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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. 😃

\m/

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.

@welshpixie
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?

@gemlog
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.

@gemlog
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
@fitheach

@trebach
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.
@fitheach

@fitheach
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. archives.anonradio.net/
archive.tilderadio.org/
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.
@trebach

@fitheach he is that

I hope your colleagues enjoy rocking out tomorrow

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

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

@fedops
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

@athairbirb
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?

@fedops
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.

@fedops
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.

@fitheach
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 😁

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

@pandora

@fitheach @pandora

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

@vfrmedia
Nothing could be more defective than daytime TV.

@pandora

@pandora
Perhaps, an all day with avant garde classical music.

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

@pandora
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".

@tkenben
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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