DAISYDISK 4: AN ELEGANT AND FUN WAY TO FREE UP STORAGE SPACE

DAISYDISK 4: AN ELEGANT AND FUN WAY TO FREE UP STORAGE SPACE

Some file optimization and application removal programs on the Mac reach for the stars, trying to perform every possible task of optimization, file cleanup, operating system customization, and malware removal the developers can think of as part of an overarching package. Other apps have been more streamlined, seeking to perform fewer functions and executing them well. DaisyDisk, the brainchild of developers Taras Brizitsky (who programmed the original idea, interaction, and graphic design) and Oleg Krupnov (who now handles the code and technical support), as well as a large group of translators and contributors, belongs to the latter group. The application (version 4.20.3 reviewed here) focuses on locating file clusters, groups them by size, and offers a quick and easy means of dragging them to a delete icon and getting rid of…

Estelon XB Diamond Mk II LOUDSPEAKER

I remember, at High End Munich 2019, setting eyes on one of the most attractive loudspeakers I’d ever seen, in the color that, as I now know, Estelon calls Ocean Mystery. I remember it as a passive demo, no music playing, seen through glass; whether that memory is strictly accurate I don’t know. Memories are funny things. That speaker was about as tall as an average-sized woman and weighed twice as much (not that I lifted it, or attempted to). Its cabinet seemed to carve out the least possible space while encompassing all its parts—nothing spare, nothing wasted. With black drivers contrasting that blue metallic paint, and those sensuous curves, it reminded me of nothing so much as an elegant sports car. I wanted to climb inside and take it for…

Estelon XB Diamond Mk II LOUDSPEAKER

GARY PEACOCK

Gary Peacock, who performed alongside Albert Ayler, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Tony Williams, and many others, died on September 4 at the age of 85. Peacock was born in Burley, Idaho on May 12, 1935, and grew up in Yakima, Washington. By high school he was playing trumpet, piano, and drums, and after graduation attended the Westlake College of Music in Los Angeles before being drafted into the Army. While stationed in Germany he played drums in a jazz trio, but was convinced to switch to bass after the group’s bassist left. Peacock later moved to LA, eventually playing with jazz figureheads like Barney Kessel, Art Pepper and Bud Shank, before relocating to New York in the Sixties. He had a long partnership with Canadian free jazz pianist Paul Bley. He also…

GARY PEACOCK

Epoxy: Still Gluing Strong After All These Years

Before dazzling rivers and bar-top coatings, epoxy simply served as a humble, high-performance adhesive and repair resin. Epoxy manufacturers catered primarily to boat builders, providing a product that withstands the harsh conditions of a marine environment. You’ve seen epoxy at center stage; now learn how this versatile adhesive can play an important supporting role in your woodworking. Good Bonding Moments Epoxy bonds to a wide range of surfaces, making it the adhesive of choice for joining dissimilar materials. And cured epoxy forms a waterproof bond, so it’s also a good option for outdoor projects, especially those consistently exposed to moisture. Because it requires a surface with “tooth” for bonding, when gluing plastic, metal, or other smooth, non-porous materials, scuff up the glue surface for best adhesion [Photo A]. Choose Your Cure Speed Epoxy consists…

Epoxy: Still Gluing Strong After All These Years

WINGÈD MESSENGER

BOOKS REGALREADS Newtomeschroniclingthe making of our monarch Lilibet actually likes washing up and does more of it than the rest of us put together!’ Such was the teenage aristocrat Alathea Fitzalan Howard’s assessment of the future Queen in 1941, according to one of the many diaries she kept while spending World War II in the company of Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret at Windsor. Within these volumes – now published for the first time – the author recounts both the high jinks and the moments of poignancy she shared with the sisters behind closed doors: feeding their pet chameleon; exchanging secrets after lights out; cooking soup and jam puffs together; and ice-skating on the castle’s frozen lake before a game of hockey with the Royal household’s policemen and chauffeurs. The diaries conclude as the…

WINGÈD MESSENGER
Simple Superfood Trade-Ups

Simple Superfood Trade-Ups

Improving your diet doesn’t mean overhauling everything and starting at square one. Sometimes all you need to do is make small upgrades to what you’re already eating. These trade-ups do just that, boosting the fiber, protein and nutrient content of your food, all for little effort. You’ll save on sugar, eliminate processed grains and feel fuller and more satisfied in the process. From a tiny tweak in your breakfast routine to a better-for-you salad green, here are several small swaps to start making today. SWAP A BAGEL FOR OATMEAL Skip the morning routine of refined carbohydrates at breakfast. Pastries, cereals, bars—they’re sugar-filled, highly processed products that aren’t good for your energy or your waistline. They may cause your blood sugar to spike and then drop, which can leave you grumpy and hungry…

С БАЛА НА КОРАБЛЬ!

С БАЛА НА КОРАБЛЬ!

Летом ты привыкла загорать или работать? В детстве – загорать, а сейчас лето – сезон работы, и это прекрасно. Хотя я и зимой была занята. Сначала фильм «Фронтовая любовь» – наши дни, Сирия. Фантастический сценарий! От таких сценариев не отказываются. «Триггер», продолжение, и сейчас в работе. Еще три проекта. Может показаться, что все это превращается в какую-то гонку, но это далеко не так. Грех жаловаться. Вспомним эпоху пандемии, когда мы все не знали, как свести концы с концами, так что я воспринимаю это как подарок. Чем бы мы ни занимались, деньги никогда легко не достаются. Я понимаю их ценность, но они не самое главное в этой жизни. Какая ты мудрая! И, видимо, смелая: не побоялась в фильме «Власик. Тень Сталина» сыграть героиню с изувеченным лицом. Режиссер спросил, готова ли я быть некрасивой в кадре.…

FiRED UP FOR THAI

FiRED UP FOR THAI

GRILLED PORK SHOULDER STEAKS WITH GREEN PEPPER RELISH P. 60 KHAO NIAO P. 60 i’m not sure what’s happened to the introvert I thought I was before the pandemic, but never in my life have I wanted to entertain as many people—friends, acquaintances, even strangers—as I can, as often as I can these days. In Chicago, where I live, the summer produce is still abundant and egging me on, but the evening air is cooler and crisper, which draws me outdoors to grill. For these feasts around the fire, I often turn to comfort foods from my childhood in Thailand. Simple grilled pork shoulder steaks, a Central Thai mainstay, are packed with the herbaceous flavor of a classic marinade with cilantro roots, garlic, and white peppercorns at its core. A Northern Thai–inspired relish…

DARK & DANGEROUS

‘Perhaps you’re ready for Daphne du Maurier,’ said my mother, and the name alone, so alluring and mysterious, lit my imagination as an adolescent girl. As I worked my way along the shelf of 1970s Penguin paperbacks, their tangerine spines creased where my mother had returned to certain passages, great doors swung open, like the overgrown gates to Manderley in the second Mrs de Winter’s dream. It was Rebecca that first made du Maurier famous, inspiring numerous adaptations and spin-offs (indeed, a new Netflix film is currently in production, starring Lily James as the second Mrs de Winter, Kristin Scott Thomas as Mrs Danvers and Armie Hammer as Maxim). Here was a seductive, compelling world, a glimpse of the darkest recesses of the human heart, a hint of what relationships between men…

DARK & DANGEROUS

CONTRIBUTORS

RACHEL WEISZ Our London-born, US-based cover star won an Academy Award for her role in The Constant Gardener (2005) and a Bafta for The Favourite (2018). Ahead of the release of Marvel’s Black Widow, in which Weisz plays the Russian spy Melina Vostokoff, she talks to Lydia Slater about working mothers, making films with a message and the importance of female role models. What brings you joy? ‘Right now, hearing when people have recovered from Covid-19.’ Your favourite fictional heroine ‘Fiction has taken a back seat to real-world heroines: doctors and nurses, teachers and mums home-schooling their children.’ A line of poetry you love ‘“The child is father of the man”, a line from Wordsworth’s “My Heart Leaps Up”.’ Your dream superpower ‘To be able to stop the spread of coronavirus, cure those with it…

CONTRIBUTORS
FROM THE HEART

FROM THE HEART

‘In the Ghorami household, sex was never mentioned,’ reads the first line of Monica Ali’s new novel Love Marriage. We find ourselves in north London, 2016, where two very different families are about to have dinner together to celebrate the engagement of their son and daughter, who are both junior doctors. Yasmin is taking her loving, traditional Bengali parents to meet her fiancé Jack’s mother, a feminist firebrand and provocative media figure, who is, in turn, majestic and monstrous in her pursuit of a multi-cultural, liberal metropolitan existence. So begins a big, magnificent story chronicling a revelatory year in the life of two lovers, two families and two cultures. ‘It’s about who we are, and how we love in modern Britain,’ a twinkly-eyed, elegant Ali says when we meet, wearing a…

PICK THE RIGHT SUBJECT

PICK THE RIGHT SUBJECT

A common mistake new photographers can make in any genre is to let the enthusiasm and eagerness to capture a photo get in the way of a well-considered composition. To arrive on location, set up your tripod and immediately start shooting is often not an effective strategy for identifying the best possible viewpoint or subject for your images. By instantly selecting one example and focusing your attention on photographing it, you will likely miss a plethora of other opportunities for great shots – make sure you look around. By choosing the ‘wrong’ subject, you may find it suffers from insufficient colour separation from the background, resulting in an image that lacks dimension and contrast, where your intended focal point is indiscernible. Furthermore, there can be significant size variations among insects and flowers…

