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...


36 comments:

Capcom said...

Thanks Dennis. :-)

The little bit of OCD in me is really annoyed by the fact that the left and right sides don't match up yet.

Dennis said...

The pattern is definitely not symmetrical.

At DarkUFO, they were trying to line up the dots with the Dharma logo, but IMO it doesn't line up very well (you have to turn the logo sideways, and even then it still doesn't quite line up properly).

I suspect it may be something else...

Capcom said...

Me too Dennis.

Lost 2010 said...

Dot watching - the new hiatus hobby.

Ange said...

Let me compose myself from the giggle fit I just had over the 'dots' links that Dennis included in this post. I just gotta say I think Dippin Dots might just be the greatest invention ever. Flash frozen ice cream balls of awesome I say! Okay I digress...

Maybe the dots'll end up being some sort of variation on the Octagon logo.

I feel that we are missing something here. Maybe they'll be numbers or words? Maybe a web site we need to go to or a number to call? What if RuckusGuy is adding the dots and not Octagon or Dharma. I've been fooling with them on photoshop but haven't come up with anything yet.

Also, always remember, don't agitate the dots.

The Superior Awesomeness said...

on the list of film editors for the season finale of season 4, theres a dude named "henk van eeghen", dont know if anyone has commented on this yet but yeah.. just thought it was worth mentioning!

Zort70 said...

That updated dotty map looks interesting, although it still doesn't look neat enough to be a proper logo.

It might be an exploded Dharma symbol ?

Ange said...

In the updated visual that Dennis has done, I wonder if the shapes (if that's what it's meant to be) are part of these tests at Comic-Con? Maybe it's part of what you need to do to be recruited?

Dennis is right, that figure lacks any type of symmetry, even turn and rotational. But each pair of shapes are symmetrical. I think I might play with that though for a while and see if the shapes are like a tangram (although there would be more than 7 pieces) and can make a puzzle.

Capcom said...

Good catch TSA. :-) I think that someone on DarkUFO or Lostpedia mentioned that Van Eeghan is indeed the name of someone on the regular LOST production crew, but I forget if they mentioned why it was used. Don't know if TPTB just liked this guy's name and used it, or what.

It still bugs that the design isn't symetrical yet, yech. But maybe each half will at least mirror itself when finished. :o)

maven said...

Great work, Dennis! Ange, I like your idea that maybe this is some sort of aptitude test for the recruiting drive. Maybe you have to take all these pieces and put them together to make a square or something! LOL Or else it will be a really weird Dharma symbol..maybe one that reflects the New Dharma Initiative for the 21st century!

Anonymous said...

Well, so far, every shape next to eachother is the same. Whether that means something or not, i think we should try connecting those to or something. Any idea? And i agree, i believe that this may have something to do with Comic-Con [which i am extremely disspaoint that i cant go to -_-]


By the way, this site isnt just ran by Dennis. lets give extra thanks to the rest of the crew *applaud*

Lost 2010 said...

Isn't each pair of shapes a mirror image? Could that be significat in any way?

scoutpost said...

Helloooo everybody. Great work on the blog so far. I thank you all for doing this, from the bottom of my computer illiterate heart! Looks like a couple more dots are up tonite and so far they seem to fit your extrapolation Dennis. So you may be on to it. :)

Capcom said...

Ackkk! More irregularity!!! :-O

Maybe it's just going to be the stylized 'Lion King' Broadway logo, heheh.

maven said...

Adrian Monk must be going crazy watching this emerge! LOL

scoutpost said...

I hate to say this, but it does look like the Lion King logo! LOL Boy Disney doesn't miss a beat does it?!

maven said...

LOL, Capcom and Scoutpost! It will be interesting to see how many Disney tie-ins worm their way into this game!

Capcom said...

Hmmmm, methinks that someone nicked your graphic and submitted it to DarkUFO:

http://lostoctagonglobalrecruiting.blogspot.com/2008/07/5th-image-from-dharma-wants-you-posted.html

Unless two minds are uncannily thinking alike here.

Dennis said...

Nope, it's an exact match pixel for pixel... boo Savas!

