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Messages - Jed Cooper

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Off-Topic Discussion / Music Media Progression
« on: March 27, 2020, 05:08:19 PM »
I used to love collecting cds.  It took me a while to make the switch from vinyl & cassette.  Once I was able to play cds in my car I thought there’d be no going back.  Prior to that, I’d buy albums on vinyl for home use and the same ones on cassette to hear while driving.  Funny thing is, I’ve returned to vinyl only a few years ago and have now lost the desire to purchase compact discs at all.  It’s a joy to experience playing records again but I limit myself to classic rock, some jazz and popular pre-rock music like Sinatra and Dean Martin. 

The best part is discovering music I otherwise let pass me by years ago, like Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”, Billy Joel’s “The Stranger”, The Who’s “Who’s Next”, Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run”, The Rolling Stone’s “Exile On Main Street”, The Eagles’ “Hotel California” and more.  I don’t buy into the vinyl vs compact disc debate.  It’s crap.  It depends on your system.  If you have a basic stereo your cds will sound fine but of course, with superior components vinyl will sound better and vice versa.  I don’t care.

For me it’s all about personal entertainment.  I’m not a stickler.  Hell, I remember 8-track tapes sounded better than cassettes on the same stereo but the 8-track drawback was the song interruptions!  LOL!  I’d be listening to the Beatles’ Let It Be album as so…

“Images of broken light, which dance before me like a million eyes…” KERLUNCK!  What the?  Is my stereo busted? Man!! ...KERLUNCK! ”…They call me on and on across the universe.”  Hahaha!  They had 4 programs on each cartridge but not enough space.   It was weird and at times frustrating.  Like many others, I thought vinyl would last forever.  You can’t go wrong with the artistry of albums, an art form lost on the smaller cd packaging.  Although, these days there are sets in both formats that go to the extreme to fans’ and collectors’ delight.

So, a few years ago, I finally graduated to modern technology and take advantage of music available on Spotify and radio programs on XFM.  I loved burning my own cd compilations but even that was limiting.  With Spotify I can compile to my hearts’ content without additional cost.  I can listen at home, in my car and on my phone.  It’s a win-win scenario, unlike the Kobayashi Maru 😉  Yup, I just exposed my geek side.  It’s great revisiting favorites and discovering music I otherwise have and would continue let pass me by.  Thanks to Linda and Amy (you know who you are 😉), I’ve discovered the greatness of The Rolling Stones and AC/DC without having to spend lots of money.           

I remember my dad telling me some years ago, “Vinyl’s making a comeback!”  I laughed and replied, “No way!  What the hell for, anyway?”  Like many others, I figured records had gone the way of VHS tapes.  They died out when DVDs took over, much like vinyl did when CDs came along.  Not long after, I was in Newbury Comics in Boston and saw he was right.  A few short years later, upon another visit, I saw that they had an entire room full of vinyl!  My dad got the last laugh on that one.  It would be a while before I returned to vinyl and am glad I did.  On the other side of the same token (as Dad used to say), I’m thankful for the technological advancement, too.  The best of both worlds.
























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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: March 26, 2020, 06:06:27 PM »
Mark Blum, Stage Veteran and Actor in 'Crocodile Dundee,' Dies From Coronavirus Complications at 69

God Bless 🙏 Rest In Peace 🙏




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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: March 26, 2020, 03:07:12 PM »
Harlem Globetrotters legend Curly Neal dies at age 77



God Bless 🙏 Rest In Peace 🙏




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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: March 21, 2020, 05:08:25 AM »
Country Legend Kenny Rogers Dies at 81



God Bless.  🙏 Rest In Peace. 🙏




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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: March 17, 2020, 05:11:00 PM »
Lyle Waggoner, Actor on 'The Carol Burnett Show' and 'Wonder Woman,' Dies at 84



Rest In Peace. 🙏 God Bless. 🙏




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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: March 09, 2020, 06:11:28 AM »
Max von Sydow, Star of 'The Seventh Seal' and 'The Exorcist,' Dies at 90

God Bless.  Rest In Peace.






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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: March 02, 2020, 03:20:52 PM »
James Lipton, Creator and Host of 'Inside the Actors Studio,' Dies at 93

God Bless You, sir.  May you Rest In Peace.






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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Movies I have watched this week
« on: February 24, 2020, 01:36:08 PM »
Bad Words is always funny.  Saw Happy Death Day for the first time, a different, effective take on the Groundhog Day film. 




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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2019 Movie Discussion
« on: February 24, 2020, 01:32:26 PM »
Glad you enjoyed it Jed.. I thought it was a great movie... Divided opinions tho...

Divided?  What do you mean?  Anyway, I can relate the the boy’s inner struggle and ultimate decision to change his opinion.


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Not to interrupt your flow, Jed, but a few months ago I bought a DVD set of the six Star Trek movies with the original cast. I've seen them before and enjoyed them. I'd watched just a few episodes of the original series before watching them just to get a general idea of what they were like (this also came after seeing the 2009 movie). It'd probably be worth going back into the original series (I don't remember if Netflix still has it).

