duminică, 18 august 2019

Goddess of metal voices

Searching on Internet I tried to categorize the well known metal female voices. The order is alphabetic.
  1. Agnete M. Kirkevaag - dramatic mezzo soprano
  2. Aleah Starbridge - light lyric soprano - R.I.P. and rock hard up there!
  3. Alissa White-Gluz - mezzo soprano with death growl capabilities (?!?)
  4. Amanda Somerville - dramatic alto / contralto
  5. Amy Lee - lyric mezzo soprano
  6. Anette Olzon - lyric mezzo soprano
  7. Anneke van Giersbergen - light lyric soprano (early), mezzo soprano (now)
  8. AnnLouice Lögdlund - dramatic soprano
  9. Caterina Nix - soprano
  10. Catherine Paulsen - spinto soprano
  11. Chaoss Heidi - lyric coloratura soprano
  12. Christina Scabbia - lyric mezzo soprano
  13. Dianne van Giesbergen - dramatic soprano
  14. Emmanuelle Zoldan - mezzo soprano
  15. Floor Jansen - dramatic soprano
  16. Heidi Parviainen - lyric soprano
  17. Heike Langhans -  mezzo soprano
  18. Helen Iren Michaelsen - spinto or dramatic soprano
  19. Jill Janus - coloratura soprano - R.I.P. and rock hard up there! 
  20. Clémentine Delauney - mezzo soprano
  21. Laura Macrì - light lyric soprano
  22. Liv Kristine - light soprano
  23. Lori Lewis - lyric coloratura soprano
  24. Madeleine Liljestam  - soprano
  25. Magali Luyten - dramatic mezzo soprano
  26. Manda Ophuis - lyric soprano (not sure if is light or full)
  27. Manuella Kraller - spinto soprano
  28. Marcela Bovio - light lyric mezzo-soprano (maybe even lyric coloratura soprano)
  29. Margarita Monet - dramatic soprano
  30. Mari Paul - mezzo soprano
  31. Marianne "Madie" Dien - mezzo soprano
  32. Mariangela Demurtas - lyric mezzo soprano
  33. Melissa Feerlak - lyric coloratura soprano
  34. Micky Huijsmans - soprano 
  35. Nicoletta Rosellini - mezzo/alto soprano
  36. Päivi "Capri" Virkkunen - full lyric soprano
  37. Sharon den Adel - light lyric soprano
  38. Simone Simmons - soubrette or lyric coloratura (on first two albums), now light lyric mezzo soprano
  39. Taida Nazraic - lyric soprano
  40. Tarja Turunen - full lyric soprano
  41. Vibeke Stene - light lyric soprano
  42. Ylva Eriksson -  coloratura mezzo soprano
  43. Zoe Marie Federoff - soprano
Dear symphonic metal fans, do not hesitate to post your suggestions or any other information that's on topic.

joi, 20 iunie 2019

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly labels. Vinyl related...

Typically good quality labels (better than CD quality):
Cisco, Mobile Fidelity, Blue Note, Analogue Productions, Audio Fidelity, Speaker's Corner, Sony, Columbia, Heavenly Sweetness, Music on Vinyl (MOV), Third Man Records, Rhino, Quality Record Pressing (QRP), Sundazed, Universal, Mobile Fidelity Silver Label, Music Matters, Speakers Corner, Reference Recordings, Pure Pleasure, IMPEX, ORG, Mosaic, Cesky, ACT, ECM, Stockfish, Linn, Groove Note, Inakustik, Master Music, Sam Records, Decca (until 80's), Deutche Gramophone, Analogphonic, APO records, STS, Sheffield Lab

Inconsistent quality:
Back to Black, 4 Men With Beard (4MWB), Napalm Records

Labels that produce low quality LP (worse than CD quality):
DOL, Doxy, ZYX, Vinyl Lovers, Simply Vinyl, Abraxas, Tapestry, Abkco, Friday Music, Get Back, Vinyl Magic (VM - BTF), Lilith, Akarma. Skorpio, Ermitage, Not Now Music, Jazz Tracks Records, Jazz Beat, 52nd Street Records, Doxy Music, ZYX, Jazz Wax Records, Wax Time, Nuclear Blast Records

It is a debate about vinyl versus CD quality...  In fact, the mastering and mixing processes is more important than the music support. Nevertheless good press house will keep the quality flag high. :)

Regarding the quality, is not only about the quality of the recorded sound but also are included other aspects related to vinyl such as scratches, bents, edge cuts, size of the hole and so on...

Guys, do not hesitate to give feedback based on your vinyl experience... :)

duminică, 5 februarie 2017

Garmin Cycling Club on Strava

Do you use a Garmin to record your hard work rides? Do you ride for fun? For a good health? Or maybe for a cause? 
Then you should be member of this club!


vineri, 3 februarie 2017

What a girl would say?

