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Did her decision to join the expedition have anything to do with her daughter?? I thought she decided to join the expedition because she kept having nightmares and she wanted to eradicate the alien species.  The extra footage in Aliens about Ripley's daughter was more about explaining her emotional connection to the little girl "Newt" as Ripley's own daughter would have been 11 years old had she returned to Earth in the first movie instead of drifting in space for 57 years in hypersleep.

I recently bought the DVD's of Alien and Aliens.  I think the first one is a masterpiece from a directorial standpoint, and it's in my top five all-time movies.  The sense of claustrophobia, nightmare, and dread is thick.  The camera shots, imagery, and overall atmosphere is mesmerizing. The fact it was made in 1978 still amazes me.  Aliens (1986) was excellent in its own right--great special effects, good acting & script (although Sigourney Weaver tends to overact in spots).  But it is IMO such a different movie--much more an "action" film than a psychological horror film.  James Cameron is a great director and he has his own style, but the "Hollywood" factor is all over Aliens whereas the original played almost like an independent film.  When I talk to people about the two I often hear the opinion that "Aliens" was better (and I cringe and try to explain gently that they are gravely mistaken!).  Any opinions on this?

Yes, Origins and Artifacts were similar as both were photographs by William Lesch, however Artifacts cover was so abstract there weren't any recognizable "objects".  I still think TS and DT are too similar though.  And the two albums aren't really a series as Metcalf and the other artist on Dream Tracker weren't on TS.  Yeah, Pier 1 Imports! I think I saw these there!

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 23, 2010, 10:08:49 AM »
Datacide II (Inoue/Atom Heart)- Just reissued.

Where to get this one? I liked the other Datacide, Flowerhead. (Fax USA)

These covers look almost identical.   ???

Saw them on World Coming Down, Life is Killing Me, and Dead Again tours.  They were amazing every time.  The coke and booze all those years ruined his health.  Ironically he had sobered up and found religion right before he passed away.   

Everything and Nothing / Peter Steele of Type O Negative Dead at 48
« on: April 18, 2010, 01:48:41 AM »
An incredible musician and lyricist, a true rock n'roll genius.   :(

Yes, eBay is a RIPOFF, they are making a killing on sellers now--not just the insertion fee, but the percentage they take of the selling price is absurd.  My last monthly seller fees amount was $30.00, and I really didn't sell that much.  And their stupid rules about how you cannot leave negative feedback--the irresponsible buyers getting away with murder with no punishment.  eBay can kiss my ass.   

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 12, 2010, 12:18:05 PM »
Harold Budd/Clive Wright-Little Windows.  Fantastic album.
Datacide II (Inoue/Atom Heart)- Just reissued.
John Foxx-My Lost City
Markus Guentner-Doppelgaenger

Very cool sounds. Look forward to it.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 04, 2010, 02:32:40 PM »
Awakenings 2008 Vol. 2
Awakenings 2010 Vol. 1 and 1.5
Fabio Orsi-Wintereise
Tanner Menard-The Oceans of Your Aura
Syndromeda-Waiting for the Second Sun
von Haulshoven-Der Weg des Geistes

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 02, 2010, 12:08:32 AM »
uhurit: try Parson's latest "Jyoti", maybe his best yet.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Jonn Serrie "Thousand Star"
« on: March 30, 2010, 12:08:20 PM »
I bought this last night and it's really great.  Always liked Serries' floating space music, esp. Planetary Chronicles Vol.2.  Lots of deep space drift on this Thousand Star disc, with some "new agey" passages too (melodic piano/synth), but not enough to detract from the overall experience.  Liner notes indicate Serrie's an Air Force pilot.  Never knew that about him.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Phobos Update
« on: March 27, 2010, 08:28:11 PM »
Nice title, Phobos.  I've seen those photos of this Phobos "monolith."  Pretty impressive.  I think one of the astronauts is supporting the existence of it based on his summation of the evidence.  Looking forward to the album.

