"The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don't wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules..." Rob (John Cusack) in "High Fidelity"
Thanks to anti-piracy software, the death knell tolls for the mix cd. The most effective form of emotional communication for musically-hip but verbally inadequate humans fades. I myself have long relied on the mix cd (and its much beloved predecessor, the mix tape) to speak for me in awkward situations. Christ, does this mean I actually have to tell people I love them???
Read all about the sadness here.
I think I'm gonna go burn me one right now...