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Everything and Nothing / Re: libraries, collections, & listening rooms
« on: March 06, 2008, 12:56:24 PM »


This is a fantastic topic.   Sadly - my collection is scattered - I keep most of it at work in cd drums, cases, or cdr spindles... :)   My vinyl is stored in the basement and my cassettes are stored in boxes somewhere in the basement.    I've lost count - it's large compared to many people and small in comparison to a lot of people on the forum.   I'll hazzard a guess of a couple thousand titles.

 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: March 05, 2008, 05:22:44 AM »
Fantastic news on the job.   You can't beat full benefits with a stick. :)

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Announcement: James Johnson and Hypnos
« on: March 04, 2008, 02:49:09 PM »
James - congratulations on your partnership with Hypnos!   Always love your work - looking forward to the new stuff when you get time between the sound design work. 

John 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: March 04, 2008, 10:47:49 AM »
Aaron was #5 by Heidi and my count...  Ben was already on the island and not an Oceanic 815 survivor. 

Oh - whoops - Aaron may not count as he was born on the island. 

http://www.lostpedia.com/wiki/Oceanic_six

It says all six will be revealed by the 7th episode.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: March 04, 2008, 08:40:04 AM »
They'll be doing 5 more episodes this season (see lostpedia for more info).   Condensing down the last 8 planned into a 5 episode arc.  They'll split the remaining planned episodes into the last couple of seasons since they have an order for a specific amount of episodes.

I think the real key to why the writing has been so good this season is they had a definite end to the series now negotiated with ABC with a planned 16 episodes per season (and airing them in order instead of that horrid fiasco with season 2 and the trickle of new episodes...)

And yes - absolutely - this season has been very strong and the last episode with Desmond was brilliant.   Season three ended very strong and season four is topping it.  :)

How's the 6th person going to be???   

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Quantec
« on: March 03, 2008, 01:30:38 PM »
Quantec does some very nice stuff... I'll second the recommendation.  :)

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Good luck at the show!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 22, 2008, 10:56:31 AM »
what if you have several secret drawers?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 22, 2008, 07:17:43 AM »
Risk...  we'd have all night games...  that game could take forever.   There's a great Eddie Izzard comment on risk about sitting on Australia and piling up the units - but anyone foolish enough to try and hold Asia... 

I was born in 1970 - just to place me fairly squarely in the late 70's / early 80's timeframe for toys...   I already mentioned the Star Wars toys - I still have the original 12 action figures in a case. They're well played with so not worth anything, but I kept them.    Also kept a bunch of hot wheels and matchbox cars (maybe 30 of them) - tossed the totally trashed ones.   I let nieces and nephews play with those.   

Baseball cards - that was a fad in our neighborhood for a couple of years -and while I've never been a real sports fan - I do have the "collector" gene (or is it a defect?) in me so I had quite a few from like 1983 or 1984.    My older sister's boyfriend donated all of his to me - so I have those.    I had planned to give these to one or more of my nephews/nieces - but none of them got into collecting baseball cards so they're still sitting in my basement.   

Started collecting stamps in like 2nd grade or so - and did it off and on for a few years...  yeah - that collection is in the basement somewhere too.   ha.   

I think the video game / computer age was very prevelant for me and my neighbors...  every year or so someone on the block got the "new" thing (or the 'new' thing that was a couple years old and price had come down... ha.)    We had the Pong home console...  later we got the Atari 2600 ( I think we were the 2nd on the block to get that - and everyone ended up with one eventually...).    I later got a Tandy Color Computer 2 - which besides being able to write fantastic basic code and work with all of 8 colors (or was it 16?) - it played some neat games...  I was addicted to Dungeons of Daggorath and just about any text adventure game.    A neighbor also got the Coco2 and got baseball - we wasted a lot of time playing that. 

Someone got an Intellevision - then my cousin got an Intellevision - always good when more than one person had it so game borrowing could happen...

Someone had a Vic 20 - and later a Commodore 64.   Someone ended up with the bigger Atari 5200 I think... it wasn't that neat and we were starting to move on from video games by that point.

Of course - nice weather was all about outdoor games...  even though I was an indoor sort of bookworm type / happy to pound away on the piano - I still loved to play football and stuff in the neighborhood.

kick the can / capture the flag ... I especially remember this fondly when I was a bit younger and there was that slightly older wave of kids in the neighborhood that soon grew out of kids games... we had like 14 people for those games at that time.   A couple years later it was down to 6 to 8 of us so still fun... but getting fewer.   

I also remember building trails in the woods for our bikes... and walking the creek all the way down from the Optimist Club to the highway which was a few miles and areas where the creek got deep.    Biggest memory from that was being scared to death as we decided to climb up the hill out of the creek to walk a cornfield home and as we're climbing I realized there was a hole and the sun was shining into a cave or mine opening (lots of mines in the area) - holy cow... I moved fast to get to 'safer' ground. 



