Mon-Apr 30 2007
Sun-Apr 29 2007
Congress Makes Us Fat
You Are What You Grow
"Drewnowski concluded that the rules of the food game in
America are organized in such a way that if you are eating on a budget,
the most rational economic strategy is to eat badly - and get fat.
This perverse state of affairs is not, as you might think, the
inevitable result of the free market. Compared with a bunch of carrots,
a package of Twinkies, to take one iconic processed foodlike substance
as an example, is a highly complicated, high-tech piece of manufacture,
involving no fewer than 39 ingredients, many themselves elaborately
manufactured, as well as the packaging and a hefty marketing budget. So
how can the supermarket possibly sell a pair of these synthetic
cream-filled pseudocakes for less than a bunch of roots?
For the answer, you need look no farther than the farm bill. This
resolutely unglamorous and head-hurtingly complicated piece of
legislation, which comes around roughly every five years and is about to
do so again, sets the rules for the American food system - indeed, to a
considerable extent, for the world's food system. Among other things, it
determines which crops will be subsidized and which will not, and in the
case of the carrot and the Twinkie, the farm bill as currently written
offers a lot more support to the cake than to the root. Like most
processed foods, the Twinkie is basically a clever arrangement of
carbohydrates and fats teased out of corn, soybeans and wheat - three of
the five commodity crops that the farm bill supports, to the tune of
some $25 billion a year. (Rice and cotton are the others.) For the last
several decades - indeed, for about as long as the American waistline
has been ballooning - U.S. agricultural policy has been designed in such
a way as to promote the overproduction of these five commodities,
especially corn and soy.
That's because the current farm bill helps commodity farmers by cutting
them a check based on how many bushels they can grow, rather than, say,
by supporting prices and limiting production, as farm bills once did.
The result? A food system awash in added sugars (derived from corn) and
added fats (derived mainly from soy), as well as dirt-cheap meat and
milk (derived from both). By comparison, the farm bill does almost
nothing to support farmers growing fresh produce. A result of these
policy choices is on stark display in your supermarket, where the real
price of fruits and vegetables between 1985 and 2000 increased by nearly
40 percent while the real price of soft drinks (a k a liquid corn)
declined by 23 percent. The reason the least healthful calories in the
supermarket are the cheapest is that those are the ones the farm bill
encourages farmers to grow."
Sat-Apr 28 2007
Wed-Apr 25 2007
Lost - Ep #317 - Catch 22
- I'm sorry this took so long, but this episode didn't really
light my fuse, and I had trouble getting my mojo working.
- Charlie and Hurley's Superman/Flash debate might be a nod to
a new writer,
Brian K. Vaughan:
"Vaughan is known for his extensive work writing for
numerous comic titles from DC Comics and Marvel Comics. He has been
recognized by numerous awards including an Eisner Award in 2005 for Best
Writer for Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina"
- I love the arrow to throat. What a great way to start an episode.
- Penny appears for an instant at the end of Desmond's "flash".
- Mushrooms? There are magic mushrooms on Craphole Island? I hope
someone other than Locke catches a buzz on the beach.
- Brother Campbell: "God tests our faith in many ways".
Just as Lost tests our patience.
- Hurley can't lie about other people's shit.
- If each of Desmond's "flashes" don't come true, the
whole series of predictions will come
- Once again I have to wonder how Sawyer managed to con anyone-He
certainly can't use his non-existent charm.
- Hurley refers to himself as "the master"- Jedi Master in my book.
- Camping? Their whole friggin life is CAMPING! And Jin has a
beautiful pregnant wife to worry about. Yup, spending the night out in
the boar-infested, monster-stalked, booby-trapped jungle sounds like
- Charlie has a notebook from the Pearl station.
- Desmond lies to Charlie.
- The 4 campers whistle the theme from the movie
The Bridge on the River Kwai.
- Desmond's period of silence at the monastary could be a mirror
of his future time spent alone in the Swan.
- Abraham and Isaac:
- Brother Campbell: You do realize you are free to talk
again Brother Desmond?
- Desmond: I'm used to being quiet I suppose.
Moriah...I find the name the Brothers have chosen for
the wine made here...interesting.
- Brother Campbell: And why is that Brother?
- Desmond: Well, Moriah's a mountain where
Abraham was asked to kill Isaac. Not exactly the most
festive locale, is it?
- Brother Campbell: And yet God spared Isaac.
- Desmond: Well, one might argue that God need not
have asked Abraham to sacrifice his son in the first place.
- Brother Campbell:Well then it wouldn't have been much
of a test, would it brother. Perhaps you underestimate the
value of sacrifice.
- Abraham's first wife
Sarah had infertility problems.
