Wednesday, May 31, 2006

"My Life, My Thoughts, My Say"

See that one-page ad in the Straits Times today? I don't even know what it is all about. Not until I check it on the Net. Apparently it's got to do with the first free Chinese Newspaper by SPH. (Full story)

A catchy tagline, isn't it? "My Life, My Thoughts, My Say". What may come next? "My Blog"?

Now I just realize one thing after meeting for a dinner with a friend. It's much easier to read someone's problem written in a blog than to listen to the person telling it. And I thought I had always been a thorough listener. Boy, am I wrong! :(

So to that friend, if I failed to make myself clear yesterday. Let me re-emphasize it: it's your own life--with your own thoughts and your own say.

You have the right to make your own mistake. You have the right to decide if it is indeed a mistake. Hey, it may seem a mistake at first but if all parties involved are willing to work on it, perhaps it's just another road-less-travelled to your true happiness.

Nobody can tell.

Only you can decide yourself. If only Life is like a giant book of "Choose your own adventure" where you can re-read & choose other options if you dislike the ending of certain choices.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Yogyakarta

Hit by a disaster. To repeat the story would be redundant. Aid for the quake victims have poured in from all over the countries. (Full story) God bless them. The donors & the victims.

Meanwhile, let the following song "Yogyakarta" by KLA Project presents an alternative picture of the city. A city of tragedy, albeit in a much smaller scale.

Pulang ke kotamu
Ada setangkup haru dalam rindu
Masih seperti dulu
Tiap sudut menyapaku bersahabat, penuh selaksa makna
Terhanyut aku akan nostalgi
Saat kita sering luangkan waktu
Nikmati bersama
Suasana Jogja

Di persimpangan langkahku terhenti
Ramai kaki lima
Menjajakan sajian khas berselera
Orang duduk bersila
Musisi jalanan mulai beraksi
Seiring laraku kehilanganmu
Merintih sendiri
Ditelan deru kotamu...

Walau kini kau t’lah tiada tak kembali
Namun kotamu hadirkan senyummu abadi
Ijinkanlah aku untuk s’lalu pulang lagi
Bila hati mulai sepi tanpa terobati

And my attempt in translating the lyrics in English. (No effort put into getting the right rhymes, mind you. More into the syllables of each line.)
Return to your city,
A handful of sadness mingled with longing.
Still unchanged – just like before.
The friendly corners of the city; they all greet me friendly. So meaningful.
Like a flood, nostalgia swept me
To the shore of those days when we spent our time.
Together enjoying
The city’s ambience.

At the crossroad, my steps are suddenly stopped.
What a crowded junction!
Humble peddlers and their humble merchandises,
They just sit on the floor.
Buskers play their songs,
As I begin to miss you. Damn...how it hurts!
Silently I whimper
Without muffling the city’s noise.

So you have left me alone. You won’t return to me.
But your city as always welcomes me with your sweet smiles.
Oh, please let me again pay a visit to this city.
Whenever to cure my lonely heart still aching for you.

Remark: the last line is so poorly worded. Just because I need to get 14 syllables for that line. Not satisfied. Suggestions are welcomed. Feel free to provide other alternative translations. Skipping a lunch for this may not be a good idea, though.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Solar Bear

Definition: Self explanatory. Duh.

Rumour has it that Solar Bear (SB) is an offspring of Typhon, but for some reason, SB doesn't enjoy the same fame as his other siblings like: Cerberus, Chimera and Sphinx do. Some may also argue that it's due to lack of a fancy name, the beast is not welcomed into the World of Myth.

Touch-up keywords: negative, gamma, brightness/contrast.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Icy Dark Phoenix

Touch-up keywords: negative, blur effects: fragment & sharpen

Definition: A legendary Arctic bird said to periodically freeze itself to death and emerge from the frost as a new phoenix; according to most versions only one phoenix lived at a time and it renewed itself every 500 years. (Blogger's Note: most of the wordings are from WordWeb. Edited a few words here & there).

Above: an image believed on how the bird is reborn; by shattering the ice with repetitive molecular vibrations.

PS. The original design can be found from the Net. (Click here)

Friday, May 26, 2006

250506 - Lost (Season 2) Summary / Spoiler

The past week article: here.

