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  • posted a message on Warped DORAN?
    Was going to count this as just idle speculation, but the prominence of Doran's nose-gnarl and this art's nose-socket is interesting. No reason to discount because the Wort/Twisted Wort are more similar looking to one another.

    (Also, this art is totally awesome, no matter who/what it's depicting.)
    Posted in: Speculation
  • posted a message on Lost: Season 4
    Regarding Juliet's mission:

    Harper's message about Charlotte and Dan wanting to release the gas (as opposed to neutralizing it) is ostensibly from Ben, but we have no compelling reason to believe her. She plants the idea that Ben is "exactly where he wants to be," and Ben seemingly confirms this by suggesting that if "his people" wanted to rescue him, they would have stormed Otherville and done so.

    But these two statements could also be interpreted as the remaining Others wanting to take Ben (and everyone else) out of the picture at once. In either case, the remaining Others, who have been until now completely hidden this season, would have to be the ones who triggered the gas release. It's just not clear whose idea it was.
    Posted in: Entertainment Archive
  • posted a message on Universal Studios signs deal with Hasbro
    Anyone else hear about this?

    Universal Rolls the Dice with Hasbro

    via the New York Times Lede Blog.

    Let me be the first to say that this would be a horrible, embarrassing idea. Even if they threw Transformers money at it, the best you could hope for is a wonky LOTR clone.

    Personally, I'm more psyched for Monopoly.
    Posted in: News
  • posted a message on Lost: Season 4
    Quote from Dodavehu
    Hm, I'm not so sure. What about that missle experiment that came later than it should have. That's about the only thing that really matched up well this season though.

    Farraday's experiment is just the most recent in a long line of clues that the Island is temporally out of sync with the rest of the world. We've seen (or have been led to believe we've seen) Desmond go back in time, so some kind of time travel is at least thematically part of the show.

    But one of the conclusions of the Time Loop theory is that the "survivors" have gone back in time to before the crash, and a reliving that part of their lives in what we think are flashforwards. But Sayid is undeniably back in the real world *after* the crash and having lived on the Island.

    I just went back to the site, and see the author is now trying to shoehorn this into his theory...apparently the crash itself went back in time and now occurred in 2001...either that, or everyone has been brainwashed into thinking that they are in the future.

    I was willing to chalk up the gaping holes in this theory to some unclear writing and a half-baked conception of Donnie Darko-style time travel, but now it's just depressing. Almost none of this makes sense. If anyone wants to try to explain what this person is saying, I'm all ears.
    Posted in: Entertainment Archive
  • posted a message on Lost: Season 4
    Bad-ass episode.

    One thing that struck me at the end was something I had been thinking about during season 3: they had been keeping Sayid and Desmond's interactions fairly limited. Their most extensive time together is during "The Cost of Living," and even then, they don't get anywhere near to one thing they have in common: Kelvin Joe Inman.

    Not that this would be an easy connection to make, but Sayid is the kind of person who would grill Desmond about his time on the Island before the crash. And now that they are going to be in their own plot arc, it seems like it might finally come up. I also never thought that Kelvin was dead...maybe he's Ben's man on the boat?

    Also, regarding timelooptheory.com...I think it's safe to say that the entire structure of the season so far, and this episode in particular, blow that theory to pieces.
    Posted in: Entertainment Archive
  • posted a message on Lost: Season 4
    Quote from Highroller
    Wow, what a great episode. This season is heating up.

    So now they have a helicopter that can fit six or seven people. Jack's team includes Jack, Kate, Sayid, Juliet, Rose, and Bernard. We know Hurley is one of the six, as are Jack and Kate. It would seem Frank would be needed in order to pilot the helicopter, so he's probably going to live.

    The polar bear is amazing.

    I must say, with the exception of Frank, there's nothing remotely interesting about these "Oceanaways". I have no clue what's the deal with Dan, Miles I really wish someone would shoot, ditto Charlotte... Frank's the only remotely likable one.

    The big question is where are the Others? And what are they if not Dharma?

    What was really amazing about this episode, in my mind, was how Locke survived. He survived because he was shot right where the kidney he lost was. So everything Locke ever went through, including the kidney, was all fated.

    Also, we don't necessarily know whether Kate is one of the Oceanic Six. Even if Abbadon et. al. were capable of getting the police off of her tail, it doesn't seem like they could do that and have her be a minor celebrity.
    Posted in: Entertainment Archive
  • posted a message on Lost: Season 4
    Now would be a good time to revisit my theory from the end of Season 3 regarding who might be in the coffin.

    One of the official podcasts said that the person in the coffin was a pre-established character. Having Locke acknowledge that Walt was taller all but confirms Walt is communicating with him from the future.

