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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 20, 2009, 04:00:30 AM »
I count myself as fortunate for knowing Jim through this forum and his music.

Via the latter, Jim & Rigel Orionis will live on.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Get Well for Jim Brenholts
« on: September 26, 2009, 03:28:26 PM »
Great news, Jim.  Glad you made it back from the Land of Code Blue.

Everyone step up to the bar.  I'll pay for a round of Crestor and aspirin.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: David Sylvian "Manafon" new CD
« on: September 26, 2009, 03:21:10 PM »
I'm a big fan of Sylvian AND Manafon.

It's Sylvian crooning over almost classical instrumentation with found sounds in a jazzy context (if that makes sense).

I like his ambient stuff too.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Get Well for Jim Brenholts
« on: September 25, 2009, 03:39:22 AM »
Jim, you are in my thoughts.

Get well soon.

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Everything and Nothing / The Public Option
« on: September 07, 2009, 05:39:14 AM »
http://www.StandwithDrDean.com

As a physician practicing public health for the last 22 years, I have seen countless folks who have lost their lives or health, and prosperity due to

1.  pre-existing illness
2.  losing their job
3.  inadequate coverage via their insurance
4.  and, of course, not being able to afford insurance.

A government-managed option like Medicare, Medicaid, or Veterans Administration benefits is very, very important in the new healthcare plan.

Please don't let the proponents of scare tactics and misinformation win this one and deprive Americans of a government option for insurance.

Remember the insurance and pharmaceutical industry are heavily funding the hatchet job on the public option.  The reason is, of course, money.

There are no death panels, no threats to existing programs, no loss of choice of physician, and no rationing of healthcare.

Sign the petition and consider a contribution to the effort.  As you know, I never, ever send out solicitation emails, but I feel like this is a critical time for a crucial issue with which I am all too familiar.

http://www.StandwithDrDean.com

If you have any questions, let me know.

Please consider asking your friends to sign the petition also.

Happy Labor Day.

Jim Zachary MD

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Another alternative is to use a docking station for SATA hard drives.

You can find the exact SATA hard drive that you prefer and can afford.

Fill it up via the docking station and then insert another one, just like a cartridge.

I have one by Masscool from NewEgg but there are many others.

http://www.masscool.com/products.php?pid=156

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817388022&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-External+Enclosure-_-MASSCOOL-_-17388022

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In case you need a quick fix mp3 or lossless download:

http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=174262

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Kombucha tea
« on: August 15, 2009, 08:47:09 AM »
The kombucha tea has been around for a long time.

In the early 90s it was supposed to help with HIV infection.

Sadly, the devotees of the tea have now gone on to a better place.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Dani of Celer has passed away
« on: July 11, 2009, 03:25:44 PM »
She will live on in the music of Celer.

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If you want it quick and lossless (or MP3),

http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=207683

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Andy Hughes of Orb
« on: June 24, 2009, 06:13:18 PM »
The Orb probably turned more (young) people on to electronic music than most other groups combined.

RIP.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy (and relieved) to be alive
« on: June 08, 2009, 04:48:27 PM »
Forrest: I hope you recover soon.

Everyone needs to take this diet, exercise, medication thing to heart.

1.  Reduce your risk factors as much as possible: stop smoking, eat a healthy diet, exercise, keep your blood pressure under control (watch sodium intake)

2.  Take a statin like pravastatin (generic, cheap) or Crestor if your cholesterol is high and you have risk factors (all of the above plus being a male, or over 50, and most importantly, have a family history of heart problems).  These drugs even reduce risk if your cholesterol isn't high.

Everyone says "I'll just do what I want, enjoy life, and if I die, I die.  Hasta la vista."  However, it's not so simple, ask Forrest or Jim.  Plus these cardiac things are expensive and painful.  And many times you don't die...you're just maimed or a veggie (stroke).

Plus as you approach death, you realize how much you like to live in many cases.

Long live Crestor.

PS An LDL of 150 is pretty high in someone with a family history and who is a smoker.  The goal should be less than 100-110 is someone with those risk factors.

...and in my medical career of 21 years, I've only seen one or two folks with a cholesterol over 400 and both had had heart problems.