- Abraham begat Isaac, Isaac begat Jacob, Jacob Begat Benjamin
is a ravening wolf, in the morning he
devours the prey, in the evening he snatches a share of the
- Connection to
Charlie's Route 61 T-shirt
- While Abraham initially deceives Isaac as to what (or who) will
be sacrificed, Isaac must have realized the truth and agreed to
be sacrificed when Abraham bound him. Charlie never agreed to
- God is direct in his communication to Abraham. The Island
and the Black Smoke's nature, motives, and intentions are
anything but clear.
- Abraham is prevented from performing the sacrifice by
God, who sent an angel. Desmond makes the decision to save
Charlie on his own.
- Wait a minute,
Scottish Wine? Since when are grapes grown in Scotland?
- Jack better have his long con of Juliet on his mind, otherwise he's
a total idiot.
- Jin's Korean ghost story is classic.
"And the girl turned to the man who saved her and said ,
'Thank God. I was afraid you were the Hook Man.' And the man
the girl with a smile and said, 'Don't worry, little girl.
My hook is....STILL IN YOUR FATHER'S HEAD!"
- Where did the helicopter come from? We might assume that it has a
base or ship nearby.
- Desmond's fiance's name was
Ruth. In the Bible Ruth was the daughter-in-law of Naomi.
- Desmond says he sacrificed his engagement to Ruth for a higher
- "Purple Haze": great euphemism for the Swan implosion.
- There's lots of potential symbolism in the song titles on Sawyer's
Phil Collins Hits
1. Another Day In Paradise
2. True Colors
3. Easy Lover
4. You Can't Hurry Love
5. Two Hearts
6. I Wish It Would Rain Down
7. Against All Odds
8. Something Happened On The Way To Heaven
9. Separate Lives
10. Both Sides Of The Story
11. One More Night
13. Dance Into The Light
14. A Groovy Kind Of Love
15. In The Air Tonight
16. Take Me Home
- Lost.TV forum has done an exhaustive search for the
Hula Doll with no success. This is apparently the first time the
- Today's Craphole Island Book Club:
- The crewmen in Penny's listening station spoke Portuguese.
- "Many events in the book are repeatedly described from
points of view, so the reader learns more about the event from
each iteration." Sound familiar?
- "Yossarian comes to realize that Catch-22 does not actually
exist, but that because the powers that be claim it does,
and the world believes it does, nevertheless, it has potent
effects" Catch-22 is another con-game.
- Catch-22 is a loop. Desmond is stuck in a loop of repeatedly
saving Charlie's life.
- Uh-oh, it's raining again. Every time it rains, violence follows.
The logical question is whether this is just a foreshadowing device
by the writers or is there an actual connection?
- While drinking the wine Desmond was singing the
- The monks have only bottled 108 cases of wine so far.
Brother Campbell has a picture of him and Mrs. Hawking
on his desk.
Parachute Woman knows Desmond's name.
- Was that supposed to be Penny in the tree? Did Desmond alter fate
by saving Charlie? Or was the parachutist in a state of flux, like
The always excellent J. Woods has another essay on Catch-22":
"Desmond also tries to create a possible something out of a
possible nothing when he accepts the test and nearly sacrifices Charlie.
Morally, he understands he should save Charlie. However, he thinks if he
accepts the possible future as it is, Penny will drop from the sky, deus
ex machina. In other words, Des knows that possible future shouldn't be,
because it only holds a hope for Penny's arrival, while it determines
Charlie's throat being pierced. Yet he's willing to try it - to a point.
In the end, he does the moral thing and saves Charlie's vishuddha
chakra, possibly changing the picture on the jigsaw puzzle box in the
process. The Portuguese woman who parachuted into the island brought not
only her own copy of Heller's book with a picture of Des and Penny in
it, but a satellite phone that Sayid might be able to work with (if
there's anything left in Otherville). She also brought another literary
reference. The scene itself recalls the parachutist from William
Golding's Lord of the Flies, when a British pilot parachutes onto the
island the boys are stranded on but arrives dead. He is their deus ex
machina, their savior, but when they arrive, their deus is mortuus. In
mirror-twinned fashion, we have a live goddess, so to speak. She seems
affiliated with the Portuguese-speaking men at the arctic station at the
end of the second season, but we don't know yet if she speaks English,
and the one Portuguese-speaker was buried a few days back (unless
Vincent got to him)."
Fish Biscuit's recap of Catch-22
Sun-Apr 22 2007
George Orwell, Big Brother is watching your house
"On the wall outside his former residence - flat number
27B - where Orwell lived until his death in 1950, an historical plaque
commemorates the anti-authoritarian author. And within 200 yards of the
flat, there are 32 CCTV cameras, scanning every move.
Orwell's view of the tree-filled gardens outside the flat is under
24-hour surveillance from two cameras perched on traffic lights.
