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Acceptances / Re: Accepted (U. of Arkansas)
« on: December 09, 2004, 10:19:28 PM »
Congrats on the acceptance.

If you go to Arkansas you will live off-campus.  There is only one dorm for grad students and it is horrible.  But apartments are cheap.  A nice one bedroom near campus averages around $300-350.  I live in a large 3 bed/3 bath and the total rent is $750.

I would recommend driving.  I think it would be considerably cheaper and the drive isn't too bad.  I've driven from here to Florida several times. You can do it easily in one day, or two days at a slower pace. (all depends on what part of Florida you start from)

I don't know a soul there... how do I find a place before arrival?  Do they offer furnished apartments; I really don't want to buy beds, furnitures and move it around?  I would probably stay in hotels first and then search for places...right?   

So.. you really don't think the dorm is the way to go? 

Check this out, Florida:

Acceptances / Re: Accepted (U. of Arkansas)
« on: December 09, 2004, 06:52:20 PM »

Jumboshrimps has been admitted to the University of Arkansas School of Law (and is a happy man)!

Index=198.8, white guy, out-of-state

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Guitarist
« on: December 08, 2004, 04:12:12 PM »
Another fun guitarist story.

Anyone remember Steve Cropper?  He played with Booker T and the MGs on Green Onions, and guested on Albert King's Born Under a Bad Sign and too many things to mention.  Co-wrote Dock of the Bay with Otis Redding.

He was honored by the state Senate last session by my friend Senator Burchett.  Burchett brought in his guitar and amp so we could surprise him with it while he was being honored.  I tried to tune up his guitar, but didn't have a functioning tuner, and couldn't hear it because it was electric unplugged. 

ZAP, that's a great Steve Cropper story! He's a legend. (Plus, he was in the Blues Brothers). Suuuper cool  8)

Anyway, when Steve Cropper came up to be honored, me and this other guy pulled up this big Fender Twin Reverb from behind the Senate clerk desk, and surprised him with it.  Burchett handed him his guitar, and Cropper was like "I ought to take these guys on tour with me" about me and the other guy who were playing Roadie for the day.  He proceeded to play Dock of the Bay.  One of the coolest things to ever happen in the Senate Chambers that I've been privy to.

I actually have some pictures of Cropper jamming in the senate chamber with me in the background.  Fun times.


General Off-Topic Board / Re: Guitarist
« on: December 08, 2004, 12:23:53 PM »
Vernon Reid plays Jazz?  I like Living Color, and I like the song "Cult of Personality," but it has one of the worst guitar solos I have ever heard.  Sloppy with no soul, lot of missed notes that go nowhere.  Reid has been quoted as saying (way back when, granted) that he felt it was best guitar solo he had ever played.

Also, could someone explain the whole Lenny Kravitz thing, because I don't get it.  He's like if Jimmy Hendrix was a Disney appropriate rock star to date a Cosby kid.  He'd make a great doll - help Lenny choose an outfit for his next rockin' show.  Help Lenny accessorize for the Grammys.  "Dream Stage" optional.


Vernon Reid comment= 175

Lennie Kravitz comment= 179

Affirmative Action / Re: Is this believable?
« on: December 07, 2004, 07:12:25 PM »
I truly do not think it increases ones chances of law school admissions that much. 

It doesn't take a statistician to figure out that this assertion is flatly wrong. Hat's off to you for your community involvement, etc. I've got some of those on my app too. The sad truth is, the admissions process gives much more weight to your race than it does to ANY other part of your application.

As an aside, I find the term "African American" to be incredibly offensive. We are Americans, for better or worse. My ancestors come from Germany. I am no more German than a black American is African.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Guitarist
« on: December 07, 2004, 06:48:15 PM »
Greatest Guitar Solo- David Gilmour, "Comfortably Numb"

Wrong again, its actually a tie

Dickey Betts - "Blue Sky" on Eat a Peach
Jerry Garcia - "Positively 4th Street" on Live at the Keystone, Vol 1

I could allow the Dickey Betts solo onto a top ten list. However, the Gilmour solo still takes the blue ribbon. The only conceivable challenger would be EVH's "Eruption", but that would be a real apples v. oranges sorta thing.

I give little credit to Jerry Garcia because he single-handedly invented wank-jamming, which has done irreparable harm to the arts of musicianship and songwriting.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Guitarist
« on: December 07, 2004, 05:03:33 PM »

what about David Gilmour from Pink Floyd, how can you not mention him?


Yes, he's also one of my favorite guitarists, and just missed the list (by design). However, your mention of Gilmour has inspired mo to create a new category...

Greatest Guitar Solo- David Gilmour, "Comfortably Numb"

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Guitarist
« on: December 07, 2004, 04:10:04 PM »
Greatest (by genre)

Rhythm- *tie* The Edge and James Hetfield

Gotta be Keef

Most influential- *three-way tie* Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and Jimi Hendrix

Not sure what standard you are using for 'influential', but this is a very odd list

By influential, I mean those who inspired others to play guitar. My list is solid, and should probably include Elvis Presley.

Songwriter/ guitarist- Jimmy Page

You're insane.  Robbie Robertson is a better songerwriter/guitarist than most pure songwriters!  Mark Knoplfer beats Page here too.

I love Robbie Robbertson, but he took credit for a lot of stuff he didn't do (Richard Manuel was the genius behind The Band, not Robbie Robertson). I also love Mark Knopfler, but no serious rock fan could argue that Dire Straits trumps Led Zeppelin in ANY regard.

For the record, Kirk Hammett is a hack. I honestly think he's marginal, at best. He's the only player at that level about which I'd say that.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Guitarist
« on: December 07, 2004, 03:11:51 PM »
Greatest (by genre)

Blues- Albert King
Shredder- Zach Wylde
Puke rock- Slash
Rhythm- *tie* The Edge and James Hetfield
Slide- Duane Allman
Jazz- Freddie Green (Jazz died after Count Basie)
Stage antics- *tie* Pete Townshend and Jimi Hendrix
Singer/ guitarist- BB King
Most influential- *three-way tie* Eric Clapton, George Harrison, and Jimi Hendrix
Songwriter/ guitarist- Jimmy Page
Overall- Steve Vai

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Guitarist
« on: December 07, 2004, 12:27:51 PM »

I agree with your Malmsteen assessment, but I can't say I would agree that there isn't a place for excessive shredding.  Certainly the music isn't that expressive, but he plays, as you note, Paganini on guitar!

I second this emotion. To each, her own. ;)

Ok, I am forcing a defense just because I own Blitzkrieg. 

Let us agree that Brian May is the perfect blend of expression and shredding?

Brian May? Maybe. I gotta go Van Halen, Satriani, or Via, though.

Slash is perhaps the most melodic (and one of my favs.)

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