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Airline pilots actually don't do much flying anymore. In some cases the plane can go from rotate on takeoff to final landing approach without the pilot doing more than turning dials on the navigation system and autopilot. There's a video on YouTube of the first flight if an Airbus super jumbo flying into SFO (sorry, San Francisco International). It's very cool to watch as he has the plane fly into the traffic pattern, do all the legs just turning dials until you see the runway out the front instead of the bay. He takes the controls at 200 feet.... and wouldn't you know it... he bangs the runway.. That big beauty of a beast actually bounced lol

 In many ways this kind of flying makes us safer. But then again the pilot of Asiana flight 214 chose an "inappropriate autopilot mode", wasn't paying attention, didn't figure out what was happening until they were under 100, didn't take the plane back over in time and crashed short of that same runway with part of the plane actually hitting the bulkhead seawall where the land comes out of the bay. It us utterly amazing, and I hate to say it this way, but only 3 people died. 131 injured with a dozen or so admitted as critical. NTSB said it was caused by an "Over-reliance on automation and lack of systems understanding by the pilots".

 I strongly believe this lack of hours actually flying the airplane reduces the muscle memory skills a pilot needs.

I ride motorcycle ever since I was less than sixteen. (I'm 64) But I can't ride for months at a time because of cold weather ice and snow. When I start riding again each spring I'm very aware of my body needing hours of starting, shifting, downshifting, braking, leaning, turning and looking to restart the pathways between my brain and my body before it can do the coordinated dance with rhythm and timing to do it well, without thinking about it.

Landing an airplane is much like that. Landing requires the pilot to make the airplane and extension of themselves. In a sense, the pilot needs to feel like he is what is flying, not the airplane. The yoke, rudders and throttles are the things he moves to make him move where he knows he needs to be to land. And those things are interrelated in ways that aren't intuitive and have to be learned. An example would be being a little low on final approach. Intuition says raise the nose and you'll go up, when in fact going slow with flaps down if you just raise the nose you will go down. In landing movements of the yoke to raise or lower the nose have to be connected to your hand on the throttle to increase or decrease power. Your muscle memory and feel in the seat of your pants has to integrate pitch and power. Need altitude in final approach? Lift the nose AND apply power. If you don't apply more power the nose will be right where you want it but a look at instruments will show you to be descending and faster than you were and your airspeed went down too. You'll end up short.... and  bang the runway. (or worse yet, you could stall the airframe and spin) Too high on final?  Lower the nose, but your muscle memory has to automatically tell your other hand to reduce power.  If not you'll gain too much airspeed to be able to flare.. and without the flare...  you'll bang the runway.

Plus all landings have to be made from scratch. Flying is easy, landing is hard. The airplane will feel different depending on the number of passengers, weight of the luggage and cargo and remaining fuel load AND that fluid being flown in, the air, will be different every time. Altitude, temperature, humidity, headwinds, wind reversals, crosswinds, gusting winds, rains, how heavy the rains, snow. All of those things have to be felt in the balance mechanisms in your ears and the way you have to learn to interact with the instruments, and then the brain has to send signals to the muscles with very little conscious thought.

It is true today's pilots do a usually several landings a day. But in my opinion if that's basically the only flying you do you won't have a proper feel for the airplane and no part of flying requires proper feel than landing, so you bang the runway.
 
 
In December I flew on MD-80's. The first ones came into service 34 years ago. The last one was built 15 years ago. Hard landings are hard on everything in the airplane but I think the biggest stress airlines put them under is how hard today's pilots stop them. Hard brakes, high throttle reverse thrusters, the planes shutter hard. And every time I still see very long stretches of unused runway when they turn off. They aren't doing because they need to or because it's the safest way to land because hard braking with reverse thrusters on an airliner has it's own risks. Like your car, the harder you brake the harder it is to keep it moving in a straight line. But it's worse, Imagine your car had one wheel under the radiator and the rest were under the seats. While it’s an exaggeration, imagine putting a heavy wide load moving well over a hundred miles per hour centered it on a skateboard and using the skateboard wheels for braking and steering. I don't see any safety advantage to using just over half a runway. And from a passage seat it feels like it is hard on the airplane. Keep in mind the MD 80's these pilots were doing these shaking hard stops on weigh on landing somewhere between 80 and 100 thousand pounds. Slamming one to a stop has to be hard on something more than brake pads rotors and tires.

