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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: 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.

Everything and Nothing / Holiday season movie review thread
« on: November 26, 2010, 04:57:09 PM »
Thought we could open a thread with readers' reviews of all the big (or small and indie) movies coming out during this holiday season. I'll start off. Kathryn and I tried to See "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" but it was sold out, so we saw "Unstoppable" with Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson. VERY GOOD adrenalin-rush thriller...You completely buy the whole thing, IMO. GREAT set pieces with that runaway train taking on an almost palpable sense of evil. Tony Scott's direction (minus his usually excessive jittery-cam) was flawless..this movie didn't have a wasted second. Nothing like an edge-of-your-seat thriller to get the blood pumping.

We're gonna shoot to see HP sometime next week (can't believe it sold out 30 minutes prior to show time at 1:30 when it was showing om 4 MORE SCREENS at this multiplex).

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Darshan Ambient CD
« on: November 25, 2010, 02:19:29 PM »
This gets a big "Thumbs Up" from me...while I've only had one listen to it, it embodies the broad spectrum of what Michael has been so good at over the years - from kinetic chilled rhythms to pastorale ambience, sometimes even combined in a single track,...and a few new wrinkles to perk up the ears, too. All in all, another solidly recommendable disc from Darshan Ambient, good for his fans and newbies alike, IMO.

Everything and Nothing / Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 24, 2010, 07:20:05 PM »
Just a warm wish from cold Minneapolis to all you Forum inhabitants. For those that don't follow me on Facebook, I have developed a serious sense of smell disorder in the last few months (phantosmia but I can still taste food completely. So, this year, I am thankful for small miracles. With as much as I love to cook (and eat) being without a sense of taste would be torture. If I can't smell everything - well, I can live with that. Here's hoping all of us can "learn to live with" what we don't have so that we can more purely enjoy that which we DO have!


Everything and Nothing / Re: What's the best thing in your life right now?
« on: November 22, 2010, 04:19:12 PM »
I guess the fact that Kathryn and I are all in relatively good health and have jobs is what I am most grateful for at this point. A co-worker of mine just lost her 4-year battle with cancer so that really puts things in perspective. Also, Kathryn and I recently had a deep heart-to-heart talk about our relationship and worked some stuff out that had been bothering us for a while, so we are closer now as a result. Now if we can just make it the 8 years to retirement when the house is paid off!

Oh, and... welcome back, Bill.

I don't think any of us want to make this place over-polite, but the extreme stuff going down here a few years ago was driving a lot of people away. I'd rather have things a little on the boring side than forum members threatening each other, and receiving a half dozen complaints from members every day.

Maybe there's a way we can allow a little more leeway with "controversial" subjects and debates, without letting things degenerate?  What do people think?

Ya know, I wasn't even talking about controversial topics...I hate talking politics/religion online. But I do think passionate debate about the arts is a good thing. If a person can't talk about music, movies, books and get heated about it without resorting to name calling, that person needs to calm down. That goes both ways. If someone doesn't like the same music, movies, books, etc. I do, so what? But, OTOH, I still remember, much to my embarrassment, being chided in by David Hassell back in the late '90s when I trashed Vangelis! (chuckle). Seems like a lifetime ago. I still think the ole Greek is over-rated, but I don't need to throw in a "fuck vangelis" like I did back then. Yeesh...what a hothead I was.

Anyway, I agree with you, Mike. No need to descend to the level of hatred and threats...and if you don't agree with me, you better lock your doors!   ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Married to Ambient
« on: November 22, 2010, 02:41:22 PM »

occasionally there's the... "is there something wrong with the car?  ... oh it's your music again."

 ;D ;D ;D

I wanted to thank those who mentioned missing me. It's nice to be missed, honestly.

I canceled my Hypnos account a while back and only sparsely lurked here for a long time because, frankly, I didn't think I had much to offer any more. I had more or less suspended reviewing ambient music because the demands on my time reviewing "new age" and world fusion music for New Age Retailer and Zone Music Reporter, combined with my "real life," made me feel like an impostor of sorts. Also, I have been sucked into Facebook and spend (too much) time there. But, as some of you who follow me there know, I am contemplating bringing Wind and Wire back from the its original format, i.e. covering all kinds of music. I don't have anything definite to state except that I have many MANY older (2007, 2008, 2009) ambient CDs to review still and I still get the occasional ambient CD too (I have reviewed recent releases by Roach and some others for New Age Retailer). I have struggled with finding time for life AND reviewing over the last two years but whenever I do play an ambient CD, I realize I still love the genre. However, I admit to being hopelessly out of the loop (although Marlene was nice enough to have Richard Bone send me his latest).

Anyway, as to the vagaries of this board, hey, at least it's not as bad as ambient@hyperreal, which has REALLY dried up! I do think that with Jim's passing, some of the spirit of this board evaporated. Jim could always be counted on to comment and stir things up. I don't want to pass judgement on or make any statements about the amount of self-promotion on this board...that's better left to others. I do feel that this is more of an artists' hangout than it ever has been, but there's nothing wrong with that. I also think that, as time went on, and as some (not all) arguments descended into some less than savory conduct, civility took hold a little too strictly. Constriction, strictly IMO, tends to stunt growth. Better divisiveness that leads to critical thinking than the group-think that stifles dissent..or something like that!  ;) Or maybe I am just channeling "V." (for Vendetta).

Anyway, as I plod my way through the second half of my "50s" (being 56 now), I have mellowed to the point that long-timers probably wouldn't know it was me, except for my trademark verbosity and redundancy!  :D

If I feel I can contribute to something being discussed, I will do my best. As for the potential for another W and W resurrection, trust will all be among the first to know. Oh, and has anyone seen part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows yet? Kathryn and I are seeing it Thanksgiving Day. Opinions? Also, if you are a SF fan and haven't watched the trailer for "Battle: Los Angeles," yet, do so NOW (at because this looks awesome!!! one early quote stated "It's like Black Hawk Down meets Independence Day."

Cheerio, chaps (and you too, Lena!).

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