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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: June 17, 2014, 02:18:14 PM
Surveillance technology use is more addictive than crack AFAICT.

One reason why I never participated in any project that involved monitoring people was because I have seen what this technology does to the people who use it.
 (see attachment in previous post)
Do you feel the same about home surveillance of your own pad?
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: June 13, 2014, 10:04:55 PM
This is interesting.  Not in a generate discussion type of way (anything like that would probably end up in the basement), but interesting enough that I thought a wider audience might be interesting in seeing it.
 (see attachment in previous post)
i love things like this.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: SwiftKey goes free (but you have to pay for themes) on: June 12, 2014, 03:53:19 PM
i don't actually like the press-and-hold feel of swype.  damn.  no perfect keyboard.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: SwiftKey goes free (but you have to pay for themes) on: June 12, 2014, 12:56:06 PM

Really!? - my experience is the total opposite of yours and I own both Swiftkey and Swype. I found SwiftKey *much* more accurate and this compensates for the limited suggestions. SwiftKey has made KISS an art.

The trick about swyping is: Only swype relatively well known words, if you swype rarely used words or names typing is much faster.
yea, i was surprised to.  By the way, i only decided this today!  it sounds like swiftkey is much more accurate for only common words.  for less common words, it's not.  now, apparently, i don't like trying to figure out whether a word is common or not so i type vs. swype.  that's too much thinking per sentence for me.  that's why i'm leaning towards swype where i can do the same thing for each word.

swype isn't perfect either.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: SwiftKey goes free (but you have to pay for themes) on: June 12, 2014, 11:50:57 AM
I've been a little annoyed at swiftkey lately.  sometimes, there's no way to swype a particular word, so you end up trying about 3 times and then give up and type it.  I don't know of a good way around this.

i like the swyping style and swiftkey overall, just need a couple of things to be really powerful.

I just went back to trying swype, and i think swype is the better product.  you have more predictions to choose from.  the accuracy seems to be better also.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: June 08, 2014, 04:26:48 PM
I'm in the minority here. Sad I didn't think too badly of 'Melancholia' - don't remember it too well... viewed it quite a while back but I've rated it a 7 on IMDB. I'm smitten with Kirsten "Fangs" Dunst, so that may have had something to do with it.
And I didn't think 'Oculus' was particularly interesting. 'The Conjuring' was the only horror that did it for me this year, had some seriously creepy bits.

My recommendations:
 (see attachment in previous post)Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' - Not his best but it has Anderson's characteristic quirky feel and is an out-and-out visual masterpiece.
 (see attachment in previous post)O Som Ao Redor (Neighboring Sounds) - I adore Brazilian flicks, love their realism. The plot is mostly easygoing but kept me engrossed throughout. And there just might be something more going on than appears on the surface. Wink

yes for grand budapest!  freaking loved that movie, i had a great time!  I know the wes anderson style is becoming a bit familiar, but I don't mind one bit so far.  keep them coming, i love these movies.

Did you guys see the SNL spoof on wes anderson?  So accurate!  lolol!
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSEzGDzZ1dY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSEzGDzZ1dY</a>
132  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / Re: Baby Cody 2014! on: June 06, 2014, 04:42:27 PM
I believe that superboyac still has him (hostage).   tongue

tellme poor Cody (lol)

You guys act like COdy is this nice, sweet, innocent bird.  The guy is troublemaker, I swear.  I can't even begin to tell you the trouble he got into here.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What modern music (today) is considered to be both pop AND intellectual? on: June 05, 2014, 03:51:36 PM
That's why we turned them into rules - sort of a crutch for the creativity impaired.

FWIW I think some "rules" are actually liberating. And creativity by itself is vastly over-hyped in my opinion. A musical idea is cheap. Most of us can crank out a dozen or more on demand. Finding one that's worth doing something with, and knowing how to do something with it, is an altogether different thing. Therein lies (to me) the difference between creativity and art. Creativity is just the raw material - not the finished piece. Or the process leading to it. You need both. But music isn't just about being creative.
Another good one.  thumbs up
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What modern music (today) is considered to be both pop AND intellectual? on: June 05, 2014, 12:43:20 PM
Perhaps that's the real sacrifice an artist pays for his or her art, whether it's music or one of the many others such as painting, sculpture, or poetry. Knowing how "the trick" is done removes much of the wonder one experiences when watching a performance even while it elicits admiration for the performance itself. And admiration, while enjoyable, is not the same pleasure you get from wonder. Wonder comes from innocence - admiration comes from knowledge and experience.
So true.  I am getting better at switching my mind from critical musician analysis mode to just being able to enjoy the music.  I still have a hard time with things that BUMP too much like at clubs, lounges, most parties, most situations where I have to dance with girls.  I'm not really able to tolerate it for more than an hour.  But yea, that's the price I pay for trying to figure out music.  I'm fine with it, I love being able to experience hearing and recognizing a great new song.  I wouldn't give that up for much.

