Thursday, July 31, 2008

High-Quality Dharma Test and RuckusGuy Videos 190

The ODI has video of Hans Van Eegan and the Lost panel. You can see a better quality version of the Test Montage below: has two new high-quality videos from Comic-Con:

Test Montage is the Dharma Volunteer Assessment Test, with some responses from those who took it at Comic-con.

  • What three words describe you?
  • What animal do you identify with?
  • Describe your first kiss in three words.
  • Who is your constant?
  • What would you sacrifice to stay alive?
  • What makes you cry?
  • You just stole a sick child's toy. Why?
  • Why does the female Black Widow spider eat the male after mating?
  • A tortoise is on its back in the sun. You're not helping. Why?
  • What does terror sound like?

Secret Candle is the RuckusGuy / Pierre Chang video shown during the Lost panel.

Here are a couple of the "static" audio clips. I can't make anything out, but maybe you can...

Static 1:

Static 2:

Thanks to Zort here's the name Pierre Chang calls when the baby is crying. What do you hear; Stanislar, Stanislav, Dammit Laura, or maybe something else?



Tuesday, July 29, 2008

No More From DuaneIsInsane 262

Update 7/31: Dark UFO is confirming that DuaneIsInsane is FAKE, and not affiliated with the ARG in any way. You can read about it here.

DuaneIsInsane is at it again. He's posted an "urgent" message at the SpoilerTV forums:
by DuaneIsInsane on Tue Jul 29, 2008 11:47 am
Sorry I haven't been able to reply. I've been busy going to places that Dan Bronson may have been before me.

The little information that I give in each post is very hard for me and I wish I could tell you more about what I know.

I knew about Dan Bronson two days before he made himself visible to the world because of a Halloween party I had met him at.

He wore a BumbleBee costume.
*Thanks to Nat for e-mailing about this.

There's speculation around the various blogs that BumbleBee is guiding us to the Transformer BumbleBee. Or perhaps we're supposed to look at the Bumblebee species as a whole and their mating, nesting and social behaviors?

UPDATE: He's back again at SpoilerTV, this time to help "clarify" things for us:
Re: Extremely Urgent.
by DuaneIsInsane on Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:19 pm

I can understand why my last comment may have confused a lot of you. The way my life works is probably not common to most of you.

To clarify, I have met Dan Bronson for the first time twice.
*Thanks to Lost2010 for posting this in comments.

Dharma Initiative Volunteer Assessment Test 86

The Dharma Initiative Volunteer Assessment Test consists of a series of questions designed to provoke an emotional response.


The following test will assess your suitability for the Dharma Initiative’s Volunteer Recruitment Program. This is a multiple-choice test of 17 questions.The test will take approximately five (5) minutes to complete.

PART 1: Psycho-Visual Correlation Evaluation
Instructions: Choose the answer that you most associate with the following images.

A: Trap
B: Party
C: Turn
D: Disclosure

A: Wound
B: Essence
C: Candy
D: Leech

A: Vulnerable
B: Deceive
C: Naive
D: Awakening

A: Evolution
B: Devastate
C: Opportunity
D: Rehabilitate

A: Calcify
B: Blend
C: Seize
D: Guitar

A: Metamorphose
B: Nutrition
C: Amputate
D: Eat

A: Sting
B: Humid
C: Sibling
D: Fright

A: Exit
B: Enter
C: Isolate
D: Ambush

A: Decay
B: Grind
C: Extract
D: Smile

A: Reef
B: Rust
C: Abandon
D: Tide

PART 2: Hypothetical Situational Projection Assessment
Instructions: Choose the answer that you think is most likely in the following hypothetical situations.

A spider is biting your arm. You don't kill it. Why?
A: It's not poisonous
B: You have a prosthetic arm
C: You're Buddhist
D: You're paralyzed with fear

You just stole a sick child's toy. Why?
A: The child was choking on it
B: To replace its battery
C: To wind it up
D: You're a child too

A tortoise is on its back in the sun. You're not helping. Why?
A: The tortoise is already dead
B: You are herpetophobic (fear of reptiles)
C: The tortoise is in a locked cage
D: You're filming a wildlife documentary

You are crawling across a stormy beach. Why?
A: You're shipwrecked
B: You've lost a contact lens
C: You're a crab
D: You're a soldier in a beach invasion

You are running down an unfamiliar street. why?
A: You're running a marathon
B: You're on a Spanish bull run
C: You're chasing an ice cream truck
D: You're on the run from the police

You are lying face down on the edge of a cemetery. Why?
A: You're sleeping in an adjacent park
B: You fainted from grief
C: Your body fell out of the Hearse
D: You suffer narcolepsy

You're sitting on your bed with a sharp knife. Why?
A: A burglar is in the house
B: You're about to cut the tag off a new pair of shoes
C: You're eating breakfast in bed
D: You're rehearsing a scene from Macbeth

Congratulations. Register Now.