The last night episode was unique as the title "Lost" was given a caption "Revelation". It's more a recap of what has happened in the Island for both surviving groups--those in the fuselage section of the plane & those in the tail part. No flashback scenes on any characters.

Some scenes from Season 1 were shown. Boring? Nah, that's a good thing of not watching all the episodes of that season. There were still something new to see. For instance, the scene in the airport where Sayid first met Shannon. He asked her to watch over his luggages for a while to which she replied a curt, "Yeah, whatever." And the scene inside the plane where Rose mentioned that his husband, Bernard was inside the restroom. (Blogger's note: this answers why they were separated into two different groups in the Island). Also that part at the night before Sawyer left with the raft together with Michael, Walt & Jin. He was standing in front of a bonfire with Kate at the opposite side. She asked him why he insisted of going (with the raft). What did he try to prove? He answered her that he didn't have any reason to stay in the Island. (Blogger's note: this might be a hint of possible romance between them?). And the part in the morning just before the raft left. A brief talk between Jin & Sun which Jin advised her to stay with Jack as he would keep her safe. (Blogger's note: this fills the gap as I always thought Jin left with the raft still feeling anger toward his wife for 'lying' to him. Lying as in he was surprised that Sun never told him that she could speak in English).

But majority of the "compiled" scenes were from those of Season 2. So there, nothing much to write. I already posted them.

Here's a picture, instead. The original design could easily be found from the Net. As usual, the photo below was edited using Serif PhotoPlus 5.5.

Touch-up keywords: grey, negative, brightness/contrast. (oh, and 'crop' too.)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The Last Guy

A screen shot from "The Last Guy".

When a fantasy is best left as it is.

It would be difficult to comment without revealing the plot. But to put it very generally, it is one of the shows with a "What-If" theme. What if you were the last guy on earth? What about it? See how the film offers you one possible outcome. ;)

PS. Click the title of the article to view it.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Encore: "The Call of the Wild"

Artwork © Meiklejohn (left); touched up by a_x (center & right)

No, not another Blue Gold 'merchandise', like previously shown in this article. Just think that the original image is cool (can almost hear the howling, huh?) & wonder how it looks like under different shades. Keywords for the center image: grey, brightness/contrast, gamma. The right one: negative, gamma.

PS. Click the title to read Jack London's "The Call of the Wild" ebook. Brought to you by Project Gutenberg.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Coulrophobia

Or caulrophobia or clownophobia or simply, fear of clowns.

No thanks to Samuraybunny's comment in this particular article of Jadeite. (Warning: Disturbing Image - Sort of) Well, actually thanks to the katana-wielding young rabbit because I was reminded about one of many memorable books of Stephen King, titled "It".

Also made into a TV miniseries which I didn't watch. No big loss. Almost all of the films adapted from King's works are a dismal flop. Of course, with the exception of "Shawshank Redemption", but that is hardly horror and "Storm of the Century"--this one should not count as it was originally written for the TV.

Now I wonder whether there is a specific word for "fear of having your favourite books adapted for the silver screen".

Enough digressing. Ehm. Clowns. Hunting for some info on the Net, I come across this page "Clown History". Except for one single reference to a kid, it seems clowns are more intended for amusement to adults. Hey, just read their job scope & skill requirements from that article! Ain't so easy being a clown. It's a serious profession.

In addition of those demanding prerequisites, a clown is required to smile while he/she works. They say it takes less facial muscles to smile than those to frown. But to smile continuously all those time? It is gonna be tiring, mister!

So how to stop this clownphobia, you may ask.

How should I know?

Maybe, just maybe. We can eliminate the fear of clowns by stopping to expose our children to clowns. (Yeah, stop dragging them to a certain type of fast food restaurant chains. Instead, bring them to other healthier eating places. Heh.) Bear in mind that clowns may not be an appropriate form of amusement for children. Just because you were amused by clowns when you were young, it doesn't mean that your kid is going to feel the same.

Friday, May 19, 2006

180506 – Lost (Season 2) Summary / Spoiler

The past week article: here.

“I see a horse…” Nah, hardly an eerie line, unlike “I see dead people...” in the Sixth Sense. But still yesterday episode was haunting with its guest star of a pitch dark, handsome horse.