One of the reasons many musicians attempt to master multiple instruments; or explore unrelated musical genres and cultures; or create (or join) radically different music ensembles is to recapture that sense of wonder and innocence. To be able to "just listen" once again. And ignorance (the healthy kind) plays a key role in that.
You know, I never though of it like that!  One of my close friends is like this, and I'm the opposite.  To quote Oscar Peterson, "I'm having enough trouble trying to just play the piano" (when asked if he likes to sing also).  But that makes a lot of sense.  But we are different like that, he's the type where his mind will quickly bore of something once he hears it once (unless it's really good, like Bach or something).  But I don't mind lots of repeated listens.  Usually it's for analysis, but sometimes I can loop a good groove for a while.  Something like this:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBw4uXDvKY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBw4uXDvKY</a>
When that guitar is soloing over those two chords, I can listen to that for a hell of a lot longer than my friend.  Actually, this is really what my question was all about.  In this particular example, yes it's only two chords, but they just got it right for me.  

I'm one of those people that experiences music as a form of mathematics. I really think Pythagoras
was onto something.
Ha!  You know, before I even knew about Pythagoras and music, I made a chord progression diagram in Autocad to see the geometric shapes made from my favorite progressions.  Then I found the Pythagoreans were all over this stuff!  lol.

The challenge is not to get so smart and crafty (i.e. "slick") that the sense of what it's all about gets lost in the process. Because most people - even untrained people - do have an innate sense of what it's all about. And they can easily recognize a good song, even if they don't consciously know why.
This is probably my problem.  But I've been getting better lately at striking that balance.  Playing with people more helps this problem a lot.  Also, not "practicing" and just playing also is a good way to fix it for me.  I tend to practice too much and play too little.

By "intellectual" music, I think what SB was talking about was well-crafted music that dealt with subject matter that speaks to needs a bit higher up Maslov's hierarchy than most of what passes for "popular" music does.
Yes, that is exactly right.  lol!  Especially for performances, I really try not to be an intellectual since my experiences with jazz has taught me that it is largely alienating, unless you have a very particular type of audience (which is very rare).  I spend the analysis/intellect on arranging a song and coming up with the practice routine, after that, I plan on just playing it a lot and see what develops.  And for performances, I like most of it to be pretty second-nature so I can focus on the audience and react to them without screwing up the music.  I was so relaxed at my last gig (country music, easy stuff) that the organizer of the festival made a special note to come to me and mention how relaxed i looked.  I couldn't tell if it was a compliment or if he wanted me to have a little more energy.  I think it was a compliment because I was playing pretty well!
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / What modern music (today) is considered to be both pop AND intellectual? on: June 04, 2014, 06:09:04 PM
Really wondering about this.
Jazz is too intellectual.
Most pop is too pop.
What is in the middle that is still relatively well known, but also can be appreciated by intellectuals?
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / For websites: cool hierarchy navigation animations and presentation on: June 03, 2014, 01:07:59 PM
I'm looking for wordpress plugins, html templates, basically anything that can take a hierarchy of information and present it with cool animations.  Like if I want to go through a branch of a hierachy, it has nice visuals/popups/animations to do it.
The example I'm thinking of is Personal Brain, which can export to a website:

I can pay for it and use it, but I was curious if there are existing things available that work with wordpress or html.  ANy suggestions are welcome.  Thanks.
137  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYplorer lifetime license PRO 50% off on: June 03, 2014, 12:19:22 PM
Did someone say "lifetime" as in "lifetime license"???

Danger Will Robinson! tellme

I've had one for about 8 years, and when Don has changed his licensing terms (at one point the lifetime license was removed from the purchase options) it was always grandfathered for existing licensees - as it should be.  I think that a lifetime license for XY is one of the least risky lifetime licenses.
My lifetime license is 3 years  ..... and hopefully counting for a long time

tellme Please don't get me wrong. I'm not doubting the developer's integrity. I'm worried about long-term sustainability.

