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  1. l33tplaya

    Bow porn

    Like! Great bow pr0n.
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    Low end Markie?

    Ok, I'll bite. How the heck can you tell from those pictures about the fingerboard. I could barely see the fingerboard!
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    Mentor - shop share - making friend - southside Chicago

    Joliet has that great charm school... So I'd stay away from Joliet.* I understand their "graduates" work for Lincoln Park Pirates, going all the way to Wilmette and Gary? Seriously, there's that great violin school in Skokie...Some graduates hang around; perhaps some students and other n00b graduates have a meet up? You will have to spend some time movin' on up to the North side, though. Otherwise, with those great violin shops and music stores downtown, I would think there must be some great meet ups, somewhere w/i walking distance of the "El?" * Steve Goodman and Jethro Burns, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE5HtTxxJRM
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    Violin ID Quiz

    A Nestor Audinot? Very pretty, but how does it sound? The french violins I have tried looked great, but in the end, most just break your heart.
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    Not Chinese Fake!

    You did. Several.
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    Hargrave website down.

    Some newspapers chose to not comply with GDPR - too onerous, so they merely blocked all foreign communications. If you use a VPN to get around that "block," as the VPN would disguise your address to not be from the EU, then the site would have prima facie evidence that you skirted "reasonable measures" to secure the site from having to comply with GDPR. As I understand it, the problem is mostly the pre-existing customers, as many sites/companies have no idea what data is stored where, so they can't comply with providing the data to inquiring customers, never mind the obnoxious "right to be forgotten." I excerpt an article below...Note that my hometown LAT is one of those sites. Dmitri, I'd ask for my $$ back. Or, at least make sure they give you a credit and suspend your access until such time as they fix it. I would also ask for extra time for the inconvenience. LAT is pretty good at granting that if you are insistent. ASk for at least an extra month. For not informing you, ask for two! :-) What has changed for users? Individuals in the European Union have a right to know what data are collected about them and why, how long it will be stored and how it will be processed. Users also have a right to have their personal data deleted in certain circumstances. They also need to have the option to be able to appeal to the human decision-makers behind algorithms. Organizations need to obtain active consent from individuals before collecting data in many circumstances and are obligated to report data security breaches to authorities within 72 hours. Why do U.S. companies have to comply with those rules? Governments can fine organizations up to 4% of their global revenue for noncompliance, including for failure to process data lawfully, for not having a data protection officer and for security breaches. Is anyone already risking legal consequences? Yes. Vienna-based privacy watchdog None of Your Business filed complaints Friday against Google, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. The group believes that those four social networks or messaging services essentially force their users to agree to their privacy standards or not use the services at all, rather than modifying their standards to ensure more online privacy and data protection. What are the downsides for consumers? Some companies have chosen to go blank in Europe instead of having to comply with the expansive privacy regulations, including websites such as Unroll.me and Klout. More widely accessed U.S. media outlets — including news outlets belonging to Tronc Inc., such as the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune — similarly blocked some of their European users starting Friday. It is uncertain when or if those websites will become accessible again. Before the law took effect Friday, consumers also complained about a number of bureaucratic challenges, such as an influx of consent-seeking emails from companies trying to distribute their newsletters, or doctors making their patients sign pages-long forms about how to store their data. If it's all so complicated, why did Europe bother to introduce the rules? European Union regulators have always been much tougher on the tech companies than their U.S. counterparts have; for instance, the EU forced the companies to give users more control, imposing fines for noncompliance and requiring platforms to spot and delete illegal content. Depending on the EU country, there is generally also more public backing there than in the United States for the sort of expansive regulations that took effect Friday.
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    Very basic intro to varnishing needed

    No, this is the method we learned in the workshop two years ago. Darnton did a live demo; it works well. In your description, you left out a few steps - for example, you protect the neck so force is only applied where the kerfs are cut; and there are "braces" or heavy padding applied to the scroll, and perhaps body. I agree with Preuss; from asking around, this method is fairly common. OTOH, if you make an error in the cuts, like not far enough in or deep enough, or if they didn't use hide glue...
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    Stefano Scarampella Fake quality

    Nathan, If I understand Mr. Ratcliffe correctly, the answer is yes, it depends. If The match is good, that is the pattern correspond precisely to a known good standard, then the match is accurate. The presumptive date - modern or old, isn't so much a question or problem. But Modern/contemporary dating ability might not be as good, because there are fewer known samples, perhaps. You'll note that they - the dendrochronologists - usually give % or likelihoods for more than 1 match, depending on pattern match which could be different years. That along with a chronosynplastic infidibulum, and you should be good to go with a new or corroborated date.
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    Tool sharpening

    I get why you don't like the diameter - this one is almost 10", vs preferred 6"; and 220 is too fine, though I think my teacher uses 60 or 80, not 40 - but the description says variable speed, so presumably it could do 1500 rpm or slower? Or did I miss something by using google translate? Though I am partial to non-electric (hand crank) wheels.
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    Tool sharpening

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    Ever seen anything like this?

    Exactly. From wikipedia: " He is best known for his work with the band Steep Canyon Rangers along with banjo player and comedian Steve Martin." See here in his earlier days, with Steve Martin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjiOauPThVw Also see here, scroll down, sound much better: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/10/watch-steve-martins-paste-studio-session.html I thought for a second it might have been borrowed from Sam Bush but I checked his twitter account and couldn't see any more pix of that finger guard.
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    Trigger finger

    Recovery from this type of surgery is fairly quick; the thumb has lots of blood vessels.. At 3 weeks you have a lot of function back, and most strength at 6 weeks. Are you doing paraffin baths with the PT? Best of luck! I disagree with George re acupuncture; there is good scientific evidence for some pain that it works better than placebos or drugs. He is correct about not doing more than 2 injections; actually, 3 -lifetime limit on the joint/tendon. Repeat it more than 2x in a short time period -1-2 years - and the tendon weakens significantly, possibly inviting a tear or rupture. One injection is good for diagnostic purposes and palliative: it reduces inflammation directly, and sometimes that is enough to fix the problem semi-permanently, and one injection is less risky than surgery. Sometimes two injections are necessary to reduce swelling and inflammation. But if that doesn't fix it, you are usually inviting trouble by continuing. Most of my surgeons have told me that the limit is 3 lifetime, and I think it is good to "save" that last one for emergencies, i.e., when you can't move.
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    Someone already observed that Chris hosts what's left of Prairie Home Companion every week on NPR. Then there's this; I have a particular liking to the Alison Krauss and Robert Plant album... (Raising Sand) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy9B43ERrbw
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    Mouse poop

    I was thinking of a vacuum... May be hard to find a flexible hose that won't damage the f holes, so best scenario is probably to remove the top. That would also help for any irradiation.
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    Tracking device suggestions

    Costco has a 3 pack of trackers that feature user replaceable batteries, good for a year, 200' range, and after discount and free shipping, $40.00. Offer only good until 5/2. The downside is that Peeblebee is not as popular as TrackR or Tile...https://www.costco.com/Pebblebee-Tracker---Item-%26-Phone-Finder-3-pack.product.100375738.html?&EMID=B2C_2018_0429_TiresSolo