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  1. Congrats! Good advice above from J3FF3R00. Regarding the music, taking a break is probably not a bad idea and I've considered it myself. As far as stopping completely/indefinitely, if that works for you then great, but maybe it's a matter of shifting to purely instrumental stuff for a while? Maybe just calm stuff, even? I'm saying this on an electronic music board so there's a chance most of what you listen to is already purely instrumental, but you never know (I'd say probably 60% of what I listen to has vocals). I understand that even instrumental music can cloud your own thoughts if it's hard not to focus on that. I can relate. But I also know that music has helped me and countless others get through things.
  2. Y'all definitely don't want to know what my mortgage will be, without utilities. 😬 It's a good thing the house doesn't really need any immediate work. We took a 2.5-week break at the beginning of September, it was incredibly helpful to reduce stress and recalibrate.
  3. Wow! I agree that qualifies as an achievement and not a FWP. I hate that feeling of regret after a purchase, especially something soooooo expensive. I'm really glad you had the option to think about it for 6 days and back out of the deal. The fact your lawyer found those issues was a life-saver! It would really suck to get into it knowing you weren't feeling good about it. I did that with my last house — my girlfriend and I saw a few things, and due to time constraints we agreed to buy a house that seemed to have everything we needed, but I had a feeling it was too small and would make me a little claustrophobic. I had some sleepless nights, upset stomach, etc. but we went through with it and I didn't really express my feelings. Two years later, we sold it. 1% is not a small amount of money, so I'm glad it worked out without you having to lose that. Hope you find something you really love. Since my last post, we ended up putting an offer on the house I mentioned, after initially saying we would pass. We ended up losing that offer, coming in 2nd out of 6 offers ($10k short). However, we saw a couple other homes later that week that we really liked, especially the 2nd. The listing appeared Thursday morning last week, I immediately contacted my agent to schedule a showing (without even asking my girlfriend since I knew she'd like it), and we were able to see it that evening. We fell in love with it immediately, it's exactly the style we were looking for (well one of them, we had a few in mind), and has a lot of tasteful updates including electric and plumbing. We put an offer together that night, to submit early in hopes the sellers would review and accept it ahead of the scheduled review date 5 days later. They accepted our offer the next day, so we are under contract and scheduled to close November 1st. The main thing I'm awaiting and nervous about now is the appraisal, which was done yesterday. We won't hear back until next week, keeping my fingers crossed that it appraises at the price we're paying otherwise we have to pay the difference...somehow. I've already paid $50k in non-refundable earnest money to the seller. So, I'm a little nervous for that, but really love the house and we're really excited to move in. If I'd change anything I'd have a slightly bigger yard and garage, but there's enough for the dog and to have a vegetable garden and flower beds. There's always compromise no matter the budget.
  4. I had this pizza yesterday, salumi molé. It was incredible.
  5. I got both on Bandcamp last Friday but haven't listened yet.
  6. Oof, that sounds rough. Based on the market here we knew we had to sell our house first, in order to have money in our pockets and make a competitive offer with enough cash down (20% required). My goal, until this last offer, has been to keep some savings that we can use for remodeling, landscaping, etc. that may need doing immediately, but we've reevaluated and started shopping upmarket a bit because we just can't find what we need in our initial budget. So that means, like you, throwing everything we have into it (ideally keeping $5k so we're not totally cash-less), and accepting a higher payment. But that also means we need a house that needs less work, so it kind of balances out. We don't really want to do that much work anyway. Kitchen, bath, landscaping, sure, but we're not interesting in redoing an entire house. We're both working from home as well. My girlfriend's income was also impacted by COVID, as well as a broken wrist she suffered in 2019. Hasn't been easy – she didn't make that much to begin with. Do you think the sellers would be willing to wait until you sell your current house? Here that would be nearly impossible – most homes sell within a week of listing with multiple offers. If a potential buyer said they needed time to sell their home, the sellers would just accept the next offer. What is "repayment freedom" btw? I imagine you're in the UK, and that's not a term I'm familiar with in the US.
