Music Monday: Pandora streaming on the Brave Browser ad-free?

My friend Jeff, who is working from home due to COVID19, asked if Pandora was now free? (I hinted at that yesterday) I wasn’t sure, even though I often tune in a Pandora stream on our Alexa Echo devices. I couldn’t recall if there had been ads recently, but thought, “if they are still adding […]

Thumbprint Radio, Pandora and a friendly, but snidely jab

This WAS going to be a positive and upbeat post about enjoying Pandora’s Thumbprint Radio feature … UNTIL a "friendly" text message came in from my Florida (soon to be Savannah, Georgia)  sailing friend Mark telling me he had a cold beer in the fridge waiting for me. How nice to have friends anxious for […]

Pandora celebrates 10 years with an ad free day on 9/9/2015

Pandora has announced that it will celebrate it’s 10th anniversary on Wednesday September 9th and will offer those who are non-paying listeners with an ad free day. According to a Forbes article, free listeners still make up 95% of Pandoras’ active users and maybe hoping that a sample of what the premium paid-subscriber tier is […]

Pandora: Music for “some” Sprint phones

“Pandora on the Go” is a new service partnering the excellent Pandora Music service with Sprint mobile phones. The outstanding “music genome project” allows users to create personalized music listening criteria for your computer or now your Sprint cellphone. A good set of earbuds or headphones is a ‘must’ — unless you like listening to […]

I’m now addicted to Pandora

Every once in a while there is something really great on world wide web that makes me wonder why I haven’t found it before. Have I been living in a cave? Pandora.com is not just another internet radio site, iTunes ‘wannabe,’ or online music player. No … its an ‘intelligent’ (and continually learning) Pandora’s Music […]

Music Monday: Yet another great Jackson Browne song

If you’ve followed MyDesultoryBlog for any time now, you’ve noticed Music Monday often includes songs from Jackson Browne. If there is one “go-to” Pandora channel I call-up and listen to, it is Jackson Browne Radio. I say “call-up” because even before this “no-touch” Coronavirus time, I’ve been using Alexa to play music. Recently I updated […]

The Good News – “He is not here; for He is risen..”

Although Brenda and I have been regularly listening to pastors share audio messages on their podcasts or watching church services online during these trying Coronavirus days, we like many Christians, are finding it challenging to be thinking and planning for Easter? Nevertheless, the calendar indicates it is Easter Sunday 2020, so a proper “He is […]

Music Monday: We don’t see family often enough as time passes in “the wink of an eye” – Jackson Browne and The Pretender

Pre-posting this Music Monday post a bit early since Brenda’s sister and her family will be visiting on their way to Cleveland from Atlanta. We always look forward to seeing Ann and Gary with their two girls Jessica and Sarah; it give us a chance to catch up on their life (Brenda grills the girls […]

Tech Friday: Loving the new Amazon Echo Auto in my car

Last week, Amazon authorized my invitation and gave me a promo code for the Echo Auto Alexa device for the car (it was a long wait, but they did discount to $24.99 for invitation holders). For the passed several months I’ve been using an Echo Input (no speaker) in my BMW X5 35d in an […]

Music Monday: Ruby Tuesday – Rolling Stones 1967

One has to appreciate just how easy it is to get a wide selection of music nowadays, whether it is Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Apple, Amazon or Google Music. All stream great content and wide selections … not to mention the 1000s of streaming radio services. It it a huge change from the era of bootleg […]

Music Monday: Starting with a change for 2019 – Kenny Chesney

After years of posting what I suspect are now considered “oldies” for Music Monday posts, I’ll at least start 2019 with a change. The Christmas season was a chance to listen to holiday music performed by a variety of different artists, and as I have in the past, enjoyed songs by almost all contemporary country […]

Set the Amazon Echo Follow-up Mode to ON in your Alexa app

A new Amazon Alexa Echo voice command improvement now makes it easier to string together a series of commands without repeating "Alexa" over and over again. The back-to-back commands will need to right after each other AND you must turn on (off by default) the Follow-Up Mode under settings in the Alexa app. After switching […]

Music Monday: Sailing by Christopher Cross for obvious reasons

Sailing by Christopher Cross was an easy music pick for a dreary February 2018 for this Music Monday. I heard it as one of my Pandora music channel  this past weekend and "takes me away to where I’ve always heard it could be." I hope it does the same for others.   Sailing | Christopher […]

