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They link to me, I link to them, They link to me...
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Sun-Nov 27 2005
Sat-Nov 26 2005
But You Can Eat It In The Dark
Thu-Nov 24 2005
Utility Fog Blog has passed 20000 hits. Posting a lot about a certain hit TV show (with a strong interweb presence) has almost tripled my hit-rate. Who would have guessed?
Thoughts & Observations:
*This episode was very clue-thin. I'm sure somebody else will spot something from a frame-by-frame infrared HDTV analysis, but IMO the producers need to reconsider the balance between "puzzle" and "drama".
*Note to Sayid: If you're going to shoot someone, do like Ana-Lucia: kill from a safe distance.
*Man, Ana-Lucia just makes friends wherever she goes.
*Something to consider from the last episode: The Other that Ana killed during the second attack could have been Rousseau's daughter.
*Ana's boyfriend (who presumably left her after she got shot and lost her baby) was named Danny.
*Locke was doing a crossword. The clue was "42 down - Enkidu's friend". The answer was "Gilgamesh".
Wikipedia: Epic of Gilgamesh-very interesting
*I got a big kick out of Locke and Eko's first meeting-"Hello.....Hello". See kids, good manners are cool.
Wed-Nov 23 2005
Mon-Nov 21 2005
Sun-Nov 20 2005
Sat-Nov 19 2005
"While forensic scientists have long claimed fingerprint evidence is infallible, the widely publicized error that landed an innocent American behind bars as a suspect in the Madrid train bombing alerted the nation to the potential flaws in the system. Now, UC Irvine criminologist Simon Cole has shown that not only do errors occur, but as many as a thousand incorrect fingerprint ?matches? could be made each year in the U.S. This is in spite of safeguards intended to prevent errors.Study Of Faulty Fingerprints Debunks Forensic Science 'Zero Error' Claim
Via Fortean Times
It would seem Jeb Bush has gone utterly batshit:
"After more than an hour of solemn ceremony naming Rep. Marco Rubio, R-West Miami, as the 2007-08 House speaker, Gov. Jeb Bush stepped to the podium in the House chamber last week and told a short story about "unleashing Chang," his "mystical warrior" friend.Mystical warriors are on Bush family's side, says Gov. Jeb
Via Fortean Times
Fri-Nov 18 2005
No Future Slash-Dotting
Thu-Nov 17 2005
Lost/Ep#207 "The Other 48 Days"
Thoughts and Observations:
*The sight of the tail-end of the plane crashing into the ocean pretty well cancels any theories about a faked crash.
*Mr. Eko in the ocean wearing a business suit puts the kabosh on the idea that he was already on the island.
*How did Godwin show up so fast after the crash, wearing shoes and ready to pretend to be a crash survivor? Did he know ahead of time?
*Why don't the Other's clothes have labels? Why do they have clothes, knives, paper, pens/pencils, but no shoes? They don't even have funky handmade sandals.
*The Others apparently shave with something. They have stubble but not a beard.
*There's been speculation about the Tailers having their own set of numbers. Here's my nominations:
3 people taken the first day
Donald died on day 5
The Other's list had 9 entries
*Why haven't the main survivors seen any chickens?
*Ana-Lucia dug the hole. I'm so glad they explained this. My friends are sick of hearing me go on about that damn hole.
*Of course Nathan had to die. He was wearing a red shirt.
*The Dharma bunker had electricity and "quarantine" written on the inside of the door.
*More Lost incuriosity: The Tailers don't try to find the source of the bunker's power.
*Goodwin:"Nathan wasn't a good person. That's why he wasn't on the list."
The Tailsection offers up an official blurb for the Lost tie-in novel Bad Twin
"Paul Artisan, P.I. is a new version of an old breed -- a righter of wrongs, someone driven to get to the bottom of things. Too bad his usual cases are of the boring malpractice and fraud variety. Until now.
Tidbits from an interview with Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse:
* "When a character dies on the island, they stay dead."
But if they died off the island they might not? I'm still holding out hope for Jack's dad being reanimated by nanotechnology.
* "Keep your eyes on Mr. Eko's stick....That stick is an important ongoing clue."
Eko was carving something into the stick.
Via Lost News: a Lost fandom newsletter
Wed-Nov 16 2005
This Could Get Ugly
It occurred to me yesterday that there exists the (admittedly remote) possibilty that someone on Lost might utter the phrase "utility fog" in connection with the mobile "black smoke"- let's say, if they ever get around to explaining what the hell it is. And since this site is ranked #1 in the Google search for "utility fog" and lost I would then be in for some interesting times, traffic-wise. Accordingly, I'm thinking about adding GoogleAds. A blogger can dream, can't he?
