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I come by a few times a week.  I don't post too much because I'm a mere listener, not a musician.  But I get pointed towards a lot of good music and several interesting podcasts.  (In fact, I was just on my way to say thanks for one!)

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: November 05, 2010, 07:26:34 PM »
My daughter loves the Hunger Games books.  She's re-reading them now.

I picked up a book for a dime in a thrift store, knowing just enough about it to make it worth the dime, and now I'm hooked.  It was one of the Stephanie Plum books -- a chic-lit bounty hunter series set in Trenton, NJ.  There are enough real neighborhoods and landmarks to make it fun, and they're quick, light reads.  So far I've read five or six, all from thrift stores or second hand book stores.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sheeba ?-9/18/2010
« on: September 27, 2010, 07:36:55 PM »
Farewell to Sheeba.

And nice job, Wayne.

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A couple 70s sitcoms:

Barney Miller
The Bob Newhart Show

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Bizarre weather
« on: September 06, 2010, 10:00:46 PM »
We spent most of last week at Cape May, at the tip of New Jersey. While we were there Hurricanes Danielle and Earle passed by, just offshore.  The weather was great -- temps in the 90s, bright sun all week with some clouds and sprinkles on Friday -- but the water was treacherous.  When the beaches were open (briefly) the life guards had almost non-stop rescues going on, with a couple drownings.  The surf was heavy and rough, and the rip currents were pretty awesome.

My son was very disappointed that we wouldn't let him take his boogie board out.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Web browsers -- what do you think?
« on: September 06, 2010, 09:52:23 PM »
Hmmm ... you're seeing the Arcade Fire video?  I've got Firefox 3.6.8 and I can get the site, but not play the video.  According to Mozilla HTML5 is due with Firefox 4.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Web browsers -- what do you think?
« on: September 05, 2010, 07:23:29 PM »
I heard about this site on NPR today.  It's HTML5, and supposedly only Chrome and Safari can handle it right now -- Firefox and IE should be up to the job on their next updates.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum Weight-Loss Challenge 2010
« on: August 24, 2010, 07:29:08 PM »
One of my brothers is a serious cyclist.  He rode past me once last year, shouted at me, then turned back to stop and say hi.  I didn't recognize him until he took off his sunglasses -- Id never seen him in spandex!

For me, though, it's walking.  I take Shadow, our German Shepherd, out for a 2 or 3 walks a week.  Our basic walk is 6.5 miles (about 2 hours) but our longer ones go up to 8 or 9.  This is working out pretty well for him, too!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum Weight-Loss Challenge 2010
« on: August 23, 2010, 10:45:10 PM »
237.5

According to my BMI, I am officially "overweight."   Of course, I came at it from the other side!  ;)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Bizarre weather
« on: August 05, 2010, 07:43:10 PM »
I believe that the northeast US is on track for the hottest summer on record.  Including a couple 100+ days.  My PC needs a bigger fan.

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We don't have cable, but I watch some television shows on Hulu, etc.

Right now my favorites include Eureka and Warehouse 13.  The scientific underpinnings are laughable, but the shows are fun!  A new show on the SyFy (really, what was wrong with SciFi???) network called Haven looks fun -- it seems to be loosely based on Steven King's The Colorado Kid.  Basically, these are science fiction shows with a second focus on comedy, relationships, etc.  Not very deep. but fun  --  and at the end of the week, there's nothing wrong with fun!


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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: What's up with SEO, anyway?
« on: July 29, 2010, 09:23:58 PM »
Yes, it pays, but the process doesn't really require that many people.  One or two college kids can crank out most of the new posts.  Once you raise your visibility on the search engines you don't need to resort to this crap as much.  I'm a member at a local FM radio station's forum, and they get a ton of this crap.  Every - single - day.  They don't do nearly as well at cleaning it up as you.  (The tip-off there is when a Philadelphia FM radio station gets new forum members that claim to be from Kazakhstan.)

A lot of the spammers don't bother to post, they just have the links in their profile.

But some of them do put up a token post.  Sometimes with gibberish, sometimes with a cute graphic or random fact, and then  a link.  Maybe the link is a harmless (but spammy) way to generate traffic.  Or maybe you'll land on a hacked site and get a drive-by virus infection.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Is there such a thing as a "black CD"???
« on: July 20, 2010, 03:10:20 PM »
I've used plenty of black CD-Rs.  Memorex also makes metallic CD markers that work well on them.

I'm no expert, but I don't think you can have a true CD be truly black -- a true CD is permanently stamped on an aluminum recording layer.

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 ;D

Alright!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum Weight-Loss Challenge 2010
« on: June 07, 2010, 09:31:30 AM »
Another Monday.  Today's weight is 246.5.

My last dream before I woke up this morning was about buying a bag of potato chips.

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My problems are portion control and lack of exercise.  I'll be posting here periodically -- I'm 6'3" and 255 lbs and would like to drop at least 30 lbs.

I'm still 20 pounds less than my all time high of 275 in 2002.

Actually, I was mistaken.  Right after I posted that I stepped on the scale and realized that I actually weighed 260.0 pounds.  It was the incentive I needed.

Monday is "weigh-in" day, and today I'm 249.0.

Ten down, thirty to go!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient music of the spheres?
« on: May 04, 2010, 07:47:36 PM »
I don't know what changed, or how, but if you use the link in drkappa's post you get an extra "." at the end.  Here, try this one:

http://www.whitevinyldesign.com/solarbeat

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I was going to mention Lifeforce, too!

But you may have liked it more than me!  :-X



 ;D

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Did her decision to join the expedition have anything to do with her daughter?? I thought she decided to join the expedition because she kept having nightmares and she wanted to eradicate the alien species.  The extra footage in Aliens about Ripley's daughter was more about explaining her emotional connection to the little girl "Newt" as Ripley's own daughter would have been 11 years old had she returned to Earth in the first movie instead of drifting in space for 57 years in hypersleep.

Hmmm ... I saw her decision to join the expedition being at least in part due to the fact that her daughter had lived her life and died -- there was no reason for her to stay and go through the pains of being re-educated for what might just be menial labor.

I guess I have to go back and watch it again.  ;)

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I absolutely agree that they're very different movies and both very good in their own right (kind of like the way I feel about Mad Max and The Road Warrior).  The shared aspects beg comparison, but they work for different reasons and in different ways.

That being said, I've gone back to re-watch Aliens more often than Alien.

Unfortunately, here in the states at least, some early versions had some scenes deleted to cut the running time -- scenes that were critical to the story but not the action.  In particular, the plot element about Ripley's daughter and its connection to her decision to join the expedition.  I had to specifically look for the uncut version.

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