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The geekiness of it appealed to me.  It's certainly not laugh out loud funny, just... odd.  But I think that's what they were going for.  Something so strange that people want to share it with their friends.

I could see this easily becoming a meme.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum upgrade notes
« on: January 18, 2011, 06:14:00 PM »
Looks good, Mike.  Here's hoping the upgrade gives you less grief from those blasted spammers.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 07, 2011, 07:51:03 PM »
I'm in the group that believes audio CDs will be around for a very long time.
Personally, I will be very happy once the MP3 format isn't used anymore.  Bandwidth is at a point where lossless files are acceptable, and at least those who are only downloading music get a CD-quality equivalent of the recording.  If only Apple products supported FLAC.

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Did anyone take advantage of the Steam holiday deals that occurred between Dec 20th and Jan 2nd?
Over that period, I purchased 16 games for a total of around $140.00, so yeah... my gaming needs are definitely covered for the next year or so.   ;D

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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been announced.  Can't wait.  :)
http://elderscrolls.com/

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Welcome back to making music.  I can't imagine taking a break that long.
There's only one problem, this track is way too short.   ;)

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I started a new game in Dragon Age: Origins (PC), playing an "evil" character this time.  I'm looking forward to seeing what changes from my first play-through.  The only problem I have is that so far the good and evil options are so black and white, whereas Mass Effect 2 had all these shades of gray.
All in all, Dragon Age still did a fairly good job at scratching my Baldur's Gate itch.  And when I had originally finished it, I didn't want it to end.

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: OK, Mac-haters!
« on: November 19, 2010, 05:18:37 AM »
Although I don't condone such violence to any technology, that pretty much sums up what I want to do to my Macs on a daily basis.   ;D

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Wow!  I'm extremely impressed.  Your musical and (I assume) AfterEffects skills are top-notch.
I've also created short videos as promos for my own work, instead of using just audio samples, but nothing comes close to this kind of quality.  Bravo!

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Just in time for Halloween... Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
http://www.amnesiagame.com/

A spooky first-person adventure game that's been getting great reviews.  I just bought it on Steam (I love their sales)... I'll probably try it out this weekend.

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Speaking of MMOs, did anyone ever play Asheron's Call 2?  It was my first MMO experience, and I still have very fond memories of that game.

Not only was the game world beautiful (amazing engine for it's time), the music was essentially generative ambient music.  And it would change depending on the situation.  If there were no enemies around, the music would be fairly calm.  Otherwise it would become more active, especially during combat.  This is very different from what most games do, where a totally different soundtrack will play/loop depending on the situation.  The music in the game never really fully changed.  It was all based on 10-20 second loops that were chosen at random.
Anyway I'm rambling, but I've yet to see such a unique music experience in a game since.  If anyone's curious to hear it, I could post a track I had compiled years ago.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Hardware loopers
« on: October 04, 2010, 07:11:22 PM »
Looks interesting but its windows only, not much use to me.  :(

He was demoing using the standalone version. A VST version is available so as long as your host supports it, you're good.

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To anyone playing Oblivion on PC:
http://www.pcgamer.com/2010/07/16/ten-essential-oblivion-mods/

I cannot WAIT for Elder Scrolls V!

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Asus VS Apple Gaybook
« on: September 05, 2010, 08:50:33 AM »
Gaybook...  Really?  I thought we were adults here.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Audio interfaces
« on: August 13, 2010, 06:58:36 PM »
I'm happy to say the Edirol FA-101 with the TI firewire card has been rock solid.  It's always nice to be able to make music without fighting with the technology.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Is there such a thing as a "black CD"???
« on: July 23, 2010, 06:07:18 PM »
Sounds fishy to me... especially since the manager was rather defensive when you asked the question.
Burning on black CD-Rs is a good way to hide the fact it's burned.   ;)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Space Station tour
« on: June 01, 2010, 04:20:04 AM »
There's so many things to bonk your head on up there.  ;D
Very cool video.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Alien prequel
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:06:01 PM »
Fingers crossed they don't screw it up.  :P

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Press Releases
« on: May 05, 2010, 04:27:14 AM »
I am horrible when it comes to writing up some kind of description for a new release, which is why I've started using short videos (1-2 minutes) as a promo.  At the same time, the listener can hear exactly what the music sounds like... instead of me TRYING to convey it in words.  ;D

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Alien prequel
« on: May 05, 2010, 04:20:51 AM »
I am approaching these films with caution.  In a way, I don't want to know about the space jockey... I love the idea that his story is never told, yet it's such a pivotal piece of information.  A rare thing in film, especially Hollywood.

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