Mon-Nov 14 2005
Sun-Nov 13 2005
Bush's Definition Of Torture: Being Gnawed By Pandas
From the most excellent Fafblog:
"So You're STILL Being Tortured To Death In An American Military Prison!
Sat-Nov 12 2005
Who Needs Terrorists
"The Army now admits that it secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the sea, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste - either tossed overboard or packed into the holds of scuttled vessels.Offshore WMDs
""National security letters," created in the 1970s for espionage and terrorism investigations, originated as narrow exceptions in consumer privacy law, enabling the FBI to review in secret the customer records of suspected foreign agents. The Patriot Act, and Bush administration guidelines for its use, transformed those letters by permitting clandestine scrutiny of U.S. residents and visitors who are not alleged to be terrorists or spies.The FBI's Secret Scrutiny
"Sony has said it will suspend the production of music CDs with anti-piracy technology which can leave computers vulnerable to viruses.Sony Stops Infecting Your Computer (for now)
Idiots...I hope they get sued so hard their heads pop
I'm Moving To Copper Mesh
The new Hanso KHR page leads to a disturbing memo sent to the Hanso Life Extension Project by the "Global Health Organization" regarding a rapidly mutating form of Meningitis in Tanzania:
The password is "Copenhagen"
Password obtained from 815
Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes (meninges) covering the brain and the spinal cord. Although the most common causes are infection (bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic), chemical agents and even tumor cells may cause meningitis.
Nitpick Dept.: Sawyer's strecher had holes in the long handle-poles with cords threaded through them. How did they drill such good-looking holes quickly without tools?
Fri-Nov 11 2005
New Press Release at Hanso Foundation Site/Life Extension Project:
There's also a hidden link to a New Hanso Foundation Page with a Password form !
The page/project has a new acronym in the URL: "KHR". Let the speculation begin.
Update: The KHR page may be the result of hacking. The "<!-- LOL H4x0r3d!!1 -->" in the HTML source is kinda suspicious. Or maybe that's what they want you to think.......
Walt 'said' "They're coming and they're close" to Shannon and Sayid.
I like the idea that Libby is another Ethan. She was the one just ahead of Cindy. Anna-Lucia's reference to "trust issues" certainly raises the idea that the Tailers have already dealt with one masquerade.
Rumble In The Jungle/Lost-Media.com
I think there are at least TWO groups of "Others". There are the "Boat People", who are the remains of the Dharma Initiative. They could be taking the "numbers drug" to avoid the illness Desmond and Rousseau have alluded to. Desmond could be part of this group. Then there are the feral Others living in the jungle, who have caught the disease. The Boat People took Walt to keep him out of the hands of the Ferals.
I also think that when we finally see Walt in the flesh he'll be in some sort of tank, that's why he always appears soaking wet. Either that or the kid really likes taking showers.
Of course I could be totally wrong.
Thu-Nov 10 2005
*I think I might have spotted Rose in the hospital hallway, hard to tell.
*NOW Michael has questions. And he has to ask the cranky control-freak with a gun, instead of the nice man he spent a couple of hours hiking with.
*I think there must be a reason the midsection survivors have not been attacked, with the exception of Ethan.
*Why does Walt always appear soaking wet, even when it isn't raining?
*I couldn't make out anything coherent from the whispering. Sawyer and Sayid have heard it without encountering the Others; the Others might not be the source of the whispers. Walt might have been trying to warn Sayid and Shannon.
*Sawyer got left behind. And he called Jin "Chewy", which made me laugh.
*After Cindy disappeared Ana-Lucia told Mr. Eco "this one's on you", so she might feel responsible for someone dying earlier.
*I'll bet good money Sayid doesn't tell anyone about seeing Walt for a good long time, if ever.
Thu-Nov 03 2005
Last Friday night a large (about 20ft.) boat was moved into my employer's warehouse.
I stayed after work to enjoy the show and take pictures.
A Little To The Left...No, MY Left
When the forklift came into play I had visions of subpoenas.
Easy Does It
Wed-Nov 02 2005
"In an eerie synergy, scribes for ABC's "Lost" will soon be writing a subplot about a character named Gary Troup who didn't survive the crash but left behind a manuscript he was working on.Dead Character Writes Lost Book
Via Evil Puppet Masters
Tue-Nov 01 2005