Note: While you are taking the test, you will hear someone speaking in a foreign language. Any one know what she is saying? Here is the audio...

UPDATE 7/29: Ridley at The Fuselage has translated the audio, which is Icelandic:
Those who come to the Dharma Initiative will have to travel a long way across the sea at a considerable speed. Work will include being outdoors and physical labor. You may also experience some [instability of time along the way]. Hopefully you, like many others, feel that your social duty is more important than your personal safety.
*Thanks to Lost2010 in comments for pointing this out.

Dharma Initiative Booth Hack 12

A new email was sent out by Hans Van Eeghan, inviting everyone to visit the Dharma Wants You website. (like we haven't been hitting F5 all day...)


Recruiting Volunteers NOW.
Join the Dharma Initiative's latest groundbreaking research project.

Visit and complete an 'Eligibility Test'.
Our innovative research has brought together some
of the brightest minds on the planet.
And we'd like you to join us.

Once again, it appears RuckusGuy has added a message in the source code:
<!-- Banks Claw -->
Banks Claw is probably an anagram for Black Swan (RuckusGuy's second alias?)

The second line translates to (read it out loud), where you can watch the Dharma Initiative Bluetooth Booth Hack.

The YouTube page has this message from RuckusGuy:
Here it is, told you I'd get it!

More to come...
RuckusGuy also has some interesting tags on his video: dharma initiative comic con 2008 lost bluetooth ruckus guy dan bronson panel san diego hans van eeghen eaghen marvin candle

Here are the "hacked" frames from the video:

Lost ARGs spacer* Thank to codysmom for posting about the email in the comments!

Monday, July 28, 2008 NOW OPEN! 51

Dharma Wants You Site NOW OPEN!
The site is NOW OPEN!
Does the world fill you with wonder?
Do you marvel at human ingenuity?
Do you dream of a better tomorrow for everyone?
At the Dharma Initiative, we do... and we'd like you to join us!
Why would you want to join the Dharma Initiative you ask?
"Together we can guide the world to a better tomorrow.”
Hans Van Eeghen (Head of Recruiting, Dharma Initiative)

The Dharma Initiative is a multidisciplinary research collective dedicated to improving the human condition through innovative scientific research. Our directors are recognized leaders in their fields, with distinguished research histories in a wide range of social and scientific disciplines.

A new research project is about to commence which will play a vital role in furthering the Dharma Initiative’s objectives.

We require research volunteers to assist in a range of unpaid positions.

Complete an Eligibility Test to enroll in our Volunteer Recruiting Program. Over a number of weeks, you will undergo a series of tests scientifically designed to assess the most appropriate research role for your talents and abilities.

Join today.
Well, if that doesn't convince you, I don't know what will. So head on over, take the test, and register for the Dharma Initiative. Please post your user name and results in the comments.

And check back here for more updates soon!!!!

BTW, in case you didn't realize it... the Dharma Initiative is fictional!

DuaneIsInsane Predicts Dan Bronson at Comic-Con 54

A SpoilerTV forum member named DuaneIsInsane posted an urgent message about Comic-con, three days before the Lost panel. He correctly predicted that Dan Bronson would be at Comic-con, and that Dan Bronson is RuckusGuy:
In regards to Global Octagon Recruiting [sic], does the name Dan Bronson mean anything to anyone?
It may be closely related to the person who's going by the name RuckusGuy.
Dan Bronson will be at Comic Con
I had to wait until 12:18 to post.
I can't say why, but RuckusGuy has been hacking into Global Octagon Recruiting and I have reason to believe his real name is Dan Bronson.
After Dan's live (on tape) appearance at the Lost panel, Duane posted again:
He's done it.
Dan Bronson has done what he said he would do in his email.
I hope some of you are there to witness his accomplishment.
I can also tell you that Dan Bronson does background work.
I've worked alongside Dan Bronson for 2 years.
Dan Bronson does indeed go by the alias RuckusGuy.
What's also of great importance is that "Dan Bronson" is his 2nd alias.
Since Duane is claiming to have worked with Dan, he must also be "in-game". Or is Duane just insane?

