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Everything and Nothing / Re: cheese
« on: December 10, 2007, 07:15:59 AM »
Because when I think of American cheese I think of little squares of semi-nuclear looking orangish color that have a shelf life of several thousand years... :)

Although I admit - I'm really not a cheese fanatic.  :)

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I'm addicted to Luminous Arc... great game!   I still groan over some of the horrible dialogue between battles - but the battles are darn fun.

I tracked down a used copy of Etrian Odyssey - Gamestop is shipping a used copy to my local store.  Released in May 2007 and discontinued only a few months later.   One of those titles I stumbled across on Gamespot.com - hopefully worth the effort... :)

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Mike, have you shared that thought with Lena yet? 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 09, 2007, 05:59:05 PM »
I have to admit - I find the current default theme the easiest of about 6 I just flipped through.   White text on black is too hard to read for me.   Glad we can select different themes.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: cheese
« on: December 09, 2007, 08:44:37 AM »
I'm seriously tempted to give you -1 karma for including "American" in a list of anyone's favorite cheeses.

That made my day!

My favorite as a kid was alway gouda because it was only at Christmas time when someone would send it to us.

Lately - I've been loving brie...

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 08, 2007, 03:17:16 PM »
I 2nd that - 'atol scrap' is better, although 'lilies' isn't bad - just not a stand out.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 07, 2007, 01:54:31 PM »


Paul Vnuk - Silence Speaks in Shadow - one long trek through field recordings and synth washes - a really nice beatless journey.   Police siren throws me every time - especially if I'm listening while driving.  Today was just at my desk at work.  :)


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Ok - maybe I put one too many "highly" comments...  but I really do love both albums and I really do recommend both "highly".   

And hey, APK, do you like how I stole your images from your site?   :)

I didn't mention it before - but I really think highly (wow, did I write that again?) of APK's design sense.  The new Blue Oasis series is gorgeous to look at.   I love the clean lines, blue hues, everything.   You'll love the look of these cd's if you snag one... they're also in shelf friendly slimline cases.   (the slightly larger slimline cases I think - the ones you can actually read the spines on...)

I droned on and on about how great the dataObscura designs were - APK didn't disappoint me with the new Blue Oasis line at all.  :)

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Now Playing - the video game edition
« on: December 07, 2007, 01:29:24 PM »
Picked up two new DS games this week.   

Orcs & Elves

http://www.orcsandelves.com/

“classic” dungeon crawl first person RPG.   Darn fun to play (if you like this sort of thing) – a bit on the short side – I’m half way through already since Saturday (which is really fast for me since I don’t play for hours on end…), but amazingly fun.    I’ve gotten overwhelmed a couple of times so even the ‘normal’ mode isn’t a walk in the park.   I think I’ll like ‘hard’ mode a bit better though.

Luminous Arc

http://www.atlus.com/luminousarc/

A tactical/strategy RPG… somewhat similar to the Fire Emblem series (which I love and wish they’d release more titles in the states…) or games like Advance Wars.    Fight a series of battles with up to 15 characters against an army of monsters – move, attack in various ways, cast spells, etc…   This one takes terrain height and attacking from behind or the side into account which is a very nice enhancement.   

The downside of this one is the background story and dialogue is utterly horrible.   Ouch - you'll groan.   So far the battles have made it worthwhile, though.   I'm still happy I bought it.    It's also very much in the anime tradition of 13 year old children saving the world...  ha.

 

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 07, 2007, 01:25:06 PM »
In fantasy land - I just finished the 6 book series "War of the Spider Queen" written by six different authors and overseen by R.A. Salvatore.   I'd give it a solid "eh, it's ok" rating.  First four books were decent, five and six started dwindling.  I think the last book was the weakest - and trying not to spoil anything - I'd say that while the characters get what they deserve, it'd be nice if it had ended differently.    I got them on sale - don't think I wasted my money because I did enjoy it - but they won't be books I'll be anxious to read a 2nd time (and I almost always read my favorites 2-4 times each... :)   LOTR I've read about 11 or 12 times... )

My doctor prescribed a couple of books for me back in August that I read parts of and now think I'll start tackling again...
 
Asthma Survival: The Holistic Medical Treatment Program for Asthma by Robert S. Ivker 
 
and
 
Natural Highs: Supplements, Nutrition, and Mind-Body Techniques to Help You Feel Good All the Time by Hyla Cass and Patrick Holford 

 



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Everything and Nothing / Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« on: December 07, 2007, 12:36:25 PM »
Please add your thoughts on the creation process (writing music, writing books, painting, etc...)

