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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top 10 Ambient/Space Music albums
« on: February 07, 2011, 01:34:23 PM »
I assume you have heard Constance Demby - Novus Magnificat?
Part 1 is one of my favorite pieces of music ever made.
Not exactly ambient, it's very melodic. I'd call it a new age/classical/spacemusic hybrid.

Yeah, Novus gets left off a lot of lists....not sure why. And while it is melodic, the same could be said for a fair amount of Stearns' stuff, too. Everytime Demby gets to the crescendo near the end (which the subtitle of the CD describes as..."Through the Stargate"), I get chills up and down my spine...there's this huge cosmic WHOOOOOOSH!

Man, if you haven't heard it, give it a listen!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Cassette tapes..
« on: February 07, 2011, 01:30:52 PM »
I have a number of genre-related cassettes, including a few HOS shows from back in the late 80s. Also, relatively rare stuff like The Way Home (Braheny), Lagoon (Nik Tyndall), Western Spaces (Burmer, Roach, Braheny), and a few more. I have a boombox if I feel like playing them. Ever since my falling out with S Hill (in 2000/2001), I haven't been able to muster up the nerve to listen to any of the old HOS tapes, though...just the sound of his voice and I feel creeped out. (Don't ask...). Anyway, I used to love scouring Cheapo (both Uptown and Snelling Ave.) for cassettes before I got my first CD player. My car only has a CD player, so it's the boombox or nothing. I have an old Technics dual well deck for my system, but the heads would need to be professionally cleaned and recalibrated, I'm betting.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: January 30, 2011, 11:14:23 PM »
And if they toss you too much dough-re-mi, feel free to send some my way!

"Don't touch that dwarf, hand me the pliers". Heh, that's actually the name of an album, isn't it? I know I've heard it somewhere, and I love it! So bizarre and off-the-wall.

A hilarious comedy album by the group The Firesign Theatre....but the title is "crush" not "touch"

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Recent music purchases
« on: January 30, 2011, 07:46:11 PM »
Damn....some of y'all have a lot of money to spend. When you run out of music to buy, how's 'bout throwing a working stiff some dough-re-mi?  ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum upgrade notes
« on: January 18, 2011, 09:41:53 PM »
I really like the new look, Mike. Much more "warm" and less mechanistic. Just my two cents. Sorry for all the spam trouble you had. That sucks. I hope the change makes your situation a lot better.


That is one KILLER cover, Anthony! Wow!!! Well done indeed!

Here's the line-up I went with for tonight and tomorrow (well, obviously, not all of it will be consumed by then)  ::)

For the holidays:

Scotch: Balvenie Double-Oak or Cragganmore or Dahlwinnie
Bourbon: Makers Mark or Jim Beam Black usually but may go high end and try Baker's or Booker's this year
Wine: Either Dry Creek Vineyards or Hogue Fume Blanc (dry sauvignon blanc)
After dinner: Either B and B (Benedictine and Brandy) or a good cognac, e.g. Courvoisier, Remy Martin or maybe Hennessey

Mike knows that I always drink my scotch (single malt, not blended, that is) straight. If I do drink a blended, it's always Dewars and I drink it on the rocks. Bourbon I drink one way or the other but the higher priced bourbons I usually drink straight up as well.

Happy (hic) Holidays!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Can we have a serious talk about vinyl?
« on: December 21, 2010, 07:54:02 PM »
I've stated before that, IMO, if one owns higher end audiophile playback equipment (i.e. good turntable, cartridge, etc.) than a decently recorded vinyl album will sound "warmer" and more natural but mostly within certain genres, particularly classical or orchestral soundtracks (my "test" record would be the soundtrack to The Man from Snowy River which sounds amazing on LP on a great system). Electronic music...I dunno, as I sold my Thorens during the early ages of EM (late 80s). For me, one of the reasons I may get back into vinyl again, even with my current mediocre turntable is because I am lucky enough to live in a city with used record shops. I can pick up all kinds of great stuff from the 60s, 70s, and 80s...albums that I still "like" but not enough to spend $10-$20 bucks on a remastered CD...If I can get a "VG" or NR MINT" (Cheapo's ratings, last time I looked) LP for less than 5 bucks and hear the 3-5 songs on it I want to hear, great. I have bought some 60s and 70s albums in remastered CD versions and, sure, they sound tremendous and all, but I realize "Shit, this music was groovy back then but now its kinda lame except for a song or two." So, for me, it's a cheap alternative to reacquire music from my youth that I am still fond of but I also know after 2-3 playings, that might be about it for a few years!  ;D

