Music, Foreigner and WarGames

Saw a guy on the train with an old-style portable CD player. ‘Cos, you know, digital music from real CDs have a warmth that MP3/AAC on iPods just can’t match…

Watched WarGames again the other night. As Marita commented, no wonder geeks like it — geeks get to save the world. (Though they almost destroyed it in the first place.) Call me slow, but I hadn’t noticed before that one of the missile operators at the start is played by none other than the late John Spencer, better known as Leo McGarry in the West Wing.

Quick review: Foreigner by C J Cherryh — I have to admit, I found this book hard-going initially. I think it’s the style of it versus the style of my reading. I don’t tend to read for long periods of time. It’s generally 15 minutes on the train, rather than an hour or two tucked up in bed, and this book didn’t suit that. But particularly towards the end, it was rivetting stuff. Apart from what would happen to the human character, his whole thinking of himself and the other humans compared to the… well, alien nature of the aliens was very interesting.Thumbs up!

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6 Replies to “Music, Foreigner and WarGames”

  1. “‘Cos, you know, digital music from real CDs have a warmth that MP3/AAC on iPods just can’t match”

    And I’ve heard people say the same things in favour of other failed or superseded technologies, eg AM stereo (vs FM stereo) and valve hi-fi amps (vs solid state).

    Though comments made about digital radio broadcasting vs regular FM radio do seem to have some basis, and there’s a risk we might get stuck with something that’s technically worse than the current analogue system.

  2. “‘Cos, you know, digital music from real CDs have a warmth that MP3/AAC on iPods just can’t match”

    First coffee spit in while….. cheers!

  3. I dont have an ipod as my home PC is a Win98SE and incompatible…

    So, I download music, burn to CD then copy them to my work laptop and sit on the train with my laptop on listening to home burnt music in MP3 format…

    I then keep the CD’s in the car…

    Am I sad?

  4. Perhaps the person you saw didn’t have the money to buy an MP3 player and doesn’t have a computer.

    Or maybe he just doesn’t need an MP3 player. Why make a possession obsolete just because something different is available?

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