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Everything and Nothing / Re: WALL - E
« on: June 30, 2008, 12:41:35 AM »
Haven't seen it yet, but it's Disney and I have kids, so I probably will.

Still, Wall-E seems to look an awful lot like Number 5 from Short Circuit.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Charles Manson enjoys Hearts of Space
« on: March 27, 2008, 11:54:33 PM »
Well, that was strange.

Just as strange and chilling were the comments and responses that seemed sympathetic to Charles Manson.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Confused about DVD regions
« on: March 27, 2008, 11:48:51 PM »
While I'm not an absolute authority on this subject, I believe that if you convert the DVDs yourself (here in the states) you would be in technical violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

From Wikipedia, itself not an authority, either --

Quote from: Wiki
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a United States copyright law which implements two 1996 WIPO treaties. It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services that are used to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works (commonly known as DRM) and criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, even when there is no infringement of copyright itself...

I looked into this possibility a few years ago, when the Stargate SG1 episodes were being released in Europe right away, but delayed by a year or two here in the states to protect syndication sales.

My guess would be that space music originated with music composed/performed for planetarium shows during the 70s and 80s.  Of course, there were visionary folks such as Stephen Hill who brought the subgenre to the forefront in the mid-to-late 80s.  I remember when he was broadcasting live in the mid-80s and played Robert Rich's music (then on cassette only) on his show.


I've got to admit that this was the first thing I thought of -- Jonn Serrie came to mind.  Also some electronic/sequencer music does it for me.

Now Playing / Re: Good Web Radio?
« on: March 21, 2008, 01:38:48 AM »
I'll put in a plug for the archived shows at Ultima Thule (Australian), and Electroland (Danish).

Everything and Nothing / Re: Vinyl
« on: March 21, 2008, 01:15:20 AM »
I've been buying a ton of (used) vinyl for the past year or so.  Most of it falls into two categories:  music that I really like but will never be on CD (or was only briefly available) or music that reminds me of a time or place, but I wouldn't want to pay CD prices for (think MacArthur Park or In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida).

I physically clean the vinyl (including a soak in warm water and detergent), dry it thoroughly, burn it to a CD-RW, rip it into a computer, and "clean" the sound with some very good software.  Then I burn it to CD, and rip it to my MP3 player.

I grew up on vinyl, but there's no question to me that a CD (in a good player/stereo system) sounds much, much better.

The "warmth" of vinyl is distortion -- very pleasant distortion, but still distortion.  If you really want it, there are programs that can add it back in.  Heck, the software I use will even (mathematically) duplicate the sound of specific vacuum tube amplifiers, if that's what you want!  ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: March 21, 2008, 12:10:11 AM »
First, best of luck to all with regard to health, employment, and creativity.

As a stay-at-home Dad, my first job is to get back up to speed on quadratic equations so I can stay a step ahead of my son on his homework.  And keep the van running so I can continue to get both my kids to karate, scouts, music lessons, camps, theater programs, after school class help, etc.  Maybe continue finding a little time to volunteer at the handicapped riding center (actually, the only place I get to talk to other adults!)

Find spare time to listen to music (and some NPR).  Get back into long walks/hikes (hurt my foot pretty bad in 2006).  Bring my MP3 player and kill two birds with one stone!  ;D

Still be here to post a slightly updated version of this list in 2009.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 12, 2007, 10:00:27 PM »
Recently stumbled on a used CD site that had five Michael Garrison CDs.  I've been looking for these (and some others) for a lo-ooo-ong time.  I'm going to have to take the headphones off before I get algae in my ears.

Everything and Nothing / Re: a poll
« on: December 06, 2007, 04:24:29 PM »
There are many good things about cheese but cheese has no single color.

Oh.  I read that as "cheesey."  :(  ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 04:23:31 PM »
Glad to see the forum up and running.  Always fun to have ... interesting ... and unexpected ... tasks pop up in the holiday season!

I for one have no problem with the light blue theme, other than it is exactly like another (Simple Machines) forum I post on, and I'm easily confused!

Thanks again for your effort!  I appreciate it!

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