The Universe and Me

Monday, April 28, 2008

Lost: the shape of things to come

Jack’s not feeling too spiffy. He thinks it’s just a bug. Let’s all laugh. The Beach Group find a drowned man who didn’t down since his throat was cut. Dan identifies him as the freighter’s doctor, who was fine when last he saw him, although “when is kind of a relative term.” Somehow Bernard knows Morse code and figures out Dan and the Boat People are never going to take them off the island. Meanwhile Alex is taken by said Boat People to the security fence and told to deactivate it.

Hurley, Sawyer and Locke are playing Risk and it’s probably not a coincidence that “Australia is the key to the whole game.” The phone rings with code 14J, obviously for Ben, not pizza. The code was Alex’s warning that the Boat People are on their way. Ben thinks Locke should stick close to him because they won’t hurt him and Locke needs to survive so they can go to Jacob. Hurley needs to survive because he knows where the cabin is. Sawyer makes a mad dash to get Claire and is ambushed. Claire’s house blows up but she’s alive. Miles ends up at Ben’s door. The Boat People have Alex hostage. Formalities are dispensed with. They refuse to fly away and forget they ever heard of the island. Ben claims Alex means nothing to him so the Boat People kill her. And more of a surprise, I felt sorry for Ben. Rules should never be changed mid game. No goal!

Ben quickly heads into some secret room and releases the smoke monster to off the Boat People. Hurley regrets following the wacko’s. In the flash forwards, Ben’s in the Sahara and ambushed by some camel dudes that he overpowers rather expertly. He ends up at a Tunisian hotel under the name Dean Moriarty on October 24, 2005. On the news he sees Sayid is about to bury his wife. Was he married to Nadia? Ben approaches him and together they set up the man who killed the wife and kill him. Ben visits Charles Widmore and vows to kill Penny as payback for Alex. Charles is sure he’ll never find her. Ben is sure Charles will never find the island.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Iceland Rocks - or Socks

While we're having fun, here's your chance to send a sock-o-gram from Iceland. Visit Iceland Express's site and send your friends a "sock movie." Sort of a channelling of Sherri Lewis and Lambchop, you choose the two socks you want to appear in the little clip, name them and write in a phrase for them to say.

And while we're on sock puppets, check out one of the truly inspired entries in last year's YouTube competition for make and post your own video for non-Icelandic but still genius Kristin Hersh songs.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Four wheeled friends now

For a bit of typing fun, head over to Type Racer and see how fast you can type. More fun: play against others and see how many your cute little VW car can beat. I got a 2nd place, which makes my day and says pretty much how uneventful the day has been. But if whoever won 1st place can not fulfill his or her duties, hey, I'm ready to take the crown!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Catch the Mouse

For all the cat people out there, here's a game to play where you get to be the cat who catches the mouse: Catch The Mouse.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Birthday Calculator

Head on over to Birthday Calculator and place in your birthdate and year and it will give you more facts than you knew were available. Here are some of mine:

11 July
Your date of conception was on or about 18 October which was a Tuesday. (A little TMI, but thanks.)
You were born under the astrological sign Cancer.
Your Life path number is 8.
Your fortune cookie reads: Your heart is pure, and your mind clear, and your soul devout.
Life Path Compatibility: You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 2, 4, 8, 11 & 22. You should get along well with those with the Life Path number 6. You may or may not get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 1 & 5. You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 3, 7 & 9.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Ox.
Your Native American Zodiac sign is Woodpecker; your plant is Wild Rose.
Celebrities who share your birthday:
Lisa Rinna (1965)
Suzanne Vega (1959)
Mark Lester (1958)
Leon Spinks (1953)
Giorgio Armani (1934)
Tab Hunter (1931)
Yul Brynner (1920)
E.B. White (1899)
John Quincy Adams (1767)
Your age is the equivalent of a dog that is 6.6880626223092 years old. (You're still chasing cats!)
Your lucky day is Monday.
Your lucky number is 2 & 7.
Your ruling planet is the Moon.
Your lucky dates are 1st, 10th, 19th, 28th.
Your opposition sign is Capricorn. (Sorry, Lori!)
Today is not one of your lucky days! (Oh no!)
Your birthstone is Ruby --> Ruby is said to open one's heart to love.
Your birth tree is Fir Tree, the Mysterious.
Extraordinary taste, dignity, cultivated airs, loves anything beautiful, moody, stubborn, tends to egoism but cares for those close to it, rather modest, very ambitious, talented, industrious uncontent lover, many friends, many foes, very reliable.
The moon's phase on the day you were born was waning crescent.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Gotta go, gotta go!

With everyone and their neighbor who can afford it going on spring break or some other vacation this time of year, it's helpful to know, when you have to go, where to go. So here's a Public Toilets site that will tell you the locations of some public rest rooms around America and the world. In time it looks like it will become more comprehensive. Until then, if where you're headed isn't on the list, best of luck.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Light up the darkness

Movie: I am Legend. Adapted from the classic 50s novel of the same name by Richard Matheson. I watched this while alone in the house at night and since the weather is warming, the neighbors were out and about outside. With the movie being so intense, every little noise outside was making me think one of the creatures was about to break in. Pretty much a one man show, that man being the talented and always good looking Will Smith, the movie moved at a fast, exciting pace. Bonus points for the Bob Marley music. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen the other film based on the novel, The Omega Man starring Charlton Heston (RIP), which might have been slower but still as gripping. Makes one think how you would survive and how you would feel if you truly were the last person living in a vampire filled land. Read the book, watch the films. With some company.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Money for nothing

At the Global Rich List site you can enter your annual income and find out where in the world Carmen Sandiego is. Or where you fall in terms of everyone else's income. Before taxes, my "rich list position" is 611,464,295 which puts me in the top 10.19% richest people in the world! After taxes, that number falls to 674,400,662 and puts me in the top 11.24%. Not as impressive and probably rather lame in comparison to other Americans, but still way over to the right side of the world chart. Something to be grateful for.