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Okay - So you found an old torrent (a dead torrent, no seeders), and you want it...

732 views    posted 21 Jul 2015, 15:10    
What do you do? Do you try to hit the "Please re-seed" button? Does it even HAVE a "Please Re-seed" button to push? No? Well then, did you go searching for it all over the Net to see if anybody's got a seeded copy of it? Assuming that didn't pan out well for you, what did you do about this conundrum?

Did you send the uploader a PM to ask them to re-seed it or re-upload it?

Or did you just Neg it, and go away (mad, maybe)?

Assuming that you tried all the usual methods to get something that is here, but "not here anymore", have you checked to see if the uploader is still active on KAT? Did you try to go to their profile page and see if they've put in an appearance in the last 6 months or so?

I think we all need to realize that torrents have a shelf-life, and it's NOT a long shelf-life! It's short, sometimes it's so short, it winks in and then winks out, because of DMCA copyright issues. But rarely, if ever, does a torrent remain active here more than 6 months. A few do, yes... because the uploader is still active here, and knows which torrents are in long-term demand. The rest - well... the only way you are going to get a dead torrent to magically reappear is to contact the original uploader (if you can), and ask .. politely -- for a reupload.

I got another Neg (Thumbs Down) this morning from someone who didn't like the fact that my 3 1/2 year old torrent didn't have any seeders, and she couldn't get the music. I saw her Neg vote in my Rep List, and sent her a msg to let her know how we do things around here (or how we should do things around here). This is a recurring problem here at KAT because newcomers don't know the "ways things are", and how to get something they want. But I think the real issue is that people look at torrent titles, but they don't look at the age of the torrent, or check the uploader (to see if there even IS one still active here). Details, details! If you really want something here, sometimes you have to ask for it... especially if it's an old torrent with no seeds.

Some things have to be experienced....

770 views    posted 25 Jun 2015, 00:49 be appreciated, or understood. And sometimes that requires some effort to have the experience.

So, today I am sharing a Mystery wrapped up in an Enigma - but I think anyone who has some previous experience with the Enigma will readily understand what the mystery is all about.
It's a wonderful experience to share with you, and it's new material. I've used the traditional anonymous approach to giving this torrent a name to protect the innocent (the material I'm sharing, and ME) and to give you a fair chance to grab it and begin appreciating it. Hope you like it. I listened to it before I prepared to share it with you, and I certainly did!

And now... for your viewing (and listening) pleasure...

1303 views    posted 30 May 2015, 22:55    
Apparently this Torrent is not behaving well... Some of you are stuck at 89%, and some of you got virtually nothing. I will re-upload this torrent today.
To clarify the problem - 2 days ago, I lost my Internet connection. I had removed the cable TV service (same ISP provider), and somehow when I removed the cable TV hardware, I broke my Internet connection. It took 2 days for my ISP to come out and reconnect my hardware and service (Friday, June 6th).

This torrent file seems to have had some other problem, because it's not completely uploading, so I have created a new one. Sorry for the frustration this must be causing y'all.

Something a little different, and very entertaining!

I have assembled a collection of special materials for us here, and I have enjoyed exploring it quite a bit.

Full Frontal Piracy - a Pirate's Life in Songs and Tales - a Collection

This collection includes a short-story based on the life of a popular Pirate Music band, along with stories about the content of 2 pieces in the collection. The material is full of adult humor and will give you a good feeling. Because there is, today, a full-blown modern-day "Pirate Culture" in our world that can be found in the realms of music and Role Play! (There's even a "Pirates Ball" which has been held at least once!) The group featured here has performed on stage in the Renaissance Fair venue, and one of their songs (a funny one at that) is based on that experience.

I would suggest, if you have any interest at all, you grab this fast. I suspect it won't be here long! (The music is quite current!)

Demons in My Media Player

902 views    posted 22 May 2015, 16:05    
Okay, I'm a music collector ... and perhaps I've been a bit too undiscriminating, cuz I have discovered some nasty stuff in my media collection here of late.

