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Title: The Ask twosuitsluke Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 19, 2016, 12:36:18 PM
So, after more than 3 years we again have The Ask Thread. I thought it may be interesting to open a new one since there are many new members who don't know older members and vice versa. "Rules" are same as in old threads opened by Sir GuitarCozmo. Everyone gets a week to answer questions, you can sign up for it in this thread.
Thread #1 (http://www.dreamtheaterforums.org/boards/index.php?topic=31975.0)
Thread #2 (http://www.dreamtheaterforums.org/boards/index.php?topic=31987.0)

6/20 - Parama
6/27 - Train of Naught
7/11 - black_floyd
7/18 - lonestar
7/25 - home
8/1 - Scorpion
8/8 - MetalJunkie
8/15 - Sacul
8/22 - ReaperKK
8/29 - TAC
9/5 - Prog Snob
9/12 - chknptpie
9/19 - Tomislav95
9/26 - Splent
10/3 - Dr. DTVT
10/10 - Orbert
10/17 - Elite
10/31 - Scar
11/7 - Zantera
11/14 - Stadler
11/21 - axeman90210
11/28 - Chino
12/5 - Adami
12/12 - bout to crash
12/19 - hefdaddy42
12/26 - Nick
1/2 - Serah Farron
1/9 - Sir GuitarCozmo
1/16 - kingshmegland
1/23 - splent
1/30 - Stadler
2/6 - XJDenton
2/20 - Destiny Of Chaos
2/27 - ReaperKK
3/6 - Elite
3/13 - Tomislav95
3/20 - jingle.boy
3/27 - Train of Naught
4/3 - home
4/10 - twosuitsluke
Title: Re: The Ask (...wait for it...) Thread
Post by: Parama on June 19, 2016, 01:12:42 PM
sure
Title: Re: The Ask (...wait for it...) Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 19, 2016, 01:16:10 PM
sure
Would you like to start tomorrow?
Title: Re: The Ask (...wait for it...) Thread
Post by: Parama on June 19, 2016, 01:51:25 PM
sure
Title: Re: The Ask (...wait for it...) Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 19, 2016, 01:59:30 PM
I'd be up for this too, whenever
Title: Re: The Ask (...wait for it...) Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on June 19, 2016, 02:27:12 PM
I'd like to be included as well :)
Title: Re: The Ask (...wait for it...) Thread
Post by: Adami on June 19, 2016, 02:29:21 PM
I'm pretty sure the answer to any question anyone would ask me is simply.........purple.
Title: Re: The Ask (...wait for it...) Thread
Post by: home on June 19, 2016, 04:01:13 PM
This could be fun! I can't do the week starting 11/7 but the week there after should be fine
Title: Re: The Ask (...wait for it...) Thread
Post by: lonestar on June 19, 2016, 05:00:04 PM
Put me up..
Title: Re: The Ask (...wait for it...) Thread
Post by: Scorpion on June 19, 2016, 05:09:44 PM
Sure, I'm down.
Title: Re: The Ask (...wait for it...) Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on June 19, 2016, 05:42:28 PM
I'm down if anyone's interested enough in me.
Title: Re: The Ask (...wait for it...) Thread
Post by: Sacul on June 19, 2016, 06:47:32 PM
Sure, I'm down.
Title: Re: The Ask (...wait for it...) Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on June 19, 2016, 07:03:49 PM
I'm down for it.
Title: Re: The Ask (...wait for it...) Thread
Post by: Bolsters on June 19, 2016, 09:46:33 PM
Following.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 19, 2016, 11:25:46 PM
We can start. My first question: how did you become interested in metal music? Was it the first music genre you liked or you listened to something different before?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 19, 2016, 11:45:58 PM
some dude on a line rider forum sent me metropolis pt. 1 and that's why i'm here
though some other dude used a kamelot song for one of his videos, that was another part of it
but yeah before that i wasn't that big into music, and then i was.
i guess, when i was like 10 i was listening to the pop stations? which notably were better when i was 10 than they are now (still not very good tho)
i also listened to some of the electronic stuff from dance dance revolution and in the groove because i played those for a bit. i don't anymore because the mats are so bloody expensive and break so easily though.
actually I guess, i listened to some dragonforce because of guitar hero, and there were other songs in guitar hero 3 (the one what i got) that I thought were cool and also metal (Metallica's One comes to mind, great song)
and then my tastes just evolved from there, basically.

it's not monday for me yet, but you get a freebie
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 20, 2016, 12:47:04 AM
Then there's 8 or 9 hours difference between us :o
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 20, 2016, 01:11:45 AM
it is now Monday
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Bolsters on June 20, 2016, 01:19:29 AM
it is now Monday
I'm 17 hours ahead of you.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Sacul on June 20, 2016, 01:57:10 AM
What does "Parama" mean? :P
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 20, 2016, 08:39:55 AM
dunno
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: TAC on June 20, 2016, 08:45:40 AM
You can put me down for a week in August.


Parama, what part of the world are you located in? (not stalking)
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 20, 2016, 09:07:36 AM
seattle
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: home on June 20, 2016, 09:16:49 AM
Parama, why did you chose this avatar?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 20, 2016, 09:17:44 AM
because I needed to change from my previous one that I'd had for years, and I really like this album cover
also because I'm special and wanted to not directly use the album cover so I used the back cover
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: home on June 20, 2016, 09:33:00 AM
because I needed to change from my previous one that I'd had for years, and I really like this album cover
also because I'm special and wanted to not directly use the album cover so I used the back cover
Ah, which album is it?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 20, 2016, 09:35:17 AM
intronaut - the direction of last things

it's good
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: home on June 20, 2016, 09:36:34 AM
intronaut - the direction of last things

it's good

Cool, I'll check it out!  :tup
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 20, 2016, 11:51:18 AM
Do you like movies? What are your favorites?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 20, 2016, 12:54:11 PM
What is your favorite East of the Wall tune and why is it Whiskey Sipper?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 20, 2016, 01:10:41 PM
I don't really watch many movies but I loooove 12 angry men
my favorite east of the wall song is the apologist, so it isn't whiskey sipper (that's only like, #5 or so)
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 20, 2016, 01:24:29 PM
I don't really watch many movies but I loooove 12 angry men
That's one of my favorites as well :tup
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on June 20, 2016, 01:34:36 PM
Count me in. This could be interesting.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Sacul on June 20, 2016, 02:51:18 PM
What are the things that attract you the most in the music you love? :P
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on June 20, 2016, 03:18:38 PM
Born and raised in Seattle? I've always wanted to visit Washington, I hear it's gorgeous.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 20, 2016, 03:35:37 PM
I'll answer the sacul question at home
but I moved to Seattle like 5 months ago  :P
born and lived in st. louis until then
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 20, 2016, 09:15:41 PM
okay at the sacul question.
crushing riffs. addictive grooves. powerful emotions. textured atmospheres. technically impressive while still interesting songwriting. or a hypnotic atmosphere to get lost in. dynamic music, unique music, memorable music.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Adami on June 20, 2016, 09:19:16 PM
Where in St. Louis? I grew up in Ladue.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 20, 2016, 09:22:17 PM
i don't feel particularly inclined to get more specific than "south county"  :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Adami on June 20, 2016, 09:50:33 PM
i don't feel particularly inclined to get more specific than "south county"  :lol

lol fair enough. Not my favorite area of town, but lord knows I spent a decent amount of time hanging around south county mall as a teen........for the obvious reasons a young male would.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Bolsters on June 20, 2016, 09:59:51 PM
I don't really watch many movies but I loooove 12 angry men
:2metal:
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on June 20, 2016, 10:02:28 PM
I spent a decent amount of time hanging around south county mall as a teen........for the obvious reasons a young male would.

Weed and bitches?


On topic, do you ever sing Van Halen's Panama with your username subbed into the lyrics?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 20, 2016, 10:04:52 PM
no, as i am not a huge van halen fan.
and i am not a country. you can't visit me like a tourist destination, there is no canal in me. i am just some dude.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Adami on June 20, 2016, 10:08:54 PM
I spent a decent amount of time hanging around south county mall as a teen........for the obvious reasons a young male would.

Weed and bitches?



Minus the weed (although it was certainly there, just not my thing).
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 21, 2016, 09:19:48 AM
anyways let's make this more than a one day thing shall we  :corn
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: home on June 21, 2016, 09:38:25 AM
Parama, what do you think the goal of (your) life is?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 21, 2016, 09:41:31 AM
How old are you? (I don't know if this is known here :D )
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 21, 2016, 09:45:50 AM
Parama, what do you think the goal of (your) life is?
i want to be
the very best
like no one ever w

(i wanna make some cool albums and not die a hobo or something, that'd be pretty cool)

How old are you? (I don't know if this is known here :D )

i don't know about you, but i'm feelin' 23
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 21, 2016, 10:21:24 AM
(i wanna make some cool albums and not die a hobo or something, that'd be pretty cool)
Omg I'm like that, too. I get pretty nervous when I hear what my peers want with their life and I'm like: I want to have enough money to listen to music I want and read the books I want (and both can be cheap if you don't want collection or something). But we should be more ambitious, yeah ::)

Describe your perfect free day :P
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: lonestar on June 21, 2016, 11:16:32 AM
What difficult life experience did you grow the most from?

Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Zantera on June 21, 2016, 11:18:43 AM
Which Seattle band is the best?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Podaar on June 21, 2016, 11:30:27 AM
Parama, If you have a bump on the back of your skull that is slowly oozing white stuff that quickly crusts over, do you panic and go to a doctor or just wait to see if it goes away?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on June 21, 2016, 06:52:54 PM
Will you go to ring dance with me?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 21, 2016, 08:06:55 PM
Describe your perfect free day :P
relaxing at home and listening to a lot of good music
probably some gaming too
and there'd be good food
i'd be happy

What difficult life experience did you grow the most from?
dunno, going through school? i have no clue how to answer questions like this  :lol

Which Seattle band is the best?
i am not actually sure if i listen to any seattle bands. intronaut is portland though? dunno  :lol

Parama, If you have a bump on the back of your skull that is slowly oozing white stuff that quickly crusts over, do you panic and go to a doctor or just wait to see if it goes away?
why did a bird crap on my head
why does this sound like a threat

Will you go to ring dance with me?
sorry, i'm not ready for that kind of commitment yet
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: chknptpie on June 21, 2016, 09:05:18 PM
Ummmm this seems like it could be fun - I'm down to add my name to the list!


Parama - favorite place to travel to or best trip you've had?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: splent on June 21, 2016, 09:21:16 PM
I want to do this again.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 21, 2016, 11:33:48 PM
Parama - favorite place to travel to or best trip you've had?
uuhhh i actually really dislike travelling and all the travelling i've done was against my will  :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 22, 2016, 06:36:41 AM
I know you play some instruments but do you just play for fun or do you have any plans of ever making music yourself? And if so, what genres/bands inspire you most to do so?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: chknptpie on June 22, 2016, 07:26:16 AM
Parama - favorite place to travel to or best trip you've had?
uuhhh i actually really dislike travelling and all the travelling i've done was against my will  :lol

Ha! Well I guess then why do you dislike travel so much?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 22, 2016, 09:40:05 AM
I know you play some instruments but do you just play for fun or do you have any plans of ever making music yourself? And if so, what genres/bands inspire you most to do so?
well, i have written music before but i don't have recording equipment:lol
i dunno, i wanna make good metal, whatever that means

Parama - favorite place to travel to or best trip you've had?
uuhhh i actually really dislike travelling and all the travelling i've done was against my will  :lol

Ha! Well I guess then why do you dislike travel so much?
all the fun stuff i wanna do i can do at home
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 22, 2016, 09:56:14 AM
I know you play some instruments but do you just play for fun or do you have any plans of ever making music yourself? And if so, what genres/bands inspire you most to do so?
well, i have written music before but i don't have recording equipment:lol
i dunno, i wanna make good metal, whatever that means
You can always record black metal with the headset or cellphone mic :neverusethis:
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: home on June 22, 2016, 10:17:48 AM
I know you play some instruments but do you just play for fun or do you have any plans of ever making music yourself? And if so, what genres/bands inspire you most to do so?
well, i have written music before but i don't have recording equipment:lol
You can record with a decent quality for almost nothing if you have a laptop or computer. If you buy a Jack to USB cable (6 dollars from eBay) you can just plug your guitar in the computer and use something like Guitar Rig as amp.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: El Barto on June 22, 2016, 10:21:33 AM
What'd you think of the '97 HBO version of 12 Angry Men? In a comparison you have to go juror by juror, and I think many of Friedkin's casting choices were better than Lumet's.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 22, 2016, 10:28:09 AM
I want to make music that I'd also want to listen to  :corn
but fair enough I guess @ home

And I've never watched any remakes tbh
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 24, 2016, 11:45:15 AM
How many holes in a polo?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on June 24, 2016, 11:59:43 AM
What's some of your other interests Parama besides music?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 24, 2016, 04:15:45 PM
How many holes in a polo?
2
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 24, 2016, 04:16:32 PM
What's some of your other interests Parama besides music?
I play the video game sometime yes
And I play guitar and would play drums except I have none in my apartment
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on June 24, 2016, 04:18:32 PM
Sounds like my youth.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on June 24, 2016, 09:25:33 PM
What video games do you play?
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 24, 2016, 09:28:53 PM
platformers, puzzle games, rhythm games

rn i'm replaying super mario galaxy 2 and playing the wii rhythm heaven
also i bought majora's mask 3d the other day
and zero time dilemma is coming out in 5 days which i am super hyped for
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 25, 2016, 04:54:07 AM
How many holes in a polo?
2
a polo

It's 4, nice try

Majora's Mask is awesome and so is SMG2, but A Link To The Past remains my favorite game of both franchises. I must've played through the entire game at least 3 or 4 times and it's still amazing, might just be my favorite game of all time. I've no interest in the 3d version of MM to be honest.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on June 25, 2016, 04:56:27 AM
I've never played MM actually. I've only every played OOT and the snes zelda.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 25, 2016, 05:02:21 AM
I never played any Zelda game :|
But I definitely will this summer. I love older games, Chrono Trigger is one of the best.
Title: Re: The Ask Parama Thread
Post by: Parama on June 25, 2016, 12:11:16 PM
i've played like 30 minutes of the wind waker but that's about it
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 26, 2016, 11:56:26 PM
It's time for Train to answer some questions :P
So, how are you doing today?
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on June 27, 2016, 12:02:16 AM
What does the "Naught" portion of your name reference?

Favorite dessert beverage?
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 27, 2016, 02:46:52 AM
What does the "Naught" portion of your name reference?

Favorite dessert beverage?
I have no idea. It rhymes with Thought I guess? I hate my username to be honest. My regular username for pretty much anything else is "Kennydies" so if it wouldnt have been this I'd prpbably go by Kenny instead of ToN

I dont know if I ever had one of those fancy dessert beverages so probably just a milkshake.

It's time for Train to answer some questions :P
So, how are you doing today?
It's hard to tell because I woke up 20 minutes ago, but generally I'm doing really good as of lately. Kinda tense for the spain italy game though
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 27, 2016, 05:59:23 AM
What does the "Naught" portion of your name reference?
I have no idea. It rhymes with Thought I guess? I hate my username to be honest. My regular username for pretty much anything else is "Kennydies" so if it wouldnt have been this I'd prpbably go by Kenny instead of ToN
Talk me about stupid username :\

Your perfect free day? (this will be my question for everyone :P )
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 27, 2016, 06:55:26 AM
That's really hard because on a free day I can never do all the things that I would like to, but some thing I like doing in my free time are reading books (I'm rarely into fiction though, what interests me the most are phylosophical books or (auto)biographies) and listening to music.

But mostly I like to just hang out with friends, especially with beautiful weather like right now, I would go to the park for instance, or just go walking in the centre of the city and go to some café's or something. One of my best mates works at a coffeeshop (the ones where they actually sell coffee :laugh:) similar to starbucks but slightly more popular and he can get us free coffee all the time so that's a great asset. I know technically this is not "free time" but when I'm there I like to study or do some homework too since it's a nice chill environment and I was never a fan of studying at public libraries which most people here seem to do.
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 27, 2016, 07:21:00 AM
That remided me. On my university they were trying to secure us quiet environment for studying in library last semester. Librarians started to ask people to leave if they were too loud or whatever. That lasted less than one semester :lol we're like animals here, everyone likes relaxed atmosphere more than it to be quiet. Like animals, I tell you :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: home on June 27, 2016, 08:08:35 AM
What do you study?
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 27, 2016, 08:55:52 AM
I'm starting my first year of International Music Management in Haarlem next year :metal
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 27, 2016, 12:09:59 PM
Do you have favorite football club?
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 27, 2016, 12:38:11 PM
Atlético Madrid is my team, apart from 1 person our whole family is rojiblanca (we have one Real Madrid supporter :lol). It's such an amazing payoff to see such quality football from them the last few years after a lot of years of patience.

My favorite team after that has to be Arsenal, been a fan since I was about 9-10 years old I think, I really love how they do get the ocassional superstar in their lineup (hell, when I started supporting them they had the unstoppable force that is Henry) but a lot of their players were taken from the Arsenal youth, they have IMO one of the best youth programmes.

As for dutch football, don't care for it one bit.

I wish other people would ask questions aswell :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: chknptpie on June 27, 2016, 12:41:39 PM
What's the deal with cockroaches?
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on June 27, 2016, 12:41:46 PM
I'm Barcelona supporter ever since I saw Ronaldinho (around 2005), he was THE player :hefdaddy
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 27, 2016, 12:46:50 PM
What's the deal with cockroaches?

Well I do love the song Cockroach King by Haken to bits but what really did it for me was this moment:
I also think one of my problems with Cockroach King is that I can't remember the lyrics at all. I do remember the vocal melodies, but when the song pops up on the album, in my head all the lines in the beginning go like "I sympathize... with a cockroach... and a cockroach" and I also seem to remember that in the end the insects have multiplied, and that's all.

I'm Barcelona supporter ever since I saw Ronaldinho (around 2005), he was THE player :hefdaddy
He is still the man, such a fun guy. There's some players I love watching even though I hate the club they play for. Ronaldo is another example, I hate Madrid but I just can't deny that he's one of the best players in the world right now.
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on June 27, 2016, 09:47:37 PM
What band / musician is on your bucket list?
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 28, 2016, 03:03:41 AM
I'm not a big concert go-er but I'd do a lot to see The Dear Hunter live once
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: home on June 28, 2016, 07:11:23 AM
I'm starting my first year of International Music Management in Haarlem next year :metal
That sounds nice  :metal


Do you think there's a purpose to life?
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Parama on June 28, 2016, 09:30:11 AM
exactly how many albums do you have in your collection?  :corn
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: TAC on June 28, 2016, 09:48:48 AM
I'll ask everyone this on their turn, but where in the world are you located?
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Sacul on June 28, 2016, 09:59:49 AM
exactly how many albums do you have in your collection?  :corn
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 28, 2016, 11:42:52 AM
Do you think there's a purpose to life?
Man you're putting me on the spot. My go-to answer for this is "Thrice - Beggars" (the meaning of that song), being that no matter what you do in your live or wherever you'll end up, the ending is not up to you and we're all just meaningless dots in the whole. That said, I still like the mentality of living life to the fullest while we're at it, that's my purpose. :angel:

I'll ask everyone this on their turn, but where in the world are you located?
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Moving to Haarlem next year though, if things work out as planned.

exactly how many albums do you have in your collection?  :corn
But why (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybGOT4d2Hs8)
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: TAC on June 28, 2016, 11:46:02 AM
Cool. Would love to go to that part of Europe. We may next summer.
I just thought you misspelled Harlem, as in New York City. :D

How and why did you come to DTF?
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Sacul on June 28, 2016, 11:50:12 AM
Because roulettes ofc.
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Shadow Ninja 2.0 on June 28, 2016, 11:50:32 AM
how you doin' man
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 28, 2016, 11:55:48 AM
I want to do meetups with everyone who comes to Amsterdam :metal I love this city. And yeah Haarlem is just an irrelevant city in The Netherlands slightly west of Amsterdam.

I started fanboying DT at the release of ADTOE I think, and then delved into their whole discog. Shortly after I was eager to find people's top DT song lists and stuff and ended up here. I used to just lure a bit but the community here is what carried me over, great folks here. :tup

how you doin' man
I would say great but I'm starving and thirsty as fuck after a tiring day of work and I'm not allowed to eat until like 2 and a half hours from now (we have this tradition where a few friends of mine including me join our islamitic buddy for the Ramadan one day each year, today's the day)
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: home on June 29, 2016, 03:20:19 AM
Do you think there's a purpose to life?
Man you're putting me on the spot. My go-to answer for this is "Thrice - Beggars" (the meaning of that song), being that no matter what you do in your live or wherever you'll end up, the ending is not up to you and we're all just meaningless dots in the whole. That said, I still like the mentality of living life to the fullest while we're at it, that's my purpose. :angel:

That's quite close to what I think, in the "grand scheme of things" we are not going to have any significant impact at all. So it's better to just enjoy live as much as possible (and make sure others do too) I do wonder if that's perhaps too.. idk, simple? But living life to the full seems like a great mentality!

And I am going to check out that song
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on June 29, 2016, 07:09:16 AM
Atlético Madrid is my team

I have a guy at work who is obsessed with this team, I don't follow football but that's all he talks about.
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 29, 2016, 12:03:08 PM
I already love him
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Parama on June 29, 2016, 12:09:14 PM
would you like me to send east of the wall in your roulette
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 29, 2016, 12:12:43 PM
No I want you to send maudlin of the wall
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Parama on June 29, 2016, 12:13:46 PM
I can send maudlin of the well for serious tho
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Evermind on June 29, 2016, 12:14:48 PM
but can you send maudlin of the wall
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 29, 2016, 12:15:18 PM
you send (but why(not both?))
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Parama on June 29, 2016, 12:19:03 PM
but can you send maudlin of the wall
Only if you send the Kanye West Project
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: home on June 30, 2016, 04:13:34 AM
Train of Naught, what's up with the giant frog?
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 30, 2016, 04:28:01 AM
It's the cover art from one of Protest The Hero's new songs (off the Pacific Myth EP).

There's 6 songs on it and they released one every month, along with its own cover art. Here's all 6 of 'em:

(https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3631359175_10.jpg)(https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1479612335_10.jpg)(https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a1404292479_10.jpg)
(https://pp.vk.me/c543101/v543101154/a08f/syJpviR98pc.jpg)(https://pp.vk.me/c628231/v628231628/3a65e/VO52y01llb4.jpg)(http://cs627328.vk.me/v627328992/3d06e/BD7YQzOwjSY.jpg)

The only one I don't like is Cataract (4th one) but the others are awesome. Gonna see if they sell Cold Water t-shirts at the PtH gig next month so I can have my own Train of Naught shirt :metal
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: home on June 30, 2016, 04:37:28 AM


Gonna see if they sell Cold Water t-shirts at the PtH gig next month so I can have my own Train of Naught shirt :metal

Haha, that would be cool  :metal It's a great piece of art. I have never even listened to Protest the Hero, which album should I check out?
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 30, 2016, 04:48:56 AM
I don't really know if you're into growls much, if at all, but still I'd say start with Volition (their latest album), it's mostly clean vocals anyway. The genre is modern progressive metal, with some technical metal touches here and there. The first song "Clarity" is the perfect showcase of everything they do on the entire album so that alone probably makes it the best one to start off with, I got hooked after only hearing the first two lines off that song I think :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: home on June 30, 2016, 04:55:12 AM
I don't really know if you're into growls much, if at all, but still I'd say start with Volition (their latest album), it's mostly clean vocals anyway. The genre is modern progressive metal, with some technical metal touches here and there. The first song "Clarity" is the perfect showcase of everything they do on the entire album so that alone probably makes it the best one to start off with, I got hooked after only hearing the first two lines off that song I think :lol

I enjoy growls sometimes, in Opeth's music for example. I'll check that album out!
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Scorpion on June 30, 2016, 11:49:57 AM
Okay Train, here's some questions to liven up this thread. Wow, this new ask thread is already such a rave.

1. Favourite food?
2. Favourite (alcoholic) drink?
3. First favourite band?
4. Are you a dogs or cat person?
5. Should I do that thing that I'm thinking about doing?
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on June 30, 2016, 12:02:30 PM
1. Favourite food?
Since this is a prog forum I feel like I have to go with my favorite controversial food, and that would be anchovies, I fucking love anchovies but almost everyone I know hates them.

2. Favourite (alcoholic) drink?
I'm not big on the fancy alcoholic drinks so I'm going to be boring and say beer, it really depends though. Oh and gin tonic seems to be the shit amongst people my age since last year or so and I can dig it, yeah I like gin tonic.

3. First favourite band?
Probably Avenged Sevenfold, I did listen to other stuff before but A7X were the first band I really obsessed over.

4. Are you a dogs or cat person?
Not really, never had either of them. My best mate has a dog though and he's fucking adorable, I would consider getting a dog maybe but I don't think I even have the time for one. Currently guinea-pigs are my jam.

5. Should I do that thing that I'm thinking about doing?
JUST DO IT!
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on July 01, 2016, 01:56:15 PM
What's your biggest fear?
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on July 01, 2016, 03:32:23 PM
Now that you put me on the spot I literally have no idea. Maybe stage fright? But only if I'm not prepared.

But with biggest fear I think of the crazy farfetched stuff like fear of drowning or fear of giant spiders, can't think of any of those less realistic fears.
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: home on July 07, 2016, 03:38:49 PM
Black_Floyd, did we forget about this?  :justjen
Title: Re: The Ask Train of Naught Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on July 07, 2016, 04:28:00 PM
Black_Floyd, did we forget about this?  :justjen
It's my fault, I forgot to change the thread title :-\ I'll shift everyone for one week, I'm sorry :'(
And I think it's better to start with The Ask black_floyd Thread right now and have it two more days than usual than to change the usual Monday starting day.
I'll make myself reminder or something every Monday.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Orbert on July 07, 2016, 05:17:43 PM
So who's turn is it?

Also, I'm up for questioning.  I seem to recall last time not working out so well.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 07, 2016, 07:24:38 PM
Where are my car keys?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Orbert on July 07, 2016, 09:14:09 PM
Dude, they're on the table, right where you left them.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on July 08, 2016, 01:05:33 AM
It's black_floyd's turn for the next 9 days.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Orbert on July 08, 2016, 07:34:53 AM
Holy shit!  Nine days?  Can he last that long?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Orbert on July 08, 2016, 07:35:01 AM
Floyd, can you last nine days?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: El Barto on July 08, 2016, 09:02:00 AM
Nine minutes?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: El Barto on July 08, 2016, 09:04:09 AM
If you meet a young lady, do you introduce yourself as Josh or Joshua?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: TAC on July 08, 2016, 09:50:49 AM
I think it's Joshua for the young ladies and Josh for the young dudes.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Orbert on July 08, 2016, 10:25:10 AM
I still can't get my head around the idea that Floyd's name is Joshua.  Or is Joshua's name Floyd?  I can't even tell any more.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on July 08, 2016, 10:26:14 AM
Floyd: Which quote, out of all the ones people have sigged you for, is your personal favorite?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 08, 2016, 02:24:05 PM
Dude, they're on the table, right where you left them.

Ah! And so they are.

Floyd, can you last nine days?

Bart's first question is my answer. On a good day.

If you meet a young lady, do you introduce yourself as Josh or Joshua?

I introduce myself as desperate and then cover my mouth so I won't choke on the dust cloud created when they take off running like Fred Flintstone.

I think it's Joshua for the young ladies and Josh for the young dudes.

Only young dudes :)

I still can't get my head around the idea that Floyd's name is Joshua.  Or is Joshua's name Floyd?  I can't even tell any more.

I was born Robert, went by Bob for short, get called Guy by most of my friends, and whimsically chose my handle as a reference to a typo on a piece of mail.

Floyd: Which quote, out of all the ones people have sigged you for, is your personal favorite?

I'm having trouble remembering many of them now since most were at least three years ago but the two that came to mind did so for different reasons. My pal senecadawg sigged my post "Oh seneca, how you've warmed my heart this evening." a very long time ago. So long that I think he even had to just manually type it himself and add quote tags since the actual post likely got killed off during a forum pruning. I think I made that post right after he'd made a hilariously out-of-character jokingly misogynistic post. The fact that we eventually met up (along with TheOutlawXanadu) for a 2013 Opeth concert added to the sentimental value since he's a really nice guy.

The other was just funny to me because it embodied my buffoonish humor perfectly. Lee Harvey Kennedy, some other posters, and I were discussing something about a (maybe hypothetical) dispute over owing someone money. I ended up saying something along the lines of "I'd just go to their house, pull out $5000, tell them it isn't for them, place the money on the lawn, drop trou, and shit on it. Perhaps I was just raised in a better family than you." Though I found it mildly amusing, a few others really seemed to eat it up and LHK sigged it.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on July 08, 2016, 05:07:00 PM
I have so much fun Facebooking with you. Who else do you like to interact with from DTF on other media?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: TAC on July 08, 2016, 05:07:54 PM
Floyd, how and when did you end up on DTF?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on July 08, 2016, 05:11:00 PM
Just like in Ted 2, he was searching for prog metal and ended up seeing black Dicks.  Then DTF.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: TAC on July 08, 2016, 05:11:46 PM
What's Ted 2?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on July 08, 2016, 05:25:25 PM
A movie.  Dammit Tim! :lol
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: TAC on July 08, 2016, 05:26:35 PM
I am so out of the loop. Apparently I missed Ted 1! :lol
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on July 08, 2016, 05:27:48 PM
Only watch Ted 1 with the misses.  It's grown up comedy but you will thank me later, no joke.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 08, 2016, 06:15:43 PM
I have so much fun Facebooking with you. Who else do you like to interact with from DTF on other media?

FlyingBIZKIT and I have probably chatted enough to at least fill a 300 page novel. Considering our age gap, the dynamic of our friendship frequently shifts from really good friends to big brother/little brother in that he feels comfortable asking about virtually anything and I'm very glad to try to help him avoid making any of the mistakes I've made.

Beyond this, I love seeing you, RJ, Mason, Jackie, Deb, Dylan, and Splent on there.

Floyd, how and when did you end up on DTF?

My friend Ross successfully got me into DT in 99 after my cousin Jimi's attempt in 95 failed. He was posting on DT.net at the time and suggested I try it out. I first joined in 2000, might have only lurked or barely posted, then left less than a month later. This cycle repeated in 2002. Then, in 2006, I joined permanently in June five months before what I believe was the transition to DT.com, our community's first home away from DT's official site. And yes, black dicks is the bestest.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on July 08, 2016, 08:29:28 PM
Where are my car keys?

If they aren't part of the mouse trap, you're doing it wrong.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 08, 2016, 09:19:47 PM
Good reference  :laugh:
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: lonestar on July 08, 2016, 10:40:46 PM
Ok Floyd.... what do you want me to cook for you?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 08, 2016, 11:49:02 PM
Ossobucco with smoked gouda risotto and peanut butter fudge for dessert.

Now I'll ask you what you would cook for me?

Also, you'll get a kick out of the fact that I'm currently watching the Saints/Rams 12.31.90 meeting on youtube where we beat them to get just our second ever playoff berth plus it eliminated the Babe Laufenberg-led Cowboys from the playoffs.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: lonestar on July 09, 2016, 06:07:22 AM
A- I suck at desserts

B- We'll have to wait for my "ask lonestar" turn next week.

C- Fuck the cowboys
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on July 09, 2016, 06:25:33 AM
Ossobucco with smoked gouda risotto

Sounds delicious
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Progmetty on July 09, 2016, 12:47:10 PM
How're you doing BF?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on July 09, 2016, 05:08:52 PM
You and I are going on a vacation together.  Where are you taking me and why?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 09, 2016, 05:28:26 PM
How're you doing BF?

Kinda shitty. Took my step pepper golfing today and it was at least 97º or even hotter at some point. I didn't start drinking the beer I'd snuck in with my golf bag til the fifth or sixth hole. It was probably 70º· By the time I made it to my last one, it was north of 80. Even though I dumped 20 lbs. of ice into a tub filled with the coldest water I could get from the tap and soaked in it for 5 minutes, I still feel hot, queasy, headachy, and light headed. Hopefully this ain't a heat stroke.

Ossobucco with smoked gouda risotto

Sounds delicious

Smoked gouda is on its own plane of existence.

You and I are going on a vacation together.  Where are you taking me and why?

Some place in cold weather where we can enjoy football, gaming culture, and great food. Chicago and NY are front runners.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Orbert on July 10, 2016, 07:25:03 PM
I still can't get my head around the idea that Floyd's name is Joshua.  Or is Joshua's name Floyd?  I can't even tell any more.

I was born Robert, went by Bob for short, get called Guy by most of my friends, and whimsically chose my handle as a reference to a typo on a piece of mail.

You get some partial credit.  That would've been really creepy if you got it all correct.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 10, 2016, 08:07:29 PM
What part did I get wrong?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: lonestar on July 10, 2016, 09:40:22 PM
You get to go back in time to watch one sporting event, what is it?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Orbert on July 10, 2016, 09:57:02 PM
What part did I get wrong?

You presented a total of four factoids.  Two were correct, one was mostly incorrect, and one was entirely incorrect.  Come on, man.  That's barely a passing grade in your History of Orbert 101.  You gotta do better than that.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 10, 2016, 10:58:02 PM
You get to go back in time to watch one sporting event, what is it?

Like before I was born, before or after but I missed its original airing, or just anything I'd like to see even if I've already seen it?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: lonestar on July 10, 2016, 11:29:56 PM
You get to go back in time to watch one sporting event, what is it?

Like before I was born, before or after but I missed its original airing, or just anything I'd like to see even if I've already seen it?

Anything at all.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 11, 2016, 12:57:55 AM
I'd watch Super Bowl XLIV with my New Orleans friends. I lost my apartment a month before the start of the 2009 season and couch surfed while living out of my car and eventually had to move all the way to NC to live with my folks who'd moved away after Katrina. The day I made that 1000 mile drive I missed the entire divisional round beatdown of the Cardinals and then my step pepper accidentally spoiled the outcome when he was kindly trying to pull it up on the DVR when I arrived that night. Then I ended up watching the SB with my step pepper and neighbors whom included a Pats fan, Colts fan, and two people whom aren't football fans. It was sickening missing out on the bedlam that ensued in NOLA.

Same question for you, Arj.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Stadler on July 11, 2016, 08:41:51 AM
What's a "step pepper"?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 11, 2016, 11:05:56 AM
My stepdad. It's a reference to Tom Goes to the Mayor and possibly Tim and Eric's Awesome Show. Both are from Adult Swim, the night time programming on Cartoon Network.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Stadler on July 11, 2016, 11:42:17 AM
My stepdad. It's a reference to Tom Goes to the Mayor and possibly Tim and Eric's Awesome Show. Both are from Adult Swim, the night time programming on Cartoon Network.

...which I don't watch.  Thanks!
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Orbert on July 11, 2016, 12:12:32 PM
I had to get "step pepper" from context.  It sounded to me like one of those wacky Richard Simmons exercises.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on July 11, 2016, 01:52:04 PM
If he said step peeper I could see that as an adjective for Josh's activities.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 11, 2016, 01:54:09 PM
*noun
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on July 11, 2016, 02:09:25 PM
Josh is step peepin'.

A verbal. :lol
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: TAC on July 11, 2016, 02:53:30 PM
Floyd, you mentioned your folks moving out after Katrina. Was Katrina bad for your family? Totally flooded out?
What made them choose NC?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 11, 2016, 03:31:32 PM
Not really bad overall, more like inconvenient. Only got around a foot of water. We evacuated anyway so we weren't in danger. Had to bounce between relatives' houses and hotels for a month before we were allowed back into our town. My step pepper and I put in a few thousand hours fixing up the house in the months between Katrina and the sale of the house then I moved two hours west to be roommates with a friend since I couldn't afford post-Katrina rates in NOLA and didn't wanna move 1000 miles away.

They chose NC cuz my mom was trying to be a realtor and only a few states would take a Louisiana certification without requiring further certification specific to their state.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: TAC on July 11, 2016, 03:39:10 PM
Cool.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on July 11, 2016, 06:13:34 PM
Would you want a New Orleans funeral or a Viking funeral?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Stadler on July 11, 2016, 07:05:30 PM
I just spent the past week in NOLA.   Still good food; can't take that away from them.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 11, 2016, 07:19:00 PM
Would you want a New Orleans funeral or a Viking funeral?

New Orleans. I hate vikings in virtually any context thanks to the NFL.

I just spent the past week in NOLA.   Still good food; can't take that away from them.

Indeed. RJ aka lonestar helped me become the cook I am via PM on this forum and the impetus for that was NC's moribund culinary scene. If I could just keep getting awesome meals at local neighborhood eateries for $10 a pop then I wouldn't have gotten as ambitious with my cooking as quickly. My friends back in NC raved about my food too. It got to a point where every time I'd bring food to work for my friends, I'd have people already verbally signing up for the waiting list for my next cooking project so I'd end up making these massive batches of food where half was instantly gone by the time I'd put my friends' portions in tupperware. In all, probably 30 or more people at that job tried my cooking.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on July 11, 2016, 07:33:59 PM
Black floyd should I have a beer or whiskey?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 11, 2016, 08:13:12 PM
Beer. What do you have on hand?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: JayOctavarium on July 11, 2016, 08:35:57 PM
Josh will you marry me?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 11, 2016, 08:56:41 PM
Yes, but I get to be the bottom.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: JayOctavarium on July 11, 2016, 08:58:46 PM
deal
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on July 11, 2016, 10:18:12 PM
Beer. What do you have on hand?

I have some coors light and three daughters. i'm drinking the three daughters.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 11, 2016, 10:34:25 PM
Good call. Save the silver bullet for company.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on July 12, 2016, 07:37:15 PM
That's usually the plan. My canadian friends love all things coors, I didn't know it was a big thing over there.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on July 12, 2016, 07:49:01 PM
(http://i583.photobucket.com/albums/ss272/kingshmegland/j0l_zpshafbaqrc.jpg) (http://s583.photobucket.com/user/kingshmegland/media/j0l_zpshafbaqrc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: TAC on July 12, 2016, 07:50:06 PM
I actually like Coors regular.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on July 12, 2016, 07:55:09 PM
I actually like Coors regular.

*backhands*
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: TAC on July 12, 2016, 08:03:14 PM
*blocks with stubby bottle*
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on July 12, 2016, 08:11:35 PM
I suppose the blue Mountain told you when to block as well.

*Snickers*
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: TAC on July 12, 2016, 08:13:14 PM
Kingshmegland =blue.

So cold. :lol
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on July 12, 2016, 08:18:29 PM
Blue?  Not the way I stress release. :lol
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: TAC on July 12, 2016, 08:22:23 PM
Sorry, I meant

Kingshmegland
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on July 12, 2016, 08:29:22 PM
Dammit.  We'll bed time for this old fart.  Night!
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: TAC on July 12, 2016, 08:31:05 PM
Dammit.  We'll bed time for this old fart.  Night!

WE will NOT bedtime! :lol
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 12, 2016, 08:40:18 PM
Coor's Banquet is my all time favorite shit beer and is comfortably better than a shitload of so-called craft or micro brews I've had. Saranac and any Blue Moon other than their flagship beer, I'm looking at you.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: TAC on July 13, 2016, 08:31:47 AM
Thank you.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on July 13, 2016, 11:12:42 AM
I want to bitch slap both of you and your taste buds.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 13, 2016, 11:18:44 AM
This isn't a "Coors is the tits" thing. This is a "There's nothing wrong with Coors Banquet so it's hypocritical to hate on it more than you might hate on apparently inferior crafts/micros just cuz they're marketed under some guise of artisanal skill" thing.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on July 13, 2016, 11:41:52 AM
Nope, not at all.  I never liked the taste of Corrs.  As a teen I preferred Michelob.  not the light one either.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Scorpion on July 13, 2016, 12:16:09 PM
black_floyd!

If you had four weeks to travel the world and unlimited money, what would be your stops and what would you do there?
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on July 13, 2016, 12:43:41 PM
Nope, not at all.  I never liked the taste of Corrs.  As a teen I preferred Michelob.  not the light one either.

Me neither. Coors has always been the piss tasting beer, along with Budweiser.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on July 13, 2016, 12:45:47 PM
Nope, not at all.  I never liked the taste of Corrs.  As a teen I preferred Michelob.  not the light one either.

Michelob is pretty good too. It's a good go to for hot days out side.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on July 13, 2016, 12:46:58 PM
Nope, not at all.  I never liked the taste of Corrs.  As a teen I preferred Michelob.  not the light one either.

Michelob is pretty good too. It's a good go to for hot days out side.

My chill out beer used to be Becks and then Heineken. Now it's Stella.
Title: Re: The Ask black_floyd Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 13, 2016, 10:02:37 PM
black_floyd!

If you had four weeks to travel the world and unlimited money, what would be your stops and what would you do there?

Sweden because of Opeff, POS, Arch Enemy, and choice minge.

Italy and Japan for food.

Antarctica because I adore cold weather so it has this enchanting mystique for me that's further reinforced by the fact that so few people have seen it.

Canada because its landscapes are gorgeous and its people are swell.

Really good question too.

My chill out beer used to be Becks and then Heineken. Now it's Stella.

Havin a Beck's right now cuz the 12er was $10 and I don't care about myself.
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Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 15, 2016, 03:08:26 PM
Any more questions?
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Post by: Prog Snob on July 15, 2016, 05:19:16 PM
How many licks does it take for you to get to the tootsie roll center of a Tootsie Pop?
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Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 15, 2016, 05:32:16 PM
Two and a broken molar.
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Post by: Prog Snob on July 15, 2016, 05:42:47 PM
If you could be reincarnated as any object, what would it be?
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Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 15, 2016, 05:53:27 PM
Strictly inanimate?
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Post by: Prog Snob on July 15, 2016, 05:59:30 PM
Not necessarily. What did you have in mind?
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Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 15, 2016, 06:10:44 PM
Whatever species of shark that has no known predators. I could give a fuck about sharks but I like the idea of exploring the vast oceans without fear of immediate death.

If inanimate, a hot young single chick's bra or one whom isn't with any dudes since I don't feel like havin some bonered up dude's hands unhooking me.
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Post by: Prog Snob on July 15, 2016, 06:15:34 PM
 :lol  Brilliant!
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Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 15, 2016, 07:18:32 PM
 :)
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Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 15, 2016, 07:19:22 PM
Actually panties was my first choice then I remembered how hit-or-miss vaginaromas can be.
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Post by: Orbert on July 15, 2016, 09:08:27 PM
You made the right choice. :tup
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Post by: Scorpion on July 16, 2016, 02:23:08 AM
What kind of music are you jamming right now? Any new musical discoveries that you want to share with the world?
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Post by: Prog Snob on July 16, 2016, 03:07:13 PM
Actually panties was my first choice then I remembered how hit-or-miss vaginaromas can be.

Yeah, I've eaten some that...it's too traumatic to talk about.
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Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 16, 2016, 04:36:01 PM
What kind of music are you jamming right now? Any new musical discoveries that you want to share with the world?

Death Grips is probably the only new band I've gotten into in a year or two, unfortunately. For those who haven't heard them, it's a rapper, a DJ, and a drummer who makes MP seem like Nick Mason in terms of how compulsively he uses double bass drums. I mainly like their albums Exmilitary, No Love Deep Web (drummer's cock is on that album art so fair warning to any who may google it), and The Money Store, in that order too. They're pretty fuckin out there and occasionally meatheady but David Bowie liked 'em plus they've had cameos from Björk and Les Claypool too.

Bands like Byzantine, DT, Opeth, Death, Mastodon, and Devildriver have been regular fallbacks too. I think my biggest infatuation in recent years though was getting back into early 90s music I liked but didn't fully delve into at the time since grunge was my huge indulgence during that era. About a year ago, I picked up albums by Silverchair, 311, Toad the Wet Sprocket (fuckin criminally underrated band), 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant, Poe, Lisa Loeb, Juliana Hatfield, Seal, Letters to Cleo (disappointing), and the Cranberries (incapable of writing a single bad song and their singer is a goddess.)

My main reason for my new music pursuits ebbing is that I've gotten back into gaming and have gone fucking crazy buying and playing shit for Wii, Wii U, virtual console, 3DS, PS3/4, and PS Network.

How bout you, Tommy boy?
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Post by: Scorpion on July 16, 2016, 04:54:56 PM
I've been into exploring death and black metal further than I have done previously, and also soundtracks.

I've been super obsessed with this fucked up movie The Neon Demon, that has an AMAZING soundtrack, so that's gotten a lot of play time from in the last week or so.

Also Orphaned Land has been a band that I have kinda rediscovered for myself recently, they're kind of like what it would sound if Opeth and Middle Eastern folk had a baby that insists on writing ridiculously complicated concept albums. Definitely worth checking out.

Finally, a new discovery for me has been Moonsorrow - I saw their name around, but I never really listened to them until I got their most recent album, Jumalten Aika, and it's amazing. Some of the most epic black metal that I know, even though I understand not a word of the lyrics (they sing in Finnish, I think). Massively recommended for anybody that doesn't hate black metal, I'd say.
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Post by: kingshmegland on July 16, 2016, 05:28:30 PM
Josh, I saw Toad 2 years ago. They are still great live.
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Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 17, 2016, 09:42:43 PM
I've been into exploring death and black metal further than I have done previously, and also soundtracks.

I've been super obsessed with this fucked up movie The Neon Demon, that has an AMAZING soundtrack, so that's gotten a lot of play time from in the last week or so.

Also Orphaned Land has been a band that I have kinda rediscovered for myself recently, they're kind of like what it would sound if Opeth and Middle Eastern folk had a baby that insists on writing ridiculously complicated concept albums. Definitely worth checking out.

Finally, a new discovery for me has been Moonsorrow - I saw their name around, but I never really listened to them until I got their most recent album, Jumalten Aika, and it's amazing. Some of the most epic black metal that I know, even though I understand not a word of the lyrics (they sing in Finnish, I think). Massively recommended for anybody that doesn't hate black metal, I'd say.

Orphaned Land is the only one of these artists I've already listened to and they're awesome. Gonna check out some of this other stuff soon and thanks for the abundance of recs.

Josh, I saw Toad 2 years ago. They are still great live.

I'd imagine so. The singer really seems to use that Tom Petty approach of saving the highs for only when they're truly needed to add emphasis so I'd imagine his vocal cords are fairly intact. I really love Stories that I Tell and Pray Your Gods from Fear. What are your top 2 or 3 non-singles from that album?
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Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 17, 2016, 09:47:09 PM
Oh yeah, I think a new person takes over the thread tomorrow so if anyone wants to ask a question that I can answer with "four inches" now would be a good time to do so.
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Post by: Orbert on July 17, 2016, 10:58:19 PM
Josh, what was the largest booger you've ever pulled out of your nose?
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Post by: black_biff_stadler on July 18, 2016, 12:39:28 AM
Not sure but as a toddler I sneezed a snot string that nearly spanned the entirety of my torso and when I was 11 I hacked up a phlegm nugget the diameter of a nickel. This gettin you hot yet?  ;)
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Post by: Tomislav95 on July 18, 2016, 02:00:46 AM
It's 7/18 here and it's lonestar's turn to answer some questions this week :) 
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Post by: TAC on July 18, 2016, 03:09:27 AM
What does RJ stand for? Ron Jeremy?
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Post by: Prog Snob on July 18, 2016, 05:16:20 AM
Actually, I have two questions I've been wanting to ask RJ for a while now.

What is your absolute favorite thing to cook?

What is the most challenging thing you've ever had to cook?
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Post by: chknptpie on July 18, 2016, 07:42:16 AM
You ever gonna visit Arizona?? :)
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Post by: Orbert on July 18, 2016, 11:16:55 AM
Lonestar, do you ever watch any of those shows on The Food Network (and possibly others, I don't know) where they have 30 minutes to create a banquet for 200 people out of carton of table scraps and fast-food leftovers or some shit?  And if you do, do you laugh your ass off at them, as I do when I happen to catch some of that shit when my wife is watching it?
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Post by: TAC on July 18, 2016, 11:58:06 AM
When are we going to see you on Chopped??
We expect a DTF shout out when you do get on!!
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Post by: El Barto on July 18, 2016, 12:37:40 PM
Which region or ethnicity eats the best?

What are some things you can buy from the store as good as you can make them? Or, that are good enough to not bother with?

What's the tastiest animal?

Does being a chef ever get you laid?
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Post by: kingshmegland on July 18, 2016, 01:10:51 PM
Hey buddy.  How has your cleaner life changed your world?

Have you ever just worn your cheffie poo jacket in the bedroom?

How would you say are the differences from living in the west coast to living in the eastern States?
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Post by: lonestar on July 18, 2016, 04:53:45 PM
Hey guys... Busy as fuck today and tomorrow morning, but I will get to all of these I promise.
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Post by: Scorpion on July 18, 2016, 04:57:16 PM
I thought of this as a random question for floyd, but I'd be interested in your answer as well: suppose you had a month to travel, unlimited amounts of money and didn't have to worry about visas and shit like that, how would your ideal trip look? Where would you stop off, for how long, and what would you do at each stop?

Also, what is some tasty, healthy and cheap food that you would recommend for a college student? I'm having trouble satisfying all three of those things at once, but I figured it anybody knew how to do it, then you. :)
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Post by: Adami on July 18, 2016, 04:57:43 PM
Are you still mad at me for not liking the quinoa salad? Would you be mad or happy that I finally discovered a quinoa dish I like?
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Post by: ReaperKK on July 18, 2016, 05:11:55 PM
Lonestar, any tricks in the kitchen to really step up my cooking game? Shortcuts or flavor combos?
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Post by: lonestar on July 18, 2016, 11:06:24 PM
Ok, let's see if I can knock a few out before bedtime...

What does RJ stand for? Ron Jeremy?

Close... Ronald James

Actually, I have two questions I've been wanting to ask RJ for a while now.

What is your absolute favorite thing to cook?

What is the most challenging thing you've ever had to cook?

Favorite to cook? Probably any braised dish, like an osso bucco or a lamb shank. Something about developing such intense flavors over the course of a day or two is just exhilerating.

Most challenging? Not sure, learning to make a hollandaise so many years ago sure was tricky. As of late, it would be more the fine detailed knife work of garde manger than anything else.

You ever gonna visit Arizona?? :)

The Grand Canyon is on our to do list, so yes, someday.
Lonestar, do you ever watch any of those shows on The Food Network (and possibly others, I don't know) where they have 30 minutes to create a banquet for 200 people out of carton of table scraps and fast-food leftovers or some shit?  And if you do, do you laugh your ass off at them, as I do when I happen to catch some of that shit when my wife is watching it?

I gave up on Food Network a while back, it really lost its way around the time they got Guy on it.

When are we going to see you on Chopped??
We expect a DTF shout out when you do get on!!

Not in a million years, I'm way too private a person.

Which region or ethnicity eats the best?

What are some things you can buy from the store as good as you can make them? Or, that are good enough to not bother with?

What's the tastiest animal?

Does being a chef ever get you laid?

Creole food.
Actually the swansons pre made stocks are pretty good for everyday purposes, just get the unsalted ones.
Tastiest animal? Either a cold water Alaskan Halibut or a good northwest Dungeness crab.
Yes, many many times. I advise every man to learn to cook, it's a fantastic way to impress a lady.

Hey buddy.  How has your cleaner life changed your world?

Have you ever just worn your cheffie poo jacket in the bedroom?

How would you say are the differences from living in the west coast to living in the eastern States?

I've had troubles with depression and anxiety my whole life, plus I always had a massive victim complex. The work involved in recovery, between the 12 steps and that with a therapis, really changed my whole outlook. I let go of things so much easier. I approach everything, and respond to everything, in such a positive manner. and I now have the freedom to let other aspects of my life grow. I say to anyone struggling, just do it. Go to a meeting and do the work, if you don't like it we'll happily refund your misery ;)

No, I haven't but I'm sure the lady wouldn't mind.

The bay area has everything I need within a two hour radius. I don't plan on ever moving. I've only lived in Atlanta on the east coast, and though I liked it I wouldn't live there again.

I thought of this as a random question for floyd, but I'd be interested in your answer as well: suppose you had a month to travel, unlimited amounts of money and didn't have to worry about visas and shit like that, how would your ideal trip look? Where would you stop off, for how long, and what would you do at each stop?

Also, what is some tasty, healthy and cheap food that you would recommend for a college student? I'm having trouble satisfying all three of those things at once, but I figured it anybody knew how to do it, then you. :)
I'll think on the vacation one for a bit, and answer in a separate post.

As to food, just eat veggies pan cooked. A little salt and pepper to wake them up and you can go far on a few dollars. Heat the pan with oil. add your veggies, and finish with s&p. Maybe put it on some rice and your good to go. I need to write a college student cookbook, I'd make a fortune.
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Post by: lonestar on July 18, 2016, 11:16:59 PM
Are you still mad at me for not liking the quinoa salad? Would you be mad or happy that I finally discovered a quinoa dish I like?

I never was mad, at least you weren't a dick about it. And I would be happy.

Lonestar, any tricks in the kitchen to really step up my cooking game? Shortcuts or flavor combos?

Learn the science behind the cooking. That's the best advice I can give anybody. Also don't be afraid to season, it's the cornerstone, and learn to use vinegars (all flavors), they are really a secret powerhouse ingredient.

Ok, the vacation one....

I would center the trip around festival season in Europe(and mainly an IQ show), maybe around night of the prog or sth like that. There would be a few days in Ankara to visit Nem in her homeland, a week in Crimea to visit with my girlfriend's family and friends there. Then I would hit New Zealand, and finish with a few days in NYC with my kid (unless I just took my kid with me)


Ok, that's it for today, looking forward to answering more tomorrow.
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Post by: Kwyjibo on July 19, 2016, 12:12:50 AM
Lonestar, when you eat at another restaurant, are you able to just enjoy the food or are you constantly analysing how they've done it and what could have been better? Are you able to leave the cook behind?
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Post by: Dr. DTVT on July 19, 2016, 01:08:58 AM
I hope you don't think I'm a jerk for asking, but if can you eat food that was cooked with alcohol, or is the little bit of alcohol that is left over not an issue (since you can't cook out all of the ethanol)?

How did you meet your special lady friend?
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Post by: Prog Snob on July 19, 2016, 05:34:19 AM
Actually, I have two questions I've been wanting to ask RJ for a while now.

What is your absolute favorite thing to cook?

What is the most challenging thing you've ever had to cook?

Favorite to cook? Probably any braised dish, like an osso bucco or a lamb shank. Something about developing such intense flavors over the course of a day or two is just exhilerating.

Most challenging? Not sure, learning to make a hollandaise so many years ago sure was tricky. As of late, it would be more the fine detailed knife work of garde manger than anything else.


I love ossobuco! Actually, I've always been a fan of slow-cooker recipes. My father's favorite is chicken cacciatore. Thanks for answering!
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Post by: lonestar on July 19, 2016, 06:01:10 AM
Lonestar, when you eat at another restaurant, are you able to just enjoy the food or are you constantly analysing how they've done it and what could have been better? Are you able to leave the cook behind?

Oh yeah, for sure. I mean I do tend to find mistakes, but I also appeciate the effort more than the average person.

I hope you don't think I'm a jerk for asking, but if can you eat food that was cooked with alcohol, or is the little bit of alcohol that is left over not an issue (since you can't cook out all of the ethanol)?

How did you meet your special lady friend?

Jerk..... jk, I try to avoid all food with alcohol, especially unreduced of course. Some though is so minimal it's not an issue (as in with stocks and stuff, where your talking a few cups in twenty gallons cooked down).


She is a coworker, a massage therapist in our spa. She pursued me, played me like  a fiddle man.
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Post by: gmillerdrake on July 19, 2016, 07:39:02 AM
RJ.....every thought about trying to get on the Bravo Channel show 'Top Chef'?
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Post by: Dr. DTVT on July 19, 2016, 11:31:35 AM
You've posted her cooking on FB, so I'm guessing she is better at your job than you are at her job.  I hope you got another talent to bring the score even.
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Post by: vtgrad on July 19, 2016, 12:10:39 PM
Gotta agree on the Food Network comment... I still watch Good Eats every night though.  Alton has for sure made me a better cook (especially his bread pudding and vanilla ice cream).

I have the hardest time getting the membrane off of the back of rib-racks... any suggestions?  I use the spoon handle trick often but it seems like it should work faster.

Do you hand-whisk custard or use a blender (slowest speed, slowly adding sugar)?  I honestly cannot tell the different between the two in the finished product.

Thanks man!
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Post by: TAC on July 19, 2016, 02:03:54 PM
Ok, let's see if I can knock a few out before bedtime...

What does RJ stand for? Ron Jeremy?

Close... Ronald James

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/548158074607792128/djnIhiKk.jpeg)

You ever gonna visit Arizona?? :)

The Grand Canyon is on our to do list, so yes, someday.

