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Mar 25, 2010 - Which character from films or literature would you most like to spend the rest of your life with? [keep it clean!]

Response - San Juan, the Apostle (during his lifetime).
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Mar 24, 2010 - What is your favorite monologue from any novel, play, or film?

Response - One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm.

"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.

In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."
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Posted on Mar 24 2010
by gilgamesh

That's a good one! :D

Posted on Mar 24 2010
by Norm

According to Cliff, that should help!

Posted on Mar 24 2010
by Zan

Alright, next test I take Imma gonna slam back a few cold ones right before.

Posted on Mar 24 2010
by clones

Excellent!

Posted on Mar 24 2010
by Norm

Well, it's also hard to top this monologue regarding "self-smarting": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB0u9crejUw

Mar 20, 2010 - What movie(s) have you watched twice in theaters?

Response - "Rocky Horror Picture Show" is the only movie I've seen more than once in a theater, and it's a terrible movie.
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Mar 18, 2010 - Who is/was the most important scientist ever? Why?

Response - The most important scientist ever has yet to be determined: my bet is on whoever first confirms the existence of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. Either that guy or maybe the guy who invented beer.
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Mar 17, 2010 - Should Google pull out of China? Explain.

Response - I remember that one fateful day when Coach took me aside. I knew what was coming. "You don't have to tell me," I said. "I'm off the team, aren't I?" "Well," said Coach, "you never were really ON the team. You made that uniform you're wearing out of rags and towels, and your helmet is a toy space helmet. You show up at practice and then either steal the ball and make us chase you to get it back, or you try to tackle people at inappropriate times." It was all true what he was saying. And yet, I thought something is brewing inside the head of this Coach. He sees something in me, some kind of raw talent that he can mold. But that's when I felt the handcuffs go on.
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Mar 16, 2010 - What is your favorite vitamin?

Response - Flintstones.
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Posted on Mar 16 2010
by Din

Woo! Good answer.

Mar 11, 2010 - What are the best earphones/headphones for portable music players? why?

Response - I agree with Tydusis (and Slammy - who is saying basically the same thing): unless you are using an earbud that seals the ear canal with a soft rubber tip, like Skullcandy (which I use too), the bass is gone. Lots of on-line reviewers think that those Skullcandy buds go bad after awhile, but I think they should carefully look at the screens in those buds because they tend to get clogged up with earwax (**gross!**) at which point they don't work at all... but a little repair work restores them back to good as new. And they look much cooler than what Midiman uses - bonus!
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Mar 10, 2010 - What's the best music to play while driving a recalled Toyota?

Response - Stop, in the Name of Love.
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Mar 09, 2010 - Would you drive a Toyota? Or buy a new one?

Response - Ha! I only wish I had the money to buy a new one. It's easy to sit there and say you'd like to have more money. And I guess that's what I like about it. It's easy. Just sitting there, rocking back and forth, wanting that money.
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Mar 08, 2010 - Do you look forward to or dread Mondays? Why?

Response - When you're riding in a time machine way far into the future, don't stick your elbow out the window, or it'll turn into a fossil.
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Mar 06, 2010 - How have your musical tastes changed over the last 10 years?

Response - Yes. I've learned that there's alot of music that is better than it sounds.
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Posted on Mar 06 2010
by clones

now that is an interesting comment :-)

Mar 05, 2010 - Should TiS add Facebook Connect? How would you use it?

Response - I don't think FB Connect would be a very useful addition to TiS. As I understand it, here's how FB Connect would most likely work if added on TiS: if I chose to link my TiS activity with my FB account, anytime I posted/listened/downloaded/commented at TiS, my FB "friends" would all get a message that I had done so. To me, this gets annoying very quickly (sort of like "Farmville" game results... I couldn't care less how my friends who play this game are scoring, so I choose to "ignore" such data. Too much trivial information!!) What I do find useful regarding TiS and FB is simply posting a link to my TiS profile on my FB page, so folks viewing my FB profile can have a link to some of my music, should they choose to explore that: that's useful because it is not possible to upload MP3 clips directly to FB.
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Mar 04, 2010 - Should actors in musicals lipsync or really have to sing? Why?

Response - Lipsync. Because it makes the musical more like a vetriloquist act and those are always alot of fun.
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Mar 03, 2010 - What is the best city to have a concert in?

Response - As long as the stage doesn't need to be caged off with chicken-wire to protect the band, it wouldn't make much difference to me.

"Flint must be an extremely wealthy town: I see that each of you bought two or three seats."
-- Victor Borge, playing to a half-filled house in Flint, Michigan.
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Posted on Mar 03 2010
by clones

I love that quote!

Mar 02, 2010 - Musically - what's the craziest thing you've ever done?

Response - Giving up music lessons to play on the school football team...
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Mar 01, 2010 - What's a good "March" song on TiS?

