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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.   

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.)

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!

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...

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).

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...

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... 

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...

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

Which will then lead you to...

Some fun stuff to read and watch... 

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  :)

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. 


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... :)


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

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.

Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: January 10, 2008, 06:52:34 AM »
I think in our forum the karma is probably ok to leave turned off.   I gave out several positive comments to people that posted nifty things.    Although, it is kind of easy to post something "cool" and then wonder why no one recognized it - or why you suddenly ended up with a negative point.   The karma might ruffle more feathers than it's really worth.

The positive side of the karma is over time ( a few weeks isn't really enough ) - the points will sort of even out and the people with a lot of points are the ones that contribute the most (not necessarily the ones with the most posts).   Those points are then potentially helpful to someone new exploring the forum - knowing who contributes the most etc...   Then again - this is a very small community - it doesn't take long to recognize the people that post the really nice reviews of releases or the ones that answer questions about gear and techniques and such.  And then frankly -there are a few of us that only visit from time to time and post minimally - but their posts are always good to read... anyway...

Of course - I'm applying retroactive negative karma to Joe R for that crack about only the admins/mods getting positive karma...  :P     All kidding aside - I think that's sort of a natural fallout from Mike and Lena (and to a lesser extent me and APK...) running the forum and helping people a lot - sometimes behind the scenes.   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: January 09, 2008, 01:55:45 PM »
squarepusher - hard normal daddy frenetic drum programming over jazzy chords and jammin' bass playin'.

black rebel motorcycle club - take them on on your own taking the torch from love & rockets and jesus & mary chain on this one and their earlier self titled album - some really great tunes, a few not so great.  they get a bit religious now and then.   i bought a more recent album of theirs and they'd totally shifted into raw country/bluesish/folk stuff.   interesting and definitely the same band, but definitely a shift in gears.   

two lone swordsmen - tiny reminders a little warp goodness...

david sylvian - everything and nothing -been awhile since i pulled out this 2 disc comp of his work.   there's very little sylvian that I don't like... :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best of 2007
« on: January 09, 2008, 01:51:09 PM »
I really never have a list - I tend to buy stuff that's been out for awhile so am not really all that current.   :)

I did pick up four great releases from Mike and Lena here at Hypnos that I completely enjoyed.   APK's first two releases on his Blue Oasis label are absolutely superb and highly recommended.   And I always enjoy new Vir Unis stuff - he released a couple of solo albums last year that are well worth downloading.    I enjoyed Numina's Symbiotic Spaces - I don't think it's at the top of my list as it's more of a collective peek at his growth as an artist over several years, but it's good and there are several true gems in the mix.  I really liked Parallel Worlds - Obsessive Surrealism.

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 09, 2008, 01:46:37 PM »
I didn't realize you were a playwright!   Either I just haven't been paying attention or you've been shy.  :)

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Gear for sale @ Hypnos HQ, 2008
« on: January 08, 2008, 05:53:34 PM »
Looking forward to the FX goodies you might be selling... :)

Everything and Nothing / Re: What are your plans and goals in 2008?
« on: January 08, 2008, 01:58:46 PM »
Yes - I love this topic - I'm the culprit for the 2006 and 2007 versions of this thread... :)  really glad you fired up a new one!

Once and for all - I'm buying a new soundcard and recording again.    Recording again has been my plan for about 4 years now (if you could still see the old threads, you'd laugh...)...   This is the year!   

Heidi and I have already talked about getting a new soundcard since my Aardvark is tied to Win98 - and I don't feel like trying to get it to work in XP.   I might still use the old computer for a drum machine - we'll see.   I have a goal of writing a few songs this year and maybe, just maybe, getting a release ready to send out as a demo.

We've already moved a large chair out of my studio and half of my bass amp is in next to my synths for the first time in 5 years (the other half of the amp is at my mother-in-laws - we had a great jam session on New Years Eve... :)  it's coming home soon...).   I'm toying with getting a new effects box as a present to myself, and Heidi thinks I should buy a decent guitar.   I'm definitely getting the sound card - we'll see about the rest. 

Beyond music my goal is to continue getting healthier and losing weight.   It was quite the weird year for my health last year.   I think I'm on the right track now with regular exercise, eating right, vitamins, and regular doctor visits.   

My wife and I have these sort of running resolutions to be...

* physically fit
* financially fit
* mentally fit

I've been working on those three for about 5 months now and things are looking a little better in the world.

Heidi and I plan to hike more - that's the biggie for us.  I'm not an outdoor person, never have been.  We went hiking once last fall and I loved it.   We also bought bikes and I can't wait for the weather to clear up a bit to get out and ride!   I'm riding indoors this winter to hopefully have the muscles built up to actually be able to go a decent distance next year.   

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