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  1. The film versions of those two were released the same year and the wrong one became famous. After Dark is still unknown and so good. Was in a different spot in my life when I read Thompson, but maaan did it resonate then. Like Bukowski/Fante-levels at the same time, but again I was in a different space (semi-emotionally trapped on a Great Lakes 1x1.5 mile island for several months). Just look at your image. The Killer Inside Me was probably his first great... and a pretty bad movie. From Wikipedia: The writer R.V. Cassill has suggested that of all crime fiction, Thompson's was the rawest and most harrowing; that neither Dashiell Hammett nor Raymond Chandler nor Horace McCoy ever "wrote a book within miles of Thompson". Similarly, in the introduction to Now and on Earth, Stephen King says he most admires Thompson's work because "The guy was over the top. The guy was absolutely over the top. Big Jim didn't know the meaning of the word stop. There are three brave lets inherent in the foregoing: He let himself see everything, he let himself write it down, then he let himself publish it."
  2. You eventually getting to Thompson?
  3. Helen Jones Woods, member of the multiracial International Sweethearts of Rhythm, dies of the coronavirus https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/04/obituaries/Helen-Woods-dead-coronavirus.html?referringSource=articleShare https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/08/05/899477501/helen-jones-woods-groundbreaking-female-trombonist-has-died-from-covid-19
  4. As a couple of you know, while the pandemic continues I'm switching remote video events/meetings from my house. My desk has four MacBooks running endpoints, videos and slides, an ATEM switcher, a multi-view monitor and a do-everything-else fifth control MacBook. I'm out of space (so adding normal sized extra monitors is out) and need more from that control MacBook (usually running 4-5 apps during events that I need to instantly view, often without hands to jump between). Which lead me to this. By chance anyone have experience with it or suggestions for similar? I wonder how the recent MacBook's top/screen would handle the weight?
  5. For anyone hoping to improve their photography during the pandemic.
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    Podcast Thread

    The New York Times and Serial (thus This American Life) has released Nice White Parents. Seems lots of controversy already, but the TAL breakout segment was great. https://twitter.com/serial/status/1286322428109438976?s=20
  7. Leon Fleisher RIP Unable to use his right hand, he performed pieces written for left hand only, conducted and taught. After 30 years, he made a triumphant two-handed comeback. https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/aug/03/leon-fleisher-us-pianist-dies-92-lost-use-right-hand?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
  8. One of those weird stats concerning Brimley playing older characters - Tom Cruise is now nine years older than when Brimley was "elderly" in 1985s Cocoon.
  9. “Tony, as he was known, dropped out of school at 14 and worked as a cowboy in Idaho, Nevada and Arizona before enlisting in the Marine Corps, which sent him to the Aleutian Islands. After leaving the service, he worked as a ranch hand, wrangler and blacksmith. Briefly, he was a bodyguard for Howard Hughes.”
  10. Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto dies at 76 Unapologetically flamboyant, he shaped the look of David Bowie’s alter ego and also worked with Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Lady Gaga. https://www.dezeen.com/2020/07/29/japanese-fashion-designer-kansai-yamamoto-dies-at-76/ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/27/fashion/kansai-yamamoto-david-bowie-japanese-fashion-designer-dies.html?referringSource=articleShare
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    To be fair at least five of those are probably better than Watchmen, but ya know, awards. Those first four or five episodes of Watchmen were really pretty engaging. Anyway, I don’t think a weak year.
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    Judgement call, but some of the other nominees... Better Call Saul The Handmaid’s Tale Ozark Succession Mrs. America Ramy The Morning Show Westworld
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    Hate the Emmys, but guess who just got 26 nominations?
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    Happy 25th MP3 https://hackaday.com/2020/07/27/mp3-is-25-years-old/
  15. I haven’t seen them since moving to this house, but they’re around here somewhere. Check your DM.
  16. Thanks for all the Roon information. It's definitely helped bring me up to speed. Feels like beyond all the useful metadata advantages, depending how you're spread out over USB, UPnP, Airplay, etc. libraries and endpoints, Roon tames that complexity. In a simple, direct setup, as others have said, adding middle hardware and centralized software, may add to it. I admire you guys keeping extensive libraries and having favorite masterings, etc. Beyond vinyl, I've gotten lazy and once a decent quality streaming service showed up, and it covered 90% of my library, I stopped the local storage, probably a decade ago. That's also when I stopped using the Squeezeboxes I still love and would make excellent Roon endpoints. 🤕
  17. RIP John Saxon. Moving on to other worlds.
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    Magnum’s Square Print sale is back on. Theme is Solidarity and 50% of proceeds go to NAACP. https://www.magnumphotos.com/shop/?rfsn=610537.fb00b&subid=IG
  19. ^ This. Hope it’s a great one.
  20. Thanks for the above. That makes a lot of sense. It comes after some earlier hardware choices though, no? Are you directly streaming (services) from mobile? Do you run a media server (possibly on a dedicated machine) with networked drives? I know you were talking generally, but concerning Roon specifically, maybe, likely, I don’t understand it outside of mixing local files and streaming services. I’ve never used. If you don’t mind me asking (as in my case), does anyone run Roon as a UI for just Tidal or Qobuz? And if so, do they just not use Roon to stream directly from mobile (electing to remote drive back to a Roon machine)? And in that sense they need a dedicated machine always on? If you don’t mind, just let me know if I’m way off there. Edit: Just found the B-Fi specs: Airplay 1 and maxes at 16/44.1
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