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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 13, 2014, 03:20:21 PM »
I just finished reading a book I really enjoyed. I wouldn't normally mention it, because it's the first story collection by a friend of mine, but it's receiving such unanimous praise and acclaim, I'm reassured that my appreciation for this book is not influenced by my friendship with the writer.

It's ANA KAI TANGATA by Scott Nicolay.


It's very dark and weird, cosmic horror along the lines of Laird Barron or the like. Here's what I wrote about it on

Scott Nicolay is a friend of mine, so I already knew the man could really write. But seeing several familiar stories together like this, along with others I hadn't read previously, I come from ANA KAI TANGATA away very, very impressed with his skill and talent. These stories overflow with invention and intelligence, and comprise what might well end up being the book of the year. Certainly it's one of the best debut collections I've ever read, and promises great things to come. Anyone interested in horror or weird fiction, or just dark and disturbing stories of troubled and broken people, will want to check this out.

I'll write a more comprehensive review later, but for now I'll just say this book is the "can't miss" collection of the year.

Here's a link to the book on Amazon in case anyone's interested:

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: May 13, 2014, 03:14:56 PM »
I love Iain M. Banks. We lost him too early... at least he still has lots of books I haven't read yet.

Also, Erin Morgenstern's THE NIGHT CIRCUS was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed that.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 22, 2014, 07:59:50 AM »
No, Subradial had some CDs released on dataobscura, the label owned by our forum's own APK. We've sold those Subradial CDs on our store for some years now, so the name and the work was familiar to me.

It's extremely rare that we'll stumble across sound clips by an artist we've never heard of before and decide to release their music.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 21, 2014, 03:25:12 PM »
Thanks, everybody.

I have to admit, I vaguely remembered Tomasz/Subradial talking about someone else taking the images, but when I answered before I was in a hurry and the memory didn't come back to me until after I posted.

At any rate, welcome back to the Hypnos forum, Tomasz.

I'm very pleased to see everyone anticipating this CD. The music is wonderful too... it's not just a disc with a pretty cover!

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 18, 2014, 10:34:35 AM »
I believe Tomasz himself (AKA Subradial) took the photograph. You should check out his photo galleries on Facebook. The man is seriously multi-talented!

Everything and Nothing / Re: My coworker stopped talking to me
« on: April 18, 2014, 08:44:03 AM »
Same here. If someone is acting weird toward you, trying to force them to return to friendly interaction is most likely going to backfire. Not everybody has to be your buddy! People who send signals that they're not super-fond of you should just be given some room.

4+ yr old LG 47" LCD non-smart. What's the easiest way to make it smart so i can troll the net for tv stations and all to view stuff? I know most of the boxes come with crap like netflix/amazon/hulu+ (hey, if I'm paying I do NOT want ANY damn advertisements, even if it's 60 secs once or so during show). I have a PS3 and Amazon Prime, don't see a need for NetFlix as can't afford to add more the enough bills and being out of work still. Looking for cheap alternative should I decide to cut the chord.

I have a Roku 3 on both our upstairs and downstairs TVs. It's such a convenient interface for things like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and XBMC streaming, that we use all these things much more than we did before.

I believe Roku makes a cheaper dongle-type device that you can plug directly into your TV (not sure whether it's a USB or HDMI plug-in) that gives you all the same functionality as the external Roku 3 box.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 18, 2014, 08:39:57 AM »
Glad you guys like it. I'll post a higher-res version soon.

Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: 2014 Hypnos release schedule?
« on: April 17, 2014, 10:02:00 AM »
Hi Drone On

We've got the Subradial release ICE DIVING finally into production so that will be released around the end of this month, possibly the very beginning of May.

We've got the sequel to Martian Chronicles and Max Corbacho, as you mentioned. Possibly also some solo Seren Ffordd, and a Numina, and Dave Fulton. I need to make some progress on getting those moved forward before I promise dates for those. I really do intend to get several items moved along this summer, and make a dent in this backlog.

Here's a look at the cover for ICE DIVING.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: R.I.P. XP
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:14:44 AM »
I discovered this week here at work that we still had one PC running Windows XP. I thought we had already upgraded everybody, but somehow I had missed this out-of-the-way desk when I upgraded everybody before.

That user now has a nice new Windows 8 Pro 64 machine, and there is no more trace of Windows XP here. All gone!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient Music Download Pricing
« on: April 07, 2014, 08:13:15 AM »
I should add... I agree it's silly, and we shouldn't need to play these games, but that's the way it is. I'm not willing to decrease our store's sales by 5% or whatever just to make a point by pricing things at even dollar amounts.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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

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.

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.

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.

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