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Archive for February, 2014

Music Fridays – Style Lessons

Posted by middlerage on February 21, 2014

With a huge caveat I enjoyed the following two videos. The first one is a history of drumming, and the second is a history of the bass guitar. I think they are clever and well written. There is a third video (not linked), in the same vein, that is a history of the rock guitar solo which results in my big caveat: I think it is foolish and inaccurate and sloppy. So it calls into question the validity of the two videos posted below. Nevertheless, I think they are interesting and educational and enjoyable, and maybe lots can be forgiven for the sake of brevity. My musician friends may take exception and pan (or rave) about all of them including the guitar solo lesson (if they search for it).

Take it away CDZA Collective…

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Browner Shit

Posted by middlerage on February 20, 2014

So I was reading the label on a can of some “traditional” refried beans, and one of the ingredients was partially hydrogenated lard. wtf?

I’m no food scientist (however I play one on TV), but I do enjoy reading health articles, and my understanding was that oils are hydrogenated to make them solid at room temperature and have other desirable qualities like shelf life and baking luster. This also leads to trans-fat, and if it is solid at room temperature it might be solid in your arteries. Which is bad.

Now if I go down to the grocery store and look at a tub of Snow Cap lard (what an awesome name; like alpine breeze cigarettes) wouldn’t it already be solid?!? At room temperature?!? Why on earth would it need to be partially hydrogenated?

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Is it Just Me or are Trucks Getting Faster?

Posted by middlerage on February 20, 2014

It used to be with a groan that I’d find myself behind an eighteen wheeler or Mack dump truck at a stop light. But anymore, they accelerate as fast as a car, and if I switch lanes to avoid them I soon regret it as I put medal to the metal and barely slide in front.

One thought is newer, better transmissions and/or more efficient and ‘torquy’ engines (not that diesels haven’t always been torquie).

The other thought is I am becoming one of ‘those’ drivers…  old and pokey. And now even trucks seem fast to me. Color me chagrined, and hopefully wrong. I’m stickin’ with theory number one.

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