May 26, 2016
commented on 50 Places in Seattle That You're Taking for Granted
@18: Shortly after I landed in Seattle I met a friendly local who asked from where I'd come. I casually mentioned that I'd come from Chicago. He wrinkled his face a bit and said "Oh."
"I just can't imagine why anyone would want to live there."
This struck me as an odd pronouncement from someone who by his own admission had never been within a timezone of the city by the lake, but I eventually realized that a certain segment of the local identity consists of talking with each other about how great Seattle is and how awful most everywhere else is. At first it seemed almost laughably provincial -- which it is, of course -- but now it's just another of the city's endearing quirks.
Mar 25, 2016
commented on See How Vinyl Records Get Made, and Note How Well They're Selling
I've owned and used both formats for decades. Nowadays I use CDs for convenience, and my records when I just want to kick back and dig my records. My mid priced record player can track most any platter. Records I've owned and babied for decades sound great, of course, but even the old stuff I got from the Cellophane Square bargain bins sounds pretty good.
I'd have stuck with the format regardless, because no way was I going to replace all that old software. But it's great to have all the kids along for the ride.