Capcom said...

That's what I figured. I posted where the image came from on DarkUFO in the comments for proper credit, because someone is asking about it. :-)

Ange said...

This screams Campoop and the 815 billboard again. I have more to say on the subject of credit where credit is due but I'll keep it to myself.

I'm wondering if we connect the dots in a different way id something would "appear". I am looking at the page and gonna try a few things.

Dennis said...

Here is another way to connect the dots. Looks more like a clock.

I think the Dharma logo route might be right, but why would they rotate it like that?

Ange said...

Piggy back comment...

Okay so I posted a comment before with the link to Jorge Garcia's blog (here).
That Dharma logo, while probably nothing, has markings that are turned on the side. Like the image Dennis has in his post, it seems the three solid lines are rotated to be on top (turn Dennis's Dharma three more time clockwise). Otherwise the markings are the same as what Lostpedia has for Dharma symbols.

Its not an official symbol, but I just really think its a strange coincidence that Jorge has a Dharma logo randomly appearing in London 2 days after the "dots" started to appear for us. And that the logo is not the right way up. There is a phone number for that dry cleaner on the sign in his blog which I can not make out, but I'll call it if someone else can.

PS: Nice new blog look Dennis!

maven said...

Have to agree that it looks like the regular Dharma symbol. The new drawing shows the white (negative) spaces.

I, too, am suspicious of Jorge's posting. That symbol looks slapped up (whether in person or Photoshopped)...covering "dots" on the sign. I wouldn't put it past Jorge to be involved in this...he's the sort that loves these kinds of thing.

Capcom said...

Noooooooooo, not that name again! :-o Heehee.

Yeah, I feel sorry for the poor peeps who can't just say that they found this at such-and-such and need to take the credit.

I'm glad that we have Dennis on the team, he will have gone through every permutation possible by Friday, heheh.

Ya'll have got a point there about Jorge's bagua. The timing and the uneven placement (yuk) are suspicious.

maven said...

Hey, Dennis: DocArts just posted your latest Dot pic and gave LostArgs credit! You're world famous!

maven said...

Here's the link to DocArtz.

BTW: Tapdawg is posting at DocArtz about a handout given by Dharma recruiters. Something about origami as an aptitude test. Maybe that's what the dots will mean?

Ange said...

Origami eh? I wonder if you can arrange the shapes made from the dots in such a way that you can fold them into an octagon shape and thus pass a test. I have ZERO origami skills, but I'll give it a try with some printouts.

Ange said...

Oh snap, I just looked at Tapdawg's pictures on DocArtz, and I *think that Octagon logo is a little different than the golden one.
1. It's blue (like the Dharma Wants You page)
2. It looks like it's made of separate pieces or shapes that resemble what Dennis put together.
It's so blurry though, even zoomed. So, what do you reckon folks?

Ange said...

one more picture from Tapdawg on DocArtz.
Sheesh Dennis you are kind of a genius, you almost had it. Note the octagon on the door of the "booth". Is that what our dots are making?

maven said...

I think that logo is what's gonna pop-up on the 28th! Dennis, you're great. And Tapdawg (originally on TLC) is doing a fantastic reporting job!

maven said...

I've seen several different pics from Comic-Con of that Dharma logo. It seems to be a stylized version of the logo we know and love! Maybe the DI is trying to modernize their image.

Zort70 said...

Ange Said : There is a phone number for that dry cleaner on the sign in his blog which I can not make out

I've found the number for the Dry Cleaners in London and phoned them, they area real business, or at least the person answering the phone thinks they are :-)

Lost 2010 said...

Why do they look like letters to me? Of course, HUNUOIIN doesn't really spell anything, does it?

Capcom said...

I don't know about that Lost2010, in Fishkill, NY there is a "Hunan" Asian restaurant. So maybe it means something. ;-)

I'm sure that you would have hit the right pattern on the next permutation Dennis!

Laura said...

About the letters...my husband just looked at the pattern on the registration page and saw the letters UOTWOHUN...

Do these letters mean anything to anyone? Maybe an anagram?