Archive for January, 2009

Call me Information Update Society

January 19th, 2009

Information Society made good on the Apocryphon CD set. Finally I have solid media for those Napster days collections.

Apocryphon’s insets are full of rare photos and tasty blurbs. The track remastering is clean and crisp as you would expect. Personal fave turns out to be “06 – Xmas At Our House” with suffering, torment, and pain. There are so many more tracks for a collection like this such as the Christmas track where “Santa’s comin'” was all twisted and sounds like we need to hide, or the cover of “One”. How about the 3DO tracks? Can we get them?

I followed rumors of a third Think Tank album as well, even saw track lists online! Were these fanciful fabrication only? Lately I want to know where the samples “It’s the information age, brother” and “Do you know that bad girls go to…?” come from.

I went nuts jumping and screaming when watching the 1995 movie “Death Machine” on some late-night cheese-a-thon and heard the samples from Think Tank – Googelplectic.

Why are all the pages I created about Think Tank, Brother Sun-Sister Moon and Hakatak deleted from Wikipedia?? That will teach me to keep information on a public forum.

Anyhow, the third Think Tank Album can be heard on Amazon:

Synthpop Music

The New Romantic Revival

January 19th, 2009

The New Romantic revival is dawning again. Remember when “Alternative” and “New Wave” meant almost the same thing? That was twenty to thirty years ago. The following mentions are rated minor NSFC – Not safe for Christians (profanity and explicit lyrics). Some of the tracks are very listenable.

The industry let the term music be redefined. For two generations it has been forced into a little hole where the only valid instruments were the electric guitar, rock drum set, and one angry singer with no harmonic support. Fortunately this trend is loosing its grip. Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm are returning.

  • The Killers – Day and Age just NAILED the 80s romantic. Are we human or are we dancer? The required elements are all there. Even the almost not English-correct things make it awesome. I keep thinking, “Shouldn’t those words be plural?” Favorite Track: Human of course. Lyrical moment: “Will your system be alright?”

  • Shiny Toy Guns – We Are Pilots the male and female vocalists taking turns. Very light bouncy synths, background chorus. Simple drum sets. Most enjoyed tracks: Waiting, You Are the One, Don’t Cry Out. Lyrical moment “Why are the robots so sad?”

  • The Mary Onettes – Traditional “rock” instrumentation that fools you into thinking that you missed this album from the 80s, but it is brand new. Sweden does Liverpool! Favorite: The Laughter, ironically moody.

  • The Postal Service – Death Cab’s side synthpop project. They used lots of quirky sounds and the witty boy/girl responses on Nothing Better are not to be missed. Lyric Moment: “I’ll be the water wings” on the Nintendo-esque Brand New Colony.

  • Fischerspooner – Odyssey is not exactly as current as these, but it helped pave the way for them. Tracks: Just Let Go, Everything To Gain, All We Are. Lyric brilliance awarded for “We need a war”.

An honorable mention is M83 – Saturday=Youth. This is more indie, and not as popular as the above groups. If nothing else they get eleven points for the sweet recreation of 80s on the cover:

Boys and Girls on film.

The brilliant part of this is that these groups fall into the modern “alternative” category and will be pushed down the throats of the teen generation. Thus the groups can restore some intelligence, harmony, and fun into the music. This will balance the angst and noise that has been so prevalent of late.

Synthpop Music

Two Track Tuesday

January 19th, 2009

Yeah, I know it’s Monday. Time for compare and contrast. Go and listen to these two amazing synthpop tracks:

Gwen Stefani – Wonderful Life
Black – Wonderful Life

Now go and report your findings.

Synthpop Music

Bailouts are for airplanes.

January 19th, 2009

I just casually glanced at the cost of this bailout socialist attack. Adjusted for inflation it is more expensive than WWII!

This is from some news site: “The bailouts cost more than the total combined costs in today’s dollars of the Marshall Plan, the Louisiana Purchase, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the entire historical budget of NASA, including the moon landing.”

I want a list of what I get for my tax dollars!

  • WWII I would pay for to have freedom from communism and to deter aggressive nations.
  • Moon landings and spaceships? Oh yeah! Sign me up.
  • Bad mortgage debt and companies that build bloated unoriginally designed gashogs?
  • Elitist parties in Scottsdale and corporate jets?

I wish I could pass.

Update: It turns out that financial evils and bad debt really can cause an airplane bailout! The sad part is that this sap will go to jail, and our greedy senators and leaders of state will be praised for the same actions.


File under pointless.

