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Everything and Nothing / Fun in the mountains... and other adventures
« on: October 17, 2008, 11:03:18 AM »
The Ambient Clothing thread was drifting (my fault...), so here's a place to discuss climbing, skiing, mountains, and adventures of all kinds, even a simple trip to the DMV (always an adventure...)

Everything and Nothing / itunes question - MP3 conversion?
« on: October 07, 2008, 10:51:07 PM »
I've been burning my CD collection to MP3 for use in my Dell DJ; the collection is getting pretty large, so I'm upgrading to an iPod classic.  Meanwhile, I've purchased 3 CD's (well, not cd's per se, more like 'releases' or 'titles' I guess) from itunes.  I haven't bought the ipod yet, and am trying to load the mp3's onto my Dell player, but since they're 'protected', I can't.  I know i can burn them to CD, then re-rip them to mP3, but is there an easier way?  Seems like a pain in the ass (and a waste of cdrs); is there a freeware program that can make a conversion?

I was apprehensive about buying a "virtual" release; I suspect this will be my last time...

Everything and Nothing / Migraine Scotoma - I got a bad brain.
« on: September 09, 2008, 01:21:27 PM »
Goddamn migraines!!! 

I've spent the last hour waiting for my vision to clear enough for me to continue working; any other migraine scotoma (aura) sufferers out there?  I'm lucky, I guess, since I don't get a headache at all, just the messed-up vision and hallucinations, with some occasional numbness or cognitive effects as well.  Still sucks, though!

I finally saw a neurologist a few months ago; he put me through an MRI, and says my brain is normal - no vascular issues, no tumors.  It turns out I just have a sensitive brain.  My neurons are more susceptible to pertubations than most folks; a small increase or decrease in certain chemicals sets off a chain reaction of mis-firing cells, spreading like a wave accross the surface of my brain.  When it hits my visual cortex, I first get a series of rippling lights as the cells fire randomly, then a blind spot as the cells stop firing at all.  Eventually they get back to normal, and my vision slowly returns.

Some good info here:

A good video here; it's the first one, the scene on the freeway:  That's the best representation I've seen yet of what it looks like, but it's still just a very mild approximation.

So, who else has this curse?  Have you found anything that helps prevent or lessen tehse attacks?  I'm told 10% of the population suffers from these, so there must be a few more bad brains on this board...

Everything and Nothing / MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« on: August 18, 2008, 06:07:01 PM »
My 5GB Dell DJ is feeling too small; time to upgrade.  I'm looking at the 80GB I-pods, but I'm curious if anyone has any experience with the flash-based units.  I'm hard on gear, and don't want a hard-disk based system if they can't take the heat.



Apparently audiophiles can't tell the difference between Monster Cable speaker wires and coat hangers. The coat hangers sounded excellent.

Funny comments after the article, too.  So, who's shelled out for oxygen-free pure-gold half-inch-thick speaker wire, hand-woven by Tibetan virgins high in the Himilayas?   ::)

Is cable quality an issue when using digital signals?  Speakers are still (mostly) analog; does cheap wire make THAT much of a difference?  Or, as in the article, none at all?

Everything and Nothing / Multi-disk changer, bookshelf stereo advice needed
« on: February 25, 2008, 08:31:13 PM »
My Denon bookshelf unit has been getting progressively less reliable over the past couple years (getting it to play a cd is an ordeal), and my Onkyo multi-disk changer on my main system gave up the ghost tonight. >:(

I've had it with Denon and Onkyo (NAD, too; long story).  I need a new bookshelf system, and a new changer for the main system. 

The changer must be able to play CDs, CDR's, and MP3 disks.  Single players need not apply; I want a changer.

The bookshelf system must be able to play multi-disks too; I don't care about the speakers, I have good monitors for both systems.

Any advice?  What do you use that really sounds good and is reliable?  Both systems get lots of use, usually 3-4 hours a day.    Anything to stay away from?

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