Archive for March, 2009

Lost Theory

March 28, 2009

Ok, I’m going to write the following text in white in order to avoid giving away any spoilers for those who haven’t seen last weeks episode of Lost.  Just highlight the text to see what’s there.

I’ve really been thinking since last week’s episode, and here is my theory as to what is going on.  If you remember the scene when Young Ben gave a book to Sayid, did you notice the title of the book?  A Separate Reality.  Now the producers either put that there as a red herring, or they really want us to start thinking about the possibility of an alternate reality having been created in some way.

I believe that a new reality was created when Sayid killed Young Ben.  We now have the reality that we have already seen throughout seasons 1-4 in which Ben is the leader of the Others.  The alternate reality that was created is one in which Ben is dead and Widmore is the leader.  I think we have seen a glimpse of this alternate reality in the scenes showing the aftermath of the Ajira 316 crash.  Sun’s experience in the Dharma processing house with Christian is an example of this. It may even be that the time period of the Ajira crash can be considered as a convergence of the two realities.

If this is the case, then I think the war that is coming up will be a war between Widmore and Ben, and it will determine which reality will become the “real” reality.

Just a theory.  It may or may not happen, but I think it is a good one!

What do you think?

Who gets your vote for leader of the Others?

Who gets your vote for leader of the Others?


Onion Article About Lost

March 21, 2009

The Onion continually provides me with chuckles.  Read this article entitled Area Man Likes To Compare Circle Of Friends To Cast Of Lost.

I know, it’s pathetic, but now I’m trying to figure out which cast members my friends are most like. Hmm.

I think I'm Hurley.  Except that I'm not Latino.  And I'm not fat.  And I'm not rich.  But, hey, I'm jolly, right?

I think I'm Hurley. Except that I'm not latino. And I'm not fat. And I'm not rich. But, hey, I'm jolly, right?

Having a Baby

March 14, 2009

Don’t get excited by the title of this post.  Britney is not pregnant.  Neither am I.  The purpose of this post is just to express my observations and experiences as someone in his late twenties and without child.

One of the first questions I receive from someone that I have not seen in a while is inevitably in regard to our plans to have children.  The conversation usually goes something like this:

Friend/Relative: So, any children coming soon?

Britney/Brad: Oh, one day.  Not in the near future.

Friend/Relative:  (shocked) What?!?!

Britney/Brad:  Oh, you know, maybe in about four years.

Friend/Relative:  FOUR YEARS!!!!  You can’t wait THAT long!  You’ll be too old!

Britney/Brad: Oh, well, we will go ahead and have one now and send him/her to you to take care of.

We don’t really say that last line.  We don’t really know what to say.

My question is, who decides when a couple should have a baby?  There is a lot of pressure from family and society in general to have them sooner rather than later.  I believe you’ve got to do what is right for you, not what other people think you should do.  If you want a baby right now and feel you are ready, go ahead, have one.  If you aren’t ready, why is there this social stigma that is placed on you?

We are at a point in our lives in which we just want to enjoy each other.  We want to do the things that we may not be able to do once we have children.  Some people see that as selfish.  I don’t see it that way.  When we have children, I want to be ready.  That means different things for different couples.  For us it means our thirties.  Or at least we think it does. It seems that in the eyes of society this makes us strange, weird, stuck-up, immature, etc.  Why is this?

I am fully aware that things don’t often go as planned.  As Robert Burns wrote, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.”  If our plans gang a-gley, we are ready to welcome the unexpected blessing.  But just because plans don’t always work out, that is not a reason to abandon one’s plan.

Don’t worry, Mom.  We will provide a grandchild for you soon enough.  And when we do, we know who to call to babysit!

According to the merging of our faces, our little girl will look like this.  Cute, huh?

According to the merging of our faces, our little girl will look like this. Cute, huh?

This will be Bradley Reid Freeny II.  After seeing this, do you really want us to reproduce?

This will be Bradley Reid Freeny III. I don't know about you, but to me it looks like he is staring into my soul. I'm scared.

O Bold Captain Freeny

March 4, 2009

A little known fact about my family is that one of my ancestors who lived in the 1700s achieved quite a bit of fame and infamy in his life.  Of course, I’m talking of none other than the bold Captain James Freeny.  Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia article about him:

James Freney was a native of Kilkenny City, and from a respectable family who had been wealthy and powerful in the region since the 13th century, having their seat at Ballyreddy Castle. But during the 1650s they lost their lands and were reduced in status. His father, John Freney, was a servant working at the home of one Joseph Robbins at Ballyduff, Thomastown. In 1718 he married Robbins’s housemaid, Alice Phelan, and their son James was born the following year at Alice’s father’s home at Inistioge.

He received a good education locally—including tuition in the Robbins household—and in 1742 moved to Waterford where he opened a pub with his wife Anne. But unable to pay the exorbitant fees charged by the town corporation, the couple closed up and moved back to Thomastown. Here, Freney fell in with the Kellymount highway gang, led by fellow Thomastown man John Reddy. Their colleagues would in time number Richard Dooling, John Anderson, Felix Donnelly, James Bolger, Michael Millea, John Reddy, George Roberts, Edmond Kenny, James Larrassy and a man called Hackett.

Proclaimed an outlaw in January 1748 (old calendar), Freney surrendered in April 1749. Joseph Robbins’s brother, a lawyer, and Lord Carrick helped Freney work out a deal with the chief justices in which Freney would be allowed to emigrate. It is believed this deal was procured because the authorities feared executing him would make him a folk hero and lead to further disturbances.

The rest of the Kellymount were not so lucky. Bolger, Hackett, Kenny, Larrassy, Millea, Reddy, Hackett, Dooling and Roberts all went to the gallows. Reddy was imprisoned while Donnelly escaped to England but was eventually hanged in Kilkenny.

His autobiography, The Life and Adventures of Mr James Freney, was a huge success upon its publication in 1754. Thackeray, in reading the book, delighted in Freney’s “noble naïveté and simplicity of the hero as he recounts his own adventures”. Local landmarks named after him include Freney’s Rock and Freney’s Well, and he was the hero of The Ballad of the Bold Captain.

It is not know where or how long he was abroad—if at all—but by 1776 he had settled at the port of New Ross where he was worked as a customs official, a post he held till his death in on 20 December, 1788. He was buried in Inistioge graveyard.

Interesting, huh?  What I would give for a copy of that autobiography!  I have found a copy on, but it goes for over $90!

Stanley Kubrick made a movie called Barry Lyndon that was based on a book by the name of The Luck of Barry Lyndon.  I do believe that old Barry has a run-in with Bold Captain Freeny in both the film and the book.

Finally, a catchy Irish folk tune was written about him.  I have a copy of the song that you can listen to below.

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Oh, what lovable rouges we Freenys are!

He's so bold!

He's so bold!