Music Monday: A new Bible & the impressive Amazon Echo Dot

Our Amazon Echo Dot Christmas gift is the gift that keeps on giving now that I’m learning new “skills.” There isn’t anything earth-shattering it is currently doing, but the “easy” interface to Amazon’s cloud server for content and function may be limitless … at least looking into the future. It is an impressive device; perhaps […]

Music Monday: Hard not to like Goodbye Girl by David Gates

I don’t know many baby boomers who came of age in the 1970s who didn’t enjoy David Gates, be it as a part of Bread or solo. Most albums and his music will no doubt lower ones blood pressure a bit and relax even the most uptight listener. Both Brenda and I pause a moment […]

Music Monday: Back to the pre-Parrothead Jimmy Buffett days

You’re getting old when you can say that you were listening to Jimmy Buffett music when only on vinyl, although it could have been on 8-track or cassette tape? Thankfully I was not listening to his song The Wino and I Know on 78s as the lyrics in the song goes (a vinyl record format […]

New Avin Android based Nav PLUS display for BMW X5 35d

A successful install after receiving the Andrew Rodriguez “group buy” iDrive Android Avin replacement for my BMW X5 35d on Saturday. It was a bit intimidating seeing the bundles of wires and 4″x4″ instruction sheet. But after disassembling the dash, most of the plug n play was very smooth. If there would have been a […]

Summer Music Monday with a Jackson Browne Two-fer

As mentioned before, Jackson Browne hold a prominent spot on my Pandora channel list and is my “go-to” click just after the Thumbprint Radio feature. Not a month goes by without me wanting to listen to one of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band original musicians (1966). This week I’m in the mood for a couple […]

Music Monday: Another year and more Van Morrison

Likely Brown Eyed Girl is one of the all time favorite tunes for more than just my generation … no matter who’s version it is. The original 1967 version is hard to beat since it was written and record by Van Morrison … although I’m quite fond of Jimmy Buffett’s 1983 recording (YouTube) too.   […]

A few more photos for the Encore archive

Posting a few leftover photos from my last trip to the boat. One is a waterproof fitting to bring the solar cable thru Encore‘s deck (eventually a new project) … and a couple more of an early morning sunrise at the dock at Harbortown Marina in Fort Pierce. Really the trip was a quick getaway […]

A little more music from Gregg Allman please …

In keeping with my monthly habit of sharing music, these last two months I’ve listened to more Allman Brothers Band than usual … although there is at least one song from them in every Pandora set!  Likely the attention was due to Gregg Allman having a "medical scare" and dropping his tour dates at the […]

Thoughts of war, a nuclear exchange and our human condition

While listening to Pianobar (Pandora app) on the Raspberry Pi this weekend, an oldie from Barry McGuire called Eve Of Destruction (1965) was “hypothetically spinning on the turntable” and reminded me how human history continues to repeat itself. We cycle through anger, hatred, genocide and war over and over again, no matter how destructive and […]

Testing my old Raspberry Pi as a home security camera

It is pretty easy for me to get distracted when I’m suppose to be working on taxes … especially when my Raspberry Pi2 has given up webserver duties to the Raspberry Pi3. There were a couple glitches in imaging the new 64GB micro SD card but all is as it should be now. With the […]

The Raspberry Pi 3 is up and running with a LAMP stack

After buying a new 64GB Samsung EVO+ microSD card and imaging Raspian on it, I started the Raspberry Pi 3 in my home office.  It is now time to start installing software and updating it to make it a proper "micro" webserver … although I already have WordPress and American Pi running on it (even […]

Pianobar — a favorite Raspberry Pi Linux app

Once one moves away from the Windows, Mac, iOS and Android operating systems and begins to use home grown programs available on Linux, you’d be amazed in the few that standout and are used everyday. They aren’t always easy to set up or even use, but offer great features not found in programs that tie […]

Music: Another day, another song. All for You – Sister Hazel

The warm autumn weather has me traveling this week in my ‘82 Mercedes Benz 300D Turbodiesel as the temperatures and humidity are perfect for windows down driving. With this car comes the option of connecting my iPhone to the car radio by bluetooth and streaming Pandora or a few of the songs I have on […]

