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  1. Shane, You got at least one big benefit going forward. Complete cure for GAS if you do it right. Realized the trend when trying to buy a delay unit several years ago and the site responded that I had already purchased the plug, did I want another set of licenses. Then I knew that fading memory was a gift. All I had to do was wait a few months and I forgot whatever it was I bought. Could then start cycling thru the purchases I had no clue I'd made. Like getting new expensive plugins all the time without having to buy anything anymore. Big perk for surviving thru time past my limit, but have to admit that getting old has otherwise not so many other benefits. All you young dudes out there don't got to worry about it (for awhile...) John
  2. What about Ogg Vorbis. Maintains good sound quality at smaller ratios than mp3 and supported by most players. Go also to https://www.dbpoweramp.com/ and download the music converter. mp3 goes down after a month trial but all other formats are left for free, including Ogg.
  3. Being a vegetarian for around 50 years or so, can't fully empathize with a BECAN withdrawal. But BEER!! Merciful Allah, what is left of life if you can't drink beer. I'm sure you can get one of them auto store funnels and crank down a can thru the tube when the nurse is not looking. Prayers and best wishes from here that the tube is only temporary until you can bounce back into life without limitation. John
  4. Back several years ago was working in a community pharmacy. People in line for their drugs. Young giggling girl was there and wanted to ask for a recommendation from the pharmacist. She was about to get her first tattoo in a rather private area and was supposed to pick up a couple types of cream for skin protection after the tattoo was done. Non stop chatty slender teen going off on how her boyfriend would be so impressed next time they made love, how cool it would look when she started her modeling career, etc. There was an elderly and somewhat obese lady behind her in the line and was just wanting to get her drug and move on. The old lady butted in and told the girl to think twice about getting the tattoo that she may later regret. The teen snapped back at her and asked, how would you know. She replied that once she was young, pretty and as slim as the teen was. She decided to get a bathing beauty in a bikini tattoo'd on her butt. Young girl said "So what?" The old lady dropped her pants right in public and showed the tattoo. As she gained weight over the years, the bathing beauty stretched and smeared as she gained weight. Not a pretty sight. The lady pulled her pants back up to the cheers and applause of those in line. The teen got mad and stomped off before she could get my cream advice. John
  5. Rough edges left, but my goal is to become absolutely nothing in the bigger picture. If can achieve that goal, will be my greatest and only lasting claim to fame.
  6. Dammit Bill. Ruined my day. So sorry to hear this. I hope it's only pneumonia and the cancer is gone. Some off the wall advice from a retired medical jockey also battling cancer for over 20 years. In my case, just too mean rude and crude to die. Antibiotics are like a sledge hammer. They screw up the balance of good bugs in the body. We are host to more foreign bacteria than we got cells and our overall health depends a lot on the invasion and everything working in balance. Got a good idea what antibiotics you are on if they are doing an empiric approach and you got to fight back to help the risk/benefit ratio tilt more toward the benefits. Proactive stuff since you are being nuked with some heavy chemicals. Most don't realize that a path back to baseline health after antibiotic therapy is in part a fight to overcome the damage imposed by the treatment. Feeding tube (shudder...)... If there are not restrictions to diet, you need to get some friendly bacteria back. Kefir drink is tube friendly and if added a couple times a day will help toward normal. Also the living content of nutrition is ignored as they dump cans of Ensure down the tube. Dead processed mixtures can support life but not health. No "pranah" or life energy like the old heathens advised that comes only from a living source. Again, if no restrictions and you got one of them juicers, put it to good use and supplement the daily cans of dead muck with something fresh and alive. Hang in there. We can't lose you around here. John
  7. Shane, Cool that you would mention the water treatment plants. Worked for awhile in Brookings, OR. Few miles north of the California border. Major unknown gems there are the Oregon redwood forests and the Chetco Sewer Plant. Incredible introspective trails thru the redwoods that never get on the map. Maybe why they are still there. The Chetco water treatment plant is an adventure with a warning. All you got to do is follow the path on the south side of the facility and hold your nose to not choke from the stench. Once on the west side a ways past the plant, there is fresh air and you can breathe again. The path follows to a fork, hi road or the lo road. At the fork, the hi road has a warning to proceed only if you don't value your life (and for good reason). Low road leads to a more protected landscape of crashing waves and a barrier from the raw ocean. Dangerous, but you could probably take your kid there and not get hauled away for child abuse. The upper road however ends in a grassy plateau with straight drops to death. 200 foot explosions of water and waves against the cliffs. We mapped out locations on the volcanic basalt where you could sit and grasp rock formations. All you had to do was hang on and hold your breath as long as you were under water. That's if you could take the cold shock. Not proud to say it, but almost lost my daughter on a hair brained adventure. If you got your will made out and all things in order, check out the Chetco Sewer and water treatment plant. Oregon's finest spectacle. Winter the best time for maximum violence. John
  8. Hey Bit, Only wish I could share with you the beauty of the pending Oregon sunset over a wild Pacific ocean. No flying whales, but plenty of them that shoot out of the water trying to fly. Settled here because it was about as much a Paradise as I've found from my travels across the planet. Plus the real gems aren't in the travel guides. Think you live a few hours north of me in Washington. You got a respected invitation to wander down for a visit. Five star ocean front accommodations that will suck the breath out of you. Deal is, you give me a couple piano lessons and I'll take you on a real tour of Oregon. Stay safe dear brother, John
