“I, Guru, am writing this letter to my fans, friends and loved ones around the world. I have had a long battle with cancer and have succumbed to the disease.” He was 43. I’ll play Above the Clouds tonight for him. RIP. (via Funkaoshi)
Gizmodo says that phone found in a bar is a real next-gen iPhone. Features: front-facing camera, flash on the main camera, better screen. Different style (less curved) and different material for the back.
Recent research into exercise and weight loss indicates less strenuous workouts may be preferable. “If you want to lose weight, you don’t necessarily have to go for a long run. “Just get rid of your chair.”” (Via MeFi)
Ebert trolls the video game crowd again, responding to a TED talk from a designer. She cites Waco Resurrection, Braid and Fl0wer as examples of games as art, which Ebert dismisses as “pathetic” – without playing them, of course. Which is like being a film critic who doesn’t actually watch films.
I got in a heated conversation with a fella at work (whose opinions I generally respect) about the Ilana detonation scene. I loved it; Juice and I reacted viscerally, and then laughed. My co-worker hated it – thought it was cheap, saw it coming, they had done it before, etc. etc. I took more of an issue with some clunky dialogue – “I guess that explains The Whispers” or whatever – and how rushed Hugo’s acceptance of the alternaverse seemed toward the end. But I loved other moments, including pretty much everything with fake Locke and Desmond, in both worlds.
The episode moved the plot ahead nicely. The remaining candidates are now in Locke’s camp, ready to be tempted. There wasn’t a whole lot of food for thought, though; there were only two things worth marinatin’ on for a minute. One, the kid appeared again, the one that cropped up in The Substitute, when he appeared to Locke and Sawyer, telling Locke “you know the rules, you can’t kill him.” This time he appears to have dark hair. Why does the boy have a different colour of hair now? Who is he? Smart money’s on Jacob or the MIB, though as reincarnation or ghost, I don’t know.
The other thing that seemed to merit some reflection was the final scene, in which alterna-Des alterna-runs over alterna-Locke. It does indeed seem that Widmore had more detailed instructions for him than we got to see last week. But is he trying to kill Locke (as I thought) or trying to give him a near-death experience (as Noel Murray at the AV Club thought )? Or is he trying to force an encounter between Jack and Locke, when Locke goes in to the hospital? One thing’s for sure: heavy alternaverse shit is going to go down at what we must assume is alternaverse LA’s only hospital, as Claire, Sun and Jin, Jack and now Locke (with Ben accompaniment?) are all going to be there. Will Aaron be born? Will Jack save Locke’s life? etc. etc.
Speaking of Aaron, here’s some speculation I was working on before this episode: why is the Man in Black as yet nameless? It’s starting to get awkward. Things are often left out in Lost because the writers are saving them for a big reveal. So, perhaps there is something dramatic about his name. Two theories: 1. he and Jacob are the same person, 2. his name is Aaron (or someone else we have already met).
The Aaron theory holds up well when you consider the conversation MIB has with Kate about his mother earlier in the season – he could be talking about Claire, or Kate, or someone else (we don’t know yet who raises Aaron). I’m not sure however that a) all the details really make sense and b) the writers want to go back to time travel paradox loop territory. I personally hope they do, I loved season 5.
the sad part of when a company starts ‘monetizing’ is that all the minds that had been working on making a thing great for users suddenly turn around and start thinking about how to make it less great for users.
the AF100, not yet available (“end of 2010”), but a significant step. Better bit rate than the GH1 etc., pro audio in, time code, two SD card slots. Aimed at prosumers I guess. I’m very curious about pricing.