• Spring 2015 Playlist

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  • Youth

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  • The Blue Album

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    be nice left a comment on 5/24/2015 at 11:58 PM:

    be nice.


    scaleworm left a comment on 5/3/2015 at 12:29 PM:

    I’ve had this happen to me.
    .... my interpretation of your post:

    Scenario: I use all tube gear (not boasting, it took me a long time to get all of my ingredients (components and cables} in place: my sound stage is the product), and it takes about 20 minutes for them to warm up to sweet perfection level.

    I get it all hooked up ( have to switch my main speakers from a digital multichannel system for film/netflix, or streaming digital music {Alpha Boy school radio}, to play LPs, or tube-DAC converted CDs.

    I FINALLY get the system where I want it, I swear to God, when someone drops over, and I have to lift the stylus… “Say it ain’t so” indeed.

    p.s. I have the ten year old lime green plinthed P3, it is a great little TT and use it exclusively in my office two channel system.

    I hope that you and your family are well.
    Cheers!


    Harry left a comment on 4/6/2015 at 1:28 PM:

    Rugby? Fail. Shirts? Fail. Ties? Fail. Candles? Fail. Pillows? Fail. Slippers? Fail. Hats? Fail. Poetry? Fail isn’t the word. Now we have ‘made to measure’. I wonder.


    JFK's Ghost left a comment on 4/3/2015 at 10:19 PM:

    The comments are good. I miss this blog.


    Jennifer left a comment on 3/28/2015 at 10:18 PM:

    The poetry is so terrible, creepy and painful to read. Egan needs a friend to save him from himself.


    Corey left a comment on 3/28/2015 at 3:43 AM:

    Mr. Castleberry, why not allow your readers to comment on your original content but allow your readers to comment on content borrowed from others (the you tube clip)? Your blog seems to have less energy as it once did, and I rather enjoyed the comments as much as the content itself. At one time, I really enjoyed the photography of random people (some not so random?) because I liked to see others dressed as I like to dress. In short, your photography of others who embrace preppy style offered variety but it seems you only post photos of yourself and disable the comment feature. Not good, in my opinion. Your blog could be so much better…


    RCP left a comment on 3/27/2015 at 1:01 AM:

    “And if you look to your left, you’ll see the rapid decline of what was once a really great style blog!”


    Fred left a comment on 3/26/2015 at 2:49 PM:

    This is what you do now - aggressively, constantly ape Wes Anderson and tweet about whole foods. Jesus.


    Sam left a comment on 3/25/2015 at 8:28 AM:

    Saw them play this album at LIU Post in 1994. Still one of my favorites.


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  • Brilliant Thief

    Top Drawer | Miscellany  

    Brilliant Bicycle Company launched their beautifully simple bicycles today in what is sure to change how America buys a bicycle. While cutting out the middle man in the industry is disruptively exciting, what's even more alluring is the insurance program Brilliant is rolling out later this year. For a paltry premium each month, Brilliant will insure your bike against damage, theft, and astroid collision. No questions asked. So go ahead and feel free to finish that bagel.

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  • Brilliant Bicycle Company

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    “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”
    —H.G. Wells

    The Theory of Relativity was born on one.
    As a boy, John Lennon slept in his bed with one.
    Helen Keller rode one…tandem.
    At 67, Leo Tolstoy learned to ride one.
    New York is magical on one.

    The bicycle may be the pinnacle of human genius as we know it. It’s unrivaled in its precision, balance, and convenience. Unlike prior inventions for the convenience of man, the more he used it, the fitter his body became. It was a thing of beauty then. Largely unchanged since 1910, it still is today.

    “Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others."
    —Elizabeth West

    A seductive 90s steel frame Bianchi road bike hangs in my home office. Handsome Brooks England leather handlebar tape, saddle, toe straps, and saddle bag flatter the celeste frame. Exquisite ride. There’s only one problem. I can’t lock it up anywhere. The city would kidnap my baby in a heartbeat. And if not the entire bike, at least the Brooks saddle. I’ve been relegated to the subway for the better part of three years, blind to the winsome corners this city only shows those on two wheels. Brilliant Bicycle Company is seeking to change that.

    Brilliant simplified design, cut out the middleman, and is leveraging e-commerce. The result is a beautifully minimalist bicycle at half traditional retail prices, easily purchased online. Upon delivery (which is always free, by the way), I assembled my bike in 45 minutes. The instructions are incredibly easy to follow. In-home concierge service is available ($69) for those who’ve never assembled a piece of IKEA furniture.

    The most impressive feat Brilliant has pulled off? Insurance. Brilliant will replace your bike due to damage, theft, and asteroid collision. No questions asked—for only $9 a month! In New York, where bike theft is more common than Nuts 4 Nuts carts, this is the second coming of Christ. The Sistene Chapel. The seventh installment of Star Wars. It’s that good.

    The ride is sturdy, yet nimble. And good grief is it gorgeous. Largely devoid of logos and graphics, onlookers are left to marvel at the diamond frame in vibrant colors like Deforges Blue, Adachi Marsala, and Wells mint. How this has not been done before in this Internet day and age seems impossible. It seems, well, brilliant.

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