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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: December 06, 2007, 07:57:32 PM »
while i love both of those movies, griff, a band of brothers might be the best war "movie" i have ever seen. it is a tad long (it is an hbo series - 9 episodes of about an hour each) but it is based on fact and the action is very real. they tried to put a bit too much comic relief in 'tld' and some of 'abtf' was just unbelievable.
my favorite fiction war movie is in harm's way - a bit smarmy and overly melodramatic but some great lines and cool action.

I agree Band of Brothers is great, and I recollect it being more character-driven, at least enough to possibly appeal more to a person who's not into war movies.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 06, 2007, 07:55:54 PM »
- Vidna Obmana: An Opera for Four Fusions Works (Act 3, Reflection on Scale). All four volumes have their merits, but I love the intentional static on this disc; I miss the pops and scratches of vinyl, and this, in addition to being interesting, sparse, well-constructed music, sounds oddly nostalgic as well.

That reminds me of when we were planning this release, and talking with Dirk (Vidna Obmana) about the glitches and static, and whether people would misunderstand it, since it doesn't appear throughout the whole recording.  It was my idea to include a note about this inside the booklet and I don't know whether that was the right decision or not, but at least nobody has complained and said "my CD is defective, it has all this static on it."

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Everything and Nothing / Now watching
« on: December 06, 2007, 06:03:47 PM »
Here's a kick-start of one of my favorite topics on the Hypnos Forum in recent months.

Lena's been out of town, and she doesn't really like war movies (though otherwise our tastes are very much in sync) so I thought I'd watch a couple of long ones while she's away.

A Bridge Too Far -- As part one of my two part "classic WWII war movie" two-fer, I found this one a bit disappointing.  I mean, the whole Operation Market Garden thing is depressing enough to start with, but I guess I've never really liked the whole "let's cram every movie star we can find into this movie and that will make it great" idea.  Even knowing a bit of the real story, I was a bit confused at times as to who some of the characters were.  On the other hand, it was well-made and grand in scope.  I'd give it maybe a B- grade.

The Longest Day -- Much better, having a lot in common with Saving Private Ryan (the whole idea of rolling into Normandy in open boats and charging out to try to get across the sand while guys are dropping dead all around you), but I found it an interesting and clear telling of the events.  Some actors who bug the crap out of me at times, like John Wayne, actually were pretty good.  I'd give this one a B+ or A-.

Both of these were 3+ hours long, and I'd say that's enough of the war movies for a while.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / British dronemeisters
« on: December 06, 2007, 05:55:29 PM »
Another popular recent topic that was still going strong.

Hey, let's talk about BradleyChalkTateColeclough...and so on.

Undershadow, what say you?

2905
Other Ambient (and related) Music / Steve Roach discussion
« on: December 06, 2007, 05:53:55 PM »
The Steve Roach discussion was definitely one of the "hot" areas of the Hypnos Forum this past few weeks -- well, actually longer than that -- so I thought I'd plant the seed here.

Actually I'm of a mind to spin Quiet Music tonight.

2906
Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 05:33:23 PM »
"What about the backups?" is a much longer and more tiring story than I'm prepared to tell right now.  Let's just say that most of the Hypnos site, the kind that resides in discrete files (html, php, txt, jpg and so on) that I can upload and download, is well and frequently backed-up.  The data underlying the Hypnos Forum is a batch of complex mySQL data kept in a huge file on the web site host's server, and that part is not readily backed-up by the user (or at least I didn't know how to do it until now). Worse, in the course of trying to comply with the web host's complete lockdown of that data, I deleted a bunch of old, redundant data (like the old, old Hypnos Forum on UBB software), as well as one bit of not-old, not-redundant data that was crucial to the running of the Forum. 

The story of why I can't get the web hosts to just restore the database to its prior state, is the long, tiring and depressing part.  Let's just say I have come to truly hate the web hosting company that hosts hypnos.com, and that they will not be hosting the site much longer, but in the mean time, the Hypnos Forum as we know it will just have to start fresh.  Maybe if I hadn't been banging my head up against the brick wall that is ValueWeb tech support for the past 2 days, I would have been able to solve this problem more elegantly.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 05:15:46 PM »
I'm very gratified that there are already 30 members signed up, in just the few hours since this new location was made public.

I've been posting the announcement around, so that news should continue to spread.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 03:57:53 PM »
Believe me, I'm as sorry as anyone about the loss of legacy Forum content... if I was just going to start fresh like this, I could have saved myself a couple dozen hours work and just done that at the beginning.

But I'm trying to remember, this place will fill up quickly with new members and new content, and the most interesting old ideas will be brought up here again, I think.

2909
Everything and Nothing / Re: a poll
« on: December 06, 2007, 03:38:00 PM »
There are many good things about cheese but cheese has no single color.


