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Re: A thread for pointless Friday ramblings.
« Reply #5040 on: April 12, 2018, 09:03:50 AM »
I don't know if I should be excited about the fact that romantic love doesn't come naturally to me and that I don't have to worry about the troubles associated with it, or to wail bitter tears over the fact that I'm not in the loop anymore.

Tbf, though, the stories I read and hear about make everyone sound like they're on crack. Happy to be single, preferably for life. <3

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« Reply #5041 on: April 12, 2018, 10:36:41 AM »
I enjoyed whiling away the desk warming hours with CO2's shenanigans and adventures in Indonesia and the like.  I was hoping the Taiwanese encounter might lead to some more high drama and scuttlebutt.  Back to reading every possible article I can about the Leafs, Bruins match-up and lamenting the fact I'll be missing a lot of playoff hockey.  At least the sports tavern I visit plays Leafs games due to the owner/manager being a fan.

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« Reply #5042 on: April 13, 2018, 11:58:17 AM »
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« Reply #5043 on: April 16, 2018, 10:23:11 AM »
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« Reply #5045 on: April 16, 2018, 11:59:03 AM »
A pigeon made her nest in the rafters of a walkway between two of the buildings at my school last month.  It was interesting because the mum sat on her eggs for the whole time and the students found it interesting to walk past and say hi.  Then a couple of weeks ago the eggs hatched and the mum sat with them.  I saw the mum this morning and now she's gone and has for most of the day.  All I can see now is two little heads poking up out of the nest.  I doubt they're ready to fly yet.  Hmmmm!

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« Reply #5046 on: April 16, 2018, 01:05:05 PM »
^that is lovely.

Anyone know much about mini guitars? Asking for a friend.

Who's our resident guitarist? Mister Tim?? 

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« Reply #5047 on: April 16, 2018, 01:08:06 PM »

Anyone know much about mini guitars? Asking for a friend.

Who's our resident guitarist? Mister Tim??

Depends what you mean and what you want to know. Do you mean guitars where everything is scaled down including the scale length of the strings (ie something suitable for young children to play), or guitars where everything is scaled down except the scale length (ie just the body and hardware), so it still feels like playing a full-sized guitar neck but is more travel-friendly?

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« Reply #5048 on: April 16, 2018, 01:10:47 PM »
Mini/student-sized guitar:



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« Reply #5049 on: April 16, 2018, 01:54:39 PM »
^that is lovely.

I was a little worried but saw now that the mum came back.  I don't think they'd survive at night in the cold.  The cute thing was when the egg hatched the shell dropped on the floor.  I picked it up and put it on the handrail.  A couple of hours later, some students had put it in a box with 'The egg hatched' written on it.   :laugh: :-*

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« Reply #5050 on: April 16, 2018, 02:31:38 PM »
^that is lovely.

I was a little worried but saw now that the mum came back.  I don't think they'd survive at night in the cold.  The cute thing was when the egg hatched the shell dropped on the floor.  I picked it up and put it on the handrail.  A couple of hours later, some students had put it in a box with 'The egg hatched' written on it.   :laugh: :-*

 :laugh: That's so cute I want to punch something.

guitars where everything is scaled down except the scale length (ie just the body and hardware), so it still feels like playing a full-sized guitar neck but is more travel-friendly?

This. Interested in acoustic only. My friend is a complete beginner so if you know of anything on the inexpensive end for non-musicians... lol.

Actually, I'm curious as well. If you also happen to have recommendations for something with decent sound that doesn't cost an arm and a leg...  :laugh:  I vaguely researched a smidge out of curiosity and apparently there are mini Martins... 

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« Reply #5051 on: April 16, 2018, 03:23:11 PM »

This. Interested in acoustic only. My friend is a complete beginner so if you know of anything on the inexpensive end for non-musicians... lol.

Actually, I'm curious as well. If you also happen to have recommendations for something with decent sound that doesn't cost an arm and a leg...  :laugh:  I vaguely researched a smidge out of curiosity and apparently there are mini Martins...

Yeah, the Martin Backpacker has kinda been the standard travel-size option for guitars for like 20 years now. They look a little wonky...



