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Music break[edit]

Music break... ♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:46, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

  • Good timing Doc, I'm listening to the whole thing as we speak. Eclectic mix so far. I've been doing a little picking on my SX Liquid [1], which is the most fun you can have for less than £100. Stock setup (and nut) is crap, but once setup right, the P90s are shockingly soulful, and the neck is similar to an old Tele, kind of chunky but smooth. Mine is sunburst. So geeky, it's cool, with a 50s vibe. I run it through a tweed Fender SuperSonic 60 I had custom tubed (cooler) with some Swedish JJ's this year by Eurotubes. Dennis 20:13, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

I got rid of my Telecaster a while back, for some reason it just didn't have that Tele sound. If it sounds like one of those great chicken picking country players I'd have kept it. Music break.♦ Dr. Blofeld 16:06, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

  • The MIM's are pretty good for the money, you can score them used for 200 pounds or less. A really nice set of pickups is 100 pounds. I break into mine and rewire them all the time. The new "Broadcaster" (bridge) and "Twisted Tele" (neck) sets are really popular, but I still prefer the Texas Custom Shop sets. Nice and woody in the neck, like SRV, and just a little midrange hotness in the bridge for old rock or blues. Roll back the volume a touch and they chicken pick well. Chicken picking on the neck is also good, with a woody thump to it, but not too bassy. Really nice woodwinds on this pick, btw, and the piano is an interesting mix classic jazz but with a haunting feel to it. Just a touch of an Arabic feel to the back line. Nice selection. It kind of reminded me to the theme song from the Showtime TV show "Carnivàle" [2]. Loved that series, and the theme music was really good, as far as theme songs go. Dennis 18:40, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Yeah it's got a mysterious Arabic feel to it. Speaking of haunting, good ole Emmylou. I love her voice. Always reminds me of those 70s horror movies with the country music playing on the radio in the car and the contrast with a strangling!! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 14:31, 4 October 2014 (UTC)
Excellent example! Underrated singer, always a bit of sadness in her voice. I enjoy a lot of older country, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, and of course, Johnny Cash. People don't realize how much of a rebel he really was in his day. And Willie. Redheaded Stranger and of course Wanted! The Outlaws are must listen to anyone who enjoys a broad spectrum of music. Willie actually has some chops, he just seldom gets flashy. Playing that beat up Classical Martin. And of course he wrote a lot of songs for others, the most notable being Crazy for Patsy Cline. Being a native Texan, I was weaned on this old stuff. He is still kicking around, promoting biofuels, the legalization of cannabis and gigging regularly, at 81 years old. Dennis 17:52, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

"I shall call it the Alan Parsons Project" LOL. One of the best songs of the 90sDr. Blofeld 09:53, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

  • Hadn't heard of Dodgy before, wow, interesting sound. Interesting blend of genres and decades, yet very much their own, I went to check out some others. I remember Alan Parsons quiet well, I graduated HS in 83, so had bought at least a couple of his albums when they first came out, very much in line with what I listened to back then. Don't think we ever did any of Alan's work in a band, however. Dennis 10:11, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

This song (and video) of Dodgy's is great too as is this Sound a bit like the Hollies. Can't say I'm a big Alan Parsons fan but I do have a broad range of musical interests which keeps things more interesting.♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:51, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

  • I liked much of Alan's stuff, but I liked progressive sounds. Loved the music of the 90s on the whole as well. Did you hear? Paul Revere and the Raiders founder Paul Revere died yesterday. [3] A bit obscure for many, I notice the article hasn't been updated. Dennis 11:23, 5 October 2014 (UTC)
Yeah I like the progressive sound too. Hadn't heard that Revere had died. I was heavily into Brit pop/uk indie scene in the 90s but I went a long time in the 2000s without listening to any of it. I'm enjoying listen to it again now. Some greats which spring to mind [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9].♦ Dr. Blofeld 11:46, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

The sun might explode, but it might blind you first..Dr. Blofeld 10:18, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

I recently took The Yes Album to GA, it has that nice balance between "interesting" and "pretentious self-indulgent claptrap". Have to admit I'm more interested doing my own thing these days How about something with a nice groove? Who's that weirdo playing moog at the start, I wonder? Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 14:57, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
  • A little more polish in production that I personally like (I'm funny about that), but I can see a lot of different influences in their music, both US and obviously UK, including a dash of Beatles. Using a Telecaster as well, my ax of choice. They had a lot of potential, too bad they broke up after one album. Dennis 15:53, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

A favour[edit]

Hey Dennis

Hope your real life stuff is going well. I want to ask you a favour, since I was inspired to look for an "impartial admin", and that sounds like you: Was [10] fair comment? Is the new image "A sufficiently identical and unimproved copy, having any title, of a page deleted via its most recent deletion discussion" or not? Thanks if you can answer. No worries if you can't. (This link refers) Begoontalk 13:29, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