The flat's rear windows are constantly viewed from two more security
cameras outside a conference centre in Canonbury Place.
In a lane, just off the square, close to Orwell's favourite pub, the
Compton Arms, a camera at the rear of a car dealership records every
person entering or leaving the pub.
Within a 200-yard radius of the flat, there are another 28 CCTV cameras,
together with hundreds of private, remote-controlled security cameras
used to scrutinise visitors to homes, shops and
The Night View of Seto
Western Japan at night. Large site and large images.
Sat-Apr 21 2007
"Iran's Islamic penal code, which is a parallel system to
its civic code, says murder charges can be dropped if the accused can
prove the killing was carried out because the victim was morally
Iran Exonerates Six Who Killed in Islam's Name
Wed-Apr 18 2007
Insert Transformers/Godzilla Joke Here
"Michael Jackson is in discussions about creating a 50-foot
robotic replica of himself to roam the Las Vegas desert, according to
Michael Jackson wants Vegas robot
The Latest in Atomic Technology
In my hunt for tax forms (it seems only a select few Seattle libraries carry them)
I passed the Greenwood
I think I'll get some asbestos underwear to go with my ninja-bunny hat.
Tue-Apr 17 2007
Lost - Ep# 316 - One of Us - J. Wood Essay
J. Wood @ Powells has another great essay on "One of Us"
"Look for the odd shots; they tell so much, and are often
symbolic. Symbols are becoming increasingly important in Lost. A symbol
is an object, image, or written word that represents something other and
more than what it immediately seems to be; it's over-invested with
meaning, but that meaning requires a participating observer. We've seen
eyes, the Egyptian hieroglyphs, black and white imagery, Buddhist
baguas, and more recently the Russian doll and Juliet's mark. The doll
was of interest because it was tangential to the overall plot of the
narrative; it was the audience that recognized it as symbolically
allegorical for the episode at hand. In "One of Us," the symbol could
very well be the odd, quick shot of Juliet, Jack, Sayid and Kate's
distorted reflections in the stream; it has the virtue of presenting yet
another mirrored image, but one that is difficult to make out and
changes before your eyes.
The mirrors pop up everywhere, first with the reference back to the
second season Sayid episode, "One of Them"; this is the episode when Ben
first "joins" the Lostaways, but on hostile terms. In a few places along
the way, we seem to be getting characters mirroring the audience
reaction once again. Sayid tells Juliet, "I want to know what you people
are doing on this island, why you're terrorizing us, kidnapping children
- I want to know everything." Isn't this what the audience has been
clamoring for? In a recent interview with WBUR-Boston's Tom Ashbrook,
one thing Lindelof notes is that the Lostaways never seem to ask the
right questions, which can get frustrating for the audience. It seems
someone is trying to ask what we're asking. Of course she's not saying
anything - and she's under Jack's protection. None of the Lostaways are
brash enough to outright attack Jack; he's the only medical care they
have, and they and Jack know it. If Jack's going to step in front of
Juliet, no one will push him out of the way. Juliet's no Pikki, but
she's not exactly a fan-favorite, and she asks Jack how long it'll take
before the Lostaways (including us) accept her. Like Sayid, Jack also
seems to represent another audience sentiment: "They're good people;
they're willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. But eventually
they're gonna need some answers.""
Today's One Line Spam Poetry
Re: Tunic Loaves
Is Everyone Bixby?
Mon-Apr 16 2007
Lost - Ep #316 - One Of Us
- Sayid "leads" the group back, not Jack.
- Jack: (I) "kept my head down, did what I was supposed to, and didn't
ask any questions. I hope the good doctor has some secret plan in mind,
otherwise this episode made me wish for a meteor with Jack's name on it.
If he was thinking of coming back to the Island to rescue the Losties I
would think that getting some information of where the Island is
would be helpful. And Doctors-they just happen to be trained
- Rachel must be worried sick about her sister if Juliet
has been missing for 3 years. Cue speculation about differing time rates.
- Sayid certainly isn't Mr. Smooth Interrogator. Good thing he
led right off with death-threats, that way Jack can stop him and
we get nothing, not even Juliet lying.
- Juliet dragged Kate all that way into the jungle by herself?
She's not a ninja, she's She-Hulk.
- Hererat Aviation:
- "Hererat" bring to mind
where Noah's Ark is supposed to be. Strangely enough there was an
City of Refuge,
which was an attempt to found a Jewish State in Grand Island, NY. Then
there's asteroid 96205 Ararat.
- Bear with me here, because we're headed into the tall grass.
"Hererat" is an anagram for "Earhart", as in
Amelia_Erhart, who disappeared in the South Pacific while on a
round-the-world flight. Juliet's sister is in
Acadia Park, which is just north of the general aviation (non-scheduled)
Airport, which is next to Amelia Erhart Park. Clearly this proves that
Paul is dead.