...but they're certainly portable. They don't have very much projection, so don't expect to be able to use it for group singalongs or anything, but they're fine if you just want something to learn/practice on.

Another popular option is the Baby Taylor series by Taylor guitars:



They're bigger than the Martins, but still significantly smaller than a standard acoustic. They cost a bit more, but are still sub-$400. Oddly, despite being larger overall than the Martin, it actually has a shorter neck scale length (22.75" vs 24"). Since the body is bigger than the Martin, it will sound bigger and project more, while sacrificing a bit of the Martin's portability.

If you(r friend) just want something portable to noodle and learn on, the Martin should be fine. If you think you might ever want to play around/for people in some sort of group situation (campfire, livingroom singalong, whatever), the Baby Taylor would probably be better.

There are other companies making guitars similar in size to the Taylor for a bit less money, just look for "travel guitars." One brand that comes to mind is Luna, who makes a number of models in the $150-200 range. They also tend to put doofy art all over everything, but I suppose some people must like it, or they wouldn't be selling.




As a bit of a wildcard option, if you just want something portable to learn onm you could look at the brand Traveler Guitars. Making travel-sized guitars with full-length necks is pretty much their only thing. You'd need something to plug it into if you REALLY want to hear it, but you can get interfaces to use with phone apps and computers if need be.


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« Reply #5052 on: April 16, 2018, 04:02:26 PM »
Thank you for all the data, Mister Tim! 

I gotta admit... the Martin Backpacker looks a little too atrocious for my taste, though I'm sure the quality is fine for what it is considering their maker.  And some reviews say it sounds a wee bit like a banjo??  :shocked:

This Martin has a fun finish and a normal shaped body. :laugh: But the Little Martins start edging into the $400 - 500 range and I feel like for that price I may as well just invest in another decent regular sized instrument, hahah.  I'll have to check out some baby Taylors if I can find any next time I'm home. 

I'm thinking Luna or something in a similar price range might be good for my friend.  Though, I wonder what can be found in Korea?  I only know of one music market in Busan (Bujeon).  But maybe online shopping can be an option.

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« Reply #5053 on: April 16, 2018, 04:41:11 PM »
Thank you for all the data, Mister Tim! 

I gotta admit... the Martin Backpacker looks a little too atrocious for my taste, though I'm sure the quality is fine for what it is considering their maker.  And some reviews say it sounds a wee bit like a banjo??  :shocked:

This Martin has a fun finish and a normal shaped body. :laugh: But the Little Martins start edging into the $400 - 500 range and I feel like for that price I may as well just invest in another decent regular sized instrument, hahah.  I'll have to check out some baby Taylors if I can find any next time I'm home. 

I'm thinking Luna or something in a similar price range might be good for my friend.  Though, I wonder what can be found in Korea?  I only know of one music market in Busan (Bujeon).  But maybe online shopping can be an option.

Another search term to look for that just occurred to me is "parlor guitar." Back in the day (Pre-WW2, generally speaking), guitars were often something played by women hosting people in their parlors, and were usually much smaller than the guitars that would become popular later. Luckily for your friend (or you?), parlor guitars have sort of come back into fashion in recent years, so there are plenty of companies making them at a variety of price points.

Here's a handy-dandy size comparison chart showing the differences between the most common acoustic body shapes:



A quick browse of my usual korean gear sites (freebud.co.kr and schoolmusic.co.kr, if you're curious  8) ) shows that you can get them from a number of brands here, including the Korean brand Cort, which has a reputation internationally for making good bang-for-your buck instruments.

296,000 KRW



208,000 KRW




(Don't let that label fool you, the brand is Korean, but those particular models are made in China  :laugh: )

Both of those are parlor body sized but still have full-length string scales. They'll take up much less room than a "regular" acoustic, and they don't look as dumb as a backpacker. For what it's worth, for quality I trust Cort more than I do Luna, but not as much as Taylor.
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« Reply #5054 on: April 16, 2018, 06:15:34 PM »
This guitar looks really cool:



http://www.journeyinstruments.com

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« Reply #5055 on: April 16, 2018, 08:08:25 PM »
Just dropped 200 000W at Uniqlo. I'm gonna look fresh as shit for my bday party this Sat.

