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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 02:36:22 PM »
MASH is still good, and Perry Mason is great in a cheesy sort of way, but most of the TV shows I've enjoyed prior to adulthood are pretty much impossible to sit through, now.  Happy Days and Gilligan's Island, for example!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 01:24:15 PM »
We all have our "comfort TV" shows, I guess, at least those of us of the age that grew up sitting in front of the TV constantly.

For me, it's Perry Mason, Gilligan's Island, MASH, The Flintstones, maybe Happy Days.  Some of those shows don't stand up too well, these days.  I still love Perry Mason, though.  It's sort of the corny whodunnit show for people who aren't old enough to watch Murder She Wrote.   
;)

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Viridian Sun
« on: January 14, 2008, 12:45:55 PM »
Looks great. Will you post any samples up from the sessions before it's edited into the release? My curiosity has been kindled. ;)

I'm not sure.  I've thought about it, but having previously offered up samples of tracks that weren't to be released for some time, I wonder whether it doesn't make more sense to wait before offering a taste, until it's something somebody can buy if they like it.

Maybe this is part of a wider discussion about how/when to promote music.  An argument could be made that a few rough and unedited mp3 sample clips might create some "buzz" about the upcoming Viridian Sun album, which might build by the time the album is done, months from now.  An opposing argument could be made that if someone listens to the clips and likes them, their impulse to obtain the music might dissipate and it might have been better to wait.

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Now Playing / Re: Now Playing - music
« on: January 14, 2008, 12:16:06 PM »
I just noticed we don't have a now playing thread for music, what gives?  ???

Ok so let me start one.  ;D

Here's my current listening list:

Brain records History of German Rock 1972-1976
Craig Leon - Nommos
Inoyama Land - Danzindan-Pojidon
Harald Grosskopf - Synthesist
Steve Roach - Traveler

I picked up an old receiver that I can plug my turntable into (my newer suround system doesn't support record players) so I've been on a bit of a vinyl bing lately.  All of the above are LPs, not a single CD in the mix. I don't think I've listened to this much vinyl in one sitting in 15 years. :D

I moved this post of Loren's over from the  "Everything and Nothing" area into this section specifically devoted to "now playing" lists.  I'll 'PM' Loren about this move in case he never checks out the Forum's main screen!


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 12:08:46 PM »

We just finished the very last episode of Twin Peaks ... fine ending! Was great to see it all again. Yeah, it gets lost for a while (pointless sub-plots) somewhere after the middle, but picks up speed again after.

Agreed about Twin Peaks.  Season 1 is fantastic, and Season 2 gets lost for a while in the middle, but starts strong and finishes very strong.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 11:49:19 AM »
When I first read your message, I thought you were saying you got a 3-DVD "Emanuelle" box-set.  And I was going to say, "Wait a minute, there must be at least 10 Emanuelle movies."  Ah, Skinemax!

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 14, 2008, 11:32:23 AM »
Just posted more recent (and color) studio "action shots" in the Viridian Sun topic, in the Hypnos Artists & CDs section of this Forum.

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=73.0

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 11:26:31 AM »
Note to readers of the Hypnos Forum: 

Despite viewing Murder She Wrote and Matlock regularly, JKN is in fact NOT in his seventies.  Just clarifying.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: jeff dunham
« on: January 14, 2008, 11:19:50 AM »
Uh oh... "Achmed the Dead Terrorist" sparked a huge controversy on the old Hypnos Forum, with much name-calling and anger!  I'm stayin' out of here for a while!

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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.

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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.

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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 www.hypnos.com/smf the Forum itself was reporting its address as 208.131.140.64/smf 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.

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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:

http://208.131.140.64/smf/

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/



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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:

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

CODE = 15NEWSTORE100
(15% off any order over $100, no limit, expires 01/19/2008)

Here's a direct link to the Hypnos Online Store:
http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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