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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Download Pricing
« on: April 07, 2014, 08:12:08 AM »
On a side note, I wish people would do away the .99 thing. It's not $13.98 for a CD, it's $14. You're not fooling anyone with that tactic.

Actually, that's not true. People ARE fooled by it, which is why almost every seller in every industry prices things this way. Sure, our rational mind knows that $13.99 effectively equals $14, but our subconscious sees "$13..." and registers a lower price than if the seller just said "This product is $14."

It may seem like nonsense but it's proven to convince buyers that the price is actually lower, and make the prospective buyer more likely to buy.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: What is Youtube to you?
« on: April 05, 2014, 08:21:47 AM »
I've been overwhelmingly busy with "real life" for the past week-plus, and have barely peeked into the forum at all since this topic began. Although it was mostly discussing subjects (copyright, artists's right to control their own work, and sharing of music against the artist's wishes) that are often prone to flare-up, the discussion seems to have proceeded mostly in a civil direction.

I did receive complaints yesterday so I've had to pop in here and see what's up. There are many long posts and while I've gained a sense of who's arguing what, I haven't quite determined yet where any lines were crossed. I do know I feel sorry for a lapse in moderation significant enough that a respected long-time member of the forum felt insulted and angry enough to write me off-forum to complain, and say he's frustrated enough that he may not come back.

One thing I've noticed in almost every case over the years when a member has felt insulted enough to want to leave this forum, is that the person that made the comments the first member considered insulting TRULY believed their comments were harmless, and no insult was intended. I would ask everyone to bear in mind, not just on this topic or in discussion of this subject but in general, that if the person you're arguing with seems to be getting very upset and accusing you of ad hominem or personal insults, you might stop for a moment and  consider whether your rhetoric might have started shifting from the subject matter to the person.

While we (the moderators) discuss this behind the scenes, I'll ask that everyone restrain themselves in any further comments to this topic. I'm tempted to just lock it, but I believe we can all just cool down for a while.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Insomnia treatments
« on: March 28, 2014, 03:49:54 PM »
I take melatonin every night, and have been taking it for at least 15 years. The only time there's ever a "hangover" effect is if I take it when I have to be up very soon, such as taking the pills at 4AM when my alarm is set for 6AM.

If I take it at least 30 minutes before I plan to sleep, it takes effect gradually and as long as I get 6+ hours of sleep, I don't have any problem waking up or any lingering effects.

Alcohol can help in SMALL amounts. I think anybody who advocates taking more than 1-2 drinks is nuts -- I mean, drinking more than 1-2 drinks can be fun, and getting really drunk might even help you to sleep, but you won't get good quality sleep and will wake up feeling tired.

I agree with Immersion about the mental aspect of sleep. Usually it's a "racing" mind that prevents me from sleeping. Don't allow yourself to do anything stressful or anxiety-causing for at least an hour before you try to sleep. In other words, don't play exciting video games, and then shut off the light and try to sleep 2 minutes later.

Anything you can do to gradually slow down, decompress, and diminish stress leading up to bedtime, will help.

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Hypnos News and Announcements / March Sale Offers
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:07:20 AM »
Here are two new coupon codes, good March 17-31, 2014 on the Hypnos Online Store.

10MAR2014 gives 10% off any order, no minimum

20MAR2014 gives 20% off $100 minimum order

Direct link to the Hypnos Store: http://www.hypnos.com/mm5/merchant.mvc

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: True Detective
« on: March 14, 2014, 02:15:04 PM »
Speaking of TV's new golden age...

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/business/media/fenced-in-by-televisions-excess-of-excellence.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=BU_BKU_20140310&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1388552400000&bicmet=1420088400000



This is what I'm talking about. Each time someone says 'Hey, you ought to check out House of Cards, it's excellent," or Orange is the New Black, or The Americans, or Justified, or Nashville, I feel overwhelmed, like I'll never keep up with all the good stuff.

Really there's so much great television programming that unless you watch several hours of TV every day (and you shouldn't, so stop it!) there's enough quality stuff that you should never have to watch anything less than excellent.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: True Detective
« on: March 07, 2014, 02:40:02 PM »
...Yeah it's good, but the best show on TV right now? Maybe, not a lot of competition right now.


Actually, I'd argue we're in a historically noteworthy era of high-quality television. The cable networks, particularly HBO and Showtime but also AMC and others, have enabled and even encouraged intelligent, serious (or funny) and above all challenging storytelling.

I know it's long been considered a truism to say "Everyone knows there's nothing but shit on TV," and I've been anti-television for a good portion of my life... but I feel that lately it's a thriving entertainment medium.

On HBO alone, there's True Detective, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones (not to mention Californication, Girls and others). Can anyone name a time in history when a single network or channel had three shows as compelling as these, all at the same time? It's not just HBO. Homeland is amazing, and American Horror Story, and Hannibal, and on and on. I was a TV-hater from my late teens until roughly the time of Sopranos, but I'm convinced things have really changed. Some great writers and directors are moving to TV from film, instead of vice versa.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / True Detective
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:21:14 PM »
I just realized that although everybody I know on Facebook and in "real life" is mad about the new HBO show True Detective, I haven't  seen anyone mention it here yet.

