June 22, 2011

Calling All Southwest Nerdcore...

by Chris Randall

I don't believe there are enough 'core types in the Pho-Sco / Tucson area to warrant a true AH-type meet-up, and also, I find that format to be somewhat stifling. "THOU SHALT HAVE PATCH CORDS!" But I thought it might be fun to have a Hard Core Gear Porn Get-Together type thing for the folks here on the surface of the sun in the Valley Of The Sun.

To that end, I'm attempting to gauge interest in same. If it's just, like, 6 people or whatever and nobody is bringing a GX-1 or a full stack Plexi we can just do it here at my house, as I have plenty of room. However, if it's more than that, some other plan would need to be come up with, and that plan would depend on the number of people attending, and what gear they would like to pimp.

So, if you'd like to attend a get-together tentatively scheduled for the 2nd Saturday in August (8/13/11) drop me a line and let me know what, if anything, you'd like to show off, and any what infrastructure you'd need for same. I'll attempt to make some sort of spreadsheet or some shit and determine whether an external locale would be needed.

Also too, if you just post something in the comments but don't write me, then you're not counted. Email me so I can take advantage of the wonderful filtering technology of today's advanced e-mail apps.


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Jun.22.2011 @ 11:01 PM
I want hear that shit ! Record... and dont forget to turn off the loop button ! Someone better bring some foogers to run the cmu through ! Post some loops from that session... FMOF !!!!!!! baaarrghhhh!

Jun.22.2011 @ 11:48 PM
please do this again in the spring or fall, i've got family in your neighborhood (relatively speaking), it would be a good excuse for a visit. but it's hot enough here that time of year, and hard to descend further into the furnace. (only 102 today compared to your 113)

Jun.23.2011 @ 3:49 PM
113? One hundred and thirteen degrees?
My admiration for you hardy pioneer types, already high, has gone through the roof. Although I often wish for better weather here near Manchester, that sort of heat would melt my eyeballs and cause all my body hair to burst into flames.
My daughter was born near London on the hotttest day of the year in 2006-- 91 degrees.
You must all be made out of asbestos.
Seriously, is it at all possible to work on music (or anything else) without serious aircon?

Jun.23.2011 @ 4:03 PM
air conditioner = mandatory

but a lot of people get used to the heat after a time.

Jun.23.2011 @ 4:17 PM
Adam Schabtach
Adaptation definitely plays a role; it's 87F here right now and it feels kind of hot (and IWB WRT AC). Then there are the stories of Alaskans stripping down to short trousers and T-shirts as soon as the temperature climbs above 40F. But yeah, Phoenix's temperatures are above and beyond what I think I could handle long-term, even though I do find the southwestern desert terrain attractive.


Jun.23.2011 @ 4:22 PM
Chris Randall
A hot day in London, NYC, or Chicago and the normal summer temperatures here have almost nothing in common, and trying to fit our weather in to your paradigm is essentially impossible, for a number of reasons, in no particular order:

1. The humidity. A typical summer day in London, NYC, or Chicago (all cities built on swamps, near large bodies of water) idles at around 65% to 70% humidity, and can easily get to 100% or super-saturation. Right now, the relative humidity in Phoenix is 9%. While "it's a dry heat" is kind of a joke, that does make all the difference. 113F in 70% humidity is kill-you-dead weather.

2. The environment. Every building, conveyance, parking lot, patio, bus stop, and back yard is constructed with the weather here foremost in the designer's mind. While a rare day is 100F in London, an otherwise rather temperate city, it is _always_ over 100F here, every single day, from late May until mid September. There is no such thing as a house or store here that doesn't have air conditioning. Very few public places don't have a mister of some sort, and many parking lots have covers, like so:

link [www.dealusional.co...]

...to keep your sunglasses from melting to your dashboard.

3. It's exciting! A hot summer day in Chicago or New York is, in my experience, quite oppressive. You can't do anything. Here, a super hot day (think 117F - 120F) is a hoot. The tires of planes melt to the runway! Cars left in the sun with their windows up pop due to the air expansion in the interior! Birds drop dead from the sky with an audible thump when they try to fly from one piece of shade to another! It is unpredictable and entertaining on many levels. In NYC, Chicago, and London, it's just "old people die, homeless people getting free water, everyone else miserable."

And finally...

4. The Winter. While you guys are all shoveling snow, I'm out in a t-shirt because it's 75F and sunny. I'll put up with some melting airplane tires for that shit.


Jun.23.2011 @ 4:30 PM
I'm doing a synth meetup in a tent in Kuwait at the end of August. No AC but we'll have gumbo and a popcorn machine.

Jun.23.2011 @ 5:26 PM
I'd like to point out since ive been in AZ for almost a total of 10 years that when it's hot, most people who have non-outdoor jobs do the following:

1. AC in house to
2. AC in car to
3. AC in building to
4. AC in car to
5. AC in house.

That's my day. I see the heat for a total of 4 mins tops (including my walk to the mailbox). It's really NOT that bad, though 'dry heat' tends to hurt sometimes. I dont think you get that feeling with humidity?

And like Chris said, the rest of the year is perfect weather-wise. 3 or so months of hot temps for 9 months of nice weather. I'll take that. We also dont get earthquakes or tornado/hurricane crap either.

Jun.23.2011 @ 6:14 PM
Phil Hendricks
even Seattle sucked when it was hot--we got A/C, public transportation=50/50, but even retailers would close. Just moved to Frisco hope it's better. I'm from New Mexico, that heat isn't so bad and places have AC so it's quite relative.

Jun.23.2011 @ 6:41 PM
Well, my 'local' HOTspot, Palm Springs, is lovely right now @ 110. I come here in the summer to just hang and do some work away from my local environment, and the heat is one of the things I like the best about being here. Cannot wait until my next trip in late July and 120+. Also, it's great to able to go from 70 to 120 in two hours.

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