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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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Everything and Nothing / Lossless .flac vs CD
« on: April 13, 2009, 06:24:30 PM »
As many of you are aware from a previous thread, I'm converting all my music from CD to .flac files for a home server.

http://flac.sourceforge.net

How do the readers of this forum that include artists, label owners and fans feel about digital downloads of lossless files such as .flac?

I see that Robert Rich and several other ambient artists have some of their music at MusicZeit.com.

http://www.musiczeit.com

As I see it the listener gets the music without any sonic loss nearly instantly after the purchase, and the artist and label don't have to worry about shipping around a physical product if they don't want to.

And if you don't have a home system that plays .flac, you can just burn to one of my favorite pieces of media: the CD-R.

There are likely other positives and some negatives but I'll leave those to you.

Jim

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: April 11, 2009, 04:54:28 PM »
So be it!

Adios "CD-R Deterioration"!

You were a long, boring thread, but you were there when I needed you.

R.I.P.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: April 11, 2009, 05:04:02 AM »
I just ripped 6 or 7 CD-Rs from AtmoWorks and not one error was present :)

Now off to the wildflower plant sale:

http://www.wildflower.org/

Cya.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: yay mike, lena and hypnos!
« on: April 04, 2009, 07:15:30 AM »
I second that praise.

I have received outstanding service from Hypnos over the YEARS.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Synthpop's Alive!!!!
« on: March 29, 2009, 05:49:59 AM »
This had my jumpin' around my office.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now Watching
« on: March 29, 2009, 05:45:11 AM »
Religulous: Bill Maher's documentary on religion.  Funny.  Keyword: rational.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: February 16, 2009, 08:33:43 AM »
Another CD-R this AM with several errors that evidently could not be read successfully resulting in an "insecure" rip:

James Johnson - Surrender

~sigh~

 :-\

Addendum:  ...and the next disc up was even worse...Luis Paniagua - La bolsa o la vida

This disc had over 600 and is a commercial CD.  All the errors were on the last song.

The James Johnson disc had 6 errors.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Jorge Reyes (R.I.P.)
« on: February 14, 2009, 05:45:30 AM »
As a big Reyes fan, I too am saddened by this loss.

R.I.P. Jorge Reyes.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: February 06, 2009, 04:01:00 AM »
As much as I complain about this "problem", I have never had a problem with HSS :)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. - Klaus Wiese
« on: January 29, 2009, 03:59:47 AM »
As a big Wiese fan, I am quite saddened.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this great loss.

Rest in ambient peace, Klaus.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 24, 2009, 04:05:22 PM »
This is one of my most frequent activities lately:

http://zzzone.net/photo/2009/dbpowerampripping.jpg

I need to get out more.

Only a small percentage of discs don't rip.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 23, 2009, 04:51:44 PM »
I appreciate the help but all I want is the original music on the disc.  A brand new computer and two brand new drives cannot read the data so it's likely just not there.

I'm not sure how a cassette arrangement or converting to analog and back to digital will give me the original .wav with which the CD was created. 

That's what I purchased and that's what I want to archive.

Call me stubborn and/or hard-headed.

Thanks again.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 23, 2009, 04:43:18 AM »
Anther CD-R with a paper label with many problems, brand new out of the wrapper:

Matthew J Harris - The Cure May Never Come

http://www.discogs.com/Matthew-J-Harris-The-Cure-May-Never-Come/release/1555332

It has 99 short tracks, all untitled.  It's dated 2002.

The last 50 tracks or so have multiple errors each, many of which are not correctable.

What a shame about these new discs.

I heard from Mr. Harris, likely as a result of this thread.  His Blind Cinema disc is set for a re-release.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 19, 2009, 08:30:29 AM »
The latest problem child is a conventional CD:

Blood Box - The Iron Dream

The last track (as usual) had nearly 3000 errors that prevented ripping it.

This CD was brand new and in cellophane.

To reiterate the problem: when tracks appear like this, I cannot rip them to the exact equivalent lossless state for future listening.   

Reason: for whatever reason, the disc does not contain the original music information.

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I use my server exclusively for music, Mike.  I'm iin the process of ripping my collection to .flac files.

The "server" is just a plain ol' HP Slimline computer which is very energy efficient.

Here's my review of the Squeezebox music server which I am quite satisfied with:

http://www.epinions.com/review/Logitech_Squeezebox_Boom_epi/content_455811108484

It's more of a how-to than a review.

I've considered a NAS but the cost is a bit higher than my setup.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: CD-R Deterioration
« on: January 17, 2009, 07:57:58 AM »
So I ran into a CD-R with a paper label that had turned yellow and the disc was unplayable and unrippable.

I probably purchased the disc 6-8 years ago.  I do not have a receipt.

I approached the CD label about replacing the disc...a direct swap even - bad disc for good disc.

The label stated that they their policy was to NOT replace any discs except those that were purchased directly from the label.  They stated that I should seek replacement from the vendor from whom I purchased the disc; that vendor could purchase a replacement from the label at cost.  The implication being that I would pay AGAIN for the privilege of having the CD.

This comes despite the fact that I link in three places to the label on my site, and I legally stream the label's music (royalties are paid) which hopefully promotes the label.  Also I have no ads on my site to make money off the label's music.

Geez Louise!  What kind of malarkey is this?

How much can it cost to send me a replacement disc in exchange for a defective disc?  How do I exchange the disc with the third-party vendor when I obviously do not have a receipt from 6-8 years ago?

Talk about customer and fan UN-friendly!

I just needed to vent.

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