Monday, March 23, 2009

The Blot Says… Joins Twitter

Are you a fan of The Blot Says…? Are you on Twitter or have you been waiting for an excuse to join? Well, now’s your chance as The Blot has finally created a Twitter page! Head over to Twitter.com/TheBlotSays and sign up to follow The Blot’s exploits as I navigate the world of pop culture. Now you can learn what’s on my mind in between my daily blog posts here on The Blot Says… and get the latest, most up to date news on all things pop culture as they happen in real time.

Follow The Blot at Twitter.com/TheBlotSays

The Blot Has A Posse
The main reason I finally signed up for a Twitter account is that it’s a great way to blog on the go. There are a few big events coming up this year that The Blot is excited to attend and I’m going to set up a Twitter widget here on The Blot Says… so you virtually attend with me. More news to come later this week about The Blot’s upcoming events, but one of them is going to be really killer!

Thanks again for everyone’s support of this blog and I hope to see you all on Twitter soon!
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Bishop Allen - Grrr…

Last week Bishop Allen, one of The Blot’s favorite indie rock bands, released their third full length album Grrr… I haven’t heard it yet, but I ordered the album a few days ago and can’t wait to hear what Justin Rice and Christian Rudder have been working on since 2007’s The Broken String was released. I’ve been lucky enough to see the band perform three times, and every time I see them they are better than the last. Unfortunately, I was sick the last Bishop Allen played Houston, and for some reason even though they were in Texas last week for Austin’s SXSW, they only scheduled a show beforehand in Dallas and not one afterwards in Houston.

Bishop Allen Grrr... Logo
I don’t know what the deal is, but for some reason a majority of indie artists skip over Houston completely when traveling through Texas, choosing to schedule shows primarily in Dallas and then Austin before heading out West. One of these days The Blot is going to have to plan a trip to SXSW so I can finally check out some of the amazing indie artists I’ve only read about/heard online since most of them will never come to The H. It’s really a shame that even though I lived in Austin for four years I never attended one of the world’s greatest music showcases in my own backyard.

Bishop Allen - Grrr... Album Cover Artwork
Anyway, Bishop Allen has just launched a world tour to support Grrr… and if the band is coming to a city near you I highly suggest going. Their indie pop is really addicting, and Rice, Rudder and Co. put on a fantastic show. You can check out Bishop Allen’s scheduled tour dates below:

Bishop Allen
The 2009 Grrr… World Tour
Mar 23 - L.A. @ Troubadour
Mar 24 - S.F. @ Rickshaw Stop
Mar 26 - Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court
Mar 27 - Provo @ Velour
Mar 28 - Denver @ Hi-Dive
Mar 29 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
Mar 30 - Minneapolis @ Triple Rock
Mar 31 - Chicago @ Subterranean
Apr 02 - Northhampton @ Iron Horse
Apr 03 - Cambridge @ Middle East
Apr 04 - Brooklyn @ Music Hall of W'burg
Apr 05 - New York @ Bowery Ballroom
Apr 14 - Amsterdam @ Paradiso
Apr 15 - Groningen @ Vera
Apr 16 - Ghent @ Voruit
Apr 17 - Utrecht @ Ekko
Apr 18 - Hamburg @ Knust
Apr 19 - Berlin @ Live at Dot
Apr 20 - Köln @ King Georg
Apr 21 - Münster @ Gleis 22
Apr 22 - Osnabrück @ Glanz und Gloria
Apr 23 - Leipzig @ Ut Connewitz
Apr 24 - Karlsruhe @ Substage
Apr 25 - Freiburg @ Swamp
Apr 26 - Offenbach @ Hafen
Apr 28 - Heidelberg @ Teufel
Apr 29 - Geneve @ L'Usine
Apr 30 - Düdingen @ Bad Bonn
May 01 - Konstanz @ Kulturladen
May 02 - Wien @ Wuk
May 03 - München @ Feierwerk
May 04 - Colmar @ Le Grillen
May 05 - Paris/Rouen @ TBA
May 06 - Manchester @ Cafe Saki
May 07 - London @ Bardens Boudoir
May 08 - Cardiff @ Clwb
May 09 - Reading @ Oakford
May 10 - Brixton @ The Windmill
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Friday, March 20, 2009

Tree Huggr AWOL Edition 8 Inch Dunny by Kronk

This might be a first for Kidrobot! Yesterday the designer toy company announced they were releasing an AWOL Edition of South African illustrator Kronk’s Tree Huggr Dunny to select retailers worldwide. Basically this means the AWOL colorway is a non-Kidrobot exclusive that will only be available at the 41 stores listed below and not at Kidrobot.com or any of Kidrobot’s four retail locations (NY, MIA, SF or LA). As you can imagine this means the Tree Huggr AWOL colorway will be extremely hard to find. Think of it as a thank you to all the stores who have been faithfully selling Kidrobot toys and apparel the past 7 years.

Kidrobot - Tree Huggr AWOL Edition 8 Inch Dunny by Kronk
The Tree Huggr 8” AWOL colorway is limited to just 500 figures and will sell for $75 each. While this is extremely cool for The Blot because one of these stores, Domy Books, is here in Houston, the AWOL Edition Dunny may be extremely hard to get for those of you who don’t live in a city that hosts one of the following 41 stores. If you do live in one of the following areas, I recommend contacting them ASAP to find out details on price, inventory and the AWOL Edition’s arrival date.