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Bowers & Wilkins: new Panorama, new ownership Bowers & Wilkins has always delivered something special with its soundbars — the original Panorama in 2009 and the upgraded Panorama 2 in 2013. Now comes a complete redesign in the significantly cheaper $1599 Panorama 3, a 121cm-wide bar which again requires no supporting subwoofer. And for the first time Bowers & Wilkins has included Atmos height speakers among the 13-strong driver collection in the new bar. The new design eschews the curves and chrome of the original for a more understated (and dark-room-friendly) black bar with bulging angles and a central strip across the centre for indicators and control; these are capacitive-touch ‘hidden until lit’ buttons. The number of connections has dropped drastically from three HDMI inputs and one output on the previous version to…

La charge de la batterie

La charge de la batterie

L’alternateur du porteur est la principale source d’alimentation pour la recharge de la batterie. Si on prend le cas du Fiat Ducato, les véhicules équipés de moteurs 120 et 140 ch sont dotés d’un alternateur standard. Quant aux motorisations 160 ch, 180 ch et aux véhicules équipés d’un alternateur renforcé ou d’une boîte automatique, tous sont équipés d’un alternateur intelligent. Et cette différence d’alternateur est source de complications. Dans le cas d’un alternateur standard, 50 A issus de l’alternateur sont consacrés à la charge de la batterie et, par sécurité, on installe un limiteur de charge à 45 A pour éviter la création de défaut sur le circuit de charge de la batterie du porteur. Dans le cas d’un alternateur intelligent, il faut comprendre qu’une fois la batterie porteur chargée,…

TAYLOR'S CONVERSION CYLINDERS

TAYLOR'S CONVERSION CYLINDERS

THE 1860S SAW RADICAL CHANGES IN THE WORLD OF FIREARMS. As percussion (cap) handguns and long guns came to perfection, they almost simultaneously became obsolete. Loose powder and ball or prepared paper cartridges set off with a cap quickly began to give way to fixed metallic cartridges with rimfire ignition. Mostly copper-case cartridges like the .22 Short and .32 RF Long in early Smith & Wesson (S&W) revolvers and rifle/carbine cartridges like the .44 Henry and .56-56 Spencer saw use in the War Between the States. The late 1860s saw centerfire cartridges like the .577 Snider used by the British military in their converted Enfield rifle muskets. In the U.S., S&W introduced the .44 American—a centerfire round used in their Model 3 hinged-frame revolvers. Colt Patent Firearms had “poo-pooed” the fixed…

RUINING REVOLVERS?

It all started when I joined SASS and registered as a Classic Cowboy. Under the guidelines of this category, I selected my outfit to resemble an 1880’s working cowpuncher. As I began to assume my new persona, Curly Strait, research led me to believe they were mostly a rather “down at the heel” bunch—generally good, honest and hard-working fellers, but underpaid and lacking in top of the line “eeequipment.” I just couldn’t see myself in brand spanking new duds with brand spanking new guns assuming the role of a working cowpoke. I bought my duds secondhand and proceeded to age them by falling down in the dirt and dust, mud and grass, and wiping them with oil and grease, generally abusing both the clothes and me right down to bleeding…

RUINING REVOLVERS?

REPLICA & RIGS

One of the interesting aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was their encounters with “Grisly” bears. Armed with the small bore Kentucky/Pennsylvania long rifles, expedition members found their rifles inadequate to kill a grizzly bear. Their journals relate numerous encounters where they had to pursue a wounded grizzly and several hunters would shoot it repeatedly until it finally died. Their experiences with the inadequacies of the long rifle undoubtedly led to the development of the big-bore Mountain and Plains rifle. The best known of these was the Hawken Rocky Mountain rifle produced in the St Louis, Missouri, gun shop of Samuel Hawken. I have a special interest in Hawken rifles due to my spending my entire professional career of 45 years working at what was originally the St Louis Federal…

REPLICA & RIGS
As Seen At Rendezvous ★ HAMMERDOWN

As Seen At Rendezvous ★ HAMMERDOWN

Not everything showcased at the recent Athlon Rendezvous in the Grand Tetons was cool new guns. Some of the most fascinating stuff was actually ammunition. Federal’s Hammerdown reflects the current state of the art in ammo production. Federal’s new Hammer-down ammunition is purpose-designed to run through modern lever-action hunting rifles. Hammerdown rounds hit like a 10-pound sledge while remaining safe for operation in tubular magazines. Despite the fact they are intended for use in rifles sporting century-old technology, these new Hammerdown cartridges pack truly state-of-the-art engineering. The 1892 Alaskan Takedown Rifle from Taylor’s Tactical is a weatherproof Information Age rendition of the classic 19th Century lever-action repeater that so characterized the American West. Rugged, compact, reliable and gorgeous, the 1892 Alaskan Takedown Rifle is indeed a thing of beauty. The combination of…

Part 2 CUCKOOS Devious and intriguing

Part 2 CUCKOOS Devious and intriguing

The family Cuculidae includes 33 genera with 147 known species world-wide. The subfamily Cuculinae are the cuckoos of the Old World (Africa, Europe and Asia) and these are all obligate brood parasite breeders, meaning they do not build nests or rear their own chicks. They parasitise the nests of other ‘host’ species who incubate the eggs and rear the chicks to independence. However, most other species in the family Cuculidae are not brood parasites, including the cuckoos’ closest relatives in the Kruger, the Burchell's, Senegal and black coucals. Many other species have adopted the brood parasite strategy, including the whydahs, indigobirds, and honeyguides. In the article in the previous edition of KRUGER MAGAZINE we covered the five cuckoos from the genus Cuculus. In this issue we will cover the other species from the…

Cuisines plurielles

Les mix & match Marbre rose, laiton, bois, les matières s'invitent dans les cuisines, dans une douce association de couleurs. Les épurées Lignes simples et matériaux bruts créent un espace agencé au plus juste, dans un minimalisme assumé. Les métalliques Acier inoxydable, aluminium… le métal donne un coup d'éclat et s’épanouit dans les atmosphères industrielles comme les ambiances de campagne chic. Les XXL Les plans de travail prolongés en table ouvertes donnent à cette nouvelle pièce à vivre une convivialité bien organisée . Les marbres Élégant et intemporel, le marbre se décline plus que jamais en crédence, en plan de travail comme en façade. Les bois clairs Noble et chaleureux par essence, le bois adopte de nouveaux codes pour des réalisations résolument contemporaines. Muller Van Severen kitchen, Frederik Vercruysse. Architecture Nicolas Schuybroek ; photo Ambroise Tézenas…

Cuisines plurielles

Eat More Veg!

Curried Celery & Cashew Stir-Fry ACTIVE: 15 min TOTAL: 15 min Celery often plays a bit role alongside carrots and onions to season soups and stews, or to add a bit of crunch to tuna salad. Here it stars in a quick side. 2 tablespoons peanut oil12 small dried red chiles1 teaspoon curry powder4 cups sliced celery (½-inch pieces, cut on the diagonal)½ cup raw cashews1 teaspoon lemon juice¼ teaspoon salt Heat oil, chiles and curry powder in a large flat-bottom wok or cast-iron skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add celery; increase heat to high and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Add cashews; cook, stirring occasionally, until the celery is tender-crisp, 3 to 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and salt. SERVES 4: 1 cup…

Eat More Veg!
After ‘Rocket Lake,’ 5 Things Intel Must Do on Desktop to Get Its CPU Magic Back

After ‘Rocket Lake,’ 5 Things Intel Must Do on Desktop to Get Its CPU Magic Back

We’re not keen on kicking a company while it’s down, so we’ll avoid the same introduction you’ve read a few dozen times already in the last couple of years: AMD and its Ryzen lineup is running loops around Intel and its desktop Core CPUs. And Intel keeps shooting itself in the sneaker, right when you think it might be about to get back into the race. The company’s latest launch of processors, the 11th Generation “Rocket Lake” Core series, has been met with mostly ho-hum reviews (ours among them). At a time when Intel needed to really make the Empire State Building disappear, the mirror broke, and everyone saw through the illusion. So now that the dust of the Rocket Lake launch is settling, and the verdict is firming up on 11th…

iMac to the Future

iMac to the Future

Apple’s new iMacs are here, and they’re awesome. Based around the new Apple Silicon M1 system-on-a-chip processor, they’re packed with exciting new features, and like early iMacs from the turn of the century, they’re available in a range of colours. The new iMacs are built from the ground up around the M1 processor. Contrary to several predictions and concept mock-ups that appeared on the Internet, they still have a ‘chin’ at the foot of the screen, albeit without the customary Apple logo in the middle. In fact, this chin houses the entire computer, allowing the iMac to be very thin. When you look at it from the side, it almost disappears; it’s just 11.5mm thin. Because the entire system is built into the new M1 processor, the iMac needs far fewer…

Never, Ever Pay the Ransom!

Never, Ever Pay the Ransom!

