatitis that put her in the hospital for 3 months, and almost killed her. 12 years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and after a long and painful fight (chemo, radiation, mastectomy), she beat it. 4 years ago, she was diagnosed with radiation induced sarcoma - that’s right, the radiation that killed the original cancer, gave her cancer. She beat that after surgery and a 20 square inch skin graft. Now, a few months ago, she was diagnosed with ANOTHER case of radiation induced sarcoma. She underwent surgery, and had almost 40 square inches of skin removed. After that surgery, she was put on a “wound pump” - a device that fills the wound void with semi-permeable foam. Then the entire wound is covered with an air-tight seal, and an external pump (rechargeable battery powered and the size of a woman’s purse) is attached to keep the wound at a negative pressure. This keeps the wound infused with blood, and is said to make the wound much more receptive to a future skin graft. Today we received news news that the wound pump has done such a good job, that she will not need a skin graft. I find this incredible news, that a wound TWICE as big as the first will require no additional surgery or graft. This news could not befall a more deserving person, and we are all feeling truly blessed, and I felt compelled to share with my extended family here. Thanks for listening!
  2. 8 points
    Today is my annual Golf outing..., Played a lot when I lived in California. Twice a year, pilgrimage to Monterey Peninsula. Played all the TV pro-tourney courses. Playing 4 to 6 rounds in a weekend was a little "Psycho"..., our wives used to say. I played every course in San Francisco, private, public, muni, except for one that had a discrimination problem. Don't play but once a year now. A good golfing buddy friend of mine died several years ago, of colon cancer. The best hands at Stanford and UCSF medical centers could only delay the inevitable. He didn't get "screened", like we all should. My question to my C! friends: Have you had your colonoscopy? Has your wife or better half? (Colon Cancer does NOT discriminate based on Gender.) One of my good friends from Santa Barbara was saved as a result of our friend's death. He went in, got screened, and had a chunk of his upper intestine removed. Screening saved his life. In memorial to our buddy (we played golf at least once a week for years, back in the 90's), My friend started PsychoTour. a 501c3, to raise awareness for colon cancer screening. "PsychoTour: Together, we can prevent colon cancer one hole at a time." Read about it here, and the story of Tony. https://www.psychotour.org/mission Two golf tourney's, each year, one on the west coast, the other here in Chicago-land. Grass-roots. We have a speaker from a local hospital, for the banquet, usually. My mission, once a year, to push my good friends to get a colonoscopy. My work is done here.
  3. 5 points
    Somehow I ended up with 2 copies of this disc, so I'll offer one up here. Pick a number from 1 to 100, and the random number generator will pick a number a week from today. Closest number wins, in case of a tie, I'll flip a coin. Columbia/Legacy CS 65108 Stereo, no 5.1 mix
  4. 5 points
    I've put the guides up for sale, again, although I agree with Greg that the human touch is more powerful, particularly with those not accustomed to the magnetic field operations. Any proceeds (I pay for shipping mailers, printing, binding and shipping) will be sent to Greg to support cee-bang. They are BOTH available here
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    At the banquet/dinner after the event, yesterday. They had a speaker, a Northwestern Medicine colo-rectal surgeon. Gave us some updates on the new guidelines... Colon Cancer is indiscriminate..., we know that. But now it has moved into even younger generations based on a number of dietary, statistically relevant family history and environmental factors. New recommendation is to have your first colonoscopy at 45, (not 50). 5 years, the surgeon said, can kill you. Don't put it off. It's usually covered by insurance - and is covered by Medicare. And like @Charlie said, they (typically) put you under anesthesia, so the only hard part making the appointment, and drinking the "juice" the night before. I met a lot of guys at the golf event that had a ~foot of colon removed, due to polyps found. All had their lives saved just by getting the screening. Tell your friends and loved ones. It's a subject that we cannot ignore, and colon cancer is 100% preventable - IF you think of it like your annual dental cleaning..., get it done, and know for sure. Thanks guys, AJ
  6. 5 points
    Fingers-crossed for you to get back to a better place so you can restart the OCCD engines. 👍
  7. 4 points
    Listing the original pricing is nice, but current pricing should be eliminated due to disparities in the verifiable condition of any model, and the market area.