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Everything and Nothing / Photo Thread
« on: May 24, 2009, 02:35:05 PM »
Hey.

Almost everyone has digital cameras and some sort of way of posting their pix (Flickr, Picasa, etc.)

I would really like to vew some pictures that you talented and not-so-talented guys are taking.

Here's some of my amateur ones to get it started:

http://zzzone.net/gallery/

Jim
Austin TX

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Everything and Nothing / last.fm
« on: May 10, 2009, 06:56:44 AM »
I have recently discovered last.fm.

I'm not much of a social networker, but I like the idea of being able to set up a playlist which then generates a "radio station" that then plays to my tastes.

Whenever I play my Squeezebox, the information is fed to last.fm.  Additionally I can play my last.fm radio station via my Squeezebox.

I'm curious how last.fm gets the rights to artists' stuff.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last.fm

Very cool.

http://www.last.fm/user/zzzoneDOTnet

or

http://zzzone.net/lastfm.html

Anyone else have a page?

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I'm really looking forward to the movie.  I may go see it at the Imax.

The reviews are in and they are very good:

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/star_trek_11/

PS I had Star Trek pajamas as a child.

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iTunes is probably the main thing standing in my way from getting an iPhone (next iteration), but hey, I guess I don't have to use my phone to play music...it's probably a stupid idea anyway unless you want to be stuck with a dead battery on your phone somewhere.

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Just like anything else, one can over do exercise.  When it is just boring and lacking any pleasure, most people throw in the towel.

That's why whenever I recommend exercise, I stress how important it is to make it fun...read, listen to music, watch the news, etc.

I will add that exercise is the only "fountain of youth."

As we age our bones and muscles get weaker and weaker until one basically falls into the grave.

Exercise, done sensibly, keeps things working longer...if that's what you want.

Also, listen to your body when you exercise.  If you hurt consistently, something's amiss and you need to avoid whatever exercise is aggravating things.

Let me take off my white coat.

Jim

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Selling CDs in a Download Society
« on: May 02, 2009, 04:57:21 AM »
I certainly have had an addiction to music and pre-internet, I slogged through record stores in every place I lived or visited looking for those gems that I had read about.  At first it was vinyl but in 1983, I began the transition to CD.

In 1991 I discovered the net and shortly afterward, I began doing business with a record and CD dealer online who was able to gather together and send me a lot of unusual electronic music.  I still went to a local Tower Records store but mainly got music from Bent Crayon in Ohio.  As my DJ "career" came to an end, I focused more on ambient and downtempo music and transitioned over to the EAR/Rational in Colorado for mailorder music.  And finally over the last 6-10 years or so, I have discovered Hypnos, Atmoworks, CDBaby, Dark Duck, Aucourant (grin), and even Humpty for great mailorder.

Just lately, as .flac as become more common, I have ventured forth with a few downloads from Boomkat, Zunior.com, and MusicZeit.  I suspect that if the prices on these downloads come down a bit, I may increase this type of activity.

So where do record stores fit in now?  Well, not very well as you can see above.

However, just this past weekend, I too entered the sacred halls of Waterloo Records in Austin, and I was blown away by the huge selection of new and used CDs as well as vinyl and DVDs.  Everywhere you look there is some sort of music-related item.  I could literally spend days in there.  It brings back the thrill of actually being able to look at a physical product prior to purchase.  Additionally the place is full of fellow music lovers so you get a feeling of comrardary.  I had that sense of nostalgia/youth that I only rarely get these days.

http://www.waterloorecords.com/home.html

Ironically (?) when I went to the Waterloo website, I noticed they have a prelaunch download store.

Jim

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As a physician, I find it hypocritical for me to recommend diet and exercise to my patients while I sit around loafing and drinking gravy.

I've been exercising for about 25 years with light weights and some form of aerobics in a 50-50 mix.  I usually get to the gym 3-4 times per week.

I really enjoy, it turn outs, to exercise while listening to my some of my favorite tunes on a portable player.  Surprise.

Medically I have a strong disposition toward heart and bone disease which hopefully I can overcome and have so far.

Get thee to the gym!

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