“Just a few years ago, I was called to come and meet these guys in Jacksonville, Fla.,” Mr. Allman said, by way of a closing speech. “It was kind of a little stiff in the room, until one of them handed me a lyric sheet and said, ‘Sing.’ This was at about 3:30 in the afternoon, on March 26, 1969.”
I can't say I blame them. Everyone hits retirement age (although most of them will continue playing on their own once in a while).
I'm pretty good with dates and concerts, but I've lost track of how many times I've seen the Allman Brothers — probably around 15 times. In my earliest shows, they were too high to be very good. Then my wife and I started dating, and she said they'd cleaned up a bit and were supposed to better. Boy, were they ever.
There's about 10 tunes that I rank highly, but this one is my favorite:
I still remember the first time I heard this song. By then it was a "classic hit" that didn't get played on the radio much. And there I was in my car on N. Forest Rd. in Williamsville wondering what this amazing song was.
I just looked through my MP3 list. I have 2 other songs by them that I rate at 5 stars, and a half-dozen more that I rate at 4.5 stars. I'm a pretty serious music buff. I have about 30K files, and (according to my database) less than 1% of them get 5 stars.
But, many of us have to live with Windows 8 or 8.1.
One of the problems I ran into with Windows 8.1 is that (after you figure out how to get your libraries back) you don't seem to be able to include folders on networks in a library.
This is a big deal for me as a university professor: I have a private network folder, a network folder that's accessible to students, a network folder that's accessible to other faculty, a network folder for the journal that I edit (that's not accessible to anyone but me), and so on.
There is a workaround for this, and amazingly (to me), I was able to do this without an administrative permission from the control freaks that have taken over IT at my school.
Basically, you fake out Windows 8.1. First you add a folder you don't care about to your library. Then you do an easy edit to the XML file that is the guts of the library. And ouila, there's your network folder in your library. Sweet.
This is, in my experience, the better way ... It works on all versions of 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 and Windows 8 but does not index the network locations.
Add an extra local folder to your library. (ex: C:\temp)
Browse to this folder: C:\Users\REPLACEME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Libraries\
Copy the library file you added a folder to from step 1 to your Desktop.
Right click on the library file on your Desktop and select “Open with” and choose Notepad.
Search for the local folder you added in step 1 (ex: C:\temp). Replace this value with the location of your shared network folder (ex: \\MyNAS\NetworkFolder) and remove the entire line that contains the <serialized> and </serialized> tags.
Save your changes to the library file on the Desktop.
Cut the library file from the Desktop back to the folder in step 2 and override the existing file.
... You will have a toolbar at the top of the Explorer window that says some features are unavailable when you open the library. This can be ignored by right clicking the toolbar and selecting to not be notified again.
A couple of notes are in order.
First, it is a disadvantage that those network locations won't be indexed, but it shouldn't be a deal killer. It basically means that search of those locations won't be as fast as other locations. But, if you think about it, you had this problem before you included that network folder in your library ... you just didn't know about it yet ;)
Second, where it says "REPLACEME" in step 2, it means replace it with your username on your PC.
… A vast majority of Swedes believe that they are poorer, relative to others, than they actually are. This is true across groups, but younger, poorer, less cognitively able and less educated individuals have perceptions that are further from reality.
To put it more bluntly, people pushing an agenda for income redistribution will have better luck if their target market is young, dumb, and ignorant.
Then the authors try a little social engineering:
… We conduct an experiment by randomly informing a subsample about their true relative income position. Respondents who learn that they are richer than they thought demand less redistribution and increase their support for the Conservative party.
Their evidence of this is based on before and after responses to survey questions, not actual voting records.
FWIW: This mirrors discussions I have around my house with the vXboy and vXgirl. They think we’re poor. I try and explain that spending all your money and having nothing extra left is not the same thing as poor. I also try and emphasize that they need to think a lot more about careers that make a decent amount of money … since they have no idea how far along the income distribution they actually are.
FWIW: This caught my attention because I met a pair of grifters in a pub in Edinburgh in 1984. They were running a scam on “fruit machines” (not far off from what Americans think of as a slot machine). Anyway, they both had Geordie accents. One of them I could understand. But the other one, for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out a full sentence, and we sat around the pub drinking and talking for at least an hour.
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