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New Hammond organ trio album coming out March 24th, 2015!
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Thanks!

I might as well take this opportunity to plug my album release concert that's happening in San Francisco on April 18th: http://bigshoes.brownpapertickets.com
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I must be missing something. Where can I see my listening history? I've looked in the web interface and the android app and I can't seem to find it.
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I think the queue shows the songs you recently listened to, but that'll be cleared if you start a new playlist or album etc
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Juer, the Wild Thing Czar.

More silly putty sculpture by my awesome now former officemate Jutta Degener. We've been from alligator to platypus to wild thing now.
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Complete with the artist's fingerprints-cum-footprints!
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Most product announcements are overhyped, dramatically overstating the coming impact of some gadget or another. Technology of the last several years has seen announcements of some devices that really have changed our lives pretty rapidly, though, at least for those who can afford them. How many product announcements during the 1930s would introduce the public to something whose impact is still directly felt every day throughout western culture? According to a KALW almanac post that's probably got the date right but is otherwise filled with factual errors at http://www.kalw.org/post/wednesday-april-24-2013-1, today is the 79th anniversary of a product announcement that did that. The Hammond Organ, announced on this day in 1934, helped define the sound of 20th-century western (particularly American, but also European) music, and is still a big building block in the sound of every genre of today's popular music. Rock and roll, jazz, sacred music (particularly in American black churches but not only there), funk, country, blues, film-score, and soul all bear the indelible mark of this instrument's versatile sonic palette. It has made a big part of my musical life what it is today, and it probably has helped define your musical life whether you know it or not. Only the electric guitar has arguably left as big a mark on the sound of the music we expect to hear around us today compared to a century ago.

If you're interested in the Hammond Organ, today might be a good day to join the G+ Hammond Organ community.
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Most product announcements are overhyped, dramatically overstating the coming impact of some gadget or another. Technology of the last several years has seen announcements of some devices that really have changed our lives pretty rapidly, though, at least for those who can afford them. How many product announcements during the 1930s would introduce the public to something whose impact is still directly felt every day throughout western culture? According to a KALW almanac post that's probably got the date right but is otherwise filled with factual errors at http://www.kalw.org/post/wednesday-april-24-2013-1, today is the 79th anniversary of a product announcement that did that. The Hammond Organ, announced on this day in 1934, helped define the sound of 20th-century western (particularly American, but also European) music, and is still a big building block in the sound of every genre of today's popular music. Rock and roll, jazz, sacred music (particularly in American black churches but not only there), funk, country, blues, film-score, and soul all bear the indelible mark of this instrument's versatile sonic palette. It has made a big part of my musical life what it is today, and it probably has helped define your musical life whether you know it or not. Only the electric guitar has arguably left as big a mark on the sound of the music we expect to hear around us today compared to a century ago.
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Took a walk today outside my building at work and saw these plants that are obviously a favorite to the local snails. I've seen lots of weeds and lots of snails but I've never seen this kind of party before.
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Making up these wacky collective nouns has been a hobby on a flimsy linguistic foundation for a long time, it seems to me. Which is to say I think a lot of them aren't really real... :-)
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My talk from dotScale 2014 in Paris on May 19, 2014 about my experience working on the healthcare.gov web site.
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amazing talk.  thank you Robert.
check off the boxes. there are people who care.
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Anybody out there got thoughts on how you would rank the following two-manual clones?

C2D, SK-2, Mojo, C1

And I'm interested in why you would rank them as you would, of course. The main thing I'm interested in is the Hammond organ playing experience. I don't put much value on transistor organ sounds, pipe organ sounds, or non-organ keyboard sounds.

Personally I'm not that interested in the Leslie simulations, either, because I use a real Leslie.

I'm guessing there aren't even many people who've played all of them but even if you've just played two of them I'd be interested in what you thought.

Thanks in advance!
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Hi Robert,
discussions about the best clone have been one of the leading subjects in the Italian Hammond enthusiasts list for several years.
In that country this kind of threads become "religion wars" quite often. You can understand why: best-in-class clones are very few and two of them are designed and built in Italy...hence it happens that people argue about this matter from technical and ...friendly stand points as well;-)). This is the main reason why, in our list, this subject has become boring.
Nevertheless during the years a "mainstream" has emerged.  The main concept is: through a real Leslie the ugliest clone becomes a princess.
Being that you are so lucky to play always through a Leslie, and that you are taking into account the best clones currently available, I think that you could concentrate your analysis on everything but the sound: ergonomy of the interface, weight, assistance and maintenance during product life and, if budget counts, the cost!
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Pardon the bad attitude I'm about to spew, folks.

So WTF?

I've spent only a short amount of time with the all access trial, and already it seems infested with user hate.

1. Where is the "send feedback" or "report a problem" link? There appears to be no way to report a problem.

2. Suppose I find a song I like and I'm willing to pay to get a downloadable version of it. There's apparently no way to do that through the web UI. It seems I can do it via the Play app on my phone, but not on a computer in a browser?!?

Come on, Play people. You're making me worry. I know this is just an early version of all access, but seriously? Play is not new. Web is not new. "Send feedback" is not a new idea. "Download" is not new.

Anybody know what I'm missing, how to work around these issues, or how to lobotomize myself so I don't care?
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Probably because it was already there and they just updated the app to include the new features.
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If you had an awesomely artistic officemate like +Jutta Degener, you might arrive one morning to find your ball of silly putty sculpted into an alligator. Or Munch's "The Scream." Or any number of other things.
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(Hi Greg!)  Aww.  Thanks!  I think this is my favorite so far, too.
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Lower outer race from my motorcycle's steering. I've changed many a badly notched bearing but this was the worst. On most notchy races you can see a little wear and feel no irregularity with your fingernail or fingertip. On these you can feel all kinds of bumps and stuff. Riding on these was a lot less fun than normal, especially in loose dirt.
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They essentially never fail. They do wear over time, though, because they sit in one place for almost their entire life and get pounded in that spot. For what it's worth, like many sets I've needed to replace, these came out of the head with a still-thorough packing of grease.
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I'm leading my trio on organ this Saturday, February 2nd, at Dana Street Roasting Company in Mountain View. I'll have James Moran on guitar and Ken Owen on drums and I'm looking forward to it! Music starts at 8 PM.
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Computer programmer, jazz piano and organ player, and motorcyclist living in San Francisco
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    Computer Science, 1988 - 1995
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