We went to the Grand Canyon last year and it is beyond words. Definitely a must.
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Post by: TAC on July 19, 2016, 02:06:22 PM
The first one or two words that come to mind for:
Lincecum?
Bonds?


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Post by: Evermind on July 19, 2016, 02:09:17 PM
So RJ, have you learned some Russian words / phrases already and what are they?
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Post by: lonestar on July 19, 2016, 06:12:29 PM
I have the hardest time getting the membrane off of the back of rib-racks... any suggestions?  I use the spoon handle trick often but it seems like it should work faster.

Do you hand-whisk custard or use a blender (slowest speed, slowly adding sugar)?  I honestly cannot tell the different between the two in the finished product.

No real trick to getting the membrane off, just do it. It sucks no matter what.

As to custard, I find the easiest way is to tell the pastry cook Mr. Chu to make me some. ;)

The first one or two words that come to mind for:
Lincecum?
Bonds?

Lincecum- two rings.

Bonds- possible homer everytime

So RJ, have you learned some Russian words / phrases already and what are they?

I'll probably butcher them, but I know the naughty parts of course (pisichika, poopichika, sisichika), aga, and my personal favorite molodiets (good boy). Also I know I love you (of course). That's about it, not bad for a year  :lol
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Post by: lonestar on July 21, 2016, 07:27:14 PM
 :corn
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Post by: Adami on July 21, 2016, 07:29:00 PM
Lonestar, how close are you with your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate?
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Post by: bosk1 on July 21, 2016, 08:19:28 PM
How did it feel having Mike Mangini hit on your girl?
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Post by: lonestar on July 21, 2016, 08:47:12 PM
Lonestar, how close are you with your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate?

My dad doesn't have a brother, just two sisters.

How did it feel having Mike Mangini hit on your girl?

I loved it, she blushes like no other. (granted she hit on him first...)
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Post by: Adami on July 21, 2016, 09:08:51 PM
It was a Spaceballs reference.  :-[
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Post by: lonestar on July 21, 2016, 09:09:38 PM
Awwwww, I knew that, was just being funny. Need a hug bud?
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Post by: Adami on July 21, 2016, 09:17:10 PM
Kinda. Yea.

(http://img11.deviantart.net/0a54/i/2012/359/5/6/hug_me_kitty_by_stephanievalentin-d5p4xis.jpg)
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Post by: Progmetty on July 21, 2016, 09:17:34 PM
All right I actually have a couple of questions to a chef:

1- I can't eat pork but I love pepperoni pizza, back in my home country the biggest Pizza chain is Pizza Hut and they make their Pizzas with beef pepperoni, I couldn't find any such thing in the U.S. for the longest time so I can actually only eat pepperoni pizza when I fly home and my brother actually brings the pizza with him to the airport to pick me up heh. Well recently an Egyptian guy opened a pizza place where I live in the U.S. and he makes beef pepperoni pizza so I got excited and went to have some, I'm not the kinda guy that eats something and recognizes what's wrong with it though, I rarely could even recognize ingredients if they're cooked in and not visible, but something was certainly wrong with that pepperoni pizza I had here, I told the restaurant owner and he said something about how pepperoni works better with pork cause the beef pepperoni released fat or grease that makes the pizza saggy or oily, didn't really get it, what did he mean and what are the Pizza Huts in Egypt doing right that he's not doing?
2- Another home sickness food, this time it's more of a snack, we grill corn on the cob in Egypt as a snack, we have it on the streets like hot dog carts in NY, I tried to grill corn here the same way we do in Egypt but it ended up getting stained by the coal and tasted like it too, in Egypt they put it directly on the coal and it doesn't get stained, I've been told to try it with the metal grill barrier thing but it didn't taste the same, what am I doing wrong?
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Post by: Adami on July 21, 2016, 09:19:16 PM

2- Another home sickness food, this time it's more of a snack, we grill corn on the cob in Egypt as a snack, we have it on the streets like hot dog carts in NY, I tried to grill corn here the same way we do in Egypt but it ended up getting stained by the coal and tasted like it too, in Egypt they put it directly on the coal and it doesn't get stained, I've been told to try it with the metal grill barrier thing but it didn't taste the same, what am I doing wrong?

We do that in Israel too. So good. I miss walking around and smelling it.
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Post by: Progmetty on July 21, 2016, 09:25:09 PM
I was gonna tell you I knew that but I paused to remember how I knew it, then I recalled seeing an interview with Dana International on MTV Europe in the late 90's where she talked about loving that snack over there too.
It's popular for couples to walk by the Nile and have some of that corn from the carts there, I haven't done it though since I was serious thrash metal guy when I went through most of my young romantic relationships phase so that was too cheesy heh
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Post by: lonestar on July 21, 2016, 10:12:33 PM
All right I actually have a couple of questions to a chef:

1- I can't eat pork but I love pepperoni pizza, back in my home country the biggest Pizza chain is Pizza Hut and they make their Pizzas with beef pepperoni, I couldn't find any such thing in the U.S. for the longest time so I can actually only eat pepperoni pizza when I fly home and my brother actually brings the pizza with him to the airport to pick me up heh. Well recently an Egyptian guy opened a pizza place where I live in the U.S. and he makes beef pepperoni pizza so I got excited and went to have some, I'm not the kinda guy that eats something and recognizes what's wrong with it though, I rarely could even recognize ingredients if they're cooked in and not visible, but something was certainly wrong with that pepperoni pizza I had here, I told the restaurant owner and he said something about how pepperoni works better with pork cause the beef pepperoni released fat or grease that makes the pizza saggy or oily, didn't really get it, what did he mean and what are the Pizza Huts in Egypt doing right that he's not doing?
2- Another home sickness food, this time it's more of a snack, we grill corn on the cob in Egypt as a snack, we have it on the streets like hot dog carts in NY, I tried to grill corn here the same way we do in Egypt but it ended up getting stained by the coal and tasted like it too, in Egypt they put it directly on the coal and it doesn't get stained, I've been told to try it with the metal grill barrier thing but it didn't taste the same, what am I doing wrong?

1- Dunno, you lost me at "can't eat pork"....  I kid of course, but I really couldn't tell ya. I would assume that the Egyptian Pizza huts just have more research into a pepperoni that doesn't bleed when heated, wheras in America we aren't so concerned with it cause pork. If you researched I'm sure you could find a good beef pepperoni. I serve a turkey salami from Zoe's meat that is excellent. Charcuterie is tricky as fuck and a science to itself, and I'm just beginning to crack the surface of it.

2- I never grill my corn without the metal grill personally, but I would advise to soak the corn in water for an hour or so with the husk on then put it in the coals, and husk it after.

Hope that helps man.
Title: Re: The Ask lonestar Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on July 21, 2016, 10:41:11 PM
Someone asked a similar question, but mine's on a different scale.

If you came over to my house and I made you sandwich or something, would you be able to eat it like a normal guy eating a sandwich? Or would you secretly be thinking chef stuff like "Well, this could use some of that spice, it wasn't a very creative dish, my sandwiches are better" etc.
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Post by: Progmetty on July 21, 2016, 10:58:32 PM
I'll try the water soaking trick :tup
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Post by: Prog Snob on July 22, 2016, 05:46:21 AM
It was a Spaceballs reference.  :-[

I picked up on the Spaceballs reference, but I just realized it was a double reference because of his name.  :lol :facepalm:
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Post by: bosk1 on July 22, 2016, 08:44:45 AM
How did it feel having Mike Mangini hit on your girl?

I loved it, she blushes like no other. (granted she hit on him first...)

:biggrin:  I hope that whole experience wasn't too much of a let-down.  The band usually spend more time, and James is usually out as well.  It was a bit odd with Jordan cutting things short to go off with his people, JP only coming out for a couple of minutes, and neither James nor JM coming out at all.  I can say that at least JP had a lot going on earlier in the day and was pretty worn out.  And it sounded like they had a lot going on in general the days leading up to that that had exhausted them.  But hopefully, it was cool anyway.

I'll try the water soaking trick :tup
Granted I am not a chef (or even close!), but I will just add this:  Soaking in water and then grilling with the husk on steams it in the husk and it comes out AWESOME!  But if you want a bit of that charred/grilled flavor as well, when it is almost done (and it doesn't take long), husk it, and throw it back on the hot grill grate just long enough to get some char marks/flavor, but not long enough to burn or overcook.  Hope that helps.
Title: Re: The Ask lonestar Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on July 22, 2016, 08:51:29 AM
Granted I am not a chef (or even close!), but I will just add this:  Soaking in water and then grilling with the husk on steams it in the husk and it comes out AWESOME!  But if you want a bit of that charred/grilled flavor as well, when it is almost done (and it doesn't take long), husk it, and throw it back on the hot grill grate just long enough to get some char marks/flavor, but not long enough to burn or overcook.  Hope that helps.

I'll back both of them up on this.  Soak it an hour or so (I dissolve some sugar in the water I soak it in), then grill on the grates with the husk on.  I turn them every 5-7 minutes or so, until all four sides are charred.  I keep a spray bottle of water on hand.  As soon as I turn the corn, I spray them all down with water.

I will never make corn on the cob any other way.  Also, if you're eating outside, you can peel all the husk back, but not remove it, and make a useful handle to hold onto the corn with.
Title: Re: The Ask lonestar Thread
Post by: bosk1 on July 22, 2016, 09:01:23 AM
^Yes--peel the husk, but don't remove it.  I forgot that be more explicit about that when I said to husk it.  Thanks, Coz.
Title: Re: The Ask lonestar Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on July 22, 2016, 09:10:36 AM
Now since we usually eat it inside, I'll get a knife and cut the tip off, then ALL of the stem end, then husk it, since we use the little corn trays and prong-corn holders.
Title: Re: The Ask lonestar Thread
Post by: lonestar on July 24, 2016, 06:02:43 PM
Last chance bitches....
Title: Re: The Ask lonestar Thread
Post by: Darkstarshades on July 24, 2016, 06:04:00 PM
DTF user you love the most?
Title: Re: The Ask lonestar Thread
Post by: lonestar on July 24, 2016, 10:07:13 PM
DTF user you love the most?

Tough one, so many mean so much to me.... how about I answer it this way, the ones I love the most know that fact very well. ;)
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on July 25, 2016, 02:39:04 AM
It's time for our Dutch friend to answer some questions :)
So, how did you find DTF?
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: home on July 25, 2016, 03:55:10 AM
It's time for our Dutch friend to answer some questions :)
So, how did you find DTF?

I joined during the hype for The Astonishing, I was just looking for some rumours/info and found this amazing community. I have already discovered so many great bands and new music here :azn:
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: CDrice on July 25, 2016, 06:12:14 AM
Since you post in the creativity thread I was wondering who are some of your favorite painters/visual artists?
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: lonestar on July 25, 2016, 06:14:13 AM
You can go back in time and see one show. What is it?
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: home on July 25, 2016, 01:38:15 PM
Since you post in the creativity thread I was wondering who are some of your favorite painters/visual artists?

I really love the art of Christopher Lovell, I like how he uses a lot of different mediums in his work and all the details are great too:

(http://orig13.deviantart.net/69ee/f/2013/345/e/2/e214bb01ecfd524d2ee44bfb6a97b089-d6xm09y.jpg)

(http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55689be1e4b009fd99eb0b76/56638047e4b0843f55a9a4a0/56638047e4b0d6ae9d0bc695/1449361483228/Lovell+Dragon+-+small.jpg?format=300w)

Camille Rose Garcia, she's got avery unique style I think

(http://c.fastcompany.net/multisite_files/fastcompany/imagecache/620x350/poster/2015/03/3044117-poster-p-1-disneyland-on-acid-artist-camille-rose-jacked-up-fairytales-will-blow-your-mind.jpg)

Louis Dyer is probably my favourite digital artist, I really love how many different layers his works have, great vibrant colours too.

(http://louisdyer.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/within-reach-final-web-705x495.jpg)


I also really love José Luis López Galván's art, his technique is really really good and I just really like surealistic art in general

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/93/1d/8d/931d8d7f411dd2df249b3a56dfcc77de.jpg)

Many more obviously, but these are some I can think of now.



You can go back in time and see one show. What is it?

I would really love to see the concert from the Score dvd, the performances of Six Degrees and Octavarium are just mind blowing. That or a Pink Floyd show with Syd Barrett, that must be just magical. :angel:

Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on July 25, 2016, 02:13:17 PM
That José Luis López Galván one really reminds me of one of my favorite album covers (Tellurian by Soen), love it!

Now that youve answered how you found DTF, how did you find out about Dream Theater? And what kind of music did you listen to mostly before progmetal came into play?
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: home on July 25, 2016, 03:12:24 PM
That José Luis López Galván one really reminds me of one of my favorite album covers (Tellurian by Soen), love it!

That's not a coincidence haha, he is the one who painted that cover  ;)

Now that youve answered how you found DTF, how did you find out about Dream Theater? And what kind of music did you listen to mostly before progmetal came into play?

I found out about Dream Theater when reading the comment section of When The Wild Wind Blows by Iron Maiden on youtube. Someone posted: "This is the longest song I've ever heard!" and someone else replied with "Ever heard of Octavarium by Dream Theater?" I directly looked up the song, I wasn't blown away completely though. A few days later I was about to go to bed and just wanted to listen to some music before sleeping and put on Scenes from a Memory. And... MIND BLOWN It was just perfect, exactly what I needed at that moment.

In my first years of high school I used to listen to a lot of the popular music, but I also listened to some music I still really like, Coldplay and Linkin Park for example. Coldplay's Viva La Vida and Death and all his friends was the first album I ever bought and is still one of my favourites. Iron Maiden was the band that really got me interested in music though. I first heard of them I think in the fourth or fifth class of high school. We had this assignment were we had to give a short presentation about a song we liked and someone picked one of Iron Maiden's song. Before that I actually though all metal was just mindless grunting and blast beats. :lol
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on July 26, 2016, 01:54:42 AM
Great answer :tup LP and IM were some of my first aswell! But Ive listened to metal my entire life so there was no real 'getting used to' factor.
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: Scorpion on July 27, 2016, 06:50:50 AM
If you were told that you only had exactly one week left to live, what would you do during that week?
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: home on July 27, 2016, 03:03:42 PM
If you were told that you only had exactly one week left to live, what would you do during that week?
That's a very difficult question! There are quite a lot of things I want to do in my life, like traveling around the world, or finish recording all the half-finished songs on my laptop, but that aren't things you can do in just one  week. I think I'd just try to hang out as much as I can with my friends and family and spend some time doing the things I really like, like painting and making music. I probably go out and get drunk one night too and perhaps finally prepare the San Pedro cactus I've been growing.

Also I do not even think I would have a lot of trouble accepting death, I've just never really felt afraid of it. I think dying is usually a lot worse for the people close to you than for yourself. (Though I think it does really depend on the situation)
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on July 28, 2016, 01:24:16 AM
Is Home your favorite DT song or you just couldn't think of other username or something else? 
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: home on July 28, 2016, 03:16:26 AM
Is Home your favorite DT song or you just couldn't think of other username or something else?

By far not my favourite DT song (I think it's Octavarium or Six Degrees) It is from my favourite DT album however, but my favourite song from that is Fatal Tragedy, and idk, calling yourself Fatal Tragedy seems a little stupid  :lol

Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: Scorpion on July 28, 2016, 04:16:19 AM
What do you currently do?

What is your favourite food?

What song would you want to be played at your wedding?
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: home on July 28, 2016, 06:38:51 AM
What do you currently do?

What is your favourite food?

What song would you want to be played at your wedding?

I'm currently studying Biomedical Engineering at the RUG. I just finished my second year, and am now enjoying a well deserved holiday. I probably am going to pick up some courses of Artificial Intelligence too next year.

Croissants, especially the ones with chocolate in it  :angel:

I have never really thought of that, most of my favourite songs aren't really suitable for a wedding. I might come back to this question later.
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on July 28, 2016, 06:48:05 AM
Chaosbay - Three Brothers (Will You Marry Me)
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: Evermind on July 28, 2016, 07:09:53 AM
Or almost any Steel Panther song will do.
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: home on July 29, 2016, 02:01:04 PM
Chaosbay - Three Brothers (Will You Marry Me)
hmmm, I guess I'd go for something less heavy :lol


Or almost any Steel Panther song will do.
I honestly no none of their songs


I think something from Sigur Rós might be quite beautiful  :angel:
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on July 29, 2016, 06:42:41 PM
WILL YOU MARRY MEEEUH tbh I would totally include some djent in my wedding playlist, throw in some Shattered Skies maybe :metal

Will an official "home roulette" ever see the light of day?
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: JayOctavarium on July 29, 2016, 08:32:05 PM
Home.

Why do you WHOMP WHOMP?

Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: home on July 30, 2016, 02:47:15 AM
WILL YOU MARRY MEEEUH tbh I would totally include some djent in my wedding playlist, throw in some Shattered Skies maybe :metal

Will an official "home roulette" ever see the light of day?
Yeah I'd sneak in some djent too. And I'd like to, seems a lot of fun and a great way to discover new music!



Home.

Why do you WHOMP WHOMP?



'Cause that's just how I roll with life

 :hat
Title: Re: The Ask home Thread
Post by: Evermind on July 30, 2016, 09:12:54 AM
Or almost any Steel Panther song will do.
I honestly no none of their songs

How about "It Won't Suck Itself"?
Title: Re: The Ask Scorpion Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on August 01, 2016, 01:33:10 AM
It's Scorpion's turn :)
So, Scorp, what's the origin of your username?
Title: Re: The Ask Scorpion Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on August 01, 2016, 01:52:18 AM
Can you just forgive Subzero and fucking leave it be?
Title: Re: The Ask Scorpion Thread
Post by: Scorpion on August 01, 2016, 01:57:06 AM
It's Scorpion's turn :)
So, Scorp, what's the origin of your username?

I needed a username when I first got onto this site, and I didn't much think about it when I first joined, because I didn't think that this would become my favourite internet hangout, bar none. Since I happened to be listening to Megadeth's The Scorpion, I thought that that was a cool name. Looking back, I probably wouldn't choose it again, mainly because when people find out that I'm German, their first association is then The Scorpions, and I can't stand them. I've gotten used to it, but I haven't used it on any other sites either.

Can you just forgive Subzero and fucking leave it be?

Nah, he's a huge dick.
Title: Re: The Ask Scorpion Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on August 01, 2016, 03:39:35 AM
Scorpion.



What's your highest CP pokemon?
Title: Re: The Ask Scorpion Thread
Post by: home on August 01, 2016, 04:18:59 AM
Scorpion, where does your profile picture come from?
Title: Re: The Ask Scorpion Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 01, 2016, 05:12:31 AM
Are you your favorite deathcore lobster? :P
Title: Re: The Ask Scorpion Thread
Post by: Scorpion on August 01, 2016, 06:20:09 AM
Scorpion.



What's your highest CP pokemon?

I'm not a Pokemon guy, sorry.

Scorpion, where does your profile picture come from?

Why, my profile picture is the amazing Viceroy Bubbles von Salamancer, a salamander from what is probably my favourite thing ever: the webcomic Homestuck (http://mspaintadventures.com/?s=6). It takes a while to get going, but I definitely recommend it to everyone to at least try it out - there's a lot of amazing stuff happening in later parts, some superb writing and a great use of the possibilities of a webcomic compared to traditional comics, with the use of gifs, flash animations and music.

Are you your favorite deathcore lobster? :P

Of course. Do you actually think that somebody can hold a candle to my deathcore-lobster-iness?
Title: Re: The Ask Scorpion Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 01, 2016, 06:37:11 AM
Btw, what's with your sig? Is the deathcore lobster some reference I'm missing or something? :P
Title: Re: The Ask Scorpion Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on August 01, 2016, 06:44:53 AM
What is something you are passionate about that no one knows about in this forum?
Title: Re: The Ask Scorpion Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on August 06, 2016, 01:29:53 PM
Why are you letting this thread die?
Title: Re: The Ask Scorpion Thread
Post by: Scorpion on August 06, 2016, 02:33:42 PM
Why are you letting this thread die?

Because I was away for four days. Sorry 'bout that.

Btw, what's with your sig? Is the deathcore lobster some reference I'm missing or something? :P

No idea, really. Ask Parama - I just found it catchy and just an all-around great phrase.

What is something you are passionate about that no one knows about in this forum?

I'm pretty into playing Squash, I'm not sure if I ever shared that with the forum. For two years now, I've been playing once a week and it's definitey the most fun that I've ever had with a sport. Other than that, I've recently developed a passion for experimenting in the kitchen, with results of varying success, but I've always had fun, at least. The last thing that I made that was really good was my own lemon vodka, that shit was super tasty - I'm not usually a pure vodka guy, but that was just really good.
Title: Re: The Ask Scorpion Thread
Post by: ? on August 07, 2016, 04:25:53 AM
Looking back, I probably wouldn't choose it again, mainly because when people find out that I'm German, their first association is then The Scorpions, and I can't stand them.
What's wrong with Scorpions? :P
Title: Re: The Ask Scorpion Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 07, 2016, 05:24:32 AM
Looking back, I probably wouldn't choose it again, mainly because when people find out that I'm German, their first association is then The Scorpions, and I can't stand them.
What's wrong with Scorpions? :P

Damnit now I have wind of change stuck in my head.
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on August 08, 2016, 02:25:18 AM
It's ask MetalJunkie time :)
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on August 08, 2016, 08:22:16 PM
It's ask MetalJunkie time :)
(https://cdn.meme.am/instances/400x/49778144.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on August 08, 2016, 08:39:00 PM
Ghostbusters:  most overrated movie of the 80s, or most overrated movie of all time?
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on August 08, 2016, 09:46:12 PM
Ghostbusters: worst movie of 2016.
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 08, 2016, 10:34:22 PM
How many years have you been a part of the DT community?
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on August 08, 2016, 11:03:24 PM
How many years have you been a part of the DT community?
14 years now.

I was sixteen when I made my first account, under a different name that I don't remember now. I was an annoying little shit, as dt.net/bb was my first forum ever and I had no idea or care about forum etiquette. I remember the first things I posted were copypastas of rants written by Larry the Cable Guy. Someone eventually called me out over it, and I ultimately made a new account and tried to work my way in as a regular member of the community.

I remember being fascinated by the level of intellect in the debates around the forum. It was always mesmerizing to keep up with hefdaddy, OgreJedi, and ViolentGreen (I miss you, bud) in their philosophical discussions.
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on August 09, 2016, 02:52:56 AM
under a different name that I don't remember now.

Guitarded or are you talking about something different?

Can you still play Master of Puppets' solo and can you post a new vid some time if so?
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 09, 2016, 07:22:56 AM
How many years have you been a part of the DT community?
14 years now.

I was sixteen when I made my first account, under a different name that I don't remember now. I was an annoying little shit, as dt.net/bb was my first forum ever and I had no idea or care about forum etiquette. I remember the first things I posted were copypastas of rants written by Larry the Cable Guy. Someone eventually called me out over it, and I ultimately made a new account and tried to work my way in as a regular member of the community.

I remember being fascinated by the level of intellect in the debates around the forum. It was always mesmerizing to keep up with hefdaddy, OgreJedi, and ViolentGreen (I miss you, bud) in their philosophical discussions.

It's crazy how quickly time flies. I've been a member of one forum since 1999 :(

What are your three favorite bands?
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on August 09, 2016, 08:21:45 AM
Guitarded or are you talking about something different?

Can you still play Master of Puppets' solo and can you post a new vid some time if so?
Not Guitarded. Something so far removed from me I couldn't even begin to remember it, and wouldn't recognize it if I saw it. In fact, I'm pretty sure that I made a point that my legitimate account wasn't connected to that one because I was such a wanker on it.

I don't play guitar as often as I used to, but I might be able to whip up the MoP solo after some time practicing/relearning. I don't have a webcam but I might try to record it in Audacity if I can find the time.

What are your three favorite bands?

1. Metallica. I don't listen to them as much these days - I tend to lean more towards classic rock. That being said, they will always have a special place in my heart for the impact they've had on my life, and me picking up guitar.
2. Journey. Because Journey.
3. This is a tough one. I feel like it alternates depending on my mood. Sometimes Queen, sometimes Kansas, sometimes Boston.
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: TAC on August 09, 2016, 09:16:11 AM
MJ, where are you located in the world?



And good call on Boston!
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on August 09, 2016, 09:19:40 AM
MJ, where are you located in the world?
I like to go above and beyond, so I'll try to remember everywhere I've lived, in chronological order.

Midwest City, OK
Choctaw, OK
Edmond, OK
Choctaw, OK
Stillwater, OK
Plano, TX
OKC, OK
Owasso, OK (currently)
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: TAC on August 09, 2016, 09:30:33 AM
Oh, ok.  ;D
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on August 09, 2016, 10:01:07 AM
(http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/12/12710061ec1b8ec6b7fa09807a2b4f6c7c208950ddab1952d95037fcb0c754fc.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on August 09, 2016, 11:10:22 AM
So, MJ, what did you ever end up eating last Monday?
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on August 09, 2016, 02:09:09 PM
(http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/12/12710061ec1b8ec6b7fa09807a2b4f6c7c208950ddab1952d95037fcb0c754fc.jpg)

He figured you'd get the reference sooner or later.
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on August 09, 2016, 03:43:57 PM
So, MJ, what did you ever end up eating last Monday?
Ha, I guess I did forget to follow up.

I had one of these bad boys: (http://puu.sh/qvBgl/b92747bf21.jpg)

In fact, I may have one again today. They are damn good.
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on August 09, 2016, 08:23:35 PM
What is it?
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on August 09, 2016, 10:43:41 PM
What is it?
It's a calzone ring. Mine had pepperoni and cheese inside.
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on August 09, 2016, 11:12:10 PM
under a different name that I don't remember now.
Can you still play Master of Puppets' solo and can you post a new vid some time if so?
Here's a quick and dirty Audacity recording I did with extremely cheap equipment (15 watt amp and Guitar Hero mic plugged into PC). It's not perfect and I tripped up a time or two, but I'm at that point of rehearsal where each time I play it now will be progressively worse.

https://clyp.it/0xa4c3k4

I avoid the dive at the end because I don't have a Floyd Rose tremolo and I don't want to yank all my strings out of tune.
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on August 10, 2016, 12:05:27 AM
Goddamn son, you don't waste any time. I can't listen to this til I get my laptop in a couple days cuz the Wii U I'm using for internet access doesn't play any media other than youtube for the most part but thanks for knocking this out so quickly. Looking forward to listening to it.
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on August 10, 2016, 12:20:48 AM
Goddamn son, you don't waste any time. I can't listen to this til I get my laptop in a couple days cuz the Wii U I'm using for internet access doesn't play any media other than youtube for the most part but thanks for knocking this out so quickly. Looking forward to listening to it.
Here you go.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igJqa_xcKjk
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on August 10, 2016, 12:26:06 AM
Well done dude! And the small amp actually helps it sound more like early 80s tones in general.
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 10, 2016, 07:49:03 AM
What is it?
It's a calzone ring. Mine had pepperoni and cheese inside.

fuck I need this in my life now
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on August 10, 2016, 07:53:44 AM
What is it?
It's a calzone ring. Mine had pepperoni and cheese inside.

fuck I need this in my life now
I can't even describe how good it is. They've perfected everything about the spices and seasoning and all that.
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on August 10, 2016, 08:26:39 AM
Yeah, I must eat that.
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on August 10, 2016, 11:47:49 AM
Who made said calzone ring that everyone is interested in?
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: Scorpion on August 10, 2016, 11:50:48 AM
MJ, here's a couple of questions.

1. What's your favourite video game?
2. If you had 4 weeks time and unlimited money, where would you travel with that time and money and what would you do there?
3. If you had to give up one of the following three things for the rest of your life, which would it be - pizza, bacon, beer?
4. What do you do for a living?
5. What's your favourite highschool memory?
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on August 10, 2016, 11:50:58 AM
Who made said calzone ring that everyone is interested in?
Mazzio's. It's weird, their online reviews are mediocre, but this is amazing. I guess because it's basically their signature dish.
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: TAC on August 10, 2016, 12:12:42 PM
What were your first three concerts that you went to?
Title: Re: The Ask MetalJunkie Thread
Post by: MetalJunkie on August 10, 2016, 02:48:06 PM
MJ, here's a couple of questions.

1. What's your favourite video game?
2. If you had 4 weeks time and unlimited money, where would you travel with that time and money and what would you do there?
3. If you had to give up one of the following three things for the rest of your life, which would it be - pizza, bacon, beer?
4. What do you do for a living?
5. What's your favourite highschool memory?
Love these questions.

1. For nostalgia, Donkey Kong Country for SNES. Aside from that, WoW.
2. This is a tough one; there's a lot I want to do. I want to see NYC and try Lombardi's there, I want to go to Lambeau Field, and I want to sightsee a bit in Europe. Also a cruise would be fun.
3. You tryin' to wreck my life? Damn. Ummm.... I guess beer if I could still have liquor.
4. Sales rep at AT&T
5.  A group of friends and I were sitting at the table on our lunch period, and there was a vendor who showed up to service the ice cream vending machine in our cafeteria. Keep in mind these bars ranged anywhere from 1.75 to 3.00 depending on the selection. Said vendor walked away, and after about five minutes I got curious. I walked up the machine and it was left on a maintenance menu of sorts. I navigated my way through the menu and eventually came to a price setting. I changed the price of every single available selection to 5 cents, as the machine wouldn't accept pennies. I told my friends about it, we each bought a candy bar or two, then went on our merry way.

My school had about three lunch periods because it was just too big for everyone to go to lunch at the same time.  The following class period (which was also the 2nd lunch period for a third of the school) I asked my teacher if I could go to the bathroom, to which he obliged. We were on the second floor, so this particular hallway I walked down had windows that oversaw the cafeteria. I looked down and there was a line of students at that vending machine that circled the ENTIRE cafeteria.

The last period of school the principal was calling students into her office to try and figure out who did it. No one ratted me out.

Edit: If the vendor ever happens to read this - I'm sorry I wrecked your day. I was a 10th grade little shit.

What were your first three concerts that you went to?
I've only been to two. I saw Metallica when they came to town, and Shinedown when they came to the fair.
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on August 15, 2016, 12:51:57 PM
Sacul is up!

Sacul, describe us your perfect day. 
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Parama on August 15, 2016, 02:03:45 PM
Sacul did you ever listen to my EP again  :corn
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 15, 2016, 05:10:53 PM
Sacul, describe us your perfect day.
I'd wake up at midday and have locro (a traditional Argentinian food, fucking delicious). Listen to some music until 3 pm, then go for a walk to the forest/mountains with my gf or ride my bike with her. Get back by 5pm, have some hot chocolate, play videogames. Dinner with friends and pizza while we jam some Pink Floyd and modern classical music and try solve math quizzes. Go back home at midnight, have a special evening with bae, then read something before going to sleep.

Sacul did you ever listen to my EP again  :corn
I think I haven't - too Paramacore for my tastes  :lol But I'll give it a spin right now, just in case I missed something good.
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Bolsters on August 15, 2016, 10:17:53 PM
Parama's question reminded me of something: Did you listen to the bonus track I sent in your roulette? :corn
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 15, 2016, 10:30:58 PM
Damn, forgot to post about it: I listened to all bonus tracks you guys sent me. But I've gotta say, none of them were particularly engaging or interesting enough to make me add an album to the list, so...  :P

Also, relistened your EP, Parama. Quite better than I remembered, actually. I'll add The Ocean - Pelagial to my list (maybe this band will click this time), and after a few more spins, I'll decide if doing the same with the Lesoir record.
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Scorpion on August 16, 2016, 03:20:02 AM
Here's a couple of questions.

1. How did you discover DTF?
2. Where in Argentina do you live?
3. If you had unlimited money and a month of time, where would you go and what would you do there?
4. What's your favourite food?
5. Which five albums would you take onto a desert island with you (a desert island that conveniently has a CD player and electricity; don't question my scenarios!)?
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: home on August 16, 2016, 03:35:14 AM
Sacul, how would you describe Zantera / Sacul music in one sentence?
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 16, 2016, 01:05:56 PM
Here's a couple of questions.

1. How did you discover DTF?
2. Where in Argentina do you live?
3. If you had unlimited money and a month of time, where would you go and what would you do there?
4. What's your favourite food?
5. Which five albums would you take onto a desert island with you (a desert island that conveniently has a CD player and electricity; don't question my scenarios!)?
1. When the hype for DT12 was real (got into the band shortly after ADToE), I stumbled upon this site and slowly got into the community. Then I discovered that GMD subforum and that was a one-way ticket to insanity. Not complaining tho.

2. In Córdoba rn, capital of the second biggest province in the country - very far away from Buenos Aires though. Like 600 kms or so.

3. I'd probably visit Scotland, Italy, Iceland, and Japan. Mostly explore the natural landscapes of them and some cultural places. Taste their food, attend to some gigs. Spend a week on each. If my gf could come alongside, way better.

4. Either pizza or locro, a fantastic regional dish.

5. Well, that's kind tough. I could just answer with my top 5 albums, but I've listened to them tons of times so they don't have much replay value these days. So I guess I'll choose some from there, and a handful of records that have been growing on me a lot these last months or I just think I still haven't discovered all their details:

Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F#A#∞
LTE - LTE 2
Kashiwa Daisuke - Program Music I

Sacul, how would you describe Zantera / Sacul music in one sentence?
Pretentious yet actually good music Hipster crap.
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 18, 2016, 08:46:45 AM
 :corn
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Zantera on August 18, 2016, 08:53:57 AM
I'm not Sacul but to add to the Zantera/Sacul genre tag, I'd say it's something outside of the progressive rock/metal hemisphere that might be too bizarre, out there or experimental for some people who prefer their music a certain way.  :P

As a follow-up to that, Sacul have you listened to Boris? I feel like together with Swans/GYBE they might be one of the best examples of Zantera/Sacul music. Feedbacker would be a good start if you haven't.  ;)
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on August 18, 2016, 08:55:56 AM
1. Do you like popcorn?
2. What are some of your favorite movies?
3. What's your biggest fear?
4. If you could, would you change anything you did in the past?
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on August 18, 2016, 08:59:17 AM
How would you best describe Train / of Naught music?
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 18, 2016, 09:28:20 AM
As a follow-up to that, Sacul have you listened to Boris? I feel like together with Swans/GYBE they might be one of the best examples of Zantera/Sacul music. Feedbacker would be a good start if you haven't.  ;)
Oh I love Feedbacker - what Wata does tot he guitar blows my mind. She's amazing. But t
Haven't explored Boris much besides New Album and Heavy Rocks. Well, I listened to Flood once and thought it was atrocious and boring :P

Pink is definitely the one I'll check next.

1. Do you like popcorn?
2. What are some of your favorite movies?
3. What's your biggest fear?
4. If you could, would you change anything you did in the past?
1. Not really, but I love that icon.
2. I'm not that much of a movie fan, but I loved Inception, Matrix, Fight Club, King's Speech, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Kill Bill.
3. Living a life of mediocrity, I guess.
4. I feel most of what I've done has helped me learn valuable things, even if they did hurt. I'd have finished that last exam, tho - only days later I realised I actually knew some of the answers and could have passed. Oh well :lol

How would you best describe Train / of Naught music?
Heavy as a really heavy thing.
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Bolsters on August 18, 2016, 09:33:06 AM
The correct answer to that last one was "abysmal".
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Zantera on August 18, 2016, 09:43:19 AM
Oh I love Feedbacker - what Wata does tot he guitar blows my mind. She's amazing. But t
Haven't explored Boris much besides New Album and Heavy Rocks. Well, I listened to Flood once and thought it was atrocious and boring :P

Pink is definitely the one I'll check next.

Aww, Flood is actually my favorite. :( That one and Feedbacker are both 5/5 IMO. After that you have a toss up of amazing albums like Amplifier Worship, Akuma No Uta, Dronevil & Pink.
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 18, 2016, 11:14:02 AM
Dunno, I thought nothing really happened on that one. Everybody I read was hyping it as "a unique experience" or something like that so expected something similar to Feedbacker in terms of unconventional listening. But it just bored me :lol

When I delve deeper into their discography I'll give it another chance tho.
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Zantera on August 18, 2016, 11:33:22 AM
Dunno, I thought nothing really happened on that one. Everybody I read was hyping it as "a unique experience" or something like that so expected something similar to Feedbacker in terms of unconventional listening. But it just bored me :lol

When I delve deeper into their discography I'll give it another chance tho.

It's more of a post-rock/ambient album, definitely works well for headphone listening. Not really an album you blast through your speakers when you want something more energetic.  :)
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 18, 2016, 11:37:02 AM
Dunno, I thought nothing really happened on that one. Everybody I read was hyping it as "a unique experience" or something like that so expected something similar to Feedbacker in terms of unconventional listening. But it just bored me :lol

When I delve deeper into their discography I'll give it another chance tho.

It's more of a post-rock/ambient album, definitely works well for headphone listening. Not really an album you blast through your speakers when you want something more energetic.  :)
Exactly what I did  :rollin
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on August 18, 2016, 11:47:27 AM
What makes you a music elitist?
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Elite on August 18, 2016, 12:03:53 PM
Do you play a musical instrument?
What do you think of your hometown?
What is your favourite food?

- by the way, you may add me to the long list of participants.
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 18, 2016, 12:24:05 PM
What makes you a music elitist?
4/4 sucks, Slayer have been releasing the same album for 20 years, hail trve metvl, etc.

Nah jk, I don't consider myself elitist - it's just banter on my custom title.

Do you play a musical instrument?
What do you think of your hometown?
What is your favourite food?

- by the way, you may add me to the long list of participants.
I used to play the piano, but got frustrated because my inability to keep up with tempo prevented me from getting into more complex pieces. I intend to go back to it someday tho.

The city in which I was born I only visit it once per year because relatives, but wouldn't live there - too dangerous. But I love the little town in which I was raised most of my life, it's quiet and I can safely walk the streets at any time. Kinda boring, but that's the price I pay I guess.

Either pizza or locro (magnificent regional meal).
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Evermind on August 18, 2016, 12:28:14 PM
Do you play a musical instrument?
What do you think of your hometown?
What is your favourite food?

- by the way, you may add me to the long list of participants.
I used to play the piano, but got frustrated because my inability to keep up with tempo prevented me from getting into more complex pieces. I intend to go back to it someday tho.

Maybe you're better at fighting procrastination than I am, but if not, I bet you will have the exact same thoughts in five years from now on. :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on August 18, 2016, 12:46:38 PM
What makes you a music elitist?
4/4 sucks, Slayer have been releasing the same album for 20 years, hail trve metvl, etc.

Nah jk, I don't consider myself elitist - it's just banter on my custom title.


 :lol  Well, you're right about Slayer.
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: twosuitsluke on August 18, 2016, 12:50:00 PM
Think I've seen you mention somewhere on here you are in a relationship?

How does your obsession with music affect your relationship with your partner?
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on August 18, 2016, 12:57:55 PM
If you could move to any part of the world, would you? If yes, where'd you like to live?   
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Parama on August 18, 2016, 09:57:27 PM
Also, relistened your EP, Parama. Quite better than I remembered, actually. I'll add The Ocean - Pelagial to my list (maybe this band will click this time), and after a few more spins, I'll decide if doing the same with the Lesoir record.
precambrian was probably not a good place to start because i'd describe the first disc as "what the ocean sounded like before precambrian" and the second disc as "what the ocean sounded like after precambrian" and the second disc is absolutely superior in every way

and pelagial is boss

the rest of that lesoir record isn't nearly as interesting imo but there's some good songs
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 18, 2016, 10:41:50 PM
I used to play the piano, but got frustrated because my inability to keep up with tempo prevented me from getting into more complex pieces. I intend to go back to it someday tho.

Maybe you're better at fighting procrastination than I am, but if not, I bet you will have the exact same thoughts in five years from now on. :lol

Well, my obsessions come and go, and I'm sure I'll heavily get back into piano sometime after I graduate. Or maybe it will happen as you say  :lol

Think I've seen you mention somewhere on here you are in a relationship?

How does your obsession with music affect your relationship with your partner?
Yup, and tbh it's pretty cool, since she's quite obsessed with music as well. Not with the same bands mostly but we have quite some things in common like Pink Floyd, trip-hop, stoner rock/metal, same DT favorite albums, a few electronic records, Steven Wilson, etc. Sometimes it's funny how she bashes me for liking Lorde or Spiritualized  :lol

At least we both think Shoegaze, Black Metal, and Blackgaze suck  :D

If you could move to any part of the world, would you? If yes, where'd you like to live?   
Either south of England or Trento, Italy. Gorgeous places.

Also, relistened your EP, Parama. Quite better than I remembered, actually. I'll add The Ocean - Pelagial to my list (maybe this band will click this time), and after a few more spins, I'll decide if doing the same with the Lesoir record.
precambrian was probably not a good place to start because i'd describe the first disc as "what the ocean sounded like before precambrian" and the second disc as "what the ocean sounded like after precambrian" and the second disc is absolutely superior in every way

and pelagial is boss
It's always nice to discover newfound love in records/bands I used to dislike so thanks  :tup
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on August 19, 2016, 02:34:51 AM
At least we both think Shoegaze, Black Metal, and Blackgaze suck  :D
:getoffmylawn:
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 19, 2016, 09:02:02 AM
Well at least I haven't found yet an album from those that has more than one song and not just variations of the same :P
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Scorpion on August 19, 2016, 10:19:20 AM
Do you go to school at the moment? If so, what are you studying? If not, what are you doing instead?
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 19, 2016, 02:41:03 PM
Computer Engineering rn, but will start another one next year that's kinda similar, but with more focus on software rather than hardware.
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on August 19, 2016, 10:24:17 PM
What does your user name mean/ refer to?
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Zantera on August 20, 2016, 06:31:03 AM
Tomislav put me on the waiting list because why not :)
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 20, 2016, 10:54:24 AM
What does your user name mean/ refer to?
It's my name backwards :P
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 20, 2016, 11:42:17 AM
Computer Engineering rn, but will start another one next year that's kinda similar, but with more focus on software rather than hardware.

Fellow computer engineer here! My curriculum had more focus on hardware than software. Thinking back I wish I went with more of a software focused degree.
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on August 20, 2016, 12:15:45 PM
Then switch to computer science instead.
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 20, 2016, 09:18:30 PM
Yup, that's the one. I wished I had realised I didn't really enjoy working at low-level with hardware before. But it's done now.
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on August 21, 2016, 01:53:22 AM
What's your favorite song off the "not zantera / sacul music - abridged version" EP?
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Sacul on August 21, 2016, 12:29:41 PM
Either Starfuckers or Exit Music. Such amazing tracks.
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on August 21, 2016, 02:04:15 PM
I loove Exit Music, but I hate The National Anthem! :lol But I guess I've seen a lot more praise for OKC than Kid A anyways so I'll check out that one.

Results are up btw
Title: Re: The Ask Sacul Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on August 21, 2016, 02:20:54 PM
Is your family originally from Argentina?
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on August 22, 2016, 05:50:45 AM
ReaperKK is up!
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 22, 2016, 07:27:35 AM
Hey gang! I just woke up so I guess I'll tell you guys a bit about myself. 29 years old, currently live in Florida while I'm waiting for my house to be finished in Charlotte. I'm pretty boring, hobbies include video games, my motorcycle, guitar and long walks on the beach.

Ask away!
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on August 22, 2016, 01:45:08 PM
3 video games you think every gamer should finish/play?
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: TAC on August 22, 2016, 01:50:15 PM
What's ReaperKK? What's the meaning?

How'd you get into DT and end up here?
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 22, 2016, 02:25:07 PM
3 video games you think every gamer should finish/play?

- BioShock Infinite as a FPS. It's easy to get into, still looks great and is simply fun to play with an intriguing story.
- Braid, my favorite platformer. It's a tough game but the sound track, visuals, and story make it one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had
- Tribes 2, this is cheating as this game is old and pretty much dead but some of my best multiplayer memories come from this game. It was one of the few games that really did a great job promoting team combat with tons of variety to play styles. It's a shame none of the later Tribes games ever captured the magic (at least for me)

What's ReaperKK? What's the meaning?

How'd you get into DT and end up here?

Nothing much TAC! I'm just taking a break from studying and listening to some music at the moment. As for ReaperKK it's a very old nick name and since I'm not the creative type I never came up with anything new. Back in the AOL 2.5 days I was playing netmech on zone.com (I was in 3rd grade at the time) and I needed a name. Well Grim Reaper was taken, Reaper was taken so I just added my initials to it. Boring, I know :lol

As far as DT I was big into Metallica and Tool when I was 15. I was working at McDonalds with a buddy of mine who told me to check out this video called "YTSE JAM" on Kazaa for some awesome drumming so I did. I never really followed up on that but I remember being bored so I wanted to hear some music. SDOIT just came out so I downloaded it and The Glass Prison just melted my face, it was unlike anything else I have ever heard so naturally the first thing I did after listening to TFP over and over was see if there was a forum, and there was which is how I landed on the DTF forums.
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: TAC on August 22, 2016, 02:54:29 PM
How was your McDonald's work experience? Did you just do it short term, or was it a thing? I worked for McDonalds in high school and college and it was a great time.

I actually have a similar DT discovery story.
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 22, 2016, 03:04:44 PM
It was a short term thing. It was my first job ever at 15 years old and I loved it. I worked there for about 9 months with a lot of friends from high school. I would make killer sandwiches all the time for myself and gained a bit of weight :lol It wasn't a bad job at all from what I can remember.

How'd you discover DT?
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on August 22, 2016, 03:16:37 PM
Hey, hey, you can ask him that next week!  :lol Kidding, of course.

Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: TAC on August 22, 2016, 03:17:44 PM
I wouldn't trade my McDonald's times for anything.

How'd you discover DT?

The ask TAC thread is next week! ;D

But what I will tell you is that I also "sampled" the first album a couple years before actually "discovering" DT.
Full story next week.
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 22, 2016, 03:41:43 PM
I look forward to it
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: TAC on August 22, 2016, 03:50:03 PM
Me too! Now I have to come up with something interesting! :lol
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on August 22, 2016, 06:29:43 PM
Charlotte, NC?  If so, what is bringing you there?
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 22, 2016, 08:38:49 PM
I was born in Lithuania but I've spent most of my life in Florida. After meeting my current gf (who lived in Charlotte for a long time) she took me to visit. I feel in love with the place and I just wanted to change.

I can't wait!
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: Podaar on August 23, 2016, 06:38:09 AM

The ask TAC thread is next week! ;D

But what I will tell you is that I also "sampled" the first album a couple years before actually "discovering" DT.
Full story next week.

I've heard the story so many times I could probably recite it for you if you get a little confused, old-timer.
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: TAC on August 23, 2016, 06:46:04 AM
 :lol

Yeah, if I were smart, I'd save it on a document and cut/paste every time a new "How did you discover DT" thread appears every couple of years.
Not that it's this great story or anything.



Anyway, RKK, how did you go from Lithuania to Florida?
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 23, 2016, 07:09:47 AM
Not really my choice but as far as I know the story goes that my mom and dad where looking to escape the Soviet Union at the time and applied for the residency in other countries. They were denied everywhere except South Africa and the USA hadn't responded yet. We were getting ready to go to South Africa when last minute the USA said we'd be able to get a green card there so that's where we went. We flew into New York, lived there for around 6 months and then moved to Wisconsin. We took a vacation to Florida and moved there the following year.
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: TAC on August 23, 2016, 07:27:12 AM
Wow, that's amazing! Good for them. How old were you at the time? Did they have other kids?

But it also begs the question...Wisconsin?
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 23, 2016, 07:34:33 AM
I have a younger brother who is 22, and a half sister who is 8.

I was 4 when we left Lithuania, and 6 when we finally moved to Florida.

Wisconsin :lol all I remember of the place is that it had the worst roads and there was a shit load of snow. I think the reason they chose to move there was because the city we lived in wasn't too far from Chicago where there was a large Lithuanian community.
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: TAC on August 23, 2016, 08:27:09 AM
Well that makes sense.
That's amazing!
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: TAC on August 24, 2016, 07:29:03 PM
RKK, since this is a music forum, what are:

1. Top 5 or 10 bands
2. Top 5 or 10 albums
3. First 3 concerts you attended.
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on August 24, 2016, 09:12:00 PM
What is your Myers-Briggs personality, if you know it?

If you had the resources to start a hobby under the condition you could not profit from later (to avoid ones that would be investment hobbies like stamp collecting, but if you legitimately like it, you wouldn't sell it) what would it be? 
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 25, 2016, 11:08:29 AM
RKK, since this is a music forum, what are:

1. Top 5 or 10 bands
2. Top 5 or 10 albums
3. First 3 concerts you attended.

Alright here we go:

1.
 - Dredg
 - Kaki King
 - Incubus
 - Michael Kelsey (seriously this guy is awesome https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frwsaK14o5U , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlIjEtHSCKk )
 - Pink Floyd
 - Fair To Midland
 - Porcupine Tree

2.
 - Dreaming of Revenge and Glow by Kaki King
 - El Cielo and Catch Without Arms by Dredg
 - Arrows & Anchors by Fair To Midland
 - Group Therapy by Above & Beyond
 - Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd

3. Alright lets see how good my memory is. First show was Dream Theater with Queensryche during their summer tour right before ToT was released in Tampa. It was an awesome show. Then I believe I went to a KoRn show with Disturbed. I can't remember the first opening band but KoRn and Disturbed were pretty good. I swear I went to some other show after that but I can't remember :lol so the show after that was the Gigantour. I went for DT and they killed it. It was in a hockey arena so the sound was pretty aweful.

What is your Myers-Briggs personality, if you know it?

If you had the resources to start a hobby under the condition you could not profit from later (to avoid ones that would be investment hobbies like stamp collecting, but if you legitimately like it, you wouldn't sell it) what would it be? 

I took an online test a while ago so I don't know how accurate this is but ENFJ-A

Well I currently play guitar and I've always wanted to code a game. I do both now but I rarely have time to give serious commitment to it. If i had enough money to never work I'd play guitar and just code even if I never sold an album or sold a video game

I'd also learn how to kite surf :lol
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on August 26, 2016, 03:26:17 PM
I went to a KoRn show with Disturbed. I can't remember the first opening band

Trust Company. They had an almost-hit called Downfall. Then they had a failure of a followup single. Then they died cuz their singer's live voice was thinner than miso soup at a place that sells dollar sushi.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hbXw086o14
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 26, 2016, 04:06:45 PM
Oh yea!!!!! Trust Company!!! All I remember is the singer said fuck every other word. "How are you fucking guys doing? We're fucking glad to be here and play some fucking music for you fucking guys. Are you fucking ready? I said are you FUCKING ready?!??!"
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: Kotowboy on August 26, 2016, 04:07:23 PM
Can't stand people like that.

Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: TAC on August 26, 2016, 04:09:39 PM
I hate that too.


RKK, if you could go back in a time machine, what deceased rock star (or band) would you most want to see live?
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on August 26, 2016, 04:50:43 PM
Oh yea!!!!! Trust Company!!! All I remember is the singer said fuck every other word. "How are you fucking guys doing? We're fucking glad to be here and play some fucking music for you fucking guys. Are you fucking ready? I said are you FUCKING ready?!??!"

I saw that tour about 2 weeks before that Conan appearance. David Draiman is a vocal god live. I'd love to see him in a band with other musicians of his talent level. Disturbed is fun but he'd fucking go off in a full-blown metal band with virtuosity and epic dynamics.
Title: Re: The Ask ReaperKK Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 26, 2016, 05:40:13 PM
RKK, if you could go back in a time machine, what deceased rock star (or band) would you most want to see live?

Not sure if this counts but I always wished I could see Pink Floyd on the PULSE tour which is clearly not going to happen.

I'd probably go with the original line up of Led Zeppelin, it always seemed like such an experience to see them live.

Oh yea!!!!! Trust Company!!! All I remember is the singer said fuck every other word. "How are you fucking guys doing? We're fucking glad to be here and play some fucking music for you fucking guys. Are you fucking ready? I said are you FUCKING ready?!??!"

I saw that tour about 2 weeks before that Conan appearance. David Draiman is a vocal god live. I'd love to see him in a band with other musicians of his talent level. Disturbed is fun but he'd fucking go off in a full-blown metal band with virtuosity and epic dynamics.

I'm passing fan of Disturbed but he was the star of the show that night. I haven't heard much from Disturbed at that point but his voice in the arena setting was godly.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on August 29, 2016, 04:49:22 AM
TAC, it's time to hear how you discovered DT :corn
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: home on August 29, 2016, 05:09:06 AM
TAC, does TAC mean anything?
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: bl5150 on August 29, 2016, 05:11:16 AM
I know it's almost impossible to answer this briefly as the list is endless , but try and be concise.

What is it that makes Winger such a brilliant band?
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: wolfking on August 29, 2016, 05:56:36 AM
What is it that makes Winger such a brilliant band?

Fuck you read my mind.  Came to also ask a Winger related question.

What Brent asked, plus, what makes Kip such a sexy sexy man?
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on August 29, 2016, 06:44:04 AM
TAC, it's time to hear how you discovered DT :corn

This!

Also, top 3 bands, albums, and live shows.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: LudwigVan on August 29, 2016, 08:15:46 AM
TAC:

1.  What's your favorite prog band (not prog-metal)?
2.  What other genre(s) of music do you listen to besides hard rock and metal?
3.  What are your 3 favorite movies?
4.  What are your 3 favorite books?
5.  What are 3 things on your bucket list?
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 29, 2016, 09:37:50 AM
TAC, does TAC mean anything?

TAC is my initials. My first name is Tim.
The preferable pronunciation is  "tack" and not the letters T-A-C.  :)

When I get home from work I'll update the thread.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Scorpion on August 29, 2016, 09:40:14 AM
What is your favourite food?
If given unlimited money and four weeks time, where would you go and what would you do there?
Do you play an instrument? If not, which instrument would you start learning if you had to learn one?
How many of the fifty states of the US have you visited?
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 29, 2016, 12:31:31 PM
TAC, it's time to hear how you discovered DT :corn

OK..So on June 8, 1992, I went to see Iron Maiden at The Ritz in NYC. We got there early to get up close to the stage. That meant having to stand there through some no name local band, but oh well, it's Iron Maiden. That no name local band was Dream Theater. After 30 seconds in, I knew I had just stumbled on my new favorite band. I&W came out a week or so later and that was that. I would see them 3 more times on the I&W tour when they came to Boston.

My avatar is the marguee from the Ritz. I took this photo.


So where I drew the parallel to RKK, was that I had also sampled some of WDADU. In college I did a heavy metal show every Sunday night. One night in 1989 (I graduated college in 1990) I stumbled upon an interesting album in the new album bin. It was by a band called Dream Theater, which I thought was an awesome name for a band. While I was playing a longer song on air, I put WDADU on the other turntable "in cue" and dropped the needle in a few different spots. Now  "in cue" is like bad mono in terms of quality, so the drums sounded cool, but it was the keys, and not the guitars that came through. I just thought it sounded kind of artsy. Plus the front cover was queer, and the band picture was umm..queerer. So I put it back and the episode was soon erased from my consciousness.

Flash forward to late '93/early '94. I had Live At The Marquee, and I was aware that Dream Theater did have an earlier album with a different singer. I finally got around to ordering it, so when it was delivered, I thought the cover was vaguely familiar, but I couldn't place it.
Then it hit me... :omg:
THIS was the album I had sample 4 years earlier!!!
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 29, 2016, 12:48:19 PM
TAC:

1.  What's your favorite prog band (not prog-metal)?
2.  What other genre(s) of music do you listen to besides hard rock and metal?
3.  What are your 3 favorite movies?
4.  What are your 3 favorite books?
5.  What are 3 things on your bucket list?

1. I don't really have one. I wish I liked Yes, but the vocals and keys are way too loopy for me. I love Animals and WYWH, but I don't in any way consider my self a Pink Floyd fan. I really don't care for bands like Enchant.

2. None! :lol I actually love the old 70's live albums by bands like Lynyrd Skynynrd, Bob Seger, that kind of thing. I do enjoy Classic Rock, but mostly because it takes me back to my childhood. But I do not do Electronica, Growls, Bubble Gum Pop. No chance. Classical music truly all sounds the same, even though I took a course in it in college. But I will say, that other than the above genres, I can appreciate anything played live.

3. Favorite movies:
a. River's Edge
b. A Clockwork Orange
c. Easy Money

4. Favorite books:
a. The Killer Angels-Michael Shaara
b. Gross Misconduct- Russ Conway(Gord, you'd like this. It's about the take down of Alan Eagleson)
c. Crossing The Line-Derek Sanderson
d. Four Brothers In Blue-Robert Carter

5.
a. I would like to visit Kansas City, which is where I was born
b. I would love to see Tokyo and Sydney, Australia
c. Gord, as you know, the most important thing I need to accomplish is to make sure my son is taken care of after my wife and I are gone.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 29, 2016, 12:57:46 PM
Also, top 3 bands, albums, and live shows.

