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Dharma Wants You! Yes, you–over there, with the hidden video camera.

LostFor those that may have missed out, there seems to be a new game for the LOST tele­vi­sion show! Those that saw the sea­son finale may remem­ber the com­mer­cial for Octagon Global Recruiting. This hinted at something-or-other hap­pen­ing at Comicon. If you signed up to be on the mail­ing list, one of the emails you received had some HTML com­ments hid­den in the source code. These are from some­one using the name RuckusGuy. He details what to expect at the Comicon booth: recruit­ment drive, sign up for a times­lot, go into the booth for a personality/IQ test. He men­tions a guy on the inside of Dharma who has rigged up a lit­tle some­thing on Bluetooth. The lit­tle some­thing turned out to be a video. It is effec­tively the same video play­ing on screens out­side the booth, but with not-so-subliminal mes­sages.

At Comicon, things went as described: peo­ple took recruit­ment tests at the Dharma booth–with some ques­tions rem­i­nis­cent of Blade Runner. The report from Thursday of the pod­cast The Transmission had a good man-in-the-street type of review. And while we’re link­ing to The Transmission, any good Lost fan may want to lis­ten to The Visionaries Panel. It’s not directly related to this par­tic­u­lar game, but is a great lit­tle Q&A ses­sion with the guys from Lost, Chuck, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Pushing Daisies.

The actual Lost panel was on Saturday. Once again, I point you to The Transmission who has a good audio record­ing of the panel. This starts out with the usual intro­duc­tions. They guys then talk about spon­sor­ship. These days, peo­ple use all sorts of meth­ods of adver­tis­ing and spon­sor­ship. You get prod­uct place­ment, lower-third ads, and that sort of thing. And in an exam­ple of “life imi­tat­ing art” as they explained, Dharma has spon­sored the panel. As such, they had requested a few min­utes of everyone’s time. Mr. Hans Van Eeghen takes the stage and talks about the recruit­ment results. You really need to lis­ten to the audio or watch the video for this. “We came here look­ing for the best and the bright­est... but instead, we get you.” All of the per­son­al­ity test­ing was recorded, and he brings up a best-of (or would that be worst-of?) clip reel of people’s answers. At the end of his few min­utes of time, he opti­misti­cally states that he found 10 recruits who passed and calls them up on stage. He also says that they are still look­ing for more peo­ple and that every­one should check out DharmaWantsYou.com on Monday (Yesterday.) One by one, the peo­ple he names make it to the stage. They then go off, as he explains, to the Dharma booth for fur­ther instruc­tion and infor­ma­tion and the stage is given back to the Lost guys.

You then get the Q&A ses­sion that goes on for the rest of their time–EXCEPT about 5 min­utes before the end, there’s an inter­rup­tion. Dan Bronsen, one of the recruits called up on stage to go to the Dharma booth at the begin­ning of the talks, rushes in. He is out of breath and yelling about a video and about expos­ing the truth. He even­tu­ally gets his video played on the big screen and it’s a sort of unsteady-cam of him being brought through the Comicon floor to the Dharma booth, then being sat down to watch a video. He records the video, but at the end is caught with the cam­era and makes a dash for it. He runs out of the booth, escap­ing cap­ture, and across the Comicon floor, and then the video cuts out.

Without spoil­ing too much, it’s best you just watch the video for your­self. Like last year’s Comicon video, it is from Dr. Marvin Candle. No bun­nies this time, though.

And now you’re caught up. DharmaWantsYou is up and run­ning. You can take a per­son­al­ity test, sign up, and log in. There is men­tion of weekly assess­ment tests, a leader board, but not much to do currently–just sign up. The leader­board thing has me a bit wor­ried. I just hope it ends up being a col­lab­o­ra­tive game and not a com­pet­i­tive one, as the for­mer tends to build com­mu­ni­ties and the lat­ter tends to splin­ter them.

Posted in: Lost

Nice use of stock footage

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So, I haven’t really been fol­low­ing the “Lost Experience” game that has been play­ing through the sum­mer, but quite a lot of peo­ple have. Over the course of the game, 53 video frag­ments have been released and some guy pieced them all together and put it on YouTube. [via Digg]

Incidentally, with all the ARG peo­ple on my friend list, does any­one know of a good pod­cast to help summarize/follow what’s going on with the Lost Experience?

Posted in: Lost Television

Dharma_Rum_and_Vodka_1

Dharma Vodka and Rum

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This week­end is going to be fun!

