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by azurekep
Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 83
Views: 4263

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

Not sure how to make this "actionable" other than to agree with one poster and say to the OP that you should organize your music either by composer (Mozart), by the name of the band (Rolling Stones), by the genre (Swing), or any other categorization system you want--hey, it's your collection; you c...
by azurekep
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone watching Ari Melber's "The Beat"?
Replies: 8
Views: 717

Re: Anyone watching Ari Melber's "The Beat"?

Just a general comment, if you are interested in legal issues, there are quite a few blogs run by law professors that discuss issues of the day. https://www.lawfareblog.com/ is a really good one. It's an excellent blog. Lawyers are indeed windy with their long commentaries ;) , but I fully read the...
by azurekep
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone watching Ari Melber's "The Beat"?
Replies: 8
Views: 717

Re: Anyone watching Ari Melber's "The Beat"?

My impression is that MSNBC does not allow opposing viewpoints at all on the network now that Scarborough is as rabidly anti-Trump if not more so than anyone else on the network. I think it depends on the time. When I watch MSNBC, my expectation is that it will be liberal and I'm frequently ticked ...
by azurekep
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone watching Ari Melber's "The Beat"?
Replies: 8
Views: 717

Re: Anyone watching Ari Melber's "The Beat"?

I'm a Maddow fan, but I time-delay her show and jump through parts of it because she has a lot of windup before each pitch. (Like, I don't need the same information three times in the opening twenty-minute segment.) But she usually has interesting takes on the day's events, plus she's wicked smart,...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone watching Ari Melber's "The Beat"?
Replies: 8
Views: 717

Anyone watching Ari Melber's "The Beat"?

"The Beat" has been on MSNBC only since July, but it's definitiely a welcome addition. Melber is a lawyer and he breaks down legal issues in a way that's educatonal. He's a man on a mission to bring order to the legal chaos we normally see on the news. My only nit is that he sometimes cuts off a gu...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2844
Views: 893359

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Burden of Proof" by Scott Turow Dave I see you're on a Turow kick. :) I read "Presumed Innocent" and I think "The Burden of Proof" was the next I read by him and liked. I read a third before losing interest for some reason (before I started keeping notes). I do have his non-fiction book, "One ...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Windows 10 > task manager > App history > photos--what is it?
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Re: Windows 10 > task manager > App history > photos--what is it?

I have my Windows 10 machines offline, and use them only for specific purposes, so I haven't delved into the various apps. But on other Windows systems, to avoid the CPU usage and bloat, I always uninstalled or disabled the default programs on Windows and used freeware variants. They typically are s...
by azurekep
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 83
Views: 4263

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

Re: the questions on bass, it's helpful when you can find the instrumental version of a piece. A recommended one is: Everything She Wants Instrumental (Wham) This appears to be the same one I have on my player that says "original" instrumental version. IOW, it isn't the actual song with the vocals s...
by azurekep
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 83
Views: 4263

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

As mentioned earlier in this thread, I am reading a book on Steely Dan (FAK) and their use of session musicians for recording was sometimes over the top. The book goes into great detail of the recording of each song and the session musicians used. I've been following some of the history re: session...
by azurekep
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 83
Views: 4263

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

So when pitch is changed as in the app you mentioned, it might only change the pitch a little. That does not change the key. It does indeed sound complicated. All I can say is that when I increased the BPM a lot for a given song, I got Donald Duck sounds. When the change was smaller, it didn't soun...
by azurekep
Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting healthcare retroactively covered under COBRA?
Replies: 8
Views: 735

Re: Getting healthcare retroactively covered under COBRA?

The COBRA notice doesn't even address how to get care. Only premiums and deadlines. Theoretically I could call the insurer (Blue Cross Blue Shield), since their website isn't helpful, but past instances of doing so have at best been a big waste of time. I'd rather spend time job-searching than wait...
by azurekep
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 83
Views: 4263

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

It was not uncommon for some rock or other popular music to be recorded at a slightly slower tempo than desired for the final product... There is a reason for that. Recording is much more demanding than playing on a stage with a noisy audience. In fact some bands didn't even play on their records a...
by azurekep
Thu Feb 15, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 83
Views: 4263

