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Even though I'll be getting the Liquid Lightning and Electra, I'm still tempted to put in an order / downpayment on the Blue Hawaii SE.

 

I'd be paying for the bulk of it in a year's time (or more) anyway, since it takes that long to build, so I sort of see it as not having much impact on my budget right now. Yeah, kind of irresponsible and excessive, but...

 

...Justin says he can make it in purple. My resistance is crumbling.

 

Edit: Also in trying to justify it to myself, I think "hey you'll have a tube amp and a solid state amp, so with the BHSE you'll have a hybrid and thus all your basis will be covered." Plus the sound signature is sort of going in the opposite direction compared to the LL, so there's that too.


Edited by MuppetFace - 9/16/12 at 3:44am
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Andrej is an interesting person. I do believe that he identifies himself more as feminine, though, and not truly androgynous. His personality and carriage seem to both lean that way. When I think of androgyny, I think more of Bowie during his Ziggy days, Jaye Davidson, and Tilda Swinton.
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Andrej is an interesting person. I do believe that he identifies himself more as feminine, though, and not truly androgynous. His personality and carriage seem to both lean that way. When I think of androgyny, I think more of Bowie during his Ziggy days, Jaye Davidson, and Tilda Swinton.

 

I guess it depends on where you draw your lines in the stand, but I get what you're saying. I adore Swinton as well.

 

I've noticed in interviews with Andrej that he seems to relish the confusion he causes. I can totally understand that, and its pretty refreshing that he's no shrinking violet.

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I'm also talking to Marty from Martin Custom Audio about a possible Magnum V4 build. I'm requesting black and white ebony cups in an "extra wide" style with nickel-plated gimbals (left side).

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Wow those look really beautiful, MF. I've heard many great things about Magnums, I hope to hear one eventually.

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Wow those look really beautiful, MF. I've heard many great things about Magnums, I hope to hear one eventually.

 

I'm borrowing a pair of my friends V4s, and they sound really nice. They have a similar energetic and engaging quality that has become synonymous with Grado, but they lack the harshness that has also become synonymous with Grado.

 

I love the black and white ebony. Reminds me of vanilla ice cream with swirls of fudge.

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Wow, just a protip for ya guys coming out of university and on the mission to get your first job after graduation, do try to keep contact with the people you're about to ask to use as references. I never really thought about them, and I have a couple of them I want to ask, one old boss, a teacher, and so on - but it feels a little awkward to call them right out of the blue after several years just to ask them if they'd like to be a reference. It's not a big deal though, but yeah, it can get a little awkward when you haven't spoken to them for some time and need them to pass along good words about you, essentially doing you a favor.

 

The problem I had was that well I haven't worked for a while, and as for university profs - we never really got a personal connection. They were on a stage doing a lecture, and I was trying to take notes. That's the relation I had with 99% of my profs.

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The problem I had was that well I haven't worked for a while, and as for university profs - we never really got a personal connection. They were on a stage doing a lecture, and I was trying to take notes. That's the relation I had with 99% of my profs.

 

I'm not familiar with the Swedish university system, but had you dealt personally with teaching assistants or associate instructors for those courses? You can probably get a foot in the door through them.

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References get much easier when you have been working for a while - I have a standard set I have used for years - and they know they can use me at any time as well. I know it depends on the industry, but in my case, references are just a formality. These days, most of the companies I work for instruct me not to give a reference about a former employee of the company. I'm supposed to just transfer the request to our HR department - and all they will do is verify the dates of employment, nothing else. For me, references are really just a check box on the HR forms - I have never used them as part of the actual hiring decision of one candidate over another.
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Breakfast today was a dozen jalapenos, two Peruvian peppers, two cloves of garlic and a fistful of fresh basil leaves. I minced the peppers and garlic together, pan-fried for a couple minutes in olive oil and a little salt, turned off the heat and added the basil, minced, poured the result into a ramekin and spread it on slices of fresh baguette like a compote or tapenade.

 

This would probably be suicidal except the jalapenos this year are tiny and incredibly mild. We only have one jalapeno plant, and none of its fruit has grown bigger than my thumb, and most of it (not quite all) is about as mild as sweet bell pepper. So, basically they taste exactly like jalapenos except for the heat. Every so often, though, we happen across one that's absolutely nuclear, as if the plant put all its available capsiacin into one fruit and ignored the rest. My partner sometimes plays russian roulette with the jalapenos she's pickled, seeing how many she can eat before she encounters a hot one. Sometimes she has to give up first because she's full.

