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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: July 04, 2013, 05:55:13 PM »
I might explore the Shift set in August. I don't want to be hooked and then have to wait for resolution.

Is everyone hanging out without me? (and other concerns) by Mindy Kaling
A funny mini-memoir by one of the writers and actors from The Office.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: SF record stores
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:16:43 PM »
Thanks a bunch, gang. Those pics of Aquarius records look familiar. I think I've been there before! Getting excited.

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Everything and Nothing / SF record stores
« on: July 02, 2013, 05:41:29 AM »
Hi, all. I'll be in San Francisco for a few days. Are there any record stores you Bay Area locals would recommend for ambient music? In the past, I've gone to the Haight St. Amoeba when I'm in town, but it has been many years since I've visited that location and it might be a difficult one to reach since the transit system is down due to a strike. I'll mostly be downtown and in the mission district near Valencia.

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I just picked this up (thank you Big Hypnos Online Store Sale!). Absolutely amazing! I'm not sure why I didn't grab this when it was first released by Stella Maris; I loved Genesis. But I'm now telling myself that it was worth the 10 year wait so I could get the beautiful Hypnos version. The cover art is truly lovely and complements the music well.




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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 28, 2013, 08:37:12 PM »
Atmospheric Conditions. Yummy.

Bubble - 01
Downloaded via Bandcamp another John Sobocan release titled 01 and released under the name Bubble. This contains several tracks that appear on the Databloem release. Overall, this is really great stuff, but it seems to be flying under the radar.
http://bubble9.bandcamp.com/album/01

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A comic from The Oatmeal that you'll appreciate:



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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 28, 2013, 08:20:26 PM »
Based on a recommendation over at Boingboing, I picked up the Kindle version of Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5).  It's a great deal for a 550 page book at only $4.99.  Out of 176 reviews, 166 of them are five stars.

Originally begun as a short story(Wool 1), the book tells of a dystopian future where humankind lives in underground silos, where the outside is toxic & where even discussing the outside will get you sent to die outside.  You can buy the individual stories that make up the series separately or save a buck or two & buy the omnibus edition.

Before I was even halfway through with this book, I ordered a few more of author, Hugh Howey's books.  It helps that the Kindle editions are only $2.99 so there's not much risk in discovering a new author.

So far I am loving Wool and am looking forward to more of Howey's works.


Just finished Wool--the omnibus edition. Fantastic stuff. Part of the fun is the journey you take with the protagonists in trying to learn exactly what their world is all about, why certain things are taboo (e.g., speaking of the outside), and why certain things they've taken for granted might carry a different meaning if the world doesn't work the way they've been taught (e.g., the price of cables/texts vs. the use of porters). The final segment seemed a bit unfocused and ad hoc to me. But, overall, great storytelling.
   

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I decided to give Skyrim a try. I'm enjoying it so far. I love the openness of the world and how few constraints there are for exploring it.

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PS3 or any PC game that isn't too demanding of a video card. I'm into a lot of things, although my preference is to steer away from scrollers or anything that requires twitch-style reflexes.

I was a WoW addict from 2006 - 2009. So I'm thinking that Skyrim might be worth exploring. But I'm also intrigued by The Secret World. Has anyone given that a shot? http://store.steampowered.com/app/215280/

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Anyone played anything lately that they'd recommend? My wife and kids are traveling at the moment, which suddenly leaves me with some free time on my hands. I'm tempted to splurge on Bioshock Infinite or Skyrim.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 26, 2013, 12:55:30 PM »
John Sobocan - A Soft Circle
A nice, minimal, down-to-earth ambient release from Databloem. Soft ambient textures, slowly shifting chords, and natural field recordings. 

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 23, 2013, 06:32:33 PM »
Good review! It really was a fun read. I'm sure I'll revisit it sometime in the near future.

Recently finished: The Faculty Club by Danny Tobey
A thriller about a young law student, Jeremy Davis, who is eager to fit in and be successful at a top-ranked U.S. law program. There are rumors of a secret society, the V&D, to which only the most ambitious and select students are initiated. After realizing that he has not been selected to join the club, he charges himself with learning more about the society's secrets. And, as you might expect, those SECRETS MIGHT POSE A GREAT DANGER TO HIM AND THOSE HE LOVES. A fun read; I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff.



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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 23, 2013, 06:24:29 PM »
I not well acquainted with the darker side of ambient, so I love seeing your recommendations, phobos, and exploring the samples.

Been traveling this past week and listening to music loaded on an old iPod:

Steve Roach - Possible Planet
When this first came out, it seemed like a natural extension of some of the themes explored in Early Man. In hindsight, however, this really stands out as a unique release in the Roach cannon. It a wonderful set of soundscapes, combining a wide range of frequencies and textures.

Sawako - Hum
Experimental and whimsical goodness from 12k.

Oophoi and Tau Ceti - Celestial Geometries
I haven't listened to this in a long time. I was blown away revisiting it. Some of the best space music evar.

Has anyone listened to the two new 12k releases? Illuha's Interstices and Seaworthy/Deupree's Wood, Winter, Hollow?  I've listened to the samples and can't quite decide whether I want to take the plunge.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient cover tunes
« on: June 18, 2013, 09:08:48 PM »
This is a stumper.

If you want to use a potentially overly inclusive definition of ambient, the following may fit the bill:

Hammock did a cover of Catherine Wheel's Black Metallic
The Sight Below did a cover of a Joy Division song

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 14, 2013, 07:13:03 PM »
Ishq - Sama and Flowering Mountain Earth

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 14, 2013, 06:53:45 PM »
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
OMG. So much fun! If you grew up in the 1980's and have a nostalgic fondness for Zork, Atari 2600, early Apple computers, Rush, and the movie Wargames, you absolutely MUST read this book. The story is set in a future world in which the majority of people escape their miserable realities by logging into a massively multiplayer world, called the O.A.S.I.S., that serves a variety of functions that are currently served by our MMOs, social networks, online stores, etc. The dying designer of the world has hidden an "Easter egg" somewhere in the world and, whoever is the first to find it, inherits it all. A great adventure that will leave your inner Geek screaming for more.

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: Mystified Thread
« on: June 11, 2013, 07:33:07 PM »
Sorry to be superficial: Love that cover art.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 10, 2013, 04:03:33 PM »
Brian Parnham - Mantle
Steve Roach & Loren Nerell - Terraform


I love both of these albums and they compliment one another well. Deep, vast subterranean drones.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: June 08, 2013, 06:57:19 AM »
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking by Daniel C. Dennett
Excellent non-fiction. Daniel Dennett is a philosopher who has devoted most of his career to challenging and probing our scientific and intuitive understandings of consciousness, meaning, and free will. This book brings together a lot of the points he's made over the decades, with a specific emphasis on "intuition pumps"--basic thought experiments that can be used to better probe your intuitions on these challenging topics. Dennett introduces several systematic ways to turn the knobs on these intuition pumps to better reveal what the critical ingredients might be in making them succeed or fail.

If you appreciate good clear thinkers who are tackling complex issues, you'll enjoy this book. Sometimes philosophy can be a bit too tedious for my tastes. Dennett knows how to get to the heart of the problems without losing touch with the reasons they are compelling problems in the first place.

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I'd buy that CD just for the giggles.

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