- The older woman in Juliet's Otherville book club
is named Amelia.
- Richard: I know that six months sounds like an eternity,
but you'll be amazed at how time flies once you're there.
Another reference to time.
- Why the hell does Ethan need her vitals?
- Richard: That is orange juice with a considerable amount of tranquilizer
mixed in. Paaarty!
- Notice how Richard heads off her questions.
- Richard: Don't you feel you're meant to do something significant
with it?. Everything happens for a reason. Predestination/Fate vs
- Richard: Nobody is forcing you to do anything. Not yet, but just
- The whole trip to the Island is as funky as left-out roquefort.
Based on my Google-fu, Miami to Sydney takes about 20 hours. Now say
we knock 4 hours off for the time Flight 815 flew out of Sydney. But
we have to add time for transfering to, and traveling in, the Sub. So
back-o-the-napkin travel time is 16-20+ hours. After being unconscious
that long Juliet would twist Ethan's head right off to get to a bathroom.
And just how did they go from a jet to the sub? Where did they land the jet?
Did the Others drug Juliet
in order to conceal the location of the Island or to cover up exactly how
they get there?
- The tranquilizer they gave Juliet is probably the same stuff they gave
Jack in Ep #301 (A Tale of Two Cities). Juliet:
The drugs we gave you when we brought you here have a pretty serious
side-effect -- dehydration. Your head is probably sore, your throat is
One of the Sub crew and the Sub conning tower both have the
K'an I Ching Trigram.
line in between two broken lines symbolize water. The two broken lines
represent the depression of earth (river banks). The solid line in the middle
represents motion. This creates the image of water flowing in a river. In
addition, this kua also represents the moon."
One english translation is the Abyss
"The son is at his most dangerous now - in puberty. His balance
can be disturbed at any moment. His thoughts are not understood by
those around him. Much of the time, his dangerous energy dissipates,
but occasionally his forces gather, especially if his father or one
of his sisters helps him. He is at his worst when his elder sister is in
trouble, and is likely to become uncontrollable in her defense.
He represents rough water - the waves beating against the shore."
I Ching - The
- Sawyer gets Claire some aspirin: Hurley's "banishment" con seems to
have had some lasting effect.
- The old Hurley would have been goofy and awkward with Juliet. The
new hotness Hurley is understated and calm.
- I bet Hurley wasn't asked to keep an eye on Juliet, he knew that the
discussion was a foregone conclusion and went to where the real action was.
- Juliet: I had the day off (from shocking and kidnapping duty).
She may be a conniving bitch, but she has a sense of humor.
- Godwin in the operating room: Did he have a medical specialty too?
Maybe Ben sent Ethan (Surgeon) and Godwin to infiltrate the Losties
because they had medical skills, not in spite of them.
- Why can't the Others just send their women off Island to give birth?
Methinks that travel to and from the Island is more complicated than
following a compass bearing or a sonar beacon.
- Ben is totally bullshitting Juliet about Rachel's cancer. It would
be so easy for him to cook up some medical charts and then, presto-chango,
"cure" a cancer that never existed.
- Speaking of
The records Ben shows Juliet are for a man weighing 187lbs. And she's
looking at electrocardiagrams-which are not very useful in diagnosing
cancer. I think someone in the Lost props department should be
looking for a new job.
- Ben says he got the medical charts from Mikhail. They look
like something shipped in rather than copies made on the Island.
- Ben and Juliet's Beach conversation:
Key concepts: Faith/Promises/Jacob
- Juliet: Why would I stay?
- Ben: Because if you do I will cure your sister's cancer.
- Juliet: I'm supposed to take that on faith?
- Ben: You've been here for 6 months. You've done extensive workups
on all of us, have you seen even a trace of cancer?
- Juliet: That's here, and being that you won't let
me bring my sister here I'm going to need more...
- Ben: Jacob said he would take care of it himself.
Unless of course you don't have faith in him? Every woman
on this Island needs you. If you choose to stay, I promise you-
we will save Rachel's life.
Juliet is instantly impressed/cowed by the mention of Jacob.
Juliet doesn't question the idea that Jacob can cure cancer
Why does "every woman" need Juliet's help? If they don't get
pregnant there shouldn't be any problem. Is there something else
- Women who get pregnant on the Island die before giving birth. Ben
told Jack that he's lived on the Island all his life. And he told
Locke "I was born on this island. Not many of my people can say that."
If he's telling the truth this would imply that the pregnancy problem
is relatively recent. And the Others also have more Island natives.
- Sayid says he doesn't torture anymore.
- Just to mess with people I would have Juliet able to speak Korean.
