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Enjoying this completely...   I keep getting interrupted by meetings and phone calls so I'm hearing one track at a time more than the whole thing in one sitting (so can't comment on the track order) - but I'm loving the individual songs.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 15, 2008, 08:43:33 AM »
I've read the Silmarillion 2 or 3 times, but it's been at least a decade since I last tackled it.   It's rough going at the beginning, but starts to get a bit more coherent the further you get into it.   It's intended to somewhat be the ancient history and myths surrounding middle earth - so part of the writing that way is intentional (and partially just due to being unfinished...).

I just started Children of Hurin.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 15, 2008, 08:41:42 AM »
Recently picked up Children of Hurin by Tolkien (collected and arranged by his son Christopher and I guess his grandson Adam was also involved.)    I've read most of Tolkien's stuff so I'm really looking forward to this.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Album Cover Wallpaper
« on: January 15, 2008, 08:39:24 AM »
Tangent...  Brewer and Shipley - my aunt is a big huge fan of Dan Fogelberg (she's in mourning right now due to Dan's passing away in December..) - I remember her bringing up Brewer and Shipley albums and having me convert a vinyl to cd for her.   

Anyway - back on topic.  My aunt is looking for some sort of special display type things to display her Fogelberg collection.   

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 03:22:59 PM »
Gilligan's Island... it's amazing the same plot worked for three seasons.  :)

I've bought a few dvd sets of show that I loved as a kid ... Scooby Doo for example, the first set is great... but don't bother with the "3rd season" which is later 70's and has disco music underneath... I remember them, but it's just not the classic first 2 seasons!

Bob Newhart Show is a nice one - I didn't really watch that much as a kid (in reruns, obviously) - but I like it now.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 02:28:16 PM »
I have all 11 seasons of MASH on dvd.  Before that I had every episode taped off of tv on a ton of vhs tapes (in fact - I had two different sets because a station was runing better syndicated versions than I previously had taped.)

MASH still holds up.

Mike- there's a big Perry Mason 50th anniversary dvd coming out this spring... check on http://www.tvshowsondvd.com for notes on it.  It was news within the last week or two.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 12:29:51 PM »
Note to readers of the Hypnos Forum: 

Despite viewing Murder She Wrote and Matlock regularly, JKN is in fact NOT in his seventies.  Just clarifying.

If its not age, then what is wrong with JKN ?

 ;)

Ummmmmm.... hmmmmm... yeah - ok.   I was born in 1970 - however, yeah - I'm weird.  I know.  :)

My favorite show of all time is the Andy Griffith show - it relaxes me - well, at least the first 5 seasons do.   My wife's favorite relaxing show is Leave It To Beaver (also basically before she was born - yeah - I think it went off the air before her birthday.)  We find shows like Murder She Wrote, Dick Van Dyke, Petticoat Junction, Munsters, etc... all nice relaxing things...

Firefly!   Highly recommended -it's a shame that got dropped before it had a chance to really come into it's own.  Very rich universe they built very quickly - great characters.   

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 14, 2008, 11:20:22 AM »
We started watching Veronica Mars - we picked up a couple of seasons during the Thanksgiving Week sales... :)   Good show so far - I've only seen these first two episodes and then I saw half of an episode from a later season.   Heidi's seen more of them which is why we bought it.

Also continued watching Murder She Wrote - half way through season 5 now which is the last one that we currently own.   Consistently good so far.  Yeah - a few "what were they thinking" shows now and then - but always fun to see what guest stars they pulled in and I'd really like to see a family tree to see just how many nieces, nephews, and cousins Jessica Fletcher has.   

I noticed a news bit on Matlock season 1 coming out - I've always wondered what the hold up on that series was (probably due to the series airing on all three 'big' networks and rights/licensing issues due to that - although I don't really know.    I really love Andy Griffith stuff (yeah - I'm cheesy - I don't care.)

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 14, 2008, 09:10:06 AM »
Hypnos box arrived... queued up for today:

Seren Ffordd -Veils, Shadows
various - Sounds of a Universe Overheard
Nverxion - A Look Within


Comments after I've listened a few times...   always fun to get a box of ambient goodness in the mail!

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Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: January 14, 2008, 07:00:13 AM »
Yes - that scene with Arzt was great.

There's been several really 'neat' moments - the pneumatic tube pile was hilarious.   I don't know why I found that so perfect - but yeah...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Bill Evans
« on: January 14, 2008, 06:52:47 AM »
The only cd I have directly credited to him is a Bill Evans pairing with Jim Hall called Undercurrent.   I enjoy it.   Piano and guitar.  Here's a link to the new remastered version (read a couple comments to get a feel for the difference between the original and the remaster - I have a non-remastered cd version).

http://www.amazon.com/Undercurrent-Bill-Evans/dp/B0000691U0/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1200318165&sr=1-18

If you don't have Miles Davis' Kind of Blue... Evans is playing piano on most tracks and, wow, you need this album.  And it's only $8 on Amazon...

http://www.amazon.com/Kind-Blue-Miles-Davis/dp/B000002ADT/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1200318429&sr=1-1


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Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: January 11, 2008, 01:57:13 PM »
I try to ignore Nikki and Paolo...  my absolute favorite part about that whole idiocy was Sawyer's constant comment on "who the heck is Nikki?" - or when he asked one of them what hole they crawled out of - or whatever he said. 

