Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lost University 99

Just as Comic Con is starting Black Swan has told us about an interesting web site that has appeared. The Lost University can be viewed at http://www.lostuniversity.org/.

This appears to be a marketing site more than an ARG, but it has a few elements that suggest it could be a bit more interactive. The biggest giveaway that this is more of a marketing site is that the ABC banner is shown above and below the site (not shown in the pictures above and below).

The news page, called "The Lamp Post" has this information :-

A world of knowledge awaits you here at LOST University! As a student at LOST University, you will have the opportunity to dig deeper into the themes and mysteries of LOST, while at the same time exploring fascinating topics and subjects that relate to the world you live in.

Enrollment for the first semester of LOST University will be open to all students beginning September 22nd, 2009. At that time, you will take a placement exam and be given a Student ID, as well as be able to watch your LOST University introductory class, LOST 101. Semester 1 begins on December 8, 2009, at which point you will be able to choose and enroll in all of your classes, as you build credits toward Semester 2 and graduation. In the meantime, feel free to browse the online course catalog and get a head start with some of your recommended reading.

UPDATE

Information posted at Dark UFO

At Comic Con a flyer has been handed out with the information about the Lost University, on the back of each flyer is a hand written note about a Professor Nussdorf and it has a phone number. When the number is called a recorded message says the professor is unavailable until 22nd of September.

UPDATE

In the video on the main page one of the professors sitting under the tree looks like Gerald DeGroot, judge for yourself with these two pictures. Thanks to BlackSwan for the information.

UPDATE

As has been reported by many people now, there is an extra news item that is not yet published to the main site. Modify one of the existing news URL's to http://www.lostuniversity.org/news.php?article=5 and a news item saying "Campus Health Center Update - Anti-Radiation pills will be given to all students free of cost, but only through next Thursday. You can pick up your pills at the Shephard Clinic between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m."

99 comments:

memphish said...

There's a phone number on the back of a card they handed out about this at Comic Con. The ODI posted it on the front of Dark UFO. The number tells you the Prof. is out of town until 9/22. Maybe Maven and Scoutpost can pick one up.

memphish said...

Here's the back of that card. And here's the front.

LotteryTicket said...

Only had a minute to poke around. Professors listed can be googled. Stephen Finlay sent me to Blackwell Compass. Also anagrammed a few name, one came back as Evil Crook. Just no time today to play. I'll check back to see what else you all everybody found.

My guess is DVD release promotion.

Zort70 said...

Very interesting, I've updated the post with the phone number, and put a link to Dark UFO.

Zort70 said...

Lottery Ticket - Talking of anagrams Nussdorf has the names FORDs and SUN in it.

Black Swan said...

I'm not sure what to think yet, and I'll be disappointed if it's just a dvd release promo. At this point, it's just fun that SOMETHING new is out there!

Zort70 said...

I have a feeling that it will be a promo for the DVD and then a run in to the new (last, sniff) series.

Black Swan said...

In the video, it looks like Gerald DeGroot is teaching students (when it says join a study group and they are sitting under a tree)

Zort70 said...

I see what you mean, I've put another update on the post with a comparison photo.

Melissa_Lossa said...

Okay, I'm hooked! (How bored are we?)

I did see this under Prospective Students:

Semester 1 begins on December 8, 2009. Pick up LOST: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON on Blu-rayTM Hi-Def, complete enrollment, and personalize your course schedule as you build credits toward Semester 2... and ultimately, graduation.

So, it's mostly a marketing stunt for the DVDs. But who cares!

Also, the "bookstore" sells Dharma Ts. :)

Melissa_Lossa said...

Interesting that the shadow image at the bottom of the pages seems to be the season 1 promo shot....

Melissa_Lossa said...

The "Smokey Patrol" recruits at the DeGroot Student Center, room 324.

Black Swan said...

Good call on the season 1 promo shot at the bottom, melissa! Here's the the background image. OMG, you don't suppose they're telling us that the reset shown in season 6 will be about our Losties ending up all going to the same college?! ROFL!

Zort70 said...

How about :

Semester 1 = Bluray release

Semester 2 = Season 6 start

Black Swan said...

I think that's it, zort. On both the page source and page info is: LOST UNIVERSITY / COMING TO BLU-RAY

Capcom said...