  8. 4 points
    Congrats on the sale. Sorry to hear about your predicament. Hopefully things will get better soon.
  9. 3 points
    D E P E C H E M O D E H o m e
  10. 3 points
    Sister recently lost a friend to Colon Cancer. His illness left him without work. With no work had no insurance. He lasted about 3 years before he succumbed to the cancer. It takes about 7 years to get to that stage. He failed to have tests done when he did have insurance and he paid the heavy price. There are other preps procedures available without having to drink a gallon of stuff. Sodium phosphates Magnesium Citrate, after a round of ducolax. Ask your dr. for an alternative than the gallon crap.
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    A760x demolished the m1.0t In subwoofer output. M1.0t remains supreme vs the a760x on clarity detail for the highs. But the a760x laughed at the m1.0t in the sub section
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    Deleting the price I feel will not hurt anything. Each individual knows what they are willing to pay for a piece they are trying to acquire.
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    Supercalifragilisticexp'alidocious
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    We have posted many losses over the years. Perhaps we can create a new Forum or Topic OBITUARIES. We have lost another Icon member from the Easy Rider film, Peter Fonda. RIP Peter. https://people.com/movies/peter-fonda-dead-at-79/?fbclid=IwAR12eTJGmq5MzlBfAAnbCTwlV5LYnio20Brt53W181yXhC8cJblmraUuFcI
  18. 2 points
    We're officially in our new house now as of a couple months ago...finally. I had the upstairs finished out which is about 15.5'x 36' so I have good space. Since weather was kind of crappy and muggy yesterday, my wife and I worked upstairs some today. I decided to put the Belle clones on the 15' wide "short wall" and I feel they sound better this way. I ran them on the VTA ST-70 for a little while but it's just too damn warm this time of year. I hooked up my fully rebuilt Carver M-200t (thanks @dennismiller55 ) which, honestly, sounds a little better on the Belles. Obviously its 4x the power, too, so it's coasting along pretty good. Then, today, I got my Infinity Quantum 3's back after them being stored (and lightly used) at my best friends house the last 10 years. Man, I forgot just how damn good those Watkins woofers sound. Also hung up the album frames I made 12+ years ago back in Texas and hung my guitars and guitar picks I've collected through the years. I still have another system in the same room to the left of my chair with the Onkyo P-3000R preamp and my M-1.0t MkII Opt 002 that runs various speakers I including Cerwin Vega VS-150's, Celestion Ditton 44 Series II's, JBL L1's, and a couple other small speakers. I can move my chair around and listen to either setup. Obviously, I've got some extra gear sitting idle. Lol.
