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Old 12-01-2017, 09:56 PM   #2576
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The girls (well, the two older ones anyway) came over to help decorate the tree. Now we're trying to figure out how to order dinner from the very Mexican restaurant down the street. I think I'll do tacos: barbacoa and pastor.
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:34 PM   #2577
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Good evening.

I doubt I'll do more decorating this year. I'm laid up with inflammation in the back/side/rib muscles. The doctor ordered a week of bed rest along with muscle relaxers and heat. I almost made it through the year without an ambulance ride.


Hang in there kiddo. I usually get that under my shoulder blades at least once a year. A pure pain in the, uh, back.

A big pot of spaghetti tonight. More than enough to have the left overs for lunch tomorrow.
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I doubt I'll do more decorating this year. I'm laid up with inflammation in the back/side/rib muscles. The doctor ordered a week of bed rest along with muscle relaxers and heat. I almost made it through the year without an ambulance ride.
Ambulance rides suck but they often beat the alternative. My last was in 2001 and that was quite recent enough, thank you. I'm also on no-exertion orders now. Yes, lounging in a recliner with my laptop was prescribed!

I feel great sympathy for your pain. Good luck on a speedy recovery!
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Horror of horrors. My French Press just broke in the critical early morning hours before I leave for work! Quelle horreur! I am reduced to using a kitchen sieve as the filter in an attack of improvisation. Coffee needed while I put in an hour of writing before I head out the door.

Congrats, Tex, on that FIRST OF TEN! Holy moley. That must be an epic of sorts. Well done and I bet that's gratifying. I met my 30 November deadline, got my short story out ....Relief! ... except I just picked up a couple of errors. New version heading of momentarily.

And mow ..... it's on to the next one.

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Hang in there kiddo. I usually get that under my shoulder blades at least once a year. A pure pain in the, uh, back.

A big pot of spaghetti tonight. More than enough to have the left overs for lunch tomorrow.
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Ambulance rides suck but they often beat the alternative. My last was in 2001 and that was quite recent enough, thank you. I'm also on no-exertion orders now. Yes, lounging in a recliner with my laptop was prescribed!

I feel great sympathy for your pain. Good luck on a speedy recovery!
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Thanks.

I'm not good at resting. When I know there are things to be done, I do them. Like grocery shopping. Laundry. Dishes. Vacuuming.
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Thanks.

I'm not good at resting. When I know there are things to be done, I do them. Like grocery shopping. Laundry. Dishes. Vacuuming.
One way ride to the morgue.

Don't make me come up there and tie you to the bed.
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Horror of horrors. My French Press just broke in the critical early morning hours before I leave for work! Quelle horreur! I am reduced to using a kitchen sieve as the filter in an attack of improvisation. Coffee needed while I put in an hour of writing before I head out the door.

Congrats, Tex, on that FIRST OF TEN! Holy moley. That must be an epic of sorts. Well done and I bet that's gratifying. I met my 30 November deadline, got my short story out ....Relief! ... except I just picked up a couple of errors. New version heading of momentarily.

And mow ..... it's on to the next one.
Now you know why I never trust a French appliance.

I use a twenty dollar Walmart coffee pot and keep a second one under the counter as a back up. Better safe than no coffee.

The first nine average 52k each so by the end of ten it will be a little over half a million words. It crosses three generations so that spreads it out over the past, present, and future. I still have to write the last book. I'm about a quarter done. It is taking a little longer since I'm wrapping up a few loose ends and adding in a twisted twist.

If I find errors in the final print, I can always blame it on my editor and the proofreaders. Not that there is ever anything like perfect copy. Anyway, my editor and her coven of proofreaders would burn me at the stake.

Congrats on make the November deadline. Keep up the good work.

Okay, fresh coffee all around.
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Thanks.

I'm not good at resting. When I know there are things to be done, I do them. Like grocery shopping. Laundry. Dishes. Vacuuming.

Best Wishes, Madam.

However, it's time (I suspect) that you get your head around the concept of deferring a job or three.
That said, it took me awhile. . . .
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One way ride to the morgue.

Don't make me come up there and tie you to the bed.
Uh huh. All threats and no follow-through.


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Best Wishes, Madam.

However, it's time (I suspect) that you get your head around the concept of deferring a job or three.
That said, it took me awhile. . . .
I'm struggling with that big time.
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Uh huh. All threats and no follow-through.