Thanks Zort and everyone, great work!

Heheh, yeah, Smokey is campus and dorm security.

I know Blacky, the Blue-ray thing concerns me, especially for those of us who don't have that capability. :-(

Black Swan said...

Capcom, I don't have that capability either, so I hope it's more than just that.

somebody over at darkufo:

Steve said...

Under the Lamp Post section where it tells you news tidbits you can manually change the last number of the article to 5 "http://www.lostuniversity.org/news.php?article=5".

This give you "Campus Health Center Update
Anti-Radiation pills will be given to all students free of cost, but only through next Thursday. You can pick up your pills at the Shephard Clinic between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Added By: Staff"

Sayid'sgirl said...

This seems pretty fun.
But I'm you and Black Swan Capcom.
If it's all about Blu-ray then that leaves me out.
It annoys me when they put extra/different content on the blu-ray discs.

memphish said...

Black Swan said: " OMG, you don't suppose they're telling us that the reset shown in season 6 will be about our Losties ending up all going to the same college?!"

LOST:The College Years.

Black Swan said...

memphish.. ROFL!! yep, that's what I have envisioned! Can't wait to see Sawyer in a LU t-shirt! LOL!

memphish said...

So Locke will be the Dorm Father like Bob Golic in Saved By the Bell:The College Years. Kate will be the one to have an inappropriate crush on her professor played by Roger Linus. Jack and Sawyer will still want Kate but will settle for Juliet and some new girl they put on the show because we're out of girls once again. Sun and Jin will be exchange students. Hurley will play the Screech role.

Capcom said...

Gotta have an LU hockey team as well, with that polar bear logo! Let's go Ice Bears! Oh wait, that's Knoxville. :o)

Black Swan said...

ROFL, memphish! (hard to envision Roger Linus as a professor, though)

memphish said...

Roger teaches advanced mopping.

Black Swan said...

Ice Bears! I love it! (darn, that's already taken, capcom?)

I put on my myspace status that I'm signed up for Lost University majoring in Philosophy with an "I'm right, You're Wrong" minor. LOL!

(working on a Black Swan goes to college avitar)

Melissa_Lossa said...

I like the classes that have the note at the bottom about the course having no homework or exams.

Where were those classes when I was in college?

Capcom said...

Yeah Blacky, Ice Bears are a Knoxville team, too late.

Right, I'd have done a lot better in Physics class if there were no tests! And, if Danny was my teacher. I'd have "love" "you" written on my eyelids like that chick in Indiana Jones.

:o)

Black Swan said...

I didn't mind homework, but I hated exams!!! Final exams would always bring my grades down! LOL!


Darn, Ice Bears is so perfect!! (and now I can't think of anything else!)

lol, capcom... I'd forgotten about that part in Indiana Jones!

Black Swan said...

Seriously, I think the fact that they show the DeGroots and have Daniel Faraday as a physics professor means that in season 6 we will see a bit into the beginnings of Dharma and what Daniel did in the time he was in Ann Arbor.

Capcom said...

That would be so great Blacky, I've been hoping for that too. Some peeps have been wondering a lot if we'll see some Ann Arbor action in S6, in FBs or whatever.

Black Swan said...

I actually lived in Ann Arbor a long time ago (but that was after I graduated MSU, not UofM) I was a 'stranger in a strange land' and 'walked among them but was not one of them', wearing my green in the land of 'Go Blue!' LOL!

Melissa_Lossa said...

Yes, but I mind it interesting that it's not physics with Daniel Faraday - it's physics with Jeremy Davies.

Capcom said...

Even better Melissa, heheh! FWIW, Davies has said that he's always been into the stuff that Faraday is into. :-D

Greg at Eye-M-Sick said that Jack Bender is supposed to teach art, how awesome is that? I haven't even roamed around campus yet, I'll have to do that tonight.

Thrasher76 said...

Hello there everybody!!! Hope we all have homeroom together!!

memphish said...

For LOST Ice Bears isn't really appropriate though is it? Shouldn't it be Tropical Bears or Palm Bears or since the Island moves, the All-Weather Bears or Fair and Foul Weather Bears or given the Island the Rain Bears.

Thrasher76 said...

