Four random items, presented for your approval:
When a Led Zeppelin song comes on the radio, I will rarely turn it off. I'll hum along and be entertained, at which point the song will end and it will exit my consciousness cleanly, like a pleasant bullet passing through my skull without hitting any vital nerve clusters.
I've bought a couple of Zeppelin albums in my time, but they always seem to be pushed aside for other, better albums. When it comes time to boot up the ol' CD player, Zep never makes the cut.
Yet what I find puzzling is that every guitar player I know worships at the altar of Zep, and there are any number of crazed fans who will gleefully purchase Jimmy Page's Bathroom Noises, Part VII. It's not that I can't see an appeal to Zep, because they produce perfectly good music - it's that I can't see why you'd become obsessed with them. I like them, but would I love them? Hell no.
I feel much the same way about Pink Floyd. I loved The Wall. There are several cuts on other albums I enjoy. But I can't see what in God's name catapulted these folks to triple-platinum classic artist status.
Whose success do you find puzzling? Remember, you don't hate them; actually, you enjoyed their stuff. You just can't see why people are going batshit insane for them.
Speaking of music, I am never buying an album on iTunes again without listening to the tracks first. About three months ago, I went, "Ooo! Matthew Sweet!" and bought his latest album, only to discover that it was totally forgettable. Last week, I went, "Ooo! Freedy Johnston!" only to discover that his latest album sounds like two guys in a garage with a four-track and not many ideas.
I can sample. Nobody gets a free ticket any more. (On the other hand, the Garden State soundtrack, NOFX's Greatest Hits, and Wyclef for President are residing cheerfully on my hard drive.)
Still think blogging isn't the new media? Look at this fantastic investigative piece on spyware, tracking several infested programs back to their source. Amazing work.
In other fantastic LJ links, Ersatzinsomnia summarizes and reviews Cerebus. All three hundred issues of it. In excruciating detail, over the course of fifteen LJ-maxed entries, with a lot of good thoughts thrown in if I know him.
I haven't read it all yet, but man. I think this is the longest review I've ever seen.