Dream Theater
Iron Maiden
UFO

Dream Theater-Images And Words
UFO-Strangers In The Night
Iron Maiden-The Number Of The Beast

The best live band I've ever seen is Iron Maiden. My Top 3 Maiden shows are:
3-30-87 Providence
7-18-99 Boston
6-8-92 NYC (w/ Dream Theater!!)

Alice Cooper 11-19-86

Saw Metallica 5 times on the Justice tour. An amazing show.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 29, 2016, 01:07:52 PM
What is your favourite food?
If given unlimited money and four weeks time, where would you go and what would you do there?
Do you play an instrument? If not, which instrument would you start learning if you had to learn one?
How many of the fifty states of the US have you visited?

My favorite food is my wife's Chicken Parm.

I would make my trip to Japan and Australia. Hit the major cites, and explore some countryside. I'd sample the beers. We always try and find a brewery where ever we go.

I play the drums. Well, I haven't really played in earnest in quite a while. I have a nice set in my basement. It makes too much noise in my house. But it's always a hit whenever we have people over, especially kids. I cannot do double bass, even though I have a double bass pedal on my set.

My feet have touched ground in 31 states. 32 if you count DC. Of course, some of them we drove thru and stopped to piss!
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 29, 2016, 01:15:49 PM
What is it that makes Winger such a brilliant band?

Fuck you read my mind.  Came to also ask a Winger related question.

What Brent asked, plus, what makes Kip such a sexy sexy man?

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/59/49/fe/5949fe9e5c2eeeafbdbfd557a87257b4.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on August 29, 2016, 03:27:57 PM
Time, how did you and the Mrs. meet?

Was she into music like you were?

What is another passion of yours that is not music?


Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 29, 2016, 03:36:50 PM
She shopped in a store I worked at.

She had given me a couple of big smiles and I had her pegged on coming in the following Saturday. I remember getting a haircut the night before. At work the next day, I told a friend of mine at work that I was going to ask out the best looking girl to walk in here today.

...and that was that!



She does like music, and had actually sang in a band in her early 20's with her cousin. She is still really close with this cousin and he's a music maniac, so we've gotten along great. She loves Pat Benatar, Journey, but her all time favorite is Queen. She loves Freddie Mercury.

I've probably read over 30 books on the Civil War, with more than half about Gettysburgh.



Time, how did you and the Mrs. meet?

  My first name is Tim.

 :lol
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on August 29, 2016, 03:48:18 PM
Tim, Time, it's all the same! :lol

Hey, I've gone to a progressive rock festival in Gettysburg the last 2 years.  It's it unreal to see the fields and monuments there.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 29, 2016, 03:53:18 PM
Yeah, it sure is. I remember going there for my 7th grade summer, and ended up doing my 8th Grade Social Studies report on it. We've taken our kids there twice already.
The whole narrative of the battle is incredible, especially when you consider how many men were in such a small area. It's mind boggling and so tragic.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on August 29, 2016, 04:04:13 PM
So many regimens like you said cramped in those fields. I love doing the driving tour.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: LudwigVan on August 30, 2016, 07:45:45 AM
TAC, it's time to hear how you discovered DT :corn

OK..So on June 8, 1992, I went to see Iron Maiden at The Ritz in NYC. We got there early to get up close to the stage. That meant having to stand there through some no name local band, but oh well, it's Iron Maiden. That no name local band was Dream Theater. After 30 seconds in, I knew I had just stumbled on my new favorite band. I&W came out a week or so later and that was that. I would see them 3 more times on the I&W tour when they came to Boston.

My avatar is the marguee from the Ritz. I took this photo.


So where I drew the parallel to RKK, was that I had also sampled some of WDADU. In college I did a heavy metal show every Sunday night. One night in 1989 (I graduated college in 1990) I stumbled upon an interesting album in the new album bin. It was by a band called Dream Theater, which I thought was an awesome name for a band. While I was playing a longer song on air, I put WDADU on the other turntable "in cue" and dropped the needle in a few different spots. Now  "in cue" is like bad mono in terms of quality, so the drums sounded cool, but it was the keys, and not the guitars that came through. I just thought it sounded kind of artsy. Plus the front cover was queer, and the band picture was umm..queerer. So I put it back and the episode was soon erased from my consciousness.

Flash forward to late '93/early '94. I had Live At The Marquee, and I was aware that Dream Theater did have an earlier album with a different singer. I finally got around to ordering it, so when it was delivered, I thought the cover was vaguely familiar, but I couldn't place it.
Then it hit me... :omg:
THIS was the album I had sample 4 years earlier!!!

She shopped in a store I worked at.

She had given me a couple of big smiles and I had her pegged on coming in the following Saturday. I remember getting a haircut the night before. At work the next day, I told a friend of mine at work that I was going to ask out the best looking girl to walk in here today.

...and that was that!



She does like music, and had actually sang in a band in her early 20's with her cousin. She is still really close with this cousin and he's a music maniac, so we've gotten along great. She loves Pat Benatar, Journey, but her all time favorite is Queen. She loves Freddie Mercury.

I've probably read over 30 books on the Civil War, with more than half about Gettysburgh.



Time, how did you and the Mrs. meet?

  My first name is Tim.

 :lol

Even though I've heard these before I never get tired of them.  Great stories.  Serendipity now!
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: bl5150 on August 30, 2016, 07:48:54 AM
Tim, Time, it's all the same! :lol



Give him time Tim - he'll get there.

Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 30, 2016, 08:16:23 AM
Even though I've heard these before I never get tired of them.  Great stories.  Serendipity now!

Thanks, and even meeting my wife was similar to discovering DT.
I was married before, and I remember seeing my current wife in the store. She was very attractive, and looked a little like one of my first wife's college roommates. I remember coming home one day and saying that I had seen a girl at the store that looked just like so and so but was much better looking. I remember doing this twice and my wife was like WTF?? Anyway, I never saw this girl again anyway, and I wasn't the kind of guy that would've done anything bad anyway, so I forgot about it altogether.

Flash forward a couple of years later. I was divorced and I went to my current wife's house for the first time. Now she wasn't a regular shopper, but on the fridge was a picture of THAT girl and a little boy, and I was like  :omg: you're HER??
Apparently her hair was way different than it was a couple of years earlier.


Tim, Time, it's all the same! :lol

Give him time Tim - he'll get there.

We had a salesman at the house a couple of years ago. We introduced ourselves to each other and then he went into his spiel. After, he started his paperwork, and he goes, "Now how do you spell your first name?".
I was like WTF?!? "It's T-I-M".
True story.
Asshole!
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on August 30, 2016, 11:41:47 AM
Tim, Time, it's all the same! :lol



Give him time Tim - he'll get there.

Some call me.....Tim?


Oh great and mighty Tim!
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on August 30, 2016, 11:55:31 AM
(http://imoviequotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/2-Monty-Python-and-the-Holy-Grail-quotes.gif)
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 30, 2016, 11:56:45 AM
What is that from?
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Zydar on August 30, 2016, 11:59:05 AM
Monty Python And The Holy Grail
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on August 30, 2016, 12:02:14 PM
What is that from?

(http://i583.photobucket.com/albums/ss272/kingshmegland/Dont-call-me-shirley_zpseec4jwek.png) (http://s583.photobucket.com/user/kingshmegland/media/Dont-call-me-shirley_zpseec4jwek.png.html)
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on August 30, 2016, 12:07:33 PM
Did you mistype the link?  :lol
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on August 30, 2016, 12:17:14 PM
Did you mistype the link?  :lol

I did not label it.  I never name anything on my photobucket.  Whoever I stole that picture did the deed. :lol
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on August 30, 2016, 12:24:49 PM
One thing I hate about linking to my Photobucket is that someone gets access to all of my photos then.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 30, 2016, 12:25:48 PM
 
Monty Python And The Holy Grail

I have literally never watched this movie.

Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on August 30, 2016, 12:28:02 PM
Monty Python And The Holy Grail

I have literally never watched this movie.

(http://i.imgur.com/HqieHlq.gif)
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Orbert on August 30, 2016, 12:37:57 PM
Monty Python And The Holy Grail

I have literally never watched this movie.



(http://i.imgur.com/fGFOCwN.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 30, 2016, 01:49:22 PM
 :lol
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: home on August 30, 2016, 02:05:02 PM
So TAC when are you going to watch that movie?

Nice stories btw  :tup

Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 30, 2016, 02:35:24 PM
Nice stories btw  :tup

Thanks!

So TAC when are you going to watch that movie?

Not sure. You might say it's the Holy Grail.

:neverusethis:
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: LudwigVan on August 30, 2016, 02:41:09 PM
1.  If you could go back in time, what 3 bands you would go see live?
2.  If you could live anyplace in the world (money no object), where would it be?
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 30, 2016, 02:52:32 PM
1.  If you could go back in time, what 3 bands you would go see live?
2.  If you could live anyplace in the world (money no object), where would it be?

If there was one tour that I wish I could go back and see, it would be the 1978 Rush/UFO tour. Rush touring Hemispheres and UFO touring Lights Out. I have the bootleg of both bands' sets at the Boston show. It was Paul Chapman's first show after Schenker left.

I would have also loved to have seen Rainbow with Dio.
And probably the original Alice Cooper band.


I've actually thought about this before. I live about a half hour south of Boston. I'm perfectly happy right here. The city is easy to get in and around easy enough. Small enough to not be intimidating, yet big enough to not run out of things to discover. It has a great sports scene and is a regular stop on most bands' tours.
Plus, I love experiencing all 4 seasons. Has some of the best hospitals in the world, as we found out when my son was born, and an airport that will take me anywhere in the world. (I hate flying!)
Yeah, I know..boring answer.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: LudwigVan on August 30, 2016, 03:02:10 PM

Yeah, I know..boring answer.

Not at all!
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 30, 2016, 03:08:23 PM
If we moved to another state, it would have to be near an NHL town. We have visited Chicago, but that area was way too big.

I actually liked Denver. My wife didn't though..
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on August 30, 2016, 04:07:00 PM
0.0 is a perfect score Tim.   :P :lol
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 30, 2016, 04:20:35 PM
0.0 is a perfect score Tim.   :P :lol

 :metal

And I love the diversity of the judges!

TAC...reaching all demographics!
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on August 30, 2016, 04:22:24 PM
I'm shocked you never saw it.  Is dry British humor not your thing?
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 30, 2016, 04:27:33 PM
I guess not really. I remember catching some Monty Python when I was younger, but tbh, I couldn't understand a word they were saying. :lol

I liked Benny Hill and Dave Allen At Large when I was a kid.

I enjoyed The Young Ones too.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 30, 2016, 04:31:06 PM
1.  If you could go back in time, what 3 bands you would go see live?


Gord, what about you? I mean besides Zeppelin and Hendrix.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: LudwigVan on August 30, 2016, 07:51:09 PM
1.  If you could go back in time, what 3 bands you would go see live?


Gord, what about you? I mean besides Zeppelin and Hendrix.

Zeppelin in the 70s would be #1 ( I was in HS in the late 70s).

After that I'd say Pink Floyd Animals tour. 
Jethro Tull Songs From the Wood tour.

To put some perspective on it, my 3 favorite live acts of the last 20 years are: Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree and Opeth.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on August 30, 2016, 08:05:00 PM
Buddy Holly
The Who (Early 70's)
Queen
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on August 30, 2016, 08:41:55 PM
Do you ever have any recurring nightmares?
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 31, 2016, 07:55:23 AM
I actually don't.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Kwyjibo on August 31, 2016, 08:10:28 AM
Do you remember what your first record (or maybe tape?) was, that you bought from your own money? If so, what was it?
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: bosk1 on August 31, 2016, 08:15:05 AM
Do you ever have any recurring nightmares?
He doesn't usually refer to me that way.  But he's not above doing so either.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: bl5150 on August 31, 2016, 08:15:23 AM
I actually don't.

You sure?  :eyebrows:

gimme a minute  ;D
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on August 31, 2016, 08:17:48 AM
Strapped to a chair and forced to listen to Winger. 

He's lying, we know that haunts him.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: bl5150 on August 31, 2016, 08:18:46 AM
(http://s3.postimg.org/dmtleab37/kip.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 31, 2016, 09:55:14 AM
Do you remember what your first record (or maybe tape?) was, that you bought from your own money? If so, what was it?

I sure do. It was Kiss Alive II. It was the summer between my 4th and 5th grade. I helped my father with the lawn. He cut, I raked and picked up. We went to KMart later that day and the rest is history.


As for the rest of you I have no idea what you guys are talking about.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on August 31, 2016, 01:28:39 PM
Strapped to a chair and forced to listen to Winger. 

He's lying, we know that haunts him.

That would give me recurring nightmares for life.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 31, 2016, 01:39:26 PM
Strapped to a chair and forced to listen to Winger. 

He's lying, we know that haunts him.

That would give me recurring nightmares for life.
But for those guys it's a recurring wet dream.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on August 31, 2016, 01:40:58 PM
Ah well. Easy come, easy go.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on August 31, 2016, 01:45:36 PM
Strapped to a chair and forced to listen to Winger. 

He's lying, we know that haunts him.

That would give me recurring nightmares for life.
But for those guys it's a recurring wet dream.

(https://media.giphy.com/media/Dd76QxXlhsWCk/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on August 31, 2016, 02:28:23 PM
 :lol

Yeah no kidding, right.

I actually have a dream experience though. When I was a freshman in college, I was playing Cosmic Wimpout with some friends. Apparently I had a little too much  :hat.
Anyway, I ended up going back to my room and I had the strangest thing happen. I passed out and relived all of my dreams up until that point in my life in reverse chronological order, working my way back to the earliest I could remember. I also felt the strong presence of my grand father, who had passed away a few years earlier. I still think about him everyday, even now. Anyway, it felt as though his hand was on my shoulder guiding me through my dreams.


Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on August 31, 2016, 07:08:57 PM
Now that's intriguing. Do you remember specific things? Any things that seemed out of place?
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on September 01, 2016, 05:53:02 AM
Now that's intriguing. Do you remember specific things? Any things that seemed out of place?

No, nothing out of place. I just realized that some of the visions were ones I had when I was younger. And my grandfather's presence was all encompassing. I've never glorified it as a near death experience. Probably a bad trip.. But I've often wondered WTF was happening.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 01, 2016, 06:03:44 AM
That's why I love lucid dreaming. One's state of awareness is so tangible and at the same time abstract. I've had some really lifelike dreams, but you can ask me about that next week.  :lol
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: LudwigVan on September 01, 2016, 07:10:23 AM
 :lol  Sounds to me like that  :hat was laced with something extra.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on September 01, 2016, 07:13:45 AM
:lol  Sounds to me like that  :hat was laced with something extra.

 :lol
I know, right!
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: TAC on September 03, 2016, 06:47:50 PM
So one little TACbit before my week is up. DT related...kind of.

I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts called Mattapoisett. It's on the water near Cape Cod. The next town over was a town called Fairhaven. It's where some of my best friends lived and have many teenage memories there.
Anyway, on the Astonishing map of the Great Northern Empire, there is a place called Idlehaven, in the same spot where Fairhaven is located.
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on September 03, 2016, 08:07:31 PM
Very cool tidbit Tim!
Title: Re: The Ask TAC Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 05, 2016, 05:41:27 AM
So one little TACbit before my week is up. DT related...kind of.

I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts called Mattapoisett. It's on the water near Cape Cod. The next town over was a town called Fairhaven. It's where some of my best friends lived and have many teenage memories there.
Anyway, on the Astonishing map of the Great Northern Empire, there is a place called Idlehaven, in the same spot where Fairhaven is located.

Another reference to an actual geographical location. Nice.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 05, 2016, 05:58:53 AM
Hey, Prog Snob, it's you this week.
How did you discover DT? 
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Kwyjibo on September 05, 2016, 06:31:19 AM
Why are you a snob?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Logain Ablar on September 05, 2016, 06:39:49 AM
If you could be one character from Middle Earth, who would it be?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 05, 2016, 06:53:24 AM
Hey, Prog Snob, it's you this week.
How did you discover DT?

It was late 1992 and I was listening to a local college radio station - Seton Hall's WSOU. Pull Me Under came on the radio and the song was unlike anything I'd ever heard before. A few days later I saw the video on MTV. A friend of mine had the full album so we listened to it and I was blown away. I eventually bought my own copy.

Why are you a snob?

It's more tongue in cheek than anything. I listen to so many different kinds of music that, even though prog is my favorite, I could hardly be called a prog snob. I'm more of a music snob in general.

If you could be one character from Middle Earth, who would it be?

OOoooh, good question. It's actually a hard question, though. I love the simple and serene lives of the hobbits, so naturally Bilbo comes to mind. I love the landscapes of Rivendell and the tree-dwellers of Lothlorien. I couldn't be a dwarf. I'm too claustrophobic. Aragorn has always been my favorite character, though, so I would wind up picking him. However, I'd also love to be Tom Bombadil so I could know what the fuck he is.  :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Logain Ablar on September 05, 2016, 07:09:13 AM
If you could be one character from Middle Earth, who would it be?

OOoooh, good question. It's actually a hard question, though. I love the simple and serene lives of the hobbits, so naturally Bilbo comes to mind. I love the landscapes of Rivendell and the tree-dwellers of Lothlorien. I couldn't be a dwarf. I'm too claustrophobic. Aragorn has always been my favorite character, though, so I would wind up picking him. However, I'd also love to be Tom Bombadil so I could know what the fuck he is.  :lol

Good answer. If you ever find out about Tom Bombadil, let me know.. :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: TAC on September 05, 2016, 07:25:41 AM
WTF is Middle Earth?




Snob..first album you ever bought?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 05, 2016, 07:47:13 AM
First one I ever bought on my own was Manowar's Kings of Metal. However, when I was 8 years old, for Xmas my parents got me the cassette version of Ozzy's Bark at the Moon and Twisted Sister's Stay Hungry. Those two were the first albums I never had.

WTF is Middle Earth?


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Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: TAC on September 05, 2016, 07:54:36 AM
Those are two awesome albums that still hold up today. My father was cool about me and music, but he was not cool with Ozzy.
Even though it's because of him that I became aware of Ozzy. But I've told that story many times.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 05, 2016, 09:46:52 AM
I've since become disinterested in both of them, though I'm still a Sabbath fan.
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Post by: home on September 05, 2016, 11:01:40 AM
Prog Snob, what do you think of the Prog Snob facebook page?
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Post by: Prog Snob on September 05, 2016, 11:08:13 AM
I messaged him airing my grievances in regards to him stealing my name. Obviously it didn't change much and I fought so hard not to destroy the page. I fight hard to curb those old urges of mine.

All of that embitterment aside, it's a nifty page.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: TAC on September 05, 2016, 12:13:59 PM
Who's the chick in your sig?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 05, 2016, 12:32:12 PM
Beth Riesgraf from Leverage. What a brilliant and fun show. I went through five seasons in a couple of weeks. It's like almost every episode is an Ocean's 11 plot. I'm so disappointed that they cancelled it.

I took a photo of my glass filled with wine and put it on Instragram. In the background is my laptop's wallpaper which is this photo of her. I tagged her Instagram account and she responded with a happy face and wine glass. My life is complete.
(http://media1.santabanta.com/full1/Global%20Celebrities(F)/Beth%20Riesgraf/beth-riesgraf-1v.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: LudwigVan on September 05, 2016, 02:08:11 PM
Prog Snob:

Were you born and raised in Staten Island? If not, how did you arrive there?

Can you tell me 3 things you like about Staten Island?  I'm a lifelong NYer and I know so little about this boro. The only thing I've ever done there is golf at La Tourette.

What are your top 5 bands?

What are your top 5 albums?

What do you do for a living?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Adami on September 05, 2016, 02:10:28 PM
If you had to direct a porn that involved a 3 way between any three Robert Carlyle characters.....whom would you choose?

Emphasis on "had to"
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on September 05, 2016, 02:19:28 PM
Prog, what are your favorite places to eat at in NYC?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 05, 2016, 05:47:25 PM
Prog Snob:

Were you born and raised in Staten Island? If not, how did you arrive there?

Can you tell me 3 things you like about Staten Island?  I'm a lifelong NYer and I know so little about this boro. The only thing I've ever done there is golf at La Tourette.

What are your top 5 bands?

What are your top 5 albums?

What do you do for a living?

I was born in Brooklyn, but moved to Staten Island when I was 2.

1) The vast amount of wooded areas. 2) I love that it's the quietest of the boroughs. 3) The hidden and haunted history.

Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, Rush, Marillion, Anathema

Images and Words, Dark Side of the Moon, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Bobby Darin's That's All

I am a network engineer/computer specialist for New York City Transit.

Where in NY are you from?

If you had to direct a porn that involved a 3 way between any three Robert Carlyle characters.....whom would you choose?

Emphasis on "had to"

Rumple, Bumple isn’t here.
Rumple, Bumple gone, my dear.

Prog, what are your favorite places to eat at in NYC?

There are so many places that I love. There's a pizzeria down the street from my job called Pizzetta. It's one of the best pizzerias I've ever been to.  Patsy's is a NYC staple. Del Posto is really amazing. Kura and 15 East are awesome sushi places. Nucci's here on Staten Island makes a great antipasti salad. I could go on.  :lol

Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on September 05, 2016, 06:24:56 PM
Minga.   You are making me hungry.   

Funny: Boxers or briefs and why?

Serious: Has having a daughter changed your perspective on relationships?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Scar on September 05, 2016, 07:46:52 PM
Prog Snob, which songs by John Myung is your favorite? John Petrucci? Labrie? Portnoy?

Do you play any instruments?

Who do you think is the worst president of the U.S?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Adami on September 05, 2016, 08:21:33 PM
Do you ever come visit LA?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 06, 2016, 05:31:41 AM
Minga.   You are making me hungry.   

Funny: Boxers or briefs and why?

Serious: Has having a daughter changed your perspective on relationships?

Neither.  ;)

Having a daughter has changed a lot, but it hasn't changed my perspective on relationships as I've always had an old-fashioned mentality with that. I've never been the type of man who would intentionally disrespect a woman or use her or play games. It's just not my style.

Prog Snob, which songs by John Myung is your favorite? John Petrucci? Labrie? Portnoy?

Do you play any instruments?

Who do you think is the worst president of the U.S?

Myung - Learning to Live
Petrucci - Metropolis
LaBrie - Blind Faith
Portnoy - A Change of Seasons

I've been playing guitar for about 30 years. I don't play that much anymore, though. It has taken a back seat to other things.

Worst President? Obama. If you want to know why, open a thread in the political forum.  ;)

Do you ever come visit LA?

I've never been there. I've only been to California once, and it was to meet a girl.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: LudwigVan on September 06, 2016, 06:59:19 AM

Where in NY are you from?

I was born in Manhattan but grew up in Queens/Nassau.  Bounced around these different towns:  Jackson Heights, Flushing, New Hyde Park, Bayside, Great Neck (which is were I am now).
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 06, 2016, 07:06:05 AM
I'm always in Queens for my job. The only borough that has worse public transportation is Staten Island.  :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: LudwigVan on September 06, 2016, 07:29:13 AM
Yeah... Queens is terribad! 
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: TAC on September 06, 2016, 02:35:31 PM
My stepson lived in Queens. It was a nice spot too. It was on a main street (can't remember the name but would know it if I heard it). I had some of the best pizza ever right up the street from him in like a mini mall. Can't remember the name of that place either!
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on September 06, 2016, 03:50:31 PM
John.  Pepperoni or Sausage on your pizza?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 06, 2016, 07:09:15 PM
My stepson lived in Queens. It was a nice spot too. It was on a main street (can't remember the name but would know it if I heard it). I had some of the best pizza ever right up the street from him in like a mini mall. Can't remember the name of that place either!

I don't think I've ever eaten pizza in Queens, so I couldn't even begin to guess.  :lol 

John.  Pepperoni or Sausage on your pizza?

Pepperoni...always. I love a good clam pie, too. Most places don't make it good though.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Scar on September 06, 2016, 07:15:44 PM
What are the things that stand between you and complete happiness?

If you could send a message to the entire world, what would you say in 30 seconds?

If today was the last day of your life, what would you want to do?

If you could ask a single person one question, and they had to answer truthfully, who and what would you ask?

Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of? What’s stopping you?

Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: TAC on September 06, 2016, 07:41:16 PM
Those are great questions! Where were you last week?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on September 06, 2016, 07:43:24 PM
Those are great questions! Where were you last week?

Insert mom joke here.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 07, 2016, 05:28:27 AM
What are the things that stand between you and complete happiness?

If you could send a message to the entire world, what would you say in 30 seconds?

If today was the last day of your life, what would you want to do?

If you could ask a single person one question, and they had to answer truthfully, who and what would you ask?

Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of? What’s stopping you?

As of late, it's myself and my inability to trust after the last couple of relationships I was in.

Keep calm and listen to prog.  ;)

I would spend it with my daughter. There's no reason to even think of anything else.

I would ask the Pope the truth about Jesus, whether he is real or just another example of a religion's savior mythology. He wasn't the first, you know?

I'm holding on to my last relationship. Not by choice. It's not a conscious effort. I'm quite fine normally, but then I see something or hear something that reminds me of her and my nerves fall apart. A quick example. She left her blanket at my house. For the longest time I kept it in the closet because I couldn't bring myself to use it. One night it was getting really cold and didn't want to take the blanket off the bed so I grabbed her blanket and used that instead. I had the most vivid and lucid dream of her that night, so much so that when I woke up I felt like she had just left my home. It was the first dream I had of her after she left. Things like that are unsettling.


Those are great questions! Where were you last week?

I was home with my daughter all week. We went to a couple of places locally, like the park and whatnot. She could spend hours on a swing, but usually won't go near anything else.

Those are great questions! Where were you last week?

Insert mom joke here.

 :lol

Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Podaar on September 07, 2016, 09:27:05 AM
Mandingo or Lex?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 07, 2016, 12:07:32 PM
Mandingo or Lex?

I haven't seen any of their videos.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Kwyjibo on September 07, 2016, 11:40:08 PM
Don't know if this was already asked:

Do you play an instrument? If not, which instrument would you like to play? And why?

With which musician would you like to jam and which musician would you like to give you lessons? And why?

Are there any other famous people you would like to meet? And what would you do then?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Adami on September 07, 2016, 11:43:06 PM
If you could have a different first name, what would it be?


Scenario: You find an awesome girl online and really get excited about your prospects, you guys got a lot in common etc. You decide to meet for a pizza date  and she uses a fork/knife on her pizza......how do you end things?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 08, 2016, 05:40:46 AM
Don't know if this was already asked:

Do you play an instrument? If not, which instrument would you like to play? And why?

With which musician would you like to jam and which musician would you like to give you lessons? And why?

Are there any other famous people you would like to meet? And what would you do then?

I have been playing guitar for about 30 years, though I don't play as much as I used to. I would love to learn the piano and violin. However, to keep paying my bills on time I've been playing the skin flute a lot lately.

Petrucci and Rudess. Do you really need to ask why?  ;)  Besides them, I totally admire Neal Morse and would love the chance to have a conversation with him. Whether it's about music, religion, or whatever, I would be totally humbled by his presence.

Well, the lovely lady in my sig would be at the top of my "to meet" list. She responded to one of my Instagram posts. Granted I tagged her in it, but still.  :lol  If it were to happen, I would figure out exactly what intrigues her and show her NYC based on that.


If you could have a different first name, what would it be?


Scenario: You find an awesome girl online and really get excited about your prospects, you guys got a lot in common etc. You decide to meet for a pizza date  and she uses a fork/knife on her pizza......how do you end things?

It would be Giovanni, after my great-grandfather.

 :lol  If everything else was going well, I wouldn't end it, though I would teach her the proper way to hold a pizza. I do my best not to make my life a Seinfeld episode.  ;)
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: TAC on September 08, 2016, 06:14:06 AM
Snob, how old were you when you recorded this?

(http://www.metal-archives.com/images/5/3/7/0/53701.jpg)

How did you decide on Tony as a stage name?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 08, 2016, 06:16:31 AM
 :lol

Like all Italians, we were named Tony because on our way to America we were wearing hats that said TO NY.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 09, 2016, 12:22:44 PM
John.  Pepperoni or Sausage on your pizza?

Actually, I was just thinking about pizza toppings some more. I love jalapenos on my pizza.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: El Barto on September 09, 2016, 02:12:40 PM
Are there uncontacted indigenous tribes living in the tunnels under NYC?
Are there parts of the tunnel system you've never been to?
What's the coolest thing under NYC?
Ever found any dead bodies?
Close calls with becoming one yourself?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: El Barto on September 09, 2016, 02:14:28 PM
Late questions for TAC:

Is there any reason for rearranging a grocery store every 4 years other than to keep the customers confused and disoriented?
My first job was in inventory and I still see CHARLESTON on every keypad. Similar phenomenon with you?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: TAC on September 09, 2016, 03:35:39 PM
Late questions for TAC:

Is there any reason for rearranging a grocery store every 4 years other than to keep the customers confused and disoriented?
My first job was in inventory and I still see CHARLESTON on every keypad. Similar phenomenon with you?
I'm not sure I get the keypad question..

As far as rearranging the store. It really doesn't happen as much as one would think.
But let me say this. Grocery store chains are bought and sold constantly. Sometimes each chain wants things in a certain order.

Unless a store is going through a remodel, it's pretty rare to reset the store, or move total sections from one aisle to another. When I got to my current store almost three years ago, it was clear to me that some sections were way under exposed and others were over exposed. I walked with Leadership and made some recommendations. They agreed and some sections did jump aisles. But generally that's pretty rare.

What does happen constantly is that different sections get reset. So for instance, this week, the cereal aisle may get reset. Next week, the candy section gets it. It is to cut in new items (which flow in constantly), and when the reset team is done, these sections can look completely different. Problem is, when one item gets cut in, another gets cut out. That's where a lot of the customer frustration comes from, by discontinuing their favorite oatmeal.

My company dedicates almost an entire aisle to run Good Thru Labor Day, Good Thru New Years, etc... promotions. So every 4 months, I have to swap out 40 feet of product. That confuses people too.

What you learn is that it is all a Real Estate business. Vendors pay tons of cash for everything from slotting fees in the warehouse, to shelf placement in the store.


But EVERYDAY I hear "Where's the _____? You keep moving things around!", and I think, no, nothing has moved in two years!
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: El Barto on September 09, 2016, 03:56:54 PM
Late questions for TAC:

Is there any reason for rearranging a grocery store every 4 years other than to keep the customers confused and disoriented?
My first job was in inventory and I still see CHARLESTON on every keypad. Similar phenomenon with you?
I'm not sure I get the keypad question..

As far as rearranging the store. It really doesn't happen as much as one would think.
But let me say this. Grocery store chains are bought and sold constantly. Sometimes each chain wants things in a certain order.

Unless a store is going through a remodel, it's pretty rare to reset the store, or move total sections from one aisle to another. When I got to my current store almost three years ago, it was clear to me that some sections were way under exposed and others were over exposed. I walked with Leadership and made some recommendations. They agreed and some sections did jump aisles. But generally that's pretty rare.

What does happen constantly is that different sections get reset. So for instance, this week, the cereal aisle may get reset. Next week, the candy section gets it. It is to cut in new items (which flow in constantly), and when the reset team is done, these sections can look completely different. Problem is, when one item gets cut in, another gets cut out. That's where a lot of the customer frustration comes from, by discontinuing their favorite oatmeal.

My company dedicates almost an entire aisle to run Good Thru Labor Day, Good Thru New Years, etc... promotions. So every 4 months, I have to swap out 40 feet of product. That confuses people too.

What you learn is that it is all a Real Estate business. Vendors pay tons of cash for everything from slotting fees in the warehouse, to shelf placement in the store.


But EVERYDAY I hear "Where's the _____? You keep moving things around!", and I think, no, nothing has moved in two years!
Not sure if cost codes were before your time (which seems unlikely) or if they might be a regional thing. For the drug side of a store down here there would always be a code on the tag reflecting the cost. CHARLESTON (or one of a dozen other words) would be overlaid on a keypad, so when you saw AHO you knew the cost was 3.29. Though, now that I think about it I inventoried stores in Penn and they had the same codes.

And my local Tom thumb remodels the store every 4 or 5 years. Though the idea that some vendors would pay top dollar for a particular end cap makes a lot of sense. Like the naming rights or a stadium, that gets renamed every 6 years.

Anyhoo, back to PS.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 09, 2016, 07:34:10 PM
Are there uncontacted indigenous tribes living in the tunnels under NYC?
Are there parts of the tunnel system you've never been to?
What's the coolest thing under NYC?
Ever found any dead bodies?
Close calls with becoming one yourself?

There are supposedly some groups of people living underground. I haven't seen them yet.

There are plenty of tunnels in which I haven't been yet. There are hundreds of miles of track, that doesn't include corridors, hidden hallways, abandoned stations, etc.

Up until 10 years ago, there was the MTA money train that would carry the revenue to underground offices and be sorted and counted. They closed it down, though, and now the revenue is brought to some place in Maspeth, Queens. Other than that, I really can't think of one specific thing that's cool. I love walking through the abandoned tunnels. There are some areas that are off limits which means I'm trying to figure out a way in.

I came across a dead homeless man once.

No close calls yet.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: El Barto on September 10, 2016, 11:06:34 AM
There are plenty of tunnels in which I haven't been yet. There are hundreds of miles of track, that doesn't include corridors, hidden hallways, abandoned stations, etc.
Are any of the abandoned stations particularly interesting? Like cool stuff from antiquity, or are they just typical NYC subway stops that fell into disuse?

Quote
I came across a dead homeless man once.
And your pulse rate when you called it in?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 10, 2016, 01:52:17 PM
There are plenty of tunnels in which I haven't been yet. There are hundreds of miles of track, that doesn't include corridors, hidden hallways, abandoned stations, etc.
Are any of the abandoned stations particularly interesting? Like cool stuff from antiquity, or are they just typical NYC subway stops that fell into disuse?

Quote
I came across a dead homeless man once.
And your pulse rate when you called it in?

The most famous one is the abandoned City Hall station at the south end of the 6 line. However, there are so many abandoned places in the system for various reasons. Everything from lack of necessity to upgrades in other areas of the system. Here's an interesting article about some of the abandoned stations. Actually, that whole website has a wealth of information about subways and other explorable intrigues. http://untappedcities.com/2013/08/13/7-nyc-abandoned-subway-stations-city-hall-18th-street-worth-myrtle/

I didn't make the call. There was someone else with me who did. I was the one who inspected him to make sure he was dead.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Scar on September 10, 2016, 04:36:08 PM
1) Octavarium or A Change of Seasons?
2) JP's Best of Times solo, 8vm solo, ITPOE solo, or Under a glass moon solo?
3) Favorite album? Least favorite?
4) Favorite instrumental?
5) Greatest fear?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 10, 2016, 07:18:11 PM
1) Octavarium or A Change of Seasons?
2) JP's Best of Times solo, 8vm solo, ITPOE solo, or Under a glass moon solo?
3) Favorite album? Least favorite?
4) Favorite instrumental?
5) Greatest fear?

A Change of Seasons
Best of Times
Images and Words, When Dream and Day Unite or Falling Into Infinity
Dance of Eternity
I'm extremely acrophobic, like beyond all rationality.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Adami on September 10, 2016, 07:38:05 PM
I'm extremely acrophobic, like beyond all rationality.

I work for a place that could help you with that :) It's expensive as hell and in Los Angeles. Up for it?
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 10, 2016, 08:10:04 PM
Thanks for the offer. I appreciate it but it's not possible right now.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Scar on September 11, 2016, 11:43:45 AM
Thanks for answering. :)
Hope you don't mind me asking all these questions.

1. What’s your philosophy in life?
2. Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
3. If you are in a bad mood, do you prefer to be left alone or have someone to cheer you up?
4. What’s the one thing that people always misunderstand about you?
5. Do you have a personal mission statement?
6. How do you express your gratitude for good things and people you have in your life?
7. How do you react when you encounter a homeless person?
8. What is your favorite quote?
9. Do you believe in forgiving others for wronging you every single time?
10. What inspires you?

Sorry for all these questions and thanks. :)
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 11, 2016, 12:39:44 PM
Thanks for answering. :)
Hope you don't mind me asking all these questions.

1. What’s your philosophy in life?
2. Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
3. If you are in a bad mood, do you prefer to be left alone or have someone to cheer you up?
4. What’s the one thing that people always misunderstand about you?
5. Do you have a personal mission statement?
6. How do you express your gratitude for good things and people you have in your life?
7. How do you react when you encounter a homeless person?
8. What is your favorite quote?
9. Do you believe in forgiving others for wronging you every single time?
10. What inspires you?

Sorry for all these questions and thanks. :)

Not at all. Ask whatever you want. I have no secrets.

1. "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”  - Tolkien
2. I'm exceedingly introverted.
3. Left alone
4. That just because I'm quiet and usually keep to myself in large groups doesn't make me rude or arrogant. It's just my social anxiety.
5. I never sat down to think about one.
6. I actually feel really awkward when people help me or compliment me or give me things. I usually tense up and just say thank you a million times.
7. I encounter homeless people on a daily basis. As much as I hate to say I've become so used to it that sometimes it doesn't faze me, it's sometimes the cruel truth of it all. However, there are times when I'll throw them a dollar or a bottle of water if I happen to have one on me. However, one morning this happened:

I boarded the A train earlier today and surprisingly found three or four open seats. As I sat down, I suddenly realized why as I caught the odor of a sickly looking man a few seats over. Obviously people were avoiding sitting near him. Partly for the odor and probably because they thought he was some homeless crazy. I saw him making hand motions out of the corner of my eye and noticed him scratching his leg. When I took a closer look at his leg, there was obviously some kind of infection as there was a hole the size of a dime through his layers of skin.

I sat for a bit as people who were anywhere near him took their first chance to find a seat at the other end of the subway car. I had every opportunity to do the same but a part of me felt bad about doing so and I sat their reading. I was distracted though and reached into my bag and pulled out the sandwich I had made for myself and offered it to him. He responded, "You keep it. I only have a few days left anyway." I said, "Then you should enjoy whatever time you have left as best you can. Take the sandwich and enjoy it. You need it far more than I do." He took it from me and I saw a tear form in his eye. What I then saw in him was the innocence of the young child he once was, laughing and playing, and filled with dreams of the future, now sitting on a Manhattan subway car on a cold winters day counting down his last hours in this world.

8. I don't want to cheat and use the Tolkien quote again, so I'll come up with another. I actually love the last verse in Illumination Theory. It sums up life in so many ways. Don't take the words at face value. They go far deeper than they appear.

To really feel the joy in life
You must suffer through the pain
When you surrender to the light
You can face the darkest days

If you open up your eyes
And you put your trust in love
On those cold and endless nights
You will never be alone

Passion glows within your heart
Like a furnace burning bright
Until you struggle through the dark
You'll never know that you're alive

9. I have a hard time forgiving those who have wronged me in certain ways. I really really hate being lied to, like more than you could ever think. It's such a low form of human interaction, to deceive someone with such apathy that you can blatantly look them in the eyes and say something you know isn't true. I think it's because I don't trust so easily anymore, so if someone is going to remind me why, then I feel like I can't be bothered with them. I don't mean little white lies either. I mean like that girl who tore my fucking heart out. See, not only did she pick up and leave me, my daughter kept asking for her as well. She kept asking, "Where's Natalie and Shannen?" Shannen is Natalie's daughter. Now, how do I explain to my special needs child that they aren't coming back anymore? All I could say was that they aren't coming over anymore. I don't know how well she processed it, but she looked almost confused and upset. You know what that does to a man, to see his daughter trying so hard to communicate and understand, but all you see is hurt and confusion in her eyes. Okay, I'm going to stop now. Anyways...sorry for the digression.

10. Knowing that I only feel comfortable when my daughter is around me. Not that her mother is a bad mother, but I can't function the same, wondering if she's getting the attention she deserves and needs. So, when that girl tore my heart out and I wanted to become a professional alcoholic to numb the pain, I couldn't, because I know there's a six year old girl who needs me at my best. That's all the inspiration a man needs.


By the way, here she is a few years ago in the A Dramatic Turn of Events shirt my best friend bought for her.
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Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Logain Ablar on September 11, 2016, 03:12:13 PM
Wow. Your story about the homeless guy. Good on you mate, for doing something to make a difference.  :tup

I also find that last verse in IT very moving. I love it when music and lyrics come together to hit you emotionally like that.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: TAC on September 11, 2016, 04:38:52 PM
Wow. Your story about the homeless guy. Good on you mate, for doing something to make a difference.  :tup
Yeah, so sad.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 11, 2016, 04:50:56 PM
Wow. Your story about the homeless guy. Good on you mate, for doing something to make a difference.  :tup

I also find that last verse in IT very moving. I love it when music and lyrics come together to hit you emotionally like that.

Thanks. I usually try and keep a bottle of water with me just in case I come across someone who needs it. People like that, they humble you because they are so gracious over the things that we take for granted. If it takes so little to brighten their day, what does it say about us? I suppose this is a philosophical question. Does it make us selfish to worry about whether we need a car wash or if our favorite team is going to win the big game, or are we allowed some line of absolution where it's okay to want certain things? I don't know.

Wow. Your story about the homeless guy. Good on you mate, for doing something to make a difference.  :tup
Yeah, so sad.

Unfortunately, people like that are everywhere in the city.
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: LudwigVan on September 11, 2016, 05:07:36 PM
Prog Snob your daughter is beautiful. And that story about the homeless man is great. As someone who traverses the NYC subway system on a daily basis, I find it impossible to pay mind to every homeless person you come across and still function under a normal daily routine. You become inured to it.

Boy Scar, those are some tough introspective questions.  It's much easier to go through life as a hardened asshole care free cold hearted bastard than to dig deep and face up to those questions!  :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Prog Snob Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 11, 2016, 05:18:58 PM
Prog Snob your daughter is beautiful. And that story about the homeless man is great. As someone who traverses the NYC subway system on a daily basis, I find it impossible to pay mind to every homeless person you come across and still function under a normal daily routine. You become inured to it.

Boy Scar, those are some tough introspective questions.  It's much easier to go through life as a hardened asshole care free cold hearted bastard than to dig deep and face up to those questions!  :lol

Thank you!

Inured is a perfect way to describe always seeing homeless people.

Unfortunately, I'm incapable of being so cold-hearted. I'm an exceedingly receptive empath so sometimes I have no control over things.
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 12, 2016, 07:25:42 AM
It's ask chknptpie week!
What does your nick mean?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on September 12, 2016, 07:34:19 AM
Do you prefer beef or turkey pot pie to chicken?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Podaar on September 12, 2016, 08:23:24 AM
Do you prefer beef or turkey pot pie to chicken?

As a follow up question: Ketchup or virgin?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on September 12, 2016, 08:24:07 AM
If you put ketchup on a chicken pot pie, you deserve to be a virgin.
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Podaar on September 12, 2016, 08:33:16 AM
 :lol
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on September 12, 2016, 09:11:55 AM
Ha I figured the first questions would be about the name. It actually stems from an episode of Just Shoot Me with Slow Donnie (David Cross). He is pretending to be "slow" and one of his lines is "chicken pot chicken pot chicken pot pie".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMpTqa8iICs

However - I also love eating pot pies. My real preference would be beef pot pie. I've never put ketchup on a pot pie... that seems strange. Is this a Canadian thing?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 12, 2016, 12:04:29 PM
Where were you born?
What's your middle name?
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of Tootsie Pop?
How did you discover Dream Theater?
Do you have any recurring dreams?
What movie makes you cry the most?
How many strands of hair do you have?
What is your most endearing quality?
What is your most obnoxious quality?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Logain Ablar on September 12, 2016, 12:32:35 PM
Best vacation destination you've been to?
Favourite car you've owned?
Summer or winter, which is better?
Boats or planes, which is better?
If you could meet a celebrity, past or present, for 15 mins, who would it be and what would you say to them?
Which movie or TV series would you like to have a walk-on part in?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on September 12, 2016, 01:02:46 PM
Where were you born? Texas (small things apparently do come from Texas)
What's your middle name? Ann
What are the top three things on your bucket list? I don't really have a bucket list. I try to focus on the near future for the most part. If I made a bucket list it would probably be focused on visiting places - Australia, South America, etc.
How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of Tootsie Pop? A group of engineering students from Purdue University reported that its licking machine, modeled after a human tongue, took an average of 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Twenty of the group's volunteers assumed the licking challenge-unassisted by machinery-and averaged 252 licks each to the center.
How did you discover Dream Theater? My husband actually. When we met I was talking about Coheed and loving the concept albums. He told me if I liked them, I should listen to Scenes and it just blew up from there.
Do you have any recurring dreams? I dream about nuclear explosions often - its quite horrifying actually.
What movie makes you cry the most? I'm a total sap when it comes to movies - especially if its based on real life. Oh... or something put out by Pixar. Those bastards do me in.
How many strands of hair do you have? Hmmm on my head? Maybe 100k?
What is your most endearing quality? My husband says that I can be really funny and cute when I want to be
What is your most obnoxious quality? I have a hard time being empathetic. I'm more of a brutal, tough talk kinda gal.

Best vacation destination you've been to? I have two here. 1 for beach - Jamaica. 1 for tourist - Barcelona.
Favourite car you've owned? My current 3 series. Thing is a blast to drive.
Summer or winter, which is better? Winter, duh. I live in Arizona. Summer is stupid.
Boats or planes, which is better? Boats, because you can fish out of them. Unless we are talking as modes of transportation - then definitely planes.
If you could meet a celebrity, past or present, for 15 mins, who would it be and what would you say to them? Robin Williams and just make each other laugh.
Which movie or TV series would you like to have a walk-on part in? maybe Game of Thrones. The costumes are pretty awesome and Kit Harington is a fox.
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: jingle.boy on September 12, 2016, 02:32:08 PM
However - I also love eating pot pies. My real preference would be beef pot pie. I've never put ketchup on a pot pie... that seems strange. Is this a Canadian thing?

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Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Podaar on September 12, 2016, 02:54:52 PM
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Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on September 12, 2016, 03:41:11 PM
pssssh Canada has Ketchup flavored potato chips. This was a easy assumption, come on!  :lol

edit: there also appears to be a Canadian Ketchup Cake. Who knew?
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/217814/great-canadian-heinz-ketchup-cake/
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: El Barto on September 12, 2016, 03:45:23 PM
Which model 3 series? Stick or auto? First BMW?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 12, 2016, 04:48:01 PM
Where were you born? Texas (small things apparently do come from Texas)
What's your middle name? Ann
What are the top three things on your bucket list? I don't really have a bucket list. I try to focus on the near future for the most part. If I made a bucket list it would probably be focused on visiting places - Australia, South America, etc.
How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of Tootsie Pop? A group of engineering students from Purdue University reported that its licking machine, modeled after a human tongue, took an average of 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Twenty of the group's volunteers assumed the licking challenge-unassisted by machinery-and averaged 252 licks each to the center.
How did you discover Dream Theater? My husband actually. When we met I was talking about Coheed and loving the concept albums. He told me if I liked them, I should listen to Scenes and it just blew up from there.
Do you have any recurring dreams? I dream about nuclear explosions often - its quite horrifying actually.
What movie makes you cry the most? I'm a total sap when it comes to movies - especially if its based on real life. Oh... or something put out by Pixar. Those bastards do me in.
How many strands of hair do you have? Hmmm on my head? Maybe 100k?
What is your most endearing quality? My husband says that I can be really funny and cute when I want to be
What is your most obnoxious quality? I have a hard time being empathetic. I'm more of a brutal, tough talk kinda gal.


Thank you, m'lady. More shall follow. You have seven glorious days of this.  ;)
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: LudwigVan on September 12, 2016, 05:18:40 PM
What is it about Dream Theater and prog metal that captures your imagination?

And why do you think there are so few female fans of this type of music?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Scar on September 12, 2016, 05:32:57 PM
Great, my next victim participant!

1. Can world peace ever be achieved?

2. Will poverty ever end?

3. What is the nature of reality?

4. What are your pet peeves?

5. A crocodile steals your son and promises to return him only if you can correctly guess what the crocodile will do with your son. Assuming the croc keeps its word, what would happen if you guessed that he wouldn’t return your son?

6. Would you rather live one 1,000-year life (When you reach 100 years old, you will keep that form. You won't grow older physically) or live 10, 100-year lives?

7. What would happen if the copyright sign got copyrighted?

8.  If life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. So, if life gives you gators, do you make Gatorade?

9. Why do they cotton swab the guy's arm with rubbing alcohol before a lethal injection?

10. Why do 24 hour, 7 days a week (Including holidays!) Super Markets have locks on their door?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on September 12, 2016, 07:17:07 PM
chknptpie, how the hell have you been? I feel like it's been a while since I've seen your name around here regularly.
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on September 12, 2016, 09:17:28 PM
Which model 3 series? Stick or auto? First BMW?
2013 328i, auto, yes. Just got it in May. Big upgrade from my 2006 Cobalt lol

What is it about Dream Theater and prog metal that captures your imagination?

And why do you think there are so few female fans of this type of music?
For me I think there has to be a great story behind the music, whether that is per song or per album. Although... I grew up with prog. Now that I think of it, my first concert was Alan Parson's Project and Yes.

I think there is a lack of female musician-ship, which leads to a lack of knowledge and education that helps understand prog. I was in band from middle school through high school. I think having a general idea of what it takes to create and perform makes prog much more impressive. This statement is not to take anything away from some of the great female musicians, but there are not nearly as many as there are men. I also think there is a social expectation that girls like pop music. The like what is on the radio. Because this is the expectation, this is what a lot of girls settle for.

Great, my next victim participant!

1. Can world peace ever be achieved? Nope, not possible

2. Will poverty ever end? Nope, not possible

3. What is the nature of reality? Your state of consciousness depicts your reality...? maybe? I dunno, pulling stuff out of my ass at this point.

4. What are your pet peeves? Dishonesty, not taking responsibility

5. A crocodile steals your son and promises to return him only if you can correctly guess what the crocodile will do with your son. Assuming the croc keeps its word, what would happen if you guessed that he wouldn’t return your son? I think the crocodile would then eat my son?

6. Would you rather live one 1,000-year life (When you reach 100 years old, you will keep that form. You won't grow older physically) or live 10, 100-year lives? I would not want to live as an 100 year old for that long! If I could stay 25, that would be fine. So I guess 10, 100 year lives. However, dying 10 times sounds pretty terrifying.

7. What would happen if the copyright sign got copyrighted? I actually don't know if thats possible. Something maybe to do with public domain because it is issued by the government?

8.  If life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. So, if life gives you gators, do you make Gatorade? If that is the case, I'm quite disturbed with haterade.

9. Why do they cotton swab the guy's arm with rubbing alcohol before a lethal injection? In case the prisoner is pardoned before the injection is pushed but after the needle is inserted?

10. Why do 24 hour, 7 days a week (Including holidays!) Super Markets have locks on their door? Well if ever the business does need to close, they need to protect the property within them. You can't always assume that business will be running. Also, the business may not actually own the building they are occupying - they may be renting. The owners would want to be able to change the locks incase of delinquency of payment.

chknptpie, how the hell have you been? I feel like it's been a while since I've seen your name around here regularly.
Doing alright actually. Kinda dropped off for a bit, dealing with illness/death in the family for the past 1.5 years and the healing that goes with it. Life gets more and more normal each day. I feel like I check into the boards a bit, just don't feel like I have a lot to add to conversations most of the time. I guess my introvert style that has become pretty prominent has impacted my internet habits lol
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Scar on September 12, 2016, 09:25:53 PM
Thanks for the answer. That was glorious.  :tup

On a more serious note: Have you ever lost someone so dear to you? If so, how do you cope with the loss?

You don't have to answer if you don't want to.
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: El Barto on September 12, 2016, 09:34:47 PM
Which model 3 series? Stick or auto? First BMW?
2013 328i, auto, yes. Just got it in May. Big upgrade from my 2006 Cobalt lol
Those krauts know a thing or two about designing a car, don't they? It's too bad you didn't get into them earlier.
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 13, 2016, 05:40:09 AM
Which model 3 series? Stick or auto? First BMW?
2013 328i, auto, yes. Just got it in May. Big upgrade from my 2006 Cobalt lol
Those krauts know a thing or two about designing a car, don't they? It's too bad you didn't get into them earlier.

I generally prefer Mercedes to BMW.

More questions for you, CPP.

What's your favorite DT song? album? Least favorite song? album?

Moore, Sherinian, or Rudess?

Mangini or Portnoy?

What is your favorite cuisine? Favorite meal? Alcoholic drink?

What do you want for your birthday?

What nationality are you?

Are you tired of my questions yet? If no, I'll keep going. If yes, I'll keep going.  ;)

What is your dream job?

Favorite animal?

If the moon is made out of glass what is the sun made out of?

Serious question. What was the most humbling experience you've ever had?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on September 13, 2016, 08:16:40 AM
Thanks for the answer. That was glorious.  :tup

On a more serious note: Have you ever lost someone so dear to you? If so, how do you cope with the loss?

You don't have to answer if you don't want to.

Well I lost my father when I was 8 and just recently lost my father in law. Coping just takes time from what I can tell. Still talking about him, remembering good times. The first year was tough, this second year seems to be much easier to handle.

Which model 3 series? Stick or auto? First BMW?
2013 328i, auto, yes. Just got it in May. Big upgrade from my 2006 Cobalt lol
Those krauts know a thing or two about designing a car, don't they? It's too bad you didn't get into them earlier.
My husband is a VW guy, but not sure he will buy another one based on the diesel thing in the news. He is now looking at Subaru. Not sure how he went there instead of to BMW.
When I test drove, I also tried a Lexus. Holy boring batman! It had no umph, no personality. Then I drove the 328i and just kinda knew it felt right. I used to drive my cobalt like a little race car, now I own a little race car lol I'm surprised I haven't got any speeding tickets yet. I'm surprised when I look at the speedometer and couldn't tell I am going 60.

Which model 3 series? Stick or auto? First BMW?
2013 328i, auto, yes. Just got it in May. Big upgrade from my 2006 Cobalt lol
Those krauts know a thing or two about designing a car, don't they? It's too bad you didn't get into them earlier.

I generally prefer Mercedes to BMW.

More questions for you, CPP.

What's your favorite DT song? album? Least favorite song? album?
Favorite song is hard, but maybe Fatal Tragedy. That is the song that really blew my mind when I first heard them. Favorite album is definitely Scenes. Least favorite, maybe WDaDU and Light Fuse and Get Away.

Moore, Sherinian, or Rudess?
Well I'm pretty sure Rudess is my guy.

Mangini or Portnoy?
Portnoy

What is your favorite cuisine? Favorite meal? Alcoholic drink?
Pizza. Pizza. Cheap champagne.

What do you want for your birthday?
A small gathering of close friends.

What nationality are you?
American.

Are you tired of my questions yet? If no, I'll keep going. If yes, I'll keep going.  ;)
Ha I don't mind. I did sign up for this thing.

What is your dream job?
Stick girl for the Colorado Avalanche

Favorite animal?
I guess cat. I really like all kinds of animals. I even got attached to my beta fish, RIP.

If the moon is made out of glass what is the sun made out of?
If the moon is made out of glass, I think it has some sort of backing like a mirror. That means the sun is also made of glass, but with some sort of orange tint or backing... since neither of them are clear.

Serious question. What was the most humbling experience you've ever had?
This is the serious question? None of the others were serious? Well now I better go change some answers.a
I would say learning or focusing on space (scale models) or the scale of things within the earth (population, billions of dollars spent on things). Trying to contemplate the sheer size or space just makes me feel insignificant and small.
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: bosk1 on September 13, 2016, 08:24:33 AM
Personally, I would say you are small but significant.
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: El Barto on September 13, 2016, 09:21:31 AM
Thanks for the answer. That was glorious.  :tup

On a more serious note: Have you ever lost someone so dear to you? If so, how do you cope with the loss?

You don't have to answer if you don't want to.

Well I lost my father when I was 8 and just recently lost my father in law. Coping just takes time from what I can tell. Still talking about him, remembering good times. The first year was tough, this second year seems to be much easier to handle.

Which model 3 series? Stick or auto? First BMW?
2013 328i, auto, yes. Just got it in May. Big upgrade from my 2006 Cobalt lol
Those krauts know a thing or two about designing a car, don't they? It's too bad you didn't get into them earlier.
My husband is a VW guy, but not sure he will buy another one based on the diesel thing in the news. He is now looking at Subaru. Not sure how he went there instead of to BMW.
When I test drove, I also tried a Lexus. Holy boring batman! It had no umph, no personality. Then I drove the 328i and just kinda knew it felt right. I used to drive my cobalt like a little race car, now I own a little race car lol I'm surprised I haven't got any speeding tickets yet. I'm surprised when I look at the speedometer and couldn't tell I am going 60.
Yeah, it kind of works like that all the way to 120 or so. It's real easy to find yourself doing 90 on the highway and be taken by surprise. And believe it or not, the BMWs of 80s and 90s made the modern ones feel like your grandfather's Volvo. They've always straddled a line between luxury and performance, but where they used to lean towards the sporty side, now they're more into comfort.
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on September 13, 2016, 09:41:57 AM
Personally, I would say you are small but significant.
Aw shucks  :blush

Yeah, it kind of works like that all the way to 120 or so. It's real easy to find yourself doing 90 on the highway and be taken by surprise. And believe it or not, the BMWs of 80s and 90s made the modern ones feel like your grandfather's Volvo. They've always straddled a line between luxury and performance, but where they used to lean towards the sporty side, now they're more into comfort.
We have taken a number of road trips since I bought it - Payson, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, San Diego. I find that I really have to use the cruise control, otherwise I would go at ridiculous speed. I think it has a good balance of luxury and performance. I could do without the leatherette though. Living in Arizona is not the place for leather seats. My ass gets sweaty.


