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Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Web browsers -- what do you think?
« on: November 19, 2009, 10:30:29 PM »
Been using Chrome on the Mac now for a few weeks and even though it's very much a beta and in need of features, I'm really liking it, enough that I could consider dropping Safari if it keeps improving. Chrome is the fastest browser out there right now, and some of the cool features like Paste-n-Go in the address bar are really neat. So far, it's not a complete adblocker, and i don't know of any additional script-blockers, but I love the speed, and Safari now seems slow in comparison. I still use Firefox on occasion for certain sites, as Safari Adblock is in dire need of an update.

I'll probably install it on my XP machine for some comparisions, but on the Mac, the Chrome beta seems very promising.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Favorite movies
« on: November 15, 2009, 02:52:16 AM »
I would add Lawrence of Arabia, as my all-time favorite, and quite possibly the greatest film ever made. If you've ever seen it on a proper movie screen, you'll never forget that experience. Video simply can't do it justice. Columbia road-shows it every few years or so. I'm hoping to catch it again that way.
After that, I would say Ridley Scott's 'Alien' the best science-fiction film ever made. Saw it on the big screen many times and still see new little nuances when I bust out the 'Quadrillogy.'
I recently introduced my niece to the original 'Thief of Baghdad' starring Sabu. Not only was she thrilled with it, I was amazed at how well the film has aged.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: November 15, 2009, 02:12:51 AM »
Rediscovering Thomas Köner's 'Nuuk.' Hadn't heard it in a while and am really appreciating how dark and evocative it is. Shorter tracks still conjuring vast ice-scapes instead of some of his earlier long-form pieces. I can almost feel the snow crunching under my feet. I'm looking forward to 'Neus Land.'

I've also been listening to Oophoi's Moon series, and in those light-hearted moments, Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works 2. I might dig out my Deathprod Box set tomorrow.

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Loving the 'Rain' track now. Downloading the other tracks. Thanks for a terrific interlude on a Saturday.

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But I would look on the bright side too: could it be that perhaps, if the quality and uniqueness of the physical product reaches a certain height, will there be a certain segment of people who value that, and will in turn support it by buying the album itself? I don't know, I have often felt that so little care has gone into the physical product of the cd that there almost is no reason to own it, that it would have been better to buy it even cheaper as a download. Still, though, that's no reason to actually steal the music.

A lot of work went into this CD, as all artists who share their music will tell you. The artwork was indeed beautiful, as is their website. Personally, I still believe in owning(and paying for) a physical product. If I don't grab my iPod before hopping in the car, I can still grab a CD and hit 'play' while driving. It's like a book in that regard, still portable and low-maintenance.

Consider the fact that recordings made back in the early age of vinyl(78's from the 1930's, etc.) are still playable today. Much of this past history would be lost forever if it were just 0's and 1's. I worry sometimes that music made today, especially online-only music, may disappear in a world that considers art in many forms increasingly disposable. All the more reason to appreciate when an artist makes the effort to put together the whole package. I'm old enough to remember the original Dark Side of the Moon with the stickers and posters along with the original album artwork. How often do you see a CD release with that much effort put into it today? If you're creating music that exists only on a computer hard drive, you might be a crash away from losing it irretrievably.

Mozart, Beethoven and Bach created music that will live forever. Where will this music be in 50 years? Will anyone even be able to listen to it? Look at your music collection and ask yourself, 'What would I like my grandchildren to hear from this period?'

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Back on topic, 'Endurance' is a beautiful album, and I enjoy it on an almost daily basis. Check out their myspace page to hear sound clips, but more importantly, buy it. Whatever else, I hope we hear more from this artist again someday.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: List of words it is not OK to ever say
« on: March 01, 2009, 12:06:16 PM »
When people write, 'would of' instead of 'would have' (As in, I would of pwned that dude, yo) I want to reach into the Internet and throttle them. I'm seeing this more and more these days.

Stay in school, kids.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 02, 2009, 01:06:45 PM »
Over the weekend:

No idea why, but I felt the need to listen to Gentle Giant's In a Glass House. So now I've pulled out the old vinyl and played their whole catalog the last 2 days. It was a '70's binge.

I don't think I've listened to this stuff in 20 years. i loved it. Might be time to bust out the Hawkwind and ELP discs.

