How to Salvage a $5,000 Gibson Les Paul Custom Black Beauty Guitar with a Radical Truss Rod Adjustment

After deciding to up my tone and sustain standards by returning to .011-.049 gauge D’Addario EXL115 strings, I also determined that, in the necessary tweaking of my guitar setup, I would finally face down the basic un-playability of my Gibson Les Paul Custom VOS Black Beauty with three pickups — I hoped — once and for all.

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Last Call for Suicide on the Tappan Zee

In a remarkable move confirming the Tappan Zee bridge in New York is a perfect suicide machine — over the last decade more than 25 people have leapt 138 feet in the air to find death in the Hudson River below — the New York State Thruway Authority installed “suicide prevention phones” on each side of the bridge.

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Celebrating Adobe Bridge

Adobe Bridge is a keen image management program I have been using all day every day for the past month as I work on Hand Jive, my American Sign Language book with Janna Sweenie, that will soon be published by Barnes and Noble and distributed by Sterling in early 2006.
Adobe Bridge makes it really easy to re-name image files. I can also preview video files. I can move, copy and manage all my images without leaving Adobe Bridge. I am able to convert files and contact sheets using PhotoShop CS2.
I wish Adobe Bridge provided native support for the Adobe DNG Converter and I hope that functionality will be added in a future dot update.
I just upgraded to Adobe Bridge 1.0.1.46 — it was a 38MB download — so be sure to pull down HELP | UPDATES from your sticky menu to see if your bridge needs re-building.