Countries, Cities, Regions and Stores Selling
The Tree Huggr AWOL Edition 8” Dunny

USA
Arizona:
Lulubell Toys Bodega, Tuscon

California:
Mixi-bang, Los Angeles
Mobius, Torrance
Munky King, Los Angeles
Neon Monster, San Francisco
Somos, Salinas

Florida:
Lift Designer Toys Royal Oak, Miami
Pinkghost, Coral Gables
Uberbot, Winter Park, Winter Park

Illinois:
Museum Of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Rotofugi, Chicago

Minnesota:
Robotlove, Minneapolis

New Jersey:
Brain Candy, Ridgewood

New York:
Hero Design Studio + Boutique, Buffalo
My Plastic Heart, New York

Ohio:
Shoparooni, Cleveland

Oklahoma:
Chingogu Gallery, Oklahoma City

Oregon:
Missing Link Toys, Portland

Pennsylvania:
Jinxed Clothing, Philadelphia

Texas:
Domy Books, Houston
Domy Books, Austin

CANADA
Camiondepompier, Montreal
Headquarter, Vancouver
Lost Marbles, Ottawa
Magic Pony, Toronto
Voltage, Vancouver

EUROPE
Artoyz Montreuil, France
Atom Plastic, Italy
Concrete, Netherlands
Highland Toys, Netherlands
Orbital, UK
Playlounge, UK
Richard Goodall Gallery, UK

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
Headquarter, Mexico
Plastik, Brazil
Zoo Concept, Chili

ASIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Adventures in Kitsch, Singapore
Fresh Metro, Philippines
Popup Gallery, New Zealand
Starluxe, Seoul, South Korea
Tomenosuke-Syoten, Japan

AFRICA
Toitoy, South Africa
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Battlestar Galactica - The End Is Here

This is it, the day I’ve been dreading for almost two years now…the day the two hour Battlestar Galactica Series Finale airs on the Sci Fi Network. I don’t know what to expect from tonight’s BSG episode, but I have a hunch it’s not going to end well for the show’s central characters. If there is one thing I’ve learned from watching Battlestar Galactica these past 6 years it’s that no one is safe.

Battlestar Galactica - The Final Episode
Who will survive tonight’s final episode? Will Adama be able to save Hera? I really have no frakking idea, but I hope “Daybreak, Part 2” lives up to the expectations of the BSG faithful. While series finales often garner huge ratings for shows, they also typically end up being let downs to long time fans hoping for real resolution. I’ve read that not everyone’s stories are tied up in neat little bows, but I pray we at least get some closure to the story of the human race’s fight for survival. In the end, I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that humanity and its rebel Cylons allies survive their final battle with Cavil and his army of evil Cylons. I guess all will be revealed in just a few hours…and nothing will ever be the same again.

The two hour Battlestar Galactica Series Finale “Daybreak, Part 2” airs tonight, Friday, March 20, 2009, at 9/8c on the Sci Fi Channel.
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Chris Bosh Custom Munny by MAD

I saw this custom CB4 Munny yesterday on MAD's twitter and thought it was way too cool not to share. Chris Bosh, who is number 4 on the Toronto Raptors and won a gold medal last summer as part of Team USA’s Men’s Basketball Team, personally commissioned this hand painted custom CB4 Munny from MAD. How cool is that!?!

CB4 Custom Munny by MAD for Toronto Raptors Superstar Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh is one of The Blot’s favorite young NBA superstars, as much for his bigger than life personality than his on court game (which are both equally impressive). Not only does this confirm Bosh has great taste, it also shows he’s hip to the designer vinyl craze. The Blot can now add this little tidbit to the long list of reasons I'm a fan of CB4.
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Lost Wednesdays - Season 5 Finale Set For May 13th

The Blot knows it’s not Wednesday, but I didn’t get a chance to post this tidbit of Lost news yesterday. I guess I could have called today’s Lost post “Lost Thursdays,” but then that might be confusing on the grand scheme of things…but I digress. News came out yesterday that Lost’s fifth season finale will be a two-hour episode that is set to air on Wednesday, May 13th. (link)

Destiny Calls - Lost Season 5 Television Poster
This is big news because it means “ABC has opted not to send Lost’s season-ender on a suicide mission against the American Idol finale on May 20.” (link) I don’t view this so much as waiving the white flag as a way for ABC to artificially boost Lost’s final ratings for the season. Plus, this way Lost doesn’t have to share the media spotlight with FOX’s ratings juggernaut American Idol. Either way you look at it, this is a great move for Lost and its fans.
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Where The Wild Things Are Teaser Movie Poster

The Blot, like most American kids, grew up reading Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. I’ve wondered for years why a live action movie adaptation of the beloved children’s book has never been made. Jim Henson could have definitely made a sick Where the Wild Things Are in the same vein as the 1986 classics The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Thankfully the film sat in limbo for years until movie special effects could properly adapt Sendak’s cast of scary yet fun Wild Things.

