Lately, in an effort to listen to more of the music I own, I have been just setting my iPod on “Shuffle Songs” and letting it play. It has been a great experience, largely because the iPod seems to somehow always intuitively know what music I love but have not heard in a while.

For instance, I forgot how much I love Boston’s self titled first album. In my opinion, it is truly one of the greatest sounding albums of all time. Perfect albums are very rare and this is one of the finest examples ever made. Every single song on this album is a hit. Expertly produced and mastered, it sounds as good if not better than most albums produced today. When you add to that the pure arena rock-pop goodness and the brilliant sound science of Tom Scholz, you have magic – pure and simple. 

This is just one of the many albums I have “re-discovered” while listening to my iPod on shuffle. If you have never really taken the time to let “your life be random” you should, I can’t begin to tell you how much fun you might have.

Art vs. Porn

Me: Back in 94, even the porn was done in ASCII art. They even made the pictures by using the first letter of the name of the body part they were drawing so there was no confusion. You know, like BBBBBBBBBNNN
Michael: What letter did they use for, you know, down there on a girl.
Me: Why, “P”, of course.
Michael: Why not “V”?
Me: Because it was porn. If they used “V” they would have to call it art!