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Everything and Nothing / Re: List of words it is not OK to ever say
« on: March 03, 2009, 01:36:35 AM »
prhps txt culture is partly 2 blme - even cing brite frenz do it 2.....(took me ages to work out how to do that!!)

general use of home made abbreviations to 'speed up' communication is likely to overflow into other areas of life - imagine the letters from tax/IRS :o

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Joke Thread
« on: March 02, 2009, 09:45:17 AM »
Found on another forum, but well worth the snorts into the tea cup at work....

This, I am assured, is the text of a genuine HMRC letter:

"Dear Mr X,

I am writing to you to express our thanks for your more than prompt reply to our latest communication, and also to answer some of the points you raise.

I will address them, as ever, in order.

Firstly, I must take issue with your description of our last as a "begging letter". It might perhaps more properly be referred to as a "tax demand". This is how we at the Inland Revenue have always, for reasons of accuracy, traditionally referred to such documents.

Secondly, your frustration at our adding to the "endless stream of crapulent whining and panhandling vomited daily through the letterbox on to the doormat" has been noted. However, whilst I have naturally not seen the other letters to which you refer I would cautiously suggest that their being from "pauper councils, Lombardy pirate banking houses and ****ant gas-mongerers" might indicate that your decision to "file them next to the toilet in case of emergencies" is at best a little ill-advised. In common with my own organisation, it is unlikely that the senders of these letters do see you as a "lackwit bumpkin" or, come to that, a "sodding charity". More likely they see you as a citizen of Great Britain, with a responsibility to contribute to the upkeep of the nation as a whole.

Which brings me to my next point. Whilst there may be some spirit of truth in your assertion that the taxes you pay "go to shore up the canker-blighted, toppling folly that is the Public Services", a moment's rudimentary calculation ought to disabuse you of the notion that the government in any way expects you to "stump up for the whole damned party" yourself.

The estimates you provide for the Chancellor's disbursement of the funds levied by taxation, whilst colourful, are, in fairness, a little off the mark. Less than you seem to imagine is spent on "junkets for Bunterish lickspittles" and "dancing whores" whilst far more than you have accounted for is allocated to, for example, "that box-ticking fašade of a university system."

A couple of technical points arising from direct queries

1. The reason we don't simply write "Muggins"on the envelope has to do with the vagaries of the postal system;

2. You can rest assured that "sucking the very marrow of those with nothing else to give" has never been considered as a practice because even if the Personal Allowance didn't render it irrelevant, the sheer medical logistics involved would make it financially unviable.

I trust this has helped. In the meantime, whilst I would not in any way wish to influence your decision one way or the other, I ought to point out that even if you did choose to "give the whole foul jamboree up and go and live in India" you would still owe us the money.

Please send it to us by Friday.

Yours sincerely,



HJL
Customer Relations" 
 
 

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Childless couples
« on: March 02, 2009, 07:10:14 AM »
I think that's a great offer and one that if I was not so far away would jump to take. It seems a perfect way to explore the intricacies, wonders and experiences of parenthood - Mike and Lena, don't let this chance go, you need to grab it before cromag's children have had all their weekends taken up by other members of the forum. ;D :o

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: February 22, 2009, 04:08:27 AM »
I know, I Know - just could not resist it ;D

I wonder if the wordplay works in other languages???

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Darkest Ambient
« on: February 20, 2009, 06:52:48 AM »
Hambient for over the top.

Crambient for short listening times.

Bambient - soundscapes for small deers.

 ;D ;D


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Dumb question about Windows
« on: February 18, 2009, 12:20:41 PM »
on mine you can right click on an empty part of the taskbar and one of the menu options is 'show desktop', another is task manager which is also often very useful in seeing what your computer is doing.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Dreams
« on: February 18, 2009, 05:58:53 AM »
my most terrifying recurring dream had to do with school (luckily it stopped when I left school)...

I'd 'wake up' and realise I was late for school and be in a rush to get there. The route included a fenced path between 2 halves of a rundown cemetary (which actually existed on the wlking route to school and was very rundown - very hammer horror). Because I was late I would take a known short cut and slip through a gap in the fence and into the cemetary. It was always a sunny day, the birds would be singing and I'd be nervous but feeling ok as I'd get to school on time. I come to a fork in the path and after a moments hesitation set off down one of them. After a short time I'd be thinking it did not look familiar and realise the birds had stopped singing. I would stop and turn round to discover that the brambles had 'grown' across the path from a few feet behind me and i could not go back. The brambles then moved while I watched and covered over the path towards me and then forced me to go further along the path. I would try to fight but it was no good and I was soon forced to a small clearing in which was an open grave. I would stare at it in horror as it always had my name and THAT days date on it. A mist would start rising up out of the grave, at which point i always managed to physically wake myself up with a huge start, covered in sweat and heart hammering........

