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I'm really glad we don't discuss politics here anymore.  I, like many people, am amazed at the comments about stories on CNN, MS-NBC, even local newspaper websites.  Even the name "The United States of America" is becoming an oxymoron.

I think it's becoming a nation of Archie Bunkers and Hunter Thompsons.  I am so glad I never watch TV.

Everything and Nothing / Hypnos Forum Weight-Loss Challenge 2010
« on: March 18, 2010, 09:38:32 AM »
I'm the one who has to loose, so I'll be brave and begin.

I do remember one thing from those nutty nutrition classes at FSU that the first step is to write down every thing you eat.

Breakfast: 1 Bowl of oatmeal with 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and coffee (black, as always)
On the way to work:  Coffee (and I didn't get a drive to work snack!)
Arrive at work:  more coffee (damn narcolepsy!)
Mid morning at work snack due to the receptionist brought in Easter candy(2 little tiny chocolate eggs and 2 bite size Nestles Crunches) :o
Lunch:  A Lean Cuisine Stuffed Cabbage (210 calories!), a vanilla Activa low fat yogurt (110 calories), and a Golden delicious apple
Afternoon snack:  Low fat Peanut Butter Toast Chee crackers (1 pack, 190 calories)
Beverage: water (I never drink sodas, well, almost never)

A boring trivial personal no one cares why am I posting this message.  If you need to loose, be honest and take the challenge.

I'll be back Monday and I'll want to see some posts!

Everything and Nothing / Environmental "concern"
« on: March 14, 2010, 06:49:17 AM »
I've been working in environmental labs since 1991.  Recently, and only recently, we've been experiencing electrical shocks from water.  I'm talking, unpreserved (no acids, peroxides, or bases added) water samples in plastic bottles that shock us when we open them.  They're not little zaps, either.  More like bright little lightning balls sending shocks up your entire arm.  They've been wacking out the pH meters as well.  When you place the probe in the water, it jumps to either the highest or lowest end possible, then eventually drops down to around 7.

Any one else care to join in this one?  Any theories will be explored.

Everything and Nothing / Oscar Picks
« on: March 02, 2010, 06:07:15 AM »
The nominees are:

Here's my picks.

Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Hurt Locker (2008): Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Nicolas Chartier, Greg Shapiro

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart (2009)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Carey Mulligan for An Education (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christopher Plummer for The Last Station (2009)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart (2009)

Best Achievement in Directing
Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker (2008)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Inglourious Basterds (2009): Quentin Tarantino

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
District 9 (2009): Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Avatar (2009): Mauro Fiore

Best Achievement in Editing
The Hurt Locker (2008): Bob Murawski, Chris Innis

Best Achievement in Art Direction
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009): David Warren, Anastasia Masaro, Caroline Smith

Best Achievement in Costume Design
Coco avant Chanel (2009): Catherine Leterrier

Best Achievement in Makeup
Star Trek (2009): Barney Burman, Mindy Hall, Joel Harlow

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Up (2009): Michael Giacchino

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Crazy Heart (2009): T-Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham("The Weary Kind")

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Avatar (2009): Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson, Tony Johnson

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
The Hurt Locker (2008): Paul N.J. Ottosson

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Avatar (2009): Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andy Jones

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009): Wes Anderson

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Ajami (2009)(Israel)

Best Documentary, Features
The Cove (2009): Louie Psihoyos, Fisher Stevens

Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Królik po berlinsku (2009): Bartosz Konopka, Anna Wydra

Best Short Film, Animated
Wallace and Gromit in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' (2008) (TV): Nick Park

Best Short Film, Live Action
The New Tenants (2009): Joachim Back, Tivi Magnusson

Everything and Nothing / YEAH YEAH YAH!!!!!
« on: February 03, 2010, 03:35:01 PM »
I just got tickets for Aretha Franklin March,19 in St Augustine!!!! 8)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Uniform volume
« on: January 18, 2010, 09:39:45 AM »
I've got a really stupid question, one that Paul may fall out of his chair laughing at my ignorance, but I have to ask.

