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Remember Apple originally stole their GUI from Xerox.

Apple bought it from Xerox Park, who didn't know what to do with it. Microsoft built its empire the same way by assimilating (keeping with the borg theme  ;D) other companies and their ideas. So if you think what apple did was stealing then so did microsoft.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The Prisoner - remake
« on: November 17, 2009, 11:08:37 AM »
FYI, if you don't want to know anything about the episodes until you have seen them, then you might want to skip over this post.

I've only watched the first two. I think its pretty funny that they are using the same titles for each episode that they used in the original series, but the shows don't even compare. Like the second episode called Harmony which in the original series was a western, while this version was more about the sea?  ???  I guess the connection between the two are drugs being used for mind control, but it seems in the new version its way more covert and sinister then in the original. Anyone notice how everything seems to be stuck in the 1960s? The clothing, cars, etc. Those taxi's are late 1950s Renaults, the only reason I know that is because my cousin had one back in the late 60s.

Another thing I noticed, ITV are doing these shows, same company that did the original. Also, the white ball in the original series was called rover, so I guess that applies to this version unless they call it something else in the other episodes. So far I have to say the weakest part about the show is the music, feels to me like they just randomly dropped music in without much consideration.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sound quality still matters....
« on: November 16, 2009, 05:24:20 PM »
Maybe you generalize too much, every codec have their own artifacts and flaws.
I would love to see you do an blind test of Lame 3.97/3.98 and onwards to see if you hear a difference.

I admit I probably am generalizing, I haven't heard every codec. And I may find a double blind test to be of interest, but am not sure I want to spend the time doing such a test.

On the other hand I do find that lossless formats do sound pretty good, I have been re-ripping all my CDs into Apples lossless format as I find it does sound better then general mp3s, and its pretty obvious to me how bad an mp3 sounds when going from a lossless track to a generic mp3. I was just noting that this morning during my commute to work.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sound quality still matters....
« on: November 16, 2009, 04:50:37 PM »
Itunes is one of the absolute worst mp3 players in terms of sound quality, so no wonder.... I can recommend XMPlay!

XMPlay is so great they don't even tell you what operating system it works on.  ;D Looking over the site it appears to be windows only, so for us mac guys itunes kicks its butt as it at least works on my computer.  :D

As for sound quality, I am one of those people who can tell the difference between mp3s and a CD, even at higher bit rates. Mp3s sound more distorted and have a flangy high end compared to CDs, anything below 256k is pretty much unlistenable to me, unless itís just dialog which for some reason I can listen to even at very low bit rates.

Having said that, most people just don't care about music all that much, even when they can hear a difference. For them, itís all about convenience, sound quality takes a back seat. I think high end audio only became important because it became for a brief while a status symbol.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The Prisoner - remake
« on: November 15, 2009, 06:08:45 PM »
The one review I heard said it was horrible, and this was from someone who claimed to love the original. I will hold judgement until I see it myself but I doubt it will be anywhere near as good as the original, from the preview it seems to be a much more straight ahead show then the original.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 13, 2009, 10:11:27 AM »
Flash Gordon (1980)

Haha, "Gordon's alive.....?"   :)

I liked Flesh Gordon better.  ;D

I also liked Silent Running.

Until the End of the World was good but I would have to say I thought Wim Wenders film Wings of Desire was better.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 12, 2009, 03:21:58 PM »
I can't declare the best movie ever made but my personal favourite is "Brainstorm".

Wow, that's pretty funny as a friend of mine did the special effects for that film. I haven't thought of that film in ages. My friend didn't think to highly of it at the time because some behind the scene stuff that was happening.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 12, 2009, 01:28:03 PM »
I don't usually do best lists as I don't see films as sport. However I would probably go with Citizen Kane, probably because I've seen it on so many best of lists, and its also a great film. I wouldn't argue too long with your choice, its also a great film.

