Calling all Reference Librarians: I'm looking for daily weather data for Shasta County in California from 1892. I have no idea where to begin. Help? [more inside]
Recently I found a good deal on a direct drive DJ turntable which was manufactured for the japanese market. I know japanese consumer electronics run on 100V while US runs on 120V. I have heard conflicting things on whether this would be an issue. It seems like the turntable would likely run but I have heard some reports that this difference in voltage might eventually damage it. Is a power adaptor a permanent solution to this problem? Is a power adaptor even necessary?
My one year old nephew loves to listen and dance to music from his dad’s old record player, so for Christmas I’d like to get him some of his very own records! I’d like the music to be something that his parents can enjoy too, but I’m not quite sure where to start. [more inside]
Finally, after 10 years I'm visiting new York City again. I guess the city have changed a lot. I'm there for about 10 days, and I'm really into used records. Can MeFi recommend good shops for used (or not) records? Perhaps other shops for turntable lovers? Thanks.
I have acquired a gorgeous vintage record player, which I would like to either repair myself, or find someone to repair in the Chicago area. [more inside]
I have a CD player, an iPod, and a record player. What kind of physical media should I buy? [more inside]
Can you give some advice on how to document/archive medical expenses and medical records? My wife and I are particularly meticulous filers, but I don't think we've found our best practices for the medical stuff. Details inside. [more inside]
I've decided I'm going to purchase a Rega RP1 because I so desperately miss having a turntable in the house. I need recommendations for a good, appropriately priced preamp. By appropriately priced I mean I think it'd be just as silly to put a $400 turntable on a $2000 preamp as it would be to put it on a $50 preamp. I would be interested in preamps in the $200 to $600 range I think. Oh, and it needs to have banana jack outputs.
I have deceased family members who came to America a few decades ago and died, but would not have been on Social Security rolls. A living family member wants me to find out where they are buried. How to do this? [more inside]
Made a joyful career change and now work in recruitment. My new job requires logging of all interactions into a CRM. I also have a paper notebook. Things go into the paper notes but do not always end up on the computer. I estimate I am not accounting for 40% of what I could get credit for. I think that the notebook being an actual book matters. I have started setting appointments to remind myself of mundane activities, but that is not enough. Has anyone abolished taking written notes in pursuit of putting everything onto a computer? What has kept you going?
Short version: As a Canadian Freelancer, if I track all my expenses carefully in mint, and pay for pretty much everything with credit/debit cards, do I still need to keep all those paper receipt? [more inside]
How to get my soul music fix in Montreal? [more inside]
How would I go about finding out who owns the rights to albums and songs released by a long-defunct music company? Specifically, a Canadian label named Arc Records. The article I linked to states that Arc came under the control of Ahed Music Corp Ltd in 1969 and that both companies ceased operations in 1986, but I haven't been able to track down any information beyond that.
I have inherited over 70 old record albums, many 78's. They are mainly a mix of Yiddish and Hebrew songs and spoken word. I have contacted The Idelsohn Society, but they do not have room in their cramped NYC office for this. There's a chance some of these have historic value, so I'd like to get them into good hands. Any ideas who to contact?
I need to name a music store. It'll be a very small shop -- 400 sf -- and will deal in new and used vinyl. Your suggestions are appreciated.
Medical Professionals: If somebody gave your office $20,000 to improve your medical records systems, what would you want done? What don't you like about the way your office's system works now? What are features you do like and want to keep? [more inside]
We live in a house with central heating. There are floor vents all around the place. It sounds awesome, but we haven't been willing to turn the heat on just yet because one of the vents is right under one of my record shelves. How can we have a hot room but not melt my hot tunes? [more inside]
A friend works for a not-for-profit archive, that needs to replace microfilm reader printers and microfilm scanners, for not much money/free. [more inside]
My educational institution will provide me with in-person access to my student file (as is their responsibility under U.S. FERPA law), but will not allow me to make photocopies of anything in it. Can I legally take photographs of pages in the file with my iPhone's camera while I am reviewing it? [more inside]
How can I find an official record of someone's death to confirm that they did in fact die? Googling for his obituary turns up very little information, and his local newspaper has very spotty online archives that don't include the year of his death. [more inside]
I'm in Beirut, looking for some specific old recordings (1910s through 1950s). Does anyone know of a record shop or other location to look for old vinyl (Baidaphon, Arabphon, Maloof, etc...)?
I feel like an idiot "wasting" a question on this, but it's driving me crazy and I am experiencing uncharacteristic google failure. Some time in the last few months I read reviews of a book of cover art from self-released LPs. The hell was that book called?
Please help me identify a program I heard on US public radio in the late eighties or early nineties. The choreographer Mark Morris brought some of his favorite records to play and discuss. A search for his name on the BBC Desert Island Discs site returns no results, so this must have been a different program with the same concept. TIA, hivemind!
