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By AlanM on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 4:31 PM
I wish I could explain how this works. There is a resonance I feel whenever I’m listening to most of the songs performed by the band Swing Out Sister. Something about a jet-set romance. Sitting in an airport bar as dusk falls. Neon lights reflected in a taxi window. A lost love. The hope of a new love. A tear – is it from sorrow, or joy, or both? The echoes of something that just wrenched your heart beyond what you thought you could ever bear, but also a whisper that the worst has passed, and the heights of joy will fall into your hands.

I don’t have the musical background to faithfully capture the style or genre of their music. I have never really heard any other music exactly like it, although I’ve certainly heard music which shares elements of their music. Songs written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. 60s-era latin pop, something a little like what Henry Mancini might have made, and what you might hear on the soundtrack to AMC’s Mad Men. But also more dreamy...
By AlanM on Monday, January 14, 2013 9:31 PM

The juicer won. But at what cost. At what cost.

By AlanM on Thursday, October 18, 2012 8:13 PM
Does anyone not already know that I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Microsoft enthusiast? I mean, before you read the previous sentence?

However, I’m not usually one of the first ones to grab the new technologies. I didn’t get one of the first Pocket PCs. I didn’t get one of the first XBox’s. I don’t usually get the Consumer Technology Previews (CTP), or “betas” of new versions of Windows.

But I just had to, this time. I pre-ordered a Microsoft Surface, and I should be getting it in about a week. I’m very, very excited.

Picture of the Microsoft Surface with a magenta touch cover

Yes, I know I could have gotten an iPad a long time ago. But Apple and I just don’t see eye to eye on user interfaces, ever since the first Macintosh. Sure, I was more than a little handy...