The most likely reason is to reduce the time it takes to the terminal. But a couple of these 2 hour flights where ten minutes or more early. To continually make what feels damn near like panic stops on an aging fleet of airplanes is a bad idea safety wise. Any lapses of inspections on these old airplanes could result in anything from sections of the fuselage coming off too hydraulic failures to electrical gremlins ranging from bad data to fires. A lot of airlines are using some very old airplanes to do 2 to about 4 hour routes, which means takeoffs, cabin compression, cabin depressurization, landings and stops several times a day.

It's worrisome.
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The marimba player here is Glen Brown, the patriarch of a family of great musicians, son Ray, flugelhorn/trumpet player, composer big band arranger with stan kenton band, still has his own big band and teaches improvisation, composition and arraigning at Cabrillo College in Aptos Ca, son Steve, 40 years as head of the Ithaca College Jazz Program, a fine guitarist with a fine session resume, son Glen Jr, 40 years as a high school music teacher in Long Island NY, Granddaughter Karin, a concert Viola player with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Daughter in-law (Ray's wife) Sue, a violinist with an extensive resume in the Bay are CA, New York, and Germany.
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Jack, your memories predate Positively Front Street. The wax museme was there before Barry built the place. Same spot.

steamed clams were the special.

thurber was barry's dog that had been stolen. the ads used to say "Eat a burger for Thurber". I started as the day bartender/cook. I booked the entertainment for a long time. the bubble magic guy tom knotty used to stop by and  preform between sets and pass the hat. then I worked nights and closed the place. Then we knocked the wall down between the game room and the pool room and built a backgammon parlor. i ran the backgammon tournaments. then I ran the whole show for about a year and lived in the apartment upstairs. when the big bands played the coconut grove ballroom i'd take a break go over an in through the loading dock and watch a set from back or side stage. Woody Herman, Harry James band, Tex Beneke Orchestra, Stan Kenton band and one night i reopened the grill to feed the sax section of the glen miller band.
I don't think "strange" is the right word for Barry at all. He was strong minded, independent, direct, frank and did not suffer fools. He, and people like me that worked for him, put a lot of work into his projects, like building the Beer Garden out back. When the Hells Angles, yes I mean real Hells Angles, some of which were Barry's friends, started causing to much trouble in the pool room and giving a hard time to closing bartenders, myself included, about closing time, he got us together and knocked the wall down eliminating the pool room in favor of backgammon it took care of the problem. I think I do remember one biker that played some decent backgammon, and we did a hell of a business on tournament nights.
My Name is Jack Warner. I was usually called Warner.
 
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very nice. does it give the big bottom sound D45s are known for?
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Sorry, I have no comparison with the original one because I have not played the real D45.
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thanks for your effort to let us hear it but the sound is too low. the wavy pulsing is strictly a function of tuning. a piano tuner trained by ear listens for the beats when he plays two notes together. each interval has different beats. the ones our ears most easily hear are thirds, both major and minor, 4ths, 5ths and 7ths, especially the raised 7th. since it's nearly impossible to perfectly tune a guitar the nature of the beats and overtones will change every time you go to your tuner. actually, us old guys learned to use the beats and harmonics to tune the guitar by ear before the days of affordable tuners.

what i keep hoping to hear on the martin copy is the bottom sound on full chords, like a full G chord emphasizing the bottom strings. the booming bottom is what the 45s are famous for.
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check out the upgraded video i made
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that's not a guitar review, it's a guitar player showing off on a guitar not appropriate for what he's playing. he's just exercising his ego. these kinds of guitars are accompanying instruments. play some chords for chisakes. acoustics guitars are about overtones. go shred somewhere else dickwad.
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This is the shtick religious people have used down history. People make self-serving claims about that the bible says, science proves it wrong and the religious immediately start looking for something science doesn't have a complete answer to, so they try to stuff god in there.  Flat earthers came from uber Christian communities. The churches officially made claims about what the sun is, what the planets are, what the stars are, what the age of the earth is and on and on. And each time evidence about them being wrong is presented they move on to something else that's not fully explained or yet explained and act as though their previous egrigous errors didn't matter. The concept is known as "the god of the gaps" arguments. True believers will always find a place just outside of scientific explanation, or try way too hard to disprove things that undermine their personal self-serving version of the bible, like trying to disprove radio carbon dating so the earth in their limited consciousness can remain 6000 year old. Unless a theory of everything becomes viable some people will continue to cram god in the ever decreasing space available, and I don't expect a theory of everything. So I'll just have to endure the endless supply of people that learn just enough science to support their conformation biases and talk in authoritarian tones that some people will buy into just because of the way they say it.

