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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?

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. 
 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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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).

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.

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!


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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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!

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: January 07, 2014, 05:28:52 PM »
Here's a link to my 10 favorite books of 2013.

Audiophiles who use their iPods for portable playback use one of these:

As you say, it allows you to sidestep the crappy built-in headphone preamp, and output a digital signal via USB to an outboard DAC/amp.

Like I said, the biggest advantage of using a separate headphone amplifier is the hotter, louder signal. If you have a device with a good built-in headphone amp, so much the better.

To me, though, the test is not whether the headphone amp is "loud enough" -- just the ability to drive your headphones to the volume you want to listen to. If you're listening to an iPod with the volume turned all the way up to the max, it'll be pretty loud with most headphones... but it's still a cheap, 3-cent circuit, and you're straining it to the limit of its capabilities to create that volume.

A more powerful, more capable circuit will create the same volume with less strain and greater fidelity. My Yamaha mixer (and for that matter, my little old Mackie 1202) create good, loud volume through the headphone jack,  but still don't sound as good as one of my stand-alone headphone amps. With the Aune T1 for example, there's a lot more "punch" and generally a more vivid, lively and involving sound.

IE has always had non-standard handling of HTML. It's pretty annoying that this browser is still required by so many web sites, considering it's never been standard and it's no longer the most popular browser.

It's pretty easy to install something like Classic Shell (or one of the free equivalents) on Win 8 and in my experience (rolling out Win 8 Pro company-wide to almost 60 users) there have been almost zero complaints about Win 8 when Classic Shell is enabled. If you try to give somebody Win 8 without a start button, though, roughly 100% of people say "What the f*ck is this crap? I can't use this!"

Maybe a slight exaggeration, but not by much.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:40:10 AM »
You arrived at an interesting time in Hypnos Forum history, Castleview! ;)

I think I will close this topic, just so it doesn't end up becoming an unfair piling-on of a person who can't post their side of the story.

The last thing I will add (to everyone, not to you, Castleview) is this: Forums like this one are only as healthy and vital as the posting and discussion that happens within. If you're a lurker, why not try posting? If you sometimes reply to  other people's topics, why not try posting a new topic of your own?

I don't mind that the forum is "slower" lately than in the past -- that's inevitable with the shift in people's focus to social networks -- but I was a little surprised to see other forums either disappear, or have no new posts in several months.

Thanks, everybody who contributes to the Hypnos Forum.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Music + Copyright
« on: January 06, 2014, 09:19:40 AM »
Good post Mike, filling in a bit more context to where things ended up.

A shame in a sense, considering his obvious interest in matters ambient and gear in particular

Yes - I think Immersion was given extra chances because he obviously did care about the music, and had a lot of technical knowledge, and participated in a lot of topics.

At a time when forums like this one are mostly dying off all over the internet (check the forum or the forum lately), active and enthusiastic members are valuable. Unfortunately that value can be offset (perhaps more than offset) by too vocally disrespecting the other hundreds of forum members, including moderators.

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