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I’m not that familiar with Dead Weather Machine (and how's this Re:Heat related to DWM itself?)
Could it be Cold Spring (label that released it first) reissuing DWM?


From the Manifold press release for Dead Weather Machine:
Originally conceptualized as a 100 copy cdr to go with a special limited edition of Dead Weather Machine, Manifold commisioned Sleep Research Facility to create a single hour-long track of total dark-ambient drift based on the original material. We were going to make a ltd ed. release of 100 copies. To put it plainly, when we got this master we were blown away and realized this was too good to let slip into obscurity. It would be a shame to keep this from being available to all people who seek out the best in dark-ambient and drift. This disc is the representation of what we started a label like Manifold for; totally dark, experimental ambient. Engaging, emotional and worthy of listening to ten years down the road. Roughly an hour of slowly changing, deep, meditative drift based on the Dead Weather Machine source materials.

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Steve Roach Starting Point ?
« on: January 18, 2009, 12:21:33 AM »
I'd also kick in my recommendation of Dreamtime Return. It was my introduction to Steve Roach's music, and although every suggestion here is good, DR has a good mix of tribal, sequencer-based, and pure floating ambient. All the different aspects of his music that he has explored in the past 20 years have their roots in this album, and you really can't go wrong here. 

That said, you really can't go wrong with any of his work.

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Can't let this go without mentioning SRF's 2nd release, Dead Weather Machine, and its companion release Dead Weather Machine re: Heat. Jumps right off the board into a very deep underground pool of dark ambient.  Pure headphone bliss.

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Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: December 18, 2008, 04:52:41 PM »
I gave up on Neal Stephenson's Baroque Trilogy. Just too dense and impenetrable. I'm now reading a collection of Jack London stories, which is more appropriate for the season. I'm currently reading White Fang, and loving every word. Next up: Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: 2008 winter weather
« on: December 18, 2008, 04:36:06 PM »
Here in San Diego, CA, we've had a few days of rain(snow in the mountains), with more expected for Christmas. Where I live by the ocean, the temps got all the way down to a chilly 52 degrees!!!   ;D

So, before my fingers freeze and I can't hit 'play' on the CD player anymore, Happy Holidays to everyone.   :)

Mike and Lena, thanks for letting us play in your yard.

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: December 11, 2008, 04:37:49 PM »
Just arrived from APK's Data Obscura:

Entia Non - Updrafts

Description Without Place(Entia Non/Anthony Paul Kirby) - Filaments

Excellent releases, both.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Migraine Scotoma - I got a bad brain.
« on: December 03, 2008, 01:39:48 PM »
"The causes of migraines are not extensively known. Though originally it was thought that migraines
were due to restriction and constriction in blood vessels in the head, doctors now believe that the
predisposition to migraines is a hereditary abnormality in cell control in the brain. Other factors that
can contribute are stress, food allergies or intolerances, a sudden drop in stress levels, lack of food
or sleep, exposure to light, or, in women, hormonal imbalances. These triggers do not cause the
migraines, but they are thought to activate the process that leads to them
."
Heredity, definitely a factor in my case. The food allergies are a real problem for my sister. Caffeine, chocolate, or anything with MSG, is basically off-limits.  I'm not quite as bad with food, but I can't drink alcohol anymore. Anything aged, especially bourbon or wines, with all the sulfites, will trigger a migraine before I even feel the buzz from the alcohol. Insomnia is another problem I have. Lack of sleep, or erratic sleep patterns cause a lot of problems for me.
Ironically, it's one reason I like ambient music. It helps me to sleep.  ;)

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Actually, it looks like the Big 3 are each burning through 2.5 billion a month, according to FBN.  So, it's even worse than we thought.

I think the A) scenario is feasible, as there is already precedent, since Chrysler got a 1.5 billion dollar loan in the '80's, and most importantly, paid it back in full. So it's not like this money went down a rathole. I believe the loan option is the way to go, provided there is strict oversight on business operations, and the companies involved show good-faith efforts to change their practices. Just making it a 50 billion dollar cash give-away will only make it possible for them to come back in a year and say, 'We need more money.' The bailout just puts off the inevitable.

Having said that, I don't think this can go forward without a sacrifice. One of the big 3 may have to fall on its sword in order for the industry as a whole to survive and move forward.  It's horrible to consider, but the auto industry needs to understand there is no going back.