The news lately has been filled with ransomware attacks, such as the one on meat processor JBS, and their effects are being felt more broadly than ever. That’s bad, but it’s also bad that some of the companies affected by these attacks have opted to pay the ransom. That’s why, once again, I’m begging companies and individuals not to pay the ransom. Instead of secretly complying with criminal demands, individuals and especially corporations should loudly ask for help. Giving in and paying up, even with the hope that that government will recover your money, won’t undo the damage already done, and it only fuels more attacks. And as we’ve seen with the Colonial Pipeline attack, even if you pay and get a decryption tool from the crooks, it might not work. A…

ALFRED NEWALL

ALFRED NEWALL

Furniture maker Alfred Newall was at school when he first discovered the joys of turning a piece of wood on a lathe. He remembers making a candlestick, and the pleasure he got from applying the chisel against the spinning block of timber to transform it into a smooth and undulating column, creating in the process something pleasing, decorative and useful. At the time, Alfred had no thoughts of becoming a carpenter, a furniture maker or a maker of any kind; he simply enjoyed the process, but, as is often the case with these things, a seed had been sown. A couple of decades on and that process is central to a line of hand-built furniture with a bobbin profile, which is much in-demand, and that Alfred has become known for. The…

insta’famous with OLYRIA ROY

This June is going to be extra juicy as we get candid with the fabulous content creator and self-love advocate. Firstly, it’s a pleasure to have you feature in FHM Olyria, for those readers that may not already know who you are, could you tell us a little bit about yourself and where you’re from? It’s an honor for me to be featured in FHM, thank you so much for having me! I am from Russia, I was born in St. Petersburg, the city of Dostoyevsky. I find this world fascinating and I have always been interested in diverse subjects. I studied political science and psychology, can speak five languages, and I trained for a time for the diplomatic corps. I also spent many years living in the beautiful cosmopolitan Spanish city of Barcelona. For…

insta’famous with OLYRIA ROY
UN COMBAT QUI VAUT DES TITRES!

UN COMBAT QUI VAUT DES TITRES!

▶ Stefan, on a été heureux de te voir faire un tour d’honneur à Foxhill récemment. C’était l’un de tes objectifs postmalaria que de remonter sur une moto de cross? « Oui, c’était l’un de mes premiers objectifs quand je me suis réveillé il y a deux ans après dix-sept jours de coma. Ce fut une longue route pour récupérer physiquement et au final, après deux ans de combat, j’ai pu faire ce tour d’honneur. L’organisateur de l’épreuve m’a envoyé un message. Foxhill est une piste où j’ai d’excellents souvenirs et je me suis dit que c’était peut-être le bon endroit pour faire mon retour sur une moto, même si ce n’était que pour un tour d’honneur! C’était cool, on est allé là-bas avec Liam qui roulait en championnat d’Angleterre et…

Great Gadgets for your New iPhone

Great Gadgets for your New iPhone

Nudient V3 iPhone Cases www.nudient.com Price: £25.90 Nudient partnered with Scandinavian designer Jesper Ståhl to create the V3 iPhone case. Available in a range of colours, the cases boast a smooth grip with three layers of rubberised material which is both comfortable to hold yet easy to slide into your pocket. It fits smoothly around the phone, whilst the strong construction protects the phone and camera and premium fabric prevents scratches to the phone surface. It has hidden magnets for MagSafe charging too. Nudient Card Holder www.nudient.com Price: £29.90 If you have a Nudient V3 iPhone case, you can also buy one of these understated card holders, crafted from fine leather. It can carry up to three credit-type cards, and effortlessly attaches to the case’s its hidden magnets. It’s available in black or grey, and is only…

WORRY ABOARD OLE WORRYBIRD

WORRY ABOARD OLE WORRYBIRD

With two of four engines shot out by antiaircraft fire, our B-17G, Ole Worrybird, sank slowly away from the rest of the 334th Bombardment Squadron and fell farther and farther behind. Those guys are flying home to England, I thought, but will we make it? We had just completed a bombing mission and were still over Germany. Soon, the remaining 95th Bombardment Group aircraft disappeared over the horizon. It was about half past noon on November 2, 1944—my date of infamy. Our pilot, First Lieutenant Bill Pozolo, came over the intercom and made a roll call; he wanted to know if everyone on his crew was OK. Each answered in the affirmative until he called the tail gunner’s name. No answer. The pilot called again. Still no answer. The closest crew…

SURPRISE, KILL, VANISH

SURPRISE, KILL, VANISH

Nearly 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Jaevsjo Lake neatly bisects the border between Norway and Sweden. The surrounding mountain fastness is tranquil, especially in the winter, when a deep blanket of snow covers the landscape. But at midnight on March 24, 1945, eight American B-24 bombers shattered the stillness as they circled above the frozen lake. The crews, peering through the miserable icy conditions, were searching for signal bonfires the Norwegian Resistance had lit for them. Aboard the lead B-24, Major William E. Colby and three fellow commandos checked their parachutes and awaited the jump order. Their mission, dubbed Operation Rype, was no easy feat. Working on behalf of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), Colby would lead a 35-man team to sabotage the Nordland Railway, thereby impeding the…

REVERSAL ON THE RHINE

REVERSAL ON THE RHINE

BORN IN 1925 IN NIAGARA FALLS, New York, Dan McCabe grew up in Rochester and Buffalo, and returned there after the war as an iron worker until 1948, when he came west to Vallejo, California, to work at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard. McCabe enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was 18 and served overseas for six months and one day in 1944-45. He entered combat in the midst of the Battle of the Bulge and reached the Rhine River six days before—and 50 miles north—of the Remagen crossing. There his war took a turn he hadn’t expected. How did your combat career begin? I had gone overseas to England in 1944 with the 69th Infantry Division, but on Christmas morning, the sergeant woke us up, saying that 25 guys from…

MARCUS MILLER

MARCUS MILLER

Bassist extraordinaire, saxophonist, producer, composer, session musician, and one-man phenomenon Marcus Miller will require little introduction for most readers of this magazine. He first came to prominence as a member of Miles Davis’s band in 1981, remaining with the jazz icon for the next eight years, and then built a phenomenal catalog of over 500 session performances, playing with Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Herbie Hancock, Eric Clapton, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Frank Sinatra, George Benson, Elton John, Donald Fagen, and many, many other top-flight artists. A high point came when Miller, Victor Wooten, and Stanley Clarke joined forces as SMV in 2008. Few bassists are as overdue for our Lifetime Achievement award as Miller: We’re glad we can now rectify that situation. “I met Marcus Miller many, many moons ago. I…

AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO APPLE HOMEKIT

AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO APPLE HOMEKIT

Apple launched HomeKit in 2014, and for many users it remains a bit of a mystery—an outlier in the smart home space that is wound up with the iPhone, Siri, and an unintuitive corner of the smart home universe. What is HomeKit, and is it appropriate for your home? Let’s dig in and break down what it is and how it works today. WHAT IS HOMEKIT? While HomeKit is exclusive to Apple and its licensees, it is really just a communications protocol, a framework of technologies that lets your iOS device work with any number of smart home products. Apple currently claims that more than 100 brands of products are now included in the HomeKit universe, including all the usual smart home suspects, such as smart plugs and switches, light bulbs, thermostats,…

Built to HONOR A HERO

Built to HONOR A HERO

The legendary Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX, to my mind, counts as one of the most elegant World War II fighter designs. How could it not, with its smooth aerodynamic lines, elliptical wing, and thin profile? Being Czech, I wanted to model the Spitfire DU-L MJ931 flown by Flying Officer Ladislav Světlík, a member of No. 312 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF, during the first half of 1944. In this aircraft, he shot down Lt. Georg Kiefner of I./JG 26 who piloted an Fw 190A. After the war, Světlík became a Czechoslovak Airlines captain. In 1950, he helped plan and execute the famous coordinated escape flight of three Douglas DC-3s from then-communist Czechoslovakia to U.S.-controlled Erding Air Base near Munich, Germany. FINAL THOUGHTS AT LAST, it was time to assemble the whole from the many subassemblies. For the…

Clownfall

BORIS JOHNSON’S government has collapsed at last. For months Britain’s prime minister wriggled out of one scandal after another. Now, irretrievably rejected by his own MPs, he has accepted that his premiership is over. He has asked to stay until the autumn, but he should go immediately. Mr Johnson was brought down by his own dishonesty, so some may conclude that a simple change of leadership will be enough to get Britain back on course. If only. Although Mr Johnson’s fingerprints are all over today’s mess, the problems run deeper than one man. Unless the ruling Conservative Party musters the fortitude to face that fact, Britain’s many social and economic difficulties will only worsen. Right up until the end Mr Johnson clung desperately to power, arguing that he had a direct mandate…

Clownfall

THE WITCH HUNT VILLAGE SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS

“THE DEVIL CAME TO ME and bid me serve him,” said Tituba, the Caribbean slave who was working for Salem Village’s minister, Samuel Parris, when his young daughter and niece began to suffer fits in the winter of 1692. Supposedly influenced by the Bajan woman’s fortune-telling, the girls (and their friends) were soon called victims of witchcraft. Thus the town’s notorious witch hysteria began. Driven by ever-increasing accusations from the coterie of “possessed” girls, the Salem court convicted and hanged 19 townspeople found guilty of witchcraft in 1692. But not all these souls went placidly to their unhallowed graves. In fact, three of them uttered hellish curses that some believe afflict Salem to this day. A beggar named Sarah Good, having lost her unborn child in jail after being convicted of witchcraft in…

THE WITCH HUNT VILLAGE SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS

The Real Secret to Happiness

You just closed on the house of your dreams, your Facebook post is blowing up with likes—and you scored reservations at the hottest restaurant in town to celebrate. You’re ecstatic, right? Of course you are! Your brain is so lit up with dopamine, a key pleasure chemical, that it looks like a fireworks finale. But will all this make you happier? Sure, but only temporarily (sigh). According to a growing number of experts, those exhilarating, Instagrammable moments don’t permanently raise the setting on your day-to-day blissometer—and by chasing fleeting highs, you may be missing the opportunity for true joy, with a small j. “We live in a culture that tells us we’re supposed to be euphoric all the time, but that feeling isn’t sustainable,” says life coach and sociologist Martha…