I've been doing a lot of sh@t over the past few years (since every thing in the past few years has been sh@t, right?) anyway...

I have always had this problem with overall volume of the music.  One comes out louder than the other.  Correcting it sometimes just adds distortion.  Increasing the gain doesn't always work.  How does one make it all the same?  Not normalizing, and keeping the dynamic range.  But from track to track.  Is their something I (obviously) missing?

Everything and Nothing / Picture from my recent trip to Disney World!
« on: December 15, 2009, 10:19:14 AM »
We (son, daughter-in-law, me) took my wife to the Magic Kingdom for her birthday. All was well until we got 50 miles from home.

No one hurt, and it wasn't my fault.  What sucks is that it's a 2010, and it was wrecked it before 2010!
The next day my wife's care broke down.  Had to get it towed and fixed.  Had to get a friend to come get us and take us to get a rental.
Then, this morning, the rental had a flat.

What a week. (and it's only Tuesday)

Everything and Nothing / 2009 Oscar nominations
« on: November 29, 2009, 08:11:24 AM »
Another topic on the movie subject.

My "predictions of nominations" are just that.  Hopefully, the rest of you will add to the list.  Give me some ideas on movies I haven't seen.

Adapted screenplay:
Where the Wild Things Are - It went right over my head, adapted from a children's book.  Spike Jonez is due.

Original screenplay:
Terminator 4 - I know that sounds like a joke, but they actually pulled off a three act screenplay on this one.

Sound editing:
Terminator 4 - Something about that really big robot sent chills up my spine.

Clint Eastwood for Grand Torino - If any actor is overdue for an oscar, it's him.

There are going to be 10 best movie nominaions this year
Movie (and director):
Angels and Demons (Ron Howard) - I read in one of my screenplay writing books (yes, I have copyrights filled on things other than music) that if you don't like a movie in the firs ten minutes, you won't like it.  When you write a screenplay, the rule is one page per minute.  So when studio heads are reading hundreds of screenplays, they read the first ten pages. For me, most of the time, this is true.  Within the first ten minutes of this one, I almost turned it off.  The "bad guy steals the anti-mater" had me on the way out.  I kept watching and the movie turned out to be very exciting, much better that The Dull-vinci Code.  My wife and I were talking about how they made it afterwards, and we agreed that there was no way they filmed in the Vatican, that the lighting was too good in St. Peter's and the Pantheon, and that the floor of the Pantheon was too clean.  Then we watched the extra "how they did it" short.  Ron Howard deserves a nomination for best diretor for this one.  Amazing.

Inglorious Basterds - Not sure if it will get a directing or writing nomination, but possibly in the top ten movies.

Julie and Julia - I have only seen the previews, but Meryll Streep and Amy Adams will both be nominated (again) for this one.

Inviticus - (I think that's the name.)  Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman in a story about South Africa winning the world cup.  The trailer had Oscar nods all over it.

...more to come.

Everything and Nothing / Favorite movies
« on: November 12, 2009, 01:20:48 PM »
Informal question.  I ask people this often.  I didn't want to put this on the "best of the decade thread".

In your opinion, what is the best movie ever made?

What is your favorite movie?

For me, Lawrence of Arabia is the best.  Screenplay, acting, directing, cinematography, music, ending of acts and I think the ending of the movie is perfect.  Nothing like it. 

The Creature from the Black Lagoon is my favorite.  I have seen this flick too many times to count.  I have spent many times at the location (Wakulla Springs, FL), and if it is being run in a theater nearby, I WILL go see it.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Wayne Higgins, 2009
« on: November 01, 2009, 09:18:53 AM »
I had a computer failure, then I got a laptop, then a desktop, then I had to remaster and remix everything I had done this year, then I threw out a number of things.  So, here's the 2009 release list.  And just in time for Christmas! 8)