FWIW, Tresbien over at InsideTheExperience found the actor who plays Dan Bronson - Jesse Heiman

* Thanks to Capcom for emailing me about this!

Introducing The LOST ARGs Podcast 74

Join hosts David A Dein and Steve 'The Goog' Guglich as they unpack the Lost Comic-Con panel, and tease the brand new Lost ARG with the premiere of their brand new Podcast THE DO OR DIE CAST (aka the Lost Community Podcast #49, aka the Lost ARGs podcast ;)

Listen now:

Download (right-click, save as)

To leave a message for the next podcast, please contact, or leave a voice mail at (206) 202-3512.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Lost Videos From Comic-Con 153

Straight from Tapdawg at Comic Con comes video of today's Lost Q&A panel with a few added surprises. You can watch all four parts at and audio of the panel can be download or streamed at The Transmission. Part 1 and Part 2 of the video features an appearance from Hans Van Eeghen of Octagon Global Recruiting, who calls the testing results "abysmal" and "truly pathetic". He brings a "few" candidates to the stage that did excel at the tests. Could one of them be RuckusGuy? He encourages people to continue taking the tests Saturday and Sunday and then proceed to on Monday to register. Also from Tapdawg comes this Dharma video featuring a message from the man formerly known as Dr. Marvin Candle, with a plea to "save" them and "change the past". Could this be our new mission?

UPDATE 7/27: I typed up a transcript of what I could make out in the Pierre Chang/Marvin Candle video (click the image to view it clearly/larger). I think it's pretty close, but you can point out anything I missed or that should be changed in comments:

Transcript of Chang Comic Con Video*Thanks to Memphish and Sayid's Girl for edits.

RuckusGuy Bluetooth Video From Dharma Booth 29

This morning there are loads of videos and lots of information from Comic-Con floating around the Internet. Yesterday was a busy day at the convention with the Entertainment Weekly Panel, followed by Damon, Carlton, and Jeff (Doc) Jensen taking the Dharma recruitment tests. Damon and Carlton both took the Io tests and Doc Jensen took Europa. Tapdawg at has once again pulled through and gotten some great video footage and interviews with the guys as they left the testing area.

Ryan and Jen at The Transmission, have the audio of the entire Entertainment Weekly panel up for your enjoyment and you can download or stream it at their blog.

Finally, ODI has video of the RuckusGuy bluetooth hack from outside the Dharma booth. The Video is posted at Dark UFO and The ODI's blog. Also, there are caps of each individual screen at Dark UFO and Dharma Dummies.

RuckusGuy bluetooth hack, courtesy of The ODI. RuckusGuy bluetooth hack, courtesy of The ODI.

Photo/video source: The ODI via Dark UFO and thanks to Sayid's Girl for e-mailing additional screen shots of the video.

UPDATE 7/26: Simone in comments found the stock photo used for the Little Red Riding Hood image (above) at

Little Red Riding Hood image from Dharma tests.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Dharma Initiative Recruiting Project Tests 50

The first accounts of the "tests" at the Dharma booth at Comic-Con are rolling in. Lucky recruits are required to enter a booth where they are asked to choose a test, and then answer some questions aloud.

Ryan and Jen from The Transmission, have an interview with an early test taker, and also have taken it themselves. Jen took the Ganymede test and Ryan took Amalthea.

The questions for the latter were:
1. What was your first live concert?
2. What is the sound of terror?
3. What was the first album you bought?
4. Who is your constant?
5. What is the sound of red?
6. When were you last truly happy?

Word association photos:
1. A tree-lined road at night.
2. Skeletons.
3. A child in a sprinkler.
4. Little Red Riding Hood in bed with the wolf.
Thanks Memphish for posting this in comments.

took the Callisto test and also managed to get a camera in the booth. You can see his video at His questions (posted at were:
1. State your name while holding up a number (they give you the number when you take the test).
2. Repeat the word Continuum three times, louder each time.
3. How are you feeling right now?
4. What animal do you relate to the most?
5. What 3 words best describe you?
6. What's your first memory?
7. Who is your constant?
8. Something like, if anything can happen does that mean that nothing can happen too?
9. Do polar bears make good pets?

Word association photos:
1. A Young boy is squirting a hose onto a young girl.
2. A sign posted an a tree said 'surprise?'
3. A picture of a single lane road in the dark woods.
4. A skeletal side view of the teeth and jaw.