    The specialists on Naomi's team are indeed "special" in some way, especially Miles. However, I think his apparent "ghostbusting" and seance with Naomi is a red herring: he can't speak to the dead, but he can see/communicate through time like Walt.

    But this big question from this episode is the plane that is apparently at the bottom of the Sunda Trench. This doesn't seem like it can be the same kind of teleportation phenomenon going on with Walt and the birds, or the Tunisian polar bear in this episode. From Frank's reaction and Abbadon's insistence on making sure that everyone believes that there were no survivors, this place seems to be definitively part of the cover-up. Someone who followed "Find 815" can hopefully tell us more about the Christiane I and how they might be involved in the deception.

    Also, what is with the photo of Ben? Has he been off-island since the purge?
    Posted in: Entertainment Archive
  • posted a message on Lost: Season 4
    I thought this was an awesome series opener...and that it answered two HUGE questions right away:

    1. Only six people "officially" get off the island. That's really low.
    2. The cover-up of what happened to those six people is extensive enough that Hurley has to deny knowing Ana-Lucia.

    In the scene in the gym, we see that Jack is - at this point - really concerned that the cover-up will be blown, unlike when we see him after his bear has fully grown in. And though Hurley's lips are sealed, he is already thinking about going back to help the people left behind. (Charlie's hand say's "They Need You" in the interrogation room scene.)

    So when Hurley says he wishes he had stayed with Jack, it must be out of regret for something Hurley could have done to prevent the current situation. The fact that Hurley is both among the "Oceanic Six" and Locke's team on-island is really intriguing.

    I don't think that Hurley was physically transported to the cabin. It seems more likely that Jacob's cabin is not physically real, but perhaps a manifestation of Jacob's mind. This would tie in better with whatever they are going to be doing with Walt.

    Also, Christian was in Jacob's chair. This seems to fit with the last mobisode,"So it Begins," which has Christian talking to Vincent on the island in a scene that takes place right before the opening shot of the first episode. This could be the same phenomenon that allowed Eko to speak to Yemi right before being killed by the Monster. The eye at the window first reminded me of Desmond, but it could have been the same Jacob Locke briefly saw.
    Posted in: Entertainment Archive
  • posted a message on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits Columbia University, makes ass of self
    I honestly feel bad for President Bollinger: he was essentially called a traitor for allowing Ahmadinejad to speak, and was then raked over the coals for doing what all of those people thought he wasn't going to do, despite his promises: strongly challenge Ahmadinejad on the Holocaust, Israel, human rights and nuclear issues.

    Bollinger was skirting pretty close to ad hominem attacks, but considering the corner he was backed into by the coverage of Ahmadinejad's visit, I think he handled it pretty well. I was watching from the press room at Columbia, and pretty much everyone's jaw dropped with the "petty and cruel dictator" and "brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated" lines, but to call it "barbaric" would be defining down barbarism quite a bit.

    I'm also not terribly concerned with how the debate was spun by Iranian media...its job is to make Ahmadinejad look like a hero, so short of not inviting him (and that was one of the more salient reasons not to), there was nothing Columbia could do to prevent it. But in this case, there's at least the possibility of Iranians watching the unvarnished version on the Web.

    Ahmadinejad's homosexuality comment is an interesting one; it demonstrated the problem of inviting a notorious dissembler to speak, as well as some of the lessons we learn (or don't learn) from watching them ply their craft. One of the Columbia GBLT groups spoke outside right afterward and essentially said that Ahmadinejad wasn't lying, per se; it was a matter of if you put the comma in his statement, "In Iran, we don't have homosexuals(,) like you do in this country." People who have same-sex relationships or intercourse in Iran don't necessarily describe themselves as "gay" or "homosexual", not only because it's illegal, but because our cultural conceptions of those terms don't match up with theirs. Of course, Ahmadinejad's response was just another example of his linguistic shrewdness ; he knew exactly what was meant by the question.

    Watching a room full of students laugh in the President of Iran's face was pretty cool, though. That was worth his plane ticket by itself.
    Posted in: Talk and Entertainment
  • posted a message on [LOR] The Blue Incarnation: Guile
    Quote from Hivemaster
    Guile + Chalice of the Void (for 2) + Grapeshot = win.
    Pretty much the same for any other storm card.... play it for free as many times as you like, getting more & more storm copies each time.

    But how do you play the version you want to resolve? You're going to need a sac outlet for the Chalice.
    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on [LOR] Friday Preview 09/14/07: Doran, the Siege Tower
    From the hints MaRo was giving before Lorwyn dropped, I knew this was going to be the "elegant" block. But this takes the cake. As Low said, "What a beautiful line of text."