The Real Secret to Happiness

A PALACE OF DREAMS

One morning in May 1981, when I was 13, I went into Glasgow city and found my way to Kelvin-grove. It was beautiful red sandstone, and daylight glinted off the arched windows. I was nervous going in: I wasn’t sure if you had to pay, or whether you had to know something already. But when I climbed the stairs and looked over the balcony, I had what I can only describe as my first teenage epiphany: this was ours, all ours, the paintings, the light, the stonework. It belonged to the people of Glasgow, and to me. I made my way to the end of a corridor, where Salvador Dalí’s Christ of St John of the Cross hung in theatrical gloom. I was used to crucifixion scenes. (My grandmother, who ran…

A PALACE OF DREAMS
Le triomphe de l’égoïsme occidental

Le triomphe de l’égoïsme occidental

Programmes d’ajustement structurel, plans d’austérité, rééchelonnement de dettes, le FMI est rarement le messager de bonnes nouvelles. Raison supplémentaire pour apprécier la révision à la hausse, à 6 %, de sa projection de croissance pour le PIB mondial en 2021: de quoi mettre un peu de baume sur des coeurs angoissés par la crise sanitaire et économique. Un excès d’optimisme n’étant pas dans les habitudes du FMI, sa cheffe économiste, Gita Gopinath, se montre en revanche particulièrement inquiète des conséquences économiques de la pandémie dans les pays émergents et du creusement des inégalités de niveau de vie entre pays riches et pays pauvres. Venant d’elle, ce n’est pas une préoccupation de façade. Née à Mysore (dans le sud-ouest de l’Inde) dans une famille de la classe moyenne, Gita Gopinath a étudié…

Natural-edge 3-foot Bowl

Natural-edge 3-foot Bowl

This bowl, as you can plainly see, measures not 36" but only about 8" in diameter. However, it does stand on three feet, proving that you can turn a 3-foot bowl on a lathe with 12" or less of swing. It may be a long way to go for a joke, but you’ll enjoy the turns on the journey, and end up with a seriously good-looking bowl. Tip! Walnut and white oak readily shed their bark. Avoid these species if you want to keep bark on your bowl. Prep a Bowl Blank Choose a recently felled log, because green wood turns more easily than dry lumber. You also have a better chance of the bark staying on a bowl turned from a green blank. But there is no guarantee—the bark may come off…

10 ART BE INSPIRED by PAULA REGO

‘I stumbled across Paula Rego’s work as a teenager. She busted the myth that grace and beauty were incompatible with danger and power. I am fortunate to live with her Nursery Rhymes images (1989) and the challenging work Amélia’s Dream (1998), which reveals two ballerinas ever-so-gently reaching inside the body of a dog. ‘Rego invites me to live in that inspiring and unsettling threshold between restless sleep and wakefulness. I cannot remember a time before I was captive to her visions: I have swallowed them whole somehow, so that they have influenced the way I move, the way I think, even the way I dream.’ CATE BLANCHETT, ACTRESS ‘I first saw and fell in love with Paula’s work in the 1990s: it was just brilliantly impressive painting, the sort that I never…

10 ART BE INSPIRED by PAULA REGO

FOR THE LOVE OF LIFE

RICHARD PHIBBS, PHOTOGRAPHER, on ANIMALS ‘It’s always possible to be kind. Celebrate all creation.’ JESSIE BURTON, AUTHOR, on HER CAT It isn’t you who rescues an unwanted animal; it’s the other way round. Sir Raflington, Raffikins, Raffy… my boyfriend and I never knew whether he got his name at the cat shelter or whether he’d turned up with it, a relic of his old life about which we knew nothing. But we kept it, because our knight in ginger armour should be Rafael, meaning ‘God heals’. A protector of pilgrims, a patron of happy meetings and a particular enemy of the devil. Our angel, Rafael. It had been a complicated year, mainly to do with family and health, and the complexity of our lives was deepening almost beyond our reach. When I was little,…

FOR THE LOVE OF LIFE

Meet the Joinery Dream Team

In 1992, the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball “dream team,” led by Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson, obliterated the competition to easily win the gold medal. Like that team’s coaching staff, we’ve assembled a dream team of the joinery tools we use most. Some high-dollar superstars require a sizable investment, but they do their jobs like no other tool. Others fill the role of utility players that do lots of things well or specialists that do one thing superbly. So as you fill out the joinery roster for your shop, match your needs (or dreams) to these tools, and you’ll be winning in your woodworking in no time. —Bob Hunter, Tools Editor Powermatic benchtop mortiser no. PM701, $1,290 (including optional set of 4 chisels) Best role: Boring square and rectangular mortises A mortise-and-tenon…

Meet the Joinery Dream Team
Pro-Ject Primary E

Pro-Ject Primary E

Pro-Ject’s most affordable turntable may come with a ‘Primary’ moniker which implies it resides in some ‘My First Turntable’ category. And yes its price puts it first among the vinyl spinners in our group here, thanks to the Primary E being traditionally designed and entirely no-frills in terms of facilities. Of course there are a good number of lesser turntables which you may be able to find cheaper — turntables in a box with speakers, the kind you might stumble upon under special offer in an Australian Post outlet, capable of making sound with a cheap ceramic stylus, but not capable of making real music. This Pro-Ject Primary E, on the other hand, nails the fundamentals so effectively that its performance sails levels above such toys. It has the look of a…

Entertainment extension

Entertainment extension

SOUND+IMAGE PRESENTS WORLD-CLASS AUSTRALIAN INSTALLATIONS If you’re going to build an extension to your home, what better use for it than a reference-level home cinema! Wavetrain Cinemas was engaged to design this home’s new cinema space from the ground up, as an extension to the existing house. “The client was after a cinema that could match commercial cinema performance,” says Wavetrain’s David Moseley. “And from the very start we knew we would exceed that goal by correctly designing all elements of the cinema.” And according to the lucky owner of this eight-seat theatre, David Moseley’s confidence was not misplaced. “Wavetrain far exceeded what I thought would be possible in a home cinema environment,” the owner tells Sound+Image. “Initially I thought it was about ‘coming as close as possible’ to the commercial cinema experience.…

ITS ARCADEMY and the winners of ‘ITS 2019 Sincerely True’

ITS ARCADEMY and the winners of ‘ITS 2019 Sincerely True’

Circularity, sustainability, poetry and new talents, the eighteenth edition of ‘ITS 2019 Sincerely True’, the International Talent Support is created under the Patronage of il Ministero dei Beni Culturali (Ministry of Cultural Heritage) and the Autorità di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Orientale (the Eastern Adriatic Sea Port Authority), was held in Trieste on July 12, this year in the Magazzino 42 spaces on the seafront of the city, proclaiming the winners from the finalists from 15 nations. Daoyuan Ding, Annaliese Griffith-Jones, Moon Hussain, Anni Salonen, Rafael Kouto, are among the winners in the various categories of ITS Fashion, ITS Accessories, ITS Jewellery, selected by ITS and sponsors, including OTB, Diesel, Illy, Lotto Sport, Alliaz, Camera Nazionale Della Moda (National Chamber of Fashion), Pitti Immagine, Tomorrow and, of course, Vogue…

SAVIOR OF BEECHER ISLAND

The technical leaps in firearms design permitted by metallic cartridges and the quick-reloading single-shot and repeating rifles that emerged from that were a major factor in the success of post-Civil War American westward expansion. They came at just the right time to tip the scales against the Indians. In the last issue, we looked at how the Army’s new .50-70 metallic cartridge breech-loading Model 1866 Springfield Trapdoor single-shot rifle turned the tide at the Wagon Box fight. Now let’s look at how the firepower of the premier big-bore repeater of the day, the Spencer carbine, did the same at the Battle of Beecher Island, 13 months later in September of 1868. Mount Up Thirty-one-year-old U.S. Army Major Frederick A. Forsyth was hungry for action on the frontier. His problem was there were…

SAVIOR OF BEECHER ISLAND
.44 GOODNESS

.44 GOODNESS

Cowboy Action Shooters extol the speed and smoothness of the 1873 Winchester toggle lever action. There are stronger lever actions for sure, but there aren’t any faster ones. This fact explains a lot of why the 1873 stayed in production so long and why so many were made. The last of the over 720,600 Model 1873 rifles and carbines left the factory in 1923. In a life or death encounter, the 1873 lever action could lay down lead like no other, and lawmen and outlaws alike were still choosing them into the 20th century. Cimarron Firearms Company’s U.S. Marshall Indian Territory 1873 saddle ring carbine pays tribute to the tough federal agents who patrolled the reservations on horseback over a century ago representing law and order and maintaining the peace. The…

TAKING THE REINS

The Summer issue had my compadre Dennis Adler riding off into the sunset. I’ll be trying to fill his boots in “Western Words” and carry on with the great work that up until now he has been doing. So let’s get going, because as the Duke would say, “We’re burning daylight!” If you’ve been a reader of GOW for any length of time, you’ll recognize my byline. I’ve been writing for this magazine since its inception. The catalyst for my Old West musings has been my participation in Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS). As La Vista Bill, mounted customs inspector and terror of southwest border contrabandistas, I’ve been participating in this history-based, action-packed shooting game for some two and a half decades. In fact, just recently, I received a 25-year membership pin…

TAKING THE REINS
ACTION SHOOTING ON A BUDGET

ACTION SHOOTING ON A BUDGET

If you’ve never tried Cowboy Action Shooting, you don’t know what you’re missing. The targets are generally large and typically close. The stages are fast and fun. And then there’s the people—a finer posse you’d be hard-pressed to find, bespangled in period regalia and accouterments, appearing to have stepped out of the past. And what a time! After a day or two of dressing the part, toting six-guns and dragging longarms around in a custom gun cart while blasting bank robbers and claim jumpers to Perdition, you won’t be able to wait for the next showdown. But wait, guns and gear and carts and clothes, all purchased at once, are expensive right? Not necessarily. Frontier Firearms Yes, you need guns—four of them to be exact. Two handguns, one rifle and a shotgun.…