  7. Revisiting this after some years
  8. Congrats! My girlfriend and I are looking, too. We sold our previous place in April after just two years, just didn't see it working for us long term. Planned to enjoy the summer and start looking again in autumn, but we started looking pretty aggressively already by July. We have a pretty specific wishlist as well as discriminatory tastes, so it's been a challenge. Particularly considering how expensive this city is. In the 3 months or so, we've only put in 2 offers (and lost both clearly). Kinda glad about the first, but really disappointed in the second loss which was just last week. Not too many new & interesting things coming on the market each week so it's frustrating. Too much expensive garbage, everything appealing ends up over budget. I think that can be said at any budget unfortunately. Very tempted by another one we saw this weekend, both of us fell in love with it, but it falls short in two areas that are pretty high on our wishlist (garage/driveway space and kitchen size/functionality). Otherwise stunning. I was about to post this in First World Problems but since you mentioned buying a house here, only felt appropriate.
  9. I spent too much of The Many Saints of Newark thinking about who everyone was in The Sopranos. Can't say I was really impressed with it tbh, and my girlfriend even less so. Still worth a watch if you're a Sopranos fan.
  10. Started watching The Serpent on Netflix last week. Pretty good so far, but only 1.5 episodes in. I got distracted during my 2nd episode last night and paused it to look at bullshit on my phone, then it was past my bedtime.
  11. I bought these. Probably would have gotten more but I'm buying a new house soon and gotta be a little thrifty.
  12. GodDAMN I wish I'd seen them here. I lived in Houston from 92-2006 and would have been 20-21 that year, no excuse as I was a huge Tool fan at the time, and since 93. I'm often mad at myself for just not going to shows very much in the mid 90s. Missed out on a lot of good stuff. I just didn't like spending the money I guess, preferred to spend it on drugs and CDs I guess. And it's not like I didn't go to shows at all, I just tended toward smaller shows I guess, many at Numbers, Fitzgerald's, etc. I did see acts like Ministry and Cypress Hill at International Ballroom though, 96 and 95 respectively. Why not Tool?!! I didn't see Tool until around 2002, after Lateralus.
  13. Thanks! Instabuy, always happy to give Dunk my money. Surprised I hadn't heard of this, as I follow Countersunk on FB and IG. Just looked at FB, looks like he hasn't shared anything since December 2020 which seems odd. But lots of stuff on IG I hadn't seen, thanks to the fucking algorithm.
  14. Agreed. I said that because that's how it's described on Bandcamp, but after listening to the samples it wasn't totally ambient.
  15. Some new ambient stuff from Datassette.
  16. Just heard this today, I don't dislike it. I haven't really checked out Mira's music before, never seemed like my thing. But I might check out this LP.
  17. I do enjoy The Cure and Pink Floyd! An album a week seems like a good way to revisit a catalog, and try albums I skipped in the past (although often for good reason).
  18. Hahah thanks! Funny I hadn't really noticed the whole witch hunt crap until today. Hopped on this morning and saw a HGATR thread about Misfits, was shocked at the amount of people that a) had never listened to them b) pissed on them based solely on the post-Danzig version of the band, and c) brought up bullshit about Danzig being a cunt or whatever (and I'm guessing that was mostly from people who didn't know 2 shits about the band). Comments from midnight punk fully stood out to me in that thread, not only because I fully agreed with them but also because they were thought-out and informative. Anyway I called the thread fucking embarrassing and got called a snowflake. Ok then. Also have had a few exchanges with Uncle Retrospective as well, funny that those 2 did make an impression on me as well, seeing as how it can take a while to start remembering specific users/usernames after joining a forum.
  19. Finished Money Heist last night, awaiting the next (final?) chapter in December. I've really loved this show. Obviously it's not all realistic but you really get invested in the characters. Great job all around on the crew that put this together.
