I don’t get a lot of freebies but I just got a cool one — Sirius hooked me up with a satellite radio setup and subscription. This wasn’t something I’ve ever given much thought to, but now that I’ve played with it for a couple of hours, all I can say is, “wow.” This is to broadcast radio as 500-channel digital cable is to the broadcast tv of my youth (three networks, PBS, and maybe a couple of UHF stations). The radio I’ve got can be used either at home or in the car, and man, I wish I’d had this the last time I drove cross-country.

(…yes, part of the fun of a road trip is listening to local radio, but in the homogenized Clear Channel era, that doesn’t go as far as it used to.)