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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dark Duck prices
September 13, 2010, 03:05:47 PM
Kunaki is a CD-R duplicator that a LOT of artists are using right now. They're a 3rd party duplicator that puts together a rather nice quality package for low (or high) duplication runs. I have perhaps erroneously assumed that the Dark Duck disc you received was a Kunaki pressing and it sounded like you went directly to the duplicator at one point for the refund/complaint. Is there a bar-code on the disc?  If so it may say who distributes it.  Kunaki CDRs say "distributed by Kunaki LLC" in the bar-code area. Regardless, it sounds like you may have it all sorted out.
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dark Duck prices
September 13, 2010, 09:09:47 AM
I should also mention Stephen (Dark Duck) is a really good guy. I'd expect him to be accomodating to your issue but I of course don't know the details. Either way, I'm sorry to hear it wasn't a good experience.
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Dark Duck prices
September 13, 2010, 09:01:35 AM
Were you dealing with Kunaki on the refund or directly with Dark Duck? The Kunaki people (I think all two of them) are a bit short on replies, perhaps even oddly defensive - the were with me once.

I've had 3 bad discs on the Kunaki pressings come out (their fault). Of course I issue replacements or refunds within 24 hours. Also, my shipping for 1 item is only $2.50 - I try to keep the prices as low as possible. It also helps to NOT ship from Kunaki. The reality is that by the time I buy the mailer, obtain the product (CDs from Kunaki), mailing labels, actual shipping, and time/mileage to the post office my shipping costs are closer to $3.50 per single disc but to me that price is, psychologically speaking, a point where I think a buyer could cancel their order. As weird as that may sound, that's just my own personal guage.

Shipping, simply put, is expensive these days. Almost ridiculously so when thinking it was a out $1.00 per cd just less than 10 years ago.
Bakis - this album is amazing and is going down in my personal top 10 of 2010!  Folks, this is great EM of the finest order.  Highly recommended.

Well said Mike!
Quote from: Paul Vnuk (Ma Ja Le) on February 19, 2010, 04:48:17 PM
It really stuck with me ever since he mentioned it.

Yeah, that's a great way of looking at it. Thanks for sharing.
Well, thank you kind sir (Austere) for the compliments.  Your work ain't too shabby either my friend.  :) ~ Jesse
Everything and Nothing / Re: Lotuspike as spam generator?
December 27, 2009, 09:51:29 PM
Yeah, I'm getting loads of spam from lotuspike as well. I contacted Jeff Kowal about it a few days ago. Hopefully he'll take care of this. - J.
I think $10 is apprpriate for CDRs... problem I have is the increasing cost in shipping!  I think it's about 75 cents more than just a couple years ago.  It totally eats into what little profit, if any, that's left for someone like me who doesn't charge for shipping.
Hi Scott

Heh... I read technical stuff all the time and write legal documents.  Now that I've been working weekly away from home I bring and read synth docs, I like to do that... I actually feel like I'm sort of "playing" the synth when I read the manuals... I guess that could be qualified as synaesthetic too!  I can't say I really retain anything though.  :-X

P.S. Scott, your "Om" is phenomenal!  I was expecting something more droney but it's incredibly engaging.  Thank you very much!
Nice story.  I shared this on my Facebook page.  I said there that this is no surprise. I notice a HUGE difference when playing tracks off iTunes vs. from my CD player all going through the same amp. I find that mp3s, aac, etc. is no match for the CD yet. Sorry, you'll never convince me - you still won't take my iPod away from my dead cold hands either.
Synaesthesia is real. I predominantly have the spatial-sequence form. Music invokes loooooooots of images and colors... I don't have the color association with numbers but do have it with words and flavors. I probably don't have as much of a syneasthetic connection with numbers because they are so widely used every day for me... I've never read a book... Well, maybe 1 or 2 but words, to me, are like blocks and I tend to analyze each word's shape and appearance rather than as it's intended to be a part of a larger story. I can read, of course, and I'm an amazing speller - well, not spelling bee level but my spelling and grammar are excellent but I perceive both spelling and grammar or sentence structure more mathmatically than from a language perspective.

Me have weer'd brain!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Alcohol at lunch?
November 16, 2009, 07:21:42 AM
At an engineering firm I worked at back around 2003 in downtown Denver, my coworkers would go over to a local brewery down the street and fill up a moonshine-sized bottle (probably a little more than a gallon's worth) and bring it back to the office and we'd nurture that from about noon to the end of the day. Productivity for slipped for sure.

I can't drink anymore though. I just get really tired, headaches and cranky with alcohol. I did my fair share already anyway.

Everything and Nothing / Re: VISTA
October 22, 2009, 03:28:31 PM
Windows is so incredibly frustrating... I'm one of those stupid people, though, that have to send xlsx files around because it's just the way it is. 

As a side note, I can no longer login to sites like MySpace and others with Windows Explorer! I get a 'fail' screen every time I try to login.  So I have to use FireFox, but with FireFox I can no longer right-click to download images/files or open links in new windows!!!!!  I've researched over and over and over again and can not find out the reason for this.  My laptop doesn't have this problem.  Anyone else here experience this?

Windows 7 does purport to be better suited for audio/video apps though.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
October 18, 2009, 10:07:49 AM
I had known Jim now for about 9 years or so. I had the pleasure of speking with him a few times over the phone. Jim was not only an ambient music lover, reviewer, and composer but also a man whose professional life was to help others. It's obviously a personal loss for all of us here and his family but also a huge loss for those who needed Jim in his professional life as well. His spirit was far reaching and will certainly continue to be.

Not to mention, those of us who've been here awhile know just how much he loved his family and particularly his grandson.

R.I.P. Jim, I'm really going to miss you, and you will not be forgotten.


Sure wish I could make it to this. Great music even greater people. - Jesse
Altus - congrats on the 100th Earth Mantra release!  I can attest to the quality recordings they provide.  Nicely done. ~ Jesse
Everything and Nothing / Re: The Public Option
October 12, 2009, 09:57:31 AM
Here's an article in today's paper discussing how Colorado already has a public option - thank you to Governor Bill Ritter (D) signing this plan into law last year.  Otherwise I'd be screwed.