... You're welcome DTF.
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 13, 2016, 12:30:19 PM

What nationality are you?
American.

What is your dream job?
Stick girl for the Colorado Avalanche

Serious question. What was the most humbling experience you've ever had?
This is the serious question? None of the others were serious? Well now I better go change some answers.a
I would say learning or focusing on space (scale models) or the scale of things within the earth (population, billions of dollars spent on things). Trying to contemplate the sheer size or space just makes me feel insignificant and small.

I'll word that first one better. What is your ancestry?

You want the Avalanche players to use you as their stick?

Well, they were all kind of serious. What I should have said with that one is time for some deep introspection.



Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: bosk1 on September 13, 2016, 12:34:09 PM
Why do you share Lzzy Hale's apparent disdain for vowels?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on September 13, 2016, 01:34:25 PM

I'll word that first one better. What is your ancestry?
I'm a Western European mutt - English, French, Irish, German, my gma says there is some native american somewhere in there too.

You want the Avalanche players to use you as their stick? ha it's like being ball boy in baseball, just for hockey. Get to watch the games and hand professional players a new stick when they break theirs.

Well, they were all kind of serious. What I should have said with that one is time for some deep introspection.
I should have used green font?

Why do you share Lzzy Hale's apparent disdain for vowels?
HA! I actually have no memory of why I removed certain letters. I think maybe there was a character limit or something that required it. I don't mind vowels and tend to use them in everyday typing... I swear!
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: bosk1 on September 13, 2016, 01:56:00 PM
my gma says...
I don't mind vowels and tend to use them in everyday typing... I swear!
:biggrin:
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on September 13, 2016, 02:40:36 PM
my gma says...
I don't mind vowels and tend to use them in everyday typing... I swear!
:biggrin:
Holy crap! LOL
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on September 13, 2016, 05:33:17 PM
Do you want/plan to have children?

If you were to have a boy, what is the chance that you would name him Walter?
If not 100%, what would I have to do to get you to name him Walter (this is based on your husband's last name).

Who is your favorite player in the NHL now?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on September 14, 2016, 07:43:32 AM
Do you want/plan to have children? I don't know. I'm not too keen on the idea, but my husband wanted them when we last discussed the topic.

If you were to have a boy, what is the chance that you would name him Walter? Probably not a big chance.
If not 100%, what would I have to do to get you to name him Walter (this is based on your husband's last name). Well, I think since both our fathers have passed, that the name would likely have something to do with both of them. So you would have to do something that would make you higher on our list then both our deceased fathers. What that is, I dont know lol

Who is your favorite player in the NHL now?
Gah this is hard. We really haven't been watching the past few seasons. The Avs have sucked, the coyotes shouldn't even be a team. I guess maybe Landeskog? He plays hard (I'll admit sometimes dirty) but still with passion and doesn't seem like a huge douche.
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 16, 2016, 12:50:03 PM
It has been quiet in here, so it's time to fix that.

What's the worst concert you've ever been to?
Who are your favorite writers?
What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten?
Who is the funniest actor/comedian you've ever seen?
Do you like any classic movies (b & w) ?
How old were you when you had your first alcoholic drink?
Do you smoke?
In lingerie, black or red?
Do you have any fears?
Ever been to NYC? If so, why didn't you come say hi?   :angry:
Do you have a big family? Are you close with them?
Since I know you're a fellow introvert, what are the greatest lengths you've gone to in order to avoid human contact?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on September 16, 2016, 01:27:50 PM
It has been quiet in here, so it's time to fix that.

What's the worst concert you've ever been to?
Well does a set at a festival count? I can't think of a specific concert, but during a festival the Violent Femmes were by far the worst bad I have ever seen. They sounded terrible and only played 2 songs. The singer was hit by a bottle and they called it quits.
Who are your favorite writers? Thinking of my library, probably JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith, Dan Brown and Ernest Cline. I tend to not really pick books based on authors though, but those three I will definitely read.
What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten? I've recently tried some exotic fruit - rambutan and lychee
Who is the funniest actor/comedian you've ever seen? Do you mean inperson? I've only been to one comedy show and it was Eddie Izzard. That man cracks me up.
Do you like any classic movies (b & w) ? I find it hard to get into the real old movies. Something with the pacing and the way of talk is just hard for me to follow. I recently watched The Great Escape and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid and enjoyed them.
How old were you when you had your first alcoholic drink? I would guess 11 or 12 when I snuck a taste of Peppermint Schnapps.
Do you smoke? Not anymore. Just quit beginning of this year.
In lingerie, black or red? Black
Do you have any fears? Dying is scary as hell.
Ever been to NYC? If so, why didn't you come say hi?   :angry: Well, the one time I went to NYC was in 1996, before I was even aware of DT. I really do want to take another trip. However, I remember being really uncomfortable not being able to see the sky or the horizon. I never noticed how much of that I can see here out west.
Do you have a big family? Are you close with them? Not really to either. We are spread out and there is plenty of mental illness that impacts relationships. My husband and I do try to make an annual trip to Ohio and Indiana to see our grandparents.
Since I know you're a fellow introvert, what are the greatest lengths you've gone to in order to avoid human contact? I generally just decline to go do a lot of things - out to lunch with coworkers, parties or group gatherings, etc. Probably doesn't help my career or their impression on me, but oh well. I do force myself sometimes because I do understand the need. My husband recently took a work from home job, so we are trying to figure out ways to get him the human interaction he needs (being an extrovert) while trying to keep my sanity as an introvert.
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 16, 2016, 01:43:45 PM
Your comment about the hidden NYC sky made me think of something. Are you claustrophobic at all? It seems like being surrounded by tall buildings and nothing but tall buildings could give you the feeling that you're blocked in. I know I am and sometimes walking through a crowded Manhattan street makes me panic.
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on September 16, 2016, 01:59:45 PM
Your comment about the hidden NYC sky made me think of something. Are you claustrophobic at all? It seems like being surrounded by tall buildings and nothing but tall buildings could give you the feeling that you're blocked in. I know I am and sometimes walking through a crowded Manhattan street makes me panic.

I had to fix my last response. It was the Violent Femmes, not Flaming Lips!

Most definitely can get claustrophobic. I think being in NYC was the first time I noticed it. It might just go along with being an anxious introvert lol
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 16, 2016, 02:00:57 PM
Your comment about the hidden NYC sky made me think of something. Are you claustrophobic at all? It seems like being surrounded by tall buildings and nothing but tall buildings could give you the feeling that you're blocked in. I know I am and sometimes walking through a crowded Manhattan street makes me panic.

I had to fix my last response. It was the Violent Femmes, not Flaming Lips!

Most definitely can get claustrophobic. I think being in NYC was the first time I noticed it. It might just go along with being an anxious introvert lol

We're identical in that aspect. Are you an empath by any chance?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on September 16, 2016, 02:46:19 PM
We're identical in that aspect. Are you an empath by any chance?

Maybe? I'm not entirely too sure. Reading about it, it seems possible. However, I'm not entirely good at empathizing or at least appearing to empathize. I struggle to sugarcoat or coddle. I'm more of a "pull up your bootstraps" kind of motivator. My husband doesn't always appreciate that lol
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 17, 2016, 04:45:01 AM
Do you know what's your personality type?
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on September 17, 2016, 09:12:44 AM
Do you know what's your personality type?

I'm INTJ last time I took Myers-Briggs. It's been quite a while though, so I actually wonder how much it's changed.
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 17, 2016, 09:29:41 AM
Do you know what's your personality type?

I'm INTJ last time I took Myers-Briggs. It's been quite a while though, so I actually wonder how much it's changed.
From your answers so far I wanted to guess INTJ :lol
I was really into it few years ago, reading about all types. Half of my classmates were "forced" to take the test and I tried to guess their type. But it's been a while so I didn't want to guess yours and I don't really know you :P
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: chknptpie on September 17, 2016, 01:13:27 PM
From your answers so far I wanted to guess INTJ :lol
I was really into it few years ago, reading about all types. Half of my classmates were "forced" to take the test and I tried to guess their type. But it's been a while so I didn't want to guess yours and I don't really know you :P

I had an interesting experience with MB. I was originally required to take it in college and able to do it at home. This resulted in INTJ. Then, I took it again for work, at work. This I got ENTJ. When I thought about it, it made sense to me. I am much less introverted at work, as I have to be for my job. I bridge the I/E when necessary, and I'm pretty close to the line in either test. I think it also depends on my mood or time of day lol
Title: Re: The Ask chknptpie Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 17, 2016, 08:40:41 PM
We're identical in that aspect. Are you an empath by any chance?

Maybe? I'm not entirely too sure. Reading about it, it seems possible. However, I'm not entirely good at empathizing or at least appearing to empathize. I struggle to sugarcoat or coddle. I'm more of a "pull up your bootstraps" kind of motivator. My husband doesn't always appreciate that lol

That could possibly be your defense mechanism? I'm sure you're not heartless so I know there's kindness inside of you but maybe you try and push it aside to not seem vulnerable. You wouldn't be the first.
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 19, 2016, 01:44:34 AM
It's ask me week. Ask me anything :corn
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: home on September 19, 2016, 02:20:00 AM
Tomislav, how are you?
What do you do for study/work?
Where do you live?
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 19, 2016, 02:44:07 AM
Tomislav, how are you?
Apart from rain getting on my nerves I'm ok :P
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What do you do for study/work?
It's Computing college. I'm on 3rd year where we need to choose specialization course (I chose Software Engineering), on 1st and 2nd year we all had more or less same subjects.
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Where do you live?
Most of the time I'm in capital (Zagreb) on college. During holidays (and every few weekends) I'm in small city (population of less than 10000) in mountainous part of Croatia with my family.
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on September 19, 2016, 05:47:18 AM
:tup good choose on software engineering. That's a strong degree.

What are your favorite artists and albums?
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Scorpion on September 19, 2016, 06:09:20 AM
Giving you my standard question: if you had unlimited money and four weeks of time to basically do whatever you wanted, what would you do?
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 19, 2016, 06:10:24 AM
:tup good choose on software engineering. That's a strong degree.

What are your favorite artists and albums?
:tup

I'd say DT is still my all time favorite band. Mastodon, Porcupine Tree, Opeth and Riverside are up there, too. I did top 50 albums thread earlier this year and those are my all time favorites. SFAM, Images and Words, Mastodon's Crack the Skye, In the Court of the Crimson King, PT's Fear of a Blank Planet, Riverside's Second Life Syndrome, Agalloch's Ashes Against the Grain, Pain of Salvation's Remedy Lane, to name a few.
Lately, my favorite bands are probably Brand New with their albums Deja Entendu and Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me (Daisy is cool, too), The Antlers (album Hospice), Seventh Wonder (Mercy Falls and The Great Escape), Woods of Ypres, and The Dear Hunter is growing on me.
But yeah, I started with just a few and then had to include bunch of bands/albums :lol it's hard.
If You want to check it out, there is my top 50, maybe there's something interesting (writeups are awful btw :lol) LINK (http://www.dreamtheaterforums.org/boards/index.php?topic=46065.0)

Giving you my standard question: if you had unlimited money and four weeks of time to basically do whatever you wanted, what would you do?
I think I would visit France and Japan, maybe few other countries. I would see everything I could there and try their delicacy. Not just their delicacies but anything I could, just to see if caviar and other expensive things taste expensive :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on September 19, 2016, 06:16:04 AM
Just took a quick glance at your list. Making Movies is such a great album, I'm happy it made your list!
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 19, 2016, 06:20:43 AM
Just took a quick glance at your list. Making Movies is such a great album, I'm happy it made your list!
Dire Straits were so consistent (On Every street is only just ok album IMO). I remember Evermind said I was crazy for not liking Love Over Gold, well now I do :P it wouldn't be in my top 50 but I like it much more than I used to.
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on September 19, 2016, 07:20:23 AM
How did you first come across DTF?


Also, I'd like to be added to the list for a week.
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 19, 2016, 07:55:11 AM
How did you first come across DTF?


Also, I'd like to be added to the list for a week.
I started using Last.fm in same time when I got into DT (spring of 2010), and if anyone read DT's shoutbox there, you know most of the comments are troll comments. Me not knowing what trolling is started to defend DT there :lol so in between mocking one of the trolls said to me if I want real discussion to head over to the DTF. I guess I can thank internet trolls for recommending me this site :biggrin:

And added :tup
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on September 19, 2016, 09:12:27 AM
When are you coming to Amsterdam :metal :metal
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 19, 2016, 09:24:04 AM
When are you coming to Amsterdam :metal :metal
Hopefully, I am once in the future. But I'm not really travelling so I don't know :-\
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on September 19, 2016, 09:52:58 AM
Guess I'm going sightseeing in Zagreb then
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 19, 2016, 10:09:02 AM
Guess I'm going sightseeing in Zagreb then
Zagreb is ok but there isn't much to see. Go to Dalmatia and check the seaside ;)
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Elite on September 19, 2016, 10:16:28 AM
Is Croatia nice?
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Logain Ablar on September 19, 2016, 02:10:23 PM
What is the nicest/nastiest thing anyone's ever said to you?

What's your favourite European band

What's your favourite junk food?
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Parama on September 19, 2016, 02:17:23 PM
Roulette when  :corn
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 19, 2016, 02:46:28 PM
What is the nicest/nastiest thing anyone's ever said to you?
Nicest: omg I can't think of anything noteworthy :o I'll have to think about this and reply later. Wow, I'm actually shocked I can't think of anything :lol
Nastiest: one person who used to be my best friend during high school accused me of talking shit behind his back (unjustifiably) on my birthday while we were out celebrating. I never felt so anxious as that day and whole next week, and I'm very nervous person, I can tell you :lol
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What's your favourite European band
At the moment, probably Riverside. It's funny but I just recently realized how much I love their music (and I know them for years). They really know how to hit that soft spot for me :)
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What's your favourite junk food?
Kebab. And I don't know when was the last time I ate it :'( out of more regular stuff: simple pizza.

Roulette when  :corn
If you check waiting list you'll see my name on it :corn but sadly I don't think I'll have enough free time to do it properly until February, maybe even next summer :/
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Scar on September 19, 2016, 07:39:49 PM
How'd you get your username?

Do you like Calvin and Hobbes?
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 20, 2016, 01:11:47 AM
How'd you get your username?

Do you like Calvin and Hobbes?
Tomislav is my name and I was born in 1995 :lol Would I change it if I could? Yes. Nowdays I pick different usernames when I'm signing up on other forums and sites. I have no idea why I used to choose this unimaginative username :D

I think I had Calvin and Hobbes on my avatar last winter :) I like them but unfortunately I don't have it in physical format. Not that I have many comics, but I was thinking about ordering it over the internet.
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on September 20, 2016, 05:14:56 AM
My brother got me this for my birthday a few years back. It's all you need. https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Calvin-Hobbes-BOX-SET/dp/1449433251/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474370071&sr=1-1&keywords=calvin+and+hobbes+complete+collection
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 20, 2016, 05:54:53 AM
My brother got me this for my birthday a few years back. It's all you need. https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Calvin-Hobbes-BOX-SET/dp/1449433251/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474370071&sr=1-1&keywords=calvin+and+hobbes+complete+collection
Delivery from Amazon to my country probably cost as much as that set :P. Maybe there's discount as well on some other sites (bookdepository is great, free shipping). Thanks :tup
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: home on September 23, 2016, 01:59:45 AM
Where does your avatar/profile pic come from?

Do you think there is a meaning to live?
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 23, 2016, 03:05:29 AM
Where does your avatar/profile pic come from?
It's cover art from The Antlers' album In the Attic of the Universe. It's short and sweet album, really simple and beautiful :)
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0e/The_Antlers_-_In_The_Attic_of_The_Universe.jpg)
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Do you think there is a meaning to live?
I think, in fact, that we being here is coincidence, we're not something special, just  animals who evolved to be the most intelligent on the planet. That doesn't mean we shouldn't live our lives fully though. I don't think there is some "higher" meaning to life but to try to be as happy as possible and make lives of others better as well.
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: home on September 23, 2016, 03:52:17 AM
Nice I like the cover art, it reminds me of something, but can't put my finger on what exactly. I'll listen to that album sometime  :tup And that's a nice way of thinking about life I think :azn:
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 23, 2016, 04:14:01 AM
Nice I like the cover art, it reminds me of something, but can't put my finger on what exactly. I'll listen to that album sometime  :tup
You could hear it sooner than you think :P (spoilers)
Title: Hue
Post by: Sacul on September 23, 2016, 07:14:21 AM
(bookdepository is great, free shipping)
Can confirm :metal

What are your favorite albums from your country? :P
Title: Re: Hue
Post by: Evermind on September 23, 2016, 08:08:02 AM
(bookdepository is great, free shipping)
Can confirm :metal

Huh. I should check it out.
Title: Re: Hue
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 23, 2016, 10:34:29 AM
What are your favorite albums from your country? :P
I rarely listen to Croatian artists but here are some of my favorites:
Urban & 4 - Mamut (you can probably guess it means Mammoth :P alternative rock, very atmospheric, it is actually one of my favorite albums of 2014)
Stribog - U okovima vječnosti (eng. In Chains of Eternity, folk metal, some songs are very unique, too bad growls are laughable)
Svarica - U krilu Moraninom (eng. In Morana's Lap, traditional/etno folk, unique and cool :D)
She Loves Pablo - Mother of All (stoner rock, not unique at all but they do it very well)
Smak - Crna dama(eng. Black Lady, this isn't Croatian but old Serbian band, awesome bluesy hard rock; allegedly, Ritchie Blackmore got angry with tour manager because he booked Smak as DP's opener and Ritchie said he can't play after such a great band :P)

BTW check betterworldbooks.com, there are often deals and discounts, pretty cheap used books. Also, they work with charity companies, donating part of every purchase.
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: splent on September 23, 2016, 09:15:14 PM
Oooo I'm up in a couple of days. Good excuse for me to start posting on here a bit more again. The last two months have been chaotic.
Title: Re: Hue
Post by: Sacul on September 23, 2016, 09:20:41 PM
(bookdepository is great, free shipping)
Can confirm :metal

Huh. I should check it out.
Definitely - already ordered like 5 more books. Prices are literally half of those in my country, so  :lol

Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: splent on September 23, 2016, 09:29:12 PM
Tomislav - What's your favorite drink after a hard day?
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 24, 2016, 02:08:30 AM
Tomislav - What's your favorite drink after a hard day?
I don't really drink alchoholic beverages. I like to drink chamomile tea to calm me down. Boring answer, I know :P
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on September 25, 2016, 01:59:56 AM
Is there a Ms. Tomislav?
Title: Re: The Ask Tomislav95 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 25, 2016, 02:15:09 AM
Is there a Ms. Tomislav?
No :lol
Title: Re: The Ask splent Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on September 26, 2016, 04:30:36 AM
It's ask splent week?

Splent, what does your username mean?
Title: Re: The Ask splent Thread
Post by: LudwigVan on October 01, 2016, 10:47:56 PM
Splent:

What's your favorite prog band?

What's your favorite metal band?

What's your favorite classical music?

What's your favorite genre between the 3?
Title: Re: The Ask splent Thread
Post by: splent on October 02, 2016, 01:22:07 AM
Yessss

I need more questions.

Tomislav: it's my name, first part of my first name and my last name

Ludwig: favorite prog band is rush, favorite metal band is probably sonata arctica, I like power and symphonic metal; favorite classical composer is probably Bach, but I prefer Renaissance and Baroque era music for sure, and I think I like classical overall, although prog comes close since it encompasses classical methods like counterpoint
Title: Re: The Ask splent Thread
Post by: home on October 02, 2016, 04:58:01 AM
Splent, what do you do for a living?
Title: Re: The Ask splent Thread
Post by: splent on October 02, 2016, 09:06:38 AM
Splent, what do you do for a living?

I'm a middle school music teacher. It's tough but very rewarding.
Title: Re: The Ask splent Thread
Post by: splent on October 02, 2016, 09:07:36 AM
I missed most of my week due to me being insanely busy! Catch up today! MORE QUESTIONS MUST HAVE MORE QUESTIONS
Title: Re: The Ask splent Thread
Post by: home on October 02, 2016, 09:40:49 AM
Splent, what do you do for a living?

I'm a middle school music teacher. It's tough but very rewarding.

Awesome, it must be really nice to do something related to music for a living I think  :tup
Title: Re: The Ask splent Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on October 02, 2016, 10:01:10 AM
How did you discover DT and DTF?
Title: Re: The Ask splent Thread
Post by: splent on October 02, 2016, 10:07:44 AM
How did you discover DT and DTF?

My first exposure to DT was in 95 or 96 when my dad got ACOS and I&W, and while I enjoyed them (they sounded like Rush!) I forgot about them until college. I started really getting into them again then, especially my junior and senior year. I continued getting into them when one of my best friends (4 years older than me, but he returned to college after serving in the navy) kind of refreshed my interest since he's a die hard fan.

We saw them during the 8vm tour and I was just blown away. This was March of 06. I joined dt.net and joined the forum and started posting all the time, and then followed the group in its various iterations since then.
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on October 04, 2016, 05:53:39 AM
This week we ask Dr. DTVT! (sorry for delay, forgot to change thread title yesterday :blush)
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: Elite on October 04, 2016, 06:28:55 AM
What's the VT in your username?

Is your music taste better than that of other people?

What is your favourite food?

Will you ever finish your top 50 underappreciated bands list?
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: El Barto on October 04, 2016, 10:51:00 AM
Foolish and embarrassing mistake in the lab?
How much of a distraction to your work are college girls?
I recall that you're an avid board gamer. Did Starfleet Battles ever show up in the rotation?
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on October 04, 2016, 11:31:43 AM
What's the VT in your username?

Is your music taste better than that of other people?

What is your favourite food?

Will you ever finish your top 50 underappreciated bands list?

VT stands for Virginia Tech, where I went to grad school.

My taste is better for myself, but not for others.  I get how other people can not enjoy what I like, just I do not enjoy music I don't like.

I would say sushi.  It's price makes it a special occasion meal.  I can't imagine getting sick of it.  Of foods I make on a regular basis, I would say pork done in my smoker is one of my favorites.

I don't have the list anymore, it got lost when I moved in 2014.  However, I do remember most of the top 7 that were not complete, and I could probably figure out the rest.  Some of the remaining bands were on the list because they had not released an album in a while, but since have and gotten some discussion, so the only question is that are they underappreciated now. 

Foolish and embarrassing mistake in the lab?
How much of a distraction to your work are college girls?
I recall that you're an avid board gamer. Did Starfleet Battles ever show up in the rotation?

I was in an explosion that required a few hours in the hospital, but that one wasn't my fault.  I did have a reaction run away on me and it made this black sphere that felt like a wasp nest.  Here are two pictures of it:

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10399875_754975386173_7294404_n.jpg?oh=8e77934516d56cfbb496ac8d9ee0e6ce&oe=5868F09E)

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10399875_754975221503_2712454_n.jpg?oh=7a4b6109e68c0d324083dfb67ecd9847&oe=58646717)

Surprising not a distraction.  I've had some stunning women in my classes, but I tend to see them as my kids, almost like a parent.  That includes a runner up Miss S. Carolina and another finalist.

I haven't played that game, but I do have Star Trek: Frontiers and I will be getting Star Trek Ascendancy as soon the company I order from gets more in stock.
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: El Barto on October 04, 2016, 01:04:54 PM
Starfleet Battles was back from the early 80's. I ask because I've been playing a computer adaptation of it lately.
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on October 04, 2016, 01:46:58 PM
There are a few Star Trek hobby board game products.  I have the deck building game because it was dirt cheap.  I knew it was littered with typos.  The more recent games are well received though.  I still have to try most of them.  They tend to be longer games, which I am fine with, but some people do.
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on October 04, 2016, 01:52:33 PM
I have no questions for you.  We've shared the same lead singer at a table with hamburgers and beers.
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on October 04, 2016, 03:25:34 PM
Don't forget Ed too!

We also met Don Jameson in Worchester.
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on October 04, 2016, 03:33:18 PM
I loved talking to Ed.  It was like talking to a friend.  Don was cool too.
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: TAC on October 04, 2016, 03:43:38 PM
We met Don Jameson in Worcester too! He was totally cool.
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on October 06, 2016, 01:47:32 PM
What was your first gaming console and video game?

What were your Saturday mornings like as a kid?
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on October 06, 2016, 07:38:55 PM
What was your first gaming console and video game?

What were your Saturday mornings like as a kid?

First console was NES, it came with SMB/Duck Hunt, and I also got Mike Tyson's Punchout in the same Christmas.

During the school year, it was cartoons and Pee Wee Herman, summer was baseball, either little league or just the neighborhood kids taking over a playground or church parking lot.
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on October 09, 2016, 04:09:44 PM
Well, this thread died a horrible death the past two or three weeks.
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 09, 2016, 06:15:02 PM
It's 'cause it's gotten to us boring old-timers.  I'm following the thread, but when it gets to some of us, there's not much left to tell.  I kinda feel like I know Splent and the good Dr. DTVT well enough that I don't really have any questions.  We've been here long enough to hear most of the stories.  Maybe not some of the more recent ones.  Who knows?
Title: Re: The Ask Dr. DTVT Thread
Post by: Sacul on October 09, 2016, 06:23:08 PM
Results when?  :corn
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on October 10, 2016, 05:48:59 AM
Yeah, too bad this kinda died :/ but I'll continue to update this thread as long as there are people on the list :D

So, we ask Orbert this week. Where do you work?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Scorpion on October 10, 2016, 05:51:15 AM
Orbert!

1. What's your favourite food?
2. What are three things that you haven't yet done in your life that you definitely want to do before you die?
3. If you 4 weeks of time off from work and unlimited amounts of money, what would you do in that time?
4. How long have you been playing the piano?
5. Boxers or briefs?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Kwyjibo on October 10, 2016, 07:07:55 AM
When are you writing the definite Yes biography?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 10, 2016, 07:49:30 AM
Whoa, I guess I'm up.

Where do you work?

I work at a AbbVie Pharmaceuticals.  We spun off from Abbott Laboratories in 2013, kept half the name and took all the name-brand drugs with us, but we're still not exactly a household name.  But you've heard of Humira, Synthroid, and Biaxin.  Those are ours.

1. What's your favourite food?
2. What are three things that you haven't yet done in your life that you definitely want to do before you die?
3. If you 4 weeks of time off from work and unlimited amounts of money, what would you do in that time?
4. How long have you been playing the piano?
5. Boxers or briefs?

1. Chicken.  I love me some ribs, and I won't turn down a good steak, but I grew up eating chicken any of the thousands of ways Chinese people make it, and maybe a few made-up ways as well.  My mom grew up in a Chinese restaurant owned and run by my grandparents, so I grew up eating authentic Chinese food.  For us kids, McDonald's and Burger King were a "treat".
2. (a) Make love to a drop-dead beautiful woman.  This will probably never happen. (b) Play a grand piano in a nice concert hall for a huge, appreciative crowd. This is still possible, though becoming less likely as time goes on. (c) Sit at the controls and drive a real freight train. I've always loved trains.
3. Grab my wife, hop in a car, and visit the 48 contiguous United States. If time permits, fly to Hawaii and Alaska as well.
4. Since I was ten years old, so 44 years this year.
5. Briefs, or nothing.

When are you writing the definite Yes biography?

There are too many out there already.  I love writing about music, especially my favorite bands, but there's not enough time to do everything you want to do in life, so you have to prioritize, and this one's down the list a ways.  What you get here on DTF is the music writer in me finding his outlet.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: LudwigVan on October 11, 2016, 09:26:39 AM
Hey Orbert:

1. What are your top 5 prog bands?  I'm gonna take a not-so-wild guess and say: Yes/Genesis/ELP/Gentle Giant/Kansas.

2. What are your top 5 NON-prog bands?

3. How did you get into DT and do you still listen to them?

4. Following on Scorp's bucket-list question, if you could choose one celebrity to make love to, who would that be?

5. Old-fogey question: do you have any specific plans for retirement?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Stadler on October 11, 2016, 10:20:19 AM
What was the hardest piece of music you ever got under control?

What piece of music is still beyond your grasp but you still harbor illusions of mastering some day?

What does your wife think of your answer to Question 2a (I'm kidding, you don't have to answer that). 
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: splent on October 11, 2016, 10:34:03 AM
Wait, you work in North Chicago/Lake Bluff area? I teach in North Chicago just up the road from the Naval base. We should grab lunch sometime or something.

What is your favorite non-music thing to do?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 11, 2016, 10:49:43 AM
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1. What are your top 5 prog bands?  I'm gonna take a not-so-wild guess and say: Yes/Genesis/ELP/Gentle Giant/Kansas.

Pretty close.  Yes is definitely #1, with Genesis a close second.  After that, it often depends upon mood.  ELP is good for Prog excess at its most ridiculous, and is a good contender for third, but Pink Floyd gives them a run for the money and goes completely the opposite direction.  Kansas is up there.  As much as I love Gentle Giant, my love for them is mostly focused on a couple of albums which really resonate with me and take me back to a very important period in my life.  They're farther down the list.  I think Frank Zappa and/or The Mothers would round out the Top 5.

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2. What are your top 5 NON-prog bands?

Ooh, this is actually much tougher.  Chicago would be #1.  Their early stuff was so complex that it was Prog in some ways, but I'm pretty sure most people just consider them Rock or even Pop.  Robert Lamm has always considered them "Pop music with horns".  Stone Temple Pilots rock me; I love those guys.  Deep Purple for similar reasons.  Good, heavy Rock and Roll with great vocals.  Black Sabbath.  And now for something completely different: CSN and sometimes Y.  Best vocal group ever in the history of the universe.

That's all within the Rock/Pop area, though.  I also listen to a lot of Motown and R&B type stuff.  Earth, Wind & Fire blow me away.  The Spinners, The Temptations, The Four Tops, them classic "well choreographed black groups".  Then there's the Jazz/Fusion.  Return to Forever, Brand X, Weather Report.  Killer chops, killer compositions.  Gotta have 'em.

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3. How did you get into DT and do you still listen to them?

In 1994, I was living in Maryland and visited my best friend John who was living in Tennessee at the time.  After burning a few, he played a CD for me called Images and Words.  It fucking blew me away.  Progressive Metal did not exist yet as a genre, but here it was.  The crunch of Metal guitars, the vocals, but with Prog sensibilities and attitude.  Keyboards?  No way!  Yep, keyboards, too.  I had no idea such music existed.  It was like Metallica and Yes had a baby and named it Dream Theater.  "Metropolis, Pt 1" was the most ridiculous thing I'd ever heard in my life (and I mean that in a good way).  10 minutes!  Ha ha, remember when that was the longest DT song?  Then he played Awake.  As far as we knew, those we the only two albums they'd made (he didn't know about When Dream and Day Unite, and of course neither did I), but as soon as I got home, I bought both of them, and they were my new favorite band.  They stayed that way for a long time.

I still listen to them, but they've rather lost me lately.  At some point, they seem to have decided (1) if a long song is cool, then even longer songs must be even better, and (2) we have established our sound, and cannot really stray from that, as much as we'd like to.  This changed with The Astonishing, which is definitely a departure from their core sound, but honestly, not in a way that I would prefer.  The Astonishing lived in my car CD player for two or three weeks after I got it, and it's all very nice, but I can't say that I like it, not really at all.  The ballads bore me, the Metal is too sparse and too far between, and the Nomacs sounds distract and annoy me more than anything else.  As a concept and artistic statement, it's pretty cool, but the execution just doesn't work for me.

But Images and Words, Awake, A Change of Seasons, Falling Into Infinity, and Scenes from a Memory still get regular play from me.  To me, this was their prime.  The 90's for Dream Theater and Prog Metal in general were like the 70's for Classic Prog.  After that, it seemed to become a contest to see who could play the most notes per second and who could write the longest songs.  Those are both impressive within context, but are meaningless to me if I don't like the songs, and very little since around 2000 has really grabbed me.

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4. Following on Scorp's bucket-list question, if you could choose one celebrity to make love to, who would that be?

Diane Lane.  She's still a stunning woman, but since we're already outside of reality here, I would go back in time to when she absolutely smoked and give her the best 30 seconds of my life.

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5. Old-fogey question: do you have any specific plans for retirement?

None.  When I was younger, I honestly did not expect to live to retirement, plus I was an idiot, and therefore never saved anything.  I got married, and wised up a bit, but before we could stabilize ourselves financially, we started having kids, one of whom has special needs, and the doctor bills combined with my lousy teacher's salary put us deep into debt.  We're still a financial mess.  I still therefore do not expect to retire, though for completely different reasons.  The job I have now has a 401(k) which I've been dumping as much into as I can, but we started late and there's maybe a couple of years' worth of living in there now.

My "real" retirement plan is totally morbid.  My dad is much, much better at investments and if/when he goes, my sisters and I each stand to inherit quite a chunk, enough to pay off our house, our credit cards, our daughter's college, and then some.  The later that happens, the closer we'll be to paying off the house (seven years to go right now) and the less debt there will be, so the balance of that will be our retirement.  A totally shitty plan, but from what I understand, not particularly unique these days.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 11, 2016, 11:13:40 AM
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What was the hardest piece of music you ever got under control?

Fantaisie-Impromptu by Chopin (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantaisie-Impromptu).  Sixteenth notes in the right hand against eighth-note triplets in the left, with the whole damned thing in C# minor.  One of the most ridiculous pieces of music I've ever attempted.  At one time, I reached a point where I could play it passably, from memory, and even impress people who don't know any better.  Not bad for a punk with only three months of piano lessons.

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What piece of music is still beyond your grasp but you still harbor illusions of mastering some day?

Someday I would love to actually be able to play that piece properly.  In the second strain of each verse, the second sixteenth note in each group of four is accented; it is actually the melody.  I've never been able to really do justice to that concept.  As I said, I can fool most people, but I know I'm not doing it right.

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What does your wife think of your answer to Question 2a (I'm kidding, you don't have to answer that). 

Hey, I'm Asian.  We are practical and literal to a fault.  I love my wife, and I would never jeopardize our marriage, nor would I ever want to.  But she too is practical and knows that she is very few people's idea of physical perfection, including mine.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 11, 2016, 11:19:16 AM
Wait, you work in North Chicago/Lake Bluff area? I teach in North Chicago just up the road from the Naval base. We should grab lunch sometime or something.

What is your favorite non-music thing to do?

Splent, I thought you were out in the Southwest suburbs or something.  I was just off 41 until a few years ago, then they moved us to Buffalo Grove.  We move again later this month, to Vernon Hills.  Still close enough for lunch, though.  You probably get, what 45 minutes or something?  I'd have to come to you.  My hours I'm sure are more flexible than yours.

When I'm not doing something music-related, I play a game called Diablo III.  Before that, I played Diablo II, and before that, you guessed it, Diablo.  I don't actually play a lot of computer games, but something about the Diablo series has always attracted and intrigued me.  Plus, I'm pretty good at it and it's a hell of a lot of fun.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on October 11, 2016, 11:24:57 AM
I can fool most people, but I know I'm not doing it right.

Funny thing is, most people would be happy enough to be able to fool people into believing they nailed it.  Despite that, knowing yourself that you didn't is sooooooooo frustrating.  Been there many times.

Same thing with the band not playing something right or not being very "good".  Most of the audience doesn't really recognize how wrong things are, but as a musician, my ear is so tuned in to everything, that anything off stands out like a sore thumb.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 11, 2016, 11:37:22 AM
Yep.  Part of entertainment is the presentation, which means that the performance itself often only has to be "good enough".  Most gigs, actually every gig so far, people scream and tell us how great we are, but we know where we fucked up, and we still listen to the recordings and identify what went wrong, and work to fix it.  Only by constantly pushing for perfection can you continue to improve, and if you're not constantly trying to improve, you suck.  There's no place for complacency.  Complacency leads to laziness, laziness leads to apathy, apathy leads to the Dark Side.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Stadler on October 11, 2016, 11:56:50 AM
I love that distinction you guys are making between "sounds right" and "IS right".  It's one thing for an artist to interpret another's work, and to do so in a way that is different than what was first presented, and another thing entirely to "get close" to what the work is supposed to be.  I don't know about you guys, but I feel I can absolutely tell when an artist "simplified" a work in order to make a point or distill down to the essence, versus when an artist "simplified" a work because they couldn't get the full nuance of the original piece. 

Does that make sense?  I think that was what you were going for when you said "but I know". 
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on October 11, 2016, 12:10:08 PM
Yeah, I know how that goes, but for me it's with my brewing. I always say that nobody hates my beer more than me :lol

On that note, what's your poison Orbert?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 11, 2016, 12:15:34 PM
I love that distinction you guys are making between "sounds right" and "IS right".  It's one thing for an artist to interpret another's work, and to do so in a way that is different than what was first presented, and another thing entirely to "get close" to what the work is supposed to be.  I don't know about you guys, but I feel I can absolutely tell when an artist "simplified" a work in order to make a point or distill down to the essence, versus when an artist "simplified" a work because they couldn't get the full nuance of the original piece. 

Does that make sense?  I think that was what you were going for when you said "but I know". 

Totally makes sense.  That thing in the Chopin piece where the melody is actually a sixteenth after the beat is the perfect example.  When you listen to a professional recording, to my ears, it actually sounds a bit "wrong" when it's played correctly, because the melody is the equivalent of quarter notes, each one played "late".  As it goes on, your ears adjust to the timing and it flows, but you literally have to ignore the bass and mid for that to happen because none of it is in synch.

When I started working it up, my right hand kept wanting to place those notes on the beat, which relegated the first sixteenth in each group to grace note status.  It actually sounds fine because now the melody synchs up with the rest of what's going on.  It probably even sounds better to some ears, possibly most.  Only someone familiar with the piece on a technical level knows that that's not where those notes belong.  Chopin wrote the piece as a technical exercise, and never published it for reasons that are still not entirely clear (and perhaps never will be).  My guess is that he literally decided to write a piece where the melody is out of synch and see if he could make it work.

It does, mostly, but there's no question that it's a bizarre piece, and I kinda like my version better.  But that's somewhere between simplified while preserving the essence of the piece and simplified because I can't play it as written.  A third option which is both, and also has the added feature of sounding cleaner.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on October 11, 2016, 12:18:58 PM
I love that distinction you guys are making between "sounds right" and "IS right".  It's one thing for an artist to interpret another's work, and to do so in a way that is different than what was first presented, and another thing entirely to "get close" to what the work is supposed to be.  I don't know about you guys, but I feel I can absolutely tell when an artist "simplified" a work in order to make a point or distill down to the essence, versus when an artist "simplified" a work because they couldn't get the full nuance of the original piece. 

Does that make sense?  I think that was what you were going for when you said "but I know". 

My rambling response, hopefully it makes some sense.  I seem to communicate better with a guitar than I do via text.  :lol

An example.  We did Bark at the Moon in my old band.  Very tough solo, especially the sixteenth notes at the end.  I could mostly fake my way through that section and nobody in the audience, save very astute musicians, would know that I didn't get it right.  I knew I didn't play it right and as such I couldn't go around letting people tell me I nailed it or anything, because I didn't and it grated on me.  So I sat down with that whole section, re-wrote the tab in several different positions, until I found a way to play it that was easiest for me to actually pull off.  Then I sat with a metronome and slowed it down to a speed where I knew I could play the entire section correctly.  Then over the next week or so, I would do this and bump the speed up a hair each time, and practice it until I could play it.  Eventually, I managed to get it up to speed and pull it off.  It's still hard, but it's "right", most of the time, now.

Another instance.  I have seen a NUMBER of bands just in my area, who have taken standards that my bands have always played, and played very basic, simplified versions of them, I feel like because it's the best they can offer on said song.  I've compared them to other bands that really take pride in being top notch and presenting everything about the song the best that it can be presented.  I see the considerable disparity between the two and I still see crowds come to see the "lesser" band, drink, dance, and have a good time.  While the whole time, my analytical ear (truly a curse sometimes) is saying "Oh my God, they're butchering this song".  I hear it.  I cringe.  And the crowd dances on.  They mostly don't notice or care.  Or as Orbert said, when we mess something up, I kick myself for it, when I've been told my friends and such that "Nobody notices".

So it IS odd that when we already kinda know that crowds just want to hear a vaguely coherent version of something they can dance to, we still kinda beat ourselves up about not doing the best we can.  We strive to make it the best that it can be, because the music is important to us, despite knowing that the average person in the crowd isn't going to recognize that one of us sang unison instead of harmony, or that the solo wasn't exactly the same as the album, or that somebody hit a wrong note somewhere, or any other laundry list of pitfalls that occur when playing live.  It's difficult to reconcile the need to make it the best version of a song that the crowd will ever hear with the fact that they will likely never recognize the difference.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on October 11, 2016, 12:28:47 PM
Okay, so I just listened to the Chopin piece.  Holy shit.

Ask any musician you know to tap triplets with one hand and sixteenth notes with the other hand.  Even a drummer.  Have them do it as slowly as possible.  They'll have difficulty.  I have a tough time doing it at 60 bpm.  Damn.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: splent on October 11, 2016, 12:29:35 PM
Wait, you work in North Chicago/Lake Bluff area? I teach in North Chicago just up the road from the Naval base. We should grab lunch sometime or something.

What is your favorite non-music thing to do?

Splent, I thought you were out in the Southwest suburbs or something.  I was just off 41 until a few years ago, then they moved us to Buffalo Grove.  We move again later this month, to Vernon Hills.  Still close enough for lunch, though.  You probably get, what 45 minutes or something?  I'd have to come to you.  My hours I'm sure are more flexible than yours.

When I'm not doing something music-related, I play a game called Diablo III.  Before that, I played Diablo II, and before that, you guessed it, Diablo.  I don't actually play a lot of computer games, but something about the Diablo series has always attracted and intrigued me.  Plus, I'm pretty good at it and it's a hell of a lot of fun.

I live near Schaumburg and teach in N Chicago. I've been teaching in Lake Cty for about 4 years now in various places. When you saw me in the band I did live and teach down there though.

We should plan something, but nothing too soon as I'm dealing with some family health issues.

I've played Diablo. Its fun. Don't have it anymore though, that was YEARS ago.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 11, 2016, 12:32:38 PM
Yeah, I know how that goes, but for me it's with my brewing. I always say that nobody hates my beer more than me :lol

On that note, what's your poison Orbert?

I don't drink much, as I have the classic Asian intolerance for alcohol.  Two beers and I'm all red-faced and sweaty, feel dizzy, but unfortunately do not feel drunk or even buzzed in any way which I find pleasant.  When I was playing regularly, many places let the band drink free, or one per set or something like that, so I became accustomed to Whiskey & Coke.  Mostly sweat it out and rarely felt anything other than less thirsty.  Jack Daniel's is my preferred Whiskey, and one of the few I can drink without throwing up.  This is possibly because my mother cooked a lot with whiskey, so even though the alcohol evaporated, perhaps the other ingredients remained and I'm quite tolerant of them.  I don't know.  I don't know how that kind of thing works.  If I'm in a social situation and choose to partake, Jack & Coke.

But my preferred poison is combustible, by a wide margin.  I haven't touched alcohol in years.  I've smoked... more recently than that.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on October 11, 2016, 12:40:04 PM
Where were you born?
Where have you lived?
Where will you die?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 11, 2016, 12:45:18 PM
So it IS odd that when we already kinda know that crowds just want to hear a vaguely coherent version of something they can dance to, we still kinda beat ourselves up about not doing the best we can.  We strive to make it the best that it can be, because the music is important to us, despite knowing that the average person in the crowd isn't going to recognize that one of us sang unison instead of harmony, or that the solo wasn't exactly the same as the album, or that somebody hit a wrong note somewhere, or any other laundry list of pitfalls that occur when playing live.  It's difficult to reconcile the need to make it the best version of a song that the crowd will ever hear with the fact that they will likely never recognize the difference.

Exactly.  We came off the stage last weekend and people were going nuts.  The guys from Kashmir, the headliners, told us we were great and could open for them any time.  But our singer came in early several times.  Our one guitarist has never gotten certain background harmonies right.  I fucked up a major piano part, and (I thought) it was really obvious.  That kind of thing.  Our drummer was so frustrated that at the end of our set, he threw his sticks.  The crowd thought it was great.  Rock and Roll!  But I saw his face; he was pissed.  He was glad we were fucking done and was ready to get the hell out of there.  Ha ha, then we got an encore and he had to pull out more sticks.  But as soon as he had the chance later, he told John that goddammit, she has got to learn the fucking songs.  John was like yeah, yeah, I'll talk to her.  But the crowd had no idea.  They though we were great.

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Okay, so I just listened to the Chopin piece.  Holy shit.

Ask any musician you know to tap triplets with one hand and sixteenth notes with the other hand.  Even a drummer.  Have them do it as slowly as possible.  They'll have difficulty.  I have a tough time doing it at 60 bpm.  Damn.

Holy shit is right.  Just gotta learn both parts, then put the left hand on auto-pilot so the right hand to concentrate on the melody.  That's why the only way I can do it is if they're in synch.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Stadler on October 11, 2016, 01:37:35 PM
So it IS odd that when we already kinda know that crowds just want to hear a vaguely coherent version of something they can dance to, we still kinda beat ourselves up about not doing the best we can.  We strive to make it the best that it can be, because the music is important to us, despite knowing that the average person in the crowd isn't going to recognize that one of us sang unison instead of harmony, or that the solo wasn't exactly the same as the album, or that somebody hit a wrong note somewhere, or any other laundry list of pitfalls that occur when playing live.  It's difficult to reconcile the need to make it the best version of a song that the crowd will ever hear with the fact that they will likely never recognize the difference.

Exactly.  We came off the stage last weekend and people were going nuts.  The guys from Kashmir, the headliners, told us we were great and could open for them any time.  But our singer came in early several times.  Our one guitarist has never gotten certain background harmonies right.  I fucked up a major piano part, and (I thought) it was really obvious.  That kind of thing.  Our drummer was so frustrated that at the end of our set, he threw his sticks.  The crowd thought it was great.  Rock and Roll!  But I saw his face; he was pissed.  He was glad we were fucking done and was ready to get the hell out of there.  Ha ha, then we got an encore and he had to pull out more sticks.  But as soon as he had the chance later, he told John that goddammit, she has got to learn the fucking songs.  John was like yeah, yeah, I'll talk to her.  But the crowd had no idea.  They though we were great.

I'm talking about something just a shade different.    You're talking about a song that is one way (let's say "Way A") and you were shooting for "A" but got to "B" and the crowd didn't give a shit, but you do because you're shooting for "A".   That's just pride and discipline and drive.    I'm saying something slightly different.    The original was "Way A", the way Chopin intended.   Then there's "Way B(1)", which is you playing it - on purpose - in synch because, say, the melody is prettier or it is more melancholy , or whatever.  So you're TRYING for "B(1)" and nailing it.  Then there's "Way B(2)" which is you just playing it the easiest way you can to get the point across, get laid, or take a paycheck, whatever.

I'm saying that I feel like I can tell the difference between "B(1)" and "B(2)".   I feel like Page and Plant doing the "No Quarter" acoustic reimagining project was B(1), and 90% of bands that try to play Zeppelin (and, for example, fuck up the intro to "Rock and Roll") are doing B(2).   


Coz, can you sing and play guitar at the same time (I mean more than basic block chords)? 
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Stadler on October 11, 2016, 01:43:45 PM
I offer these:

One, I went and listened to that Chopin piece.  One of the comments:  "i get it now why he's called chopin... He's choppin' those notes like onions, damn."

Two, 11 years old.  I don't post this to belittle you, Obert, but in admiration of this kid who tackled what I agree is an incredibly hard piece.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFC8VEFAeos  (One of the comments here: "This kid just shitted on my entire life.")

Back on topic.......   

Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on October 11, 2016, 01:51:48 PM
Yeah, a lot of the bands I see around here are in B2 category.  I've been in B2 bands.  But I have always done my level best to push the members of my bands to be better than B2.  But that's the thing I was saying.  Despite a musician's desire to present A or even B1, most people won't recognize the difference in those and B2.  They might recognize a B1 type scenario where we take a song and specifically choose to do it a certain way, different from the original, like your No Quarter example.

Here's an example of a B1 moment that made people take notice:  Mary Jane's Last Dance and the Chili Peppers' Dani California are the same chord progression throughout the verses.  One night we started DC.  Got through the first verse and without telling anyone, I then started singing the first verse of MJLD.  Since the chorus vocal for DC starts just before the actual chorus (measure-wise), and MJLD starts on the ONE of the chorus, I went with DC, so the guys would know which chorus we were going to do just before they needed to know.  We dipped back and forth between the two songs, completely off the cuff, and surprisingly didn't f*ck it up.  It was spontaneous magic that we hadn't rehearsed and had never even discussed doing.  I started it and everybody locked in and made it work.  So cool.

So in answer to that question, yeah, I had to do lots and lots of singing and playing in previous bands.  Mostly classic rock stuff, but yeah.  I'll try to find some video.  Also, I guess we should take this to the musician's thread, so as not to get off the topic of Orbert answering questions.  :lol

Video found:  http://www.dreamtheaterforums.org/boards/index.php?topic=3241.msg2225370#msg2225370
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 11, 2016, 02:13:29 PM
Heh heh.  Thanks.   ;)

Where were you born?
Where have you lived?
Where will you die?

Born in Detroit, Michigan.  Yeah, Baybay!!

I've lived in Michigan (many different towns), Maryland (two towns), and Illinois (three towns, including current)

Probably Illinois, unless it's while travelling, in which case I have no idea.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on October 11, 2016, 07:59:49 PM
Nice, thanks.  :tup   

Where has been your favorite place to live, excluding where you're living now?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Adami on October 11, 2016, 08:02:17 PM
Can you teach me to be as cool as you?

Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: splent on October 11, 2016, 10:18:39 PM
Wanna get together and do some four hand piano some time? Or just jam? :lol

Do you follow any sports teams (please don't say the bears)?

Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 11, 2016, 11:14:30 PM
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Where has been your favorite place to live, excluding where you're living now?

That would be the city I grew up in, Lansing, Michigan.  We had no idea how good we had it, but looking back, it was an incredible place at an incredible time.  Late 60's into the 70's.  Our neighborhood was "new development", so the house itself was brand new.  We didn't get tons of junk mail addressed to people who used to live there, or phone calls for people who'd moved out long ago, because no one else had ever lived at that address.  Some areas had houses under construction for years after we moved in, so there was a never-ending source of places to play.  The neighborhood pool was enclosed, so it was open year-round, and it was right across the street.  And at least half the families on our street had kids, so we all grew up together.  Kickball games in the street, football in various backyards, everybody getting along and looking out for each other.  No one locked their doors except at night when they went to bed.  People left their garage doors open, because it was a hassle to open and close it all the time, and if anything ever got stolen, it was big news, and very rare.

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Can you teach me to be as cool as you?

No.  I'm sorry.

Despite the idyllic scenario I just painted above, I was never comfortable in my own skin.  There was one Asian family in our neighborhood, us.  There was one black family.  The entire population of my elementary school was otherwise white, and it was a big school (four or five classrooms of each grade), so everyone knew us, or knew about us.  I wasn't smart and popular like my older sister, or cute and popular like my little sister.  I was a nerd geek loser.  School chess champion.  Runner-up in the all-city spelling bee.  I got beaten up sometimes.

To this day, I don't consider myself cool, but rather someone who pretends he's cool, tries to do things other people think are cool, in hopes that people will be fooled into thinking I'm actually cool.  But it's all an act.  I'm only pretending to be cool; I'm actually still the nerd geek loser I've always been.  Computer programmer, former Algebra teacher.  It doesn't get much worse than that, though I haven't gotten beaten up in a while.

On weekends, though, I get to pretend I'm a rock star.  I live to play music.

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Wanna get together and do some four hand piano some time? Or just jam? :lol

Do you follow any sports teams (please don't say the bears)?

Absolutely.  We just have to figure out a time and a place.

I still follow the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Lions.  Never been a big basketball or hockey fan, but baseball and football are great.  And of course Michigan State, my alma mater.  I've lived here in Chicagoland longer now than I lived in Michigan, but I don't give a damn about the Bears, Cubs, or White Sox.  Detroit is my home team.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Progmetty on October 12, 2016, 12:49:21 AM
Orbert I was actually about to PM you when I saw the thread title! :lol
What happened with the iPod surgery you were gonna attempt? did it work out?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on October 12, 2016, 05:08:28 AM
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Where has been your favorite place to live, excluding where you're living now?

That would be the city I grew up in, Lansing, Michigan.  We had no idea how good we had it, but looking back, it was an incredible place at an incredible time.  Late 60's into the 70's.  Our neighborhood was "new development", so the house itself was brand new.  We didn't get tons of junk mail addressed to people who used to live there, or phone calls for people who'd moved out long ago, because no one else had ever lived at that address.  Some areas had houses under construction for years after we moved in, so there was a never-ending source of places to play.  The neighborhood pool was enclosed, so it was open year-round, and it was right across the street.  And at least half the families on our street had kids, so we all grew up together.  Kickball games in the street, football in various backyards, everybody getting along and looking out for each other.  No one locked their doors except at night when they went to bed.  People left their garage doors open, because it was a hassle to open and close it all the time, and if anything ever got stolen, it was big news, and very rare.


Sounds like a nice place to live. Is it still that safe? Have you ever gone back just to check everything out?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 12, 2016, 07:14:23 AM
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What happened with the iPod surgery you were gonna attempt? did it work out?

The surgery was a success!  I finally got up the balls do it, which was not trivial by any means.  Opening an iPod is a pain; they're meant to be permanently sealed at the factory.  Obviously with patience and the proper tools (or close enough), you can get one open.  I replaced the hard drive with a solid state 256GB card, but the operating system only recognizes 128GB.  Once again, close enough, as it was replacing a 160GB hard drive.  Also replaced the battery, and now since it doesn't quite all fit back together properly (the case got a little mangled), the skin which was originally cosmetic now holds it all together.

But it's functional again, and access times are much faster, as one would expect with an SSD vs HD.  And a nice side effect that I hadn't considered is that the battery life is ridiculous.  We drove my daughter to college at the end of August, and took the SUV, which has an RF adaptor for Aux input, and of course since I was driving, we took my iPod.  12 hour drive, and when we got to the hotel, I still had 1/4 battery left.  At first I thought, yeah sweet, the new battery, but I'd never gone more than six or eight hours on a full charge before; the SSD uses a lot less juice, too.  I hadn't thought of that, so as I said, it was a nice plus.  Plugged it in overnight there in the hotel, and it made it all the way back, again with about a 1/4 battery to spare.  By extrapolation, it should last around 16 hours now, over twice what it used to.

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Where has been your favorite place to live, excluding where you're living now?

That would be the city I grew up in, Lansing, Michigan.  We had no idea how good we had it, but looking back, it was an incredible place at an incredible time.  Late 60's into the 70's.  Our neighborhood was "new development", so the house itself was brand new.  We didn't get tons of junk mail addressed to people who used to live there, or phone calls for people who'd moved out long ago, because no one else had ever lived at that address.  Some areas had houses under construction for years after we moved in, so there was a never-ending source of places to play.  The neighborhood pool was enclosed, so it was open year-round, and it was right across the street.  And at least half the families on our street had kids, so we all grew up together.  Kickball games in the street, football in various backyards, everybody getting along and looking out for each other.  No one locked their doors except at night when they went to bed.  People left their garage doors open, because it was a hassle to open and close it all the time, and if anything ever got stolen, it was big news, and very rare.
Sounds like a nice place to live. Is it still that safe? Have you ever gone back just to check everything out?

Michigan has been slowly dying and decaying since the U.S. auto industry collapsed in the late 70's, early 80's.  Detroit was synonymous with American auto manufacturing, and it was hit the hardest, but much of the rest of the state was built by the industry.  Cars, parts, machinery, railroads to move it all, all took a huge hit.  I left Michigan in 1990, and was sad, but glad to be escaping to greener pastures.

We still visit friends back home once or twice a year, and sometimes I'll swing through the old neighborhood.  It still looks the same, the trees are bigger, some houses are a different color now, but it's otherwise trapped in time.  I like that.  A few families I knew then are still there, which is amazing 40 years later.  My understanding is that Michigan has made a bit of a comeback in the past 10 years or so, but it's slow going.  Everyone has heard about the tap water in Flint.  Parts of Detroit are like a ghost town, entire blocks with maybe one or two houses occupied, the rest empty or burned.  Grand Rapids... well fuck Grand Rapids.  I never liked that town.  They're actually moving backwards there.  Marriage equality, racial profiling, super super conservative assholes in charge.