Lifetime licenses are generally not a good idea for a software business. Especially if they're offering one to help fix a short-term cashflow problem. Cool
You know how I know lifetime licenses are not good for business?  Because i buy them even if i don't need them.  tongue
138  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Again: Black window captured on: June 02, 2014, 04:02:14 PM
I thought this was a typo for "Again: Black Widow captured"
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: June 01, 2014, 03:04:23 AM
The single biggest barrier to redesigning Windows isn't a techncal issue. From my experience working for a Fortune 5 (not 500), the real problem is that any major change of direction in any large corporation will require that somebody (or some cabal) very high up in the hierarchy be called conclusively wrong.

In an era of stock analysts and personality cults in corporate governance that's about as likely to happen as the Catholic Church (my religious background so put down the torches please) renouncing the Doctrine of Infallibility. As in: "that is so NOT gonna happen," as the 7-year old daughter of one of my clients once put it.

To change direction and redo Windows is to admit the current paradigm (and all the silly arguments previously made for it) were wrong.

That doesn't slot well with Wall Street, because they've previously hailed the chief as "a genius" in public.

That doesn't slot well with the alpha-type personalities at the helms of most tech firms either. Because it calls into question just what it is that they (or any human being for that matter) brings to the party that they're worth "billions and billions" to parrot Carl Sagan. These are not the type of persons who want to admit a good portion of their success was far more due to being in the right place at the right time than it ever was to their intellectual brilliance, personal courage, ot their uncanny ability to see the future and make it real. These are gods we're talking about. And gods only exist as long as somebody still believes in them. (Watch the movie August for a great treatment of that topic.)

Nope, I've said it before and I'll say it again (with thanks to Gerry Weinberg). It's not a technical problem - it's a people problem. And any time it clearly isn't a people problem - you'd better look harder and again.

damn dude.  You keep blowing my mind lately.  Nice nice and nice.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: June 01, 2014, 02:58:31 AM
Is it just me, or does most of this stuff seem pretty obvious?  :?|

It might be more you. A lot of what gets discussed here is done for the benefit of those to whom the information may not be quite so obvious. smiley
I agree.  I have read and experimented a lot with this kind of stuff, and people think I'm an expert know it all, and I don't feel that way.  Reading the way other people think through such things, even when seemingly simple and obvious, is a great benefit to me.  It can confirm a lot of things, or give new ideas, and is just overall pleasurable embarassed
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: May 31, 2014, 06:14:48 PM
loving that cash dolla!  yo!
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Internet With a Human Face on: May 29, 2014, 02:36:46 AM
lo frreaking L at this:
There was an ad for the new Pixies album. This was the one ad that was well targeted; I love the Pixies. I got the torrent right away.
I'm seriously dying, that was so funny.   Grin cheesy
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 28, 2014, 06:03:08 PM
you're referring to irukandji which are pretty much confined to the tropical north, ie there's an awful lot of coastline where you don't have to worry about stingers.  And for the most part the snakes and spiders aren't great beach goers Thmbsup Thmbsup

it's all relative - I don't know how people live in a place where carrying personal weapons is an accepted norm

omg.  that little thing is frightening and impressive.  damn!!

the main body is 5mm, and the tentacles are 1 meter!!

The first of these jellyfish, Carukia barnesi, was identified in 1964 by Jack Barnes; in order to prove it was the cause of Irukandji syndrome, he captured the tiny jelly and allowed it to sting him while his son and a lifeguard observed the effects.
Now that's a real scientist!!  Reminds me of a sherlock holmes story crossed with the guy who discovered the ulcer bacteria (nobel prize!) by injesting it to prove it was caused by bacteria.

I just don't like small, dangerous things.  I feel the more dangerous you are, the bigger and slower you should be, thus allowing everyone to avoid you, and you will proceed to go extinct.  like dinosaurs.  and goliath.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 27, 2014, 06:59:56 PM
Australians, being a hardy people, deal with the presence of the world's most dangerous marine animal with warning signs and vinegar. The vinegar helps deactivate any tentacles clinging to your skin so you can remove them without doing yourself more damage. The warning sign shows a picture of a swimmer in briefs being attacked by something out of H.P. Lovecraft, and cautions that ‘marine stingers are present in these waters during the summer months’. The committee in charge of creating the signs presumably considered adding words like "danger" or "no swimming", but found them over the top. They try not to coddle you in Australia.③