Part 1. Flashback on Kate

Late at night, Kate is waiting for her father, Wayne to come home. He is drunk & she helps him go to bed. A grab from him, a leer & a question of why she’s not taking off his pants first & an angry glare from Kate suggest something of a dark secret of the family.

She departs with her motorcycle and in the background, the night begins to brighten with her house exploding.

She meets her mother in a coffee shop; the latter works there. Kate asks how her mum’s injured wrist is. The mother replies with a lie. Kate’s curt answer implies that she knows about physical abuses that her mother suffers from Wayne.

Kate gives her the insurance policy of the house, a farewell hug & a big question in her mother’s mind.

In the bus station, a marshal eventually catches Kate.

The handcuffed Kate is in the car with the marshal driving. He is casually asking why it is now that she decides to kill Wayne. The marshal leads audience to learn that Kate’s parents divorce & that her mother then marries Wayne. Even as the latter abuses her. The marshal speculates that Wayne may have been abusing Kate too. Something about knocking Kate’s door at night, to which Kate vehemently denies.

All of sudden, the black horse gallops in front of the car. The car is swerved, out of the road & hits a pole. The marshal is unconscious, Kate steals a key to unlock her handcuff. The marshal gains consciousness. A little struggle & Kate makes her escape with the car.

Kate meets her ‘real’ father, a military man in his working place. He warns her that police are looking for her. A pursuing conversation reveals that Wayne is not her stepfather. He is the real father as Kate’s mother is having an affair with Wayne when the military man is out of the country. It is also apparent that despite this, the military man does love Kate as he tries to take her with him when she is 5 years old, but the mother doesn’t let him.

Kate gives his ‘daddy’ a hug & asks him for an hour before he calls the police.

Part 2. The Island

Kate has been tending to Sawyer for the past 24 hours & she leaves her patient to climb a tree to pick up some apples. The same black horse is suddenly seen.

She returns to the Hatch. Jack reminds her about the computer as the rest of the group will be going to Shannon’s funeral.

Sawyer mumbles something incomprehensible. Kate leans on trying to hear what he says & Sawyer grabs her yelling—this time, very comprehensible--“Why did you kill me? Why did you kill me!”

It is not shown how but Kate manages to free herself & leaves Sawyer on the floor. The alarm is activated. It is a near-miss. The time is almost running out & Locke frantically keys in the numbers to reset the counter. Phew. Jack realizes that Kate is not in the Hatch.

Meanwhile Kate goes in the jungle & Charlie joins her. She asks him whether he has seen any horses in the Island. Charlie remarks that so far he has only seen polar bears (in Season 1. One of the few episodes that I watched. Actually only one of such an animal) & that he has heard monsters in the jungle.

She goes deeper in the jungle alone.

Jack manages to catch up with her & in a perplexing outburst of emotion she wails that she is sorry she is not as perfect or good as Jack. Jack goes blank. Likely makes a quick diagnose whether this is due to sleep deprivation or something about her ‘time of the month’ thing. Kate walks away. Jack grabs her. She pulls away. He hugs her & she starts to cry. And guess what? She then kisses him passionately before pulling away & looking embarrassed, she leaves him).

She goes to Shannon’s grave. Meets Sayid there, she asks whether Sayid believes in ghosts. Sayid only comments that he sees Walt before Shannon is shot.

Kate returns to the Hatch. Sun Kwon is taking care Sawyer. She asks Kate to watch him & leaves.

Sawyer is still unconscious, but Kate starts talking to him addressing him as Wayne. She tells Sawyer/Wayne why she kills him (Wayne). She confesses that she knows Wayne is her real father but she hates him because he is part of her & because of that, she would never be good. I reckon Kate is buying the crap that evil is hereditary and if her father is bad, so is she.

She also reveals that when she sees Sawyer and (get this right) when she starts feeling for him, she is reminded about Wayne. Sawyer wakes up. He’s been listening & tells Kate that it is the sweetest thing he’s ever heard. Even if he doesn’t understand why Kate addresses him as Wayne earlier.