Lansing is doing a little better, being the state capitol and one of the centers of commerce, but Lansing was built by Oldsmobile, which is one of the brands which GM eliminated when they downsized (the other was Pontiac).  I used to love driving past the Oldsmobile plants on the way out to the mall when I was a kid.  If we were lucky, I'd see trains moving into or out of the buildings, moving stuff.  I thought that was so cool.  Those areas are now huge, empty fields.  Some areas still visibly paved, but with weeds and plants growing up through the pavement.  The huge office building with OLDSMOBILE on it was still standing last I knew, but it was empty.  I've heard that the schools have all gone to shit.  There's no money.  It's my home town, and I love it, but I'm glad I got out when I did.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on October 12, 2016, 07:22:33 AM
Orbert, what's your favorite kind of cheese?
Easiest classical or rock song a beginner could try to learn on a keyboard (i.e. not Happy Birthday or London Bridge)?
What foreign countries have you visited?
How many different instruments can you play?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Stadler on October 12, 2016, 07:29:02 AM
I'm only pretending to be cool; I'm actually still the nerd geek loser I've always been.  Computer programmer, former Algebra teacher.  It doesn't get much worse than that, though I haven't gotten beaten up in a while.

On weekends, though, I get to pretend I'm a rock star.  I live to play music.

All of which, of course, makes you cooler than a leather carseat in winter.

Favorite restaurant in Chicago?
Pizza (style and toppings) of your choice?
If you had to describe yourself using only one CD's worth of music, what would it be?   
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on October 12, 2016, 07:30:17 AM
I'm only pretending to be cool

Baloney.  Everybody knows that Orbert stories are the best stories.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Podaar on October 12, 2016, 09:17:25 AM
I'm only pretending to be cool

Baloney.  Everybody knows that Orbert stories are the best stories.

QFT
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 12, 2016, 12:04:43 PM
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Orbert, what's your favorite kind of cheese?

I used to be all about sharp cheddar, but lately I've been getting into some of the white cheeses (and yes, I know that "real" cheddar is white, not orange).  Swiss is always good on sandwiches, or provolone.  For shaking liberally over pasta, good old parmesan.  For baking, like a real mac 'n' cheese, cheddar still rules.  My tastes are pretty simple in that area.

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Easiest classical or rock song a beginner could try to learn on a keyboard (i.e. not Happy Birthday or London Bridge)?

I literally started with "Chopsticks" and "Heart and Soul".  We got a piano when I was ten, and those were the two songs my mom knew how to play, so she taught them to me and my older sister.  They're also both commonly played as duets, but it didn't take me long to observe that one person could technically play both parts at once, since there were never more than three notes being played at the same time by either part.  So I sat and worked out solo arrangements of each, and amazed my mom by "performing" them for her one time.  I've never really thought about it before, but I guess that was the beginning of what I do now, which is work up solo piano arrangements of my own, covering as much melody, harmony, chords, and rhythm as possible.

Those two pieces are actually great starting points.  They're simple, they're in C, and they have the basics of some standard progressions.  "Chopsticks" is just V-I over and over, but the "chorus" makes things a bit more interesting.  "Heart and Soul" is I-vi-IV-V.  I remember hearing "D'yer Mak'er" by Led Zeppelin on the radio and laughing my ass off the first time because it was so obviously I-vi-IV-V that I couldn't believe a "real" band had recorded a song using it.  It's just "Heart and Soul" -- which any third grader can play -- with different lyrics.

As for classical, "To a Wild Rose" first came to mind because it's a simple piece, slow and peaceful, thus easy to play and, with a bit of effort, easy to inject a lot of emotion into.  But I looked it up and it's in A.  Three sharps, so not really beginner level.  I don't remember where I started with classical.  By time I started lessons, I'd been playing for a while, so my teacher started me with a Level III method book.  My sister took lessons first, and when no one was home, I would "sneak" time on the piano playing through her lessons.  She caught me one time and was pissed because I was playing them better than her.  How could I not?  I listened to her practice the damned things over and over.  Of course when I finally sat down with the music in front of me, it would be nothing.

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What foreign countries have you visited?

Just Canada, which almost doesn't even count.  My dad is from Toronto, so we used to visit every summer.

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How many different instruments can you play?

I guess that depends on how you count them.  I started on piano, and consider myself a synthesist as well by virtue of actually knowing how analog keyboards work and generate sounds.  I don't count organ as one I can truly play, because I'd never mastered the pedals.  If you can't play both manuals and pedals, you're not a real organist, although I did learn enough to fake it once for a friend's wedding.  I memorized the manual parts so could concentrate on the pedals and watch my feet.  That's probably cheating, but hey, I did it.

I picked up flute in school, and a piccolo is just a tiny flute, so the fingerings are the same; you have to have a strong embouchure though.  From there I went to saxophone, which again is mostly the same; just a few weird notes here and there.  I started on alto, but have played tenor as well.  Soprano and/or baritone would be the same.  I have played clarinet in band and in a pit orchestra once, but could get away with it because again it's mostly the same.  (All woodwinds use the Boehm system, which (mostly) standardizes the fingerings for notes.)

I have working knowledge of both trombone and trumpet as well.  When you took band at my grade school, you had your choice of flute, clarinet, cornet, and trombone.  We all sat in the same room and learned to play our parts, so by simply hearing the instructions over and over, I was able to pick them all up.  Trombone is the easiest; each position is a half-step, and you control the range via embouchure.  Cornet (cousin of the trumpet) was similar.  It didn't take long to figure out that "open" was C or G (or E up top) depending on your embouchure, the middle valve dropped you a half-step, first valve a whole step, third valve a step and a half.  I call it "working knowledge" because my hands and fingers know what to do; I just have issues getting my embouchure to cooperate because I don't actually practice those instruments.

Then you have things like recorder, which is mostly Boehm system.  I also have a kalimba, which is completely different, but I worked out the tunings one time and can play simple stuff on it.

Strings have always eluded me.  I've tried to play guitar and violin, but the concept of "multiple scales at once" boggles me.  One day, I'll sit down and give them each a serious attempt.

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Favorite restaurant in Chicago?

I don't eat downtown very often, and right now I can't think of any restaurants I've actually been to.  Probably the Pheonix in Chinatown.  Out here in the 'burbs, Carson's Ribs.  They rock.

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Pizza (style and toppings) of your choice?

Thick crust, deep dish.  More for your money, more to love.  Chicken, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes.  Black olives if I'm feeling extra ambitious.

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If you had to describe yourself using only one CD's worth of music, what would it be?   

Chicago's first album, The Chicago Transit Authority.  A blending of many established styles into something new and different.  Deceptively simple at first glance, but each piece ultimately revealing greater depth and complexity upon closer examination.  Respect for established structures, but not afraid to vary from them when necessary, or when the results might be worthwhile.  Improvisation of every type, from working within classic norms to collaborating with others also improvising to completely free form and without structure.

I'm only pretending to be cool

Baloney.  Everybody knows that Orbert stories are the best stories.

QFT

You guys are too much.  Every word is true, but I learned long ago how to present things for better effect.  In general, I'm too "wordy", using 10 words when five would do.  I like to think of it as providing more, for those who want to dig deeper.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: LudwigVan on October 12, 2016, 12:08:45 PM
Some more questions for Orbert, the most interesting man on DTF:

1. What are your favorite 3 books?

2. What are your favorite 3 movies?

3. What are your favorite 3 NON-70's based Prog bands?  Marillion? Spocks Beard? Haken? etc?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Podaar on October 12, 2016, 12:13:17 PM
Okay, since we're of an age. Did you ever have a sweet stripped shirt like mine? (Third from the left, front row)

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Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Progmetty on October 12, 2016, 12:22:07 PM
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What happened with the iPod surgery you were gonna attempt? did it work out?

The surgery was a success!  I finally got up the balls do it, which was not trivial by any means.  Opening an iPod is a pain; they're meant to be permanently sealed at the factory.  Obviously with patience and the proper tools (or close enough), you can get one open.  I replaced the hard drive with a solid state 256GB card, but the operating system only recognizes 128GB.  Once again, close enough, as it was replacing a 160GB hard drive.  Also replaced the battery, and now since it doesn't quite all fit back together properly (the case got a little mangled), the skin which was originally cosmetic now holds it all together.

But it's functional again, and access times are much faster, as one would expect with an SSD vs HD.  And a nice side effect that I hadn't considered is that the battery life is ridiculous.  We drove my daughter to college at the end of August, and took the SUV, which has an RF adaptor for Aux input, and of course since I was driving, we took my iPod.  12 hour drive, and when we got to the hotel, I still had 1/4 battery left.  At first I thought, yeah sweet, the new battery, but I'd never gone more than six or eight hours on a full charge before; the SSD uses a lot less juice, too.  I hadn't thought of that, so as I said, it was a nice plus.  Plugged it in overnight there in the hotel, and it made it all the way back, again with about a 1/4 battery to spare.  By extrapolation, it should last around 16 hours now, over twice what it used to.

Freakin sweet! So if I understand you correctly; since my iPod is 80gig, I'm probably safer going with an 80gig SSD since it might not recognize a high capacity. I'm going to attempt this soon, did you use a certain tutorial or improvise?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 12, 2016, 01:12:35 PM
The guy I ordered it from provided some instructions on how to do it, but English is not his first language and some of it was a bit confusing.  I found at least three different YouTube videos, however, each of which presented things differently, and between them I was able to get the job done.

I was scared at first, but one of the videos talked about disconnecting the hard drive from the motherboard, being careful not to damage the ribbon controller (or something similar) and suddenly I realized that it's not some alien technology; it's just a dedicated minicomputer, and I've replaced drives and power supplies before.

The original 2007 was thicker to accomodate the 160GB drive, then the later 2007 ones were a bit thinner because it had one less platter inside.  I thought that that was the only difference, but it turns out that the operating system was updated as well.  Putting a 256GB card into a later-model 2007 would've resulted in a 256GB iPod.  It's the older operating system that only recognizes 128GB.

Since you have an 80GB model, this might be moot.  I don't think they make 80GB cards (they're usually powers of 2), but a 128 would probably be fine, and you might even end up with a 128GB solid state iPod.  I say go for it!
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on October 12, 2016, 01:25:25 PM
Michigan has been slowly dying and decaying since the U.S. auto industry collapsed in the late 70's, early 80's.  Detroit was synonymous with American auto manufacturing, and it was hit the hardest, but much of the rest of the state was built by the industry.  Cars, parts, machinery, railroads to move it all, all took a huge hit.  I left Michigan in 1990, and was sad, but glad to be escaping to greener pastures.

We still visit friends back home once or twice a year, and sometimes I'll swing through the old neighborhood.  It still looks the same, the trees are bigger, some houses are a different color now, but it's otherwise trapped in time.  I like that.  A few families I knew then are still there, which is amazing 40 years later.  My understanding is that Michigan has made a bit of a comeback in the past 10 years or so, but it's slow going.  Everyone has heard about the tap water in Flint.  Parts of Detroit are like a ghost town, entire blocks with maybe one or two houses occupied, the rest empty or burned.  Grand Rapids... well fuck Grand Rapids.  I never liked that town.  They're actually moving backwards there.  Marriage equality, racial profiling, super super conservative assholes in charge.

Lansing is doing a little better, being the state capitol and one of the centers of commerce, but Lansing was built by Oldsmobile, which is one of the brands which GM eliminated when they downsized (the other was Pontiac).  I used to love driving past the Oldsmobile plants on the way out to the mall when I was a kid.  If we were lucky, I'd see trains moving into or out of the buildings, moving stuff.  I thought that was so cool.  Those areas are now huge, empty fields.  Some areas still visibly paved, but with weeds and plants growing up through the pavement.  The huge office building with OLDSMOBILE on it was still standing last I knew, but it was empty.  I've heard that the schools have all gone to shit.  There's no money.  It's my home town, and I love it, but I'm glad I got out when I did.

I can't imagine ever leaving here and then coming back to see Staten Island going downhill. It would be heartbreaking. Being part of NYC I doubt it will ever happen, but still.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 12, 2016, 01:49:36 PM
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What are your favorite 3 books?

The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Dune by Frank Herbert, and Foundation by Isaac Asimov.

Many people focus on the crime and violence in The Godfather, but at its core, it is the portrait of a man doing whatever he must to provide for his family.  An immigrant in early 20th Century NYC was a second-class citizen.  Their rights were not protected by the system, therefore another, internal system evolved.  This is the source of the omerta, the code of silence.  Don't call the cops, it will only make things worse.  We deal with things ourselves.  Don Vito Corleone was, within his world, an impeccably moral, dedicated, and passionate man.  He is literally one of my role models.  His strategy was brilliant.  He did favors for people whenever he could.  He shared the wealth.  Later, if/when these people went on to become successful and more powerful, they remembered him and the kindness he showed them.  This is how he ended up with Senators and CEOs in his pocket.  They remembered the favors he did for them back when they were starting out, and would do anything for him in return.

Dune of course is a Science Fiction classic.  A study of culture and religion and what it might become after thousands of years of evolution.  A commodity which is both the de facto currency in the big leagues and one which bestows superhuman abilties.  And also the story of a man and his rise to power.

Foundation is similar, and likely one of Herbert's influences.  Again, I'm drawn to the depiction of what humankind could become in the next several millenia, after there are so many data points that our own lives and tendencies become as predictable as those of bacteria in a petri dish.  Science Fiction draws me because of the infinite "what if...?" scenarios.

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What are your favorite 3 movies?

The Godfather again.  An excellent adaption of a brilliant novel.  Alien and Aliens because of their depiction of the future, presented realistically.  Advanced technology, we've colonized countless worlds, but people are still people, and there are other things out there.  The Fifth Element for the same reasons, oddly enough.

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What are your favorite 3 NON-70's based Prog bands?  Marillion? Spocks Beard? Haken? etc?

Ooh, good question.  Spock's Beard is definitely up there.  Does Transatlantic count?  What about Enchant?  Sometimes it seems like the same guys just get together in different combinations and form bands.  Illuvatar is cool.  I do like Marillion, but I tend to put them on and let them play as background music.  Great stuff, but I can't say I'm really familiar with them, which is a shame.

I'm mostly stuck in the 70's when it comes to Prog.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Adami on October 12, 2016, 02:11:17 PM
Thoughts on Chinese food in America?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Podaar on October 12, 2016, 02:15:48 PM
You mentioned liking the metal elements of DT earlier. Were there any strictly metal bands you were into in the seventies?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on October 12, 2016, 02:25:19 PM
Or the eighties?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Adami on October 12, 2016, 02:30:58 PM
Do you remember what it was that made you realize that your wife was the woman for you?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: splent on October 12, 2016, 06:18:34 PM
That's RIGHT you were supposed to show me where to go in Chinatown one day. I'm still hoping to do that.

OK. Here's the most important question:

What Chicago style pizza? Giordanos, Lous, Ginos, Unos, or somewhere else? Or none, if you don't prefer that.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 12, 2016, 06:46:16 PM
Thoughts on Chinese food in America?

In general, pretty bad if you want authentic.  But most Americans don't want authentic, they want something that tastes good to them, and taste is acquired.  Just as Taco Bell can be yummy if you're hungry, yet could never be mistaken for authentic Mexican food, there's decent Chinese food to be had, as long as you don't care about how authentic it is.

Nowadays, when we look for a Chinese restaurant to try, we look for one thing: Are other Chinese people actually eating there?  If I look and it's full of lo phans (white people), then it's probably not authentic.  If there are Chinese people sitting and eating, it's probably authentic.  Again, that doesn't necessarily mean it's what we feel like eating, and it still may not be any good to my tongue, but it seems like a decent first screening.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: splent on October 12, 2016, 06:55:41 PM
Thoughts on Chinese food in America?

In general, pretty bad if you want authentic.  But most Americans don't want authentic, they want something that tastes good to them, and taste is acquired.  Just as Taco Bell can be yummy if you're hungry, yet could never be mistaken for authentic Mexican food, there's decent Chinese food to be had, as long as you don't care about how authentic it is.

Nowadays, when we look for a Chinese restaurant to try, we look for one thing: Are other Chinese people actually eating there?  If I look and it's full of lo phans (white people), then it's probably not authentic.  If there are Chinese people sitting and eating, it's probably authentic.  Again, that doesn't necessarily mean it's what we feel like eating, and it still may not be any good to my tongue, but it seems like a decent first screening.

That is a very good idea. I should just look around. Where I live there is a high Asian population (not just Chinese, but also Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Indian). There are about 5 billion restaurants featuring those types and more around here, including fusion restaurants (though those aren't necessarily authentic). I should just drive around and look sometime.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 12, 2016, 07:06:47 PM
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You mentioned liking the metal elements of DT earlier. Were there any strictly metal bands you were into in the seventies?
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Or the eighties?

Actually, not really.  I grew up on KISS, and of course Black Sabbath, but this was before we called them Metal.  They were just Rock and Roll, of the heavier variety.

I used to think of Metal as literally four-chord brainless testosterone festival music.  Sorry if it offends anyone here, but Metallica was popular, and to me was the epitome of brainless Metal.  Those early albums, I know people love them and I can see why, but it sounded to me like a lot of thrashing and screaming, and I needed more substance.  Yeah, I was a Prog snob.

But just the intro to "Pull Me Under" changed that.  It was possible to combine the power of Metal with complex arrangements and intelligent lyrics more commonly associated with Prog.  Those elements may have been present in Metal already; I never listened to enough of it to find out.  I was busy listening to Genesis or Yes.

It's not that I liked the Metal elements of Dream Theater; it's more that I found it fascinating that two such disparate types of music could be combined.  Also, I was pretty stoned, so my defenses and pretenses were down, and I was able to dig it with an open mind.

Dream Theater today -- well, up until recently (The Astonishing) -- seemed to be leaning more and more toward the Metal, and the only Prog I heard any more was that the songs were getting longer and longer, and that was mostly due to the endless instrumental sections.  And as much as I admire their technical prowess, I just don't hear much about modern DT that's progressive any more.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Scar on October 12, 2016, 07:19:22 PM
What's the history behind your username?

How did you choose your profile picture?

Signature?

Favorite Dream Theater album and why?

Favorite DT song and why?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Scar on October 12, 2016, 07:21:13 PM
1. Favorite Kevin Moore piece?
2. Sherinian?
3. Rudess?
4. What advice would you give to a beginner, venturing out to the real world?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 12, 2016, 10:23:14 PM
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What Chicago style pizza? Giordanos, Lous, Ginos, Unos, or somewhere else? Or none, if you don't prefer that.

I love 'em all!  Partly because I'm really not that picky, and just like good food, and partly because all of those IMO are pretty darned good.

But if I had to rank them, Pizzeria Uno wins by being filling and tasty without really being heavy.  I can eat a lot of Uno without going into a food coma.  Each of the others are also good, but can really be too much sometimes.  Giordano's is probably second.  I love their sauce.  Gino's would be next because they're different, and different is good.  Lou's is good, but I have trouble shaking my first impression of Lou's, and to this day when I think of Lou's pizza, I picture huge thick crust covered in sauce, and not much else.  That's not good enough.

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What's the history behind your username?

Longtime readers have heard this a few times.

In 1989, some telemarketer talked me into a three-year subscription to Stereo Review magazine for a special price.  I was into audio equipment, and while I could never afford anything advertised or reviewed in that magazine, it was fun to look at and read about all the latest gear.  My first name is Robert, and they were addressed to Orbert.  Someone had made a typo when they entered my name, so for three years, I received magazines addressed to Orbert.  In the 90's, the Internet was catching on, and I was online playing MUDs and MUSHes.  My character was always Orbert.  I'm Orbert on all the message boards I'm on, and I've actually come to think of myself as Orbert.  For a while, I kinda hoped someday someone would me if I was the same Orbert as from <somewhere else>, and that would be cool.  But the Internet is way too big, and that has never happened.

The great epilogue to this is that I now live in the Chicago area, and there's a jazz trumpeter named Orbert Davis who's from Chicago.  Once in a great while, someone doesn't ask me to repeat my name, but instead asks "Oh, like Orbert Davis?"  I think that's cool.  I'd never heard of the guy before I moved here.

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How did you choose your profile picture?

I created my profile picture using GifAnimator, many years ago.  I love cats.  I was born under the sign of the lion, in the year of the tiger.  Also, I was born in Detroit, home of the Detroit Tigers.  So I found a picture of a tiger somewhere, and originally he roared.  But I thought it looked kinda dumb, him actually going Roar! so I changed it to Meow! and it's always been that.  The profile picture used to be called your avatar, the picture which represents you.  People change their avatars sometimes, some more often than others.  But I'm old-school.  Pick an avatar and leave it.  I am Orbert, and Orbert is the tiger who says Meow.

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Signature?

They're miniaturized Roger Dean paintings, mostly Yes album covers and other Yes-related artwork.  There are actually five different ones, and I do change them once in a while.

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Favorite Dream Theater album and why?

Images and Words.  I don't think I've ever been as blown away the first time hearing a new band as I was hearing this album for the first time.  I heard it and Awake, and I literally bought my own copies as soon as I had the chance.  To this day, it's the one I can play all the way through without feeling like skipping anything, and since my iPod is always in Repeat mode, sometimes I'll just let it go around again.

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Favorite DT song and why?

This one's tougher.  Depending on my mood, either "Metropolis, Pt 1" or "A Change of Seasons".  "Metropolis, Pt 1" was part of that whole blowing my mind thing the first time I heard Images and Words.  I still get chills sometimes when it gets to "Before the leaves start falling..."  It's a psychotic piece, though, and can be challenging.  It's meant to be that way, but that doesn't make it any easier.  I think "A Change of Seasons" has a much better flow to it.  It goes through a lot of changes as well, but still feels like a more cohesive work.

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Favorite Kevin Moore piece?

I have "Wait for Sleep" and "Learning to Live" conjoined as a single track on my iPod and on my PC.  Together they are my favorite Kevin Moore piece.

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Sherinian?

Similarly, I have "Hell's Kitchen" and "Lines in the Sand" together.  Together, they're my favorite Sherinian.

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Rudess?

"Octavarium".  'Nuff said.

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What advice would you give to a beginner, venturing out to the real world?

The world is, almost by definition, more than you can imagine.  It is therefore impossible to be prepared for everything.  You will get caught off guard sometimes, and you will experience shit you had no idea could even happen.  Keep your head.  Know who you are, and what you're capable of, but be ready to push the limits if and when you're called upon to do so.  The world owes you nothing, and doesn't give a shit about you, therefore everything you do, everything you accomplish in life is 100% up to you.  You might work your ass off and still not get everything you want, but you won't get anything if you sit on your ass and expect things to be given to you.  Also, it feels much better, much more satisfying knowing you've worked for it, earned it, than if someone just gave it to you or you lucked out.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Progmetty on October 12, 2016, 10:48:56 PM
Thanks for the tips on iPod surgery Orbert, I'm pretty sure I'll have to PM you once or twice during the process as soon as I summon the balls to do it :D
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on October 13, 2016, 05:08:42 AM
Thoughts on Chinese food in America?

In general, pretty bad if you want authentic.  But most Americans don't want authentic, they want something that tastes good to them, and taste is acquired.  Just as Taco Bell can be yummy if you're hungry, yet could never be mistaken for authentic Mexican food, there's decent Chinese food to be had, as long as you don't care about how authentic it is.

Nowadays, when we look for a Chinese restaurant to try, we look for one thing: Are other Chinese people actually eating there?  If I look and it's full of lo phans (white people), then it's probably not authentic.  If there are Chinese people sitting and eating, it's probably authentic.  Again, that doesn't necessarily mean it's what we feel like eating, and it still may not be any good to my tongue, but it seems like a decent first screening.

I used to work with a guy who was born in China and he said the same thing. He used to bring in some authentic food for me to try and I would give him some authentic Italian food. World's apart, between authentic and American, in both cultures.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Podaar on October 13, 2016, 07:01:39 AM
The world is, almost by definition, more than you can imagine.  It is therefore impossible to be prepared for everything.  You will get caught off guard sometimes, and you will experience shit you had no idea could even happen.  Keep your head.  Know who you are, and what you're capable of, but be ready to push the limits if and when you're called upon to do so.  The world owes you nothing, and doesn't give a shit about you, therefore everything you do, everything you accomplish in life is 100% up to you.  You might work your ass off and still not get everything you want, but you won't get anything if you sit on your ass and expect things to be given to you.  Also, it feels much better, much more satisfying knowing you've worked for it, earned it, than if someone just gave it to you or you lucked out.

I think this is well said. :clap:
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 13, 2016, 07:22:50 AM
Thanks.

Thoughts on Chinese food in America?

In general, pretty bad if you want authentic.  But most Americans don't want authentic, they want something that tastes good to them, and taste is acquired.  Just as Taco Bell can be yummy if you're hungry, yet could never be mistaken for authentic Mexican food, there's decent Chinese food to be had, as long as you don't care about how authentic it is.

Nowadays, when we look for a Chinese restaurant to try, we look for one thing: Are other Chinese people actually eating there?  If I look and it's full of lo phans (white people), then it's probably not authentic.  If there are Chinese people sitting and eating, it's probably authentic.  Again, that doesn't necessarily mean it's what we feel like eating, and it still may not be any good to my tongue, but it seems like a decent first screening.

I used to work with a guy who was born in China and he said the same thing. He used to bring in some authentic food for me to try and I would give him some authentic Italian food. World's apart, between authentic and American, in both cultures.

When my wife and I took our first trip to Toronto "as adults" (we'd both been there as kids, with our families) we of course went to Chinatown for lunch.  After hitting a few shops for souvenirs, we asked the guy where was a good place to eat.  He pointed at the huge place across the street.  Big, clean, nice, very attractive to tourists.  I asked the guy if that's where he went for lunch, and he said No.  I asked where he ate, and he directed us to a little place down on the corner.  He and the other shopkeepers usually go there because it's good and less expensive, too.

So we went there, and of course it was terrific.  I had bok jam gai, my favorite kind of chicken, which you never find in restaurants, and it was awesome.  It was the equivalent of finding a nice little diner across from a Denny's or something.  Tourists have no idea, so they go to Denny's.  The locals know where the good food actually is.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on October 13, 2016, 07:32:15 AM
I stayed in Chinatown in Toronto a few years ago.  It was actually quite nice.  We had no qualms whatsoever about walking down the street at 11:00 at night to go to McDonald's or something.  Very cool.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: bosk1 on October 13, 2016, 08:22:22 AM
The locals know where the good food actually is.
McDonald's or something.

:lol  Sorry, I just found the juxtaposition of these two ideas so close together to be funny. 

I am glad my wife taught me what authentic Chinese food is and how to find it.  Out here, there are many, many different styles, and they are fairly abundant if you know where to look.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Stadler on October 13, 2016, 08:41:04 AM
In general, I'm too "wordy", using 10 words when five would do.  I like to think of it as providing more, for those who want to dig deeper.

And that right there, my friend, is why I like you so much.  :) 
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on October 13, 2016, 09:09:33 AM
:lol  Sorry, I just found the juxtaposition of these two ideas so close together to be funny.

True, but to be fair, I wasn't a local.

However, just around the corner from Chinatown is a little section of town called Kensington Market.  There's a tiny hole in the wall taco place there called Seven Lives Tacos y Mariscos.  First fish taco I'd ever had and inarguably the best I've ever had.  I've tried plenty since then, but this place was off the charts.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/66+kensington+ave+toronto/@43.6544396,-79.4005738,3a,75y,111.19h,77.57t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sasHJv1uQeAQLZcNtiggazQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xbde8d1c44e3f7e82!6m1!1e1
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 13, 2016, 11:56:00 AM
In general, I'm too "wordy", using 10 words when five would do.  I like to think of it as providing more, for those who want to dig deeper.

And that right there, my friend, is why I like you so much.  :) 

Ha ha, thanks!  In print, it's usually okay because people can skim through it, or just ignore it.  In actual conversation, not so great.  I've gotten better, but I do tend to overexplain things in general.  Maybe it's the teacher in me.  I have to make sure they understand it, completely, every detail.

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just around the corner from Chinatown is a little section of town called Kensington Market.  There's a tiny hole in the wall taco place there called Seven Lives Tacos y Mariscos.  First fish taco I'd ever had and inarguably the best I've ever had.  I've tried plenty since then, but this place was off the charts.

Kensington Market is awesome!  It's been years now, and I can't remember anyplace we went specifically, but we've stopped there after eating Chinese food for days and needed a break, and it's always great.  In Toronto, if you're not great, you don't last long.  Too much competition, too many other choices.  If you suck, you just aren't gonna last.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on October 13, 2016, 12:16:01 PM
Thanks.

Thoughts on Chinese food in America?

In general, pretty bad if you want authentic.  But most Americans don't want authentic, they want something that tastes good to them, and taste is acquired.  Just as Taco Bell can be yummy if you're hungry, yet could never be mistaken for authentic Mexican food, there's decent Chinese food to be had, as long as you don't care about how authentic it is.

Nowadays, when we look for a Chinese restaurant to try, we look for one thing: Are other Chinese people actually eating there?  If I look and it's full of lo phans (white people), then it's probably not authentic.  If there are Chinese people sitting and eating, it's probably authentic.  Again, that doesn't necessarily mean it's what we feel like eating, and it still may not be any good to my tongue, but it seems like a decent first screening.

I used to work with a guy who was born in China and he said the same thing. He used to bring in some authentic food for me to try and I would give him some authentic Italian food. World's apart, between authentic and American, in both cultures.

When my wife and I took our first trip to Toronto "as adults" (we'd both been there as kids, with our families) we of course went to Chinatown for lunch.  After hitting a few shops for souvenirs, we asked the guy where was a good place to eat.  He pointed at the huge place across the street.  Big, clean, nice, very attractive to tourists.  I asked the guy if that's where he went for lunch, and he said No.  I asked where he ate, and he directed us to a little place down on the corner.  He and the other shopkeepers usually go there because it's good and less expensive, too.

So we went there, and of course it was terrific.  I had bok jam gai, my favorite kind of chicken, which you never find in restaurants, and it was awesome.  It was the equivalent of finding a nice little diner across from a Denny's or something.  Tourists have no idea, so they go to Denny's.  The locals know where the good food actually is.

It's always those out of the way places that look like they haven't been updated since Nixon was in office that have the best food. Most places try to draw you in with bright lights and fancy wording on the menu. Find a place that looks closed and there you will find a place that puts more effort into the meal.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 13, 2016, 12:27:17 PM
Exactly.  The tourists want a place that "looks nice".  Or a known brand, such as Denny's in my example.  Not exactly fine dining, but not likely to be any surprises, either.

The last road trip my wife and I took, we were driving through some tiny town that I don't remember the name of, and some place called Big John's Steakhouse was absolutely packed.  The parking lot was full, and there was a line but not a huge one, so we went in.  It was fantastic.  This was obviously the place in town to eat.  Sure, we could've found a McDonald's or something, but we wanted real food, and this place had it.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: bosk1 on October 13, 2016, 01:23:11 PM
I had to look up bok jam gai because I don't know the names of any authentic dishes.  But now that I know what it is, I concur with your love for it.  My mother in law makes it, and it is the best I have ever had.  I much prefer hers to any I have ever gotten in any restaurant. 

Last time we went out, which was for my father in law's 70th birthday, we had a dish I had never had before.  It was a massive sea bass filet that had been marinated in red rice wine vinegar and then broiled.  It was the most amazing thing I have ever put in my mouth.  Do you know what that is called by any chance?  Although a broiled fish dish does not sound like the typical "authentic" Chinese, my wife assures me that it is.  But she doesn't know what it is called in anything but her village dialect, which is not helpful.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 13, 2016, 04:30:59 PM
I've had Chinese broiled fish a couple of different ways, so yeah, it's authentic, but I don't know the names of any of them.  The more common one is broiled with soy sauce, ginger, and garlic (and whatever else you feel like throwing into the mix), but I think I've had the red rice wine vinegar one, too.  It's been a while, and I remember not liking the soy variety because it was really salty (not surprising) plus was served with the skin, the head with the eyes falling out, and all.  Chinese don't like to waste anything, so they gut them and cook everything else.  I know I've had fish a few different ways -- my dad and I did a lot of trout and salmon fishing when I was growing up, and my mom cooked them up all kinds of ways -- so if it's common at all, I've probably had it.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on October 13, 2016, 04:34:57 PM
Meh. Cut the yucky parts off and make fish stock with them. Then they don't go to waste, the fish is more presentable, and everybody is happy.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: bosk1 on October 14, 2016, 08:03:30 AM
...served with the skin, the head with the eyes falling out, and all.  Chinese don't like to waste anything, so they gut them and cook everything else. 

:lol  Isn't that the only way? 

Whenever I got fishing with friends, or more recently when I took my boys on a Boy Scout fishing trip, I start getting the twitches when I see people just cut these neat little filets out of the fish and toss the rest of it.  More meat ends up getting tossed than actually eaten.  I always just get 'em and bring 'em home whole so mama can cook 'em up Chinese style.  :drool:
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 14, 2016, 09:11:07 AM
It really is the best way, but I have to admit, I really don't like those dead white eyes staring at me.  Same with chicken.  Soy chicken is another fave of mine, but when they just cut it up whole and put it on the platter with head, feet, and everything else, I guess it's just too much a reminder that yes, this is (or was) an animal.  It's hard to eat something when you feel like it's looking back at you, judging you, mocking you as you hesitate to reach for that next piece...

Also, that was supposed to be a kind of Zappa reference, but I couldn't remember the exact wording.  In "Room Service" he orders "fish with the eyes falling out".  I crack up whenever I hear that, because I've been there so many times.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on October 14, 2016, 12:17:18 PM
plus was served with the skin, the head with the eyes falling out, and all.  Chinese don't like to waste anything, so they gut them and cook everything else.

That's a lot like Calabrese recipes. The cities and towns in Calabria are mostly poor areas so they waste no part of an animal. One of my favorites, that I actually was too excited to be a normal person to try out, is called Morzello, or Morzeddhu alla Catanzarisi. Some of the less than typical ingredients were the heart, lung, and spleen of a pig, or whatever animal you chose to use. Like many Calabrese dishes, it also includes chilis. If you ever want to try it out, let me know. I have it in a Calabrese recipe book I purchased written by a native.

Speaking of authentic Italian, I recently bought a Sicilian cookbook that I've been really excited to start experimenting with. I haven't looked through it yet, though I will assume there are some unique recipes in there as well.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 14, 2016, 10:19:51 PM
I love Italian food.  Um, that's all I can think of to say about that.


Do you remember what it was that made you realize that your wife was the woman for you?

Sorry, I missed this one the first time.

I was an asshole when I was younger, and I'm still an asshole.  I've mellowed.  Dear Lord, there are actually people now who think I'm cool.  But this was not the case back in the 80's.  It blew my mind that a female could actually like me, let alone want to jump on me, or want me to jump on her, on a regular basis.  This was important.  I was playing in the band full time at the time, having quit my day job.  We all quit our day jobs; it was insane.  She knew all this.  Heck, her brother was our sound man; that's how we met.  And her mom actually "loaned" the band some money to buy equipment and get rolling.  We dated for seven years, that's why I say I missed most of the 80's.  The band lasted a couple of years, but eventually broke up, I moved back home to Mom and Dad, and I started working in the kitchens again.  I was a short order cook through most of high school.  Got to be pretty good at it, too.

Anyway, I went back to the kitchens (The PanTree Restaurant in East Lansing), but also started taking classes at the community college.  That was her idea.  They were still on the quarter system, and I took a couple classes winter quarter, two more in the spring, then took summer off and worked and partied a lot.  Went back in the fall, started taking three classes at a time, and eventually finished the two-year A.S. in three years.  Actually, I got two of 'em, one in Mathematics and one in Computer Science.  Transferred to MSU.  We were together the whole time, still just dating, supposedly.  Ever heard of fear of commitment?  Yeah.

It must've been five or six years in, I finally figured out that there wasn't going to be anyone else.  Ha ha, looking at it now, I see that that was her plan all along!  My parents paid for most of my college, but it was Ann's idea in the first place.  She got me to go back to school, and that scored major points with them.  She knew I was a musician, a computer nerd, a math geek, and a teacher.  And she loved me.  It was obvious in everything.  The kind of love that guys write songs about.  And I loved her too, don't get me wrong.  But I'm Asian, and an asshole.  Music has always been the most important thing in my life, she knew it then and knows it now, and she always said that she wouldn't try to compete with that.  There was no "competition" -- it was a part of me, a part of my life, and she accepted that.  She flat-out told me that she knew that coming between me and my music would be suicide for the relationship.  She was probably right, but it never had to come to that, never came close.

So I was in love, she loved me, and I hadn't exactly made a checklist, but if I had, a lot of the boxes would've been checked.  Can cook, knows how to sew, will probably make a great mother, loves to suck cock, oops... did I just say that out loud?  Anyway, I figured it wasn't going to get any better than this, so I bought a ring and proposed to her.  We just celebrated our 27th Anniversary last month, but we've been together since 1982, so more like 34 years.

So what was it?  Like I said, I figured out that there just wasn't going to be anyone else.  I just knew.  I was not going to ever find someone who loves me like she does.  The kind of love that guys write songs about.  I wrote two, but they both suck.  I made a really bad cassette of one of them, me on piano, vocals, and even an overdubbed sax solo.  Decent tech, but horrible song (she likes it, though).
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 14, 2016, 10:26:46 PM
Prog Snob, I just now spent way too much time staring at Alexandra Daddario in your sig.  Her eyes are amazing.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on October 14, 2016, 10:34:18 PM
Prog Snob, I just now spent way too much time staring at Alexandra Daddario in your sig.  Her eyes are amazing.

wait....what...did you just say something?   :biggrin:

Tell me about it! Those eyes. I have an ex with eyes close to hers. They aren't as sharp and piercing, but blue enough to make you do a triple take.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Adami on October 15, 2016, 01:49:18 AM
Prog Snob, I just now spent way too much time staring at Alexandra Daddario in your sig.  Her eyes are amazing.

This post following one about your wife.


For shame!
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: KevShmev on October 15, 2016, 06:04:17 AM
Prog Snob, I just now spent way too much time staring at Alexandra Daddario in your sig.  Her eyes are amazing.

I think that scene is True Detective is the modern day equivalent to Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  You know the one. :tup :tup
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 15, 2016, 06:53:50 AM
I do indeed.  And that scene had nearly the same impact on me as an adult as Phoebe's did back in the day.

Prog Snob, I just now spent way too much time staring at Alexandra Daddario in your sig.  Her eyes are amazing.

This post following one about your wife.

For shame!

I know.  I even thought about that when I posted it, but what the fuck.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on October 15, 2016, 06:57:44 AM
Bob, what bands with a horn section do you love and have you checked out any new bands with horn sections?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on October 15, 2016, 10:33:06 AM
Prog Snob, I just now spent way too much time staring at Alexandra Daddario in your sig.  Her eyes are amazing.

I think that scene is True Detective is the modern day equivalent to Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  You know the one. :tup :tup

Gods, I love that scene.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 15, 2016, 02:51:08 PM
Bob, what bands with a horn section do you love and have you checked out any new bands with horn sections?

Chicago, of course, as well as their southside counterparts, Earth, Wind & Fire.  Just as my first Chicago album was their amazing Chicago at Carnegie Hall, my first Earth, Wind & Fire album was their live album Gratitude.  Just awesome stuff.

They tour together sometimes, the two bands from Chicago with horns.  The Blu-ray concert is great.

(http://imgur.com/U4GZEFe.jpg)

Chicago was James William Guercio's pet project while he was at Columbia Records, but another band that he produced was Blood, Sweat & Tears.  Like Chicago, they were a jazz-rock pop group, back when such a thing was possible, but whereas Chicago stayed toward the rock side, BS&T leaned more toward traditional jazz.  They had a sweet horn section too.

(http://imgur.com/0scuu0N.jpg)

You've heard some songs by Blood, Sweat & Tears.  "Spinning Wheel", "You've Made Me So Very Happy", "Lucretia Mac Evil", etc.


I don't know many recent bands with horns.  Who's that one guy, Ben Folds?  I saw someone with a sax and trombone or some wacky combination like that, and they were great.  It was something on TV, but I caught three or four songs.  Good stuff.  I thought someone said that Ben Folds Five is actually only three guys, but five counting the horns.  Or am I thinking of someone else?

Do you know any bands with horns you can recommend?
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on October 15, 2016, 02:58:25 PM
Great post Bob.  The new band I've been really into is Thank You Scientist.   Check out this tune.


https://youtu.be/dv1ypynSLzY
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 15, 2016, 04:49:04 PM
Wow, cool stuff!  I've heard of them, but have never checked them out.  I didn't realize that they had horns.  Proggy jazzy groovy stuff.  ♫♫
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on October 15, 2016, 05:39:40 PM
I'll second Thank You Scientist. They've absolutely hijacked my ears since I saw them open for Haken.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B97Ifr9pPy4
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 16, 2016, 06:16:07 PM
Okay, since we're of an age. Did you ever have a sweet stripped shirt like mine? (Third from the left, front row)

(http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/ss104/Podaar/whahpick/Elementary_zpspvzuhdvu.jpg)

I looked through all the old pictures I have online, and a bunch of stuff my sister has, and can't find a picture of me wearing it, but I had one very similar.  So did Larry Woranof and one time we both wore them to school on the same day.  It was embarrassing.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on October 16, 2016, 06:30:53 PM
Yes I did as well as the white turtleneck with the plaid slacks.
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 16, 2016, 06:46:14 PM
I stayed in Chinatown in Toronto a few years ago.  It was actually quite nice.  We had no qualms whatsoever about walking down the street at 11:00 at night to go to McDonald's or something.  Very cool.

One of the last times we visited Toronto when we were "kids" (my one sister and I were both teens, our little sister maybe 10) we went out for dinner, walked around and did some shopping, didn't get back to the hotel until late.  I'm not sure what time it was, but it was late, several hours after dark.  It was all clean and well-lit, mostly concrete jungle but nice.  It was so cool.  When you're a kid, "staying up late" is a big deal.  But we were older-ish, and I remember thinking that we probably wouldn't have stayed out so late back when we were little.  People were everywhere, everything was lit up by neon, the city was still awake well past midnight.

A lot of the buildings were connected by walkways and bridges and stuff.  We were going through another shopping area mall thing, then took a walkway over the road into another building, and that was the hotel we were staying in.  We were back!  Super cool, but at the same time disappointing because it meant our evening adventure was ending.

That's such a great memory I have of that trip with my family.  Thanks for triggering that!  :)
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 16, 2016, 06:46:51 PM
Yes I did as well as the white turtleneck with the plaid slacks.

Oh dude, you're were stylin'
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on October 16, 2016, 06:52:16 PM
No, my mom was stylin'. :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Orbert Thread
Post by: Orbert on October 16, 2016, 07:02:36 PM
The 70's were a magical time.  Also I think the last decade when housewives were still more common than working moms, at least where I lived.  Dad was the breadwinner, mom took care of the house and kids, weekends were family time.  Mom bought (or made) all the clothes the kids wore.  That was the norm.  Simpler times.
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Elite on October 17, 2016, 05:45:01 AM
I saw my handle in the thread title. I signed up for this a couple of months back, apparently it's my turn now. Let's go!
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on October 17, 2016, 07:10:34 AM
Yeah, I updated the title but forgot to write a new post saying it's your turn.

Your 5 favorite bands and albums at this moment?
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Onno on October 17, 2016, 08:13:30 AM
When will your band Overhaul's new album be released?  :biggrin:
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on October 17, 2016, 08:48:50 AM
Do you have a nice life?
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Elite on October 17, 2016, 10:47:28 AM
Your 5 favorite bands and albums at this moment?

Damn, you're not starting this off with an easy question at all :lol

I ran my top 5 albums not too long ago and the top 5 in there is still pretty accurate today I think. I had the following albums in there:

1. Dream Theater - Images and Words
2. Leprous - Bilateral
3. Jeff Buckley - Grace
4. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F#A#Infinity
5. Have a Nice Life - Deathconsciousness

That said, I haven't listened to the Jeff Buckley album in quite a while and the GBYE album is one I only listen to very rarely (but I love it to death when I do). Since you're asking for specifics, lately (being the past six months) I've been digging Leprous, Agent Fresco, Ulver, Obsidian Kingdom and Meshuggah a lot. Albums I've listened to a lot are The Apologist by East of the Wall (thanks Parama), The Ugly Organ by Cursive (again, thanks Parama), Arktis. by Ihsahn, Destrier by Agent Fresco, the new Meshuggah record (The Violent Sleep of Reason; it's great!) and Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band.

As for favourite bands at the moment, I think Obsidian Kingdom (their 2016 record A Year With No Summer is amazing) and Agent Fresco easily take the cake here. As far as underground bands doing something refreshing goes, both bands do it extremely well in differet ways, even though Agent Fresco is barely underground anymore, as they're drawing in lots of fans from all different directions. Speaking of cakes, Odyssey to the West by Slice the Cake is another awesome album I've listened to a lot.

I may of course have missed some, but this was about it. I'm finding myself returning to the same albums for quite some time, then after a couple of months I find something new to indulge in. It's my way of listening to music, I guess.

When will your band Overhaul's new album be released?  :biggrin:

:biggrin:

It's actually almost finished, but we set our own release period for the early months of 2017. We can't really announce anything yet, because we're not entirely sure ourselves, but we're aiming for february / march 2017. I'm ridiculously excited for it to see the light of day though :lol

Do you have a nice life?

Well, yes. At least, I think so. I'm rarely sad or fed up with the things I do. Of course, some things could probably be better and I'm not perfect either, but I like how things are going at the moment. It's rather weird, having to answer such a question though, because other than the 'how are you?' which you can answer casually, this made me think about things. I don't know, I believe I do have a nice life, but someone else might not think the same if he had the same life. I try to make the best out of it, though I don't really think in terms of 'good' or 'bad', I'm just walking around this earth like everybody else, searching for whatever there is to be found and doing what I do. Does that make any sense? It does for me.
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on October 17, 2016, 11:15:33 AM
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What do you think of A Long Time Listening by Agent Fresco?
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Sacul on October 17, 2016, 11:51:47 AM
Did you give ITAOTS another listen?  :corn
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Elite on October 17, 2016, 02:19:12 PM
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Yes, this one. I own it on vinyl. Great record.

What do you think of A Long Time Listening by Agent Fresco?

I think it's an amazing debut album and it contains some very good songs, but it does not feel as cohesive as the follow-up. The mix is slightly off-balance as well here and there and the album could have done with slightly less tracks (18 really is a lot). I like how this album really paved the way for Destrier, which is superior in every way, even though ALTL contains some great songs. Now, does this make me sound negative with regards to this album? Because that is not my intention, I think it's a lot better than most of the stuff out there.

Did you give ITAOTS another listen?  :corn

No, not yet :lol the album pissed me off so much initially that I really don't have any interest in revisiting it, though I kind of think I 'should'.
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on October 17, 2016, 03:04:14 PM

I think it's an amazing debut album and it contains some very good songs, but it does not feel as cohesive as the follow-up. The mix is slightly off-balance as well here and there and the album could have done with slightly less tracks (18 really is a lot). I like how this album really paved the way for Destrier, which is superior in every way, even though ALTL contains some great songs. Now, does this make me sound negative with regards to this album? Because that is not my intention, I think it's a lot better than most of the stuff out there.

I feel the same and I didn't give it a proper chance yet (maybe only one full listen) as I did to Destrier. However, Eyes of the Cloud Catcher and title track are my favorite songs of theirs (better than anything off Destrier).
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Elite on October 18, 2016, 03:27:16 AM
Both of those are outstanding indeed, but so are Implosions, Paused, Silhouette Palette and the Anemoi/He Is Listening combo. Really, the album as a whole is pretty freaking good. It's just very different and probably less accessible or 'hip' as Destrier is. I can also imagine the growls/shouts which are much more prevalent on ALTL could turn people off. Whatever, Agent Fresco are a fantastic band as far as I'm concerned.
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on October 18, 2016, 08:13:08 AM
What is your favorite kind of cheese.
Is legalized prostitution as big a deal as it sounds like to Americans living in a stuffy, uptight, and overly Puritanical country?
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Elite on October 19, 2016, 12:22:37 PM
What is your favorite kind of cheese.

Oh, wow. Well, I'm actually not too fond of cheese, despite living in the Netherlands. A common swear word for Dutch people would be 'cheese-head' (yes, really), but I only like my 'regular' cheese when it's melted, like on toasties. I don't like smelly cheeses at all, though I do like fetas and mozzarella quite a lot. Pretty boring choice, but I do think mozzarella is my favourite cheese. Nice and neutral.

Is legalized prostitution as big a deal as it sounds like to Americans living in a stuffy, uptight, and overly Puritanical country?

I have no idea, since I have no intention of ever visting a hooker. But yeah, prostitution is legal here, under rather strict circumstances I believe and people make use of that. As far as I know though, prostitution zones can only really be found in the larger cities, and it's not really like there's hookers on every corner of the street. There's designated areas where you can find them, either in brothels or on the street. There used to be a prostitution zone not far from where I lived and I always found it rather funny that it would be chock full of cars at around lunch-time. Probably men tired of their wives sneaking away during work.

 Sorry if my answer is unsatisfactory though, I don't really know enough about it to properly comment :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on October 19, 2016, 01:06:52 PM
It does great with tourists especially, the local people don't really have anything to do with it (unless they want to) apart from numerous tourists in Amsterdam asking you directions to the red light district whenever you are going out at night. So no it's not really a big deal even if you're living in the city where the magic happens.

Rich, I caught you listening to Rapper Sjors on Spotify, care to explain? :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Elite on October 19, 2016, 02:25:50 PM
Rich, I caught you listening to Rapper Sjors on Spotify, care to explain? :lol

Yes, my roommate and I were having a laugh listening to extremely bad music. I have a whole bucket full of youtube videos if you want to join in.
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on October 19, 2016, 02:56:47 PM
There is even worse music on Balkans :D my friends and me love to ironically listen to it :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Elite on October 19, 2016, 03:20:56 PM
in Holland we have 'Balkan Beats' parties occasionally. Quite fun!
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on October 19, 2016, 07:26:46 PM
Rich, I caught you listening to Rapper Sjors on Spotify, care to explain? :lol

Yes, my roommate and I were having a laugh listening to extremely bad music. I have a whole bucket full of youtube videos if you want to join in.
I'll pass. I have enough extremely bad music as it is :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Scar on October 19, 2016, 09:14:31 PM
What's your profile pic? A dog and a....?

How'd you come up with your username?

What do you do in your free time when you aren't with your band?
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Elite on October 20, 2016, 03:24:37 AM
What's your profile pic? A dog and a....?

It's a bird with a dog's head.

How'd you come up with your username?

This is something that stems from the time when I still used to play videogames. I used to play a lot of Halo (Halo 2 & Halo 3) and my Xbox Live gamertag back then was something along the lines of Elite Warrior. Not specifically named after the 'elite' species in the game, but it was a funny coincidence. I kept that handle basically everywhere, even though I don't play any videogames on consoles anymore. It doesn't really mean anything, but on a prog forum I found it quite hilarious to keep the same name as well. You can, of course, call me Richard as well.

What do you do in your free time when you aren't with your band?

Well, I don't really have a lot of hobbies. When I'm not working or studying, I'm usually playing guitar or piano, but I also like to watch TV series (currently watching Narcos). I like to think I'm a good cook as well, since I enjoy cooking very much and try to make interesting meals quite often. Most of my free time is devoted to music though. I enjoy listening to music, reading about music, writing music and playing music. Pretty boring, right? :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on October 20, 2016, 06:31:12 AM
Sorry if my answer is unsatisfactory though, I don't really know enough about it to properly comment :lol

No problem at all.  I just find it curious that for being one of the most supposedly enlightened countries in the world, the US is so ass-backwards in comparison to other level-headed countries that it just makes me scratch my head.  If two consenting adults want to exchange cash, in order to get it on, there is absolutely ZERO reason that anyone should be able to step in and say "Nope, can't do that!"  I mean, it wouldn't benefit me any if it were legalized, as I'm happily married, but it would certainly benefit many people on both the seller and buyer side of the transaction.
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Elite on October 20, 2016, 01:29:18 PM
Well, if it's two consenting adults, then yes, there should be no problem. I think this is where it does go wrong though. It's relatively easy for pimps to exploit women that have nowhere else to turn to. Now, mind this, this is obviously illegal in the Netherlands as well, but there's a very fine line between a hooker truly consenting to having sex with random men and one being taken advantage of. Apparently, there's a lot of surveillance for proper 'workspaces' and environments these hookers operate in and lots of prostitution zones actually get closed down when the authorities have the slightest assumption something is amiss. In that respect, it's probably easier to ban prostitution altogether, than to have people monitoring everything. But I'm pretty sure there's lots of illegal prostitution, even in your 'stuffy, uptight and puritanical' country :P and that's likely a problem as well; ban something and it continues to exist; underground and out of bounds of your legal jurisdiction.
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Elite on October 23, 2016, 03:44:46 AM
Just today left to ask your questions!
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on October 23, 2016, 04:03:11 AM
What's a good cheap restaurant in the vicinity of Utrecht central station?
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Elite on October 23, 2016, 04:19:32 AM
What's the occasion?
And I take it you don't want a fast-food snack joint, because there's those obviously :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on October 23, 2016, 04:51:55 AM
Romantic dinner with home + 1 prior to the God Is An Astronaut concert. :metal

Preferably no fast food yeah.
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Elite on October 23, 2016, 09:07:26 AM
Not necessarily close to the central station, but on the Twijnstraat, which is pretty much on the way there, there are a bunch of great restaurants. There's two pizza places that have great pizza, there's a Thai restaurant that does take-aways and there's a lot more.

Welcome to my hometown :lol and have fun!
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on October 23, 2016, 09:24:34 AM
Noted, thanks!
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Zantera on November 01, 2016, 09:35:23 AM
Activity died so hard in this thread that Scar didn't even get his week  :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Orbert on November 01, 2016, 11:21:27 AM
Sadness.
Title: Re: The Ask Elite Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on November 01, 2016, 12:16:10 PM
Dammit, I'm sorry, guys. Totally forgot about this thread. I'll just shift everyone for one week, if no one disagree.
EDIT: If Scar's ok with losing one day? Sorry :blush
Title: Re: The Ask Scar Thread
Post by: Parama on November 01, 2016, 01:01:59 PM
Does blood heal you? Does fear change you?
Title: Re: The Ask Scar Thread
Post by: Scar on November 01, 2016, 01:25:00 PM
:lol

Blood unfortunately does not heal me, but fear indeed does change me.
Title: Re: The Ask Scar Thread
Post by: Adami on November 02, 2016, 10:48:26 PM
You ever feel like a dick for killing Mufasa?
Title: Re: The Ask Scar Thread
Post by: Scar on November 02, 2016, 10:51:07 PM
Heck no!

The fear in his eyes was awesome as he feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllll to his death. Fun stuff.
Title: Re: The Ask Scar Thread
Post by: Destiny Of Chaos on November 03, 2016, 07:45:44 AM
If you were to compile a few songs to serve as the soundtrack of your life, what songs would you choose and why?
Title: Re: The Ask Scar Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 03, 2016, 08:38:58 AM
Why all the "death" references?  (That's not a judgment, just curious)
Title: Re: The Ask Scar Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on November 03, 2016, 08:47:12 AM
Scar, your 5 all-time favorite bands and albums?
Title: Re: The Ask Scar Thread
Post by: Scar on November 03, 2016, 11:22:05 AM
Why all the "death" references?  (That's not a judgment, just curious)

Oh about that. I recently lost my girlfriend through death. She committed.....you know and that has been bugging me since. I find death to be really cruel, yet mysterious and beautiful.

If you were to compile a few songs to serve as the soundtrack of your life, what songs would you choose and why?

That's an interesting question!
It would be:
1) Time of Your Life - Green Day (Life your life to the fullest. I usually went with that motto. Having the time of your life.)
2) The Silent Man - Dream Theater (As I grew older, I seemed to have more differences with my mom and dad and there is now a wall between us.)
3) I Won't See You Tonight - A7X (She left through suicide and I had this anger in me that I couldn't control.)
4) Disappear - Dream Theater (She wouldn't want me to be like this. She'd want me to move on and not let life control me.)
5) The Spirit Carries On - Dream Theater (I'm not afraid of death anymore. Wherever I may go during death, my spirit will carry on.)


Scar, your 5 all-time favorite bands and albums?

1. Opeth - Damnation
2. Dream Theater - Six Degrees
3. Green Day - Nimrod
4. Ayreon - Into the Electric Castle
5. Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
Title: Re: The Ask Scar Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 03, 2016, 11:35:45 AM
Why all the "death" references?  (That's not a judgment, just curious)

Oh about that. I recently lost my girlfriend through death. She committed.....you know and that has been bugging me since. I find death to be really cruel, yet mysterious and beautiful.

