Prince of Pers…eh

So took the family to see Prince of Persia this weekend. It was vaguely entertaining, but lacked passion. The coolest character in the movie wasn’t in the video game (that would be the African master of throwing blades by the by. FYI – his tri-bladed throwing weapons are real.)

Ultimately, disappointing, but I wasn’t really expecting much.

Published in: on May 31, 2010 at 6:59 PM  Leave a Comment  

Did you get Lost?

The 6 year ride comes to an end and it sounds like the fan community doesn’t know quite what to think. I’ve seen love and hatred in equal buckets across the web.

So where do I stand? Well, I was never a big devotee of the show, I watched here and there but never with any regularity. I thought the ending was sweet.

That said, I always looked at Lost as a morality play embracing the struggle not just of good and evil, but science versus religion, faith versus cynicism, etc. Faith clearly won out in the end, which I imagine has pissed off a lot of the more rationally inclined fans who were pulling for science.

As for all the Dharma Initiative questions? Please, me and any of my RPG designer mates could give you all the answers you would want with five minutes of riffing on the subject.

Here, not even trying very hard:

The unusual electro-magnetic properties of the island put it on the scientific community’s raider sometime during WWII when radio communications were strangely effected in proximity to it.

The Dharma Initiative came in to study the phenomenae.

Some of the DI folks were above board and only went in for scientifically sound and humane experiments. A select group did not, and kept their tests secret from the rest. Example: they brought in a polar bear to study the effects of a specific energy stream on a living creature. The stream in question was running through the underground of the island, causing freezing cold temperatures where it passed. To conduct the experiment, they needed a massive endotherm inured to cold.

There, decent answers to three questions.

Published in: on May 24, 2010 at 12:41 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Welcome!

So I’ve put out a new plank, got a new attitude toward the world…

Well, not really, but I like WordPress quite a bit. Still fooling around, making myself feel at home.

At any rate, come one, come all!

Published in: on May 22, 2010 at 2:30 PM  Leave a Comment  

Are you READY?

Disney gets it right at last. As the Father of a rather girly-girl Disney’s disconcerting habit of having every princess exist only for the day that a prince will rescue her is fairly lame. In Disney’s latest, The Princess & the Frog the heroine Tiana is told by her loving Father that, “wishing on a star may get you half way there, but your own hard work is what will make your dreams come true.”

Wooo-hoo!

Plus, Keith David as Dr. Facilier – Voodoo Witch Doctor (read Bokor) Extraordinare – and Mama (that’s actually Mambo chere) Odie.

Note I use the Hollywood “voodoo” spelling as opposed to Vodun on purpose as Disney obviously went with the sensationalized version that everybody expects “voodoo dolls” and all; however, and this is a very big however, somebody clearly did real research into vodun.

All the b.s. stuff is wrapped about with the real trappings of vodun, from accurate ververs to the blind Mama Odie’s Simbi marked “seeing-eye” snake Juju. Get this – Mama Odie lives in a boat that’s atop a bayou tree – a boat that is a dead ringer for Agwe’s vessel. I gasped aloud during Mama Odie’s wonderful song “Dig a Little Deeper” as she takes the characters up to the top of her home, where a garden of glass bottles of different shapes and sizes hang from the branches of the trees soaking in the light… and other things if you know your vodun. It was awesome – I firmly recommend it.

Published in: on May 9, 2010 at 7:22 PM  Leave a Comment  

Unconquered Indeed

Invictus

OUT of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

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William Ernest Henley wrote “Invictus” which is Latin for “Unconquered” in 1875. His life was a long struggle against tuberculosis of the bone, for which he had one leg severed below the knee. His friend, Robert Louis Stevenson, based Long John Silver on Henley. He lost his daughter, Margaret, in 1894. She was 6. Her friend (and Henley’s) J.M. Barrie immortalized her in his book Peter Pan as the sickly little girl could not pronounce Barrie’s name, so she called him her “fwendy-wendy”.

I am the captain of my soul. Fuck’n a, Bill. Fuck’n A.

Published in: on May 3, 2010 at 3:38 AM  Leave a Comment  
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