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Everything and Nothing / Re: New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 07, 2008, 01:47:13 PM »
The 46 - 48" 1080p ones that we've looked at are at or above $2,000.    We don't actually need 1080p at the moment - (we have a large collection of standard def dvd's - and love tv shows - ha) - but we're kind of figuring it makes sense to get the 'better' one now instead of buying something and then replacing it in a couple years.  Drives me mildly nuts to spend that much on a tv - but in a weird way - that's one of our big things to do at home is watch tv - so it makes somewhat sense to get something a little ridiculous... (ha.)

We've seen the Vizio's at Walmart.   I think we had a nifty whiteboard product from that company about 6 years ago at work... you put a couple of sensors on the whiteboard and everything you drew showed up perfectly in a doc on the pc... nifty thing, but no one really used it much.   

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Everything and Nothing / New flatscreen TV recommendations?
« on: January 07, 2008, 12:33:52 PM »
We're thinking about switching to a new tv.   We currently have a 27" Sony trinitron... and are thinking of splurging with something a bit bigger (and a lot lighter!).

It has to be under 50" in physical width - so we're looking in the more or less 42" to 48" screen size.

Any recommendations on brand, type, etc...?    We kind of like the Sharp Aquos at the moment - though haven't looked in depth yet.

I'm assuming there will be some nice Super Bowl sales so it might be a good time to get it.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 07, 2008, 08:33:09 AM »
exuviae - settling density - a fine minimal ambient journey

tom heasley - where the earth meets the sky - always love this tuba soundworld... great stuff.

the jam - greatest hits - got in the mood...  the hits collections are fun seeing the swing in music style from the earliest albums to the last (it's almost as drastic as Japan's hilarious first album compared to their last...)

underworld - second toughest in the infants - even though this is so beat oriented - this album works great in the background. 

recoil - unsound methods - actually - I forget the title - that may not be right.  Anyway - from around 1997-ish - some really neat stuff, some not so.   I pretty much in general like Alan Wilder's stuff - always enjoyed his b-sides in Depeche Mode.   This album is fairly dark in sound and lyrics.

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I'm terrible at Mario games.   :)   I've got the New Super Mario for the DS - and my hand got tired of playing it long before I got tired of playing.... but oh well!   Great game - just too hard for my hands... :)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 07, 2008, 03:44:22 AM »
Watched the opening of season 3 of the sopranos - and then pretty much just left murder, she wrote running when we were home most of the time.   Something stupidly relaxing about murder myster tv shows.   

I convinced my sister in mid-December that she needed to watch Lost - as her family had never seen it...  my brother in law called last night to say they'd just finished season 3... ha!   3 seasons in under a month.   Crazy.   What a way to see it though - all in a rush at once.

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Just listened to the Untitled Improv... nicely done! 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum move
« on: January 04, 2008, 07:46:17 AM »
So far - no issues that I can fine.  I'm using the default theme.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 03, 2008, 02:49:29 PM »
You might have a good point.   Maybe it's more of an American (US) sort of thingy.

I also wonder if it's not really a new age type of thing - but a coincidental thing.   My wife and I have a lot asian influenced decoration in our house, but we're not really 'new agey' in the spiritual sense - and her like of it has nothing to do with the music side of things.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 03, 2008, 01:57:41 PM »
I've noticed a lot of people in this thread (and in past "gear shot" type threads) - not everyone, but many people have a tendency towards indian, native american, aboriginal, african, etc... types of decorations - whether it's rugs, blankets, wall hangings or artwork, masks, etc...   Of course, quite a few drums tossed in as well which are both functional and ornamental... :)


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 03, 2008, 01:35:29 PM »
np:

Lennie Kravitz - Let Love Rule - great album - when I'm in the mood there's nothing better.

was:

Jill Scott - Who is Jill Scott?  Words & Music Vol. 1 - Worth the price of admission just for the track "It's Love" - what a great groove.   Jill's voice is beautiful.