Where The Wild Things Are Teaser Movie Poster
Where The Wild Things Are - Max Records as MaxMuch has been made about the stryfe surrounding production of Where the Wild Things Are, but I have faith in Spike Jonze’s vision for this movie. It may be misplaced, but from interviews I’ve read he sounds to have a real passion for this project. I am excited to see how the film’s combination of live action, suitmation, animatronics and CGI turns out. The movie’s first teaser poster was unveiled yesterday and so far so good. The Wild Thing, which dominates the poster, looks awesome and I love Max’s trademark wolf costume and crown. I can’t wait to see the movie’s first official full length trailer, which is set to debut on March 27 before screenings of Monsters vs. Aliens.

A Scene From Where The Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are, which debuts in theaters on October 16, 2009, stars Max Records, Catherine O’Hara, Forest Whitaker, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Paul Dano, and Tom Noonan.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

OBEY Giant - Israel/Palestine Print by Shepard Fairey

This Thursday OBEY Giant is releasing an all new print that The Blot is very excited about. It is entitled “Israel/Palestine,” so you can be sure Fairey is subtly trying to convey some sort of message about the strife taking place in the Middle East. I’m not exactly sure what Fairey’s message is on this subject since he hasn’t given any background information on this screen print’s inspiration, but that is part of its charm. “Israel/Palestine” leaves itself open to the viewer’s interpretation and the symbolism it conveys with contrasting red & white and red & black Obey fabric patterns on either side of a mysterious woman peeking out from between them.

OBEY Giant - Israel/Palestine Screen Print by Shepard Fairey
The “Israel/Palestine” screen print will be 18”x24” in size and will go on sale this Thursday, March 19, 2009 at the Obey Giant online store at 12pm PST. Each signed and numbered “Israel/Palestine” will sell for $45 and the print will probably have an edition of around 450. In The Blot’s personal opinion this is one of the coolest OBEY Giant prints to be released in a while, and I will definitely be trying to get my hands on one. Of course like all OBEY Giant print this one should sell out extremely quickly, especially since the sale’s start time has been published.
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The Creole Creamery

The Creole Creamery LogoThe Blot is back from NOLA! I haven’t spotlighted an ice cream parlor in well over a year, so I thought I’d introduce everyone to The Creole Creamery in New Orleans, Louisiana. Aly and I first learned about The Creole Creamery by watching the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives hosted by Guy Fieri. It’s really amazing what great restaurants and delicious food you can find out about by watching food and travel shows.

The Creole Creamery truly is a unique ice cream experience. All of their ice cream is made in-house and their goal is to make an assortment of diverse and unusual flavors to stimulate your palate. Of course you can also find the standard flavors like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, and mint chocolate chip, but Aly and I were excited to try some of The Creole Creamery’s signature creations like Red Velvet Cake, Cookie Monster, Doberge Cake, Mexican Hot Chocolate and one of my personal favorites Butterscotch English Toffee. They also had a sick flavor made in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Chocolate Guinness Cake which is vanilla ice cream swirled with chocolate Guinness cake. It’s a must get for true beer aficionados.

The Creole Creamery Store Front
I don’t know if I can truly explain in words just how great The Creole Creamery’s ice cream was, but it was so delicious Aly and I had to go back twice during our three day stay in New Orleans. And, it’s not even in the French Quarter so we had to make the extra effort to drive there. I think the consistency of the ice cream is what sets it apart from other ice cream parlors, especially those large nationwide chains, but the huge variety of quirky flavors and delicious waffle cones doesn't hurt either! The best part, for those of you who can’t make up their minds, is they offer a four or five scoop sampler so first timers (and long time fans) of The Creole Creamery can try never before seen flavors along with their traditional favorites.

As for the trip itself, ever had one of those vacations where you needed a second vacation to recover from your first? That’s how I’ve been feeling after returning from New Orleans late Monday night. All day yesterday I was walking around in a daze wanting nothing more than to crawl back into bed. Of course Aly hasn’t had this problem since she’s off all week for spring break. Anyway, let’s just say NOLA was fun and leave it at that.

The Creole Creamery is located on 4924 Prytania Street; New Orleans, LA 70115 and their phone number is (504) 894-8680.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Grin Original Colorway Vinyl Figure by Ron English

Ron English’s second Charlie Grin colorway is set to be released in just a few short weeks. The Grin Original colorway vinyl figure is a more traditional ode to Peanut’s Charlie Brown and features Charlie Grin in Charlie Brown’s trademark yellow shirt. The Blot never pulled the trigger on English’s original Grin figure, but I don’t think I’ll be able to resist all of this figure's pop culture goodness now that he is sporting good old Charlie Brown’s traditional yellow t-shirt.

Chapel of Dawn x Made by Monsters x Ron English Original Colorway Grin Designer Vinyl Figure
The Original Colorway Grin, officially titled the Chapel of Dawn x Made by Mosters x Ron English Grin, will be limited to just 100 pieces and is set for release on Wednesday, April 1, 2009. The Blot is not sure of the figure’s retail price yet, but if you’re interested in pre-ordering the Original Colorway Grin inquiries can be sent directly to Garage Works Industries at info@garageworksindustries.com.
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Barneyism Of The Week - The Nightshirt

Marshall’s wearing a nightgown! Marshall’s wearing a nightgown!

