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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Let's get Lost

Well, I don't think that I've ever blogged about Lost before. It's the only show that I watch on TV. Literally, the only show. I do watch other shows, like Deadwood and Curb Your Enthusiasm, but since I don't have HBO, I usually have to wait until they're on DVD or somehow on my hard drive before I can watch them.

So, the finale of Lost Season 3 was last night, and boy was it a doozy. Right off the bat, I want to say how proud I am that I called the "flash-forward" regarding Jack's storyline, which was posed as a traditional flashback throughout the episode. The clues were all there: we don't get to see whose body is at the funeral parlor; we don't know why people are calling Jack a "hero, twice over", plus there's that conspicuously 90's Nirvana song and the era-ambiguous wardrobe. And finally, Jack looking at the various Oceanic flight maps and such. So, I called it and there are witnesses: Flying Waitress, Kazu Googoo, Emtotheizo, I'm looking at you.

One great thing about watching Lost with a group (at least with this episode), is that afterwards, and even during commercials, there are so many mysteries and cliff-hangers to talk about that the theories just abound ceaselessly. My questions (and I know that few, if any, will be answered next season, if ever) are these:

1. Will Season 4 be filled with flash-forwards, instead of flashbacks? Probably not, since on the official Lost podcast, they said there would be a Rousseau flashback next season.
2. Who is on the boat? Just because it's not Penny's boat doesn't mean they're evil.
3. Who was in the casket? I'm guessing Sawyer, Locke, or Ben.
4. At the end of the episode, who is waiting for Kate? I'm guessing Sawyer or just some random husband.
5. What did Jack read that made him suicidal? I'm guessing it was about an island being nuked.
6. How did Walt age like 4 years in just a few island-weeks? I'm guessing we weren't supposed to notice his growth spurt or his deepened voice.
7. Why hasn't Richard aged at all, after 30 years on the island?
8. WTF is Jacob? A man? A ghost? An demon?
9. Who is the parachutist and why did she lie about where she came from?
10. Why is Locke such an a-hole? He didn't have to kill her to stop her from calling. Is he really so desperate to stay on the island? Sure, he can walk there, but he's totally missing American Idol.
11. WTF is up with the smoke monster? I bet this one never gets explained.

I've got about a zillion other questions, but those are the ones that spring to mind.
Any other good questions?

Finally, a few Lost links:
Oceanic Flight 815 (official site with message board)
TV without Pity - episodes synopsis & analysis
Lost Spoilers - of course, I'm guessing this won't be of much use until next January or so

Friday, May 18, 2007

Mother's Day Mix

Ok, I know that it's like a week late, but here is a mix of songs for Mother's Day.

1. Motherless Child - Portishead w/Tom Jones
2. Honour your Mother & Father - Desmond Dekker
3. All Because of You - U2
4. Mother & Child Reunion - Paul Simon
5. That's All Right, Mama - Elvis Presley
6. Have you seen your mother, baby, standing in the shadow? - The Rolling Stones
7. Wave/Mother Nature's Son - Brad Mehldau
8. Your Mother Should Know - The Beatles
9. Mother's Love - Alela Diane
10. Mother Heroic - Bjork
11. Thanksgiving to the Mother of God (Greek Chant) - Rachmaninov
12. Mother of Pearl - Roxy Music
13. Does your mother know? - ABBA
14. Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Stepmother - Sufjan Stevens
15. This is to mother you - Sinead O'Connor
16. Goodbye to the Mother & the Cover - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
17. Mother Stands for Comfort - Kate Bush
18. We Share our Mother's Health - The Knife
19. Send a picture of mother - Johnny Cash
20. Mother - John Lennon

I listened to this mix this morning, and I like it.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Father of the Year / Jerk of the Week

I normally reserve my unrepentant cruelty for people I know, but this jackassery cannot stand. The culprit? An idiotic father who got his 10 month old baby a gun permit. He just made my jerk list. Jerk!

Some would say that having a gun in the house is a good way to keep your family safe. I would say that having a gun in the house is a good way to put your family at risk for accidents.

Fun facts:

1. As of 1997 handguns have been almost completely banned for private ownership in England.

2. In 2005/06 in England, only 6.6% of reported homicides were committed with firearms, one being with an air weapon.

3. By comparison, in the United States in 2000, 70% of the homicides involved the use of firearms.

4. People can come up with statistics to prove anything. 40% of all people know that.

5. Think about it.

More reading, with tons of links.

May Day! May Day!

This is my band. We spent most of Mother's Day having our pictures taken.

The boy is amazing and continues to surpise me every day.

School is still going, keeping me quite busy, and the kindergartners are very fun to teach music. My Brit Lit prof assigned us an extra essay yesterday. Whoopee.

I can't wait to be done with school and homework forever. Just a few more months. Sigh.