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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)

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."

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.

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.


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?

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:


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.

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!

I did, definitely enough to get a sense of it.  That was really cool, actually.  When I first tuned-in, Jason wasn't doing much but facing away from the camera and playing a keyboard or something, sort of motionless, and there didn't seem much point to the video part.  But it ended up being cool overall, definitely the sort of thing I'd tune in for again.  Great job, Jason!

I'm on my way...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 08, 2008, 03:17:33 PM »
The Lost Room is absolutely fascinating, like the best mind-bending stuff from Twilight Zone, Stephen King, or Lost.  Anybody who enjoys a bizarre little mystery wrapped in an enigma or two, ought to check this out.

We watched disc 1 the last two nights and will finish disc 2 tonight.  I think this story is really intriguing and I'm surprised they didn't try to stretch it out over a longer mini-series.  I feel like I'm just settling into the odd little "hidden world" they have going, and it's almost over!  I'd say the acting is so-so overall, but the creepy weirdness of the central concept is enough to keep me engrossed.

Everything and Nothing / Re: High definition home video
« on: January 08, 2008, 03:14:04 PM »
Follow this link to compare screen captures from the DVD version and the high definition version (captured from digital HD cable TV I believe) of The Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring:

Wait for the images to load, then "mouse over" each DVD image to see it switch to the high-def version.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear for sale @ Hypnos HQ, 2008
« on: January 08, 2008, 02:32:13 PM »
I'm also going to add a few miscellaneous pieces of studio gear, little FX boxes and stuff.  Trying to clean up some clutter.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear for sale @ Hypnos HQ, 2008
« on: January 08, 2008, 02:29:04 PM »
I will have to see if former guitarist/band leader is still interested in an audio interface. Currently unemployed unfortunately so I can't offload my PC w/21" monitor to him for cheap yet. Too bad that Motu doesn't have MIDI. I don't think the mkII has MIDI either, he'd have to look at the Ultralite which is like ~$550. The other may be doable if he has the cash. I ain't fronting anything for him/anyone cept myself ;-)

I'll let you know. If you sell it, that's fine. Don't wait too long on response from me on this.

No prob, and if it makes a difference (I should have added this to the announcement, actually) we can also take Paypal, Visa, MC or Amex.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Gear for sale @ Hypnos HQ, 2008
« on: January 08, 2008, 02:20:38 PM »
A few items for sale here at Hypnos HQ.

Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU) 828 firewire audio interface
Note that this is not the 828 mk II, but still includes 8 analog ins and outs, stereo monitor outs, spdif in/out, ADAT optical in/out, front panel level knobs and headphone jack, very light and portable but requires AC power.  Mac or Windows compatible (but I don't recommend this for people using Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5 at least until MOTU updates their drivers).
$200 plus shipping

Digidesign Mbox USB audio interface
Compact, portable, powered by USB cable.  Mac or Windows compatible.
$125 plus shipping

M-Audio Firewire Audiophile audio interface
Compact, portable, powered by firewire cable or AC power, 2 analog inputs, 4 analog outputs, spdif in/out, plus MIDI i/o so if you're looking for audio i/o and midi i/o this is a great deal. Mac or Windows compatible.
$125 plus shipping

Note: these are not actual photos but are "swiped" from E-Bay in the name of expediency.  Condition of all units is very good though there are a few scratches on the 828's case.  If you want to see an actual photo before purchasing, let me know.

Also, I have not done much price research and if these prices are too high, I will consider lowering them or taking slightly lower offers after a week or so.

Everything and Nothing / What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 08, 2008, 11:14:40 AM »
I remember that in the old Forum, someone posted an interested topic at the beginning of 2007 about "What are your plans?"

It was mostly geared toward the music-makers here on the Forum, so they could talk about their upcoming projects, but it was also an interesting discussion of people's general plans for the coming year.

Lots in store for Hypnos, which I'll fill in later, but I wanted to kick off this topic and ask:

What are you planning or hoping to do during 2008?

Everything and Nothing / High definition home video
« on: January 08, 2008, 10:36:01 AM »
JKN's "buying a new TV" topic got me thinking...

HD (high definition) home video has got to be one of the greatest technological advances of my lifetime.  I never even go to the theater any more, and don't miss it, and I'm someone who used to go to 1 or 2 movies per week.  So, I'm curious what people think of HD home video and what their experiences with it are?

Do you have an HD set of some kind at home? 

Have you watched high definition video of some kind?  HD cable?  BluRay disc or HD-DVD?

Given changes in the BluRay vs. HD-DVD battle this past week, I suspect a lot of people will be taking the plunge in the next six months, but I'm curious to hear what others think.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Moving the rest of the web site
« on: January 07, 2008, 07:54:29 PM »
Right after my announcement, the first order came through on the new Hypnos Online Store, and everything checks out OK.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Moving the rest of the web site
« on: January 07, 2008, 07:06:20 PM »
Email has been tested for both mg (at) and lena (at)

Some of the email forwards for Hypnos artists (such as where the artist's name forwards to their personal email) have not yet been configured on the new email server.  If you need to reach one of the Hypnos artists other than me or Lena, please contact them directly at their email address.  Most of them can be reached here on the Forum via PM in fact.

Everything and Nothing / Moving the rest of the web site
« on: January 07, 2008, 05:55:46 PM »
This may be old news to those of us here on the Forum who have already migrated to the new Hypnos server, but the migration of the rest of the Hypnos site (main pages, the Hypnos Online Store, email, etc.) is happening right now.

If you need me or Lena urgently, leave a Private Message here, but our email is working and we just need to test the new email servers to make sure everything's working OK. should now point to the new server for most of you already, and the rest of your DNS servers will update over the next 24 or so hours.

The new Hypnos Online Store address is -- again some of you may have lagging DNS servers that aren't updated yet, in which case you can still shop at the old store at -- we'll keep checking both stores for the next few weeks just in case.

Thanks for your patience.  This should be entirely settled very soon.

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