Hey guys, you know how in the future we’re always saying,
“remember when Marshall wore a nightgown?”
This is that time!

“It’s a nightshirt.” - Marshall

You can call it a ninja star danger jock if you want,
doesn’t make you any less of a cross dresser.

“Whatever dude, it’s comfy.” - Marshall

Uh huh…

So, flying to Neverland with Peter and Tink, was that amazing?

Ooh, let me go next.

Was it nice to finally get out of that crowded bed
and take Charlie to the chocolate factory?

Ooh me me me me me!

Something about Scrooge!

Come on guys, I’m carrying the team.

How I Met Your Mother - Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson
- Barney Stinson

"The Front Porch"

How I Met Your Mother
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Friday, March 13, 2009

The All New Batman and Robin - First Look

As you may or may not know, depending on if you read/follow DC Comics, is that Batman (a.k.a. Bruce Wayne) went missing, then was killed by Darkseid in Final Crisis #6 and has since been subsequently shown reborn in an unknown time and place at the end of Final Crisis #7. With Wayne’s departure from the DC landscape a huge void has been created, a void that obviously must be filled. Enter Battle for the Cowl, a three issue comic book mini-series which will answer the question once and for all who will be the new Batman.

DC Comics - Batman: Battle For The Cowl Teaser Image 1
Most people think it will be one of three men: Richard “Dick” Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing and the original Robin; Tim Drake, the third Robin; or Jason Todd, the recently resurrected second Robin who may or may not be the title character of the new series Red Robin. The Blot has absolutely no clue who will take over the mantle of Batman, but I’d like to see the cowl go to Bruce Wayne’s true successor Dick Grayson. I think as long as it’s not possibly deceased, former Batman replacement Jean-Paul Valley (a.k.a. Azrael) I’ll be a happy reader.

DC Comics - Batman: Battle for the Cowl Teaser Image 2 - Catwoman, Hush, Nightwing, Jason Todd & Robin
What’s cool though is that after Battle for the Cowl concludes, DC will be reorganizing the Batman family of titles and launching five all new series including what “is being pegged as the ‘flagship’ Batman title” Batman and Robin. While DC will still be producing Detective Comics and Batman, Batman and Robin, written by Grant Morrison and penciled by Frank Quitely, will be where all eyes are focused when it is launched in June 2009. (link)

DC Comics - Batman and Robin #1 Cover Artwork by Frank Quitely
While we still don’t know who will be under Batman’s cowl when all is said and done, we at least now have our very first look at the all new team of Batman and Robin courtesy of IGN.com (see above). This is the cover for Batman and Robin #1 drawn by Quitely, and after seeing it I am dying to know who the new Dark Knight and Boy Wonder will be.

Head here to read IGN’s interview with author Grant Morrison and to see some pages of art from Batman & Robin by Frank Quitely.

*Potential Spoiler* After reading IGN’s interview with Morrison, does anyone else think the new Robin is without a doubt Damian Wayne, Bruce's illegitimate son with Ra's al Ghul's daughter Talia? Thoughts!?!
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Tree Huggr 8 Inch Dunny by Kronk

In exactly one month Kidrobot will be releasing their newest 8” Dunny, Tree Huggr designed by South African illustrator Kronk. This is Kronk’s second production Dunny, the first being the 2007 Gingerbread Man Holiday Dunny. The Gingerbread Man Dunny is not only one of The Blot’s personal favorites, it also has two of the coolest chases every produced (a bitten and a burnt edition were created). On April 9, 2009 you can discover nature’s sinister side by purchasing Kronk’s Tree Huggr 8 inch Dunny.

Kidrobot - Tree Huggr 8 Inch Dunny by Kronk
Surprisingly, the Tree Huggr Dunny will be even rarer than Jesse Hernandez’ Jaguar Warrior Dunny which sold out in just a few days. Kronk’s Tree Huggr Dunny is limited to just 1,000 figures and will have a 1 in 12 super-light and rare chase figure. While I’m in complete shock that Kidrobot has decided to release two 8” Dunnys in a row with such relatively low production numbers, what is not surprising is the vinyl figure’s high price. As with the Jaguar Warrior Dunny, this vinyl figure will retail for $75 each. The Blot is hoping this is just a temporary price hike and not the new standard on Kidrobot 8” figures.

The Blot will be sure to post more pictures of this very cool figure as they become available.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

ER’s Highly Anticipated Reunion Episode Airs Tonight On NBC

While tonight is not ER’s series finale (that airs on April 2nd), this is the episode fans both new and old have been waiting for all season! Tonight’s episode “Old Times” features the return of four of ER’s original cast members, Noah Wyle, Eriq LaSalle, Julianna Margulies and…George Clooney. While Dr. John Carter has already been back on ER for a few weeks now, it marks the first time in many years Dr. Peter Benton, Dr. Doug Ross and Nurse Carol Hathaway have walked the halls of County General Hospital.