Really nicely done article. Read it here. (The rest of the stories on the site are equally good. Check it out!)
Fascinating.  I've been terrified of those box jellies since i was a kid.  i saw a video of these guys on a boat catching one in a pool-cleaner net (with the long pole).  The wind blew one tentacle that lightly brushed on his arm.  In no time, the arm looked like there was a red, throbbing vein the whole length of the arm about 3-4 inches in diameter.  crazy!

do not mess.  and even worse is this new one they found recently which is even more potent and so small you can't even see it!  it looks like a bubble!  i don't know how people live down there, just the fear is too much for me.  and what's going on there...all the animals are the "most venomous" in the world.  snakes, spiders, jellies.  is venom somehow attracted magnetically there or what?  good gawd.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a 6U rackmount atx chassis. on: May 22, 2014, 06:03:01 PM
@SJ - a gigging computer is a PC that usually packs into a 4U fiberglass flight case and is trucked around to music gigs by a musician. Most are built in a ruggedized rack mount form factor which slots very nicely into these cases.

That Antec is nice. But it wouldn't last half a road trip tossed in the back of a band van with a ton of keyboards, amps, and guitars.

@SB - FWIW, Sweetwater has these PCs last I heard. Configured, tested and ready to roll.

But question: why not a laptop instead?  And more to the point, why not a Macbook or iPad? That's pretty much the defacto go-to platform for mobile/road use. Moog has even released  iPad-only based synths. And ProTools runs on Mac...so...

 What apps are you planning on running on it?
Ok ok!  As with most superboyac® builds, it is far too much overkill.  And I'm ok with that, to a point.  I overkill to a point. (or to a tee!)

It's more than a gigging computer.  It's primarily a gigging computer, but I will also use it for LAN-type parties, MAME parties (after I rig it with the music stuff, I'm going to set it up for MAME).  I also want to take advantage of windows 8 touch stuff, and see if i can incorporate a live recording setup with it.

I've tried the laptop for years.  I've never been satisfied, even as they've gotten more powerful over the years.  I don't like the things I have to go through for cables, power, usb ports, other ports.  It's size is convenient for portability, but it's size is a hassle for using during the gig.  You can see me using a laptop here:
(I have a freaking AMAZING story about the commenter in the comments there)

This is all somewhat of an experiment.  The last few months, I've been very happy with the state of sampled music stuff.  Now that SSDs have become the norm and with the huge amounts of RAM we can do, there are things possible that I couldn't really pull off by myself even 5 years ago.  Especially the things with the samples.  Huge samples have been available for years, but SSDs and RAM have made them playable live now.  So I now have great sounding acoustic bass, brush drums, piano, saxophone (breath controller).  So just recently, I've been putting together arrangements that I'll be able to play live with a backup band that I am satisfied with (me!).  I've effectively been able to clone myself for live music.  And that, my friend, is the narcissist's ultimate fantasy.

I don't know how effective this will be, so I want a full rig to lug around while i figure it out.  I considered a laptop, the REceptor Muse vst machine, etc.  but I want the big rig.  I'll totally overkill it, and if the music fails it will be another powerful pc for me to play with.

And next up will be my server "mini-me" build that I detailed in the other thread!
146  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: CintaNotes on BitsDuJour Fri. 5/23 for $12.50 on: May 22, 2014, 10:44:35 AM
The excellent CintaNotes will be on sale tomorrow for half-price. Also, the full price will soon increase from $25 to $39.
ah...don't need it.  but probably worth getting just cuz it's a good software.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: May 22, 2014, 10:08:43 AM

Thank you all. But I can't help thinking I post far too much. embarassed
mouser has them all saved in his email.  You have your own subfolder most likely.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Any tool to set/manage windows default directories? (program files, users, etc.) on: May 21, 2014, 12:15:34 PM
Let me know if there is any tool out there that can help set the different default directories for windows systems.  Normally I don't mess around with this stuff, but now that we have SSD's I am doing this.  Is there something that can easily manage and change these directories?  I swear I've come across one, but can't remember it.

I know the windows way of doing it, but am looking for something third-party.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How long do hard drives actually live for? on: May 20, 2014, 10:34:48 PM
it seems my paranoia of watching my drive temperatures are still warranted
This is a good moment to enjoy.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ivy Bridge vs Haswell on: May 20, 2014, 05:36:02 PM
My approach is: get a decent CPU, a quality mobo, name-brand power supply and video card, max out the RAM, add a quality hard drive - and call it a day. And no matter what else, try not to let it make you crazy.
Brilliant!!  It's exactly the right way.
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