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A Guide to Basic Tube Amp Maintenance

<i>Written by Don Stick on behalf of Bands for Hire​.</i><p>Most guitarists are fairly fanatical about the tube amp. There is something about the glow of hot …

What Makes A Great Software Engineer?

This is something I've personally thought a lot about. Not just for the purposes of finding other engineers to work with, but also to discover a …

How to Build a Cigar Box Guitar Amp

Built yourself a cigar box guitar, eh? Chances are, you'll want to plug it in and annoy your neighbors. So let's build a cigar box amp!<p>There are two …

Guitar

Jimmy Page Tricked You: Why You're Playing "Stairway to Heaven" Wrong—and How to Fix It

I know what you’re thinking: “I can already play that perfectly well, thank you very much!” And, of course, you can. You’ve got the intro and verse …

Guitar

Build Your Own Vintage-Style Stereo Speakers

Match your record player's vintage aesthetic with these DIY speakers that sound much better than they have any right to.<p>DIY stereo speakers are a popular project, but they often turn out a boring color with the same black speaker cloth that you'd find on any other speaker. Boost your speaker game …

MusicRadar and Steinberg present: how to record your band

<b>Welcome to a new 10-part video series from MusicRadar and Steinberg! In 'How To Record Your Band' we'll be giving you all the tips and inspiration</b> …

Music Production

30 chords acoustic guitar players need to know

Introduction<p>Open chords<p>If you’ve got the basics covered, the variations shown here should inspire you with some new sounds without being too much of …

Electric Guitar

25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites

Here’s an ambiguous sentence for you: “Because of the agency’s oversight, the corporation’s behavior was sanctioned.” Does that mean, "Because the …

How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting

We’ve all been in meetings where participants are unprepared, people veer off-track, and the topics discussed are a waste of the team’s time. These problems — and others like it — stem from poor agenda design. An effective agenda sets clear expectations for what needs to occur before and during a …

Management

Reinventing Performance Management

At Deloitte we’re redesigning our performance management system. This may not surprise you. Like many other companies, we realize that our current process for evaluating the work of our people—and then training them, promoting them, and paying them accordingly—is increasingly out of step with our …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

20 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health

When we talk about the steps you need to take to get healthier, they often involve buying new things: workout clothes, fitness equipment, ingredients …

What Marissa Mayer Got Wrong (and Right) About Stack Ranking Employees

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been criticized for implementing the practice of stack ranking, most notably in an excerpt from Nicholas Carlson’s upcoming book, <i>Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!</i> that was published in the <i>New York Times</i>. Most of the criticisms of stack ranking center on the …

How To Shine Shoes Like A Real Man: The Men's Essential Guide

There’s fashion advice that real men should know how to do even if they can afford to pay someone else to do it for them – whether that’s mending an …

The Modern Gentleman's Guide To Starting A Watch Collection

This should be done carefully. A gentleman should conduct his research before selecting his first watch. It is a deduction that requires an understanding of not only what is out there, but also of one's own personal style.<p>And of course, one's own financial limitations.<p>"Unless you're spending $5,000 …

Watches

The New Habit Challenge: Create A Better To-Do List

Making a simple list isn’t the best way to get things done. Next week we’ll test more effective approaches to organizing our days.<p>Tons of successful leaders laud the to-do list as the key to more organized, productive, and focused days, but is there a right way and a wrong way to do your to-do?<p>The …

sweat-and-smiles:

How to tie shoes for running<p>Wait I need this for my dystonia!!!!<p>seems like valuable info to pass along<p>I would have threw out 115$ shoes if I didn’t use the Toe problem one. God bless this post.<p>I use the heel slipping one and it actually works.

Why Steve Jobs Didn't Listen to His Customers

It's really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them.-- Steve Jobs<p>One of the most famous opinions from a highly opinionated man. Regardless of your personal view on this statement, it is remembered because of the …

Customers

17 Ridiculous Questions Google Has Stopped Asking During Interviews

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Sometimes the hiring practices of even the biggest and most successful companies can be outright ridiculous.<p>There can be bizarre interview questions that seemingly have no answers. There can be standards -- like not hiring anyone who attended a …

Employment

Managing Change, One Day at a Time

At a client’s off-site meeting a few years ago, I gave a talk on how companies can bring about dramatic cultural change—the focus of my firm’s consulting work. At the end, a man quietly approached and asked, “Are you a friend of Bill’s?” Seeing my confused expression, he attempted a clarification: …

19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>Digital Photography School—</b> Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they're helpful even if you're a complete beginner. There's also an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers …

Learning

25 Amazing Ways to Use Epsom Salt

My grandma was a huge fan of Epsom salt—she used it for <i>everything</i>! People of her generation knew the many health benefits of Epsom salt and I’ve …

Inflammation

Our Son, The Asshole, by Noell Wolfgram Evans

My wife’s hand found its way to mine; in the corner of the overly lit room our five-year old son was blissfully unaware of cruel trick the fates had …

The world of violin maker Florian Leonhard

Violin maker Florian Leonhard talks to Ellie Pithers about music, his childhood, and matchmaking<p>Florian Leonhard, 50, is a violin-maker, restorer and dealer, and the world’s leading expert on fine violins. He matches soloists such as Maxim Vengerov with world-class violins, and he mentors young …

Easy Peasy DIY Berry and Fruit Liqueurs

Here in the Pacific Northwest, late summer and early fall is prime picking time. That is because in this neck of the woods, blackberry brambles are …

Liqueurs

10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Let Your Child Play with Smartphone or iPad

Before you hand your smartphone or iPad to your kid to keep 'em quiet, know this: pediatric occupational therapist Chris Rowan has outlined 10 …

Fifth of unemployment benefit claimants have criminal record, say new figures

New figures show 22 per cent of claimants have conviction or caution, and one in four released from jail claim dole<p>More than a fifth of people on unemployment benefits have a criminal record, government figures have revealed.<p>The new data showed an estimated 22 per cent of all people claiming out of …