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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 19, 2015, 09:47:27 AM »
I have uninstalled the Aeva plugin that lets people post inline YouTube videos and the like. For now, posted links will just show up as links, and the video (or sound clip or whatever) will not appear inline within the forum.

I've also reset all forum members to use the default theme and will uninstall the existing themes. Once the upgrade is done, I'll install some new themes and people will be able to choose one of those.

Everything and Nothing / Forum software upgrade coming up
« on: March 19, 2015, 09:07:07 AM »
I'm going to do a version upgrade to the Simple Machines Forum software that runs the Hypnos Forum. Just wanted to let everybody know in case anything looks different, or the forum itself is briefly unavailable.

This will involve me removing installed themes or modifications, so if you're using a non-standard theme, the forum will display the boring default gray and light blue theme, at least until the upgrade is finished.

I'll try to minimize the impact on visitors as much as possible!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: February 11, 2015, 12:24:24 PM »

The information that we're given is that somehow, human beings (not necessarily on Earth) survive long enough to discover the non-linear nature of time (or 5 dimensional nature of reality, which is presented as kind of the same thing), and endeavor to affect past events so that humanity on Earth will spare itself of the worse suffering to come.

It doesn't need to be explained how, where or when this occurs, just that it occurred somehow. It's not unreasonable to think that someone on Earth survives underground, or one of the many people sent out in off-world exploration survives and makes this breakthrough. All that's required is that more than one person survive, and continue breeding long enough for this breakthrough in understanding to occur.

I think the reason people are considering the ending paradoxical is that the film, for reasons of wanting MM's character to seem protagonist-like, seems to imply that he's the one who brings this about himself, which doesn't make sense. We see him suffering on Earth, going to NASA, leaving Earth, going through the wormhold, visiting various planets, and learning stuff along the way, none of which involves discovering FOR HIMSELF the non-linear nature of time or the 5 dimensional nature of time. So yes, it would be paradoxical to believe that he created the wormhole and the time rift to send a message to his daughter, but I believe this is set up for him by the beings (future humans) who have discovered this almost godlike ability to create conduits through space and time, yet can't direct affect the past themselves (because "signals" or information can be sent through time, but human beings can't simply visit the past physically and communicate directly) and so rely on MM's character to send messages to his past self and to his own daughter which will be interpreted in ways that will be understood (because of this kind of inside joke language they share, more code and so on) and allow people who exist in the past to make changes that will flow forward into the future and enable the plan to succeed in making humanity's course on Earth somewhat less awful than it would have been otherwise, and to finally send a larger number of people off the planet, as we see happening at the very end.

Again, I think the confusion arises because this is effectively a deus ex machina ending -- godlike intervention from unspecified offscreen future humans actually saves the day, and MM's character merely acts out the role he needs to play, understanding hints he figures out along the way. He and his daughter make the change happen but only because they're acting through a mechanism set up for him by others we never see, who have somehow survived long enough to gain this higher understanding of time and space.

Now, if you think the film presents no possible way for any human beings, even a few of them, to survive long enough to gain this understanding and set up the means for this understanding to be passed along, then this explanation won't really work.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: February 10, 2015, 12:42:15 PM »
I've seen a number of articles by scientists and science writers taking on the idea that the science in Interstellar was weak. They're basically saying that just because weird effects occur, that doesn't mean the science is unrealistic. Weird things do occur with spacetime in proximity to black holes.

That's not to say one or two liberties weren't taken in order to make the story work a certain way.

I loved Interstellar, and rank it up there with Contact and 2001 among my favorite SF films.

Here are a couple of articles of the sort I mentioned. These aren't necessarily the best of them, but two that I found quickly.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Interstellar
« on: February 09, 2015, 02:57:11 PM »
The science consultants for Interstellar were the same ones who consulted on Contact.

Independent Music Reviews / Re: PDFs of Wind and Wire, the magazine
« on: February 05, 2015, 11:37:15 AM »
I'm so glad to see Bill doing this. I have such fond memories of those years!

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Forum use
« on: January 30, 2015, 02:11:00 PM »
I should also add, some of us use the forum's Private Messaging system for communicate directly with other members, so we might show as being logged in even though we're not actually looking through the message boards.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Forum use
« on: January 30, 2015, 02:04:32 PM »
Who are you talking about?

I check in here a lot more often than I post. Many people browse the forum while at their desks, just read new comments and then move along without posting.

Everything and Nothing / RIP Edgar Froese
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:12:57 PM »
Wow, sad news. Edgar Froese has just passed away, according to a post on Facebook by his son Jerome.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Waves Deal (up to 40% Off)
« on: December 28, 2014, 10:45:43 AM »
Ever since I ended up on Waves's mailing list, it seems to me they are constantly running discount specials like this. One "major huge massive discount!" special ends, and the next week another begins.

Everything and Nothing / Re: My Mom, age 72, has a boyfriend! Ugh.....
« on: December 15, 2014, 09:25:00 AM »
I guess my advice would be that you should accept the two things you're feeling -- wanting her to be happy, and feeling weird about seeing her with someone other than your dad -- are both valid, and you don't need to pretend it's just one or the other.

Just accept that you're going to feel weird for a while about seeing your mother in this situation, but your temporary discomfort is a necessary and unavoidable step in the process of accepting a change in your mother's life.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 05:20:15 PM »
I have to say, that Matrix 12 video didn't exactly make me want to rush out and buy that instrument.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 05:19:01 PM »
Hmm, weird. It didn't embed but at least it created a clickable link.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 05:17:28 PM »
Loren, you don't have to put any kind of tags on a YouTube link - you can just post the URL in the message body and the forum software should embed the video.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 04:25:18 PM »
I see what you're saying. It's possible a product could make some users happy, because maybe it makes nice sounds, but make other users unhappy because it doesn't really emulate the original.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 02:43:20 PM »
Hmm, well then I'm not missing anything with the Matrix 12. Sounds like you don't like any of their instruments, Loren? I've seen a few good reviews and heard some good samples of some of them -- though I've seen some mixed reviews too.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 02:17:21 PM »
I found V3 for $179 at B&H Photo so I ordered it. Maybe they'll offer a cheap version upgrade at some point, but for me really the only thing from V4 that I'd miss having is Matrix 12.

Spark is one of the big selling points for me. I'm looking forward to playing around with it.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:55:06 PM »
Version 3 of the V Collection is only $199 at Amazon. I know that's not the most current version but it's half the price and has quite a lot of great stuff.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Arturia - Prophet V
« on: December 03, 2014, 12:08:29 PM »
I was just looking at the Arturia "V Collection" soft synth bundle, and this is part of it. Lots of these Arturia emulations get pretty good reviews. The samples sound very good.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Amazon Fire TV Stick
« on: October 30, 2014, 09:09:19 AM »
Like Dave, I don't need one (have a Roku 3 on both TVs already) but ordered one for the $19 intro deal for Prime customers. I'll probably give it to my mom, so she can be introduced to the wonderful world of Netflix streaming.

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