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best-buy-recyclingI’ve been a slacker on this blog for the last couple of weeks, but not from a lack of topics to discuss.

To get back into the flow, I will mention the great recycling service provided by Best Buy.

As recently reported here, a lightning strike killed a number of devices in our house. (Read all about it in the trilogy of posts ending with Lightning, round #3.)

Two of the three items I recently bequeathed to Best Buy were casualties. One was the toasted Denon A/V receiver, the other a 1989 vintage 20″ tube TV that wasn’t all that great before the strike gave it bizarro color.

The third item was a 2006 13″ tube TV, originally bought at Best Buy, which we used with an X10 receiver in the kitchen (the sender was hooked up to the DVR, then the TiVo). We had to periodically whack it to get the sound working, and the picture was washed out. Its replacement will be the topic of another post.

I hauled the items over to Best Buy, loaded them into a shopping cart, and the service desk took them without any further ado. I still have a few smaller items I will unload on a future trip.

Acceptable items for each state are listed at Best Buy Recycle.

Included are: TV (max 32″ tube TVs), VCR/DVD, DTV Converters, Rechargeable Batteries, Car Audio & GPS, Digital Cameras & Camcorders, Mobile Phones, CDs, Video Games & Gadgets, Computers. Check the site for further detail.

This blog will be 1 year old on August 6. I need to shoehorn in a few more posts by then!

Plex client playing ATJ's 1st 3-hr show.

Plex app on a Galaxy Note II

I recently mentioned my free, PC-based DIY internet radio recorder, which I use to record an .mp3 of “All This Jazz” on KWGS @ 9pm Saturdays (now expanded to 3 hours).

In an earlier post, ‘All This Jazz’ in the home and on the run, I described how I used FTP to copy the show from my PC to a hand-me-down, wifi-only smartphone. I then plugged the phone into a radio in the kitchen or a boombox in the workout room to listen.

Now that my wife has moved up to an iPhone and an iPad, there is a better way. I am the proud owner of her old devices, a Galaxy Note II phone and a Google Nexus 7 tablet. Both are capable of running the free Plex client app, unlike the older smartphone.

Plex lets me stream the recorded show directly to the Note II from my laptop running free Plex Media Server software.

To celebrate the expansion of the show and the new devices, I spruced up Plex’ presentation by associating a photo of host Scott Gregory with the show name.

In addition, I can listen through a media room Raspberry Pi computer running PleXBMC software, or via the Plex channel on a Roku box or TiVo.

Even if I were at a Starbucks in Hong Kong, I could stream the show to either new device from our house using Plex. Pretty amazing.

Here is a new “All This Jazz”-related story I posted over on Tulsa TV Memories@Facebook:


Our nephew Jared (and also nephew Jordan) have been spending time at our house doing some scanning/archiving work for my wife. We added Jared’s preferred Pandora channels for his listening pleasure on TiVo. After he got tired of listening to what he wanted, he put it on Shuffle, which included my Pandora stations.

Lee Ritenour’s version of the Oliver Nelson jazz tune “Stolen Moments” came on at one point. I hadn’t heard my CD of it for years, so I found it and ripped it to one of our Plex Media Servers for later.

Since I had no handy liner notes while listening, I read the AllMusic review of the album and Lee’s followup, “Wes Bound” on my wifiphone. The reviewer snootily inquired why you should be listening to this when you could be listening to Wes Montgomery himself. I happen to like both Ritenour albums a lot, but was reminded of the monstrous Montgomery tune played on Scott Gregory’s All This Jazz show on KWGS a short time ago.

Since I save the shows and the playlists, I searched “Montgomery” on my PC with Agent Ransack and found that Wes’ stunning version of Coltrane’s “Impressions” was played at 11:08 pm on 5/23/2015. I listened to it again on my recording, and then bought “Smokin’ At The Half Note” on MP3 from Amazon.

What a guitarist! Disciplined, driving and musically brilliant. Wynton Kelly, Jimmy Cobb, and Paul Chambers made it a highly cohesive unit.

The musical journey started with Blake Shelton and ended with prime Wes Montgomery.