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I Hate the Academy Awards

February 26th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The Not-the-Kodak-Theatre-Anymore, site of tonight's 84th Academy AwardsI think it was 1995 that I decided that I despised the Academy Awards and most of the Hollywood establishment.  I think it was 1995 when I suddenly realized how much I hated the Academy Awards and the entire Hollywood establishment.

Whoopi Goldberg was the host that year and at some point during a typical moment of self-congratulatory hoo-hah, she smugly said to the audience something to the effect of "We do great work, don't we?"  

What a crock of self-imporant bullshit.  You people make motion picture entertainment in your little bubble of unreality, not solving the problems of the world.  And frankly, judging from sliding attendance figures, you've been doing a progressively shittier job of making movies people want to see.

I'm 100% soured on the whole movie-going experience.  Tickets are too expensive.  Prices at the concession stands are only slightly less usurious than what the mob charges for loans.  I hate the endless commercials that run before the feature. And I'm tired of people talking and texting and letting their cell phones ring during the movie.

Frankly, I'm happy to wait for the DVD or for the film to come on VOD.  I can sit at home and watch on my modest home theatre system with a glass of scotch with access to my own bathroom and enjoy myself much, much more.  There are very, very few movies that can get me out of my house and over to the local 24-plex which is just five minutes from the house.  

Don't talk to me about "the magic of movies" and how they help us escape our dull, dreary lives or some other such rot.  With all the other entertainment options we have, movies will never occupy the place in the public's lives that they once did.

The Secret History of Rock is Now on Shortwave

February 25th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Gord, a ham radio and DXer from Toronto, pointed out to me that by having The Secrect History of Rock on Newstalk 1010 in Toronto Fridays from 1op-12m, the show is anow available on shortwave.  

CFRB (Newstalk 1010's call letters) also broadcasts as CFRX-SW at 1 kilowatt on 6.07 MHz in the 49-meter shortwave band.  'RB began broadcasting on shortwave in 1937.

I used to be a pretty serious DXer once upon a time before the Internet came along and made picking foreign radio signals easy. That was fun.

Which reminds me:  I'm going to pull out my Sony iCF-SW7600G tonight and see what's out there.

Recommended Reading: 25 February 2012

February 25th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

Here's a list of recent books that have made it through my library/Kindle/iPad that might be of interest to you.  If you happen to read any of the following or if you have any recommendations of your own, please pass 'em along.

On a Cold Hard Rock:  Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock by Dave Bindini

I have a theory that the reason Canada creates so many singer-songwriters is because this country is just too damn big for an entire band to haul its ass from coast-to-coast again and again.  Dave Bindini know of those hassles first hand as a member of the Rheostatics.  He's put aside writing hockey books to put those part memoire/part warning.  Rock'n'roll wannabes:  study this.

More Music from the Inbox: 25 February 2012

February 25th, 2012 | by Alan Cross

The bull terrier had me up at 6:18 this morning, anxious for a morning walk in a biting wind to get a Pike roast at Starbucks (for me, not her; she's happy with a package of shortbread cookies).  To get my mind off the cold, I had a chance to review this version of this edition of More Music from the Inbox.  Passing judgement this time is Juliette Jagger.

There's some really, really good stuff here.  Don't mess up by missing any of it.

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