Because I like the music which I download from Hearts of Space Radio Show every week, and share with y'all, I kinda got the notion that Ambient music is kinda like "heavenly" music. I'm inclined to like the idea of music from heaven. However...
there's no such thing as an absolute, not in music, or in heaven, or anywhere else!

I found a torrent here recently - 30 gigs of "Ambient" music (mostly European music, I believe), someone's entire collection of Ambient music, I'd say. So.. hooray, a plethora of my kinda music, right? I downloaded it, and I've been wading through it, identifying it. Most of it is not identified well, or at all... just music with song titles in languages I can't understand. Well, I've found there are some interesting pieces in that mystery pile! Some of it's downright scary - and I have to say, some of it sounds to me like it's been created by a demon band. Horrid, scary, mean and nasty stuff! So, NOW I'm going through my whole music library, finding demons ... and yeah, you betcha!... excorcising demons! *Shudder* Demons like ambient music too, I guess!

The Storm has passed (for the time-being)

1025 views    posted 20 May 2015, 02:29    
Okay, I have replaced my uTorrent client completely with a new one, after the previous one was damaged by Malware Bytes Pro, and the Windows Security updates (I believe they damaged it, anyway). My torrents seem to be working correctly again.

I had to revert to Malware Bytes "common" trial version - got rid of the "Pro" version that I had. It was too aggressive. Maybe I need to learn how to "tweak" it better.

I've had one heck of a run-in with in the last couple days, coming right on the heals of that torrent corruption battle. I don't usually go to online music websites, but I get regular "invitations" from Spotify, so I tried it out for a couple weeks, looking for missing songs for albums that are incomplete. Well, I just learned about's bad behaviors on the Internet, their piracy of member's bank accounts when people quit their service. What a nightmare. Their website is riddled with advertising interrupts, so listening to music on there is annoying! However, 2 days ago, I thought I would try to listen to one of my own songs on their website. It led to such a scary mess. I won't get into it here, but I had to find where my entire music library disappeared to - I have a Terabyte drive full of music, the whole drive was wiped clean!

But as it turned out, all my music was cloned and put in a subdirectory on my external hard drive - inaccessible to me until I found out where it was hidden. It was "hidden in plain sight" in a cloned copy of my external hard drive, in a cloned "Music" folder. I had to go to the top of the file tree to see the architecture, and find the music! However, my original Music folder was still in place, with all the subfolders for every artist and all the albums! They were just EMPTY! That's all.. so my Windows Media Player was showing me that all my music was gone!

Anyway, I found the cloned folder last night finally (I could NOT for the life of me figure out how 965 GB of music could disappear off my hard drive after one morning dealing with Spotify (which was supposedly looking at my music to create a link to my personal files so I could listen to music there!)

I have fixed the problem, moved all the music back to their proper folders, and removed the cloned Music folders & cloned drive. But I think I got a year older in the last 3 days dealing with this. I have a LOT of music that is NOT replaceable, not recoverable on the Internet without paying a huge price for it. I don't want to lose it.

Now I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. Trouble comes in 3's. I've had 2 so far. *Shiver* OH, I was on's Community Forums pages looking for some way to deal with Lost Music too - and there were quiet a few complaints on there about missing Player Lists, missing Music. I didn't find any solutions there!

I learn something New everyday - but not all "news" is "Good News"!

1168 views    posted 13 May 2015, 16:20    
Okay! So... after 2 days of repeated frustrations over corrupted torrents, I think that I've solved my torrent corruption problem. I really must offer my gratitude and thanks to those who have helped me solve this, and to all the rest of us here who have been so patient. I'm sure this mess has looked like a "tempest in a teacup" to some of you.

To Gazza, who identified the Microsoft Security Updates that he believes are major players in this little SNAFU, (you know what a "S.N.A.F.U." is, don't you? >>> Situation Normal - All F***ed Up<<<), I offer my undying gratitude and my first $$$million.... To The Punisher, I extend my thanks for your clear thinking, problem solving, and offer of more help. And to all who have offered constructive comments, and sympathy, my sincere appreciation.