There are a few old versions, including a Jan 2011 version that is very different. The two newer versions, once is just a horizontal flip of the last deleted version. Comparing the current to the old (and I am just assuming the old was a copyrighted version, as the history indicates), they are very, very similar. The lines around the eyes are different (the new ones are more round, the old one was more squiggly). I put them both in photoshop for a comparison. If the old one was copyrighted, I would say the new one is a copyright infringing as it seems to be very similar, or at the least, it was based on it and there is no attribution. Some of the lines around the nose are exact, the teeth are exact, the head shape is exact, the number of lines (compensating a bit for his right eye) is exact, and unquestionably, it was an attempt to duplicate the previously delete image. Not sure why he would ask you if you had checked the previously deleted image, since only admin can do that. Personally, I think he might be mistaken or just looked at one of the older versions of the image (which are radically different), that is entirely plausible, and yes it does happen. Or maybe I've missing something, but it seems to be pretty obvious copyright infringement to me.
I will ping Nyttend so he can see this and perhaps review, or educate me if I've missed some finer point. The main image I was looking at was [11] (admin only link). I would also note that the last uploader of that image was blocked for vandalism. The new uploader is a very new user, who has a link to another user's sandbox on his page, and other oddities. I don't have time to go fishing today, but it might be worth a glance. Dennis 17:54, 6 October 2014 (UTC)
Begoon's speedy-deletion tag linked to File:Trollfacememe.jpg, and its deleted image was substantially different, a mirror image with tons of changes that don't require the careful study you've made of the trollface.png image. My comments were solely based on comparisons with that image, since I wasn't aware that there was another; either Begoon didn't tell me about the other one, or he did and I completely missed it. The reason I asked "have you looked" is because G4 shouldn't be applied to files without checking first, e.g. you're familiar with a just-got-deleted image and know that this is the same, or you can show that it's simply a reupload of an online source; I took Begoon to be adamant that it was the same, more confident than is justified if you've not checked first. Nyttend (talk) 18:07, 6 October 2014 (UTC)
Communication breakdowns happen in the best of faith, I've had more than my own share, so I'm certainly not going to point any fingers; it doesn't matter anyway. I just went and deleted it as copyvio, linking to that one I did the compare to, as I don't think there is any ambiguity now and confident we all agree that it is a copy of that one I previously linked. Dennis 18:44, 6 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Dennis. I appreciate the time you spent on this. I'm not sure what Nyttend thought about my actions, and why, but I can tell you their attitude stinks on this. Very disappointing. I linked the previous images on the file page as well as tagging it. I'd also tagged it as copyvio (check history), but someone removed that tag on a "technicality". Not hard to check the page history, nor assume good faith. I'll assume Nyttend was either having a bad day or just dislikes me for unspecified reasons, since I can't see any other reason for their unwarranted pompous behaviour here. Cheers. Begoontalk 20:59, 6 October 2014 (UTC)
The file it violates isn't the same name as the current title, which is likely where the confusion comes from. Again, I strongly suggest just chalking it up to miscommunication, and not worry about blame. I know both of you, and know both of you to be trustworthy, dedicated and honest people, I would suggest neither read more into it than what it is. I'm too lazy to go read every detail and comment, and even if I did, it is fixed and there was absolutely no bad faith here. Seriously, it doesn't matter or help anyone. We all have instances of talking past each other, or misunderstanding. Casting stones in glass houses, etc. It's a small thing, lets not labor it. Dennis 22:33, 6 October 2014 (UTC)
Yeah - that's good advice, Dennis. I'm sure I've had better dealings with Nyttend in the past, which is why the attitude surprised me. Still, I wasn't on my best behaviour in my reaction to it, either. As I say, good advice - that's why I came here. You always provide that. Thanks. Begoontalk 22:39, 6 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Dennis, it is always a pleasure to see you in action. I hope you are doing well. Nyttend, Begoon, greetings to you also. With winter coming so soon in Dennis's northern regions, I assume he'll slaughter the fatted pig soon and we'll meet for BBQ. Go lightly on the vinegar please, Dennis, or I'll have to bring a bottle of Memphis-style sauce. Drmies (talk) 16:17, 8 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Funny you say that, I'm trying for cookout on the 25th, along with Berean Hunter and maybe another couple of Wikipedians, like Dank et. al. Still tentative on the date, but if you can make the drive, you are welcome as well. BH has a new apple glaze that we want to test out on pork, and of course, we will smoke some bacon, and beer will be consumed. Dennis 17:14, 8 October 2014 (UTC)
  • I'm in; John can come or not, whatever you and BH want. He's a good conversationalist but his eyes are going to glaze over if it's going to be all ANI all the time (which I very much doubt). - Dank (push to talk) 18:20, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Dank, Berean Hunter - Jeepers, I just saw that the 25th is the Lexington Barbecue Festival. Maybe we should all get together and do the festival then, and save the smoke out for a few weeks. The festival isn't a "must", but if you haven't been, it is very much a NC cultural thing and worth doing. It isn't fancy, but 160k-200k people from all over show up in this sleepy little town, lots of Americana and food on a stick. After, we can come back to the house for adult beverages and snacks, or grill out something simple if you like. What do you think? Dennis 21:22, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Perfect, we wanted to go to the Festival anyway, I had forgotten. - Dank (push to talk) 21:31, 8 October 2014 (UTC)
That sounds good to me. Is there a backup plan in case it rains? I barely got my operation shut down and everything back in yesterday afternoon before getting hit by thunderstorms. I finished out the chicken and onions in the oven. We could also look at the weather a few days before and shift plans.
 — Berean Hunter (talk) 14:51, 11 October 2014 (UTC)
The backup plan would be to still come to my house, and we will just cook out here, and hang out in my redneck gazebo, drink beer, etc. Mrs. Brown is cleaning it up today. I will just stock some raw bacon and ribs just in case. It's not like bacon or ribs go bad around my house. So either way, barbecue will be consumed. Dennis 14:58, 11 October 2014 (UTC)
Sounds like an excellent plan. You're not cooking in the gazebo today? It's covered so you're set.
 — Berean Hunter (talk) 15:09, 11 October 2014 (UTC)
Not this weekend. Left over frozen chili tomorrow, but going to fry up some home made chimichangas for tonight, probably enough to have with chili tomorrow. I love those, lightly browned and stuffed with beef and cheese, with some refried pintos on the side. Me gusta. Dennis 16:33, 11 October 2014 (UTC)
The Boys of Wikepedia frolic at Dennis' House