...

A quick bit of 'context' I guess... I grew up in a ton of under a 1,000 people in central Illinois.    We lived on 10th street which was the last street in town... so while we lived in town - I could see fields and woods.    :)

Also - with the Atari and CoCo2... both of those presents were things where I learned a bit of negotiation early in life.  I really wanted the Atari - so I propsed that it be for both Christmas and my birthday (which is in August) - and what's really cool of my parents is they actually held me to that... I didn't get anything but a token gift on my birthday those years.  :)    (yeah yeah - it's goofy).     I really did have good parents... I'm amazed they let me play 4 o'clock bars when I was 15...   anyway... rambling over.

 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 21, 2008, 01:06:35 PM »
When my dad died, he had an enormous collection of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars.  Half of them I gave away to friends who had kids, and about 350 went to the Childrens Hospital in Gainesville.

I really couldn't deal with trying to sell all that crap.  Too much work.

That's a fantastic donation!

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Waves of Wanderer
« on: February 21, 2008, 12:22:05 PM »
Yes - lots of good stuff gone...  but starting fresh is sometimes a good thing.   

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Waves of Wanderer
« on: February 21, 2008, 07:04:23 AM »
Welcome back to the 'new' forum, Giorgio!   Glad to see you.

jkn

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Everything and Nothing / Re: HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war settled
« on: February 20, 2008, 07:19:34 AM »
I'm in no rush on buying blu-ray discs either...  I have a stupidly big collection of regular dvd's - and I don't have a tv that will show the differences yet.   

Besides - in a few years, downloads will be phasing blu-ray out... :)


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Everything and Nothing / Re: HD-DVD vs Blu-Ray war settled
« on: February 19, 2008, 12:48:25 PM »
Same deal with dvd players in general with the PS2...  I knew a lot of people who had PS2's and picked up dvd's long before they sprung for a stand alone player. 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: February 18, 2008, 02:10:06 PM »
Been watching Wonderfalls - watched the first 5 episodes...  great show so far.   Definitely had potential.    Similar to Firefly in the sense that only a few episodes actually aired, but all the episodes they filmed ended up on the dvd (13 for Wonderfalls - and only 4 of them actually aired...)


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite toys from when we were kids
« on: February 18, 2008, 02:08:37 PM »
We had a home console version of Pong - a couple later we got an Atari 2600...   Woo hoooo!
 

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 15, 2008, 05:22:19 AM »
Watched a few Vonfrickle videos on youtube... hilarious (in a great way).   I used to be in a band with one of the guitarists in Von Frickle.   It's instrumental prog stuff - really worth your time if you like prog!    Check out their myspace page...  http://www.myspace.com/vonfrickle

Also - continuing the trek through my cd's I had tossed in the basement...  all about the 80's at the moment...

Cabaret Voltaire - Eight Crepescule Tracks
Swans - Holy Money
Church - Remote Luxury
Robyn Hitchcock - Uncontrolled Personality Traights


 



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Continuing the tangent... that commercial for Robot Commando was hilarious!   I love stuff like that.  As far as my toys went... I was born in '70 - so mid to later 70's is more my time for toys...    I still have the original 12 Star Wars figures.   Used to have the Death Star...   Also had the Guns of Navarone mountain - so it was often the Death Star vs. Navarone with a support from some matchbox cars and hot wheels...   uhhhhh ... back on topic...

On the Indy movie - we saw a preview for it last night and I went "oh that looks like it might actually be cool!" - and Heidi's reaction was blah.   But she's never really watched any of them.       

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Probably 700 vinyl in the basement... mix of mine and my wife's (although she purged about 100 out of her collection - I just can't "let go").

Mostly 80's era synthpop - Depeche Mode (huge collection), Erasure, Blancmange / industrial - Einsturzende, Test Dept, Foetus, Throbbing Gristle / mopey Cure Smiths stuff / Cabaret Voltaire, etc... 

And then there's a lot of Bowie, Roxy Music, type stuff... and then there's a few jazz albums tossed in.

My wife's a few years older than me so most of her collection is 70's - some great Kiss, Stones, Cheap Trick, etc...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 14, 2008, 07:36:51 AM »

In my quest to clean, purge, and organize - I've been going through all of my cd's - pulling out the artwork and tossing the jewel cases.   To my somewhat surprise... I found I had a lot more cd's in tubs in the basement than I thought (I thought most of those tubs were already empty jewels!)  In fact - I have 100+ of those cd's I just 'rescued' from the basement. 

It's like they're all new again!    Some ended up there for a reason - they're just not as great - but some just ended up there accidentally due to a hurried cleaning up in my studio...  :)

now:   add n to x - I don't remember the title because they didn't see it as necessary to putting their band name or album title on the disc... however, I remember the cover art so I know it's them...  what a wild disc this is.   Lots of crazy analog synth punkish stuff.

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