Thursday, June 24, 2004

Hey, today is a REAL red-letter day.

I trekked out to the mailbox just now and got TWO terrific pieces of mail.

One came to me courtesy "Cheney-Bush '04." Included was a lovely photo of W and the Mrs. at the Ranch, automagically autographed, with the following inscription:

To: M_____ G. H_________ Jr., Thank you for your early commitment and dedication as a Charter Member of the campaign in Texas. Grassroots leaders like you are the key to building a winning team. Best Wishes (signed) Laura Bush GwBe (sic).

Ain't that special? All I gotta do to be an o-fficial Charter Member is send in some money.

Like that's gonna happen.

Someone must be playing a practical joke. I know Bush has scads of cash, but certainly not enough to just send out blind (if not "personalized") appeals. Somehow, somewhere, I'm on a GOP mailing list. Fine by me -- they can waste all the money they want.

Oh, the other piece of mail? An envelope with a market survey on guitar strings and other musical equipment, plus a crisp, green dollar bill for my time. Now THAT I can use. Heck, I'll even send the survey back.

I caught the Beastie Boys on Letterman the other night, and I was impressed. The BB's, rapping live on national television, came up out of a subway entrance near the Ed Sullivan Theater and rapped their way up the street and into the studio. Way cool street theater that fit perfectly within the concept of their latest disc To The Five Boroughs.

But now comes news of something that blows that respect out of the water. Supposedly, copies of the new CD contain an executable that gets copied to a computer's hard drive when the disc is put into the computer. The file lies dormant until the user tries to rip MP3s from the disc. At that point, the computer is deliberately infected with a virus.

If true, this represents a new low on the part of the music industry to stop what I think is an unstoppable train. And, to be quite honest, it seems to really hit at the street cred of the Beastie Boys. Then again, they are all pushing 40, so perhaps whatever street cred they had was lost long ago ..