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My barnstars

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)

How smooth is this!Dr. Blofeld 18:53, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

  • Quite nice, he understands that sometimes less is more, very unobtrusive and excellent blending. I have a similar Ibanez, the ES335 copy [10] that I leave at the office. Similar pickups, not quite as smooth but the bridge sounds good overdriven a bit. Mrs. Brown found a solid brown one at a pawnshop for way too little and brought it home. I think I'm going to grab my Pawnshop 51 [11] and bust out some noise through my little Blues Jr. after Mrs. Brown returns with the evening feast (Taco Bell). It gets mad if you don't heat up the tubes every now and then. If you want something to listen to, its hard to beat the man [12]. People often don't realize how complex this man was, and how much of a hell raiser he really was. Dennis 20:31, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Dr. Blofeld, I'm betting you have already checked this guy out [13], but if you haven't, he is a interesting player that has been coming out with some interesting twists on blues. [14] Dennis 02:08, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

Of course yes. He's a very good blues guitarist but there's something about him as a person I don't like admittedly.♦ Dr. Blofeld 10:41, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

  • Ah, I've not seen a video of him before yesterday, I just hear him on satellite radio during the commute each day. Dennis 12:49, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Me too, I've got an Ibanez Ag96. It gets better with age!♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:44, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Ah yes, very versatile guitars and exceptional values, both of them. I have a guitar you would love, a "lost weekend" Gretch. Only about 30 of them ever made, a model 7676 (basically the same as a Country Gentleman) that had all parts from US but was assembled in Mexico. This was after the plant burned down, Baldwin had bought them out, they were trying to get back into production. 1983. They aren't all that valuable (due to the prejudice against Mexico built), but they are some of the most rare Gretches ever made. I stumbled into it cheap by accident around 2000, threw it in a closet and didn't even know what it was until last year. I need to find it a good home. When I want some jangle, I instead play my Thinline, blonde Cabronia, the first guitar I've bought as "new" in 20 years, got it this year.[15]. Here is the non-thinline, which sounds pretty similar [16]. Tone is a beautiful marriage of Telecaster and Gretsch, just a volume knob and pickup selector. It will thicken up nicely for jazz at the neck. I have another tele with that pickup in the neck position and a hot single coil in the bridge, plus a Bigsby tremolo. I have entirely too many guitars, have a room devoted to them, with hangers on the wall. :) Dennis - 18:28, 24 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)

Questionable sock[edit]

user:91.154.101.152 keeps reverting sourced info on Gwen Stefani's page I do declare it most possibly is a sock as others have mirrored their edits can you have a lookie lookie please? Rihanna-RiRi-fan (talk) 17:37, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

  • I don't see reason to think they are a sock. Looking at their edits and summaries, they appear to be acting in good faith and providing reasonable rationales for their actions, ie: good editing habits. That doesn't mean they are correct (I love Stefani, and I'm an experienced musician but I'm not a genre expert here.) So who is right? I don't know, but that is for editors to decide on talk pages without the interference of admin. What I suggest is taking it to the talk page of the article. It looks like some discussion has already started there. If I'm mistaken and you think he is a sock of a particular person, by all means drop that info off here and I will be happy to look at it, but we really do have a fair amount of worthwhile editors who are IPs so I can't jump to conclusions just because he is an IP. Dennis - 18:15, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

Reply[edit]

I had started writing a reply to you at AN/I, but I realized that I was just rambling so I figure here's a better place.

1. You're right about not being able to do that kind of ban from lower than AN/I, which is why I said "from here...". I didn't think it should have been brought to AN/I in the first place, but now that it has, that may be a good fix.

2. For the sake of argument, there are a couple of paths to those kinds of sanctions that are lower than AN/I...I've sometimes seen it done by a small consensus of administrators on user talk pages, and I've actually done it myself a couple of times in responding to unblock requests. (I'd be willing to unblock you if you agree to the following conditions:...)

