What's On My Playlist

There's a meme that's going around, and it looks like I've caught the bug. Here's someone else who has done the same thing.

  1. Plug in or turn on your MP3 player
  2. Start playing at random
  3. Note down the first ten songs, no matter how embarrassing.

Okay, this is what I typically listen to:

  1. Pink Floyd - Eclipse, from The Dark Side of the Moon
  2. Suzanne Vega - Caramel, from the Truth About Cats and Dogs Soundtrack
  3. Tori Amos - Juarez, from To Venus and Back.
  4. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here, from Wish You Were Here
  5. Howard Shore - The Council of Elrond, from the Fellowship of the Ring Soundtrack
  6. Beatles - She's Leaving Home, from the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  7. Pink Floyd - Waiting for the Worms from The Wall
  8. Kate Bush - Heads We're Dancing, from The Sensual World
  9. REM - Find the River, from Automatic For the People
  10. Kate Bush - Deeper Understanding, from The Sensual World

How would you categorize my taste from that snippet? Please note that I don't actually like Pink Floyd that much.

The Times, They Are a-Changing

The sky over the port was the color of television tuned to a dead channel.

The above is, of course, the first line of the modern classic Neuromancer, by William Gibson (thanks to Joe Clifford Faust for reminding me of it). And it's a line that will be interpreted entirely differently between old Generation X-ers and those that follow.

Of course, Mr. Gibson was describing television static, and I can still remember the grey/white scramble, and that hiss, but I've not seen it for many years. Televisions now have adopted the Blue Screen of Death, and so anybody born after these days would interpret Mr. Gibson's first line as saying that the sky was a brilliant shade of blue.

That's technology for you: it can surprise even the technophiles.

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