Personal favorite is My Dinner with Andre, with a close second being 2001.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« on: November 12, 2009, 01:24:02 PM »
I had to google your "James Cameron's Aquaman" reference BTW.  I'd like to watch Entourage at some point but I've never seen it.

I read an interview with James Cameron in the LA Times right after the "Aquaman" episodes were shown. He said that at one point he could have actually gotten Aquaman made, that's how serious that show is taken in the industry.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« on: November 12, 2009, 11:05:07 AM »
Disappointments for me this decade have been Scorsese's focus on less complex entertainments, Spielberg in general, and James Cameron's lack of activity.

Well I thought Aquaman was the best thing Cameron ever did.  ;D

I agree with you to a degree, but I guess I was making more of a comment on their top ten then on the decade. I  think I have seen six or seven of those listed, and not one of them made me think it was one of the best of the year, let alone of the decade.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Are you Synaesthetic? (test here)
« on: November 12, 2009, 10:26:11 AM »
Then you passed the sanity test as only sane people lose their minds taking synaesthesia tests.  ;D  :D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« on: November 12, 2009, 10:23:43 AM »
I would say based upon their top ten list this decade pretty much sucked for films. I've seen most of the films they list and enjoyed most of them, but I would have to say I can't think of any other decade were any of those films would make the top 50.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Skateboard contest need help!
« on: November 09, 2009, 11:06:20 AM »
Alright he won. Thanks for your support everyone! Now, he gets to work on Sleek Nucleus!

Does this mean we all get free copies of your next album?  ;D ;)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: VISTA
« on: October 26, 2009, 10:13:47 AM »
Well, soon I will transform my PC to Pure APPLE also, i will just paint the computer white and put on the APPLE logo :)

While you are at it why don't you buy a Volkswagen, paint it white, and then put a Mercedes logo on it, same thing I would think. That way you can also prove your superiority to the auto aficionados as well.  ;D

As for Vista, my first run in with it was while temping for a game developer, it seemed to me at the time that a lot of the so called upgrades were done just because they could do it and actually would slow down your work flow if you were familiar with XP at all. I've also known a few people who bought new PCs with Vista and then tried to hook up their printers, scanners, and other add-on hardware devices that they had used with their older XP computers, but found they no longer worked because no drivers had been developed. Of course this has changed but it was a common complaint I heard from early adaptors. On the  plus side, now that I do mostly a/v work here at the school, I have found that laptops with Vista are more friendly when dealing with projectors then computers running XP.

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Loren, how are you going to dance when you're kneeling on the ground?

I guess that video ended before I started break dancing.  ;D

Actually the only thing I was doing during that video was trying to figure out how I was going to see the computer screen when the sun was shining directly on it. I kept moving it forward but the sun kept moving with it. Finally I shifted it to the floor. Here's some photos a friend of mine took during the show:









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Everything and Nothing / Re: Oriental/Asian style atmospheric music
« on: October 19, 2009, 10:26:51 AM »
Maybe Jade by Ian Boddy? Its been a while since I've heard it (came out in the late 1980s) and I am not sure if its still in print. Check his website for details.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sad News
« on: October 19, 2009, 10:22:17 AM »
Thank you Tom for filling us in on this sad day. My Sincerest condolences to you and Jim's family. I only spoke with Jim a couple times on the phone and had a few email conversations, most of my connection with him was through this website were we share a love of this music. Jim was very passionate, he was a pillar of this community and a great supporter to all of us in whatever we were doing. He will be greatly missed by many many people.

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Last call for Immersion Festival.  ;D Ok, I was interviewed about the show, you can read the interveiw here: http://www.lbpost.com/sander/6924

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I recently picked this up via steveroach.com's site.  I've been able to give it a really good listen now and I must say I think it's your finest work.  Excellent work Forrest! ~ Jesse

I'll have to second what Jesse said about it being your finest work Forrest. I think I've gotten all of your CDs (and an LP too) over the years, and I think its just a great CD, am really enjoying it. Well done.  :)

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