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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 11:12:38 AM »
I seem to be the only one watching anything lately, but that's OK.

Friday night:

Klimt -- sort of a bio-pic dramatization of the last days (and through memories, a selection of events in the life) of the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.  This DVD was just released by Netflix, and I believe it's on Netflix's new in-house video label.  Lena and I both have a weakness for films about painters (Frida, Pollock, the first third of New York Stories, Basquiat, for example) and Klimt may be Lena's favorite painter, so we really looked forward to this one.  It starred John Malkovich as Klimt, and as the story began with Klimt on his death bed, much of the story is told in the form of semi-hallucinated and occasionally somewhat nonsensical remembrances. It's actually more coherent and comprehensible than that makes it sound, but it's important to point out that this is not a simple retelling of the events of the painter's life, but more like a reflection back on earlier events from a troubled and distorted later perspective.  Of all the "life of an artist" films I've ever seen, this one spends the least time on the act of art-making.  There is just one brief glimpse of Klimt putting brush to canvas, and more often Malkovich is lounging around in his studio with a handful of nude figure models.  One wonders whether Klimt's primary motivation for being a painter was that it made for a good excuse to be surrounded by lots of young, nude female bodies.  Also, Egon Schiele has a prominent spot in the film, as a young friend of Klimt's.

Overall I would give this film a high rating, and it's something I would watch again, though I feel a bit disappointed by the shortage of art-related content.

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: January 13, 2008, 12:13:35 PM »
Last night was the final (third) session for the upcoming Viridian Sun album.  This time we concentrated on more sustained, blissful drones, rather than strange, complex overlapping loops.  It was almost all two guitars.  Here are a few pictures:

We have at least 6 hours of very good material, certainly a better success rate than any of our previous efforts, in terms of producing lots of great-sounding and interesting music fit for release.  We'll be editing this down to the best stuff, and possibly also setting aside a couple of pieces for release elsewhere, like on outside label compilations or that sort of thing.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Cookie problem with new site
« on: January 13, 2008, 11:51:53 AM »
Bill (and anyone else having this problem), I just changed a server configuration setting that might have been causing the problem.  Though the main link to this Forum (and its correct address now) is the Forum itself was reporting its address as which was probably causing a problem with the domain under which your cookie was being stored, not matching the domain of the Forum itself.  Should be fixed now, though you may still have to log in manually once before the settings will be properly saved in the cookie file.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Cookie problem with new site
« on: January 13, 2008, 11:12:41 AM »
Hi Bill

Try something and let me know the results.

Visit both of these two links, closing and re-opening your web browser between each visit, and let me know which one(s) ask you to log-in:

Now that the whole Hypnos web site, including the Hypnos Forum and the Online Store have been successfully moved, we're going to have a special sale just to celebrate.

We're offering a couple of special coupon codes, valid at the Hypnos store between now and the end of next week (Jan 18, 2008). Use one of these codes to get 10% off any order, or 15% off any order of $100 or more. Only 1 coupon per order, so using both codes won't get you 25% off a big order. Those codes are:

(10% off any order, no limit, expires 01/19/2008)

(15% off any order over $100, no limit, expires 01/19/2008)

Here's a direct link to the Hypnos Online Store:

Thanks for all your support through our first decade, and our recent server move, from Hypnos Recordings!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:06:29 PM »
Wow, you must type faster than me!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:06:05 PM »
Well, notice that the people who are posting these links are either using their own web site host like Evan/Somnia did, or public file hosting sites, like Alan did.  If you don't have the former, use the latter.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: January 11, 2008, 02:02:24 PM »
Arzt's "big scene" in season one was one of the best things on TV, ever.

Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: January 11, 2008, 01:34:24 PM »
I agree with Bill's point that at times in season 1 and 2, Lost was very frustrating in how slowly the story was developed, and at other times the writers seemed to bring up a certain plot direction only to drop it cold, without developing it.  This latter problem continued into season 3 actually... like the introduction of Nikki and Paolo, which went nowhere.

But I do think things got on track in season 3 and ended up stronger than ever, and I believe that now that the writers & producers know how soon the story will end, and how many episodes are left, we'll see a much more carefully developed arc to the story, fewer dead-ends, and a faster pace of development overall.  I remain a big fan of Lost, and despite its flaws I believe it to be one of the most interesting things on TV.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 11, 2008, 12:10:56 PM »
The last third of The Lost Room was still good, still interesting, but not as arresting as the first two thirds.  I'd still recommend the mini-series to anyone who enjoys enigmatic and mysterious stories along the lines of X-Files, Millennium, Twilight Zone or Lost.  And I'd still definitely watch any sequel, spin-off or follow-up.  I just felt the strong mystery that propelled the story along, wasn't really paid-off with a satisfactory resolution.  There was a bit of "why did that happen?" going on with some of the events at the end.  Still, I'd rate it a B+ or A- overall.