THE FUTURE OF POWER

THE FUTURE OF POWER

‘Environmentally speaking, it’s the best option’ We all know that hydrogen is the power of the future. After all, scientists have been discussing it for decades. Between zero emissions, zero noise and no vibration, it is surely the fuel that superyacht owners have been waiting for. Why, then, is it taking so long to arrive, and when will we see hydrogen-powered boats? The answer to the last question is simple: they already exist. There is a commercial barge plying the River Seine through Paris running solely on hydrogen, for instance. At rush hour you can cross the harbour from Antwerp to Kruibeke in Belgium on Hydroville, the world’s first H2-powered passenger shuttle. And the well-publicised Energy Observer project successfully sent a solar-powered hydrogen yacht around the planet without using a drop of…

LE CULTE DES 80’S

Olivier Leone se souvient de choses qu’il n’a pas vraiment connues ; tout du moins il en a les références visuelles. Il pense que tout aurait démarré à l’âge le plus tendre par les posters qui ornaient les murs des chambres de son frère et de sa sœur, qu’il venait admirer secrètement, en bon petit dernier qu’il était. Un goût qui n’a fait que croître ; ainsi, quand ses petits camarades s’échangeaient des cartes Pokémon, lui regardait en boucle des publicités japonaises, surtout celles avec des stars hollywoodiennes. Une frénésie qui s’est diversifiée avec les années sans jamais retomber. C’est donc en toute logique qu’après plusieurs diplômes, entre une école de commerce, l’Institut Français de la Mode et l’École du Louvre, il met un premier pied dans l’univers de la…

LE CULTE DES 80’S
Amazon Kindle Tips Every Reader Should Know

Amazon Kindle Tips Every Reader Should Know

Amazon Kindles can put a library in your pocket. Whether you choose the basic Kindle, the pocketable Paperwhite, or a top-of-the-line Oasis, a Kindle holds thousands of books within its sleek black casing, and thousands more can be stored in the cloud. A Kindle betrays very little from the outside (no subway snooping of what you’re reading here), but there’s a lot going on inside. All Kindle models feature adjustable LED lighting so you can see the page while camping under the stars, while the Paperwhite and Oasis are waterproof for blissful beachside reading. And if you want to know how many more hours it will take you to finish a book, they can tell you that, too. Here are some tips that’ll help you get even more out of your Kindle.…

OnePlus 9 Pro: Excellent Performance, Display, and Camera

OnePlus 9 Pro: Excellent Performance, Display, and Camera

The OnePlus 9 Pro smartphone delivers a streamlined flagship experience to T-Mobile and Verizon subscribers, finally catching up to its competitors. The phone itself is light in the hand, and the user experience is weightless as well. The cameras take knockout photos in pretty much all conditions, and the integrated fast charging is the best we’ve seen. The Galaxy S21 Ultra scores a bit better in our battery and wireless radio testing, it works with Samsung’s excellent S Pen stylus, and its camera offers killer optical zoom, so it just edges out the 9 Pro to be our Editors’ Choice among flagship smartphones. Still, the OnePlus 9 Pro is outstanding. If you want a top-notch, loaded phone that makes your heart sing, you’re now spoiled for choice. PROS: Fast performance. Excellent…

The Terminal

Terminal Velocity Before we begin to look at some Terminal commands it’s worth a quick look at what exactly the Terminal is. The macOS Terminal or Terminal Emulator to be exact, is a shell that enables you to gain text-based access to the operating system. Since macOS is a UNIX-based operating system, the Terminal will open a command-line interface where you can enter UNIX commands, create automated scripts and much more. It can be daunting to those new to a command line and within it you could potentially crash the entire system but with care you can also unlock a whole new world of control beyond the eye-catching graphics of the desktop. 1 To find the Terminal app, open LaunchPad and look to the Other icon – which is a group of apps.…

The Terminal
Simple Phones: Still Great After All These Years

Simple Phones: Still Great After All These Years

I’ve been steeping myself in simple voice phones, which feels like getting back to my roots. Back when I first joined PCMag in 2004, reviewing bar phones and flip phones was a big part of my job. Now, they’re just a sideshow in a smartphone-dominated market. These streamlined handsets are predominantly owned by people age 65 and over and people who make less than $30,000. According to Pew, 85% of Americans own smartphones, and only 12% own voice phones. But 12% of the population is still millions of people, and pretty soon, they’ll all be shopping for new phones. Carriers are ditching old 2G and 3G networks because they use airwaves less efficiently than 4G does, and that’s going to turn a lot of older voice phones into doorstops. So I…

A New Lift for the Winter Hotel

A New Lift for the Winter Hotel

BACK IN THE days when Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant graced the slopes of Megève and Brigitte Bardot enlivened Méribel, it was chic to spend the winter holiday at a grand hotel, mingling with other guests après-ski and sipping evening cocktails beneath a canopy of chandeliers. Then came the aughts, and with them the rise of the luxury chalet and the contemporary extravagance of not being seen. But this winter, a new generation of luxury hotel is on the rise in France, combining old-world hospitality with the newest trends in dining, design and wellness—plus that most prized of modern amenities: privacy. Hot on the heels of the benchmark-setting Four Seasons Megève, December’s relaunch of Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois showcases further collaboration between the hotel brand and the de Rothschild family.…

Welcome to the Biological Age

IMAGINE A TIME WHEN FRUIT IS GROWN INDOORS, year round, just beneath the grocery store that sells it; when genetic diseases like sickle cell anemia and muscular dystrophy can be prevented before birth; and when dieting is unnecessary, because a biometric test can indicate which foods you should eat and which to avoid. The foundation for all of these alternate realities already exists. In fact, some of these innovations are already moving from the fringe to the mainstream. Every day, innovators are learning more about how to manipulate molecules, engineer microorganisms and build biocomputing systems, marking the start of a new era in our civilization’s evolution: the Biological Age. What we build during this new age will unlock new business opportunities, mitigate or even reverse environmental damage and improve the human…

Welcome to the Biological Age
CONFRONTATION TARDIVE

CONFRONTATION TARDIVE

125 RR - 7 995 € BETA souplesse moteur, maniabilité stabilité peut mieux faire Techniquement, y a-t-il des différences entre ces deux 125? Oui. Dans un premier temps, on peut se dire qu’elles sont conçues à peu près sur les mêmes bases mais en y regardant de plus près, il y a quand même pas mal de points techniques qui les différencient. Déjà le cadre. S’ils sont tous les deux en acier, celui de la Beta est un élément simple berceau dédoublé avec une partie arrière démontable en polycarbonate. Sur la Sherco, c’est un modèle semipérimétrique et la boucle arrière est en aluminium. D’origine, la Beta n’a pas de protège-mains. Ils sont fournis sur la Sherco. Il y a un disque de frein arrière plein Galfer sur la Sherco, il est ajouré sur la Beta.…

Gadgets Gallery

Gadgets Gallery

groov-e SportBuds groov-e, www.groov-e.co.uk Price: £39.99/$49.99/43,99 € Compatibility: Bluetooth audio devices Do you like to watch videos or listen to music on your iPad while using your cross trainer, exercise bike or other such workout equipment? These sporting true wireless earbuds from groov-e feature an ear hook design to keep them in place while you work out and are rated IPX4 sweat resistant. Their carry case is a 1800 mAh Power Bank which lets you charge other mobile equipment as well as your earbuds. They’re a great price too. Kanex MultiSync Aluminum Keyboard Kanex, www.kanex.com Price: £59.95/$59.95/59.95 € Compatibility: Mac, iPhone, iPad Like Apple’s own desktop keyboards, this one’s made of aluminium but unlike Apple keyboards, it can sync with up to three Bluetooth devices and switch between them at the touch of a button. Just the thing if…

THE PRIVILEGE OF PLAYING A PART

“February 10, 1944: I am glad to be leaving…it seems there is another job to be done in which I have the privilege of playing a part. I am going to describe my trip…in a hope that it will be of interest to those who read it.” So began the shipboard diary of Seaman Second Class Jack Edward Rowe, United States Coast Guard, as he diligently recorded his experiences in 1944. He probably didn’t fully comprehend it yet, but the “job to be done” was the biggest and riskiest invasion of the war: Operation Overlord, the Allied assault on Nazi-occupied France. He did, however, understand that what he experienced as a coastguardsman would be a small part of a big war, and should be preserved. His insightful and highly personal diary…

THE PRIVILEGE OF PLAYING A PART
HARD LUCK ISLAND

HARD LUCK ISLAND

As Major Paul A. Putnam landed his F4F-3 Wildcat fighter on Wake Island, a small horseshoe-shaped atoll 2,000 miles west of Pearl Harbor, he was surprised to see dozens of cheering Marines and civilians lining the runway. The commander of Marine fighter squadron VMF-211, Putnam had arrived with 11 other Wildcats— rugged aircraft armed with four .50-caliber machine guns and capable of carrying a pair of 100-pound bombs. They were Wake Island’s first fighters, and personnel on the island were overjoyed to finally have some aerial protection. “Nothing much was lacking but the strip of red carpet,” recalled Major Walter L. J. Bayler, a Marine communications officer. If the lively reception instilled any optimism in Putnam’s mind, it quickly faded when he climbed out of the cockpit and looked around. His…