In this New Yorker blog post, Internet Archive's Brewster Kahle mentions this in an answer: "Libraries have had a long history of dealing with authoritarian organizations demanding reader records—who’s read what—and this has led to people being rounded up and killed. As a librarian, you take this very, very seriously." Is there a concise history of this somewhere?
Do record cleaners actually work? And if so, which model(s) are the best? [more inside]
Can you advise me how to go about getting the files for a particular divorce and attendant custody battle in CT in the 1970s? [more inside]
I have a seemingly never satiated appetite for new, interesting, original music. In the past when I've felt starved for something new, I've looked at the latest releases from record labels I trust that consistently put out exciting albums - think Thrill Jockey, Warp, Ipecac. What other labels should I be monitoring?
Having spent years spent listening primarily to MP3s and Internet radio, we've been thinking about taking the big, clunky, 90s-era stereo components off of our living room shelves. However, one of those components is a turntable, and we'd like to have the option of occasionally playing our vinyl. We were thinking of a retro-styled portable turntable like this Crosley, but it looks like the non-weighted tonearm and styli aren't so hot. Are there any portable, suitcase-style turntables out there with decent tonearms that we can fit with a good cartridge? Our primary concern is that our records stay in good condition.
I'm trying to find the name of a dinosaur record that I listened to endlessly as a kid in 1980 or so. It was a 2-record set, I recall the covers (or the records?) being one red and one green. Songs and maybe some narrated info on various dinosaurs. I'm nearly certain it wasn't The Dinosaur Record. Anyone here happen to remember it? And if not, anyone with a tip on a shop that specializes in long-ago children's music that might be able to help me identify it?
I collect Superman memorabilia and recently bought a Japanese Superman children's story record, but I can't actually read Japanese beyond vague recognition of the characters that make up the name Superman. What is the title of this record?
I am trying to find a vinyl LP 33rpm record I owned second hand in the UK in the late 1980s. I remember it being called something like "Ellington in England" or "The English Ellington", but I might be wrong! at any rate, it featured tracks from Duke Ellington's 1930s tour of England, and one of the tracks was "Ain't Misbehavin'" - a vocal, not an instrumental, version. The record I remember was most probably released in the 1970s, but could conceivably have been 1960s. Various extensive web searches and some decent Ellington discographies have come up blank. I'm not wrong am I? I'm not remembering something that never existed? Help me, Mefite Ellingtonians!
I'll be in Dallas in a few weeks for a conference and I'd like to go record shopping. Specifically, I'd like to buy 60s garage records from the Dallas/Fort Worth scene. Where should I go? [more inside]
How would I find out how many jobs are in a state from a publicly traded company? [more inside]
Offline Personal Medical Records (desktop version of patientslikeme.com) [more inside]
failover in adoption records opening requests: what happens if a party is deceased? [more inside]
How can I get a copy of my divorce record? I'm in Georgia but don't know the exact year or county of my divorce - just know it was in the mid-90s. [more inside]
My turntable plays records too fast. It has no adjustment knob. How can I slow it down? [more inside]
I have 100s of old vinyl records left by my wife's grandparents. Where can I get them appraised (hopefully for free or a nominal fee)? [more inside]
Does the Netherlands keep any records of the foreigners who have previously lived in the country? [more inside]
Who the heck is it who scratches words into the centers of vinyl LP's? [more inside]
What cover of the Records' "Starry Eyes" am I remembering? [more inside]
Best practices for burning vinyl to digital on an Ion Turntable? [more inside]
*Consumer*-oriented medical billing accounting software? [more inside]
Did telephone companies routinely keep records of *incoming* calls in the pre cellphone days? [more inside]
I want to hang some LP covers on a wall, and remember years ago seeing a cheap little kit that was something like four pieces of clear plastic for the corners, connected by an elastic string X-shape in the back that could hang on a nail. The result was a neat frameless effect that I liked, but I can't find it again. Does anyone know what that kit was and where I can buy it? [more inside]
Should I start buying my music on vinyl? Do I want a record player/turntable? If so, which one? [more inside]
How can I get a copy of my South Korean birth certificate? I was born in Seoul, became a naturalized US citizen as a child. My parents never had a copy (it was apparently lost). I don't even know what hospital I was born in, and have no easy way to find out. I tried contacting the Korean embassy but received no response. I live in New Mexico and don't believe there is any Korean embassy near here. What can I do?
Identifying an unmarked vintage erotica 33rpm LP record album? [more inside]
Librarians, Record Keepers, Microfilm Users: I have a big digitization project coming up and I'm wondering if you have a preferred microfilm scanning machine. [more inside]
I would like to know how tall my dad's uncles and mom were, and ideally go up the family tree to chart the outliers to identify the tall and short adults. Where might I find height data for ancestors who lived in the US? [more inside]