Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rejected Album Cover - Master of Puppets

Hey there.  I picked up this gem on  They had readers send in their renditions of famous album covers BEFORE the label made the artist change them.  This Metallica one ranked third but I thought it was too funny and had to share it.  You can check out the full listing here.  Later!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rock Band 3... With Keyboard???

Hey there.  I love the music genre of games that seem to have plagued most of the video game consoles.  I own Rock Band 1 & 2 and several of the Guitar Hero installments.  Now, there's buzz about the upcoming Rock Band 3 and from what I've being told, it's supposed to be pretty massive in terms of it's catalog.  That is a good thing.  The more music choices the better the range of musical tastes that will be featured.  However, there is a screen shot popping out in the internet that displays what seems to be a promo shot for Rock Band 3.  Check it out...
First and foremost... It's pretty obvious that there is a 5th symbol and it appears to be piano keys.  I don't know how to feel about this.  The band is pretty entertaining as it is with a 4 man band, I don't know if adding that piano/keyboard player is necessary.  It may also be the reason that the music catalog can be so vast.  If not piano, maybe accordion???  Can we expect some killer Weird Al in Rock Band 3?  Maybe some Kanye West?  Or Tori Amos?  I don't know... It's interesting to see how that's going to play out.  Another change is in the microphone symbol.  There are now 3 mics in the symbol, similar to that in Rock Band: The Beatles.  Now...  I'm all for fun and games... but have you heard the people that sing while playing Rock Band/Guitar Hero?  They're no Journey's Steve Perry....  Not even a Bon Jovi (that's for you, bro! lol)  and if you're including harmonies to the rock portion of the singing... it may not be as entertaining as having that one star vocalist.  Then again, this is all my opinion, for all I know, they tweak the system enough to make it fresh and make it work.  It's all speculation at this point, but if their idea of an upgrade is expanding the instruments, then the genre may be taking a step back.  Later!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

LOST: 'The End' of an Epic Journey

Hey there.  I told myself I wasn't going to post about Lost.  There are so many outlets online that there are more than enough ideas, thoughts, interpretations and all things Lost that I didn't feel the need to have to throw in my two cents.  However, after watching the series finale last night, I decided that I would give the show my one and only post.  Grab some coffee friends, this is going to be a long one.

For those of you didn't see it, go watch the finale.  Once you do, come back and read this and give me your opinions.  There will be spoilers.  You have been warned.
Lost has been a great journey.  On island, off island, love interests, dire situations, sacrifice, good, bad, light, dark... the list can go on and on showcasing some of the great themes of Lost.  But thinking back on Lost as a whole, the focus of the show is not that of the Oceanic 815 survivors and their adventure but that of Jack Sheppard himself.

The show started with an opening of an eye, Jack's eye, and we are immediately thrown into the chaos of the crash.  Seeing everything through the point of view of Jack.  The fact that Lost started with his eye opening is important.  Since the show predominately featured eyes as a theme, it's imperative that we understand from the the get go that this is Jack's story.  Within Jack's journey, we are introduced to the other characters and as a means for us, the viewers, to better understand their plight, we are treated to the origins of their stories, which also are signaled by the opening of their respective eyes.  And one of the great aspects of the side character stories is that we're never let in on more than what we need.  We are never given information that Jack himself would not have any knowledge of.  The perfect example of this is given recently with Desmond in the well.

Now you're thinking that conversation between Desmond and Sayid happened well before Jack knew of it.  That's fine.  We're being told a story that needed that scene to take a place for the story to progress.  The brilliance of it is that we don't know what was said between Sayid and Desmond and we'll never know, and that's because Jack himself was not told of the conversation.  For those that followed the show, that conversation is critical to the character growth of Sayid.  Sayid was on a path of darkness, not feeling emotions and was very much looking the part to take over Smokey's spot as the island terror.  After that conversation with Desmond, Sayid lightened up, culminating with him sacrificing himself to to save his friends.  Right before his death, he uttered to the words to that Jack that Demsond is in a well.  This is all happening during's Jack's journey, not Sayid's.

In regards to the ending and the flash sideways, I thought it was a fitting ending to Jack's journey.  A man of science, needing to know how and why, needing to fix people, transforms himself into a man of faith, trusting others and himself, to simply go with the flow and trust his instincts.  No one knew of the outcome of Desmond going into the heart of the island but Jack had faith that whatever happened, it needed to be done, since Desmond was brought back to the island for this particular reason.  Cutting right to the end of Jack's journey, you see him lying in the same bamboo field where his journey first began.  A close up of his eye was the last scene, the difference was that this time, it was closing.  Very strong imagery.

There will be much speculation as to what the flash sideways really is.  Is it purgatory?  Christian Sheppard tells Jack that this is a place that they, the Losties, created so that they can find one another.  It is a clearly a form of afterlife where our characters are working on their issues.  But how long before they learn to let go?  This was a strong theme between Jack and Locke in the afterlife.  They each tried to push each other to "let go" of their past, not knowing that letting go will enlightened them to what they really are.  In the end, despite their differences in their philosophical views, Jack needed Locke just as much as Locke needed Jack to push each other into enlightenment.  And once all the characters have come to grips with their pasts, and ultimately, their deaths, they allowed themselves to let go and move on.  The fact that Ben decided to stay a little while longer add credence to the fact that there is a chance for redemption in their after life and how long before they accept their progression is unknown, but I believe that it was a great way to send off our cast.  Especially Jack.  His realization that he died was a strong revelation to the audience.   We all knew that the rest of the Losties were aware of their island presence, but we were not aware that they knew of their deaths.  Jack's realization is our realization and it was difficult to not have a somber heart once that was a made a fact.  Our beloved characters are in fact, dead.  However, this afterlife does not recognize time.  Christian made it clear that there were those that died before Jack and there were many that died after Jack and yet, they are there to welcome him and continue their journey.  So we can take solace in the fact that some of our friends managed to live long lives after the island.

It is interesting to note that some characters were not in attendance to this transgression.  Micheal, for one, was not there.  I strongly believe that he's stuck on the island as part of the whispers.  Looking back at that conversation between him and Hugo, it makes it clear that there are others still lurking the island.  Does this mean that the island also has an "afterlife" and that is the real purgatory?  Or simply a form of hell for those that died on the island with blood on their hands.  Michael killed Libby and Ana Lucia so he may not have been allowed to leave the island and join the sideways afterlife like many of the other characters.  Another one that raises a question is Richard Alpert.  I understand that he was there for centuries so did he get a free pass and was instantly allowed into the "light" that Christian was about to lead our Losties?  It's all open for interpretation and it's all dependent in your spiritual beliefs.  And even though this was the journey of Jack, all in all, it was a great way to send off our group of friends, together, into their next journey.  Later!

Friday, May 21, 2010

He-Man: Fabulous Secret Powers

Next Time, Make it a Diamond Ring

My husband took it upon himself to buy me a mood ring.   He figured that my mood swings were a little unpredictable and he'd be able to monitor my moods.  Well, so far we've discovered that when the mood ring turns green, I'm in a good mood.  When I'm in a bad mood, it leaves a big red mark on his freakin' forehead.  Maybe next time he'll by me a diamond.