Heavy Subject or Lightweight Movie


The Heavy- The Movie

Of course we all know “The Heavy”, yes? No?

“Okay, then”

No not the UK group which did the song How Do You Like Me Now? Yes, the one featured in TV series and the KIA commercial. The Heavy is a movie, which features, of all people, Christopher Lee, (and no he did not bite anyone by the neck.) Back to our story–

The movie stars Gary Stretch and Vinnie Jones. While they may not be household names here in the USA, Gary Stretch was a lefty and won the light middleweight championship in Britain. Vinnie Jones on the other hand won fame on the pitch at Wimbledon where helped them to the FA Cup title over Liverpool and Jones captained the Welsh National Team. A tough guy on the pitch Jones moved from world football to pictures 1998 in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.

Christopher, Vinnie nor Gary’s personal lives are not the point of this article. The movie was panned by everyone I read. Horrible, terrible, and other common words were used. If one is going to bash something from their lofty perch, shouldn’t they use more eloquent words? On the surface the movie had no glaring edit holes, nor was the cinema that bad. Released in 2010, the movie did not seem a remake of any other genre. That may have been part of its problem for the reviewers, there was no easy to follow format.

The plot contained twists and turns, but, I figured it out about two thirds in. (That’s a credit because I’m usually better than that.) No tv blurb could do this film justice, as it’s about people, family and relationships. That may be the problem. The movie runs along a course much as underground stream, knowing it’s there and being able to see it are two different things. Emotions and history make up much of our lives, our subconscious drives most of us more than we realize. We act in ways which on the surface might seem odd to a stranger. Trying to capture that on film could be the shortfall of the film. Reaching for something does not always make it happen.

Rather than ruin the film, I suggest if one enjoys studying the human condition and the sometimes automatic responses we have in life “The Heavy” might be worth investing the time. The sound track was compiled by Paul Oakenfold, but, I cannot find a cut from the movie on any youtube vids.

No, the movie is not Macbeth, nor, should it be considered an attempt at such. But, art like music speaks to different people. Not many like the constant beat of the techno genre, I, personally, find it hypnotic, which is probably why a sub-sect of the genre is called Trance. Open minds are a great thing, if we have the capacity to open and close at will and understand the state of our present condition of the off/on switch. Viewing art and listening to music sometimes require that kind of awareness to benefit fully. The Trailer


TuneWiki and FutureThink


Mobile Wiki Shout

Android offers an app TuneWiki, which works great for mobile listening of your favorite Shoutcast stations.

When I first launched my internet streams, I was told mobile reception was limited. And, it might have been at that time. But, like much in technology, it didn’t last. TuneWiki is available for Android, and the Apple gadgets. Even Blackberry can download TuneWiki.

This morning whilst sitting on the porch, I dialed in Radio66+ on my favorites and listened for a bit. When I take the laptop out to the porch I can send it through an amp/speaker set up, which gives me great stereo. Today, I was sitting out there to enjoy the rain showers and cool weather.

When Jimmy Buffet came up, it had his pic and a message, indicating Mr. Buffet did not want the lyrics shown. Hummm. Why? How many people do not know the words to Margaritaville? More important question for me is, who cares? Any browser will give me the lyrics from dozens of sources. I doubt that Mr. Buffet is that ignorant. His music coveys a carefree attitude which millions have come to love. That expression comes, in my opinion, from a deep insight into human nature. In another words,

“we are all beach bums at heart.”

What’s All Mean?

Why do people who recorded songs sooo long ago, which become part of the nation’s culture believe they have some intellectual lock on the outgrowth? Wait. Before you reach for that stone, hear me out. Cultural pieces be they art, music, photography which become almost a symbol for the culture reach a different status than say, Chris Ledoux’s “Tougher Than the Rest.” Not to take anything away from Mr. Ledoux or the song, I like both of them, but, they are not American cultural pieces. Nor, is The Beatles “Michelle.” That belongs to England. Get my drift.

With the patent fights involving Linux, Android, and Google, we begin to get a glimpse of the true nature of restriction. What’s not to love about Android- it’s free. Unless, you are Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Oracle or a few other lesser players. Not one of those companies created Linux. Their ability to acquire patents does technically give them the right. But, is it really their work.

Cheeseburger Guy

Back to Buffet. Jimmy Buffet deserves his due and recompense. But, why get all up in a wrinkle over the lyrics of a song? Or, in my opinion the use of a song in a not for profit situation. Unless, it’s political, then I can see the complaint.

While Buffet, and, the rest may own the rights to things past, the future appears to be accelerating to a situation where everything is either free for the taking or controlled by the government. The situation may seem like it’s difficult now for internet radio, what if the government restricted access to music, books, or movies? That thought fits into the same category with unlimited ownership, copyright, and freedom. No this is not a plea to destroy copyrights. It’s an offering up of some rational process looking at a new world, where most of it does not play by the old rules.

Having hand written song titles, artists and air time for ASCAP/BMI reporting, I was there in the old days. Today, there are bogus Apple stores and as many knock off brand name items as you can stuff in a cargo container. The world has changed, and artists should be thinking about restructuring the process.

“Why rape the few when the many take it for free?”
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Spies Arrive at Android


Android Trojan Spy Case

With a Hack Hack Here, and Hack Hack There, who is know what’s safe anymore.

One saving grace is not being famous, or infamous. Being neither, I feel less threatened by all the phone hacking. Computer hacking is a fact of life, has been for years. Good software and a top router is the best I can do. Do I rest easier knowing I am powerless against the hoards of hackers? Maybe? At some level, I am just very insignificant and hope that keeps me out of their line of sight.

The Android Trojan may be a threat, but, at this point how many millions will they want to eavesdrop on?


King Fades to Black


Larry King Goes Black

For some December 16th, 2010 will be a sad day. For most others, it was no different than the rest. To inform those out of the loop, CNN’s Larry King did his last show in his evening slot. The TV talker spent 25 years behind a CNN microphone.

King’s first network slot was on the Mutual Broadcasting System in 1978. I remember hearing him on a station at which I was a program director. His unusual voice and pacing made King easy to identify. Apparently, his presentation was a winner as MBS hit over 500 stations carrying King’s Midnight to Five a.m. radio broadcasts.

The butt of endless jokes over the years, King gets the last laugh, since he probably outlasted all of his fellow radio announcers.


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