I'm struggling with that big time.
Keep struggling, Madam - please

Time, I think for a cup of tea.
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Uh huh. All threats and no follow-through.

I'm struggling with that big time.
Ropes or straps?
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I had a pleasant evening with family and about 500 guests. My artist daughter had a piece in a fundraising exhibition so we went to see. The place opened at six and people were waiting in line by four. We got into the exhibit space about fifteen minutes after the opening and her piece was already sold. The woman who was working that display said it sold three minutes after they opened the door.

A woman there was interested in the piece after it sold, so the daughter may be able to sell more.

We got our pictures taken for a local magazine, then had dinner out with the artist and her husband.

It would have been more fun if I could shake this damned cold.
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I had a pleasant evening with family and about 500 guests. My artist daughter had a piece in a fundraising exhibition so we went to see. The place opened at six and people were waiting in line by four. We got into the exhibit space about fifteen minutes after the opening and her piece was already sold. The woman who was working that display said it sold three minutes after they opened the door.

A woman there was interested in the piece after it sold, so the daughter may be able to sell more.

We got our pictures taken for a local magazine, then had dinner out with the artist and her husband.

It would have been more fun if I could shake this damned cold.
How exciting for your daughter. Congratulations.
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Ropes or straps?
Or, 'ukes or mandos? Same thing but less messy.

I was going to expostulate on 'ukes but I'm tired now. But I'm excited that Ohana is releasing a line of vintage-type instruments, reproductions of those popular almost a century ago. I'm especially hot for their Tiple (TEE-play), the ancestral tenor 'uke with ten steel strings emitting much rich sound. These were very popular with black blues and jazz groups of the 1920s-30s.

Egad, I'm facing another week without coffee. I should write a song about that.
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Or, 'ukes or mandos? Same thing but less messy.

I was going to expostulate on 'ukes but I'm tired now. But I'm excited that Ohana is releasing a line of vintage-type instruments, reproductions of those popular almost a century ago. I'm especially hot for their Tiple (TEE-play), the ancestral tenor 'uke with ten steel strings emitting much rich sound. These were very popular with black blues and jazz groups of the 1920s-30s.

Egad, I'm facing another week without coffee. I should write a song about that.
Facinating. You should write a thing about the instruments and the effect on the sound by the shape (10 string ?)

Meanwhile, it's time for breakfast, so Coffee is well up on the list.

PS. Tx: Straps, I suggest; they'll leave a better-quality mark on the skin.
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I had a pleasant evening with family and about 500 guests. My artist daughter had a piece in a fundraising exhibition so we went to see. The place opened at six and people were waiting in line by four. We got into the exhibit space about fifteen minutes after the opening and her piece was already sold. The woman who was working that display said it sold three minutes after they opened the door.

A woman there was interested in the piece after it sold, so the daughter may be able to sell more.

We got our pictures taken for a local magazine, then had dinner out with the artist and her husband.

It would have been more fun if I could shake this damned cold.
That is a wonderful story. I always love to hear of artists in every realm succeeding, it gives me hope for my own writing. Congratulations to her.
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So, tonight is supposed to be a bit 'special', in that the Moon is at its brighted and biggest (218000 miles as opposed to the maximum of 247000 miles away).
A good night to take a picture or two, right ?
Alas, no (well, not so far); for as that poem put it "The Moon was ghostly galleon, toss'd aabout cloudy seas".
All we got so far is a bright patch of cloud !
And it's cold !

Wasson the box tonite, eh ?
Coffee first !!!
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Facinating. You should write a thing about the instruments and the effect on the sound by the shape (10 string ?)
Besides Tahitian, Fijiian, and other nonstandard 'ukes, fairly Hawai'ian-ish 'ukes include 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, and 8-string versions. The acoustic ones usually look like little guitars, although pineapple, bell, harp, and delta variants exist. Electric 'ukes can go all fantasyland.

'Uke necks are attached to small banjo bodies. My banjo-'uke is about a century old, and its re-entrant tuning gives it that classic ringing-banjo twang. I sorta lust for a dobro 'uke with a booming metal resonator.

The 10-steel-string tiple looks just like tenor 'ukes because it's their ancestor. My 12-string 'uke-like axe is really a central Mexican quatro, quite different from Puerto Rican and Columbian quatros. It looks like an oval-hole A-type mandolin but plays like an 'uke.
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Body shapes of acoustic 'ukes and mandos affect sound less than do their 1) body size, 2) soundhole shapes, 3) wood used, and 4) interior bracing.