 

The Peruvian peppers are inherently mild; mostly they taste citrusy. They're actually only remotely genetically related to most hot pepper plants; distant enough that they can't even cross-pollinate.

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These days, most of the companies I work for instruct me not to give a reference about a former employee of the company. I'm supposed to just transfer the request to our HR department - and all they will do is verify the dates of employment, nothing else.

 

This is why many employers and recruiters ask for personal references (or "professional references") in addition to employment references. By hook or crook, they're going to try to find somebody who can vouch for you. Even if they refuse to let their own staff and managers speak on behalf of ex-employees.

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I have some references now. Two-three should be enough.

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I'm not familiar with the Swedish university system, but had you dealt personally with teaching assistants or associate instructors for those courses? You can probably get a foot in the door through them.

That's the thing. We don't really associate ourselves with them. If we have a question or need help, they can help us, but normally, they just hold lectures for 300 students and not much more. I don't even think most of them would've recognized me two hours after class, let alone know that I'm taking their class. The relationship between students and the faculty is just too non-personal in 99% of the time to even ask for references. They live their life, and we live ours. They help us if need be, but don't get involved with us or our lives in any way, shape or form.

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References get much easier when you have been working for a while - I have a standard set I have used for years - and they know they can use me at any time as well. I know it depends on the industry, but in my case, references are just a formality. These days, most of the companies I work for instruct me not to give a reference about a former employee of the company. I'm supposed to just transfer the request to our HR department - and all they will do is verify the dates of employment, nothing else. For me, references are really just a check box on the HR forms - I have never used them as part of the actual hiring decision of one candidate over another.

Yeah, I don't think references are all that important to be honest. It's become as you say more of a formality over here as well. At least from my understanding. But some companies have rules for that .. "In order to work for us you need at least two references".

 

It was easier when I worked as a sheet metal worker (my old boss from back then is going to be one reference). In those fields all you need is to claim you know anything about it, and you're pretty much hired. No background checks needed, no references, not always is even a cv needed .. You just pick your phone up and tell them you know the drill, and if you seem nice enough not to go to jail anytime soon, you should have a job.

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I have a huge disdain for corporate HR recruiting. IMHO, they do more to harm productivity than just hiring random people off the street. There are many companies that have open positions and desperately need people, and there are many unemployed people that desperately need jobs - and in between those two parties is the HR department - who's primary job *should* be to get those two groups together, but instead, ALL the HR processes are based on *eliminating* candidates. The entire HR hiring process is based on filtering. Start with a pile of resumes, then filter until whoever is left must be the best candidate. Based on this, my approach to job hunting is all about NOT being eliminated. The vast majority of candidates eliminate themselves before the hiring manager ever gets to see them by something they say (or don't say) either on their resumes or during the initial screening rounds of phone interviews. The HR recruiters have no idea what technical employees do, so trying to make your resume look impressive and spouting all kinds of specific technical jargon on them is useless and counter productive. A *less* specific resume using more general terms, mixed with regurgitating EXACTLY the key words in their own job description is much more effective. I do everything I can to simply stay in the game until I can actually talk to the hiring manager.

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Hmm. Are Magnum drivers are still in production? I thought that Rhydon stopped making them?
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I have a huge disdain for corporate HR recruiting. IMHO, they do more to harm productivity than just hiring random people off the street. There are many companies that have open positions and desperately need people, and there are many unemployed people that desperately need jobs - and in between those two parties is the HR department - who's primary job *should* be to get those two groups together, but instead, ALL the HR processes are based on *eliminating* candidates. The entire HR hiring process is based on filtering. Start with a pile of resumes, then filter until whoever is left must be the best candidate. Based on this, my approach to job hunting is all about NOT being eliminated. The vast majority of candidates eliminate themselves before the hiring manager ever gets to see them by something they say (or don't say) either on their resumes or during the initial screening rounds of phone interviews. The HR recruiters have no idea what technical employees do, so trying to make your resume look impressive and spouting all kinds of specific technical jargon on them is useless and counter productive. A *less* specific resume using more general terms, mixed with regurgitating EXACTLY the key words in their own job description is much more effective. I do everything I can to simply stay in the game until I can actually talk to the hiring manager.
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That's actually a good idea. I've used a general CV so far, but a more specialized one could actually do some good. What I have done though is programmed a simple software that writes the letter for me. It takes the keyword competenses for the job and kind of .. writes the letter for me. All I have to do is write the position, company and keyword competenses and well, that's it. I get the letter in form of a document or copied into my clipboard. LOL

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