I can't wait now!!

maven said...

Hey, gang...I'm here at the hotel awaiting Scoutpost! I've seen the Lost University stuff and we'll keep our eyes open for anything relating to it. Should be at Comic Con around 3ish. Hope this LU thing is a little more than a DVD promotion!

Black Swan said...

Hi Maven!! Glad you got there safe! Don't forget to pick up a bunch of those Lost University flyers so you can hand them out to us later.. LOL!

Black Swan said...

memphish.. how about Beach Bears? (but ice bears fits better to Ann Arbor)

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Black Swan said...

(testing) again

inatrancer said...

bloody hell i o to work for eight hours and its all kicking off again woo hoo!!!!!!

Zort70 said...

I've been playing around with the blog logo and colours as they haven't changed for some time.

Hope they aren't too horrid.

inatrancer said...

love it zort. keep up the good work.

inatrancer said...

sorry to mention this if this has already been posted but theres a still right at the end of the opening video of the crash site on the beach you can see the planes wheels stickin up in the air!!!! bit hard to see cos the uni logo is right over the front of it but its definatly the crash on the beach!!!!!!!!!

inatrancer said...

yeah it looks like its in a cinema or lecture theatre!

Capcom said...

Lookin' good Zort! Yeah, the front page doesn't need to reflect the Ajira colors and design anymore.

That's what I was thinking about the Ice Bears name too Memphish. Maybe the Island Bears, or Desert Bears for Tunisia? The Beach Bears is good too, that would go with LA or Hollywood, or where ever Lost-U is. :-D

Interesting, Inatrancer. :-)

Sayid'sgirl said...

Has anyone signed up for the mailing list as a prospective student yet?

Capcom said...

I signed up! Didn't get anything yet. You?

Sayid'sgirl said...

Nope.

maven said...

Hi, gang: Scoutpost and I are exhausted...and that's just from walking around the exhibit hall! We did get our Ben bobble heads. Didn't see anything about LU.
Tomorrow will try to get in some panels...lines are unbelievable!

Zort70 said...

Intrancer, yes I spotted that as well.

That, along with the descriptions of some of the courses, especially the one taught by Jeremy Davies the actor not Daniel Faraday the character, don't sit well with this being a true ARG. However it could be so cleverly concocted that this is all a smoke screen for a mind blowingly brilliant story (ok I'm hoping rather than being completely deluded)

ARG or not it is something extra to think about while we wait.

Thrasher76 said...

It is more than likely just a big marketing ploy to get us all riled up and promote the season finale' and the DVD sales.

But I seriously hope not!

Thrasher76 said...

Nice new touches to the blog too!

Sayid'sgirl said...

I'm thinking the site is going to have something to do with extra content on the season 5 blu-ray dvds.
If that's the case then I'm not going to be able to be a part of it.
But I'll check in here to see what it's all about.

Capcom said...

'Morning Argies!

Yes, if it's all for the Blue-ray peeps, I'm SOL also. Hopefully someone will post it online like DarkUFO ODI, etc., have in the past, for those of us who don't qualify.

As for promotion, I'll be ticked off if ABC/TPTB got coerced into putting it out only on Blue-ray to boost sales of B-r. If so then bah-humbug, guys. :-p

Hopefully there will at least be some online activities for the interim as well.

Black Swan said...

Morning all ARGies.. (lol, nice term, capcom!)

Well, here's something to blow your mind!!!! (from ABC.com site):
Lost Mysteries

Wow!!!

memphish said...

I'm glad you found that Black Swan. I saw it on Facebook yesterday, but didn't know where it came from. ABC's LOST site is not the more easily navigable.

Black Swan said...

I had to ask someone to know where it was, myself! (a friend of mine at myspace who started their own little 'Lost University' before this ARG stuff came up. LOL!) Found it here first.

btw, the front page of LostARGs looks great!!

Sayid'sgirl said...

I was curious if this really was a short lived series of the 80's or an ABC marketing ploy.

So I did a search on IMDB which I know isn't always reliable.
But here's what I got.
When I searched under all this is what I got.
When I searched under TV episodes I got this.

I found it interesting the Comic Con banner was in both searches.
I thought maybe it was because it was comic con week so I searched something else and it wasn't in that search.

