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  1. It may not be high enough fidelity for you but the Sonos Connect has analog audio in and an A/D that allows you to basically put your analog source out to all of the other appliances that are part of your system (speakers, amplifiers, etc). We have the Connect with an TOSLINK optical output to our receiver and then our turntable is wired to the analog in of the same Connect. So when we throw on an album we are actually listening to it streamed back to the receiver (and probably also have the kitchen speakers on). We are clearly losing some sound quality but aren't really listening in the way that Sneakeater describes. I think the use case for Sonos is convenience. Even back when home networking was a wilder place they were known for having there stuff just plug in and work without having to do a bunch of changes in settings. I think you pay a bit of a premium for the convenience (10 years ago the premium was even higher) but, for us, it's pretty negligible since we drop $150 on a meal for two out for dinner regular prior to our current state of affairs. I don't think Sonos wins or loses an argument about future-proofing. We've got 11 year old gear and brand new IKEA branded speakers connected in our system, they seem to be keeping up with consumer electronic development, and their interface (phone or laptop) seems solid and continuing to evolve. And their access to the developing streaming community seems solid. I think there are probably lots of ways to do what Sonos does but you may spend more time "designing" that system. And, again, that is the Sonos use case.
  2. Yeah. I agree with that. But the ability to easily interface with the equipment that powers those good speakers is worth a look.
  3. Are you saying that the way that Sonos delivers audio from the source (files in your library, streaming, etc.) is flawed for an audiophile? Because there are Sonos appliances that have optical outputs for connection to whatever audio system you have (so you aren't dependent on an inexpensive DAC). I understand that the Sonos bookshelf speakers might not sound like what you want, but as a way to put together a mutli-room system with differing level of discerning users I would say that it is pretty hard to beat. (By the way, we hated our Orbi network. Too glitchy and laggy. Fought with it for about a year, gave up, and went with Google.)
  4. We haven't had a vegetable garden since we moved into this house nearly four years ago. This stay at home period got all of us excited to try to grow some vegetables this year. Our only spot that gets really good sun will require containers so we ordered a bunch of EarthBox containers which will hopefully arrive in a couple of weeks. We will plant tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuces, radishes, beets, carrots, and possibly more. Will also have herbs going. When we were out in the woods on Mothers' Day we found several huge, vigorous stands of ramps and so we harvested a couple of dozen, getting them out of the soft soil with roots attached. And, rather than eat all of them, we decided to plant a dozen or more in a couple of shady spots in the back yard.
  5. Had this wine (don't remember the vintage) at a restaurant here this past winter. Really liked it a lot.
  6. Some thoughts about exposure from deliveries
  7. There are definitely still some great bars in Milwaukee. Almost all of them outside of downtown in the neighborhoods. For example, great bar that has the oldest sanctioned bowling alley is still open and has handset pins (Holler House) and the bar is great. It has been a long time since I've been to any of them. Madison is small and compact and has decent food and a pretty spectacular farmers' market around the square on Saturdays (go very early if you actually want to shop as opposed to wander in a crowd). Nice university campus to walk around.
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    Today I played...

    The Bonny Light Horseman album dropped today and, though I'm not much of a folk fan, I like it.
  9. SLBunge

    NFL 2019

    I think this is critical. It's his second year in the league. To assume this means he will never will win playoffs or a superbowl seems bizarre. (And I don't dispute the racism comment.)
  10. Oh if only. Technically a city but middle of nowhere. Hometown of Lorine Niedecker but that’s about it. Oh dear. Saturday Night Fever is playing at the Fireside if you want the Midwestern "Dinner Theater" experience (you don't).
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    off to india

    Based on seeing the galley deliveries as I get on the planes, the ice is delivered to the planes in bags. But then it sits in a bin in the cart so it's not a guarantee that it is safe to consume.
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    off to india

    I virtually never see tap water given out on airlines. It is all poured from plastic bottles and you can see the flight attendants twist open the seals. Drinking brewed coffee on a plane is a bad decision for a lot of reasons.
  13. Course 1 was mushrooms and a little shallot topped with a mushroom broth on top. Same Ceasar underneath. Course 2 was very similar other than a salsa verde under the salmon/potato cake and no shishitos. Course 3 was the same. Course 4 was house-made bread under thinly sliced ribeye they age in house with some potatoes whipped with horseradish and some fennel. Course 5 was the same. Pre-Dessert was the same. Dessert was the same.
  14. Ate here at the counter on short notice last night. Had a great meal and I did get the wine pairings but those didn't do a whole lot for me (they were OK but not great). I really like the format and the meal seemed to be decent value. My favorite course was probably the house aged ribeye withe fennel and whipped potatoes. But there was a lot to like in the other courses as well. And they were spinning some really good albums.
  15. Have not yet been to Tenant. But my best Twin Cities restaurant meal of 2019 was Hai Hai.
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