- Notice how Juliet's account of Ethan and Claire makes the Others
look like the "good guys"-all they wanted to do is help Claire and
Ethan acted on his own with all that kidnapping, killing and hanging.
- Strictly speaking, Claire wouldn't have been the "control"-
for that to be true she would have to remain untreated.
Ethan injected Claire with the
that Desmond and Inman took in the Swan for over 3 years,
well before Juliet arrived on Island. Juliet is lying,
she didn't create the "vaccine", unless you factor in time-travel.
- Juliet: I can fix this-Jack "fixes" people.
- What opera were Godwin and Juliet listening to post-coitus?
- Ben's Books:
""Assassins" by Tim F. LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, which is
part of the "Left Behind" (familiar?) series about the end times. "Pop Goes
the Weasel" by James Patterson, a crime thriller. "The Royals" by Kitty
Kelley, an examination of the British Royal Family. "Stitches in Time"
by Barbara Michaels, about magical quilts and the good and bad powers
they possess. "Women Who Run With Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes,
about the myths of Wild Women and a call to the awakening of the Wild
Woman in modern women."
He also has "Word Power" and "Writer's Reference..."
Wait a minute-who the hell is Ben calling on the telephone?
Ben has lots of mounted butterflies. They're even in the kitchen.
- Ben didn't hate "Carrie", but he thought it was depressing.
- Ben seems almost as upset at being called a liar and a promise
breaker as he does at having a tumor.
- Juliet: If you can cure cancer, why do you have it?
Why can't Jacob cure it?
The Mark on the Tree:
The symbol carved into the tree.
The brand on Juliet's back. Are these the same?
alchemical sign for sal ammoniacus, or ammonium salt.
Sometimes used for the planet Uranus. Uranus was the
father of the Greek gods and personified the sky or heaven.
It is also a symbol for an Italian sect founded by David Lazzaretti at the end of the nineteenth century. Good luck
researching this unless you read Italian. He might have created a heretical
utopian community. Alias was quite fond of crazed medieval Italians.
Another version of the
Sal Ammoniac symbol.
I'm not enamored of the
Ummo UFO mystery theory.
- Sayid and Sawyer could have noticed how clean the medical case was.
It was supposed to be sitting in a hole in the ground for over 2 months
of wind and rain but it's spotless.
- How the holy heck do the Others know that Sawyer shot
This isn't the sort of thing Mikhail can pull off of the interweb.
- Juliet says that Sawyer killed Duckett the night before the flight-
He actually did it 3 days before.
- I really thought the Others would get morally righteous long
before now. I guess that would have involved them explaining themselves
- Mikhail never has his walkie on-that's why Mrs. Klugh had to ride
out to the Flame.
- The Losties have barely crashed-who would Mikhail be shooting at?
Danielle? Or somebody else?
- Why doesn't Ben put Richard on speakerphone? Because it's another
- Ben: We may have some new visitors. Who were the
old ones? DHARMA? And why would Ben want Richard in regards to them?
- 80 days ago Richard was either off Island or somewhere other
than Stepford Village.
- Ben: I'm not a liar. People who keep having to say that
usually turn out to be liars.
- Really Charlie, what motive would Juliet have in not helping Claire?
- Juliet "curing" Claire's created "illness" mirrors Ben
"curing" Rachel's non-existent cancer
- Juliet: I'm already on my own, Jack. This is another instance
of the mark being told the truth. Alex told Locke that he was being
manipulated, but he was on a mission. Juliet has straight out told Jack
that she's on nobody's side but her own, but he doesn't hear it. He
knows full well that her primary motivation is getting off the Island
and that she's willing to kill people (Pickett) or arrange a death
(Ben and Jack) to do it. If he any sense he'll realize that the Others
are a better escape option for Juliet than the Losties. I have my doubts,
because common sense is uncommon on Lost.
- Maybe Jack is playing Juliet. His "I saw it in your eyes"
speech explains why he's not asking questions. And he might be doing his
own version of "telling the truth to a mark" when he says
"You want to get off this Island more than anything else in the world"
i.e. "I know you would betray and kill to get what you want".
- Great final scene with Juliet and Ben. Maybe Lost is
finally picking up the explanation pace. In season 1+2 it would have
taken months to find out of Juliet was conning the Losties.
- Why was Claire implanted? The best theory I've read is that the
Others were planning to use it to convince Claire she had to stay with
them in order to stay healthy: "Only we can treat your serious condition".
- Juliet is playing her own game. She'll happily betray the Others too.
- Ben: See you in a week. That lines up with the end of Season 3,
so we ought to know soon what Juliet is up to.
- Theory has it the last thing Juliet was staring at so intently was
Desmond. Presumably the Others have no dossier on him. They have no
idea who he is or how to manipulate him. Maybe they even think he's
an agent for a third group.