The bot­tles turned out rel­a­tively well. I started out with some screen cap­tures of Desmond’s bot­tle as well as the Mac & Cheese pack­ag­ing and did up some sim­i­lar labels in InDesign (pdf). I soaked and brushed the exist­ing labels off of the bot­tles. Next, I printed the labels on card­stock. Of course, I for­got to set the printer set­tings for card­stock thick­ness, so things got a lit­tle over-inked and blurred a bit (which I did not notice until the glue was applied.) Next time, I am not sure whether or not to go with card­stock or nor­mal paper. In the full size image, you can see white edges around the label, which were not because I cut slop­pily, but because of the thick­ness of the paper. Maybe some card­stock and sharpie marker. Some spray-on adhe­sive later, I had new labels on the bot­tle. Next time, I may use fin­ish­ing spray on the paper before glu­ing, as the act of plac­ing the label got some glue on my fin­gers, which then smeared the ink a lit­tle bit more.

So, yep. That was my arts-and-crafts project for the evening. Tomorrow, the pipe cleaner and mac­a­roni art!

Posted in: Pictures

Lost

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This pretty much con­sists of some cur­rently unan­swer­able ques­tions that I just wanted to write down some­where...

Last week, we got to see the Pearl hatch, which is a mon­i­tor­ing sta­tion for psy­cho­log­i­cal exper­i­ments in the “test sub­ject hatch,” namely the Swan. Even though Locke turned on all of the mon­i­tors, only one dis­played a pic­ture and that was of the kitchen. I am going to guess that the other TVs also looked into the Swan, as that was a pretty bad van­tage point for any­thing inter­est­ing in the Swan (like the room with the but­ton or the bunks.)

It looks like the exper­i­ment is now obso­lete, as nobody had been to The Pearl in a while (it had been cov­ered in an air­plane!) But then why are they still get­ting food drops? The man­u­fac­tured goods obvi­ously come from off the island, out in the real world. Is some­one in some com­pany (Hanso?) con­sciously aware sign­ing off on the food drops? Is it just some bureau­cratic clock­work that has been set into motion that now nobody really con­trols (like the maze thing in the movie Cube?)

And while we are talk­ing about the Pearl, what about the shark? I vaguely remem­ber it hav­ing a Dharma logo with a round cen­ter on its tail that can only be the Pearl. Do they have mon­i­tor­ing sharks? With cam­eras and frig­gin’ laser beams on their heads?

The cam­era in the Pearl hatch: Who is at the other end of that? And who is at the other end of the pneu­matic tube? Where is Locke’s note going to end up?

What about Desmund? Is he an “actor” that some­one used to get the cast­aways to com­ply with the exper­i­ment or did he him­self get sucked in and gen­uinely believe the but­ton had to be pressed?

So now we know that Henry is an “other.” It turns out he was telling the truth about the but­ton. Was he telling the truth about the rest of it? About Locke being “good” (good for what?) and him com­ing to retrieve him? Why wasn’t Locke on the list given to Michael?

Walt has to take tests? And Mrs. Clue (which makes me think of Mrs. What and the gang from A Wrinkle in Time) was ask­ing about see­ing Walt being in places he couldn’t have been? And she asked Walt “do you want to go back to the room?” as if it were a pun­ish­ment?

My guess about all of this is that the island had been pre­vi­ously used for psy­cho­log­i­cal exper­i­ments, but has since been repur­posed. The hard­ware (includ­ing the hatches and but­ton) still exists and still (mostly) works, but some entirely dif­fer­ent exper­i­ments are going on.

Okay. That is off my chest. Go about your usual busi­ness.

Posted in: Lost Television

I'd carry a Jesus Stick (but not a real Jesus Stick, that's cruel)

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I heard a silly/geeky song on the Jay and Jack Lost Podcast this week. Because I could not find the orig­i­nal, I ended up extract­ing it as an MP3 and then real­ized that oth­ers might want to lis­ten, too. So here it is:

If I Had A Million Dollars,” by Barenaked Hurley (a spoof on the Barenaked Ladies song of the same name)

If I had a mil­lion dol­lars, I’d plant an instruc­tional film (but not a real instruc­tional film–that’s cruel.) If I had a mil­lion dol­lars, I’d cut out a piece of that film (yep) and hide it in another bunker.”

If I had a mil­lion dol­lars, we wouldn’t have to keep eat­ing Dharma din­ners. (But we WOULD eat Dharma din­ners.) Of course we would. We’d just eat MORE! ...and make really expen­sive ranch dress­ings. (That’s right, and they can keep up to 3 months at room tem­per­a­ture.)”

Okay, so it’s one of those things you hear once and it’s funny, but then does not have much replay value. Still, just lis­ten to it the once.

Posted in: Lost Music Television

Lost Map

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Mirrored from var­i­ous com­ments in this Digg arti­cle:

Bigass (6M, 2751x2274) “enhanced” image

Posted in: Lost Television