What inspires you?
What happens when you get writers block?
etc...

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Some of my favorite threads were the "how we record" threads.   Starting this thread for the gear side of things...

What do you record in? 
What're your main instruments?
Secret studio weapon?

(I'll post later... got to run...)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach discussion
« on: December 07, 2007, 09:19:39 AM »
Someone (Loren possibly) on the old thread mentioned that is was a necessary thing, but I didn't catch if they posted the reason or not.  I think it was something like it'll make sense when you hear it.  I haven't heard it yet.

John

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I just posted this note to the now playing thread... thought I'd repost here:

The Circular Ruins - Falling Into the Sky - I'm not positive yet, but this may be my favorite album from APK yet - and I've been lucky enough to hear quite a few of them...   I've spun it at work about 7 times at work this week and it's great.  Beatless, moving, feeling.  Background or foreground listening.  APK is about as consistent an artist as can be - each album shows a logical progression of growth as an artist.  *** Highly, Highly, Highly Recommended ***
The Winterhouse - Slow Promises - APK and Robert Davies team up for a great release.  Also beatless like APK's new Falling Into the Sky. I've spun this a number of times at work and once much louder in the car on the drives to and from work... Some great drones and textures, some moving stringlike synth parts slowly moving things forward.   Field recordings pop up from time to time and their inclusion is perfect.  One minor thing bugged me a bit - I was lost in this wonderful drone and then a clicky noise popped in (not sure if it was synth or field recording) - one of those moments where at first I didn't like it and then it grew on me.  Things like this have a habit of becoming my favorite parts of an album as I listen repeatedly.  So we'll see how that goes.   *** Also - Highly, Highly, Highly Recommended ***

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Everything and Nothing / Re: a poll
« on: December 07, 2007, 07:04:45 AM »
What no curry?  ??? ;D

As requested...  :)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 07, 2007, 07:03:24 AM »
I'm sure the 'newness' will wear off and everyong will hold back a bit on the scrolling marquee text. :)

Ok - I have to try the glow text.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 07, 2007, 06:52:34 AM »

Listening to a couple of friend's albums lately...

Vir Unis - The Drift Inside  - From 1999.  Great drifting floating ambient.    Perfect for background or foreground listening.  *** Definitely Recommended if you like beatless drift, but good luck finding it. ***
The Circular Ruins - Falling Into the Sky - I'm not positive yet, but this may be my favorite album from APK yet - and I've been lucky enough to hear quite a few of them...   I've spun it at work about 7 times at work this week and it's great.  Beatless, moving, feeling.  Background or foreground listening.  APK is about as consistent an artist as can be - each album shows a logical progression of growth as an artist.  *** Highly, Highly, Highly Recommended ***
The Winterhouse - Slow Promises - APK and Robert Davies team up for a great release.  Also beatless like APK's new Falling Into the Sky. I've spun this a number of times at work and once much louder in the car on the drives to and from work... Some great drones and textures, some moving stringlike synth parts slowly moving things forward.   Field recordings pop up from time to time and their inclusion is perfect.  One minor thing bugged me a bit - I was lost in this wonderful drone and then a clicky noise popped in (not sure if it was synth or field recording) - one of those moments where at first I didn't like it and then it grew on me.  Things like this have a habit of becoming my favorite parts of an album as I listen repeatedly.  So we'll see how that goes.   *** Also - Highly, Highly, Highly Recommended ***

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now watching
« on: December 07, 2007, 05:09:42 AM »
Odd, but I've been planning to watch some war movies the last couple of weeks and haven't gotten to it.   a bridge too far is one of those movies that could have been great but didn't quite make it.  I agree on your rating - and yeah - the confusion factor is raised a bit.   Gene Hackman tends to crack me up ever time he's on screen - casting just wasn't right on that one.  (and he's a great actor - just didn't work here)   

longest day, on the other hand, I love.  It's more in that early 60's era period of war movies where blood is never shown.  It also suffers from Hollywood star casting - but it doesn't bother me a lot in this one.   (except maybe lingering on John Wayne a bit too much).   I love that the movie tries to tell the story from the German point of view as well - without painting them as blithering idiots as so many US war movies do.   This movie (along with Patton and Tora Tora Tora) I upgraded to the newer deluxe releases (and gave my original dvd copies to my nephews...).   

More later.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: This new SMF forum
« on: December 06, 2007, 02:34:38 PM »
Good point - works in Firefox and IE7 just fine.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: a poll
« on: December 06, 2007, 01:19:34 PM »
"bicycle green" - good color.  I'm assuming APK with his new jedi powers added that.

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