Lost ARGs spacerThe names of the tests, in order are: Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Amalthea, Himalia, Elara, and Leda, based on screen shots from Comic-Con Live. They are all moons of Jupiter, and also tied to Greek mythology.

*Thanks Maven for pointing that out in comments.

Dharma at Comic Con 43

Comic Con opened last night with a jam packed Preview Night.  Ryan Ozawa of The Transmission podcast is covering it in full detail including photos from the Dharma Initiative booth which you can see on  his Flickr stream.

Ryan also has a complete
Comic Con blog with blog posts, audio blog posts, mini podcasts and photos. Last night Ryan was able to interview Emma from the Dharma Initiative booth. You can listen to that interview in the latest Transmission podcast, episode 33, at the 16:34 mark.  Ryan also managed to interview someone who went through the recruitment process.

UPDATE: DarkUFO has a copy of the of the Dharma waiver, which states the "game" is currently referred to as the Dharma Initiative Recruiting Project.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Dharma Dots 36

The Dharma Wants You website has been adding dots just above it's coming soon graphic, actually twice since launching on Friday. At first they appeared to be random, but now it looks like a pattern is emerging. I have "connected the dots" to make the pattern easier to see.

Will this eventually draw out some sort of Dharma logo or other message, or is this simply a countdown clock to Comic-con?

UPDATE 7/22: More Dharma Dots today. I've updated the graphic with the new dots and extrapolated the remaining dots.

UPDATE 7/23: More Dharma Dots. Not quite following my pattern...

UPDATE 7/23: Here is the pattern superimposed with the Dharma logo (rotated 90°), and another way to draw the lines...

UPDATE 7/24: Here is the final pattern, based on the actual Dharma logo from Comic-con. So close...

UPDATE 7/24: More dots added to the page today. Six sets of dots down, two more to go...

Friday, July 18, 2008

Dharma Wants You 24 recruiting website for Octagon Global Recruiting and the Dharma Initiative, part of the new LOST ARGA new email from Octagon Global Recruiting reveals the website (coming soon). According to the email, the head of Dharma recruiting, Mr. Hans Van Eeghen, will be personally assessing the "brightest minds" in San Diego at Comic-con 2008. Anyone not attending Comic-con will be able to take the eligibility assessment test on the Dharma Wants You website beginning July 28th.

Click here to read the full email text...

Octagon Global Recruiting, on behalf of the Dharma Initiative, is pleased to announce that Dharma's Head of Recruiting, Mr. Hans Van Eeghen, has confirmed his availability for the launch of our latest recruiting drive at Comic-Con 2008.

"My colleagues at Octagon Global Recruiting assure me that Comic-con hosts some of the brightest minds in the country," said Mr. Van Eeghen. "As Head of Recruiting it is my intention to personally assess the very best of this talent in the hope that they may join us."

The Dharma Initiative will be conducting eligibility assessments at Booth 3529 at Comic-Con, San Diego between July 24th - 27th.

If you are attending Comic-Con and would like to submit your name for a randomly selected drawing to secure one of ten (10) pre-release appointments with one of our recruiting officers, please click here.

The volunteer eligibility assessment will be available online from July 28th for a limited time at

The Dharma Initiative hopes you will spread the word. Invite your friends to join the team at

If you can't view the images in this email please click here

This message and its attachments are confidential and may contain information which is protected by copyright. It is intended solely for the named addressee. If you are not the authorized recipient (or responsible for delivery of the message to the authorized recipient), you must not use, disclose, print, copy or deliver this message or its attachments to anyone. If you receive this email in error, please contact the sender immediately and permanently delete this message and its attachments from your system. Any content of this message and its attachments that does not relate to the official business of the Dharma Initiative or its subsidiaries must be taken not to have been sent or endorsed by any of them. No representation is made that this email or its attachments are without defect or that the contents express views other than those of the sender.

Octagon Global Recruiting email for the recruiting website from the Dharma Initiative, part of the new LOST ARGAnyone attending Comic-con should enter in the drawing to secure one of 10 "pre-release appointments". You must be registered with OGR to enter, but you don't need the email to sign up, just go to and put your email after the = in the address bar. Good luck! BTW, even if you are not going to Comic-con, I would encourage you to sign up, and if you win we can pass the invitation along to one of our own.

