Friday, February 15, 2008

Obsolete week becomes obsolete: Digital Audio Tape

Back when I was a video game programmer, fledgling pop star and overall young man with more money than sense, many were the investment opportunities. After we recorded out first single, it was mastered at a studio in San Francisco, and the guy who ran the studio told me about the wonder that was Digital Audio Tape. He said that it was going to surpass the CD, because of recordability, and become the new standard both for audiophiles and the general public. He would let me in on the ground floor for a minimal investment.

I wavered and waited.

He persisted. I considered it, but decided to put my money into other stuff instead.

A few months later, I heard that he had left town and other investors were spending more money trying to find him and the money they gave him.

And so, Matty Boy, Investment Advisor to the Stars, saved money by being lazy and indecisive.

I knew those character traits would come in handy some day!

And since it's a Friday, let's have a Random 10.

Come Dancing The Kinks
Innocent When You Dream(Barroom) Tom Waits
As Always You Were Wrong Again UB40
Concierto de Aranjuez (Rodrigo) Zoltan Tokos
Wrong Em Boyo The Clash
Somebody Stole My Dog Rufus Thomas
Mammal They Might Be Giants
Substitute The Ramones
The St. Stephen’s Day Murders The Chieftains (Elvis Costello, vocalist)
Soul Finger The Bar-Kays

Soul Finger is one of my favorite songs that sounds like they were having a party in the studio. The Bar-Kays were the Stax/Volt house band, who sadly died in the same plane crash that took Otis Redding's life so many years ago. I don't consider there's a lot of obscure on this list, though Rufus Thomas and yet another answer tune to his original dance hit Do The Dog is at least somewhat obscure.

Yay, Flags of Many Lands™! But, Boo, El Salvador!
From everything I hear, El Salvador, a country where I taught nearly thirty years ago, has become a place where nearly every conservative pipe dream has become law, including making abortion a crime and jailing both women and doctors.

With so much crazy going on in the world, it's easy to ignore this, but progressives need to make it a priority.

Now playing: The Clash - Wrong 'Em Boyo
via FoxyTunes


dguzman said...

Wow. I didn't know this about El Salvador. That's scary.

Oh man, I remember so many people talking about how DAT was gonna be IT! and then it wasn't.

pissed off patricia said...

Regarding the tapes, you listened to your heart instead of the sales pitch. That's almost always the best way to go. Almost.

Matty Boy said...

Hey, dg. I first heard about it from FranIAm. Here's a link to a New York Times Magazine article.

commander other said...

Digital Audio Tape, coincidentally, shares common initials with:

"Dumb Ass Tankers" (it's a disparaging term the Infantry uses to refer to the Armored Cavalry)

"Dumb Ass Texans" (not that all Texans are dumbasses, but we all know at least one or two or three)

"Distance Acquisition Technique" (a rarely used reference for telephotography, such as when a photographer doesn't want to get too close to the lions)

"Dorks and 'Tards" (a euphamism for ditto-heads)

FranIAm said...

You already put up the link I would have.

El Salvador - no es bueno. No no no.