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Re: “The cicadas aren't coming. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it

Please come to my backyard and tell the thousands of whirring arthropods that they don't exist.

Posted by mr. pink on 05/12/2011 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Push, pull or drag your eco-friendly auto to the First Annual Music City Prius Demolition Derby

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Posted by kevinchen on 04/21/2011 at 4:19 PM

Re: “In defense of old-school light bulbs

Damn that T. Edison for trying to ruin our environment.

Posted by gast on 04/15/2011 at 4:59 PM

Re: “In defense of old-school light bulbs

I don't know if they should be banning them, but I have used CFL bulbs in all of my light fixtures for quite some time without any problems. The risk of them overheating is minimal, and even if they do fail they are no more likely to create a fire than any other type of light bulb. Even the old timey bulbs will cause fires if you put too high a wattage bulb into the wrong type of fixture. How many people are using 100 watt bulbs in 60 watt fixtures? Ever wonder what that burning plastic smell is? The amount of mercury in the bulb is minimal and it actually reduces the amount of mercury spewed into the environment by coal fired plants by reducing our need for electricity. Some people are just afraid of new technology like computers. But if you don't want to save money on your electric bill each month that's your business.

Posted by ghostlly on 04/15/2011 at 12:12 PM

Re: “In defense of old-school light bulbs


it's clearly wrong to ban a safe simple product like the regular light bulb!

It's not lead paint!

In fact, even more ironically they are being banned in favor of complex (like you say) and arguably unsafe products
(CFL mercury, radiation, LED lead and arsenic concerns)!

Now, any Tube amp using guitarists out there like myself?

No-one was calling for “a ban on energy guzzling tubes”
(similarities with regular incandescents, vacuum tubes originally!)
when they were abundant,
and newer transistors (similarities with LEDs, diodes!) were arriving on the market.

The tubes got used less anyway – but are still appreciated for special
uses, without breaking down any power plant, as we know!

If a NEW product is preferred to the old one, why ban the old one?
(No point, little savings)
If an OLD product is preferred to the new one, why ban the old one?
(No point, the old one is better)
Think about it.

We can welcome the new
- it does not mean having to ban the old!

This light bulb ban is lunacy at every level:
The overall USA energy savings aren't even there
-see the below website link -
and even if there were savings, people pay for the electricity supply,
of which there is no shortage.

On a deeper level, it's about celebrating Creativity – not Destruction.

Celebrating creativity is about recognizing the advantages that
different products have.
That is why they exist for people to choose.
(Some “efficient incandescents” like Halogen replacements will
temporarily be allowed, phase-out by 2020, but in a smaller range, with a whiter light and
constructional differences, apart from being much more expensive for
marginal savings, which is why neither consumers or governments like them)

President Obama, State of the Union Address 25 January 2011:
What we can do – what America does better than anyone – is spark the
creativity and imagination of our people.
We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices,
the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers…

Yes Mr President, Creative America, the nation of Edison:
Would you not have allowed him to create his popular light bulb?

And so it came to pass, in the autumn of 1879, after tireless effort
working with different materials, Thomas Edison finally arrived at the
ingenious invention we still see today, the Edison light bulb, in its
basic form the world’s single most popular electrical appliance and
the oldest electrical invention in widespread common use:
A beautifully simple, safe, cheap, bright light delivering construction.

Maybe the time will come when, like its cousin the gleaming radio
tube, it gradually fades away, the passing of old technology.

But let it be a democratic passing by the will of the people,
not a passing by committee dictats and decrees.

How many American, European or other officials should it take to
change a light bulb?

How many citizens should be allowed to choose?

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Posted by peterdub on 04/15/2011 at 3:54 AM

Re: “Just sing the damn song, will ya?


Just over a week ago, I went to the Opry Country Classics show at the Ryman and had the pleasure of hearing Larry Gatlin, Lynn Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, Pam Tillis, Wade Hayes, and Mel Tills, actually SING!!!!! These individuals all have been gifted with original-sounding singing voices, and they all use them well. It was such a treat to hear Lynn belt out "Cry" in her beautiful soprano voice! Larry Gatlin (minus his brothers - don't know where they were) sounded fantastic on "All The Gold In California," and Opry legend Jim Ed Brown's voice is as smooth as it was 45+ years ago when he and his sisters had their signature hit "The Three Bells." These people are professionals, as well as real SINGERS! Their vocal talents stand on their own; they don't need to mutilate a song to show off!

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Posted by pauladec63 on 04/09/2011 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Just sing the damn song, will ya?

Listen to "Murder on Music Row" written by Larry Cordle and sung by George Strait and Alan Jackson to see what's been done even to country music.

Posted by cowboy1100 on 04/09/2011 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Just sing the damn song, will ya?

Just a nit, but the Mellotron intro to Strawberry Fields Forever is flute. You seem to imply it's voices.

Posted by Mandu on 04/03/2011 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Just sing the damn song, will ya?

Today's singers showcase their voice and not the song. Musicians showcase their talent and play too many notes and producers are all trying to out-spector Spector. They've all got great talent but put them all together and their music sucks. Or is that what you just said? (On a contrary note, everything tends to sound great in the studio. Odd.)

