So I was just wasting time as usual, instead of studying, and I decided to see if my blog showed up on a Google search. (Apparently, it does not.) I of course ran across a number of interesting sites along the way, such as this installment of "The Straight Dope," the venerable Chicago Reader column. The snowflake explanation is okay, but the ensuing argument about math is even better.
It's weeks like this one that are going to make me go broke: too many good albums being released. I just picked up the new Ben Folds album, and I'm intending to purchase the new Eels disc as soon as possible. In the meantime I am staying happy by listening to this online over and over again. This is a band I was really disappointed with on their last two albums, but they appear to be kicking it back up several notches. I approve. (I think iTunes needs to rethink their pricing policy for double-disc albums though. I was going to skip buying the CD edition and just download the album from them, but they charge $19.99, twice the price of a single album! The 2-disc CD edition is going for around 14 bucks.)
Ben Folds, on t'other hand, gets forty lashes for allowing his record label, Sony, to release his new album as a DualDisc. In theory it's not a bad idea — a normal audio CD on one side and some bonus DVD content on the other side — but it turns out that there's a little issue: "The audio side of this disc does not conform to CD specifications and therefore not all DVD and CD players will play the audio side of this disc." (That's verbatim from the back of the jewel case.) Turns out that my PowerBook's CD/DVD drive is one such player, so I can't import the disc onto my hard drive or my iPod. Boooooo.