3. I had read up on this user earlier today before the AN/I was filed, and I was planning on giving the user a stern sounding warning if they resumed stirring up talk page drama - something along the lines of "Dr. Blofield has told you twice now to stay away from Jimbo's talk page, and now I'm telling you. Stop. Anna Frodesiak is trying to lead you in the right direction and a lot of people have given you advice...blah blah" I think that sometimes a serious warning can do more than an AN/I thread with a fraction of the drama.

Anyway, thanks for the time you've obviously put into dealing with this, and have a good night. ~Adjwilley (talk) 04:10, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

  • Adjwilley, I had been watching them for a week myself. Taking them to ANI would not have been my choice this early in the game either, but once done, I had to join in. Casliber, Mongo, myself and other were convinced this was an older sockpuppet. More than just "a gut feeling", we were completely convinced based on behavioral evidence. When I said I would bet a month's salary, I wasn't kidding, I was that sure and would loved to have the extra money. We KNEW something was amiss. It is hard to explain how behavioral evidence proves this, but having a good amount of experience dealing with sock/trolls, you begin to see patterns. Obviously Risker saw them as well, which is why she ran the CU and did the homework. As for the folks defending Amanda, they just didn't see the patterns, either from a lack of experience or they didn't dig deep enough. It can be frustrating, but I understand wanting to defend someone, particularly when they say the are a 15 year old transgendered girl. That is what makes this so offensive to me. Likely they are twice that age, and just some guy using that as a persona to troll. And I'm not against brokered deals by one or two admin, I just wanted to make sure that ANI stayed open, for what now probably is obvious reasons. Amanda is a very experienced troll (maybe "I'm a man, duh" is a better name), enough to have fooled half the people, including smart people and experienced admin. That is why the block was so important. On the up side, while the ANI discussion had some heat, it was still civil and in the end, the process worked. Dennis - 13:10, 25 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. I was mildly disgusted when I saw the outcome this morning. ~Adjwilley (talk) 21:39, 25 October 2014 (UTC)
See, I wasn't, but I already was convinced this person was trying to use the persona of a transgendered teen to manipulate people, so it was last night that I was disgusted. Dennis - 21:48, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Agatha Marple[edit]

Ahem....

Another one - User:Agatha Marple. - Sitush (talk) 21:23, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

  • It is customary to tip the admin when he blocks someone. Dennis - 21:27, 25 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Mirror Crack'd, 3.30 race at Newmarket next week. - Sitush (talk) 21:29, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Unrelated: lovely edit summary on archiving, matching something I wrote two years ago, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:28, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

  • I've only chatted him up once but he seems like a super nice guy. I'm just hoping that he only needs a long break, all while respecting whatever he decides. I completely understand leaving. I did for two years once myself. Some days I want to scramble my password. It is core to why I started WER: not because I know the answers but because I understand the problem. You are part of the solution, Gerda, and I appreciate that. Dennis - 22:40, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Successive relisting of AfDs[edit]

Hello, I've noticed you relisted Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Tajiks in Canada. However, according to policy, "... relisting should not be a substitute for a "no consensus" closure. If the closer feels there has been substantive debate, disparate opinions supported by policy have been expressed, and consensus has not been achieved, a no-consensus close may be preferable. [...] in general, debates should not be relisted more than twice [bold in the original]. Users relisting a debate for a third (or further) time, or relisting a debate with a substantial number of commenters, should write a short explanation on why they did not consider the debate sufficient". As it appears to me there's no perspective of reaching consensus any time soon, could you provide an explanation for a third relisting? Thank you.Anonimu (talk) 23:05, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

  • It wasn't relisted to substitute for any closure, but to get more input. While generally, being relisted twice is plenty, this isn't a typical AFD, having so many articles listed together. I would also note that the only two votes since it was first relisted are remarkably weak votes. It really needs more input. I would also add that relisting doesn't stop any other admin from closing it. They can close it today, tomorrow, whenever they want. Dennis - 23:16, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Deletion review for List of Windows Phone 8 devices[edit]

An editor has asked for a deletion review of List of Windows Phone 8 devices. Because you closed the deletion discussion for this page, speedily deleted it, or otherwise were interested in the page, you might want to participate in the deletion review. ViperSnake151  Talk  23:43, 25 October 2014 (UTC)