} Hmmm...powerful...yes...waterskiing...yes...is that all? Oh, well,
} they don't grovel like they used to. We need to work on that.
} In the beginning was the Oracle. And the Oracle spake, saying:
} "Let there be music." And the Oracle heard the music, and it was
} good. *Very* good.
} But, after the music had been played, the mortals could hear it no
} more. The mortals beseeched the Oracle, and lo, the Oracle replied,
} saying: "Let there be sheet music." And the sheet music was good, for
} it allowed the mortals to play the music again.
} But the mortals tired of performing the music, so the Oracle spake unto
} Tommy Edison, saying: "Let there be records." And in due course a
} recording medium was designed, and it was good.
} But the mortals always want more. They begged the Oracle for a
} durable, portable system, so the Oracle spake, saying: "Let there be
} tape." The mortals rejoiced for reel-to-reel and cassette tape.
} But then a mortal tried to outdo the Oracle. He created "8-track"
} tape. And so spake the Oracle: "Let nothing but disco be published on
} 8-track." And 8-track was soon no more. (Let that be a lesson to you.)
} But the mortals wanted digital sound, so, getting fed up with mortals,
} thus the Oracle spake: "Let there be compact disks and two formats of
} DAT; that'll show 'em." And show 'em it did. And the Oracle spake
} further: "And let the CDs be reminiscent of records, to show the
} mortals from whence this new medium came." And the CD's were
} remniscent of records, and they were good; except for that stupid hole
} in the middle.
} You owe the Oracle the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever on record,
} reel-to-reel, cassette, CD, and both types of DAT.
} (If you send an 8-track, you *WILL* be <ZOT>ed.)