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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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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.

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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.

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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."

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8)

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

Thanks Matt, and glad to see you back here!

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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.

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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)

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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)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 10, 2008, 09:51:54 AM »
JDH-
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.

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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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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: January 09, 2008, 07:51:19 PM »
I've gone ahead and disabled the forum's karma feature, at least temporarily -- it'll be re-enabled (with everyone's karma as of right this minute restored) if people speak up that they want to have it, or I'll leave it off if nobody cares, or if everyone thinks it's more divisive than constructive.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: January 09, 2008, 06:56:23 PM »
This Forum includes an optional feature called "Karma" which allows users (at least somewhat established users, who have registered and posted a few times) to give positive or negative karma points to users who contribute something positive or negative to the Forum.

So...

Someone who creates an interesting topic, or who posts an insightful post, or a good CD review, might receive positive karma. 

Someone who breaks a Forum rule, or posts something inappropriate, or even who posts a "waste of space" comment, might receive negative karma.

I've turned on the karma option so we can experiment with it a bit.  If it's used frivolously or spitefully, I'll just disable it, but if it can be used for a sort of "peer review" to encourage people to contribute, and discourage people from acting like fools, then we'll keep it.

The karma points show up under your name & avatar, each time you post.


is there a way to tell who gave us karma ratings?

No, in fact I don't think the information is even available to Administrators or Moderators.  It's meant to be anonymous feedback to keep people from getting out of line, mainly on Forums where flame wars and the like are more common.  I hoped the "karma" system would encourage people to be well-behaved, and to be constructive contributors to the site, and that's how I've doled out karma points myself (only positive ones, so far), but I suppose it could be used for anything.

Does anyone have any feelings about the karma system so far?  Is it useful at all, or would people rather see it go away?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 09, 2008, 02:30:43 PM »
Great to see the following GOS's releases recognized thus far:

Moljebka Pvlse - Driftsond  (GOS) CD-R
Jonathan Block & The Circular Ruins - Shadows on Water (GOS) CD-R
Matt Borghi & Ben Fleury-Steiner - What the Night Leaves Behind (GOS) CD-R

I'll post my more complete list later, but I actually do have a single favorite ambient record of 2007:

STEPHEN PHILIPS "Into the Dark" (HYPNOS) CD

Wow, was this one worth the LOOONNNNNGGGG wait.  Just a tremendous piece of minimal beauty and subtlety--rare that I listen to something as continuously as Steve's disc--press repeat and new discoveries emerge on each listen--not to mention a state of deep relaxation (which is always a bonus)...

Hey Ben, thanks for the comment on Stephen's disc.  I've been surprised that not too many people have been talking about this one, though I'm sure that talk will build up, because those who ARE talking about the album, love it.  Reminds me a bit of Modell/Mantra's Sonic Continuum in that at first nobody bought it and nobody talked about it, and now it's getting more talk, and selling more copies, years later.

Comments like yours, Ben, will help people realize that Stephen's album is special, and they should check it out.  Thanks again.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 08, 2008, 08:21:54 PM »
Oh, OK, so you mean OLED as a backlight source for an LED display.  I'll have to investigate, just curious... not buying any more TVs!

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