(Oh, and this blog also has a link that everyone who thought the final imagery - of the plane crash on the beach - was a nod to say that everyone died IN THE CRASH needs to read. Cause that just ain't true.)
As but one example of how great this article is, it convinced me that having Sayid and Shannon together was, in its own way, the right decision. (I know!)
But it is the ending of the finale write up which I repeat here because it's really almost brilliant:
Think of how "Lost" handled the death of Shannon. That event took up three whole episodes of mourning. First, she was shot in a shocking moment (in "Abandoned"). Then, the survivors reeled from her death (in "Collision"). And then, she was buried and mourned in a moving funeral (in "What Kate Did"). She was a minor supporting character at best, a person who was always on the edges of the show's big mysteries and someone who didn't really get involved in the stuff most fans were really interested in. Yet the show treated her death as though it was something meaningful, as though her life had value beyond the story function she played, which was simply to cause strife between the reunion of the Losties and the Tailies.
Looked at in this light, the finale is the ultimate expression of this idea. Every life matters. Any one life thrown away because two demigods are playing a game with castaways' lives or because someone absolutely and simply MUST protect their magical Island from ... whatever is one life too many. Shannon may not have mattered as much to you as Sun and Jin did, but her death should matter just as much because it was ultimately meaningless, something that happened because people are never able to put aside their anger and suspicion long enough to be good to one another, and the Island and Monster played off of this. The entire final season, then, is an attempt to give a bunch of dead people, many of whom died for nothing, a kind of peace with what happened, a way finally to let go and head off toward something else, even as the show itself was trying to do the same. "All of this matters," Christian says, and it's the show's mantra. The world is a place where meaningless death shouldn't happen, but it's also a place where it happens every day. The best you can do is try to hold on and savor it.
But the more I think about what kind of show "Lost" ultimately was, the more I think it expressed the idea that life is precious in a way that was, ultimately, not trite. We live in a good and beautiful world, a place full of things we can't fully explain and things we're only beginning to learn about. But it's also a dark and horrible world, where people die for little to no reason, and you have to stand back and watch them be mourned and wonder just what meaning any of it has. And yet, after a death, there will be another morning and another and another. You'll keep waking up. You'll keep living your life, and going about your business, and knowing that your most important task is to remember who they were, what they brought to the world. You'll keep waking up until you don't, and then ...
And then you hope that you, too, are remembered.
Wow. Go read the whole thing. NOW.
Also, if you have a few years to kill, this page aims to indicate which mysteries of the island/show were actually answered, and provides a cool collection of things like all the Dharma stations, etc.
At work, we have - or, at least, HAD - a fund for folks who were late to meetings. They'd drop a dollar into a bowl, and over the years this added up. We now have $240.00, and the question came up where to spend it.
I bit my tongue, really, I did. And then my co-worker David said,
"We could ... buy $240 worth of pudding."I was, apparently, the only one in the room who had also watched The State. So, if you aren't familiar with Barry and LeVon, witness the magic:
Where'd they get $240? Don't worry your pretty little head about it. (It ain't your concern...)
Fans of this blog will know I'm no fan of Giants GM Brian Sabean. I've written about him at least 30 times based on a rough search of the archives, and ... well, none of those have been (in my recollection) anything favorable. No, more often than not these are posts like, "How To Politely Call Brian Sabean An Idiot," or "PLEASE FIRE BRIAN SABEAN NOW."
What can I say, subtlety isn't always my thing.
|He can use a computer? I'm genuinely shocked.|
There are, of course, many good reasons to keep him there. Posey is a catcher and that requires controlling the pitching staff, a complicated process that Posey is just learning.
For whatever reason, Sabean refuses to talk straight with the press or the fans, and incessantly lies about some of the worst decisions he's made. Read more, why don't you?
Yes, I too would have liked more concrete answers, and yet I found the finale extremely satisfying - and that dichotomy somehow feels right given this show in particular.
But at least two other sources have compiled lists of what they REALLY wish had been addressed. The second one is a video, and at least half the things are sort of silly or actually were answered, but it's a good exercise and another way to keep thinking about what I consider one of the better shows on TV, ever.