I once had a dream where the alarm went off and I reached out to turn it off. I got up and went to the kitchen and started making breakfast for myself only to have my father come down and irritably ask why I was cooking at 4am....I'd actually woken up after dreaming the alarm had gone off and started my day a little earlier than usual.

I think I mentioned in another thread that many years ago I did an evening class in herbal medicine and experimented with some obscure substances. The effect was that my dreams were almost complete replications of tha day that had just been with one or two very minor changes - which after a few days built up to a complete sense of bewilderment about what was and was not real.

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Simple hardware studio
« on: February 18, 2009, 05:27:57 AM »
I think the DP 02 has some effects on board but would second the suggestion for outboard effects - their will be more range, variety and tweakability than in the onboard ones.

What will you use the tape recorders for? - cassette or reel to reel.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: February 18, 2009, 05:07:41 AM »
In between listening to music whilst relaxing in the sun I read Bill Bryson's, 'notes from a small Island' - which was not as funny as i remembered from reading it years ago, but got a few laughs none the less.

I also read Timothy Ferris's 'The Whole Shebang' yet again and the latest edition of Sound on Sound.

And 'The Bourne Identity' by Robert Ludlum. Fascinating read to compare to the films....many similarities and some interesting differences. In the book he has amnesia but was an undercover agent for a very specific purpose rather than just killing people when told to by treadstone....There are four books in the series and I am tempted to get the others to see how the story develops. Got this copy for 99p in a charity shop.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 18, 2009, 04:43:37 AM »
Just back from 2 weeks in Egypt - listened to Oophoi, Tau Ceti, Alio Die, Vidna Obmana, Steve Roach, Gliese 615, Lustmord, Matthias Grassow, Tim Blake (and my own stuff)amongst others while laying in the sun or shade dependent on how hot it was........

it was hard work, but someone had to do it ;D

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Jorge Reyes (R.I.P.)
« on: February 17, 2009, 03:51:13 PM »
Just seen this sad news....I've had some of Jorge's music and it was a bit of a shock to hear he had passed on.

Best of journies into the spirit world Jorge.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 01, 2009, 02:54:00 AM »
a bit of a gear change while shaving and bathing - Budgie, Rainbow and Van Halen... :o

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Does any one here perform ambient music?
« on: February 01, 2009, 02:27:53 AM »
I have not played live yet with my ambient music - but am slowly setting up to do so. Only problem is trying to work out if I can do the level of sound twisting I use in the recorded sound in a live situation.

Which raises the issue of using CD/Minidisc/MP3 as part of the performance....

and how important are the visual aspect of playing live?


The only thing you need is a laptop with the music, and maybe a mixerboard that is not plugged in :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWB5gM9uwi8

I guess he is checking is email or something he look busy :)


No computers in my set up, so looking at how to arrange everything. I think using some prerecorded background is no different to preprogrammed sequencers etc, but am working out how to play over it. Currently have a 16 track mixer to put eveyrhting into.

"Andy, if you want to do a live performance based on pre-recorded stuff you should check out the Roland SP-404, it's great for that sort of thing. For live sound mangling the Electrix Repeater is great, but not easy to come by."
Hi Jez, I've been aware of the repeaters but no cash at present - will be using a variety of sources - hence the mixer to play with levels etc - as well as mics, synth, Roland VP9000 and other keyboard.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Does any one here perform ambient music?
« on: January 31, 2009, 04:22:25 PM »
I have not played live yet with my ambient music - but am slowly setting up to do so. Only problem is trying to work out if I can do the level of sound twisting I use in the recorded sound in a live situation.

Which raises the issue of using CD/Minidisc/MP3 as part of the performance....

and how important are the visual aspect of playing live?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Childless couples
« on: January 31, 2009, 11:44:15 AM »
Never wanted children so had a vasectomy at 23. At 47 I have no regrets.

have 4 children and grandchildren by 2 marriages. those from first marriage are now more distant in time and emotionally, but have been very much loved by both extended families.

95% of children I worked with in residential care projected their father onto me so I well worked that one through.... :o

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Ambient music and Mastering
« on: January 29, 2009, 10:04:11 AM »
I must admit I don't use compression anywhere.

Reverb on the other hand, that I can put in just about anywhere - carefully of course and for specific effect rather than overall wash.

Working on a piece now where I use the reverb directly on 100% mix and just throw in the odd burst of sound from the recorded track to get sounds that are different yet connected to the original recording.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: R.I.P. - Klaus Wiese
« on: January 27, 2009, 03:33:44 PM »
Very sad news indeed.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Now Watching
« on: January 19, 2009, 11:55:12 AM »
Finished Sin City, not a pleasant film, but filmed in a very interesting way

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