Also, I love going to the semi-annual record collectors convention here and seeing what's available, too. OTOH, I can't believe the utter gonzo stuff that STILL merits a CD release from back then. I mean, who in their right mind ever even heard of 50 Ft Hose's Cauldron but me??? But you can buy it at Amazon, as well as Vanilla Fudge's totally non-commercial and utter sales failure of a pseudo-progressive experimental album The Beat Goes On (yeah, I had that one too). Both of these would be worth $5 but $15-$20 - I don't think so.

Sorry for the long-winded story

Everything and Nothing / Re: Silly Question on disagreeing vs. attacking
« on: December 13, 2010, 03:52:19 PM »
Does MILF mean   Maverick I'd Like To _________.



I wouldn't know nuthin' 'bout that...  ;D ;D ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Silly Question on disagreeing vs. attacking
« on: December 13, 2010, 02:24:05 PM »

Yeah, the pun was definitely's tough to be a liberal and yet find yourself, ahem, "interested" in a Tea Party MILF. You betcha!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Silly Question on disagreeing vs. attacking
« on: December 13, 2010, 11:40:01 AM »
I think part of the issue is not just the "reactor" (i.e. the person who is doing the reacting) but also the originator. Example: A person loves Steve Roach's music. Someone else on a forum writes " I don't like Roach's music. I think it's boring." As the reactor, a person now has the opportunity to engage the opinionated poster with one of two approaches "Why do you think it's boring?" OR "Well, you just don't 'get' his music, obviously."

This kind of thing is always a two-way street. No matter how incendiary an initial comment can be, e.g. instead of the example above, suppose the first comment was "Roach really sucks. He's a no-talent ass clown." it's still up to you, the "listener" to decide how to react. Yes, the second comment appears to be mean-spirited and, at least in your opinion, it may also be ignorant and abusive. But, IMO, you only show your insecurity if you counterattack, so to speak (and this 'wisdom' is coming from someone who used to counterattack all the time, so I am pointing the finger at myself too). You may feel threatened by a contrary opinion or feel at least somewhat compelled to "defend" your opposite view. The latter is fine as long as you don't 'come after' the person. After all, it's just that person's opinion, really.

If I were to write "Sarah Palin is wholly unfit to be president." you might disagree with me and state that. But if I write "Sarah Palin is an idiot, but she sure is one hot MILF who I would happily nail." you might, if you respect her, want to come after me. It's totally understandable because, as humans, we have feelings and they get aroused. But, remember that your reaction says as much about you as the initial comment says about the poster.

At work, since Kathryn works in the same place I do, I hear negative things about her and about her department. As much as I want to defend her with passion, I need to step back and only make my own contrary opinions known in a calm, intelligent manner.

OTOH, in some forums, e.g., flame wars erupt and they are almost done in the spirit of a "game." Obviously, the Hypnos forum is not like that and I respect that. Not all people find that kind of thing entertaining. But, it is sad that incendiary opinions can spiral downward so easily, as they seem to here. Frankly, I don't care what people say/write, no matter how "out there." I would only feel the need to disagree vehemently if I felt someone I knew personally (emphasis on the personally I don't feel I know hardly anyone here that well, except maybe Jeff Pearce) was being attacked via patently untrue statements. If someone wants to opine that a musician is either (a) highly talented or (b) talentless and I hold an opposite opinion, I would just say that and be done with it. Same thing with an elected official, etc.

Lastly, it would be great to see people just be able to joke around with each other, even when virtual "tempers" flare. Life is too short to get that angry about someone just because you don't see eye with them.

Everything and Nothing / Re: New Dog Story
« on: December 09, 2010, 09:47:29 PM »
Damn, have me almost in tears. You are DA MAN! It's so great to see someone as in love with dogs as I am! I SO admire your patience and perseverence! I have no doubt that Gwenie thinks she is now in some kind of doggie heaven at your loving house. Kudos to you, your family, Ringo (good dog, Ringo!!!) and, most of all, Gwenie. YOU GO, GIRL!

