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Tron: This Game Is On.

blog_xraytroniSo here's a heads up for those of you who can't wait to line up outside the movie theater this week to toss ten bucks at Tron: Legacy (sequel to Disney's 1982 cult flick). Did you know that this isn't the first time the light cycle filled universe has been revisited? Yep, the franchise has also flirted around in a couple of other mediums. Of course there were the 2 arcade classics that Midway cranked out to soak up kid's quarters back in the early eighties: Tron and Discs of Tron (which combined ended up earning more money than the movie on which they were based!). But there was also a first person shooter released  back in 2003 for the PC and Mac. In Tron 2.0, players manipulated the role of a new character named Jet Bradley as he traversed the neon lit cyberworld. However despite generally favorable reviews, the game failed to achieve any sort of commercial success and the Tron license went back into hibernation.

It wouldn't be until a few years later when after an aborted comic book series, Slave Labor Graphics managed to nab the publishing rights and the franchise saw new life on the printed page. Tron: The Ghost in the Machine (quite the original title) was a six issue series that hit store shelves in 2006 and continued the adventures of Bradley. The book was collected as a trade paperback in 2009 and shouldn't be too hard to find, unlike a copy of the original movie on DVD. The special edition goes for quite the hefty sum on online auction sites and is subsequently M.I.A. at Netflix, which is too bad for anyone who wants to refresh their memory or even catch it for the first time before venturing out to the cinema.

Still, there are other options out there for anyone who just can't get enough of this stuff. Tron:Evolution and Tron: Battlegrids are the most recent video game incarnations and were released this month across all major platforms (Wii, Xbox360, etc.). Essentially loose tie ins with the new movie, these games have players running around as an unnamed character who's trying to solve some sort of mystery or something. I haven't found any reviews outside of a few for the PS3 version and those were mixed at best so it sounds like giving these a rent before committing to a full purchase would be the way to go.

Anyway, I have to admit something here. Personally I've never really been that into Tron and am nowhere near any sort of expert. While I do plan on catching this new one eventually, it won't be at a midnight screening and I won't be misting up during the opening credits (like I am guilty of doing during the opening crawl of a certain prequel). Hell, I haven't even seen the first entry in more than 15 years and even with that one I can clearly remember wanting to like it a lot more than I actually did. But despite the fact that I've never slept under Tron bed sheets there's still no way I've ever been able to deny the extreme "cool" factor of the design work on display. The overall style is one that I've always found appealing and it's that same look and overall aesthetic that has me genuinely excited to see Legacy (well, that and the smoking hot Daft Punk soundtrack). So here's hoping: Come on, Tron...make me a fan.

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In defense of Valentine’s Day

 

“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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