1) Smaller bodies -- sopranino, soprano, concert -- are brighter and tinklier. Larger axes -- tenors, baritones, mandolas -- are deeper and usually louder.

2) F-shaped soundholes (in mandos and some dobro 'ukes) project sound more. Round or oval soundholes give a more spread-out sound projection. I love the rich tones of oval-hole mandos.

3-4) Thicker woods make quieter instruments. Thin light solid (not ply) woods resonate best. Bracing and internal architecture are above my pay grade.
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Strings, stringings, and tunings also greatly affect sound. String tech gets pretty arcane so I'll skip that. Tunings are fun when they're close to standard. Just drop any 'uke's top string from A to G and it's in open tuning, great for many slidey effects. Tune all strings up a whole tone for a brighter sound. Today's CGEA standard is a whole tone lower than a century ago.

Ah, restringing. Replace the 'uke's standard bottom hi-G string with a lo-G (an octave down) and it's more mellow than ringing. Replace all a 'uke's strings with the right set and it fingers like a mandolin (if soprano) or mandola (if tenor). Or try strings of varied makeup. String that Tahitian 'uke with 20-pound-test fishline.

Some multi-string-course setups invite change. If the course is in unison, swap one for a lower octave for richer sound. Put the desired octave string where it's more likely to be picked on up- or down-strokes. For deeper sounds, lower octaves toward the outside. For more distinct notes, put higher octaves on the outside.

Next: comparing the 8-string taropatch, 10-string tiple, and 6- and 12-string cuatros. (But not the 10-string quatro.)
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Fuck, I managed all that without coffee? Am I acclimating to deprivation? "I'm depraved on account-a I'm deprived!"

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Besides Tahitian, Fijiian, and other nonstandard 'ukes, fairly Hawai'ian-ish 'ukes include 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, and 8-string versions. The acoustic ones usually look like little guitars, although pineapple, bell, harp, and delta variants exist. Electric 'ukes can go all fantasyland.

'Uke necks are attached to small banjo bodies. My banjo-'uke is about a century old, and its re-entrant tuning gives it that classic ringing-banjo twang. I sorta lust for a dobro 'uke with a booming metal resonator.

The 10-steel-string tiple looks just like tenor 'ukes because it's their ancestor. My 12-string 'uke-like axe is really a central Mexican quatro, quite different from Puerto Rican and Columbian quatros. It looks like an oval-hole A-type mandolin but plays like an 'uke.
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Body shapes of acoustic 'ukes and mandos affect sound less than do their 1) body size, 2) soundhole shapes, 3) wood used, and 4) interior bracing.

1) Smaller bodies -- sopranino, soprano, concert -- are brighter and tinklier. Larger axes -- tenors, baritones, mandolas -- are deeper and usually louder.

2) F-shaped soundholes (in mandos and some dobro 'ukes) project sound more. Round or oval soundholes give a more spread-out sound projection. I love the rich tones of oval-hole mandos.

3-4) Thicker woods make quieter instruments. Thin light solid (not ply) woods resonate best. Bracing and internal architecture are above my pay grade.
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Strings, stringings, and tunings also greatly affect sound. String tech gets pretty arcane so I'll skip that. Tunings are fun when they're close to standard. Just drop any 'uke's top string from A to G and it's in open tuning, great for many slidey effects. Tune all strings up a whole tone for a brighter sound. Today's CGEA standard is a whole tone lower than a century ago.

Ah, restringing. Replace the 'uke's standard bottom hi-G string with a lo-G (an octave down) and it's more mellow than ringing. Replace all a 'uke's strings with the right set and it fingers like a mandolin (if soprano) or mandola (if tenor). Or try strings of varied makeup. String that Tahitian 'uke with 20-pound-test fishline.

Some multi-string-course setups invite change. If the course is in unison, swap one for a lower octave for richer sound. Put the desired octave string where it's more likely to be picked on up- or down-strokes. For deeper sounds, lower octaves toward the outside. For more distinct notes, put higher octaves on the outside.