LotteryTicket said...

Well, here we go. Seems to have imbedded image just past bird on shoulder. Are they going all alien on us?

Who's talking at the beginning and what is he saying?

crowd shot, stonehenge, cabin with tree, map, red dots on map, book with blank pages, color, bird, ?, imbedded message, spiral eyes, alien, crowd shot, moon, shadow, swaying slo-mo palms, DHARMA, documents (can't read, photos, news articles), book with writing, puzzle piece white to black.

Sayid'sgirl said...

Hmm
I just tried my links and noticed the second on no longer has a comic con banner.

Sayid'sgirl said...

LOL Well now it's back.
Maybe it's just a coincidence that the banner is there. ;)

LotteryTicket said...

Sayid'sgirl: following your link, cast lists "Annie Baudouin de Cortenay" with no role, links only to Switchback band singing Nancy Whiskey and a model named Maxine Sue Elshiemer at Dar's Place in Waukon, IA. go figure.

Sayid'sgirl said...

Yeah I'm thinking it's an ABC thing made for Lost fans. I couldn't find any short lived series from the '80s.

Just the NOVA dvd of Mysteries of the Universe and it was in 1998.

DVD

Melissa_Lossa said...

I'd say this is definitely for Lost fans. The fact that it just happened to be on ABC, the use of the phrase "they walk among us, but are not one of us," and the fact that in the map of secret organizations, one of the first red dots is right on top of Ann Arbor, MI is enough for me!

Very clever, though.

Sayid'sgirl said...

Yes agreed, very clever.
So's the Lost University site.
I wonder what we'll get from the Lost panel Saturday?

memphish said...

Jorge's supposed to be there. I know he's in San Diego. I wish, wish, wish Elizabeth Mitchell and Dominic Monaghan who also have been there would also be there. I'd settle just for Elizabeth Mitchell. I'm guessing Michael Emerson will be the surprise guest though. He's following his wife around this summer, and I think she's in something that might be at ComicCon too.

maven said...

Posting some photos on our blog! Had a talk today with the guy running the LOST item auctions in May. He said LOST University will "act" like a real on-line university..giving courses in subjects related to the show. It will not be a game. :(

Capcom said...

Oh well, at least it's something to play with for the mean time.

Thrasher76 said...

As part of a secret society myself, I'm a Freemason, oh wait, I'm not supposed to say anything...(Evil Maniacal Laugh)...

These little things just add to the mythos of the show to me...but I was hoping for a true ARG.

Teresa said...

Is Comic Con considered spoilers?This is from SpoilerTV
It's about Richard Alpert.

-Sayidsgirl
I'm having trouble trying to post.
















7) Question regarding Richard Flashback!!

CC confirms his backstory and we will see quite a bit of him. DL: FB will be see and is fairly involved

I can't wait to see ths!

Black Swan said...

Yay!! I want a Richard Flashback.. I think he figures huge in the whole story and I'm glad to hear this!

Anybody out here found any videos of the panel yet?!?

Capcom said...

Be sure to watch G4 on TV if you get it, they are having live coverage of Comic Con again. :-D

Black Swan said...

thanks capcom! I'm glad I get that channel!! (but I don't think I can record to my pc... hmm, I should work on that)

Twinkle said...

Very exciting day today, Losties! I've read one blow by blow of the panel.

Good catch on DeGroot in the Lost U promo video! No one's mentioned it but it may have been obvious that the person facing the blackboard with the pony tail at the end of the video was Daniel Faraday.

Black Swan said...

hi twinkle! I don't think it was obvious about the person facing the blackboard.. I thought it was a girl because of the hair, but I just looked again and it's a man's arm and hand.. lol! Good call!

memphish said...

I'm not sure what we want to do about the Comic Con panel vis a vis spoilers. Maybe Melissa_Lossa could make a Comic Con post over at TLC or we could make one here where we could discuss what happened and those who want to avoid can avoid. If you want to see some of what happened at the panel, here's the Oceanic Ad that aired. Here's the Mr. Cluck's ad. Here's a Nestor Carbonell interview. Audio is not great.

Black Swan said...

thanks, memphish!!

Twinkle said...