What a girl would say if you start to present yourself so:
Few times a week I like to go out on the road dressed in lycra. But this is not the reason I shave my legs. Dressed like this, willingly, I torment until I feel pain. And I don’t like to do it by myself but in a group. I share the pain with other men dressed in lycra. Usually, during the torment, we like to sit one behind the other. Although the position is bent over, sometimes our butt hurts but most often our legs hurt.
The rest is pure pleasure!
If the girl is still next to you, tell her that is only CYCLING!

And no, it's not a pink background. It's Giro d'Italia color! :)

miercuri, 13 aprilie 2016

Road tire width dimension


I searched on the Internet to find relevant information about the real tire dimensions mounted on different rims. Yes, are plenty information out there but not the needed one. So I choose to measure myself the tires that I have.

Those are the results:

700x28c Continental Grand Prix 4000S II (front): 29.40mm
Mounted on Giant PR-2 rim (20.73mm external rim widthl), pressure 7.7 bars (110 PSI)

700x25c Mavic Yksion Pro GripLink (front): 26mm width
700x25c Mavic Yksion Pro PowerLink (rear): 26mm width
Both are mounted on Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels (17 mm internal rim width), pressure 7.7 bars (110 PSI)

700x25c Mavic Yksion Elite Guard (front and rear): 24.5mm width
Both are mounted on Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon Exalith wheels (13 mm internal rim width, 19mm external), pressure 7.7 bars (110 PSI).

700x23c Hutchinson Atom Comp (front and rear): 23mm width
Both are mounted on DT Swiss RR585 (RR1.2) rims (14 mm internal rim width, 19.5mm external), pressure 8.7 bars (125 PSI)

sâmbătă, 2 aprilie 2016

Aero wheels don't like cross wind gusts

A well known rule said the aero wheels don't like cross wind gusts. Well, I tested on me, and yes, it's true!

Yes, I know... There is no wind in the photo, but was much in the open road
At 22 km/h constant cross wind speed with gusts exceeding 28 km/h, was a nightmare ride. You may ask why I chose those wheels if I knew the weather forecast. Well, from my home window I see only a tiny waft.

So, I learned a lesson on my own. Before ride, read the fucking forecast and look for the wind even if it is beautiful outside!!!

vineri, 5 februarie 2016

Cate calorii contin glucidele, proteinele, lipidele si alcoolul?

Caloriile eliberate prin ardere de catre alimentele consumate:
  • 1 gram de glucide – 4 cal
  • 1 gram de proteine – 4 cal
  • 1 gram de lipide – 9 cal
  • 1 gram de alcool – 7 cal
O alimentatie echilibrata ar trebui sa respecte aproximativ urmatoarea proportie:
  • 25-35% din calorii trebuie sa fie din proteine
  • 15-25% din calorii trebuie sa fie din lipide
  • 45-55% din calorii trebuie sa fie din glucide
Aceste proportii difera in functie de tipul de metabolism avut dar si de activitatile fizice derulate. Evident, in cazul unei diete in vederea atingerii unei greutati optime, sfatul cel mai avizat (si singurul de care ar trebui sa tineti cont) este al unui nutritionist sau endocrinolog.
Trebuie retinut faptul ca surplusul de proteine este eliminat din organism pe cale renala pe cand surplusul de lipide si glucide se stocheaza in organism la nivelul tesutului adipos!

marți, 26 ianuarie 2016

Garmin Vivofit 2 and autosync issue.

After digging a lot and spent much time on the Internet I found this explanation on Garmin site regarding the autosync issues. So, the conditions that must be meet are the followings:

The vivofit 2 will autosync to your compatible smartphone once you reach 2000 steps within 60 minutes1 or after an activity is recorded.
In addition the following requirements must be met as well.
  • The device must be in its normal page loop, not on the sleep page.
  • The device will not sync when using HRM or in an activity.
  • The device will only sync to connections that have successfully paired in the past.
The vivofit 2 will time out after 8 seconds when trying to autosync, or 30 seconds for the manual sync. By default the device will attempt only 8 auto-syncs per day, regardless of success or failure.
1This count resets after every successful sync, manual or auto.

Original Garmin post here.

sâmbătă, 28 noiembrie 2015

Ride with Team MTN Qhubeka

Today, Team MTN Qhubeka and Zwift had a very interesting initiative. A big ride along with the Team MTN Qhubeka riders. Yes, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Natnael Berhane, Tyler Farrar, Kristian Sbaragli, Daniel Teklehaimanot was there! In a good way, it was madness!And I was in the peloton! Fun, fun, fun! :)