Kate shows him around the Hatch. Sawyer starts to think that they are already rescued until Kate brings him outside the Hatch. Which is when Sawyer sees the black horse that Kate once sees in the jungle earlier & in the car with the marshal in the Flashback. This time, Kate approaches the horse & pats it.



Another tour around the Hatch is done earlier. With Locke as a guide to Michael & Mr. Eko. They are shown the Orientation Disc (remember this?) and Mr. Eko comments that they have come across a similar Hatch in the other side of the Island and shows the bible that he found there to Locke (mentioned once here). The bible is hollowed & has a roll of film stored there. The film is the ‘censored’ part of the Orientation Disc.

Note: Prior to telling about the bible, Mr. Eko has a rather unique way of starting the story by telling Locke about a period before Christ when a king wants to rebuild a temple because it is in ruin & people worship false idols/gods. "Huh???" would be a common reaction among audience.

Anyway, not to digress, the king assigns his “project manager” to distribute enough fund (read: gold) to the all parties involved (vendors, workers, subcontractors, etc.) so that the project can be completed in timely manner. Okay, the jargon is not exactly the same. But you catch my drift. Heh.

Suffice to say, instead of gold, the project manager uses an ancient book that he finds (Mr. Eko refers that as the Book of Law aka the Old Testament). The story has it that with the Book, the reconstruction of the temple is eventually completed.

And with that, Mr. Eko continues to relate with his group finding that hollowed bible.

Locke & Mr. Eko splice the film together with the Orientation Disc & replay it. The missing part emphasizes about the importance of not using the computer to enter other data beside those series of numbers every 108 minutes. Or else…the “incident” will happen again.

In the meantime, Michael is looking around the computer to see how the hardware works. He hears a beep in the computer & sees a message in the screen.

“Hello?” it says.

Michael types an echo of “Hello?”

The screen shows, “Who is this?”

Michael replies with, “This is Michael. Who is this?”

He is answered with, “Dad?” and…

…To be continued.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

“There is no such thing as a weird human being.

It’s just that some people require more understanding than others,” said Tom Robbins (1936 - ?), an American novelist.

Right. Very obvious. Anyway, jadeite tagged me to continue the cycle of confessing six things about oneself that understanding may slip past through them.

Okay here they are, six ‘weird’ things about me:
1. I believe all God’s creations are beautiful. I pity those with a mistaken idea of being humble by claiming that they are not beautiful. It’s a slap to God’s cheek when they insist of thinking that way. However, I do believe people are entitled to have their own kind of principle. I don’t see any need to force my belief to them. Anyway, it’s not my cheek that is slapped. ;)

2. I reply questions with answers, not with questions. I don’t need to know the reasons why people ask me certain questions and I don’t have patience to hear those people apologetically trying to explain why they ask me those questions. :(

3. I suspect the existence of multiverses where there are myriad versions of myself living their own lives stemmed from those choices that I in this particular universe don’t take. I wish them good luck. :|

4. I can re-read the same books many times and re-ignite the excitement that I feel when I first read them. I can’t do the same for movies, though. ;)

5. I am capable of finding my own mistakes & rectifying them. Explains the ‘regular’ editing of my articles, huh? :|

6. I have difficulty to start trusting people and to stop trusting them. :(

Not weird? Gosh, aren’t you the understanding one! Heh. I shall now tag kairinu, ole’wolvie & shakespeareheroine.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Joy of Reading...An Introduction

You can learn more about the author. Take "Violent Cases" for example. In the introduction, the author admitted that the title was suggested by someone else because it's already in the text (Not until you comb the story, you'll find the reference: "Gangsters had tommy-guns, which they kept in violent cases..."). I like the way Gaiman gave proper recognition to those who had helped him. Like this 'someone else', his name is mentioned (he is Garry Kilworth) and if this entry of Gaiman's journal were to be believed, "Violent Cases" is probably the best title of his works.

Agree or disagree, but for sure the title is aptly chosen. Catering for the context, with a few meanings; two are highlighted below. And this is just about "cases". Likewise for "violent" which conveys either "(of colours or sounds) intensely vivid or loud" or "characterized by violence or bloodshed".

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Violent Cases

Touch-up keyword: negative

Recognized as the first collaborative work by the author, Neil Gaiman & the artist, Dave McKean--two prominent figures of The Sandman, ehm, classic--this graphic novella, "Violent Cases" is likely to be read by their fans out of loyalty.

