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Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Vincent Flashback

Since early on, I've heard expectations of a LOST flashback featuring Vincent the dog.

I think I just got in in "Lost - Missing Pieces 13 - So It Begins," which you can probably find on youtube. So It Begins takes place during the first seconds of the pilot and immediately before.

Very good, and ties in to the premier of Season 4 quite well.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Lost Room

On John Robb's web rec I'm watching the Lost Room, a Sci-Fi original program that's actually quite good. John compares it to LOST, but it's closer in theme and structure to the Ninth Gate. Uneven, but often quite good.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Another milepost on the road to geekdom

I read LOST fan fiction. I liked it.

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Friday, June 15, 2007

Speed LOST on Youtube

John Locke by Nico DiMattia

Less skilled though hilarious versions are also available.

Likewise, the LOST theme music break-bet remix makes me want to find a Youtube-to-mp3 convertor, as its so awesome. Lost + Weird Al + Queen is beyond words.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

I'm never reading National Review Online Again

Putting up a detailed spoiler for an episode that hasn't even finished airing in California, let alone for people who watch it via iTunes, is sickening. It's bad form and bad sportsmanship. It's hateful blog "journalism" that I want nothing of.

A reader -- with who I am not happy with, pending an explanation -- sent the spoiler in to me. If I had read even the second line a major plot development would have been revealed.

I'm not linking to the article, and I'm not linking to that blog. Left or Right, smart or dumb, Podhoretz's post was unprofessional and juvenile. I want nothing to do with the National Review or John Podhoretz.

The sidebar links to all National Review properties are removed within the day. As time permits, I'll purge them from the archives (though I will leave the manually URL or else use a nofollow tag, so that all sources on this blog can be checked).

Monday, May 07, 2007

Amazing Race All-Stars

Lady of tdaxp and I watched the finale to the show's eleventh season. Very fun... our favorite team came in second, and the winning team certainly seemed nice. We can't wait for Amazing Race 12. PS: You'll note that I link to the answers.com entry to Amazing Race. Wikipedia is censored in China, so I'm forced to rely on older mirrors like answers for all my trivia now. Anyone know a better wiki mirror than Answers?

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

LOST Friends

"... I'll be there for you
when our jet falls from the sky...

LOST Friends

Sadly, that line is not in the new theme song for LOST (replacing Alan Thicke's quixotic rendition), but the good-time happiness of the Friends score does a lot to lighten a famously dark TV series.

Everyone's Favorite Survivor

Props to LOSTCasts for discovering the link. Also check out the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (now known as "Rifftrax") parody of the LOST pilot. And also the Bare Naked Hurley song parodies (h/t to Jay & Jack).

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Monday, March 19, 2007

LOST + Alan Thicke = Cinematic Brilliance

Starring Terry O'Quinn

Others may criticize ABC's mid-season decision to replace two of LOST's executive producers -- Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse -- with Alan Thicke. (Thanks to LOSTCasts for the news.) However, the tone is refreshing and the new theme is up beat.

The DHARMA Initiative

I like it!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Malaysia against the Mixed-Blooded

Malaysia is a country in the Gap, one of the regions that Tom Barnett describes as "largely disconnected from the global economy and the rule sets that define its stability" (that is, the country is Muslim and/or African). Gap countries tend to be pretty bad places -- bad governments, crazy laws, and all the violent bigotry that characterizes the bottom fifth of the world, it's perhaps not surprising that the racist Malaysian government has decided to free her citiznes from the like of Mark-Paul Gosselaar

and Sara Brinsfield

Courtesy carandmodel.com, somewhat sfw

Both Sara and Mark-Paul are "pan-asian," the current term for miscegenated East-, Southeast- or South- Asian, often with Caucasian ancestry thrown in. Panasians are particularly attractive for advertisers, because they are recognizably Far-Eastern without being particular to any one group.

In the words of the Asia Sentinel:

Beauty now has joined that parade, particularly as a rising tide of mixed marriages, not only in Malaysia but across much of Asia, seems to be creating a new super race of beautiful women. Over the past couple of decades they have taken Asia’s modeling world by storm and changed the very definition of international beauty. They largely dominate magazine advertisements, fashion shows and catwalks from Singapore to Manila to Hong Kong. Some modeling agencies, like Elite Model Management of Hong Kong, have built their business on the faces of mixed-blood models.

