Wednesday, January 20, 2010

LOST University Connected A - Z 99


The final LOST University Tutoring session is now available, and this time it takes the shape of an A to Z of LOST.

Tom also says that there will be a trivia contest and if you go to the Tutoring Center Forum you can create your own A-Z.


99 comments:

LotteryTicket said...

First?

Amy Lynn said...

Oh, that's actually nifty.

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Zort70 said...

Just to carry on from the previous post - Congratulations to Barb on her win, and pictures of the bottle and USB key would be great when it arrives.

Zort70 said...

andalone, what spelling mistake ;-)

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Martyn said...

@Anne...

I'm going to be going from Tokyo to hakone to Hiroshima and to Kyoto and then I make my own way back to Tokyo and spend a day in Tokyo all by myself. Should be pretty cool!

Congrats Barb on the win!

Lisa...
I do intend to. Hawaii is part of that decision. I've got probably 8 months left of being juevenile and oblivious to the world and then I start running toward the ton of bricks.

As for the 10x better, been on my own at work for the past hour and half because the other guy who was supposed to be with me called in sick half an hour after he was supposed to start, so had to do two peoples jobs on my own and lock up the shop, which I've only done once and still I was with someone.

And before that I got an email from the parcelforce telling me they're charging me £30 customs fee for the I Kill The Bus Driver poster I bought. If anyone knows the rules on UK customs, I presumed it being sent as a gift excluded you from any charges even if you claimed full whack for the insurance?

LotteryTicket said...

Martyn, we have a Lostie in Toyko - Hiroki Tojo @hirokitojo and also FB. If it works out that you two can meet for coffee, I think you would enjoy his company.

Amy Lynn said...

Random: does anyone have a Michael's coupon that is still good?

Max said...

Whenever I buy anything at Michaels, the receipt printer will print a coupon on my receipt, usually good for the following week. My advice, go get something small just for the coupon...

Sam G said...

:) email

Patmc said...

@Martyn - Sorry for your lousy day. Hopefully tomorrow, it will give you some contrast to make your day wonderful... :-)

Cheers!

(P.S. Just wanted to make sure you saw my info on framing CDs... If not, it was towards the end of the previous post)

MilkcanRocks said...

@ AmyLynn, gotta ask - why are you asking about a Michaels coupon?

Amy Lynn said...

@Milkcan... apparently my Ben Linus print is finally here :) He needs a frame.

ioioos said...

@ Martyn

The uk postal charges for imports are getting stupid.

Bascially its this...

From the US, the sender must state what is being sent and what the value is. The value will dictate the insurance cover and let EU customs know if there is additional charges to pay.

If the item is under £18, then it is tax and customs exempt. If its over, then you pay a percentage...something like 22%

the sting in the tale is that Royal Mail have a deal with Customs in the UK where they can charge an additional £13.50 as a handling charge every time an item gets stopped for being over £18.

So an £19 item usually ends up with a £17.50 tax and handling charge!

You can avoid the cost by chance, or if the sender lists the item as "gift" on the package, however, they will then invalidate their standard insurance.

So a $30 US poster + postage could end up costing a uk buyer £57.50 by the time they get it. £20 for the poster, £20 for postage and £17.50 tax and handling.

I got lucky today. My Hatch print turned up and Kevin Tong ticked it as "gift" so it didn't get stopped, even with the $200 cost listed (which would have incurred £25 of tax).

Thanks Kevin, you're a star!

MilkcanRocks said...

Going to get it professionally framed? Cool! I'm trying my hand right now at framing my print myself. What are the dimensions of the Slater/Ben Linus print? I heard that it was a little 'larger' than quoted on DCAAPB.com...

Amy Lynn said...

@Milkcan... not sure of the dimensions yet. Also not sure if I'm going to frame myself or just have a custom mat or custom everything.

MilkcanRocks said...

