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Everything and Nothing / Re: My Mom, age 72, has a boyfriend! Ugh.....
« on: December 15, 2014, 09:25:00 AM »
I guess my advice would be that you should accept the two things you're feeling -- wanting her to be happy, and feeling weird about seeing her with someone other than your dad -- are both valid, and you don't need to pretend it's just one or the other.

Just accept that you're going to feel weird for a while about seeing your mother in this situation, but your temporary discomfort is a necessary and unavoidable step in the process of accepting a change in your mother's life.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 05:20:15 PM »
I have to say, that Matrix 12 video didn't exactly make me want to rush out and buy that instrument.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 05:19:01 PM »
Hmm, weird. It didn't embed but at least it created a clickable link.



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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 05:17:28 PM »
Loren, you don't have to put any kind of tags on a YouTube link - you can just post the URL in the message body and the forum software should embed the video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWmQVUP88DQ

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 04:25:18 PM »
I see what you're saying. It's possible a product could make some users happy, because maybe it makes nice sounds, but make other users unhappy because it doesn't really emulate the original.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 02:43:20 PM »
Hmm, well then I'm not missing anything with the Matrix 12. Sounds like you don't like any of their instruments, Loren? I've seen a few good reviews and heard some good samples of some of them -- though I've seen some mixed reviews too.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 02:17:21 PM »
I found V3 for $179 at B&H Photo so I ordered it. Maybe they'll offer a cheap version upgrade at some point, but for me really the only thing from V4 that I'd miss having is Matrix 12.

Spark is one of the big selling points for me. I'm looking forward to playing around with it.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:55:06 PM »
Version 3 of the V Collection is only $199 at Amazon. I know that's not the most current version but it's half the price and has quite a lot of great stuff.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:08:29 PM »
I was just looking at the Arturia "V Collection" soft synth bundle, and this is part of it. Lots of these Arturia emulations get pretty good reviews. The samples sound very good.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Amazon Fire TV Stick
« on: October 30, 2014, 09:09:19 AM »
Like Dave, I don't need one (have a Roku 3 on both TVs already) but ordered one for the $19 intro deal for Prime customers. I'll probably give it to my mom, so she can be introduced to the wonderful world of Netflix streaming.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: October 27, 2014, 12:35:54 PM »
Wow, Loren. Great pix!

My old Mac Pro accumulates dust in the front vent too.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: October 17, 2014, 08:23:02 AM »
Scalzi is pretty entertaining for sure. And I figure any writing can be considered to have "made it" if he has a New York Times bestselling book, and 3 TV/movie deals happening, all in the same year. Kudos to him. Also, his blog is a very entertaining daily read: http://whatever.scalzi.com/

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: October 09, 2014, 04:30:57 PM »
Last year I bought a pair of Fostex T50RP, after reading how they could be wonderfully improved by modification. I still haven't gotten around to modifying them yet. Has anyone else tried this?

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Same here, wanting to try Talisker now.

I learned to enjoy bourbon by being shown how well it goes with beer. I don't mean mixed together, but the old "shot and a beer" side-by-side. I started off ordering those in bars with one of the members of Austere, then got into the habit. Even at home, now, Lena and I both often have a few sips of bourbon alongside a nice beer.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Chromecast Fun
« on: October 09, 2014, 12:32:42 PM »
No, I guess what I was saying is that neither Chromecast nor Roku would seem to be much use if you don't want to watch streaming video, since that's pretty much all they do.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks revisited
« on: October 09, 2014, 09:19:45 AM »
I'm very excited about this. Sure, it's possible it might be a train wreck, but Lynch and Frost have had a long time to think about how they might follow up what they did on the show. Also, the run of shows is only 9 episodes, so that's short enough to keep both Lynch and Frost engaged through the entire run.

Now, if the 9 are successful and Showtime orders another 7 seasons, I'll be a little worried...

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It's not that you can't find good whiskeys other than from Scotland. It's just that 99% of the top-quality whiskey in the world comes from Scotland, so why not start there?

Probably the next great whiskey producer in the world is the USA, with bourbon and sourmash, though these are very different things from single malt. There are a few good Irish whiskeys though most of those are a notch or two below a good Scotch. And as Julio said, there are some Japanese producers as well.

As with wine, of course, 98% of the product produced worldwide is cheap, low-quality.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Chromecast Fun
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:53:06 AM »
You've just listed a bunch of reasons why you don't need or want to watch streaming content on your TV, so I wouldn't try to talk you into a device that is pretty much ONLY about watching streaming content on your TV.

I love the Roku so much, I bought a 2nd one for upstairs. 95% of our viewing is over the Roku now, between Netflix, Amazon Instant, ESPN and Plex.

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Just passing along this free ambient download by 'for the birds' from Forced Nostalgia

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https://forcednostalgia.bandcamp.com/album/for-the-birds

Elmar Hintz is a German musician and sound engineer who began experimenting with synths in the late 1970s. He re-started recording around 1991 after dropping out of medical school. Except for a single appearance on one of the infamous em:t label compilations and a Nonplace Urban Field remix on Source Records, 8m stereo has mostly operated below the radar. We think he's an overlooked artist with an exceptional skill to produce characteristic ambient music using lo-fi equipment, 2nd hand synthesizers and tape recorders.

Recorded on 2, 4 & 8-track tapes in the early to mid 1990s by Elmar Hintz.
Thanks to everyone who provided shelter, encouragement, or discouragement.
All recordings & ℗ 8m stereo.
This compilation Forced Nostalgia, 2014.

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