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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 5th 2011
    If a guy was to spend 2 or 3 weeks of vacations in #Louisiana where should he go, what should he do ? And what shouldn't he ?

    I'm planning to go there during the winter, most probably in january or february and will accept any advice on where to go, where to stay, what/where to eat/drink, remarkable and/or weird things to see / to do, and most importantly what to avoid.

    I guess I would stay at least a week in New Orleans, and then... I don't know ?

    So far I've been advised to avoid Mardi Gras, been told it's mostly drunk frat boys crowding the streets and not worth paying 2 to 3 times the normal price for a hotel room.
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    Functional and boring question: #musicplayernonsense

    I need me some open source software which will either play .m4a files, or convert them to something less ungodly. Any suggestions?
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
    #musicplayernonsense: Songbird works alright for me - it'll play anything from my iTunes library, and basically treats every audio file like an mp3.
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    Late answer / took me a while to get to listening to the Emily Baker you mentioned. Now that I have listened to it -- well, too much of a custom blend going on there to correctly match others with.

    Here is a little bit of ALL KINDS of folk with female vocals.

    Crooked Still - Henry Lee Crooked Still - they rock. play them.

    Mary Gauthier - Drag Queens in Limousines - country, strictly speaking, but with abundant folk inflections. also, peerlessly good

    Susan McKeown - Bushes and Briars - pretty famous Irish roots musician of 90s and recent times. also: LOOK AT THOSE PICTURES^

    Wailin' Jennys - Arlington - very melodic, them

    Trespassers William - Different Stars - for my 'pushing it' example. I incorrectly think of this group as folk because of the name probably, so

    Obv the list goes on but those are some I dig. If you are fishing for folk then you can also

    - go to cafes on open Mic night. There's usually guitars there

    - listen on Sundays to, the Music You Can't Hear on the Radio show, or look for similar gigs on your preferred FM station.
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    Thanks for all the suggestions.

    Plant was on my list, but having specific types to look for is great!

    Also, big thanks to Curb and Gov Spy for the sea monkey suggestion.... definitely going to give that a go.
    Probably won't have it set up for a bit, still need to settle in and see what space I need for practical stuff, but when I do, I'll take a pic (and likely take @greasemonkey up on his offer)
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011

    Wow. I had never heard Emily Barker before. She's incredible, thank you for that alone!

    I second Crooked Still! Lovely stuff.

    Taken by Trees - her stuff is pretty variable and veers too far away from folk for me sometimes, but this song (and others) are just lovely.

    The girl singer in The Finches has the clearest, loveliest voice.

    Beautiful voice, kind of like Joanna Newsom but less screechy. (I say that and I love Joanna.)

    Jessee Havey no longer sings for the Duhks anymore, but she's on their albums from 2006 and earlier.
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011

    Go here and download Winamp 5.6. It plays everything and plays it well. I guess that's why it's a classic.

    Also: why on Earth would anyone have subjected themselves to such a god awful, horrible, face raping, audio format? If you'd all listened to me five years ago you wouldn't be in such a fix! Fools! I warned you, but you didn't listen to me. No! You listened to Steve iJobs and all the other iDiots - [vitriol too venomous to allow further typing, medication inserted, happy place imminent]
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
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    Dar Williams

    (Apparently I can't remember / figure out how to embed YouTube videos...)
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeSep 6th 2011
    @ hanjean- i loved listening to The Finches..reckon i'm going to give their albums a go.Ta very much!
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    @Alan Tyson and @Nick Donald -- greatly appreciated.
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    I'm 99% certain this has been discussed recently on Whitechapel, but my searches are coming up with nothing (too much general discussion on writing and software clogging the search-tubes). I'm looking for a simple writing program to run under Ubuntu - one of those distraction free dealies that give you some basic stats, some simple tools and a full screen to type into. Something akin to this -

    Recommendations or a link to the thread that I can't find but am sure exists - either shall be much appreciated.

    • CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2011 edited

    I think PyRoom may be what you're looking for. You'll have to add their repos to your sources, but if you don't know how to do it, they explain it on their ppa page.
    Or you could just open up vi, nano, or pico in a full screen terminal. :)
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2011
    @Peter Kelly / #newoffice: Forget seamonkeys. Get this.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2011
    @Warped Savant: ... holy shit. That might be the only good song ever written about Iowa, ever.
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    @kperkins / #ubuntu-writing

    I think that is what I'm looking for. Fantastic! Thanks!
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    @Alan Tyson -- I'm glad you like it. It was the song that someone played for me nearly 15 years ago in order to try to get me into American folk music. It worked and it remains to be one of my favorite songs.
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    #hair dye brands

    I'm wanting dye a streak of my hair a rich/dark blue/purple. Somewhere in the range of cobalt to indigo. Are there any recommended brands that are the least damaging to my hair while being somewhat permanent?
    • CommentTimeSep 8th 2011

    You might have a little trouble with this. In order to get a blue/purple to stick, you have to bleach first EVEN if you're already blonde. What bleaching does is it strips the hair of the pigment and makes it more porous and ready to accept dye.

    Best blues/purples I've seen are all Special Effects, which, in itself, is relatively harmless.
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    @dorkmuffin: I've already had a lighter blue streak in my hair and it stuck plenty fine, so I figure with a darker color, I really shouldn't have a problem. Thanks!

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