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Everything and Nothing / Re: Spoof audiophile reviews
« on: September 09, 2010, 12:17:55 PM »
Whilst checking out snake oil/valid opinions on the merits of HiFi interconnects. I came across this gem:

Nice one  :D

Years ago I read a review in a hi-fi mag of a base to put under a turntable to dampen out vibration. I couldn't help laughing when they mentioned that it was even supposed to stop seismic vibrations. Like the turntable is going to be your concern if there's an earthquake!

Alright, I need some good TV series to watch... which would you recommend and why ???

Some of my favorite tv series include LOST, battlestar Galactica, Dark Angel etc.

I am currently watching Caprica which is related to Battlestar is quite good..but the ambition and budget I think is lacking...
But I like how they mix the the real world with the virtual world.

I have also been thinking about to begin to watch Star trek once for all..I have only seen maybe 1-2 episodes on tv long time ago..
I doubt it is as good as Battlestar Galactica though...

For anyone in the UK I'd recommend Benidorm which is being repeated at the moment.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Twitter
« on: September 09, 2010, 12:13:41 PM »

It seems to me that the world is 'speeding up' exponentially these days - massive sensory overload.
For me, ambient music is an antidote to all of this - to slow down and reflect.

Wasn't it David Cameron who quipped "Do too many twits make a twat?"??

Everything and Nothing / Re: Spoof audiophile reviews
« on: August 20, 2010, 02:35:07 AM »
Whilst checking out snake oil/valid opinions on the merits of HiFi interconnects. I came across this gem:

Nice one  :D

How about the wooden volume knob that is supposed to improve sound quality:

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: August 20, 2010, 02:16:00 AM »
I'm still reading LOTR.  :-)   

I remember the first time I read LOTR straight-through in junior high school and it took me the entire school year!  I wish I could re-experience that again, that first read-through.

I recently started the third LOTR book but gave up after less than 50 pages. The second book was hard going, and I didn't have the willpower to read about more meetings with people who'll join them in the quest. It seemed to me that there was maybe a 400-500 page novel that had been bloated to three volumes.

Just finished Replay by Ken Grimwood and loved it. Currently reading Mindscan by Robert J. Sawyer which is an interesting look at what makes us human.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 20, 2010, 04:19:02 AM »
Just finished Magnificent Desolation by Buzz Aldrin. It's a revealing insight into his life after the moon landing, and the battles he's had to fight with his "demons".

Now reading the last volume of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It's over a year since I read the second volume, which I found pretty boring so am hoping the last one will be better.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: January 20, 2010, 04:15:43 AM »
That sounds interesting, Sundummy.  I know a guy who keeps bees as a hobby and he must have forwarded me two dozen articles over the past 18 months or so regarding this bizarre colony collapse thing.

I myself have been doing a ton of reading and (audiobook) listening lately.

I finished Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End a couple of weeks ago and loved it all the way through.  It also stood up incredibly well for science fiction over half a century old.  Great writing, a fascinating central "mystery" slowly revealed, pretty good characters (though this is tough with any story that unfolds over more than a century of story-time), and such a world-shifting turn of events toward the end.  Overall, just fantastic.  I wish there were more books containing this kind of simple, imaginative wonder.

I know there are other Clarke fans out there -- would you say the next logical step in exploring this author would be Rendezvous With Rama?  I can't believe I've waited this long to start checking him out, especially given how much I liked the film of 2001: A Space Odyssey and even 2010.

Rama is pretty good, as are The Fountains of Paradise and The Songs of Distant Earth. Have you read The City and the Stars?

Everything and Nothing / Re: DVD Slide Show software
« on: January 15, 2010, 10:28:33 AM »
Wondering if anyone here has any experience/opinions/feedback on PC-based slide show software, i.e. software for taking JPEG images (digitial and scanned photos) and marrying them with audio/music, captions, and then animating them (the slides) with interesting fades, transitions, Ken Burns effects, etc to make a finished product that can be burned onto a DVD. I can do all this stuff with Power Point but I want to start making slide shows of our pictures for showing on TV via DVD. I know ProShow Gold is the benchmark but lotsa reviews say it is too complex for novices because it's intended for the "pro" who wants lots and lots of capabilities. I'm looking for something "kinda" complex and sophisticated but with a very easy to use interface, like Wondershare DVD Builder or Xtreme Photo Story.

Anyone have anything to offer? Also am looking for suggestions on best buys for external DVD burners, e.g. brand and type that won't break my bank.


I've heard from someone who uses ProShow Gold to make wedding DVD slideshows that it's not too difficult to use.

Everything and Nothing / Ambient Visions
« on: January 15, 2010, 09:21:13 AM »
Does anyone know what's happened to Ambient Visions? Has Michael Foster given up with it?

Everything and Nothing / Re: Oriental/Asian style atmospheric music
« on: October 21, 2009, 12:12:16 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll check them out. I'd forgotten about Kitaro even though I have all his Silk Road albums!

Everything and Nothing / Oriental/Asian style atmospheric music
« on: October 13, 2009, 12:18:24 PM »
Been listening to Jarre's Fishing Junks and Sunset and Jon Mark's Asia Journey this week. Can anyone recommend any other music in a similar vein?

Star Trek has certainly been discussed a lot on this Forum, but I think most of us agree that Star Trek has been less interesting in the movie theater than in the TV series.

The upcoming Star Trek film, directed by JJ Abrams (creator of such TV shows as Lost, Alias and Fringe) seems to be getting very good buzz from preview audiences.  For those who don't know, this film is a sort of "prequel," picking up the development of the Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty and other recognizable characters from the original series when they were young enough to be entering Starfleet Academy.