Watch out - if you frame it yourself you may need a mat, since I heard that the dimensions of the Ben Linus print are about a 1/4 inch wider. I just got a print from Slater and it's about a 1/4 inch wider. So keep that in mind if you do it yourself and you are buying your own frame.

throwfar said...

Is it to late to get involved with the lost university stuff? would it be worth my time if its not?

The Kharma Initiative said...

Hey Amy Lynn, Milkcan,

My Ben Linus is not really any wider than normal, but it definitely is longer than 24". It's nearly 25".

Amy Lynn, Michael's where I am has their wood picture frames on sale at 55% off through Saturday. I don't think you can use a coupon on top of that. You can get a plain but nice 22x28 wood frame off the shelf for about $20. Then ask them to custom cut an archival mat for you - another $20 or less.

Here are the wood frame styles available

Hobby Lobby also has similar prices.

Cosmically Yours

The Kharma Initiative said...

@barb, if you don't mind, please email me (click on my profile name for my email address).

Thanks!

MurghBatwar said...

Got a lovely parcel from Gallery1988 today - will post pics later...

Oh and didn't have to pay extra for Customs!

MilkcanRocks said...

Thanks Kharma! I'm currently practicing for cutting a mat for my 'Rousseaus Transmission' print, so I'm gonna need a frame soon. Is that a pricing on a frame already put together, or one you have to assemble? Does it include glass/plastic, too?

Amy Lynn said...

I may end up using a custom framer across the street from me - she only charged me $40 to frame WK.

Martyn said...

ioioos...

I'll add another reason why I hate the Royal Mail. The person who sent me the poster ticked it as gift, so he says, have to wait until tomorrow to pick it up and pay for it, so I don't know why there is a charge on it. But as ChrisL said, it's random, yours and his Hatch got through Customs with no charge but mine which cost $125 gets charged.

Really must find a job outside this country!

@Patmc...

Missed the post where you mentioned framing CD's and can't find it on the last post either. Apologies if my eyes are glazed and blatently missing it.

UnseenPresence said...

Hey all. Been super busy so haven't posted much and read even less. Tried looking through everything but couldn't find an answer, so:

Has the Haiti donation contest topped $1000 yet? If not, how close is it? Yes, I want that Locke's Secret, darn it. :)

XXXHardcore said...

@Unseen

It has. But I really want that giclee!

Martyn said...

@MurghBatwar...

Well aren't you special! No customs charges, i'm sure Royal Mail know how much I hate them and are just doing this on purpose.

I was fine with the DCAAPB prints because they claimed it as worth $15-20 (which thank god didn't get lost in the post)

UnseenPresence said...

Also, if I have a specific question regarding the donation aspect, who can I contact and what contact info? Or can whoever that is email me directly?

Amy Lynn said...

UP, email Zort or Dennis.

Ben said...

I wanna know how much we have raised for Haiti. I'm well excited that all the prizes are up for grabs now!

Incidentally, have any of the regulars won any of the contests yet? or is it all lurkers?

Zort70 said...

I've just put the details up of the 7th competition winner.

UnseenPresence - email the admins email address with any queries you have.

Martyn said...

Ben...

Congested won The Numbers, he's a sort of regular I guess.

Anyway, when do we get to hear that news you kept teasing us about?

Congrats to winner of prize 7!

Zort70 said...

By the way there is a reason we are being cagy with the donation total which I can't discuss, but at last count it is over $1250

Ben said...

good Q, Martyn... don't know. I keep checking, and the person responsible isn't answering emails anymore. Which sucks. I'm guessing it's all still on, so I'm checking daily. It's nothing to do with Danger, Tan or Bell either. ;)

The Kharma Initiative said...

@milkcanrocks, that's for a fully assembled frame with glass.

Sayid'sgirl said...

Martyn
Here's Patmc's post to you from the previous post.

