Cheaper Malice

An anagram


Today I learned that Bananarama and Nirvana ripped off Shocking Blue, not the other way around. I grew up in the 80s, so of course Bananarama’s version of “Venus” is the one I was familiar with. I didn’t know there was another version, and at that time I didn’t even know popular recording artists got […]

New Things

Well, my earlier misgivings about Longmire have been surpassed by the unfolding story and its depth.  The build-up of season two was quite good in setting up several layers of suspense, and the finale was excellent.  Each season after that contained a wonderfully evolving story.  They’ve still made a gaping mistake here and there (don’t […]

My Renewed Fascination with Duran Duran

When I was young, I was insulated from “rock and roll” music.  My father strongly disliked it (and still does).  More importantly, I grew up in a fundamentalist religion, and I was lead to believe that it was sinful.  I just wasn’t exposed to it, and I was less-than-subtly discouraged from embracing it. However, I […]

Audio Interface Saga

Once upon a time, I bought Pro Tools, which is software for recording and making music electronically.  I spent a lot of money on it, and when I got it home, I discovered that it won’t even work with a sound card.  (It can, with a piece of software that emulates an ASIO driver, but […]


In some ways, I have a strong sense for music, and I am fairly clueless in other ways.  For example, there is always music in my head, running in the background, often unnoticed.  I have fairly broad musical tastes.  On the other hand, I usually don’t pay much attention to lyrics, and my memory is […]