Sunday, July 5, 2015

Top 5 Professional-grade Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder

If you have visited here often, you may have noticed there will be a flurry of posts about Texas politics during the biennial (One 135 day legislative session every two years) or during election seasons. I'll get busy on a project and not post regularly for a week or more at times. Then something in Alaska, or Wisconsin or somewhere else catches my interest and I'm writing and posting links to the subject.
 I'm not going to completely ignore politics here at R.D.& S however I have several other interests and am going to explore and focus on some of them in the future, also.

 For a brief background, one of my interests for many, many, years has been music. I played either guitar or bass professionally, briefly, for a few years with three professional, and professional quality, (two to five night a week working bands) and was an American Federal of Musicians member. I am not an active A.F.M. member at this time but a retired member of the Texas American Federation of Teachers (T.A.F.T.). I have, also for decades, played music with numerous semiprofessional and hobby groups.


HERE'S WHAT I WANT INPUT AND COMMENTS ABOUT!

During the 1970's  and 1980's I did a lot of recording on semi-professional reel to reel tape recorders. I am about 2/3rds finished with a project involving the preserving, mastering, editing and trimming a few, three decade old cassette tapes. I bought a program for my computer and worked on this for some time. I couldn't get it done without a professional doing the mastering. The project is turning out so well I'm going to buy a reel to reel recorder / player to go through my many reels of tape. Some of the recording may have some good quality music. Those, that do, I am going to get  mastered and digitally preserved by a professional, (see my recommendation below), while the tapes are still in good condition. What brand of machine should I buy?  How much is a decent quality machine worth? About how much is the cost of  a good product in good condition. This is an open question to anyone who has an opinion on this subject. It's easy to comment here. Only posts over two weeks old are moderated. It is a simple process to put your comment here. Your e-mail address will never be published. I only even have a sign in process at all to prevent spam and advertising which is inappropriate. There's a link at the bottom of this post to what E-bay writes about reel to reel recorders. Keep in mind they sell them for people.
I've already placed bids on three machines but haven't purchased one yet and the bidding is already closed on two of them.


***NOTE: I have kept this blog advertising free for a long time. I do recommend occasionally people or companies, especially those who excel in their specialties. For digitally preserving, mastering a tape recording, your last copy of your record, this includes personal or professional recordings in almost any form, I recommend Eric Van Der Vyk, King Tet Productions, San Diego, CA.  Go to his website first, consider carefully what your project is, and fill out a form describing it. He is likely busy mastering something for somebody right now. He checks his contacts regularly and will E-Mail you back with a few questions for clarity and contact you by phone personally, give you a written quote, and professionally do the project agreed upon.***
Kenneth D. Franks

Top 5 Professional-grade Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Big Schools Don't Fry: Not All Districts Warm to Miller's Initiative, by Liz Crampton

I was a classroom teacher in public schools for nearly thirty years. There's nothing like having a classroom full of eight or ninth grade students. It can be especially exciting if most of them just consumed a couple of high caffeine, and high sugar content sodas and candy with sugar and caffeine both, before entering a classroom. Miller should try teaching one of these classes sometime.



Big Schools Don't Fry: Not All Districts Warm to Miller's Initiative, by Liz Crampton

Monday, June 29, 2015

Out of Step (And Falling Behind)

Texas is on the wrong side of history according to Paul Burka. 



Out of Step (And Falling Behind)

Here’s What Else the Supreme Court Did Today

It was a mixed bag today at The Supreme Court. Texas, the state of Texas and corporate sponsors of Republican elected officials, not its citizens, won a case for polluters. Voters won in a case which continues to allow non-partisan redistricting to be legal in existing states. It should be required, in my opinion, not just allowed, to be a method of redistricting. U.T. at Austin and its affirmative action on admissions is going to be considered in the Supreme Court's next term. Lastly as many as 9 abortion clinics in Texas will be allowed to stay open for now.

Here’s What Else the Supreme Court Did Today

Supreme Court Thwarts EPA Mercury Rules in a Victory for Texas, by Jim Malewitz and Neena Satija

When Texas' largest polluters win in the courts it's a loss for the citizens of the state.



