Quiet weekend here on the farm.....


#1

How many audiophiles does it takes to change a light-bulb?



-One to tell all the others that they should be using HIS light bulb, which blows away all the competition. Worth fifteen times the price he paid, the light caused him to deposit his jaw somewhere in the room where he first witnessed the light of this amazing bulb. He also requests if anyone should find his jaw that he would be grateful for its prompt return as he hasn’t been able to eat any solid food ever since.



-Three to argue about bulb’s placement in the room for maximum light dispersion.



-Six to insist that the bulb would render superior light if powered by the Phallic Serpent $2500 power cord.



-Two to insist that light bulbs are old technology and introduce distortion into the spectrum of light.



-Four to declare that a light bulb is no substitute for “real” light, and to greater appreciate the light the bulb provides one must also go out and absorb as much “real” light as possible.



-Three to ask why there are so many used light bulbs on the market.



-Two to suggest a power regenerator may stabilize the bulb’s output and provide for greater enjoyment of the light eminating from it.



-Twelve to argue the chain of hierarchy in delivery of the optimum output of light from the bulb.



-One to design a custom stabilizing harness for the bulb, fabricated from polished steel and burled Bubinga wood to assure the bulb will be held in place and be immune to all vibrations…. in great style. Filled with lead shot, of course.



-Four to suggest doing several A/B/A comparisons of different bulbs before deciding upon one.



-Six to quote the recent bulb shootout in The Absolute Light that declared that Home Depot bulbs are every bit as good as NOS GE bulbs.



-Three to decry that it’s all snake oil, and point out that the rest of the bunch are all whackos and the world is coming to an end anyway.


#2

Wife Acceptance Factor



Wife Acceptance Factor (WAF) refers to design elements that increase the likelihood a wife will approve the purchase of expensive consumer electronics products such as home theater systems and personal computers. Stylish, compact, unobtrusive forms and appealing colors are commonly considered WAF. The term is a tongue-in-cheek play on electronics jargon such as ‘form factor’ and ‘power factor’ and derives from the gender stereotype that men are predisposed to appreciate gadgetry and performance criteria whereas women must be wooed by visual and aesthetic factors. The WAF is inversely proportional to the possible amount of conflict resulting from the different points of view. The lower the WAF, the more convincing needs to be done, or the more conflict arises from the acquisition or project. High WAF items are generally simplified consumer devices like the iPod, or computer furniture which hides cables and connectors.



Larry Greenhill first used the term in 1983, writing for ‘Stereophile’ magazine, but Greenhill credited fellow reviewer and music professor Lewis Lipnick with the coining of the term. Lipnick himself traces the origin to the 1950s when hi-fi loudspeakers were so large that they overwhelmed most living rooms. Lipnick’s wife, actress Lynn-Jane Foreman, arrived at a different term: Marriage Interference Factor (MIF). Foreman suggested that audiophile husbands should balance their large and ugly electronic acquisitions with gifts to the wife made on the basis of similar expense, with opera tickets, jewelry and vacations abroad among the suggestions.

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#3

Assorted thought stimulation


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#4

The Windows Wavestream guy must be in hiding.