But the racist and Gap Malaysian government is dedicated to putting a stop to this glorification of miscegenation:

The Malaysian modeling and advertising industries are in shock after the government announced it was reviving a ban on the multiracial Asian faces that dominate billboards and magazines.

Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin said yesterday that models with so-called "pan-Asian" features were not representative of Malaysian demographics.

"Using pan-Asian faces means downgrading local faces," he said. "We have to give priority to models with local looks."

Pan-Asians are popular in ethnically diverse Malaysia, where advertisers tend to use their neutral features to avoid alienating any customers. A prime example is model and actress Maya Karim, 27, who is of Malay-Chinese-German parentage and is the latest poster girl for L'Oreal Malaysia.

A ban on pan-Asian faces is already in force at two government-owned television stations that cater mainly for majority Malays, who form 60 per cent of the population.

The announcement on Sunday extended the ban to advertising carried by private television stations, the print media and billboards.

The minister said the ban would eventually cover all media, but it was unclear when it would take effect.

However, love triumphs over hate, and beauty triumphs over bias.

Joshua over at One Free Korea already has placed his bet on the eventual victor:

I, for one, welcome our new fembot overlords, and I’d like to remind them that as a trusted blogger, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.

Pan-Asian Beauties: work with them now, or for them later.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

South Dakotan Honored by Mongolia

Gruchow, M. (2007). Bringing news to the people: Mongolia honors Sioux Falls man for founding TV station. Argus Leader, 10 March 2007, http://argusleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070310/NEWS01/703100324/1001/NEWS.

A South Dakotan has, in a fit of inattention, become a Mongolian media magnate:

[Craig] Lawrence, a founder of Sioux Falls-based marketing and advertising firm Lawrence and Schiller, helped start a television station called Eagle Television, based in Mongolia's capital city of Ulaan Baatar. It was an unexpected offshoot of what started as a Christian missionary effort, he said.

"Outside the government itself, we're the largest employer in Mongolia," Lawrence said of the television station. "And we're the longest-lasting American partnership with Mongolia."

The South Dakotans became involvedin Mongolia as part of Christian missionary work. What began with the Gospel, and involved armed soldiers and a scene worthy of a Hollywood film, is now a great story:

Originally, after the communist government fell in the early 1990s, Lawrence was approached by the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization Lawrence had worked for, to consider a missionary trip to Mongolia.

Not long after, 23 Sioux Falls businesspeople and others, including Lawrence, were in Mongolia, doing humanitarian projects including showing a movie on Jesus Christ, Lawrence said.

The film, in what had been an overwhelmingly Buddhist nation, caught the attention of men drafting the country's new, democratic constitution.

"We showed the film, and one morning, there was a knock on my door, and when I opened it, there were two soldiers with guns. And they said, 'You must come with us,' " Lawrence said.

The soldiers took Lawrence to meet with those drafting the constitution, which would incorporate articles ensuring religious freedom, he said.

"They asked, 'Do you think this Jesus could help us write our constitution?' " Lawrence said. "So we got to help draft the constitutional elements that outlined their articles of religious freedom."

The TV station soon followed. Today it broadcasts 16 hours of news daily throughout the country.

Lawrence has now won Mongolia's Star of Liberty award, and has a long-term view of hope for the Mongolian people:

Lawrence, who years ago worked as editor of the Brookings Register newspaper and spent several years in television journalism, said one looming challenge is continuing the education of the next generation of Mongolian journalists.

Many of the current Eagle TV staff went through Russian journalism schools or were former employees of the state-controlled television station, he said.

It is a constant challenge to keep corruption out of the media, instill journalistic values and try to divorce the Mongolian people from the idea that media was meant only to control the minds of citizens, Lawrence said.

"It's going to take a long time to build this," he said. "It's going to take generations."

Besides doing good works for others, South Dakota has enjoyed the generosity of others, as well.

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