  19. 2 points
    Still have a load of these plates if anyone is interested. Made out of 6061 aluminum, comes with black oxided stainless steel screws. Price is 20.00USD plus 5.00 for shipping. I keep the shipping price to 5.00 even if you purchase several. BillWojo
  20. 2 points
    A great ride, starting with the short story, ending with the trilogy; recent post about climate change reminded me of this story. 1. Rendevous with Rama: Set in the 22nd century, the story involves a fifty-kilometre-long cylindrical alien starship that enters Earth's solar system. The story is told from the point of view of a group of human explorers, who intercept the ship in an attempt to unlock its mysteries. 2. Rama II: the focus is no longer on alien mysteries, but on the petty concerns of an unlikely assortment of cosmonauts. The 12 specialists chosen to explore a second Raman craft passing through human space 70 years after the first are more involved with adultery, religion and media contracts than they are with scientific advancement. 3. The Garden of Rama the massive spacecraft Rama is back, but the luster and sense of wonder generated by its first appearances have eroded. The once-exciting vessel, a "cylindrical worldlet," has been turned into a cheaply painted backdrop for an equally garish exposition of vice-lord politics. When Rama returns to earth and demands a sample of humanity for observation, a lying, corrupt government hands over 2000 citizens. These individuals serve as a microcosm to reflect most of today's big sociological problems, thus implying that in 300 years no existing problems will have been solved nor will any others have been created. 4. Rama revealed A massive alien starship carries its human passengers to the end of their generations-long odyssey and toward an epic confrontation with the mysterious Ramans
  21. 2 points
    Hey all, I know it's been FOREVER since I've been on the site........I guess that's what having a 3 year old and 1 year old twins will do to you (ALL boys no less)!!!! Anyways, with all 3 kids being in daycare (daycare cost is DOUBLE my damn mortgage) and a slew of other life 'obstacles' that have come up, I'm drumming up all my possibilities to keep my family above water 😔. So I'm resorting to selling off all of my Carver gear and Sunfire subs. I haven't been remotely in-touch with anything audio (let alone Carver) related in years so I'm not quite sure what fair prices would be for everything: * TFM-45 (refurb by Greg/Nahash5150) - has the blue LED mod and painted needles. * TFM-45 (refurb by James/Retriever) - has a slight turn off thump/power spike which just needs to be fixed with the resistors per repair TFM-45-6 in the repair manual. I have the resistors and they would be included. This one also has the blue LED mod and painted needles. * 2 - A500x's (1 has been gone thru by Gene C's audio repair guy in Phoenix AZ, the other is still stock) - both have a blue LED mod and painted needles. * Sunfire Solitaire 12" subwoofer (has the signal sensing issue where it will auto shutoff if a strong signal isn't present) * Sunfire TrueSub Super Jr. *SOLD* * Sunfire True Subwoofer EQ 10 Solitaire *SOLD* So like I said, I have no idea what fair prices for this gear would be, but I'm open to offers/advice for pricing. Just figured I'd give everyone here a crack at things before I try other channels for selling them. I can get more pics/info if anyone would like them. Cheers 🍻 Casey
  22. 2 points
    The Cure Love Song (Extended Version)
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    Modifications and Upgrades can be considered, sure.
  26. 2 points
    R.I.P. Peter.....
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    I still don't know why that's so hard. The juice I drank was just barely thicker than water and lightly lemon flavored, not unpleasant at all. It went down much easier than I'd been told.
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    ColoGuard is another option to consider.
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    so what was the outcome ?
  30. 2 points
    Any Frampton fans.....Just got my copy of his new release...All Blues, some of his favorites 180g 2LP..... Nice pressing..Sounds great Side D has no music.....Etching looks pretty cool
  31. 2 points
    For this weekend’s selection, I offer a clever and intriguing “heist” film, appropriately titled Heist (not The Heist, or American Heist - Just Heist). This is a heist film that does not rely on shootouts, pulse-pounding building climes, or helicopter stunts to move the story along. It relies on clever planning, slight of hand twists and superb acting to deliver the goods (pun). This film is stacked with memorable performances - Delroy Lindo, Danny Devito, Rebecca Pidgeon, Sam Rockwell, Ricky Jay, and of course Gene Hackman. I can’t discuss too much without giving anything away, but if you like a good Heist movie, this one is well worth your time:-)
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    LACUNA COIL Layers of Time
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    I had my first this year. I put it off for 15 years from when they first started recommending it. I told my doc that I hated having his finger in there, and I like him. I'm not letting a stranger run toys ... I'm good for another 5
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    You are correct....Everyone needs to be checked. I was 6 years late on the recommended age for screening. There's something about ANAL and PROBE used in the same sentence, that just sounds wrong. I was violated on the 5th.... The good news is..I'm good for another 5 years.....