ER: The 15th and Final Season
ER: The 15th and Final Season Cast PhotoThis is a great jumping on point for new viewers and former fans who want to reconnect with this NBC Thursday night staple before it airs its 15th and final season finale on April 2, 2009. It’s almost a shame Susan Sarandon is also guest starring in tonight’s episode, because she is sure to be overshadowed by the return of these four fan favorites. Hopefully they will utilize her character in such a way as to spotlight Sarandon’s amazing acting ability in spite of the time the show must dedicate to its stars, both present and past. There are only four more new episodes of ER left, so be sure to tune in tonight on NBC at 10/9c.

ER Guest Stars For Season 15 - Susan Sarandon and George Clooney
ER airs every Thursday night for the next four weeks on NBC at 10/9c.
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Burn Notice’s Michael Westen Kills The Competition

Has The Blot told you lately what a huge fan I am of the USA Network’s Burn Notice? Week in and week out it is one of my favorite shows on television, and evidently much of America feels the exact same way. Last week’s season finale officially made Burn Notice “the hottest show on cable.” (link) Burn Notice ended its second season “with two series highs: 6.1 million in total viewers and 2.7 million” viewers in the coveted 18-49 demographic, making it the highest rated show on basic cable. (link)

Burn Notice Season 2, Part II Television Poster
These are extremely impressive numbers considering the second part of Burn Notice’s second season aired against strict competition from the broadcast networks. Not only was Burn Notice Season Two, Part II numbers competitive with shows like NBC’s ER and CBS’ Eleventh Hour, it soundly beat the ratings of “cable’s incumbent ratings champion, TNT’s The Closer.” (link)

Burn Notice: Lesser Evil - Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen
I finally got a chance to watch the episode last night and was blown away. Burn Notice Season 2’s final episode was pure fun and excitement. I won’t include any spoilers in case you still haven’t seen the episode, but never in a million years did I expect the show to end the way it did. It definitely set up next season to be an exciting one without giving us a lame cliff hanger to worry about for months.

Burn Notice: Lesser Evil - Gabrielle Anwar as Fiona Glenanne and Bruce Campbell as Sam Axe
I’m just dying to see how Season 2’s game changer affects Michael (Jeffrey Donovan), Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar), Sam (Bruce Campbell) and Madeline’s (Sharon Gless) lives from here on out. If anything, I was more than a little bummed to find out there won’t be another episode of Burn Notice until the summer of ’09, but that’s a small price to pay for quality TV.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Lost - LaFleur

While last week’s episode of Lost, “LaFleur,” wasn’t the most exciting or informative episode ever, it definitely started to connect some very distant dots for us. Even though it didn’t give us any straight answers, we finally got to see what life was like on the island before the destruction of the Dharma Initiative. While The Blot initially thought Sawyer and Co. were stuck in the 70’s, it’s looking more and more like maybe the early 80’s.

Lost Season 4 Cast Photo
I was pretty shocked at how easy it was for the time lost Losties to assimilate into the Dharma Initiative, and I definitely never imagined the island bound Losties would be living amongst them for three whole years. For some reason I just assumed the Oceanic Six would return to the island shortly after they left. So this begs the question, where have Rose and Bernard been all this time!?! Are they in the 80’s or is it possible they are on the island in the present time.

Lost - LaFleur - The Time Lost Losties (Ken Leung as Miles Straume, Josh Holloway as James Sawyer Ford & Daniel Dae Kim as Jin Kwon)
Sawyer without a doubt has grown the most of any character on Lost and this episode is a perfect example of that. He’s even using his conman skills for good! Did anyone else love the scene between Sawyer and Richard Alpert as much as I did? The dialogue was perfect for both characters and I really liked the fact that it showed two characters finally talking to one another without just reacting. I wonder if what Sawyer said helped cement Locke’s legacy as the future leader of the Others (or should they be referred to as the Natives from here on out?). And I have to say, I find myself really liking the pairing of Sawyer and Juliet. They make a really great conniving power couple.

Lost - LaFleur - Elizabeth Mitchell's Juliet Burke and Josh Holloway's James Sawyer Ford Finally Find True Love
Now that we have a better idea of when the time lost Losties are it’s time to start asking some important questions, like “at this point has a young Benjamin Linus already come to the island” and “will the time lost Losties escape the island in time to avoid the Others’ purge?” I also wonder if the reason why it was so important to the Others to bring Juliet to the island is because they already knew she had successfully delivered a baby on the island (as seen in last week’s episode).

Lost - LaFleur - Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet Burke Getting Set To Deliver Amy's (Reiko Aylesworth) Baby
The next obvious question of course is who does that baby grow up to be! Also, is the reason Ben has always referred to Sawyer as James because he previously knew him as James LaFleur? These are all interesting questions that I know will be answered eventually…if only I was that patient!

The Mysterious Four Toed StatueAnd lastly, I know of at least one The Blot Says… reader who was extremely excited by the all but too brief glimpse of what we can only assume was the back of the four toed statue. I love how these little details keep popping back up in the mythology of Lost. The four toed statue seems to be the remnants of a statute of Anubis, an Egyptian god of the Dead whose job it was to protect the recently deceased and bring them to the afterlife. We also saw an Ankh pop up several times during last week’s episode.

