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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.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: October 27, 2014, 12:35:54 PM »
Wow, Loren. Great pix!

My old Mac Pro accumulates dust in the front vent too.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: October 17, 2014, 08:23:02 AM »
Scalzi is pretty entertaining for sure. And I figure any writing can be considered to have "made it" if he has a New York Times bestselling book, and 3 TV/movie deals happening, all in the same year. Kudos to him. Also, his blog is a very entertaining daily read:

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Cans.....Whats on your head?
« on: October 09, 2014, 04:30:57 PM »
Last year I bought a pair of Fostex T50RP, after reading how they could be wonderfully improved by modification. I still haven't gotten around to modifying them yet. Has anyone else tried this?

Same here, wanting to try Talisker now.

I learned to enjoy bourbon by being shown how well it goes with beer. I don't mean mixed together, but the old "shot and a beer" side-by-side. I started off ordering those in bars with one of the members of Austere, then got into the habit. Even at home, now, Lena and I both often have a few sips of bourbon alongside a nice beer.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Chromecast Fun
« on: October 09, 2014, 12:32:42 PM »
No, I guess what I was saying is that neither Chromecast nor Roku would seem to be much use if you don't want to watch streaming video, since that's pretty much all they do.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Twin Peaks revisited
« on: October 09, 2014, 09:19:45 AM »
I'm very excited about this. Sure, it's possible it might be a train wreck, but Lynch and Frost have had a long time to think about how they might follow up what they did on the show. Also, the run of shows is only 9 episodes, so that's short enough to keep both Lynch and Frost engaged through the entire run.

Now, if the 9 are successful and Showtime orders another 7 seasons, I'll be a little worried...

It's not that you can't find good whiskeys other than from Scotland. It's just that 99% of the top-quality whiskey in the world comes from Scotland, so why not start there?

Probably the next great whiskey producer in the world is the USA, with bourbon and sourmash, though these are very different things from single malt. There are a few good Irish whiskeys though most of those are a notch or two below a good Scotch. And as Julio said, there are some Japanese producers as well.

As with wine, of course, 98% of the product produced worldwide is cheap, low-quality.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Chromecast Fun
« on: October 07, 2014, 11:53:06 AM »
You've just listed a bunch of reasons why you don't need or want to watch streaming content on your TV, so I wouldn't try to talk you into a device that is pretty much ONLY about watching streaming content on your TV.

I love the Roku so much, I bought a 2nd one for upstairs. 95% of our viewing is over the Roku now, between Netflix, Amazon Instant, ESPN and Plex.

Just passing along this free ambient download by 'for the birds' from Forced Nostalgia


Elmar Hintz is a German musician and sound engineer who began experimenting with synths in the late 1970s. He re-started recording around 1991 after dropping out of medical school. Except for a single appearance on one of the infamous em:t label compilations and a Nonplace Urban Field remix on Source Records, 8m stereo has mostly operated below the radar. We think he's an overlooked artist with an exceptional skill to produce characteristic ambient music using lo-fi equipment, 2nd hand synthesizers and tape recorders.

Recorded on 2, 4 & 8-track tapes in the early to mid 1990s by Elmar Hintz.
Thanks to everyone who provided shelter, encouragement, or discouragement.
All recordings & ℗ 8m stereo.
This compilation Forced Nostalgia, 2014.

I don't mind buying an expensive bottle here and there because I only drink the good stuff occasionally. I like to have several different ones to alternate between, and I don't drink single male too often, so I might have bottles sitting on the shelf for years.

Quality over quantity!

I definitely don't drink that kind of "special" stuff often. Usually buy a bottle when visiting friends who are single malt enthusiasts, and usually one or more of them will buy a nice bottle, and we'll all have a chance to try something unusual and special we wouldn't otherwise get to try.

Actually I think it was my friend Justin Steele (who appears in the 4-person photo above) who bought the Three Wood and I bought the Aberlour 16 year. Everyone in our group enjoyed both of these so much, both Justin and I bought ourselves a bottle of each later in the summer.

Definitely yes. To me, Auchentoshan 12 is good, but Three Wood is special. Definitely worth the extra money, so if you like Auchentoshan 12, definitely try Three Wood.

From ReaderCon, a genre fiction convention in Boston, MA, this past July. Here's a whisky lover's room party where we shared some special items before going up to a bigger, busier party in the room of one of the publishers at the convention.

Well, here's a start.

Beautiful indeed.

I forgot to report in here about some very nice single malts I enjoyed in Boston at a convention this summer. Must dig through Facebook to find photos and details.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:17:23 PM »
True enough -- if I'm shopping for a new pair of headphones or some kind of amplifier or software, I come here first!

Everything and Nothing / Re: What is the Hypnos Forum to you ?
« on: September 26, 2014, 08:54:01 AM »
It's interesting to see all this. Thanks for the input, everybody. I love that this has remained a community, even if it's not as busy as it was 10+ years ago. Forums like this are considered by many an "old fashioned" or even obsolete form of social media, but to me, that's part of the charm. It's less noisy and overwhelming than something like Facebook or Twitter.

I don't have any intention of shutting down the forum, as long as everyone (mostly) behaves. For the most part, this place is self-policing, because we have many members who have been around for a very long time, who know the rules, and who care about a civilized, respectful level of discourse and try to enforce if it they can. I truly appreciate everybody who contributes to the strength and health of this place. Thank you!

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