“This is hard!”

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Published in: on April 30, 2008 at 1:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

What’s your favorite color?

I was always a big fan of Midnight Blue and Burnt Sienna.

Turns out that Crayola is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ultimate crayon container, the BOX OF 64! And you can take a color quiz here. Can you name all 64? It's tough.

Remember, it had all the hues you could possibly imagine…plus the built-in sharpener. Pretty awesome for an eight-year-old. I always loved it. Periwinkle. Blue gray. Sepia. Indian Red. All the colors that were too complex for you back in kindergarten. It showed maturity. Even a splash of artsyness.

But did you know that midnight blue was actually "Prussian Blue" until 1958 when teachers asked Crayola to change it? Or did you know that the color "Flesh" was changed to "Peach" in 1962 because of the civil rights movement? How about "Indian Red" getting renamed "Chestnut" in 1999 in response to educators who felt some children wrongly perceived the crayon color was intended to represent the skin color of Native Americans. The name actually originated from a reddish-brown pigment found near India commonly used in fine artist oil paint. For the complete breakdown of colors, and a listing of all the dorky non-colors they've added since we were kids, check this out.

There's also quite a bit of controversy around the new colors they're adding for the 50th anniversary. Did you know there's now a color called "Giving Tree?" That's lame. Apparently, Orange is the new "Awesome."

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Published in: on April 28, 2008 at 7:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Code 14-J. Code 14-J.

Did anyone catch the name on Ben's jacket when he showed up in the Sahara Desert? It said Halliwax. Edgar Halliwax is one of the many aliases of the guy in all of the Orientation videos. If you can't remember, here's a link to the video. If that's his jacket, did he help Ben teleport?

Ben threw up an orangey-yellow liquid when he arrived in the desert. Most people think he drank the same stuff that Ethan gave to Juliet (she was told it was orange juice) before she came to the Island. Which would lead you to believe that this liquid is necessary to prevent the "side-effects" that would otherwise occur when coming to or leaving the Island.

WIDMORE: Have you come here to kill me, Benjamin? (Widmore sips the whiskey.)
BEN: We both know I can't do that.
I wonder about this conversation that took place in Widmore's bedroom. Are there time-travel "rules"? Anotherwards, maybe you don't kill people if you've already seen them in the future so you don't mess up the timeline. And that would explain why Linus got so upset when Alex was shot…and why he was truly surprised by her death. And this guy is not surprised by much (how about his evil grin when he walks away from Sayid?)!

Or could it be that Ben can't kill Whidmore because they are each other's "constant"?

Will the last name Ben gives Sayid on the Assassination List be Penelope Widmore? And if it is, will Sayid kill her? I think that Ben WILL give Sayid Penny's name, and that it will be one of the climactic scenes near the end of the series… a "will he or won't he?" moment where it appears that Sayid is actually considering doing the deed. But I don't think he would go through with it. He was witness to Desmond's end of that crazy Christmas Eve phone call that would've melted the heart of The Grinch. Plus, Sayid knows what it's like to lose the love of his life. I just don't think he'd do that to Desmond.

Remember what Hurley said during the game of Risk? "Australia is the key to the whole game." Isn't Claire the only one who's from Australia?

Do we think Bernard has a secret past? Not only can he understand Morse Code but he's also an expert marksman. We have background on most people and yet we know very little about him. We know that he's dentist and is married to Rose but that's it. Why would a dentist know morse code and be an expert shot?

Sayid says "Benjamin, it was an accident" in the flashforward in Tikrit after Sayid kills the supposed hitman and Ben convinces Sayid that there's a fishy connection to the island and Nadia's death. What's an accident? The murder of the hitman, or is Sayid settling some other score? When last we saw Sayid and Desmond on the boat in the episode "Meet Kevin Johnson," he was so disgusted with Michael for going to work for Ben that he turned "Kevin" into Keamy as an agent of Ben's.

Did anyone notice the painting over the piano Ben was playing is the same painting in the hallway when Ben left Widmore's bedroom.?

Which leads us back to Michael Emerson, who further tightening his deathgrip on an Emmy. His expresssion in that long closing-in shoot after Alex's death, in which his face shades from shock to grief to rage, was masterly. (Later, he tells Sayid, "Once you let your grief become anger, it will never go away," and we know he knows it, because we literally saw it happen to him.) As was the way he let us see the gears turning behind Ben's visage as he schemed desperately to save himself and Alex and, for once, did not have the perfect con. And whatever worries I have about where the show is heading in the future, I do enjoy badass-assassin Ben.