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

The last band I played in (lead guitar player), the singer determined the key. We'd switch on the fly when the pre-chosen key by the band leader wouldn't work. Last night, I was listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan -- some live songs from YouTube. On one song, I realized Albert King and Stevie sort of n...
by azurekep
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Keep crows off of chimney caps
Replies: 29
Views: 1383

Re: Keep crows off of chimney caps

Plastic owls are effective. They're on the roofs of many buildings. I've seen them in action in our backyard. One look at the owl and the black birds (not sure if crows or ravens) flee in fright. Occasionally the wind will turn the owl around so that the scary eyes aren't visible. The birds may rega...
by azurekep
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 83
Views: 4263

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

This actually is somewhat of an interesting rabbit hole to go down. But your dataset is likely too small to draw many conclusions. Try these links: https://insights.spotify.com/int/2017/10/03/genres-and-key-signatures/ http://jes2s.com/September2014/musical-keys.html Interesting. Good to see that "...
by azurekep
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 83
Views: 4263

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

A separate note about the minor vs major. I would have thought "Rapture" by iio/Nadia Ali was minor based on the vocals. The underlying music may explain why it's major instead. This song is basically a three chord piece in e-minor: https://www.songsterr.com/a/wsa/nadia-ali-rapture-chords-s228978 T...
by azurekep
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 83
Views: 4263

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

Which brings up another point: it's a rare (and probably very short) bit of music that stays entirely in one key all the way through*. When we say something is in a particular key we usually mean that it starts and ends in that key, with excursions into other keys along the way. That answers one (u...
by azurekep
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 83
Views: 4263

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

Re: the test, I looked at 19 songs in 18 genres. I didn't really discern a pattern, but I'm going from memory on some of the songs. Also, for the songs that had flats or sharps, I didn't convert them to a plain letter. That may effect the results, but I ran out of time. Before anyone laughs deliriou...
by azurekep
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 83
Views: 4263

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

In the interest of keeping the thread actionable, I will create a list of some of my favorite songs in certain genres and see if either the major vs minor or the "feels" mentioned by le_sacre make any pattern. If they do, that will only be relevant to my own tastes, but it may indicate that key does...
by azurekep
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 83
Views: 4263

Re: Question for music experts about musical keys

Thanks everyone. Interesting and helpful responses. This came up because I ran my music collection through some DJ software that automatically detected the keys (in addition to BPM, which is what I was really interested in). I hadn't come up with any "patterns" with the keys until last night, but I ...
by azurekep
Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for music experts about musical keys
Replies: 83
Views: 4263

Question for music experts about musical keys

I've been re-organizing my music collection by genre, subgenre, decade, etc., and one of the things I was looking at was the musical keys for each song. Usually it didn't shed any additional light on the music, but for one genre, the results were pretty striking: A-flat B-flat C C-minor C#minor D-fl...
by azurekep
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Getting Rid of Ants in the House?
Replies: 46
Views: 2499

Re: Getting Rid of Ants in the House?

The borax does them in. Usually I will put it on the trail in the evening and by morning there are no more aunts . LOLOLOL...funniest auto correct in a long time. I feel like i need to report this.... How do the nieces & nephews feel about this??? To the nieces and nephews, I'm sorry for your loss....
by azurekep
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity halts investor purchases of three VIX-focused ETFs
Replies: 12
Views: 1290

Re: Fidelity halts investor purchases of three VIX-focused ETFs

I found these pictures on another board from a short volatility trader's Twitter account: https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1600x1200q90/923/QiOpw9.jpg https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1600x1200q90/924/qq0r27.jpg While the retail products may not have caused the plunge, they're the tip of the ice...
by azurekep
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Fidelity halts investor purchases of three VIX-focused ETFs
Replies: 12
Views: 1290

Re: Fidelity halts investor purchases of three VIX-focused ETFs

We had at least one major inverse volatility ETN (Credit Suisse) go bust and another ETF hung on by the skin of it's teeth. So, it's not surprising at all that brokers would curtail access to some of the riskier products to retail investors. It is surprising to me. I mistakenly thought brokers prov...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1612

Re: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

The only question remaining is why is the tire pressure light on? I'm thinking the sensor must be bad. Each sensor has a battery. It's probably dead. Interesting. My thought is to just ignore it. Not replace it. I was pleasantly surprised that my relative has been keeping up on the oil and air, so ...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 2844
Views: 893359