  9. Iz dat wats. In English, may translate as “What is that?” Don’t expect a landslide of responses, because this infirmity only affects a subset of humanity. Mostly those who are old and have raised a family with kids. Then the affliction does not by nature affect all families. On top of that, it takes the aberration time to slowly develop, maybe over decades until the damage is permanent. Most of you forum members are probably young pups in teens or early 20’s. There are no words to express what may be waiting. I can only be a voice in the wilderness to warn you of what may be ahead. I only speak English, but suspect that this problem is inflicted on other languages as well. Most of us grew up trying to negotiate through the intricacies of our mother tongue. Then we get married, we have kids, who don’t give a fork about convention and no inborn respect for the limitations we are trying to impose upon them. As a result, some of us otherwise sane and assimilated adults inadvertently take up the language patterns of our ofspring. It can be more destructive if both the husband and wife collectively resonate with the distortions, and it becomes part of your normal vocabulary especially in public, in critical moments when you let your guard down. Me and the wife were in the grocery line and looked at something in the fast sell line. I asked, “Iz Dat Wats?”. Wife replied, “Iz dats cellular SIMS card”. The clerk was drooling with red eyes rolled up about to relapse into seizures in terror having to deal with a deranged 10 IQ elderly couple babbling in tongues. Would have been no use to blame it on my kid. In truth, it appears that the young child has a higher grasp on linguistic expression. Is dat wats was a question of what is it, but equally valid in the present context of “there it is” My daughter at 3 years old could comprehend the inquisition aspect, but also the fluid perception of a factual observation, one in the same expression. Lived in Marietta Georgia as an aircraft mechanic. Local focal point was The Big Chicken, a 50 foot high monument in the middle of the city. My kid could express Is Dat Big Chickens (meaning there is the Big Chicken) as well as delineating the parallel architecture to ask some mundane question like what is that. As adults, we have lost that ability. We got a grandson. Live on the coast of the Pacific. Beautiful and respected Coast Guard patrols the harbor. Coast Guard boat to the grandson was the Ka Ka Batches, meaning Coast Guard boat. Coast Guard has a rescue helicopter. Grandson calls it the Ka Ka Batches Hecilopter. Me and the wife have taken up reporting the sightings as the Ka Ka Batches Hecilopter. I know this is not within the radar of most, but can submit an addendum that may resonate with some of you with young kids. Not necessarily for the elderly among us that have had our linguistic expressions terminally distorted. Mangling of songs… From the secular. My kid at age four was listening to Credence Clearwater “Bad Moon on the Rise” Became “There’s a bathroom on the right” Less sensitive Christmas standards, 12 days of Christmas became 2 turtle dogs and a partridge etc… Then the more hallowed sacred songs of the season. Ripped to insane shreds. I recognized then that my daughter was a decent washed in the blood heathen, chip off of the block like her old man. Like said, probably no one can relate to this. Important thing that I wish, if having no personal control over. Stay safe. Stay inspired. Stay useful to our collective family. Stay involved. Stay relevant. Share the last breath of whatever talents and abilities you have to elevate our universal cause from crude to subtle. 2020 was a butt fork, but glorious days are ahead I hope. Hang in there. John
  10. Only my opinion, but Meh... Love d16 stuff but was let down a bit by Devastator, however thank and respect the devs for a freebie. A bit too granular breakup. Gradient response to touch not great if you are cranking a guitar thru it. Can't see a use where I would jump to Devastator as first choice. This said, others have given rave reviews and the greater probability is that I am missing something. Can't ignore the coupon for 50% off something else. Installed, activated but will probably never use it. John
  11. So cool !! Have not downloaded yet, but the ancient Tin Brook Tales plugs were one of the few ways to get a smooth and credible overdrive effect and sustain in that time. Plenty of square wave all or nothing distortion units were emerging, but Tin Brook was a sleeper to those with the ears to discriminate. So cool that the dev has returned. John
  12. Thanks for all these hints. I like the one John Maar posted. May have to fork out 20 for Kontakted as well. There is a free converter available that I could never get to work (sorry, forgot the name) Regarding the video Larry first referenced, there is a simplification that can be done so you don't have to ping pong between versions every time you need to add a library that doesn't load properly. When Kontakt 5 is installed, the add library tab is linked to AddLibrary.exe in the main folder. This is not installed in ver 6. You can still use this standalone for 6 by executing the file and going thru the directions. Only for already made library files that don't show up and does nothing to activate them. If you got K6, revert back to 5 long enough to copy the AddLibrary.exe file. Upgrade again to ver 6 which will erase the file in the original location. John
  13. John K

    Your 2020 best purchase ?

    Got to be upgrade to Bias FX 2 Professional and upgraded Bias Amp 2 LE to standard from the PositiveGrid guys. Programs integrate. Had both as an LE limited edition from some fleeting purchases or time limited giveaways but never put in the time to learn. I know how subjective the thing about amp sims and suites is. Bias is ahead of the pack as far as realism and gradient touch response. Leaves the likes of Guitar Rig, Amplitube, Scuffham, etc in the dust as good as these respected programs are. Led me to retire about everything else except for the P&M stomps and a couple compressors...one weak point of the Bias stuff IMHO. That said, if you got something that outperforms the Bias, please share and educate. John
  14. Friends, One of the most hard core and sublime synths under the radar has been updated to ver 2.91. In my opinion, an unsung hero that should be in the keyboard arsenal. http://synthblitz.altervista.org/nitroflex.html Discount for the holidays. Major upgrade in sound quality and a must have especially if you are growing your own organ patches. Demo available to check out. John
  15. Bummer for sure as we recognize that all things shall pass eventually. Leslie broke some rules. Way big towering man playing a single pickup Gibson Melody Maker. Giant cranking out incredible riffs on a toy guitar. When flash and speed were the virtues of a guitarist of the time, Leslie slowed it down, introduced precision intonation and vibrato to nail a note to your brain. Bad health in later years. Diabetes, amputation of a leg. Early transition was unfortunately in the stars for this great soul. RIP Leslie. John
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