Claire did say Charlie's name when Sawyer rescued her from the blown-up building. I wonder if it's because of her "undying" love for him or because he had somehow appeared to her (as he did to Hurley in Hurley's flashfoward) to warn her of the attack that was coming.

At one point Claire said, "I'll live" and Miles quipped, "I wouldn't be so sure." There's only two possible meanings for his line: 1) He can not only talk to the dead, but he knows how people will die, and Claire's time is up soon (hence her eventual separation from Aaron), or 2) the writers know everyone's assuming Claire will die, so they are messing with us. I actually think #2 is what's going on. How can Claire die after she just miraculously survived her apartment blowing up? All that being said, if TPTB had no qualms about killing off an innocent 16-year-old, then they definitely aren't going to blink an eye at offing a bay-bee's momma. I had previously thought that the show wouldn't get that dark, but I was obviously completely and utterly wrong. BTW, my brother Mark says he totally knows what is going to happen to Claire.

There is a time portal/wormhole that connects Tunisia to the Island. That's how Ben ends up seemingly fallen from the sky in the Tunisian desert. That's how a polar bear skull is excavated from the Tunisian sand. And that how a small prop plane can take off from Nigeria and end up on the island. The proof: according to Google Earth, the coordinates for 'Tunisia' are: 33 deg, 53 sec N and 9 deg, 31 sec E. The polar opposite of those coordinates is: 33 deg, 53 53 sec S and 170 deg 29 sec W. If you follow those coordinates, you end up….just NE of Sydney, Australia in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, enroute to LA, and not far from Fiji.

People keep asking why Ben was wearing a parka when he "landed" in Tunisia. Haven't you people seen "Back to the Future?" was not the DeLorean covered in ice every time it time traveled?

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Published in: on April 28, 2008 at 3:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bobby Bo loves him some BK.

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Published in: on April 28, 2008 at 2:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Movie Review – Revolver

This is the movie I watched last night. And here's the deal on this one. 80% of you who see it will probably hate it. But I think the 20% of you that like it will find it very interesting. Starts out as "Ocean's Eleven" and ends up as something very different. And no, I can't say anything more about it since that's what made it such an appealing movie to me.

It's directed by Guy Ritchie, who did "Snatch" and "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels." Both great movies. But this one was widely panned by critics, and wasn't even released theatrically here in the States. Very bold. Very different take on this sort of genre. Jason Statham ("The Transporter" and "The Italian Job") plays the lead and it's probably the best piece of acting I've ever seen him do.

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Published in: on April 28, 2008 at 1:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

They changed the rules.

Here's a great breakdown of last night's episode. And here's some thoughts on Rousseau. Is she dead or not? Personally, my head hurt quite a bit afterwards. LOTS of stuff going on. And I think this is just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. These remaining episodes are gonna sting.

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Published in: on April 25, 2008 at 1:01 pm  Comments (2)  

Another “Rock-n-Roll” Rollercoaster…

I'm a huge fan of the Aerosmith rollercoaster down at Walt Disney World. I love the idea of taking loud rock-n-roll and marrying that to a rollercoaster that rocks your world. And now it looks like there's another one I'll need to check out. And it's much closer to home here in the Carolinas.

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Click on these pictures for a better view of the new coaster that's the centerpiece of the Southeast's first new amusement park in nine years. It's called the "Hard Rock Park," and it's located in Myrtle Beach, SC. It's about half the size of Carowinds, but looks like a lot of fun.  The park is doing a "sound check," or a soft opening, right now. But it officially opens up on May 9th.

The coaster is called "Led Zeppelin – The Ride" and it's the park's signature coaster. Six inversions, a 120-foot-loop, speeds up to 65 mph, and it's all synchronized to the band's hit "Whole Lotta Love." There's also lots of other stuff themed on music. And you can see lots more details in this article which breaks it down scientifically for you. Here's a great looking blog the local paper is doing on the birth of as theme park. And it looks like they'll bring in music acts to play at the park in a regular basis as well.

Does it look cheesy? Yes. But it should be right at home in Myrtle.

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Published in: on April 25, 2008 at 12:41 pm  Leave a Comment