Moar help[edit]

Dennis, you could help this guy, here: [12] by closing his thread, if you have time. It's this one: [13]. It's probably unfair he had to wait so long for an answer. I'm done here, but I felt I had unfinished business, and you're the fairest guy I could think of to bring this to. Hope you can help, since you're active, but maybe your stalkers can if you can't. Ciao. Begoontalk 16:17, 11 October 2014 (UTC)

  • Actually, I'm avoiding the admin boards. I did take the time to leave a comment, which I think will help him more than my closing it at this time. Dennis 16:29, 11 October 2014 (UTC)
It's a good comment. Thank you. Far better than a close. Thanks for the substantial help you gave me, and him. That's why I came here. Be well. Begoontalk 16:47, 11 October 2014 (UTC)
To add, your request didn't influence my vote (I don't really see a vote by you, for that matter), nor would anyone reasonable call it canvassing since you were asking me to close, not participate. It did point me to a discussion that looked like it has no consensus, and just like at AFD, when I see "no consensus", often the best thing I can do is participate instead of closing it. Any consensus is typically better than none. Dennis 16:50, 11 October 2014 (UTC)l
You helped me to finish my business here. I'll always be grateful for that. You contribute more than you know, Dennis. I'll say it again - be well. Glad I knew you. Begoontalk 17:16, 11 October 2014 (UTC)

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A Wild Abigail Appears! Capture me. Moves. 00:14, 12 October 2014 (UTC)

They are at it again.[edit]

Hi, please check this revision: it seems that the user has not heeded your warning to them. --Marianian(talk) 14:38, 12 October 2014 (UTC)

  • They only come back every few months, but on the next event, they will get blocked even if they haven't edited for a year. I made that clear to them. Dennis 14:50, 12 October 2014 (UTC)

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A cup of tea for you![edit]

Meissen-teacup pinkrose01.jpg Thanks Dennis! You're a great admin, mentor, and friend. I hope we talk again soon. A Wild Abigail Appears! Capture me. Moves. 00:40, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

Thank you.[edit]

Dennis, Thank you for taking out the time for advising and guiding me in the right direction. I'll do my best again and contribute here whenever I can. Best Regards. TheGeneralUser (talk) 20:04, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

  • No problem, I'm always willing to help a friend. Dennis 21:12, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Protocol[edit]

Per Wikipedia:Requests for comment/User conduct/Rules: "Comments that are neither a view, proposed solution (if using Template:RFC boilerplate 2) nor an endorsement" are not allowed, so shouldn't this be made at talk, not the project page itself? Rationalobserver (talk) 23:14, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

  • I'm sure you're right. I've only participated in a couple of RfC/Us. Dennis 23:16, 20 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Hmm, I'm not used to people questioning my trust. Anyway, it was already moved by the time I got back here. Dennis 23:20, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

On the subject of Rfc/U, DangerousPanda's Rfc dissappeared. It's even erased from our contrib histories. GoodDay (talk) 02:25, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Nevermind, it's been deleted per 'lack of certification'. Just as well :) GoodDay (talk) 02:33, 21 October 2014 (UTC)