Hosting Upgraded! (again!)

Ok, for the last week or so, I’ve been on Verio – starting with their BSD plans… which have a process limit of about 30 (meaning: you may need to wait a long time for your downloads to start).
So, a few days ago – I upgraded to the Linux plans, which limit processes to about 70, and it did ‘ok’ over the holidays. Now I’m bumping the process limit – but more importantly, the TCP Send Buffer limit. (meaning: your download will start – BUT it may take a bit to start getting your mp3)
Today, I upgraded to a higher plan that will let more people download music at the same time – and hopefully all will be well for a time.
To those of you out there who are using robots to download everything on my site, I would like to say that I hate you, and I hate your poorly behaved robots. You do not need 26 copies of every mp3 you can find.
To everyone else: Download as you like! :-)

Kick Shock

Kick Shock
Here is a driving dance piece with a distorted synth lead, synth bass and drums. There is heavy phasing throughout. The energy and drive is constant until the last seven seconds which feature an exposed drum part. It could be used for a club scene, action sequence, or altered-reality sequence.

New Host Issues

I got a new host for my traffic – which in theory provides enough bandwidth. However, the number of processes is limited, so I’m attempting to get an upgraded plan.
The traffic is being serviced right now, just at a reduced rate.
If you know of a good hosting service that can provide good bandwidth at a reasonable price, please let me know. Hint: 1and1, BlueHost, GoDaddy, and Verio are insufficient.

Blue Feather

Blue Feather
Here is a somber solo piano piece that features a repetitive descending arpeggio motive. This piece is sparse, mysterious, and at times unnerving. It contains a few uplifting moments (a shorter one begins at 1:40, and longer one at 2:14) but each generally gives way to the more unnerving descending motive and ominous bass notes. The last minute contains slightly more motion than the rest of the piece and fuller chords. It could be used for underscoring contemplation, rain or secretive behavior.

MUSIC IS BACK

Okay, long story short – BlueHost does not have unlimited bandwidth, they merely will not tell you what the upper limit is, because the number is squishy.
I can tell you that 60Gb per day is above the limit, but that’s all I know.
So, now I’m over at Verio! They have a 12Tb/month plan – so they can probably handle my files. Being quite the optimist, I am optimistic. :-)
Cheers everyone, and thanks for riding out the December Incompetech Crisis.
- Kevin

MUSIC IS DOWN

Ok, everyone, time to be a little calm…
My new host “Bluehost” has suspended my ‘unlimited transter’ account for… using too much bandwidth. That’s not a joke. It is possible to use too much bandwidth on an “unlimited transfer” account.
So, I’m moving to yet another provider. Vereo. Let us hope and pray 12 terabytes a month will be enough.
If I could fix it faster, I would. Believe me.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

I never understood that title when I was a kid — I mean, the earth doesn’t actually stand still, not even in the movie. And the short story that it’s based on is called “Farewell to the Master”, though admittedly that doesn’t have nearly the same ring to it. This movie is very definitely a remake of the 1951 film version, though, not the short story, and it’s definitely no longer a B movie, either.
The characters are all sort of the same. Klaatu is Klaatu, played by Keanu Reeves, who is in top alien form here. He’s much better at playing an alien than a human being, so I guess he’s found his niche. Helen Benson becomes Dr. Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly, who’s looking more and more like Audrey Hepburn every time I see her), a microbiologist specializing in extraterrestrial life… which must be a hard thing to specialize in, considering we haven’t really found any yet. Lots of sitting around theorizing, I suppose.
Anyway, Gort, the protector robot, is now a special effect, of course, and as much organic as mechanical. He isn’t named Gort, either, at least not until the military gets involved with their acronyms. He’s also HUGE. Helen is still a widow with an adorable little son, but this time he’s a stepson, played by Jaden Smith, Will’s little boy, from Pursuit of Happyness, now branching out on his own. And most important of all, Keanu gets to use the infamous phrase, ‘Klaatu barada nikto’. At least I think he does — the sound is so messed up to make him sound alien that I can’t be sure, but that’s how it sounded to me.
In the original, since it was 1951, it was all about the Cold War. The aliens suddenly realized that we had nuclear weapons and other things that could basically turn the earth and everything on it into radioactive mush, and they couldn’t have that happening. But we’ve moved past that particular paranoia, and here it’s all about the environment. As Keanu sums it up, if the Earth dies, we die. If we die, the Earth survives. You really can’t argue with the logic.

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Keanu communes with the spheres, and walks on water. Kind of.

Just like in the original, the huge, grinding wheels of big government can’t do anything to stop the alien forces. Officialdom, upon seeing a giant, freaky, spherical, shifting spaceship thing land in Central Park, is too busy 1. arguing over who has jurisdiction; and 2. shooting Keanu just for the heck of it. The invisible president is apparently a warhawk who keeps wanting to throw more firepower at the problem to make it go away. So it’s up to Helen and Jacob to convince Klaatu that yes, humanity can change. It’s a good thing that wasn’t my job, because I wouldn’t be very convincing on that side of the argument, But basically, the whole film proves my long-held theory that humans as a group are boorish and generally unpleasant and unreasonable. In twos, threes, and fours we usually do much better, though.
It’s a good film, sort of. I guess what really bugs me is that for all the insistance on ‘we can change, really, we swear!’ they never actually demonstrate any changing. The kid changes his mind about wanting the evil alien dead, but face it, ten year olds change their minds all the time. They make a big thing about fixing the strained relationship between Jacob and Helen, and don’t get me wrong, that scene made at least half the audience sniffle; but that isn’t exactly the sort of change they should be talking about here. They needed to show people recycling and buying cloth bags for shopping, that sort of thing. I know, that’s not as dramatic. But the whole getting along thing made more sense in the original version, because that was all about the human race not nuking itself into oblivion.
I’ll go with three idols. I like Jennifer Connolly. Jaden overacts a touch here and there, but, well, he’s ten. And, yeah, Keanu’s found his niche, definitely. I don’t think it will wear as well as the original, strangely, since the original was very definitely a B movie, and this one, supposedly, is made to last. But there’s just something endearing about that old-fashioned, silver-painted spaceship. On the other hand, this one does have John Cleese in it, actually not being funny, but still stealing every scene he’s in. So he’s a classic, at least.