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It's about the Journey

I can't believe Lost is over. I would love to know how the creators, writers and cast feel these days. This was like no other TV show ever made, both for them and for us. There was something special about it. I realize today, after a week of watching the finale, that I loved every minute of it. If you have never watched it, I suggest you stop reading this and go get the DVDs. You'll thank me later.

A lot of people are pissed off about how it ended. I admit that I'm not very happy about the last few scenes and revelations of the finale, but I always look at the big picture. Who cares how it ended? The past six seasons have been fantastic, and the most important thing about this show was how they managed to do something amazing, keep all of us interested, keep these characters interesting, and do that all the way until the last minute of the show.

It's not about the ending alone, it's about everything else we went through together as an audience, with these people who we did not know before, who are not even real people, and who we care about like if we knew them very well. And we know them well now, because we have been watching their lives, like Jacob, and have seen them in their worst times, looking for something that made sense, for meaning, for the same things we all look for in our lives.

If you were waiting for something that made sense at the end, you're an idiot. There were smoke monsters, cursed numbers, eternal life, time travel, alternate realities, four-toe statues, and hundreds of reasons why this show did not make sense from day one, and we were not watching to get answers. If we just wanted answers we would have stopped watching years ago. We wanted to be part of the unpredictable journey these people were on.

A lot of people laugh at Jack's doofus face for not understanding what the hell is happening all the time, but have you ever looked at your face in the mirror while watching the show? There are lots of shows that have suspense, and there are lots of great shows on TV that keep you hooked, but nothing like this. I will miss Lost and Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Locke, Ben, Jin & Sun, Miles, Lapidus, Michael, Claire, Charlie, Faraday, Rose & Bernard, Desmond, Richard, Hurley, Juliet, Sayid, and the others.

Being a creative person, working in the entertainment business, one can only wish to create something as amazing as this show. I thank everyone involved for multiple hours of great joy, fun and lots of mixed feelings. It was incredible. LOST.


Shut Down American Idol

It's time. Why wait until ratings tank completely? Just shut it down now while it's still huge, and that way if Simon decides to come back in a couple of years you can do an amazing reboot and get more people than ever. 

Let me start by saying that I don't watch this show. I never have. So it doesn't make much sense that my first blog post in over a month is about this and not about Lost or 24. I'm probably getting to that soon, but in the meantime I felt it was important to tell Fox to stop making this ridiculous show. 

Simon was the only good thing of the show. The other judges are worthless, and I have no idea who they could bring on board to make it interesting again. I would have to say that unless they have Madonna, or Donald Trump, or Howard Stern, or Lady Gaga, or even Eminem replacing Simon, they should end the show. 

My biggest problem with this show and the reason why I watch it is the following. These contenders are horrible!

There is no talent. Nada. And the reason why is because nobody goes after the talent. They sit at their studio and wait for talent to come to them. And most people with real talent will not go audition for these clowns. They mock people. And there is a billion people waiting in line. People with real talent who believe in themselves look for other avenues to be famous, and this is why there are very few people in that show who are talented, and most of them probably don't make it far for one reason or the other. 

I like Kelly Clarkson and I had a chance to meet her briefly years ago after she won. She was incredibly nice and down to earth, but also super talented. I guess they were more picky during the first season, and people with talent gave it a shot. It has been a disaster ever since, and nobody else coming out of there made it. Perhaps Carrie Underwood did ok, but who else? 

Simon is smart enough to get the hell out of there while he can. Now he leaves and as the show goes down, he stays away from the sinking ship. If Fox was smart they would end it, take some time off for people to miss the show, and come back in a couple of years offering Simon a shitload of money to return and bring two brand new judges with him. That would take Idol back to the record ratings it used to have, and perhaps bring some credibility to the contestants again and make people believe that they can be real superstars. 

Oh and now one thing. Perez Hilton? Stop fucking campaigning for yourself to take Simon's place. You're nobody. You're part of the problem!


Microsoft: This is Pathetic

I tweeted the other day how amazing it was (ironically) that Microsoft decided to update their Messenger application for Mac and included audio and video chat. They are years late to the game considering that most Mac users have switched to other all-you-can-eat messaging programs or simply use iChat and Skype. I've always been a creature or habit when it comes to what software I use, so I continue to use Microsoft Messenger in addition to iChat, Skype, and as of recently GChat.

As soon as I download the application however, all my photos disappear from the Messenger. Then I realize I'm unable to see my own photos, or my friends profile photos while I'm chatting. I tried fixing this by reinstalling the application and deleting all the previously saved preferences from old versions. Nada. 

When you download something from a company like Microsoft and it doesn't work like it should, it is normal to assume the problem is yours. "I must have installed something wrong" or "My computer is having problems". Considering that the Messenger is such a basic program that has been around for years, I found very hard to believe that Microsoft could not get this new version right on such simple features like displaying your photo. 

Well, apparently they couldn't get it right. I was so frustrated that decided to search around for answers and very quickly found a document called "Known Issues" with the new Microsoft Messenger 8. This issues and document are officially released by Microsoft on their Downloads site, and they state that the photos are not working, some of the emoticons are not working, and the ability to send and receive files is not working. 

SERIOUSLY? They added one stupid new feature and broke everything else? And instead of fixing it first they decided to release this anyways? They waited years for a new version of Messenger, what was the rush now? How can they fuck up with something so simple?

I give up on this company. I used to be a big supporter, even after switching to Mac years ago I continued to buy Microsoft products and software, but this is too much. Their operating system already sucks, their Hotmail service is SPAM Heaven, their Office applications are obsolete, and their TV commercials make me want to vomit. I still love my XBOX 360, but I wonder how long that will last. 

So Microsoft, good luck getting your groove back and winning back loyal customers like me, because you are going to need it. That plus some creative people and good engineers. 


Now or Never

My buddy Aaron Burns, who is getting ready to film his first feature this year, made this excellent and hilarious short film called 'Now or Never'. The short was in the lineup of the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. 

I've embedded the short below. It's really funny and well done so I hope you enjoy it. You can follow this guy on Twitter after or check out his blog at 

Now or Never - A Comedy Short from Aaron Burns on Vimeo.


Stay Indoors, Watch Movies

This is one of the 2010 South by Southwest Film Bumpers that play before each film during the festival. I liked this one a lot.

"Stay Indoors, Watch Movies", created by Joe Nicolosi. I think it's really funny and well done. If you missed the festival this year, here is a chance to watch it below.