Okay. Ignore my stupid title for this entry. I had know idea what to call it. Anyway, I've been listening to the new Howard Stern show on Sirius Satellite Radio. Good stuff. It's strange; I had this weird feeling that it would feel just as though his show on terrestrial radio had simply resumed. But, it doesn't.
The sound quality is different. Something about the EQ on their mikes makes it very different. An, on top of that, there's just a whole different vibe to it. Having to pay for the service made me feel as though I was in some sort of club. It's a little hard to explain, but it was as if I had gained access to the Stern Clubhouse. It's still weird to hear cursing on the radio. It shouldn't be weird. I curse all of the time with everyone I know in normal conversational English, dammit. But we've been so conditioned to think of a handful of words as off limits to our airwaves that I still feel like a kid at the back of the school bus giggling about words like "scrotum" and "assmunch" everytime they curse on Sirius.
I also feel like I'm listening to technology that's in its infancy. The reception on Satellite radio isn't what I thought it would be. Go under an overpass? Lost reception. Drive near the ocean(!?)? Lost reception. I don't know. It's odd. I like having it. I love conceptually that it's a place for commercial-free, censorship-free radio; but in practice, I still hear commercials and it seems like they have a little ways to go on the reception issue.
But, all of that said, I don't feel unhappy with it. Like I said, it's like hearing it in its infancy and I'm okay with that. I know that it's going to grow and improve. I know I'll be telling my grandkids one day "You know, your old Granddad had Satellite Radio back on Earth when it had just been invented. Back then, it went in our 'cars' and the mutant genetically modified fruit hadn't yet forced everyone to evacuate to the Moon."
Yeah, it'll be a grand future ...