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

"The Burden of Proof" by Scott Turow Dave I see you're on a Turow kick. :) I read "Presumed Innocent" and I think "The Burden of Proof" was the next I read by him and liked. I read a third before losing interest for some reason (before I started keeping notes). I do have his non-fiction book, "One ...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1612

Re: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

OP here. I think we can figure out what happened here: Tire pressure: Good Oil level: Good Engine, lights and the all-important gas cap: All working properly Tire Pressure Light: On when driving Other Indicator Lights: On only when starting car I think she must have seen an unfamiliar light (the tir...
by azurekep
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Inverse VIX Cause of Further Selling?
Replies: 15
Views: 1515

Re: Inverse VIX Cause of Further Selling?

I'll agree with those saying the dollar amount in these two inverse VIX funds (XIV and SVXY) -- roughtly $1.2- 1.3B each -- was not the primary reason for the continuing sell-off. Here is what I think, however: 1. When market participants get wind of trouble, there can be a fast sell-off just based ...
by azurekep
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1612

Re: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

Did the car actually start for your relative, or did it fail to start and have those lights? If it did start, did they drive it for the day and no longer have the lights? The lights went on yesterday when she was driving home. She was able to drive it home without incident. I'll be swinging by tomo...
by azurekep
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1612

Re: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

Use a code scanner and find out what error code(s) correspond to that combination of lights. I have a heck of a time finding the scanner ports. I found it on my own car via touch, but I've never been able to find it on other cars. By law, the OBD port must be within 2-3 feet of the steering wheel. ...
by azurekep
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1612

Re: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

jabberwockOG wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:01 pm
This type of multi-error light display is often caused by a malfunctioning/dying car battery.
Good to know. That would be an easy fix.

Edit: I didn't see the earlier post about the alternator. Hope it's not that.
by azurekep
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Inverse VIX Cause of Further Selling?
Replies: 15
Views: 1515

Re: Inverse VIX Cause of Further Selling?

Only the instrument has changed. Instead of securitized mortgage-related stuff (MBS, CLO, CDS, etc.) or carry trades (currencies), it's volatility instruments that have been over-leveraged. When the trend changes, the trades have to be unwound. Margin calls have to be covered and cash raised, which ...
by azurekep
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1612

Re: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

Use a code scanner and find out what error code(s) correspond to that combination of lights. I have a heck of a time finding the scanner ports. I found it on my own car via touch, but I've never been able to find it on other cars. But it's a good idea. I'll bring my scanner along and ask a gas stat...
by azurekep
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1612

Re: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

livesoft wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:30 pm
The gas cap is not on correctly. :)
Haha, that'a a good one to try.

It usually just turns on the Check Engine light, but maybe the gas cap VIX went up. :mrgreen:
by azurekep
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Multiiple indicator lights on (car)
Replies: 44
Views: 1612

Multiiple indicator lights on (car)

I just got a phone call from a relative who says multiple indicator lights are on her car: Checking her manual they are: - Battery charging - Low oil pressure - Low tire pressure - Engine service needed I'll be taking a look at it later this week, but I find it hard to believe everything went bad al...
by azurekep
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books/articles on life 100-120 years ago?
Replies: 19
Views: 1258

Re: Books/articles on life 100-120 years ago?

Depending on how specialized you want to go.... I did a recent book review on The Man from the Train -- the Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James. In the last paragraph I state: I'd recommend the book to people who like analytical methodologies, espec...
by azurekep
Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:27 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Return of stock market is better overnight than during the day - NYTimes article
Replies: 19
Views: 2537

Re: Return of stock market is better overnight than during the day - NYTimes article

What's troubling about the market over the past week is how much volatility has picked up compared to any other time over the past 12 months. For most of the last 12 months volatility was between 10-15. Over the last few days it shot up to about 50 and is currently "down" to 27. It looks like the m...
by azurekep
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Books/articles on life 100-120 years ago?
Replies: 19
Views: 1258

Re: Books/articles on life 100-120 years ago?

I can't help book/article-wise.

But you might have fun watching this video:

BENNY GOODMAN - SING SING SING

The song was from 1938. The dancing was edited in, but it would be in the same timeframe.

Music sometimes gives a sense of the times...
by azurekep
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jogging in the cold.
Replies: 50
Views: 3493

Re: Jogging in the cold.