Withalacoochee-part one   3:12:35
Withalacoochee-part two   3:08:33
Total time  6:21:08   
The Pixies Lair   
01-The Devil's Ballet   68:57
02-Suspended, Like A Bridge   97:18
03-Galaxy 92   93:00
04-The Pixies's Lair   101:54
Total time  6:01:09   
Graveyard Shift on a Space Station   
01-Graveyard Shift on a Space Station   7:59:59
Fun and Games   
01-Let's Go For A Swim   60:07
02-Those Little Men In The Ceiling Tiles Never Stop Working   60:26
03-Suduko   84:02
04-Unconditional Surrender   166:20
Total time  6:10:55   
Sound Deco, volume 2   
01-Dusty Morning   63:22
02-Monday Migration   68:38
03-Rear View Mirror   62:23
04-Don't Blame The Iceberg for Sinking the Ship   60:00
05-Shimmering Substance   71:23
06-Methane Ocean   55:49
Total time  6:20:35   
Sweet Dreams   
01-A Beautiful Tattoo   45:50
02-The Web Construction Kit   66:59
03-Nylon Bass   26:24
04-Waterworld   29:51
05-Sparky's Saturday Morning   20:37
06-Liquid Thoughts   46:59
07-Magic Hammock   120:00
Total time  5:56:40   
Digital Totalitarianism   
02-Dawn On The Loosing Side   61:07
03-Time Is Money   72:22
04-Coffee Is Always Better When Someone Else Makes It   54:03
05-Secondary Sector   54:31
06-They Might As Well Send Vampires   62:07
07-Live From The Cafe Annapurna   61:41
Total time  6:15:11   
20-Rescuing Andromeda   
01-Creation of Light   13:45
02-Formation of Eve   28:59
03-Dove Sent Forth from the Ark   20:39
04-Confusion of Tongues   16:41
05-The Wrestle of Jacob   19:47
06-Burial of Sarah   40:24
07-Mount Sinai   19:06
08-Celestial Phenomena   11:23
09-The Discovery of the True Cross   18:36
10-Idylls of the King   32:08
11-Peaudane   36:33
12-Orlando Furioso   55:29
13-Paradise Lost   60:32
Total time  6:14:02   

I'll let you know when I post things for downloads.  Contact me if yer interested in any MP3 hard copy discs on CD-r, but it will take a while to get the printer up.

Everything and Nothing / Tinnitus, part two
« on: November 01, 2009, 06:19:04 AM »
I didn't want to look for the old one, so...

I definately got it, that screaming ring in my ears.  The final straw between occasional and permanant was The Dropkick Murphys concert last winter.  Oh, well.  Had to happen sometime.

Anyway, why I brought this up was that I found a pretty good product for it.  Not a cure (there is none), but definately helps.  I got something called "Bio Ear" from a Vermont General Store catalog.  You the liquid on a cotton ball and then stick it in your ear for a few hours.  I got up in the middle of the night hearing a Les Paul and Marshall amp feedback sound.  But this stuff in and actually went back to sleep.  It's made of all natural ingredients:  Aloe Vera is the top ingredient.  Check it out, it's worth it.

Everything and Nothing / VISTA
« on: October 22, 2009, 02:16:07 PM »

So I'm reading this article and wondering, "what problems?"  I happen to like Vista.

Everything and Nothing / Much wierdness
« on: October 07, 2009, 09:42:23 AM »
So, last night I went home and finally sorted out the record collection.  I need one more tub.  I'm keeping them in 21 gallon plastic tubs.  After a pipe broke in the house and flooded the place a couple of years ago, we always take the necessary precautions.  Put on a Peter Nero album, really stressed me out.  After that, I went for Tom Jones.  Much better.  I got a copyright registration notice in the mail for a disc I did two years ago.  Sent them the form 2/2008, talk about delays.  Better late than never.  That other thread is talking about how long it takes to record things, a sort of time/creativity equation.  4 months to record, 21 months to register the copyright.  Still waiting on "It's Just A Matter Of Time" (how ironic).  Sent that one in three years ago.  After I ate my oatmeal, I picked up the guitar before I went to work.  There was this riff on "Whiskey Drinking Woman" by Nazareth I just had to figure out.  Did it.