The storyline is disappointing. I can't decide whether it's too simple or too complicated. The end of the story urges me to visually check whether there are torn pages. Nope. It's just stopped that way. Not even a little caption of "to be continued". Not making any sense, huh? Wait till you read it yourself.

Sure, the art is a treat. Could always rely on McKean to give his best. But still, there is a limit of what the artist can do to salvage the situation. Especially for graphic novels which the emphasis ought to be on their plot. The illustration comes later.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Voice

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As what I wrote earlier in this article, I am not into horror movies. But I might give this one, titled "Voice" a try. (View the trailer: here)

Firstly, it is because "Voice" was supposed to be showed as part of the 19th Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF) ended last month. The image above is extracted from its official homepage.

Secondly, the review in the local newspaper last Wednesday gave the show a rating 2 out of 5 stars. Now, isn't it conflicting! On the one hand, "Voice" was considered worth screening for the Festival (albeit, cancelled due to "unavailability of the print"). While on the other, the show was poorly rated. Who is right then?

Thirdly, one review in the Net commented that the show is more a mystery than a horror. And I like mysteries.

So yeah, I will likely be watching this show. To determine which has a better judgment: the SIFF organizers or the local reviewer & to check whether "Voice" is indeed a mystery.

110506 – Lost (Season 2) Summary / Spoiler

The past week article: here.

Part 1. Flashback on Ana-Lucia

The episode starts with her practicing in a firing range, follows with her session with a therapist. The doctor decides that she’s ready to be back to her duty as a cop.

She reports to her captain who is also her mother. At first, Ana-Lucia is assigned to do some paperwork which she refuses as she wants to do patrol. After a brief argument in which she petulantly asks in Spanish (?) whether her boss is doing this because of her being the captain or her being the mother, Ana-Lucia is allowed to patrol.

She & her partner are handling a domestic disturbance case where a man is seen taking a TV out from an apartment with a woman--a crying baby in her arms--tries to prevent him. The way Ana-Lucia looks at the baby makes me wonder as it immediately follows with her taking a gun out & orders the man to get down on the ground. Not a standard procedure, I guess, because her partner looks startled.

The significance of the baby is answered in the next few scenes. The man who shoots Ana-Lucia is shown captured & she is asked to identify him. Despite the man’s confession, she refuses to acknowledge him as the culprit. The man is released. And one night, Ana-Lucia follows him out of a bar & confronts him in an empty parking lot.

That is the part when she tells him that she is pregnant when the guy shoots him. And with that, she shoots him three times from a distance & as the guy falls, she shoots him another three times in a closer range.

Part 2. The Island

After recovering from his shock that Shannon is dead, Sayid takes a gun out but the agile Mr. Eko fights him. The opportunistic Ana-Lucia hits Sayid’s head & renders him unconscious.

She asks Mr. Eko to tie Sayid. Mr. Eko refuses. Ana-Lucia instructs Libby to bind Sayid using vines from the stretcher. Michael protests, as the stretcher is still needed to carry Sawyer. (Ah, so Sawyer is still around!) Libby reminds Ana-Lucia that Sawyer is dying, but she goes tying Sayid, nevertheless.

Mr. Eko leaves the group, carrying Sawyer on his back. Telling Ana-Lucia that he is doing that not for Sawyer, but for himself. (I’m really looking forward for the episode where the flashback shall focus on Mr. Eko. Who is he? A priest? An idealist? A humanist?)

Meanwhile, Kate, Hurley & Charlie are shown together. Kate plays golf. Hurley is losing a bet against Kate who demonstrates how far she can send the ball flying. Jake enters the picture telling that golf is about accuracy.

Kate challenges Jack golfing. Jack hits the ball way off the target (so much for accuracy, eh, Jack? Especially to compare with how close to the target, Kate sends the ball). They go to retrieve the ball & they encounter Mr. Eko with the unconscious Sawyer.

The constrained-to-the-tree Sayid points out that Ana-Lucia doesn’t have any plan. Only the gun and the guilt, he sneers. It sets her thinking about a plan to stay on her own & demands Michael to go to the camp & gets her some stuff like a blanket, a medicine, and mostly ammunition for the gun.

