Back to the 181 well once more … this time for some holiday hot licks and snowman slow jams (see what I did there?) from the “Christmas R#38;B” feed. This is the perfect way to reset before the weekend is upon us once again … and an optimal choice for any office gathering you might be having over the next week or so. Heavy on the classics – The Miracles, Jackson 5, Four Tops, Ella and Sammy – this one will please the whole gang. a href=”http://www.181.fm/playing.php?station=181-xtrueamp;embed=1″ target=”_blank”Hit the 181.FM web page on your computer/a or check out “Christmas R#38;B” on TuneIn.
Damn. Like everyone else commenting on this … stronga href=”https://twitter.com/Shealan/status/410512298726678528/photo/1″ target=”_blank”why did I never figure this out/a/strongstrong?/strong
It’s about time. Fifteen years after it should have happened, Canada Post is dragging themselves out of the 19th century and putting an end to door-to-door mail delivery. Of course the assorted luddites, unions, and other know-nothing fenderheads are up in arms about it … which pretty much guarantees that this is a good idea.
Look – door to door mail service is about the worst business plan in the world. If I came to you and proposed a document delivery business where the service went to every potential customer location every single day, regardless of whether a particular customer actually had a delivery, and deliveries would cost the same no matter how far or short the actual delivery path was, and we would charge for this in a time when virtually everyone has instantaneous delivery of documents for free, and we would pay our employees some of the highest wages in the country to do this … you would laugh in my face.
No one needs a buggy whip any more. Nobody buys 8-track tapes. No one wants cell phones with keyboards. This is just another product that has become useless and unnecessary in the face of better options. But unlike buggy whips and Blackberries, this one costs taxpayers a whack of money. Time to pull the plug.
Hell, the only real difference is that the lazy-ass letter carrier will no longer tromp across my lawn instead of using the damn sidewalk.
“Christmas Kids Radio” is a bit of a misnomer. With a name like that you would think that it was all Muppets and Rugrats and The Wiggles and the like, but what you get instead is a lot of stuff from American Idol alumni and assorted boy bands. So it’s more “teen girl bland pop Christmas radio” but it’s not particularly horrible and you can probably put it on and not offend a single person, which is a handy thing to be able to do. It’s also got a few cuts from your Spongebobs and Grinches and the like, so I guess that is where the “kid” part comes from.
Hit the 181.FM web page to check it out, or look up “Christmas kids” on your TuneIn app.
If nothing else, you will be amazed at how many Christmas songs Kelly Clarkson has recorded.
Hey! Christmas is the time for giving, right? So today spend your ho ho ho radio time with a station that is all about giving. Radio Christmas out of the U.K. is an annual effort to help kids in need around the globe. It started as a project to raise money to help street kids in Britain and now supports charities for young’uns around the globe. Homeless kids, hungry kids, kids who work in a dump for a dollar a day … there are a lot of kids who have generally sucky Christmases. Maybe it wouldn’t kill you to toss a couple of bucks their way.
Radio Christmas also has a very cool “Brit-centric” vibe that makes them stand out from the usual holiday fare. If you are a bona fide Scrooge you might get cheesed off by the reminders that it’s all about charity and desperate kids, but everyone else should enjoy the mix. On the web at radiochristmas.co.uk or search for “radio christmas” on TuneIn.
Ho ho ho indeed.
If you have used OS X for any length of time you have probably used – and become dependent on – the “Quick Look” function: Highlight a file in the finger, hit the spacebar, and you get a quick-n-dirty peek into the file without having to open the associated app. All good … until you need to copy what’s in the Quick Look to paste it into something else, because to do that you still needed to open up the file.
If you want to be able to select and copy text out of the Quick Look, open your Terminal and at the prompt enter this handy pair of commands (if you are new to the Terminal, remember to hit “return” after each one):
defaults write com.apple.finder QLEnableTextSelection -bool true
Spelling and capitalization matters here, so if you want to be sure you are doing it correctly just copy from here and paste them one at a time into the Terminal, remembering to hit “return” after each one. Once you are done and the finder has restarted (all of your icons and folder windows will disappear for a moment or two and then come back, so don’t panic) you will be able to select and copy from the Quick Look pane. Handy stuff.
Boomer Radio sounds more or less like pretty much every other “Christmas mix” radio station – classics, some poppy stuff, and the requisite sprinkling of a few comedy songs. But it gets a Monday morning shout-out for one reason: It’s the only on-line station that ever seems to play Chrissy The Christmas Mouse, which is entirely awesome.
Note that there are a few scattered ads, but they are few and far between. Check it out on the web at Boomer Radio or search for “Boomer Christmas” in your handy TuneIn app.
Friday! Time for some hot holiday licks! Boogie your way into the weekend with the last of SomaFM’s yuletide offerings … Christmas Rocks!
Pretty much every “rock n roll” holiday cut from the last 50 years is on this playlist, everything from the Beach Boys to Bad Religion with all the stops in between. And of course, commercial free. Check it out on Soma’s web site, or look for “Christmas Rocks” on your handy-dandy TuneIn app, and get ready to rock out with the fat man.
One of the lesser announcements to come out of the iPhone 5c/5s media event was the launch of something called “iBeacon”. It was described as a way to deliver content to iOS devices based on extremely tight location-based notifications. I immediately assumed that all it would be good for was another wave of bogus advertising initiatives.
In other words, blah.
However, it looks like there might be something in play here that is both cool and can be monetized enough to make it stick. A pilot project at a bar in London is using iBeacon to deliver actual content to patrons’ iOS devices while they are at the pub. As long as you are within the confines of the bar you get copies of the footie magazine When Saturday Comes and the lifestyle paper Dazed and Confused for free on your i-device’s Newsstand. If this works out, it could be a win across the board: The establishment (pub, bookstore, coffee shop, whatever) gets you to stick around and buy a couple of more drinks while you read, the magazine publisher gets both the licensing fee and the potential for hang-on subscribers, and the patron gets some reading material that is tailored to their tastes. Much cooler than straight-out advertising, and much more likely to have some legs in the long run.
Fingers crossed that this one works out.