That is exactly the reason I bought into XM Radio. The same songs on FM (over and over and over and over). The mega amount of advertising - which the radio stations seemed to have coordinated (have you noticed that if one station is doing a commercial - they all are?).
I would have a 25 minute commute and many times I might hear 2 songs on the entire trip home. Now I hear what I want - when I want it. News (anything other than Fox), comedy (makes the drive go faster sometimes), music of any genre.
At my desktop - I listen to XM radio streamed over the network (doing that right now in the hotel). On the road, I have my XM Inno (when my charger works anyway). I have it record some 8 hours of broadcast every night for airplane trips and what not.
I simply do not listen to "real radio" anymore. I hardly watch broadcast television in real time either (and not too much on Tivo really either). I find I get most all of my news from the newspaper and yahoo news/google news.
Things have changed. Just mentioned this to my wife Friday - she dropped me off at the airport and 30 minutes later we were instant messaging, I was mentioning I forgot my camera battery/charger. She wanted my payslip from work (they do not come via email). I said "hold on" - VPN'ed into work, pulled it up, used primo pdf (if you do not have primo pdf, just get it - you'll use it a lot) to "print it" to pdf and emailed it. Disconnected from VPN and said "this Internet thing might catch on someday....". Go back ten years ago - this last paragraph would have been "fantasy", stuff of sci-fi. Instant messaging, connecting into work from anywhere, having access to any application from anywhere, emailing to anyone anything...
Now, I'm just waiting for electricity over the air - just like we have "Connexion sans fil" (wireless connection). That would solve my last large remaining problem - batteries :)
Here is a quick shot of where I spent the morning:
If you do a weekend in Paris, I recommend staying in a hotel right by the Arch de Triumph. You can walk anywhere from there. I walked down towards the Louvre this morning, across the river Sienne. Then headed back up towards the Eiffel Tower, back across the river and down the Rue Victor Hugo back to the Arch. Nice big loop. Third time in Paris, first time to the Eiffel Tower close up. It looks stormy in the picture but the rain held off all day. Pleasant for walking. Paris is really pretty good for walking - big sidewalks in crowded places, the signs are large, maps everywhere (on bus stops), pedestrian lights on most crosswalks (and people seemed to stop when they should). Easier to navigate than say New York City.
Did a late lunch at a sidewalk cafe. The people next to me were in winter coats with scarves! They obviously have never summered in San Francisco where the temperatures we were having (it was about 67F/19C) would be scorching hot. I thought it was pleasant - bit windy but pleasant.
Busy week coming up - Monday and Tuesday I'll be doing a seminar from 9-5, Wednesday morning fly to Zurich and do a customer visit for 4 hours, then speak at the Zurich Oracle User Group. Thursday and Friday - another two days of seminar. Throw in a couple of meet and greet dinners at night as well... Looking forward to next weekend (when I should have my camera back in action) as I'll be visiting Vienna Austria for the first time...