At first, Michael refuses to leave the group, but Jin lets him know (in Korean) that Jin will ensure that nothing bad shall happen to Sayid.

Michael runs & meets the surprised Sun Kwon. He tells her that Jin is alright & asks her to bring him to Jack.

In the meantime, Jack & Kate bring Sawyer to the hatch. They put him in the shower to cool down his fever & try to make him swallow a medicine. Jack’s attempt fails & Kate tenderly whispers to Sawyer asking him to take the medicine. Is it jealousy speaking when Jack tells her that he never learns the whole whisper-in-the-ear thing in the school? Hard to say.

Michael & Sun Kwon enters the hatch. Explaining the situation (that Shannon is killed & Sayid is held captive), Jack decides to arm himself & Michael & to ask him to bring him to where Sayid is tied.

Mr. Eko prevents him & tries to explain that it’s an accident. Ana-Lucia’s name is mentioned & Jack looks nonplussed. (Blogger’s note: this could explain the few opening scene in the airport where Jack & Ana-Lucia are introducing themselves.)

Back to Ana-Lucia.

After letting Bernard, Libby & Jin leave for the other group’s camp, Ana-Lucia is left with Sayid. A little heart-to-heart chat where she asks Sayid whether he has any kids, Sayid tells her that about 40 days ago he also ties a man to a tree & tortures him (Season 1 episode? Didn’t watch it), she reveals herself to be a cop & that she’s shot down once & almost died. Sayid asks her what happens to the shooter. Insert the appropriate flashback scene. You know which one. In her answer, she lies to Sayid. Telling him that the guy has never been found. (Blogger’s note: the point that she’s pregnant & losing her baby when she’s shot is not explicitly told to Sayid, either.)

She releases Sayid & giving him her knife & gun, she tells Sayid to take his revenge because she “deserves it”. Making a right decision, Sayid chooses to pick Shannon’s body instead.

Mr. Eko & Jack come to the scene. Recognizing her, Jack gives a surprised look to Ana-Lucia and vice versa.

Despite the focus of Ana-Lucia’s personal tragedy, the episode ends with a happy note where Bernard, Libby & Jin meet the other group on the beach. Bernard reunites with his wife, Rose. Jin with Sun Kwon. And Michael? With his son’s dog.

To be continued…

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Show me the Teamwork!


Touch-up keywords: greyscale, contrast

Teamwork. Which I find lacking in the Mission: Impossible movies. Yes, at least the latest M:I has introduced a few team members. What I would expect is the same group would be featured again in the next sequel.

To give a credit, the latest M:I has in some extent used the same formula like that in the M:I TV series. The sequel now has the Team Leader, the Techno-Wizard, the Strongman, the Master of Disguise, and the Femme Fatale. But guess, to whom the spotlight is still directed?

Wonder how they word the contract. Something like this? "Your mission role, should you choose to accept it is to play as the main character in the movie and to do all the dangerous--not to mention, impossible--tasks while your team members provide some amusement in the background."

Friday, May 05, 2006

What's in a number?


Nothing much. I am content enough to use Serif PhotoPlus 5.5. Even if the downloaded installer is supposed to be version 6.03. Click here to download the file...whatever its version.

040506 – Lost (Season 2) Summary / Spoiler

The past week article: here.

A refreshing change from the usual non-linear format of the Island happenings along with flashback scenes of a selected survivor of Flight 815. (Finally, I got to know the flight detail)

This episode is drawn as a straight line. Day 1 to 48. From when the tail section of the plane crashes into the ocean till when Ana-Lucia accidentally shoots Shannon.

Day 1.
Ana-Lucia swims to the shore. Mr. Eko swims to save a boy who’s later seen with a teddy bear toy – Remember this episode? The boy’s sister is also saved, but not breathing. Ana-Lucia to the rescue. CPR starts. The girl breathes.

Mr. Eko brings the children to Cindy, asking her to oversee them. He turns back to the sea & starts pulling the dead bodies to the shore.

Libby is helping a guy with a badly injured leg. She talks much to distract the ‘patient’ when she suddenly twists the leg. She says to Ana-Lucia that she is a clinical psychologist but once studies in a med school before dropping out.

