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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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I don't mind buying an expensive bottle here and there because I only drink the good stuff occasionally. I like to have several different ones to alternate between, and I don't drink single male too often, so I might have bottles sitting on the shelf for years.

Quality over quantity!

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I definitely don't drink that kind of "special" stuff often. Usually buy a bottle when visiting friends who are single malt enthusiasts, and usually one or more of them will buy a nice bottle, and we'll all have a chance to try something unusual and special we wouldn't otherwise get to try.

Actually I think it was my friend Justin Steele (who appears in the 4-person photo above) who bought the Three Wood and I bought the Aberlour 16 year. Everyone in our group enjoyed both of these so much, both Justin and I bought ourselves a bottle of each later in the summer.

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Definitely yes. To me, Auchentoshan 12 is good, but Three Wood is special. Definitely worth the extra money, so if you like Auchentoshan 12, definitely try Three Wood.

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From ReaderCon, a genre fiction convention in Boston, MA, this past July. Here's a whisky lover's room party where we shared some special items before going up to a bigger, busier party in the room of one of the publishers at the convention.








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Well, here's a start.










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Beautiful indeed.

I forgot to report in here about some very nice single malts I enjoyed in Boston at a convention this summer. Must dig through Facebook to find photos and details.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:17:23 PM »
True enough -- if I'm shopping for a new pair of headphones or some kind of amplifier or software, I come here first!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 26, 2014, 08:54:01 AM »
It's interesting to see all this. Thanks for the input, everybody. I love that this has remained a community, even if it's not as busy as it was 10+ years ago. Forums like this are considered by many an "old fashioned" or even obsolete form of social media, but to me, that's part of the charm. It's less noisy and overwhelming than something like Facebook or Twitter.

I don't have any intention of shutting down the forum, as long as everyone (mostly) behaves. For the most part, this place is self-policing, because we have many members who have been around for a very long time, who know the rules, and who care about a civilized, respectful level of discourse and try to enforce if it they can. I truly appreciate everybody who contributes to the strength and health of this place. Thank you!

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: September 23, 2014, 06:01:06 PM »
I'm reading Moby-Dick, which somehow I managed to avoid reading despite graduating with a degree in English literature.

It's quite enjoyable, more quirky and strange than I expected, though I'm not far along yet.

Just recently finished No Country for Old Men by Cormack McCarthy. That one was very good, but I consider it a lesser work by McCarthy.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 21, 2014, 04:57:32 PM »
If someone has a hard time getting started, then "relax, loosen up and don't worry" may be good advice.

If someone has a hard time ever focusing in enough to finish anything, then maybe the opposite advice would be better!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 19, 2014, 04:44:08 PM »
Every creative person has times when it happens more easily than others.

Some of you may know I also do some fiction writing. It's always interested to me that everyone knows what "Writer's Block" is but nobody talks about Painter's Block or Guitarist's Block or Photographer's Block.

In my experience, some people have a difficult time getting started not because they've lost the creative knack, or the impulse to create, but because they've begun putting pressure on themselves to create something "great" or "important" rather than just creating for the fun of it.

When we start out, we often just goof around and explore, and follow whatever weird path we discover. It's fun! There's no sense of "Tonight I must create a wonderful new album."

Eventually, after we have been creating for a while, and especially if we are "known" as a creative person, we can start thinking that each new piece of music or writing or art has an audience out there who will judge it. "This stuff better be good," we think, and the process doesn't flow as naturally or intuitively as it used to.

Very often writers I know who become blocked are like this because they've started to think their first drafts need to be sharp, polished and well-organized. It's even happened to me before, when I fell into the trap of thinking this way.

The way I avoid it is by always insisting that the "first draft" stage -- whether we're talking about writing or music or any other creative endeavor -- should be loose, and fun, and have no expectations attached. I believe "All first drafts must suck." I mean, I really believe it. I don't just let myself think that in order to try to relieve pressure in the early stages of the creative process. I really believe you'll do the best work when you remove any self-judgement in the first steps. You'll never get anywhere if you're judging your words (or your playing, or your composition) in mid-process. Just get it out, have fun, dare to make mistakes, then go back later and tidy it up.

Some art forms seem to deal with this better than others, and I think it's because of this that some creative people get stuck or blocked less than others. Most bands jam and goof around a lot. Most artists make a lot of loose sketches or studies. A solo ambient artist in a studio without anyone else there to play off of, it's tough. Same with a fiction writer, staring at a blank page.

Give yourself freedom to jam, to sketch, to run wild and act crazy. Don't let the "editor mind" interfere with the process. The editor mind will get its chance to judge, to alter and try to perfect, but only later.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sorry Pete Kelly....On Inspiration
« on: September 18, 2014, 06:47:39 PM »
That's good advice, Loren.

Also, I should say that there was some good stuff in Pete's topic, and I think we would consider re-opening the thread after some of the offending posts have been trimmed out, and tempers have cooled. Of course if we do that, the thread will have to be watched-over with an extra close eye for inflamed tempers.

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