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Topic: Serious Discussion / Obama and free checking.

You shouldn’t generalise people with debts, SanAntanioSpurs. Lots of people get into too high debts of banks and other loansharks who didn’t protect them and have very confusing terms that isn’t understandable for the average Joe(who didn’t study accountancy or law, even then it’s very confusing and requires lots of attention).
Another example: people who got health problems try to survive and pay medical bills to keep on trying to be healthy even if it costs money and put themselves in serious debts.(rather poor than dead principle)
Or people who lost jobs and try to pay off mortgages, they try to keep their house so they have a roof and food for their children. If they can’t find a job quickly, they’ll get in trouble.

Life is easy if all goes accdoring to plan…

I know there are people with spending/“keeping up with joneses”-fever.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What instrument does everybody play?

Originally posted by Freezerburnt:

I am able to play the recorder, but that’s only because I was forced to for 4th grade music class. I hated it, and ever since that unit ended, I have never picked one up since.

shame, it’s such a useful instrument to annoy people with it! Overblow it to get higher… the endless times I annoyed my brother with it :D

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What instrument does everybody play?

cornet, trumpet, flugel, well all valved brass instruments, and bugle. oh and most unpitched percussion, and recorder!

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Homosexual Marriage

The catholic church hijacked the marriage, it was a secular ritual. Later on the church registered married people(like they already did for births and deaths) later on they added a ritus. then it became a sacrament. (read on the history of marriage on wikipedia)
Most western countries have a clear seperation of civil and a religious marriage.
Giving different names for the same thing is not enough for true equality. I’d never be happy with another name. Not that I have to worry about it since I live in a more civilised country than the USA. ^^

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Looking for help producing music

I agree. Not using a midi keyboard doesn’t equal to robotic. I’ve never used one in all these. You can have subtle tempochanges, just like you can change dynamics.
Try to use one DAW till you master it before you step on to another,. Most are the same in the end.
I guess if you use lots of patterns, fruity loops is the easiest.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What sound tools are used for the music collabs?

Well I’ll give you two examples:

http://gryvix.posterous.com/one-of-my-first-experiments

Using Eastwest, I find the brass quite good, wich is the main problem with digital instruments, they just sound bah(it’s due to the complex sinewave) Also you can tweak every instrument. I haven’’t really done much, as it says it was just an experiment, the vibrato is a bit off, sounding mechanical, and an outburst now and then.

The panel where you can tweak an instrument:

The only drawback, for me, wich might explain the outbursts that it uses more cpu and ram than Edirol. My computer at the time wasn’t really great :p

Edirol is easier to setup I find, but never really worked great with me, tubular bells giving troubles, playback going haywire, a quick mock-up of a brass band piece I made(just for my own hearing to get a more real listening instead of hiring a brass band :p )

I’m saving up for http://www.bestservice.de/found.asp/quantumleap/complete_composer_collection_play_edition/en it’s 900 EUR tho, but much cheaper than buying them seperately.

Edirol is getting dated, EW stuff is updated to work with the new computer 64-bit and such, multithreading, using multiple cores and such.
I don’t know if it was the same computer problems, because other people said they didn’t have it. (some percussion I might have used Eastwest, can’t remember)
http://wikisend.com/download/612958/Hera005.mp3

Out of tune sometimes, outbursts, eight notes getting random accents…

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Open carry discussion. ( firearms )

I find that article (Armed Citizens Make Fewer Mistakes Than Police) very biased.
It doesn’t take into account that police men are often in dangerous situations with a quick judgment call, also patrolling at night with bad sight.

On the stopping of the car: I don’t really see the point in refusing the search… The bickering takes as long or longer as the search.
I once got stopped by the police, They found me walking around in black clothing at 3:00 a bt strange, they thought I’d might be a burglar. They had their hands on their guns. I just let them go through my stuff, the only thing that took long was the guys at the police station to check my identity. ANd had a pleasant chat while waiting. They even offered to drop me off at home. If I acted up r any other I’d be in a lot more trouble, eg putting me in jail for the rest of the night.

Maybe the US police force should be trained more in shoot to disable rather than shoot to kill, dunno ^^

Pff power corrupts, nothing new. gun is power

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / President Obama is coming to my city. What should I do? Are these things a waste of time?

The laser could hurt the eye.

But on the visit, I don’t know what the programme is on that day. It’s just a person. Most of those things are non-events. I saw the king twice, but I was just playing in an orchestra that had to play the national anthems. Otherwise I wouldn’t have shown up.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What sound tools are used for the music collabs?

Since I use the more classical approach:
For music notation I use Sibelius
The sequencer is sonar or cubase In my early days I used Fruity Loops
The vsti(the virtual instruments) are mostly QuantumLeap’s EastWest Orchestra or Edirol, sometimes Garritan’s Personal Orchestra. Or soundfonts, I got tons of those.
Sometimes some after production using cool edit (now called Adobe Audition I think)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Repeal Government's Monopoly of Minting Currency

It is not forbidden to have your own currency in most countries. The national currency has to be controlled by a group to control inflation and the monetary value of it.

