Wes Phillips

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Wes Phillips  |  Oct 18, 2006  |  0 comments
Have the changes in our diet in the past century constituted "a very large uncontrolled experiment that may have contributed to the societal burden of aggression, depression and cardiovascular death"?
Wes Phillips  |  Jul 03, 2006  |  4 comments
While we're thinking about thinking, think about this: Recent research confirms that animals have language, experience complex emotions, and can apply abstract reasoning—including the assimilation of previously acquired information—to problem solving. So why do we think we're so special?
Wes Phillips  |  May 14, 2007  |  0 comments
Well, few people have. In a stunning collaborative effort, Rives Audio, RPG, Modex, Talon, VAC, Wadia, XLO, and Silent Running set up two rooms designed to demonstrate that even the best audio components need a little help from intelligently applied digital EQ and room treatment. Two rooms, almost mirror images of one another, with essentially the same system—only one room used EQ and treatment and the other didn't. Here's the system rundown: Wadia 581i disc player ($9450), 100Wpc VAC Alpha integrated amplifier ($10,000), Talon Thunderhawk loudspeakers ($25,000/pair), XLO Signature 2 interconnects ($00/m). XLO Signature 2 speaker cable ($2700/2m), XLO Argentum XP3 power conditioner ($600), and Silent Running Craz Reference isoRACK ($6000, as configured here).
Wes Phillips  |  May 14, 2007  |  6 comments
We trucked across the hall to the treated room which contained several sets of RPG Variscreen free-standing variable acoustics screen ($700/each), a Modex Plate ($1000)—which offers broadband low frequency absorbtion from 50–500Hz—and two Rives Audio Sub-PARC crossover/EQs ($4500/each). The system also boasted an extra pair of VAC Alphas—Richard Rives explained that he was using the Sub-PARCs as crossovers, bypassing their digital woofer amps to kep the signals equivalent from top to bottom.
Wes Phillips  |  Aug 17, 2006  |  0 comments
"Jets of carbon dioxide gas erupting from the ice cap as it warms in the spring carry dark sand and dust high aloft. " Oh, it's just springtime on Mars.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 19, 2006  |  1 comments
Boy Scout constructs his own nuclear reactor. Surprisingly, when the adults figured out that it was almost workable, they got all prissy.
Wes Phillips  |  Apr 27, 2007  |  0 comments
"A linkworthy piece of musical-cultural criticism," writes John Marks. I agree. Now if John Derbyshire had merely said Saturday Night Fever was the greatest movie ever, I'd have agreed to disagree. His passionate and specific arguments, however, have convinced me to see it again with an open mind.
Wes Phillips  |  Nov 16, 2006  |  1 comments
Wait until you see their marching bands! In this performance: Piano Concerto No 2 by Shostakovich, Transfigured Night by Schoenberg, and Symphony No.10 by Shostakovich.