Here's a great list from Geekscape, and a sample:
Oh boy. So there’s this magic donkey wheel underground that for some reason causes the area around it to experience sub-zero temperatures, and turning the wheel not only moves the island through space and time but teleports the person who actually turns the wheel to Tunisia. Oh, and only the survivors move throughout time, not The Others.THE BEST ANSWER WE GOT:
In Season Six we learned that the Man in Black built the wheel centuries ago, and that he connected it to a mechanism that mixed the light at the center of the island with water.WHY WE DESERVE A REAL ANSWER:
Oh, it’s a “mechanism?” Well that makes everything okay, doesn’t it? Wait… No, that’s just fucking awful. Their explanation for how the wheel works is “because someone built it and made it work.” We’d kind of inferred that one, guys. But how does an ancient mechanism that mixes water and light differentiate between the survivors and The Others? We wanted answers, not vague suggestions. Maybe it would have been best not to call attention to the fact that you don’t have an explanation for silliest plot point of the series only a couple episodes before the big finale, hmm?
And yes, I miss Lost already.
Today, I received this in my Inbox:
Look, I love me some Panda. Great attitude, a legitimate hitter who has been mired in a season-long slump, and --- wait, that last part is sort of relevant.
Pablo Sandoval needs your vote! May 25, 2010 – Pablo Sandoval is currently sitting in fourth place in the National League All-Star Selection Ballot. Your vote can help get the very deserving Pandoval to his first All-Star Game. Keep voting for Pablo and your other Giants on sfgiants.com.
|The Angry Panda.|
The Brevard County doctor who was arrested for groping a woman while dressed as Captain America with a burrito in his pants will not go to jail.
Really, that says it all, but the full story is here should you be interested.
I'm still not too excited about Sanchez, but what struck me was that I was actually looking forward to his activation because the Giants so desperately need ... something. They've talked about calling up prospect Buster Posey, but GM Brian Sabean, in his infinite wisdom, has declared that Posey simply isn't ready. They've also said that they aren't interested in free agent Pat Burrell, who they could get for pennies. (I harbor no illusions about Burrell's bat, but it should be noted they said the exact same thing about Jorge Cantu, who would be a pretty welcome bat on this squad.)
In any event, Sanchez is back, and has been capable in his first few games. But as The Wolf said in Pulp Fiction,
"Let's not start sucking--"
OK, this is at least somewhat of a family blog. I probably shouldn't finish that quote. But, if you'd like to see why I think Giants fans should temper their expectations of Former Batting Champion Freddy Sanchez, read on.
Did you ever think you liked Pat Metheny?
Yeah, me neither. But via kottke, I read this blog post and ... well, I sort of love the guy.
Here's just a brief sample, where Metheny simply eviscerates Kenny G, for deciding to play over Louis Armstrong.
It's just quite possible the biggest smackdown outside of Celebrity Death Match, and even though I am really not a fan of jazz much at all outside of some Miles and some Coltrane here and there, I think I might join a Pat Metheny Fan Club page on Facebook, just because of this.
Read (bold is mine, just to make sure you don't miss anything):
Not long ago, Kenny G put out a recording where he overdubbed himself on top of a 30+ year old Louis Armstrong record, the track "What a Wonderful World". With this single move, Kenny G became one of the few people on earth I can say that I really can't use at all - as a man, for his incredible arrogance to even consider such a thing, and as a musician, for presuming to share the stage with the single most important figure in our music.
But when Kenny G decided that it was appropriate for him to defile the music of the man who is probably the greatest jazz musician that has ever lived by spewing his lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing all over one of the great Louis's tracks (even one of his lesser ones), he did something that I would not have imagined possible. He, in one move, through his unbelievably pretentious and calloused musical decision to embark on this most cynical of musical paths, shit all over the graves of all the musicians past and present who have risked their lives by going out there on the road for years and years developing their own music inspired by the standards of grace that Louis Armstrong brought to every single note he played over an amazing lifetime as a musician. By disrespecting Louis, his legacy and by default, everyone who has ever tried to do something positive with improvised music and what it can be, Kenny G has created a new low point in modern culture - something that we all should be totally embarrassed about - and afraid of. We ignore this, "let it slide", at our own peril.
I mean ... I say GODDAMN. Now, in full disclosure, I will say that the mere mention of Kenny G's name always brings a smile to my face - but only because I have two friends (who shall remain nameless) who while under the influence of some particularly strong hallucinogenics ended up listening to a Kenny G song on repeat about 45 times in a row back in the late 1980s. That being said, he still sucks, and Pat Metheny just called him on it.