Once again, there is a little something extra hidden in the source code of the email - this time a message from someone named RuckusGuy.
…If you’re reading this, wanna hear something cool?
I’ve got intel about his little “recruitment drive.”
They’re doing some kind’ve personality/IQ testing or something down in SD for ComicCon.
Buddy of mine works down there and has the approvals for their “booth,” he says once you go in no one knows what happens inside and you need an appointment to get in. He also said to make sure you’ve got your Bluetooth on and visible – he’s rigged up a little something.

The whole thing sounds like elitist B.S., doesn’t it?
Well, I’m getting in that booth and taking the test.
As many times as I have to before I “pass” (whatever that means?)
And then…
If I can?
I’m gonna tape it so EVERYONE can see what these idiots are up to.
Should be fun, right?
See ya in SD. RuckusGuy OUT.
It looks likes trouble is already brewing for Mr. Van Eeghen.

* Thanks to Ange for emailing me about this!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Dharma Initiative at Comic-Con 3

Dharma Initiative / Octagon Global Recruiting at Comic-ConLost ARGs spacerThe complete schedule has been released for Comic-Con 2008, the nexus of the new Lost ARG, involving the Dharma Initiative and Octagon Global Recruiting.

The LOST-related activities include:
  • FRIDAY 1:45-2:45 Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Showrunners— Carlton Cuse (Lost), Damon Lindelof (Lost), more ...
    Josh Schwartz (Chuck, Gossip Girl), Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) are the television producers who are changing the face of television with deeply immersive entertainments marked by distinctive, cutting edge storytelling. They have also been at the forefront of bringing "genre programming" or "cult TV" to the mainstream. Prepare for a candid conversation about creative integrity in a commercial medium and the future of broadcast TV in an increasingly digital world. Spoiler Alert! Upcoming plot developments may be teased. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly senior writer Jeff Jensen. Room 6CDEF
  • FRIDAY 6:00-7:00 Exceeding Expectations and Exploring New Worlds: Feature Effects for the Small Screen more ...
    Zoic Studios moderates a discussion with VFX supervisors on their passion for creating narrative enhancing, eye-popping effects for television. Some of the best in the business discuss future trends as well as their contribution to the television series Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, The Middleman, Lost, Eureka, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Smallville, and the new fall show Fringe. Room 32AB
  • SATURDAY 12:00-1:00 Lost more ...
    If the most recent season finale was any indication of things to come, you will not want to miss this panel. Co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Carlton Cuse will discuss season 4 of Lost, leading up to the season finale. They will answer your questions and maybe even offer up some surprises of their own. Hall H
  • SATURDAY 4:00-5:00 Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack more ...
    Jay Glatfelter and Jack Glatfelter have one of the oldest and biggest podcasts dedicated to ABC'S Lost with The Lost Podcast. Learn about the huge, dedicated online community for TV's most mind twisting drama. Join Jay and Jack for this special interview and Q&A session! Room 24A
The most important panel will be the LOST panel on Saturday at 12:00, where an appearance by the DI/OGR is expected. Also, the DI is listed as one of the exhibitors on the show floor. DarkUFO has some inside information as to how this may play out:

Click Here For Comic-Con Spoilers
  1. At the OGR recruitment booth there will be actors who will playing members of OGR recruiters.
  2. They are there to promote and make us sign up to an "online recruiting game". The recruiters will stand next to computer terminals that are connected to the fake site, in order to help users create profiles and to guide them through a fake questionnaire.
  3. A second group of individuals (3-4 actors) that are NOT the recruiters will also be at SDCC. No confirmation if they will be on the floor or at the booth yet, but most likely just the LOST Panel.
  4. OGR will also be a part of the LOST Panel. There will be 4 members of OGR.
  5. As of today, no cast members confirmed to appear and the only word so far is that Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse will of course be there.
  6. At the panel, the OGR recruiters will make a LIVE "performance" to recruit new members of Dharma.
  7. The second group of individuals will make an appearance at some point during the performance to "throw a wrench" into the OGR's plans.

Sounds like a lot of fun - I wish I could be there. If you can't make it to San Diego either, we'll be covering everything here LIVE as news breaks. And if you are planning to be at Comic-Con, please send us any updates, news, websites, etc, to Thanks!

Also, if you are going to Comic-Con, FOX will be screening JJ Abrams' new Sci-Fi drama FRINGE on Wednesday night at 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm, plus there will be other FRINGE related panels. For more information, please visit my FRINGE Blog at