Don't rely on A&E or Discovery for your science education. There is absolutely nothing in this video that even talks about, let alone proves god, the so called laws of attraction, or reaping and sowing or any of the bullcrap on their website. They are simply are trying the same old "god of the gaps" parlor trick that has seen them try to shove creationism into our schools as though it deserves scientific debate.

 The god of the gaps arguments are so pervasive that even the transcendental meditation movement has used it through Deepak Chopra.

There will always be gaps. People that do not have your best interests in mind will always use them to try and sell you god.

All you can do is be wise to it and put them in their place when they try it.
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Jack, I notice a couple of messages from you "in reply to barryjones335"
what you were replying to, and barryjones335 appear to be gone. What happened?
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what the fuck is wrong with people like you? you fucking lying scum bucket.
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+RiberyRocks something is wrong here. i didn't make that comment in a vacuum. the sound from the vid had been removed and/or comments have been deleted. just look at the thumbs up and down on this. what pissed me off pissed a bunch of people off.
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looks like you got a great find. can't tell of the  bass booms like the martins but i could hear the sustain. how much?
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i paid $100 total with the case on June 19, 2014. It's really a nice guitar.If you had to pay for a guitar with this build today, and... the only difference is... it says "Martin" on the head instead... I think you'd truly have pay near $3000. easy.
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you gave no impression about what this guitar really sounds like. martins, especially 28's up are famous for the booming bass notes and great harmonics when playing chords. you can play 30 second diddies on anything. I want to hear what it sounds like when someone plays a big fat chord like a F Maj 7 add 9 chord (a full F Maj 7 with your second finger lifted) or a full six string C chord then lift your 2nd finger. accompanying guitar player singers learn to be their own bass play by emphasizing root movement of the chords. Martins are famous for this. think stephen stills or neil young or  john maher. someone buys a d45 for that, not dinky picking around.
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+Jack Hammer See follow on videos :o)
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the music ruins this. why does everyone want to be a dj? the sounds of those engine on take off was music enough for me.
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I fear both of these "reviews" are shills planted by people with a connection to Avada and not actual customers. The tell is neither talks about price or how the confusing health insurance coverage is handle. Hearing aids are very expensive. You can get a decent used car for what you spend on hearing aids. You always hear people talk about the great deal they got on their car, why aren't these reviewers talking about their great deal? I don't know of any way Google can protect users from self promoters or use of shills to make them look good. Always look at these reviews with a healthy skepticism.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I didn't actually get treated by this guy. The office manager refused to let me be treated because I had exercised my legal right to refuse to sign their HIPPA release form. Let me quote from the HHS online document that address this issue. "The law does not require you to sign the “acknowledgement of receipt of the notice.” I'm required to sign something acknowledging that they offered me their HIPPA form, but no one is required to sign one. So, then the office manager repeatedly ask me why I wouldn't sign it, as it appeared that my stating what the law says wasn't enough for her. You are also not required to answer someones questions as to why you won't sign it. She then said that if I didn't sign it they wouldn't treat me, which is without a doubt one of the most serious infractions of HIPPA law they can commit, and, as I believe anyone who stands up for their rights should, I became upset and angrily told them that they could not refuse me for that reason. Let it suffice to say, it did not end well. I am in the process of documenting everything that was said and by whom and I am already in the process of filing a complaint to the civil rights divsion of the US Department of Human services. And on the humane side of things, I've wasted another week trying to get a tooth extracted that IS giving me pain, And I have to start over. Find a surgeon, get a referral, get an appointment to be examined, then another appointment to get the tooth out. This rude office manager exceeded her legal authority when she said they could refuse to treat me if I didn't sign their HIPPA release form. They are far from hearing the last of this. Posting what happened to me here is just one step in standing up for myself, as I encourage everyone who reads this to do. An office manager, or anyone else, to roll over you with claims of authority they do not possess. Know your rights and make others respect them. This office manager not only didn't respect my rights, when I called her on it, she took it personally, and responded in a rude and personal manner. Does this sound like the kind of place you'd want your dental surgery done? Another rule of mine is "don't reward bad behavior".