2910
CD release announcement from Hypnos Recordings
Title: Sounds of a Universe Overheard (various artists compilation)
Hypnos Recordings (hyp2752)





2007. This is the first compilation project on Hypnos since 1999's  Weightless, Effortless.

Track listing (mp3 sample clips coming soon):
Jonathan Block "The Language of Rocks"
M. Peck "Somna"
Freq. Magnet "Nitrous"
Kirk Watson "Scarecrow"
dreamSTATE "Ghost Nebula"
Seren Ffordd " Strange Attractor"
Dwight Ashley " Behold the Trampled Wheat"
Justin Vanderberg "Infection"
Igneous Flame "Pandora"
Tau Ceti "Float"

Hypnos Online Store listing (sale price $12.99)
http://www.hypnos.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=HOS&Product_Code=hyp2752

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 03:06:50 PM »
I don't like this theme myself.  Not enough contrast between posts. But I like the effects... - J.

Welcome, Jesse.

And since you showed up immediately after I told everybody you weren't coming around as much (resulting in me making constantly-online-all-the-time Forum member APK into a new moderator), you show up here.  So I'll clarify for the record that I switched moderators not as any kind of swipe against Jesse, just because he really hasn't been here much at all lately... except right now.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 06, 2007, 03:05:14 PM »
As for me, I'm listening to:

Various Artists - Sounds of a Universe Overheard

If I hadn't been buried under a mountain of hellish website troubleshooting the past 48+ hours, I would have announced on here that the CDs are done, and I've checked them out for quality and they're fine... so they'll be up on the Hypnos store very very soon.

For those of you who don't know, this is a great new compilation on the Hypnos label.

Track listing:
Jonathan Block "The Language of Rocks"
M. Peck "Somna"
Freq. Magnet "Nitrous"
Kirk Watson "Scarecrow"
dreamSTATE "Ghost Nebula"
Seren Ffordd " Strange Attractor"
Dwight Ashley " Behold the Trampled Wheat"
Justin Vanderberg "Infection"
Igneous Flame "Pandora"
Tau Ceti "Float"


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Now Playing / Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 06, 2007, 03:02:28 PM »
I'm sure we all remember the very popular and never-ending posts about what people are currently listening to.

I find those posts a great way to learn about new things that I might enjoy... though I find them less useful when someone just posts the artist & title, without any kind of comment or description.   I mean, if you write even a 10-word description, it helps me determine whether it's interesting or not. 

On the other hand, I'm not going to ban anybody or delete any posts if you just post:

"Radiohead - OK Computer"

So, here's a headstart on the new "Currently Listening" thread.  Thanks to new moderator APK for the idea of keeping these separate from the "Everything and Nothing" section, since they really ARE about music and should be in the "Music, Specifically" part of the Forum.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 02:50:24 PM »
I've tested it on the following browsers and it's fine on all:

Windows IE 6
Windows IE 7
Windows Safari
Windows Firefox 2

Mac Safari
Mac Firefox 2

Linux (Ubuntu, Gnome) Firebox

Haven't tested Camino, Opera or anything on Windows Mobile (but the previous Hypnos Forum looked like crap on Windows Mobile IE anyway)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 02:38:28 PM »
Hello. Is this thing on?
So pale bue and white is The New Black, I see  ;)
Nnnniiiice.

We're all united in our hatred of this default theme, and I'll try to create a better one soon.  First things first, just trying to get this thing working, then I'll make it look better.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 02:37:27 PM »
I'm glad to see everyone making their way over here.  We now have 14 members signed up, which of course is less than the 1,000 or so we had on the old Forum, but then most of those members were inactive, and this new Forum was only unveiled right before I went to lunch today.

I hate to think that many of our interesting topics may be (probably are) lost, but I'll try to re-create some of the most important or popular topics on here, and others should feel free to do the same.

One other thing:  JKN remains a moderator on the Forum as before, and I have also made APK a moderator, as our second moderator on the old Forum, Numina, doesn't come around nearly as much any more.

So, thanks to APK for agreeing to take on the moderator tasks, and thanks to everybody else for keeping the faith and stopping in here to check this place out.  I'll do my best to make it worth your while, and make this place even better than the old one.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Test topic, new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 02:12:27 PM »
Let me tell you all, my life has sucked for the past 48 hours.  But I do know more about mySQL than I did before, at least.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Test topic, new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 12:56:56 PM »
Yeah, I sent you an email complaining about the blue. Too washy/faded, and messes with the white text.
And the blue on posts blends the different posts too much. I'd look for a theme with a bit more differentiation.

And as I also said in the email, I don't mind being a moderator ... I'm checking the forum a lot and wield a mean lightsabre. Everything I know I learned form Obi-John  ;D


APK
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What are you talking about?  You're already a Global Moderator, see?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Test topic, new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 12:48:13 PM »
This really is a wussie blue.


I know, I hate this theme.

Overall, I like the Forum layout OK but this themes all have problems.  Of course, the same thing is true of the phpBB forum too.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Test topic, new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 12:47:22 PM »
I want to be a global moderator !   >:(

APK

I'll make you a mod if you want.  It is a HUGE responsibility, like being a jedi, though.

 :)

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