There are several regions and villages that use a double system of currency. They have a local currency that is used only locally. Mostly used to buy stuff locally or for doing stuff locally. It works quite well actually.
As long as you accept the national currency of "foreigners’ a government(and they get their taxes in the national currency) will not make any fuzz about it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The Apocalypse,is it near?

I swear I saw four horsemen in the sky yesterday night!

We’re dead. :(

And we all go to hell, unless we donate all our possessions to the Church. Peter is a greedy guy :(

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Wikileaks.

who should sue them? and on what grounds? wikileaks didn’t do anything illegal.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Wikileaks.

It isn’t reckless by Wikileaks, the US government has been reckless with the information.
Wikileaks hasn’t got anything to do with the US Government.

Giving information to one party is a deed: collaboration. Lots of people got killed/punished for doing that during and after WWII.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / the best restaunt in your town

There aren’t any dams in my city :’(

Discrimination! >.<

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Unions good or bad ?

no, since in most western countries unions have to work out a deal for the whole company or sector including non-members.(open shop principle) The US still have closed shop and union shops. More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_union#Shop_types

Selfemployed/employers can make up their own working conditions.
Workers have a weak position against the employer: this is why they have to be unionised to make a collective pressure: the so-called collective bargaining.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Unions good or bad ?

A union is an organisation that protects the rights of employees.

A guild is an organisation of employers(this includes self-employed) that protects their own rights.

(this is in short, and guild might seem a bit of an archaic term ^^ )

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should prostitution be legalized in the United States?

Never heard of safe sex, StillCharged?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Unions good or bad ?

Self-employed people can’t form a union(in the sense that is the topic here).
What you are explaining is a guild, to put in old-school terms, or a cartel even in a later stage.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Wikileaks.

Informants know the risk involved in informing…
It’s a war, you know if you are collaborating with one side, the other side will not like you.
The informants risked themselves when informing.

It’s the US Army that didn’t protect their information well enough, they are to blame. Wikileaks didn’t steal the information, it only published it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Unions good or bad ?

Unions got a lot of power, but it depends on the country’s laws. In Mexico you can just say that they are equal to the mob. America’s rules are a bit weird.
The difference here, in Belgium, is that when a union striking eg. for higher wages, they strike for everyone in the company. Employers don’t check if they hire members of a union or not. The only real advantage, money-wise, unionised people have is that they get striking money(+-20EUR/day). Unions are regional(Flemish/Wallionian) split up sometimes by sectors(eg metalworking, construction,… also seperate ones eg police and traindrivers) You got different unions to choose from, socialist, liberal, christian, neutral…
People tend to forget all the other things they do, help people to get new jobs, help with problems on the workfloor, held defending the employee’s rights, especially when the company has to downsize or close down, make sure the workfloor is safe,…

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Wikileaks.

It doesn’t really matter if they get killed, others will fill the job immediately and the US will be blamed, even if not proven, putting stress on diplomatic relations.

Keep in my mind that Wikileaks has nothing to do with the war. They just publish documents to give users neutral and objective details.
It’s not wikileaks who is to blame but the one who has given the information to wikileaks, and it is probably someone high enough to get those documents, or at least someone who stole the documents from someone who didn’t protect their secret things well enough.
It’s the US Army/NATO partially to blame in this too.

It isn’t exactly smart to keep such a large amount of sensitive data in one place.

Nevertheless, Wikileaks might have done wise to blacken the names in the documents.

To close with a saying: "Don’t shoot the messenger!’

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / A mosque at ground zero?

A verse about mosques:

9:107 (Y. Ali) And there are those who put up a mosque by way of mischief and infidelity – to disunite the Believers – and in preparation for one who warred against Allah and His Messenger aforetime. They will indeed swear that their intention is nothing but good; But Allah doth declare that they are certainly liars.

other verses mentioning the mosque is about that you should not disallow people from entering the mosque. Also a verse mentioning not to fight in the mosque unless for defense.

checked verses dealing with warfare, couldn’t find anything either.

(source: www.islamicity.com )

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / A Comparison Between Wood and Concrete

wood isn’t that terrible, there are quite a few beautiful and old buildings made of it:
The Borgund Stavkirke: build in the end of 12th century: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1b/Borgundstavechurch.JPG

I like bricks more than wood and concrete tho.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / United Kingdom UFO files released. Churchill supressed info because "it would kill religion'.

Some of them had radar-installations, but they were rarely used, They had also a anti-radar-system. Also sonar(invented a year after the French, in 1913), altho a different type than the allies had…

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / There ain't no justice... Censorship?

That would be heaven, alas…