Well, thank you for answering so honestly. I've experienced that too (though not a girlfriend) and you have my sympathy. 
Title: Re: The Ask Scar Thread
Post by: twosuitsluke on November 05, 2016, 03:52:53 PM
Scar, are you a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? If not, why aren't you a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer??
Title: Re: The Ask Scar Thread
Post by: Zantera on November 06, 2016, 04:32:40 PM
Since they're both in your avatar, who is the best - Mikael or Steven? :>
Title: Re: The Ask Scar Thread
Post by: Elite on November 06, 2016, 04:36:57 PM
Is The Grand Conjuration your favourite song?
Title: Re: The Ask Scar Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 06, 2016, 05:50:53 PM
How do you get a 2 in a roulette?



BTW, I live Chevelle.
Title: Re: The Ask Scar Thread
Post by: Scar on November 06, 2016, 07:45:36 PM
Scar, are you a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? If not, why aren't you a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer??

I haven't heard of that. What is it?

Since they're both in your avatar, who is the best - Mikael or Steven? :>

Mikael! Mikael! Mikael!

Is The Grand Conjuration your favourite song?

Nope! Voted it off the album, second. I just thought it'd be cool to play the song. Left my house while that

How do you get a 2 in a roulette?

BTW, I live Chevelle.

I honestly have no idea. ;'(

I'm glad you like them! Awesome band!
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on November 07, 2016, 03:47:43 AM
It's ask Zantera week! 
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: home on November 07, 2016, 04:44:28 AM
Zantera, how would you describe Sacul / Zantera music?
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: Zantera on November 07, 2016, 08:12:47 AM
Zantera, how would you describe Sacul / Zantera music?

I'd say generally music that isn't prog rock or prog metal, but typically represented by the weirdest, most experimental and most "out there" music. Music that is too weird or experimental for prog fans, which in general are music fans who can tolerate long songs and going outside the box. :P I'd say albums like Boris - Feedbacker, Swans - To Be Kind and Death Grips - Jenny Death are 3 typical Zantera/Sacul music albums.
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on November 07, 2016, 09:03:22 AM
What are some of your favorite indie/emo albums?
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on November 07, 2016, 09:07:59 AM
What is the last time you can recall being genuinely excited about a new prog album?
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: Zantera on November 07, 2016, 09:47:00 AM
What are some of your favorite indie/emo albums?

American Football's self titled debut is definitely one of my favorites, and they dropped a follow-up album this year which I actually really liked despite some mixed reviews overall. Touche Amore is a band I like a lot and they also dropped a great album from this year. The World is a Beautiful Place & I am no Longer Afraid to Die (longest band name) is another indie/emo band I've been very happy with, both their albums are really great. Going more indie than emo, The National is a great band, and there's other classics like Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and Brand New - Devil & God are Raging Inside Me. Indie Rock can sometimes also cross territories into singer/songwriter (where one ends and the other begins might be blurry) and my all time favorite there would be Mark Kozelek - who has put out some incredible albums with Red House Painters (sadcore, slowcore, indie) and Sun Kil Moon (indie/folk). There's a lot of good music there, I would recommend Rollercoaster with Red House Painters and either Ghosts of the Great Highway or April with Sun Kil Moon. Another great album from 2016, and probably in my top3 is Damien Jurado's Visions of Us on the Land. It's a great mix of indie rock and psychedelic rock.

What is the last time you can recall being genuinely excited about a new prog album?

In terms of being excited I don't think I have to go back that far. I really liked Grace For Drowning, so when SW announced Raven, I was obviously very excited for it. Didn't quite live up to my expectations (I still enjoy it enough, 7/10 or so) but the hype beforehand was there mainly based on my appreciation for Insurgentes and Grace. However, I have felt a sort of prog fatigue in the last few years. There's usually 2 or 3 albums per year that I really like, but often I find myself disappointed unfortunately. A mix of too high expectations and nostalgic feelings for the genre I think. The genre is in a bit of a stand still and I'm waiting for someone to take a few steps forward rather than going back 40 years for inspiration, but I usually find something to appreciate at least. Also I feel like there's not a prog band right now that has delivered several amazing albums in a row. Usually there's a really good album surrounded by OK to decent albums. For example I loved Dear Hunter's Act IV, but only found myself liking Act V. Still maybe 7 or 7.5 out of 10 for me (which is good), but there hasn't been that one band delivering solid "top10 album of the year"-albums in a row on the prog front, which has happened in some other genres.

I am feeling cautiously optimistic about the new Pain of Salvation because from the teaser and from interviews, it feels like they left the 70s influence behind to return to a more modern sound, and in a world of Road Salts, SW's 70's trip, Opeth's 70's trip and so on, it would be great if PoS did indeed return to that style. Apart from that, I really liked Mike Vennart's (Oceansize) solo album from last year, and I think it was a nice mix of prog rock and alternative rock.

Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on November 07, 2016, 10:09:34 AM
Brand New and NMH are among my favorites as well. It's been a while since I heard of  The World is a Beautiful Place & I am no Longer Afraid to Die but I have yet to check them out, and thank you for reminding me :tup
Another great album is The Goodness by The Hotelier, it is in my top 3 of 2016, I saw you posted them in 'What album are you listening to?'.
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: Zantera on November 07, 2016, 12:15:16 PM
Brand New and NMH are among my favorites as well. It's been a while since I heard of  The World is a Beautiful Place & I am no Longer Afraid to Die but I have yet to check them out, and thank you for reminding me :tup
Another great album is The Goodness by The Hotelier, it is in my top 3 of 2016, I saw you posted them in 'What album are you listening to?'.

Yes, The Hotelier is another good pick! I didn't list them because I'm not AS huge on them as some friends are, but I did enjoy their new album more than the last (which I thought was slightly overrated).  :)
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: Sacul on November 07, 2016, 12:18:19 PM
What are your top 10 2016 albums so far? :P
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 07, 2016, 12:24:15 PM
Jimmy, looking back in my life, I could see by the progression of bands I listened to that lead me to where I am today.  What would you say was your earliest influence that lead to the music you love today?
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: Zantera on November 07, 2016, 12:53:08 PM
What are your top 10 2016 albums so far? :P
Right now I'd probably go with these: :P

The Sea Nymphs - On the Dry Land
Swans - The Glowing Man
Kayo Dot - Plastic House on Base of Sky
Damien Jurado - Visions of Us on the Land
Nick Cave - Skeleton Key
Vektor - Terminal Redux
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Cult of Luna - Mariner
Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid

Jimmy, looking back in my life, I could see by the progression of bands I listened to that lead me to where I am today.  What would you say was your earliest influence that lead to the music you love today?

Despite my parents playing a lot of good older music when I was young (Deep Purple, Neil Young, Beatles, Black Sabbath, Yes, Pink Floyd) it wasn't until Linkin Park's debut album Hybrid Theory that I felt really excited about music myself. It was a perfect storm of being 9 years old, that album became a cult album to many people born in the late 80s or early 90s, and the blend of hip hop and metal was something interesting at the time. I would definitely have to credit Linkin Park for getting me excited about music, and I still listen to them here and there and have enjoyed their output since. Then came bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica to get me further into metal, which made me discover DT - which opened my ears to great progressive music without the metal edge. After that I think my music taste expanded very fast and naturally thanks to bands like Porcupine Tree, Radiohead and Sigur Rós, and since then so much more.
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 07, 2016, 01:57:29 PM
Thanks!  I love reading those progressions.   Music lovers like us have a wonderful journey.  As taste changes you can see a clear path to what styles we lean to.
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on November 08, 2016, 08:43:03 AM
Have you listened to Battle of Mice before? (Julie Christmas from Mariner sings in this band)

Anyway, that's not my main question. Your feelings towards prog in general are kind of similar to my feelings about post metal. Do you think the post metal scene is progressing at all? I thought Mariner was an amazing mix up and I've heard some great recent efforts by other bands. But as a whole I feel like that genre suffers the most from 'standing still'. From what I've seen on DTF I believe you're still a fan of bands like Isis and Neurosis (don't hold me accountable for this, it's just an assumption :lol) but I don't know what your opinion is about the future of these type of bands and I'm interested in your thoughts.

(for the record, I like me some post metal ocassionally, this post may seem more negative than it's meant to be)
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: Zantera on November 08, 2016, 11:20:28 AM
I have not actually, but I know I should considering how much I liked Mariner and Julie's performance on it.

Yeah I definitely think Post Metal has gone through some rough patches. With Isis gone (RIP :(), Neurosis going 4-5 years between albums, there has only really been Cult of Luna out of the big 3 to carry the torch in the last few years. I liked the new Neurosis album even though it wasn't on par with their classic run of albums, I still found myself liking it more than their last album. The majority loved Vertikal by Cult of Luna, personally I would rank it in the lower half of their album, but I still enjoyed it. I thought Mariner was a step up and definitely more interesting sound-wise. But in the shadow of the big 3, I don't feel like any other bands are really picking up the torch. It seems like one of those "easy to perform, hard to master" genres, because I hear a lot of bands who go for that Soft-Heavy-Soft-Heavy with Cult of Luna-styled harsh vocals, and while that's all fine in theory, it's like they forgot interesting songwriting along the way.

I heard good things about the new Ulcerate album, which I think is a mixture of Post Metal and Death Metal. I haven't gotten to it yet, but I am planning on giving it a go. Apart from Mariner and the new Neurosis album, I also really liked Bossk's debut album - Audio Noir from this year. I think there's definitely a future for the genre, it's just that we're coming out of two strong decades for it, with Neurosis kickstarting the 90s and Isis & CoL joining in the 00's, and so far the '10s hasn't really had a new super band picking up the mantle.
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: Train of Naught on November 08, 2016, 11:51:45 AM
Thanks :tup I agree. I've been digging some recent post metal outputs but the songwriting is not offering anything new. It's like they're saying "we like these bands, we like playing this music, so we will use the exact same formulas so that we cannot disappoint ourselves and our fans"
Title: Nice
Post by: Sacul on November 08, 2016, 01:11:31 PM
A Year with No Summer is pretty solid too. There's also this band a friend of mine is crazy over it, called The Great Cold, which is pretty nice. Also Obscure Sphinx's Void Mother (2013) is great, and haven't listened to their last one from this year, but heard it's solid. My ¢2 on the little post-metal I know/like :P
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: Elite on November 10, 2016, 12:58:49 AM
is A Year With no Summer really post-metal though? I don't really think so, the sound is hugely different from the bands Zantera mentioned.
Title: Re: The Ask Zantera Thread
Post by: Zantera on November 10, 2016, 02:10:46 AM
I liked A Year With no Summer (IMO it wasn't that far off their first album) and I probably would consider it Post-Metal, just operating in a different part of the spectrum to some of those other bands. I hope they stick with the sound because I think they can make an album like that, but even better.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on November 14, 2016, 07:41:22 AM
New week, new host: ask Stadler.
Stadler, what does Stadler mean? :D
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 14, 2016, 07:44:17 AM
Well, it means I'm an idiot.   

I was going for "Statler and Waldorf" from the Muppets.  You know, the two old guys that just sort of watch and critique?   Statler is the tall skinny guy, and Waldorf is the short, heavier one.   Since I'm rather short and stocky, I should be Waldorf, but alas I got them confused and went with Statler, then compounded the problem by spelling his name wrong.   :)   Win win all around.  :)
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on November 14, 2016, 07:56:49 AM
That's actually a cool story :biggrin:
What's your favorite DT album? How did you discover this place?
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 14, 2016, 08:05:19 AM
I always thought Statler was spelled Stadler, so I didn't even question that it was a muppet connection.

Who would be a good Waldorf to your Statler?
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Chino on November 14, 2016, 08:13:24 AM
I'd like to sign up for a week of questions.


@Stadler

If a crazy scientist was forced to enhance your brain's ability to sense the world around it (see or hear more of the light or sound spectrum, magnetically detect the poles in your head, ultra sense of touch, etc..), what would you want? 

Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 14, 2016, 12:06:21 PM
That's actually a cool story :biggrin:
What's your favorite DT album? How did you discover this place?

Images and Words, and it really isn't even close.  That's a top ten all time record for me.   Love every aspect of it (even the legendary "triggered drums").  First time I heard it (I bought it on release) I was blown away.  Maiden meets Rush with Steve Perry singing.    I'm in!

This place?  A fellow former tipped me off, and I think it was to be a patsy in his football pool.  :) 
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: TAC on November 14, 2016, 01:07:39 PM
That's actually a cool story :biggrin:
What's your favorite DT album? How did you discover this place?

Images and Words, and it really isn't even close.  That's a top ten all time record for me.   Love every aspect of it (even the legendary "triggered drums").  First time I heard it (I bought it on release) I was blown away.  Maiden meets Rush with Steve Perry singing.    I'm in!
I was thinking Maiden meets Rush but with Michael Kiske singing! :lol

Stadler, I don't know about you, but I&W came just in time. Grunge was taking over. Metallica wimped out. Thought Queensryche/Megadeth/Dio/Helloween all took steps back. Gary Moore stopped playing rock. I was really wondering when the next biggest band would come from. Then BAM, here they were!
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 14, 2016, 01:13:28 PM
I'd like to sign up for a week of questions.


@Stadler

If a crazy scientist was forced to enhance your brain's ability to sense the world around it (see or hear more of the light or sound spectrum, magnetically detect the poles in your head, ultra sense of touch, etc..), what would you want?

Hmmm.  I don't know if I'm answering your question, but I am an information junkie, so I would love to know what other people are thinking (maybe the magnet thing will help with this?) and I would like to be able to have x-ray vision.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 14, 2016, 01:17:45 PM

I was thinking Maiden meets Rush but with Michael Kiske singing! :lol

Stadler, I don't know about you, but I&W came just in time. Grunge was taking over. Metallica wimped out. Thought Queensryche/Megadeth/Dio/Helloween all took steps back. Gary Moore stopped playing rock. I was really wondering when the next biggest band would come from. Then BAM, here they were!


I know this makes no sense (given the knocks against LaBrie) but Kiske was the kind of guy I was looking to move away FROM.    I wasn't into Metallica then (I got into them when they wimped out!) or Megadeth (can't really get past Mustaine's voice) but I was a NWOBHM/Bach 'n' Roll guy, so after everyone started to copy Bruce Dickinson (my favorite front man of all time) things got a little dicey for me.  I like 'Rhyche (they were great live) but Tater annoyed me even then, and I lost interest in Dio after Goldy.    I always thought - probably wrongly - that Kiske was too over the top.

And while I got into Soundgarden, the Mother Love Bone and Pearl Jam later, Nirvana was lost on me.  I'm sure it's me, not everyone else, but for the life of me, I'm missing the "legend" part of Kurt Cobain.  I knew guys in college that were doing that same shit back in '87 for six people in the ROTC building.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: PowerSlave on November 14, 2016, 03:24:23 PM
  I'm sure it's me, not everyone else, but for the life of me, I'm missing the "legend" part of Kurt Cobain.

You're not alone.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Adami on November 14, 2016, 03:27:17 PM
Hm, looks like this is running out of people, so sign me up if it's still around in a few weeks.


Stadler, when are you coming to LA so we can hang out?
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 14, 2016, 03:31:57 PM
Stadler, as we get older our taste and perceptions change. Tell me about your music history and how that has changed.

Also is your political views different from your youth?
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 14, 2016, 05:14:45 PM
Hm, looks like this is running out of people, so sign me up if it's still around in a few weeks.


Stadler, when are you coming to LA so we can hang out?

I'd love that!  I haven't been to LA in a while (going on ten years now), but I lived in Burbank for a while and worked about a block from where the Winery Dogs did their first album (I think; Mike sent a tweet with a  "where are we" quiz, if I remember right).

Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 14, 2016, 05:44:29 PM
Stadler, as we get older our taste and perceptions change. Tell me about your music history and how that has changed.

Also is your political views different from your youth?

Music:  first record I ever got was Snoopy and the Red Baron on 7" single, but my parents were big into country (mom loved Elvis, dad loved Kris Kristofferson, both loved Big John Cash).   Every Saturday my aunt would bring over a big stack of records, and we'd listen to country all night on my dad's kick ass Fisher sound system.    I got into Billy Joel and the Bee Gees early, but most of my early listening was on WICC, an AM radio station in my area.   Stuff like "Dream Weaver" from Gary Wright, "December, 1963" from Frankie Avalon, "Baker Street" from Gerry Rafferty.   Then I got Kiss Alive II and things changed.   My Mom got me the Beatles red and blue Capital albums and the Stones Hot Rocks when Lennon was shot (not sure why the Stones, but...) and I started to see that music was a process.

Then I heard Deepest Purple and all hell broke loose.  From then it was Iommi, Malmsteen, Van Halen, Rhoades, and the NWOBHM.  Maiden opening for Priest was my first real concert ever (not counting Sha Na Na).   But then an odd thing happened:  I saw a video of this weird band singing about cinema shows and fly's on windshields and stuff.  I pretty much followed the metal and prog paths, and a bonus when they intertwined.

I followed that until I had a kid, and then things really changed.  I watched her get so much joy from Hannah Montana and The Jonas Brothers, that I realized that there really WASN'T "good" or "bad" music, only music we liked.   And it really opened my horizons.  My iPod has four versions of Supper's Ready, and all of Taylor Swift's 1989.  I have 150 Johnny Cash songs, and about the same number of Marillion songs.   Justin Timberlake, and Demi Lovato. 


Politics?  I didn't get much into politics, until I took a history class at UConn, and he traced the Catholic Church through European history. Fascinating.   But it really hit home when I started learning about my family (Polish, Czech, Russian) and how they tried to get out before the Revolution in Russia (some made it, some didn't) then again tried to get out around the late 1930's (some made it, some didn't; I lost several family members to Hitler's camps).   I went to Germany in '98, and was literally stunned speechless by some of the things I saw (primarily at Dachau).  I lost much of the conservative social things I had carried with me (Catholicism and northeast Republicanism can give you that) and started to identify with a more Libertarian point of view.  Now, having a child (and a step grandson on the way) I can say that I've morphed to a more compassionate libertarian view.  But my dad is what some would consider disabled (bad arthritis that hit right around the time I went to kindergarten) so I watched him work to the point of exhaustion for his family, even though he wanted nothing more than to lie in bed and not move.   I have little patience for people that are easily offended or feel entitled or that they "deserve" something.  I think, as Steve Hogarth says (well, he was being ironic, I'm not) "we get what we deserve".    More specifically, I have evolved a lot, to the point that I don't think government should be in our personal lives at all. I'm pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, legalize pot (all drugs actually), etc. 
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 14, 2016, 06:05:16 PM
Fantastic insight.  Thank you for opening up to us.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 14, 2016, 06:46:43 PM
By the way, I should add in a little bit of serendipity, I said my first record was "Snoopy and the Red Baron" (by the Royal Guardsmen) and I said that after Deep Purple, "all hell broke loose".   Ritchie Blackmore was then and is now my favorite musician of all time, ever (I was lucky enough to actually shake his hand - he is notoriously reticent and prickly with fans - after a recent Blackmore's Night show), and he ends all his shows with "Snoopy and the Red Baron" playing over the PA.   
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: PowerSlave on November 14, 2016, 06:58:30 PM
By the way, I should add in a little bit of serendipity, I said my first record was "Snoopy and the Red Baron" (by the Royal Guardsmen) and I said that after Deep Purple, "all hell broke loose".   Ritchie Blackmore was then and is now my favorite musician of all time, ever (I was lucky enough to actually shake his hand - he is notoriously reticent and prickly with fans - after a recent Blackmore's Night show), and he ends all his shows with "Snoopy and the Red Baron" playing over the PA.

How was Ritchie other than the handshake? Did you have the opportunity to talk to him, or was a quick greeting then move on type of deal?
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Orbert on November 14, 2016, 07:02:32 PM
By the way, I should add in a little bit of serendipity, I said my first record was "Snoopy and the Red Baron" (by the Royal Guardsmen) and I said that after Deep Purple, "all hell broke loose".   Ritchie Blackmore was then and is now my favorite musician of all time, ever (I was lucky enough to actually shake his hand - he is notoriously reticent and prickly with fans - after a recent Blackmore's Night show), and he ends all his shows with "Snoopy and the Red Baron" playing over the PA.   

That's awesome!
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: bout to crash on November 14, 2016, 08:05:40 PM
I didn't even realize this was going again! I'd like to sign up too!

Dear Stadler, when you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? How about now?

Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on November 15, 2016, 07:11:01 AM
If you could take any Kiss song and assign a different member of the band to sing it, with the purpose of improving the song, what song and who?  I have to say, I haven't even given this any thought myself, but the question just came into my head, so here we are.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 15, 2016, 07:35:57 AM
By the way, I should add in a little bit of serendipity, I said my first record was "Snoopy and the Red Baron" (by the Royal Guardsmen) and I said that after Deep Purple, "all hell broke loose".   Ritchie Blackmore was then and is now my favorite musician of all time, ever (I was lucky enough to actually shake his hand - he is notoriously reticent and prickly with fans - after a recent Blackmore's Night show), and he ends all his shows with "Snoopy and the Red Baron" playing over the PA.

How was Ritchie other than the handshake? Did you have the opportunity to talk to him, or was a quick greeting then move on type of deal?

More the latter, it was after the show (I was in the second row) and he leaned over, I just out my paw and said "Thank you so much" and he mumbled "pleasure!", shook another hand and waved to the rest and said "Sorry, time to go!".    But on stage he was very animated and fun.   Candice introduced a song, and he started playing something else and just said "Oooops, changed my mind!" and even the bass player had to switch instruments.  But it wasn't dick like, it was actually fun. 

And I have seen Clapton, Page, Gilmour, Vaughn, Fripp, Howe, Rabin, Vai, Satriani...  and I have NEVER seen someone captivate with a guitar like Blackmore.   Even my 15 year old One Direction fan (who I dragged to the show kicking and screaming - "But the singer looks like Stevie Nicks!") looked at me and said "that guy is CRAZY good". 
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 15, 2016, 07:38:17 AM
I didn't even realize this was going again! I'd like to sign up too!

Dear Stadler, when you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? How about now?

Then?  Astronaut, or fireman.  More astronaut; I was captivated by space when I was a kid.   There are some books (well, they're probably not there now) in my elementary school library that just have my name 15 times in the back on the little card.

Now?  Novelist.   Or musician.  I've sort of met the "musician" goal, having played professionally for several years in Philly, but I still have dreams of putting together an album.  And I want to write a book.  I'm hoping when the kids get out of high school, I might have to fill some time. 
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 15, 2016, 07:46:30 AM
If you could take any Kiss song and assign a different member of the band to sing it, with the purpose of improving the song, what song and who?  I have to say, I haven't even given this any thought myself, but the question just came into my head, so here we are.

This is easier than it might seem for me.   Strange Ways (Gene, or Ace, but he wasn't singing yet), Nothin' To Lose (Paul, on the chorus), or Black Diamond (Paul).  I'm not a fan of Peter Criss's voice.   I could put "Mr. Blackwell" (Ace) in here too, because while I love "...The Elder", I don't care for that song.   Maybe Paul singing "Young and Wasted".  And I would have done "I Finally Found My Way" as an instrumental, because it is SOOO cheesy, no one should sing that song.   
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on November 15, 2016, 08:07:06 AM
Hey, pal.  Might seem boring to some, but who is your favorite novelist?

What is your favorite style of music that most on this forum probably don't like very much?



Also, I'm game.  Sign me up for a round of this thread.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 15, 2016, 10:14:37 AM
Hey, pal.  Might seem boring to some, but who is your favorite novelist?

What is your favorite style of music that most on this forum probably don't like very much?

Stephen King, hands down.  I think "11/22/63" is one of the best books ever written, and I remember reading the last 100 pages straight through in one sitting and crying like a baby. 

Country, hands down.  Not the new "bro country", but old school, outlaw country.   I think guys like Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, John Cash, Hank Jr. are as "rock'n'roll" as Motley Crue and that ilk, and yet... they have a way of touching a nerve that the most stereotypically "rock'n'roll" acts don't with me.   Think about this:  those guys used to go to Johnny Cash's house in Henderson (outside Nashville) and would sit around with a bag of weed strumming guitars and playing their new songs for each other.  Just picture Ed Van Halen and Randy Rhoads and Michael Schenker and Yngvie Malmteen, or further back, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Ritchie Blackmore doing the same thing.  I know for me, I've never been to the Crazy Horse in Paris, and I've never done heroin, but I know I've felt like the narrator in "Sunday Morning Coming Down", and I know I've felt like the narrator in "Me And Bobby McGee", and I know people like "The Taker". 

Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Chino on November 15, 2016, 10:22:46 AM
Hey, pal.  Might seem boring to some, but who is your favorite novelist?

What is your favorite style of music that most on this forum probably don't like very much?

Stephen King, hands down.  I think "11/22/63" is one of the best books ever written, and I remember reading the last 100 pages straight through in one sitting and crying like a baby. 

Country, hands down.  Not the new "bro country", but old school, outlaw country.  .

If you have Spotify (or if you don't mind buying albums on a whim), give this album a listen. These guys are really good. You might dig them if you dig the old/outlaw sound. They still write new material, but it's nothing like the crap you'll hear on 92.5.

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ni2kIPBLL.jpg)
(http://blurtonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/WHERE-THERES-SMOKE...-Blackberry-Smoke.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on November 15, 2016, 10:25:20 AM
I have heard great stuff about BS.  One of the local bands around here does a lot of their stuff.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 15, 2016, 10:26:44 AM
I'm going to buy that just off the picture of the second dude from the left.   That's a guy that clearly does not give even half a fuck.   
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Chino on November 15, 2016, 10:30:06 AM
I definitely thought you'd be into the middle dude's neck-only beard  :lol If you actually give that a listen, report back  :tup
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 15, 2016, 11:08:15 AM
I totally missed that; I may change that vote.  I've been threatening my wife with the extended sideburns for years now (think Elvis circa 1974, Ritchie Blackmore circa Made In Japan, or Neil Young circa 1975.  Or Hyde from "That 70's Show"). 
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on November 15, 2016, 11:39:48 AM
Hey, pal.  Might seem boring to some, but who is your favorite novelist?

What is your favorite style of music that most on this forum probably don't like very much?

Stephen King, hands down.  I think "11/22/63" is one of the best books ever written, and I remember reading the last 100 pages straight through in one sitting and crying like a baby. 

Country, hands down.  Not the new "bro country", but old school, outlaw country.   I think guys like Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, John Cash, Hank Jr. are as "rock'n'roll" as Motley Crue and that ilk, and yet... they have a way of touching a nerve that the most stereotypically "rock'n'roll" acts don't with me.   Think about this:  those guys used to go to Johnny Cash's house in Henderson (outside Nashville) and would sit around with a bag of weed strumming guitars and playing their new songs for each other.  Just picture Ed Van Halen and Randy Rhoads and Michael Schenker and Yngvie Malmteen, or further back, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Ritchie Blackmore doing the same thing.  I know for me, I've never been to the Crazy Horse in Paris, and I've never done heroin, but I know I've felt like the narrator in "Sunday Morning Coming Down", and I know I've felt like the narrator in "Me And Bobby McGee", and I know people like "The Taker".
Well, we are in total agreement on both of those things  :lol

I must profess a love of the band Alabama, as well.  Not tough hardcore guys like the above-mentioned, but great songs and beautiful vocal melodies.  I just missed a chance to see them live last month (with Charlie Daniels opening up, no less) at a venue about 10 miles from my house, because I got the dates mixed up with something else.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 15, 2016, 11:53:10 AM
when I think of Alabama, I think of the late 70's when on the radio all you would here every hour was Alabama, The Little River Band and Kenny Rodgers like clockwork.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 15, 2016, 11:59:21 AM
I like Alabama.  "Christmas In Dixie" is an annual staple.  It's less about the "tough" (I like Garth Brooks, too, and he's, um, not an outlaw) than it is about the roots/earthy aspect of it.  I made fun of Garth until I saw him at the Boston Garden, 20,000 drunk yuppy country wannabees, and when he sat on the edge of the stage with just his acoustic guitar, and played "Night Moves" and... I think it was "American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad, YOU COULD HEAR A PIN DROP.   It was CAPTIVATING.

I feel the same way when Kris Kristofferson says "If it sounds country, that's what it is. It's a country song... a-one, two, one, two, three, four..." before "Me and Bobby McGee".    "The Conversation" by Waylon Jennings, really IS a conversation between him and Hank Jr.    Hell, even "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand" has a sort of humility and self-awareness that is really special.   (By the way, there's a killer cover of that last tune by none other than our man James Hetfield that is excellent).

Anyway...
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on November 15, 2016, 12:25:01 PM
Must admit, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Hank Jr. as well.  Of course, part of that  is that my Dad loved him, and that is nostalgic for me - still a little piece of him to hold on to, now that he's gone.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Orbert on November 15, 2016, 04:57:29 PM
when I think of Alabama, I think of the late 70's when on the radio all you would here every hour was Alabama, The Little River Band and Kenny Rodgers like clockwork.

When I think of Alabama, I think of Cathy.  There was a lot of wine, and Alabama on the stereo.  I don't usually drink wine, and I know I've never listened to Alabama (although I'd heard of them), but it was her house, her rules.  We listened to an album all the way through, or maybe it was only one side, but I can't say I remember any of it.  We went to a different room after a while.

Sorry to derail with an Orbert story, but I do owe one particularly amazing night to Alabama, even if I couldn't tell you the first thing about their music.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Cool Chris on November 15, 2016, 11:33:59 PM
I always read these posts, as they are a fun and interest read, but never post anything. Am willing to sign up for a turn if still taking new names.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on November 16, 2016, 07:58:17 AM
when I think of Alabama, I think of the late 70's when on the radio all you would here every hour was Alabama, The Little River Band and Kenny Rodgers like clockwork.

When I think of Alabama, I think of Cathy.  There was a lot of wine, and Alabama on the stereo.  I don't usually drink wine, and I know I've never listened to Alabama (although I'd heard of them), but it was her house, her rules.  We listened to an album all the way through, or maybe it was only one side, but I can't say I remember any of it.  We went to a different room after a while.

Sorry to derail with an Orbert story, but I do owe one particularly amazing night to Alabama, even if I couldn't tell you the first thing about their music.
Well, it's country, but they were a real band, not a singer with an overtwanged voice and a backup band with a steel guitar.  For me, their best feature was their accessible melodies and vocal harmonies.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Orbert on November 16, 2016, 10:18:13 AM
I do seem to remember nice harmonies.  Also, I was wrong; I could tell you the first thing about their music: it's Country.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on November 16, 2016, 10:23:22 AM
:clap:
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Hyperplex on November 16, 2016, 10:24:47 AM
In way late, I'll add my name to the list of participants if so desired.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on November 16, 2016, 10:33:33 AM
Stadler, favorite concert you've ever been to?
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 16, 2016, 11:18:05 AM
Ooh, that's a good question.  I've seen almost 400 shows, +/-, so there's a lot to choose from.   

My first is up there:  Iron Maiden opening for Judas Priest on the Number.../Screaming... tour (1982).

Believe it or not, Page/Plant at the Nassau Coliseum was awesome.  I've recounted this before, but "The Song Remains The Same" is probably the single greatest moment I've ever experienced at a show.  It was mesmerizing.

Deep Purple on the Purpendicular tour; I was third row, and I've never seen a band so tight as when the break on "Woman From Tokyo" ended, there was a pause, and the entire band when to 11 in a nanosecond.

Blackmore's Night about a month ago; Ritchie is just beyond words. 

Yes on the 90210 tour, during "Hearts" with all the lasers, that was amazing.

Maiden on the Piece of Mind tour; Dickinson's mike was out for the first verse of "Where Eagles Dare"; I was about five rows from the stage on the side, and I swear I could hear him singing acoustically over the (amplified) band. (I could DEFINITELY see him ripping a new ass for the roadie on the side of the stage during the solo. ;) ).

Marillion at Toad's Place on the Seasons End tour.

Stevie Ray Vaughan in the cold rain on the back of a flatbed truck in front of 1000 hung over UConn students, playing as if his life depended on it. 

Kiss' homecoming show in Madison Square Garden on the first reunion tour.  Gene was on FIRE. 

Billy Joel has to be in there somewhere (I've seen him about 10 times). 
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 16, 2016, 11:33:40 AM
That Dylan and Brandon were all over the stage Stadler.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Hyperplex on November 16, 2016, 11:35:55 AM
Stadler - where's Waldorf?
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 16, 2016, 12:11:30 PM
See above; we're a little bit in a "Simon and Garfunkel" mode now.   He's pissed at me and needs a break.  We'll get it worked out, though.  ;)
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Hyperplex on November 16, 2016, 12:13:32 PM
EVEn though Statler is the proper spelling. ;) It's what I think of whenever I see your name.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Orbert on November 16, 2016, 05:04:30 PM
I've been watching The Muppet Show since its original run and never made the connection.  Partly because I just think of Gene, because of the avatar, but possibly because I knew the name was Statler and Statler ^= Stadler so it never clicked.

Wouldn't the correct question would be "where's Waltorf?"?
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Hyperplex on November 16, 2016, 05:06:11 PM
I suppose if you're implying a dyslexic phenomenon, sure.

I was just making a funny.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Orbert on November 16, 2016, 05:53:29 PM
Me too, I thought.  :-\
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Hyperplex on November 16, 2016, 06:12:32 PM
I got it. I think I swung and missed on my initial attempt and it just went downhill from there.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Orbert on November 16, 2016, 07:43:15 PM
Dear lord, we're pathetic.

I just figured that... no, explaining it would make it even worse.
















Ha
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Adami on November 16, 2016, 07:44:16 PM
Favorite comic book super hero?
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Orbert on November 16, 2016, 08:04:11 PM
1 - What kind of jazz, if any, do you listen to, or have listened to in the past?

2 - Have you ever heard Gary Burton play the vibes?  ♫♫  If not, you should.  He is astounding.

3 - Here is some Gary Burton for you to check out, along with Chick Corea. Oh, I guess that's not really a question. Sorry.

"Crystal Silence" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnlAPR_ixo4)
Gary Burton - Vibes
Chick Corea - Piano

"Armando's Rumba" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRSjLkj0VMw)
Gary Burton - Vibes
Chick Corea - Vibes, Piano

"La Fiesta" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Uok_WpjCTc)
Gary Burton - Vibes
Chick Corea - Piano
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on November 16, 2016, 08:35:05 PM
I've been watching The Muppet Show since its original run and never made the connection.  Partly because I just think of Gene, because of the avatar, but possibly because I knew the name was Statler and Statler ^= Stadler so it never clicked.

Wouldn't the correct question would be "where's Waltorf?"?

Stadler and Worbert?
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on November 17, 2016, 07:32:51 AM
Chick Corea can do no wrong.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 17, 2016, 08:20:45 AM
Favorite comic book super hero?

AWESOME QUESTION.

I grew up a HUGE fan of comics (and got a letter published in Flash! I thought I was on the road to stardom!).   The two from growing up were Green Lantern and Fantastic Four.   I liked '40's Batman, and especially the Neil Adams/Denny O'Neil Batman from the late '60's, early 70's.  I DESPISED the cartoony Batman from the 50's.

Now? Batman all the way.  I joke with my daughter that I AM Batman (if you saw me, that's the joke), and she even got me a shirt that says "I'm not saying I'm really Batman, but you've never seen us in the same place, have you?" or something like that.   
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 17, 2016, 08:21:03 AM
I've been watching The Muppet Show since its original run and never made the connection.  Partly because I just think of Gene, because of the avatar, but possibly because I knew the name was Statler and Statler ^= Stadler so it never clicked.

Wouldn't the correct question would be "where's Waltorf?"?

Stadler and Worbert?

I don't know how to answer that.  :)
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: romdrums on November 17, 2016, 02:29:26 PM
You've mentioned in more than a few places that Genesis' In the Cage medley is one of your all time favorite pieces of music.  Which version do you prefer the most, the Three Sides Live version, the Mama tour version, the Invisible Touch version, or the 2007 version? 

Also, when was the last time you vomited, and what caused it? ;D
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 17, 2016, 02:34:55 PM
You've mentioned in more than a few places that Genesis' In the Cage medley is one of your all time favorite pieces of music.  Which version do you prefer the most, the Three Sides Live version, the Mama tour version, the Invisible Touch version, or the 2007 version? 

Also, when was the last time you vomited, and what caused it? ;D

I like the song, generally, but the "favorite version" is the live version from the Three Sides Live ALBUM (the video version is from a different night).  It may all be in my head, but I feel like you can actually HEAR the band take it to the next level once the medley part kicks in, and the portion just as the Afterglow section starts is almost the perfect example of "release" in music.  I love everything about that specific recording.

Ugh, I just wrote in the "Are You A Good Liar?" thread that I try to live a life of authenticity, so I guess you take the good with the bad:   Probably about a month ago, and it was a deadly combination of Guiness, red wine, and scotch on an empty stomach.   If it matters (and I feel it does) the last time before THAT was about three years ago and it was the stomach flu.   
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Hyperplex on November 17, 2016, 02:36:07 PM
Is that when you vomited? ;)
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 17, 2016, 02:37:16 PM
Is that when you vomited? ;)
HA!  No.  You were in before the edit.  :)
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Hyperplex on November 17, 2016, 02:39:31 PM
:lol

That sounds like an awful combination to bring back up.

What is your favorite academic subject to study/read about/pursue now outside of any type of curriculum?
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 17, 2016, 02:42:04 PM
:lol

That sounds like an awful combination to bring back up.

What is your favorite academic subject to study/read about/pursue now outside of any type of curriculum?

Now?  Psychology.  I am FASCINATED by psychology, and in fact, I considered going back and taking classes right after my divorce.    I may still do it. 

Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Hyperplex on November 17, 2016, 02:45:41 PM
Nice, I minored in psych. Enjoyed every bit of it, but had no desire to pursue it as a profession.
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: romdrums on November 17, 2016, 03:04:42 PM
You've mentioned in more than a few places that Genesis' In the Cage medley is one of your all time favorite pieces of music.  Which version do you prefer the most, the Three Sides Live version, the Mama tour version, the Invisible Touch version, or the 2007 version? 

Also, when was the last time you vomited, and what caused it? ;D

I like the song, generally, but the "favorite version" is the live version from the Three Sides Live ALBUM (the video version is from a different night).  It may all be in my head, but I feel like you can actually HEAR the band take it to the next level once the medley part kicks in, and the portion just as the Afterglow section starts is almost the perfect example of "release" in music.  I love everything about that specific recording.


That's definitely not in your head.  Once Phil takes over on drums, it goes to a whole new level.  His drumming through to Afterglow is some of the most ferocious drumming I've ever heard.

I like the 84 medley for it's inclusion of In That Quiet Earth, and I like the 86 version for the fact that it goes into the end of Supper's Ready.  I've always wanted to perform the 84 version with a full performance of In That Quiet Earth coming out of The Cinema Show.  I should talk to my co-worker Nick, since he's done a few Genesis-related things in the past.  ;)
Title: Re: The Ask Stadler Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 18, 2016, 07:31:13 AM
You've mentioned in more than a few places that Genesis' In the Cage medley is one of your all time favorite pieces of music.  Which version do you prefer the most, the Three Sides Live version, the Mama tour version, the Invisible Touch version, or the 2007 version? 

Also, when was the last time you vomited, and what caused it? ;D

I like the song, generally, but the "favorite version" is the live version from the Three Sides Live ALBUM (the video version is from a different night).  It may all be in my head, but I feel like you can actually HEAR the band take it to the next level once the medley part kicks in, and the portion just as the Afterglow section starts is almost the perfect example of "release" in music.  I love everything about that specific recording.


That's definitely not in your head.  Once Phil takes over on drums, it goes to a whole new level.  His drumming through to Afterglow is some of the most ferocious drumming I've ever heard.

I like the 84 medley for it's inclusion of In That Quiet Earth, and I like the 86 version for the fact that it goes into the end of Supper's Ready.  I've always wanted to perform the 84 version with a full performance of In That Quiet Earth coming out of The Cinema Show.  I should talk to my co-worker Nick, since he's done a few Genesis-related things in the past.  ;)

That would be VERY cool; if you ever get to something listenable (what I mean is, if it ever gets committed to tape or file) please let me know.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on November 22, 2016, 03:17:05 AM
Ask axeman90210 this week.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on November 22, 2016, 05:28:30 AM
Axe, how did you get into the whole beer brewing thing?
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 22, 2016, 06:05:22 AM
Bill, why do you torture yourself with the Jets? :neverusethis:
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on November 22, 2016, 08:17:29 AM
Axe, how did you get into the whole beer brewing thing?

It happened when I moved to Boston for grad school. I had taken the first steps into general beer geekdom in my last year as an undergrad, and then I moved to Boston to start on my Master's Degree and found myself with a ton of downtime (class was only three days a week) and some disposable income (had a pretty sweet TA gig at the school). Started going out more to beer bars and beer festivals and even trading beer in the mail. I also had some extended family up there who I spent a lot of time with and they encouraged me to take the homebrewing plunge and bought me a starter kit for my birthday that spring. I brewed sparingly for the first two years or so, and only got more serious when a beer I entered into a contest on a whim ended up doing pretty well. For the last four years I've been pretty serious about it, I probably brew a five gallon batch (~ two cases of 24 12oz bottles) about every other weekend on average. I've done well in regional competitions (had five out of nine beers I entered medal for their categories in a local NJ competiton last month), but still looking to crack through nationally (there's a big national competition every spring). It appeals to me because it's a really cool blend of science and art. On one hand I have to know how the resting temperature when I soak the grains in water will affect enzymatic activity and ultimately the kinds of sugars that will make it into the beer, and on the other hand things like hop and yeast selection and handling are much more of an art and how you project they'll interact and shine through in the final project. I love all of it, and I'd love to make it a career some day.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on November 22, 2016, 08:18:50 AM
Bill, why do you torture yourself with the Jets? :neverusethis:

Because I'm a masochist :lol My dad's a Giants fan so I don't know why I decided on this life of misery, but God help me I love that bunch of losers.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: El Barto on November 22, 2016, 08:32:57 AM
You have any appreciation for wine at all?

You strictly an ale guy, or do you enjoy lagers, as well?
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on November 22, 2016, 09:01:36 AM
You have any appreciation for wine at all?

You strictly an ale guy, or do you enjoy lagers, as well?

I haven't found much of an appreciation for white wine, but I love a glass of good red wine with steak or some pasta dishes. I just don't know much about it. I'd like to change that at some point, but for now world class beer is, by and large, a fair bit cheaper than world class red wines so I stick with that.

I enjoy pretty much any style of beer, including lagers. I don't care for the mass produced stuff, though I'll drink it if that's what it comes to, but there are some craft breweries out there making great pilsners and other types of lagers.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: Nick on November 22, 2016, 09:04:44 AM
In as much detail as possible, can you please explain your love for me?
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on November 22, 2016, 09:07:33 AM
In as much detail as possible, can you please explain your love for me.




















































































You're alright.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on November 22, 2016, 09:34:30 AM
Explain why you are an axeman, why you love Beverly Hills?
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on November 22, 2016, 09:52:41 AM
Explain why you are an axeman, why you love Beverly Hills?
I know the answer to the bolded part.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on November 22, 2016, 10:41:08 AM
Explain why you are an axeman, why you love Beverly Hills?

This username goes back to middle school when I was using AOL. It probably should have been axman as I picked it because I was starting to play guitar, but I've just been too lazy to change it anywhere. Way back then it was axeman918, and I know the 918 meant something but I can't remember what it is anymore :lol By the time I signed up at DT.net it had evolved to 9182 because my original AOL account got hacked.

Veronica got in the habit of typing my username with any combination of numbers besides 9182 (except for one time when she slipped up, hence the "and Veronica knows my name!" text under my name), eventually settling on 90210. Eventually one of the mods just changed that to display as my username (I still log in using 9182) :lol
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on November 22, 2016, 12:02:26 PM
Eventually one of the mods just changed that to display as my username (I still log in using 9182) :lol
:hat
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 22, 2016, 12:04:16 PM
Eventually one of the mods just changed that to display as my username (I still log in using 9182) :lol
:hat

^^^*Outs himself as a fan* :lol
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on November 22, 2016, 12:08:52 PM
I could change it back if you want.

However, it's been this way for a while now.  It might be weird to look at it the "right" way now  :lol
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 22, 2016, 12:11:59 PM
Bill's maiden name before he married DTF. :lol
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: El Barto on November 22, 2016, 12:19:15 PM
You have any appreciation for wine at all?

You strictly an ale guy, or do you enjoy lagers, as well?

I haven't found much of an appreciation for white wine, but I love a glass of good red wine with steak or some pasta dishes. I just don't know much about it. I'd like to change that at some point, but for now world class beer is, by and large, a fair bit cheaper than world class red wines so I stick with that.

I enjoy pretty much any style of beer, including lagers. I don't care for the mass produced stuff, though I'll drink it if that's what it comes to, but there are some craft breweries out there making great pilsners and other types of lagers.
Man, not down here. Dallas is undergoing a beer renaissance, but if it's not an ale it just doesn't exist. The people who actually know what a lager is all drink fucking Pabst Blue Ribbon. As for me, I asked the questions because I lost my taste for beer after the transplant--don't ask why. I drink white wine now, however, I still dig the shit out of an icy cold Czech pilsner, so feel free to toss out any suggestions for stuff that might exist down here.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on November 22, 2016, 02:23:48 PM
I could change it back if you want.

However, it's been this way for a while now.  It might be weird to look at it the "right" way now  :lol

Yeah, we're fine to leave it as is. I normally don't even notice it, took a minute for the Beverly Hills thing to click.

You have any appreciation for wine at all?

You strictly an ale guy, or do you enjoy lagers, as well?

I haven't found much of an appreciation for white wine, but I love a glass of good red wine with steak or some pasta dishes. I just don't know much about it. I'd like to change that at some point, but for now world class beer is, by and large, a fair bit cheaper than world class red wines so I stick with that.

I enjoy pretty much any style of beer, including lagers. I don't care for the mass produced stuff, though I'll drink it if that's what it comes to, but there are some craft breweries out there making great pilsners and other types of lagers.
Man, not down here. Dallas is undergoing a beer renaissance, but if it's not an ale it just doesn't exist. The people who actually know what a lager is all drink fucking Pabst Blue Ribbon. As for me, I asked the questions because I lost my taste for beer after the transplant--don't ask why. I drink white wine now, however, I still dig the shit out of an icy cold Czech pilsner, so feel free to toss out any suggestions for stuff that might exist down here.

Interesting that you had your taste change after the surgery. Someone in one of my homebrew clubs had something similar happen after getting I think gastric bypass surgery. It's been almost a year and I think he's said his sense of taste is getting back to normal.

I'll ask around about lagers down your way (I'm assuming the Dallas area?). I know a few people who probably have a better idea than I do.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on November 22, 2016, 02:29:20 PM
That's awesome axe, I'd love to try a beer of yours sometime.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on November 22, 2016, 02:43:38 PM
I'll have to do a bit of bottling over the next couple months for two competitions early next year (usually I just keg everything), I could fill a couple extra and send them out :hat
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 22, 2016, 03:02:15 PM
I've got an awesome question Bill. 

When are we going to get together to have a collaboration on brewing a beer?  You, my brother and I!!
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: El Barto on November 22, 2016, 03:07:16 PM
You have any appreciation for wine at all?

You strictly an ale guy, or do you enjoy lagers, as well?

I haven't found much of an appreciation for white wine, but I love a glass of good red wine with steak or some pasta dishes. I just don't know much about it. I'd like to change that at some point, but for now world class beer is, by and large, a fair bit cheaper than world class red wines so I stick with that.

I enjoy pretty much any style of beer, including lagers. I don't care for the mass produced stuff, though I'll drink it if that's what it comes to, but there are some craft breweries out there making great pilsners and other types of lagers.
Man, not down here. Dallas is undergoing a beer renaissance, but if it's not an ale it just doesn't exist. The people who actually know what a lager is all drink fucking Pabst Blue Ribbon. As for me, I asked the questions because I lost my taste for beer after the transplant--don't ask why. I drink white wine now, however, I still dig the shit out of an icy cold Czech pilsner, so feel free to toss out any suggestions for stuff that might exist down here.

Interesting that you had your taste change after the surgery. Someone in one of my homebrew clubs had something similar happen after getting I think gastric bypass surgery. It's been almost a year and I think he's said his sense of taste is getting back to normal.

I'll ask around about lagers down your way (I'm assuming the Dallas area?). I know a few people who probably have a better idea than I do.
Yeah, Dallas. We have dozens of microbreweries now, and you can't walk down the street without somebody throwing a growler of some oddball porter at you. They just won't make cold fermented beer. Closest you can get is a couple of them are making kolsch.

And it's not that my sense of taste changed. It's my tastes have changed, for some reason. They actually advised me going in that it might happen. People either start to love something they previously hated, or start to hate something they used to love. Go figure.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: El Barto on November 22, 2016, 03:09:06 PM
And back to the questions, if you were to meet up with Joe and his brother for an evening of beer drinking, how many beers will you have already consumed before you even get there?  :lol
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 22, 2016, 03:25:45 PM
Oh El Barto.   We drink all day when brewing. The skies the limit. :lol
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on November 22, 2016, 03:42:57 PM
I've got an awesome question Bill. 

When are we going to get together to have a collaboration on brewing a beer?  You, my brother and I!!

As soon as you guys decide to come down to the NYC area :biggrin: He who has no driver's license has a hard time getting up by your neck of the woods. Looks like I'll be at Hill Farmstead twice in the span of a week early next month though :D

And back to the questions, if you were to meet up with Joe and his brother for an evening of beer drinking, how many beers will you have already consumed before you even get there?  :lol

Several, pre-gaming is always important :lol

That's interesting about your taste, the guy I mentioned I'm pretty sure it was more of a case of things tasted different than they had before.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 22, 2016, 03:48:01 PM
No Hill for me until the new year.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on November 22, 2016, 04:00:12 PM
I think I'm doing a daytrip on 12/2 with a buddy, Hill/Alchemist/Tree House (that last one time permitting). Then going up again on the 7th, Hill and then spending the night in Waterbury. Alchemist and Tree House on the way back Thursday.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 22, 2016, 04:30:03 PM
I was just at Trillium in Canton.  I need to hit Tree House soon.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: bout to crash on November 22, 2016, 08:43:30 PM
Dear axeman90210, if you had to choose only one brewery to drink the beer of for the next five years (assuming their current quality and basic lineup would stay the same), which brewery would it be?

Also, when are you coming back to Denver?
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on November 22, 2016, 10:17:39 PM
Dear axeman90210, if you had to choose only one brewery to drink the beer of for the next five years (assuming their current quality and basic lineup would stay the same), which brewery would it be?

Also, when are you coming back to Denver?

It's a toss up for me between Hill Farmstead and Firestone Walker. Those are the two breweries where they brew everything from a classic pilsner to hoppy American IPAs to sours and big barrel aged beers and all of them are world class.

Sadly no current plans to make it back to Denver anytime soon :(
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: YtseBitsySpider on November 25, 2016, 07:16:36 AM
Axe

If you could chose one pokemon to represent you.....which one would it be?
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: bout to crash on November 27, 2016, 02:33:15 AM
That makes sense. Variety is important!
And  :sadpanda:
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on November 27, 2016, 06:17:43 AM
Axe

If you could chose one pokemon to represent you.....which one would it be?

This was a tough one. I'm going with Squirtle, because he seems like he likes to have fun but is also fairly laid back.

(http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss196/axeman9182/squirtleglasses_zpshyvknqzz.jpg)

That makes sense. Variety is important!
And  :sadpanda:

Yeah, I'd really like to get out there again, preferably not during the insanity of GABF, but I've already got a few other trips lined up this year.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on November 27, 2016, 12:16:33 PM
Alright guys, last day. Feel free to ask me about something besides beer :lol
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on November 27, 2016, 12:35:56 PM
What's your favorite drink, besides beer? :lol
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on November 27, 2016, 01:01:13 PM
What's your favorite drink, besides beer? :lol

Beyond beer the beverage I probably drink the most of/know the most about (though I definitely don't know a ton about it) is whiskey. I'm a fan of everything from bourbon through rye and scotch, and I usually have a couple half empty bottles on hand for the occasional nightcap. Lately I've been enjoying a bottle of Willett's 3 year rye, which I bought at the distillery after a very cool experience there. I ended up in a group of 11 people that got a private tour from the master distiller, which mostly consisted of him leading us up and down stairs in the rickhouse, stopping occasionally to drill a hole in a barrel and run off enough for all of us to sample. I've also got a bottle from there of a 13 year bourbon single barrel that they bottled at cask strength (~65%ABV that I'm saving for a special occasion). Balvenie 12 is my regularly available go to if I'm just drinking on a random night.
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: bout to crash on November 27, 2016, 11:28:33 PM
What are your biggest pet peeves in people?

What are you predictions for 2017 celebrity deaths?
Title: Re: The Ask axeman90210 Thread
Post by: YtseBitsySpider on November 29, 2016, 12:07:07 PM
Betty White has to finally go right?

Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on November 29, 2016, 03:34:54 PM
I steal one day from everyone so :lol Chino is up next.
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on November 29, 2016, 05:24:27 PM
Chino, what's going on with that lettuce project?
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on November 29, 2016, 05:41:17 PM
Chino, what's going on with that lettuce project?

Yeah, lettuce know how if it is coming to a head.
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Adami on November 29, 2016, 05:42:18 PM
If you had to date one of the Golden Girls, which would it be?


Let me rephrase.

If you were privileged enough to date on of the Golden Girls (assuming their age during the show) which would it be?
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Chino on November 30, 2016, 05:45:27 AM
Chino, what's going on with that lettuce project?

Lettuce project is going swell. I've dialed in my home system and can grow 120 heads at a time. I've begun the next phase of this project, the expansion. I rented a 12 yard dumpster and have spent the last three weekends cleaning out the basement of my parents' house. I'll be building a farm in their basement as well, which should bring total capacity to about 450 heads growing at a time, with the ability to harvest 90 heads a week. I've have nothing to pay off on either of my credit cards, and I'm hoping to carry that over to tax rebate season. I'm hoping to have a few thousand dollars I can allocate to some quality LEDs lights that would reduce my power consumption by roughly 55%.

The wheels are in motion.
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Chino on November 30, 2016, 05:47:50 AM
If you had to date one of the Golden Girls, which would it be?


Let me rephrase.

If you were privileged enough to date on of the Golden Girls (assuming their age during the show) which would it be?

I don't know who the Golden Girls are.

Googling....

Going by the following image only, I'd say I'd date Betty White because of the money. Shameful, yes, but so be it. If the universe throws you a gift like that, you take it. If we're going one night stand, I'm going with the gal all the way to the left. She looks like she's got some freaky skeletons in her closet.
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on November 30, 2016, 05:49:14 AM
Chino, what's going on with that lettuce project?

Lettuce project is going swell. I've dialed in my home system and can grow 120 heads at a time. I've begun the next phase of this project, the expansion. I rented a 12 yard dumpster and have spent the last three weekends cleaning out the basement of my parents' house. I'll be building a farm in their basement as well, which should bring total capacity to about 450 heads growing at a time, with the ability to harvest 90 heads a week. I've have nothing to pay off on either of my credit cards, and I'm hoping to carry that over to tax rebate season. I'm hoping to have a few thousand dollars I can allocate to some quality LEDs lights that would reduce my power consumption by roughly 55%.

The wheels are in motion.

That's awesome to hear Chino :tup

Are you selling any of it?
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Chino on November 30, 2016, 05:55:18 AM
Chino, what's going on with that lettuce project?

Lettuce project is going swell. I've dialed in my home system and can grow 120 heads at a time. I've begun the next phase of this project, the expansion. I rented a 12 yard dumpster and have spent the last three weekends cleaning out the basement of my parents' house. I'll be building a farm in their basement as well, which should bring total capacity to about 450 heads growing at a time, with the ability to harvest 90 heads a week. I've have nothing to pay off on either of my credit cards, and I'm hoping to carry that over to tax rebate season. I'm hoping to have a few thousand dollars I can allocate to some quality LEDs lights that would reduce my power consumption by roughly 55%.

The wheels are in motion.

That's awesome to hear Chino :tup

Are you selling any of it?

I've been selling it here and there. I was able to make the final outdoor farmers' market in Litchfield CT before they went to their indoor location. At that time (third weekend in October), no one had any lettuce left. I walked up to one lady's stand with a crate of 20 heads, told her who I was and what I was looking to do, and she bought every one of them without hesitation. I'd love to set up a table indoor for the winter market, but I don't grow enough volume to justify the cost (farmer stand fees). Once I scale up a bit and cut my electric bill in half, I'll start selling full time.