In regards to your desire to frame some CDs... I actually did that for an art project back in college. I used some foamcore board, and then used a blank CD as a guide, and used a very sharp exacto knife to cut around the CD. I cut at a slight angle so the hole was slightly smaller than the CD, so the CD would fit snuggly inside the hole when I was done. I ended up having to use the exacto to clean the holes up a little bit, but the results were pretty good. I laid the foamcore over some mat board, so the CDs wouldn't fall out the bottom either.

I tried to use a CD as a template to create a CD sized metal punch, so I could just use a hammer out better formed circles, but couldn't find a good source of the metal to form around the CD to make the punch. If you can figure out something to use as a punch, you could just hammer some holes in the foamcore, which would definitely be easier than the exacto method for 15 holes...

Hope that helps a little bit... but as always... you mileage may vary. :-)

Martyn said...

http://www.examiner.com/x-18971-LOST-Examiner~y2009m12d31-LOST-characters-explain-how-to-make-a-sandwich

My girlfriend sent me this link, brilliant, I agree, Libbys is the best.

Amy Lynn...

No spoilers, it's safe.

Amy Lynn said...

@Martyn, thanks mate!

BuckarooBanzai said...

Here is another classic in my ongoing series…

Angry Women of Coney Island…

Amy Lynn said...

Thorsten, how'd you get a picture of my grandmother?

Martyn said...

@Sayids girl...

Thanks for forwarding that post, don't know how I missed that though.

@Patmc...

Cheers for that, will look in to it. I want to do it myself but I know i'll cock it up and will inevitably take it to my framers, who loves me, i'm guessing framers don't usually get regular customers.

Sayid'sgirl said...

Martyn
You're welcome.
It's easy to miss posts.

UnseenPresence said...

I've sent an email to the admin email address at the top of the page. Just FYI for whoever checks that account. :)

Martyn said...

@Lisa...

My day just improved x20! Thanks!

ImAnnie/Davide/Italy said...

It's amazing that we passed 1250$ mark!
It's a great thing LostArgs is doing. i'm proud of this :p

can't wait for 22th January (my 23rd birthday :p) when hopefully this great site will give me a present.. i hope that the randomizer software has feelings. :D

UnseenPresence said...

Okay, have donated and added to the pile. Admins, please check your email when you get a chance as there's another email waiting for you there. :)

I'd already donated a LOT to Haiti stuff. Then someone pointed out the poster up for grabs.

I sincerely hope the universe decides to be kind on this one.

Lisa said...

@Martyn, well I'm glad yours improved. Mine went down the crapper in a hurry. I don't handle it well when someone spreads rumors about me and then others say nasty things about me or call me names. I still tend to get all teary eyed like a little school girl when that happens. So I'm now known as a non caring person and someone that is mean and nasty. I love what Futureself youngster said. I need to make that in a button and wear it all day and night. :-S

Martyn said...

@Lisa...

Probably all the things i'd never associate with you! Hope all is OK with you at home.

I'm going to get an early-ish night before I go get robbed in daylight by the customs office. At least Villa are going to Wembley :D

Goodnight All!!!

chaseter said...

There will be some more money coming in tonight courtesy of L4L! Maybe we can get to 2 thousand!

-charter

Ellen said...

email...:)
xxoo

ChrisL said...

Evening all. Just back from an amazing night in the company of some of London's finest designers and marketing hot shots. Couldn't find a single one that knew about this ARG... They know now!

Lisa, hope all is OK.

Martyn, good luck at the PO tomorrow. It's just so random.

Hi Ellen :-)

Zort, nice total so far...looking good.

Barb, congrats on the win and thanks for sharing. Pics would be cool if you could manage it.

Rachel, many congratulations on the competition 7 win!

adam_keller said...

Well done Rachel

futureself said...

Well done Rachel :D

Martyn...turn that frown into a smile :)

ChrisL...sounds like you've had an interesting night ;)

MrBMusicMan said...

On another note, I was able to buy my ben linus today after selling my Stout... hope everyone is slowly making their way toward their ideal collection...

Lisa said...

@ Martyn and Chris, yeah all is peachy at home, it was something on line. I just let people get to me too easily. I feel better now pretty much. Thanks for asking. :-)

Martyn said...