This is what's weird.  So I'm driving to work and on County Rd 146, out in front of the Kingdom Hall, there was a puppy in the middle of the highway.  I beeped my horn, rode right up to him, stopped, and he just looked at me.  I got out of the car and told him to get out of the road.  He still just looked at me.  A car was coming up behind me, so I put on my flashers and signaled him to go around.  I walked up to the dog. He wagged his tail and walked up to me.  INSTANT SUCKER!!!  It got in the car with me and I took him to our vet's office.  They scanned him to find a chip, nothing.  He weighed 43.4 pounds!  BIG puppy, pit bull mix.  They are taking him to the Monticello shelter and they'll wait to see if anyone claims him.  He did have a collar.  He also was covered with some type of grass that broke my out into hives on both arms.  I hope they find his owner, I can't take on another dog.  My mother-in-law who live with us has the final say, since she is 83 and stays home all day and takes care of everything.  My wife and I are taking our son and daughter-in-law to Biloxi this weekend, Alice Cooper.  It wouldn't be nice to mom "found a dog, bye" and leave for two days.

The whole incident reminded me of that scene in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button".  If I would have picked up that guitar and went ahead and left for work...

Everything and Nothing / I found out about this last night
« on: October 01, 2009, 08:15:10 AM »
It's an interesting twist to the health care debate.

I read that Ted Kennedy was against it, later saying it was a mistake to let it go.

I don't mean to be starting a political debate here.  Just proving historical information.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Now watching...
« on: July 08, 2009, 02:40:58 PM »
Couldn't find it, so I'll start another one.

Finally broke down and bought Match Point in the VERY cheap bin at Walmart.  Woody Allen is a genius, and his writing keeps getting better.  I don't laugh uncontrollably out loud that much, but their is one scene ending, one shot, that I lost it.  Unbelievable.  Great film, highly recommended.

Listening: Podcasts, Mixes, and Music Sample Clips / Tour '09
« on: June 12, 2009, 06:21:11 AM »
It looks like I may be playing at the Electro Music Festival in Oct in NJ.  The attempt now is to schedule gigs along the way.
If YOU live between Fl and NJ, let me know any contact info. ;D

I know it is in very poor taste.  Chastise me if you will.  But sometimes the lines come and I have to say them.

"Hey la, hey la, my boyfriend's back"

Everything and Nothing / 7 days!
« on: May 15, 2009, 03:21:29 PM »
My son gets married on the 23rd. ;D

Those wonderful guys at the state legislature have decided to cut the salaries of state employees making over $45000 a year by 2%.   I told my wife (who is a state employee) it's better than 4%, which was the original plan.  The legislature also decided to take $151.7 million from the Inland Protection Trust Fund which, among other things, monitors the run offs from gasoline stations that leach out and enter the drinking water supply (hey, if you don't want to get cancer from the MTBE's, buy bottled water.)  This was to have a substantial effect on me, particularly since 80% of my companies work comes from that particular monitoring and testing.  But, alas, the state decided to borrow $104 million dollars to make up the difference.  So, you got that?  They are taking $151.7 million and borrowing $104 million to make up for it.  Not only is there a difference of $47.7 million, but they are going to have to borrow the money and pay interest on funds that should be left alone in the first place.  I once read the term "Floridiots", it definitely describes our present state legislature.  Governor Charlie doubts he will be re-elected, so he is setting his sites on a Senate race.  Fat chance, asshole.  There was a great response to the situation at hand..."No more political contributions, for anyone!".

What really sucked is that my wife heard this morning they were cutting her pay, after she worked yesterday for free as a "volunteer" taking calls at the FL State Hotline which is set up for the Swine Flu (I'm sorry, H1N1) pandamemicsofearitallyouscumbagsepidemic.

So, I'm still wondering if I'll have a job next month, or next week.  Anyone want to buy music for a movie soundtrack? 8)

Contained on the virb page is the gig I did last night at a Cafe in Tallahassee.  A bit of meandering at first, I eventually got it going.  I only edited out the part when my foot slipped on the volume pedal, and the beginning when I was trying to figure out where all the buzzing was coming from.

Live at the Cafe Annapurna 042109

I appreciate comments, BTW. 8)

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