Amazon Adds Vinyl to AutoRip

Got a PR blast from Amazon today saying that they've added vinyl to the AutoRip program (where you get MP3s automagically via their Amazon MP3 downloads of music you buy on physical media).

That's pretty damn sweet, I have to say. I hope that record companies are doing this independently so that if I buy a record at, say, Vintage Vinyl, I get the same thing.

Pretty appealing. I've thought about collecting Vinyl before, but that would leave me needing to find MP3s or something for travel. If I recall correctly, Yep Roc records (Robyn Hitchcock's label these days) has done this with some of his stuff.

To sum up: Buy a record on Amazon, get a free (and immediate) digital copy you can slap on your MP3 player and a vinyl copy you can spin on the record player occasionally when you want to be all old-timey. (Or just keep it pristine, and hope that it might be something that becomes a collector's item someday.) Smart. As terrible as Amazon has been for local businesses, they do have a habit of offering what users want – when there's competition and they have to make a case for your business.

Word of the Day: 積ん読 (tsundoku)

tsundokuFrom a friend on Facebook, tsundoku (積ん読): "the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with such other unread books." (Combination of tsumu (to pile up) and doku (to read), which is a pun on tsundeoku (to leave piled up).

I'm glad that there's a word for this. It's something I'm well-acquainted with, but didn't have a succinct way of discussing previously…

If I lived to be 100, and could spend 40+ hours a week reading, I still wouldn't finish all the books I'd like to read. And that's assuming I don't turn up any new books when reading other books, and assuming nothing else is published ever again. Sigh.

Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is 40…

Dark_Side_of_the_MoonEvery year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught, or half a page of scribbled lines…

Steve Burnett pointed out on Twitter today that Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon was released in March of 1973. Forty years, folks!

Given that it was already "classic rock" by the time I discovered it (in 7th or 8th grade, I think – though I'd heard much of it on KSHE already), this makes me feel just a wee bit old.

Despite that, I like the fact that I've been listening to this album for decades, and it still hasn't gotten old. It holds up really, really well. (The same can't be said for all of Pink Floyd's work, of course. I've listened to "Atom Heart Mother," and "Ummagumma" maybe twice in 20+ years.)

What albums from 2013 are likely to be worth listening to in 40 years?

A better idea for drug enforcement

On Salon, Pot should be fined like a speeding ticket. Assuming there must be any penalties for pot use, this makes much more sense to me. I'd prefer decriminalization altogether, but perhaps it'd be easier to ratchet down the penalties first before just saying "let's stop prosecuting people for using a naturally occurring substance that's no more harmful than beer."