I invariably listen to music whilst at work. To-day, a colleague did me a "favour" by tuning-in a music channel on the smart TV. He introduced it as: "Listen to this, it's great!"

It was non-stop rock & pop "classics", frequently interrupted by adverts. As if this wasn't bad enough, the songs weren't by the original artists. The songs were covered by people who were so no-names that they weren't even credited.

Out of politeness I felt obligated to listen to it for a while.

It was purgatory.

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To-morrow will be payback day.

It is going to be Heavy Metal all day.

Thank goodness I recently purchased that powerbank, as otherwise I would never have managed my commitment to have Heavy Metal ALL DAY, at work. 😃


I hadn't realised that was just a battle won, the war continues.

To-day, the TV was on before I arrived. It was tuned to daytime TV. Oh my dog. There must be a lot of brainless people watching this nonsense.

I was "treated" to some breakfast show (missed the name), then Countdown, and lastly some show looking at holiday properties abroad. Thankfully, at this point I was able to escape.

Mankind is doomed.

Oh, I haven't heard an egads for a while. 😃

My dilemma was deciding how long politeness dictated my listening "pleasure".

@fitheach A place I worked at played a 'classic rock' station all day, every day that was likewise laden with a lot of adverts. At least they were originals. If I closed my office door, I could mostly 'tune it out' and concentrate.
Another place played a local AM stx with even more adverts and the *exact* same song at the *exact* same time *every* day. How do these stations survive even?

For the first time in my life I was actually wanting to hear Elton John, Phil Collins, Lionel Ritchie etc., sing their own songs.

@fitheach That's the thing: all of what those stations play was *so* over-played in my mis-spent youth I can't stand another listening.
On schenkl radio I hear e.g. rammstein tracks I've never heard, on bronzy's anonradio show I get russian pop from the 80's and I just never know on other shows like snowy's.

My colleague has heard me listening to music frequently. I can't understand how he thought I would enjoy that music channel. Somehow he transposed his liking on to me

@gemlog It's totally algorithmic if they're part of a bigger company. They know that more people listen during a certain time slot if they play these songs, so that's what they do. If you want something more varied, you want an independent station, or at least a station owned by a company that just owns stations in the local area

Where I live the choice of broadcast stations is very limited CBC Radio 1 on FM (and radio one only), that horrid AM station, an FM c&W station (the only kind of music in the world I can't stand) and that classic rock station. That's it.

There's only one tv station here off-air I think, but I haven't watched tv in many years. Lots on the internet, of course, but that's not something you can play off the fm radio in your phone at work. No cable/sat at home and no internet at work.
I download entire archives of shows from e.g.
And I use downthemall on sites and ffmpeg to rip mp3's out of vids I download - I like to have the vids on my hd and the tracks on my phone.

@fitheach he is that

I hope your colleagues enjoy rocking out tomorrow

@fitheach pleased to hear heavy metal day was all day!

I'm not sure *all* my colleagues share that sentiment. 😃

I think the message got through about yesterday's classic pop & rock channel. That won't be happening again.

@fitheach When I was awaiting an operation end of last year, I too was "treated" to day-time TV.

It felt so alien to me, things that were obviously meant to be important were just funny and odd.

It's utterly vacuous stuff

The only operation that would make daytime TV bearable would be a frontal labotomy.

@fitheach I just don't understand the concept of breakfast TV. Who likes being talked to first thing in the morning?

I know many people who have the TV on all day. It is switched on at breakfast, and not switched off until bedtime. It is just background noise/moving images, constantly there.

@fitheach irritating AF. I couldn't work in that kind of environment. I've actually growled at people having the radio on in a shared office.

I think the daytime TV was just to get back at me, for the all day Heavy Metal. I suspect the TV will be off to-morrow.

If this is war, what are you planning to use for your next strike?

@pandora @fitheach

an Arduino or similar with a transistor and IR LED (or 3) can generate all the IR remote control signals to control a TV and/or other AV equipment from some metres away, and is fairly easily hidden 😁

Pre-programmed so it automatically hits the off button every 60 seconds, just in case.


@fitheach @pandora

or randomly switching channels, sources, volume up/down (to the point others might suspect the entire set is defective)

Nothing could be more defective than daytime TV.


Perhaps, an all day with avant garde classical music.

Chorals by Thomas Tallis and Johann Sebastian Bach's organ works had interesting effects on my noisy neighbours last summer 😊

I'm not sure how much of Bach's organ works I could stand. 😃

@fitheach I once worked at a startup in a building in central Manchester on one of the squares, and the BBC put up a huge TV just under our window; of course we couldn't see it, but we were treated to the sound most of the time; especially the Tellytubbies.

@fitheach Hmm. I could not be so brave. We get enough of that in most every gas station and/or convenience store in the midwest US; possibly some shopping malls too. This type of thing was tactfully *designed* to make you brain dead. Methinks your colleague be in leagues with "we must not say whom".

Must be related to elevator music.

Interestingly, our cheap supermarkets (Aldi and Lidl) don't have music, but, Morrison's does.

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