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Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: December 11, 2007, 02:54:45 PM »
Lost and Heroes and CSI aren't supposed to have depth.  They're just supposed to be entertaining, not literary or serious.  Two of them are basically comic books, and the third one is entirely formula-driven, but I don't think that means they're "bad."  The creators of those shows certainly aren't trying to compete with The Wire or Six Feet Under or Sopranos.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: December 11, 2007, 02:05:31 PM »
This show is incredibly wonderful at its best, and still pretty compelling even when it gets slow (like during much of season 2).  Season 3 had some great stuff and I can't wait to see what comes next. 

With a show like this, I almost wish I hadn't discovered it until it was over, so I could watch the whole thing in a giant hurry, on DVD.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks fans should have a look
« on: December 11, 2007, 01:07:13 PM »
I think he was in a Star Trek Deep Space Nine that I saw not too long ago, too.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 11, 2007, 11:48:48 AM »
Regarding web hosting... I've received a handful of PMs and emails recommending various web hosts, and I appreciate the suggestions, but the Hypnos site (including main site, forum, and online store) has specific needs (enormous storage space, very large mySQL databases, Miva Merchant license, up to date installlations of PHP and mySQL and Ruby on Rails, SSL support, good webmail options, and an excellent reputation for supporting business hosting) which can't be met by 99% of web hosts. 

It looks like we'll be going with westhost.com and I should be making this switch in the next 7-10 days, though it should be transparent to users.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Twin Peaks fans should have a look
« on: December 11, 2007, 11:42:59 AM »
Richard Beymer, the actor who played Benjamin Horne (Audrey's dad, the guy who owned the Great Northern Hotel), posted a photo gallery of some pictures he took behind the scenes while shooting Twin Peaks.  To some degree this is meant as a tie-in to a recent book he wrote, but I think it's an amazing and strange glimpse behind the scenes of one of my favorite pop-culture-slash-art exercises ever.

Link:

http://gallery.mac.com/richardbeymer#100037&view=mosaic&bgcolor=black&sel=0

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Oh, and I didn't upgrade to version 7.  I don't usually take each upgrade that's offered by software vendors.  I understand they want to do regular upgrades every year or so, to keep the cash rolling in, but I rarely feel that every single version upgrade is worth the price.  I think I upgraded Live from version 1 to version 4 to version 6, and I'll wait to see what future versions have in store, before I buy another upgrade.

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I don't know why you'd want to render out directly to mp3.  Even if you want to post a compressed version of your track somewhere, wouldn't you want to keep an archive of an uncompressed version?  If so, then render to wav or aif and then convert that (just takes a few seconds) to mp3, in a separate application.

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Hmm, I was kind of hoping this would happen (e/i continuing in some form).

Any official plans to continue e/i at least as an outlet for these Audio Verite type updates?  If so, where should promo CDs be sent?  Still to Darren?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 10, 2007, 12:54:00 PM »
Some of you may have noticed a brief total outage of the Forum, just minutes ago.  It appears this was a database problem at the web host, and not a problem with this installation.   

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 10, 2007, 12:49:25 PM »
Some people prefer light-on-dark, some prefer dark-on-light, some people like wacky novelty themes, some don't care.  I definitely do want to make sure to include multiple options for everybody, and it costs nothing extra to do so.  There are definitely some themes available that are poorly designed, and I'll probably narrow down the choices to just those that don't get in the way of the basic functionality of the forum.

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It's worth clarifying here that Fario and Faria are different labels, though both releasing fairly similar and connected music.  I was confused myself until I followed the link.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2007, 03:35:49 PM »

And to Mike Griffin:

Thanks again for your dedication and professionalism!

You're welcome, but I think you must have me confused with someone else!


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 09, 2007, 02:50:29 PM »
Just got the Paul Bradley - Cede mini-discs into the store. 

These (as well as the other Waterscape label release by label-founder Seconds in Formaldehyde) are out of print at the label and it appears these are the last remaining copies anywhere.

I'm not sure how long these will last... we do have 15 copies, which is nearly 1/3 of the full run, but if people can only find them on the Hypnos store, they might be snapped right up.

