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Weekend social 23/09/2011

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, September 23rd, 2011 - 46 comments
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Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

46 comments on “Weekend social 23/09/2011 ”

  1. kriswgtn 1

    Recording my old 45’s onto my computer.
    I used to buy 45’s of New Zealand artists back in the day
    Screaming Mee Mees Pop Mechanix (best NZ band for ever) Chills The Clean The Able Tasmans plus alot more.
    They been stored in boxes since I left home decades ago as well and I had forgotten til I was cleaning out the garage and there they were- mint condition……. 🙂

    I am going to enjoy this trip down memory lane. Esp Pop Mechanix-Jumping Out A Window cos the only copy on ncd is on 1 of those Natures Best comps which rocked but needed a mastered version.It was crap cos they had a really bad recording as masters had disappeared or some excuse….. So I know I’ll be able to make a crisp recording 🙂
    I hope hahahahah hahahah

    • Bored 1.1

      My daughter was going to a glam rock party…I pulled out early Bowie LPs for the occasion…they play like scritch scratch scritch scratch scritch scratch…EEK!!!! The Zappa albums were in better order, lets face it God is treated with greater respect..

    • Vicky32 1.2

      I assume that takes gadgetry to do, Kris… If I knew someone near here who has the appropriate kit, I would like to do likewise with the records I have…

      • kriswgtn 1.2.1

        I use musicmatch jukebox to record onto
        You do need a stereo with a left and right OUTput plugs and a soundcard on your pc for other end of the plug

        The plug you need is a 3.5mm Jack to 2 x RCA Phono Stereo Audio Cable-trademe is best place to look-diff prices for different lengths

        Youll need to get into options on musicmatch and select recording and then select the line in

        Then make sure your volume on your computer for line in is not too loud

        i have done cassettes in the past- so its just a change of recording source which this time is a turntable
        I have found to make sure if you have surround sound etc etc and dbfb and surround sound to turn these off when ya do it
        this monstrosity i have has all these and it took me along time to get sound right 🙂

        Theres a programme called mp3 gain which u can use to change the recording level after you have ripped the mp3-which I have also used to decrease or increase the volume

        good luck
        \
        let me know if you have probs 🙂

        • Vicky32 1.2.1.1

          Thanks, I have made a note of all that, and look forward to trying it… Awesome!

        • millsy 1.2.1.2

          I use Audacity myself. But yes, a pre-amp is important, or else you will get very, very faint volume.

          I think you can buy record players which have built in pre-amps plug straight into your comp, but they are expensive. Before the needle on my turn table defecated itsself (and I wasant about to spend a small fortune to fix it), I used a pre-amp that I bought from a charity shop for $9. I then went to the annual 24 hour book sale and bought a whole pile of LP’s to convert to MP3. They are still sitting at my parents place. I have managed to convince them not to chuck them out.

          Gotta love the range of music on LP’s. And the art work is something else. (While I generally like all forms of music except rap, death metal and anything by Gaga, my first preference is easy listening elevator music type stuff from the 50’s and 60’s)

    • thejackal 1.3

      Awesome! Wish I had time to do that. Have a big stack of records that are gathering dust. Be great if you could share your efforts somehow… maybe loaded as a torrent? Wouldn’t mind hearing that Pop Mechanix album… Eddie Raynor is a legend.

  2. Bored 2

    Been doing a little thinking re the fishing season opening: it appears that according to the Fish and Game people there is more privatisation by stealth going on for high country waters in particular…you have to be a wealthy helicopter borne Yank to fish waters stocked and managed at the expense of the other license holders. Bad news. Add that to cow effluent in the lower country streams and we trout chasers are left with less and less good water.

    Ordered a new fly line with a clear tip..stealth fishing…sounds good but the proof is in the results.

    Day light saving coming up, rabbits in the evening. Got the garden in order so I can get out there, rugby nearly done with…yeah summer.

    • AAMC 2.1

      Shit…….. that sounds good! And here I am stuck in front of a screen getting excited about planting a few veg.

      Fly fishing suggestions around Auckland anyone?

      • Bored 2.1.1

        Used to live there…you have to travel BUT there are a few gems short of Taupo. Up past Helensville on the road to Kaipara south heads is Ototoa, lovely rainbow stocked lake, good on an evening.

        For streams there is really good fishing in the south Waikato / King Country, all within 2 hours of Auckland. The best of it is definitely the top end of the Awakino, a true gem. Also the spring fed streams around Tirau can be good, lots of fish, lots undersized but very easy to take.

