Friday, May 30, 2008

Lost List

I made some list to help me organize my thoughts after the season finale of Lost.

On the Island:
The Others
John Locke

Off the Island:

Notable Deaths:
Log Carriers

Whereabouts Unknown:
Rose and Bernard

Important Ghost:

Questions I Still Have:
-Why is Jack's Dad the manifestation of Jacob?
-What happened to Claire, is she dead?
-What happened to Daniel?
-What happened to Rose and Bernard?
-How does John get off the Island?
-How does he die?
-Where did the Island go?
-How did Ben go from the Island to the Desert?
-We didn't learn anything new about the Smoke Monster.
-Why did Claire say in Kate's dream not to bring back Aaron?
-What at the bad things that happened after the 6 left and why is it Jack's fault?
-What can Ben and the 6 do to fix the problems by going back?
-Why is Richard Alpert ageless?
-And finally what ancient civilization lived there that made a four toed statue and seemingly created the "move the island" device.

That's all I have, lot of questions.

Lost 4x13 There's No Place Like Home Part 2 Reaction

I first want to say that this episode was amazing. It was the best episode ever. It answered a lot of question and gave us bunch more. I will try just to hit the highlights and hope this doesn't get to long.

In this episode we see the man of Science (Jack) and the man of Faith (John) collide. John wants Jack to stay on the Island and join him. Jack refused once again, so John ask him to lie about the Island. At first Jack doesn't think it is a good idea, but he changes his mind along the way and by the end of the episode he tells everyone to lie. However I don't understand why Jack denies that Locke moved the Island, when clearly it was gone. By the way I hate Locke more than ever, he is a huge wienie in this episode. I mean Ben is basically giving him the Island and the Others and he still asked in his dopey way, "What do I tell them to do?". He is such a goober. Whenever Locke and Ben go down into the Orchid it looks like for a minute that Jack is envious. I don't know if I read that wrong, but I sensed that he wanted to go with them.

I have to say that the Others are amazing at stealth and fighting. They took out Keamy (well almost) and his men. But the best fight of all was Sayid and Keamy. Sayid rocks. The best line of the night was delivered after the fight was over when Kate asked Ben, "We can the island...that's it?" and Ben answers, "That's It". That was priceless, Kate couldn't believe it after all this that Ben would just let them go. Another weird line was when Miles was talking to Charlotte about her "getting back to the Island" and Miles says, "What do I mean?" He is turning into one of my favorite characters. I guess that Charlotte was born on the Island, probably a Dharma baby. Maybe she holds the key to babies being born on the Island, because she tells Daniel she is looking for her birth place.

We learned a lot down in the Orchid station, no thanks to the Dharma video. That was lame that video rewound automatically. But we did finally learn that Ben doesn't care about anyone else but him self when he killed Keamy. I started to think over the last few episodes that he was turning over a new leaf, but no dice. He is as cruel as ever. Cruel, but awesome with that black stick, I want one!

One burning question is my mind is what is going to happen to Daniel, he was in the raft with the log carrying people. They showed him as the Island was moving, but not afterward. Was he close enough to the Island to be taken with it? Also what happened to Rose and Bernard, I didn't see them on the freighter or on Daniel's boat. I assume they are still on the Island.

On the most sad note, I though Saywer was pretty awesome in this episode. He jumped off the helicopter to save everyone and swam back to the Island only to be greeted by Juliet, do I sense a future love connection? But I do wonder what he asked Kate to do for him? I guess we will find though out next season. I was also sad that Jin died. I wish they would have keep him alive, and who knows this is lost, no one really dies so maybe we will see him again. I also wonder what the significance of Christian Shepard was when he appeared to Michael before the boat exploded. Well at least Michael is as rest now.

One thought that I had on Ben vs. Locke as leaders is that Ben might want Locke to be the leader because he knows he is going to mess up and eventually he can get back to the leader. I know that he said the man that moves the Island can never get back, but I wonder if he just said that. We know that Ben is a liar and patient man.

The best moment of the night was the Desmond and Penny reunion. That was amazing. I am so glad that they had a happy ending. But now he has to go into hiding, I assume from Charles Widmore.

is the one trying to kill or silence or keep tabs on the Oceanic 6? The best of the flash forwards was obviously the last scene. When Jack breaks in to the funeral home and Ben shows up. We learn that Locke is the one in the Coffin (I was wrong, I thought is was going to be Walt). We also learned that Locke visited at least Hurley, Kate, and Jack and probably Sun and As far as flash forwards in this episode it was weird that Walt thinks his dad is still alive and Hurley didn't tell him different. I also thought that the Sun vs. Widmore scene was awesome and I think we are going to she a huge corporate showdown in the future. I wonder if WidmoreSayid also to get them to return to the Island. Why? Because "bad things happened" after they left and for some reason it is Jack's fault. It is amazing that Ben at one time said he can't go back to the Island, but now it seems like it is no big deal for him to go back. Jack seems okay with wanting to go back, however he is uneasy with the idea of taking Locke, maybe he knows he will come back as a ghost on the Island. Ben already has Jack, Sayid, and Hurley. But how will he get Kate/Aaron, and Sun? I think Locke is the proverbial loser, he probably caused the bad stuff to happen because he is a bad leader and that is why he ended up dead. I wonder though how he got off the Island? Anyway, great episode. I can't wait until next year.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Church Pirates! Ed Young

