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Everything and Nothing / Re: What's the verdict on Thanksgiving?
« on: November 25, 2009, 03:09:39 PM »
That reminds me -- what happened to the rule about retailers not displaying Christmas stuff until after Thanksgiving?  I saw several stores in October with both Halloween and Christmas sections, and even more stores this month with Christmas items displayed all along. 

Soon it will be spend on everything all year round - not a good thing as it takes the specialness of each festival/time away and further makes it a commercial enterprise - the original meaning of all of them was clan/tribe/family celebrating life (or the ancestors as in Samhain)

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Everything and Nothing / Re: What's the verdict on Thanksgiving?
« on: November 25, 2009, 12:05:31 PM »
Speaking as a non american I can't comment on the commercialisation of Thanksgiving, but it sits closely in original spirit to our Harvest Festival - celebration of the generosity of the Earth (before it became christianised) and sitting just before the slaughter of most animals for food throughout the winter (can't afford to feed what would be eaten later).

If I recall correctly, please let me know if I am wrong, the Native Americans (more modern appelation being 1st Nations) celebrated thanksgiving and actually provided, via their generosity and knowledge of the land, the very means of the pilgrims survival in the first years without which they would have perished.

'Forgotten Founders' by Bruce E. Johanson http://www.ratical.org/many_worlds/6Nations/FFexcerpts.html looks at some very interesting historical developments in the development of the ideas of democracy.....

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Food porn
« on: November 24, 2009, 06:12:30 AM »
I know hospital food gets a bad reputation - but the food in our staff canteen is not bad (and very cheap). It is not in the same quality (apart from the fish and chips) as the rest mentioned here, but with the second meal I have in the evening I have put on 1/2 stone (does not seem to get higher) since working here.

It was very useful last year when I was way ill with real flu (ie collpased on floor unable to move) as I hate to think how gaunt I would have become without it (the 1/2 stone).

Just had pork and leek sausages, parsely potatoes, mushy peas and gravy followed by a tub of custard. 2.10. Beats making sandwiches etc to bring in.

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E-bay say he currently has no items for sale


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Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: November 23, 2009, 11:53:09 AM »
Not long and we can start again! ;D ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Food porn
« on: November 23, 2009, 05:36:20 AM »
Food porn=Kim Kardashian eating a Carl's Jr. salad.

I have been told Nigella Lawson was quite sexy when cooking too. Never saw any of the programmes though.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Space: 1999 worth a trip down memory lane?
« on: November 23, 2009, 05:34:53 AM »
I agree with Jez,

Though I believe the acting is a little wooden?

a couple of years ago saw a two foot model of the eagle spaceship - I did not dare look at price but I wanted it.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDR prices too high
« on: November 23, 2009, 05:30:45 AM »
 ??? did not want a huge library stored on the computer so tried deleting library files - Windows did not ask me if I wanted to delete just the library or the actual files from computer and it deleted the lot.... >:(....two days of work dissapeared...... >:(

Anyway managed to set it up so it does not do it again - luckily the computer recognises the discs already backed up so I don't have to do all the typing again - just click the button - so not as bad as my swear words anticipated.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDR prices too high
« on: November 22, 2009, 03:04:52 AM »
Checked mine - still good, but have started checking and ripping all my CDr discs.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 21, 2009, 06:31:57 AM »
R. Carlos Nakai - Canyon Trilogy
Meditative, beautiful, echo-y flute. It took me some time to get over my embarrassment for liking this - I heard it in too many 'nature' stores to take it seriously - but I'm ready to admit now that this album has become a desert island selection for me. If you're scoffing now, reconsider the album - you might like it.


I have two Nakai albums, including this one - it is meditative, beautiful and echo-y, but despite the 'nature' and 'new age' connotations it is really neither as it is traditional flute music. Imagine playing a flute in the canyons of the four corners area......

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Food porn
« on: November 20, 2009, 05:37:12 AM »
I was tempted and could not resist despite my better judgement. It was huge, bigger than I had ever had before, my mouth watered, my belly quivered - I could not say no, nor wait any longer and despite the consequences I reached out.......





.....and had a huge portion of fish and chips with parsley sauce  ;D - sorry no pictures.....but perhaps that is for the best.... :o

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Sound quality still matters....
« on: November 16, 2009, 12:16:51 PM »
and even worse - the perception that the sound on mobiles is music :o :o


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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDR prices too high
« on: November 15, 2009, 03:33:12 AM »
I use silver/silver discs with thermal printed black ink for my own discs - not had any yet become unplayable, or anyone tell me they have become unplayable. Personally I think they look great.

I have had experience of stuck on label CDRs becoming unplayable - I assume the glue on the label degrades the recording surface in some way.

I think the HSS CDRs are a good design, with minimal work done on the surface minimising any risks of degradation and still looking professional.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Alcohol at lunch?
« on: November 12, 2009, 09:08:03 AM »
I used to drink in my teenage years - but never really liked the taste or the effect, then I discovered LSD....

Stopped drink and drugs in about 1982.

Recently had my yearly glass of pretty blue flaming cointreau on my birthday - the indian restaurant we go to do it every year and it seems impolite to say no - a couple of sips to feel nicely squiffy and then share it with everyone else. I like the way it glows sideways in my throat as if it was about 2 foot across....

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Everything and Nothing / Re: The 100 Best Films of the Decade
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:19:05 AM »
Do we know how many films were made in the decade?

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Everything and Nothing / Re: College football 2009
« on: November 08, 2009, 01:17:46 PM »
I'm a bit of a philistine as far as team sports go - always thought football/soccer would be more interesting with three teams and two balls. ;D ;D ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Voluntary simplicity, or lifestyle minimalism
« on: November 08, 2009, 01:14:52 PM »
There was a period of time when I was squatting. It was a life choice and I downsized before hand - gave away all my music gear including Roland System 101, 102 and sequencer modules plus teac portastudio, amp, mics, echo unit, other sundry music equipment, what felt like miles of cables and my hifi and record collection.

Having to move every three months really focussed the mind and posessions - lived with a bicycle, rucksack and single suitcase.

We always did the places up, so left them in better state than when we got in. I even gained entry back into one place as it had been taken over by the sort that crap in saucepans and I cleaned it up before the council got back in, left a note for them explaining that we did not all live like that.

Recently had to downsize as we needed to move to a smaller house, but definitely not about to give everything away again.


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Everything and Nothing / Re: Tinnitus, part two
« on: November 03, 2009, 10:13:46 AM »
reading your posts I feel very lucky - I can hear whistling and sometimes other noises if I am in a silent environment, usually as I drift off to sleep. Occasionally i can hear a whistle go off  at other times but it fades away.

Given I used to lay in the bass bins at Motorhead gigs in my youth :o I am very lucky. ;D it was interesting to hear sound at such an intensity that it was as much felt...it was also a great way of catching up with mates who would know where to find me....

I do find that long listening to music with headphones can make my ears 'almost ache' with an increase of tinnitus afterwards.....

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Shit - as a skinny bald guy I'll have to wear something pretty awesome to avoid that cliche......nothing comfortable or easy to move in for me then ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Ambient Reality TV Show Pitches...
« on: October 28, 2009, 10:29:19 AM »
Ambient's Got Talent........

Ambient's scariest police videos :o :o






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