Also ordered those two Awakenings 2010 (Vol.1 and 1.5), should be coming soon.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Hypnos Forum Weight-Loss Challenge 2010
« on: March 26, 2010, 04:34:22 PM »
I've been doing good for the past 10 days.  Drinking a lot of water, green tea, diet ice tea, skim milk are the only beverages.  5 small meals per day, walking, stationary bike, weights. Had one really rough day at work and came home and, since I'm off the cigarettes now, I "stress comforted" myself with French Bread pizza, a 16 oz. Coke, and a whole box of See's peanut brittle (felt pretty sick afterwards, too).  A temporary slip up, but I didn't quit my program.  I need to lose at least 50, but ideally 60-65 lbs.  My motivation is seeing my big gut and pudgy face in the mirror.  I think after I quit smoking I sort of "woke up" to how badly out of shape I'd become.  Losing weight takes patience and persistence, at least in my experience.  Very helpful to post on this thread as a kind of "online diary."  Hope we can keep it going for awhile.  :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Contacting AtmoWorks
« on: March 24, 2010, 10:12:01 PM »
Yeah, it's sad really.  If you're doing business with AtmoWorks just keep in mind who you are dealing with--angry little immature boys who got picked on at school and now take it out on their customers! Actually now that I think about it this whole thing comes down to a grudge Vir Unis has been harboring with me since many years ago concerning selling his albums on eBay.  I was selling a bunch of AMW discs on eBay around 2002 and suddenly got an angry and accusatory email from VU saying that I was "bootlegging" his music, when in fact I was selling the original AMW discs/artwork.  Several years later a 3-inch CDR on AMW went bad and I requested a replacement disc.  VU sent me a replacement, which I immediately copied to a quality CDR because I didn't trust theirs.  Sold the replacement original on eBay and again--a nasty email saying how evil I was etc.  Guess Vir Unis never got over his grudge so when he received my recent order he never did anything with it except fend off my inquiries with bogus stories about "return to sender" packages, and/or ambiguous silence.  Dude, if you don't want to do business with someone it's your choice but don't play games it just makes you look like a real a******.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Contacting AtmoWorks
« on: March 24, 2010, 12:26:18 PM »
After being promised by AMW I would hear personally from Vir Unis shortly and that there had been a supposed "return to sender" of the package, TWO days went by with still no indication of what was being done (either re-sending item or refunding my payment).  I finally requested a refund last night, and also commented how all I was getting was a bunch of excuses, stalling, and vague answers to what was going on, and that I felt the responses posted here on the Forum by Atmoworks were defensive and not very helpful to the situation.  Instead of resolving the issue quickly with a refund or confirmation they would be re-shipping the item, and DIRECTLY WITH THE CUSTOMER, Atmoworks chose to waste time defending itself here.  Pretty dumb if you ask me.  Actually the only reason I posted here was to get help contacting them.  Nobody here cares about my stupid CD order, so sorry for wasting people's time if you've read any of this.  Finally, I will close this topic with the comment attached to my Paypal refund from Atmoworks: 


Nice!  The feeling is mutual, AtmoJERKS.  8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: March 23, 2010, 04:48:01 PM »
How is the new Fabio Orsi?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Why do the worst songs go on the longest?
« on: March 23, 2010, 10:29:26 AM »
When you say "songs" do you mean non-ambient music? Because I wouldn't call Steve Roach's music "songs," but rather pieces or tracks.  Anways, I've never noticed any correlation between length and quality.  Plenty of "short" tracks that are annoying as hell. I rectify this by just not listening to them.  ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Contacting AtmoWorks
« on: March 23, 2010, 10:23:06 AM »
The only email address I could find on the Amtoworks website was "" in the store section.  Also, again, the address given by Paypal is the same.  Every time I tried contact via this address the message was returned "undeliverable."  I also could not find any way to initiate contact through NING.  You may want to update your info. if this is in fact a non-working address. BTW, I was never contacted about the "return to sender" issue, which incidentally is puzzling as my Paypal delivery address is current and correct.  :o

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