Next: comparing the 8-string taropatch, 10-string tiple, and 6- and 12-string cuatros. (But not the 10-string quatro.)
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Fuck, I managed all that without coffee? Am I acclimating to deprivation? "I'm depraved on account-a I'm deprived!"
I have no idea, but your lesson was well-received.
The reason I sk is because I was never very good at school, and all-too-often had to stay behind to do some work again. Now, my teacher valso taught music, so I got my reas poundeed by a student going up and down the scales on the old piano, or trying may a mandolin sound good.
Double strings (4 twins) and it wasn't too bad, in the end. At the end of one term I was in a position to recogise a mis-fingering or something.
At the end of a year, I understood /recogise major & minor keys (although I could never play one).
So your piece about instruments I've never heard of (Dobro, quatro ?) make a certain sense to me.
My sincere thanks.
Have a cup of tea with me ?
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This cold has me wiped out. I've taken three naps today and I'll probably go to bed early. I got a little writing done between naps, but not much. It's hard to think.
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This cold has me wiped out. I've taken three naps today and I'll probably go to bed early. I got a little writing done between naps, but not much. It's hard to think.
I know exactly how you feel. Woke up this morning with aches, pains, and a stuffy head. Housemate made waffles. I ate and went back to bed. A cold and a food coma kept me there until after noon.

Now the sinuses are trying to drown me one minute and won't let me breath the next. I've vegetated in front of the idiot box and have not one idea of what I actually watched.

I'm thinking very seriously about going back to bed.
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I know exactly how you feel. Woke up this morning with aches, pains, and a stuffy head. Housemate made waffles. I ate and went back to bed. A cold and a food coma kept me there until after noon.

Now the sinuses are trying to drown me one minute and won't let me breath the next. I've vegetated in front of the idiot box and have not one idea of what I actually watched.

I'm thinking very seriously about going back to bed.
Well then let's both get better asap.
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I have no idea, but your lesson was well-received.
The reason I sk is because I was never very good at school, and all-too-often had to stay behind to do some work again. Now, my teacher valso taught music, so I got my reas poundeed by a student going up and down the scales on the old piano, or trying may a mandolin sound good.
Double strings (4 twins) and it wasn't too bad, in the end. At the end of one term I was in a position to recogise a mis-fingering or something.
At the end of a year, I understood /recogise major & minor keys (although I could never play one).
So your piece about instruments I've never heard of (Dobro, quatro ?) make a certain sense to me.
My sincere thanks.
Have a cup of tea with me ?
It'll have to be herb tea. I'll gag it down. But no chamomile.

Meanwhile, mandos do take some getting used to. Their tuning in 5ths make it easy to move a few chord or scale patterns around the fretboard, and give a wide melodic range. But the WAYS to play those chords or scales are more limited than guitar-'uke tuning (in 4ths plus a 3rd).

Dobro is a brand name, now almost generic like xerox or spam and indicating something with a steel resonator-plate setup. The ultimate of that type for me is a National all-steel-body, as seen in many Johnny Winter photos.

Quatro... well. like 'guitar', that covers many sins.

A guitar may be acoustic or electric or both, with 1-18 metal or synthetic or gut strings, or none, more like a theremin. The body may be solid or hollow or imaginary, just a wire frame. It may be a (pedal) steel or Hawai'ian 'guitar' which is actually a zither. Big or small, it may have one-to-many necks.

A quatro can also take many forms. The name may mean it has 4 strings or courses, or that it's the '4th' stringed instrument in a band, or that it's tuned all in 4ths. Or a maker may just like the name. Whatever.

The traditional Venezuelan quatro is something like a baritone 'uke. Its tuning, the oldest known for European stringed instruments in the colonial Americas, is tuned opposite to a 'uke. Traditional 'uke tuning puts high notes on top and bottom, as g-C-E-a. The Venezuelan quatro has lowest notes on the outside, as G-c-e-A. (By convention, lowercase notes are higher than uppercase notes.) I own an appropriate set of nylon quatro strings. Now I need the instrument.

I possess about 2.5 quatros.

* My 10-steel-string (five doubled courses) Puerto Rican quatro is more like a 3/4 size 12-string guitar minus the low course. I don't consider it an 'uke-like object.

* My 12-steel-string central Mexican quatro-menor has 3 strings per course, usually with each course in unison, although I add octave-lower strings in the middle courses to give the shimmering sound more depth.

* My tenor 6-string 'uke is strung pretty much like a Venezuelan quatro with low strings on top and bottom, sort of. The courses are tuned G-cC-e-Aa. In those octave courses, flat- or finger-picking can emphasize the lower or higher octave.

More later. Bedtime now. Zzzz...

Last edited by Hypoxia : 12-04-2017 at 03:49 AM.
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