Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Cheap Music

I'm trying out emusic.com as an alternative to buying everything from iTunes. Not that there's really anything wrong with the iTS (formerly the iTMS), but at $10 for 40 tracks a month, that translates to 25¢ per song versus 99¢ at iTunes. It's a great way to justify trying some stuff without breaking the bank, PLUS they come as MP3s with no DRM, so they play on my Macs, in iTunes, and on my iPod. And while there is no advantage to buying a whole album over individual tracks like iTunes, on some albums...well, look at how this one broke down:

The Album: Jazz in Paris: Lionel Hampton & His French New Sound, Vol. 1. This album happens to have only 4 songs on it.
Amazon.com price (CD): $13.49
iTunes price: $9.99
emusic price: 4 tracks @ 25¢ = $1*

The drawback (and you knew there had to be one) is that the selection is primarily independent labels, which means that the latest and "greatest" pop music isn't available.

Oh. Darn.

* - Technically, it didn't cost me anything; I'm still on my 25 free trial tracks. Woo hoo!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Changes Are Afoot

I just signed up for the Blogger Beta. Apparently, the first ones who are allowed to sign up are the ones who have the least complicated blogs around, so I qualified rather easily.

The most exciting part is the addition of categories (or, as Blogger is calling them, "Labels"), which you will notice have appeared at the bottom of new (and selected old) posts, as well as in a column to the right.

I also changed the template bcause I had to -- the deeper changes wouldn't take effect unless I did. I could have kept the same basic look, but figured it might be a good chance for some cleaning up. I also have to admit that while I liked the dark blue look of the old template, the light text on a dark background bugs me and my aging eyes on other sites, so I should lead by example and fix that.

On top of all that, should I even make a promise to post more often? Time, time, time; we are surrounded by it by never have enough of it. Alas.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Oh no!

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 – President Bush said today that 14 suspected terrorists held in secret locations by the C.I.A., including some who were deeply involved in the Sept. 11 attacks and other notorious assaults on Americans, have been transferred to the Guantánamo Bay naval base in Cuba to stand trial.

[snip]

His comments marked the first time he that he had acknowledged the secret program run by the Central Intelligence Agency to hold and question “high value” terrorist suspects overseas, though allusions to it have surfaced in court documents.

The president gave it away! Now everyone is going to know about the secret prisons! I thought that keeping them secret was the only thing preventing the terr'ists from attacking us, and now they're going to get us all!

I'll have to cry myself to sleep, until Rush and Bill and Sean and all the rest of them tell me tomorrow that the president was bold and brave and leadery, and the newspapers that divulged the same information are still traitorous and bad and smelly.

But seriously, we are witnessing first hand the destruction of the United States, in every possible sense.