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Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 Olympics
« on: August 18, 2008, 03:55:24 PM »
I'm always impressed with Olympic athletes who do well in many Olympic games consecutively, like Al Oerter or Carl Lewis or Dara Torres, or that German female canoeist whose name escapes me.

Would that be Jennifer Bongardt?  If so, I can see why you're impressed...   ;D

instituted policies about drivers going no more than 55mph

Good god, how can anyone go that slow, esp. on an interstate?!   ::)

One of the strangest things I noticed when I moved to WA is that people obey the speed limit here.  In MN, a limit of 65 means everyone goes at LEAST 74, since any ticket within 10mph of the limit can't legally affect your insurance rate; you just pay a fine.  Here, 60 means 62.  Very hard to get used to...

Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 Olympics
« on: August 15, 2008, 05:29:11 PM »
I prefer the winter games, but I suspect I'm in the minority...   ;)

I've watched some of the stuff; the NBC coverage is total crap, but USA and CNBC have stuff on later at night, showing sports that don't involve Michael Phelps, gymnastics, or naked beach-vollyball.  Not that I'm complaining, esp. about the latter, but there's more to the games than one swimmer's quest for gold, prepubescent girls doing flips, or uber-hotties playing on the beach (the winter games coverage is mostly figure skating, which also pisses me off).

And am I the only guy who can't stand Bob Costas?   ???  >:(


[/rant]    ;D

I work from home, and only drive when necessary.  I've probably put 4000 miles on my cars since last fall.  

But prior to my move to WA, I was driving 60 miles a day, 5 days a week, in a Tundra.  I figured out what I spent on gas per month, and discovered that at $3 per gallon, I could get a brand new Toyota Yaris (only 12k new, and 40mpg), park the pickup (it's paid for), and spend my gas money on a new car payment instead.  So for the same money, I get a new car, put less wear on the pickup, and produce fewer emissions.  Now, at $4 per gallon, it's an even better deal.

I read somewhere that Americans drove more than one billion fewer miles this year-to-date compared to the same period last year; I'll try to find the source.

The whole "perceived value" thing is interesting. 

If I download a release for free, or pay I-tunes (or whoever) for a download, all I'm getting is the music.  Played back-to-back on my MP3 player, or the PC in my office, all I care about is the quality of the music (sound-quality issues of MP3s are another topic).  I don't enjoy the free tracks any less or any more than stuff I paid for, or ripped from a CD in my collection.

If I had the choice of paying $15 for a download, or paying $15 for an elaborate hand-made package with a CDR of the same music, I'll go with the physical object every time.  Why?  To me, music is just one part of the whole of a release.  A large part, to be sure; but the artwork, messages, info, etc. all add (or subtract) from the whole 'experience' of enjoying the release.  Free downloads don't have the same impact.  If I could get an elaborate hand-made package with a CDR of music for free, well, that'd be the best-case scenario.  Obviously, that won't happen.  If putting stuff out there for free download is the only way an artist can get exposure, then I say go for it.  Not everyone can afford to release their own stuff on CDR, and just because a release doesn't interest a label enough to put it out as a CD does not mean it's not worthy of being presented to the world.

I've released some small-run CDRs, which sold quickly; I've released some stuff on netlabels for free; I've put stuff on my site for free.  One netlabel release has over 5000 downloads; there's no way I could have sold 5000 CD's of that release.  More people are getting to hear it than if I charged for it, and for me, that's the whole point.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Lustmord - Other
« on: August 14, 2008, 02:01:25 PM »
Some thoughts on [OTHER]:

First of all, I'm a big fan of both Lustmord and Melvins, so I was really looking forward to this.  After a few spins, I have to say that I'm not impressed.  It reminds me of the track "Hands First Flower" on the Joe Preston CD in the Melvins' "Kiss" series of disks, but without the sense of forboding, chaotic power, or building tension.  Sounds like the whole disk is an afterthought to me, like they're on autopilot.  It's not a bad listen, and makes a fine background while I'm doing some accounting, but it's definitely not up to the quality I expected.  C'mon, guys, you've all produced amazing things in the past; is this truly the best you could get out of a collaboration?

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: August 07, 2008, 01:00:25 PM »
Just finished "Emergency Sex", a truly disturbing look at what it was like to work for the UN in the 90's, when Cambodia, Somalia, and Uganda all exploded in violence.  A great read, not for the faint of heart.

"It's not the pen, it's the author."   ;)

Everything and Nothing / Re: What does this music do to you?
« on: July 30, 2008, 11:06:44 AM »
Hard to make generalizations; I definitely don't fit the mold.  Art galleries bore the hell out of me; I'd rather be outside.   ;D

For me, music is very mood-dependent.  Sometimes a piece of music just sounds so flat and dull one day, and vibrant and deep the next when I'm in the proper frame of mind.  Ambient music definitely works well as a backdrop to whatever I'm doing, and enhances the experience; not like a filter on a lens, which implies that it somehow "filters out" parts of the experience:  more like a colored lamp shining on the world, adding to the vibrancy of the colors. 

Then again, some days I just can't listen to anything, and prefer silence, especially when up in the mountains or out at sea.  But even then, I think my enjoyment of the silence is a result of my 'training' while listening to deep forms of music, being able to really appreciate "the silence between the notes."

That Controlled Bleeding looks mighty tempting...

I'm eyeballing the Gas 4-disk box set; I just gotta justify the cost.  :-\

Well, after one listen, I gotta say it's not what I was expecting, based on your past releases!

