WELL. check this: you can pre-order a physical copy of our EP (which is being released in june) for ONLY FIVE DOLLARS, and you will get an immediate digital download in the format of your choice to hold you over.
the physical copy will consist of the CD packaged in a screen-printed sleeve with artwork we did ourselves, and also a book of liner notes and photographs. it’s all being hand made by us for you, and the first edition will consist of 100 (numbered) copies. if yer not local, we’re shipping free in the US, and only two or three bucks err’where else.
Hey this is some solid stuff, guys. If you have no moneys, you should at least take a listen.
LOVE YOU, TURBINES, even if you never make anything as good as floor five transmissions ever again. <3
For a lot of people, I imagine today feels a lot like the morning of July 21, 2007, anxiously awaiting the postman to deliver the final Harry Potter book. I had so many questions! So many theories! I was so excited to figure out which ones would be right and which ones would be answered in ways that would just blow my mind.
There’s a time lapse video of me reading the last Harry Potter book, and after a good number of tears and laughs, it ends with a smile. But to be quite honest, I forced that smile. I was incredibly disappointed. I knew deep down that J.K. Rowling would never be able to live up to the expectations her fans set for her. I was even ashamed for a while, for being a fan, for defending the series to so many people, only to have it end like that.
J.J. Abrams is in a very similar position right now. There is no way he can hurdle the bar that’s been set for tonight’s finale of LOST. Of course, I hope he does; a lot of people have invested a lot of time and energy and brainpower into this… but it is highly unlikely.
I’ve been one of The Others ever since Charlie died — I was catching up on season 2 while season 3 was airing and Jim let it slip that one of my favorite characters was offed — I was so frustrated and tired of being strung along and wasting hours of my life on a story that didn’t seem to be going anywhere. So I stopped watching.
While recovering for surgery, I had a lot of free time. I found sufficiently detailed episode summaries of LOST and I’ve browsed the wikia. So I’ve caught up, I know what’s happening, I condensed 3 full days of sitting in front of the TV into 2-3 hours of text and discussion. When I first read the whole Jacob/MiB history thing I was like, “hey that’s pretty cool, they’re actually explaining things, they had a plan after all.”
But then I thought about it. In the end, Dan’s post about LOST sums up my feelings, particularly:
The entire story is just a dramatic cliche: a chosen good versus a chosen evil. The events of the series were so extreme and bizarre that this cliche is the only way to tie down the loose ends. But in end: the event and the people are still arbitrary, the meaning is inorganic, and all the viewer is left with is a half-ass cliche.
However, I have to give Abrams and his crew credit:
They tricked millions of Americans into watching a sci-fi.
They did explain the fucking smoke monster.
They have no problem killing off characters, especially via bridge, and I respect that.
I’m going to watch it tonight. I want to see how/if they pull it off, and I want to get the jokes tomorrow. I hope everyone who watches the LOST finale tonight gets what they are hoping for. Personally, I’m hoping for the same thing I hoped for in the last Harry Potter book:
“Just because something is publicly accessible does not mean that people want it to be publicized. Making something that is public more public is a violation of privacy.”—Danah Boyd's SXSW speech about making sense of privacy and publicity online. Really great read, if you have a chance. (I promise to stop babbling about internet privacy and go back to drawing pretty pictures now)
There has been a lot of controversy over Ice Blocking, the defensive move you may employ if you have another Ice within a one-step-one-reach radius. If an Ice is Blocked, I’ve heard four different results:
Both bros drink together
Neither bro drinks
Blocked bro has to drink one
Blocked bro has to drink both
I’m in favor of the first, because it encourages friendly and creative tactics and makes everyone a lot less bitter about being iced — if I have to drink, at least my bro has to drink, too.
My thoughts are that the blocking party may chose between options 1 and 2. It’s better for the defensive players and during daytime play, though that makes for sloppy and low-risk icings. (Let’s call this option 5)
Another rule I liked was that the bro being blocked has to drink one, with an optional “twicing” at the discretion of the blocking party. This way a successful blocker may keep his ice shield. I feel like this rule should only be used if the blocking party has an ice trumping that of the original icer, either in size or grossness. (Let’s call this option 6)
“How beautiful it is that we have taken part in the creation of this vast, intangible machine that is allowing me to express these thoughts to you.”—Part of an 1800-word impassioned e-mail I wrote to one of my dad’s friends about net neutrality.
My birthday is coming up (may 20th) and since Im still old enough to ask for presents I was HOPING this would be a possibility (Tumblr’s photo reply thing helps) I would totally start a picture of comic version me and then Caldwell Tanner, Henry Alexander, and Caroline Martin could add in their comic dudes hangin’ out since they are the 3 who have helped me keep going with drawing. I mean this is totally up to them but I think it would be cool.
Pshaw, as if this wouldn’t happen. (Also, I’m honored to be counted among three other awesome dudes.)
I believe Caldwell’s birthday is coming up soon, too. Just sayin’!