Supreme Court Thwarts EPA Mercury Rules in a Victory for Texas, by Jim Malewitz and Neena Satija

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies, by Edgar Walters and Alexa Ura

Greg Abbott, Texas Governor, expressed 'disappointment' this morning about The Supreme Court ruling which allows 800,000 middle and low income Texans to continue to have medical insurance. Greg Abbott was disappointed the Supreme Court didn't undermine the law. He didn't say I wish more Texans would go bankrupt due to one illness or we should not have a means to make sure all Texans have the opportunity to purchase affordable insurance but he might as well have. He didn't say quality health care is only for the rich but he might as well have said this also. Greg Abbott was hurt, and  lost the mobility of his legs as the result of a terrible freak accident which was no fault of his own. It just happened to happen in River Oaks, an exclusive neighborhood in Houston, Texas. He received medical care. He sued. He received a large settlement. During his stewardship in Texas government, those types of settlements are denied to Texans every day now. Now, he's even against middle class and low income Texans having enough medical care coverage at a reasonable cost to keep them from losing everything they own due to just one illness or accident. Greg, how much did the Koch brothers and the devil give you for your compassion for the plight of others, and your soul?

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies, by Edgar Walters and Alexa Ura

Abbott would like to restore the uninsured rate – Off the Kuff

Here's just another example of, "The Perpetual Conservative Delusion Machine," one of my new favorite phrases from a Frank Moraes post, from, Frankly Curious, blog I posted yesterday. In good news, The Supreme Court, just in the last few minutes, has ruled in the affirmative on the constitutionality of insurance subsidies in The Affordable Care Act / Obama-care.

Abbott would like to restore the uninsured rate – Off the Kuff

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Perpetual Conservative Delusion Machine

Yes, Nixon did have an enemies list. The traits, of Republicans, especially the most right leaning ones, project on their political opponents the way they, these Republicans, think, act, talk, and feel.   Democrats have ideas, love policy, and make lists of what could possibly be best for our state, county, city, and country. What would actually make things better for everyone?, We love policy and discussing what is the right balance. We have opponents on the other side of the political spectrum but not enemies.
 I have contempt for anything other than war, being called, WAR. Whether it is the war on drugs, poverty, crime, just name it. Don't use this rhetoric and play on your side of the field.
 We have challenges. There are struggles. There are opponents. Republicans though, the far right especially, love war metaphors, and yes, Orwellian names, and battle symbolism. It's repeated over and over again. When there is no basis of facts for what is being espoused repeating the same things over and over again still doesn't make it true. Perpetual delusion is their game. Read the Jonathan Chait link also.
I somehow I've missed, as in this is the first time I've clicked on Frank Moraes's, Frankly Curious, blog.  He writes about a lot of topics. Check it out also.

The Perpetual Conservative Delusion Machine

jobsanger: Spring Of 2015 Was The Hottest On Record

Federal Family Planning Cuts Target Planned Parenthood

Texas goes the wrong direction on family planning and teen pregnancy prevention again.

Federal Family Planning Cuts Target Planned Parenthood

Do the roots of the racial economic gap run so deep that real solutions are out of reach?

1. Public Education, 1. Public Education 1. Public Education.  Which party supports it? The deep roots of the racial economic gap must be pulled up through the education of this generation and the next and the next.

Do the roots of the racial economic gap run so deep that real solutions are out of reach?

UT/TT Poll: Texans Divided on Guns, Discrimination, by Ross Ramsey

Texas Democrats recognize real discrimination and its real victims. Republicans believe in the imaginary war on Christmas.



UT/TT Poll: Texans Divided on Guns, Discrimination, by Ross Ramsey

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Meet your Constitutional amendments – Off the Kuff

There's still plenty of time to decide how you feel about these. For now here's Charles Kuffner's take on a couple he's leaning heavily toward voting for and a couple he's not for. It's better to start looking at them now. Sometimes they may look better in the polling booth than they actually are. The main thing to remember is, we have the power by voting to stop the bad ones in their tracks. K.D.F.