@Lisa...

Has my tiredness made me something? It wasn't on here I hope. The Internet allows some idiots to say things because they arent saying it to their face. If there's anything I can do to help, let me know.

And I know I was going to sleep bit red dwarf is keeping me awake.

futureself said...

Lisa, Martyn everyone...just tell them to Smeg Off ;)

ChrisL said...

Martyn, you need to sleep my friend.

Me too. Night all.

Lisa said...

ahh no, it would never be a lostie making me feel that way. I am a director for a horse group and we had a couple of petty people join and then when they didn't get their way, they took it out on me and a couple of others. They just don't like to play nice in the sand box of life. Nope, no one here at all. Everyone here is absolutely wonderful to me all the time and I do appreciate it more than you all know.

Amy Lynn said...

Got home, two Bens (189 and 197) were awaiting me. 197 went off to the framers, 189 is waiting for Thorsten to come get him.

mungonna said...

That Ben Linus Print is something isn't it? Actually, its what we know of Ben Linus that the print hints at and reminds us of, that is so something. The dude was a master manipulator, or so he thought. Heck, even the anal retentive Jack outwitted him. But he did pull one over on Sawyer with that blood pressure con..hehe. He made up a whole fiction and the dim Sawyer believed it ,,hook line and sinker. What a fish! And then Ben believed he could BS Keme. What a sociopath! Ben believed his own BS!! oh OH,,you changed the rules!! Nobody changed the rules. Ben had been getting away with his BS( remember the girly boy,," You Are Mine!!?)for so long that he actually believed his BS was the Rules! Talk about LOST! Yea, Ben was Lost in his own sauce! The little runt sociopath deserved more than getting his nose bloodied and thrown in the ocean imho. Alex should have beat upon his head and shoulders with a baseball bat. AAAAHH yes.. that print brings back such memories. They are something else.

I keep wondering why Ben came back to the Island. Seems like he said his goodbyes once already.

my dog has fleas..
MEL

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Amy Lynn said...

It's MUCH nicer in person than I thought.

Sorry about the fleas, MEL

futureself said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again but Benry is a beautiful print!

Forget the fear factor you felt when you first daw him staring down on you...my toddler loves him....I love him...Benry definitely makes it into my top 4 ;)

futureself said...

doh...'daw' of course should read 'saw' :S

Amy Lynn said...

Has anyone posted the Italian family LOST recap here yet? Sorry, I'm trying to catch up.

http://entertainment.comedy.com/2010/01/20/italian-family-lost-recap/

LotteryTicket said...

So question of the night . . . want reason does Ben have for coming back to the island in 2007? Someone, something, it's just home to him? He seems to be able to come and go as he pleases up until the sub is sunk.

MEL, Frontline or Ortho Bug-B-Gon should do the trick.

Thorsten, I believe that's an invitation?

Amy Lynn said...

I think Ben comes back to the island in 2007 to atone for Alex's death.

Amy Lynn said...

The neat thing about S5 is that they answered WAY more questions than they asked. They just answered them without giving you all the puzzle pieces to figure out what they were doing. Ben's speech to Sun in "Dead is Dead" is a good example of that. He TELLS you John Locke is dead, that the island does not raise people from the dead, and he says that he is terrified of "John Locke". And for good reason. Just as Esau used Emily to bring Ben to the others, so he used Locke to bring Ben to Jacob.

mungonna said...

..because sweet kind homemade apple pie olde Eloise said Everyone had to go back or it wouldn't work right. So Ben kinda hitch hiked along as a body filler..Dez did not buy into Eloise's insistence. But of course..Ben really was looking for a way back on the hopes of gettin the Island back under his manipulation.

So..he came back because he still believed his own BS. What he didn't realize was..that by killing off Locke..he actually set up the opportunity for the MIB ..to take over,,and thus immediately turn the tables on Ben..subjugated Ben, to the one being manipulated.