Odd to suddently get Arzt in a bunch of flashbacks also... 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: January 11, 2008, 01:29:04 PM »
You stopped right before all the reveals...  season 3 reveals a ton.   (without giving anything away - the episode featuring Ben's flashbacks is ... well - amazing for showing a lot of what was going on throughout seasons 1 and 2 from the "other" perspective.)

From what I've heard them say in interviews/commentary and read - yes - you're right - they were caught a bit by the success.  However, they've maintained since the beginning that they have the outline sketched out for the entire series and have an ending and they have the general plot points in between...   I believe they had a 5 year story arc in mind - but then the success of season 1 had execs pushing for stretching it out to 7 or 8 seasons so they had to start padding it a bit.    I think the decision to say that there will be three more season of 16 episodes each was a very good call - they have a definite end point and a fixed number of episodes to finish out the storylines.

I think the also learned in season 2 that piling mystery after mystery was just getting annoyingly old... so the last part of season 2 and a lot of season 3 reveals much (while of course opening up new mysteries...).

Anyway - I'm rambling - but basically if you enjoyed the first season - you'll truly enjoy the rest of season 3.  I found season 2 -especially the first half the worst of all of them...

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Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: January 11, 2008, 12:36:18 PM »
We saw the Oceanic Airlines billboard on our local news last night... check out

http://www.flyoceanicair.com

Which will then lead you to...

http://www.find815.com

Some fun stuff to read and watch... 


For more on the whole ABC campaign.. check out Lostpedia...

http://lostpedia.com/wiki/Find_815



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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 11, 2008, 11:34:17 AM »
I agree with Mike on this... a mix is sort of like listening to a radio dj... or getting a mixtape... that sort of thing.  Technically - yeah - it's not legal acording to the RIAA.   Although I like to think of it as more of a grey area.   On the other hand - full albums, individual tracks, etc... yep - that would be more of a problem to me.    I like the mixes though - in fact I'm planning on grabbing the ones posted.

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I posted earlier about a few synths - here's my bass/guitar related stuff...

G&L L1000 and Gibson Grabber basses - the L1000 is my main bass, I bought it used about 15 years ago from a friend.  It's blue and weighs a ton - I sometimes think it's made of cement instead of wood...    It plays nice, I like it.  The previous owner put a hipshot on it to drop the E string down to D (or whatever I want it to go to).   The Grabber was my 2nd bass - I picked that up used as well - it's a nice ugly wood color instead of painted.   It has a slideable pickup that's more gimicky than useful.

Ampeg I bought my Ampeg B2r head and cabinets when I was playing in a band in '97/'98 and I couldn't hear myself over the drummer and guitar player.   I've got a 15" cabinet and a 2x10"+horn cab which give a really nice range.    Right before I bought the Ampeg I briefly had a little SWR tube amp - wow - great sound, but it couldn't cut through that pounding drummer...

Boss ME-8B - this is a mid-90's bass multi-effects.  It works.   There's a lot of things that would be better now, but it's what I have...

At times I use bass more for effects source material than as an actual bass - at those times I'm routing through the mixer into feedback loops using a Boss ME-8B and Korg SDD-1200 delay - sometimes tossing in an Alesis Wedge and/or Lexicon Vortex.

Every once in a while I'll get out my guitar - which is a beat up Gretsch from the late 50's/early 60's.  I bought it off of an old bosses husband... he got it in a pawn shop in about 1975.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 10, 2008, 01:22:45 PM »
For what it's worth - even though I kicked this conversation off - we've decided to hold off for now.  We need a new roof and some plumbing which came to light after the storm this week...  (actually we've needed a new roof for a while - but have been putting it off... :)

Oh well - we're thinking next fall now for the tv.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / AtmoWorks Releases
« on: January 10, 2008, 08:11:28 AM »

John and James have released some fine stuff recently on their AtmoWorks label - well worth checking into.   They also have some releases from new artists out or coming soon.   Check the "news" section on their site.


http://www.atmoworks.com/


John and James had posted about their new projects in the old forum before the crash - I thought I'd try to get those discussions going again.   I'm a long time friend and fan of their music.  :)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 10, 2008, 08:06:30 AM »
I forgot to mention the fine Parallel Worlds release in my earlier post.  I've added it. 

jkn

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Everything and Nothing / Re: New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 10, 2008, 07:48:08 AM »

Note - I'm moving this post from jdh from the 'best of 2007' thread - I think it was meant to be here... :)


jdh

    Re: Best of 2007
Reply #21 on: Yesterday at 09:50:10 PM Quote Modify Remove Split Topic 

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I just bought a Samsung  40 inch LCD LNT4053XX at 1200,I also looked at a Sony 40 inch but it was a bit more.I had a Toshiba LCD  before and gave it  to charity.Before Prima LCD,big mistake.All I can say is go for the largest you can afford,if you are thinking 32,go for 42.Also,stay away from all the cheapo brands,like Prima,Visionquest,etc,all the in house Best Buy bands.There are only 3  LCD panel makers as far as I know,Samsung,Sharp and Panasonic,the rest like Sony are made for them.Only consider 1080 P if you are getting HD content,otherwise the image will be worse,not better.The price dif between P and I is not that great.

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