CLOSE CALL IN CALI

CLOSE CALL IN CALI

Your story on Lieutenant General John L. DeWitt (“Fear Itself,” August 2017) gives only passing mention of the Japanese sub attack on the mainland, but for those of us nearby it was strikingly important, and I remember it quite clearly 75 years later. My father was a lemon grower on a ranch near the town of Goleta, California. We were listening to the radio when suddenly there was a report that our area was under assault by the Japanese. We retreated to our blacked-out room and next heard that the city’s Ellwood Oilfield was being shelled by a Japanese submarine. Our ranch foreman was on lookout duty that night, not far from Ellwood. He saw the Japanese submarine emerge from shallow water and begin firing at the oilfield. Immediately he telephoned the…

GAIL ANN DORSEY

The incredibly talented Gail Ann Dorsey has been an unstoppable force in our world since the Eighties, when she first came to prominence as a solo and session artist. A long and prolific sojourn with David Bowie brought her to international attention, and she has since built a long list of collaborations worldwide. Congratulations on your award, Gail. I’m flabbergasted! I so appreciate this, and to be in the company of some of the others who have had this honor before... my goodness. I’m one of those people that feels like I’m not quite so worthy, but I will say that I’ve dedicated my life to the bass. I have tried to represent everything positive about the instrument. I stumbled upon it by accident, you know, and it became the greatest thing…

GAIL ANN DORSEY

When Worlds Collide

It may have escaped your attention unless you’re an avid user of social media, but Queen’s bassist extraordinaire John Deacon celebrated his 70th birthday on August 19 this year. Congratulations, John, from all of us at BP—but if such a celebration wasn’t significant enough on its own, 2021 is also the 50th anniversary of the classic Queen lineup’s formation, the 40th anniversary of the release of Greatest Hits, and the 35th anniversary of The Magic Tour, Freddie Mercury’s final live run with the band. Queen as a unit was formed in 1970, and the first show advertised as Queen also took place that year, but it wasn’t until the bass chair was filled by Deacon in February 1971 that the band began to progress into the juggernaut it became. What…

When Worlds Collide
Stuart Hamm

Stuart Hamm

The accomplished bassist, composer, and educator Stuart Hamm came to prominence through his work with Joe Satriani in the mid-Eighties, both live and on record. The New Orleans-born bassist had met Satriani through Steve Vai while at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Hamm is noted for his fusion and classical influences, and is a master of technique. Whether he is slapping, doing double-handed tapping, playing chordal work, using harmonics, or even pursuing a polyphonic approach, a Hamm bass-line is unlike nobody else’s. Over the years, he has worked with the likes of Frank Gambale, Steve Smith and Greg Howe, alongside a fascinating set of solo records that range from covers of classical pieces—including Bach and Beethoven—to minimalism, ambient and jazz. Hamm, who also plays piano and sings, has…

The ‘Third World’ of yacht racing

The ‘Third World’ of yacht racing

Mathematics has never been my strong point and I blame my lack of numeracy to assess depths for secondary ports on my Secondary Modern education. But there is another way, of course, even on a boat without an echo-sounder. Even on a boat without an echo-sounder, heading for a short-cut over a sandbank on a falling tide, in a rising wind while sailing solo. It is the sapling. Mine is a very strong… twig. Sycamore, I think, picked up in woodland after a coppicing exercise and taken back to my shed where I measured and marked a depth gauge in feet along its length. At each mark I cut around the young bark with a knife, peeled it away and used white undercoat to paint a ring. Now, armed with my blind…

PARK LIFE

PARK LIFE

CLASS: HATCHBACK // CARS: VW GOLF (& ID.3) // TASK: PARKING “THE AVERAGE BRIT SPENDS 44 HOURS A YEAR SEARCHING FOR A SUITABLE PARKING SPACE AND ACTUALLY EXECUTING THE DAMNED MANOEUVRE” British specialities: weatherrelated small talk, public transport grumbling, and first in line: queueing. But before we can get to our politely lining up pastime, the car’s got to be left somewhere, and that’s a modern life bugbear that’s getting worse, not better. According to a recent survey, the average Brit spends 44 hours a year searching for a suitable parking space and then actually executing the damned manoeuvre. Time and fuel wasted looking for parking costs the UK economy £23.3 billion a year. Your insurer’s annual bill is eye-watering too: the RAC estimates two-thirds of Brits have suffered a car park prang…

Kherson bound

Kherson bound

IN THE EARLY days of the war in Ukraine, a rapid Russian advance plunged Kherson province into darkness. What little is known about life there comes from refugees who escape to front-line towns such as Zelenodolsk. They come by foot, bike, boat and in wheelchairs. One woman was dragged by her son on a carpet. At one point, nearly 1,000 were arriving a day. Destroyed bridges and increased risks have cut the daily count to single digits. But a vast yard of abandoned bicycles, wheelchairs and baskets stands as a memorial to the lives left behind—temporarily, so those who have fled hope. The most recent arrivals talk of intense fighting as Ukraine readies itself to counter-attack from the west, near Mykolaiv, and the north, from towns like Zelenodolsk. Vlad Milin, 31,…

A Happier, Healthier Vacation

A Happier, Healthier Vacation

Stress-proof Your Mind “Expect disruptions when you’re traveling,” says Caroline Klein, the healthy-travel expert and EVP of Preferred Hotels and Resorts. It might sound like a downer, but the mindset is actually empowering. “So many things are out of your control that trying to plan every minute will just unnecessarily stress you out,” she says. And once you arrive, keep an open mind. “Let go of fixed ideas about what your vacation should look like,” says Sarah Schlichter, a senior editor at the online travel magazine SmarterTravel. “Sometimes the things that go wrong end up being a great adventure.” Manage the Jet Lag If you’re crossing time zones, “choose a flight that matches your sleep schedule,” says Brian Kelly, the founder and CEO of the Points Guy, a travel-advice and review company. “For…

BATTERIES INCLUDED THE ELECTRIC STORY SO FAR

BATTERIES INCLUDED THE ELECTRIC STORY SO FAR

Blame the Ford Model T. Until the ‘Tin Lizzie’ arrived in 1908, electricity was a popular alternative to petrol, but Henry Ford’s runaway success effectively wiped out electric cars for decades to come. Imagine that the Model T had been battery powered. Would global warming be less of a looming catastrophe? Would, perhaps, reduced dependence on oil have prevented recent military conflicts? One thing is certain: politics has always been closely linked with the story of electric cars. The first electric vehicle (EV) was built in 1837 – some 48 years before the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, generally considered the ‘first car’. Admittedly, Scottish chemist Robert Davidson’s machine ran on rails, and thus was technically a train, but this would prove to be its downfall. When Davidson introduced his larger ‘Galvani’ electric locomotive…

Mortising Perfect-fit Box Hinges

Watch a video of this process. Visit woodmagazine.com/boxhingemortise. After painstakingly crafting a beautiful box, you want the hinge installation to provide a perfectly aligned lid with a gap-free fit. Accomplishing that involves careful layout and work, but lies within the grasp of any woodworker with sharp tools. Practice these techniques on scrap first, including installing the hinges. In addition to building your confidence, you’ll see how the depth of the mortise affects the gap between the closed test pieces, and how the position of the barrel determines the gap between them with the lid open. Choose Your Hinge Box hinges come in two types: stamped and milled, above. While both work well, the difference in their prices reflects the difference in fit and finish. Stamped hinges sell for about $2 per pair at home…

Mortising Perfect-fit Box Hinges

Une odeur de Vichy

Que les Vichyssois, les habitants de la cité thermale, veuillent bien nous pardonner. Ce n’est pas après leur merveille de ville que nous en avons, mais après le climat de lâcheté qui flotte sur le pays et rappelle, à certains égards, celui de l’Occupation nazie. Le Maréchal est revenu. Toujours aussi pleutre qu’en 1940, il est partout, dans la justice ou la politique, et il a ses entrées dans les médias. Le pétainisme, cette idéologie de l’armistice et de l’apaisement, infecte d’abord l’ultragauche, mais aussi la gauche douloureuse et la droite mollasse. Le pétainisme trouble la vue quand il n’aveugle pas. Après qu’une policière a été égorgée à Rambouillet, vendredi dernier, au cri d’« Allahou akbar », Jean-Luc Mélenchon se garde bien de qualifier ce crime: c’est « un meurtre », point…

ROSSI

“WHAT DO WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT THE 42-YEAR-OLD ITALIAN MEGASTAR WHO HAS NEVER COURTED THE MEDIA?” Valentino Rossi. A phenomenon who almost single-handedly created a global addiction to MotoGP, winning nine world titles and a demigod status to boot. We became as addicted to him as he was to racing bikes, and boy we couldn’t get enough. But he has now called time on his unprecedented career on two wheels, so why have we been so obsessed? What makes him so special? Does he get a wristband to the exclusive club of god-like talent alongside Hunt, Sheene, Pele, Woods, Jordan and Ali? These choices are always subjective, but I’m calling yes. Of course, everyone knows Valentino for his on-track success and his flamboyant off-track antics, but what do we really know about…

ROSSI

NEW PASTURES

The sun is shining through high windows into an open-plan living-room, a large, rustic-chic affair with whitewashed walls and a fireplace. ‘It’s not a bad spot,’ agrees Rachel Weisz, laconically. She’s curled up on the wooden floor, dressed casually in a Nordic-style Michael Kors fluffy white jumper, a pair of oversize glasses perched on her nose. Her dark, wavy hair, parted in the middle, falls on either side of her pale, beautiful face, and hanging from her neck is her toddler, a sweet little thing in a grey jumper and tights, who is clearly not at all impressed that her mother is attempting to conduct an interview right now. ‘I know it’s a bit boring,’ coaxes Weisz, ‘but come and sit here with Mama, we’re going to do some drawing!’ ‘Dadadadada!’ babbles…