Music: Put a little sugar on it honey, put a little sugar on it baby

My brother-in-law Gary is in the hospital in Atlanta recovering from surgery this past Friday … and while we were thinking about him, Brenda and I laughed at the few odd things that Gary says and does (some funny and some just odd … I smile just thinking about it!) At one of our family […]

TechFriday: Today a year of Amazon Prime is only $67

If you are a regular online shopper and use Amazon, you may have contemplated purchasing their annual membership. Unfortunately each year it seems to go up in price and unless you “shop on Amazon or stream their video content” A LOT, it is hard to justify $99 per year. On the other hand, $67 (the […]

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers Waiting on Love music video

Once upon a time I use to listened to music records, tapes and CDs. Now with hearing loss, I usually prefer silence or just “voice/talk/news” coming from speakers or the occasional online ditty … but there are a few exceptions. I still enjoy old favorites — from the best music decade, aka: 1970s, usually on […]

Music: Listening to something old but something new to me

Back when my hearing binaural, I use to enjoy listening to music. In the late 1990’s when Meniere’s affected my hearing and the vertigo became part of my life, I completely avoided sound, including music … or any stimulation. Some years later I began listening to the spoken word (news, podcasts and audio books), but […]

Tech Friday: What about free streaming music from T-Mobile?

While traveling to northeast Ohio this past week, I finally tested the “free streaming music” available from T-Mobile on my 4G/LTE connected iPad Air 2. I streamed it for an hour driving on the interstate without a hiccup and glanced at my recently reset 200MB free data “meter” (screen shot left) and didn’t show any […]

Finding some new music – both streaming and recorded

One of the advantages of spending a few hours more than most on the road each week is that there is usually time to switch from business news radio, to my in-car amateur 2-meter radio to even streaming a little music. Since my trip this week took me “near” Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio […]

JB and JB performing together in 2013 on May 2nd & 4th

My favorite for live entertainer is Jimmy Buffett (and I’ve been to several concerts starting back in the late 1970s) with my favorite songwriter and performer Jackson Browne together in Texas this May … wow, what great concerts (I probably listen to the Pandora station Jackson Browne more than any other station – check it out). […]

The music of Buffalo Springfield and triggered memories

Hot summer evenings and old music seem to go together, at least for me. This evening, while listening to my Jackson Browne Pandora station, I thought about Buffalo Springfield, a group which started careers for several talented artists and groups in the late 60s and has a few memorable songs as well (Stephen Stills, Dewey […]

My Apple iPad 2 and Kensington keyboard/folio thoughts

Here are a few more first impressions … well I suppose second impressions … as I start to incorporated the “new to me” Apple iPad 2 in my daily use. One of the additions wanted was a bluetooth keyboard and some kind of case, so added the Kensington KeyFolio Pro2 bluetooth keyboard and folio/case. The small […]

Trying out Google’s latest music beta. So far, so good.

Thanks to Google+ friend Paul Young, I had a chance to play with Google’s new Music beta on Monday. I can’t say that I’m a must have music listener (I’m not), but I do enjoy listening to tunes once in a while. I’m partial to Pandora but have enjoyed Spotify and do listen to several […]

Toyota Prius v looks like an impressive family hybrid vehicle

Truth be told, I could see myself driving the 2012 Toyota Prius v (Versatility) … but don’t tell any of my Volkswagen TDI diesel friends!   42 MPG City, 38 MPG Highway, 40 MPG Combined Second row seats slide, fold flat, and recline 45 degrees for comfort 34.3 cubic feet of cargo volume First-ever resin […]

Palm webOS 1.3.5 end of 2009 update

Another phone to blog test this one with a photo from the Palm Pre ‘Update’ screen (via Posterous but edited): Palm updated their webOS to version 1.3.5 during the last few days of 2009 and from my preliminary testing has improved the speed on my Pre. I’m hoping for battery improvement that have been promised, […]

National Day of Silence: SaveNetRadio.org

I’m not overly addicted to Internet based radio that plays music (although I’ve mentioned Pandora here), I’m concerned that regulation requiring webcasters pay much higher royalties based on the number of listeners they have might make it through congress. I’m a bit fuzzy on the details, but suspect that most U.S. based Internet radio companies […]

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.
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