95.5FM WPLJ Radio Station in New York

I found an awesome radio station in New York. It’s called WPLJ Music and it’s on 95.5FM. They play really good pop and rock music. I have been waking up to them in the morning  and listening to them in the evening.
Tonight they been playing the 80’s (one of my favourite decades) as it was the time I discovered music.
Here is the playlist so far:
Automatic – The Pointer Sisters
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police
Lay Your Hands on Me – Bon Jovi
Self Control – Laura Branigan
Who Can It Be Now? – Men at Work
Right on Track – Breakfast Club
Love in an Elevator – Aerosmith
Walk Like an Egyptian – Bangles
When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean
Authority Song – John Mellencamp
She Bop – Cyndi Lauper
Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
When I Think of You – Janet Jackson
Freeze-Frame – J. Geils Band
Super Freak – Rick James
A Little Respect – Erasure
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Let Me Be the One – Exposé
One Night Love Affair – Bryan Adams
We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel
Like a Virgin – Madonna
The Power of Love – Huey Lewis & the News
Stand Back – Stevie Nicks
Purple Rain – Prince & the Revolution
Rio – Duran Duran
Waiting for a Star to Fall – Boy Meets Girl
Two Hearts – Phil Collins

College Basketball Championships – NCAAB.

You know the saying “When in Rome, do what the Romans do“, well the office guys and gals are all talking / thinking / breathing College Basketball as there is some big tournament starting today. There are 64 teams and they all play each other over the course of 3 weeks. It’s a knockout championship and there can only be one winner. Typically there is some form of a rivalry going on in the office in the form of a fantasy basketball competition via the CBS Sports Website. $20 to enter, 26 players in the office and $400 prize money.

When there is money to be won, those who know me, know I will enter regardless of actually knowing the sport in question. Basketball is one such sport. I have never followed it, but a chance to win $400 is worth following it for the time that I am here.

So they got this thing called a bracket on the CBS Sports website, which is a grid of all the teams, who they are playing, and it shows the winners and losers, and ultimately who will play each other in the final and it all works on points I think.

I had the computer pick my fantasy winners and losers and I changed a few of the winners to make it more personal. I looked at the names of the teams and decided who would win or lose by their names. Very scientific as you can see.

They started playing at 12pm today and after the first round of games, guess who is tied in 1st place (out of 26 fantasy basketball fanatics – ha ha ha)?

New York – The GE Building.

My first night in New York and I visited the Top of the Rock Observatory. It’s based at the top of the GE building, part of the Rockefeller Center.  The evening sky was clear and the view was amazing. 360 degree views of New York City by night. I got some stunning photos but sadly I have nothing to show show at present, as my 16GB Panasonic Class 10 memory card decided to corrupt itself a day later. Grrrrrr!!!!

Highly annoying. It just means I will have to revisit the Top of the Rock some other time.

The centerpiece of Rockefeller Center is the 70-floor, 872-foot (266 m) GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza (“30 Rock”)—formerly known as the RCA Building—centered behind the sunken plaza. The building is the setting for the famous Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper photograph, taken by Charles C. Ebbets in 1932 of workers having lunch, sitting on a steel beam, without safety harnesses. The 840-foot (260 m) drop lies below. (Source: Wikipedia)

Destination New York.

After a canceled flight on Sunday and a missed flight yesterday, I have finally made it to New York early this morning. The plane in the photo was not my booked American Airlines flight. I thought it was until I reached the desk and they told me my flight had already left 2 hours earlier. Have you ever experienced that feeling?  (Not recommended).  It’s sickening, especially when I had gotten to the airport about 5 hours earlier and had been sitting in the lounge waiting for my flight unbeknown that it had already left. I didn’t even hear them calling me over and over and over again. (oops).

Anyway, American Airlines were jolly good and accommodating, and even got my suitcase hand packed on the plane. When I got on the plane, there was hardly a sole on board, so I got to sit in an area with loads of legroom and no one on either side of me or behind me (and no screaming babies).  The service on AA was outstanding and I was very impressed with them. The flight in was a bit bumpy, but all good. Getting through customs and immigration was a breeze, it must have been the friendly South African accent that they warmed too. I didn’t really see JFK airport.

I am staying at the DoubleTree Metropolitan hotel in Manhattan. It pretty good, I got a nice big room, with a wonderful view of another hotel room’s shower room (hehehe)!

Stroke 9 – Vacuum bag

Here is one awesome song I’ve been listening to recently. It’s a song called “Vacuum Bag” by Stroke 9. I discovered this band on Last.FM. The song comes from the album called “Rip it off”.

Last.FM is a great site that has introduced me to many new bands I wouldn’t have found otherwise.

