Tuesday, August 31, 2010

10 Greatest Songs - #4

Guns n Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine

Do I really need to explain this one?

Naaah, thought not.

But you might also (for fun) enjoy this cover

Friday, August 27, 2010

10 Greatest Songs - #5

The Police - Roxanne

I seem to recall my mother (who worked at a Job Centre) telling me that
she'd asked a client if he had a police record (as the job vacancy
needed to know) and was told he had Regatta De Blanc. I also recall many
comedians in the early 80s doing their versions of that joke but I also
remember how exciting The Police were at that time. They were something
new and had their own style - the bleached blonde hair. Roxanne was the
first big hit they had and was unusual for chart sounds at the time in
that it changed in tempo several times in the record. The song is the
story of a prostitute and her boyfriend who wants her to quit. Many of
The Police's songs had stories to tell (but did "De Do Do Do De Da Da
Da"? Probably not.

Watch and listen here.

Only four more to go... and you might be surprised ;)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Return of the King?

Aha, a nifty LOTR reference. My attempts to pension off the Linkstation just keep failing.

My "low power server" isn't as low power as I'd like (cos the Linkstation has spoiled me with 10W or so) so I keep coming back to the LS. I've worked out a way to use the Linkstation to send Growl notifications from Digiguide (as reminders of TV shows) and from NZBget when items have been downloaded. So that's another job a PC could do that the LS can now do.

I even looked into some media streamers to replace my Ion boxes. They can do NAS-like things but none have the CPU power of the LS so again its the triumph of the LS's energy efficiency.

I'll report on Linkstation Growling in due course.

(Low) Power to the People !!!!

10 Greatest Songs - #6

David Bowie - Heroes

I'm not quite sure why this record does the job but it just does. The music is rather background to the lyrics but is still very important. It's also a very uplifting record with lyrics like "We can be heroes, just for one day". I like a lot of Bowie's stuff in the 70s but this is probably my favourite.

Give it a twirl here at YouTube

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

10 Greatest Songs - #7

Blondie - Maria

Blondie have always been a favourite of mine since my youth (!) and of course like all red-blooded males I thought that Debbie Harry was hot. We all grow up (sorta) and obviously Debbie is rather older too but this comeback record was brilliant. Her voice has mellowed with age but the band still have that great pop sound and it's still unmistakably Blondie.

Listen and watch here