- There's still no explanation for Juliet's ninja skills. Maybe they
come from the same source as Locke's tracking and knife abilities-he
certainly didn't seem to be the master woodsman before he was paralyzed
and it would have been hard for him to acquire his skills afterwards.
This doesn't explain why he had a case full of knives.
Sun-Apr 15 2007
Tue-Apr 10 2007
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Down These Mean Streets
Detective Neptune in "Christ, the Screaming Avenger"
"Being a God and a Private Detective at the same time causes the
occasional head to turn, but let the occasional head turn, says I. Let the head
turn. Pigeons don't turn their heads. They just bob them back and forth like
real estate agents.
Hours had passed and I still had no clue what I was doing in Venice. What was
the job going to be? Who would be quarry, my task? My first wife, Amphitrite
("the third one who encircles the sea") used to say to me, when I got around to
making use of a conch and would finally call her, she'd say "Are you still
fucking that girl in Marina del Rey"? She had a mouth like a sailor, and an ass
like a sailor too. I used to like sailing with her, now that I think of it. I
wonder what happened to her. Her lips tasted like tuna, but without the
Mon-Apr 09 2007
I'm gonna get me a
Ninja Bunny Hat
Then I'm gonna get all Naruto on some weasels.
I Prefer the Binge
The Purgegate Primer
Here's the problem with modern political scandals: Many of the journalists
and media outlets follow the case for months-while it's still under the radar of
the American public. Then, when the scandal attracts a great deal of attention,
the articles presuppose an audience as versed in the minutiae of the case as its
authors. Readers interested in the big picture are left to piece together the
This has been especially true of "Purgegate," the controversy surrounding the
dismissal of eight U.S. Attorneys. The coverage has been so devoted to the Bush
administration's bungled response to the allegations that many are left to
wonder what the original allegations were. Further obfuscating matters is the
fact that, as of yet, none of the key players are asserting that any specific
crime was committed (though some of the White House's critics think there may be
some "obstruction of justice" charges at the end of this particular
Via tecznotes links
Sun-Apr 08 2007
Hey Walt: I just installed Fyre,
"a tool for producing computational artwork based on histograms of iterated chaotic functions".
I'm saying goodbye to a couple of hours
Via Mohawke's Best of the Best Free and Open Source Software Collection
Lost - Ep #315 - LEft Behind
- The Other's rec room includes a Mouse Trap game,
- There's also a
Backgammon set. Locke and Hurley played backgammon with Walt.
- Kate tries to ambush Juliet. Juliet cleans her clock (and could have
eaten her lunch). Three years ago Juliet was a mild-mannered fertility doctor-
now she's got mad combat skills. Where did her ninja training come from?
- Kate broken down in Iowa:
- Patsy Cline's Walking after Midnight is playing. This
is at least the third time
this song has been featured. It might foreshadow Kate and Juliet
walking in the jungle.
- Three days for a fanbelt? No friggin' way, even in Iowa.
- Kate is wearing a
"Cowboy Up" baseball cap. Sawyer used the phrase "cowboy up" in
his talk with Karl in Ep #309.
- Why is there an asphalt roller on the edge of the field?
- Locke considers his capture by the Others only temporary.
- Locke's hand is bandaged and he has slight black eye.
- Locke explicitly tells Kate that he doesn't want to go home.
- The Other's won't forgive Kate for what she did before the Island.
Why do they care? They didn't have any problem with Ethan killing Scott.
And Locke killed Mikhael-he even confessed to Ben.
- Sawyer is re-reading Watership Down.
- Steve brings the water to the beach. Steve must be some strong guy.
- The flies on Kate's sandwich are the first flies I think I've
seen on the show. They must have been put into the shot on purpose.
I wonder if they're supposed to tell us how hungry Kate is or whether
they're a symbol? Decay?
The gas canister is real, though it's tear gas or smoke, not knock-out.
- Kate is going by "Lucy", after
the patron saint of blindness.
- Kate waking up in the jungle is yet another mirror of scenes of other
Losties waking up.
- Juliet probably wasn't asleep when Kate opened the knife, that's how
she reacted so fast.
- How many marshals are in Mom's house? What, do they live there?
- Why is Edward Mars (the marshal) so obsessed with recapturing Kate? Does
he have a reason beyond her escaping him and duty? Good thing he didn't notice
that Cassidy was wearing a wig.
- Juliet wants to wait because the rain will wash away any trace of her
"they gassed me too, we're in this together" con.
- How did Juliet know that it was going to rain?
- In my humble opinion, Kate didn't ruin Jack's submarine trip, Locke did.
- What is it about little groves of bamboo that stops Smokey?