I think the concept is a promising one, and I think Abrams was a great choice to take a fresh approach to Star Trek, but I have to admit I was still pretty worried about how this would turn out.  Initial responses (check out today's for some of these preview comments) are very positive.  Anybody around here care about this new Trek movie?

I'm curious to see the film, though the trailer suggests it's probably just another fast and furious CGI film. Wasn't Roddenbery's original pilot The Cage criticised by the studio executives for being "too cerebral"? If only we got to see a Hollywood film that is marginally cerebral these days.

Everything and Nothing / Re: List of words it is not OK to ever say
« on: March 26, 2009, 01:43:31 PM »
The phrase "not so much" really annoys me.   >:(

It bothers me not so much  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: List of words it is not OK to ever say
« on: March 25, 2009, 06:02:35 AM »
Teenagers using the word "awesome" have devalued it so much that it no longer expresses awe and wonder. Instead it's just another slogan standing in for a genuine reaction. It's become the new "cool".

Everything and Nothing / Re: List of words it is not OK to ever say
« on: March 21, 2009, 06:52:43 AM »
I absolutely hate the phrase "My bad". Every time I read or hear it I want to reply "Your bad English?!"

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now reading
« on: February 09, 2009, 01:17:23 PM »
Any fans of China Mieville out there? Perdido Street Station and The Scar are for me probably the best modern fantasy out there.

Those are the only books by China Mieville that I've read and I enjoyed both, although The Scar seemed a bit stretched out.

At the moment I'm reading a single volume of 3 Jules Verne stories - 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island, and Journey to the Centre of the Earth. I find Verne quite readable, but clearly the phrase "show not tell" hadn't been coined in his day!

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Fordlandia
« on: February 05, 2009, 01:33:17 PM »
Wow. I just got hold of Fordlandia by Johann Johannsson which has amazing first and final tracks. I'd never heard of this musician before until Kerry Leimer mentioned him to me recently. Though the music is probably classified as neo-classical readers of this forum may find it worth a listen.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Strange multiple echoes?
« on: February 05, 2009, 01:23:20 PM »

This will sound weird, but I'm sure that some of you have sound design and engineering knowledge and might be able to help. My sister lives in a large neighborhood that is less than 5 years old. It has the usual winding streets and even a cul-de-sac is near her house. I believe all the houses have vinyl siding. Not all lots are developed.

When I have stayed at her house overnight, I stay in a bedroom that has a west facing window. I hear cars on the access road outside the neighborhood, the funny thing is that 1-2 seconds after a car goes by I hear what sounds like a distant small bell ringing. It's very strange and the only thing I can guess is that the car sound is making multiple echoes on the vinyl siding of the houses. I find it strange. I haven't been at her house recently, and another house got put up on the lot beside hers. This phenomenon might not occur now.

Any guesses to this weirdness?  I do know that I tend to be a bit sensitive to the environment and would notice things like this.

Thanks.  ??? 

Recently when in the downstairs loo (due to a long standing affliction I spend more time than I prefer in there!) I've noticed what sounds like sonar on those old war films set in submarines. Have yet to find out what's causing it. I guess unidentified sounds are fairly common in our modern world.

Everything and Nothing / Re: It's a new year... let's introduce ourselves
« on: January 31, 2009, 09:10:49 AM »
Ay Up (as they say where I originally come from),

Dene Bebbington, an occasional reader of this forum. Some of you may know me as a reviewer for a few years with Wind & Wire, Ambient Visions, and my own (now dormant) site Melliflua. Apart from music my main interests are reading (mostly but not exclusively Sci-Fi and Travel) and article writing - I've had a few articles published over the years, mainly in specialist magazines.

Edited to add: as most people are mentioning their age, I'm 42 but feel older (don't do enough exercise, and eat too much chocolate though I'm not overweight).

I now live in Wiltshire (England) with my wife Joy who I married last year after being together for about 6 years. We don't have any kids, though Joy has a dog (a daft Jack Russell) at her parents who live nearby. In recent years I've become a bit obsessed by holidays and probably spend too much time pouring over brochures and checking out reviews and forums on tripadvisor.

For a living I work for a mobile telco managing software development. It pays well but half the time I can't stand the place!

In short:

Love: my wife, holidays, beautiful scenery, music, books, words, hot women, shiraz, quality tv, peaceful surroundings

Hate: George Bush, Gordon Brown, self absorbed and inconsiderate people, winter, vacuous tv, cities, ignorance, work, football

Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you speak English with an accent?
« on: September 27, 2008, 01:27:58 AM »
I have to say that I couldn't differentiate between most american accents (with the exception of a New
York accent perhaps).

Having lived in Northern England all my life, I have the same trouble with southern accents. London,
Essex, Somerset yeah, but the rest just sound generically 'southern'. However, I can certainly pick up on
most Northern accents. I'm from the North East (Middlesbrough) and we have a very strong accent,
particularly the 'Geordies' (Newcastle), apparently it's more akin to Norwegian (those dashed Viking
invaders) than the rest of the country. Mancs (people from Manchester), Scousers (Liverpuddlians) and
Brummies (citizens of Birmingham) all have very recogniseable accents, as do Leeds and Lancashire folk.

In my experience, there's far less of an accent from people living in Hull, York, Nottingham and
Leicester. For such a small country, there's a lot of diversity.
Naturally, I'm one of the few people who can 'speak proper'.

'innit ?'


Ay Up Pete. I don't think tha lot from "wehay the lads" land speak proper English, even if yeh are a canny lot  :) ;D

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