Another clever bit of old-school slight-of-hand production magic in an Old Spice commercial, but I have to agree with this post on AdRants. I wanted actor Isaiah Mustafa to say, simply, "I'm on a bike."
I'm working this weekend, helping out some CBCNews.ca colleagues in Toronto; I've been looking after some international coverage and stories closer to home. Today was one of those days when you wanted to be outside, and Martha and our son Nick took advantage of it, with a day that sounded - as they recounted over it a grand dinner of ribs out on the deck - terrific. One of their stops was at MUN's Botanical Garden, where Martha got this lovely picure of a strawflower.
Most regular Twitter users have seen enough of the fail whale - the charming illustration that pops up to basically mask the fact that Twitter can't handle its traffic loads. Why, then, not serve up some cake for those idle moments? As seen here.
This coming Sunday, I and millions of other people will be planted on our couches and chairs, our eyes fixed on our television screens as we watch the final minutes of a television that has captivated us for almost six years.
Lost was something special in television storytelling: a show that grew many times more complex as it wore on, that widened its scope in successive seasons, drawing in influences from arcane corners of knowledge but (as we’ve been finding) boiling down its references to key legends and myths that have been part of human storytelling for millennia.
It’s how Lost told those stories, though, that made it remarkable … and part of that has been its up-to-the-minute use of the web to entertain, illuminate and tease its audiences.
It’s a pity, though, that many of the web components created for the show have already vanished, like a puff of smoke, to use a Lost phrase. Indeed, I’m wondering what will be left online as the months pass.
Lostpedia Lostpedia, a site created and maintained by fans, has emerged as not only the best repository of countless number of facts about the show and its Dickensian list of characters and situations, but also a guide to how the show has used the web.
Lost’s producers did more than just baffle their viewers from the start with one mystery after another, peeling the plots back like onion layers. They also used the self-directed aspects of the web to make the experience of following the show that much richer, if not addictive.
One of the most engaging of the official sites was called oceanic-air.com, named of course for the fictional airline that crashed into The Island. As with others, it looked like something else, leaving the user to figure out what was happening. For instance, there was a seating plan, not to mention a seemingly endless number of clues you were meant to stumble across.
Unfortunately, the site is currently down. You can read about it on Lostpedia, but clicking on the link leads to ABC’s official site. Speaking of which …
Lost As official show sites go, Lost’s is pretty darn good. There’s lots to read (less to watch, unless you can jerry-rig your IP number so you can see the U.S-restricted episodes), and you have the benefit of knowing that the recaps are official descriptions of what actually just happened. (In the Lost universe, that can be mighty important.)
The sad thing is that a number of Lost-related web enterprises have been transported, like a polar bear in the middle of a tropical island. Sites for the Hanso Foundation and game-within-a-game sites like Let Your Compass Guide You are no longer active. Granted, a good few of them were created as diversions between the long months between seasons, while the show was on hiatus. Nonetheless, it’s a shame there isn’t a more apt legacy still online about Lost, which was so brilliant in its approach to interactive media.
Elsewhere this week
Times Skimmer I’ve been talking this site up lately with my media colleagues: a concise, visually attractive way to scan what’s on the New York Times site. In fact, this is how I prefer to start with the NYT each day. It’s also customizable, and breaking-news junkies will appreciate the “most recent” tab on the bottom right.
75 Things You Can Compost The full title of this feature, on the Planet Green site, includes the words “but thought you couldn’t.” It includes one of the items that was a revelation to me when I started composting: dryer lint. You’ll find 74 other things here that you can pick up around the entire house and not have to put in a garbage bag.
Sad Trombone Having one of those deflated, depressing days, when nothing seems to be going your way? Celebrate it, friend, with this sound effect … ready to be hit at a moment’s notice. (On the plus side, it’ll cheer you up. I guarantee it.)
I've been picking up some new music lately, and some of it, I have to confess, has been blending together ... is such-and-such tune by LCD Soundsystem or Broken Bells or these gents, Yeasayer? I'll get it sorted out, of course, as I get familiar with it, and my thumb and fingers get used to advancing over the chaff and cranking the volume up on the wheat.
O.N.E. is a catchy single from Yeasayer's album, Odd Blood, which came out in February on the wonderfully titled label Secretly Canadian.
I snapped this last evening, during a family trot around Kent's Pond (for what's it worth, my favourite trail in St. John's). I used the phone on my BlackBerry, which is certainly limited in what it can do, but did just fine for this kind of shot.
Helvetica was created in the 1950s, and although it took a while to go mainstream, it's a go-to font for that retro feeling. Sometimes, a bit too easily, as this bit of comic advice suggests. The slide has been making the rounds on design blogs; I found it here.
So, today we zipped into the Dominion store on Stavanger, and here's what I saw: a father playing catch with his son.
Now, on the face of it, that sounds like a nice activity for Father's Day.
But some context is necessary.
They were playing catch near the top of the lot. You know, perpendicular and right next to the lane that runs along the whole frontage of the store.
Even better: the small kid's position was right next to traffic in two directions.
A kid playing a game in which balls are not to bounce in unexpected directions? With dozens of cars on the move, not necessarily paying attention to surprising elements (like, sports, and inattentive children)?
Honestly. What could go wrong?
Meanwhile, speaking of the very same parking lot, Michael Walter added this to his Posterous page - a bugbear of his that I certainly share: the parking job that is certainly convenient for the driver, and which happens to involve that missing ingredient: an actual parking space.
This segment from Jonathan Ross's soon-to-expire BBC chat show aired in the U.K. in May, but in Canada just this weekend. In it, comedian Ross Noble makes a play for the host's desk ... and Ross doesn't let go easily at all.
Look familiar? An attractive lady lying down with a bendy snake? It's just one of many recreations involving bits of Lego; if it's not ringing a bell, here's the orginal: Richard Avedon's iconic early Eighties portrait of Nastassja Kinski and a boa constrictor.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.