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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!

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.

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.

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 :)

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.

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

I need to get out more.

Only a small percentage of discs don't rip.

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.

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

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

Everything and Nothing / "I am NOT a number"
« on: January 15, 2009, 05:26:34 AM »

Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: January 14, 2009, 05:41:14 AM »
Hey ya'll.  Jim Zachary here.

I'm a 52 year old ambient music nut and physician.  I moved to Austin, Texas a couple of years ago after Katrina destroyed my old hometown, New Orleans.  I had lived in N.O. for 26 years, but basically after K, N.O. was not the city I had signed up for.  My job, my home and my life suddenly became all hypothetical.  I decided to move to higher ground, literally and figuratively.  Austin is a great place to live.  It rocks...literally.  It's a nice mix of urban life and quirkiness.

I run the.zzzone which has been streaming ambient music on Live365 for 8 years now.  My website contains no advertising; therefore I do this as a way of spreading the gospel of ambient music and sharing my extensive collection of music with the world legally.  Some artists and labels give me deals or donate promos which I appreciate, of course.  I have music from every artist that has posted to this thread.

In my profession, I treat infectious diseases and HIV in folks who have no insurance.  I work for the City of Austin's community health clinics.  At my HIV clinic we treat about 2000 patients.  It is interesting to note that our patients get better care in many ways than I do from my own physician.  I am the medical director at the clinic.  We deal with quite a bit of addiction and substance dependence.

I live 5 minutes from the clinic.

I hope 2009 is a great year for everyone.


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