This Week I Learned 2017 - Week 51

Last week post and something from the past.

One more week to go before the end of 2017.

The breeding process ended up with failure and our beloved one ended up in casualty due to stress and infection. Nevertheless, hard lesson learned and time to wipe out the whole population and try again.

Fender or Squier? Made in America (MIA), Mexico (MIM), China (MIC), or Indonesia (MII)? Is the year end now and there are plenty of sales going on at the local music store to clear the old stock. Found a Fender Standard Stratocaster Satin MIM with a good bargain price but how does it compare to Squier Vintage or Squier Classic Vibe? The price differences is negligible but the MIM Strat is pretty much the closest you can get to a MIA Strat although there are still quite a few differences.

When comes to Squier Strat, the rank of all Squier models according to the quality (worse to best) as follows: Bullet, Affinity, Standard, Vintage Modified, Deluxe, and Classic Vibe. If you've a budget constraint and still want to get something worthwhile, get the Standard Strat. If not, go for Classic Vibe Strat, especially the '60s if you like the classic rock. The build quality definitely worth it.

During my travel, pleasant surprise to find a Squier Vintage Modified Surf Stratocaster. While I'm not a fan of the looks of the pickups, the Duncan Designed LS-102 lipstick seems unique and new to me. Unfortunately, my tight schedule prevented me to taking her for a drive. Clearly, one of the six unique Squiers you need in your collection.

You have to have a system. The more you read, the darker it gets.

When integrating with different systems, the unit test have save my arse for so many times. Changes in the web service API and lack of support of Unicode. Encountered this error message while checking the log, "HTTP::Message content must be bytes ......", it seems that the web service API calls were having issue sending and receiving HTTP request and response in UTF8. A simple Unicode conversion when making HTTP request (encoding) and receiving HTTP response (decoding) should fix the issue. Surprised that REST::Client does not have handler to handle the HTTP request and HTTP response body content.

$req = HTTP::Request->new(POST => $endpoint);
$req->content_type("text/plain; charset='utf8'");
$req->content(Encode::encode_utf8($utf8));

Judge Archer, ironically, the commentary is far more interesting than the movie itself.

It just dawned to me that this is so true. The lack of fundamental music theory is going lead you to great misunderstanding.
Most lead guitar parts are not chords. Typically playing in a band context will create a chord from multiple instruments, but that isn't always the case.

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