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I had all of mine, but my then soon-to-be-ex-wife was feeling particularly spiteful when I was moving out, so after I'd boxed them all up she zapped them with a magnetic bulk eraser when my back was turned, along with a bunch of VHS tapes containing family videos from when I was a kid.
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I just sold my Pioneer cassette deck to a guy for a heckuva lot of money, and it didn't work! He will fix it and sell it for nearly a grand..........there are still folks wanting cassettes........for some reason, Nostalgia?

 

Setting aside fidelity preferences (apparently some people still think tapes sound better than digital formats), I suspect that part of it has to do with accessing material that was never converted to digital format, both commercial and independent; not to mention personal recordings. That and there was quite a bit of variance in the quality of the playback on different tape decks, and there were multiple tape compositions and encoding protocols (e.g. the various noise reduction formats) in use in the industry. A good quality, full featured deck would ensure the ability to optimally play back virtually any tape one finds, for enjoyment and/or archival purposes.

 

I've also noticed a curious issue with a lot of the cheapo tape decks that came with mini systems/boom boxes of the previous decade: they play the tape too fast. Even a Walkman of early 90s vintage had this problem, so apparently it was an issue even when tapes were still relevant. Having absolute ("perfect") pitch, I was rather annoyed when, say, a piece that was supposed to be in D major had pitched itself upward to F. If I had to guess why manufacturers did this, it was to enhance the perceived fidelity of otherwise unremarkable playback electronics, since when a tape is played at a faster speed than it was recorded its balance will shift toward the high end.

 

I had a single system that played things at the correct speed, which I used to convert favorite tracks from several albums I had to CD. The tape section died not long after I made those conversions, which then ended up getting scratched beyond use. I often considered trying to find a nice component deck used online so I could make better transfers (especially once I had decent recording hardware on my computer), but I was afraid of the pitch issue. It's something only roughly one in every 10,000 or so people would pick up on at all (absolute pitch is quite rare), so it's not like I could ask the seller to check for me. You'd think a quality deck would get the speed right, but who knows? I eventually gave up and found proper digital releases of most of the stuff I had converted. There are still a few oddities I need to replace, but for the most part I'm up to speed.

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I had all of mine, but my then soon-to-be-ex-wife was feeling particularly spiteful when I was moving out, so after I'd boxed them all up she zapped them with a magnetic bulk eraser when my back was turned, along with a bunch of VHS tapes containing family videos from when I was a kid.

 

Damn, that is harsh. :(

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Damn, that is harsh. :(

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I had all of mine, but my then soon-to-be-ex-wife was feeling particularly spiteful when I was moving out, so after I'd boxed them all up she zapped them with a magnetic bulk eraser when my back was turned, along with a bunch of VHS tapes containing family videos from when I was a kid.
I assume the mixtapes weren't all that bad compared to the VHS ones of your family. That's a bit too much for my taste. I hope some other family has copies that you can get. This woman, is it the steampunk one?
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No, that was my ex-wife who did that. My current wife would simply stab or shoot me, she wouldn't take it out on my keepsakes. I respect that about her. biggrin.gif Some of the videos were copies of originals that my parents still had, but others weren't. See, we had some "spicy" homemade videos, but we segregated all of those and destroyed them beforehand. However, to make sure there weren't any more that I was holding back or we'd forgotten (there wasn't) she decided to zap several boxes. Fact is, it was simply out of spite, because she knew how important some of that stuff was to me. She also poured lighter fluid all over ~10,000 comic books too, I've been collecting them since I was 12, but fortunately the bags kept the vast majority of them safe. These were all things that I found out some time later from a mutual friend, after our divorce was final.
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I thought this was incredibly beautiful.

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That was really cool.  Thanks.

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No, that was my ex-wife who did that. My current wife would simply stab or shoot me, she wouldn't take it out on my keepsakes. I respect that about her. biggrin.gif Some of the videos were copies of originals that my parents still had, but others weren't. See, we had some "spicy" homemade videos, but we segregated all of those and destroyed them beforehand. However, to make sure there weren't any more that I was holding back or we'd forgotten (there wasn't) she decided to zap several boxes. Fact is, it was simply out of spite, because she knew how important some of that stuff was to me. She also poured lighter fluid all over ~10,000 comic books too, I've been collecting them since I was 12, but fortunately the bags kept the vast majority of them safe. These were all things that I found out some time later from a mutual friend, after our divorce was final.

Wow. Yeah, luckily, my wife wouldn't do things like that I think. She'd probably celebrate.

So, from thing to another: for the past 7 or 8 weeks I've cut down on my sugar, and started exercising. One of my associate professors is an exercise freak, and to a crazy degree. He's been a body builder, but went on to science and crossfit and BJJ. As you can imagine, put a fatty like me, with close to 50 pounds overweight (yes, obese), in his hands - the results have been great so far.

I do 3-5x20 pushups, 3-5x30 squats, 3-5x1 minute plank every other day. I run a 5k and 4x30 squats and 4x10 burpees the other days. I walk to and from the metro to work, to home, skipping all buses, and it's about 4.5 miles.

I've lost 26 pounds now. I feel great, and a lot more energetic than before. But, I friggin' HATE burpees.
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Wow. Yeah, luckily, my wife wouldn't do things like that I think. She'd probably celebrate.

So, from thing to another: for the past 7 or 8 weeks I've cut down on my sugar, and started exercising. One of my associate professors is an exercise freak, and to a crazy degree. He's been a body builder, but went on to science and crossfit and BJJ. As you can imagine, put a fatty like me, with close to 50 pounds overweight (yes, obese), in his hands - the results have been great so far.

I do 3-5x20 pushups, 3-5x30 squats, 3-5x1 minute plank every other day. I run a 5k and 4x30 squats and 4x10 burpees the other days. I walk to and from the metro to work, to home, skipping all buses, and it's about 4.5 miles.

I've lost 26 pounds now. I feel great, and a lot more energetic than before. But, I friggin' HATE burpees.

Good for you!
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Wow. Yeah, luckily, my wife wouldn't do things like that I think. She'd probably celebrate.

So, from thing to another: for the past 7 or 8 weeks I've cut down on my sugar, and started exercising. One of my associate professors is an exercise freak, and to a crazy degree. He's been a body builder, but went on to science and crossfit and BJJ. As you can imagine, put a fatty like me, with close to 50 pounds overweight (yes, obese), in his hands - the results have been great so far.

I do 3-5x20 pushups, 3-5x30 squats, 3-5x1 minute plank every other day. I run a 5k and 4x30 squats and 4x10 burpees the other days. I walk to and from the metro to work, to home, skipping all buses, and it's about 4.5 miles.

I've lost 26 pounds now. I feel great, and a lot more energetic than before. But, I friggin' HATE burpees.


Awesome job, I lost my 80 lbs just by cutting away the junk food and walking everyday. Be careful when you hit your target weight though. I went off the diet when I hit my desired weight and put 30 lbs back on. I've since started walking again.

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Burpees are the best. When people say that they don't have time or don't have a gym membership (I don't) I suggest burpees and sprinting.

Also hey everyone :3 I've been deathly quiet because I've been busy moving out into student housing! Finally living alone - though I wouldn't say entirely untethered.

Strangely enough I'm hoping keeping busy taking care of myself will also improve my focus on the things that matter most to me. Kind of a 'give work to the busiest person in the office if you want it done' kind of rationale.

The new place is tiny though so I'm going to have to liquidate a fair bit of my collection now.
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You have a collection?

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Yes it will be hard to say farewell to my family of pet rocks but we must all make sacrifices!

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