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Pope speaks out on Armenian Genocide
Apr 12, 2015 - 3:48 AM - by NotFSI
NotFSI's Avatar http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32272604

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Pope Francis has used the word "genocide" to describe mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in WW1 100 years ago, at a Vatican church service.
Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million people were systematically killed by Ottoman forces in 1915.
But the Pope's statement is expected to anger Turkey, which has consistently denied that the killings were genocide.

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At Sunday's Mass in the Armenian Catholic rite at Peter's Basilica, he said that humanity had lived through "three massive and unprecedented tragedies" in the last century.
"The first, which is widely considered 'the first genocide of the 20th Century', struck your own Armenian people," he said.

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The "What went/ is going wrong today?" thread.
Jul 08, 2012 - 4:26 PM - by willsellout
willsellout's Avatar In the interest of fairness, I think we should have a place to post shit that sucks as well as a place to post when it does not.

I've got a headache that won't go away, my kid is acting retarded, I am traveling for work for the next week, and I don't really have any food in the house that I want to eat.

On the plus side, my kid is in her room for the foreseeable future, I have alcohol to help with the headache, and I'm sending the wife to the store to pick up some food. I'm also packed for my trip.
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Interesting trip to the music shop today
Apr 24, 2015 - 4:20 PM - by ironfist
ironfist's Avatar I stopped by a local used music shop today just to see what they had in stock. I was the only customer there, walking around and playing a few guitars and basses that caught my eye.

Another guy came in and asked for a cable and a pick so he could try out a few guitars. Cool. I didn't plug anything in since it was just browsing, but it's a tiny store so you could hear me noodling on an unplugged electric. I soon realized that the guy who had come into the store was trying to compete with me. I'd play some pentatonic lick (you know, the ones that have been played millions of times at every guitar store ever), and he'd play one similar to mine, just faster and/or with more notes. At first I thought "this can't be happening", so I just kept browsing. However, as soon as I picked up another guitar and played something, he would hear it and try to one-up me. Now, I'm not a great guitar player and neither was he, so on top of being ridiculous it was also pathetic. I tried out a few more guitars, this time being conscious not to do any wankery and just play some basic chords. I was strumming a few jazzy sounding chords - a basic barre chord A6 at the fifth fret, that kind of thing. Sure enough, the dude switches to a clean tone on the amp he was using and starts trying to pull of some jazz comp stuff like he's part of the rhythm section in a big band. Cripes. I'd had enough so I went over to the acoustic room to get away from him. That last thing I wanted to do was reenact the last scene in the movie Crossroads, this time with two hacks instead of Steve Vai and Ry Cooder.

After playing a few acoustics in the tiny separate room they had, I decided to plug in an Epiphone Masterbilt into this little acoustic amp they had. I wanted to try out the nanomag pickup, which I'd never seen in person before. I was just turning the amp on when two people opened the door to the acoustic room and said "oh sh!t", obviously unhappy that they wouldn't have the room to themselves. It looks like they were a couple, an aging hipster dude and his equally aging girlfriend. The first thing the guy does is basically get on top of me in order to pull an acoustic off the upper rack. I would've happily moved off to the side if asked, but I guess it was easier to come up behind me and practically lean on my back. So, he and his girlfriend go sit down at the lone stool in the room (I was just on one knee in front of the amp) and start loudly banging away at this 12 string. I'm playing a through this tiny acoustic combo at a very low volume and they're making so much racket that I can barely hear myself. At that point I'm like "screw it" and decided to put the guitar back on the wall. As I'm coiling the cable back up and putting the amp back against the wall, a salesman comes in to talk to this couple. The guy starts ranting about how "stupid" people are who put guitars in alternate tunings and don't tune them back, and shoots his mouth off about a bunch of other inconsequential nonsense. I left.

I don't get some other musicians (or people in general). Have just a modicum of respect for others and things would be a lot easier for everyone.
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Official Kate Going Away Party
Mar 01, 2015 - 11:13 AM - by BottomHeavyKate
BottomHeavyKate's Avatar I know p1gster started a Kate moving party thread but I don't want the date to get lost in the mix.

April 25th

Emporium Logan Square
2363 N Milwaukee
Chicago, IL

5pm until......

I'll probably order pizzas in but there's a food truck in the place. Good beer list, okay whiskey/scotch list, fun games.
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Surrogate Pic Thread
Sep 29, 2008 - 11:37 PM - by Incubitabus
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