The Ankh, which means eternal life, is historically seen in conjunction with gods of the afterlife. Considering how many characters have returned from the dead once they are brought to the island, I am certain that the symbolism of Anubis and the Ankh will play a significant role in explaining the island’s mysticism and rich history. Maybe, just maybe, everything will actually get tied up by the end of next season.
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The Black Chase Jaguar Warrior 8 Inch Dunny by Jesse Hernandez

In case you haven’t seen it yet, here is a picture of the Jesse Hernandez 1-in-12, super rare Black Chase Jaguar Warrior 8” Dunny that some people are referring to as the Panther Warrior Dunny. The picture is courtesy of Kidrobot.com from Jesse’s signing at the Miami Kidrobot store earlier this month.

Kidrobot - The Black Chase Jaguar Warrior 8 Inch Dunny by Jesse Hernandez
While I tried my hardest, The Blot couldn’t get his hands on one of these awesome and extremely hard to find black variant figures and probably never will now that the 8 inch Jaguar Warrior Dunny seems to be sold out everywhere. It’s nice to see Kidrobot make the run size of their 8” Dunny releases relatively small again, but I am afraid this will mean prices will continue to stay at the $75 range.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mr. Brainwash Prints - Jackson Pollock and 33rd St.

Elvis with AK-47 Print by Mr. BrainwashThe Blot is excited to highlight the work of one of my new favorite graffiti artists, Mr. Brainwash. As the story goes “Mr. Brainwash, or MBW, is the moniker of an eccentric French filmmaker who has spent the last nine years attempting to make the ultimate documentary about graffiti art. But whilst filming many of the world’s most renowned street artists at work, MBW began putting his camera aside and making art of his own.” (link) MBW has since created a unique style all his own which has transformed into an extremely popular urban street art campaign.

Obama Superman Print by Mr. BrainwashWhat’s great about Mr. Brainwash’s graffiti is that it “does not fit the stereotype of your average street vandal. His artistic process chiefly consists of throwing random modern cultural icons into a blender and turning it up to eleven. The results are by turns profound, provocative and inspirational.” (link) Over the course of the next two weeks Mr. Brainwash is releasing two all new prints which I think many fans of The Blot Says… will enjoy.

First up is MBW’s “Jackson Pollock” print that of course features the famous American abstract expressionist artist. The “Jackson Pollock” print is a 22”x30” screen print which is individually hand finished and unique. Only 40 of the 50 limited edition hand signed and numbered prints will be available for sale on Wednesday, March 11th at the Mr. Brainwash online store. This print will retail for $250 and can be purchased here at around noon on the 11th.

Jackson Pollock Print by Mr. Brainwash
The second print, “33rd St,” is one of my favorites because its background features the street art of some very notable artists including Obey Giant’s Shepard Fairey and Andre. "33rd St" is a 22”x30” 15 color screen print on archival paper and is limited to an edition of 50. This hand signed and numbered print will be available at around noon on Wednesday, March 18th here and will retail for $175.

33rd St Print by Mr. Brainwash
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Barneyism of the Week - BS (Before Stinson)

Ted, sure it’s fun to look back at a time when you were
a fresh faced farm girl with a virgin’s glow.

But all that stuff, Ohio, Karen, college…
all that was “BS” – Before Stinson.

Now, your life is awesome!

I mean yeah you still live with your ex-girlfriend,
which is ridiculous.
Your laser tag chops are almost nonexistent.
And your wardrobe,
it’s like “What are you allergic to quality fabrics?”

Seriously Ted shape up!

What were we talking about?

How I Met Your Mother - Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson
- Barney Stinson

"Sorry, Bro"

How I Met Your Mother





Wasn’t Laura Prepon from That 70’s Show awesome? The episode was a little underwhelming, but I love when a perfectly cast celebrity guest star brings an all new dynamic to HIMYM’s stellar ensemble cast. I can’t wait to see what else the former Donna Pinciotti has in store for Ted during her five episode stint on How I Met Your Mother. (link)

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Monday, March 9, 2009

The Phish Reunion

This past weekend saw the triumphant return of Vermont jam band Phish with a three night stint (March 6th, 7th & 8th) at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. Some fans never thought they’d see the band perform together again after its members decided to take an indefinite hiatus back in August of 2004, but as we’ve seen countless times before great bands always seem to eventually reunite. The Blot isn’t a huge fan of Trey Anastasio and Co., but a ton of my friends from high school and college are hardcore Phishheads (many of whom made the long trek to Virginia for the first Phish show in over four years) and it has definitely rubbed off on me.

March 6-8, 2009 - Hampton Coliseum - Hampton, VA Concert Artwork
PhishWhat’s really cool about Phish’s three concerts at the Hampton Coliseum is that the band has decided to release official bootlegs of all three nights in MP3 format to public for free! Consider it a thank you to its fans for their many years of support and a consolation to fans who either weren’t able to make the trip to Virginia or get their hands on a highly sought after ticket to one of Phish’s three shows. I haven't heard that much about the shows yet, but one friend did say Saturday night was pretty awesome. If you're interested, head over to LivePhish.com and start downloading one, two or all three nights for free!