Response - This is a great question, because I could use a good song to march to. Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don't know what your rights are, or who the person is you're talking to. Then, on the way out, slam the door.
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Feb 28, 2010 - In places like India, singers often have "gurus" that teach them the command of voice. Many Western country singers do not use such "masters." Do these masters add value or are they no longer needed?

Response - I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.
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Posted on Feb 28 2010
by clones

Attacking a world with gurus?

Feb 27, 2010 - Can practice enough to turn a bad musician into a good one?

Response - If your kid makes one of those little homemade guitars out of a cigar box and rubber bands, don't let him just play it once or twice and then throw it away. Make him practice on it, every day, for about three hours a day. Later, he'll thank you.
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Posted on Feb 27 2010
by clones

look what it did for me.

Feb 26, 2010 - What is the biggest problem facing new musicians today?

Response - I believe that "spit-valves" are still a problem for most musicians today.

Maybe in order to understand mankind we have to look at that word itself. MANKIND. Basically, it's made up of two separate words: "mank" and "ind". What do these words mean? It's a mystery and that's why so is mankind.
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Posted on Feb 26 2010
by midiman

Spit valves are the bane of the living music world. I hate them, and they hate us.

Feb 25, 2010 - If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Response - If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.
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Jun 12, 2009 - What is your favorite tv show and why?

Response - Kill your television! I haven't had one since 1989 - life is much better without one.
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Jun 10, 2009 - Do you think iTunes is good for musicians?

Response - Here's what's good for musicians:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CS8xI6BMmo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq165KHcD8k
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Posted on Jun 10 2009
by midiman

Wait... he didnt mention i-tunes, sex or money.

Posted on Jun 10 2009
by slammy

Do you think iTunes is good for musicians?

Jun 06, 2009 - Who's your favorite one-hit wonder?

Response - Don Harrison Band: 16 tons

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gvfixqt5ldfe
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Jun 05, 2009 - Whats your favorite band and song from the 90s...?

Response - No need to mention Pink Floyd again on this web site as they are apparently the house favorite (tough to argue with that!)

But in the 90s it was also tough to beat Widespread Panic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXeLR03L_RE

And since I didn't answer yesterday, for the 70s: Little Feat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkZsSydzQjM
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Jun 03, 2009 - If there were a $50 per year donation for TiS, would you contribute to keep the servers paid for? (which is about $200/month)

Response - $50? No. My experience with similar issues at other web sites is that establishing a "subscription" fee eliminates almost all of the "subscribers", and as the traffic to this site is driven by a subscriber product (i.e., their uploaded tracks), it produces a down-wards spiral of offering less and less content, resulting in fewer and fewer subscribers. In essence, future paying "subscribers" would actually be privy to less content then they presently have, as the vast majority of track up-loaders would leave – naturally taking their tracks with them – most likely to some other free site.

Not that I'm insensitive to the cost of running the servers and maintaining the site, but I believe advertisement options would be a better way to approach financing: think of other sites that market a product provided by the subscribers themselves: "YouTube", “MySpace”, “Facebook”, "Geocaching.com”, etc. None of these sites have a subscription fee, although they may have a fee for “enhanced features”. Perhaps, as clones suggested, a much smaller fee (with associated enhanced features of value that you’ll need to come up with) would fly, but I fear that $50 would price this website out of the market.

This site’s pull certainly isn’t of a blog or “conversation bulletin board” nature – and there are thousands of those sorts of sites already available (and most are fairly modest in terms of volume of participants). I think the only things that make this site fly in the first place are the free abilities to upload, download and comment on the marketed product, which you are presently receiving free of charge from the public. I fear that changing any of that would be perceived as “biting the hand that feeds you”.
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Posted on Jun 03 2009
by Norm

Thanks, Din.

Posted on Jun 03 2009
by Din

Excellent analysis. I have to agree that this is probably the best approach.

May 18, 2009 - What's the right price point for a single song to purchase?

Response - For a classic like this, I guess I'd pay whatever it takes...

http://www.elwp.com/Joe%20Cocker.html
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May 17, 2009 - What's the best sports song to hear at a game?

Response - "Dixie Chicken" by Little Feat.
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May 12, 2009 - What's your favorite childhood song?

Response - *Johnny Rebeck*, *Bill Grogan's Goat*, and *Hot Rod Lincoln*. [Some day I'm going to do a cover version of *Hot Rod Lincoln"...]
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Posted on May 12 2009
by midiman

LOL " " " " "

Posted on May 12 2009
by Norm

Well, that story's true, and I'm here to say that I was driving that Model A..

Posted on May 12 2009
by midiman

Son i tell ya your gonna drive me to drinkin if ya dont stop drivin that HRL..

May 10, 2009 - Name a song you discovered because it was the music to a TV commercial?

Response - *Uneasy Rider* by Charlie Daniels. Diggin' on the radio. BTW, I'm ready to make a remix of this, and know all the lyrics...
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May 07, 2009 - What's your favorite sports song?