- Eko got his past shown to him in the Smoke, but Juliet gets the flashbulb
treatment. There also seems to be some lower level light. And afterwards
we get a Smokey-POV shot as it moves away.
- How the hell did Juliet dislocate her shoulder the previous 3 times?
You have to be doing some fairly serious shit to do that, and if you do
it once you probably don't want to do it again.
- The Losties have enough bullets to use them to hunt boar?
- Kate's Mom: You can't help who you love. And Mom apparently
loves her dead abusive husband more than her daughter.
- Smokey appeared to have
3 heads, confirming to many that Smokey is
- Before Smokey attacks the second time it looks as if it blows
stuff out of the ground, rather than ripping stuff out as it goes.
- Smokey can fly 50 feet into the air, but it can't fly over the sonic
- Juliet says the Others don't know what Smokey is, but they know it
doesn't like "our" fence. Does this mean the Others built the fence?
Considering our muddled understanding of Dharma vs. Others and that we
can't believe a damn thing Juliet says, once again we know nothing. We can
only speculate on the relationship between the Others and Smokey, though I've
always wondered why the Beach camp remained so unmolested by the Others.
- Juliet had a handcuff key the whole time. She says the Others gassed her
too. How did that key get in her pocket?
- She just happened to have it. Maybe she was in charge of Kate's
- She grabbed it before losing consciousness. You know she's cool
under pressure and a bad mama-jama.
- Somebody (Tom, Ben) slipped it into her pocket.
- She wasn't gassed at all (A). The Others didn't want an unconscious
Juliet to be alone with someone who blows up stepfathers.
- She wasn't gassed at all (B). She's a plant by Ben. That's why
Sayid and Jack slept so long: To give Juliet time to con Kate.
- Juliet didn't want to be left behind, but she blames Kate for not
doing the same to Jack.
- Once again Hurley proves himself the Lostie Jedi Master. He conned
the con-man for the good of the group and Sawyer. Sawyer may be the
apparent "temporary leader" but Hurley is the real power behind the throne.
- I think Desmond was in on the con. Hurley would have to be sure he
would take Sawyer hunting for there to be a boar BBQ.
- Why is Jack's house so beat-up? Did all that damage occur in the short time
before the gas took effect or did something else happen?
Did Locke get his injuries
- The Others used at least 2 gas grenades on Jack, maybe more.
- Kate is in a position to know that Sawyer has a child.
- Much has been made of how the Others left Stepford Village. I'm putting
my money on a tunnel, the tunnel that the Losties don't find because they
don't search the place. Yea, I know that Sayid said that he checked all
the houses, but he only had like 5 minutes. If it were me, I would be trying to
figure out what the hell is going on by doing a serious search. God knows
what kind of clues have falled between the Others sofa cushions. At least raid
- Hmmmm, i wonder what Danielle did when the Other's packed up?
- Next Episode: Sayid is asking questions? Will wonders never cease? My
prediction: No answers from Juliet.
- Next Episode-Juliet: If I tell you what I know, you'll kill me.
Does she mean Sayid will kill her once she losed her informational value or that
he'll kill her because of what she would tell him? TPTB are going to have an
interesting problem preventing Juliet from spilling the beans. She's going to
be around for at least 2 more episodes.
The CDP has a great idea: Once Lost finishes it's run, recut the
show into it's proper chronological order.
Indepth review of "Left Behind" by the always interesting J.Wood.
- "Left Behind" on Lostpedia
Wed-Apr 04 2007
Tue-Apr 03 2007
Lost - Theories and Observations
- The List is Bogus Theory: The Others themselves don't meet the standards for
being on "the List". Mikhael (Patchy) said that the Losties weren't on
the List and couldn't comprehend why he would want to be on the Island
because the Losties were angry, frightened, and weak. But consider the
emotional states of some of the Others:
- Ben is frightened that he'll lose his position of power
with the Others.
- If Pickett wasn't angry, I don't know what angry is. He was
ready to kill an innocent Sawyer in a rage because Sun killed his wife.
- Mikhael himself is weak. He couldn't bring himself to follow Mrs.
Klugh's order to kill her.
The List is clearly not accurate. The reasons for the Others being on the List
is not what the Others were told and believe. I think the List is part of a long
con that "Him" or "Jacob" or people controlling "Him" are running on the Others
- Lost has had repeated refences to The Wizard of Oz.
I can't think of any character we know of that's more congruent to the Wizard than
"Him/Jacob". I think that once "Jacob" is revealed either he'll be found to be
running a long con (on the Others, the Losties, or both) or to be only a front
for someone or something else.
- Before I posted that Charlie would go back to being a
putz. Upon further reflection,
I think it would be more accurate to describe him as a
- Mikhael said that Dharma called the conflict between them and the Others as
"The Purge". This is a very odd term to use in this context. Purges are done
by an entity to cleanse itself or something else of impurities. The Allies
didn't purge the Nazis, but rather the Allies purged Germany of the Nazis.