Swan: I thought it was a girl the first time too, and then I thought, "Nah! It should be Faraday." I remebered when Faraday had his hair like this.

Lo and behold on second watching, I saw the hand.

Twinkle said...

Memphish: Thanks for the video links!

Melissa_Lossa said...

Hey, gang -

I have modified the post over at TLC to warn about comic con spoilers - so go ahead and post any discussions over there. Those avoiding spoilers have been warned.

Sayid'sgirl said...

If I had a trash can I'd delete my comic con post. I have a trash can on my previous post but not that one. hmm

maven said...

Hi all! I did get one of those flyers that had the pencil note on the back. Also got a LU pencil handed out at the LOST panel.

I did talk to the guy who is running the LOST auction in May. That's where they were handing out the LU flyers. He did say that he knew it will be a "real" on-line university talking about subjects relating to LOST, but it is not a game!

Capcom said...

Great job Maven and Scoutpost! :-x

Boohoo, it's all over and no new mystery video like before, right? I was hoping that they'd find some strange archeological thingy that Charlotte found and stashed while she was on her dig. Or, something equally as ridiculous.

:o)

memphish said...

Well there was that Mysteries of the Universe thing Capcom. I think that's all the mysteries we're going to get except for speculating on what those commercials meant.

Capcom said...

Yeah, what did that mean, anyone onto something with that yet? I'm not being pushy honest, I just didn't get to check back online all day until this evening so I don't know if I missed anything happening on the other sites with that. Any speculation anywhere?

:-)

Capcom said...

P.S. One idea that I saw "bandied about" is how the Oceanic stewardess says that the airlines has a perfect flight record, or something to that effect, so does that mean that the commercial is made in another timeline where 815 didn't crash?

Don't throw tomatoes at me, I'm just passing it on. But what the heck, like the entire world doesn't know about the O-6 and their crash now? Something's weird about that.

Capcom said...

Or, the bomb-incident-reset actually worked, and 815 didn't crash. WTH.

maven said...

Capcom: That's what I thought. Hurley makes it to LA and is happy being CEO. Kate runs again and is still wanted. And there was no crash to mar Oceanic's perfect record. The bomb did reset time and 815 didn't crash, but goes on to LA as planned.

Zort70 said...

Maven, Scoutpost, I've been reading all about your Lost panel experience on the Comic Con blog and I'm so jealous !

Can you send a picture of the pencil ?

memphish said...

Here's Kate on America's Most Wanted. Seems to me all the videos were saying that Jack's plan did work at least as far the 815ers go. Oceanic is saying, 1st of all that it's 2009 and that they've never had a plane crash in 30 years. Hurley's Mr. Cluck's apparently was never struck by a meteorite and while he did indeed travel to Australia he returned safely and created this Australian inspired meal that costs $4.42. Who's scared of the numbers now? And Kate has still tried to kill her dad, but not by blowing up her mother's house. Instead she blew up (with a cut gas line again) his plumbing office which killed one of Wayne's employees. So Kate is basically where she was before 9/20/04 or so, i.e., on the run for murder and probably with the Marshal chasing her.

The other really interesting thing was the logo for the season. You can see it here. It starts out with those Losties we knew as of S5 were alive and then adds back in those who have died.

memphish said...

Maven made Pop Candy again!

memphish said...

JOpnionated posted the In Memoriam video. It's Part 6. It said Libby's last name was "Smith" and Karl's last name was "Martin." It also made me tear up.

maven said...

@Zort: I posted the LU pencil pic on our blog.

Anonymous said...

There are hieroglyphs on the print LOST/Kia ad that ran in Entertainment Weekly (they are on the film canister)-- could this have something to do with Prof. Nussdorf?

Also, when you dial the # on the card and press the star key, you are asked for a password. (this is why there's a STAR next to the phone number) Has anyone cracked it? Could the ad contain the password? (maybe the glyphs?)

Thrasher76 said...

Suddenly an unknown person is dropping us clues?

Zort70 said...

Yes, that is either a kick in the right direction from someone on the inside or a contributor with lots of insight !

Regardless, I have created a NEW POST !

Japhy Ryder said...

I also found the password message, as well as another menu that appears to be extensions for the actual company that is running the ARG.

Any ideas? Any luck with the password? I tried the obvious ones without success.