Click On The Links Below To Go To Each Show’s Download Page
March 6, 2009 - Hampton Coliseum - Hampton, VA
March 7, 2009 - Hampton Coliseum - Hampton, VA
March 8, 2009 - Hampton Coliseum - Hampton, VA

If you prefer better sound quality you can also purchase a FLAC or CD copy of the shows, but if you just want to hear what the band sounds like after all these years apart stick with the free MP3 format. If you’re dying to see Phish and weren’t able to attend this past weekend’s shows don’t worry, the band is sure to be announcing a new world tour any day now.
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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - Vietnam

It’s a sad day at The Blot Says…, because The Blot has to announce that tonight’s episode of No Reservations is the last episode of Season 5A. The Travel Channel is actually making us wait until August before we get a crop of all new episodes! I truly hope everyone savors every last minute of tonight’s episode “Vietnam,” because after it’s over there’s no more Tony for at least 6 months. Now that I’ve got all that drama out of the way we can focus on the good stuff, this week’s episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on the Travel Channel
There is no food destination in the world like Vietnam. The country is a clash of cultures mixed with a hectic urban pace where people are serious about eating. It is never a question of where to go eat when in Vietnam, but a question of what you will miss. Tony wanders the streets of Saigon, walking past food stands, sidewalk cafes and hawkers, enjoying sizzling seafood and vegetable crepes, fresh beer, and garlic sautéed seafood. If you’ve never sampled Vietnamese food you’re really missing out! Check out the video clip from tonight’s episode of No Reservations below to find out about Banh Mi, a hearty Vietnamese sandwich loaded with ham, cucumbers, dressing, and topped off with a fried egg:



Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations airs Mondays on the Travel Channel at 10/9c.
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Friday, March 6, 2009

Who’s Watched The Watchmen?

Watchmen finally debuted in theaters across the country (and maybe the world?) last night at midnight, but due to some unforeseen circumstances The Blot won’t be able to see it until Sunday at the earliest. So, who out there has seen it and what did you think!?! Whether you’re seeing it tonight, tomorrow or whenever, come back afterwards to The Blot Says… and leave a comment to this post with your review of the movie!

Watchmen - Patrick Wilson as Nite Owl II, Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre II and Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach
Reviews of Watchmen are so mixed I have no idea what to expect. It’s weird, many of the websites I follow on a daily basis have all given it good to glowing reviews, but the more traditional news outlets seem to be grading it much lower. I think Time’s Richard Corliss has the best explanation for this. He reasons that “maybe Watchmen is one of those cult films that doesn't expand beyond the true believers. It probably won't make even alternative movie history.” (link)

I don’t know if that last part is a fair critique or not, but I’m really interested in finding out what people who were not already fans of the Watchmen graphic novel think of the movie. I guess we’ll get a better idea of the movie’s appeal to the country’s movie going public when its opening weekend numbers are finally tallied.

Watchmen opens in theaters today, Friday, March 06, 2009.
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AMC's Breaking Bad Returns Sunday

Did anyone else watch Season 1 of AMC’s Breaking Bad? It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea and honestly, it can be difficult to watch at certain points. Aly watched the first two episodes and gave it up. Shows this dark aren’t entertainment for her, but The Blot couldn’t turn away. I think the most difficult part was seeing Malcolm in the Middle’s Bryan Cranston in a whole new light. But once I was able to do that, Breaking Bad’s dark comedy became addictive!

The End Justifies The Extreme
Breaking Bad Season 2 Television Poster - On March 8th All Becomes Crystal Clear
Cranston won the 2008 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and it was definitely well deserved. He plays Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico and was recently diagnosed with Stage III cancer. With a prognosis of only two years left to live, he begins to panic about the thought of dying and leaving his family penniless. So Walt devises a plan to set his family up financially for life, he uses his knowledge as a chemistry teacher to start making and dealing Meth.

Breaking Bad Season 2 Cast Photo
Breaking Bad “explores how a fatal diagnosis such as White's releases a typical man from the daily concerns and constraints of normal society and follows his transformation from mild family man to a kingpin of the drug trade.” (link) Needless to say, Breaking Bad Season 2 is sure to even more intense and shocking as the show begins to explore Walt and his partner Jesse Pinkman’s (Big Love’s Aaron Paul) newly created drug empire that was established at the end of Season 1.

Breaking Bad Season 2 premieres on AMC Sunday, March 8, 2009 at 10/9c. After that, you can catch all new episodes of Breaking Bad every Sunday on AMC on 10/9c.
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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Star Wars Run R2 T-Shirt by SplitReason.com

Before ordering the Starbuck’s Roasted Cylong Mug The Blot highlighted yesterday, I figured I should check out some of the other great stuff at SplitReason.com (to offset my shipping costs naturally). Lo and behold I came upon this awesome Star Wars t-shirt! The Run R2 t-shirt features, well, everyone’s favorite astromech droid R2-D2 running away from a giant All Terrain Armored Transport (also known as an AT-AT ). The Empire’s dreaded AT-AT may not be all that effective as a weapon, but its size is sure to strike fear into the heart of any rebel fighter who lays eyes on it and makes it a valuable transport vehicle.