Last weekend we watched Auto Focus, a sort of docu-drama re-telling of the life of Bob Crane, star of Hogan's Heroes, who ended up becoming increasingly caught-up in a weird and kinky sexual lifestyle, as he became more famous.  Very strange, and very well-told, and Greg Kinnear really does a great Bob Crane.  Willem Defoe, as Crane's weird buddy who gets him started with some weird "home porno" shennanigans with early home video recording gear, is extra weird as always (except in the Spider Man movie, where he's just boring).  I'd recommend this one too.  It's actually pretty amusing and strange in a good way.  Reminded me slightly of Boogie Nights in terms of tone, and the world it portrays, but not as complex a story.

I hope you're OK.  Thanks for passing along the podcast, which may have been overshadowed a bit by your mention of the news you're coping with, that inspired it.  Take care, Evan/Somnia.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 11, 2008, 11:51:03 AM »
Right, that sums it up.  When I see a mix like this, one continuous track, I see it as someone promoting the music, rather than helping people find a way not to buy it.

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: January 11, 2008, 11:40:51 AM »
Nobody's really speaking up one way or another on the karma issue so I don't know how to gauge whether people would rather have it, or rather not have it, or don't care at all.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 11, 2008, 11:20:05 AM »
I don't look at it as "stealing music" any more than a radio station playing my CD is stealing it.  If someone posted a link to an entire album's worth of MP3 or FLAC files I might (probably would) object, but that's very different.  For that matter, if someone posted their "mix" as a link to a bunch of separate MP3 tracks zipped up in one folder, I probably would object to that, too.  You'll notice that these are long, continuous mixes with a variety of music, rather than a collection of discrete tracks.

I may be the only one looking at it that way, but the idea of "piracy" never occurred to me when I saw these mixes.  I thought about it more in the positive sense of sharing, like "Here's some stuff you'll probably like and want to investigate," rather than "Here's some stuff to add to your MP3 collection so you won't have to buy the CD."


Nice work, Mike and Hypnos, et al....

Thanks Matt, and glad to see you back here!

Hypnos Label Releases / Re: CD release: Nverxion - A Look Within
« on: January 10, 2008, 02:53:26 PM »
I just got the copy I ordered of "A Look Within" last week. It has been played a lot at my house and in my car since then. I am terrible at reviews, I prefer to leave those to people like Bill and others. I will say that I do enjoy it a lot. Highly recommended!   Harry D                                                                                                                    P.S. I said it on the old forum, but will repeat it here. Mike and Lena do a great job of getting products out. I have ordered quite a few small orders recently. I usually order on a Sunday and have my cd's by Wednesday or Thursday here in San Antonio. Who knew the Pony Express could move out like that. Great job you two. :)

Thanks for the kind words about the CD, Harry, and also the mail order service.  Lena is great about getting things ready to ship right away, which has definitely be an important focus for us this year.

Everything and Nothing / Re: New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 10, 2008, 02:23:43 PM »
How the hell are you supposed to watch Ratatouille on your new roof and plumbing?  Bad decision!

(OK, just kidding.  Sometimes real life gets in the way of fun purchases, I know)

Everything and Nothing / Re: New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 10, 2008, 11:35:35 AM »
Every time I go to Costco I see several people wheeling out $1000+ plasma sets, one after another.  Not to say there won't be new technologies that will replace plasma, or that LCD doesn't compete already.... and I'll be the first to say, our HD projector is just miles and miles better than any plasma set out there (though it's not viewable in a bright room)

Everything and Nothing / Re: New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 10, 2008, 09:51:54 AM »
Have you compared a same-sized, similar-spec 1080p and 1080i sets, at relatively small sizes (like 32-42")?  I disagree with your assertion that the visible difference is extremely clear. 

I do agree that if you can find a 1080p set for not too much more than a 1080i set, then you should go with 1080p just to be "future-proof" and because there may be some benefit.  But if you're talking a bigger difference in price, like more than 30% price increase to get progressive-scan, then the difference is really minor for such a price jump.  It's not like the difference between 480i DVD and 1080p upscaled DVD, or between 1080p upscaled DVD and 1080p BluRay -- those differences are really big and it doesn't take a trained eye to notice them.

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: January 10, 2008, 09:37:50 AM »
The karma deal was supposed to encourage cool contributions or extra-insightful posts, and to discourage acting up, breaking forum rules or flaming unreasonably.

I was afraid it would be used for things like "you gave my CD a bad review so I'm giving you negative karma" or "I disagree with your political views so I'm giving you negative karma."  I'm not sure whether it has been or not... there haven't been many negative karmas that I've seen, but to be honest I haven't paid much attention.  It was only after Jim's last message that I looked around and saw that a few people had received negatives.

I'm not sure to what extent this was a problem.  I mean, a negative karma here or there isn't enough reason to scrap the whole thing.  But maybe the positive benefit wasn't really there, either.  I don't hear a lot of people saying, "keep the karma system, it helps reward people for making the forum a better place."

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