I think it's the best show on television, powerfully acted, superbly directed, and the writing is just out of this world. The season finale (the first season is only 8 episodes) is this Sunday. Anybody here watching?


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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:39:08 AM »
Just finished "Sand" by Hugh Howley.  Similarly to how he released "Wool", "Sand" was published as a serial with all the books being collected in the omnibus edition. 
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 Highly recommended, as is his Wool Omnibus.


Thanks for this, Dave. I've heard good things about Wool, and though Howley is a polarizing figure in the publishing world at times, I've heard Wool is a good read. Sand sounds even more interesting to me, based on your review.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: February 13, 2014, 09:37:47 AM »
H. P. Lovecraft - At the Mountains of Madness
Excellent tale of an expedition to Antarctica in which the explorers uncover unspeakable horrors.  ;) This was wonderful; I hadn't read this before and it is now one of my favorites.


This is a classic, and a lot of fun. It's the one Lovecraft I re-read most often.

I still hope Del Toro ends up making a film version.

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I don't really have time for Skyrim either, which is why I haven't played it in so long.

But if I can get Lena interested in it, that would be fun!

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Even though I hadn't played Skyrim for 6+ months (until this weekend), I did trade in my regular version of Skyrim for the Legendary version, when I found the Legendary edition on sale for under $30 around the holidays.

I'm looking forward to the expansion material, of course, even though I hadn't finished the main quest in the standard version.  I played that game like crazy, and for some reason stopped at level 47 and never started again until now.

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I believe I have finally convinced Lena to try Skyrim. That's big news!

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This is sad news. Thanks for letting us know, Loren.

I remember when I first got to know Barry, he very enthusiastically suggested I check out Ruben's music (and I ended up selling Ruben's solo CDs in the old Hypnos mail order catalogs).

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I believe Windows 8 will run faster than Windows 7 (at least a little bit faster) on any machine that supports Windows 8.

I also think the annoyances of the Windows 8 interface (Metro primarily) can be almost completely mitigated with a free add-on like Classic Shell.

Having said that, if any new operating system doesn't support your software or your hardware, you should wait to install it.

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Hello Hédi

Thanks for introducing yourself. I'd say "welcome to the forum" but it sounds like you've been around for a while, just not posting yet. Hope to see you around more.

I enjoyed your first Soundcloud clip. When I have a chance I'll check out more. Nice photo too!

Mike

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: January 21, 2014, 08:05:55 PM »
It's very hard to imagine how the Kingkiller Chronicles get wrapped up in just one more book. All the stuff Kvothe boasted to Chronicler he would tell about from the beginning, so much of it hasn't happened yet.

I understand Rothfuss intends to write more stories in the same world after this trilogy, presumably with different characters.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: January 21, 2014, 02:34:09 PM »
Mike,

I just re-started "A Wise Man's Fear."  I can't remember why I put it down, maybe something new came out that caught my interest.  But I'm back into it now & am looking forward to finishing it off.  I really enjoyed the first in the series.  I'm not usually a fan of the fantasy genre but these books are excellent.


I'm just finishing Wise Man's Fear this morning. I liked parts of it very much, at least as much as Name of the Wind. Other parts seem aimless. There are huge digressions into settings where what happens there has nothing to do with what came before, and has no lasting impact after. One long section (maybe 100 pages) reads like a too-long adolescent sexual fantasy.

This lowers my opinion of Rothfuss as a craftsman quite a bit. It's unfortunate when a writer becomes so successful that their editors let them get away with anything they want, and their books get published with long dead spots or pointless digressions that a writer with less clout never would've gotten past the editor. This reminds me of a problem Stephen King and Anne Rice both suffer from at times.

Oh, and Denna may be the most annoying character in all of fiction. ;)

Having said all that, I don't regret having read it, and I'm sure I'll read the 3rd book. It's a good, ambitious tale, if a bit sloppy and loose in places. I definitely want to know what happens with Kvothe. Many of my friends respect these books quite a bit. I think followers of the fantasy genre are more interested in "the tale" and less about tight storytelling. It's possible some of the things I consider flaws here will not bother others as much.

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Thanks to Mike
« on: January 21, 2014, 10:05:53 AM »
APK deserves a lot of the credit for handling spammers -- he wakes up earlier and often finds them before I'm up!

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Thanks for contributing, thirdsystem.

I had meant to reply to Julio's post about glasses, and never got around to it -- busy lately!

Anyway I've never heard of Bunnahabhain.

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Thanks to Mike
« on: January 20, 2014, 02:07:03 PM »
Thanks, everybody. Actually managing the spammers has been easier the past year or two, due to anti-spam plugins added to the forum software. The overnight onslaught was kind of unusual.

I'm glad people see this forum as a good place to gather and discuss thing. If you enjoy the forum, the best thing you can do to help it thrive is post a lot!

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