January 19th, 2009

Ok, something is up with our local elections. There are nothing but Ron Paul ads everywhere. You cannot look in any direction without seeing them Kryloned on peoples trucks, sides of barns, holding them with hand painted signs on street corners and such.

Now after elections they claim that he got something like 400 votes in Cochise County. This is just impossible. I have seen that many people with signs in Sierra Vista alone! Also the traditional rural voting stations were closed and people were being sent to other cities farther away to vote. The voting stations had large queues when they closed.

Last night the news reported wrong numbers and errors I think the Ron Paulians are neither Democrat nor Republican so somehow their votes don’t matter. I cry foul! The media is only presenting two choices: a woman and a pro-abortion liberal. Our country has gone mad. The internet wins this election.


Knew Knight Rider?

January 19th, 2009

I thought for once in a long while I would give another TV show a chance. Every time I peek at the filthy thing I leave disappointed. Last time was Bionic Woman, as a kid I remember she was all about virtue, strength and goodness. So I give the series a tiny peek and sure enough she is sleeping around with the main doctor, then in a toilet, and so is her little sis in some car. Sigh.

Tonight I was entrapped by an interview where they claimed the fun and light hearted nature of the Night Rider show would be carried into the new one. There was a large part of the original show that was about being good and doing good deeds for the world.

Within the first fifteen minutes we have the new “knight” sleeping with several women at once, and the female lead FBI agent having a one night stand with a girl on some beach. Shame on you, Hollywood! And shame on me, too.

Update: Fortunately the series backed away from most of the foulness. Still has a high flirtly factor, but does not make ick and eww.


Cheetah Anti-spam!

January 19th, 2009

We did the annual free credit reports today. Transunion was arranged badly. Difficult to tell which accounts were open or closed. No useful other information. Confirmation of my identity was clunky. Forced to create an account at the site. The score fee (7.95) and skip fee were equal buttons.
Equifax grouped open and closed in sections, had info about what might be good practices, and told what total credit available was. Very nice. Bar graphs and a pie chart even! Confirmation was simple multiple choice, and no account was required. (As long as you got and printed the report in the same session). Skipping the score fee (7.95) was a small text link under two pay buttons. They said they were the cheapest score fee out there.
Experian had a quick confirm of social, then four multiple choice answers, some of which could be found on any map. Include score fee (5.95) was a grayed out but functional skip button. After confirming my information the site says “unable to give information at this time”. The options for snail mailing it were a broken form. 🙁
Do this:

You may limit “prescreened” offers of credit and insurance you get based on information in your credit report.
Unsolicited “prescreened” offers for credit and insurance must include a toll-free phone number you can call if you choose to remove your name and address from the lists these offers are based on. You may opt-out with the nationwide credit bureaus at:
1-888-567-8688 (888-5OPTOUT).
(Update: one year later and the spam is almost gone! We get maybe one snail-mail from credit people a week! Now was this change because of our effort or because of the failing debt industry?)
January 18, 2010 Did Transunion again

28th December, 2010 did equifax.


Out to TV from PC?

January 19th, 2009

Since greed has killed our public television stations, we are needing a reason to keep our giant CRT tubes. They do such a good job of presenting 480p at 24 fps. (How is it that these modern lcd tvs claim 120 fps when most movie formats are 24-30 frames per second? They must repeat each frame a few times.)

Is it possible to broadcast video in some form from PC to television cable? I am not currently using the CRT televisions or their cables. Now it looks like the over-air broadcasts like PBS are going the way of the Dodo! The “digital transition” is a joke. The signals cannot carry half as far as they used to and we are too rural.

Is there a device to push FM signals in standard TV format (NTSC?) out TO my televisions? They can sure make a ton of them to receive the signals. I want to make and broadcast safe television for my kids. The formats off the internet are sadly much better signals than I can yank from the air. I have seen IPTV solutions in work environments, I need something not so expensive. Maybe using TVants or some such. This just seems to be a smarter investment than a digital converter box.


Motels may go away. Home rentals can stay.

January 19th, 2009

The model for staying in people’s homes as opposed to paying for a motel is improving. Even locally some sites are offering this service. Our family can’t stay in a motel for under 100 bucks a night, but we could easily camp in one of these: Some of these houses are posh impressive. Now I would love to find that house swapping service and exchange for a few weeks with some lucky family in Japan!


Um, Ride YOUR music.

January 19th, 2009

Audiosurf. nuff. (helps to forget Frequency and Amplitude first.)

Puzzle Style awesome

Best song-to-rollercoaster so far

Gaming, Synthpop Music