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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 03, 2008, 08:20:33 AM »
np:

jeff greinke - lost terrain - somewhat foggy, melancholy, washed out, lovely ambient

was:

the circular ruins - confluence - I've always liked this one from APK.  Weird thinking that this is now almost an "older" release... ha.

Sorry - no pics this time.  :)

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I spent a ridiculous amount of time playing Daggerfall - I loved it.    I also loved Morrowind, but I think I liked Daggerfall better overall (even with the graphics and falling into the void issue in the dungeons... ha).    Oblivion was shaping up to be a better game than Morrowind for me, but I just didn't have the time to sink into it hiding in my studio - vs. playing little 8 and 16 bit RPGs on my DS and being a bit more social... ha.     

I'd never played a Final Fantasy game until I got them for the DS (or the GB Advance versions) - now I've played 2 through 6 (and some of 1).    Back in the earlier days I had a Sega so played through the Phantasy Star / Shining Force type games.   

On the DS... I'm really loving Etrian Odyssey right now - and the Fire Emblem/Luminous Arc type tactical RPG's are mighty fine as well.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 02, 2008, 03:04:06 PM »
Good point ... let's change the poll...

a)  It's Jesse's wife
b)  It's Jesse's mistress
c)  It's Jesse's secret transvestite side (an "executive transvestite" I'm sure - see Eddie Izzard / Dressed to Kill)
d)  It's Jesse's other personality
e)  It's Jesse's other mistress

Hmmm - maybe I should be moderating myself?




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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear: Studio shots by Deb
« on: January 02, 2008, 02:43:58 PM »
Either:

a)  It's Jesse's wife / girlfriend (sorry, can't remember if you're married!)
b)  It's Jesse's other personality temporarily taking over his forum account



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Jonathan posted this in the Hypnos Artist section.   I thought I'd post a pointer in the Listening Booth in case you missed it.  :)

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=65.0

I'm still posting weekly downloads on my site every Monday. Some of the downloads are complete tracks, others are works in progress, but they're all free.

http://www.synthblock.com/blockscapes.html

Thanks for listening!

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I loved Oblivion - but yeah - I didn't sink as much time into it as I did for either Morrowind or Daggerfall.   Big key for me is I had Oblivion on my computer in my studio - as opposed to when I was playing Morrowind on my XBox - which I could play in the bedroom or living room and hang out with Heidi.   I sunk a ton of hours into Morrowind - but not all that much at all into Oblivion.   If I'm going to be squirreled away in my studio alone - I want it to be music time instead of game time.

I'm finding my little DS to be the perfect little game machine - portable - and Heidi and I like to play our DS's together (separate games - she's fond of Clubhouse Games - where I'm stuck on RPG's...).


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: How do you record?
« on: January 02, 2008, 07:51:52 AM »
I'm back to looking again - FocusRite and Presonus seem to be at the top of my list for value vs. function.   I had a nice chat with my brother-in-law who is looking into setting up his first daw... I'm going to point him to the forum here for advice...  he's looking to record primarily guitar.   

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Been playing Etrian Odyssey a lot over the last week.   Great dungeon crawl RPG... sprawling huge twisting dungeons - monsters are levelled really well, strong enough to kill your party once in a while which forces you to go explore other areas and level up a bit before tackling the larger monsters again.   I'm only on level 7 of 30 - and all levels I've been through have a few secret areas I can't get to until I find a key.   

Where Orcs and Elves is a great dungeon crawl in the traditional dungeon sense - it's almost shamefully short - but great - and worth the $20 entry price.   Etrian is a dungeon built out of a forest (which is a nice touch) - and lacks the humor of the other - but makes up for it in the longer term playability.

 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: TV: Lost
« on: January 02, 2008, 07:43:45 AM »
Oh my my my my my...  we finished Season 3 and ... wow!   Fantastic season.   

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: January 02, 2008, 07:42:24 AM »
Sopranos marathons over the holiday vacation...   finished season 1 and all but the last episode of season 2.   It's been since they originally aired since I saw these - wow - better than I remember.   Fantastic show.

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