Goodwin shouts for help. Bernard is seen stranded onto his seat on the tree. The one sits beside him is already dead. Ana-Lucia tells him to leave his seat & reaches for the nearby branch. He’s safe.

Goodwin tries to start fire. (Survivor participant wannabes to take note. Heh.) Ana asks him whether he is a boy scout. Goodwin says that he is in the Peace Corps. Apparently this organization is ‘ancient’ from the way she incredulously responds “They still have that?”. They introduce themselves to each other.

Night time. Bernard approaches Mr. Eko asking whether from the dead bodies that the latter pulled from the water, he sees an African-American woman (Bernard refers to his wife, Rose.) A short “No” from the exhausted Mr. Eko.

Later at night. Everybody is sleeping. Sudden noises. Ana-Lucia & Goodwin find Mr. Eko bleeding & holding a stone. There are two bodies near him.

Day 2.
Ana-Lucia checks the two dead bodies from yesterday. No identification is found. The dead are shown bare-footed. Nathan reports 3 people are missing. Mr. Eko makes a club (the same one which he later used to brutally whack Michael, Sawyer & Jin).

Ana-Lucia suggests to leave the beach. Nathan argues. Something about the signal fire & the future rescue. She retorts the rescue can be done thru the black box. Cindy reminds her that the pilot announces they have lost communication & have been flying for two hours in the wrong direction. The signal fire is therefore needed.

Day 3.
Libby tells Ana-Lucia that the guy with the injured leg is getting worse. Ana-Lucia coldly replies “What are we supposed to do about that?”

Day 5.
They are burying the guy with the injured leg. Five graves are seen nearby. (This answers my previous question to what happens to the remaining 6.)

Day 7.
A chicken is caught. A chicken is cooked. Libby tries to initiate a conversation with Mr. Eko who’s been silent. Ever a psychologist, she tells him what happens is not his mistake. That he’s just defending himself. (So she’s referring about the killing of the two unidentified person of the group soon known as The Others).

Day 12.
Anna-Lucia makes a spear. Nathan comes from the jungle claiming from the bathroom. Anna-Lucia scolds him for going there alone.

Night time. The Others come & kidnap the children & some adults. Ana-Lucia kills one of the Others with a rock. She finds a penknife and a paper comprises a list of names & descriptions of the nine people kidnapped that night.

Ana-Lucia throws her suspicion that Nathan could be one of the Others (it’s about he going to the jungle alone by himself for two hours).

They decide to leave the beach.

Day 15.
In the jungle. Near a stream of water. Ana-Lucia’s bossy style of leadership starts apparent when she tells the group that they only have five minutes to rest. Nathan challenges her, telling this place is ideal for them. He makes a good point about that place has fresh water, a wall rock and fruit trees. Ana-Lucia grudgingly agrees.

Day 17.
Ana-Lucia digs a big hole. (Note: this is the same pit where Michael, Sawyer & Jin would be held captive). Libby starts to believe that one of the Others may have infiltrated the group. Ana-Lucia tells her that’s the reason for the hole.

Day 19.
Bernard & Nathan kneel to prepare some animal trap. Ana-Lucia approaches them & without words, kicks Nathan’s jaw. He is unconscious & thrown into the pit.

Ana-Lucia explains her action to the group. She claims not seeing Nathan in the plane.

Night time. Anna-Lucia starts interrogating Nathan. He is asked why nobody recalls seeing him in the plane. In answer, he told her he doesn’t remember seeing her, either.

Day 23.
The interrogation continues. Anna-Lucia is furious when she realizes someone has secretly given food to her prisoner. She accuses Bernard of doing it, but the silent Mr. Eko is the one who does.

Goodwin tries to talk to Anna-Lucia to release Nathan. He tells her that they are not savages. I like the way she replies. Something about if they are savages, they would already cut Nathan’s finger & adds it with a curt “That’s tomorrow”.

Night time. Goodwin releases Nathan. As the latter walks away, Goodwin breaks his neck.

Day 24.
Cindy tells the group Nathan is not in the pit. Ana-Lucia decides that they have to start move from the place because The Others have found them.

Day 26.
The group walk through the jungle & reach a beach.