Meet your Constitutional amendments – Off the Kuff

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Abbott Vetoes Overdose Defense, Emergency Detention Bills, by Patrick Svitek

It's fairly obvious that Gregg Abbott's tool box for drug policies only contains a gun, handcuffs and prison keys. There doesn't seem to be room for treatment in his policies. He thinks drug abuse is a criminal justice only issue.



Abbott Vetoes Overdose Defense, Emergency Detention Bills, by Patrick Svitek

Sunday, May 31, 2015

How Wal-Mart Became the Town Square in Rural America

Shop, get the cheapest gasoline price, get glasses, bank, find fast food, sell or give away a kitten or puppy, in rural America there's Wal-Mart. In many towns of a certain size, they may be the only game in town. For the most part, in rural America, the charming hardware store, the small grocer, and many niche stores are just a memory.



How Wal-Mart Became the Town Square in Rural America

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Legislature Is Hoarding $18 Billion of Your Money

Texas, I live here.  Some of my family ancestors, the last to get here, came well back in the 1800's. All of the others likely were here much earlier. The Texas Legislature is hording money, Texan's money, our money. Yes, and to top that, from, "The Rainy Day Fund." We've had a fifty, maybe a one hundred year flood, a real deluge, just this spring, it's still in the news, so why are they hording this fund? Infrastructure, rebuilding, we could use some of that. Roads, waterways, schools: Have there ever been more rainy days in your memory in Texas, in a short time span than in the last six weeks? Maybe they should have nick-named it something else. The Economic Stabilization Fund is the real name and there's $18 billion dollars in it. Some is needed for infrastructure, some is needed to help Texas families, and some to jump start, again, the Texas economy. How about a special session Gregg, Governor Abbott, sir, to help Texans? 



The Legislature Is Hoarding $18 Billion of Your Money

Juanita Jean's | Well, This Happened

I heard Tom Delay and Dennis Hastert just liked helping other people. Maybe I'm wrong. I'm not sure after this.



Juanita Jean's | Well, This Happened

Fifth Circuit panel declines to lift immigration executive order injunction – Off the Kuff

This was to be expected. It's likely the that the Fifth Circuit was chosen for this type of legal challenge.  It could have been filed in several other jurisdictions. This circuit was thought to produce a more pleasing outcome by the folks that filled the injunction.

Fifth Circuit panel declines to lift immigration executive order injunction – Off the Kuff

The fallout from the chubfest – Off the Kuff

At the capital, it's guns, ethics, combined with crunch time in the Texas Legislature. Campus carry and open carry by permit holders are still being debated by the legislature. Both bills have survived so far but slightly different versions by the Texas House and Texas Senate necessitate compromise by someone. Ethics legislation which is unfinished could be taken up by a special session.

fallout from the chubfest – Off the Kuff

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

5 Points On How 'One Person, One Vote' Is Suddenly In Jeopardy

When conservatives challenge voting, the way redistricting is done, or in this case, "One person one vote," what is going on? Redistricting is traditionally done after each U.S. Census. The U.S. Census, reliable total population numbers, are now used to draw voting districts. This challenge, if successful, could change what voting districts are based upon. What would Republicans replace the U.S. Census population numbers with? It would likely be the metric which could strengthen Republican districts significantly and weakened Democratic leaning ones the most.


5 Points On How 'One Person, One Vote' Is Suddenly In Jeopardy

The Tired Old “Both Sides Getting More Extreme” Meme

While catching up on national politics and posting some links today I found this post by Ed Kilgore, writing for The Washington Monthly, Political Animal blog.

The Tired Old “Both Sides Getting More Extreme” Meme

SCOTUS to hear Texas “one person one vote” challenge – Off the Kuff

Here's more on the, "One person one vote," challenge from, Charles Kuffner's, Off the Kuff  blog, with links to background information on the challenge.





SCOTUS to hear Texas “one person one vote” challenge – Off the Kuff