No worries, man.  Glad to hear you’re checking them out.  I only began revisiting the 2nd season recently, along with the 1st season of Rawhide.  Lately, I’ve been revisiting The Wrath Of Khan repeatedly.  Still my favorite.  “Khaaaaaan!!!” 

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2019 Movie Discussion
« on: February 23, 2020, 04:23:48 PM »
Watched this last night.  Great movie!




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Off-Topic Discussion / Star Trek Appreciation Thread (TOS only please)
« on: February 20, 2020, 06:19:13 PM »
9/29/67 (Original Airdate)

2/02/08 (Remastered Airdate)

The basic plot to this is revisited in Star Trek: The Motion Picture.  Like the NASA space probe Voyager VI, Nomad was launched to collect data for return and study to Earth.  Similarly, it was altered during its’ journey, in turn becoming a danger to all life forms it would encounter. 

It’s entertaining to see Kirk expose Nomad’s flaw in its’ memory bank and pointing out that it is “in error” which leads to the probes’ self destruction.  It probably would’ve made more sense to have the logical Mr. Spock execute this task but Kirk did it in a more passionate and entertaining manner.





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Off-Topic Discussion / Star Trek Appreciation Thread (TOS only please)
« on: February 20, 2020, 06:13:39 PM »
“Who Mourns For Adonais?”

9/22/67 (Original Airdate)

1/12/08 (Remastered Airdate)

The Enterprise is held hostage by a being claiming to be Apollo, a God from Earth Greek mythology.  He demands to see Kirk and some crew members on his planet.  Kirk, McCoy, Scotty, Chekov and Lt. Carolyn Palamas beam down and before long learn Apollo’s intentions of having all aboard the ship follow them to worship him. 

Apollo is attracted to Lt. Palamas and he wins her affections by treating her kindly and changing her wardrobe from uniform to a beautiful gown.  She almost falls for him but Kirk is able to talk sense into her.  His anger at her rejection coincides with Spock discovering and destroying Apollo’s power source with Enterprise phasers.  Defeated, Apollo disappears. 






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Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re: Coop’s Rawhide Page
« on: February 20, 2020, 05:26:39 PM »
“Incident Of The Power And The Plow”
February 13, 1959
(Season 1, Episode 6)

The drovers encounter a bigoted rancher.  They are driven off the rancher’s land because of Favor buying candy for an Indian boy while in town stocking up on supplies.  With Favor and Rowdy’s intervention, war between the townspeople and neighboring Comanche Indian tribe is avoided. 




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Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re: Coop’s Rawhide Page
« on: February 20, 2020, 05:25:57 PM »
“Incident On The Edge Of Madness”
February 06, 1959
(Season 1, Episode 5)

Lon Chaney, Jr. is the standout here.  His character, Jesse reminds me of Lennie, Chaney’s role in Of Mice And Men twenty years earlier.




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Off-Topic Discussion / The Photographers thread: Show us your stuff!!
« on: February 20, 2020, 10:02:32 AM »
A Contemplative Walk
Pine Grove Cemetery
February 19, 2020

I change my route today, to extend my walking therapy.  I decide to go through a local cemetery where I live in Salem, New Hampshire.  I’ve passed it dozens of times since I’ve moved here, but this is my first visit.  At first, what I feel is somber.  I am always humbled when I enter a cemetery.  The gloomy feeling of finality is always present.  I look around and silently bless the dearly departed.  It’s sunny out today so I decide to capture some images of nature.  The sun is vibrant and alive in its’ glowing, powerful presence.  While this is the final resting place for many, the sun watches over them and the living as always.  I notice some dead branches and trees along the way and feel thankful God has granted me another day of existence.










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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Celebrity Obituary Thread
« on: February 18, 2020, 04:19:05 PM »

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“Amok Time”

9/15/67 (Original Airdate)

2/17/07 (Remastered Airdate)

A great opening to the second season of Star Trek.  Some of Spock’s Vulcan heritage is revealed, making for one of the all time best episodes.  In a surprising, unexpected turn of events Captain Kirk finds himself in a battle to the death against Mr. Spock. 

My favorite Star Trek quote comes from Nimoy as Spock in this episode:  “After a time you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting.  It is not logical, but it is often true.”




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Clint Eastwood Westerns / Re: Coop’s Rawhide Page
« on: February 15, 2020, 01:04:12 PM »
“Incident Of The Widowed Dove”
January 30, 1959
(Season 1, Episode 4)

The drovers blow off some steam at a nearby town and Rowdy unwittingly falls for a married woman.  A good episode where tensions arise between trail boss Gil Favor and head ramrod Rowdy Yates. 




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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2019 Movie Discussion
« on: February 10, 2020, 08:31:43 PM »
Finally got around to checking this movie out today.  Interesting and entertaining enough to hold my interest for the duration, but nowhere near as good as the first two Godfather films and Goodfellas.  I very much enjoyed seeing DeNiro, Pacino and Pesci working together. 




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