NEW PASTURES

VOICE OF TRUTH

There was never a question that I would do anything other than tell stories in some way. I was writing musicals for my school aged 13, I’d graduated to angsty performance poetry by 14 and by the time I was 15, I’d even been accepted into the prestigious National Youth Theatre. Drama was a lifeline for me. Yet a few months ago, I had resigned myself to the idea that my theatre career was over – at least for the foreseeable future – and it wasn’t because of lockdown. I had publicly called out a theatre for racism – something that I had spent years trying not to do. In fact, I’d spent my entire working life cultivating a tribe of go to Black artists I could privately lean on, so…

VOICE OF TRUTH

Trein

Langs die treinspoor lê ’n kind. Dood. Onherkenbaar, met haar gesig na onder gekeer. Haar liggaam, ’n kakkerlak wat platgetrap is. Haar verbleikte geel rok is oopgesprei onder haar, gevlek met kolle vars bloed. Kort-kort let ek haar op uit die hoek van my oog. ’n Mens kan nie anders nie as om haar raak te sien. Die plakkerskamp reik tot teenaan die tien meter hoë swart heining wat die treinspoor afsper. Die aanmekaargelapte huise staan vier, vyf, ses, sewe, agt bo-op mekaar. Tot hoog in die lug, soos blokkies wat deur ’n driejarige op mekaar gestapel is, balanseer net-net, stort soms in duie en vermorsel enigeen wat op die onderste vlakke bly. Meer as 1,3 miljoen mense bly in die vyf plakkersblokke langs die treinstasie. Die ar as buite hierdie blokke…

CEDIA TOP INTEGRATED HOMES 2021

CEDIA TOP INTEGRATED HOMES 2021

Last issue we had a viewing of the finalists and winners of CEDIA’s Home Cinema award categories — now it’s the turn of the complete Integrated Homes, representing the finest smart homes delivered in the Asia-Pacific region during the challenging year of 2021. These homes aim to bring lighting, distributed audio and video, temperature control and potentially dozens of other systems under intuitive smart-home control. CEDIA is the global industry association for residential technology, with its annual Awards programme recognising technical excellence, innovation and individuals succeeding in the home technology industry. The three CEDIA regions each have their own winners, which then go forward to be considered for CEDIA’s global awards. With great thanks to Paul Skelton and the extended CEDIA team for their help, let’s peer into the finest integrated homes…

La batterie de tous les exploits

La batterie de tous les exploits

Dans la famille des batteries Super B Nomia, la technologie est au service de la performance (voir encadré) avec une gamme qui répond à tous les besoins des campingcaristes exigeants, à l’instar de la Nomia 100 AH. C’est une première approche significative vers l’autonomie électrique énergétique. Pour sa part, la 160 Ah a ouvert de nouvelles perspectives de confort à bord avec le fonctionnement d’appareils domestiques alimentés en 230 V, via un convertisseur de tension branché sur la batterie. Et désormais, on peut compter sur la Nomia 210 Ah que nous avons testée. Elle se pose comme la nouvelle référence en termes d’autonomie énergétique à bord des véhicules de loisirs, d’autant qu’on peut savoir à tout instant grâce à l’afficheur digital ce qu’on consomme, ce que la batterie reçoit en charge…

Letter from the Founder

I am old. As our occasional contributor and rake about town Warren De Montague once declared, “But like the semi-desiccated grape Corvina, one of the multitude of varietals found in Amarone, I have only grown more intense”. One of the benefits to my many years is that I can recall when casual nudity was commonplace, accepted and even admired. Topless sunbathing, in particular, was the de rigueur methodology for enjoying oneself while ensconced besides any body of water, from local swimming pool to the Adriatic Sea. I recall with Proustian vividness being taken to a beach in France while a mere boy. There I came face to face with the mass of sun-browned corporeal flesh hewn by the only individual to surpass Bernini in his capacity to render beauty, the Great…

Letter from the Founder

.41 SHORT RIMFIRE DOUBLE DERRINGER

In 1866, Remington began producing a two-shot, over-and-under, .41 Short Rimfire caliber derringer for a New York dentist named William H. Elliot, based on the latter’s original 1865 patented design. Sometimes called the Remington-Elliot derringer, it was more famously marketed as the Remington Double Derringer and least famously as the Model 95. The practical, if uninspiring, Model number nomenclature was applied to it by the company in 1922, so nobody living in the Old West would have ever called it that. Regardless of what you call it, it is the gun we all instantly associate with the word derringer in the Old West context because it is ubiquitous in Western genre film and television. History Lesson In the first year of production, Remington secured the patent rights from Elliot and manufactured it…

.41 SHORT RIMFIRE DOUBLE DERRINGER

AMERICA’S BLADE

THE BOWIE KNIFE IS AS DISTINCTIVE AN AMERICAN AS the kukri is for the legendary Gurkhas. Artist images from James “Jim” Bowie’s September 1827 Vidalia Sandbar Fight wielding a knife that became famous as the “Bowie knife” is the starting point of the Bowie legend—both man and weapon. Debate rages over the actual knife design used by Jim that day in 1827 on the Vidalia Sandbar. There is speculation that the knife belonged to Jim’s older brother, Rezin, who had it made by Louisiana blacksmith and neighbor Jesse Cleft (or Clift). I said speculation because no one is certain. Commentaries from eyewitnesses at the Vidalia fight reported Bowie’s knife blending the shape of a large butcher knife with the style of a Spanish navaja knife. This rings true considering the Spanish…

AMERICA’S BLADE

COLT’S FIRST DOUBLE-ACTION

“ That’s the stupidest thing I ever heard!” These words were reportedly once spoken by Samuel Colt during a discussion about double-action revolvers. Sam Colt thought the double-action handguns like the “pepper boxes,” Remington-Rider and the then new Pettengill were fragile toys next to his new powerful and accurate 1860 Army and 1861 Navy revolvers, both adopted by the military. The Civil War was raging, and these were the kinds of pistols that would help the North win; not some short-barrel gun with which one couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. No, not as long as he was alive! Sadly, however, Col. Samuel Colt passed away on January 10, 1862, possibly from pneumonia, and things began to change if ever so slowly. The double-action Remington-Rider .36-caliber percussion revolver came…

COLT’S FIRST DOUBLE-ACTION
VITTORIA MEZCAL - 1 407 g (le train) - 59,95 €

VITTORIA MEZCAL - 1 407 g (le train) - 59,95 €

Éprouvés sur les circuits de la coupe du monde de crosscountry, les Mezcal abordent l’équipement du train roulant avec des technologies singulières. Les concepteurs ont en effet fait le choix d’intégrer du graphène à la gomme afin d’optimiser les notions de rendement, d’adhérence et de longévité. Ils sont faciles à installer sur des jantes tubeless et n’opposent que très peu de résistance au moment de les enlever. Leur dessin est lui aussi particulier. On constate une bande de roulement centrale très resserrée avec des crampons combinant longueur et finesse, mais adoptant un profil relativement bas. En revanche, sur les côtés, ce sont des pavés rectangulaires plus volumineux et espacés qui sont employés. En fonction de leur présence à l’avant ou à l’arrière du vélo, ces particularités n’ont pas le même…

MATT SHEAHAN

MATT SHEAHAN

After the dust had settled in Cowes, an impressive array of immaculate, glistening joinery took up the space where beer tents and burger bars had been just days before. It was a fascinating and fitting tribute to the work and life of one man who not only changed the face of sailing, but whose lateral thinking saved countless lives. Uffa Fox was a remarkable, vibrant and controversial character. A practical joker, a fearless sailor and one of the most famous people in sailing. But he was also an exceptionally talented free thinker. It’s been 50 years since his death, and owners of Uffa Fox designs were invited to come to Cowes for a regatta in his honour. Ever since childhood I’ve been fascinated with his work and remember being told by my…

Miso Love

Miso Love

Every morning for nearly 40 years, I’ve made fresh miso soup for my family. I prepare enough dashi for the whole week and keep it in the fridge, so I am already halfway there. I pour the dashi in a pot, bring it to a boil, add sliced daikon or broccoli or whatever veggie scrap I find in the fridge, then turn down the heat, add cubes of soft tofu and cook just until they’re warmed though. While that’s happening, I dissolve some miso in dashi and stir it in to the pot. The soup gets ladled into bowls and sprinkled with sliced scallions and a pinch of shichimi pepper. It’s ready in no time. Miso soup is my husband’s coffee alternative. It’s what I eat instead of toast. It gets…

How to Make Your Windows PC Boot Faster

How to Make Your Windows PC Boot Faster

Computers have come a long way since the beige boxes of old, but even with speeds measured in gigahertz and gigabytes per second, they still involve some occasional waiting. If you’re tired of solving Rubik’s Cubes while you wait for your computer to boot, here are a few ways you can speed up the process. ENABLE WINDOWS’ FAST STARTUP MODE Windows 10 has a feature called Fast Startup that does exactly what it sounds like, and this is an obvious first stop in your quest. Essentially, this is a sort of halfway mode between hibernating and shutting down. It won’t save your open applications, like hibernation will, but the under-the-hood OS will go into hibernation mode, helping you start up with a clean state faster. Rebooting is unaffected, though, so if you run…