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
They are a priceless resource. They eek by in a world dominated by giant companies. I wish they were more predicable as far as hours and phone answering goes but I always check them our first before buying anything from a dealer or iron pony. Someone else said "Last of a dying breed" and they are right. If they go, we are at the mercy of big business retailers. We should by used parts when we can, and from small business when we can or they will be gone. They aren't perfect, but neither are the dealers and Iron pony is sometimes ridiculously overpriced. Buy something from these guys! Even if it's something out of their find your own part bins.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
The address is in an area that is student housing at OSU. Use street view to look at the house. I know the area well, Look at the junk on the prouch, the half covered motorcycle in the yard and the junk on the upstairs porch. I'm looking at the list of VV of America chapters. The all have chapter numbers after them. This one doesn't. They list one chapter in columbus. This is not it. The phone number voicemail uses a name that was unintelligible. It says nothing about Vietnam Veterans of Columbus.
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Public - 4 years ago
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The Dr. seemed like a great guy and they certainly have all the bells and whistle but when it comes to honest and ethical business practices Dr. Gilmer does not measure up. I found the Dr. first then advised my wife to go too. We would NOT have gone to him if he had not been on our dental insurance PREFERRED dentist list. Then earlier this year we noticed we were being asked to pay, at the time of the visit, an amount that sounded higher than what we though it should. Their explanations used insurance speak. It was always some vague story about how they don't know what the insurance company would pay. In May, my wife discovered that Dr Gilmer had ended his PREFERRED status with Met Life in January and his staff knew full well that was why the amounts were not what we expected. When we stood right in front of them and asked why the numbers didn't seem right, they knew why, and did NOT tell us. They knew the truth and made the conscious choice to lie right to our faces about it when the ONLY honest answer should have been, "we chose to end our Preferred status with Met Life", not a song and dance routine. Did they not think we'd eventually figure it out? We over paid all this year. $898 worth of work they billed the insurance company for, our share of it much higher because of the change in status. We would have gone on this way if my wife hadn't overheard something in the office. I went to their office and the person who always had spoken to us was not there and the Dr. was busy. Still, I told the receptionist that I thought they had hustled us, that they had engaged in an unethical business practice by not truthfully answering questions about what we were being ask to pay them right then. She did not protest what I was saying nor did they deny my accusation. I asked them to have the business manager, or Dr. Gilmer to call me. Of course, that call never happened. I was enamored by all the nice stuff in their office and I had thought the Dr. was a dentist I could count on long into the future. Now I’ll tell everyone I can, this story. And, oh by the way, the loose crown he re-cemented in April just came off again yesterday and broke the tooth it was attached to at the gum line.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I worked with Anthony and he knows his stuff. As a line of business, Computer repair has more than it's share of incompetents, wanna-bees and sharks. So as consumers have to be cautious about finding someone with high integrity to trust with the important and personal information that we all have on our computers. Loss of data can be a costly disaster in business or a heartbreak at home. Finding a way to avoid that with my laptop problem was my highest concern. Anthony assured me I wasn't going to lose my stuff and he delivered on all his promises. This company has competence and honesty. Anthony came on time, and ended up having to take it with him. He called when he said he would, was done when he said he would be, and returned it when he said he would. He was generous in spirit to work with and the cost of the work was most reasonable. I'm very glad to have found someone I now know I can count on. Without question I'll call them again when needed.
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Public - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
I went there one time looking for picture frames. Thy had more picture frames than most any retail store you've ever been it. i bought about a half a dozen without spending much. It's the best thrift store I've ever been in.
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reviewed 4 years ago