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Screamer Radio

(This is a repost of  an entry that got “lost” in the recent move on Antikrish.)

I’m lucky enough (I think) to work from home.   I need a little bit of “noise” when I’m working as I miss out on the usual office chat and gossip.   Aww…shame 🙂  Anyway, I used to listen to Pandora with the funky Pandora’s Box by Daniel Mackey. Unfortunately it’s impossible to listen to the service now in the UK without using a proxy because of…well, have a look at part of an email that was sent to me from Pandora.

As you probably know, in July of 2007 we had to block usage of Pandora outside the U.S. because of the lack of a viable license structure for Internet radio streaming in other countries. It was a terrible day. We did however hold out some hope that a solution might exist for the UK, so we left it unblocked as we worked diligently with the rights organizations to negotiate an economically workable license fee. After over a year of trying, this has proved impossible. Both the PPL (which represents the record labels) and the MCPS/PRS Alliance (which represents music publishers) have demanded per track performance minima rates which are far too high to allow ad supported radio to operate and so, hugely disappointing and depressing to us as it is, we have to block the last territory outside of the US.

So I’m now using the teeny-tiny Screamer Radio.   It’s freeware, it isn’t a resource hog and it’s portable. Huzzah! Here’s a link to its features page.

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It’s certainly not the same as Pandora but it is good.  My favourite stations are Beatles-A-Rama!!! and Fun Radio France.   I think Beatles (A-Rama…and don’t forget the 3 exclamation marks!!!) is my favourite.   It has a good bit rate and the Walmart adverts are truly wonderfull

Go on…download it…you know you want to…

And I nearly forgot…you can also record the tracks you are listening to.  Here’s 1 I made earlier (Ho’okena – ‘Ulili E from the excellent HawaiianRainbow.com).

Google query suggestions…(GULP!)

Just in case you didn’t know, Google has a query suggestions feature.

As you type into the search box, Google Suggest guesses what you’re typing and offers suggestions in real time.

I’m working on a site that uses H-Sphere and I needed to find some info.  I got as far as Can a when Google Suggest came up with the following 🙂

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What’s your favourite suggestion?

Danny Kaye, George Formby and Will Hay…oh my!

I’m a very big fan of Danny Kaye, George Formby and Will Hay…hence the title of this post 🙂

I think they all have two things in common, they were great, unique comedians and they seem to be a bit negelcted.

What do I like about their films? They’re good fun…usually pretty harmless, they make me laugh/smirk and the “good guy” always wins. There are no tits, no swearing and if there are any special effects then they usually involve lots of rope or a really dodgy backdrop.

Here’s a funky link, it’s Danny Kaye in the Inspector General – http://www.archive.org/details/the_inspector_general

Now all I’ve got to do is find some George Formby, Will Hay, W.C.Fields, Warner Oland…

Favourite films:

Danny Kaye – A Song is Born

George Fomby – Let George Do It!

Will Hay – The Goose Steps Out