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I'd recommend the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? for anyone curious about the events around the EV1, which was GM's aborted attempt at an electric car. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Killed_the_Electric_Car

Once you see this, though, you're likely to be so angry at GM that you'll want to see the company go bankrupt.  GM certainly had a chance to get a head-start on the rest of the world, but they decided not to pursue it, for whatever reason.

Here's my thought about bailing out the Big 3: I'm against it. Yes, Mike, you're right, there will be bloodletting,  and many people will be hurt by it. But at this point, I don't see how you can make GM/Ford/Chrysler change their ways. Just giving them 25 Billion dollars when they're already burning through 1 billion a month will not change anything. Give the Big 3 that money now, I guarantee they'll be back in a year, asking for another bailout.

Someone has to be allowed to fail. The industry will fight change until there is a catastrophic loss that makes them realize the old way of doing things is done. Declare bankruptcy, restructure, reorganize, and streamline your operations. There has to be outside oversight. There are still gas-guzzlers on the drawing boards there. Didn't GM just introduce a new Hummer? That kind of thinking needs to stop Today.

It takes years to get a car from the drawing board to the showroom, that's just the nature of automotive design. Once GM makes the choice and says, 'Yeah, this is our next car for the new year,' a plant somewhere has to begin the massive retooling effort to start manufacturing those cars. None of this happens quickly.

If our money is to be used to bail these companies out, it is perfectly reasonable for us to demand that those resources and money be directed into forward-thinking, efficient cars that will eventually replace the cars of today with cars that take the company, as well as the country, into the future. Left on their own, the executives will try to continue business as usual. They are already fighting the suggestion that they be told how to spend the bailout money.

The union stranglehold on the companies will have to be loosened as well. They will have to make concessions on their end. The joke in the auto industry is that Ford, GM and Chrysler are these huge medical care providers that also happen to make cars on the side. The operating costs for retirees alone are staggering.

None of this could be done without shedding thousands of people and jobs. The companies, unions, contractors, line workers and support companies, etc, would all be profoundly affected by this. Not to mention the cities and states that would be devastated by the effects of a vastly reduced auto industry.

But the alternative is to watch at least one of these companies suddenly stagger and collapse under its own inertia, as Lehman Bros. did. Watching one of its own die will be the catalyst that makes the other car companies finally see the light, and start working together. 

Adapt or Die.

And no one wants to buy these cars anymore anyway. They want to pay less for gas, people want cars and vans that allow them to get around, and for soccer moms to get their kids around. And we know there are cars out there that will deliver, but they're not coming out of Ford, GM, Chrysler. They can offer incentives to buy these cars, but you can't take a young family with 1, 2 kids and shoehorn them into a new 8-cylinder Ford Mustang Bullitt.

The mindset in Detroit still seems to be muscle cars and Hummers. People would like to drive more fuel-efficient hybrids, if they could plug them in at night. I see very little effort at the state level to offer support for hybrids. A couple token spots to refuel your electric car....

Change comes from within. Let's see what GM's current 5-year plan is, and then decide whether it's worth rescuing. If there's no real fundamental shift to newer technology that puts hybrids on the streets in massive numbers within, say, two years, then clearly the company isn't planning ahead, and our money shouldn't be used to prop up an outdated business model.

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Got the CD this week. Most excellent album, it'll be on my 10 best this year.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Concession speech = classy
« on: November 07, 2008, 12:41:30 AM »
Not really sure what I said that could be offensive, but then again, I tend to do that often.
Sorry. :-[

Not sure what I said to provoke a negative response(I didn't see it), my only point was that whatever our personal preferences, the election is now behind us, and that it was time to look forward.

I'm looking forward to listening to Eluder's The Most Beautiful Blue. Great new title from Jason@Infraction.  ;D

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Concession speech = classy
« on: November 05, 2008, 06:25:42 PM »
More importantly, now that the campaign is finally over, it's time to show our support for the new President. Half of us are elated, half of us are depressed (all of us are exhausted), but in the end, the citizens of the United States have a new Commander-in-Chief. Recriminations have to end. We have a country with serious issues that need our full attention. Let's give Obama a chance to show what he can do.





P.S. Bad news...I heard someone say, 'Today is the first day of the 2012 campaign.'  :(

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