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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.

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.

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

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.


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'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.

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

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:

Austin TX

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

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  Additionally I can play my radio station via my Squeezebox.

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

Very cool.


Anyone else have a page?

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:

PS I had Star Trek pajamas as a child.

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's probably a stupid idea anyway unless you want to be stuck with a dead battery on your phone somewhere.

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, 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.


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,, 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.

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


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!

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.

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

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.


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.


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:


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.

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

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

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



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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