I can't believe it. I know a guy going through this right now. I have always hated church pirates. Watch this, because I feel the exact same way. If you want to start a church, great just don't do it right down the road from your church and with your old church people. AND STOP SPIRITUALIZING IT! I hate when people spiritualize church pirating. Watch what Ed Young says:

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I Can Tell the Future: Huckabee is McCain's VP

Call it a gift, or don't but wait and see; Mike Huckabee of Arkansas will be McCain's running mate and that is fine by me. I really liked Huckabee and wanted him to be the GOP candidate. I think McCain is doing this to reach out to conservatives, especially in the south. If you remember Huckabee surprised everyone and carried eight states. I definitely think this will help McCain, it sure will make me feel better about voting for him in Nov.

Stop Global Cooling!!!

It seems we now don't have to worry about Global Warming. We need to focus on Global Cooling. That's right scientist now think we are in period of cooling and have been for the last year. So, I am calling on all people to increase your carbon footprint. Yes, you heard me right, go out there and make greenhouse gases, burn your trash, buy a huge diesel SUV, do whatever you can to pollute. If we act now we might just be able to balance this period of cooling out.

Hopefully, you know I am saying all of this tongue in cheek. But come on, I am tired of all this overblown worrying about Global Warming and our carbon footprints. Their still is no proof that Global Warming is a fact. We just had one of the coldest winters ever, and it appears that the Northern Hemisphere has been colder then in years past.

So what are we do, isn't Global Warming just a fact like Evolution is a fact. No, don't fall for the environmentalist propaganda. Now don't get me wrong, of course we should conserve the environment. Anything we can do to not destroy the environment is good. I am fan of recycling and hybrid vehicles (mainly for the better gas mileage). But it all has gone a bit wacky when you have to buy green credits to offset your carbon footprint. I don't believe that we can affect the environment in any major way. I believe that God is sovereign over his creation. I also believe that he knew what kind of technology and industry we would build, so none of this is a surprise. No matter what I don't think we can do anything to control the climate, we are at the mercy of God. So, if you really want to save the environment start praying to the only one (and I don't mean Al Gore) that can do something about it.

Here are some articles to back up what I am saying:
Telegraph Article
National Post Article
Daily Tech Article
Daily Express Article

Monday, May 12, 2008

Cubs Back on Top

With a win tonight against San Diego and a Cardinal lose to the Brewers, the Cubs are back on top of the NL Central Division; for now. The season is very long and there are still a lot of games to play but it gives me hope that we are putting some major runs on the board and it seems that our pitching is getting better and better all the time. Go Cubs!!!

Friday, May 02, 2008

WFX Conference with Rex Miller

I went to the WFX Conference in Indy yesterday. It is a huge conference about church design, building, outfitting, media, etc. I was able to hear author Rex Miller give the key note address. His lecture really interested me. He calls himself a Futurist, whatever that means, but he believes that we are entering a new age of communication and is encouraging the church to get on board or it is in danger of becoming irrelevant. He believes we have come through four major stages in how we communicate: oral, print, broadcast, and now digital. He says that most churches communicate through a broadcast mentality. Which simply means we tell people what we want to them to hear, we try to put on a polished performance, and we communicate in a way where we tell and the person listens. Now I just was introduced to his concept yesterday, but I ordered his book the Millennium Matrix to find our more about it. I might not be getting this 100% correct, but I believe that Miller is definitely on to something.

I have felt for a while that students are very different today, they think different, they do different stuff. I was raised on TV and am still in the broadcast category, these students are digital and function differently. This may explain a lot, in fact this may help me in a major way to become more effective. I am really stoked about getting the book and will let you know what I find out. If you know anything about this let me know your thoughts and opinions.

The last thing I want to tell you is, that Miller offered to dialogue with anyone that wanted to talk at the end of the conference. The guys I was with and I were the only ones that showed up. So we had 1 hour of personal one on one time with him. We were able to talk about his concepts more in depth, especially in regards to youth. It was amazing, I loved talking to him and it probably would have cost a fortune for an hour of his time anywhere else, but I think he did it because he really cares about the state of the church, no one made him do it. Anyway, I will tell you more after I dive into the book.