Star Wars Run R2 T-Shirt by SplitReason.com
The Star Wars Run R2 t-shirt comes on a navy t-shirt in sizes S-XXL, and can be purchased directly from SplitReason.com here for $17.95.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Lost - The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham

This week’s Lost recap is going to actually be brief because The Blot is having laptop issues. It has decided to stop working, which is causing me all sorts of distress. So, wish me luck!

Lost
Last week’s episode, “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham,” was another great one. We saw the return (and surprising death) of Matthew Abaddon and learned what kind of scumbag Benjamin Linus really is. What we still don’t know is who is the real bad guy: Ben or Charles Widmore. It was cool to see Lost return to the use of Flashbacks and find out what Locke did once he got off the island. But was anyone else surprised to find out he wasn’t off the island for very long before “committing suicide?”

Lost - The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham - Terry O'Quinn as a dead John Locke
It was also surprising to learn that all of Ben’s knowledge concerning how to return to the island actually came from his one brief conversation Locke. Since all of Locke’s information came from Widmore, I guess Ben needs Charles and his information a lot more than he realized. Now I am wondering if Ben even knew who Ms. Hawking was before speaking with Locke, and is there any chance Widmore has more than just one daughter? He seems to have a long history with Eloise Hawking, could he also be Daniel Faraday’s father? Speaking of Widmore, after last week’s episode I have a new found respect for him. I don’t necessarily trust him, but I don’t hate him as much as I used to either. I still can’t tell if his helping Locke was really for the island’s benefit or for his own end game.

Lost - Malcolm David Kelley as a grown up Walt LloydAnd lastly, was anyone else pissed at how they wrote Walt off of the show!?! They better be planning to bring him back at some point before the show ends. There is just too much built up mythology centering around Walt, his visions and whatever special powers he has to end the story the way that they have. I can’t wait to find out what happens tonight between Ben and Locke. Their eventual showdown is going to be epic. On a side note, if Michael Emerson doesn’t win a Best Supporting Actor Emmy for his portrayal of Ben Linus before Lost ends it is going to be a real shame. Emerson has done an amazing job as Ben and his addition to the cast has really changed the show’s dynamic for the better!

Lost - 316 - Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard and Evangeline Lilly as Kate AustenPotential *SPOILER* Ahead: I have no idea if this is legit or not, but one theory I read the other day makes some really interesting points about the crash of Ajira Airways flight 316. It goes a little something like this: those characters who mysteriously vanished in the bright light as the plane was going down (Kate, Jack, Hurley) are now in the past with the rest of the original Losties. But, the remaining passengers of the Ajira flight 316 (including Locke, Frank, Caesar and Ben) and the plane itself are in the island’s present. This explains why the second island’s Dharma station has been abandoned and how Caesar found Daniel Faraday’s map/journal pages. If they had crash landed in the past then those journal pages wouldn’t have been created yet and Dharma Initiative members would be everywhere….just some food for thought. We’ll see if any of this rings true tonight and in the weeks to come!
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A Fanboys Movie Release Update

Shockingly, Fanboys just can’t be stopped! After almost a month in theaters, Fanboys is now expanding to eleven new markets over the next two weekends. (link) It really is amazing to see the fan response to this movie and to know our support is helping the film grow and reach markets The Blot once never thought possible. As of this Friday it’s even playing in my home state of Alabama! I've been telling all my friends back home for weeks that they had to go see this movie, and now, surprisingly, they actually can.

Fanboys Original Theatrical One Sheet Movie Poster
On Friday, March 6th, 2009, Fanboys will debut in Tampa/St. Pete/Sarasota, FL; St. Louis, MO; Greenville, SC; Grand Rapids, MI; Birmingham, AL; New Orleans, LA; West Palm Beach/Ft. Pierce, FL; Buffalo, NY; Louisville, KY; and Albany, NY.

On Friday, March 13th, 2009, Fanboys will begin a special engagement at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville, TN.
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Starbuck’s Roasted Cylon Mug by Ctrl+Alt+Del

Ctrl+Alt+Del logoThis is an exciting post for The Blot because it highlights two of my favorite things, the television show Battlestar Galactica and the gaming-related webcomic Ctrl+Alt+Del. I had originally intended to highlight some of my favorite webcomics over the past year, but for some reason I’ve done a really poor job of it. While this post isn’t actually about the Ctrl+Alt+Del webcomic, you might want to go check it out here nevertheless! What this post really is about is CAD’s Starbucks’s Roasted Cylon Mug, which is frakking awesome!

Starbuck’s Roasted Cylon Mug by Ctrl+Alt+Del
Starbucks’s Fresh Roasted Cylon logo is a spoof of the classic Starbucks Coffee logo with a Battlestar Galactica twist. Besides, at this point isn’t everyone’s favorite Starbuck really Kara Thrace anyway? You can purchase Ctrl+Alt+Del’s Starbuck’s Mug from SplitReason.com, the internet’s premiere clothing and accessory online store for Geeks and Gamers, for $9.95. This white 8oz. ceramic mug had been sold out for a while now, but thankfully it’s back in stock and The Blot can’t wait to order one.
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