I've learned: 1) Don't trust Microsoft to have my interests at heart... 2) Don't let Microsoft install every "security update", Windows "tweak" and "new Idea" (HEY! Why don't you try THIS?!) they flood my PC with everyday. (It took 3 days (3 DAYS !!! ??? *&%#) for Microsoft to download the 100s of updates they made t o Windows 7 after I reinstalled it on my new hard drive. And now my PC runs slow as Molasses in January again. UGH.

This morning's New Torrent Uploads - Crashed and burned

2622 views    posted 11 May 2015, 23:31    
Okay ... I have re-uploaded FIVE torrents today - all of which were corrupted by the Microsoft Security Updates which occurred on my PC in the last 24 hours (4 yesterday, and maybe 25 or 30 today).

Frankly, I find it very hard to believe that those Microsoft updates were not intentionally designed to corrupt torrent files - all my most recent files (and none of the older ones which were still on my utorrent client) were stripped, leaving nothing but a text file, which amazingly was able to be uploaded by the torrent program to downloaders!! That smells of deliberate design to me!

Since the only torrents affected were those created in the last 24 hours, I believe Microsoft's designers found a way to exploit our Torrent identification system here! I noticed the corrupted torrents displayed the random numeric IDs they were assigned here by the KAT system, and NOT my torrent titles! In any case, I have re-uploaded these torrents this afternoon:

Mike Batt Discography (1977-2007)(13 albums)
Mike Batt - The Hunting of the Snark Broadway Musical (1984)
Aeoliah-Mike Rowland - Transmissions (2015)
The Cascades - Hits and Rarities (1993)
Renaissance - Dreams and Omens - Live at the Tower Theater (2008)

Let's talk about Political Correctness

1633 views    posted 19 Oct 2014, 18:15    
And for the record, clear the decks a bit...

A couple days ago, I made a comment on a torrent that I had downloaded, wherein I noted that the torrent was excellent .... it did download very quickly, it was complete, the books were (or so I believe) readable. Unfortunately, I was not able to tell at first glance by the book titles that the books were of a genre that I normally do not download, certainly don't read, and ... well frankly, I don't like the genre.

Normally I don't make personal comments about my preferences in torrent quality replies. Certainly I know better, having been on the same campaign as others here to stop downloaders from voting their personal social or religious views in torrent comments. I know the quality patrol doesn't approve of that. I don't approve of that.

However, I slipped and gave the torrent a negative thumbs down, despite the fact it was an excellent torrent by one of our most trusted and best torrent uploaders. Couldn't help myself - the books were a big disappointment to me.

That being said, I want to share a bit of the uproar that ensued because of my (admittedly prejudiced) decision... Immediately got a "tut-tut" response in the reply stating that my comment was inappropriate (what I actually said was that the books were not my personal reading preference.

Okay, I saw that, agreed in principle, and deleted my comment. But that wasn't enough to satisfy the Moral Police... and I got a nice long PM accusing me of being a homophobe, etc. Okay ... now the dukes are up.

First, a "homophobe" means.. someone who is subconsciously "afraid" of gays because he/she is secretly gay. I almost laughed. I'm neither gay, nor am I the least bit "afraid" of gays, or of being gay people.

Secondly, and the bigger issue for me, is this notion that seems to prevail today that since the decade of the "Gay Liberation", we all have to jump onboard the band wagon and applaud endlessly a lifestyle that, regardless of the fact it's a normal part of life, and 20% of us are leaning that direction, is NOT the prevailing lifestyle of the majority, nor is it necessarily a sign of special favor in the eyes of God, or the government, or the rest of us.

What really annoys me these days is that this whole business is so in our faces... all of us, that the majority of us (YES, the Majority! of us) are afraid to speak up and decline to voice our profound approval, to say nothing of our acceptance, of a lifestyle that is a minority preference, a sexual orientation, and at times an offense to some of us. We don't HAVE to like it that everyone is not like the average girl or guy. We don't have to approve of any particular lifestyle, just because others do. And we are NOT required to hide our distaste of a social practice just because it's the current Fad of the Month.