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    Tears For Fears Everybody Wants To Rule The World
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    I just let Bruce have his way with the fine woodworking. Do you like the teak and mahogany combo? I do. You can see why. So far, Dennis has been the donor of the circuit board, parts (not cheap) and electronic work. Then it made its stop to Bruce's shop where you see the result here. The only input that I have had so far is having Bruce mount a silver dollar that I sent to him on the top (sorry, no not a real one, but still classy), and having Bruce make a cutout for the rear panel brass mounting plate for RCA & switch. It will probably come to my place by next week, where I will assemble the brass plate, and likely remake many of the connections with some fancy silver wire just to follow this high wire act. We all have had a great time making this a group effort. Perhaps something else will gel in the future.
  37. 2 points
    You definitely covered things well, Greg. I really like the option for pictures, and I'd encourage having both front and rear pictures. Many Carver manuals only give a textual description of connectors. What about a place to note common modifications / upgrades, etc.? I was going to suggest listing service bulletins, but I see you got that one, along the way. That might not be considered widely desirable by everyone, but I thought I'd suggest it. As always, thanks for the great work and always moving things forward for us.
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    @Packratt The easiest way is to go to the activity stream page. Click on the time and the engine will take you directly to the unread post: You can also go directly to unread posts from the 'Just Posted' Feed: You can even create your own activity stream based on the criteria you customize yourself: You can see I have created a stream for 'What Happened since my Last Visit for Topics I created'. So you can create a stream to list all unread content since your Last Visit as well. I can add a button on the main page to go directly to the All Activity page, if anyone thinks that would be useful.
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    Chat box never loads for me - IPad, running current (13, I think) IOS... I just get the spinning wheel... Never mind - working now👍
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    Damn Yankees Don't Tread On Me
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    Billy Idol Cradle Of Love (HQ)
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    Todd Rundgren Bang On The Drum All Day (LIVE)
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    No... Your comment was fine. We just need to be extra vigilant in reminding folks not to stray into political discourse. It tends to rapidly devolve into a train wreck and ends with anger and hurt feelings. But for the political issues, we are all friends here and it just isn't worth damaging that.
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    I was merely reminding everyone to be nice... Topic unlocked. I'm sure explosions are safe...to talk about that is.
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    WOW! Outstanding workmanship. I salute ya’ll big time!
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    I posted pictures at the time... where were you?🤷‍♂️ I thought it was quite tidy, fit well in that chassis. I wonder who has it now... HERE is that thread from 2015.
  49. 1 point
    Knowing that GM is aware that electric power plants are the future..., (reading about their recent business strategy shift...) ...imagine what this Corvette will do when the replace the aspirated petroleum-based power-plant with the torque and acceleration of electric... I'm amazed at the track performance of Tesla..., and it's going to continue to get better, as electric drive-train and battery technology improves with much of current innovation on the electric transportation platform(s)... (..., OK be gentle when you pile on here..., I'm just reading the "tea leaves," as I see them. I have no expectations that gov't will help innovation, but the auto-industry can't afford to continue on their current path..., will NASCAR figure it out? Hard to say... - Think carefully, and draw your own conclusions as Ford already dropped cars, and GM more recently did..., and they are focusing on selling big trucks in the current 6 year industry cycle..., in the back room, the engineers are either working on electric, or getting laid off...) Oh, and the pressure to go electric on the pick up truck industry is mounting. My favorite picture of the Tesla pickup is the one with the hood open..., That's really "recovered space." As in, the pickup truck now has a "trunk" or "boot" that's under the front hood. Luggage? Work tools? What-ever you want to put there? No engine releases a lot of extra space. The volume (in cu ft) of load capacity just jumped for the pick-up platform - by going electric. Consider that most pickup trucks in industry (contractors, laborers, commuters) don't drive but back and forth to the job..., 500 mile daily on a charge is perfectly doable - in today's market..., this is serious competition..., either Ford and GM will respond, or Tesla will recover (or get acquired)…, Things be a changing. Needless to say, I just put a new muffler on my 2002 F150..., hoping to drive the heck out of it for the next 3 years..., And, new brakes all the way around on my 2006 Audi A6. I'm going to avoid a big car note payment for as long as I can, as the future shakes out.
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