Link:

http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=ws02

and in case anyone is interested in the Seconds in Formaldehyde disc, though this dronemeister isn't British...

http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=ws01


I've been listening to Cede this afternoon, while I add a bunch of stuff to the Hypnos store and watch the snow outside the window, and I really do like Cede very much.  Bradley has a sound very much his own, which is something I can't say about the great majority of ambient & soundscape artists.  I'll definitely have to investigate him further, and in fact I do have a Twenty Hertz wholesale list here on my desktop, awaiting my more careful perusal.

It's been a nice afternoon's listening, with Paul Bradley, Aloof Proof, and the new Hypnos compilation (for which I'm creating mp3 clips now)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 09, 2007, 02:40:40 PM »
Now playing:




Aloof Proof - Piano Text

One of the great, long-lost ambient classics I had never been fortunate enough to hear, until today. 

Just plain beautiful, simple, and inspiring.  Definitely looking forward to future Aloof Proof reissues... thank you, Infraction!  Not sure why you jumped from INFX024 to INFX030, but this album's worth 6 regular albums, so maybe that's why. 

We do have these for sale in the Hypnos store now too, in case anyone's interested, for $13.99:
http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=infx030


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: British dronemeisters
« on: December 09, 2007, 10:44:06 AM »
Just got the Paul Bradley - Cede mini-discs into the store. 

These (as well as the other Waterscape label release by label-founder Seconds in Formaldehyde) are out of print at the label and it appears these are the last remaining copies anywhere.

I'm not sure how long these will last... we do have 15 copies, which is nearly 1/3 of the full run, but if people can only find them on the Hypnos store, they might be snapped right up.

Link:

http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=ws02

and in case anyone is interested in the Seconds in Formaldehyde disc, though this dronemeister isn't British...

http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=ws01

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Everything and Nothing / Re: cheese
« on: December 08, 2007, 10:39:06 PM »
I'm seriously tempted to give you -1 karma for including "American" in a list of anyone's favorite cheeses.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 08, 2007, 03:55:26 PM »
Mike, I think writers like Greg Bear and Greg Benford are extremely important because there are fewer and fewer real "hard" SF authors who really get their hands dirty with the scientific aspects of their books.  These two are certainly titans from that perspective.  Unfortunately (especially for those of us in the business who edit science fiction and not fantasy) it would seem the more rigorous kinds of SF are somewhat out of fashion in favor of other things.  I would highly recommend the recent books of Robert Charles Wilson and Robert Sawyer to you, if you're looking for cool concepts and interesting science (not to mention deft storytelling).

Thanks for the recommendations, Brian.  A quick browse at Amazon leads me to believe that I'd enjoy Rollback, Spin, and Axis, at least.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 08, 2007, 03:41:54 PM »
I've been all through that web site, and that's where all these themes come from except the top 3.

There are several,like Mesh, that I like in several aspects, but would like to use them as a basis for some modifications.  Many of the themes out there have all kinds of annoying ornamentation.  Even Mesh had some annoying graphics at the top that I wiped-out.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 08, 2007, 02:52:03 PM »
I miss having the main location jump links - ie:

[ Hypnos Forum ] > The Wide, Wide World > Everything and Nothing > This new SMF forum

at the bottom as well as at the top of each page. (I rarely used the drop-down menu option - although maybe it's time for change.)

Can they be duplicated down here without much extra work for you? 

I think that's just a design aspect of the template, and probably could be accomplished without too much work.  I'll try to work that in when I start tinkering with templates next week. 

Thanks for the suggestion.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Pet Sounds
« on: December 08, 2007, 02:49:12 PM »
A neat thread from the old forum. Today, we hoodwinked our kids, telling them we were going for a ride to see friends (which was true). We had to put our 16 year old Springer Spaniel, Valiant, down this past August (old age/failing health), and this morning, we picked up our brand new, 8 week old Springer puppy!

So far unnamed, we're letting our son & daughter think up a few on their own.




You got FIVE identical dogs?  Wow!

I think you should name them Simon, Nick, John, Roger and Andy.

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