Very gritty and raw; of course, it's a live recording, so the usual hiss and hum is to be expected; it gets a bit overwhelming at times, though.  I bet it really kicked live, on a good PA system; through my crappy PC speakers, it sounds kinda flat.  I like the contrast of the smooth, swirly sounds overlaid with the skittery static noises; much more experimental than your older driftscapes!  And I'm a sucker for experimental oddness...

Reminds me of a Lost in Translation performance I saw at the Terminal Bar many years back.

Oh sure, now that I've left MN, you decide to do a show...   ;) ;D

Downloading as I type this...

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: July 16, 2008, 11:37:11 AM »
I don't work out as much, but I have the sculpted physique of a Greek god, so I can afford to scale back a little!

"I'm in shape; round is a shape!"

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: July 16, 2008, 11:05:27 AM »
Oh, I remember when that happened with your wife, and I am SO HAPPY to hear that she's completely cured!

Thanks!   :D ;D  She's a rock, I tell you what.

(M & I have actually decided that we need to CUT BACK on our workouts, in order to make time for other things)....

Does... not... compute...   ??? ::)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: July 16, 2008, 10:30:44 AM »
Cool topic!

I'm 42; for the past ten years, I have been keeping really busy.  TOO busy, in some ways.  I helped found and build two companies; renovated two houses; created music at an obsessive pace; started beekeeping; read 2 or 3 books a week; started road-biking again after a 20+ year break; spent 3+ days a week tele-skiing; brewed beer steadily; stalked big Muskie in MN lakes; learned to fly-fish; golfed weekly (and weakly, I should add); learned HTML; explored every nook and cranny of the Rockies; got two big dogs & learned the art of training; learned a bit about wine:  I never sat still.  I considered going back to school to channel some of that energy into another degree, but I could never decide what I wanted to study, so I never went.

Last November, my wife and I moved to NE Washington state from the midwest.  In the middle of our move (literally the day after the movers picked up our stuff), we found out my wife had cancer.  She's fine now, 100% cured, no chemo, radiation, or tamoxofin; but from Nov. to mid-March, I was on the verge of a collapse.  My blood pressure was around 190/110; I had a serious case of depression.

Now, 8 months later, I find myself getting back to normal; however, normal has been redefined for me.  The companies I helped build are still plugging along, but I'm less and less interested in them; my new house is mostly finished; I no longer make music (except for some guitar noodling); I haven't set up the beehives here yet (next spring); I still read a book every couple weeks; I ride about 50-100 miles a week on the roadie; still ski obsessively; sold my brewing gear; haven't fished since last summer; golfed once this year; haven't touched HTML; haven't travelled; still work with the dogs, and am still interested in wine.  I find myself just sitting in my yard, staring at the trees, almost every evening.  I know I'll eventually start to get back into some of my old hobbies, but for now, it's nice to just sit back and relax.  Trouble is, I've gained 20 pounds since Nov. too:  Stress really plays with your metabolism.   :-\ 

While I agree that lifelong learning and exploration is essential to one's sanity, I think periods of reflection and evaluation are essential too.  From my perspective, I can see that my go-go lifestyle, while fun, was not sustainable.  I was so busy, I never really thought about whether I was actually enjoying all those activities.  Once I was forced to stop, I got to think about what I really wanted to be doing with my time, and decided to eliminate those things that didn't totally move me.  Free time is not 'doing nothing'; it's recharging the mental batteries.

My hobbies now consist of physical pursuits; a healthy mental state requires a healthy body.  I'm considering going back to school now, but again, I really don't know what I'd study.  If a topic interests me, I get a ton of books on it and read voraciously.  The trouble is, things that interest me don't pay squat in the work-world, so justifying the time and expense of school to study something I can read about on my own time doesn't make sense.  Learning doesn't have to mean formal schooling, esp. if it's just a hobby.

Everything and Nothing / Re: for sale on eBay
« on: July 15, 2008, 11:17:17 AM »
How timely:

Today I found a listing on eBay for my "Final Thaw" cdr.

Title:  "Sundummy FINAL THAW nadja oophoi steve roach alio die"
 (that's pretty good company, methinks... ;))

Description:  "Sundummy FINAL THAW non-silver CD released on DISSONANCE RECORDS, in a limited edition.
CD and inserts are in excellent condition."

So this guy is selling the CDR against policy, but he'll get around the filters using "non-silver CD" instead of CDR.   :-\

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: July 14, 2008, 02:49:01 PM »
Today's a Flying Saucer Attack kinda day:  "Further" and "New Lands".  Both kinda hazy and gritty, with "New Lands" having a bit more energy.  Great stuff.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Favourite dramatic piece of music
« on: July 14, 2008, 02:46:00 PM »
Clint Mansel's soundtrack to The Fountain with music by Kronos Quartet and Mogwai

Yep, that's good stuff...

I've always been moved by Popol Vuh's soundtrack to "Agguire, Wrath of God".

Everything and Nothing / Re: for sale on eBay
« on: July 08, 2008, 01:59:24 PM »
It's a copyright issue with CDRs; I went through the same thing a couple years ago.

Apparently, you can only sell CDRs if you own the copyright, even if the recording is an official release, and was never released as a regular CD.  I had my account frozen for selling my own CDRs, until I clearly stated in the description that I owned the copyright.  In the case of other people's CDRs, you have to avoid descriptions that state "CDR"; use "non-silver cd", or something else that clearly states it's not a 'real' CD, but that won't attarct the attention of eBay's automatic searches for violations of policy.

Yeah, it's a pain, especially when you see listings for things you KNOW are CDRs, but them's the rules...

Everything and Nothing / Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE!
« on: June 11, 2008, 11:43:21 AM »
Happy birthday, Mike! 

I was going to send this walker to you, but I think I'll be needing it soon...

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