"Vintage audio" is back in fashion, but you don't necessarily need to walk into a fancy second-hand dealer to find it. It's easier than ever to unearth great stuff for very affordable prices, or better yet, for free. For example, I've had more than a few friends find working tube amplifiers on the curb -- they were there for the taking! How many people passed those treasures by because they had no idea of what they were worth? The audiophiles among us, they know.Dumpster-diving audiophiles!A Facebook friend lucked out when he spotted a very high-end Meridian CD player gingerly sitting on a dumpster! Worked fine, and he later sold it for £250! One friend found Technics RS-1500 and Tascam 34B reel-to-reel tape recorders behind a dumpster in Chicago, both were in working order! Another one of my audio buddies scored a high-end Nakamichi CR-2 cassette deck and its matching TA-2A tuner/amplifier on the street with instruction manuals and remote controls. There was also a Nakamichi … [Read more...] about Weirdest places to find great hi-fi: Craigslist, eBay, or left on the street
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Last year, Ram made a splash at the Detroit Auto Show with the introduction of the new 1500 pickup truck. This year, the truck brand wants to go bigger -- literally -- by launching the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty.Teaser videos released on YouTube and Facebook, as well as a page on Ram's website, give us early peeks at the new Ram HD. What's evident immediately is that the new 2500 and 3500 HD trucks will get a comprehensive visual overhaul that brings them a little more in-line with the look of the Ram 1500 models. Ram's teaser page also hints that the new truck will have even fancier accoutrements inside, with phrases like "Knock on wood," "Surround yourself with even more sound" and "Feel like you're in first class" hinting at a high-quality cabin.It goes without saying that we expect the Ram Heavy Duty models to offer more toughness, more towing capacity and even greater payload ratings than ever before. The truck's launch is timed well to help Ram compete with the new 2020 Chevrolet … [Read more...] about 2019 Ram Heavy Duty teased on video ahead of Detroit Auto Show debut
A Texas man, lured by the promise of fast money and a free car, faces federal prison on drug smuggling charges after answering a Facebook ad that sought drivers to travel between the United States and Mexico. Nicholas John Zotos, a Dallas native, was accused of conspiring and transporting 25 kilograms, or 55 pounds, of cocaine through a Rio Grande Valley port of entry, according to a criminal complaint filed last year.Zotos said it all started when he answered a Facebook ad offering $5,000 to drive to Mexico and back to Texas. On April 30, 2017, Zotos bought a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck in Houston and registered it under his name with $12,000 given to him by his alleged co-workers. According to the complaint, Zotos drove it to Laredo, Rio Grande City, and, then, to Mexico where he had lunch with one of these associates. While they ate, another individual picked up the truck. He later returned it. Subsequently, Zotos drove the truck and tried to re-enter the U.S through Rio … [Read more...] about Texan Faces Prison After Answering Facebook Ad Seeking Drug Smugglers
By Eric Ting, SFGATE Published 11:09 am PDT, Friday, October 19, 2018 A severely emaciated and dehydrated baby mountain lion that wandered into a Northern California bakery was euthanized after A severely emaciated and dehydrated baby mountain lion that wandered into a Northern California bakery was euthanized after Photo: El Dorado County Sheriff's Office A severely emaciated and dehydrated baby mountain lion that wandered into a Northern California bakery was euthanized after A severely emaciated and dehydrated baby mountain lion that wandered into a Northern California bakery was euthanized after Photo: El Dorado County Sheriff's Office A severely emaciated and dehydrated baby mountain lion that wandered into a Northern California bakery was euthanized after A severely emaciated and dehydrated baby mountain lion that wandered into a … [Read more...] about Outrage after ‘sweet’ baby mountain lion that wandered into NorCal bakery is euthanized
Christopher Columbus was a narcissist. He believed he was personally chosen by God for a mission that no one else could achieve. After 1493, he signed his name "xpo ferens" – "the Christbearer." His stated goal was to accumulate enough wealth to recapture Jerusalem. His arrogance led to his downfall, that of millions of Native Americans – and eventually fostered his resurrection as the most enduring icon of the Americas. Columbus in chains In 1496, Columbus was the governor of a colony based at Santo Domingo, in what is now the modern Dominican Republic – a job he hated. He could not convince the other "colonists," especially those with noble titles, to follow his leadership. They were not colonists in the traditional sense of the word. They had gone to the Indies to get rich quick. Because Columbus was unable to temper their lust, the Crown viewed him as an incompetent administrator. The colony was largely a social and economic failure. The wealth that Columbus … [Read more...] about How Did Christopher Columbus Become a National Symbol?