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Behind the plate with Bill Bergen

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Bill BergenBill Bergen isn’t a name you would recognize. He was a catcher in the majors from 1901 until 1911. After playing three seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, he moved over to Brooklyn to suit up with the Dodgers for the rest of his career. What makes him notable though is his .170 batting average over 3,228 plate appearances throughout his career. This is a record for players with more than 2,500 plate appearances; one of many records that Bergen unfortunately holds.

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Agosta breaks Olympic records

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NCAA, Olympics,

Meghan AgostaAnother record has been broken in Vancouver. Meghan Agosta, forward for Team Canada’s women’s ice hockey unit, has scored nine goals in four games for her country, breaking the record at the Olympics. Agosta scored a hat trick in Canada’s 18-0 win over Slovakia, two more in the 10-1 win over Switzerland, and another hat trick over Sweden 13-1. In the 5-0 semi-final win against Finland on Monday night, Agosta netted another goal to bring her running total to nine.

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Denon DP-200USB Turntable

Denon TurntableHere is a possible solution to turning your vinyl into MP3 files. With the Denon DP-200USB Turntable, you place a thumb drive into the front USB port, press “record,” and it operates automatically with no PC. There is also an option to transfer directly to MP3 player. Afterwords, the Trans Music Manager software allows split tracking and Gracenote access to retrieve album information. Manual operation is an option and of course the device can be used as a turntable. The DP-200USB is priced at $249.99 with free shipping.

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Denon USB Turntable

Posted by Jenny Lewis Categories: Household, Music, PC / Laptop, Peripherals, USB,

denon turntableStill rocking the vinyls? Is your iPod lacking in content because of it? Denon has the hookup for you. The DP-200USB turntable doesn’t just spin your records, but also rips them to the integrated USB drive. The accompanying software (this one is XP/Vista only for now, unfortunately) features Auto Track Divide, which recognizes silence between songs and will insert a new track tab for each track, and Audio Waveform Recognition, which will analyze a track’s first 15 seconds and search Gracenote for you. Stylistically, this unit looks like something straight out of my own rec room at my parents’ house. It’s available for $250.

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Some Beatles Albums to be Reissued

Magical Mystery TourApple Corps and EMI have finally decided to release sonically upgraded reissues of 12 Beatles albums from the period between 1963 and 1970 in both stereo and mono. They will debut on Sept. 9, the same day the Beatles’ Rock Band video game is to come out. The collection will be on a total of 16 CDs and include “Rubber Soul” and “Magical Mystery Tour.” Downloadable versions have yet to have a release date but the matter may also be settled by the September deadline.

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Guinness Book of World Records - Gamer’s Edition

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News,

Guinness Gamer Edition 2009Serious gamers, Guinness is about to publish their second annual Gamer’s Edition of their “Book of World Records.” Available February 4 for $21.95, it should feature reviews, spreads, interviews, tips and cheats. Last year’s included odd records, gaming trivia and such tidbits as

“The largest voice cast for a video game was 339 actors for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.”

Get one to impress your friends before they do.

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ION LP Dock USB Turntable

LP DockION’s LP Dock allows you to transfer your old records directly to your iPod. With a standard USB connection, turn your music into MP3s and send them to your player, burn them to CDs or listen on your computer. It also features a line-level input to connect other music sources such as a cassette deck. The LP Dock works with both PC and Mac, and EZ Vinyl Converter with Gracenote MusicID can be downloaded to edit and clean up your tunes. The dock is available for $249.00.

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uRecord Vinyl and Cassette Ripper

uRecord RipperStill have some old records and cassettes lying around? Turn them into CDs with the uRecord Vinyl and Cassette Ripper. Connect the device to your PC by USB then use the RCA inputs to attach to tape deck, turntable or other musical device. The built-in preamp eliminates having to use a stereo system. The EZ Vinyl Converter (PC) and EZ Audio Converter (Mac) software automatically places your tracks in your iTunes library. Say goodbye to the pops, clicks and hiss for $49.99.

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SanDisk SlotMusic

SlotmusicSanDisk has announced that they are releasing SlotMusic, apparently in an effort to boost sagging CD sales. Teaming up with Sony BMG, Universal, Warner, and EMI, the company will be selling their microSDs to the record labels who will then create the 1GB cards. Each is only 0.6 x 0.4-inches and can hold 320kbps MP3, DRM-free music. Best Buy and Wally World plan on selling the cards, if they can find them in their stockrooms.

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Fred Meyer Chain Sells Vinyl Records

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Music,

Abbey RoadWhen an employee tried to order a special CD-DVD of REM’s “Accelerate” for the Fred Meyer’s retail chain, he(she) mistakenly entered “LP.” Sure enough, vinyl records showed up at many of the stores. While some sent them back, others kept the 20 records and sold out the next day. Because of the good results, the chain, owned by the Kroger Co., are now selling them at 60 of its stores in the Alaska, Oregon, California, and Washington. Abbey Road tops their best-seller list. We think that is a fine idea, since we miss the sound of music on vinyl, and hope they give that employee a raise.

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