The Terminal In macOS Monterey

Terminal Velocity Before we begin to look at some Terminal commands it’s worth a quick look at what exactly the Terminal is. The macOS Terminal or Terminal Emulator to be exact, is a shell that enables you to gain text-based access to the operating system. Since macOS is a UNIX-based operating system, the Terminal will open a command-line interface where you can enter UNIX commands, create automated scripts and much more. It can be daunting to those new to a command line and within it you could potentially crash the entire system but with care you can also unlock a whole new world of control beyond the eye-catching graphics of the desktop. 1 To find the Terminal app, open LaunchPad and look to the Other icon – which is a group of apps.…

The Terminal In macOS Monterey

Using iCloud For Storage & Syncing

Storing Your Documents in iCloud 1 Click on your desktop to open Finder, then open iCloud Drive from the Go menu. You may need to log into iCloud using your Apple ID. You’ll see a Finder window showing the contents of your iCloud drive folder, with folders for some apps that store output in iCloud. 2 To save files of any type into your iCloud Drive folder, simply drag them from their current location (in this screenshot, that’s the desktop) and drop them in the open iCloud window. They are now stored remotely and accessible from any connected Apple device. 3 You can organise your iCloud folder like any other folder, including creating new folders within it. To move files into a new folder in your iCloud Drive, just drag and drop them…

Using iCloud For Storage & Syncing
MSI Cubi 5 10M: Peppy, Quiet Mini PC

MSI Cubi 5 10M: Peppy, Quiet Mini PC

Call it a tale of two mini PCs. In many ways, the MSI Cubi 5 10M is the opposite of the Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i we tested just before it. The Lenovo offers an attractive design complete with fabric top panel; the Cubi 5 looks like an OEM part that MSI grabbed off the shelf. The IdeaCentre uses a Core i5 processor from Intel’s desktop series; the Cubi’s Core i5 is a mobile chip. To keep its CPU cool, the Lenovo relies on a fan that whirs nonstop. With a more efficient laptop processor, the MSI is able to keep its thermals in check with much less fan noise. Unless you need a mini PC for media editing, the Cubi 5 is the better pick for office work. It’s smaller,…

BENOIT LAPRAY Statues en liberté

BENOIT LAPRAY Statues en liberté

Lorsque vous vous promenez dans les rues de nos grandes villes, reconnaissez-vous systématiquement les grands hommes (et femmes) de bronze, de marbre ou de tuffeau érigés sur leurs piédestaux ? Bien souvent non. Ils appartiennent souvent à une culture des siècles passés dont on a parfois du mal à se souvenir. Faut-il pour autant les remplacer par des figures plus contemporaines et qui parlent à tout le monde ? C’est en tout cas le parti pris de Benoit Lapray, un photographe qui vit depuis quelques années en région parisienne. Dans sa série “Monuments”, il remplace nos héros statufiés par des figures de la pop culture, des comics et des jeux vidéos. On ne s’étonnera donc pas de découvrir Hulk sur un piédestal du Jardin des Plantes ou Gandalf figé dans…

How to choose the perfect M.2 SSD for you

How to choose the perfect M.2 SSD for you

1 Do I want an internal or external drive? We’ve reviewed internal drives here, although with an external adapter you can use a USB drive instead. While USB 3.2 Gen 2 speeds are considerably faster than previous generations, they’re not as quick as internal drives by a long shot. USB 3.2 Gen 2 2x1 runs at up to 10Gbits/sec, which works out at around 1,250MB/sec, a fraction of the maximum speeds of the latest SSDs. So why bother? External drives are useful if you need to move data from one computer to another, or you want to take a secure backup of files, storing the drive in a different location or even a safe. External drives are also useful for devices that are hard to upgrade, such as laptops. There’s a big disadvantage:…

HONDA REDMOTO 300 CRF-RX

HONDA REDMOTO 300 CRF-RX

« L’ÉTAT D’USURE GÉNÉRALE EST À VÉRIFIER… MÊME SI C’EST UNE HONDA! » Ce qu’on en disait… 2019: ce 300 n’a que 50 cm3 de différence avec la 250, mais le gap de puissance en piste est flagrant. C’est assez étonnant, à se demander si l’on ne roule pas avec un petit 350. On récupère beaucoup de force en bas et surtout au milieu. Cette 300 n’est pas qu’une simple évolution de la 250, ce sont deux motos différentes qui n’évoluent pas dans la même catégorie. La contrepartie attendue est que le moteur a plus d’inertie et demande plus d’efforts pour manier l’ensemble entre les arbres. Les suspensions assurent dès qu’on augmente le rythme. C’est moins agréable en rando où la fourche se montre assez ferme et fatigante sur la durée. Quelques…

Une vraie beauté

Une vraie beauté

Nous sommes en 1971. Mercedes présente deux grandes nouveautés. Son roadster SL qui remplace le mythique « Pagode » et qui atteindra le record de longévité d’une découvrable dans la marque : 18 ans ! Et ce coupé singulier, que personne n’attendait, qui prend la place des très sérieux et très statutaires 250 SE et 280 SE précédents. Singulier, car ce sera l’unique fois de son histoire que Mercedes dérive un coupé non pas d’une berline dotée d’une architecture haute, mais d’un roadster bas, effilé. Ce qui, avec l’allongement de 35 cm de la caisse, donne une silhouette particulièrement fine. Par la suite, les coupés SEC dériveront des Classe S. Beaucoup plus hauts et mastoc. Elle, je ne me lasse pas de la contempler… Sous le capot, du nouveau Nés avec des…

‘TEN LITTLE TANKS SPITTING DEATH’

‘TEN LITTLE TANKS SPITTING DEATH’

First Lieutenant William H. Gentry checked the placement and camouflage of his platoon’s five M3 light tanks. He had positioned them beneath a handful of stilted huts in a village on Luzon, the largest of the Philippine islands. The day before—December 27, 1941—Japanese infantrymen had forded a wide river just north of him and were making their way relentlessly southward. As was their custom, the Philippine Army infantry had pulled back early in the evening; most of the U.S. 192nd Tank Battalion’s Company C followed the retreating army. Bill Gentry’s tank platoon had been left behind. Gentry, 23, had been with the company less than a week, but his platoon had already been selected several times as its rear guard. This time headquarters gave him an additional order: to radio back…

UNDERSEA MYSTERY

Curators at The National World War II Museum solve readers’ artifact mysteries I have a kimono taken from Japanese submarine I-14 by a fellow submariner friend, Lou Reynolds, after I-14’s surrender in August 1945. I’m assuming the garment belonged to the sub’s commanding officer. The kimono, almost floor length and in perfect condition, has five identical crests, including the two shown on each shoulder. I would like to know the meaning of the crest and would like to return the kimono to the commander’s family if possible. —Dan Moss, Denver, Colorado On August 27, 1945, patrolling aircraft from the U.S. Navy’s Task Force 38 sighted a Japanese submarine running on the surface, 200 miles from Yokohoma, Japan. It was I-14, a massive fleet submarine with a built-in hangar capable of carrying two floatplanes.…

UNDERSEA MYSTERY

STAYING POWER

Tal Wilkenfeld first caught the global bass community’s attention back in 2007, when her famous bass solo with Jeff Beck went viral. Her jazz sensibilities, combined with impeccable groove, time, and phrasing, caught the imaginations of aspiring and professional bassists worldwide. Personally, I’ll never forget the first moment I saw her play—and on meeting her, Tal is all big smiles and even bigger hair as we talk about her recent solo album, Love Remains. “I started off as a singer,” she tells BP. “I first picked up the guitar when I was 14, and when I got a scholarship to a music school in America, I became very focused on instrumental music. I was all about getting to know the neck of my instrument and how to improvise, and being more…

STAYING POWER
Freekbass

Freekbass

Cincinnati-born Chris Sherman was once dubbed ‘The New Spiritual Warrior For The Funk’ by none other than the legendary Bootsy Collins, who was instrumental in Sherman finding his own bass sound and path, now under the name Freekbass. His first musical endeavors were based in his home town’s School for Creative and Performing Arts, where he caught the eye of Gary ‘Mudbone’ Cooper, who engaged the upcoming bass player to record a track for a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. So impressed was the erstwhile Rubber Band singer Mudbone that he introduced the youngster to his former employer. However, Freek is no Collins clone—he is considered a towering figure in the intersection between classic funk, futuristic explorations and hip-hop, as well as being renowned for his technique, squelchy sound and ultra-funky…

THE CLASSIC INTERVIEW

THE CLASSIC INTERVIEW

Your average bass journalist will never be a fiftieth as good as Victor Wooten or Stanley Clarke, but when you’re only interviewing one of those players, it’s possible to forget that humbling fact for a moment. Faced with both of those world-straddling bassists, however, with their casual mention of double-thumbing here and multi-finger tapping there, and it’s an inescapable element of the conversation: These two bassists are so accomplished that the rest of us mortals might as well give up now. I’m kidding, of course. If anything, both Clarke and Wooten inspire the rest of us to work harder and get better. Both men are immensely encouraging to their fellow bassists, offering practical tips and a dose of philosophy that demonstrates how important it is to rise above the mere metal…

YAMAHA SLB300 Silent Bass

YAMAHA www.yamaha.com $4,575 [MSRP] The evolution of the electric upright bass, or EUB, has tended since the Nineties towards hybrid instruments which attempt to satisfy the middle ground between double and electric bass players. With this new Silent Bass, Yamaha’s aim is clearly to develop an instrument that replicates the exact experience of playing a real double bass, with a clear view to reproducing its sound as closely as possible. Simultaneously, the SLB300 may also provide valuable solutions to some of the travel problems facing the modern player. Let’s unpack it and see. Build Quality My initial impressions upon first assembling and playing this bass acoustically were extremely positive. Constructing the bass straight out of the case is a very simple task—and yes, it can be done very quickly, depending on your environment. Can…

YAMAHA SLB300 Silent Bass