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scarp  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: It's been 1,680 days

Hi, Steve!

(It feels odd to call you that; I've only ever known you as thenewgreen. Same goes for "Mark" vis-à-vis mk.)

Nice to hear from you. I am definitely guilty of being absent from the site as well. In fact you have been single-handedly keeping me in the loop with hubski with your occasional shout-outs to my old posts and comments. I might try to get back to being a regular here, although I'm no longer sure I know how the site works. :)

I hope all is well with you. Judging by that last sentence, I'm betting you have some interesting stories to share. Keep me posted!

- John

scarp  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: How "Thank You" sounds to Chinese ears

Incidentally, I read this same article just a few hours ago. They explore different meanings of the word "sounds", but they pair nicely. In any case, I'm surprised you remembered my post from over three years ago!

scarp  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Update: Saved post notifications

I share your sentiment. Saving a post doesn't necessarily mean I want to follow its comments, and vice versa. I think it would be better to have a separate "follow" function for posts and threads, but that could get quite cluttered. Ideally we should balance simplicity and ease of use with functionality, but I don't know precisely how.

Yes, seriously. I would not want to be a seismologist if it meant I was responsible for the earthquakes I study.

Yep. Amazing how influential they've been so close to the election!

He wanted to have his cake and eat it too -- attacking the stimulus because it was politically advantageous for him to do so, while also benefiting from the relief that the stimulus provided.

That's a pretty tall order! I am far from being very well versed in musical history, and my musical tastes are still rapidly developing, so I wouldn't feel confident giving anything close to a definitive list. But here are some albums I have consistently enjoyed over the last few years (despite changing tastes) and which still get heavy rotation from me today:

- "Dive Deep" by Morcheeba - "Resurrection" by Common - "People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm" by A Tribe Called Quest - "Blue Lines" by Massive Attack - "The Score" by Fugees

I really love music that feels textured, organic, warm, and a little rough around the edges. It may be that I'm just looking in the wrong places, but I find it difficult to find music like that lately. Lots of bands seem to be moving toward clean, smooth and cloudy sounds -- which I like, sometimes, but are outside of my comfort zone. If anyone has any recommendations for me -- old or new -- let me know! One recent release that I've really been enjoying is Wax Tailor's "Dusty Rainbow from the Dark," which drew me in immediately.

scarp  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Hey Hubski -I'll Be Away For a Bit

Share some pictures when you come back!

Ha, I didn't even realize the song was in a different language. I thought it was made up, too!

It's beautiful, isn't it? I don't know why they chose it, but I want to find more music like this.

"Has anyone in this family even seen a chicken?"

I need to watch the whole series again to satiate my TV comedy fix until the next season of 30 Rock comes out. :)

Does anyone have any other recommendations? Preferably something that's available on the web?

scarp  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Update: Hubski gets a refresh.
I'm doing well now, but the last few months have been a little stressful. I'm not really sure what happened, but the long and short of it is that I ended up taking a medical leave of absence from school so that I could focus on what I really want to do with my education and with my life as a whole.

But I think I've got things ironed out for now. I just needed some time to clear my head. On the upside, I celebrated my birthday a few days ago so that was fun. How have you been?

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Simliar posts works fine for me now -- thanks.
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