  20. I recently joined that place. Known about it for years but a few times I checked I didn't like the format. But I was also following them on Facebook for a long time so I'd get reminded now and then, and decided to jump in. I think I was looking for something to kill time when I was taking a 2-week break from house hunting and couldn't look at the listings app. I've enjoyed some of the discussion, though of course there's a lot I don't give a shit about like any forum. Moves pretty fast, seems like there are a lot of members. The software is interesting, but wish there was a mobile app. Anyway yeah, it's fine and I listen to a lot of guitar-based music as well so it's good for that, but not exclusive to that either.
  21. Mac/iPhone user I've been using iTunes to manage my digital music since the early/mid 2000s, and never moved away from it, Started to really digitize everything around 2005 probably, and by 2010 I stopped buying CDs as I realized I was just ripping them and putting them on the shelf, not enjoying the physical product as much as I used to. I used an iPod Mini to listen a lot while walking around and at the gym, but I guess I did still play CDs in the car. It's just that I'd also gotten in the habit of only having CD-Rs in the car, after having real CDs stolen from the car a couple times in the past as well as to keep them in better shape. Sold off my CD collection around 2013 I think. Digital collection is around 350GB, 45k tracks. Backed up on external drive every so often, but I like having it all on my laptop. Unfortunately I've run out of space a few times and deleted a fair amount of stuff recently (things I felt I really wasn't into anymore and weren't difficult to come across should I ever want it again). I need a new laptop I guess, it seems really inconvenient having things on an external. Not that I use the laptop for listening anyway...I sync to my iPhone and play that on the go. I'm a heavy Spotify user as well. I resisted streaming for a long time, as I liked having the files, until I realized streaming was really convenient and it wasn't a one or the other thing, I can do both. I think the ability to quickly create and manage playlists on Spotify is amazing, and that's really how I got hooked. One annoyance of course is when things are available and then no longer. You start to expect everything to be available at your fingertips so it's frustrating when you can't find certain things. When it comes to downloading, I tend to do it for a few reasons: It's not on Spotify. I absolutely love it and want it as part of my permanent collection. Spotify doesn't have it tagged correctly. I'm a last.fm user and can't stand when things scrobble incorrectly. This is most often an issue with hip-hop, due to collaborations and features. Oh as far as apps for listening to my own collection, I recently got really frustrated with iTunes on the phone and switched to Marvis Pro, which has been pretty great. Main reasons were bad UX in the Apple Music app and issues with last.fm scrobbling, which required frequent syncing with my laptop. Marvis has much better UX, it's customizable, and can scrobble live. I wouldn't mind switching my laptop management tool away from iTunes to something better, so I'll have to check out some of the suggestions so far. Seems like a huge pain, but could be worthwhile. One thing I wish about Spotify too is that it was more customizable, but kinda makes sense it's not since it's more of a product than something created to manage your own files.
  22. I didn't think to search for a Kirk thread specifically, guess I figured there wouldn't be one. I was wrong. I wouldn't merge them, though, since this is an older thread specific to CV. My bad. If anything, move the new posts since yesterday to the Kirk thread if that's possible.
  23. You may have heard of Richard H. Kirk's passing this morning in the Celebrity Deaths thread or elsewhere. Cause unknown. Let's share some favorite CV or RHK solo tracks, or stories. I personally got into CV in the early 2000s (maybe very late 90s) if I recall. Had been into industrial for nearly a decade and I'm sure I'd heard of them, having been such a huge influence on many of the acts I was into (namely Skinny Puppy), but I believe that was the time I first started listening. Some of the first ones I heard were Technology: Western Re-Works 1992 and Plasticity (which I recently revisited), which are clearly not representative of their early industrial works. But I liked them quite a bit. Eventually went back in their catalog, but have to say that The Crackdown and Micro-Phonies era is my favorite...and that's probably because my intro was remixes of that material. But there are still quite a few things I haven't listened to.
  24. Haven't listened to Task Force in over 10 years it seems, enjoyed revisiting New Mic Order yesterday. Gonna revisit Music From the Corner today probably, as I recall I only listened to the first 2 volumes and greatly preferred the 2nd.
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