Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Radiohead, In Rainbows

Today is the official release date for the Boss's new album, but I have Radiohead on the brain. If you haven't heard, Radiohead's lastest album, to be released on October 10, is available for download at the band's website. So far, no big deal...tons of bands do this. But here's the interesting part:

You get to name your own price.

That's right, if you want to pay $10 for the album, you can pay $10. If you want to pay a million dollars for it, go right ahead. Or, on the other extreme, Radiohead will give you the album for free. As they put it, "It's up to you. No really, it's up to you."

So two questions: (1) Are you going to download Radiohead's album? (2) How much are you going to pay?

~Steve

Monday, October 01, 2007

A Neat Little Golf Course

One of my ten favorite golf courses that I've ever played is located in a state park in West Virginia. The golf course in Cacapon State Park is really worth the trip for anyone who likes to stare at beautiful foliage and mountains and listen to (and maybe spot!) pileated woodpeckers, all while trying to find out just where their last shot ended up.

The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., one of the legendary architects of the latter half of the 20th century. (It shares this distinction with another one of my top ten ever played courses, the Duke Golf Club.) And true to Trent Jones form, the course winds softly left and right and up and down, following the natural contour of the land, with nary a water hazard to carry. In addition, the greens are pretty good-sized and have a fair bit of undulation to them.

The one deviation from the classic Trent Jones formula is that there aren't very many bunkers and the bunkers that do exist are pretty modest in size. I suspect that the overall lack of bunkering has to do with the fact that the course is, after all, run by a state park. (Not that I'm complaining!)

One last plus...the course is pretty cheap to play (no doubt also a result of it's state park status). I would call it one of the best golf buys within striking range of DC. And with the leaves about to change colors, now is definitely the time to head out to Cacapon. Here's the score to beat...I shot a 90 out there a week and a half ago. Hey...it was only my second round of the year!

~Steve