« on: December 01, 2011, 12:48:58 PM »
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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Magma – Concert 1976 - Opéra De Reims 3xCD
I suspect that the packaging for ipods, etc. (and the materials to make them) is not greater than the materials for cds, LPs, etc. but I could be wrong....
There is no contest between, say, a CD digipack in a light wrap vs. virtually any hard plastic encased, plastic insert nestled iPod. Even the little ear buds are way overdone in terms of packaging. Then there's the retail floorspace now dedicated to the marketing of such things.
Now, as CD/DVD sales move online, more packaging is required and more transportation infrastructure and energy is used in the music retail industry equivalent of the single occupancy vehicle multiple trip model!
I'd have to agree with you, Mark. Serial gadgetdom is not green. The example that came to mind was email. Who seriously thinks now that email saved us from clutter!;) At least this hardly seems to be the case in the business world.
"Aurora Borealis", acrylic on canvas, 2011.
I'm always more happy with watching movies at home with a good beer or wine and interesting snack and watching it when I want and with only a select few people and my dog Ginny and stopping it if we want and starting again when we want and continuing tomorrow if we want. I don't mind cinemas too much but if I get uncomfortable sitting so long in the same way I have no options, and I think a good movie is also great on a smaller TV if its a good one. I don't need overblown sound levels or a huge screen or popcorn and coke and people talking and choking on the popcorn and their kids whining and mobiles going on and off and the driving there and back. Heck I don't even like movies much ... unless they are bloody good and worth my time.
The CR releases that had problems with cracking have a metal post that the disc is pressed onto. The metal is not flexible enough and every time you put the disc into the case or take it out, it puts stress on the hole in the disc. Lots of people have reported radial cracks starting from the hole in their CR discs, and I'd really recommend either keeping the disc in an envelope inside the case (not on the metal post), or at least making a CDR backup that you keep somewhere safe.
In my opinion, religion and spirituality is such a personal thing. Whether any god exists or not, it doesn't really matter. What does matter is how it changes one's life (hopefully for the better). Yes, you could assume that these people are deluding themselves, but who cares? If believing in something makes their life better, that's all that really matters.
I think the big problem with religion are churches, which act as an authority. These "leaders" put their own personal spin on things, and speak it as gospel. It's done with good intentions, but it usually will to lead to conflicts in each listeners personal belief. Even worse, they'll change their own personal view to match what's being said. Ugh!....