Personally, I think one's personal preferences where love is concerned is just THAT - personal. I don't have a life companion, and I don't need one.... nor do I want to hear (on a daily basis sometimes) about "how gay it is to be gay" ... and "Let's All Be Gay Today". I remember a time when this topic was taboo, not discussed in the market place, the town square, and the church pew. It was pleasant to go through the day being with people who didn't feel it was necessary to announce their sexual orientation as if it were the Pulitzer Prize and expect everyone to applaud them for their brave acceptance of their orientation.

Some things in life are better kept at home, and not paraded on the street. I realize there are still people who feel the "Gay Libration" has not completely liberated everyone who has that orientation. However, there will never be total equality for all, on any issue - and it's time for us to move on... to some other obsession.

Finally, I must say that I will not "hush up" my mouth and not say what I think just because someone here dislikes my point of view. We have a wonderfully astute and liberally tolerant community here, which I love. We do NOT have a crowd of zombies walking lockstep in a parade of the "Pop Cause of the Day". I'm an independent now, as I ever was. And homophobia is not one of the hangups I enjoy. I don't have to like it just because anyone thinks that I must. And I don't have to be dishonest about my values because they are "old fashioned" and temporarily out of favor, either.

New Wall buttons

18 views    posted 08 Jun 2014, 04:16    
Hope you are all having a lovely Spring!

Vampire Music - and ruminations on the fate of Night Walkers

227 views    posted 14 Mar 2014, 20:51    
So I'm sitting here today listening to the music of Enigma - quintessential vampire mood music, if ever I heard any such thing. No, it's not "Vampire Weekend" (which I think is more heavy metal than I like). In any case, I have a few pieces in my music library by different artists that I think fit into this category - melancholic or raging, but with a distinct undercurrent of lust and a ghostly yearning.

I'm in a particularly downscale mood these days - vampire music appeals to me in times like this. The cause of my moodiness is mundane, not spiritual - I'm suffering through the adjustment period with my new dentures. It occurs to me that having dentures is very much like waking up to discover that:

1) You can't eat regular food anymore, which of course, contributes greatly to...
2) a ravenous appetite... but nothing you try that is "regular stuff" satisfies the hunger, and in fact, ....
3) eating gives you pain - because your dentures are hard, but your gums are soft, and you can't bite down on anything, or chew on anything.

I can't help but wonder if this is the kind of suffering a newly made vampire experiences. Does it maybe hurt, like hell, to bite into the neck of somebody?


Turning away from my morbid fascination with my aching mouth, as I listen to the yearning, plaintive music of a band that forged the definition of dark music - the music of lust and pain - I have to give some thought to why vampires seem to be so totally obsessed with wooing and seducing a lover before they bite her / him. It must be because they yearn so much after life... and the procreative act - the urge to mate - clearly is the very definition of the natural imperative.

You rarely see movies made about the horrors of the Nasferatu - those moldering, ancient dead who are a horror walking. They might want to woo and seduce their victims, too - but I think, mostly they just want to drain them dry, because they've lost all vestiges of their humanity centuries ago.

All the vampires in the popular romance novels are young and handsome (or beautiful) ... aching in their apparent beauty. But I've read enough on the subject to know that the allure is actually a clever spell ... a "glamour" cast over the victim. I think one of the most realistic stories I've seen in a TV series showed the vampire in his natural form, and then again, after he cast a "glamour" on himself. He was hideous in his natural form - a typical "nosferatu".

Makes me shudder. I read paranormal romances for the thrill of those intense emotional encounters between men and women. I hate the way the image of the Nosferatu keeps popping up in the midst of my reading, as I think about what some poor girl is actually enduring, while thinking she is "in love" with a vampire.

There's a big difference between "love" and "lust".
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