..or...for the metaphor of it. Keep deceit close to you, so you know it when it comes around.

James Michener wrote a Book about It!
MEL

mungonna said...

In more figurative terms..When creating a future, you have to do it with Love,,otherwise..you are repeating the past. So, Ben going back was for repeating the Past..It didn't happen. The MIB,,while some believe to be Evil..will prove to take the concept of Love to new dimensions.

Another way to see it is..when answering the question..Who Am I?..you have to know who you ain't as well. Knowing what is deceit,,helps in knowing who you ain't.

Seems to me Esau is a misnomer. The Man in Black (mystery) should be thought of as the Spirit of Lautreamont, Rimbaugh and of course Andre Breton..

Tiny Bubbles!
MEL

Amy Lynn said...

I think Esau's real name is Tyson.

mungonna said...

Always with the blame fame?

Diamonhead
MEL

LotteryTicket said...

Will Ben find Love? and therefore have a future? When RA says "he will have no memory" does that mean the Temple is a place for new beginnings/futures? In other words, is RA is telling the Truth? Then who corrupted Ben or why didn't the Temple magic happen for him? 'Cause he does remember. RA does not (implying he is a product of the Temple?).

MrBMusicMan said...

I'm dying to know about competition 8...

ObFuSc8 said...

Hey ARGpeeps!

Congrats to Rachel for winning the last giveaway here and Barb for winning The Message in a Bottle. Congrats also to Amy Lynn and Thorsten on their Benrys!

Martyn, glad your day got better. Lisa, some people are just petty -- I think futureself has the right idea there :).

So what was Ben's motivation for coming back to the Island? I think this answer has to be as complicated as Ben himself. While he certainly may have felt the need to atone for Alex's death, I don't think was the only reason.

We should also ask what motivated Ben to even leave the Island to begin with. Ben turns the Wheel, knowing it will take him off-Island, not because he's saving Locke, but because he wants to remain a part of what he seems to think is Jacob's plan to move the Island. Ben may or may not have known that the chaotic time-skipping would occur once the Wheel was turned. Ben tags along with the O5 to return to the Island for the same reason he turned the Wheel, to remain part of all of what he still thinks is Jacob's plan -- and if at all possible to still fight to be the leader of the Others. Life on the Island is really the only life Ben has known (unlike our LOSTies). I'm not sure if what Ben said about the person turning the Wheel being "banished" is true or just another manipulation so Locke would let Ben turn the Wheel.

ObFuSc8 said...

RICHARD: If I take him, he's not ever gonna be the same again.

KATE: What do you mean by that?

RICHARD: What I mean is that, he'll forget this ever happened, and that...his innocence will be gone. He will always be one of us. You still want me to take him?


Richard only says that Benito will forget "this" ever happened, which to me implies that Benito would have some antegrade/retrograde amnesia for events surrounding his shooting and subsequent templification. Exactly how much is unknown, and it's possible that some parts of these memories came back over the years. Something certainly happened during little Ben's templification -- he went in dying and came out alive, seemingly healed.

I of course we get to see more of these details and the Temple itself in this final season.

ObFuSc8 said...

Ugh, that last sentence was supposed to read -- I of course hope we get to see...

Amy Lynn said...

If our Richard centric ep is early in the season, I bet we'll see what happened in the temple.

ObFuSc8 said...

Yeah, I can barely contain myself thinking about a Richard centric ep.

The 108th ep. should be the 5th episode of this final season.

maven said...

Congrats to all the winners today! There are so many giveaways and contests everywhere! :)

I agree that Ben came back to the island for revenge and the judgment of the Smoke Monster.

Amy Lynn said...

108 should air 2/23 then, I think.

mungonna said...

HAA!..What is being asked is..what the heck was season 5 all about?..What Was Season 5?

My view is that it was a " revere" a review of the past..a search for assignment of where things went wrong,,a search for the basic flaw,,the root cause. So, that assignment is a subjective determination..What happened , happened,,except when your memory of What Happened is different from What Actually Happened,,as is the case with most human's memories.

