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Re: [Off-topic] Re: [Pan-users] Re: Advice on other lists

From: Ron Johnson
Subject: Re: [Off-topic] Re: [Pan-users] Re: Advice on other lists
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 21:07:31 -0500
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On 2009-08-25 19:30, Steven D'Aprano wrote:
On Wed, 26 Aug 2009 04:43:22 am Ron Johnson wrote:
On 2009-08-25 10:01, Duncan wrote:

But if it's all there on the MP3 player, there's no need to worry
about trying to decide just /what/ to copy over, and then finding
you're in a totally different mood, and it's the /wrong/ thing for
your new mood, when you're on your trip and don't have access to
just go grab something else.
However did we survive in the eras of CDs, cassette tapes, 8-track
tapes, transistor radios, or before?

It's the magpie urge to collect "stuff". Some people collect music, some people collect stamps, some people collect those Russian nested dolls, and some people collect computer games that they never play.

(I have a workmate who does that. He goes to LAN parties and brings back two or three DOZEN new games every few months. How many does he play even *once*? Perhaps two, sometimes three. He's working on filling up his second NAS full of games he can't bear to delete even though he's never played them, never will, and in some cases may not even be playable on current hardware. But who am I to point the finger? I have a shelf full of old Macintosh floppies I can't bear to get rid of either.)

Right. But it doesn't all have to be in the palm of your hand every moment.

Technology enables people to mistake "nice to have" for "essential to have". Nobody worried about having to leave their music collection at home when they went out when music was on CDs, or albums, because it simply wasn't an option. "Listen to my music collection" was something you did at home. If you went out and started talking about some band from twenty years ago, and you didn't have their album with you, you talked about something else once you ran out of things to say.

Or as I've mentioned, if you for instance get talking to someone
about a band from two decades ago that you have a half dozen albums
of... sitting at home on the computer!
That just doesn't happen too often.

Yes, but think of it... you're driving along a lonely country road when aliens abduct you and take you up to the mothership. Hu-man," they say, "Emperor Xymatvfg!ohq has sent us to des-troy your dis-gusting plan-et unless you immediately give us the rare 1986 recording of 'Still in Hollywood' from Concrete Blonde's self-titled album."

WTF is Concrete Blonde?

What will you do now? Is the fate of the entire world worth the risk?

Kiss my arse goodbye?

Obsession with "preserving cultural heritage" is a racist impediment
to moral, physical and intellectual progress.

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