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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 04, 2008, 06:38:52 PM »
I've also been spinning

Move D. and Benjamin Brunn - Songs From the Beehive

its certainly ok in places, but I'm not too taken with it.
Sorry Alan, but I'd take some of the Namlook collabs over this effort. The relatively recent Art of Love for example, which is a tad more on the ambient side.


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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Korg Nano Midi Controllers
« on: November 02, 2008, 11:53:01 AM »
They sure are small and inexpensive.
I've not seen/touched one yet. Hopefully they are not too plastic.
I guess the NanoControl would be pretty handy for a mobile laptop setup.

I also use a Behringer controller (BCR2000), and it has a lot more knobs, but also a lot more preset memory. And its build solidity is good.
NanoControl seems to only have 4 presets/scenes, which could be a drawback. Though maybe you can quickly send other 'scenes' to it from the software.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 01, 2008, 05:23:09 PM »

- Arvo Pärt: Spiegel Im Spiegel


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Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: October 31, 2008, 02:05:55 PM »
I have a good friend out west in Alberta, and he doesn't read novels at all.
But he is actually an editor for a university press. Only reads "factual" works.

I nevertheless see it as a bit of a failing of the imagination.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: October 31, 2008, 01:51:48 PM »
 

J and I  teased B for quite a while and he finally agreed that he should read a book, and he said that if we could agree on one book to recommend to him, he would read it.  We settled on Dune

That's odd. Married friends of mine once insisted that I simply HAD to read Dune. They said it was the best book they'd ever read, and were SURE I'd like it, despite the fact that I didn't care for science fiction. They bought me a copy also, but I don't think I got past page 50.

Joe is related to "B" !!!!!   8)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: October 31, 2008, 01:38:29 PM »
Actually, about 20 years ago, one of my friends "B" admitted to me and one of our other friends "J", that he (B) had never read a book since high school. 

J and I  teased B for quite a while and he finally agreed that he should read a book, and he said that if we could agree on one book to recommend to him, he would read it.  We settled on Dune and even bought him a copy.  He said he was serious that he would read it, but months later, he had only made it to page 3, and never picked it up again.  At that time, he had only been out of high school for five years but in the 20 years since he has still not read a novel, and I'm pretty sure he will never read another novel in his life.

Ah, your post has the ingredients of an interesting short story !

But why Dune?  why not a a shorter work that might more immediately grab. And why sci-fi ... which is a bit left field ?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: October 31, 2008, 01:34:57 PM »
The Steinbeck is indeed a fine read, Bill ... and you have reminded me to get my wife to read it. She will certainly appreciate it.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: October 31, 2008, 01:26:26 PM »
But the task is understood ...
if still impossible.

1529
Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: October 31, 2008, 01:25:55 PM »
I'd probably tell him to f--k off.
He should read more.

 ;D

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 31, 2008, 01:07:24 PM »
I've moved on:

Mum: Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today is OK

This is a long-time favourite, and so astoundingly delicate in places.

1531
Everything and Nothing / Re: Who you will vote ?
« on: October 31, 2008, 12:54:35 PM »
"... it takes one or a few selfish people to spoil it for everyone else?"

Yep, that pretty much sums up world history.

1532
Everything and Nothing / Re: Yoda Dog
« on: October 31, 2008, 12:28:34 PM »


"Hey, what's all this I hear about banning political discussion?"

1533
Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 31, 2008, 12:20:06 PM »
now on

- Klaus Schulze: X

Just happen to be in Klaus mood recently.
Should wear off soon.

1534
Enjoyable and perceptive reviews ... as always.

1535
Everything and Nothing / Yoda Dog
« on: October 30, 2008, 10:24:27 AM »

1536
Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: October 30, 2008, 10:18:54 AM »
Ok. Contemporary fantasy:

R. Scott Bakker: The Darkness That Comes Before

First of a trilogy (The Prince of Nothing). Stunning work !!!
Yes, simply stunning. It will make you read all three.

I hadn't hear of this author, or this book, or this series, but it sounds interesting.

Is it just me, or is Canadian genre literature going through a really strong period?


"Prince of Nothing" site: http://www.princeofnothing.com

I've not really been interested in any other Canadian lit in the fantasy/sci-fi arena.
But Canada is certainly strong in the Margaret Atwood type directions.



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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: October 30, 2008, 08:22:15 AM »

- Namlook/Schulze: Dark Side of the Moog 1

I always especially liked this first of the set.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: October 30, 2008, 06:45:29 AM »
Seren
The Algebraist is indeed a good one.
Banks is great at just jumping you into expansive worlds, and doesn't
usually waste time with offering quasi-scientific explanations for everything.

1539
Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Intel vs AMD DAW
« on: October 30, 2008, 06:19:35 AM »
This Sound On Sound article has some useful info
http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jan08/articles/pcmusician_0108.htm

I use a core two duo on my daw. Its excellent. I use Reaper.
I think some issues of multiple cores have to do with how well the daw makes use of them.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: If you could recommend one book
« on: October 29, 2008, 05:23:38 PM »
But for regular fiction:

- Jorge Luis Borges: Labyrinths  (short Stories)
- Evan S. Connell: Mrs. Bridge



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