Therefore, young Ben..innocence..is changed over to the future,,to corruption..the opposite of innocence. The act itself,,remains hidden in mystery..Smokie ( conscience) is strongly suggested to be a participant in Ben's transformation or transcendence. Ben..as Deceit,,is like the means and ends deal. You can't have foul means to achieve Noble ends. Ben is the deceit of becoming of the belief that you Can have evil means to achieve Good ends. Corruption.

Will he find Love? He may witness it, but it will not be his ownership.

Is Richard telling the Truth? uhhmm..Richard seems to be .." the search for Truth"..the eternal search for Truth. So, in a sense,,he can only tell what he has seen..Thats as truthful as he can be. It will be interesting how RA plays out in season 6. Him and Flocke should have a very interesting exchange. Look for it.

What is the Temple,,its " magic"?
A temple is where we pray. What do we pray for? We pray for a future. Do we seek the fruit of our prayers in our ability to create? or do we seek the fruit of our prayers in a Jacob?

I see in my future..a small island in the middle of an ocean.
MEL

Amy Lynn said...

The thought of Ben in love sort of creeps me out.

ObFuSc8 said...

Amy Lynn -- Ben in love=Gollum like?

Amy Lynn said...

I don't know if he is capable of love. Sick, twisted obsession, yes. Love? Hmmm....

ObFuSc8 said...

Yes, exaclty, "...my precious"

LotteryTicket said...

Something about the print "My name is Henry Gale . . . " by Mr. Slater is beautiful IMHO. The artist may not have been fully aware of Ben's story arc, but he does capture Mr. Emerson's quiet expression. So I guess I have trouble separating the two, the man and the character he plays when looking at the print. The man wins most days, kind and gentle. But sometimes, just as you turn away . . . he smirks.

mungonna said...

..Interesting that Breton in the middle of his exploration of the Surreal began to say.. Everything with Love,,So..even if we do everything in our lives with what we believe and think we know love to be..we eventually discover what Love really is.

Aloha
MEL

LotteryTicket said...

Aloha, MEL

Anne said...

Sincerely doubt I'm awake enough to make commentary about Lost but ;)

Seems like, in the line of many characters' "daddy issues" - Ben came back because, other reasons aside, he still desperately needs Jacob's approval. S5 finale, imo, was about as vulnerable as a guy can get whilst simultaneously murdering someone.

Of course contrasts like that are why I love Ben. Do wish I'd come out of the ARG/gallery show with a Ben-related image.

@Amy Lynn: yes the suggestion of Ben in love was giving me truly hilarious mental images . . . swelling music, flower-studded backgrounds, it was dreadful XD

Andrew said...

Updated Faraday for anyone interested. I hope I'm getting closer to the best-liked version of this!
Faraday

Ben said...

The Losties are all pawns, we know this. The entire point of season 5 (to me at least) was, in basic terms:

Losties arrive. --> Young Ben is hurt.

Hurt Ben is taken to the temple, where Smokey / Esau / MIB programs/"corrupts" him so that he will kill Jacob.

Now that the game re-plays, if this doesn't happen, Sayid doesn't become the creepy hitman, Hurley will keep his marbles, and Jack won't be a boohoo alcoholic. Kate will probably still be irritating though.

Sam G said...

@ Andrew

Still a fan of the first Farady you showed us.

Andrew said...

@Sam G
:\
I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In defense of the new design, there's actual meaning to the aesthetic instead of just having pillars on the sides for the sake of looking nice. Couldn't pass up the clocks/Jughead references.

Just made a tiny update, and I believe this is the final version:
Link

The Kharma Initiative said...

I can picture a grown-up Young Ben, one who has never gotten shot as a child, possibly even a Ben whose mother doesn't die in childbirth, as a Ben who can be in love. Will we see that Ben soon?

Then again, I think the innocence-lost Ben adores Jacob.

Cosmically Yours

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