My Lonely Island – Niijima Coast at Sundown

by Sprengben [why not get a friend]
hit “L” for a more spectacular view!

If you could take three things to a lonely Island, what would it be?

For me it would definitely not be my computer :) The cool thing about traveling is that you somehow get rid of all the media (Even though I like to be inspired by good music when I shot my photos).
It is like a blessing to not have all these media inputs. Therefor you are able to feel this world with different senses. If you aren’t connected to Facebook, Twitter and Flickr all the time you don’t need to care about these pages anymore.

So yes I think I would take a book, my guitar and a bunch of nice people with whom I would like to talk about all these deep things you can’t talk about when you are in your daily crazy rush.

If you look at this photo I recommend to get lost in this really nice song called “Lift Me Up” by MOBY.

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Moby – Lift Me Up
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Somehow the song and especially the whole Hotel Album has always been a welcome follower of me taking pictures. Why? Because the music is somehow empty like this image but still so beautiful and thoughtful at the same time!

The Spot you see here is the lovely Island called Niijima. You can find it six hours away from Tokyo somewhere in midst of the Pacific.

Have a perfect weekend everybody!

Ben

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The heart of Harlem – NYC

Today we are still under jet lag. In the morning we woke up at 6am and we went out to explore the district of Harlem. A lot of people does’to know (this district is not touristic at all), but it offers picturesque streets and an atmosphere that brought us back in the 90s.
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We had no clear plan, firstly find a place where to have breakfast. If you are used to the Dutch habits in commerce and services, New York is definitely going to surprise you.
Sunday morning, at 8am, we’ve found a nice brasserie in the Spanish/Mexican area, and we’ve ordered a ordinary high calories American typical food: eggs, bacon, cheese with coffee all you can drink.
We took the opportunity to spend another hour waking around between Amsterdam avenue and st Nicholas avenue, in one of the perpendicular street we’ve found a cemetery in pure British style with well cut grass and squirrel running around freely with no fear of humans.
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Just around the corner an authentic church took our attention, as the service was starting just when we passed by, we’ve join it. It was an interesting experience, because it never happens to me the opportunity to see different religion approaches. I’m not a believer but I think the energy and the passion those people put in their songs, worship and thought are definitely to be seen.
The overall impression was positive, the church was equipped with big screens where lyrics of songs were displayed during the service.
On the other hand seeing a priest with an iPad and a smartphone it was out of the ordinary. I’ve seen them using it during the service, it was not clear for what, maybe they were updating the Facebook page of the church (everything here have a facebook page!), or they were just chatting. It was funny, I definitely recommend this experience as must see in New York.
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How to use spotify from any place

Spotify is the popular music provider streaming music legally for a fair monthly fee. The main problem of Spotify, as other successful worldwide company (Skype), is using P2P to improve the quality and to guarantee that even with bad connection, you can enjoy your music in peace.

Due to the P2P architecture, the probability to get banned or blocked in your organization is quite high. Searching in forum I’ve found out Spotify has a web version of the application, that works just fine. I haven’t tried neither without Premium subscription nor with poor bandwidth.

You can find it on play.spotify.com.

Enjoy listening music :)

Last.FM

Last.fm is a service that you can use to collect all the music you listen in order to generate a profile about your tastes, if you add a subscription of 3€/month you can also listening radio based on general recommended music, an artist and so on. I find also very useful to look for festival or concerts, in particular to discover new bands that you might like because close to your music tastes.

After some time I renewed the last.fm subscription for additional 3 months and I discover a set of nice reports on my music tastes:

Baloon race: summarize my listening in 2010 compared to 2009

Clock map: summarize what time I was listening music

Trend map: shows my listening trends over 2010

There are plenty, most of them are accessible also from the free subscribers, few of them are reserved only to paid accounts. To be tried ;)

Closer – Kings of Leon

 

Stranded in this spooky town
Stoplights are swaying and the phone lines are down
This floor is crackling cold
She took my heart, I think she took my soul
With the moon I run
Far from the carnage of the fiery sun

Driven by the strangled vein
Showing no mercy I do it again
Open up your eye
You keep on crying, baby
I’ll bleed you dry
The skies are blinking at me
I see a storm bubbling up from the sea

And it’s coming closer
And it’s coming closer

You, shimmy shook my bone
Leaving me stranded all in love on my own
What do you think of me
Where am I now? Baby where do I sleep
Feel so good but I’m old,
2000 years of chasing taking its toll

And it’s coming closer

Society – Eddie Vedder

Oh, it’s a mystery to me
We have a greed with which we have agreed
And you think you have to want more than you need
Until you have it all you won’t be free

Society, you’re a crazy breed
Hope you’re not lonely without me…

When you want more than you have
You think you need…
And when you think more than you want
Your thoughts begin to bleed
I think I need to find a bigger place
Because when you have more than you think
You need more space

Society, you’re a crazy breed
Hope you’re not lonely without me…
Society, crazy indeed
Hope you’re not lonely without me…

There’s those thinking, more-or-less, less is more
But if less is more, how you keeping score?
Means for every point you make, your level drops
Kinda like you’re starting from the top
You can’t do that…

Society, you’re a crazy breed
Hope you’re not lonely without me…
Society, crazy indeed
Hope you’re not lonely without me…

Society, have mercy on me
Hope you’re not angry if I disagree…
Society, crazy indeed
Hope you’re not lonely without me…

Shake me like a monkey – Dave Mattews Band

The thing I like about you
Is the way you
The way that you do
The thing I like about you

God and the devil alone
Could not have made you up
The two must have worked
As one together

So good just wanna eat you up
Nothing like the real thing
Lick your sticky fingers boy
And sing for your dinner sing

Come on pretty baby
Make me lose my mind
Everybody get together
Gonna make love shine

Do you know what it is
To feel the light of love inside you?
And all the darkness falls away
If you feel the way I feel
Then believe we have the answer
I’ve been searching for tonight
Love me baby love me baby
Shake me like a monkey baby
Forever I’m yours yours yours
Yeah forever I’m

I, I, I
Can’t stop thinking about you
Yeah yeah yeah
Why would I want to

I like my coffee with toast and jelly
But I’d rather be licking
From your back to your belly
I, I, I
Think I’m going to

Do you know what it is
To feel the light of love inside you?
And all the darkness falls away
If you feel the way I feel
Then believe we have the answer
I’ve been searching for tonight
Love me baby love me baby
Shake me like a monkey baby
Forever I’m yours yours yours
Yeah forever I’m

Cigarettes and coffee
Broken hearts and being lonely
Little girls and ponies
Things that go together

Yes and no
You have to choose
Romeo and Juliet
The hang man and his noose
You and me we go good together

Kiss kiss make a wish
Hope that it comes true
I ain’t waiting for the world to change
Gonna change the world for you

Come on pretty baby
Make you lose your mind
Everybody get together
Gonna make love shine

Do you know what it is
To feel the light of love inside you?
And all the darkness falls away
If you feel the way I feel
Then believe we have the answer
I’ve been searching for tonight
Love me baby love me baby
Shake me like a monkey baby
Forever I’m yours yours yours
Yeah forever I’m

Come on everybody
Make me lose my mind
Everybody get together
Gonna make love shine