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There is a song in my head and I can't get it out - so I share

Mark Kaelin wonders where he has heard a certain song before and worries about what it means to fixate on a song from a computer game you have never played.

I am a fan of the video games Half-Life and Half-Life 2 and the company that produced them Valve. However, I have yet to play a game from that company called Portal.

Portal is more of a puzzle, figure out how to get from point A to point B using stuff given to you in each level type game. I like those games in general, but I just haven't had time to get and play Portal. However, somehow the song that plays at the end of the game during the credits has gotten into my head. It is called "Still Alive," and it is catchy and weird and dastardly memorable — at least it is to me.

To help give meaning to this melody floating around between my ears, I did some research and found out the song was written by Jonathan Coulton specifically for the game. (Check out the lyrics there too.) The song is being sung by the one of the characters from the game — a passive-aggressive computer. In fact, it is the boss — the thing you have to beat to end and win the game. When you do, there is cake and this song — and possibly madness, we'll just have to wait and see.

The strange thing — the thing that bothers me — is that I have never played Portal, so how did this song get in my head? And then I figured it out — it is one of the songs in Rock Band, and I must have heard it in a commercial or at Best Buy or something, because I have never played Rock Band. This is terrible — I am fixating on a song from games I have never played. I really wish I had not destroyed that iPod Nano for a Cracking Open Photo Gallery now — I need to hear some music besides "Still Alive."

Oh, by the way, the cake is a lie.

About Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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