Posted by gast on 03/31/2011 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Now I need a wrench to fix my wrench

Brought back many memories, as a high school and college student, I was chief engineer for a small radio station. Our console used vacuum tubes. My job was to keep that thing working, as well as the transmitter, low power with a pair of 807's for the final amplifiers, modulated by another pair of 807's, I LOVED that job! Got into amateur radio later, and designed my own antennas, talked to a relative in South America. I miss the days of Vacuum tubes.

Posted by Soodle on 03/18/2011 at 4:30 AM

Re: “Now I need a wrench to fix my wrench

Can you sleeve the handle with PVC? Or even make a whole new handle? A lot can be done with stuff that has no business being used. I once used a barbecue grill for a TV antenna and made a four inch spanner wrench out of half-inch plywood and quarter-inch bolts to take an inboard-outboard drive apart. I was probably as foolish as I was inventive but I got the drive apart and fixed.

Posted by gast on 03/17/2011 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Even though he died 40 years ago, Grandpa Jabo always comes back in December

what a wonderful story of the south and of a wonderful man .. I do think you should write a book about him .. would make a wonderful story for not only Christmas but year round
Jim FIelds

Posted by Jim Nashville on 12/23/2010 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Beware the cheap Christmas guitar

On the other hand, my parents were only able to get me the 25 dollar guitar with electric wiring conduit passing for the saddle and tuning pegs you had to turn with pliers. I was 6 when I got that guitar. Not because I suddenly wanted to play at 6, but because I had been asking for it since I was 4 and my hands were finally big enough to fit around a 3/4 scale neck. I played it every day from age 6 to 12, when I was able to step up to better axes. Could I play bar chords on it ? Heck no. But by the time I had a better guitar I understood when to play those chords rather than only knowing them and nothing else. I agree with the wisdom of spending money on something that holds value if desire declines, but the fact is, if you want to play, if it is your idea and not your parents', you will play the daylights out of anything, even trash. Rather than deciding on what to buy based on price, decide based on the kid's desire. Used to be you could rent for the first few lessons, and if you can, defintely try that first. IMO buying a guitar for Christmas for someone who doesn't yet play is akin to getting a puppy for a three year old and expecting them to take care of it. It's good for the giver's ego but little else. Save that magic moment for when it's their idea, and they can pick out the ax that fits and rings with their soul.

Posted by S L on 12/16/2010 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Beware the cheap Christmas guitar

I was punished with a Univox pawn shop guitar when I was 13, and I managed to play it but I eventually gave it up. Fast forward 20 years, and I can afford gear, and now I have several nice instruments, nothing earth shattering but all are playable, and wondering what if? What if I had been able to convince my folks to get me the Strat that was $200 bucks in the same pawn shop rather than the Univox that was $70. Dammit.

Posted by mkmchef1 on 12/10/2010 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Beware the cheap Christmas guitar

Excellent advice! I was punished with an Aria guitar as a kid. Somehow I overcame that horrible experience, but it wasn't easy. It was eye-opening when I first played a decent guitar and an epiphany (not Epiphone) when I played a great one.

Posted by The Dude Abides on 12/10/2010 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Beware the cheap Christmas guitar

Love your comment about your personal honesty. Myself, I never lie, cheat or steal unless I have to. That being said, is Paul Reed Smith a name you use to manufacture guitars?

Posted by gast on 12/09/2010 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Anybody know how this thing works?

I can't imagine how the nozzle could be positioned so as to avoid being plugged by emissions (this is not how I talk). Could you explain in a future column.

Posted by gast on 11/20/2010 at 12:27 PM

Re: “The truth about vinyl siding

Walter, I can not agree with you more on this topic. Plastic compounds subjected to our type of heat and sun will turn to crap in no time. Try replacing a random panel of vinyl after years of exposure. Are you supposed to keep a stack of this stuff behind your shed for that reason?

Now when are you going to host a class on metal flashing?

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Posted by the tin man on 11/07/2010 at 1:32 PM

Re: “The truth about vinyl siding

Here is the link to the research report comparing the performance of vinyl cladding with brick by noted building scientist Joe Lstiburek.…

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Posted by Matthew Dobson on 11/05/2010 at 7:22 AM

Re: “The truth about vinyl siding

Several statements about vinyl siding in this article, particularly about its durability, are incorrect. However, I will focus on the most misleading assertion that “water will get behind the vinyl and rot everything that can rot in the wall cavity.”

In truth, vinyl siding is often praised by the building science community for its ability to breathe and allow drainage better than most other claddings. This in turn helps to keep the structure of the home safer and healthier. For instance, see this research report comparing the performance of vinyl cladding with brick by noted building scientist Joe Lstiburek. Vinyl siding has even been recognized as a vented cladding in the building code adopted by the state of Tennessee.

Vinyl siding provides a supplemental rain screen that enhances the water-resistive barrier system by reducing the amount of water that reaches the underlying barrier. ALL exterior cladding systems, including vinyl siding, are required by the codes to be used in conjunction with a water-resistive barrier system. When done so, effective exterior wall systems will shed the water initially, control moisture flow and minimize moisture retention and absorption into the wall structure.

There’s a reason that vinyl siding has been the number one exterior cladding for the past 15 years and is growing in popularity. When installed properly and used in conjunction with the proper exterior barrier systems, vinyl siding is durable, low-maintenance, and enhances the performance of exterior wall systems.

Matthew Dobson
Director, Code and Regulatory
Vinyl Siding Institute

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Posted by Matthew Dobson on 11/05/2010 at 6:58 AM

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