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  • Birthday 11/27/1988

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    peat bog
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    Walked in the door, made friends, and drank. Happy fun times!
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    HELL
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    Drinking
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    Whiskey, live and recorded music, movies, traveling, spending time with friends.
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    Macassar ebony Thunderpants, HD580
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    Some bullSchiit
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    Moar bullSchiit

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  1. TLDR: if you are an old Plasma hold out it is time to move on. current OLED is significantly better in 99% of the viewing experience and getting 4K + HDR alone is worth it. -- couple weeks ago we upgraded from the old 50" Panasonic UT50 plasma (~2012 era) to a 55" LG C2 OLED. i knew it would be a jump but i am shocked at the improvements. every single aspect of viewing is better with (maybe) one exception in cinematic motion. i was never a fan of smoothing but with this TV you can very delicately apply it to de-judder and even things out. 1917 4K last night was absolutely spectacular. had i realized the jump from blu ray to UHD 4K I probably wouldn't have waited so long, however 4K is starting to get less expensive and i have a pretty large physical library of blu that will take a long time to upgrade even 30% of.
  2. interesting. i don't get it either. i've used the cafec abacas that hemi posted image of above^ and they are a touch faster draw down vs. hario untabbed. really like the abacas. i heard untabbed hario are done finally but after finding cafec i'm not worried about it.
  3. unless I'm mistaken, Cafec filters are supposed to be faster drawing than current Hario-branded tabbed filters. 7+ minutes is way too long. my typical V60 filter targets are to not be shorter than 2:30 and no longer than 4:00 (variation on brew size and beans... denser and lighter add time).
  4. >8 year bump. Allison and I were talking through this exact topic last night and i remembered this discussion from forever ago... pretty fun to go back and see where I was and where I am now. some things remain and some don't. I feel a lot more confident these days especially in honorable mentions as I've build up far more breadth and understanding of some genres, especially metal. Top 5: The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream. Still as complete as ever. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. Still the best female vocals for me. Radiohead - In Rainbows. Over time I've realized that it's nice to just hear how amazing Radiohead can be and not have to think too much about it. Their most listenable album. Tool - Lateralus. Still the best metal and progressive blended together and polished beyond imagination. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell. I go to a lot of different individual songs when I need to come to grips with death. This is the only full album though. Couldn't count the number of times I've cried while listening to this one. Honorables: The Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I. Not sure why this wasn't on the old list. Not far off of Pumpkins in terms of an album I would want people to think of when they think of me. Converge - Jane Doe. I have absorbed so much heavy music in the last 3-5 years and amongst all of it, this is truly supreme for chaos. HUM - Inlet. I'm a child of the 90's and this is the closest anyone got in recent times to peak 90's rock. On permanent repeat. Tash Sultana - Flow State. The album that got me back into caring about headphones because I became obsessed with making this sound as good as possible. Legendary opener. Kaki King - Dreaming of Revenge. My favorite acoustic album with stellar intimate vocals as a big plus. Art Pepper + 11 - Modern Jazz Classics. Art had it all and this is 100% bangers. The Beatles - Revolver. Love arguing with Allison about why this is the best. Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions. My favorite post rock. A perfect deep thinker. Tool - Aenima. Has closed the gap with Lateralus over the years. I find the two completely complimentary now. Wouldn't argue with anyone preferring this from the full cataloge. See ya'll in 2030.
  5. Origami does numerous filters including hario and kalita.
  6. slowpoursupply.co/collections/origami-dripper
  7. i am really glad i didn't buy ls50 wireless in the past... very good chance i will try these at some point https://us.kef.com/wireless/ls60/ls60-wireless.html
  8. not a good day - RIP to my father-in-law's best friend, Bill. Passed away at 71 shortly upon diagnosis of Stage 4 anaplastic thyroid carcinoma. pretty much a month from first symptoms to hospice. amazing sense of humor, almost as good as my FIL's. was easy to see why they got along so well. and a second RIP to Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell. legendary powerlifter, probably the most well known coach of his generation. massive ego and hated many opposing opinions yet had some of the most generous and kind support you could give to thousands of people over 40+ years. https://barbend.com/powerlifter-louie-simmons-obituary/
  9. i wasn't expecting 2022 to have some personal bourbon renaissance but that's how it broke. against extremely long odds i was selected a month ago with 9 other folks to do Four Roses first ever barrel selections for their official Mellow Moments club. event was on Thursday then bottles sold yesterday. made some bourbon friends amongst the group and imbibed considerably. felt like an HC event. picked top 3 out of 10 barrels. i am happy to report I thieved everyone's samples on the top choice, 11 year OESV from north side of Warehouse P. heavy pours on a fucking belter. ^Brent the master distiller and Mandy who runs the program ^magnificent 10 for selections
  10. normal Dragonfly prices are brutal and i wouldn't be a buyer... Similar to Bird Rock and Paradise. they recently did a big clearance and i grabbed the Elida Estate green tip at almost half off and it's much closer to worth it. not sure if those sales are normal or if i was lucky. Hatch is awesome and i would recommend. i had their advent calendar last year and it's the best run of coffee I've ever done. also their relationship with Finca El Paraiso seems incredibly unique and gives them access to stuff i haven't seen elsewhere. Paraiso is a ridiculously good farm, probably in my top two. (i should note i only do pour over. no espresso)
  11. i took a week off caffeine recently for elimination-testing reasons and the bean stash wasn't entirely empty... of course i didn't stop buying and now my counter collection is absolute 🔥
  12. bumpybump... nearly two years after doing my first A/B/C of Spotify, Qobuz, and Tidal (where i reported no differences of any kind)... i have revisited Tidal. continuing frustration over Spotify HiFi not being a thing, recent social dilemmas, and the current $2-for-3 month promo for the top tier all pulled me in along with plenty of @recstar24 encouragement. it's a huge jump this time. of 100 or so tracks so far, there's been less than 10 that i thought were not hugely improved specifically in staging and the '3d'ness of individual lines. maybe it's the rig... Tidal Connect into Naim Uniti HE to Utopia is some truly glorious digital. most likely i will stick with it unless Spotify pulls a 180.
  13. Fuck. Steve was such a real guy, so damn friendly and easy to talk to. Will be missed.
  14. re: Ode and SSP... i swear i read like 6 months ago on Home Barista or reddit that Fellow had confirmed they were exploring burr updates for an Ode revision. i assume just including an SSP by default. guessing that will make it more expensive. Nate - probably worth waiting on this supposed revision.
  15. sort of partial to the weber eg-1 onyx myself. https://weberworkshops.com/products/eg-1?variant=31624830386229
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