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On a related note, I was told at the post office yesterday that the USPS is coming out with an "international stamp" that will be valid for postage to any part of the world, eliminating the need for the USPS to look up individual postage for every letter overseas.  Not sure how that's gonna work, especially for packages...

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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Amazon Cloud Player
« on: January 15, 2013, 12:11:42 AM »
I'm intrigued, mainly for the remote backup functionality.  My main concern is bandwidth and data usage.  I have satellite internet (no choice where I live; too remote even for cellular), which means I have a data cap of 25GB a month up/down.  Uploading all 400GB of my library would be impossible; even if I could get it all uploaded, the mere act of listening would quickly use up my data allotment.

But the idea still interests me...  if I ever move to a place with unlimited DSL or cable internet, I might take the plunge.

One thing that I don't get.  If I have a copy of "John Tesh Live at Redrocks", and my friend Skippy does too, why do we both need to upload it?  Can't the system somehow recognize our files and see that we both have complete, legit versions, and just let us both access one file?  Yeah, this would mean a large database of indexes; but surely that's less processor and HD intensive than making all 5,000,000* owners of this masterpiece upload it on their own?

*this figure might not be factually accurate...  ;-)


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If you act quickly, you'll get number -1.

 :P

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Remember the Merzbow limited edition of one CD, which came "packaged" in the CD player of a Mercedes-Benz car, which was included?

Austere and I have discussed doing an ultra-limited release of zero copies.  We'd think about the music, map it all out in our heads, then never record it.  We never got around to doing it, which means, I guess, that we DID do it.  If you don't want a copy, paypal me $9.99.   ;D

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Cloud Atlas
« on: November 29, 2012, 09:42:39 AM »
Our local NPR movie reviewers all liked it, but they said its reach far exceeds its grasp.  Just enjoy the flow, and don't try to make sense of it.  It sounds like "The Fountain" for Dummies.

 :o

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Around our house, it was The Pogues, Skinny Puppy, The Feelies, Big Black, Killdozer.

Then, in a thrift store, I found a cheesy, beat-up album called Cycle Psychos by the Scramblers.  It cost me a quarter; I think we listened to it ten times a day until it finally got so scratchy it wouldn't play anymore.  Really cheesy, early 60's rockabilly with hilariously bad lyrics about motorcycles, helmets, race tracks:  so so good.


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Me, jokingly, to stranger leaning on bar, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt:  "So, what are you supposed to be?"
Him, totally deadpan:  "A serial killer.  We look just like everybody else."

 ;D :o

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Speed of light ?
« on: October 16, 2012, 07:27:17 AM »
 ;D  So, he's younger now than when he jumped?   ;)  Gotta say, that guy's got some serious balls.

On a light-related note, check this out:

http://blog.ted.com/2012/06/28/photographing-the-speed-of-light-ramesh-raskar-at-tedglobal-2012/

Watch the first film clip; absolutely amazing.


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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now watching...
« on: October 16, 2012, 07:23:21 AM »
We watched "In Bruges" last night; good stuff.  Starts out as a mellow little sleeper of a film, then gets more and more intense.  Collin Ferrel is excellent, as is Ralph Fiennes.  Recommended. 

Saturday we were bored, so we went to see "Taken 2".  Mindless action flick; not bad, but we were laughing through much of it, pointing out the absurdity of just about every decision the characters made.  You know how some movies stick with you long after you've seen them?  Well, this one left my brain the minute the credits rolled.

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Here's a track from the late 90's; I was waaay into Skullflower at the time.  I have hours and hours of stuff in this vein; overdriven guitars, feedback, slow plodding rhythms buried low in the mix: psychedelic improvised noise rock.  The polar opposite of SunDummy stuff. 

This track starts off meandering along aimlessly; then a rhythm kicks in, and it takes off... 

http://soundcloud.com/forrest-houle/06-hovering-again

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Exotica / Lounge / Tiki Classics
« on: August 28, 2012, 10:57:25 AM »
http://www.ultralounge.com/

Pretty cool collections based on various themes, and a great place to sample tons of artists to see what you like.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ride and Stone Roses
« on: June 19, 2012, 02:01:32 PM »
Love love LOVE Ride; they get a lot of play around my house.  But I always laugh when, after establishing a great mood and tone (rocking, hooky greatness), "Deep Inside My Pocket" comes on - I still can't tell if that song is a joke or if they're really serious.   ;D ???

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: The Downside of Software
« on: June 14, 2012, 12:50:37 PM »
Aren't there "virtual OS" programs that let you use old software on new machines?

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I haven't seen it yet, but I found this interesting; this guy might be reading way, waaaaaaayy between the lines, but food for thought either way...

http://www.prometheusforum.net/discussion/comment/60452




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He was one of the greats; a true master of nostalgia and wonder.  I voraciously read everything he published; he added a layer of humanity to old SF, in a way that Azimov or Clarke couldn't match.  Sad to see him go.

"You must live life at the top of your voice! At the top of your lungs shout and listen to the echoes."

"If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down." ~

RIP, good sir.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Male menopause
« on: May 23, 2012, 12:36:15 PM »
46 here, and man, do I feel your pain.  I get into a serious funk if I don't exercise regularly.  Eating well and getting sleep helps somewhat, but I really notice the difference when I push my body hard, like 50-mile+ bike rides.  I'm not a fan of taking hormones (or any drugs for that matter); so many problems can be solved by using your body the way it's meant to be used:  active as hell.  If there are still problems, then I'd look at supplements, but only after I've tried a healthy diet and physical exertion. 

Cutting out (or at least lessening) alcohol helps a great deal too.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: SoundExchange ?
« on: February 17, 2012, 02:05:03 PM »
I was curious, so I called to see if I had any royalties coming my way.  Turns out they owe me $9.61.   :o ;D


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My advice is to unplug the whole lot and go play outside.   ;D ;)

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I'm a total sucker for that sound...  nice, very nice.  More please?

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BTW, I'm enjoying "Euterpe" as I type this...  nice and minimal, very clear and up-front, with the usual Austere surrealness thrown in...  gonna give this a few spins today to let it soak in.

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