Here are the lyrics to the song Vacuum Bag:

You’ll never know what happened to me
It’s just one of those things
I was sitting by myself
And my thoughts started pouring out
Remember that time on our trip
You asked me where we were going
I said Barcelona
You said that’s not what I meant
Maybe I’ll never get it
I just don’t think I’m like that
Don’t like planning stuff out
It never happens that way
I’m like a vacuum bag
That holds all that old dirt
Remember that time
we found your mom’s valium
and took it

Don’t hate me
Don’t regret me
Don’t ever forget me
Wherever you go
Whatever you do
Don’t say I never loved you

That summer when we wore no shoes
And we danced on the fourth of July
and we listened to your sister’s records
And Frampton came alive
Even then you knew what you wanted
Even then I had no clue
I was just living in the moment
And the moment was all about you
Remember that time in LA
You asked me what we were doing
I said we’re doing fine
You said here we go again
I’m like a vacuum bag
That holds all that old dirt
Remember that time we said
We’d be together
Forever

Don’t hate me
Don’t regret me
Don’t ever forget me
Wherever you go
Whatever you do
Don’t say I never loved you

Cause it matters to me
Can you hear me
Everyday I ask the same thing

Will you ever know what happened to me
It happens everyday
And you wonder what went on
It’s there and than it’s gone
Maybe I’m sentimental
And I start to reminisce
And every time I do
I still want to tell you this

Don’t hate me
Don’t regret me
Don’t ever forget me
Wherever you go
Whatever you do
Don’t say I never loved you

BIO: Stroke 9 formed in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989. The band has since recorded five albums and toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe. Fueled by the commercial success of the hit song “Little Black Backpack,” their third album, “Nasty Little Thoughts,” went gold in 2000. The single “Kick Some Ass” from their fourth album “Rip It Off” was featured in the movie “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” The band has also had songs in other movies and TV shows including “Ed TV,” “Scrubs,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” and “West Wing.” They released the album “All In” in 2004 and “Cafe Cuts”, an all acoustic album of 11 of their past songs and 1 new song in February of 2006. Their sound is similar to that Third-Eye Blind, Lit, Greenwheel, and many of the other late 90’s alternative bands. For more details please check out Stroke9.com or www.myspace.com/stroke9

Eddie Jordan – What do you know?

Schumacher ‘out of his mind’ and ‘no hope’ of F1 title

Those words coming from Eddie Jordan on a recent interview when asked what he thought about Michael Schumacher return to F1?

Let’s leave it at that and comment again when Schumacher wins a race or beats the 100 race win mark or god forbid, wins another world championship.

I bet you Eddie “idiot” Jordan will backtrack soon or later.

An awesome wallpaper manager called Prismic for the N900.

I found the most amazing wallpaper manager for the Nokia N900. It’s called PRISMIC and it hooks directly into N900Wallpapers.com, so you can stay up to date with the newest and hottest backgrounds for your N900. The application cost me $3.75 and I tell you it is well worth it for the sheer choice in wallpapers.

Here are some awesome features:

You can browse all the available categories direct from the N900wallpaper.com website and it shows you exactly how many wallpapers exist in each category.

When you select a category it shows a scrollable grid of thumbnails. Notice some of the thumbnails have four squares in the bottom left hand corner. This shows you that the wallpaper can be spread over the four desktops that the N900 has.  The thumbnails without these squares are single images. You still have the choice as explained below to push the wallpaper to individual desktops or all four.

Lets say I select one of those multiple screen wallpapers. The 4 images appear and there are a couple of options at the bottom. The first icon allows you to save the wallpapers to your device without saving it as a wallpaper (for later use).

The second icon asks you to choose the wallpaper to apply to a desktop, meaning you don’t necessarily have to have all four wallpapers on your four desktops. (clever because you might like only one of the four wallpapers, or two of the four wallpapers).

The third icon allows you to apply all the wallpapers to all your desktops. It puts them in the right order as well. (very clever).

The fourth icon tells you who created the wallpaper. (nice, give credit where due).

Finally the fifth icon allows you to rate the wallpaper and this is extremely useful especially if one is looking for the Top 100 highest rated wallpapers.

Only once you select the image and how you want it displayed on your device, does it downloads.

There are so many awesome wallpapers to use that one is extremely spoilt for choice.

Highly recommended – 🙂

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DJ Format – Ugly Brothers

It is strange how music comes into your life. We were sitting on a bus driving down a steep mountain pass somewhere between Courchevel 1850 and Courchevel 1650 when we heard this song called “Ugly Brothers” by DJ Format.

I won’t lie when I say I don’t like hip hop or rap music. I could probably count the number of songs on my one hand that I like. But this particular song one is really catchy and funny and the lyrics are quite clever.(I couldn’t find the lyrics anywhere on the web).

UK Hip Hop give it a good review.

Here is a clever music video for the song by Barmie over at MySpace.