POWlist: Strange Times
Just a thought from 18 November 2003 about .

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These are strange times, my friends.

Today I'm listening to R.E.M. sing "Cuyahoga" as it digitally streams into my computer. The whole album, Life's Rich Pageant, is filling my hard drive now, thanks to my sweetie Heather, who bought me an iTunes Gift Certificate. Digital money that buys digital music. None of it really exists. None of it you can hold in your hand.

The last time a woman gave me this album, I was in Junior High, 1986, and a girl who's name I can't even remember was astounded that I'd never heard R.E.M. and insisted I copy her tapes. I wrote the song names on the inserts, taking care not to smudge. I'd never met a girl like her. She was one of Claremont's old guard, who still had hippie parents and lived in the village. She seemed infinitely older and wiser than me. She was in High School.

Two women I've loved, 17 years apart, giving me the gift of music. Swan Swan Hummingbird.

This section is called Just a Thought. It's a blog where I post little pieces of what I'm thinking about at the moment. This page is an individual entry called “POWlist: Strange Times” that I wrote on 18 November 2003.

Before this, I wrote a little something called “Buy my PowerBook” on 15 November 2003. After this, I wrote “Google Creates Comment Spam” on 19 November 2003.

Buy my PowerBook
As part of my ongoing life purge, I'm parting with my dear old PowerBook G3. Interested? Bid away!...
15 November 2003

Google Creates Comment Spam
There's one central culprit that's gone unacknowledged in this whole comment spam discussion: Google. Google is the central motivating force...
19 November 2003

The Fine Print

Working the web since 1995, Derek Powazek is the creator of many award-winning websites, a couple of which still exist. Derek is the cofounder of JPG Magazine and the CCO of 8020 Publishing. Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants named Fred. More »

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