    The best part is how much flavor is being captured in these elegant mechanics, without them being at all complicated. Teeg -> Kithkin -> small and united -> no big spells. Doran -> Treefolk -> big butts -> toughness as power.

    Posted in: The Rumor Mill
  • posted a message on The Official Pro Wrestling Thread
    Brian Adams, a.k.a Crush, dead at 44

    It's interesting to note that this was a top story on CNN.com this morning, when the deaths of Miss Elizabeth and Mike Awesome (more noteworthy figures in the industry), were footnotes if they were covered at all.

    I also find it interesting that journalists list the titles the deceased have held as if they were the same kind of accomplishments as titles in actual sports. People familiar with wrestling will understand that they are a measure of popularity and therefore of success but it just seems really strange to throw that out there without qualification.
    Posted in: Entertainment Archive
  • posted a message on Lost?
    Quote from Bitsy
    If the end of the last season is any indication of things to come I suspect that the Losties will meet up with Michael at some point. I have no idea why they didn't just kill him and keep Walt. Maybe they knew father and son had a bond that was strong enough to cause trouble in the long run. Let's face it, neither of them would have ever joined the Others. So letting them leave may have been a way to both stop rescue attempts and quash any possible retribution Michael could visit on them.

    Here's a scenario: Michael and Walt make it back to the US. Having been assumed dead Michael tells a half-truth about being stranded on an island and then finding the boat that brought them back. So Michael and Walt get an outpouring of sympathy and start their life anew. Things are going good until news comes of the resuce of many of the passengers of the lost Oceanic flight. Michael begins to panic b/c he knows he's lied to people and he doesn't know how much the other survivors will tell.

    We don't know how much they told...yet. I have a feeling that the body in the casket is Michael though. I don't know why but I think its him. I've read the notion that its Locke or Ben but I don't subscribe to those theories because I doubt that either would leave the island willingly. I doubt Jack held a gun to Locke or Ben and made them get into the chopper. He was probably glad to leave them behind. *sigh* I'll be happy when the season starts up again. I heard a nasty rumor that that won't be happening until February. :mad::mad:

    I agree, for the most part...I definitely think this news is a major push in the direction of Michael being in the coffin. I'm skeptical that Michael and Walt would be able to rejoin society without keeping a very low profile, including assumed names, but so much is up in the air now that it would be difficult to say (I'm mostly basing this off the scanned obit, which is not necessarily cannon).

    But assuming that it was Michael that killed himself, what about his death would make Jack so despondent that he was about to follow suit? We know Jack desperately wants to get back to the Island, claiming that "we made a mistake" by leaving. What information could Michael have, considering he's been out of the loop for so long?

    I think the answer has to do with Locke and Walt's connection. Walt somehow gives Locke some kind of information about what happens as a result of Jack, Kate and whoever else leaving the island...he's communicating from the future (that's how they'll explain his appearance). Locke will clue us in to those dire consequences, and as usual, Jack will be skeptical. Over the course of his trying to convince Jack about what's "supposed" to happen, I'm thinking that he will describe Michael's future death in detail. When we see future-Jack in Through the Looking Glass, he's already afraid he made the wrong choice...seeing the obituary confirms it.
    Posted in: Entertainment Archive
  • posted a message on A dying video game genre
    Scrolling Shooters/Shmups don't really show off the hardware of newer systems, which is a major selling point for developers. The other side of that coin is that they don't require a lot of money or a team of developers to produce. There are lots of great indy shmups on the Web, either in Flash or free for download.

    Warning Forever comes to mind...it's like the Shadow of the Colossus of the Shmup genere.

    Binary Zoo makes some cool shmups too.
    Posted in: Entertainment Archive
  • posted a message on [The Apprentice - Salvation] - Round 4 - The making of legends!
    I don't think anyone else from ISC is going to be posting cards, so these were my suggestions. No renders, I'm afraid.

    Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked - red mana
    Legendary Creature - Demon Spirit
    As Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked comes into play, sacrifice any number of permanents. Shimatsu comes into play with that many +1/+1 counters on it.
    Grandeur - Discard another card named Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked: Double the number of counters on Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked

    Kodama of the Center Tree - 2UG
    Legendary Creature - Spirit
    Kodama of the Center Tree's power and toughness are equal to the number of Spirits in play.
    0: Kodama of the Center Tree becomes a copy of target Spirit until end of turn and retains this ability.

    Iizuka the Ruthless - :3mana::symr::symr:
    Legendary Creature - Human Samurai
    Double Strike, Bushido 2
    Sacrifice a Samurai: Change the target of target spell or activated ability with a single target.
    Posted in: Custom Card Contests and Games
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