When it's 10 degrees outside, drivers may not be expecting some militant runner out there getting miles in. Sure, they should be attentive, but they won't be. Expecting they'll be looking out for you as a priority to typing in LOL to a text is asking to be hit. Add to that that the runner's eyes ma...
by azurekep
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jogging in the cold.
Replies: 50
Views: 3493

Re: Jogging in the cold.

Exercise should be fun. If it involves braving the cold and it's not enjoyable, Plan B should kick in -- using a treadmill, running in place on a mat, riding an exercise bike or some other form of indoor exercise.
by azurekep
Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to stop mail for former occupants?
Replies: 103
Views: 5770

Re: How to stop mail from former occupants?

From my experience, it will never stop. Sorry. If you're getting catalogues, you should be able to contact the senders one by one to unsubscribe (or try Catalog Choice). If anyone has had success here, I'd love to know about it. Catalog Choice works phenomenally. I set it up for some relatives who ...
by azurekep
Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is VPN needed on a home desktop PC?
Replies: 18
Views: 1003

Re: Is VPN needed on a home desktop PC?

I've had a VPN for my desktop through Private Internet Access for about seven months. The problem is that some of the websites I want to access for general web surfing recognize my PIA IP address as coming from a VPN. Due to abuse by others using the same VPN (and thus the same IP address) some web...
by azurekep
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is VPN needed on a home desktop PC?
Replies: 18
Views: 1003

Re: Is VPN needed on a home desktop PC?

I use a VPN on the devices used for daily web searching. It's strictly for privacy because I have zero trust in my ISP not to sell that information. OTOH, for the separate computers used only for financial transactions, I use the VPN only because I can. VPNs can be used on multiple devices, so why n...
by azurekep
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jeans without strong chemical odor
Replies: 36
Views: 1859

Re: Jeans without strong chemical odor

Not sure if it makes a difference, but I buy their higher priced jeans directly from their website (around $80 at full price, but never actually pay full price) in hopes that the quality will be better. Ironically I found that out only right after I put in my order. So I ended up buying from a thir...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 5576
Views: 1261533

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Superstitious are we? You referring to the 666? Here's my logic: :) Algorithms control the day-to-day price movement of the markets (though price levels are more broadly controlled by the human participants). Algorithms are written by human programmers. Algorithms are ultimately controlled by human...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: U.S. stocks in freefall
Replies: 5576
Views: 1261533

Re: U.S. stocks in freefall

Wow, worst week since ..... 2016 Washington Post Headline Dow drops 666 points and posts its worst week since 2016 Glad to know the market has a sense of humor. ;) 666 as the 2009 low in the S&P. 666-point drop in the Dow. In 2009, I was pretty sure there was human intervention into getting the 666...
by azurekep
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jeans without strong chemical odor
Replies: 36
Views: 1859

Re: Jeans without strong chemical odor

Yeah I know you said going to the store is a hassle, but honestly, for the time you spent researching, posting on this thread, ordering online, getting the wrong size, concocting mixes to wash the smell away, couldn't you have just gone to a store, smelled, try on, bought, and be done with it? I us...
by azurekep
Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Jeans without strong chemical odor
Replies: 36
Views: 1859

Re: Jeans without strong chemical odor

Great. I have some 514's on order. :annoyed Hope it won't be the first online item I'll have to return. What I've been hearing though is that if you buy direct from Levi Strauss, you're more likely to get the quality stuff. The badly-sized and poorly-made stuff gets sent off to some of the other re...
by azurekep
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I join my local Freemasons?
Replies: 31
Views: 4870

Re: Should I join my local Freemasons?

clown wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:39 pm
I have been a Freemason for 32 years. In my view, it is an outstanding organization. The purpose is to make good men into better men.
Using a clown as their PR spokesman was a questionable move. ;)
by azurekep
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Men's MUST iron dress shirt recommendations
Replies: 49
Views: 4096

Re: Men's MUST iron dress shirt recommendations

It's not the shirt fabric it's what they treat it with. Formaldehyde etc. The non-iron pinpoints from BB gave me a rash, even after repeated washings. It only bothers a limited # of people apparently. Most don't have an issue. Unfortunately I guess I have very sensitive skin. I've become interested...