PLEASE keep me informed about her, either here or via private message. This is just so great that you have saved such a gentle soul. I can't wait to tell Kathryn about it (I'm heading home from a late nighter at work in a few minutes). Man, I had a real shitty day but it just got a WHOLE helluva lot better! Thanks, man! If we ever cross paths, I am not buying you a beer, I'm buying you a LOT of beers! ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Jonn Serrie = FOX News reporter?
« on: December 05, 2010, 10:33:19 PM »
Let's put this to rest once and for all, shall we?!/profile.php?id=591411227

(not sure why the whole link won't work, but just cut and paste it into your browser...check out the bio blurb at the left hand side of his Facebook page)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Jonn Serrie = FOX News reporter?
« on: December 04, 2010, 11:39:32 PM »
Can't possibly be the same guy. Serrie is actively involved on a day-to-day basis with Air Sea rescue activities...I see his Facebook posts all the time alluding to his flying with that outfit and flying in general. Not to mention all his planetarium live music gigs. Can't imagine he'd have any time for anything else.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Holiday Movies - your favorites and why
« on: December 03, 2010, 11:17:33 PM »
Everyone should be a fan of Love, Actually, and Bill Nighy should be a bigger star than Hugh Grant.

I dunno, Mike. He did some SERIOUS scenery chewing in the Underworld movie series. I think he is a hoot and a half in Love, Actually, but he's been in some stinkers, too...'course, so has Hugh.

Everything and Nothing / Re: NCAA football 2010
« on: December 03, 2010, 06:54:52 PM »
I'm pulling for the Badgers to go to and win the Rose Bowl...unless, by some small miracle, they land in the BCS championship!  :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: Holiday Movies - your favorites and why
« on: November 30, 2010, 07:13:42 PM »
I have a real soft spot for "Love Actually." I'm not sure quite what it is about that one. A clever script for sure, and a generally amazing cast. Bill Nighy sort of steals the show as a pervy, washed-up old rocker who lets it all hang out. Speaking of Nighy, we recently saw him in "Pirate Radio" and he was great in that, too.

I think it has a GREAT cast and all the subplots are soooo diverse. My favorites include the one I mentioned previously, then the one about Liam Neeson's son who is starstruck with the girl in his class, and, of course, being from Milwaukee, how can I NOT love the one about the Brit who goes to Milwaukee to find some blondes who will CERTAINLY be attracted to his accent. And Hugh Grant as the prime minister - fantastic! I also like, although it's sad, the subplot about the guy who is in love with his best friend's new wife...that scene when he has the flip cards at her door is heartbreaking! All in all, for such a large ensemble cast, a lovely film.

Also, on an unrelated (to the holiday) note but still related to this ALWAYS makes me sad  :( at the opening and closing credits when I remember how we USED to be able to meet people at their arrival gates at the airport. I MISS that!!! It's not the same meeting Kathryn at the baggage claim. Stupid TSA and all these new security arrangements (sorry for the off-topic diversion).

Everything and Nothing / Re: Holiday Movies - your favorites and why
« on: November 30, 2010, 07:05:59 PM »
Yep on "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and all the old claymation stuff, too.

Harold and Maude

One of my all-time favorites! (Uh, although the Cat Stevens soundtrack makes me want to hurl...)  :-X

I want to be just like Maude when I'm an old lady.

I think by "claymation" you mean the original Rudolph, the Red-Nose Reindeer, which is actually stop-motion (yeah, I know, geek trivia alert). And YEAH, I love Rudolph...I loves me some Yukon Cornelius and Hermie the Dentist elf!!! Not to mention the Island of Misfit Toys!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Holiday Movies - your favorites and why
« on: November 29, 2010, 07:46:02 PM »
I seldom get tired of A Christmas Story because so much of it reminds me of own youth. Not a movie but I try to never miss A Charlie Brown Christmas - I remember watching it the first year it was broadcast so it's very much a nostalgic thing for me. Kathryn and I usually watch Love, Actually at Christmas time because it's a great Christmas time movie, funny, touching and so romantic, esp. the subplot about Colin Firth going to Portugal to ask his former maid to marry him. Don't care for It's A Wonderful Life but am a sucker every year for White Christmas. I love the music and the corny but touching subplot about the old general, plus Danny Kaye is just so much fun to watch.

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