      • vto 2.1.2

        There is also the fun times to be had in dropping a small whitebait net into one of those hundreds of sunlit creeks and streams going off all of Auckland’s harbours and waters on a rising tide snoozing on the bank. They go up the tiniest of waters …

        • Bored 2.1.2.1

          Those Waitemata whitebait run at very odd times, long after the west coast season ends. We were given a container of them on Christmas morning a few years back. Dont know if they are the same?

          • Herodotus 2.1.2.1.1

            Did not 1000’s of trout recently get released in lake Pupuke? also with a wee boat I am told you can fly fish for kawhai.
            I hope bored you have some success and get a day like today – anything you do outside in a day like this must be great !!!

            • Bored 2.1.2.1.1.1

              Thanks H, there is nothing quite like being knee deep in the cold stream on a hot day, its lucky place to be with or without trout to disturb you. Kahawai on a fly, now theres a challenge, they are high speed brutes.

              • Deadly_NZ

                Big Kingi’s on light line is a lot of fun as well. I use 9kg line (20lb) and chase 60lb+ Kingi’s My best is 85lb on 20 line was a fun hour or so. I use Kahawai for bait under a balloon. But for the real Kingi’s you need to go north, way north I used to go to Spirit’s Bay at easter was not too hot but still good to swim in.

                • Adele

                  Fishing is one of my favourite past-times, and once while fishing off Waiheke Island, I caught a kingi on a sprat line.

                  I had never seen a kingi in the wild before, so I was watching this fish swim about thinkiing “gosh, what a pretty fish / baby shark / taniwha.”

                  I still had my sprat line in the water and suddenly it ‘took off.’ Unfortunately, for me, the sprat line was wrapped around a finger and I thought I was going to lose the finger ( I didn’t of course otherwise I would be typing like th s).

                  The morality of thise woeful tale of fisherperson inadequacy is “fish fingers require a much greater contribution from the fish and much less from the fisher-person.”

        • mik e 2.1.2.2

          Tell me how is the season up their when and if you are successful. Its been slow down here in Dunedin . Watching the poms playing the vampires tomorrow night thanks to my whangi girl winning tickets to the game for outstanding performance across a wide range of sports..

  3. JS 3

    Watch out for the equinoxal energy out there including the latest solar flares, new moon and other electromagnetic and gravitational influences.

  4. Our weekly film visit this week was “The Help’ very good and worth seeing . Weekend in the garden. Sowing main crop of potatos . Will be eating early crop next week.Im hoping to have some better succcess with cauliflowers ,any one out there have any tips .

    • Banter 4.1

      Keep on top of the watering and plenty of Mulch

      Enjoy – maybe get a few planted myself before I watch the Scots stroll to an easy victory over the Pumas.

  5. ianmac 5

    At last a good use for by wife’s blow hairdryer. Defrost and clean the freezer quick time and back in order sooner.

  6. happynz 6

    Tomorrow is my cricket club’s first get together before the start of the season the first Saturday in October. However, finding enough playable grounds here in Christchurch is going to be a bit tricky. Most of the grounds in East Christchurch as well as Heathcote and Sumner are pretty well munted. Linwood Park is full of temporary huts. The senior teams in the Suburban Association and the big boys in the CCA appear to have first dibs on the grounds that are in playable shape, whilst us social cricketeers in the lower grades may well be out of luck.

  7. been thinking of neutrinos today – this faster than light ‘discovery’ is interesting and should be verifiable with a bit of effort. I’ve written a haiku for the occasion

    we align, a slant
    unaffected, you’re through me
    Oh heart of no-mass.

    perhaps not strictly accurate re no-mass, maybe low-mass? but hopefully gets the point across

  8. fabregas4 8

    Warriors beat the Storm, Arsenal win at home to Bolton, Man Utd lose at Stoke. That will do me! Oh and Phoenix pay the bills!)

  9. prism 9

    A good pithy quip.
    Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs. — PJ O’Rourke
    and
    Outside of a dog a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. Groucho Marx

  10. r0b 11

    Just back from a weekend in Christchurch.  To borrow a phrase from vto – “unexpected earthquake observation no. 38” – the morning chorus doesn’t miss a beat for a 4.0 these days.  Even the birds are over it.

  11. Went to the Lido Hamiton for the repeat of the Met Opera 2011 season .Watched Tosca .No opera lover should miss this production. Tok a while to come out of the clouds . Do see! Now I did say that ‘The Help” had merit but after some thought and discussion wit my wife I perhaps was wrong . Worth watching, but a bit sugary ,and not really what the American South was really like .It was worse much worse than the film indicated.

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