It's in Seongsu, anyone wanna come? haha  :police:

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« Reply #5056 on: April 16, 2018, 08:46:34 PM »
I've noticed that whenever I try speaking to people in my school in Korean I always get the reaction of like...
"What? Huh? *laughter* What?"

I actually stopped trying to speak and just show them google translate on my phone because that was always the reaction and I felt like I was completely wrong when speaking. But I'd look it up and practice 20 times on my walk to school and say "The weather is good today!" or "Where is the library?" but every reaction was just "what? what?" and I'd get embarrassed and say forget it.

Is it a common occurrence for everyone or are people just shocked/unwilling to communicate?

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« Reply #5057 on: April 16, 2018, 08:54:17 PM »
I've noticed that whenever I try speaking to people in my school in Korean I always get the reaction of like...
"What? Huh? *laughter* What?"

I actually stopped trying to speak and just show them google translate on my phone because that was always the reaction and I felt like I was completely wrong when speaking. But I'd look it up and practice 20 times on my walk to school and say "The weather is good today!" or "Where is the library?" but every reaction was just "what? what?" and I'd get embarrassed and say forget it.

Is it a common occurrence for everyone or are people just shocked/unwilling to communicate?

Koreans learn English using the Korean alphabet, and as such pronounce everything in Korean.  as such it can be almost impossible to understand, but the system is broken beyond repair and they expect you to understand what they are (badly, really badly) saying.  If you can't it is your fault for not making the mental leap.

As for speaking Korean, if you make even the most miniscule deviation from the standard pronunciation, Koreans will not attempt to guess what they think you mean, nor offer a suggestion.  they will look at you blankly, and when they find out what you mean will announce it as if you were a million miles away, and then laugh at the (non-existent) distance between the 2 pronunciations.  I mean, can they not venture a guess is you  say "방" instead of "빵".  Sure it is a bit funny (akin to kitchen and chicken) but seriously, it aint that much of a stretch...

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« Reply #5058 on: April 17, 2018, 08:25:44 AM »
Just dropped 200 000W at Uniqlo. I'm gonna look fresh as shit for my bday party this Sat.

It's in Seongsu, anyone wanna come? haha  :police:
Fresh as shit? Really?  :laugh:

Anyway, happiest of birthdays! And remember, it's not 1 year closer to the grave if you plan on living forever!  ;D

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« Reply #5059 on: April 17, 2018, 08:35:11 AM »
I've noticed that whenever I try speaking to people in my school in Korean I always get the reaction of like...
"What? Huh? *laughter* What?"

I actually stopped trying to speak and just show them google translate on my phone because that was always the reaction and I felt like I was completely wrong when speaking. But I'd look it up and practice 20 times on my walk to school and say "The weather is good today!" or "Where is the library?" but every reaction was just "what? what?" and I'd get embarrassed and say forget it.

Is it a common occurrence for everyone or are people just shocked/unwilling to communicate?

something similar happened to my yesterday. i was leaving the gym and i saw this older man (mid 40's i would guess) walking into the gym. we have seen each other inside the gym many times. i am only foreigner that goes to this place. there are NO OTHER shops or restaurants inside this building yet. my gym is on the 7th floor and every other floor of the building is completely empty.  the gym is the ONLY business open inside this building. if you are going into or out of this building, it's because you belong to this gym.

as i'm walking out and he's walking in, i hold the door for him and greet him in korean. he stands there and stares. we are both in the doorway with me holding the door open awkwardly. i ask him in korean if he's going to the gym. he stands there and doesn't answer but continues to just stare at me. i could tell he was a bit shocked that a stranger (and foreigner) for that matter was trying to make small talk with him. what got me frustrated was i was speaking korean...how/why could this dude not just hit me with an anyong and be on his way. he just completely froze and stood there. keep in mind, this wasn't some rice farmer that has lived out in the sticks his whole life that has never had convo with a foreigner, this is a businessman in a suit carrying a briefcase. it was so awkward i just said something like, allllright then and walked out of the doorway while he was still standing there.


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