Response - *Mama Hated Diesels*, as performed by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen on their *Hot Licks, Cold Steel & Truckers' Favorites* album.
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May 02, 2009 - What is your favorite type of music to listen to while working?

Response - Anything that is loud enough to block out blood-curdling screams. And soothing, soothing is good...
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Apr 27, 2009 - If you could change sheet music to fit modern music theory, what changes would you make?

Response - I believe that percussion parts should be charted utilizing the "Time-Unit-Box System" notation, as it is much more specific regarding what drum stroke and tone should be utilized, as opposed to bar graph notation.

Discussion on "Time-Unit-Box System" (although far from complete):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_unit_box_system
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Posted on Apr 27 2009
by Norm

Yes. Not only that, but with TUBS you: 1)see how to strike the drum (open tone, slap, rim shot, etc), 2) which drum to strike (high, medium, low, etc., 3) the "pulse" of the pattern is more easily defined (rather than using accent marks)and 4)it's easier to "visualize" the pattern, literally seeing the polyrhythms. When I get a composition written on traditional bar graph, the first thing I do is transpose it to the TUBS notation.

Posted on Apr 27 2009
by Spectra

100% agreed on that one...bar graph notation is fine for rock with only a few drums and pitches...but if you're doing complex break-beats pitches help a lot.

Apr 25, 2009 - Do you prefer to buy singles or albums? why?

Response - Albums.
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Apr 24, 2009 - Would you like to see a compos feature on the website where you create, enter and manage compos?

Response - By this, do you mean a feature assisting in the creation and management of collaborations? Sounds great!

Because if you were talking about a feature to help us manage compost, I'm way off base...
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Posted on Apr 24 2009
by Norm

I haven't noticed any variation whatsoever in the size of the tomatoes I get with my tracks rated =1 star= or =5 stars=, so I'm assuming that in reality they're all about the same quality of crap.

Posted on Apr 24 2009
by clones

hey - I'm not gone to let you at my music with a pitchfork!

Posted on Apr 24 2009
by midiman

.no no Norman, we are disscusing the much needed compost area for unwanted and rotten Tis songs. Duh. Just in time for spring!

Posted on Apr 24 2009
by Screaming Egg Notion

errr, that would be rotting vegetables my friend :)

Posted on Apr 24 2009
by Norm

Yes, SoOn takes care of that handily. Thanks for clearing that up for me Egg - Compos = compositions, according to Merriam-Websters. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compos Now if I can find a feature to help me create and manage my compost ;)

Posted on Apr 24 2009
by clones

yeah - TiS has some half-implemented collaboration ideas - but SoOn can be that

Posted on Apr 24 2009
by Screaming Egg Notion

compos = competitions :)

Apr 21, 2009 - Does anyone want to collaborate on making some cool music this week? If so post here what you want to do.

Response - Yes!! I think it is a great idea to have whoever is considering a collaboration to post what sort of collaborators they are looking for, so we can get folks hooked up together.

Count me in for any projects that could benefit from acoustic percussion. Any flute players out there? Guitar, mandolin, keyboards, bass are natural matches as well, but I'm up for just about anything...
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Posted on Apr 21 2009
by Norm

Excellent suggestion. Acoustic ethnic percussion is what I'm all about. Although I have not had much exposure to Industrial music, I'm going to check it out. Please keep me in mind for any future projects!

Posted on Apr 21 2009
by Ceekayed

Dude, anything industrial coupled with acoustic percussion (especially ethnic ones), is an instant win. ;o

Apr 19, 2009 - What instrument would you like to see in Rock Band?

Response - A log splitting maul. But a real one and not some cheap one made out of plastic.
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Apr 09, 2009 - What type of food do you think movie theaters should sell that they do not today?

Response - I believe that you can already find most of these things (besides the cold beet soup) at almost any showing of "Little Shop of Horrors"...
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Mar 15, 2009 - If you could eliminate one instrument from modern music, which one would it be and why?

Response - French horns and any other instrument that has a spit valve, because, man, that's gross.
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Posted on Mar 15 2009
by bvanoudtshoorn

:O But horns are one of the most beautiful instruments...

Posted on Mar 15 2009
by Dj Kujata

Isolate the bullroarer to have his own enclosed space =p

Posted on Mar 15 2009
by Norm

Oh yeah, and bull roarers because, man, those things just aren't safe.

Mar 06, 2009 - Have you ever dreamt a piece of music and tried to produce it after waking - is it uploaded for us to hear?

Response - Yep. Happened to me as I was sleeping with a fever. I was playing the song with a band and it was called "Truckpoll". The bass line was so awesome that I got out of bed in my fevered daze and wrote it down immediately. I haven't recorded it yet, as I'm sure it won't sound as fantastic as it did in the dream...
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