With the conclusion of the 20th season of Survivor on Sunday night, we had our first two-time winner in Sandra Diaz-Twine. On the reunion show, uber-host Jeff Probst asked the question that many of us have been asking all season -- who is the best Survivor of all-time?
She's also never won a single immunity challenge, and in both seasons has sort of snuck into the winners circle. I wouldn't say she's a typical "Fly Under The Radar" player, but she certainly isn't a dominant player.
So, who IS the greatest Survivor of all-time? Click below to see my thoughts on this extremely important subject.
|Meet America's Scaredy Cat.|
Who is Lou Pritchett? He's a former Proctor & Gamble executive, and apparently a very, very scared man.
Why do I say that? Below, I'll print his letter (his stuff is in bold), with my responses to his maniacally stupid rant at each point. With respect to Mr. Pritchett (though he hardly deserves it), this letter was written in May 2009, which is worth considering when reading this.
AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.
You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.
You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.
Also totally untrue. I’m assuming he’s talking about William Ayres (who he knew in the Chicago crowd and did not spend half a year with, much less half his life – and his former priest Jeremiah Wright who he has publicly denounced and severed ties with.) Interestingly, I don’t remember Republican outrage for associating with people like Pat Buchanan, James Dobson and others who on a daily basis say horrible, vicious and hateful things.
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America' crowd and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.
You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O'Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.
In conclusion, sir, are a big fat ‘fraidy cat. It saddens me that people can read this tripe and actually think it has merit. It literally has none.
This morning, The Kid wanted to choose her own outfit. It is worth noting that she is almost two years old, and that we are clearly learning which battles are worth fighting.
Note the knee high socks, the whale pajama shorts, the tee shirt and the winter hat.
-- I posted this from my iPhone, please excuse the mess.
More of this, please (emphasis below is mine):
"We're not Democrats or Republicans first -- we're Americans first... [W]e got our mops and our brooms out, we're cleaning stuff out, and they're sitting there saying, 'Hold the broom better.' 'That's not how you mop.' Don't tell me how to mop. Pick up a mop! Do some work on behalf of the American people to solve some of these problems.
But that wasn't their strategy... This is public record. They've said in interviews: 'We made a political decision. We stood nothing to gain from cooperating. We knew things were going to be bad. And we figured, if we didn't do anything and if it didn't work out so well, maybe the other side would take the blame.'
They've done their best to gum up the works; to make things look broken; to say no to every single thing. That was the attitude they had when it came to pulling our economy out of a crisis. That was the attitude they had when it came to making sure that families and businesses finally got the security of health care in this country. That's been the attitude on any number of challenges that we faced. Their basic attitude has been: 'If the Democrats lose, we win.'
So after they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want the keys back. No! You can't drive! We don't want to have to go back into the ditch! We just got the car out! We just got the car out!"
It's nice when adults are in charge, isn't it?
Saw this about a week ago, but it wasn't embeddable -- but it looks like MLB has pulled the stick out of their heiny (they had some issues with the use of actual game footage). Now, it's worth sharing:
It's honestly one of the funniest things I've seen in awhile, especially if you like sports, arcane humor and movie references. The language gets extremely NSFW towards the end but it's worth it. Truly, truly worth it.
Courtesy of Pitchfork, it's the latest video from one of the best bands out there these days, The National:
Is it the worlds greatest video? Um, no. No, it is not. But it's still a very good song, so enjoy.
Seriously, this is really only for fans of Survivor, but apparently, they host videos of what the jury does after being eliminated. The first 2:00 of this are filler, something about how Candace likes brownies, but after that, it's GOLD. GOLD!
I'm just waiting for their record deal.
However, I did say this - that the Derby itself is amusing for me to watch second and third tier celebrities from the coasts show up, dressed like IDIOTS. I mean, that's fun all year round.
To wit, courtesy of Go Fug Yourself, I give you Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson:
Look, I'm no fashion guy - but she looks ... pretty dang good.
But he ... looks like the biggest idiot I think I've ever seen. Or at least in the top-ten. I seriously hope someone, at some point during the race, smacked this guy in the face with the full palm.
That is all.
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