Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Book of LOST

In the beginning there was Jack. Ever since I started this blog, thoughts and updates on LOST have been a fairly standard feature. Well, the end of an era is upon us and I thought it'd be nice to take a look at the series finale and what it meant for the show as whole. Don't continue beyond this point if you're still a potential watcher of the finale or a hater of it in general.

In regard to the finale, the dialog was fantastic—Hurley and Sawyer were cracking me up. Desmond was in full force, and I got my "I'll see you in another life brother!" even though it was delivered by Jack. It was fantastic to see Jack and Kate do a bit of tongue wrestling. And you had to love the Jack super punch.

As for what it told us about the show on the whole, I loved that the island and everything that happened on it was in fact real. There really was a magic island in the middle of the Pacific, period. I thought it was a totally intriguing and bold twist to make the show overtly religious. I loved that it was all about Jack and his, for lack of a better term, eternal progression. And I loved that in true LOST-ian fashion we didn't get all the answers—in fact, I felt it was telling us that it's not the little details that matter in the eternal scheme of things.

It seems to me that in the end, LOST was more or less a parable for life and I get that not everyone got it or liked it. Isn't that what a parable is all about anyway?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Color Scheming: Burnt Orange

Orange you glad I didn't say banana?

PS: Unless I find some more stellar images, this is the last post of this series and to celebrate I've created this wallpaper image. Enjoy!

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Maybe Iron Man Should Fly Solo

As a Kyality Kid myself, I never had more than a flirtatious relationship with actual comic books. I mean, I always loved Batman, but that obsession mainly stemmed from reruns of the campy 1960's series, Tim Burton's films and Batman: The Animated Series. As far as actual comic books go, I probably never owned more than a dozen or so and only a third of them were Marvel. And of those, they were all either Iron Man comics or The Avengers. I always viewed Iron Man/Tony Stark as Marvel's version of Batman/Bruce Wayne—millionaires, no super powers and lotsa cool tech. So when the first Iron Man movie came out in 2008, I was stoked and enjoyed it enough to buy it.

Last night we caught the sequel and though I wasn't completely blown away (not like The Dark Knight follow-up to Batman Begins)—we still had a great time at the movies. The dialog is witty, the action sequences are fun and pretty original and the CG/motion effects (especially the digital scans and imaging of Stark's central computer, JARVIS) are fantastic. Iron Man has easily become Marvel's best motion picture franchise.

Personally, I think there's some danger ahead for this franchise by co-mingling it with the rest of the Marvel universe. The Avengers is a rotating team of heros who have from time to time included characters such as Captain America, Thor, The Hulk and even The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and Wolverine. The trouble is this—the Iron Man flicks have been really good—now this story is looking like its about to get mixed in with the likes of Marvel's other hit-and-miss franchises. Thank goodness that in the comic books, Daredevil declined to join The Avengers.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Color Scheming: Lime Green

Not a MINI factory color, but fresh nevertheless.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

An Automotive Education

I've always said that my love of European cars stems almost entirely from my upbringing. Out of curiosity, I recently emailed my dad, Normailty, and asked him to hook me up with list of all the cars my family drove—both foreign and domestic—from the time I was born until I went to college. It's actually pretty interesting. And just to be clear, even though the first one was a '73 Beetle—I wasn't born until '76.
1973 Volkswagen Beetle (Red): 1973 Volkswagen Bus (Two-tone Tan/White):
Normality and Kyality doing some auto-bonding.
1980 Dodge Omni (Copper)
1973 BMW Bavaria (Red):
1973 Ford Pinto Wagon (Ketchup Red) Awesome!
1974 BMW 2002 tii (White):
JessInTheCity and Kyality getting dirrty.
1974 Renault LeCar 3-door Hatch (Orange): 1974 BMW Bavaria (Tan)
1980 Toyota Corolla SR5 Liftback (Yellow)
1975 Renault LeCar 5-door Hatch (Navy Blue)

1980 Saab 99 2-door (Navy Blue): 1988 Dodge Caravan (Charcoal Grey)
976 BMW 2002 (Cherry Red):
This is a pic of the actual car guest starring my little bro Snizzle.
1988 Chevrolet Nova (Silver)
1973 BMW 2002 (Blue)

1990 Volvo 240 DL (Black):
1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee (Metallic Blue)
1988 BMW M5 (Black):
So figure that we had least two cars at any given time and you can see that I've always been exposed to a healthy dose of Euro-autos. Fun little list. Now you know where my sickness comes from. Thanks Pa.