Other than that, I sell 10 heads a week to a vegetarian (wife it too) in my office for $2.75 a head, and the rest  give away. Making a profit isn't my biggest concern at this point. Perfecting the growing conditions and having the ability to grow consistently from week to week is what I'm really focussed on. If that means losing money at this stage, so be it.
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 30, 2016, 06:59:20 AM
Brian.  I know you've met any DTF'ers since you've joined including myself.

When you meet others do you see their personality in person like how we write on this forum? 
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Chino on November 30, 2016, 07:04:28 AM
Brian.  I know you've met any DTF'ers since you've joined including myself.

When you meet others do you see their personality in person like how we write on this forum?

Sometimes. It might be different with some members these days because we've been friends on FB for years, but in the times before social media, blind perceptions were much different. I haven't met many, but when I met Barto and Stadler a few months back (who looked nothing like I pictured in my head) and we got to talking for awhile, I knew who I was talking to. If I met them and wasn't told which forum members they were, I think I could have guessed both of them pretty easily.
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on November 30, 2016, 07:13:58 AM
I've met quite a few and once you know who they are I've get the "Ah, yes!  Of course it's so and so".
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 30, 2016, 08:11:23 AM
Brian.  I know you've met any DTF'ers since you've joined including myself.

When you meet others do you see their personality in person like how we write on this forum?

Sometimes. It might be different with some members these days because we've been friends on FB for years, but in the times before social media, blind perceptions were much different. I haven't met many, but when I met Barto and Stadler a few months back (who looked nothing like I pictured in my head) and we got to talking for awhile, I knew who I was talking to. If I met them and wasn't told which forum members they were, I think I could have guessed both of them pretty easily.

I've heard that Stadler is much better looking in person.  ;)

Favorite concert ever, and the one concert you seriously debated going to (maybe even had tickets) and bailed and now regret?

Favorite chef on The Food Network?

Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Chino on November 30, 2016, 08:28:18 AM
Brian.  I know you've met any DTF'ers since you've joined including myself.

When you meet others do you see their personality in person like how we write on this forum?

Sometimes. It might be different with some members these days because we've been friends on FB for years, but in the times before social media, blind perceptions were much different. I haven't met many, but when I met Barto and Stadler a few months back (who looked nothing like I pictured in my head) and we got to talking for awhile, I knew who I was talking to. If I met them and wasn't told which forum members they were, I think I could have guessed both of them pretty easily.

I've heard that Stadler is much better looking in person.  ;)

Favorite concert ever, and the one concert you seriously debated going to (maybe even had tickets) and bailed and now regret?

Favorite chef on The Food Network?

No objection there!

Favorite Concert: This is a tough one. I would say my favorite was the first time I saw the Trans Siberian Orchestra back in 2007. I'm a sucker for lasers, fire troughs, and orchestral arrangements written around guitar solos. Seeing SCORE filmed live is also way up there.

Concert I regret not going to: I actually don't think I have an answer for this. I can't think of any concert I intended/wanted to see that didn't end up happening. Though, I bought Victoria and I front row balcony tickets for Patton Oswald for his New Haven show a few weeks ago and we both completely forgot about it. I was pretty bummed about that.

Favorite chef on the Food Network: I don't know any chefs on that network  :-\ That being said, I really like Julia Collin Davison and Christopher Kimball as a duo on America's Test Kitchen, but my absolute favorite has to be Martin Yan from Yan Can Cook.
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 30, 2016, 08:53:36 AM
I'm sorry to rub it in, but that IS a bummer, given all Oswalt has been through, and his willingness to make that part of his art. 
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Nick on November 30, 2016, 01:14:07 PM
From what I've gathered, you have an addictive and shifting personality. You tend to get into something, and really delve into it, and then often shift focus to a new project. Is that a correct assessment?

Are there things you've done and worked on you'd like to revisit or do more in depth? Anything you'd like to try in the future.
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Stadler on November 30, 2016, 01:25:36 PM
Whatever happened to the cone?  Is it displayed in a prominent location in your home?  ;)
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Chino on November 30, 2016, 01:53:31 PM
From what I've gathered, you have an addictive and shifting personality. You tend to get into something, and really delve into it, and then often shift focus to a new project. Is that a correct assessment?

Are there things you've done and worked on you'd like to revisit or do more in depth? Anything you'd like to try in the future.

Damn man, nailed it. I'd say my personality is much more shifting than it is addictive. I've had short periods of substance abuse, but I'm not sure if I'd classify that as being addicted. For the most part, I was socially awkward, unsupervised kid in college trying to get laid and have a good time. If by addictive you mean rapidly getting obsessed with an idea at random, then yes. That describes me perfectly.

I love building things, real things, things with structure that require creativity on my end. I can draw pretty decently for someone who's never taken an art class, but I find it boring. I can code decently well, but have no desire to do that if I'm not getting paid. But building stuff, taking otherwise unrelated raw materials and creating something that functions and looks cool at the same time, that's what makes me happy. I'm in a good place when doing that kind of work. I tend to move on rather quickly because I do get bored of them, even if they are a success. RC truck building has been the only outlier there. I've been doing that hobby and those projects for the better part of 15 years, and my passion for it has only grown larger.

A couple of my random projects over the years;
- Broke down an old scooter and made a 43cc RC drag racer
- Putting various vegetation in glass containers isolated from an outside environment www.greeninglass.com
- I went through a trebuchet building phase. Not really sure why.
- The Hydroponic stuff
- Variety of homemade weapons that require compressed air or combustion chambers (think spud guns on steroids)
- Furniture
- Miniature log cabins without the use of power tools
- Many more I can't think of at this time.
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Chino on November 30, 2016, 01:54:20 PM
Whatever happened to the cone?  Is it displayed in a prominent location in your home?  ;)

All that remains of that cone are the great memories shared here and the mini one sitting on my cubicle shelf that my SS gave me last year. Knowing cone lady, she's probably still up to her old ways.
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on November 30, 2016, 04:53:40 PM
From what I've gathered, you have an addictive and shifting personality. You tend to get into something, and really delve into it, and then often shift focus to a new project. Is
- Miniature log cabins without the use of power tools

Have you watched this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Chino on November 30, 2016, 07:50:48 PM
From what I've gathered, you have an addictive and shifting personality. You tend to get into something, and really delve into it, and then often shift focus to a new project. Is
- Miniature log cabins without the use of power tools

Have you watched this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss

That was awesome. Thanks for sharing  :tup
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Implode on December 01, 2016, 08:55:00 AM
I apologize if you already answered this, but when did you first fall in love with space/science/etc? When did you first start loving NDT?
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Chino on December 01, 2016, 10:24:10 AM
I apologize if you already answered this, but when did you first fall in love with space/science/etc? When did you first start loving NDT?

Great question!

As far as science goes, I've always been a mechanically oriented person with strong problem solving skills. As a kid I'd experiment with everything around me. Though, I never put much thought into the 'science' element of my surroundings. I went to private schools from kindergarten through freshman year. Grades K-8 were all at the same catholic school that really did not like the way I went about asking questions or finding solutions. It caused a lot of problems that resulted in many parent/teacher conferences. I transferred into the public school system as a sophmore in highschool. It was the second or third biology class, and we learned about artificial selection and the peppered moth during the industrial revolution. The white moths that once dominated the forests fell short to the peppered colored moths once forests started getting covered in soot from all the factories. This gave the darker moth a competitive edge as the white moths that once blended in with birch trees now stuck out like sore thumbs to predators. I remember being very fascinated by this. The next class we talked about natural selection, a process that I never heard of until that point. My head exploded during that lesson. It's hard to describe, but it was the first thing in life that really captivated me. The idea of nature shaping all life forms' behaviors and appearance in an ongoing process of trial and error really got to me (in a good way). I remember going home, genuinely excited about what I had learned that day, and telling my father about it. He then told me about the show Cosmos. I torrented it and fell in love. It was like Carl Sagan was speaking to my soul and filling in all these gaps for questions in life that I wasn't even sure how to ask. Earth went from this thing I lived on to this incomprehensibly insignificant portion of the universe. The world became magical to me, virtually overnight. It was the ultimate high. 

As for NDT, my love for him has faded a bit. Not to sound like 'that guy', but I was following that man long before he was even known to as "that black science guy on The Daily Show". I still really like the dude, but his fame has changed him in a way. I don't look to him the same way I did Carl Sagan. Carl seemed humble at all times, wanting nothing more than to spread the language of science to anyone willing to listen. Maybe things would have been different with social media. I don't know. But online, in the the Twitterverse, NDT comes off pretty arrogant at times, and he seems to play off the fame a lot more than Carl did. I still like and respect the guy a lot, but he's not the Carl 2.0 I thought he was going to be.
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Implode on December 01, 2016, 11:29:56 AM
Great story! That's awesome.

And I definitely agree with you about NDT. His presence on Twitter kind of puts him in a spot where he's preaching to the choir, so he comes across as really dismissive to people that'd really benefit from what he has to say.

Though I'd also say that's always been a bit of a part of him when I think back to all he said about Pluto back when that was a controversy. That's just his style I suppose.
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on December 02, 2016, 06:03:01 AM
And I definitely agree with you about NDT. His presence on Twitter kind of puts him in a spot where he's preaching to the choir, so he comes across as really dismissive to people that'd really benefit from what he has to say.

His twitter is why I don't like him as much as I used to.
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Adami on December 02, 2016, 10:32:43 PM
If you could (naturally) have any accent (from earth), which would it be?
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: bout to crash on December 02, 2016, 11:53:33 PM
Whatever happened to the cone?  Is it displayed in a prominent location in your home?  ;)

All that remains of that cone are the great memories shared here and the mini one sitting on my cubicle shelf that my SS gave me last year. Knowing cone lady, she's probably still up to her old ways.

 :hat

Dear Chino,
If you were only allowed to eat one food for an entire year, what would it be? (You would not develop any nutritional deficiences based on your choice but would get fat if it was cake.)

Oh and what is your biggest fear?
Title: Re: The Ask Chino Thread
Post by: Chino on December 05, 2016, 06:55:03 AM
Whatever happened to the cone?  Is it displayed in a prominent location in your home?  ;)

All that remains of that cone are the great memories shared here and the mini one sitting on my cubicle shelf that my SS gave me last year. Knowing cone lady, she's probably still up to her old ways.

 :hat

Dear Chino,
If you were only allowed to eat one food for an entire year, what would it be? (You would not develop any nutritional deficiences based on your choice but would get fat if it was cake.)

Oh and what is your biggest fear?

The food would depend if I'm allowed to do anything to it. If I could cook chicken in different ways, I'd probably go with that just because of its versatility. If no modification was allowed... that's a tough one. Maybe belgian waffles.

Biggest fear is having life go totally south and end up as a 50 year old with absolutely nothing.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on December 06, 2016, 06:54:47 AM
Ask Adami this week.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Chino on December 06, 2016, 06:57:03 AM
Dear Mr. Adami

You're placed on a standard playground and have to fight a wave of second graders. You're allowed a backpack and nothing else. The children have no weapons. How many of those little shits do you think you could fight at once before they overpowered you?
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Nick on December 06, 2016, 11:33:06 AM
Jew?
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 06, 2016, 11:40:43 AM
Adami.  I've listened to your music over the years.  Do you find that you are influence but the styles of the time or certain style you love?  IE: Electronica, writing style, ect..


Also I know you are a big Comic book fan.  What are some of your favorite characters?
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 06, 2016, 11:54:23 AM
Do you prefer current hefdaddy42 or 2007 deity-era hefdaddy42?
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Zydar on December 06, 2016, 12:06:10 PM
You're placed on a standard playground and have to fight a wave of second graders. You're allowed a backpack and nothing else. The children have no weapons. How many of those little shits do you think you could fight at once before they overpowered you?

:lol
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 06, 2016, 06:02:16 PM
Dear Mr. Adami

You're placed on a standard playground and have to fight a wave of second graders. You're allowed a backpack and nothing else. The children have no weapons. How many of those little shits do you think you could fight at once before they overpowered you?

There are literally not enough 2nd graders to satisfy my unquenchable thirst for 2nd grader blood.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 06, 2016, 06:06:49 PM
Adami.  I've listened to your music over the years.  Do you find that you are influence but the styles of the time or certain style you love?  IE: Electronica, writing style, ect..


Also I know you are a big Comic book fan.  What are some of your favorite characters?

For your first question, I think I have a general core sense of influence on what I want out of a song, but I'm always trying to challenge that and explore new territories. If I just do "my" thing, I'll end up doing semi-lengthy, epic metal. Which is why I try genres that I am not super familiar with, such as industrial, acoustic, rock n roll, electronic and so forth. Always trying to find a new language essentially to say what I want.

Oh man, the comic question is hard. Deadpool (at least the good versions of him) will always be my favorite. Beyond him, I really love Silver Surfer, Captain America, Peter Parker, Sentry, the new Ms. Marvel, Rocket Racoon, Richard Rider and just so many more. All Marvel since I'm a Marvel guy, but there are also lots of versions of those characters that I can't stand, really depending on the writer.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 06, 2016, 06:07:35 PM
Do you prefer current hefdaddy42 or 2007 deity-era hefdaddy42?

In the immortal words of Dolly Parton, I will always love you.

Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: bout to crash on December 06, 2016, 11:43:45 PM
Dear Adami,

Why does it hurt when I pee?
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on December 07, 2016, 12:06:14 AM
You have a PhD in psychology, right? What branch did you specialize in and what was your thesis on?
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 07, 2016, 12:12:38 AM
Dear Adami,

Why does it hurt when I pee?

You know damn well why!
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 07, 2016, 12:15:07 AM
You have a PhD in psychology, right? What branch did you specialize in and what was your thesis on?

Heh, I do not actually.

I have two Master's. One in clinical psych, one in Middle Eastern history.

However, I'm currently getting a PsyD (Doctorate of Psychology) in clinical psychology. 2.5 years left (long degree).

But, if it helps, my thesis for my last master's was "A Psychosocial Narrative of Palestinian Violent Resistance". I haven't started my doctoral dissertation yet (really should have though) but it will focus on the search for the authentic sense of self for transgender Jews.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on December 07, 2016, 12:32:33 AM
Interesting topics. What made you decide on those?
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 07, 2016, 07:58:16 AM
Do you prefer current hefdaddy42 or 2007 deity-era hefdaddy42?

In the immortal words of Dolly Parton, I will always love you.
:heart
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Nick on December 07, 2016, 04:20:59 PM
 :'(
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 07, 2016, 04:22:59 PM
Oh sorry.


Jew?


Jew.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Nick on December 07, 2016, 05:51:21 PM
Thank you. Now for a proper question.

I believe you have traveled a bit, and so if there is one policy or system in another country you could implement in America, what would it be?
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: El Barto on December 07, 2016, 07:17:08 PM

But, if it helps, my thesis for my last master's was "A Psychosocial Narrative of Palestinian Violent Resistance".
How would you explain it in Haiku?
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 07, 2016, 07:32:50 PM
Interesting topics. What made you decide on those?

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is dear to my heart. One of the most important things to me that I want to continue working in (writing about). I was living in Israel noticing (during way) that Israelis had no clue why Palestinians were continuing to violently revolt when they were being so harshly beaten by the army, so I wanted to write about that exact reason.

And for the transgender Jew thing, honestly, my other ideas were shot down and I wanted something that was niche and hadn't been talked about much.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 07, 2016, 07:33:52 PM

But, if it helps, my thesis for my last master's was "A Psychosocial Narrative of Palestinian Violent Resistance".
How would you explain it in Haiku?

Israel beats them down
Violence begets more violence
Nothing comes of it


Assuming violence is two syllables and not three.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 07, 2016, 07:36:25 PM
Thank you. Now for a proper question.

I believe you have traveled a bit, and so if there is one policy or system in another country you could implement in America, what would it be?

Ohhh good question!

Less Americans :-D

Seriously though, good public transportation in every major city and between cities. I traveled through Europe and lived in Israel without ever really needing a car, can't say that in LA.

Also making cities more walker friendly. We should be walking places, not driving everywhere. I know the East Coast does this already, but most of the country hasn't figured out walking yet.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 07, 2016, 07:54:17 PM
The Montreal subway system  (The Metro) is sooooo of much faster and smoother than the (T) in Boston.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on December 07, 2016, 08:03:01 PM
Interesting topics. What made you decide on those?

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is dear to my heart. One of the most important things to me that I want to continue working in (writing about). I was living in Israel noticing (during way) that Israelis had no clue why Palestinians were continuing to violently revolt when they were being so harshly beaten by the army, so I wanted to write about that exact reason.

And for the transgender Jew thing, honestly, my other ideas were shot down and I wanted something that was niche and hadn't been talked about much.

Were you born in Israel? I'd like to read that paper, if you don't mind of course.

You must have found it exceedingly difficult to find research on transgendered Jews, no?
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 07, 2016, 08:12:36 PM
Interesting topics. What made you decide on those?

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is dear to my heart. One of the most important things to me that I want to continue working in (writing about). I was living in Israel noticing (during way) that Israelis had no clue why Palestinians were continuing to violently revolt when they were being so harshly beaten by the army, so I wanted to write about that exact reason.

And for the transgender Jew thing, honestly, my other ideas were shot down and I wanted something that was niche and hadn't been talked about much.

Were you born in Israel? I'd like to read that paper, if you don't mind of course.

You must have found it exceedingly difficult to find research on transgendered Jews, no?

I was born in Jerusalem, technically Israel ;). And yea, shoot me your e-mail address and I can send you a PDF of it.

And my research will mostly be looking at identity development for transgender folk, Jewish folk and I'll synergize the two. There is some small amount of research on transgender Jews though. (Also it's transgender, not transgendered)
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on December 07, 2016, 08:33:46 PM
Interesting topics. What made you decide on those?

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is dear to my heart. One of the most important things to me that I want to continue working in (writing about). I was living in Israel noticing (during way) that Israelis had no clue why Palestinians were continuing to violently revolt when they were being so harshly beaten by the army, so I wanted to write about that exact reason.

And for the transgender Jew thing, honestly, my other ideas were shot down and I wanted something that was niche and hadn't been talked about much.

Were you born in Israel? I'd like to read that paper, if you don't mind of course.

You must have found it exceedingly difficult to find research on transgendered Jews, no?

I was born in Jerusalem, technically Israel ;). And yea, shoot me your e-mail address and I can send you a PDF of it.

And my research will mostly be looking at identity development for transgender folk, Jewish folk and I'll synergize the two. There is some small amount of research on transgender Jews though. (Also it's transgender, not transgendered)

I see what you did there.  ;)

I'll shoot you my email address.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: El Barto on December 07, 2016, 10:24:45 PM

Seriously though, good public transportation in every major city and between cities. I traveled through Europe and lived in Israel without ever really needing a car, can't say that in LA.

Also making cities more walker friendly. We should be walking places, not driving everywhere. I know the East Coast does this already, but most of the country hasn't figured out walking yet.
Where have you found the best inter and intra city rail? The more I travel the more I appreciate good public transportation. DC and DF both do it very well. As for regional rail, like you said, that's not something we do, which is a damn shame. I recall thinking very highly of the ICE.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 07, 2016, 11:13:59 PM
Honestly, I don't remember the specifics in Europe because it's been almost 10 years since I was there, but I did travel from Ireland to Wales to England to Scotland to Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany etc, all without every using a plane and I got around in each of these countries just on buses and trains, though the trains in northern Europe were pretty awesome.

I'm more familiar with public transit in Israel which is amazing. You can literally go anywhere in Tel Aviv and 10 buses will come to take you anywhere within an hour. You can get from any point A to any point B without a lot of hassle. The buses are generally pretty nice and the trains are even nicer. In Jerusalem there's a light rail that goes around the whole city. It's just amazingly easy to get anywhere anytime. I used to travel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv multiple times a week for school and it was just so god damn simple once you knew how to yell at people properly.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Stadler on December 08, 2016, 10:45:06 AM
Jeez.  I came in with like five questions, but after reading the ones asked already, I have to step up my fucking game.  "What's your favorite TV show" pales in comparison to the Palestine/Israeli conflict, and transgender Jews.  :)

So...

DO you see differences between Israeli Jews and American Jews?

How do I get to hear your music? 

What country has your favorite food?

You've mentioned LA; what other parts of the US have you experienced? 

What do you think of Thomas Friedman's writings? 
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 08, 2016, 11:36:26 AM
If you could transform yourself into a superintelligent shade of any color in the visible spectrum, what shade of blue would you be and why?
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 08, 2016, 12:50:48 PM
Jeez.  I came in with like five questions, but after reading the ones asked already, I have to step up my fucking game.  "What's your favorite TV show" pales in comparison to the Palestine/Israeli conflict, and transgender Jews.  :)

So...

DO you see differences between Israeli Jews and American Jews?

How do I get to hear your music? 

What country has your favorite food?

You've mentioned LA; what other parts of the US have you experienced? 

What do you think of Thomas Friedman's writings?

Actually, favorite TV show would have been a more difficult question. So thanks for not asking it.  ;D

Differences between Israeli and American Jews? Sure, but lots of Israeli Jews are American or are decedents of Americans, so it's all a bit blurry. There's not a huge amount of difference, except for how much they know about the ground situation. Liberal Jews are liberal in both countries, and conservative are the same in either country. I guess it really depends on region, upbringing and a ton of other factors. However, American Jews are more likely to be super militant about Arabs because it has no direct effect on them.

You can hear my music at fanticide.bandcamp.com (this links to just one song for some reason, but the page has a link to my full album on it)

Favorite food? Oh man that's tough. Oddly enough, I'd say America only because the huge amount of options. Of course some countries have better versions than America ever could. If I want good middle eastern food, I'm going to Israel, not anywhere in America. If I wanted good Gelato, I'm going to Rome. Etc. But I'm not a big foodie, I eat really basic stuff sadly. My palate is my enemy.

I currently live in LA, but I was born in Israel and grew up for the first few years in Florida then until I was 21 in St. Louis. I've also lived in Chicago, Portland, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and....I think that's it. But I've traveled all over and hope to live in New York or the East Coast some day (assuming I can afford it).

I have to look up Thomas Friedman, hold up......

Yup, dude sounds nuts. At least that's what I gather from his Wiki. Anyone who defends barbaric actions or terrorism is not my kind of guy.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 08, 2016, 02:04:24 PM
If you could transform yourself into a superintelligent shade of any color in the visible spectrum, what shade of blue would you be and why?

I would choose the previously unknown shade called HefBlueHimself because any other shade would be a poor imitation at best.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 08, 2016, 02:42:37 PM
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Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: lonestar on December 08, 2016, 10:00:08 PM
Why didn't you like my cooking?
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on December 08, 2016, 10:02:01 PM
Interesting thread!

Hm...how'd you find out about Dream Theater? This site? What prompted you to join?
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 08, 2016, 10:07:47 PM
I was wondering how long it would take before a DT question popped up!

Hmm. My memory is a bit fuzzy. I think a highschool friend of mine recommended them to me. So I downloaded (back in the Limewire days) Metropolis Pt. 1. I remember thinking that I loved the music but hated the vocalist. Asked my mom to get me Metropolis Pt. 2 for my birthday (that was the new release at the time). Eventually I came to appreciate James (even prefer his solo albums to recent DT albums).

This site.....can't remember. I think I've been involved one way or another since the early 2000's, but like I said, my memory is really fuzzy.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on December 08, 2016, 10:12:02 PM
I'm glad it popped up! And nice answer! Thank you for taking the time to remember and answer.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 09, 2016, 09:40:20 PM
(http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/b9/b9e4a50269593100cfdd3668638fb23a19ac3724c72634992b10469502d2f07f.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on December 12, 2016, 10:14:21 PM
Adami, how would you describe life in a sentence?

What's your most memorable Dream Theater lyrics that strike a chord with a you?

Using Dream theater references, answer this question. How are you today?
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 12, 2016, 10:24:39 PM
Adami, how would you describe life in a sentence?

What's your most memorable Dream Theater lyrics that strike a chord with a you?

Using Dream theater references, answer this question. How are you today?

Man, I really feel like I should be a bigger DT fan to answer these properly, but I'll give it a whirl.

Life is until it isn't (sorry, but honestly that's the best I can come up with without writing out a ton).

I don't know if any DT lyrics really strike a personal chord with me, but I've always been a huge admirer of the lyrics to Lines in the Sand.

How am I today, using only DT lyrics? Hmmm......like a scream, but sort of silent.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on December 12, 2016, 10:32:04 PM
All great answers! Sorry about the Dream Theater one.

Since today might be your last day....

1) favorite band and why?
2) what do you love to do in your spare time?
3) what's your favorite book? TV show? Movie? Actor?
4) what song says it all about your current life?
5) what action by the opposite sex is a turn off?
6) what do you not mind splurging on?
7) if you could go anywhere right now, where'd you be?

Thanks in advance Adami! For your time and answers!
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 12, 2016, 10:44:29 PM
No need to thank me, I'm happy to do anything that doesn't involve the paper I actually should be writing.

Let's see...

1) Pain of Salvation. I haven't really dug their last few releases a lot, but their earlier stuff, specifically The Perfect Element and Remedy Lane still makes me cry to this day. I have listened to Idioglossia dozens of times by now, and I still tear up every single time I hear that damn song. I find their music to be written from such an emotional core that conveys such poetic views of the best and worst aspects of humanity and I just love it. As I said in their thread, Daniel Gildenlow could release an album of him pissing into a piano while chanting about the size of his penis and I'd buy it day of release.
2) I love to watch way too much TV (Netflix and Hulu keep me way too occupied) and write my own music (link below). When I lived in Chicago and Israel I loved going on long walks, but it's not as fun here in LA. Oh, I also love baking.
3) Favorite book is the Divine Comedy (I tend to collect copies). TV show is...tough....probably something related to Star Trek or Stargate, but I love TV. Movie? Even harder, for the one I can watch over and over, that'll be the directors cut of That Thing You Do! and for what I consider to be the best movie, it's Dogville by Lars Von Trier. Actor, maybe Daniel Day Lewis.
4) What song says it all about my current life? I dunno, are there any songs about a guy getting a doctorate and having no life? Let me know!
5) Lack of empathy. I broke up with two girlfriends because of their general lack of empathy, it's just not tolerable for me. Also chewing with your mouth open. Stop that!
6) Movies, music, musical gear and anything related to baking.
7) Right now I'd go hang out with Hef, but that's always my answer. Besides that, I'd love to go back to south-west Ireland. God damn magical place right there.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on December 12, 2016, 10:49:44 PM
I had no idea you were that big a fan of That Thing You Do.  Such a great great movie.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Adami on December 12, 2016, 10:51:42 PM
I had no idea you were that big a fan of That Thing You Do.  Such a great great movie.

It so is! I even have a big poster of it in my living room.

Have you seen the director's cut? Even better.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on December 12, 2016, 11:00:55 PM
:tup
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on December 12, 2016, 11:07:38 PM
I had no idea you were that big a fan of That Thing You Do.  Such a great great movie.

It so is! I even have a big poster of it in my living room.

Have you seen the director's cut? Even better.

Yes. There's a good amount of extra footage.

I always wondered why they intentionally didn't give the bass player a name in the movie.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on December 13, 2016, 05:52:27 AM
I'm late again :D
This week is bout to crash's turn.
Title: Re: The Ask Adami Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 13, 2016, 07:02:10 AM
Right now I'd go hang out with Hef, but that's always my answer.
:blush  I would love that, pal.  No shit.

Also, That Thing You Do is a FANTASTIC film, although I've never seen the director's cut - I had no idea there was one!  So thanks for the info, and I shall try to see it!
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Adami on December 13, 2016, 09:14:07 AM
Jack....


1) What are your thoughts on Sir Nicolas Cage?
2) If you were presented with the possibility of seeing a Lyft driver or a movie concession worker, would you pick one or would you try to Frankenstein them into a hybrid?
3) Where are my keys? 
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Chino on December 13, 2016, 09:31:17 AM
How does it make you feel that this Nic Cage in his natural habitat and not on a movie set?

(https://i.redditmedia.com/03sJ1N95SuljYWpa81BbxtMmN98E8wxySljoKPjTWus.jpg?w=634&s=e4001b8883c177b60e487e2ac9719985)
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Stadler on December 13, 2016, 12:03:07 PM
I know I'm not Jackie, but compared to that kid next to him (who dressed him?!?) he looks cooler than shit. 
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Orbert on December 13, 2016, 01:50:43 PM
Top hat, ascot, walking stick, coat and waistcoat... he looks cooler than shit anyway.  The kid looks like a reject from the live-action production of "Up".
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 13, 2016, 03:53:31 PM
Jackie, I know you are a beer whore like myself.  The thing I don't know is your preferences with beers? 
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on December 13, 2016, 03:54:17 PM
Jackie, why did you never introduce me to the awesomeness that it Thank You Scientist?
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: JayOctavarium on December 13, 2016, 06:04:19 PM
Jackie,

Will you marry me? Just dont tell black_floyd.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 13, 2016, 06:09:27 PM
Jackie,

Will you marry me? Just dont tell black_floyd.

Let me answer for Jackie. Can't I have both of you without the ring?  I set the rules boys.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Adami on December 13, 2016, 06:11:52 PM
Jackie,

Will you marry me? Just dont tell black_floyd.

Let me answer for Jackie. Can't I have both of you without the ring?  I set the rules boys.


She actually prefers the guy to have a ring. Just a different kind of ring.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: JayOctavarium on December 13, 2016, 06:20:52 PM
:rollin
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 13, 2016, 06:37:10 PM
 :lol

If you only knew what I send Jackie on Facebook IM Adami.   Lol.  Ask her.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Orbert on December 13, 2016, 08:59:53 PM
Serious question for Jackie:

You awaken from a coma in what looks like a room made of plywood (and poorly constructed at that) but apparently supposed to be some kind of makeshift hospital or something because there's some stuff on a nearby table that looks like it was used recently to bandage someone up and some of the stuff is bloody and you notice that your arm is all wrapped up and when you move your head it feels like someone starts pounding on it with a huge rubber mallet and you realize that your head is all bandaged, too, and there's your friend, the last person left in the world that you really care about now that pretty much everyone is dead (which you realize you remember now, but you're not sure how) and your friend is very upset and looks you in the eyes and asks "Well?  Have you decided yet?  Come on, Jackie, they're going to kill me!" and you go "What?" and it turns out that there are actually a few people left alive and you have like 20 seconds to decide whether to marry Nicolas Cage or some six-foot tall Asian guy who's really fucking old, like 54 years old, but has awesome facial hair and is a musician (which you also realize you know, but you're not sure how -- everything's still pretty foggy, and your head hurts) and if you marry Nicolas Case then the world is probably saved but your friend dies, but if you marry the old Asian guy with the facial hair then your friend lives but pretty much everyone else dies and for whatever reason, it's all up to you.

Who do you choose?
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: bout to crash on December 14, 2016, 12:04:13 AM
CAAAAGE  (no offense)

:lol, I love these questions so far.

Jackie,

Will you marry me? Just dont tell black_floyd.

Yes. I can share and so can my floydypoo.

Jackie, why did you never introduce me to the awesomeness that it Thank You Scientist?

Because I didn't think you could handle them. Fun fact: I never got to see them in NJ (one show got cancelled, I was sick for another, etc.) but I've now seen them three times here in Denver and got to watch movies on the tour bus the last time around :lol

Jackie, I know you are a beer whore like myself.  The thing I don't know is your preferences with beers? 

Well, I'm all over the map, depending on mood and time of year. I'm really into sour stuff right now but also winter is coming so shit is about to get dark.

How does it make you feel that this Nic Cage in his natural habitat and not on a movie set?

(https://i.redditmedia.com/03sJ1N95SuljYWpa81BbxtMmN98E8wxySljoKPjTWus.jpg?w=634&s=e4001b8883c177b60e487e2ac9719985)

All is right with the world.

Jack....


1) What are your thoughts on Sir Nicolas Cage?
2) If you were presented with the possibility of seeing a Lyft driver or a movie concession worker, would you pick one or would you try to Frankenstein them into a hybrid?
3) Where are my keys? 

1. Why the hell hasn't he been knighted yet?
2. I would Frankenhooker them.
3. Inside me.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Adami on December 14, 2016, 12:09:25 AM


1. Why the hell hasn't he been knighted yet?


He's been........Dark Knighted....






(http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/11113/111133725/4714871-3.jpg)
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: bout to crash on December 14, 2016, 12:24:10 AM
Fair enough  :metal
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Cyclopssss on December 14, 2016, 02:54:52 AM
Hey Jackie...back to wearing bra's yet? 
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: bout to crash on December 14, 2016, 07:45:54 AM
Haha, nope! Only for exercise/yoga. It will be another two weeks until the outline of my tattoo is fully healed and then I'm getting it colored, so that's another month and a half I'm going to try for :D
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on December 14, 2016, 11:42:29 AM
Jackie, why did you never introduce me to the awesomeness that it Thank You Scientist?

Because I didn't think you could handle them. Fun fact: I never got to see them in NJ (one show got cancelled, I was sick for another, etc.) but I've now seen them three times here in Denver and got to watch movies on the tour bus the last time around :lol


I'm *super* excited to be going to see them in Brooklyn on Saturday, especially since they'll be the headliners this time (saw them open for Haken a few months ago). I thought about double dipping and catching them Sunday in Asubry Park as well, but it's not in the cards.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: bout to crash on December 14, 2016, 05:38:08 PM
Awww, bummer but you will love the one show for sure. Well if you talk to them, give Odin a grope for me to prove you're manlier than Nick, who refused to do so after sending me a pic of them together.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Nick on December 14, 2016, 05:54:03 PM
Awww, bummer but you will love the one show for sure. Well if you talk to them, give Odin a grope for me to prove you're manlier than Nick, who refused to do so after sending me a pic of them together.

:facepalm:

I can't deny any of this, nor can I come up with any real response. :lol
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on December 14, 2016, 07:24:30 PM
:lol :lol :lol

I got my cousin listening to them as well, and it turns out his friend is (I think) Ben's ex-girfriend.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: bout to crash on December 14, 2016, 11:44:26 PM
:lol, Jersey is a small town.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Cool Chris on December 14, 2016, 11:57:36 PM
Do you ever bump in to anyone from the Emo Fight?
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: bout to crash on December 15, 2016, 12:15:21 AM
 :rollin, I wish. I do still see Tony (who attended the "show" with me) a couple times a year... and my friend Ken, whose band was playing that night/the reason I was there, now lives here in Denver and I see him regularly.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: splent on December 15, 2016, 11:45:03 AM
When is the next time you are coming here so I can just go brewery hopping with you
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on December 15, 2016, 06:37:35 PM
How many of these do you plan on ordering?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuDtmXpBsfw
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Adami on December 15, 2016, 06:41:41 PM
How would you feel if I told you I wanted a divorce so that I could be with Winona Ryder exclusively?
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: bout to crash on December 15, 2016, 08:11:16 PM
Nope. Bitch can share.

How many of these do you plan on ordering?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DuDtmXpBsfw

63.

When is the next time you are coming here so I can just go brewery hopping with you

Haha, I have no idea but I do want to come back soon. Lots of upcoming trips though so who knows.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on December 15, 2016, 08:26:36 PM
In the word scent, is the letter s silent or the letter c?

What does water taste like?

Do you think sand is called sand because it's between the sea and land?

How'd you come up with your username? Profile pic?

How'd you find out about DT? This forum?

Favorite song by DT? Album?
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: bout to crash on December 15, 2016, 11:08:55 PM
In the word scent, is the letter s silent or the letter c?

What does water taste like?

Do you think sand is called sand because it's between the sea and land?

How'd you come up with your username? Profile pic?

How'd you find out about DT? This forum?

Favorite song by DT? Album?

It's the T that's silent.

Coors Light.

I hate sand.

SDOIT reference, and a character from the Preacher comics.

Heard DT on the radio, then I think I just stumbled across the old dt.net while searching for info on them back in the day (early 2000s).

I never really had favorites when I listened to DT all the time, and I still don't. I think the last album I listened to was Images and Words, but that was a while ago.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Stadler on December 16, 2016, 07:28:57 AM
How would you feel if I told you I wanted a divorce so that I could be with Winona Ryder exclusively?

Don't you sort of want to wait until the "Ask Wynona thread" before you pull that trigger?  ;)
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Adami on December 16, 2016, 08:05:08 AM
How would you feel if I told you I wanted a divorce so that I could be with Winona Ryder exclusively?

Don't you sort of want to wait until the "Ask Wynona thread" before you pull that trigger?  ;)

Nah, I'm pretty confident.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 16, 2016, 09:29:18 AM
Mark Twain said that all you need is ignorance and confidence, and success is sure.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on December 16, 2016, 08:21:00 PM
Jackie,

Will you marry me? Just dont tell black_floyd.


Yes. I can share and so can my floydypoo.

<3 <3 <3
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Adami on December 16, 2016, 08:30:59 PM
Jack, serious question here.


How do I become such a player that I convince a person I'm dating to actually drive me to a date with someone else??
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on December 16, 2016, 10:08:09 PM
Ceasing to have a soul is a good first step :tup
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: lonestar on December 16, 2016, 10:19:18 PM
Hey Jackie...would you?
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: bout to crash on December 18, 2016, 08:06:23 AM
Always.

Adami: for a few small dollars, I will teach you.
Plus your soul.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on December 18, 2016, 06:52:42 PM
Who from the forum would you like to meet the most that you haven't met?  Assume they are going to see you in Denver so you can't pick someone based on their location.

If you were given the opportunity to write and direct a Troma film, give us the title and a brief synopsis.
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: bout to crash on December 19, 2016, 07:56:27 AM
It would be called Nun of Yo Business and be about a group of sisters after dark.

And I really need to have beers with black_floyd ;)
Title: Re: The Ask bout to crash Thread
Post by: black_biff_stadler on December 19, 2016, 11:02:02 AM
 :heart :heart :heart :floydapproves:  :heart :heart :heart
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on December 19, 2016, 06:27:50 PM
Ask hefdaddy42 this week.
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Adami on December 19, 2016, 06:30:16 PM
Father?
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 19, 2016, 06:33:02 PM
Your brother is a monster.   Ever battle him as a kid? 

Again, damn he's big!
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 19, 2016, 06:39:25 PM
Father?
Yes, my son.
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 19, 2016, 06:42:13 PM
Your brother is a monster.   Ever battle him as a kid? 

Again, damn he's big!
We used to wrestle when we were kids, but we never fought for real.

And yeah, he's a large motherfucker. 6' 8", a little over 300 pounds.
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 19, 2016, 06:44:04 PM
Damn. He's a truck!  My brother is 6 years younger and was always thin.  We never did more than wrestling.   
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Orbert on December 19, 2016, 06:45:33 PM
Hefdaddy,

You wake up in a room with approximately 35 nine-year-old children, all of them screaming very loudly, brandishing various bladed weapons suitable to their stature, all of them very angry and attacking you!

On the table next to you are two hatchets that both look very sharp and well-weighted, a longsword, a shotgun, a flame thrower, a machine gun, and a rocket launcher.  What do you grab and why?  Explain in detail.
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 19, 2016, 06:49:43 PM
Damn. He's a truck!  My brother is 6 years younger and was always thin.  We never did more than wrestling.
The wrestling mostly stopped when his growth spurt started lol. He hit 6' 5" by the time he was in 8th grade. I am 4 years older.
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on December 19, 2016, 06:51:36 PM
1) Hefdaddy42, if you are a parent, what's it like to be a parent? What are some ups and downs of being a parent?

2) How did you find out about Dream Theater? This forum? What prompted you to join?

3) Favorite Dream Theater album and song?

4) What is the history behind your username? Profile Picture?

5) What is your most memorable memory in life so far?
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: bosk1 on December 19, 2016, 06:55:21 PM
Hefdaddy,

You wake up in a room with approximately 35 nine-year-old children, all of them screaming very loudly, brandishing various bladed weapons suitable to their stature, all of them very angry and attacking you!

On the table next to you are two hatchets that both look very sharp and well-weighted, a longsword, a shotgun, a flame thrower, a machine gun, and a rocket launcher.  What do you grab and why?  Explain in detail.
I know I'm not Hef (although people do confuse us), but that's such an interesting scenario that I have to offer my own response:  I would grab a sewing kit, a can of WD-40, and an untanned wombat hide.  I am assuming the reasons why are obvious and need no further explanation.
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 19, 2016, 07:03:04 PM
Hefdaddy,

You wake up in a room with approximately 35 nine-year-old children, all of them screaming very loudly, brandishing various bladed weapons suitable to their stature, all of them very angry and attacking you!

On the table next to you are two hatchets that both look very sharp and well-weighted, a longsword, a shotgun, a flame thrower, a machine gun, and a rocket launcher.  What do you grab and why?  Explain in detail.
First, I would yell at them to knock that shit off.

If, for some reason, that didn't calm them down, I would forego the hatchets and the longsword. Wading through a gaggle of yardapes one or two at a time sounds tiring.

The flamethrower sounds fun, but I wouldn't like the smell afterwards. Probably the same with the rocket launcher.

That leaves the shotgun and the machine gun, of which I would select the latter. Maximum damage in a short time span. That way, I could get back to my nap.

But I am pretty sure it wouldn't come to that. The yell worked last time this happened to me.
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 19, 2016, 07:04:33 PM
Hefdaddy,

You wake up in a room with approximately 35 nine-year-old children, all of them screaming very loudly, brandishing various bladed weapons suitable to their stature, all of them very angry and attacking you!

On the table next to you are two hatchets that both look very sharp and well-weighted, a longsword, a shotgun, a flame thrower, a machine gun, and a rocket launcher.  What do you grab and why?  Explain in detail.
I know I'm not Hef (although people do confuse us), but that's such an interesting scenario that I have to offer my own response:  I would grab a sewing kit, a can of WD-40, and an untanned wombat hide.  I am assuming the reasons why are obvious and need no further explanation.
Yes, of course. I see.

Interesting.
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Rattlehead on December 19, 2016, 07:05:49 PM
Orbert, your posts almost always seem to make me laugh, so thank you for that  :rollin

As for Hef, I know you are a big Carolina fan... who is your favorite Carolina Panther of all time and why?
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Orbert on December 19, 2016, 07:22:04 PM
Hefdaddy,

You wake up in a room with approximately 35 nine-year-old children, all of them screaming very loudly, brandishing various bladed weapons suitable to their stature, all of them very angry and attacking you!

On the table next to you are two hatchets that both look very sharp and well-weighted, a longsword, a shotgun, a flame thrower, a machine gun, and a rocket launcher.  What do you grab and why?  Explain in detail.
First, I would yell at them to knock that shit off.

If, for some reason, that didn't calm them down, I would forego the hatchets and the longsword. Wading through a gaggle of yardapes one or two at a time sounds tiring.

The flamethrower sounds fun, but I wouldn't like the smell afterwards. Probably the same with the rocket launcher.

That leaves the shotgun and the machine gun, of which I would select the latter. Maximum damage in a short time span. That way, I could get back to my nap.

But I am pretty sure it wouldn't come to that. The yell worked last time this happened to me.

Perfect.  I salute you!   :yarr

Hefdaddy,

You wake up in a room with approximately 35 nine-year-old children, all of them screaming very loudly, brandishing various bladed weapons suitable to their stature, all of them very angry and attacking you!

On the table next to you are two hatchets that both look very sharp and well-weighted, a longsword, a shotgun, a flame thrower, a machine gun, and a rocket launcher.  What do you grab and why?  Explain in detail.
I know I'm not Hef (although people do confuse us), but that's such an interesting scenario that I have to offer my own response:  I would grab a sewing kit, a can of WD-40, and an untanned wombat hide.  I am assuming the reasons why are obvious and need no further explanation.
Yes, of course. I see.

Interesting.

Indeed. :tup

Orbert, your posts almost always seem to make me laugh, so thank you for that  :rollin

You're welcome, and Thanks!  :P


???


 :P
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 19, 2016, 07:31:06 PM
1) Hefdaddy42, if you are a parent, what's it like to be a parent? What are some ups and downs of being a parent?

2) How did you find out about Dream Theater? This forum? What prompted you to join?

3) Favorite Dream Theater album and song?

4) What is the history behind your username? Profile Picture?

5) What is your most memorable memory in life so far?
Weighty stuff.

1) I am a parent. Two girls, ages 13 and 20. It is the greatest thing in the world. It is also the hardest thing in the world. Some days you win, and some days you lose. The older my girls get, the challenges grow larger in scope, and the losses are devastating. But the wins are glorious. See my post in the Durham thread in the concert subforum  for a big win.

2) I found out about Dream Theater when I heard Pull Me Under on the radio in 1992. They have been my favorite band ever since. I found out about this forum  ( or, more accurately, a precursor to this forum) by random web search. I lurked for several years before deciding to actively join and participate in this community in early 2005. That was roughly 150,000 posts ago.

3) Favorite DT album is Awake. Favorite song is Learning to Live.

4) Username: first half of my surname, my familial relationship to my kids, my favorite number  (see Douglas Adams).

5) Wedding day or birth of a child.
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 19, 2016, 07:35:56 PM
As for Hef, I know you are a big Carolina fan... who is your favorite Carolina Panther of all time and why?
Sam Mills. The heart he showed, both as a player and a coach, and the leadership he showed the entire community even as he would ultimately lose his battle against cancer, will always be with me. #KeepPounding
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Rattlehead on December 19, 2016, 07:40:53 PM
Very cool, thanks for sharing  :tup
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: bout to crash on December 19, 2016, 07:41:27 PM
Dear hef,

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, prepared any way, what would it be?

What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

How much money would you have to receive in order to have sex with Russell Brand?
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 19, 2016, 07:44:32 PM
Dear hef,

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, prepared any way, what would it be?

What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

How much money would you have to receive in order to have sex with Russell Brand?
Steak.

11 meters per second.

Would he wear perfume and shave?
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: TAC on December 19, 2016, 07:47:55 PM
So Russell Brand, swallow, and meat. Hef, C'mon!
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on December 19, 2016, 07:54:43 PM
1) Hefdaddy42, if you are a parent, what's it like to be a parent? What are some ups and downs of being a parent?
Weighty stuff.

1) I am a parent. Two girls, ages 13 and 20. It is the greatest thing in the world. It is also the hardest thing in the world. Some days you win, and some days you lose. The older my girls get, the challenges grow larger in scope, and the losses are devastating. But the wins are glorious. See my post in the Durham thread in the concert subforum  for a big win.

I saw your post at the Durham Concert and that was totally fantastic! It must be such a heart warming and astonishing experience to see Dream Theater with your two daughters and have a fantastic time. Judging from your post, you must have been smiling all the way home. That was really nice to read and I may have shed a few tears. :P

I never had a close relationship with my father. He would take my brother to concerts, to go fishing, and all that cool activities. When I would ask him to take me to a concert, he would not let me go. While my dad and brother were having fun, I'd be at my house reading or studying. He didn't realize how lonely I was and he tried to mend our relationship, but since I'm being a stubborn girl, I refuse to let him get close to me now. It's a bit too late.

The prospect of being a parent to me is so scary, yet very exciting. Although it will mean much more work for me and much more stress, I know in the end, there is that satisfaction or raising that talented or brilliant kid and seeing my kids do well and live a good life...I think it will outweigh all the troubles of going through to raise a kid.

Anyways, sorry for rambling in your ask thread, and once more, thank you for sharing that amazing experience. That will definitely change my perspective on being a mother later on. :tup

Thanks!
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on December 19, 2016, 08:39:40 PM
Your brother is a monster.   Ever battle him as a kid? 

Again, damn he's big!
We used to wrestle when we were kids, but we never fought for real.

And yeah, he's a large motherfucker. 6' 8", a little over 300 pounds.

I could take him...




















































...for a beer.












































:neverusethis:




















Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 19, 2016, 09:46:25 PM
He would drink that beer.
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on December 19, 2016, 09:53:06 PM
What's you least favorite Dream Theater song?

When did you stop growing your hair?

Have you been practicing your whahibrido pickingant?

Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Adami on December 19, 2016, 09:55:08 PM
If you had to put together a capsule of humanity to send out into space (essentially a big box of stuff to represent the species to aliens) what would you put in it? Can't be anything huge like a car.

If you could only give your children one piece of advice for the rest of their lives, what would it be?

What the hell ever happened to AndyDT?

Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 20, 2016, 06:56:38 AM
What's you least favorite Dream Theater song?
Hard to choose between You Not Me, Raw Dog, Prophets of War, and The Answer Lies Within.

When did you stop growing your hair?
I'm pretty good, but I haven't been successful at convincing my hair to stop growing.  But I started shaving my head Father's Day weekend of 1993.

Have you been practicing your whahibrido pickingant?
As we speak.  Er, type.
Title: Re: The hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 20, 2016, 07:00:50 AM
If you had to put together a capsule of humanity to send out into space (essentially a big box of stuff to represent the species to aliens) what would you put in it? Can't be anything huge like a car.
I wouldn't want to bullshit the aliens, so I would try to put things that show the best of us and what we can achieve (great works of art and literature, pics of architecture, the Magna Carta and the US Constitution) and examples of the worst of us (accounts/pics of slavery, lynchings, atrocities in other countries) and the power of the human will (the pic/story of the monk immolating himself in protest).

If you could only give your children one piece of advice for the rest of their lives, what would it be?
Love with your whole heart - don't hold back anything.

What the hell ever happened to AndyDT?
I can't talk about that.  I signed a waiver.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Stadler on December 20, 2016, 07:32:07 AM
How come I didn't get bad ass questions like that?   The kids question(s), time capsule... you guys are really picking up the level in here.  NICE!

You win a raffle; you can select one piece of technology from Best Buy to walk out the door.  No accessories, no cables, all that is on you, but you get to walk out with one box as long as you can carry it out the door without help.  Your choice?
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 20, 2016, 07:57:11 AM
You win a raffle; you can select one piece of technology from Best Buy to walk out the door.  No accessories, no cables, all that is on you, but you get to walk out with one box as long as you can carry it out the door without help.  Your choice?
I am content with my TV and cell phone.  But my wife is passionate about photography, so if I could get anything, I would get her the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Super-Telephoto Lens (retails for over $16,000).
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 20, 2016, 08:02:09 AM
$16,000.00?!?!  Holy crap!
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 20, 2016, 08:09:40 AM
$16,000.00?!?!  Holy crap!
Yeah, exactly.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Stadler on December 20, 2016, 08:09:56 AM
She's reading this, isn't she.  ;)   

Nice pick, though, seriously.   
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 20, 2016, 08:15:45 AM
She's reading this, isn't she.  ;)   
Her, read a DT forum?  Not a chance in hell.

Nice pick, though, seriously.
*bows with a flourish*
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 21, 2016, 06:48:25 AM
Almost 24 hours with no new questions?

I'm crushed.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Stadler on December 21, 2016, 06:57:15 AM
Where the fuck is the PR section? It's BROKE!   (I'm kidding; not a question).


I understand you're a fan of the cigar; I'm not, but my friends are, and often enjoy one after a nice meal.  Living where you do, what's your favorite food?

Other than DT, what's your go-to band?

What do you think of Kiss?

Are you native to NC?
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 21, 2016, 07:22:53 AM
Hef, How did you meet your wife? You are very supportive and a loving husband.  I always love hearing these stories.


What sports did you grow up playing and did you play at the high school level?
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 21, 2016, 08:02:31 AM
Where the fuck is the PR section? It's BROKE!   (I'm kidding; not a question).
Trust me, not the first time this has happened.  Hopefully it makes a successful return at some point, and hopefully it will be more R than P.

I understand you're a fan of the cigar; I'm not, but my friends are, and often enjoy one after a nice meal.  Living where you do, what's your favorite food?
Living where I do, you know that one of my favorite foods is pulled pork barbecue.  Mmmmmm.  Of course, it's hard to beat a nice filet mignon.  I also love Japanese and Mexican cuisine.

Other than DT, what's your go-to band?
Neal Morse, Spock's Beard, Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Haken, LTE, Opeth, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, anything with Chris Thile, anything with Bela Fleck, also John Hiatt, and you can't go wrong with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, or Kamasi Washington.

What do you think of Kiss?
I like Kiss, but honestly, I don't love them.  However, my brother LOVES them, and he has seen them live several times.  He may be the world's biggest Kiss fan (literally; see his height/weight listed in a prior answer).

Are you native to NC?
I am.  Born and raised in Hickory.  A year and a half at NC State in Raleigh.  After misadventures born from immaturity in Raleigh, more time in Hickory.  After getting my shit together, three and half years at Appalachian State University in Boone.  After graduation, moved to Mount Airy (my wife's home town) and got married.  Lived there 17 years.  Relocated to Raleigh this summer.

I'm a Tar Heel born and a Tar Heel bred, and when I die, I'll be a Tar Heel dead.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Stadler on December 21, 2016, 08:21:13 AM
That all rings a bell; I think we've talked about this before.  I was responsible for the management of the closed GE plant in Hickory, and when we (GE) bought the company "Interlogix", a security company, we had a regional headquarters in Hickory.  Beautiful there.    When I lived in Charlotte, we vacationed a couple times in Boone.   Loved that as well. 

North Carolina is easily in the top five "most beautiful states".
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 21, 2016, 08:21:59 AM
Hef, How did you meet your wife?
I was in college in Boone, NC.  My roommate "met" a girl in an online chat room (remember those?).  One night when I got home from work, my roommate said that his friend had another friend over at her house who was bored because his friend was spending all her time online with my roommate, and would it be OK if the friend called and spoke with me a little while to kill some time.  I said "Sure, why not?"  Well, the conversation was really good (lasted almost two hours).  She called back the next night.  At any rate, we really hit it off through phone conversations that week, and decided to meet.  She came up to visit that next weekend, and we hung out together for a few hours.  THAT went very well, also, so the next weekend I drove to her town and took her out.  We knew pretty quickly that it was the real deal.  We've been together ever since.

You are very supportive and a loving husband.
Aw, thanks honey.

I always love hearing these stories.
Glad to tell them.

What sports did you grow up playing and did you play at the high school level?
I was not athletic as a child.

In middle school, I played soccer and basketball, but I wasn't that good.  Mostly because I was only playing because all my friends were playing.  I didn't really care that much.

But I learned to like basketball, and started playing all the time.  I played whenever and wherever I could.  When I got to high school, it was a MUCH bigger school, and I was a little intimidated, so I didn't bother going out in 9th or 10th grade.  I went out for the team as a junior, but didn't make it (a questionable decision on the coach's part, IMHO). 

I didn't bother trying out again my senior year, but after seeing them play, I knew I could have made that team. lol

I kept being a gym rat, and went off to school at NC State in Raleigh.  While there, I spent a LOT of time in the gym, and really got pretty good.  I played pickup games with a lot of guys, including current and former players for the school's team.  I got to where I could dunk, and that was fun.  I also once blocked a dunk attempt by a seven-footer who had exhausted his eligibility with the school team.  That was fun.

Then I pulled a hamstring, and my vertical leap disappeared.  Then I eventually got married with kids, and I haven't played basketball in at least 10 years.

Oh, I also attempted high school football in 9th grade.  That didn't last very long lol.  But my love of football didn't materialize until after that anyway.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 21, 2016, 08:23:27 AM
That all rings a bell; I think we've talked about this before.  I was responsible for the management of the closed GE plant in Hickory, and when we (GE) bought the company "Interlogix", a security company, we had a regional headquarters in Hickory.  Beautiful there.    When I lived in Charlotte, we vacationed a couple times in Boone.   Loved that as well. 

North Carolina is easily in the top five "most beautiful states".
:tup :tup  Indeed.  We have so many different climates here, from mountains to piedmont to sandhills to coastal plains to beaches.  From a pure environment/nature standpoint, I wouldn't choose to live anywhere else.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: XJDenton on December 21, 2016, 08:28:44 AM
What country would you most like to visit?
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Stadler on December 21, 2016, 08:45:37 AM
Hef, How did you meet your wife?
I was in college in Boone, NC.  My roommate "met" a girl in an online chat room (remember those?).  One night when I got home from work, my roommate said that his friend had another friend over at her house who was bored because his friend was spending all her time online with my roommate, and would it be OK if the friend called and spoke with me a little while to kill some time.  I said "Sure, why not?"  Well, the conversation was really good (lasted almost two hours).  She called back the next night.  At any rate, we really hit it off through phone conversations that week, and decided to meet.  She came up to visit that next weekend, and we hung out together for a few hours.  THAT went very well, also, so the next weekend I drove to her town and took her out.  We knew pretty quickly that it was the real deal.  We've been together ever since.

That's awesome and so old-school.    It's your wife, though, I don't think I would call it "driving her to town".  It's a little crass.  Go with "making love" or "sealing our love".  Something romantic.    :)   
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Chino on December 21, 2016, 08:47:40 AM
Hef, How did you meet your wife?
I was in college in Boone, NC.  My roommate "met" a girl in an online chat room (remember those?).  One night when I got home from work, my roommate said that his friend had another friend over at her house who was bored because his friend was spending all her time online with my roommate, and would it be OK if the friend called and spoke with me a little while to kill some time.  I said "Sure, why not?"  Well, the conversation was really good (lasted almost two hours).  She called back the next night.  At any rate, we really hit it off through phone conversations that week, and decided to meet.  She came up to visit that next weekend, and we hung out together for a few hours.  THAT went very well, also, so the next weekend I drove to her town and took her out.  We knew pretty quickly that it was the real deal.  We've been together ever since.