Day 27.
They find a door. Rather similar with The Hatch because of the “Quarantine” wording in the door. There is a “Dharma” symbol (this is the name of organization shown in the Orientation Disc that Jack & Locke watch in the other Hatch).

They find a glass eye, a bible & a radio. Goodwin volunteers to bring the radio the higher ground to catch a signal. Ana-Lucia insists to accompany him.

The two of them go up the mountain. A conversation that pursues explains why the first 3 are kidnapped (because they’re the strongest. A threat. Just like what Mr. Eko has demonstrated that he himself can kill two of the Others). A mystery of the penknife (Day 12) is highlighted. It is shown with a stamp of US Military. A weapon that according to Ana-Lucia is no longer made. Probably it’s 20 years old.

She also confronts Goodwin how he finds out about Bernard in the tree. She points out that Goodwin is not wet (Recall that except Bernard, all passengers in that section of the plane drop to the water).

Goodwin reveals he kills Nathan because of the threat that Ana-Lucia will start cutting Nathan’s fingers. He worries she would realize that she captures a wrong guy if the potential-to-be-fingerless Nathan still insists that he is a passenger himself.

Goodwin says Nathan is “not a good person”. That's the reason he is not on the list to be kidnapped.

She asks about the children to which Goodwin replies that they are fine.

The fights starts & Goodwin is killed by a wooden spear. (Note: the corpse is briefly shown in the episode when Jin & Mr. Eko go to the jungle to look for Michael. I earlier wrote the name as Crowney. But it’s Goodwin.)

Ana-Lucia returns to the Hatch telling the rest that they are safe now.

Day 41.
Bernard is playing with the radio. He catches a signal. Boone (Shannon’s brother) is heard talking. He’s saying that he is one of the survivors of Flight 815. Bernard looks confused. Ana-Lucia switches it off. She tells the group that it’s The Others’ ploy to find their location.

Ana-Lucia is seen near a river. Alone. She’s crying.

Mr. Eko joins her telling it’s going to be okay. It’s been 40 days, he says. Sarcasm not watered down by tears, Ana-Lucia asks him “You've been waiting 40 days to talk?” (Mr. Eko has been silent after the first night when he kills two of the Others). Mr. Eko comments that she herself waits for 40 days before crying. He hugs her & she continues sobbing.

Day 45.
Cindy sees Jin unconscious in the beach. He’s later tied to a tree & blindfolded. The now-speaking Mr. Eko asks who Jin is. The answers are fluently given in Korean.

The group discusses about the finding. Jin makes his escape.

He runs towards the beach where he sees Michael & Sawyer. You guess the rest. The Five appears. Michael & Sawyer make acquaintance with Mr. Eko’s club & thrown into the pit.

Anna-Lucia asks Mr. Eko to hit her & to throw her too into the pit. She wants to find out about the prisoners. A few scenes about her in the pit. Especially highlighted when she hits Sawyer & takes a gun from him.

Day 46.
A short scene about the three are released from the pit & brought to their hiding place.

Day 47.
Equally brief about them walking in the jungle. Sawyer collapses & is carried in a stretcher.

Day 48. With a caption: “Today”
Cindy is missing. The eerie whispers are heard. Fear & confusion. Ana-Lucia shoots Shannon. More confusion (for Sayid).

To be continued…

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

A Real-like Clay Animation

With the tenants in the zoo bringing up real-like issues which matter for them. Please...this has nothing to do with political scenes recently.

It is about a show, "Creature Comforts". Screened in Arts Central last Sunday 11 p.m.

I dimly remember it a short animation. Usually used as a filler by the TV station before the 10 p.m. show. That's when? 5-6 years ago? Often watched these fillers--"Short Cuts", they named it--with my flatmate last time. Recall this one, bro? ;)

Anyway, looking at the TV program that said it's a one-hour program, I reckon the show must have been made a series. It's still hilarious. The respondents display reactions which are characteristically humane: nervous, self-conscious, talkative & passionate in front of the camera.

But I miss the original one. I feel the urge to re-watch the classic version. The hunt is easy. Especially since I already know the title of the show.Click here for viewing it.


Screen shot taken from the clip with "contrast".

Still have a doubt about the quality of the show? ^_^