I think one of two things happened:
- Dharma and the Others were at one time working together until
Dharma decided to purge itself of the Others. This would explain
why the Others are still using Dharma facilities and resources on and off
- The Others warred against Dharma in order to purge the Island
of them. Ben has made references to "loving" and "defending" the
- Why didn't the Others abduct Jack, Kate, and Sawyer the first time they
had them under their control, when the Losties went after Michael?
at the time Ben was only supposed to be a 3-episode character. So the plan
was probably for Ben to get captured, mind-fuck with everybody in the Swan,
and then somehow get killed. TPTB must have had a lot of sleepless nights
rejiggering the course of the show after they decided to keep Ben around.
Mon-Apr 02 2007
Lost - EP #314 - Exposť
- This wasn't the deepest of shows, so I'm going to keep it simple.
For a detailed rundown I suggest the
Lostpedia entry for Exposť
- So Mr. LaShade is actually The Cobra, arch-villian extraordinaire.
Mayhaps this foreshadows someone "good" actually being one of the Others, maybe
even "Him" or "Jacob". I can't see it being one of the Losties, but maybe
someone from a flashback.
- Oh, I get it. Nikki's stripper character on Exposť is named Corvette.
"Darling Nikki" "Little Red Corvette".
- Locke was watching Exposť while he ate his pathetic TV dinner in
his pathetic apartment in The Man From Tallahassee
- Shannon accused Boone of "flirting with random guys" at the airport.
Nice after-death insertion of a gay (or bi) character into the show.
- Nice to see Hurley and Sawyer playing ping-pong.
- Hammer me over the head with it: Nikki is a heartless, greedy bitch.
- Is it just me, or did Ethan's expression seem "flat"? It's
like he's stoned or something. It's not just his scene w/N+P, he's
always like this, at least when he's with the Losties.
- Sawyer called Hurley "Hugo", not a nickname.
- If Nikki had worn that orange bikini top more often I might have
warmed up to her, even if she is a murderess.
- We're supposed to believe that notorious blowhard (and educator)
Dr. Arzt has discoved a deadly spider and then neglected to mention
it to anyone but Nikki.
- The heck with killing and robbing people, Nikki and Paolo:
and told no one. They're like the Island non-communication champions. I'm
glad they were buried alive.
- Found the Beechcraft
- Explored the Pearl Hatch
- Overheard the plan to abduct Jack, Kate, and Sawyer-including
the part about Michael being a traitor
- Had an Other walkie-talkie
- If our detectives had found the empty spider jar they might have
solved the mystery. Too bad Nikki threw it away.
- I hope that walkie-talkie doesn't disapear down the plot-hole. It
could come in handy.
- This whole episode is like a foreshadowing festival.
- Paolo, baby, if you're trying to hide stuff by burying it, next
time don't do it under a torch at night.
- Locke: Things don't stay buried on this Island. I'm eagerly
awaiting zombie Nikki and Paolo in season 7.
- What the hell are Ben and Juliet doing in the Pearl hatch? I mean really,
what purpose did their little visit serve? And they just leave a walkie-talkie
- Vincent exposes the "bodies" of Nikki and Paolo.
- Charlie redeems himself by confessing to Sun. But I predict that
he'll go back to being a putz.
- Why did Paolo remove the diamonds from the Pearl hatch toilet? It
was still a perfectly good hiding place.
- Hurley is once again the Jedi Master/de facto leader of the Losties.
- Why is Sun wearing a watch? Does she have appointments to keep?
- Lost Book Club: Sawyer is reading
"Evil Under the Sun" by Agatha Christie.
- If I had a hot girlfriend I wouldn't hide diamonds in my pants.
- I'm not convinced that the sound Nikki hears when the spiders converge
on her is the Black Smoke Monster.
- At the crash sight Boone asks Nikki if she has a pen. If Nikki had had
a pen after the spider attack she could have written "I'm not dead" on her
- Lots of missed op
- There are theories bouncing around that Nikki and Paolo weren't
on the plane originally, but entered the Island timeline after the Swan
imploded. This would explain why the newspaper Paolo is reading in the
airport is dated one day after flight 815 left Australia and why
Sawyer doesn't remember them. Though Hurley seems to know them.
Sun-Apr 01 2007
Monday Morning Admiraling
Regarding the Iranian capture/arrest of 15 British seamen:
To me, this raises the question: Why were 15 sailors out in potentially hostile
and disputed waters without the means to defend themselves or proper backup?
If that freighter was smuggling it seems like they could have
killed the British without much trouble.
Best made-up derogatory term: Knob-Nozzle