Thursday, April 30, 2009

My Lost Theory

Here is my rough and dirty (south) theory on how this season of Lost will end and what next season will be about:

I think that Daniel has successfully agitated enough of the variables - Jack, Sawyer, Kate, Miles, etc. - so that one of them will do something that will "successfully" alter the future. Actually, maybe it will be Desmond that is the "successful" variable. This would coincide with the idea that Desmond is the exception to the rule of what happened, happened. I think that the alteration to the future will be somewhat minor due to course corrections over time and will not necessarily result in an improved future. I think that the final season will begin with Oceanic 815 crashing on the Island but with certain details modified due to the change in the timeline effected by Daniel and the other variables in 1977. The final season will mirror the first season completing the chiasmus of the series.

Hopefully the slight changes in the timeline will be enough for Jack, Locke, Kate, Sayid, etc. to overcome and make peace with the demons of their past and ultimately find the happiness and meaning they have been searching for. I hope the series does not end in tragedy. That is the sentimental side of me poking through I guess. I want these characters to succeed because I care so much about them. Creepy? It would only be creepy if I thought they were real. I know they are fictional characters yet I still have an emotional investment in them and the story. To that I say mission accomplished Lindeloff, Cuse, and Abrams. Mission accomplished.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Jeremy Tyler

Supposedly Jeremy Tyler is leaving high school before his senior year to play basketball professionally in Europe rather than continuing his "development" in the US via his High School program, AAU, and eventually at least one year of college. I can see how this decision could be quite divisive. Especially among the sports "purists." Here is my simple take on the situation:

I would do the same thing. Basketball is my future. Why would I not do everything possible to develop and improve my skills and as a result increase my likelihood of success as well as increase my future earning power? Oh and I can get paid to do this at the same time? Seems like a pretty smart decision to me.

And as a side note, isn't this the "traditional" model for European players already? Ricky Rubio is 18 years old. He has been playing professionally since he was 15  or 16. He declared for the NBA draft this year and has a very strong chance of being the first selection. If I had the first pick I would probably use it on him. So yeah, Jeremy Tyler. Great move in my opinion. I would do the same thing.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Text Me Your Love

Today my good friend, who I can't thank enough for introducing me to such great bands as Junior Boys and The National, emailed me a mix that he did for an art show opening. As I was listening to it I was pleasantly surprised by the Autotuned croonings of Wallpaper on his song Text Me Your Love. I loved the song and when I started Googling around and found a few video clips I realized that Wallpaper is totally with me on the idea that Autotune makes all aspects of life more enjoyable. How fitting considering my recent desire to incorporate Autotune into my daily life.

Here is a video shot entirely on camera phone for Text Me Your Love:

Solid gold hits on your camera phone. Awesome.

Kanye West - Storytellers

Last night I happened to catch the Kanye West episode of Storytellers. The music was great and Kanye sounded surprisingly good live. The highlight though was the set design. I have always been a sucker for LEDs and Kanye's use of these little lights was one of the best I have seen. I especially liked the use of the LEDs on Heartless:

Click here for links to videos from the rest of the performance. The Love Lockdown performance might have been my favorite of the show from a musical perspective.

PS I wish I could use Autotune in everyday life. I think my life would be at least 6 times more funny and enjoyable.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Wolf & Pig Stop Motion

I saw this great little stop motion short on the Kanye West blog. Loved it. Especially the part at the pool.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

notte sento

Loved this short film titled notte sento. It was made with 4500+ still photos shot with a Canon 30D. Click here to watch the short. You can choose the Italian version or the version with English subtitles. Kind of like choose your own adventure, yeah?

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Star Trek Bait and Switch

Over the weekend a special screening of Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan was scheduled at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. Turns out that they showed the new Star Trek film by JJ Abrams instead. Oh yeah, Leonard Nimoy and Damon Lindelof introduced the film as well. All I can say is well played Paramount. Well played. This is a great little marketing move that generates great buzz for the upcoming release. You can check out an aggregation of people's Twitter responses from the event here, courtesy of /film. One of my favorite comments claimed that the film "melted my pants!!!!!!" You read that right America. Pants were melted. I can't wait to see what that feels like.