That's awesome and so old-school.    It's your wife, though, I don't think I would call it "driving her to town".  It's a little crass.  Go with "making love" or "sealing our love".  Something romantic.    :)

It's like a landline based form of Tinder.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 21, 2016, 08:56:54 AM
That's awesome and so old-school.    It's your wife, though, I don't think I would call it "driving her to town".  It's a little crass.  Go with "making love" or "sealing our love".  Something romantic.    :)
lol  :tup
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 21, 2016, 08:57:48 AM
What country would you most like to visit?
England.  The UK.  The Country Formerly Known As The Coolest Member Of The EU.

Whatever term works best these days.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on December 21, 2016, 04:30:05 PM
How come I didn't get bad ass questions like that?   

I didn't get them either.  I guess they don't like us.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Adami on December 21, 2016, 04:31:50 PM
If you could eliminate any one law in America (preferably one that is regularly enforced) which would it be?

And

If you could create any one new law in America, what would it be?
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: splent on December 21, 2016, 09:23:57 PM
Favorite kind of cigar?
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on December 21, 2016, 09:35:02 PM
Neal Morse, Spock's Beard, Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree, Haken, LTE, Opeth, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Pink Floyd, anything with Chris Thile, anything with Bela Fleck, also John Hiatt, and you can't go wrong with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, or Kamasi Washington.


We have almost identical favorites, except that LZ and VH stuff.

How many times have you seen Dream Theater?

What's your favorite Neal Morse solo album and have you ever seen him live? Are you a member of his Inner Circle fan club?

How do you like you filet mignon cooked? Be mindful there is only one right answer.  ;)

Are you a morning person?

Who is your favorite writer?

Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: JayOctavarium on December 22, 2016, 02:43:22 AM
Can I take a picture of myself in the reflection of your head?


Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 22, 2016, 06:47:58 AM
If you could eliminate any one law in America (preferably one that is regularly enforced) which would it be?
I would remove the age limit to claim a child for a tax credit on income taxes.  Currently it is 17, but I want it as long as the child lives with the parent.

If you could create any one new law in America, what would it be?
Election Day would be a national holiday, and not only would it be like other national holidays, where only government offices and financial institutions are closed, but every business would be heavily incentivized to close or otherwise allow their employees time to go vote.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 22, 2016, 06:53:55 AM
Favorite kind of cigar?
My favorite that I can get regularly is the Padron Serie 1926 No. 1 Maduro Double Corona.  A little pricy, but excellent.  I also really like the Oliva Serie G Churchill Maduro.  A new favorite is the Wrath Maduro Churchill, made by a subsidiary of Oliva.  I also have heard great things about the Liga Privada No. 9, and I have one that I've been saving to smoke on Christmas Day when my brother visits.

Best one I've ever smoked, though, was a Cuban Cohiba, that may or may not have been illegally smuggled into the country by a relative of mine.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 22, 2016, 06:59:43 AM
How many times have you seen Dream Theater?
Twice:

1) April 1, 2006 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  They heard I was coming, so they arranged to have an orchestra and record it on video for posterity.  I believe you were there as well (in fact, I could swear I've seen you on the DVD).

2) December 5, 2016 at Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC.  I was able to take my daughters and we had the best time ever.  The full story (with pics) is related in the appropriate thread in the Concerts subforum.


What's your favorite Neal Morse solo album and have you ever seen him live? Are you a member of his Inner Circle fan club?
My favorite is the Question Mark album, which narrowly beats out One.  I have not had the fortune to see him live, although I would love to.  I am not a member of the fan club.

How do you like you filet mignon cooked? Be mindful there is only one right answer.  ;)
You are right, there is only one right answer.  Medium rare.

Are you a morning person?
I am a morning person, but I can go all night if I have to.

Who is your favorite writer?
Stephen King
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 22, 2016, 07:00:06 AM
Can I take a picture of myself in the reflection of your head?
No.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: DarkLord_Lalinc on December 22, 2016, 07:41:03 AM
Describe me in a short but meaningful sentence.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 22, 2016, 07:55:05 AM
Describe me in a short but meaningful sentence.
Noted Mexican keyboard player/playboy Lalo Marine is my friend.

















Also, everyone should buy his band's CDs, because they are progaliciously fantastic (Tangerine Circus).
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Nick on December 22, 2016, 07:58:29 AM
It was over a decade ago the only time we met, and at that time I was relatively new to the forum, and frankly I don't know if you have any specific memory of meeting me at the Score meetup. Now, all this time later, if I was finally able to make it down to North Carolina for a day, what would you plan to do during an all day man date?
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on December 22, 2016, 08:25:27 AM
How many times have you seen Dream Theater?
Twice:

1) April 1, 2006 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  They heard I was coming, so they arranged to have an orchestra and record it on video for posterity.  I believe you were there as well (in fact, I could swear I've seen you on the DVD).

2) December 5, 2016 at Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC.  I was able to take my daughters and we had the best time ever.  The full story (with pics) is related in the appropriate thread in the Concerts subforum.


I really wish I was more active on the forum in those days. I would've loved to have met some of you guys.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 22, 2016, 08:37:24 AM
It was over a decade ago the only time we met, and at that time I was relatively new to the forum, and frankly I don't know if you have any specific memory of meeting me at the Score meetup. Now, all this time later, if I was finally able to make it down to North Carolina for a day, what would you plan to do during an all day man date?
Take you on a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and eat some legendary North Carolina pulled pork barbecue.  Maybe get all dressed up like grownups and hit a jazz club that night, and drink scotch and tell manly tales.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on December 22, 2016, 08:41:56 AM
Hef, now that I live in North Carolina, I want to drive up and go on this man date with you sometime.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 22, 2016, 08:42:37 AM
Hef, now that I live in North Carolina, I want to drive up and go on this man date with you sometime.
:tup
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: DarkLord_Lalinc on December 22, 2016, 03:45:15 PM
Describe me in a short but meaningful sentence.
Noted Mexican keyboard player/playboy Lalo Marine is my friend.

















Also, everyone should buy his band's CDs, because they are progaliciously fantastic (Tangerine Circus).
So awesome  :heart
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on December 22, 2016, 05:11:31 PM
How many times have you seen Dream Theater?
Twice:

1) April 1, 2006 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  They heard I was coming, so they arranged to have an orchestra and record it on video for posterity.  I believe you were there as well (in fact, I could swear I've seen you on the DVD).

2) December 5, 2016 at Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC.  I was able to take my daughters and we had the best time ever.  The full story (with pics) is related in the appropriate thread in the Concerts subforum.

I can't believe you've only seen them twice but then I keep forgetting your area was passed over many times.

How do you like you filet mignon cooked? Be mindful there is only one right answer.  ;)
You are right, there is only one right answer.  Medium rare.

Fixed.   ;)


Are you a morning person?
I am a morning person, but I can go all night if I have to.

Tease

Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 23, 2016, 04:54:17 AM
Truth isn't a tease.  It is only a precursor to a wider reality.





































THAT is a tease.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on December 23, 2016, 07:23:57 AM
I don't feel so teased anymore.  ;)
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 23, 2016, 11:12:03 AM
 :tup
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on December 23, 2016, 02:00:21 PM
What's the weirdest food you've ever tried?

Do you cook, and if you do what's your specialty?

Do you just have the one gigantour sibling?

Do you think Trump's balls are spray tanned the same color?
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 23, 2016, 07:38:06 PM
What's the weirdest food you've ever tried?

Do you cook, and if you do what's your specialty?

Do you just have the one gigantour sibling?

Do you think Trump's balls are spray tanned the same color?
Not sure what is considered weird.  I have had squirrel,  possum,  goat, and rattlesnake.

I don't cook very much,  but I can grill a steak.

Yep, one big ugly brother.

No,  I doubt he has the balls to mess with his balls.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on December 23, 2016, 07:56:00 PM
Sure, some of those are kind of weird. Though I also mean things like Morzeddhu alla Catanzarisi. It has tripe, liver, spleen, and lung in this extremely tasty sauce.
Title: Re: The Ask hefdaddy42 Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 24, 2016, 07:20:53 PM
Sure, some of those are kind of weird. Though I also mean things like Morzeddhu alla Catanzarisi. It has tripe, liver, spleen, and lung in this extremely tasty sauce.
Never heard of that, but I will try anything once.

IfI like it,  I might try it twice.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on December 27, 2016, 05:32:38 PM
Ask Nick this week.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: bosk1 on December 27, 2016, 05:39:04 PM
Ask Nick this week.
I will try anything once.

If I like it,  I might try it twice.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Orbert on December 27, 2016, 05:46:05 PM
Nick, I know what line of work you're in, so forgive me if this is crude or whatever, but can you share the top three most "interesting" stories from on the job?  Whatever makes them interesting is up to you.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: El Barto on December 27, 2016, 06:46:45 PM
Down here Aria charges $999 to grill your loved one. Where is the overhead? Is it labor intensive? Regulatory hassle?

What's the cheapest somebody could be buried within the law? I assume not just anybody is allowed to dig a hole. Does a burial have to be in a cemetery, or could "out back, behind the tool shed" be an option?

Legal matters aside, would you actually want to be embalmed and buried in a hermetically sealed box when your time comes? That always seemed contrary to the nature to me.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: TAC on December 27, 2016, 06:48:52 PM
...or kept in a freezer in the basement?
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Nick on December 27, 2016, 09:58:34 PM
Nick, I know what line of work you're in, so forgive me if this is crude or whatever, but can you share the top three most "interesting" stories from on the job?  Whatever makes them interesting is up to you.

The most interesting is certainly an involved one, so let's start with that. I had just started in the business, hired mainly as night/weekend help as removal personnel, essentially fetching bodies. At that point I wasn't licensed (or even considering getting my license) and would only go to nursing homes or hospitals by myself, and house calls were always done with a funeral director. One of my very first removals (probably 3rd or 4th) was a house call for a man who had shot himself out on his porch. Family was all gone when we got there and it was only police and coroner personnel, and I got my first glimpse into the gorier side of the business. As we assessed the decedent to decide how we wanted to get him loaded the director told me to look up, and there in a cobweb on the patio roof was a fragment of the man's skull.

And that's not what makes this story interesting. My day job at this time was at a full service gas station, and our most frequent customer was a good friend of the owner. He travelled a ton for his work and would always get gas with us, to the point he was in every other day or so. He would eventually ask for my help on his days off and I started working with him. He had two businesses, one was to install garage doors and garage door openers, and the other was more interesting, prepping appliances for moves and building on site crates for valuables to be moved, and doing the breakdown and setup if we were at the destination on the move. To say I saw some rich houses doing this is an understatement. We went to Philly and NJ suburbs of NYC, drug company CEOs, guys with classic car collections, that sort of stuff. People who often had paintings and TVs being crated that were probably worth 5x more than my car at the time. I loved working for this guy to, and to this day is the BEST boss I ever had. Great communicator, treated me well, and set me up to do well. All these years later I'd happily spend my off day working $8 an hour again for a few days working with him. But I digress...

As we worked together I found out his wife worked for a cemetery locally within my company (the corporation I work for owns 100+ funeral homes and 400+ cemeteries), and eventually I would learn a little bit about his son. I found out he had died and that my funeral home had actually handled his funeral. Over my time working with him I learned more about how his son died and were he lived and details like that, and eventually I pieced it all together... that was his son I had picked up that night. I never told him I was there, and that connection remains with me to this day as my ultimate example of how it can be a very small world sometimes.

I feel like the next story could be a bit lighter, so let's talk about the Krowitz Memorial Media Center. I worked in deathcare Allentown for 12 years, but only 4 of those were as a licensed funeral director.  And there was one family who I got along with extremely well. There were four kids, and when their dad died I handled the services. After that I helped design their stone at the cemetery and oversaw the installation, and also pre-needed their mother. Then when the mother passed I handled that funeral as well. They must have liked me as they gave me what was by far the largest tip I ever received. If I get 2-3 $50 tips in a year I'm happy, and I certainly don't expect any. Transplants from NJ or NY tend to be the ones you'll see tipping, as it's more engrained in the culture there. Anyway, the Krowitz family sent me a thank you note with a $250 check, and since I was running very low on CD/DVD space at the time I used it to buy a ~1500 unit CD/media tower that I refer to as the Krowitz Memorial Media Center.

And now we'll flip again to a tear jerker. About a year before I left Allentown to pursue opportunities elsewhere I had a house call in Coopersburg where a man had been living on hospice care with his brother. They had a dog there as well, a bigger one, a golden retriever I believe. When it came time for us to approach with our equipment the dog hopped up on the bed, sobbing, as much as a dog can sob, and shaking head to toe, just absolutely trembling over his dead owner. We gave the dog time, tried to pet him and slowly lead him away, but he would not budge. Eventually the brother just had to pick him up and then hold him back so we could take the man out of the house. I've seen similar things before, but never quite to that extent.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Nick on December 27, 2016, 10:17:44 PM
Down here Aria charges $999 to grill your loved one. Where is the overhead? Is it labor intensive? Regulatory hassle?

What's the cheapest somebody could be buried within the law? I assume not just anybody is allowed to dig a hole. Does a burial have to be in a cemetery, or could "out back, behind the tool shed" be an option?

Legal matters aside, would you actually want to be embalmed and buried in a hermetically sealed box when your time comes? That always seemed contrary to the nature to me.

There are some states where cremation is high and often inexpensive. If $999 includes everything that's relatively cheap. All said and done in Allentown you would be paying closer to $1,500 at the cheapest place, and closer to $2,700 at the place I worked. Where I am now it would be about $2,200. Most places like the one you're talking about are probably cremation factories, basically. They often don't offer services, and in general are light on the service and compassion, but you get what you pay for. If you just want them to pick up, fry, and get you back the remains with no fuss, well, then that's what you're going to get. One major cost is simply having staff or a service to pick people up 24/7 and get them back into your care. Then actually having licensed staff to meet families, and maintaining and running a retort or multiple retorts. Frankly I'd rather take the time and care to help 50 families at $2200 then 200 at $999. Labor intensive, kinda. Someone should stay with the retort for the entire cremation (1-4 hours depending on many factors), but the amount of time you are actually working during that might only be 30-45 minutes. EPA monitors the emissions from our stack (of which there should hopefully be none), but otherwise it's not too closely monitored at the federal level.

For your second question, and to tie into your first question, let me say there is some federal regulations on funeral service, but lots of things vary from state to state, so it'll always differ, and I have no clue for your state. In most counties around here if no one steps up to the plate to take charge on funeral services the county coroner will cremate the body and bury the remains in an unmarked potter's field. So really you're getting buried (after cremation) for $0. If you actually want to pay for services and don't want cremation you need to find a green cemetery, or be Muslim or Jewish and be buried in one of their cemeteries. Muslims are often buried without caskets or vaults, and Jews often without vaults. Green cemeteries may not require caskets or vaults either. So all you're left with is the digging of the hole and the funeral home's charge for immediate burial (which is usually around the cost of a direct cremation). There are also national cemeteries if you're a veteran, which will provide a grave, vault, marker, and opening/closing (digging of the grave) for free to almost any veteran.

Before I get to my plan, most caskets are NOT a truly hermetically sealed containers, they are something different and are very rarely ever used.

For me, I will be embalmed so that I can have a public viewing and service. That's the most important part of the grief process for most people. I will be placed in a Batesville Clifton cremation casket. During my viewing music I have pre-selected will be playing. I have not had the reason to really start compiling this yet, but obvious choices like The Spirit Carries On and Life Will Kill You (The Flower Kings) will certainly be on there. My service will be humanistic, with the primary focus simply being on people getting up and sharing stories about my life and our times together. I will then be cremated and have my ashes split between whatever my closest family is at that time and whichever of my closest friends are still alive. They can either keep them or simply spread them at a location that meant something to us.

...or kept in a freezer in the basement?

Unfortunately some horrendous stuff happens. Not a freezer, but not far away in Lancaster: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/funeral-home-director-benjamin-siar-gets-more-prison-time-for/article_c413a4b2-b518-11e3-8d68-001a4bcf6878.html
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Dr. DTVT on December 27, 2016, 10:40:36 PM
So, Walter can't bring in a Folger's Coffee Can to receive Donnie's ashes?  That's certainly cheaper than your most modestly priced receptacle.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Nick on December 27, 2016, 10:42:05 PM
So, Walter can't bring in a Folger's Coffee Can to receive Donnie's ashes?  That's certainly cheaper than your most modestly priced receptacle.

This particular dude abides. If the family has an urn (or urn equivalent) they wish to use, then so be it.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 28, 2016, 07:13:42 AM
:clap:
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: chknptpie on December 28, 2016, 08:43:51 AM
So, Walter can't bring in a Folger's Coffee Can to receive Donnie's ashes?  That's certainly cheaper than your most modestly priced receptacle.

This particular dude abides. If the family has an urn (or urn equivalent) they wish to use, then so be it.

ummmm my father-in-law is currently in a folgers can because we knew he would find it funny. It's a plastic one tough, we couldn't find the aluminum ones anymore!
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Nick on December 28, 2016, 04:20:04 PM
MOAR QUESTIONS!
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Adami on December 28, 2016, 04:24:43 PM
How old is the oldest cell in your body?
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: bosk1 on December 28, 2016, 04:25:57 PM
If I beat and tortured you, and doused you in toxic chemicals, would you be my Harley Quinn?
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on December 28, 2016, 04:47:22 PM
How'd you find out about Dream Theater?
This site?
What made you want to join?
What do you like about Dream Theater?
What is your favorite song/album by Dream Theater? Why?
What is your top three favorite band of all time?

What do you think of Sterling Archer?
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Adami on December 28, 2016, 05:27:20 PM
If someone presented you with a button, and told you that pushing this button will brutally and painfully murder a random DTF member, and that if you chose not to push it, they would quickly and painlessly kill Kotowboy, would you push the button?
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Nick on December 28, 2016, 06:47:26 PM
How old is the oldest cell in your body?

Google says about 10 years old.

If I beat and tortured you, and doused you in toxic chemicals, would you be my Harley Quinn?

I would be... extremely angry.

How'd you find out about Dream Theater?
This site?
What made you want to join?
What do you like about Dream Theater?
What is your favorite song/album by Dream Theater? Why?
What is your top three favorite band of all time?
What do you think of Sterling Archer?

I found out about Dream Theater searching around for music very early in my musical exploration days. If I recall correctly two of the first videos I watched were for Lie and As I Am. Not sure how I found this site, it was DT.net back then and I didn't really belong actively to many message boards and seemed like a nice enough one, and so I joined in Dec. 2003.

What I liked about Dream Theater for many years was their combination of technicality with amazing songwriting. Live, I loved that I could go to multiple shows on a tour and never knew what the setlist might be (this was years ago of course). My favorite album for many years was Train of Thought, and I've always said I love that album because Dream Theater does heavy metal better than any band that does it full time. Over the years I've changed that to my 2nd favorite behind Scenes From a Memory, which is one of my 10 favorite albums of all time.

My two favorite bands have always been Rush and Dream Theater, and I have a tattoo of each dedicated to what each have meant to my life. Behind that it's always been more wide open. Right now that third spot would have to go to Haken.

I have a tendency to like morally terrible characters way too much, and so it is with Archer. Obviously not someone to look up to in many ways, but certainly very entertaining within the show.

If someone presented you with a button, and told you that pushing this button will brutally and painfully murder a random DTF member, and that if you chose not to push it, they would quickly and painlessly kill Kotowboy, would you push the button?

It would only be fair not to push the button... for the merciful death. Thank you for your sacrifice KTB.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: axeman90210 on December 28, 2016, 07:00:17 PM
What is it about your personality that you think most irked John Wesley?
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 28, 2016, 07:07:46 PM
I've seen you on my floor in my living room..  Give others the fun stories following Haken for 5 shows on the last tour or I will spill details.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Nick on December 28, 2016, 07:42:48 PM
What is it about your personality that you think most irked John Wesley?

He was probably intimidated by my extreme manliness.

I've seen you on my floor in my living room..  Give others the fun stories following Haken for 5 shows on the last tour or I will spill details.

To be honest there was a lot of travel involved, and so perhaps not as many stories as there could be. The highlight was definitely the dinner we had in Boston with all the folks from Haken. At prior shows we would hang out near the venue for a bit or backstage after soundcheck for a bit, things like that, but we didn't have too much time in any of the cities. On our short travel days (Buffalo>Toronto and Montreal>Quebec City) is when we did the most exploring. Got to see Niagara Falls for the first time which was awesome, and then in Quebec City we visited an old fortress which was cool and then spent some time in a barcade for the first time.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on December 28, 2016, 08:09:41 PM
I love Quebec City besides the people who hate you don't speak French.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 29, 2016, 08:29:47 AM
Have you ever smelled Mike Mangini's hair?
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: bosk1 on December 29, 2016, 08:57:49 AM
1.  When you first started modding at what was DTF.com (prior to becoming 5/8), some folks were overly critical of you being a moderator.  Fast forward to 2016.  You are one of the reasons this place runs as smoothly as it does and why the band is happy this place exists.  What do you feel is your role in all that, and what do you think were some of the keys of your success in being a forum moderator?

2.  What memories/perspectives can you share of the progression from dt.net/bb to dtf.com to 5/8 to dtf.org?

3.  If there is one thing you would like people who do not mod a forum to know about The Mod Life, what would it be?

4.  You like (or liked) a lot of bands whose hey day slightly precedes you, like Def Leppard, for instance.  How did you get into some of those bands?  Were your parents into them, so you got into them by virtue of hearing them a lot as you were growing up?  Did you just gravitate toward the music on your own?  Something else?

5.  Should I re-open P/R?
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 29, 2016, 09:01:07 AM
If there is one thing you would like people who do not mod a forum to know about The Mod Life, what would it be?
Oooh, that's a good question.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: bosk1 on December 29, 2016, 09:04:43 AM
I know, right?  I wish I had thought of asking you that one (and question #2 as well).  But you can still feel free to share, even though it is no longer your turn.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 29, 2016, 09:29:15 AM
Maybe later.  :tup  It's Nick's turn now, let's hear his perspective.  :)
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Stadler on December 29, 2016, 10:46:30 AM
Nick is preparing the fondue for his New Year's Eve party (consider this an invite!) and asked me to reply:

3.  If there is one thing you would like people who do not mod a forum to know about The Mod Life, what would it be?

Well, really, it's all about the two hours a day I'm modding.   The rest - all the interviews, the groupies, the hookers, the blow, the travel - it's really all secondary to the main point: the two hours we're "on stage", so to speak. 

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4.  You like (or liked) a lot of bands whose hey day slightly precedes you, like Def Leppard, for instance.  How did you get into some of those bands?  Were your parents into them, so you got into them by virtue of hearing them a lot as you were growing up?  Did you just gravitate toward the music on your own?  Something else?

Stadler and Orbert.  I just kind of see what those two old farts like and they're usually right on the mark. 

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5.  Should I re-open P/R?

YES.



(Guys, I'm kidding; I think these are excellent questions, and look forward to Nick - who I don't think I've ever actually spoken to - to answer.)
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on December 29, 2016, 01:09:23 PM
Bravo.

I will just say that your faux answer to # 3 is not entirely inaccurate.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Tick on December 29, 2016, 01:34:49 PM
Why is bacon the best food on the planet?
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Nick on December 29, 2016, 05:17:45 PM
Have you ever smelled Mike Mangini's hair?

I have never met Mr. Mangini, unfortunately. I became a fan in 2003, and had met every member of that lineup except JLB. I had met JP once, JM once, JR maybe four times, and I've now met Portnoy close to 15-20 times probably. Now I need to meet JLB and Mangini, and of course, smell their hair.

Why is bacon the best food on the planet?

I really enjoy bacon, but cannot call it the best food on the planet. However, when it's prepared the way I like it (floppy, no crispy parts), then it does come very close.

Bosk answers in next post.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Nick on December 29, 2016, 05:45:18 PM
1.  When you first started modding at what was DTF.com (prior to becoming 5/8), some folks were overly critical of you being a moderator.  Fast forward to 2016.  You are one of the reasons this place runs as smoothly as it does and why the band is happy this place exists.  What do you feel is your role in all that, and what do you think were some of the keys of your success in being a forum moderator?

2.  What memories/perspectives can you share of the progression from dt.net/bb to dtf.com to 5/8 to dtf.org?

3.  If there is one thing you would like people who do not mod a forum to know about The Mod Life, what would it be?

4.  You like (or liked) a lot of bands whose hey day slightly precedes you, like Def Leppard, for instance.  How did you get into some of those bands?  Were your parents into them, so you got into them by virtue of hearing them a lot as you were growing up?  Did you just gravitate toward the music on your own?  Something else?

5.  Should I re-open P/R?

There are a couple parts of question #1 that are interconnected. I think one of the reasons this place runs as smoothly as it does today has less to do with the current moderating and more to do with the forum growing older together, and knowing what's expected of one another. Of course people have come and gone, but there is always enough people coming back to post year to year that standard procedures are very well set. I don't think we see as large of an influx of new people and I think that makes it easier as well. The hardest part of modding, by far, has always been balancing out what the vision for the forum was with the friendships and social happenings outside of the forum.  Now people seem to understand that you can act one way here and another way elsewhere, and be happy in both places. And people who had issue with that either learned it or left. My role in all that was always trying to explain that, and the rules to people, without wanting to murder everyone when I had to quote a rule for the 13546th time.

As a member I saw the transition from DT.net > DTF.com to be an easy and somewhat welcome one. At that time Portnoy clearly had favor with his forum, so at that point separating from official channels and having a true fan space was nice. The next split was definitely more complicated. In hindsight I agree that there were two distinct groups on DTF.com; those who wanted a more casual site, with more general discussion about everything, and those who wanted a DT centered community that had other stuff as well. My major issue is how it happened. Frankly I still feel years of posts, a built up member base, and forum were stolen. DTF.com should have become DTF.org, and 5/8 should have started anew. Instead the opposite happened. But thankfully this place was able to gain traction and rose from the ashes.

 As for the mod life, it kinda goes back to question one. I'm not going to lie, sometimes if people are being complete dicks, it's fun to pull out the banhammer, flex your e-muscle and send them into oblivion. But 9 times out of 10 you just want people to have a good discussion and a fun time and hate having to be moderating. Also, the ability to change names, profiles, and such can certainly be fun at times. :D

As for much of that old music, I grew up listening to classic rock on the radio, which can certainly be attributed to my dad and mom, as they would often have it on, but by the time I was a kid neither of them were huge music fans going to concerts regularly or anything like that, but my dad did take me to see Pink Floyd and Lynnyrd Skynnard in the 90s. It was background really at that point. A friend (who some will know as Jeff from MindMaze) got free tickets to Def Leppard in 2003 I believe, and took me along and believe it or not that really pushed me along into wanting to explore music more. Jeff also had a drum kit and wanted to play guitar as well. Wanting someone to play with he just kinda taught me how to play drums a little. I started buying a few CDs (including my first Rush), and would occasionally see what my dad had in his small collection. I really just went from there and explored what I liked, time was never really important to me. If an album was put out last week or 1975, I never really paid attention to that. Hell, even Dream Theater was "before my time" really. But Rush got my into a ton of of progressive rock, and Dream Theater and Iron Maiden a ton of older metal. My mother does like to give me shit for liking "all that stuff that was put out before you were even born".

As for P/R, I have remained silent on that for the same reason I don't really participate in P/R, I love that it's there, but fear it as well. I truly think if I went there regularly I would either end up banning half the people and/or get myself banned. I visit and browse quite often, but rarely if ever post. That said, I think a large part of the forum finds a home there, and the discussion is important to have, or at least see, in order to have better understanding on anything. So while perhaps a new rule might need to be put in place, or some other system to change it a bit, I definitely think that P/R should reopen at some point.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Nick on January 01, 2017, 10:37:36 PM
It's Monday here, so my week is up, thanks for the questions everyone. :)
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on January 01, 2017, 10:59:03 PM
Nick, hopefully I can slide by one more question before your turn is fully over.

1) How'd you spend your Christmas and New Years?
2) What is your New Year's Resolution?
3) Looking back at 2016, is there anything that you regret doing/not doing or is there anything that you can smile about saying, "man, that was quite an achievement!"
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Nick on January 02, 2017, 08:11:04 AM
Nick, hopefully I can slide by one more question before your turn is fully over.

1) How'd you spend your Christmas and New Years?
2) What is your New Year's Resolution?
3) Looking back at 2016, is there anything that you regret doing/not doing or is there anything that you can smile about saying, "man, that was quite an achievement!"

This was a very weird year in that I didn't have work to contend with for Christmas Eve, Christmas, NYE, or NYD.

Christmas eve I made meatballs, and then brought them up to my mother's house where that side of the family does their Christmas together. My girlfriend was able to come along for a bulk of the night as well. There was the exchange of gag gifts, as well as a handful of normal gifts throughout the extended family. There was so much delicious food that night it was ridiculous. Many had plenty to drink as well, and at 10pm when most people left, my mother, step-father, aunt, and I played a couple of rounds of pinochle till about midnight. Then we roped in my sister and her boyfriend when my aunt left and switched to scattergories for awhile. Then around 1:30am we did our primary gift exchange before heading to the sofa for some sleep.

Got up around 10am, happened to see A Christmas Story for the first time, and then three of us played a round of monopoly. Made my devilled eggs and headed off to my dad's side of the family for Christmas. Much more reserved there, had a good time, swapped a handful of gifts and had another fantastic meal, and then cut out a little early so I could head down and catch the tail end of my girlfriend's family Christmas. Some people had left, but I got to see others and exchange gifts with her parents  before heading home.

New Years Eve started out by playing hockey in the morning (not really eve, but frankly any day I'm playing hockey is one of the best parts of the day), and then a lot of general laziness throughout the rest of the day. From there all is what it always is. Went up to the NYE party I always go to, got about as drunk as I will all year, had a great time with some people I'll only see 1-3 times this year, and always love seeing again, had a lot of great food again, and finally laid my head on my air mattress and was quickly out. Got up the next morning, headed home, stopping by to see my best friend and his wife to see how their holidays went, and then resumed general laziness at home for awhile. Then late it was off to the in-laws again for the NYD meal (pork was SO good), and as always an outdoor hockey game on TV. Usually it would be the winter classic but this time around the Centennial Classic was on NYD.

I didn't make a resolution this year, and I often don't. I have a few general goals on how I'd like to direct my life, but no set resolutions.

As for 2016, that's easy. I left a job of 12 years and an apartment of 8 to take a new job elsewhere, move, and own a home for the first time. The positive and negative repercussions of that will likely be felt for many years to come, and while it seems like, and I hope I will look back years from now as a mostly positive thing, it was undoubtedly a huge step and milestone.
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on January 02, 2017, 09:27:00 AM
Awesome answer, thanks Nick! :tup
Title: Re: The Ask Nick Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on January 05, 2017, 04:12:40 PM
I'm too late this week :/ Serah agreed to answer questions from today to the next Monday, I'll extend it if there are enough questions.
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on January 05, 2017, 04:40:25 PM
Serah, since you started the steam thread, what are some of your favorite video games?
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on January 05, 2017, 04:44:33 PM
Oh my, that is a hard question, trying to pick my favorites.

Right now, I am obsessed with the Hyperdimension Neptunia series and have my eyes fixed on it for the longest time. I downloaded all their games and I'm trying them out and it is amazing. Though this game is directed towards male audiences, I find the game to be really cute. I love anime also and hack n slash so this game for me is my favorite.

Though there are many perverted moments and "fan service" moments, but that aside, Hyperdimension Neptunia is awesome, as is RWBY: The Grimm Eclipse, another hack n slash game.

Left 4 Dead is also a very fun game and that is how I found out about Hyperdimension Neptunia. I realized that there were HDN mods for Left 4 Dead and when I first downloaded, I had no idea what HDN was, but as I downloaded the mod, I grew interested and by reading HDN's wiki page, my interest piqued and I bought the game and it did not disappoint.

:)
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Stadler on January 06, 2017, 06:23:56 AM
You have an hour to kill, by yourself in your house:   Video game, music, television, movie, book, or none of the above?

Favorite:
- Smell?
- Sound?
- Color?
- Taste?
- Texture/feeling?

What's your favorite album cover (you have to pick one)?
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Chino on January 06, 2017, 07:06:52 AM
What are your thoughts and feeling on the movie Avatar?
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on January 06, 2017, 08:36:37 AM
Isn't dark chocolate just awesome?

What is your favorite Star Wars film?

If Nick and ariich were both drowning, and you could only save one of them, what is your favorite color?
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on January 06, 2017, 08:37:40 AM
You have an hour to kill, by yourself in your house:   Video game, music, television, movie, book, or none of the above?

Oh man, oh man, that is a great question. I love all of them, but I'd have to pick video game, music, or book. I guess it would depend on my mood that day. Sometimes, I would go for reading a book, other times it'd be to relax to some nice music, but mostly, I'd play video games. Whether it be on Steam or my PS4.

Favorite:
- Smell?
- Sound?
- Color?
- Taste?
- Texture/feeling?

The smell of sweet strawberry's is what I love the most. My mom wears perfume that smells like strawberries and I've fallen in love with it, so now that's what I use now.

I love the sound of raindrops falling onto water. Like the introduction to DT's Beneath the Surface, it is really soothing. As well as the tides of the beach or the sound of waterfall.

My favorite color? Wow, that's hard. I actually like cobalt green the most. It is very relaxing to look into.

The taste of Vanilla Bean from Starbucks. <3

I love the feeling of goo. It's very squishy and I just love to feel it ooze out of my hands.

What's your favorite album cover (you have to pick one)?

My favorite album cover would have to be "Food for Thought Substitute" by Heaven's Cry. It's quite brilliant, actually. :D
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on January 06, 2017, 08:39:15 AM
What are your thoughts and feeling on the movie Avatar?

I <3 Avatar. When I began watching, the movie just got me hooked. It really gave me a strong emotional feel to it and I ended up crying during the movie. It really is a top 5 movie of all time. The plot, the characters, they just blend together perfectly to make that one perfect movie. <3
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Chino on January 06, 2017, 08:41:02 AM
What are your thoughts and feeling on the movie Avatar?

I <3 Avatar. When I began watching, the movie just got me hooked. It really gave me a strong emotional feel to it and I ended up crying during the movie. It really is a top 5 movie of all time. The plot, the characters, they just blend together perfectly to make that one perfect movie. <3

We're going to get along just fine



:chino:
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on January 06, 2017, 08:43:37 AM
Isn't dark chocolate just awesome?

Heck yeah! I <3 chocolate so freaking much!! Put me in a room with them, and man I'm going to go super crazy. Chocolate is THE favorite snack of mine and has helped me a lot when I was going through those phases. All I ask for Christmas or my birthday would be chocolates. Chocolate is love and that is THE greatest invention ever made by anyone. Yum!

What is your favorite Star Wars film?

Oooh, that's a toughie. My favorite would have to be Star Wars V: The Emperor strikes back. It's the first Star Wars film I've ever watched and has paved me for other Star Wars movies. Everything about it though is great also. And then moment when Luke finds out Darth Vader is his father.... :(

If Nick and ariich were both drowning, and you could only save one of them, what is your favorite color?

XD
If they were both drowning, I'd try to save them both, cuz they are both awesome. :)
Favorite color would be cobalt green. Love to look at that color.
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on January 06, 2017, 08:44:41 AM
What are your thoughts and feeling on the movie Avatar?

I <3 Avatar. When I began watching, the movie just got me hooked. It really gave me a strong emotional feel to it and I ended up crying during the movie. It really is a top 5 movie of all time. The plot, the characters, they just blend together perfectly to make that one perfect movie. <3

Heh heh, awesome!! :tup

We're going to get along just fine



:chino:
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Hyperplex on January 06, 2017, 08:46:44 AM
Favorite Lord of the Rings movie? (original trilogy, exclude The Hobbit)

Thoughts on Avatar: The Last Airbender (series, not movie)

Pick your favorite band: what one song do you feel encompasses everything that band is/represents more than any other?
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on January 06, 2017, 08:58:03 AM
Favorite Lord of the Rings movie? (original trilogy, exclude The Hobbit)

My favorite Lord of the Rings movie would be....The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King. I remember watching a trailer for that movie when I was young and it was a hit for me. My favorite scene out of all the movies rests in here. Theoden's speech made me want to ride in next to him and defeat the orcs, though I'd probably die the first few seconds. :lol

Thoughts on Avatar: The Last Airbender (series, not movie)

I <3 it!! Honestly, I have been watching Avatar: The Last Airbender for quite a while and it really is interesting. Though I love it, I don't watch it as much as other cartoons or anime's, but it is still extremely rock solid.

Pick your favorite band: what one song do you feel encompasses everything that band is/represents more than any other?

Golly, that's a hard one. I'm going to have to go with Dream Theater. :)
And I'm sure most people agree with me, but I think the song Octavarium encompasses everything the band represents more than any other. I may also think that Octavarium is the greatest song to be ever created by any band.
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Hyperplex on January 06, 2017, 09:04:45 AM
I <3 it!! Honestly, I have been watching Avatar: The Last Airbender for quite a while and it really is interesting. Though I love it, I don't watch it as much as other cartoons or anime's, but it is still extremely rock solid.

I don't even consider ATLA to be anime, despite its obvious use of the style. But to me, the detail of the backstory, the study put into the martial arts, the character depth and development, the humor, the underlying story itself, and just the fact that it was accessible to kids and adults at the same time without pandering to either puts it in the top echelon of animated series. And it's also why Shymalamadingdong's wretched abortion of a movie was so bowel-wrenchingly disturbing.
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: OpenYourEyes311 on January 06, 2017, 09:20:29 AM
Is Final Fantasy XIII your favorite of the series?

Thoughts on FFXV?
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: bosk1 on January 06, 2017, 09:27:14 AM
Golly, that's a hard one. I'm going to have to go with Dream Theater. :)
And I'm sure most people agree with me, but I think the song Octavarium encompasses everything the band represents more than any other. I may also think that Octavarium is the greatest song to be ever created by any band.

Interesting.  It is "officially" my third favorite (behind Six Degrees and A Change of Seasons).  But I am listening to it, and right now, I might actually like it better.  Hard to say.  Either way, I just find it so cool that so deep into their career, they continue to release music that is just so good.  Almost every album they release causes me to rethink my album/song rankings, and that is a pretty impressive thing.
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on January 06, 2017, 09:32:05 AM
Is Final Fantasy XIII your favorite of the series?

Thoughts on FFXV?

Heck yeah! XIII is my favorite for obvious reasons, I'm sure you've figured out. ;)
That reason aside, the gameplay itself is also very awesome. Though I have to give the cutscenes/cinematics the main edge. The interaction between Fang and Lightning touched my heart.

I haven't bought FFXV yet, though it's still high on my wishlist. Probably going to get it on birthday or such, I'm sure my parents won't mind cuz they were the ones who introduced me to FF.
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on January 06, 2017, 09:36:21 AM
Golly, that's a hard one. I'm going to have to go with Dream Theater. :)
And I'm sure most people agree with me, but I think the song Octavarium encompasses everything the band represents more than any other. I may also think that Octavarium is the greatest song to be ever created by any band.

Interesting.  It is "officially" my third favorite (behind Six Degrees and A Change of Seasons).  But I am listening to it, and right now, I might actually like it better.  Hard to say.  Either way, I just find it so cool that so deep into their career, they continue to release music that is just so good.  Almost every album they release causes me to rethink my album/song rankings, and that is a pretty impressive thing.

:) Yeah. My ranking for Dream Theater is: 1) Octavarium, 2) A Change of Seasons, and 3) In the Presence of Enemies. Octavarium has been my favorite ever since I first listened to it. I had listened to ACOS first and that had been my favorite until Octavarium came out. Though 2 and 3 alternates, 1 has never ever changed for me. I'm not sure what I like about that song. Musically, I find it to be a beautiful piece with that continuum introduction and that flute, then there's that melancholy bass section as well as Jordan's keyboard solo then that epic closer of Petrucci's solo in the end that reduces me to tears.

And agreed, Dream Theater never ceases to disappoint and they never will disappoint me. When DT 12 came out, Illumination Theory battled against ITPOE and almost exceed A Change of Seasons. Dream Theater is a miracle worker and indeed majestic.
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: OpenYourEyes311 on January 06, 2017, 09:42:00 AM
Heck yeah! XIII is my favorite for obvious reasons, I'm sure you've figured out. ;)
That reason aside, the gameplay itself is also very awesome. Though I have to give the cutscenes/cinematics the main edge. The interaction between Fang and Lightning touched my heart.

I haven't bought FFXV yet, though it's still high on my wishlist. Probably going to get it on birthday or such, I'm sure my parents won't mind cuz they were the ones who introduced me to FF.

Yes, XIII is amazing. Loved the whole trilogy, but the first is my fave FF ever. XV is definitely worth playing, it feels like a cross between XIII and XIV, which was also a good one. 68 hours into it and I'm still loving it.

Have you played any of the older ones? I've beaten all from I-X, and if you've yet to play any of them, I suggest any from V-IX first, and then try the first one at some point. Lots of fun video gaming in the FF series.
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on January 06, 2017, 09:48:26 AM
Heck yeah! XIII is my favorite for obvious reasons, I'm sure you've figured out. ;)
That reason aside, the gameplay itself is also very awesome. Though I have to give the cutscenes/cinematics the main edge. The interaction between Fang and Lightning touched my heart.

I haven't bought FFXV yet, though it's still high on my wishlist. Probably going to get it on birthday or such, I'm sure my parents won't mind cuz they were the ones who introduced me to FF.

Yes, XIII is amazing. Loved the whole trilogy, but the first is my fave FF ever. XV is definitely worth playing, it feels like a cross between XIII and XIV, which was also a good one. 68 hours into it and I'm still loving it.

Have you played any of the older ones? I've beaten all from I-X, and if you've yet to play any of them, I suggest any from V-IX first, and then try the first one at some point. Lots of fun video gaming in the FF series.

Awesome! :tup
Because of you, I really want XV now. Wow, 68 hours and still your passion for it isn't burning? My, talk about a great game!!

And older ones? Yep, only a couple of them.  Yeah, I've played IV-X, but not III, II, and I, thought I'm looking forward to having a night where a binge all the FF games from start to finish while pulling an all nighter. I'm going to have that soon. :)
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Stadler on January 06, 2017, 11:58:43 AM
Oooh, that's a toughie. My favorite would have to be Star Wars V: The Emperor strikes back. It's the first Star Wars film I've ever watched and has paved me for other Star Wars movies. Everything about it though is great also. And then moment when Luke finds out Darth Vader is his father.... :(


FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, SPOILER ALERT! 



 ;D
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on January 09, 2017, 06:20:58 AM
FYI, I will be away on a short vacation From Thursday night, through the rest of the weekend, so I'll be posting via the feckinlems mobile skin...  OH WAIT, THERE ISN'T A MOBILE INTERFACE.   :censored

Anyway, during those times, I will still do my best to answer any questions that may be posted.
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Elite on January 09, 2017, 07:30:47 AM
Oooh, that's a toughie. My favorite would have to be Star Wars V: The Emperor strikes back. It's the first Star Wars film I've ever watched and has paved me for other Star Wars movies. Everything about it though is great also. And then moment when Luke finds out Darth Vader is his father.... :(


FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, SPOILER ALERT! 



 ;D


Whaaaaaaaa
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on January 09, 2017, 01:03:11 PM
Oooh, that's a toughie. My favorite would have to be Star Wars V: The Emperor strikes back. It's the first Star Wars film I've ever watched and has paved me for other Star Wars movies. Everything about it though is great also. And then moment when Luke finds out Darth Vader is his father.... :(


FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, SPOILER ALERT! 



 ;D


Whaaaaaaaa

Oops!! Sowwie! 🤗
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Stadler on January 09, 2017, 02:14:13 PM
I really thought that was going to get a very different reaction.   Of course I was kidding about the "spoiler".  It's the topic of late night comedy routines, and I've even heard references to "Luke, I'm your father" in a corporate boardroom once.

I think EVERYONE knows that Vader is Luke's father.  That's the joke. :)
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on January 09, 2017, 02:17:32 PM
OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE, NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU'LL BE TELLING US ALL THAT LEIA IS REALLY LUKE'S SISTER, WTF???
Title: Re: The Ask Serah Farron Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on January 09, 2017, 03:58:47 PM
I really thought that was going to get a very different reaction.   Of course I was kidding about the "spoiler".  It's the topic of late night comedy routines, and I've even heard references to "Luke, I'm your father" in a corporate boardroom once.

I think EVERYONE knows that Vader is Luke's father.  That's the joke. :)

Ah, that maakes sense. xD

I was shocked when I first figured that out. Our jaws dropped to the floor in complete unison.

OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE, NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU'LL BE TELLING US ALL THAT LEIA IS REALLY LUKE'S SISTER, WTF???

:lol :lol


And Tomi, if you didn't get my message, you can start with SirGuitarCozmo. My turn is up. :tup
Title: Re: The Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Tomislav95 on January 09, 2017, 05:09:46 PM
So yeah, it's Cozmo's turn. 
Title: Re: The Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: ReaperKK on January 09, 2017, 06:02:36 PM
Coz, how old where you when you started playing guitar? What's your favorite guitar that you own?
Title: Re: The Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on January 09, 2017, 06:17:27 PM
I was 16.  I'd been playing drums for several years and decided I wanted to start learning how to play my brother's bass guitar.  He had the tab for the whole Master of Puppets album and that was where I started.  Ambitious.

This is my fave, my 1990 (I think) Ibanez RG570:

(https://scontent.fagc1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10351401_305838816249454_708144355813867262_n.jpg?oh=6f101b7750909d259f2858b95c608eb5&oe=58DB6069)
Title: Re: The Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on January 09, 2017, 06:32:15 PM
Coz on a scale to 1 the 10, with 10 being the best, how would you rate your Whahíbrido pickingant in bed?

Do you go clockwise or counter clockwise?
Title: Re: The Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on January 09, 2017, 06:40:26 PM
Based on the feedback I received on Thursday, I'm going with 10.

Clockwise. It's the natural order of things, in an ocd kinda way.
Title: Re: The Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: kingshmegland on January 09, 2017, 06:47:18 PM
I love you and I will only drink alcohol with you.   No hanky Whahíbrido pickingant Panky with you. Lol
Title: Re: The Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Serah Farron on January 09, 2017, 06:59:54 PM
What is the history of your username?

What is your favorite Dream Theater song/album?

What is your least favorite DT song and album?

How do you kill time?

Top 5 bands?
Title: Re: The Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: millahh on January 09, 2017, 09:19:54 PM
Based on the feedback I received on Thursday, I'm going with 10.


You must be devastated that it didn't go to 11; what are you drinking to cope with this?
Title: Re: The Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Orbert on January 09, 2017, 11:35:49 PM
What was your best gig ever?  Why?  And of course where and when and any other important details.

If you can't decide on absolute best, give a couple of top contenders.
Title: Re: The Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 10, 2017, 12:57:14 AM
When did you get knighted?

Are you Sammy Hagar's long lost brother? Or are you Sammy Hagar?

If so, can you please tell Eddie to get his ass up and make some music again?

Title: Re: The Ask Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on January 10, 2017, 06:31:26 AM
What is the history of your username?

One of my lifelong loves has been playing guitar.  There really is nothing in the world like it and if I could make a living doing nothing but playing my guitar, I damn sure would.  So there's the "Guitar" part of it.

The "Cozmo" part has a story:  July 4, 1997.  My Kiss tribute band, Cold Gin was playing a gig at the Brokedown Palace in Washburn, WI.  We're sitting in the upstairs apartment, overlooking Chequamegon Bay (a small inlet of Lake Superior), putting on our makeup for the show.  Now the bass player, who'd formed the band many years prior had the same name as me.  Since he'd been in the band longer, it was decided that I needed a nickname to cut down on confusion.

They liked to razz me about the fact that I was always a little bit of a nerd, so they suggested Newman (a la Alfred E. Newman).  Then they all said "Nah, people will confuse that for Newman from Seinfeld".  Coincidentally, at the time, I'd dyed my hair black to blend in with the Ace Frehley wig I wore for gigs.  I'd also started growing it out, so it was constantly unruly and difficult to manage.  Given the "Nah, they'll think Newman from Seinfeld" idea and my black, unruly hair, our singer mentioned about how my hair looked like Kramer's.  Kramer's first name is Cozmo.  Voila.

The "Sir" part of it came when hefdaddy42 knighted me as a representative of the rational minded masses when I went to the "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington DC.


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What is your favorite Dream Theater song/album?

My favorite song is Scarred.  Something about that song just gets me.  I love it.  Second favorite is probably Surrounded.  My favorite album is probably Images and Words, because it was my first and I played the living shit out of it.


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What is your least favorite DT song and album?

That's difficult, because along about the ToT album, they started to lose me with really long and self-indulgent songs (in my opinion).  I made a brief attempt to listen to A Dramatic Turn of Events.  After about 5-7 minutes of listening, I couldn't remember anything I'd heard.  That's how little it spoke to me.  Now that's not to say I haven't found gems here or there in the later years (notably Root of All Evil), but most of it is dismissible for me.  My roots are more in 80's hard rock and hair metal, so I tend to prefer 3-5 minute songs about drinking, partying, and screwing.  Things I can identify with.  :lol


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How do you kill time?

Most of the time, it's by playing games on my phone.  I'm constantly looking for new escape-type games to play or other random time-wasters.  Often if I'm at home, I'm sitting at the computer playing Grand Theft Auto.


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Top 5 bands?

It's such a difficult question, because my preference may be different from one day to the next.  I'll answer this along the lines of "If you could only listen to 5 bands' full catalogues for the rest of your life, whose would you choose?"

Kiss
Van Halen
The Descendents
ZO2
Paul Gilbert
Title: Re: The Ask Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on January 10, 2017, 06:36:23 AM
Based on the feedback I received on Thursday, I'm going with 10.
You must be devastated that it didn't go to 11; what are you drinking to cope with this?

Well, yeah, it always goes to 11.  I assumed that was a given.  But I often try to make ten more whahibrido and make ten be the top... pickingant... and make that a little more whahibrido.  In such situations, it's Jack.  We always have Yuengling lager on tap at the house.  My second most likely go to beer is Troeg's Perpetual IPA.  After I'm done with beer, I typically switch to JD and light apple juice.  Sounds very questionable, but they go together MUCH better than you would imagine.  Every once in a while, I'll pour some bourbon in a rocks glass, just high enough to cover the ice.  :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on January 10, 2017, 06:54:27 AM
What was your best gig ever?  Why?  And of course where and when and any other important details.

If you can't decide on absolute best, give a couple of top contenders.

Oh wow, that's difficult, because there are so many.  I think I'm probably pushing 350 gigs at this point.  First off, here's a Google map I did up, showing every place I can remember playing (except the one place in Mexico, that was just a marker for my own purposes).  I've tried to put tidbits on each marker to give at least a little information.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1cmJG_XoFTQ36AyDIHwNFtYYqkz4&hl=en&ll=30.55597213529521%2C-86.18175550000001&z=4

One of the best/most memorable was October 31, 1998.  We flew to Panama City, Panama on the 30th for a gig at Bacchus Club in downtown Panama City on the night of the 31st.  It was a great show, because Kiss had never played in Panama (at least to that point), so our coming was a big deal.  There was a full page ad in the local newspaper for our gig, with our 8x10 on it.  There was a TV commercial I saw for it.  When we were dressed and ready to go to the gig, a reporter was in the lobby waiting to talk to us.  She wanted us to say something specific to the camera in Spanish.  Being the only one that had even the remotest amount of experience with speaking Spanish, I had to help the other three understand how to say what she was asking us to say.  We did the show and it was a huge success.  Although English is spoken a good bit there, I did find times where I was trying to remember things I'd learned in HS Spanish, in order to communicate.  Flew to DFW the next day (Nov 1) in shorts, and immediately back to Baltimore the same day.  I got into Baltimore freezing my ass off.  :lol

The downside to this gig was that we'd spent the ENTIRE month of October 1998 on the road in the Midwest and we were all sick and the 3 of us with girlfriends were missing them and catching hell from them every chance they got.  If one of us called home at a gas station, that gf would call the other two and tell them.  The other two guys that didn't call home caught hell.  It was a miserable month while being an awesome month all at the same time.

Another that I do recall was at the Station in Warwick, RI.  The place that Great White burned down.  Once of my favorite places to play.  We were on our way there and only the roadie and I had been there before, but we told the guys they weren't gonna believe this place.  Being jaded road dogs, everyone thinks they've seen it all before.  So we all squeeze into a VERY small dressing room just off the stage.  4 of us with big bins for costumes and needing well lit places to put makeup on, etc.  Difficult, but the room was littered with tons of rock and roll graffiti.  So we walk out of the dressing room on to the stage, ready to go.  There is a HUGE curtain across the front of the stage, so nobody can see us.  We start into the first song (Either I Stole Your Love or Deuce), and the curtain pulls away to reveal a club so packed with people, you couldn't have gotten another person in with a shoehorn.  This was a small one story club and I shit you not, there was someone in the back on someone's shoulders.  It looked like there were people going up the walls, it was so packed.  THOSE are the kind of shows where no matter HOW tired you are, no matter WTF bad shit is going on in your life, you give 150%, from the first note to the last.  All the other guys in the band were blown away by this place.  REAL bummer that it's gone.

EDIT:  added the map link
Title: Re: The Ask Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on January 10, 2017, 07:00:20 AM
When did you get knighted?

Are you Sammy Hagar's long lost brother? Or are you Sammy Hagar?

If so, can you please tell Eddie to get his ass up and make some music again?

As noted above, I was knighted in late 2010 by hefdaddy42 as a representative of the rational minded masses when I went to the "Rally to Restore Sanity" in Washington DC.

I am NOT Sammy Hagar's long lost brother, but as you can tell, I have VERY curly hair.  Naturally curly and I can't stand it.  I would prefer it if was straight, but oh well.  I can NOT tell you how many times I've gone out looking like the pic I posted above and been told I looked like Sammy Hagar.

Make some music again or make some good music again?  :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Kwyjibo on January 10, 2017, 07:15:33 AM
Make some music again or make some good music again?  :lol

Start with doing anything at all and then work up to good music. Just finished reading an (unofficial) biography of VH and the writer quoted Eddie several times of having tons of unreleased songs and material. So dear Eddie, just move your ass and get it out.  :metal
Title: Re: The Ask Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on January 10, 2017, 07:18:36 AM
Oh, good lord, can you imagine how much bitchin' VH shit there is that nobody will likely ever hear?
Title: Re: The Ask Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Orbert on January 10, 2017, 11:48:42 AM
Thanks for the stories, Cozmo!  I just love hearing first-person gig stories.
Title: Re: The Ask Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Sir GuitarCozmo on January 10, 2017, 12:24:08 PM
I've told the story before, but one time we were slated to do a Kiss tribute gig at a place in Lebanon, PA, called D'Alexander's (probably in 2000, I believe).  Sometime early the afternoon of the gig the agent calls us up and says "Hey, Zakk Wylde and his relatively new band, Black Label Society just happen to be on their way through town tonight, do you guys mind if they open up for you?"

*listens in disbelief*

Um, fuck yeah, they can open for us!  Awesome!!  So we get there, and fortunately they have in-house sound, one of the greatest luxuries I've ever enjoyed as a musician.  We set our gear up, and get to getting made up.  Somewhere along the way, BLS shows up, sets up, comes into the "dressing room" and hangs out.  They go out and do their set, which included a CRUSHING rendition of War Pigs, then we come on and do our thing.  It was a surreal experience doing Shock Me, and my entire Ace Frehley solo bit, and looking to my right to see Zakk Wylde standing behing the PA speakers cheering me on.  Got this pic after the show:

(http://i.imgur.com/Jzz6t.jpg)

Nowadays, when I tell people this story, I tell them "Look, if I was you, I'd totally be like sure, BLS opened for your KISS band, whatever dude."  A year or so ago, I was in a local guitar shop run by a guitar player from a few local bands.  While I was in there, I saw ANOTHER guy from the local scene in there and we were talking and the Cold Gin thing came up, and the owner, Chris, says "Is that the same Cold Gin that BLS opened for in Lebanon?"

I was like "YES, FINALLY SOMEONE I KNOW CAN CORROBORATE MY STORY!"  He pointed to a pic he had on the wall of he and Zakk from that very same night.  Said Zakk was buying him shots all night.  :lol
Title: Re: The Ask Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: hefdaddy42 on January 10, 2017, 03:49:57 PM
:clap:
Title: Re: The Ask Sir GuitarCozmo Thread
Post by: Prog Snob on January 10, 2017, 04:24:19 PM

Kiss
Van Halen
The Descendents
ZO2
Paul Gilbert

Are you talking about Dave and Paul's band?