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I Made You, I Can Unmake You in General
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quote:
Originally written by POK:

On a Mac, a very easy way to type ellipses is option-semicolon.
Wow. I didn't know that.



Sure enough. Well, you learn something new every day.
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I Made You, I Can Unmake You in General
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Profile #24
quote:
Originally written by Icshi:

Saves wear on that fragile left pinkie.
Duh. It's neither the pinkie nor the left hand at all. It's the finger next to the pinkie, on the right hand, dang it!

What the flippin' heck was I thinking?!?

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...Unless you type like you play Scarlatti — with lots of hand-crossings in mid-sentence.

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I Made You, I Can Unmake You in General
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Profile #22
Use copy and paste, so you only have to hit Command + V every time you want to insert "..."

Saves wear on that fragile left pinkie.

[ Sunday, November 13, 2005 14:48: Message edited by: Icshi ]
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Insane? Get out of here... in General
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Yes, Riley's "score" is really little more than a guideline — every performance is different, with a great deal of improvisation involved.

There used to be an 18-minute clip (of the excellent 25th anniversary performance) for free available years and years ago at MP3.com, but it's long since gone. You'd really have to hear at least this much to develop a real impression of the piece. It's very slow, and requires a long attention span and a great deal of careful listening. The full piece is an hour and fifteen minutes.

There are various performances available on CD. I think the best recording is the 25th anniversary performance, in which Riley himself took part:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/ -/B000000R3V/qid=1130998607/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/102-5146064-2860103?v=glance&s=classical

There's a teeny-tiny sound clip, but hardly enough to even get a rough feeling for the piece.

Here are some of the other recordings:

The Shanghai Film Orchestra, using Chinese instruments. Very bouncy and cheerful, this one:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detai l/-/B0000007WF/qid=1129836160/sr=1-23/ref=sr_1_23/102-5146064-2860103?v=glance&s=classical

One done by a Japanese group, with a nice droning background:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/ B0000647KU/qid=1129834753/sr=1-13/ref=sr_1_13/102-5146064-2860103?v=glance&s=music

A group called Bang on a Can did a performance a few years ago (no sound clip here, though one can be found at the iTunes music store):

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0 0005NUPM/qid=1129837557/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/102-5146064-2860103?v=glance&s=music

And the original 1968 performance (also with Riley participating), which is a bit too fast and shrill for my taste:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/ detail/-/B0000024Q8/qid=1131924153/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-5146064-2860103?v=glance&s=music&n=507846

[ Sunday, November 13, 2005 14:45: Message edited by: Icshi ]

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I think In C is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever created. I could listen to it all day.

Actually, I have, come to think of it.

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Insane? Get out of here... in General
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quote:
Originally written by Crick:

Alorael, who is willing to believe that Terry Riley may cause insanity. It's somewhere between noise and music, and it has been known to cause uncontrollable urges to break things.
Zounds! Forsooth, uncouth Philistine! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! :P

It's all about the subtlety, the infintesimal shifts in patterns — which Riley has in droves, whilst others like Reich and Glass merely bombard you with loops.

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I smiled for a moment at first, then stopped. It was going on for longer than I cared to listen, so I closed the tab.

Before I loaded the Shockwave Flash movie, I was listening to Terry Riley's Keyboard Study #2, so I had to pause it to listen to those silly motor noises. I begrudge that lost minute of immersing myself in exquisite minimalism!

[ Saturday, November 12, 2005 12:06: Message edited by: Icshi ]

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Mac OS X in General
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Profile #24
I have a Compaq Pressario from the early '90s that's still working amazingly well all things considered. It's easily the most stable computer I've ever had, and has the best word-processing program on it that I've ever used.

Dells are bad, based on things I've heard from reliable sources. I read a report of a Dell laptop suddenly catching on fire becuase its lithium battery was so badly made. There were some very scary photos attached.

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Religion in the Empire in Blades of Avernum
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I like the Cult of the Sacred Item best. I think it best reflects the religious views of the average RPG player.

I'm a card-carrying member myself. You should see all the stuff I keep in my house at Lorelei — not to mention the House on the Hill, up in that small secluded valley.
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Escape from the inane in General
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5.129 seconds. And I thought I was doing so well!

Felt more like 50 seconds of mind-tingling suspense and anxiety. Once my hands stop shaking like leaves I think I'll stagger down the hall and bolster my ragged nerves with a tall cool glass of water.

[ Thursday, November 10, 2005 12:02: Message edited by: Icshi ]

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Can you code? in General
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Maybe he's asking if we do field work for the C.I.A.
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Aussies Come Here in General
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This place is crawling with Antipodeans!

Hmmm... So what does that make us in North America? Propodeans?

Sounds like some neo-fascist political party.

EDIT: Or maybe an obscure 18th century religious denomination.

[ Tuesday, November 08, 2005 18:49: Message edited by: Icshi ]
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RWG in Richard White Games
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quote:
Originally written by Shingai no Junkyousha:

Give Deacon back his forum.
Well, whoever Deacon is, he didn't seem to be using this forum very much.

White abhors a vacuum. He prefers to use his Celestial Broom.
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Avernum 4? in General
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Don't you mean "minuets?" :P

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From the dawn of time in General
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Wow. He used to live in New Jersey? Imagine that.

It's good to see someone rising from humble beginnings to where he is today.

Thanks for digging that up, Aran.

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On Nov 1st, 2005.... in General
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My family's decided to wait and get it for Christmas. It's always nice to have something great to look forward to. :)

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Hpp Vwl Cnsrvtn Dy in General
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Profile #58
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EDIT: Fixed a typo. (As if anyone would notice.)

[ Wednesday, November 02, 2005 12:17: Message edited by: Icshi ]

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Avernum 4? in General
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For a truly tormentful experience, listen to Philip Glass's Glassworks while lost in the Honeycomb. Especially the tracks "Floe" and "Rubric," over and over again.

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Pagan stuff... in General
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My family usually celebrates Halloween by watching Spaced Invaders.

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Serenity the Movie in General
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The fact that they had to put it out under a title different than the television series was a bad sign to begin with.

—Icshi, who once saw about five minutes of Firefly on the Sci-Fi Channel by accident and regretted every moment of it.

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Resistance is futile! in General
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Before you know it, they'll be plugging us into Shadow Warships.

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Undead Topics Need Loving Too (aka "Give Me Your First-Born") in General
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That's one of the things I really liked when I switched to OS X — Russian, Chinese, and Japanese fonts all come with the operating system and display correctly all the time! Very nice.

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The Uglification of Thuryl in General
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Yes. And it makes the "Explode Thuryl Now" suggestion all the more reasonable.

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Death to Anama!!! in The Avernum Trilogy
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The nearest analogy I can think of is Orthodox Jews hiring gentiles to do work for them on the Sabbath. You know, cooking, cleaning—

Work is a terrible sin on the Sabbath, but it's gentiles doing it so it's all right...

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What's In A Name? in General
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In another fifteen years, the Russian Oceanographic Survey will clearly show that there's no more life in the sea. And we'll be eating each other.

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