Monday, October 7, 2013
One of these "wow" people is Michael Mayer. Michael is a renowned TV/Film and Stage director. He brought "Spring Awakening" to life on Broadway, on screen "A Home At The End Of The World", with Colin Farrell, and on TV, too many shows to mention, ohhh and took over The Met Opera to direct Rigoletto last year. One day Michael was listening to one of his favorite bands Green Day, and their album "American Idiot". As only Michael can, he started to construct a story from song to song. The idea captured him and he continued to develop it and when it got to a point that he really thought it could be something he contacted Billy Joe Armstrong from the band, (because Icsuppose when you're Michael you can do things like that). It was two worlds colliding, literally, theater and punk, a glorious mess of grease paint and eye liner, how could that fail? It didn't!
American Idiot bowed at the St. James Theater on broadway in 2010. Mayer and Billy Joe had approached his producing partners from Spring Awakening Tom Hulce and Ira Pittleman (a double wow), and another ground breaking show hit Broadway, (if you didn't see Spring Awakening, your loss, you missed the most amazing show that launched the careers of Glee's Lea Michele, The Newsroom's John Gallagher Jnr, and a host of others who were baptized on Broadway and now attend service in Hollywood). This team had a lot to live up to; three Tonys, three Drama Desk awards, an Olivier award and a Grammy to mention just a few of the gongs awarded to the collective creative force behind Spring Awakening. It's like stepping out at Yankee Stadium on your first match and getting 10 home runs, what the hell do you do the next game? So when American Idiot bowed how many home runs could it get?
It was and is a spectacular show. Visually stunning, the music...well you know the music, and the cast again amazing. This time though something was happening from near inception that was unique. Another "wow" friend of mine Doug Hamilton was making a documentary about the whole process. It covers everything you might never have thought would happen to get a show on the Great White Way, it is a masterful piece of work and truly fascinating.
Check out more information here: Broadway Idiot
The documentary launches this weekend. PLEASE, if this subject is something that interests you, go see this documentary, support this film.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
This might seem to be a convenient option and provide a useful back up service, but in reality, it's a ploy for you to spend more money with Apple. You see, with the iCloud you get 5 gigs of space for free. Five gigs you say, I remember when one gig used to be the size of one of Elton John's wardrobe's, 5 GIGS! that's a HUGE amount of space...well no, not if you have a 64G iPhone. Your first back up to the cloud, immediately fills the 5 gigs, in fact mine immediately went to 21 gigs! so here's what happens:
Firstly they uploaded my phone details to the cloud without my consent, this filled up my iCloud space and now the email associated with Apple, will not work. I like / liked iCloud for the simple fact that it synched my schedule, photos and contacts with my other devices. The rest of iCloud is pretty dismal and fails at many levels, (like being unable to use it to publish work from iWeb which you used to be able to do from MobileMe). The synch ability is really the only reason I keep the iCloud account, I have never backed up my phone or computer to the cloud, I just don't trust apple to deliver on that type of service. The fact that they would shut off an email account is just terrible; on top of that the fact that it seems from the email the only solution is to upgrade, means that they are in effect holding your email operations to ransom unless you pay more money.
There is though a solution that I found via a very polite and helpful Apple service person who seemed appalled at what had happened. If you want to back up your phone to the web then it will happen and I hope you bought enough space. If you don't follow these steps:
1. Go to Settings
2. Tap on iCloud
3. Down at the bottom of that page tap on "Storage & backup"
4. Slide the "iCloud Backup" switch to the off position
5. Tap on "Manage Storage"
6. If your phone has been backed up you will see a dated inventory of those back ups, tap to delete these and it will free up the space in your account.
7. Scream the following words at the top of your lungs, "Apple you Moth$#&*^g Douches", (that doesn't do anything but make you feel better).
You notice the email Apple sent didn't tell you this, I was not given this option, just that if I wanted to use my @me email I would have to upgrade. To find this out I would have had to click on their link at the bottom of the email, then three more links to get to the relevant page with this information. My main gripe apart form the up-sell of more space is holding an email address ransom. If not illegal, (and I suspect it might be), it is certainly immoral, but hey that's Apple, the #1 brand in the world... anyone want a can of Coke?