It's far too long since I've written here, so it seems fitting for me to write
about something else I've done for the first time in ages. Until about a week
ago, I hadn't bought any recorded music for over a decade. Various things came
together to change that. First credit must go the marvellous duranorak and her
occasional practice of posting cheering pieces of synthpop that I could listen
to at work. Then Clare started posting mini-reviews of bands she might like to
see at WGT, and I found that listening to the better of them was a good way to
get less permanently distracted from work. Finally, I found the Amazon MP3
store and its slight integration into Ubuntu's standard media player. The
result is that I seem to have about nine hours of MP3s on my netbook now.
I used to say that I didn't have any musical taste of my own, but just accepted
whatever was played around me. I'm not sure I've actually developed any taste,
but now I have a little more influence over what I hear.