January 1, 2007
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Dave Rogers unpacks some heated discussion of Digital Rights Management (DRM). He begins,

DRM is a nuisance, but so is inaccuracy.

and concludes

The fact is, my enjoyment of music is much more convenient today, DRM and all, than it ever was before. Would I prefer files that I could manipulate without going through an occasional hassle? Sure. But let's keep some perspective here. I've bought more music through the iTMS in the last few years than I have in the previous two decades. And I've been listening to and enjoying more music since the advent of iTunes and the iPod than at any other time in my life.

Somehow, I suspect there are more pressing problems in the world than a lack of convenience. But there you go.

Friday, I went to the ART. I'm a subscriber, I just show up and they do whatever they do. Right now, they're doing The Onion Cellar, which is all about The Dresden Dolls, who are all about punk cabaret. It was pretty good.

Now, punk cabaret isn't on my radar. In fact, I kind of missed punk, and grunge, and pretty much everything in pop music for the last year or twenty. Some people don't read; I don't do that much music anymore. But Saturday morning, I was thinking about the play and some of the songs.

coin operated boy
he may not be real
experienced with girls
but i know he feels
like a boy should feel
isnt that the point
that is why i want a
coin operated boy